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Thursday 19 October saw the first BPS competition night of the season, for Digitally Projected Images. Our judge was Howard Tate (MA Phot ARPS AFIAP), one of our favourites. We had more images than usual, 159 altogether from 21 authors. We were all very pleased to see this amount of participation, if a little concerned about squeezing everything in.
There was a good turn out from members. Rais called order and got proceedings rolling quickly. Howard kept his comments succinct but full of valuable advice. He even managed to include useful tips for users of Photoshop and Lightroom. His criticisms were obviously not always agreed with but he gave them respectfully and constructively, drawing on his considerable depth of knowledge and wealth of experience. Members could be heard expressing their appreciation for what they had learned. And I learnt that a JCB is a Joe Cornish boulder in the foreground.
12th October's meeting saw an interesting talk on the often lauded photographers paradise of Cuba. Ex-BPS president Paul Richards had entered a competition run by a leading UK photography magazine to win an all expenses paid photographer-led trip to Cuba.
Paul had long forgotten entering the competition when he got an email saying he had won a prize and giving a contact number. As would all sensible people, Paul put it straight into the trash bin fearing an obvious scam. Later a follow up phone call from a leading photography tour company convinced him that he had indeed won a fabulous trip to Cuba.
Imran Mirza was a member of our club some years ago. He has become an established professional photographer and was kind enough to come back on 5th October to describe his journey. It was a very frank, warts-and-all account leading to the title of his talk, of course.