Storrington Camera Club - 2014 Winners of the Regnum Print Shield

Storrington Camera Club meets on alternate Thursdays from September through to May at The Football Pavilion, Chanctonbury Leisure Centre, Spierbridge Road, Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4PG at 7:30pm. All are welcome, most of our members are from Storrington, Pulborough, West Chiltington, Washington or Ashington.

Our Activities

Our programme covers various aspects of picture taking, presentations of high quality images, competitions and workshops. Our members are interested in making prints and projected images using digitial technology and film.

I want to be there

Meeting Report

Cwmorthyn ChapelOur final print competition of the season was judged by Roger Bathard LRPS. He held back a dozen images, and several scored 18 or 19 straight away as well. With just five of the held backs left to score, Roger decided he wanted to go home, but did manage to make his final deliberations. He did say he preferred to just choose the top three, but managed to give us a good spread of marks from 14 to 20. Common themes were the size of the subject in the frame, and subjects placed centrally, but there was nothing really bad!

Derek Grieve was the unlucky one with an image held back which ultimately only scored 17, but he redeemed himself with an 18 for his 'Male Bearded Tit' straddled between two reed stems, with the judge commenting that it was very nice indeed. Liz Barber also gained an 18 for her well presented, well printed 'Starlight Harbour' which was taken at Shoreham on a dark, cold night for the Night View topic on the Flickr 52 Challenge. Ray Foxlee also scored an 18 for 'The Unhappy Bandmaster', a very well done monochrome with the blacks, greys and white all there.

Confused and shocked

Meeting Report

We were shell shocked by the huge number of images and prints that we had seen, and confused because we had no idea what scores we had been given or what place we were in the two categories. This was still the case three days later as we had been told that the results would be published on Saturday evening. The scores had not obviously arrived three days later as I write this. The suspense is killing!!? Update: I now find that they had been revealed to other members of the club, but they have kept them from me, and then they expect me to write a report!!? [Ed. I did send them to you]

The final round.

Meeting Report

I am afraiDog in a bag by Daisy Kaned that you have me again reporting on this competition because Janet is away, no doubt paddling frantically to avoid being swept away by strong currents in some far off very wet place. I used to do the print reports when I was Print Secretary and it was a lot easier because I had already seen all the entries.

Bob Webzell ARPS EFAIP was our judge tonight. He has visited our club on several previous occasions both as a judge and giving us talks. Jean and Ian MacWhirter and I met Bob probably over 20 years ago when he judged a Natural History slide competition called 'The Fauna and Flora Competition' which used to be run by a couple from the old Worthing CC.

There were 59 entries including portraits, landscapes, wild life and lots of other varied subjects for Bob to make comments on, and he went through them all, holding back just 13 images.

I will report on these with the marks given in the order they were held.

Lots to think about

Meeting Report

Tony Worobiec FRPS was our guest speaker this evening. Some of us saw him when Steyning CC had Tony as their guest speaker before Christmas when he gave a talk on B&W photography, the one he was originally booked to give to us! So we knew we were in for a great evening, and so it was.

Tony’s talk was entitled ‘The Art of Composition’ and he started by making a few funnies about his surname and other stories to get our attention.

Tony taught Art for many years and as his interest in photography developed, so did the connection between the two forms of picture making.

Tony started with some basic conceptions which of course almost immediately brought up the rule of thirds which a lot of camera club judges are obsessed with, and which rubs off onto club members as the only thing they should remember. Wrong!

Time and again throughout the evening, whilst demonstrating all the different composition ideas and rules, he emphasised that the most important thing is to go along with your own instincts to satisfy yourself first and foremost, and not to worry about what some CC judge is going to say in criticism. However, when entering competitions, you do have to second guess the judge to win!!

Down and down - then up a bit

Meeting Report

Tonight it was SCC’s turn to host the Crouch Shield P.I. Competition at the Steyning Centre. Daisy and Janet did the meeting, greeting and relieving attendees of their cash. Jean and Ian further removed money, by selling raffle tickets for the fine array of prizes. In the Kitchen, Anne was in charge of half time refreshments, ably assisted by Liz, Steve and Paul. Martin worked his usual magic with the sound and projection with the dulcet tones of Ray doing the announcing, (with an unusually deep voice due to a very recent cold ). What would our club do without Martin, I ask? 'Lang may his lum reek’ or whatever Burns said.

