June 2020
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Workshop: Quickfire Editing Techniques

Thursday 7th January from 7.45pm on Zoom

Join us on Zoom for the first meeting of 2021, as some of our members share their quickfire techniques to help you with your editing.

Photo Credit: Ayla Rose by Anthony Highet

From the Chair...
As we approach our Christmas break in this most unpredictable year, we held our first virtual Christmas party online.

A fun packed night, with quizzes and good humour enjoyed by us all on our weekly get together on Zoom, which has been a godsend in keeping us together as a club and enabled our programme of events to seamlessly continue since March.

Thanks to Rod for the quizzes he had put together and great dialogue as a quizmaster!
We also had a musical classic Christmas tunes challenge, which covered the decades with very familiar songs. All ably put together and technically controlled by George. In addition we had a challenge to put up the best festive zoom backdrop of which there were many challengers, thanks to everyone who presented. Although a difficult choice, the ultimate winner was Arron Dowdeswell with his excellent snow covered Christmas tree scene. Congratulations also to Cat as the overall winner of the accumulated scores on the quizzes.  Although we miss the physical contact and communications the community centre hall brought us, while the world is still battling the coronavirus pandemic, Zoom has offered us a good alternative, which we have adapted too.

Thanks to everyone that attends the weekly meetings, making the club so successful in its endeavour to continue to grow and develop as a camera club. We understand that meeting online isn’t for everyone and we appreciate some members that have still rejoined this year but aren’t able to attend the meetings. We hope that next season we will be able to resume physical meetings in the hall and finally get everyone back together.

We wish every member a happy and safe Christmas and look forward to continuing our exciting programme on January 7th 2021.

Merry Christmas

Croxley Reach NW Fed Semi-Final

With last week's Group D win, Croxley Camera Club have progressed to the Semi-Final of the North West Federation Cup!

After winning all 3 Quarter Final Rounds, Croxley topped the bill with a whopping 583 points;

Croxley Camera Club - 583
XRR                             - 566
Harrow Camera Club   - 553

Congratulations to all of our photographers and their wonderful images!

Photo Credit: 'East Lyn Valley, Devon' by George Purchase

Member Blogs


This is not to suggest our very own Mr. Eckland is engaged in a physical altercation with the large hairy bloke next door, but to give some sense of the scale of the challenge awaiting our club on Wednesday 20th January. In more modern parlance it could be dubbed Crewe Alexandra versus Manchester United in the last four of the FA Cup.  It's the realisation that only the 'big clubs' remain in the competition now.  Except for one - Croxley - that small, friendly but slightly unfashionable club from the lower tiers, now drawn against a club that boasts genuine Champions League credentials and regularly wins trophies.  Croxley vs. Amersham. The tie we have waited all season for, played at a neutral stadium (Field End) under floodlights from 7.45 pm. Goodness, it will even be televised! (if Zoom counts as a broadcast that is).

The team-sheet is now in.  It was a difficult decision in many cases, but for such an important match it seemed wise to stick with our in-form players who helped us beat XRR and Harrow THREE TIMES in the qualifying rounds.  We're relying on a pacy front three of Steve, Cat and Gordon to score against the odds, hoping that the latter's brush with Covid doesn't leave him gasping for breath with the goal at his mercy. We're expecting another solid defensive display from Mike B, and the dream pairing of George and Denise in midfield to support the strikers, hopefully chipping in with a goal of their own.  We can look forward to some dazzling tricks and skills from Arron, the master of the unexpected, while we know David can almost single-handedly boss the game and produce a piece of magic when it counts.  The ever-reliable Ant, playing somewhat out of his regular position with a landscape entry, and player-coach Stuart will loft in a high-ball or two from the flanks to puncture Amersham's defence and hopefully leave them kicking themselves for under-estimating us.

The match referee will be Martin Patten, a highly experienced official who can be relied upon to remain neutral throughout.  To avoid the possibility of a draw and the match going into extra time, Martin has been tasked with awarding ONE image on the night with an extra half point, so that there can be a clear winner. So let's dust off those scarves and get behind our team, and fill up those seats on Zoom, in the hope that despite the Mute button we can urge our players onto victory!

