Club Competition Round 2

We recently held round 2 of our club competition, congratulations to the winners. The results were 1st ‘MacFly’, 2nd ‘Martial Flight’, 3rd ‘Slow Crossing’. Highly Commended was ‘Field Pattern’.

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Do you use flickr?

This is just a quick reminder to anyone who is not registered with flickr. In case you don’t know, flickr is a photo sharing website, it is free to register and start uploading images. These images can then be viewed by millions of other users worldwide.

What’s more, the images can be sorted into groups. We at the NWBCC have two groups, the Members Gallery, as the name suggests, is for members of the club only. There are limits on the number of images that can be uploaded and those that are uploaded are not only displayed on flickr but also on the NWBCC website.

The NWBCC Group is open to anybody and currently has over 60 members and more than 400 images. You can add as many images as you like under any theme. We have contributors from all over the world. This is the place to put all the event images that you have from the Festival of Nature etc.

So give it a try.

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Club visit to Purton

Just a reminder to everybody that the visit to Purton takes place this Wednesday 15 June. Meet at the earlier time of 6.30pm, at Neville’s house from where we can car share as appropriate. As well as the wrecks themselves, a walk along the Sharpness Canal should also prove interesting.

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Visit to Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve Part II

On the evening of Wednesday 8th June a group of 10 Club members enjoyed a walk around Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve. Although a stiff breeze lent a slight chill to the air, this didn’t deter the suitably garbed participants from exploring the well laid out tracks of the Reserve, viewing the birdlife on the ponds and pools from the comfortable wooden hides and venturing onto the foreshore of the Severn Estuary.

Sandwiched between the ongoing residential development around Portishead and the more industrial landscape of Portbury and Avonmouth docks, there was plenty of interest within the mix of rural/semi wetland/estuarine landscape. The initially rather gloomy weather conditions eventually gave way to periods of late sunshine with some great lighting conditions for those patient enough to wait. As the the group made its way back to the cars, with the light beginning to fade , the appearance of a barn owl quartering the field near the reserve entrance in search of voles and mice was a bonus addition to an enjoyable evening.

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Visit to Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve

Wednesday 8th June was supposed to be a club battle, but that fell through, so an evening trip to Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve is planned.

Because the 8th June is the date for handing in entries for Round 2 of the 2011 Club Competition, we will meet at Neville’s house at 6.30pm, and go from there to Portbury. This will also make it easier for anyone who wants to hand in entries but not go on to Portbury.

Anyone who has only projected images to enter, and is not going on to Portbury, please e-mail their entries to Neville.

See ClubTalk for more information and directions to Neville’s house.

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Image Editing Discussion Area for NWBCC members

I have set up a discussion area on my website particularly for club members to exchange information on Image Editing issues. This can be found at: .

Ask Questions, leave Hints and Tips, make Comments…

The more members who use this the more useful it will be, so give it a go..
Registration is under the link on the lower right of page.

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Free Photographers’ rights campaign lens clothto do it”

This is a great idea. In the next issue of Amateur Photographer you can get a free Photogtraphers’ rights lens cloth. Follow the link for more information.

A quick reminder that this Sunday (1st August) is the day to take a photo for our ‘Moment in Time’ project. Remember it can be of anything but preferably of something that you are doing or of a place where you are, anything that depicts that moment in time! The only criteria is that it should be taken at 12:00 BST. If you are abroad you’ll have to make the necessary calculation! Please try to partake in this as it should prove interesting (hopefully) when we show the results in December. Words by Pete C.

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NWBCC win first round of ‘International’ photo contest

The Isle of Man Photographic Society were the hosts for the first round of a digital photographic competition with the NWBCC recently. 25 specially selected images where dispatched to the Isle of Man at the end of last year to be put up against 25 from the Photographic Society. After a very close result, with only a few points in it, the NWBCC were the winners. It even made the news, local newspaper the Isle of Man Courier published an article about the competition.

The second round will be hosted by the NWBCC later this year.

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Sports Photography with the Dings Crusaders

Last May the club was sent an email asking for someone to volunteer as team photographer for Dings Crusaders Rugby Club. I took on the Role. Since late August I have been attending all home games and some away games as team photographer. I take a few hundred photos each game, then send some to the Bristol Evening Post and the local paper of the opposition; on the Monday after a home game, there will be a photo or two in the Evening Post and sometimes they are printed in a national rugby paper. Each week, one of my photos is printed on the cover of the match programme, and several within it.

Since starting as team photographer, I have set up a website where people can order prints or downloads, It is a great job, and now I am looking for a sport to keep me busy in the summer.

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Do you spend a lot of time on getting a shot just right?

Do you spend ages trying to get the shot? Wether it is setting up and adjusting your tripod, or huddled in a hide waiting for that elusive bird to appear. Well, thats nothing, this crew from the BBC spent 2 Years of Hard Work for a 60 Second Shot for a recent series.

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