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3rd April 2014

Highland Challenge 2014
The club members who attended this year’s Highland Challenge had a most enjoyable day in the Nairn Community Centre – a very fine building for such events. In the morning there was a beautifully illustrated and informative talk on “Landscape photography and the techniques of scouting and preparation” by Ian Cameron (www.transientlight.co.uk). This year there were 8 clubs competing, including the new and small club at Scourie. The judging was in the afternoon and it is fair to say that the judge’s comments and scoring left not a few raised eyebrows! However, this is in the nature of camera club judging and it is not something to get too wound up about. It is a subjective business by its very nature and different judges have different preferences. In this case a 3mm white border round the image, white or off-white card mounts and animals and people looking from left to right seemed to find particular favour!

Be that as it may there were undoubtedly many strong images and the final result was a close call for a number of clubs including our own. The results were: 1 Dingwall 172 points; 2 Inverness 162 pts; 3 Thurso 159pts; 4 Isleburgh (Shetland) 158 pts; 5 Cromarty 155pts; 6 East Sutherland 154pts; 7 Nairn 153pts; 8 Scourie 146pts. Andy’s The art lover scored the maximum of 20pts and was judged best colour print. Only 6 points separated 3rd and 7th places. So, all told a pretty good effort.

Meeting and AGM 8 April
AGMs need not take up too much time for the formal business. However, we do need a new Secretary and also a new committee member. Running a successful club like ours does take a little time and effort but the demands of being on the committee are not so great that most people could not fit them in. It is important that the jobs are shared out and not too onerous on any one person. So do think hard about whether you can give a little time to help continue a successful club.

Thinking caps on
Even if you do not want to be involved in the committee you will all have thoughts about what you like and do not like about our activities and how they can be improved in the future. So the AGM will be an opportunity to air your views and to make suggestions and comments. That way you can influence what we do next year and how the program is developed. If you cannot make the meeting do e-mail John with your thoughts – or via esccweb@btinternet.com.

Macro competition
This is our final competition of the year and as with other competitions the best two images in each class will go forward to the Annual Competition on 13 May which will be judged by Gordon Alison ARPS. There’s still time to get your images sorted and remember since not everybody has a specialised macro lens we are taking a fairly wide definition of macro to include any image which involves getting close to (and intimate) with your subject.

Finally, Michelle will be giving her slide show of a trip to Australia. If time permits we will also show some of the images taken at our portrait workshop at the end of February.

Annual Dinner
It is appropriate to record our appreciation to the Golspie Inn for a splendid dinner, which Michelle has already done. Attendance was good and everyone seemed to enjoy the company and the food. Well worth a return visit and it is to be hoped that the Inn prospers under its new management. Thanks are also due to Michelle for organising the event.