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December 12th 2009
was with much regret that I decided to resign from the Colour Reversal
Club in December 2007. It has been very much a part of me since joining
back in the early 70's. Over those years I met such great friends and
learned so much about film, film processing, meeting and knowing many
people and learning much about life in general. However, my personal
situation over the last 3 years changed so drastically that many of the
things and loss of people around me has drained much of what I used to
hold dear. To add to this the march of Digital Photography and changes
in the law that reduced the usefulness of the C.R.C. left little new to
add to our hobby and that little or nothing became available for CRC
Newsletter copy. Much of the last newsletters were virtually made up
from my own photographic activities with just Roy Salmons and Brian
Asquith adding whatever they could. Eventually my own film and
processing activities came to a halt and was relying on digital
My health too plus much of my usual resolve
for CRC matters drained away and no matter how often I tried to return
to forming newsletter copy nothing productive came from it. Likewise,
over those same years CRC members' activity and communications reduced
to virtually zero. Some communications continued but with longer and
longer periods between them.
We lost two longstanding members over the
last year or so, Frank White and George Sparkes. Frank attended most of
the annual Didcot Meetings as well as at the other venues and kept in
touch quite regularly with me. He produced a number of articles for the
George was one of the three people who
stuck with the Club back in the early 80's when it almost folded after a
group split to form themselves into another Club. George, along with
Brian Savage and Kevin Craske took on official positions that allowed
me, when taking on as CRC Editor, to keep things together. I also got a
lot of support from the late Oliver Barron and Ron Knowles who continued
his regular 'Round-A-Bout column. This was continued after Ron passed on
and Brian Asquith took on his regular and excellent 'The Cobbler'
column. Thankfully, the CRC went on to enjoy many successful years that
only started to fail when Digital photography increased in quality and
cost. It really was a loosing battle. Dealers dropped film and cameras
very quickly and the present day situation is mainly for the really
dedicated film user.
Ron Croad played his part remarkably well
on storing, purchasing and distributing processing Chemicals as well as
selling Konicachrome films to members. Ron gave up this position due to
ill health but continued to sell the films until Konica dropped this
service due to the march of Digital photography but the sale of
chemicals continued by John Pearle who did an equally excellent job and
like most of us, found things difficult to continue when new laws of
posting chemicals came about. John's mother Rita along with her late
husband, Major were also regular contributors to the CRC Newsletter and
who can forget the many Home-made gadgets, processing trials and
technical help they came up with after the changeover from CR50 to E4
then E6 film and processing. Sadly, Rita also died about two years back.
I will always have happy memories of them both.
Ron Croad has been suffering with his legs
and is confined to his home most of the time but he is looked after by
his sister, who has kept me, and others, informed of his situation and
it is always nice to hear from Ron from time to time.
I have kept in touch with a number of
members by exchanging Christmas cards and manage to keep up to date from
time to time. The saddest thing of course is learning of yet another CRC
friend passing on and along with this year's Christmas cards was the sad
news from Gwen Willicombe that he husband Glyn died 2 days before last
Christmas day. Gwen & Glyn used their own hybrid processing formula
that always produced excellent results and presented many colourful
photos in the Folio section.
Also via a Christmas card I learned from
Mrs. Powell that Colin has been quite ill this past while and is in a
care home. You will all remember Colin as our excellent Treasurer and
who kept a firm grip of the Club's finances. Colin was a joy to know and
was always fair in his dealings as Treasurer and also with everyone he
met. He also has a great sense of humour. I can but hope that he will
get well enough to get back home once again and will always have him in
The early Newsletters were produced on Wax
Stencils, which worked well enough but was a timely and messy system. My
main aim was always to improve the newsletter both in quality and
presentation. The Club purchased an electronic typewriter that made
considerable improvement but was still using Wax Stencils, then by
chance I met a dealer who had his own printing business and he offered a
reasonable deal to have the newsletters printed in an A4 booklet format.
That in itself increased the print quality and the look of the
newsletter but when attempting to use B&W photographs it became
uneconomical. Kevin Craske then offered to not only print the
newsletters to the same format but with excellent quality B&W
photographs, followed later with some colour print pages.
Another big leap in technology came about
when I got my first computer. This was an Atari 600 XL, which after
loading in the word processor only had enough memory left to print half
an A4 page, which meant forming the page files in two halves, top then
bottom and passing the paper through the printer twice for every page. I
next upgraded to an Atari 800 XL, which at least allowed a full A4 page
to be printing in one run. In fact the hard work with the XL's was that
you had to type in codes, at the start of a word then again at the end
of the word to start and stop any font, bold or Italic changes. It was
quite time consuming. Next came an Atari FM, with a massive 125k memory.
