was very interesting to have a different viewpoint on our images from
Lisa Beaney. She is a professional photographer who was invited to
judge for us after a chance meeting with Martin Tomes in a Steyning
pub! She specialises in wedding, portraiture, commercial and boudoir
photography. All in all though, it was an evening of post-processing,
whether it was something that added to the image, or was lacking!
had a wide spread of marks from 13 to 19, with no-one getting an
elusive 20. Her style of judging was different, but very helpful to
me, as she gave the mark first after a few moments quiet
deliberation, followed by her comments. This meant that I didn't have
to scribble so much on each image, so a big “thank-you” to Lisa
She held 12 images back, with these
scoring 17 to 19 points, with two others also scoring 17, so I will
work around these images for this report, starting with those two
Paul O'Toole joined us on 16th
October for our first print competition of the year. Coming from
Worthing Camera Club, he described himself as one of the “baby
judges” who have graduated from the Ken Scott judging academy. He
asked us to expect a wider range of marks (14-20 in practice), where
the message counts for 50-60%, the content 30-35% and technical
aspects just 15%. When asked how important the title was, he admitted
that it should be secondary to the image, but could be useful. Here
are some of his comments.
Foxlee managed a hat-trick of 18s over the evening. Up first was
'Amazing Space', an interior image of Lancing College Chapel. Paul
commented that this type of shot is technically very difficult to do,
and said this was beautifully taken (Ray tells me that a tripod is
essential, must remember mine for the photoshoot in five weeks). Next
came 'Fading Light', which looked like (and was) Bosham, with a nice
choice of foreground and people to give scale all in a sepia
monochrome. Finally Ray gave us 'Table for two', with a softness
giving a sense of elegance and lovely dappled light.
This evening, we had a new idea for a club evening from our Chairman Chris. We were asked to select five PIs that we would like some help with deciding whether they were good enough to enter a competition, because we all have difficulty making our selections, don’t we?
To begin the meeting however we had the Parish notices, with Janet telling us about two events which are coming up, the first being on October 11th when anyone interested will be going to Lewes to photograph ‘Morris Dancers’; but there is plenty more to photograph in the Town if that does not appeal. And then we hope to go to Lancing College on 20th of November to take pictures of their famous and very beautiful Chapel. More details about that nearer the time.
'Two Fellows’, which originally referred to Betty Rackman, who had achieved her Fellowship, and Tony her Husband, a ‘fella’. But when Tony also achieved his Fellowship of course the name was even more relevant
Betty and Tony have been giving slide shows (and having exhibitions) for many years. This evenings show was one of many different ones that they give, this one though had been brought up to date with recent work.
The evening was not very well attended which was a great pity, as those who missed it could have learned some lessons about composition, as well as seeing a huge variety of amazing subjects, all photographed impeccably. What a team they make, both being passionate experts at photography and encouraging and criticizing each other’s work, and therefore producing the very best results.
In the first half, Tony gave the commentary whilst Betty manned the computer, adding a few comments where she felt appropriate.
We started by seeing some shots taken in their garden (near Romsey) of flowers and other wildlife. As Tony pointed out, their pictures were often taken to give a pleasing pictorial result, rather than setting out to take the normal wildlife protocol. We also saw some wonderful Infra-red shots of landscapes (shot on 35mm film) with some of the river Tess, which runs near their home.
Our first night of the new season was very well attended with over 30 bodies including four new faces who we hope will join us permanently. They will be most welcome.
Chris West, our new Chairman, confessed immediately that he had never been to a first night before as he had always been on holiday. So, not knowing really what had gone before he took matters into his own hands and told us all about himself and his family, finishing with his latest Photographic Experiences.
After telling us about his career and that he had previously been Chairman of the local Lions Club, Chris went on to take us through some of the highlights of the new season, which as programme secretary he had of course arranged. He also introduced the members of the committee. Worth mentioning here perhaps is that the two set subjects for this year are ''Black and White’ for prints and ‘Sussex’ for the PIs.
Two car loads of members visited Hayling Island today leaving at about 2.30pm with the weather looking slightly unreliable.
However when we reached our first stop by the bridge to the Island near Langstone Mill, the weather was set fair. The mill is nearly unique (when working, now a pivate residence) in that it was both a windmill and a watermill, but according to John Goodfellow there is another in Norfolk. Anyway, it made a good subject for some very nice landscape pictures.
