First Print Competition

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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 the case.

Not a good day for SCC.

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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.

An evening of two parts.

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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.

A true Master of photography using FILM.

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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!

First Competition Of the Year

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This was our first competition of the season.

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!'.

A great night for SCC

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PresentationThe 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.

Travel Tales Iceland

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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 Russian Lady.

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.

Amazing photographic equipment

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We were treated to a fascinating evening when Paul Berkleley (and his wife) came to tell us about the Triggersmart System.

Paul is a self employed Engineer and Designer who lived on the I.O.Wight and where he and his wife started a camera club, as they are both keen photographers. He saw an opportunity to invent and develop a system to take photographs of high speed events, such as a pellet shattering a glass, for instance, or a bolt of lightening. He decided that the system should be simple, versatile and affordable, and since he perfected it,  it has been used by many people and organisations world wide.

The basis of the system consists of two boxes about the size of a cigarette packet, with wires to connect it to  a control box, about the size of a small brick. and another cable to connect to the remote release socket of the camera. One box sends out an infra-red beam which is received by the other box, and if the beam is broken by something physical like a pellet, or an animal,  it sends a signal to the control box which in turn sends a signal to the camera to take a shot, all done in milli-seconds of course. In addition there is a sound sensor in one of the boxes and a light sensor in the the other allowing triggering on a sound (like a pellet gun being fired) or a flash of light (e.g., lightening).

A very enjoyable afternoon.

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Brighton PierThe day dawned looking slightly unreliable but improved rapidly.

I was taken to Brighton with Martin Tomes and rapidly transported by Di Walker. We needed lunch to support us for the afternoon and I suggested Shoreham Airport's cafe. This proved to be a very good choice and we had a very reasonably priced and tasty snack lunch each. I would recommend this venue to anyone.

Parking in Brighton costs an arm and a leg and still places are not easily found. We eventually parked the car and arrived at the meeting place, the entrance to the pier, about 15 minutes late, to find a small group of familiar faces waiting for us. Others had already arrived and headed off into the city! In all, a total of eight good and true ladies and gentlemen of the club attended. John Goodfellow headed for the wheel, which he had not seen before, and the rest of us headed down the pier.

We found a great selection of colourful subjects there, both human and material, and I was told later that two coach loads of folk from Leicester were 'in town' having a great day out, along with us. I have been photographing on the pier several times over the years and have always found lots to photograph.

A day on the wild side!

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Ten club members plus two friends of members visited the British Wildlife Centre at Lingfield.

We assembled at 9.30 and had a welcome 'cuppa'. Then the keeper who was going to take us into the various enclosures introduced herself and off we set.

We went into the Red Squirrel enclosure first and they were totally unafraid of us climbing all over a few of us immediately; totally amazing to me as I have photographed them in the wild in Scotland where they are very wary of mankind. To get the various species to come quite close to us throughout the day the keeper came into the enclosures armed with food for each species which they come to expect at set times during the day.

After the squirrels we went into the red fox pen where we were very close to a dog fox and a vixen. On our last visit we were treated to a couple of cubs, but on this visit, we had to do without. They had some in another enclosure but Mum is not ready for them to meet the public yet.

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