For the Best of the Year competition, we invited Ken Scott
back to adjudicate our images and prints. Ken is a member of Steyning Camera
Club and is best known for his mountain landscape photography. A respected
judge on the camera club circuit, he is also an Associate of the Royal
In both competitions there was a disappointing turn out with
only 15 members submitting in the print competition and 16 in the PI. Although
the objective of these competitions is to find our Best of the Year, it also
provides an opportunity to get a second opinion of an image that may have been
harshly treated in a previous competition.
First up were the Projected Images where some 32 images were
judged. The best of the night was attributed to Di Walker for Stilettos.
During the interval a discussion centred around splitting
into two groups for competition purposes. After some debate, the consensus of
opinions favoured staying as we are. All comments made during this discussion
will be debated at a future committee meeting.
After the interval, came the 30 prints that had been
entered. Best of the night went once again to Di Walker for River Tyne.
Last night we had the 'Mix 'n' Match' competition with Steyning and Southwick Camera clubs, held at the Steyning centre. We were in the smaller of the halls but we all squeezed in without a problem. Unfortunately it was badly attended by our club members, only eight of us, by far the smallest number of supporters.
Anyway, we had a lively time and a lot of laughs barracking the poor judge Mike Chambers from Eastbourne CC.; We have a great relationship with Steyning in particular as several of us regularly support their events and outings and have done over several years.
We had a big problem with the club laptop again which refused to co-operate on more than two occasions and this held everyone up, not that they were too worried. We have a committee meeting tonight and I am going to suggest that we spend some of our savings on a new laptop with Windows 7 before next season.
In spite of this problem we held our ends up and finished second behind Steyning, (although our scorer had us winning!). However, in the right spirit we did not raise an objection, which would have been impossible to verify anyway. Our selection team, Chairman Di and Anne Nagle, decided to go for good quality images and fewer 'quirky' ones and this policy certainly paid off as we won best image of the three many times.
We had our panel competition night which was very badly supported in terms of entries, although quite a good number of members attended the night.
There were only seven submissions which were put up on our deluxe print easel by Alex ably assisted by Vice Chairman/lady Anne. the panels had been laid out so that members could have a good look at them beforehand and then they were displayed in a random order and the members present gave a mark out of 20 on a voting paper provided.
After this the authors of each panel was invited up to explain his or her panel.
First panel up was from Chairman Di and was of three butterflies taken on the South Downs. As she pointed out they are very good at taking off just as you are ready to press the shutter. Obviously these did not fly off!
Next was a panel of owl's faces submitted by me and immediately I saw it I decided that I had put them in the wrong order, a good start for me! The audience agreed and then it was suggested that I had the others in the wrong places as well.
The following panel was from Anne and was three abstract shots of tulips from her garden. They were very pretty and the panel held together very well.
Our old friend (not in years!) Walter came to judge our leg of the Southern Federation PI competition. Each club taking part gets a judge to mark all the entries in their league and then all the totals from all the other clubs who hold similar meetings are added up for the final result. We have not been doing very well.
The first thing that Walter commented on was the lack of titles being revealed for some very silly reason. It makes the job of the judge that little bit harder and does not always help the authors of the images as we will see later.
Our first entry was Charmain Hayes' 'Out of the darkness' which is a striking image of her Son. Walter liked it and awarded 8.5 marks (which proved a popular mark for us!).
Next was Peter Michell's 'Finishing touches' which also got 8.5; but Walter was confused by the hair on the left hand side of the image not realising that the lady was looking into a mirror doing her make up. The title might have helped him.
Ian MacWhirter's 'Polar Bear courting behaviour' also got 8.5. it was much admired but Walter would have 'cooled the image down' a bit by adding a bit of blue to make the snow and ice colder.
A loyal band of six SCC members attended the Adestra hall in Hassocks for the Crouch PI competition hosted by Mid Sussex CC. Ten clubs were entered with six PIs each. The judge for the evening was Clive Tanner FRPS.
In round one, Ian MacWhirter's 'Glaucous gull with Guillemot prey' was awarded 18 points a very good start as that gave us the lead straight away.
