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4th November 2013

There was a good turnout for our macro workshop evening on 22 October and the room was occupied with an air of purposeful activity as people got involved in a bit of practical photography. We hope it has given you some ideas for the dark winter nights ahead! Do let Committee members know if you would like more of this sort of practical activity. For those of you for whom Photoshop Elements is a step too far at the moment John’s introduction to Windows Live Photo Gallery should get you moving with photo editing. By the way the recently released Elements 12 has a number of improvements, not least layout, over 10 which I previously had. Adobe seem to be on an annual cycle of upgrades for Elements – an indulgence best avoided too frequently!

On 12 November we will be welcoming Fraser Symonds to the club. Fraser, who works for Scottish Natural Heritage in Golspie is a first class bird photographer and has travelled extensively in pursuit of his photography. We will be in for a splendid presentation. Even if sitting in a hide for hours on end on the frozen tundra is not your idea of fun you will certainly thoroughly enjoy his images – the work of a true craftsman.

In a pale reflection of the main event Hazel will show a compilation of the images which four club members took on a day trip to Handa earlier in the year.

We also have our monthly competition and the title is Past its Sell-by Date. So, plenty of scope there to get your imagination and talent running. For new members, remember it is up to two prints in each of the monochrome and colour sections. All images to reflect the competition title. Generally prints should be approximately A4 size but smaller ones are perfectly acceptable.

Finally a reminder that 12 November is the closing date for your entries into the Highland Challenge club selection process. Up to 5 images in monochrome or colour to be submitted digitally to Bruce by that date (Michelle will provide his e-mail address to avoid attracting spam via the web site). Include the image title as part of the file name if you can or otherwise clearly indicate it in the covering e-mail. They can be of any subject as the competition is an open one. The final 10 images that will make up the club entry will be selected on 10 December. At that stage a decision will need to be made as to whether the individual entries are submitted as digital images for projection or as prints – normally between A4 and A3 in size and mounted.

Anyone venturing out for some firework photography?