And we’re off! A warm welcome back to everyone and thanks to all who joined on Wednesday for our opening night. I hope all members managed to get out a bit more over summer and take a few images.

We begin with our meetings still online but with the prospect of being back in our hall from 6th October! Our return to meeting in person also sees our print competitions begin again after a very long pause.

One of the things they don’t tell you when you step into the chair role is that you have to become knowledgeable in lots of different areas. With our plans to stream our hall meetings to those members that opt not to attend at this time, it has taken on the air of trying to arrange a live TV broadcast! Cameras. mics and stands, where to position the camera and where to put the judge or presenter so that they’re on screen have all become important items to consider and we will be having a dummy run before next month’s meeting. “It’ll be alright on the night” will be our mantra so fingers crossed!

To help everyone who joined the meeting last week recover from my many words, we also welcomed some images shared by the following members. All were taken over the weeks since the last season ended and as ever we saw different styles and genres.

Botallack Mines, Cornwall – Alfred C
Worthing Camera Club Prints – Alfred C

Alfred took us to the seaside and from Cornwall to Worthing. In his inimitable monochrome style, he has captured the textures of the rocks and stones in both images. He went on a walk to find the tin mine and was given the final directions to the viewpoint to take what we see above.

A much easier stroll along the seafront for Alfred led to this well composed look at the display of Worthing Camera Club on the beach.

Just Good Friends – David H
Yamaha Girl – David H

David H made the best of being at home more than usual by making new friends in his garden and by all accounts, the fox we see above is now practically a family member! He happily takes food straight from David’s hand and with his other hand holding his camera steady, David has got the shot.

David is also an avid sailor and is often on the water. He tells us of the variety of craft on the river throughout the year and his image above is a great photograph of someone clearly enjoying being the skipper!

Early Morning, London Eye – Chris R
HMS Belfast – Chris R

Chris R has stayed closer to home with his images but was up at silly o’clock to join a few members heading to Westminster Bridge for some sunrise images. Alas, the sun never really came out but the lights along the South Bank and the Eye allowed for lots of long exposures.

It looks like HMS Belfast has had a lick of paint in recent times and Chris gives us a great mono image that features the shades of paint on the side of the ship.

Wildflowers and RHS Wisley – soft focus – Dave S
Tawny Owl – Dave S

Dave S enjoyed some time at the RHS Gardens, Wisley and caught these wildflowers that are enjoying their first year of growth in the new Hilltop gardens. Using a camera setting for the effect, it is a colourful image and nicely composed

The tawny owl is one found at a private bird sanctuary and Dave was particularly impressed by the lack of any method of control on the owl. It is rare to find them flying truly free and Dave gives us a great image with the owl standing out against the tree.

Tulip Stairs, Greenwich – Philip R
Moonrise – Philip R

Philip’s eye for detail was caught by this intriguing staircase at Greenwich and his upward view gives us the lovely symmetry whilst perfectly showing off the colour and detail in the railings

That moon! Using his post-processing skills, Philip merged two images to show off this moon and its glow as the day ends. A terrific colour from the end of the day and the start of the night gives us a glow and shows the face of the man in the moon very well indeed!

Coldcut Pass – Brian C
River Nidd Reflections – Brian C

One of the highlights of my summer was a week in Yorkshire and visits to the coast and dales.

The Coldcut Pass is a stone viewpoint just outside of Staveley Bridge and overlooks a vast quarry. There are lovely views over the dales but our brief stop saw a fair amount of rain. I liked the view back through the cut and the lone figure came in at the right moment.

Being that bit further north meant longer days and the sunset was surprisingly late. Heading out too early for it gave me the chance to get this view back from the main road bridge in Knaresborough towards the castle hill – you can just see some of the walls in the sunlight near the top. It’s a lovely part of the world and a great base for the region.

Right, that’s enough and we head off into the new season, hopefully being able to stick to the plan for the whole of it!

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