We held our annual social at the Walwyn Arms on May 10th. We had our usual game of skittles followed by killer, which Frankie won again this year. She has a demon arm! Well done Frankie.
The Carvery as always was superb and a good time was had by all.
Have a great Summer everyone. See you all in September.
We held our AGM on 3rd May.
Barbara Nash, our New President gave a lovely vote of thanks to the Committee and the membership for their support.
Sandra Walding, our new Chairlady, endorsed Barbara's comments and thanked her Committee for all the help given to her during her first season. She also thanked the members for coming each week to support their brilliant Club evenings. Thanks also went to Steve Betts for taking the Project Group to a new level and our outings and nonsense will continue through the Summer.
We have entered Midphot, Photofolio, Cymru Mono and Barrian Cup this year so far all with good success rates.
The Committee then gave an account of their activities during the year and everyone was happy with this.
Congratulations go to Chris Hawkins and Haze Reid from the Intermediate Group who received Scrolls of Achievement and have now been invited to step up to the Main Group next season.
Certificates were handed our to the members who had had success with their photography during the year.
Cups and trophies were awarded to
Rod Lamb & Paul Dowgill (joint award)
Roger Irwin (Secretary) and Alexander Orr (Programme Secretary) both stood down. They were replaced by Alexander Orr (Secretary) and Garth Nutt (Programme Secretary. Darion Churchill was also voted onto the Committee as an ordinary member. All other positions remain unchanged.
Roger Irwin has been actively involved in the following project.
My name is Roger Irwin, I will tell you a little something which is starting to make a big difference between parish churches and the keepers of the law across all of England
You may or may not have noticed but more & more churches are locking their doors between services, thus disallowing some poor souls the comfort of sitting in a pew out of the wind, whilst others might be helping themselves to church silver or the coppers from the votive candle stand.
A national organisation called National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies, (N.A.D.F.A.S.) has organised in almost every town, a branch of enthusiasts beevering away on several projects from embroidering bed linen for the Black & White House museum in the centre of Hereford, to our group who are known as the Church Recorders. Our function is to catalogue & photograph every piece of Historic; Architectural; Interesting; and Irreplaceable; valuable items. To have them described in fine technical detail [boring but accurate] and couple the descriptions to the many detailed photographs. That is where yours truly comes in with a flash-bang or wallop, shifting pews out of the way, changing things around to create a nice image. Even using the 3-shot bracketing method to drag out details which would otherwise be unseen and it’s the Devil in the detail that a policeman requires to identify your actual item that has been stolen.
Take our most recent completed churches, Weston under Penyard, this took the equivalent of 7 working days of photography spread over the summer months, and of course an idiotic number of hours working on the computer, offering the compiler over 350 images to choose various angles from. On instruction from the printers all images had to be sized to 300 dpi and to be between 10 & 20 Megabytes in size to obtain as good an image as possible. This information once compiled is made into an extremely smart book and also written to Gold Discs for long term survival. The gold discs go to the Victoria & Albert museum, London, and the books are given to The British Library & British Museum both in London. Other books go to the county records office and the church’s diocesan records office; lastly the church is given its own copy and is then offered for sale to interested parties.
So far only one miscreant has been apprehended locally offering an item stolen from I think, How Caple Church, and offering it for sale on E- bay. He got a custodial sentence.
So far this year whilst working on a small church at Llandinabo (it’s on the A49 #8 miles from Ross), I have probably put in something like 100 hours from start to finish. As of a necessity for this one I had to provide my own flasks of coffee and take an electric fire with me because it was so cold.
Unfortunately no photographs can be published on this website because of copyright law. This has been a very interesting project for me and I hope to bring the “published book” in fairly soon.
Update from Sandra Walding I was very lucky to have Roger over the other day when he brought along his leather-bound book as a Church Recorder for St Lawrence, Weston -under-Penyard.
It is a beautiful book and Roger should be very proud of himself having taken over 500 photos and using about 150 of them and then processing them through Photoshop, taking him about six weeks to complete. He has done the images justice with many of them requiring an HDR effect so you can see the writing on the stone and metalwork. It is a very comprehensive record of the Church and all its belongings and quite fascinating.
I am sure we all congratulate Roger on his mission and wish him well on his next venture for the next Church. He wont let the book out of his sight but if you are interested, I am sure you only need to contact him to have a look and supply him with coffee!
Battle v Monmouth
At our annual Battle with Monmouth we came out on top 338 points to 296 points. Well done to all who had prints in the battle.
Congratulations to Terry Wall - Kingfisher Rising and Barbara Nash - Taj Mahal, both scoring 20 points. The Judge Graham Walton, was very impressed with these images.
He said that it was so nice to see a varied selection of images from both Clubs and there were some great ideas amongst them. The quality of prints was excellent as were the dpi's.
It was a very pleasant evening enjoyed by all.
PAGB GB Cup 2017:
In the GB Cup small club's section Ross came a pleasing 63rd , and in the GB Cup Nature we came 86th with Terry Wall gaining a Bronze for his Robber Fly. Very well done to Terry
Annual Photo Shoot Evening
Members of Ross Camera Club took part in their Annual Photo Shoot Evening. We had two models, Dave dressed in his leathers on his Motorbike and Tom who was happy to pose for us for the evening.
There was plenty of fun and laughter with both models entering into the spirit of it.
A big thankyou to Keith and Steve for supplying the studios and moving their kit around.
John Crowland AWPF
John gained his distinction at the assesment on 6th November this 2016.. It is a great acheivement and we are proud to have such great talent in the club. You can view John's Panel in the Members Galleries
For other members wishing to gain this distinction They are holding a workshop on May 7th 2017 and the assessment day is November 5th 2017. It is open to non WPF affiliates.
Contact John Cooke. on 07977495619 for more information.
The Award for Best-in-Exhibition was handed out during the first meeting of the 2017/17 season on 7th Seeptember 2016. The award was handed to Roger Irwin by our president Barbara Nash.
Well done to Roger. A well deserved win.
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