Newsletter #103 11th March 2022

Penryn Camera Club Luncheon - by Jeanette Ruberry

The Falmouth Hotel stands on the northeastern side of Falmouth’s iconic seafront. It is the oldest hotel in Falmouth, having opened its doors in 1865, two years after the rail terminus for the town started operating. At that time the building stood imperially aloof and was a favoured subject for photographers of the day.

Present day photographers, also known as Penryn Camera Club, gathered by the bar last Sunday, to enjoy our annual formal luncheon postponed from New Year because of the dreaded Covid Omicron outbreak. The setting in a private room with panoramic outlook to the sea was stunning.

annual formal luncheon

Twenty-three hungry souls anticipated the culinary delights to come but a convivial period of conversation and sipping of drinks preceded the feast. Julia sold raffle tickets with a flare and a flourish - the raffle table groaning under a plethora of generously donated prizes. Thank you to everyone involved with that venture. Over £50 was raised.

Julia sold raffle tickets

Following our starters the chef arranged a pallet cleanser of mongo sorbet - an icy delight on the tongue. The main act was superb. Robust portions of roast beef and chicken breasts that looked supreme. I didn’t see the vegetarian option, but at a guess that must have been good too. The food was hot, well cooked, and the service was attentive.

For those who choose to eat dessert - most rumbled with the crumble - and received a plentiful portion for their efforts. Coffee and mints concluded the dining experience and the conversation and musical chairs resumed as we chatted to our friends who had been sat on other tables.

we chatted to our friends

It was lovely to have Victor back in the fray, but sad that Jan could not be present. We all wish you well, Jan, and a most speedy recovery.

Thank you to Karen, for organising this wonderful occasion. Karen, we think you might have got yourself a job for life - you are so good at it! Thank you to everyone else who contributed in some way - and to all who supported the event by coming along.

As a camera club, we can all take a reasonable picture but I am sure that we must be the most sociable one in Cornwall! We love our outings and eating and drinking - and there is absolutely nothing wrong in that. Long may it last.

Meetings


Our guest photographer Colin Higgs.
  1. What a fascinating illustrated talk last night by our guest photographer Colin Higgs. Not only was it a great opportunity to see some unusual and somewhat historic images, but it was also interesting to hear Colin’s tales from the print room and the challenges facing a working photo journalist getting to grips with the changing technology.

  2. Thursday 17th March – KF3 Judging with our old friend Mark Walker. Please collect ALL of your prints after the competition for possible use at (Print) Image of the Year!

  3. Thursday 24th March – Photoshop editing with Victor + IOY Hand-in

Competitions


  1. Thursday 24th March (Programme change) – HAND-IN for Image and Print of the Year a. NB Entries MUST either have been previously entered in this year’s club competitions or represented the club in this year’s “Battles”.

  2. Thursday 14th April - Image and Print of the Year – Judge Brian Galbraith.

Diary Dates PCC


  • 7pm Thursday 31st March (Programme change) – Tour of Penryn Museum & photographing exhibits

Cornwall Photographic Alliance (CPA)

Western Counties Photographic Federation (WCPF)

Member’s Exhibition 2022

  • This is a VERY prestigious competition and exhibition which showcases the talent we have in the West Country with prints and digital images shown at the Bovey Tracey Golf Club from 1st to 16th May.

Reminder for Penryn Camera Club Survey – Paul Coper. We have had some responses from the survey and so it would be REALLY helpful if more of you could give us feedback on what you like and don’t like so the 2023 programme can be adjusted. Please treat this like a photo critique, there are no wrong answers but we are very keen to get your honest reviews. The easiest way to collect responses is via an on-line form in our website. You simply tick boxes or type responses and answers are automatically collated. However, if you picked up a hard copy please hand it in no later than next week. https://forms.gle/yt6mzHu5QnT1ogvKA

Best wishes Derek, Jeanette and Paul

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