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Club Auction and Raffle

Dear Fellow Member CLUB AUCTION As you will no doubt be aware, there’s a delicate balancing act in ensuring the club maintains a reasonable financial surplus from year to year whilst at the same time, putting on interesting and varied events throughout the season. Some of these events involve guest speakers and judges and there’s an associated cost with this. Membership fees at BPS are purposefully held at the lower range of fees that are charged at photographic clubs in Scotland and therefore, as a club, we cannot rely wholly on fees to cover operating costs. Supplementary income is derived from tea/coffee sales and occasional one off attendance charges to members of other clubs. With tha

Appraisal Night with Donald Ford and the 2019/20 Syllabus

Next Tuesday we welcome Donald Ford back to the club. Those who were there for his visit last year will know it is a great fun evening. Donald is a former international footballer and cricketer, and now a renowned golf course photographer. He will be looking at your images, either prints or digital, and offering his constructive and informed feedback on them. This is not a competition, but rather a much more informal appraisal night. Please bring along a couple of prints, mounted or not, any size, or send in a couple of PDIs to me at bpscomps@gmail.com as soon as you can. In other news, we have completed the preparation of the syllabus for next season, and will have hard copies of the new

Main Project

Today is the hand in date for the Main Project, and I already have 13 submissions, with a vast range of subject matter, so it promises to be a fun competition for the judge to consider. We have a new judge for BPS this year - Harry Scott - who I am sure you will all enjoy listening to, so I would encourage anyone who is undecided to have a go at putting a project in. Given that we have a Committee meeting tomorrow night, I am unlikely to get these sorted out until Thursday, so I can extend the deadline until 7pm on Thursday if that helps anyone get a project together. In case you haven't taken part before, we are looking for 12 digital images, on a theme, with a title image. Last year's wi

Twenty20 (not Cricket)

This Tuesday we have our annual image exchange with Carnoustie Photo Group - now aptly named the Twenty20 - a name not stolen from limited overs cricket at all. In the past we have looked through the images sent to us by Carnoustie PG, discussed them and made some 'on the hoof' edits, before reporting the findings back to them the following month. This season is a little different, as they have provided us with 20 images of real quality, and it really might be quite a short evening if we set out to improve them! Instead, after the apparent success of last week, we are going to have another go at judging the images. We'll follow a similar format - discuss them in turn and then run through t

Be the Judge!

On Tuesday evening we've decided to tackle the choosing of Brechin's images for the Angus Cup and John Senior Trophy a little differently, and hopefully in a way that will be far more fun! We also have a 10 in 10 talk from Iain McLachlan to look forward to. Andy went some way to explain the job of the judge on Tuesday night, but for many reasons it might be beneficial to know a bit more about the process. The SPF and PAGB publish guidance for judges, which you might be interested to hear. We will all then have a go at being the judge in order to select the club's entry for the Angus Cup and John Senior Trophy. For those new to the club, the Angus Cup (digital) and John Senior Trophy (prin

Print of the Year!

I hope everyone enjoyed Gordon Rae's talk on Tuesday. I think that's probably the biggest turnout we've had since I joined the club, bolstered slightly by a few guests from Mearns and Carnoustie PG. Great to see the room so full. This coming Tuesday, Andy Hayes ARPS CPAGB EFIAP will be delivering his verdict on the Rust topic, and as a result we will know the winners of the three divisions of the Annual Image Competition, so not to be missed! In addition, Tuesday is the hand in date for our Colour and Mono Print of the Year competitions. Please note that the rules have changed slightly to a maximum of 3 images per person (1 colour, 2 mono OR 2 colour , 1 mono) due to the sheer number of p

Welcome Back BPS!! Gordon Rae talk

With Christmas and New Years Day falling on Tuesdays, it feels like the club has been on holiday for longer than usual this year. However, the wait is over, and we are back on Tuesday night with a much anticipated talk from wildlife photography expert Gordon Rae. Kestrel hunting (c) Gordon Rae Photography More of Gordon's inspiring work can be found on his website at https://www.gordonraephotography.co.uk/ Many of our enthusiastic wildlife photographers will be DELIGHTED to know that Gordon is a Nikon enthusiast!! Gordon is travelling from Dumfries, and is judging at Mearns Camera Club on the Monday evening. Working together with another local club is a good way to secure speakers and judg

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