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Simon Harbord - Vintage Photography

This Tuesday we have a guest speaker, Simon Harbord, visiting us. He will speak about Wet Plate Collodion Photography, a process that he uses to take images as though it were still the 19th century. As one of the oldest clubs in the UK, it is likely that the earliest photos taken by BPS members would have used this process, invented in 1851, although dry plate processes were introduced through the 1880s. I'm sure it will be a fascinating evening, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there.

The Blue Door club outing - Sunday 28th October

This Sunday (28th) we have our first outing of the season, to the Blue Door in Edzell. We've been here before as a club, but not for a few seasons, and it's always a lot of fun in the autumn. Rocks of Solitude If you've not been before, the Blue Door is located around a mile North of the village of Edzell, immediately across a road bridge over the River North Esk. There are about 6 parking spaces right by the bridge, but if these are full take the next left towards Glen Esk and there is additional space. Car sharing is obviously encouraged as always. The whole walk is around 3 miles, but there is no need to do the full circuit. The first part of the walk is along the top of a deep gorge,

Great News!!! National Lottery Awards for All Scotland success!

This evening we are able to bring you brilliant news - our bid for grant funding from National Lottery Awards for All Scotland has been successful. We are in much need of updated computer and projection equipment for the club, but the cost of the quality of equipment that the club really needs and the members deserve was outwith our means. We are currently working with a donated (well worn and outdated) laptop and a projector that has a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels - well short of the 1600 x 1200 size that is standard for photography competitions now. It was brought to our attention at the end of last season that another local camera club had received funding from the National L

The President's 12 (part 1)

Wasn't David Sadler's talk brilliant on Tuesday evening?! I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did - and you'll be delighted to know that he will indeed be back to judge for us in November. Moving on swiftly to next week though, and we have two things to update you on. Firstly is obviously the first instalment of the President's 12. Many of you have now submitted images that have some kind of vague reference to the topics set by Ken, but there is plenty of room to fit some more in, so please do not hesitate to send them to Ben at bpscomps@gmail.com. The first six topics are of course: - April - Circles May - How High is Up June - Golden Hour July - Mirror Image/Reflection August - Sel

And Now For Something Completely Different...

This week we welcome our second guest speaker of the year, David Sadler ARPS from Dundee, who will give us a talk entitled 'And Now for Something Completely Different'. His photography is certainly original, so instead of posting examples, we urge as many members as possible to come along and see it for yourselves. It will be a great evening for sure. Please also remember that Tuesday night is the deadline for entries to the Architecture competition, This is a PRINT competition for Divisions 1 and 2, and a DIGITAL competition for Division 3. Due to time constraints, we are unable to accept late entries, so please be sure to get your images in by Tuesday night. The following week sees the

Open Competition results

I hope everyone enjoyed our first competition judging on Tuesday evening. Many thanks to John MacGregor for coming all the way from Elgin to judge for us. Congratulations to the winners in each division. Division 1 1st - Red Grouse in Flight - James Anderson 2nd= From AnotherSpace and Dimension - Ken Ness 2nd= Harvesting - Ian Drever 3rd= Pair of Hunting Gannets - James Anderson The Yellow Peril - Ian Suttie Division 2 1st - Warbler - Jock Elliott 2nd - Roosting Common Blue - Ben Freeman 3rd= Wet Dog - John Griffiths 3rd= Stunt Show - Gordon Milne Division 3 1st - Sunrise in Banff - Andrew Hall 2nd= Make a Wish - Dennis Forman 2nd= Juvenile Robin - Jim Carr 3rd= Dog Tired - Dennis Forman 3

President's 12 - A Call to Arms

We have our Open competition judging this Tuesday and then a guest speaker the following week, David Sadler (which will be great entertainment). However, on the 23rd October we are showing the first 6 months submissions for the President's 12. Last year we showed all 12 months together, and it was a great fun evening, albeit a little rushed. Based on it being such a success, we hoped for even more participation this year and agreed to split it into two nights to be able to spend more time on images. Circles? Anyone got anything weirder? However, submissions have been somewhat slow thus far - although we have some really good images which I'm sure everyone will enjoy seeing. I'm hopeful t

Upcoming Competition Entries

Competitions will start to come thick and fast at BPS over the coming months, and a number of people have asked over the last few days about the mini panel in particular, so this news post aims to give some additional information/clarification. Architecture The submission date for the 'Architecture' competition is the 16th October. For Divisions 1 and 2 this is a Print competition, so prints can be submitted either on the 9th or the 16th, in the box provided at the back of the hall. Please also remember to email a PDI file to Ben at bpscomps@gmail.com of the same image, for projection at the club on judging night. This also needs to be submitted by the 16th. For Division 3 members, only

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