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I had a unique experience recently with our Wake Forest Camera Club. It was called a Zoom video conference.
It involves all the members who want to be involved in the group clicking an internet link to join a meeting being held on your computer. Daughter-in-law Ginger loaned me her laptop computer so I could be in the meeting.
To keep it secret (or private for members only) there is a password to access the meeting. When you are involved, you must have your computer set up to be a part of this conference. Your picture and name will show up on each person’s screen involved around the perimeter of the screen. When you want to speak, you hold down the space bar on the keyboard to open your microphone so others can hear you.
This video conference June 9 was with Mary Louise Ravese from Bella Vista Photography of Raleigh. The learning session was packed with information about changing a full color print into a black and white, with all of the tones in between.
She showed us how each of the changes looked after the change to B&W, and sometimes it was amazing — almost like an Ansel Adams portrait. If you don’t know about Ansel Adams, look him up. He turned out the most perfect black-and-white prints imaginable.
This new method of entering prints for every-other-month competition for club members should now become a real challenge in B&W instead of the usual color.
I am looking forward to it because it sounds exciting, and I hope the members will try their skill at it.
I also enjoyed seeing my friends from the camera club. I haven’t been able to attend in person in some time.
I always enjoy hearing from readers in emails and letters. I would like to share the message I received from an ardent reader, Thomas Wayne Allen in Zebulon:
Dear former publisher Bob Allen, and (the) staff at The Wake Weekly,
I am writing to you in hope that one or more of your readers can help me — and soon.
I am in need of a kidney transplant, the sooner, the better.
I now go to Northern Wake Dialysis Center on Leighton Drive in Raleigh and (am) confined to a wheelchair. I go there three days a week for four hours each time. My right leg was cut off just below the knee three years ago. This is a long time to suffer with this disadvantage. I have done my dialysis and am hoping that someone will come to help me live a little longer and enjoy life with a kidney, and soon!
It’s a joy to realize I am still here at my age of 61. But how much longer?
This is the question! I am a reader at the heart of your newspaper, and I am hoping this information will help me. Anyone can write to me at 126 Shannon Drive, Zebulon, NC 27597.
P.S. I was a 1985 Jefferson Award winner from WTVD-News of Durham for Public Service. Bless you always: Mr. Bob Allen, former publisher of The Wake Weekly newspaper. Please help me save my life and S-O-O-N! And thank you for any help you may have to share with me.
Bob Allen, publisher emeritus of The Wake Weekly, invites comments at 984-235-7294 or email@example.com