The Club goes on despite the virus

Like a lot of clubs Blackburn and District Camera Club have had to stop holding physical meetings due to the virus but we have continued to operate virtually and are holding well attended meetings on Zoom.

We have held 3 Speaker meetings so far. Thanks firstly to Jeremy Malley-Smith who acted as sacrificial lamb by presenting his Scottish Wildlife talk just a couple of days after we took out our Zoom subscription. He entertained us royally and with his forbearance ironed out the bugs and worked out the best way to proceed.

Since then we have held one Monthly competition using PhotoEntry and Dicentra over Zoom and our next competition has had almost a record entry so it went down well.

We had already booked Gary Waidson for a joint meeting with Darwen and he agreed to deliver his talk via Zoom and we were able to host the meeting and Darwen Members attended for what was a very entertaining evening.

This week we really spread our wings. Because the speaker doesn’t travel it doesn’t matter where they are based so we had Julian Elliott a professional photographer living in the Loire Valley in France give us a talk.

He has a variety of potential subjects but we chose The Fiords of Patagonia and he told us all about a commission from a cruise line to document a visit to the glaciers in South America. He proved a great choice and members stayed on after the meeting to chat with him about that trip and other projects he has worked on.

In addition to keeping up our normal Monday schedule we are holding Drop In sessions each Wednesday just to chat look at each others photos and swap ideas. They are proving popular and go on for hours.