Off to a storming start!

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The new season got off to a storming start with a loud, fast-paced slide show expertly prepared by Allister Frost.

Some 50 members joined the Zoom meeting.  Sarah Bedwell, our Chair, thanked those returning for the new season for their continued support at such a difficult time, and welcomed our new members.  She also thanked members for their generous contributions to the ‘Hardship Fund’ that the club had set up to assist any member suffering financial difficulty through the impacts of COVID.

There followed an overview of the excellent new season programme that Simon Bedwell has put together (Follow the ‘Events Programme’ tab at the top of the site to access the programme).

We heard reports from Dominic Murtagh on the summer of socially distanced out and about walks (some 9 local walks attended in total by 30 members) along with plans to continue the programme through the autumn.  Members had also enjoyed two ‘Challenge’ events held during the summer and in true ‘Oliver’ style, asked for more!  So keep your eye on the Website and events programme for news of autumn activity.

Sarah explained and outlined the new three class arrangements for competitions which had received broad support across the membership when we consulted over the summer.  [Note to committee – extra classes means extra prizes, so get ordering that silverware!]

Jon Cowdock announced the launch of our first ‘Special Interest Group’ – Photo Fundamentals – for members looking to get to grips with those camera modes and settings and take control of exposure, focusing etc.  Details of how to get involved with the group to follow shortly.  Jon also announced changes to club communications, with more news streamed on the website as and when it happens rather than waiting for a monthly newsletter.  You can get automatic email notifications of new items posted on the site by adding your email and clicking ‘Subscribe’ at the top of this page.

If anyone joined the call lacking inspiration, then surely by the end of Allister Frost’s presentation that must have changed.  Frankly, we were lucky not to lose half our audience as they grabbed their cameras and ran outside to try those night-time shots and other ideas Allister inspired us with!

Finally, Clare Pickett (our Surrey Photographic Association rep) talked through what looks like an ambitious programme of TPS participation in external competitions through the SPA and with other local clubs.

The 2020-21 season at TPS is under way, so bring it on!

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