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What’s On Blackburn & District Camera Club Weekly Guide to Events & Activities

What’s On December 2nd Blackburn & District Camera Club Feniscowles Methodist Church Hall Preston Old Road Blackburn BB2 5EP W - www.Bandd.cc E - Secretary@Bandd.cc

This Week’s Cover Pickwick Night by Bob Singleton

News Events and Activities From Blackburn & District Camera Club

Contents Club Meetings Trips and Activities Committee Meeting Web Site News Special Offer How you can Help

Meetings We meet each Monday evening at 7.30pm (except Bank Holidays) at Feniscowles Methodists Church on Preston Old Rd, Blackburn .



5 Elimination Contest

12 Presidents Evening Judith Marr

Will be entertaining us. Will members please submit up to 8 of your best digital images of Please bring eight mounted prints to be the year to Mick Park humorous and lightjudged on the night. After each round some hearted images are especially welcome. prints will be removed and their authors will These will we presented on 19 December take no more part. The remaining authors present another print and the process repeats until only one print remains. There 19th Free & Easy Night will be also be a competition for digital images, details will be given closer to the time Pie and Peas Supper Results of Mission Impossible II and a presentation of members best light-hearted images of the year The Olympic Poster Challenge

2012 January 9


All members are requested to attend

16 Entry night Quarterly - Theme: Open Members' Evening: Ian Sudall Wedding Photography

23 Members' Evening: 30 Results of Quarterly Judge: Roy Pickering

Trips & Outings December 11

November and December

see the end of autumn and the beginning of spectacular winter birding at WWT MarMartin Mere 1:00pm at the Cafe tin Mere, making the reserve one of the top However you do have to pay to get into birdwatching destination anywhere in the Martin Mere and some members may want UK. In this first period we will see the numto arrive earlier to have lunch and get more bers of Whooper Swan and migratory value for their money. ducks increase with peak counts occurring towards the end of December. In recent years maximum counts of Pink-footed . Geese have been in November.

Teal, American Wigeon, 1w Red-breasted Goose (2010). Opening times Winter (Monday 27 October to February) 9.30am to 5.00pm

Facilities Eating

The brand new Mere Side cafe offers a delicious selection of hot and cold food, a Daily sightings of Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, variety of coffees and chilled drinks, and Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and tempting home-made cakes. From healthy Kestrel likely. Don't rule out Hen Harrier, vegetarian salads to hearty meat dishes, Merlin, Barn Owl and Short-eared Owl too. all can be enjoyed overlooking the beautiful wetlands. In recent years rarities on the reserve during this period have included; Great Hot food served from 11.45am - 2.30pm. Grey Shrike, Ross's Goose, Green-winged



Adult £8.95 The gift shop stocks a wide range of wildlife books, outdoor clothing, bird Concession (65+, full-time students, feeders/boxes, postcards and stationary, unemployed) £6.64 children’s gifts and souvenirs of your visit to the centre, including a unique range of WWT Martin Mere is now offering a products featuring the artwork of WWT scheme where visitors who travel to the founder Sir Peter Scott. Centre without a car can receive discount entry on admission. There is also an In Focus optics shop at the centre selling everything you will ever need to watch wildlife – from budget binoculars starting at around £15 to deluxe telescopes at over £1000. In Focus is the ideal place to get honest, friendly advice about buying your first pair of binoculars and test them in what must be the best location anywhere in the North West of England.

The reduced admission prices are: Adult: £8.00 Concession: £6.20

How to find it Martin Mere Wetland Centre is located six miles from Ormskirk and 10 miles from Southport. It is easily accessible by public and private transport.

By car Situated off the A59, the Centre is signposted from junction 8 on the M61, junction 3 on the M58 and junction 27 on the M6. It is free to park at the Centre.As said, I feel I have been very well treated by Blackburn Camera Club and so I would like to suggest a limited time offer to any of your Club members for a One -to- One Workshop.

Committee Meeting There will be a committee meeting next Wednesday the 7th December. You will already have received a circular about this. If any Member has anything they would like to be considered by the committee please e-mail me secretary@bandd.cc as soon as possible so that I can include it on the agenda.

Web Site News Web Site Galleries There is now a revised system in place for website galleries John Murray has agreed to administer the galleries so all you need to do is email the photos to him He has created an email address specifically for the use of Gallery entry requests which is: gallery.banddcc@btinternet.com Please use this address for all gallery communications to make John’s task as easy as we can.

Your Chance To Be Seen We also have another way for you to profile your work. We are always on the lookout for photography and stories to put on the website front page. At the moment the website tends to feature my photography. That's not because I want it that way but simply because no-one else ever sends anything to me. If you have any story you would like to tell or a few photographs you would like to show to a greater audience please send them to me and you can have your moment on the front page.

If you haven’t been to the website recently have a look and you will see some very good work in the members galleries - all listed Putting your images in a gallery is one thing but the front page of the website is now receiving over 200 hits per week and any under a tab on the front page. work profiled there will be seen by many more people. Elsewhere I have written about the coverage for this bulletin, it is now downloaded and read by about 200 people a week, so if you let me have a cover photo it will be seen by a lot of people. Cover photos need to be Landscape format.

Members Offer Adrian Almond has made the following offer to members:I feel I have been very well treated by Blackburn Camera Club and so I would like to make a limited time offer to your Club members for a One -to- One Workshop. If a Winter Workshop day is booked with me before December 25th 2011, to take place on a day between now and the end of March 2012, then I will discount £50 from the cost of the day. In other words the Workshop final cost will be £120. A half day will be £70 and this could be combined with a few hours at my home for Post-Processing work at £25 per hour. At this time of year, 2 types of combo-itinerary work well. Either a few hours am for PP and then preparation for Kent Estuary/Arnside sunset shoot, or winter sunrises at Windermere/Grasmere, breakfast then back home for PP session.. I will also be prepared to offer a good price for a Club group outing. If there is any interest in this then just get back to me for a price per person.

E-Mail adrianalmond@yahoo.co.uk

How You Can Help We hope that by producing What's On we introduce you not only to the activities provided by the club but also to other opportunities to get out and about to take photographs or to see exhibitions or listen to interesting speakers. However we can only do this if we know what is going on outside the club. The website now includes two additional features the first is a calendar which incorporates not only the syllabus but other events and the second is a guide to local events provided by an outside source, and our new Weather Forecast Gizmo.

We need input from you to keep What's On and the calendar up-todate. If you learn of anything which might be of interest to other members whether it be somewhere to go or something to see please let us know.

For general events and photo opportunities please email the details to our events coordinator Steward Elliott. wildprophotos@yahoo.co.uk For other stuff please e-mail it to me secretary@bandd.cc Finally you will see that for the second weed running I have provided this week’s cover. However I am sure that there is someone else out there who would like to have their image on the cover and if you would send me an image you have every chance of it being used next week.

The image should be about 1500 pixels wide. What's On is landscape format and therefore landscape images are preferred you will also note that type is placed to the bottom right-hand corner so please take that into account when choosing the photograph.