For the first time since Covid stopped us all in our tracks we have been able to hold the famous KCC Exhibition in the library. Thanks to a lot of behind the scenes planning by chairman Brian Hardy and his committed committee the installation went very smoothly indeed almost as if there hadn’t been a two year gap.
Here are a few images of the evening
Steve (“I Just don’t care”) Ficken won so many trophies and certificates he came along with bags to put them in!
Finally, here’s the team (minus Mark – someone had to take the picture) that hung all the prints on the gallery walls in just a tad over 60minutes!
Monday 28th February was to be a practical and instructional evening but to our surprise we found us all to be in the dark!
An unexplained occurrence had caused the lighting in the hall to fail. The caretaker was summoned but he could not see the cause. Luckily, the power sockets were still working and so, with the usual KCC spirit alive and kicking we soldiered on using Steve’s studio lights as our only illumination.
Despite the lighting situation (or perhaps because of! ) we had a good evening. As mentioned, Steve bought along his studio lights, and Terry posed in his impressive “Lord of the Manor” gear as a model for his tuition.
Mark came with a beautiful vase of dead daffs and an equally beautiful set of very alive LED lights. Len had a table full of flashguns and flash accessories.
After what seemed a much longer time than it really was we are finally back in the clubhouse.
Monday September 6th saw us gathered for the first “live” meeting since the pandemic struck and forced us into virtual mode courtesy of Zoom.
It was a real pleasure to meet up with old friends and fellow club members that we hadn’t seen recently much bigger than the size of our monitor screens and to indulge in the camaraderie and good humoured banter.
We haven’t seen the last of Zoom yet. We have the means of using it to allow members who are not able to be at the meeting to join in. Indeed, one of our members who is on holiday seemed to be joining us from the middle of a field!
Although most of us had probably spent a lot of lockdown time relaxing and creating the occasional masterpiece, it became obvious that the committee had spent many hours making sure the new season is to be a success.
Brian gave us a complete rundown on the new competition rules accompanied by Mike on the keyboard and Sue presented her programme for the year with some rather tasty evenings to come.
Last season’s winners were awarded their long awaited trophies and certificates much to the relief of Jill, keeper of the silverware.
Here are a few images to give a taste of the evening.
Twelve of us met at Kidderminster Station in time to catch the
first train into Birmingham to meet our tutor for the day, professional
photographer and former editor of Amateur Photography,Damien Demolder.We were
to take part in a practical “hands on” day to learn how to improve our street
photography through “seeing in new ways”.
The Old Joint Stock (a former bank) in Temple Row was our
destination to listen to Damien talk and demonstrate ways to use the Panasonic
cameras he had brought with him for us to use.After our “drinks”, we chose a
camera and headed into the city to learn how to set up our cameras, look for
light and learn how to work within the confines of an area.
The morning session at an end, we popped into Costa Coffee
for lunch(which just happened to be nearby).
Tummies replenished, we went back “out on the street” to put into
practice everything we’d learned in the morning session – with Damien and Andre
nearby to keep a watchful eye on us and also to suggest things individually on
how to enhance our images. The day ended
with warm drinks and a final chat before bidding farewell and making for the
train back to Kidderminster.
Tired and enthused into a new genre, we agreed that it was a
“day to remember”, new friendships were formed, there was lots of laughter and
we thank Damien and Andree for making it such fun.
The following Monday Damien came to the club to give his
lecture entitled “Light & Life on the Streets”. Everyone agreed that this was one of the best
(if not the best) evenings that we have enjoyed. His talk was not only informative with lots
of hints and tips concerning street photography, but his knowledge of the
Panasonic range of cameras was excellent as, indeed was his knowledge of all
the other leading brands.
We missed “last drinks” at the pub but, hey, nobody
cared. That proves just how much he
After “floating the idea” amongst our members, we organised
seven Monday evenings during the summer recess with the idea of helping members
improve their photography and to get outside to use their cameras as well as
increase the social side of the club..
