I always look forward to having these SCPF P.I. competition rounds held at our venue, because one can get nice and close to the images and hear exactly what the judge is saying, where as if similar comps are held in their usual necessary big halls you can miss quite a lot sometimes.
Martin gave us a talk on last year’s 'One a Week’ project which a number of us took part in during 2013. The idea is that you are given a new topic each week and you must take at least one image of the subject during that week, which you then upload to the Flickr site. Once there, your fellow members of the group can tell you what they think of your efforts. If you get no comments, as happened with most of my shots, you can take it that nobody thinks them worthy of comment! Not good, but in my case predictable.
Martin explained the whole 2013 challenge to everyone and then randomly showed us an example of each topic as taken by those partaking from each week. He had produced little prints of all 52 of his images from last year, and Liz brought the prints that had been on show at the Storrington library for our Christmas exhibition, some of which were also from the project.
After the break, Chris West, Vice Chairman and generally OK chap, gave us a show illustrating two trips that he had made to Napal in 2007 and 2008. Paul Hayward had been going to give us a show of one of his trips, but sadly was taken ill and had to step down. Chris’s show was very well presented and it was hard to believe that he had got it all together at very short notice.
Our final meeting of the year used to be called the Chairman’s evening and this one certainly was just that. Anne bought all the food and drink and engineered the evening as she thought fit, which was to get everyone talking to one another. She was very ably assisted by liz who prepared and heated up the very tasty punch and organised and ran a quiz; by Daisy who helped setting everything up; and by Chris who also ran another quiz. I was teamed with Martin and Terence and we were rubbish in the first quiz and a great deal better in Chris’s quiz, which was technical and having the club technocrat on board helped! - a lot.
Our first print competition was judged by Roger Crocombe ARPS, who was also from Bognor Camera Club. He started the evening
by telling us that he was going to favour a picture which tells a story well over one which was technically perfect e.g., a slightly soft photo which told a story well would not be penalised heavily for its technical defects. He then went on to talk about the 365 group in which he was taking part and of which Janet is also a member (Janet is also doing our own weekly challenge). He is taking around 700 photos a week, it must be nice to have that sort of time. Roger
then went on to show some photos of his work before judging, they were a mixed array
of flowers, seascapes and his favourite storm drain near to where he lives, all of his pictures were of a high standard. His flower photos are mainly taken in West Dean greenhouse or
a supermarket purchase of flowers, he takes up to around 30 frames at different
focus points and then stitches them together to make one photo (photo stacking)
to give a lot more front to back focus
of the flower than would be possible with one shot. We were in for a good
evening of judging.
We had 59 entries which is a lot less than
we have on the projected competitions, Roger was a fair judge looking at all
the entries and talking about the stories that came across or not as some was
Ten members of SCC attended the Sussex Fed P.I. competition at Wivelsfield Village Hall which was hosted by Mid Sussex Camera Club, whose Chairman Alec Pelham introduced the gathering to the Judge Steve Lawrenson ARPS APAAGB, who is a member of Reigate CC. Alec said that Steve had visited a lot of the clubs in the Region; however he has not visited us and he seemed to penalise us for this oversight in his marking of our entries! (joke)
It was a fact that most of our entries did not inspire him and I will not reveal whose images got what marks. A committee selects our entries; suffice to say that Anne Nagle was the only person to get good marks for us getting 18 for her ‘Razorbill Pair’ and 16 for her ‘Black-eyed Susan’ images.
Steve awarded only Five 20s, one in each round as it happened, and they were really outstanding pictures. The first was of a butterfly resting with dew on it and its perch from Rye CC. The next was the best of the competition which came from Worthing club and was a very well set up shot of a human fist breaking through a glass pane with water and glass scattered around the fist. It must have taken a lot of thought and was amazing.
This evening was in two parts. The first half consisted of two very well put together presentations by Chris West and Liz Barber on how they were recently awarded their LRPS Distinctions from the Royal Photographic Society.
Chris kicked off by giving us a resume of the RPS, its history and its location etc. He then told us what got him interested in obtaining his distinction. In a club competition he only got 12 points from the judge, who was an FRPS (Fellow of the RPS, their highest distinction). He was not at all pleased and set off walking the dog when he got home still ‘chuntering’. It got him thinking about the RPS and so before he went to bed he visited the RPS website. There he discovered that there was an advisory day on the following Saturday nearby and decided to attend. This really got him started and he went home and got all his best images together in Picassa (because it was free!!) and then set up his screen saver to go through them so he could decide on the best of the best. He then arranged them into a cohesive panel and then got them professionaly printed and mounted so that they were in pristine condition. He took them to Bath on Distinctions day and he was awarded his LRPS.
Michael Hewett assisted by his Wife Jean gave us a really special evening. Michael is a real Dinosour with modern technology, and proud of it! He cannot switch on a mobile phone let alone a computer and has no desire to ever do so. Jean takes care of all these things and even drives his car for him, because she enjoys it; and she assists him in his presentations.
Michael has been taking pictures of the Monaco Grand Prix for over 50 years using film cameras (Pentax Spotmatic and later a Bronica ETRS amongst others), without a tripod,and with 100 ASA film to give the best quality results, all this taking shots of cars moving in excess of 100mph. Most of the members of SCC in the audience have probably only ever used digital cameras, so they really could not fully appreciate the huge skill that Michael used to get his amazing photographs.
He has also written and produced two books of his photographs of the Grand Prix, with Monaco Royalty contributing. The first of these books cost £40 and are now collectors items and change hands at eye-watering prices, and someone called Tom Hanks is after one!
We had 69 entries submmited, so I was looking forward to a good evening of judging. Our judge of the evening was Rob de Ruiter LRPS.
Rob had brought in some prints from his portfolio for us to see before he judged our work, this is always good and I would like to see more judges do this as it is always good and interesting to see their work and to compare your own on level and style. Rob had a good collection of work of plant life, and graffiti from Chichester, all of a high level. The judging of the night was of a high standard with rob explaining, in depth, what worked with in the image what could in his opnion make the image stronger. He did start the evening by saying that black and white photos were not his favorite, however this was a medium that scored well during the evening
There were eleven 18s, Six 19s & Five 20s awarded.
A well done to Ray Foxlee topping the evening with a combined score of 56 out of a possible 60, two of his images being black & white.
The best projected image of the evening was awarded to Daisy Kane for 'Aah! Bliss!'.
The night was wet and windy outside, but there was rejoicing inside!
A goodly band of eight SCC members came to the Steyning Centre for the Regnum Print competition. It is a great pity that more members do not attend County Competitions, because those of us who do attend see some really good pictures and this gives us new inspirations for our own work.
Steyning CC did a really good job of setting up and running the evening with display boards down all one side of the hall with room to move past! All the rounds were labelled and remained on show until just before kick-off and were retuned at the start of the tea break; and removed and replaced again for the second half. So there was plenty of opportunity to have a close look at all the prints.
A warm welcome to a new season, good to see
some new faces amongst us.
This meeting was presented by Derek but we
were treated to photos by Derek Grieve and Di Walker on a trip around Iceland
where they had enjoyed a ten day Photography Course (according to Di) and a
Photographic Holiday in Derek’s opinion!
They went with Colin Westgate FRPS of Quest Holidays and with some
interesting characters making up the select group, including a Judge and a
The group leader knows Iceland well and so
took them on a route with plenty of photographic interest, allowing them to
miss out the more barren areas of the country. Peter Picthall was somewhat
surprised that Reykjavik hadn’t been on the itinerary but I suppose in 10 days
you can only cover so much and they only occasionally spent more than one day
in one place.
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