Mark kindly opened the evening by reviewing some photographs from memory sticks. As well as some of my own, we had an excellent selection from Angus.
Last Wednesday eveningTrevor Reid asked me to show him how to cut mounts for his photos, so I set up the mount cutting table early in the evening. Somehow the steel ruler which is hung on the side of the table was missing. Noel kindly went home and brought in a tape rul and plastic school type ruler. Bill Nesbitt also suggested that mounts can be ordered from a company pre-cut at reasonable prices. I heard some debate in the background as to whether these prices quoted included postage. From my observations of the company website, postage was extra.
Tonight was the first of what we will call “Studio Nights” which we agreed to hold on the second Wednesday of the month.
I arrived early and set up the background and lights ready for the session. Our “surprise” model, Freya arrived early as well with Mum and Dad and brother and sister.
I encountered s problem with the big softbox modelling bulb. It appeared to have failed and after some rummaging around in the store area I retrieved a couple of Edison Screw type bulbs. I fitted a new one, tried it. It briefly lit and went out. Tried the next one and the same thing happened. This time the whole set of lights failed. The trip switch had failed, so I took out the old bulb and reset the trip. By this time the room had started to fill up at an alarming rate.
It was only 7.55pm and the room was nearly full. What did these people think I had meant when I said the we would have a surprise model? Miss Northern Ireland?. Fraid not!