Calne Camera Club is now in its fortieth year. The Club currently comprises 30 members, encompassing those who are competitive and those who are there for the social aspects – it is a friendly club welcoming new and old members alike. Its meetings take place at the Beversbrook Community Centre in Calne on Monday evenings, starting at 7.30pm. The programme features a variety of events both photographic and local general interest offering something for everyone.
The aims of Calne CC are to provide a venue where people, interested in the art of photography, can come together and exchange information, learn more about their interest, improve their photographic techniques and share images in various formats in a comfortable environment.
The range of programme events includes talks, practical sessions and competitions, both internal and with other clubs and is supplemented by additional events, relating to local interest, where relevant.
The Club’s meeting place provides a space where the objectives may be met. For practical evenings it is possible to arrange a number of sets, each being overseen by a knowledgeable member who can give advice and help with difficulties. Experienced members of the club are willing and able to answer questions and provide tuition to less experienced individuals.
Calne Camera Club aims to provide a varied programme with areas of interest to suit most tastes. Programme items include practical evenings (table top and portraiture), outdoor practical events, presentations by guest speakers, critique evenings in small groups, training evenings, internal competitions and competitions with other clubs.
The Club is a member of the Western Counties Photographic Federation and is able to enter images into the inter club competitions run by the Federation. Similarly, club members are able to enter Federation competitions on an annual basis. The Club is also affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. This qualifies club members to present panels of images for distinctions thus giving them the right to apply relevant letters to their names.
During this year the club has had successful ventures to Lacock, where the floodlit abbey and surrounds were recorded for posterity. A member offered the facilities of his farm buildings for a photographic practical evening. This was attended by some 80 percent of club members who created some interesting images.
Another venture was a week in the Lake District, which was oversubscribed. It was blessed with good weather and some memorable images resulted.
The club’s President Eddy Lane invited members and their partners to a barbeque at his home – another well attended and enjoyable evening. It featured a remotely controlled drone camera allowing the creation of images from an airborne perspective.
On a more general basis the season has seen regular competitions with good levels of entry from many members. Demonstrations of the use of Lightroom and Photoshop were given by Robin Gregory and so transforming a somewhat ordinary image into an interesting one with impact. He also gave a talk about his quirky and unusual images where he had combined miniature ‘people’ with ordinary subjects, giving them an unusual impact.
Other evenings saw speed critiques, where up to six members brought in a number of images and exposed them to the criticisms and helpful comments of other members.
4th to 12th October
Over the last 7 seasons Calne Camera Club has run an exhibition of its work within the ‘Calne Arts and Music Festival’. The exhibition of members’ work takes place in the Heritage Centre in Calne. Typically up to 150 pictures have been on display for eight days. To mark our 40th anniversary (and the 8th of our exhibitions) the club is hoping to have 200 images to show the world. All the images on display will have been selected by individual members own choice. Members of the public are cordially invited to witness this display.