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).
The 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.
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.
Anne Nagle started the evening with her report on our year's events and highlights and we all agreed with her that it had been a very good and interesting season.
We then had a report on our financial position from our outgoing treasurer Jane Coward, who is retiring after 7 years of hard toil at the job. Everything is looking good. Our income and expenditure roughly balanced, which is good, but does not give us money to save for any unexpected capital costs, such as the replacement of the projector which happened this season. We have some savings; but the committee voted to raise the subscription next season to £40 as it had not been raised for at least 7 years Anne asked the club whether they thought that this was a good idea and after some discussion we voted to increase the sub. On the subject of the new projector, John Gauvin sold the old one on e-bay, so it did not cost us too deadly a sum.
Jane was presented with a bottle and a parcel by Anne which looked decidedly like a book on how to take better pictures! as a 'thank you' from the club for her works.
Well that was it, the end of another season, and what a season it has been. We have had new faces, new judges, new evening activities and some cracking images to look at. All in all I think it has been a very productive season and I look forward to the next one.
The evening was for the members to submit their two best projected and printed images for a different judge to asses and to hope to win the best print of the year cup.
The nights judge was Glyn Edmunds ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP/b.
The evening was split into two halves with prints and then PIs being judged. We started off with the print section in which we had thirty to view, which is less than normal, but this was fine as Glyn had the prints from the Southampton Salon in his car for as to look at if there was time at the end of the judging.
Glyn gave fair judgement and scores to the prints, and, as they had been previously entered into other competetions it is always interesting to see what a diffrent judge has to say about the image good or bad!
None were scored under fifteen with, seven 17s, five 18s, four 19s and only two 20s given with Anne Nagle getting best print of the year for her White Ruffed Lemur.
This was the last Competition before our best of the year.
There were a total of 51 images submitted for the evening’s competition.
judge for the evening was Ken Woods. We started off with our usual run through
of all the images, and then the judging began.
seemed to take to our club quite openly as the friendly group that we are. His
scoring was fairly even thought the evening with no image getting below a mark
of 15. He had useful comments to make about the images that he saw,
like he would have cropped this picture here or toned that area down, cloned out
that piece of grass etc., he kept his mind open to what the picture was try to
get across and marked it accordingly.
Our table top photography evening was our second practical evening of the season. There were several table tops set up with different lighting. Liz brought along some stressed plastic and polarising filters to bring out the coloured patterns in the plastic.
On one table we used continuous lights, which consisted of two angle poise lamps with daylight energy saving bulbs (with a diffuser in front of the lamp) and a slide light box (which makes a very good large light source).
On Saturday April 13th, SCC hosted a presentation given by Mark Cottle MA who travelled up from Devon to give us an illustrated talk on 'Shackleton's Endurance Expedition captured on Camera', held at the Ashington Community Centre.,
Sadly our Chairlady Anne Nagle was struck down with a nasty complaint which made it impossible for her to be present, and so our Vice Chairman Paul Hayward stepped in to introduce and MC the evening making a fine job of it.
Mark grabbed everyone's attention from the start being a very polished speaker who knew his subject matter backwards.
This was the story of Ernest Shackleton's third Expedition to Antarctica which started in 1914 (you will recall that this was the year that WW1 kicked off) and finally finished in 1916, after some amazing feats of human endurance and courage.
Mark started by setting the scene reminding us of all the previous Polar attempts to explore the last unknown continent, Antarctica, starting in 1903 and including Captain Scotts disastrous expedition in 1912.
This evening we had the very welcome return of Rosie Armes who has previously given us both an evening show and has judged a competition. Rosie has more distinctions than you can shake a stick at, but to me the most relevant are her FRPS and her MPAGB, of which there are only 115 in existence!! She is a member of the advanced photographers of Chichester CC, which is where we first met her.
The first half of the evening was a travelogue of a trip she took with her husband and others to Yellowstone Park USA in the winter. This was a deliberate choice (most people visit in the fall for the colours) in order to get the pictures that she wanted. Rosie told us later that she always pre-plans the pictures before her trips. She has an opening, a middle and the end, just as you would compiling a book, which is something else she does!
There was very deep snow everywhere and so her party had to be very well protected with the right clothing and they hired the right transport to get them around - a tracked snowmobile. You have to keep to the roads and tracks in Yellowstone, and these are largely kept free of snow.
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.