Heard for the first time at our 2016 AGM, where it formed the best chairperson’s report ever known, here is a poem from our very own vice chairperson and bard of Elmswell, Liz Rowlands.
Ode to BSEPS
Part 2 - 2016
This year has been so really good
With comps again where judges should
Have chosen those with expertise
And innovation, not just trees!
In photos we have travelled far
And learnt new skills. We have no bar
On novices or experts too.
(Some nature lot went to the zoo.)
We have some new equipment now
For all to play with. What a wow!
With studio stuff and new laptop
We are all set to have a pop
At taking pics we’ve never done
To have a go, create some fun.
Our new stuff comes with courtesy
The grant of money from Havebury.
We hope that all will soon enjoy
To play about with our new toy(s).
The tea urn soon will be on show
The other one will have to go.
David’s work with outside comps
Has shown that we can show work with pomp
An amazing set of photos and
Produce some art just on demand
In portraiture this year we’ve seen
The casual and the posed by screen
The Nature ones have captured all
From the wild in Spring and Fall.
Landscapes too have been sublime
With gorgeous scenes, time after time.
Our competitions all have made
Us so surprised, and unafraid
To have a go, when it comes round
To submit a print, one that we’ve found
Lurking somewhere at the back
Of camera, laptop or our Mac.
The Image of the Year was done,
by Andy Abbot. Oh such fun
To see the pics that we have shown
In competitions. Our minds were blown
By quality and the difference
In choice of subject. On the fence
Did Andy stay? No, he chose the geese in flight
The birds, the spray, oh such a sight.
The committee all have done so well
A successful year so all will tell,
With John and Jenny, Jim and Jo
The J’s have played their part just so,
With Simmy, David, Dale and Chris
Our trophies, comps, accounts, and this
Means our future now is set
To go from strength to strength, to let
More members in to have a go
At producing more photos that are just so.
With Paul and Chris our future tech
Is in good hands with web site mech-
Anics now so understood
And with new laptop now we should
Be up and running at all time
To show our photos so sublime.
The Dinner was a lovely night
With presentation done just right (we hope)
Our AGM and year review
Will hopefully inspire you
To get the camera, not unsteady
To find the gear and get ready
For more excursions to the sea
And studio and out to tea.
We are about to gad around
The county, trying to see the ground
Where animals and birds alike
Will hide and run, or sit on a spike
To all who’ve taken part this year
We thank you, and hope you’ll reappear
Next time in Sept to start again
Come wind or sun or snow or rain.
Ever wondered what "PDI" really stands for? Another poem from Liz. Read on...
Ode to BSEPS (part 1)
(With apologies to proper poets)
How not to win the judge’s prize
And risk Paul’s wrath on wrong resize,
To cut the board and fix the mount,
The points you get will always count.
A frame too big, too small too dark,
Oh, what joy this framing lark!
Pretty Dodgy ImageS
The focus, we believe is in
The sharpest form, so we can win
A 10 and First in every comp
We hope, or 2 and then we’ll stomp
Away to try another day
Perhaps it will then go our way.
Pretty Dicey ImageS
The portraits and the landscapes too
Will all be judged. A 2 for those who don’t obey
The rules on any given day.
One judge will like, another hate,
But just make sure you’re never late
For entries, emails or on stick
For sure you then will drop a brick,
The titles must be so right too.
But Paul will always rescue you.
Pretty Deadly ImageS
Light patches in the background, plus
The rule of thirds that governs us.
To crop too close or not at all
To tell a tale, it’s all a ball.
Is it Nature or “bird on a stick”?
It’s not so smart to drop a brick
About the rules we all should know.
Burnt out wings or too bright snow.
Pretty Doleful ImageS
John’s bulletins we all should read
The rules to learn. We all now need
To go away and learn some more
With help and guidance. Along the shore
We hope we will get some better shots.
Our camera used, and lots and lots
Of lovely photos fit for walls
And competitions, and it calls
For outings of a photo kind
Through country park our way we’ll wind
Our club is great, the number’s growing
No time to waste on grass for mowing.
The summer’s here and we’ll go out
With camera, lens and bag, we’ll shout
That all is good, so join us for
A season and we’ll learn some more.
Pretty Dreamy ImageS
David for sure, will win again
Or Marcia, giving us the pain
Of second, third or so much lower,
Our smile will soon turn to a glower,
But we will take reflected glory
A 45, just what a story!
The trophy’s ours for the next year
And other comps? We’ll win. No fear!
Pretty Designer ImageS
Our workshops prove so very good
With lights and strobes and such, we could
Use moving things to catch with flash
Our pictures then will make a splash
Of colour on projector screen,
Some super photos we have seen.
Pretty Daring ImageS
The AV’s prove a tricky thing
For most. We always try to bring
To the comp a finished set
Of photos with the music, yet
For some it’s easy, others not.
Perhaps wrong programmes we have got!
Pretty Detailed ImageS
Autumn Open and the Spring.
S.f.t.c. the newest thing
With Action too to come next year
We’re working hard to find the gear
To take some really special ones,
And those who just take tons and tons
To give a choice of two or three.
The choice is ours, forever free
To get that all important shot
To get a 10 and win that pot.
Reflection was the Theme this year
In pools and windows. All was clear
The title was a challenge met
By lots of us, the Judge to vet.
And choose the one he liked the most.
A stunning one, we all did toast.
Pretty Decent ImageS
A splendid trophy you will get
If you win, criteria met,
And it will sit upon your shelf
Kept clean and polished by yourself
Until the Dinner come next May
When it will go another way.
The Dinner’s such a lovely night
For food and chat and prizes right.
We all enjoy the evening too
And forward look for things to do,
To photograph and then submit
For comps next year to be a hit.
Perfect Delightful ImageS