We were sponsored by Marrutt and Permajet who provided some generous prizes of vouchers and boxes of photographic papers.

Familiar landmark takes on a different feel at night

Meeting Report

Brighton BandstandThe 3rd Print competition was judged last Thursday by Rob de Ruiter ARPS from Bognor Regis Camera Club. Working to the set subject of Monochrome it was not a huge entry, but the standard was exceedingly high, and it was a tough one for Rob to assess. He started out by saying that he was interested in the attitude to B&W photography, and recommended a couple of books on the subject (perhaps someone could tell me what they were?). Throughout the evening he gave tips on which images lend themselves to monochrome. Because we see in colour, the image needs to grab you and say “look at me”, relying entirely on the range of tones to do this.

When down to the last five images Rob commented that each had some very strong elements, and there was a sheet of Bronco between them, it was that close! (I had to google a sheet of Bronco to understand this, being slightly too young!).

Taking the very best pictures.

Meeting Report

Roger CrocombeTonight, we were treated to a visit by Roger Crocombe ARPS, who is the current Chairman of Bognor CC. He gave us a very in depth and very interesting talk on the basics of understanding the requirements for taking properly exposed and sharply focused images with a DSLR camera.

Roger started with getting sharp images. We all know about looking at the picture on the back of the camera and thinking ‘that’s fine’ only to find when downloaded to our computers that when ‘blown up’ the picture is far from sharp. That image on the back of course is a JPEG and not the same as the actual image if taken in RAW. 

When we are about to take an image, we have three things to consider. Do we need to use Av to control the depth of field: do we need to freeze the subject if it is moving, in which case we probably need to use Tv to control the shutter speed; or do we need to alter the ISO (using 100 gives us the very best quality image, and all Professionals strive to use this as much as possible) to give us the optimum quality with the available light. The higher the ISO the more likely chance of ‘Noise’.

Replicating an Old Master

Meeting Report

The Afternoon MealLast Thursday we welcomed Catherine Jolley LRPS LBIPP to our 3rd PI competition. Hailing from Littlehampton Camera Club, Catherine is a Wedding, Portrait and Fashion photographer. She described her role on the evening not as judging us, but that she was there to help coach us. She certainly provided some excellent and useful comments throughout the evening, often about how the image could be brought to life more with a slight crop, or a little work in the post-production. On a couple of occasions however, she felt that the author had perhaps taken things too far! She seemed to enjoy herself, and I know that we all had a great evening.

With 66 PI's to look at, the marks ranged from 13 to 20, with the emphasis being on how the images expressed themselves. A baker's dozen scored 18 or more. Many thanks go to Martin Tomes for gathering the images, and John Gauvin and Alex Swyer for their work on the night to ensure the competition ran smoothly.

Not a good night for Storrington CC

Meeting Report

It is 5am and I am awake from natural causes. I try to go to sleep again, but I start to mentally do my report on last night’s meeting; and so I decide to get up, arm myself with paper and pen, and start to write this!!

Last night it was our turn to hold our round of the Southern Fed. P.I. competition. We appointed the judge who was Carol Speight ARPS from Chichester CC, who lives in Billingshurst. Carol has been a judge for us in the past and was favoured by Chairman Chris as he got his first 20 from her.

The marks are out of 10 (with half marks) in this competition, which is a far better system than ours out of 20. Most of the marks given in our competitions are between 15 and 20, which means that 75% of the marks are rarely given. Only twice in my time at Storrington CC marks under 10 been given; and is it not better to be awarded 7 out of 10 rather than 14 out of 20??

Anyway, we are in Division Seven which has eight clubs competing, and each has entered eight images: so, 64 images to be judged.

I always like looking at other club’s images, and in fact any images from wherever, but it appears that not many club members share this concept as the event was very poorly attended.

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