Gary talked about the quality of light, shape and texture,
tonal and dynamic range, Highlights and shadows as well as filters. 27 members turned up.
Hurcott Pools and
The evenings were spent at Hurcott Pools and Hartlebury
Common where we attempted to practice everything we had been told. The lighting at Hurcott wasn’t so good but
Hartlebury Common in week three more than made up for it.
Check it Out
We invited members back indoors for a re-cap on everything
learned so far as well as the opportunity to view the images and talk about
options for improvement.
Stewpony Lock &
The final two outside evenings were spent at the Stewpony
Lock and the riverbank in Bewdley again working to i
mprove things. Both
evenings were very successful although the nights had started to draw in a
Images were reviewed and the opportunity to ask any last
questions as well as learning a few new tips with photoshop.
Thanks should go to Gary, Mark, Brian and Martin, Mike for
sorting out the DPI’s, Stee Green for training up as “tea boy” (and for helping
out with tuition) but most of all to our members for supporting the idea.
We have learned what to do as well as what not to do in the
future and have some great suggestions for Summer School 2020. It will be back with new venues, definitely
with a pub for “afters” so we can continue to discuss our photography into the
If any members are interested in becoming involved in the organisation for Summer 2020, please speak to Mark or Suzanne.
Here are a few images to give a taste of the pleasant evenings enjoyed by our “pupils” and, indeed, our tutors…
The event that we all work towards during the season – Awards Night.
This year was little different to previous years, everyone brought along a plate of delicious but probably non- Slimming World approved food. Steve Ficken organised an array of drinks donated with Hon Treasurer’s approval. The silverware re-appeared newly polished and engraved with this years recipient’s names and fifty individually printed certificates bearing a new 2019 design made their debut.
Images that had made their mark during the season were on show thanks to John Pugh and Gary Noake.
Jill Harris took the opportunity to arrange the teams for the forthcoming Team Challenge and Mark Gameson stood in splendidly for our Chairman who had nipped off on one of his holidays to foreign parts.
The crac flowed in typical KCC style and a good time was had by all.
the unlikely success of our trial run at organising a “Photo Marathon” back in
2018 (see the BLOG 17th October) in torrential rain it was decided
that we should go for the ‘real thing’ this year and pray that the weather be
kind to us.
Worcester was chosen for our battleground, the Hive as our meeting place and centre of operations from where Brian, Sue & Mike Webb set up the computer, met and greeted the participants collected the images and drank a lot of tea and coffee.
behaved surprisingly well just giving a short sharp shower around lunchtime
presumably just to remind us that we shouldn’t take it for granted.
We were set
ten titles/subjects to test our skills, imagination and patience.
set off to record, in strict order:
ALL IN A ROW – HANGING – GREEN – ARCH – LUNCH – EQUAL – DETAIL – GLASS –
COLLECTION & RIVERSIDE.
Great fun. Making sure to get the subjects in the correct order, trying to overcome our natural desire to frame some of our shots in portrait mode as one of the rules decreed that all images must be in the landscape format. Meeting fellow members all looking for the shot that you’ve just taken or desperately need. All adding to a really pleasant, different day’s shooting.
Obviously, so many images were taken that it is impossible to show them here but here are just a few.
Our Chairman, Brian, made the cunning decision to hold the Marathon Prize Giving on the same evening as the Annual General Meeting thus it was one of the best attended AGMs ever!
Every image was printed and mounted on boards dedicated to individual authors and they made a really impressive display.
The images were judged by technique, composition, portrayal of subject etc. and points awarded. The final results looked like this:
The top three players were so close it is unfair to distinguish between them. Prizes were also awarded to the top scorers in each category.
Here are the lucky winners clutching their prizes:
a BIG Thank You!
Listed below are links to all the companies who
responded so generously to our request for prizes for this event. We would urge all members to make these
dealers a first stop for any future purchases you have in mind.
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