June 7th Bowls Night at Kings Newton Bowls Club 19:00 hrs start

This is a social evening you can bring your partners too.  Come and try your hand at a game of bowls we will have some of the members from the bowls club to assist us in the art of bowls you never know we may have a little match for fun.

The bar will be open and we will be running a raffle to aid with the fund raising.  If you can provide a raffle prize that would be great.

If you don’t want to play bowls bring your camera and take some images and watch from the sidelines.

Could you please let me know if you will be attending as I have to give them an idea of numbers.  Please send me an e-mail to lorraine@geoffdowell.com


Architecture at Jubilee Campus Nottingham 31/05/2018

Note From Della

All arranged for the 31st

Meet in the car park shown on the attached map at 19.30hrs, I’ve been over today and the Security chap I spoke to said we can park anywhere on Campus for free after 16.30hrs. Tripods would be useful.

Attached is the confirmation email from Security should anyone get challenged on site.

This link tells you a bit about some of the buildings -


Think that’s everything! Look forwaerd to seeing you all there




Summer Programme 2018

This is an extract from the main programme for the coming season and details the events that are taking place throughout the summer months. Visitors as well as members are most welcome to attend any of these events. If you are a visitor please lets us know you are coming through the link on the contact us page and please leave a phone number or email address where we can contact you back

TCMH = Thomas Cook Memorial Hall , High Street, Melbourne, opposite Doves Garage.
Date Day Title Description Speaker/Judge
31-May-18 Thursday                             19.30-21.30       TCMH Photography Trip to Nottingham Industrial and hi-tech architecture in and around Nottingham Della Astle
07-Jun-18 Melbourne Bowls Club Bowls Match A “friendly” match of bowls against the Melbourne Bowls club. 19:00 Start. Lorraine Dowell
16-Jun-18 Saturday                Meet 10.00 Hrs   Castle Sq, Melbourne Crich Tramway Museum Day trip to Crich Tramway museum. Admission price £17 or £13 for Seniors. Ticket valid for 12 months (not valid for 1940′s/WW2 events)
19-Jun-18 Photographic Boat Trip Marlow to Windsor Alan May
30-Jun-18 Saturday                Meet 09.00 Hrs   Castle Sq, Melbourne Taking the Waters, Photogrpahic Trip to the Peak District “Taking the Waters”. A photographic location tour around the Northern Eastern Peak District, visiting:Wyming Brook & Redmire; Ladybower & Derwent valleys; Fairbrook and the Snake. Potentially Padley, Longshaw, Lumsdale and Belper Weirs on return. Paul Cooper [Facilitator]
14-Jul-18 Saturday                Meet at 09.00Hrs for set up at Melbourne Primary School Playing Field Melbourne Fete & Carnival A fun day showing our work at the Melbourne Carnival. Always an interesting and entertaining day. Giving members the chance to exhibit their work, talk to the public and have a go at taking some pictures of the events Tony Pedley
14-Jul-18 Saturday                Meet 10.00 Hrs   Castle Sq, Melbourne Photography Trip Day trip visit to Steampunk at Papplewick Pumping Station
09-Aug-18 Thursday               Meet 18.00 Hrs,Castle Sq, Melbourne Peak District Heather Peak district visit to photograph the heather. This will be targetted on the Eastern Moors, near Hathersage Paul Cooper
09-Sep-18 Sunday               Meet 10.00 Hrs   Castle Sq, Melbourne Street Photography – Matlock Street photography trip to Matlock Bath
14-Sep-18 Friday                      Time to be agreed.              Wisteria House, Church Street, Melbourne Melbourne Arts Festival – Set up  Set up exhibition for the weekend Arts Festival Tony Pedley
14-Sep-18 Saturday & Sunday Melbourne Arts Festival Our premier exhibition of the year. Opportunities to showcase our work and to talk to visitors about the images and our activities Tony Pedley
20-Sep-18 Thursday               19.30 – 22.00     TCMH Welcome Night Welcome night for new and prospective members and the first night of our winter season bringing together established members President
27-Sep-18 Thursday               19.30 – 22.00     TCMH Nature photography A Wildlife and Nature photographer based near Sheffield in the UK. I regularly work on projects with specific species, developing a deep appreciation and understanding of them before using this to help raise awareness. I also regularly run workshops and tours, not only to help others capture beautiful images and teach individuals the art of photography but also to give them the opportunity to experience how magical the natural world is. Tesni Ward

