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May Newsletter

Next Meeting
Wednesday 16th May
Vanda Ralevska
Vanda says "In my second presentation I talk about several projects I have recently been working on, the challenges I have encountered and how they helped me develop my work, the way I see things and my outlook on photography. I especially focus on how important it is to take time to be present in the moment and enjoy the time and place we have been given." Vanda is a very engaging speaker and she has some very atmospheric pictures in her collection. I hope to see you there on Wednesday.

Last Meeting
Last month we held our first meeting at our new venue, The Bell Inn in Hampton. Once we got to grips with the lighting and the projector, we had a review of members' pictures that they submitted for entry in the SPA Inter-club Competition. We had a great selection of pictures which we had to whittle down to 16. After much discussion and voting we finally came up with our selection. This was truly the people's choice as everybody present got to vote. The images have now been entered into the competition and we eagerly await the result. Watch this space.

New Venue
Our new meeting room is the upstairs function room at The Bell Inn in Hampton. It's a bit bigger than our previous room and has a balcony with views over the river. The pub environment worked well in that there was plenty of opportunity for members to socialise during the evening. We plan to meet there again this month with perhaps a slightly different room layout which will be more suitable for our meetings. The full address is The Bell Inn, 8 Thames Street, Hampton, TW12 2EA. There is a car park behind the pub and another just over the road by the Hampton Ferry.

Coming up
In June we have Maythem Ridha talking about shooting the Middle East and North Africa and his book Beyond Moments: Morocco.

In July we will have a members' presentation including some monochrome images from Geoffrey Beer.

In August we hear some photographers experiences of entering for the CPAGB Award. This is the most nerve-racking award you can apply for in photography. Find out how they got on in August.

This Sunday, 13th May, The Tudor Pull runs from Hampton Court to the Tower of London. Starting with a ceremony at 09:00 at Hampton Court, the Stele (a piece of old London Water Pipe representing Crown Jewels) is handed to Her Majesty’s Bargemaster to take aboard the “Gloriana” for the voyage down to the Tower of London. The procession passes Richmond at 10:00 with a stop for refreshments and reaches the Tower around 17:30

There are lots of photographic exhibitions on at the moment and many of them are listed in the London Photography Diary. One that caught my eye was Queen in 3D by Brian May. That's Queen the band, not The Queen. These photographs document Queen from the 70's right up to the present day and were recently brought together in the Queen in 3-D book. A must see for any Queen fans.

Last month's tip reminded us to change the time on our camera. For those who forgot, there is an easy way to alter the timestamp on your pictures using Lightroom.

1. Select your folder (one by one) of incorrectly date-stamped images.
2. In Library mode, select all images
3. Click the Metadata menu
4. Click Edit Capture Time
5. Select the 2nd (middle) button and +1 (far right box)
6. Click Change.
7. Done.

With thanks to Chris Taylor for the information.

Martin Pearson