Anyone wanting tickets is invited to get in touch with Stuart for the link ( about a week before the game.

And for anyone who hates football and wonders what on earth they have just read, I apologise profusely!I am of course referring to the NW Fed Semi Final, where we can but hope for an upset, and for Croxley to progress to the Final where an even sterner test awaits. Anyone dare to dream with me?

Stuart Craig
External Competitions Secretary



Calling all bloggers!!!

Following the success of Cat's fabulous blog post 'The Last Pentaxian in Croxley', we would like to add a regular feature of member blogs to the newsletter and the club website.

If you would like to to submit a blog post, please contact Anthony by email.

Coming Up...
7th January
Member's quickfire editing techniques

14th January
PDI Trophy Competition
Nature Cup & Triptych Cup

21st January
Online Talk
David Boag tells us about 'The World of a Wildlife Photographer'

28th January
PDI Competition
Set Subject: Open

4th February

11th February
Print Competition
Set Subject: Open

18th February
Online Talk
Martin Patten - Improving your Photography

25h February
PDI Competition
Set Subjects: Lines, and Creative or Experimental Techniques

4th March
Spring Social
Details TBC
Ballet Photowalk
17th April 2021

Following the enormous success of October's studio day with Ayla Rose, we are thrilled to confirm that the club has secured EIGHT spaces to join Ayla on one of her sell-out Ballet Photo-walk events in London.


Photo Credit: Creative Instincts 
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Member Led Events

Due to current government guidelines and restrictions, there are currently no member led events scheduled.
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Gordon Calder

Did you miss Gordon's excellent presentation on 'No Layers Editing'?  Worry not, it is saved to the member's area for you to digest in your own time.

Just click the link to view it.

Paul Mitchell

Did you miss Paul's excellent talk on Landscape Photography?  Click the LINK to watch the recording of his superb Zoom presentation.


Did you miss Mark Pain's excellent talk on Sports Photography?  Click the LINK to watch the recording of his brilliant Zoom presentation.

James Kerwin

Did you miss James Kerwin's amazing talk on photographing Abandoned Architecture?  Click the LINK to watch the recording of his fascinating Zoom presentation, all the way from Tblisi, Georgia!


Club favourite, Glyn Dewis in partnership with Park Cameras shows a step by step video guide how to easily create eye-catching low-key portraits with just one flash.

Click the link to see it for FREE

Misc. Photography Equipment
Selection of items for sales

1 x Hoodman Cinema Kit
(With Box, contains HoodLoupe 3.0, Cinema Strap & HoodMAG 3.0)

1 x Manfrotto MKCOMPACTLT-RD Tripod with ball head
1 x Logan 350-1 Compact Elite Mount Cutter
1 x Mitre Trimmer
1 x Canon 7D Battery Grip
1 x Lexar Pro-Workflow HR1
1 x Lexar Pro-Workflow Micro SD reader
1 x Lexar Pro-Workflow Compact Flash reader
1 x Lexar Pro-Workflow USB 3.0 hub

Selection of Compact Flash memory cards;
2 x Lexar Platinum II (200x) 8gb
2 x Lexar Pro (800 x) 8gb
1 x Kingston (600x) 32gb

Contact Archie for more information
Studio Lighting Available
Lastolite Lumen F400 Kit

2 x Flash Heads
2 x Lighting Stands
Two lights, two stands, power leads
(No trigger,softbox or umbrella)

See the listing here
Studio Lighting Available
Interfit & Elinchrom Flash Lighting Kit

2 x Interfit stellar 300
2 x Elinchrom D-Lite 4
4 x Lighting Stands
Four lights, four stands, case, power leads
All lights have bulbs.
(No triggers, softboxes or umbrellas)

See the listing here
Croxley Camera Club Committee

Chairman: Steve Bailey
Vice-Chairman: John Flynn
Treasurer: Rod Lacey
Secretary: Denise Noverre

Committee Members
Anthony Highet
Vanessa Lacey
Stuart Craig
George Purchase
You can email the committee directly about any aspect of the club
Club meetings are held at 7:45pm each Thursday (except July and August)
at Croxley Green Community Centre, which is at the end of Community Way
(entrance behind the New Road library). For satnavs, use postcode WD3 3SU.

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