This massively improved the word processing, with menus for any changes
to text, font etc and so much memory that there was no limit to the
amount of pages that could be composed. This also added easier use of
Desk Top Publishing (DTP) programmes that sped up page formatting of
text and graphics, which meant that colour sketches and photographs
could be added. The last Atari I had was the Atari STE, which seemed to
be the ultimate PC at that time but the real change came when I moved on
to the PC. The increase in processing power, speed colour quality etc
was incredible. It's difficult to believe now that an Atari 600 XL ran
with only 16K of memory while today were are talking in Mega Bites and
Giga Bites. The introduction of the 1mb floppy disc was incredible but
today we have CD data at 650MB and DVD data discs at over 4 Gigabites.
Of course, while this technology made processing easier and faster it
also added to the demise of film and processing with Digital pictures
having up to 10 or 12 MB's giving more than enough resolution to print
up to Billboard size images.
Since writing the above comments I was
given a 1 Terabyte External Drive for my last birthday and that is an
incredible amount of available memory when you look back at the very
This all came together when another change
of printer/dealer, Roy Salmons took over and produced the extremely high
quality that improved with each issue. Roy was able to keep both
printing and paper costs down due to his photographic business. In fact,
both Kevin Craske and Roy received a lot of help from their family to
staple the pages and to pack and distribute the newsletters for which we
are very grateful. In both cases a number of costs were reduced or even
eliminated through their help. This effort was also used during our
Annual Meetings at Didcot. I have nice memories of my wife and children
helping with the catering during many of the Didcot meetings and Kevin's
children did the same when we held one of our meetings in Norfolk.
The activity amongst the members was
phenomenal and many turned up from quite far a field bringing all sorts
of projection equipment and putting on really nice slide presentations
and photographic exhibitions.
For a few years annual meetings were held
at Repton Collage in Derbyshire and those too are very memorable.
Fantastic surroundings and great company when along with slides and
print exhibitions we had some excellent talks from main dealers.
In all, what has to be remembered is that
without the Colour Reversal Club home processing may well have gone or
reduced to a few dedicated photographers when CR50 film went off the
market and the 100C processing came about with E4 & E6 film
technology. While film was available there were no home-processing kits
available except the very expensive Kodak chemistry. Through the hard
work of a number of technically minded members a working E6 formula was
produced and the numerous dry and wet chemicals required made available
at extremely economic prices. Kits were fine but you had to use up the
whole kit even when you didn't have the maximum number of films to
process, but the working formula allowed you to make up as much chemical
as you required plus purchase near to exact amount of chemicals
required. Along with the special deal the club had with Konica for the
E6 films this made photography and home processing financially
acceptable to all who enjoyed processing their own work. Added to this
was the friendly way of sharing working and technical problems via the
quarterly newsletters. Most years members could meet up at the annual
get-together and share in their latest successes and failures, knowing
that their good work would be appreciated and answers come forth of
solving the problems. Until the latter years when fuel costs etc made
weekly or monthly meetings impossible each CRC area around the U.K.
often met to share their local interests.
While the Colour Reversal Club may be idle
this web site will be held active for as long as I am able to do so and
any new information will be added as and when available. You can
continue to look back through many years of newsletters and catch up
with old stories and people. If at all possible I may still manage to
add the last few newsletters and some earlier ones to this web site. If
anyone who wishes to continue communications and contact with me you are
Any fresh news that comes to me will be
added to this section. My email, address is at the bottom of this page.
Please feel free to write.
There are too many of you to thank
personally but I extend my thanks for all the support, encouragement and
friendship that you all gave me over the years and adding to the
enjoyment I have had from being a CRC Member and Editor.
As an example of just how life moves on and
through many dark periods there is always too 'that' special happening
that lifts your spirits once again. This was the excellent news, just
yesterday, that my son and his wife are expecting what will be my first
grandchild. If all goes well this happy event should occur this coming
June. I never thought that I would make being a granddad but obviously
looking forward to it very much.
August 2004 Further Newsletters added....
Thanks to Eric Weatherill, who sent me some back copies of the CRC Newsletters. These are from the 'wax stencil' days and thanks to Optical Character Recognition (O.C.R). I have been able to convert them into basic computer text which saves hours and hours of re-typing and I have now added issues 40, 41 to 46 for 1986. It is nice to have been able to make all those typo correction that have annoyed me for all these years!
