A round of applause for the winners and runners up in the 2016 League (Digital and Print competitions run throughout the year);
1st. Rhod Llewelyn
2nd. Vic Chambers
3rd Pete Rankin
1st Dean Pine
2nd Geoff Osborn
3rd Tim Stephens
Congratulations are in order and lets hope next years is just as competitive with an equally high standard of work, if not even better!!!
Click the link below for the full results.
League Table 2016
We have had to cancel the Christmas meal at the Lookout Cafe Bar in Cardiff Bay due to lack of support.
We are hoping that some of us can meet up for a pub meal. Watch this space for more info.
The next club print competition is on 28 August and entries should be given to Rhod, competition secretary, on or before 14 August
We ask that you keep to the Inter-club and national standard of print mount size: outer dimensions of 50x40cm. You can print your photo any size and put it anywhere on this board; either stick it on to a plain board ‘surface mounted’ or have a ‘window’. Buy the board for pence at a Craft store or ask someone like Cardiff Framing in Llanishen to cut a window frame for a couple of pounds
The skill of competent printing is another thing altogether. It has been so ever since the first ever print. We have two choices: to print ourselves or to use professional printers. The professionals are much cheaper and will give advice, including colour correcting for you. On the other hand if you are planning great things for yourself, learn the skills over years and see the great range you can achieve from different papers and other tweaks of your choosing. Professionals are at Express Imaging and Davies Colour in Cardiff and Caerphilly Colour Print – get a discount by mentioning you are a member of this club. Or go on the internet, but they will not help you as much.
In a general way I want to discuss prints with you. Y’see, there is a perception that our membership is not keen on spending money on prints. Is it something to do with cost and us all using computers and not needing prints at home except for our family and holiday shots?
The committee thought this was understandable but did not want to give up on prints entirely; and in response to the dwindling entries changed the format for our monthly print competitions by reducing our annual quota to two sessions a year, and inviting people to use simple mounts.
As far as the club goes this is all interrelated. Do we want a monoculture club with only a nod toward prints? I think not. As el presidente I am duty bound also to observe that there is a chain reaction: no printing leads to no monthly competitions with prints, leading to no inter-club and national competitions such as the Memorial Trophy, and maybe no Club Exhibition… and soon we are leaving Nationals to a few keen but isolated souls… you get the (horrid) theme. In short, troops, if we become apathetic we will have a pathetic club. It is something only the wider membership can do. Tally ho!
Of course, this is not so hard to sort out. I hope that every one of us will be putting in a couple of prints in our annual exhibition. Putting images up for criticism guidance in monthly competitions will help us to refine them, either for a slight change and reprint before the exhibition, or better still just to see the stars in our collections. The comp sec will be keeping an eye out for the pictures that stand out, and invite you to put them forward in interclub and other competitions.
Our Amazon Associates programme has so far earned the club about £25
If you’re considering a purchase that can be made from Amazon (and their price is good!!), then click on one of the links from our website. You don’t necessarily need to purchase straight away. If you link through from our site, what you view will be remembered and a purchase of that item within 30 days will still gain a commission for the club.
How much do we get?
It’s not a huge commission and it varies between products, but a typical return to the club will be in the region of 5% of the purchase price. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and all of the normal Amazon terms on returns etc. still apply.
There is also a promotion on their Amazon prime service and it’s associated video streaming service (Amazon bought out Lovefilm) . If you sign up for a free 30 day trial (even if you cancel after the trial ends) the club gets £5 for a trial on the full Amazon Prime and £2 on a trial of the streaming service.
So please use this facility and help your club’s finances. Just remember to go to Amazon from this site.