Message from Bruce…
Please note: The PDI Battle of summer event images will not now take place on 26th September as planned. Instead it is going to be run as part of the welcome evening on Tuesday 3rd October.
You can submit up to three PDIS which must have been taken at one of the listed summer events. These must be emailed, as attachments, to the usual competition email address – – no later than midnight 30th September. They should follow the new competition standard (e.g. fixed dimensions of 1600 x 1200 px including any black borders, JPG, sRGB, max file size 2Mb). NB: this is a PDI only competition.
These events qualify for the competition:
It’s hard to believe I know, but there are just four weeks to go until our first internal competition of the new season!
I hope you have begun to sort through all the images you have taken over the marvellous summer we have had.
Our first challenge is open, the first to count towards the seasonal points set of five competitions. This season you can enter two prints and one PDI or vice versa. These need to be in by 10th October, at the latest, for the competition on the 17th. Don’t forget the new rules for sizing this year.
You can click here for a complete list of competitions for the season. Please note that the for the first time the Philip Lepper Trophy will be a prints only contest.
I look forward to seeing some exciting and creative images in the months ahead of us.
PAGB e-news edition 191 is now available to view. Click here to download it.
On Tuesday 19th September at 7.30pm (start) in Scott Lower School, I will be running a Photoshop tutorial evening. Covering Sky Replacement, Overall & Partial Enhancement and Halo Removal. This tutorial will be suitable for both Photoshop & Elements users, so if you have a laptop please bring it along.
A small charge of up to £3 p/p, depending attendance numbers, will be made. Refreshments will be available at halftime break. Doors open at 7pm to enable setting up for a 7.30pm start.
Look forward to see you on the 19th.
Bruce has announced the POV for Sunday 15th October 2017.
Last year’s POV was a brilliant success and I am sure this year will be too
Details in Points of View Competition (new link)
All 2017-18 members are invited to compete. If you are interested please read the PDF and let Bruce know ASAP if you intend to come and whether you would like to have lunch in the pub at 3pm
Bruce’s email is
As you know the BCC web site has a Members’ Portfolio page where the club shows the world your own representative image selection. This page displays the high standard all BCC members achieve. It is one of the pages that people first open when gauging the quality of a camera club.
However it has been falling behind the times. For practical reasons we limit it to just 10 images but they are inevitably not kept up-to-date and they are not always displayed how you would like them to be.
Clive Williams is arranging a grand day out to Orford, Suffolk on September 20th. It looks to be a great photo opportunity.
Clive already has a bunch of members wanting to go but if anyone else is interested let Clive know ASAP at
This is his suggested plan for the day that has just been sent to those on his list…
Bedford Camera Club visit to Orford, 20th September 2017
Short explanation of what can be seen at Orford with websites
We hope everyone who attended the Box End Summer Event, that Steve Newman arranged for us, on Tuesday enjoyed it.
As part of the agreement for being allowed to photograph at the Box End Park is that we all offer some images for the park and its members to use. The wakeboarders also asked, more than once, where they would be able to view their photos. They are keen to see
themselves what the BCC can do.
Please go through your images and select any that each wakeboarder him or herself might like to see or keep.
A reminder that the next Summer event has been arranged by Steve N. at the Box End Water Sports Park, wakeboarding (tow) for Tuesday 22nd August
An exciting opportunity to get some great sports photography
It is planned to meet at 6pm and photograph until 8pm. Given we could be running low on light by 8pm I might get there a bit earlier than 6pm
Steve has checked with Box End and they expect to be towing until 8pm
We hope to also have a pan session but Manuel might not be able to make it. Ask around if you would like some guidance.
I hope to do a bit of experimental flash photography during the wakeboarding, not teaching but anyone is welcome to come along and join in. You’ll need a flash gun and tripod plus you need to know how to use the flash.
If anyone is interested I am happy to run a workshop for mixing ambient light and flash (fill flash and more interesting portraits) sometime in the evening, possibly about 7.30pm or earlier depending upon light levels. Let me know if you are interested else it won’t happen.
Joe McNally says (paraphrase) “Planning a shoot? Pray for bad weather, better photographs”
Most us are not so resilient as Joe. If we get rained off again I will try to be there on Wednesday evening (if the weather is more promising) instead; if so and you intend to come along Wednesday tell me if you want the ambient/flash workshop and I will let you know if I am able to go. Meanwhile keep an eye on your emails Tuesday in case Steve needs to cancel the Tuesday meeting again.
Let’s hope for a great evening