You may wish to renew your viewing and reading of these past articles, or if you are a newer member, learn about the period when we were starting to come to terms with the new E6 films and processing. It is nice too, to give mention to many of the late, and great, characters who were so active in making the Club such a success.
Further back-newsletters will be added as I have the time to complete them.
CRCNews May/June 2004
On Sunday 23rd of may a CRC A.G.M. and Open Meeting was held at The Grappenhall Village Hall, near Warrington. The picture below is a combination of the two that was taken as record shots. This was so that everyone could get into the picture. If your 'editor' appears to be standing a bit in the background, looking on, this is due to using the cut and paste facilities of the computer graphics programme, to avoid having to print two photo's almost identical to each other. Apart from the different scale just try spotting the 'joins'.......
Bill Broadurst, Margaret & Roy Salmons, Eric Deeming, unknown, Derrik Forster, Dave Deeming, Dave Morrell and Bill Reid
A full report of the AGM and Meeting will appear in the July CRCN and also in the latest CRCN page (113) on this web site. A very pleasant afternoon was spent meeting everyone and along with disussing the present needs of the CRC two slide shows were presented by Dave & Eric Deeming and Mike Puttick and a very fine B&W Print Exhibition by Derik Forster, most normal developed prints but with a few digitally printed.
Many thanks to Bill Broadhust for arranging and booking the venue, and to Margarate and Roy for very nice refreshments.
The above is a digital photo.
CRCNews July 2001
CRCNews APRIL 2000
A look at the contents of
the April 2000 edition of the Colour Reversal Club
Lawrence Edwards has kindly updated the CRC's E6 Formula, which is intended for the Member's Handbook update. However a lot of work has to go into updating the other pages and it will be some while yet before it is ready for publication. If you require a copy now, please send me a S.A.E. and I will send you one.
With copy slow to materialise I am always on the lookout for anything useable and sometimes some D.I. chat helps fill the bill. However don't be misled by John Pearle's Internet find "Caught in the Web" article as this is full of interesting photographic and processing pieces. The long article will be spread over at least two newsletters, with further updates as they come along.
Brian Asquith also produces another interesting chat page, but mainly touches on the use, or should we say, lack of use, of the Club Library. This is a source of knowledge which I am sure members foolishly ignore. Why not give Brian a ring and find out what is on offer. This is a service which could easily disappear if it isn't used.
CRCNEWS JULY 2000
In this issue it has been necessary to publish
virtually all of the minutes and actions of the AGM,
which has been quite a marathon for Secretary, John
Pearle. It was a very busy AGM and your reactions to the
outcome will be most welcome. This left no space for an
extensive report of the social side of the AGM, which was
held at Rushwick, near Worcester and was reasonably well
attended. Colour & B&W prints were displayed by
John & Mike Deeming and Derrick Forster. Refreshments
were available for most of the day.
B&W PRINTS (Pages 8 & 9)
At the AGM it was accepted that the cost of printing the newsletters could rise to take in the use of better quality printing paper, to help picture quality to be improved. I think you will agree that Kevin Craske has done a nice job and that the very fine print quality as shown on these pages is well worth the extra expense. It will be interesting to see what this does for colour pictures when we next use them.
AUTUMN DIDCOT MEETING
Another event which I look forward to.
However I'm afraid this year's meeting will have to be
cancelled due to clashing with my annual leave, which
will be for most of October.
CRCNews OCTOBER 2000
Along with the latest chemical
list, Secretary John Pearle gives a very useful
description on using 'spoons' to measure chemiclas
without using 'scales'. I am sure many will find this
very interesting. Please note that this chemical list
succeeds any chemical list that may lurk in back
newsletters, in the secure section. The latest list and
prices will be found in the Member's Handbook section.
John also enters a "For Sale" section, which he
would like members to follow up and advertise any pieces
of photographic equipment etc, to offer other members an
opportunity of buying such equipment at reasonable prices
and to be able to join in the experience of learning and
using photographic techniques which older members may
have now given up on. The editor will be pleased to
receive your list of items but any such deals must be
between the both parties and in good faith and, which the
CRC cannot be held responsible. If you wish a "For
Sale" section could be added to the web site. Please
let me know your thoughts on this, thanks.
Bill Reid (CRC Editor).
me on: email@example.com