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This week’s meeting – Moments in Monochrome with Neil Hulme – Tuesday 15th October 2019.

Happy Monday everyone,

I’ts Monday again already, and I’m writing to you very conscious that Mondays are a bit too late to be sending your weekly email to you. Also I’m going to ask a question to put some pressure on myself: If you could choose a day of the week to receive your weekly RDCC Update by email, which day would you choose? Please reply to your email to let me know. I won’t be able to please everybody, but I’ll build a new routine for myself to complete and send the email on the most popular day chosen (as long as it’s not Wednesday or Saturday, when I usually work out of town all day!).

This past week has been dominated, rather selfishly, by my 50th birthday celebrations but following yesterday’s clean-up following Saturday’s house party, today marks official ‘back to work’ day for Phill Connell Marketing Solutions. Now I can look forward to cheap holidays, cheaper insurance and counting down to retirement (which will probably be at age 95 if they keep pushing things forward at the rate they seem to be doing!).

Until then, here’s your weekly update from Rochdale & District Camera Club.

Last Week’s Meeting – Light Trails On Location
Last week it was good to meet up with a few of you in Rochdale Town Centre to practise light trails and night photography. We successfully dodged the showers and compared settings to try to get the best images we could. My 20 or 30 seconds at f22, ISO100 seemed to work for me with nice pointed starbursts and some detail in the shadows without the brightest lights being blown out. There weren’t many cars around but the trams gave us some interest as the passed backwards and forwards to the last stop on their journey from East Didsbury.
Rochdale at Night by Phill Connell

Rochdale at Night by Phill Connell

This definitely wasn’t the best shot taken on the night – take a look at our Facebook group for some great examples by Ken, David and others.
Tomorrow’s Meeting – Moments In Mono with Neil Hulme
Neil is a sought-after speaker with a great reputation and we’re pleased to welcome him along to RDCC tomorrow night to hear his ‘Moments In Monochome’ presentation. We’re opening our doors to visitors at the very reasonable cost of £5 per person so if you know anyone who loves black & white photography and wants to hear a great speaker, please invite them along for a fascinating talk and some fabulous images. Neil’s work can be seen at
Guys and Dolls – Thank You
Last Thursday I went to see ‘Guys and Dolls’, the fable of Broadway performed by our friends at WAMDS. It was lovely to see a lot of our images and a mention for the Club in the official programme so I’d like to thank all those people who came to the shoot at St. Johns Church Hall a few weeks ago and then sent images to me. It’s really great to see the Club supporting local organisations whilst having an enjoyable evening. I’d encourage any member to engage with other local clubs and organisations where we can add value whilst enjoying our hobby.
Upcoming Dates
Thursday 17th October – Three way competition at Oldham
Tuesday 22nd October – Appraisal evening, please get 3 or 4 images ready for comments, to improve your photos ready for our POTY Round 4
Thursday 24th October – Committee Meeting. If you have any issues which you’d like to bring up, please let a Committee Member know or you can attend the meeting if you prefer. This will be at 7.30pm at Syke Methodist Church, our usual meeting place. We usually use a room upstairs as the downstairs meeting area will be used by another group.
Tuesday 5th November – POTY Round 4, our fourth and final round of RDCC’s Photographer Of The Year Competition.
Tuesday 12th November – Four way competition at Halifax. We will be moving our Club meeting to Halifax for this competition, address details will follow in due course.
I hope to see you tomorrow night for an excellent night of mono work and information to help us move our own work forward. A quick look at Neil’s website shows that he definitely doesn’t always follow the rules, so come along and learn how someone else does it.
Until then, my very best wishes as always,

Phill Connell, Secretary, Rochdale and District Camera Club
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Upcoming Events
8:00 pm Neil Hulme – Moments in mono
Neil Hulme – Moments in mono
Oct 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tues 15th Oct …. Neil Hulme – Moments in mono
8:00 pm Appraisal
Oct 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tues 22nd Oct …. Appraisal
8:00 pm POTY 4
Nov 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tues 5th Nov …. POTY 4
7:30 pm 4 Way comp at Halifax
4 Way comp at Halifax
Nov 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tues 12th Nov 4 way comp between Halifax, Holmfirth, Huddersfield and Rochdale at The Methodist Church Northowram Green Northowram Halifax HX3 7JE We now use the larger of the two halls available at the church[...]
8:00 pm 8 photographers go adventuring o...
8 photographers go adventuring o...
Nov 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tues 19th Nov …. 8 photographers go adventuring on the Pennine Way A presentation by Roger Styles.
8:00 pm AGM
Nov 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tues 26th Nov …. AGM
8:00 pm Workshop
Dec 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tues 3rd Dec …. Workshop