Behind it was a waterway with a swan family and ducks 'a plenty’. They were being fed large amounts of bread by a young girl; but I read in some nature publication that it really does not do them much good, in fact the contrary, (probably gives them wind? which would assist take off if they thought about it). There were also Egrets, but they were a little too far away.
We stayed there for about an hour before moving over the bridge and taking a right turn to an area with a lagoon and more birds and boats and a fountain, but not a lot else.
By then we were ready for tea, so we drove onwards to the Southern coast where we found a tearoom with the necessary.
On Saturday August 2nd, we held our first summer event. For the last few years now we have had a Barbecue, usually held in the Chairman’s garden.
Our new Chairman Chris decided that for a change it might be nice to have a cream tea this year instead.
And so the call went out to members asking those attending to bring sandwiches, cakes, scones, strawberries, blue berries, raspberries and of course chairs.
At 3pm of the clock I found myself helping to unload tables and chairs and finding the West household in a mild panic, with a very laid back Carol saying to Chris “this is your event” and Chris saying “but you always arrange any events at home” and looking slightly lost.
Everything went very well indeed of course, as these events always do. The members attending brought food of every description in abundance.
The day had started in Pulborough with a shower and there was also a very slight one as I drove to Storrington just before kick off; but the sun shone and we enjoyed a very nice afternoon.
I was amused to see Chris charging towards the tea serving site with teapots of varying sizes starting with one which probably held about two cupfuls max. However, as the afternoon progressed, Chris appeared with larger and larger pots and there was an ample supply of tea as there was of everything else.
After a couple of statutory items, Anne Nagle gave a very comprehensive report of this seasons events and achievements, adding that she felt we were improving as a club with our results. She then mentioned especially how much hard work Glenn Donnelly had put in on our behalf as our first Publicity Manager, and how successful she had been at the job. Well done Glenn. She will be missed and we do need someone to carry on the good work. Anne herself will carry on in the meantime as she is to stay on our Committee.
We then had the Treasurer’s report which was all good news as we made a profit. Last year we had to buy a new projector which resulted in us making a loss. Our thanks go to Norman Kirby who kindly audited our accounts, who found Janet’s hard works all in order.
Then followed the Competition Secretaries reports which prompted some discussion about labelling and preparation of entries generally.
We were joined by our old friend Walter Benzie ARPS on 15th
May for our Best of Year competition. He started by shaking several peoples’
hands, then telling a story about a photographer in Bombay, who just happened
to be Henri Cartier-Bresson. I have since discovered a Cartier-Bresson quote,
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” Perhaps there is something
in my 365 obsession!
Walter had a short discussion as to whether he would mark first
then talk, or talk and give a mark after he had listened to himself. Deciding
on the latter, he did say at one point that he had talked himself up to a
There were eight 18s and six held prints, of these, two
went on to get 19s and four the coveted 20/20. I guess this reflects the fact
that this is a best-of competition, although I certainly feel that the standard
within our friendly little club has improved enormously over the past couple of
years. The main theme running through the prints was about the mounting of the
images, with some adding to the overall impression, and others unfortunately failing
to do the image justice.
Ex member Mike Eddowes was going to instruct us on' out of doors’ portraiture this evening for as long as the light lasted; but the day dawned very wet with not much prospect of improvement.
So the powers that be decided to ask Martin Tomes to introduce us to our new lighting set (INTERFIT EX 150) which was kindly donated to the club by someone who had purchased it but had never used it. It will be available for club members to borrow and use.
Martin unpacked the kit which includes two lights with stands, a soft box, an umbrella, a snoot and coloured gels explaining the use of each piece of the kit and how all the components fixed together to provide different set ups for doing portrait photography. He was ably assisted by our Vice Chairman in waiting Ray Foxlee.
He then got a volunteer, Paul Setford, to be his model, and then he proceeded to show us the different positions for a single light and the effect that had on the finished image. He also showed us what other effects could be obtained using a second light, and the use of reflectors, (both white and gold), and the snoot to get different resulting images.
We then all had a go at using the lights on volunteer models.
Would you like to know more? Take a look at our current programme to see what we get up to then either fill in our contact form, call our chairman Chris West on 01903 744571 or come along to our next camera club meeting.