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ANYONE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE GROUP PLEASE CONTACT WALTER MASON.


The group currently meets monthly in members' houses, and is limited to members possessing reasonable skills in photography, emailing, and the ability to store pictures on a computer.
 
The emphasis will be on sharing skills and experience with each other, as well as working on practical projects each month.


PROGRAMME FOR 2015                       ALL THURSDAYS     
JANUARY      15       Chris Gibson’s house      Competition       “Unusual Shots of Everyday Objects”  (bring up to 10 pictures -to use in future U3A competition)
FEBRUARY    19        Diane Saxon’s house      Competition       “Art Deco”
MARCH         19       Brian Beck’s house         Competition       “Crowds”
APRIL           16       Fred Goodier’s house      Competition       “Manchester”
MAY             21       Pam Wood’s house         Competition       “Movement”

JUNE            18       Walter Mason’s house     Competition       “Close – Ups”
JULY            16       Chris Gibson’s house       Competition       “Shopping”  

AUGUST        20       Diane Saxon’s house      Competition        “Sport”
SEPTEMBER   17       Brian Beck’s house         Competition       “Science”

OCTOBER      15       Fred Goodier’s house      Competition       “Clouds/Sky Scenes”
NOVEMBER    19       Pam Wood’s house        Competition       “Scarecrows”
DECEMBER    17       Walter Mason’s house     Competition       “Farming”

January meeting

The topic of our January meeting was Everyday objects from unusual angles.

 

Two photographs by Brian Beck were deemed the best followed by one from Chris Gibson and one from Walter Mason.

           

February meeting

The topic of our February meeting was “Art Deco”; much more of a challenge than previous topics. Members searched family possessions and used Google to look for things to photograph, then produced a range of photographs including local buildings, furniture and china. The winner of the competition was Fred Goodier, for his photograph of a Royal Doulton milk jug made in the 1930s.

e topic of our Februar meeting was “Art Deco”; much more of a challenge than previous topics. Members searched family possessions and used Google to look for things to photograph, then produced a range of photographs including local buildings, furniture and china. The winner of the competition was Fred Goodier, for his photograph of a Royal Doulton milk jug made in the 1930s.

The topic of our February meeting was “Art Deco”; much more of a challenge than previous topics. Members searched family possessions and used Google to look for things to photograph, then produced a range of photographs including local buildings, furniture and china. The winner of the competition was Fred Goodier, for his photograph of a Royal Doulton milk jug made in the 1930s.

       

 

Second and third were Diane’s photos of the Compton organ in Stockport Plaza and of the art deco building on Quay Street Manchester, which started life as a bus station in the 1930s.

 

Our photographs led to a wide-ranging discussion (with help from the internet) to find information about Fred’s Royal Doulton jug and to explore Art Deco buildings in Manchester. Several of these were in the Swan Street/Oldham Road area and appeared rundown and in need of TLC. We thought that perhaps listed status makes modernisation difficult or expensive.  

 

We also discovered that there were many art deco cinemas scattered around Greater Manchester but few of these remain. Later, our discussion widened to art deco in Underground stations in London, Paris and Moscow, the landmark Midland Hotel in Morecambe and theatre organs.

 

Our next meeting is 19 March, when the subject of the competition is “Crowds”.

 

Diane Saxon /Walter Mason


MARCH MEETING

The subject “crowds” had a varied set of pictures, along with some discussion whether crowds could only be people, or could be interpreted more generally.
The result was 1st. “Changing of Guard at Prague Castle” (Walter Mason); 2nd  equals  “Tallin Market” (Chris Gibson) and “Line Out Drama at Cardiff Arms” (Brian Beck. 2 days later, Brian captured clear shots of the partial eclipse.
Changing of Guard a Prague Casle Tallin Market Line out Drama at Cardiff Arms
Crowds The partial eclipse

In April we welcomed Bob Barlow to our group, and hope he enjoyed our meeting. Theis month’s competition “Manchester” had a variety of subjects, but mostly photographed in the city centre. The result was 1st – Walter  Mason “Selfridges at Christmas”;  2nd Chris Gibson “Manchester Town Hall”;  3rd Walter Mason “Triangle – former Corn Exchange”. A few emailed images sent for the competition were small, and required group knowledge and some computer experimentation to bring towards full screen size. Later, Fred projected a DVD on portrait taking, which gave useful tips on obtaining best pictures. 

 

First place
Second 
Third place

MAY  MEETING

Robert Barlow had a cracking start in our May monthly competition “Movement”, by coming 1st (Child in large ball on swimming pool) , and 2nd Equals (children walking  along beach). The other success was by Chris Gibson with 2nd Equals (fairground scene) and 4th (little girl). Some technically clever pictures of moving objects “froze” the object too much to suggest movement. We had an interesting discussion, on why a slanting skyline appeared to convey a sense of motion.
Running on water On Beach
Fairground Scene  Lizzie
Movement

JUNE MEETING
Because of holidays, a photoshoot in Etherow Country Park had few attendees, and our competition on “Close-Ups” had fewer entries than usual. The result was 1st. Diane Saxon – dandelion clock.  2nd. Fred Goodyear – wasp on convolvulus flower. 3rd Diane Saxon – tomato.

July 16 - “Shopping”.
Holidays and medical appointments took their toll, with too few pictures to judge a competion. In a shortened meeting, Chris demonstrated his mastery of computer lightening and darkening.

Next meeting
-    20th August – “Sport” – 10am Diane’s house


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