Annual General Meeting – 26th April 2018

Melbourne Photographic Society

Annual General Meeting

Thursday 26th April 2018


Venue: Thomas Cook Memorial Hall Melbourne


Apologise for absence Paul Cooper

Minutes of previous meeting Paul Cooper
Matters Arising Paul Cooper


Presidents Report Paul Cooper


Finance Report + Financial Statement  - All now published Alan May


Programme Secretary Report 2017-2018 Programme John Zahorodny


Competition Report 2017-2018 Simon Pearce


Exhibition Secretary’s Report Jennifer Zahorodny


Website & Promotions Report Paul Cooper


Fund Raising Report Lorraine Dowell


Election of Officers – See Below Paul Cooper


Proposal to have a selection panelI propose that we return to a selection panel approach.  The panel should select a balanced portfolio of photographs from the different genres and from different members.  The genres should try to include (but not limited to) Landscape, National History, Portrait, Macro, Sport, Still life, Creative, Fashion, Architecture.  The techniques could include colour, black and white, drone etc.  We should not have the same image twice as a pdi and print.The panel, would be appointed by the committee. Chris Brown


Proposal for future equipmentWe should spend some of the money we have raised on a studio setup – lights and backdrop.  This will be used for portraits, still life etc. – indoor photography.  The purpose of this, other than to be fun, is to widen our repertoire and skills producing new and fresh images. Chris Brown


Proposal for the change in competition  rules for the Natural History images.Should we adopt the news rules, which have changed recently to bring us in line with Nempf/PAGB rules for competitions. Simon Pearce


“With regard to competition projection, the image quality is perceived to be poor with a reduced resolution and a noticeable lightening of shadow detail and associated loss of saturation and contrast especially compared with i) the Annual prints when they were shown together and ii) when other exhibition material is shown using other display software, the image saturation and contrast is usually much better.  Suggest a benchmarking with what other software other societies use, and/or alternative ways of working.”Amended by Alastair 20/04/18 Alistair Moore


Social Media presenceAs a new member this year and I dare say it a ‘little bit younger’ than a fair few of the members, When I was looking to join the club I used my phone and computer to look at the club website & social media sites which didn’t really give me much of an insight to the actual members and the standards of photography, (meaning, I was looking to see if I was good enough to join and not look an idiot) So the next place I went was Facebook to the club page however this is a closed group and I feel that it should be more welcoming and allow anyone to view but not post and that the security settings are reviewed on the page.The other thing I think that would be beneficial is other social networks such as twitter and Instagram, now as I know the website is a wordpress there are plugins available that would allow you to post once on the website and it automatically posts to social media sites such as twitter and facebook.  So time saving, the other side of it is that if the club has events planned well in advance we can schedule posts on the website which would post to social media for you.I feel that the club needs to be more active in this field to offer its guidance and potential gain new members in the area.  Chris Findon
AOB  Paul Cooper


Melbourne Photographic Society

Election of Officers

AGM 26th April 2018

Members were asked to put their names forward two weeks prior to this meeting; two expressions of interest were received along with the incumbent members who have indicated that they are prepared to continue in post. Due to the one member leaving the committee it will be necessary to proceed with elections for each post in turn. The table below shows the current post holder, status and expressions on interest.



2017/18 post holder Status

Expressions of interest

President Paul Cooper Standing for re election None
Vice President Retiring Simon Pearce
Treasurer Alan May Standing for re election None
Secretary Lorraine Dowell Standing for re election None
Programme Secretary John Zahorodnyj Standing for re election None
Competition Secretary Simon Pearce Standing for re election None
Exhibition Secretary Jennifer Zahorodnyj Standing for re election, if no one else stands  None
Advertising & Promotions Paul Cooper Standing for re election None
Committee Member John Wesson Standing for re election None

Paul Cooper , President  & Lorraine Dowell, Secretary



All Papers can be located by following this link. No papers will be provided on the night.


If you have issues with accessing the secure page on the website please reply to this email

Please Remember only Members of the society are entitled to vote and speak at the AGM



A Few Happy Snaps – 19th April 2018

This talk will be given by Mike Sharples, ARPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE5, details of whose work can be found at http://www.mikesharplesphotography.com/gallery.html. Mike is an active member of RPS in the region.

There will be a selection of mono prints of landscape, sport, portraits, environmental portraits. Giving a description for methods of exposure control, printing techniques, related to the camera and post taking techniques, plus consideration of paper choice.