Thirteen members of our club went to Sunbury Court Conference Centre for the annual “Digital Days” photographic course which was originally started by our Robin Bryant in 2006. Since that time several Corps have developed their own camera clubs and this is an opportunity for us to get together and learn more about our hobby. From 2pm on Monday until after lunch on Thursday every minute was packed with lectures, talks, help and networking.
This may well be the last time that we are able to meet at Sunbury as it is due for a major redevopment to commence in January 2013, providing the necessary planning applications are approved. Sunbury will become the home of the ICO and CSLD with sufficient accommodation being built to house the members of the High Council.
As usual we were asked to take A4 unmounted photographs for a competition. There were set categories.
Tony Clarke won 1st place in the Portrait section with his photograph of Danielle which had been taken at a club portrait evening.
Tony’s other picture which earned him a 3rd in the ‘Open’ category was “Cases”.
Our Secretary, Pam Dalton won 2nd place in the “Portrait” category with her picture of ‘The Vagrant’ or ‘The Man on the Bench’. Pam also won 2nd place in a special AV project that we had been asked to present. The theme that she picked was ‘Sunbury Court’ and showed pictures of previous courses with a special shot of Colin and Robin towards the end.
Graham Yetts won 3rd place in the special AV project with a superb projection entitled “God and Man” depicting a wonderful show of roses.
The course finished with a superb presentation by Robin of some of his early days as the Salvation Army photographer. After Robin, we were blessed with an uplifting epilogue by Bill Hamilton of BBC and Link fame who had also been a delegate on the course.