Round two saw Anne Nagle's 'Puma on the rocks' getting another 18, great. However Steyning collected a 20 (one of only five in total awarded) and this gave them the lead.
In round three, Paul Hayward's 'Not funny' got agood 17; but Mid Sussex got a 20 and this tied them with Steyning in the lead.
At the end of the tea break we had the raffle when Martin collected a bottle, but I had not bought any tickets (being treated to a strip by Jean) so we did not win more!
And so to round four when Jane Coward's 'Curly petalled flower' got another 18; but Steyning only got a 15 and Mid Sussex 17 and this put us in the lead tied with Mid Sussex!
Round five was the best as our star from the MacWhirters, Ian (the bionic man), got 19 for his 'Courting Polar Bears' which put us firmly in the lead by one point from Steyning, in spite of another 20 from them.
Rosie Armes,who has more photographic honours after her name than you can wave a stick at, gave us a rare showing of the most amazingly wonderful prints second to no other collection that I have ever seen at SCC. They were simply inspiring.
Rosie started by showing us her ARPS panel of 15 prints which were taken at a fairground and it was awash with bright colours. It illustrated how a collection of prints arranged properly can hold together and create a wonderful spectacle although some of the images on their own would not have impressed.
Next we were told how she decided to go to Dungeness to seek material for her FRPS panel; a black and white building caught her eye and she took a series of pictures of it as the basis. Her first submission was rejected on the grounds that the wording of her statement did not suit one of the panel of judges. This Rosie amended, resubmitted and then was awarded her FRPS. we were able to admire both her panels at the break.
A good turnout of stalwart SCC members (eight of us) turned up at Heathfield for the Sussex Fed print competition. Unfortunately we did not do too well (as usual), however, one of our best photographers Jean MacWhirter did very well indeed to get one of only eight 20s out of the 100 prints entered.
Twenty clubs from all over East and West Sussex, and a couple from Kent, including some very good and much larger clubs than us took part, each entering five prints. This is in a different league to the Regnum Crouch competitions when only about ten clubs enter.
In the first round, Daisy Kane's 'Mare and Foal' got 15 marks and we started off in 4th position. Then in round 2, my 'Venice canal' also got 15 and we were in much the same place. By now only three 20s had been awarded.
Things looked up for us in round three when Jean's 'Buff-necked Ibis with Grub' got its 20 and we rose to 12th equal. Very well done Jean.
Round four saw Chairlady Di's 'Walking in Haste' awarded 17, not too bad at all. There were three 20s in that round.
Martin gave us a very well prepared and thorough talk about flash photography. He was assisted by Liz Barber and used our ever willing vounteer Alex as a model. (He started off taking a couple of shots of Paul in his usual position at the front but thought better of it as the results were a bit scary!) Those of us who use Canon gear were asked to bring their flash guns, which I duly did, but forgot the batteries, plonker!
Martin had things set up so that he took pictures on his camera and the results came up on a screen via his laptop and the club's projector. He started with a single gun mounted on his camera and showed us the different results using the ceiling and walls to reflect the flash and by using different attachments to the gun like a diffuser, a favorite with Press photographers. He showed us his 'black foamy thing' which he attached with an elastic band and later a directional aid constructed by him using black straws held together with a bit of a Weetabix box (other cereals are available).
Our second set competition was judged by Tony Reilly, The subject was Patterns in Nature.
I, for one, was looking forward to this competition to see what other
club members came up with as a pattern in nature. After first thinking that this
would be an easy subject I was wrong! I have been racking my brains from
the start of the season as to what subject would make a good pattern. I had no
previous stock photos that covered this subject. The judge was quite strict on
what he classed as a pattern in nature compared with what some of us would class as a
pattern in nature. He was looking for strong repeating patterns that had
some symmetry to the photo. Some of the entries met this brief, unfortunally some did not which I think caused an exciting evening of judging, especially given some of the reactions from the audience. Tony thought that some entries were more texture than pattern.
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 Anne Nagle on 01798 812312 or come along to our next camera club meeting.