Trees We started with some good pictures of trees, and Bernard was pleased to see that Tony H has recovered his judgement in picking out good pictures (i.e. Bernard’s).
GDPR and ICE We discussed the impact of the General Data Protection Regulations coming into effect on 25 May and the effect this has on the way the group is run. A consequence is that the way that e-mails from the Group Leader are sent out has changed and until he is sure that teething problems have been overcome he is sending out a follow up e-mail the old way to check that the first e-mail has been received! The next edition of PreView has an article about GDPR by John C.
Because of GDPR our Group Leaders will no longer be holding ICE details (these are contact details for people to be contacted In Case of Emergency). This is unfortunate. However if you have a mobile phone you can include these details on it in a way that can be seen even when the phone is locked. Wendover U3A has a page explaining how this can be done – follow this link
Wildlife photography Most of the rest of the meeting was used for a presentation by Chris Roberts on wildlife photography, explaining how he got into this area and how he goes about it (e.g. hanging off the front of a narrowboat). Clearly his knowledge of nature and wildlife was a great asset in knowing where and how to look for subjects. There is no point in trying to photograph a butterfly in flight. He has also taken photographs at ‘Hide Days’ such as those run by Nature Photography Hides . These cost around £100 or so and so if you are looking for suggestions of what people can give you for Christmas or a birthday . . . Chris then showed a number of examples of his work, which raised quite a few comments and questions. Many thanks again to Chris.
Gadget Of the Day Bernard showed off his UV Filter which screws on to the front of his lens. He doesn’t use as a filter (it has virtually no impact as a filter on digital cameras) but to protect his lens. It costs perhaps £10 but if it gets scratched that is £10 lost rather than £100’s for a good lens.
Next two meetings The subject for prints at the May meeting is Flowers. Hopefully with good weather about to hit us there will actually be some flowers to photograph and nobody has to fall back on the way “flower” is used in cryptic crossword clues, meaning a river (i.e. something that flows). Our June outing will be to Benson Lock.