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.

We had a good season

Meeting Report

Meeting: 
AGM & Auction

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.

What An End To The Season!

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Summer by Alex SwyerWell 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. 

The Last One, Before The Big Bang!

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Meeting: 
4th PI Competition

I Ain't Got No Job Satisfaction (best of the evening)

This was the last Competition before our best of the year.

There were a total of 51 images submitted for the evening’s competition.

The judge for the evening was Ken Woods. We started off with our usual run through of all the images, and then the judging began. 

Ken 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.

Getting to know your camera

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One of our members with cameraOur 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).

Shackleton's amazing Antarctic expedition

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Mark CottleOn 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.

Rosie Armes photographic Diva!

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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.

Disaster, but it is only a game.

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Chichester CC hosted the 2013 Regnum Crouch PDI Shield at the Assembly rooms in Chichester. The event was organised very well by Mike Davison (trained by SCC!). The Judge for the competition was Tony Riley from Dorking, a well respected Digital expert who has given a talk at SCC and judged a competition, which I remember well as he gave me a 20!!

Eleven local clubs entered with Steyning and Chichester tying in First place to win the competition. You may recall that the day before, (slightly more than 24 hours!), at the Sussex Fed Print competition, Steyning came last!; which gently brings me to the very bad news that we came last this evening. Sadly it is the worst result the club has ever had that I can remember.

Same again.

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A small, but dedicated, band of seven members of SCC attended the Sussex Fed. Print competition at Wivelsfield village hall to find the place heaving with folk. I believe seats were eventually found for everyone; but the Sussex Fed. gentleman standing in for Chairman Ken Scott said immediately that they would have to find a bigger suitable venue next time as we have clearly outgrown this one.

The event was hosted very well by Horsham Photographic Society and our prints were judged by our very long standing friend Walter Benzie ARPS.

The very first print up was Martin Tomes 'Misty duck pond' which Walter liked very much indeed and gave it 17 points, and at the end of the round we were 7th equal.

Our round two entry was Ian MacWhirter's 'Kittywake in flight' which was again much admired and given 17 points, and put us in 5th place.

Next up was Jean MacWhirter's 'Great Spotted Woodpecker chick' which was again very highly praised and given 18. This gave us 6th equal place at tea break.

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