I normally write my reports in bed the morning following, with a mug of tea. However, on this occasion, my head was buzzing with stuff , so I have started writing this report in bed 'on the night'.
SCC was electrified this evening by Ken Scott's latest talk entitled 'Besides and Beyond'. Nobody could have failed to be inspired and motivated by Ken's pictures and enthusiastic words.
I have had the pleasure of hearing at least six of Ken's talks over the years and have always been very impressed with his passion for his photography, and indeed of his life generally.
Ken started his talk by pointing out that musicians, athletes and actors all practice every day to hone their skills; so why not photographers? His talk this evening was about his 365 project which started in 2008 following a bad experience up a mountain, which resulted in the curtailment of his other great passion, climbing, (with his camera of course). The first of Ken's shows that I saw was of his magnificent mountain landscapes, which was also largely the subject of his book, 'Photographing Changing Light', which I of course have a copy of on my shelves.
The second print competition of the season saw Malcolm Bull adjudicate
our images. Malcolm originates from Essex, but now resides in Shoreham and is a
member of Steyning Camera Club, you can view Malcom's work on Flickr.
Malcolm is new to the judging circuit, having completed a
judging course last year in the hope that understanding judging he would have a
better idea of what judges are looking for in regards to his own images.
Malcolm started slowly; slightly nervous but understandable
considering the minimal experience he has of judging and the rivalry between
Steyning and Storrington. However, he was soon into his stride, providing critique
on his likes and dislikes of elements within images only lapsing into the habit
that many judges have, of describing images when they are stuck for words.
Overall, Malcolm made good judgement calls and ended with a fair result.
A total of 62 images were submitted with the scores broken
down as follows:
We are lucky to have Mike Eddows who is a proffessional theatre photographer as a member of our club. Mike offered to do an evening of hands on theatre photography for the club. We set out to create an image for a show poster and a couple of images for publicity.
The show we were covering was a whodunnit, Peter Michell made the mistake of arriving without a camera so he became our detective and the subject of our poster shot. Seventeen members queued up, cameras in hand and had a go. It is quite difficult to do, although the lights looked very bright to us in fact they aren't so it needed a high ISO, wide aperture and a steady hand to get a good image.
For the second half of the evening Mike set up a scene where his partner Louise played out being poisoned, she did a very good job of repeatedly dying while we all tried to get great shots.
Many thanks to all who put in a lot of effort to make the eveing a success, especially Mike and Louise who put together a great evening for us.
The Regnum Print competition was held at the Southwick Community Centre and was hosted by Southwick CC. The Judge was Glyn Bareham LRPS CPAGB who comes from Kent, near Maidstone and who cut a dash dressed as a white version of Nehru (a famous Indian Prime Minister, for the young). The hall was very well filled and they had to get out extra chairs for folk.
In Round One, our first print was Di Walker's 'Tyne Bridges' (which on the score sheet was TYNE GRIDGE!) This scored a well deserved 19 points.
Next up in Round Two was John Gauvin's 'Geranium' which was praised and was then given 16!
In Round Three, Ian MacWhirter's 'Polar Bear in a hurry' (POLOR on the score sheet) was given 18, and at the tea break we were lying 5th with 53 points, against the leading club with 57.
Six stalwart members of our club attended the Wivelsfield Green Village Hall to cheer our club on in the Sussex Federation's Digital Image competition this Sunday afternoon.
The Judge was Jack Bates FRPS MPAGB who comes from South London and was well known to the Sx. Fed. Chairman Ken Scott, who of course is a good friend of SCC. Ken Scott explained that a key member of the Sx. Fed. committee had resigned at the exact point that the details of this competition were due to be sent out, which resulted in every one, including the judge of course, having to move very quickly to get everything in place in time. We had selected six images because we had not got the paperwork in time for our selection meeting and did not know how many entries were required. So, a member of East Grinstead CC (who were organising the event) rang John Gauvin in a panic to find out which of our PIs to remove. Luckily for us, John removed the correct image as the other one was a natural history picture which the judge was not favouring, as it turned out!
In Round One our first image_Ian MacWhirter's 'Glaucious Gull with Guillemot prey' was awarded 16 points and there were also 2x19s and 2x18s in this round, and we were 11th out of 22 clubs taking part.
Tonight, Martin Tomes, our resident 'Techno" gave us a very interesting and informative talk on HDR images and Panoramas.
We were very honoured with the presence of two old friends of the club, firstly Cliff Carter from Steyning CC, (himself a great expert on panoramas, Photoshop and Mac computers) and secondly by Susan Worsfold, who when she joined SCC some years ago was by far our youngest member, she has now moved away to Southwater. We also had another visitor, David, who had seen an item on our club somewhere in a publication which mentioned tonight's talk, thus proving that the work of our new publicity lady Glen Donnelly is bearing fruit.
Martin kicked off the evening by giving us a quick run down on some technical data about the various abilities of our eyes and film and digital cameras to cope with dynamic range. Luckily for me Martin always edits my reports before they are published so he can correct anything that I have got wrong, me being a dedicated non technical old fart with alzheimers fast setting in!!
In the previous print competition Carole marked in the range
13 – 20, this time the marking was in a much narrower band. From 15 to 20.
Carole had asked whether we segregate our members into groups and having been
told that we do not, opted for the safe option of not wanting to discourage (in her words) beginners. Something she
touched on more than once during the evening. Carole provided some good
constructive comments that we will no doubt take on board to improve our
A total of 63 images were submitted with the scores broken
down as follows:
Our World Globetrotter Paul Hayward gave us a very entertaining and humorous talk on his visit to Burma (now Myamar) followed by another trip to photograph the 'Horses of the Camarge'. Aside from his excellent images, he kept us well informed about the people and the customs in his very relaxed and at times very funny way of talking. Added to this there developed a lively interaction with the audience.
I had had the privilege of seeing both presentations before as Paul and I give slide shows to a group of people with dementia problems called 'Lively Minds' run by a very dedicated lady called Sally Beckers at the Dial Post Village Hall.
Paul started by telling us that there were no PitzzaHuts or MacDonalds and that everything was done with cash, Dollars being the prefered currency, as they do not have Credit card facilities.
Paul's first images started with young boys being introduced and instructed in the Budist faith. They were all dressed up in very ornate and colourful costumes with their faces painted with a paste, which also acts as protection from the sun. They were there with their families, also dressed up and with parasoles on long sticks. We saw the large pagodas decorated with tons of gold all around everyone.
Twenty people attended our opening meeting which is about the same number as we get on a normal club night. We know of at least six members who are on holiday and of others who could not attend for one reason or another.
Jane Coward our Treasurer was kept very busy receiving subs for the new year.
We welcomed one new member, John Young, who told me about ten years back he used to carry a Bellingham bag stuffed with bodies and different lenses but had had a break just using a' happy snappy'. I gave him the low down on our club telling him that we all enjoy our photography very much but draw the line at getting 'het up' when things like judges comments did not go our way.
We had been asked to bring three prints of our summer activities with us and this resulted in about twenty prints which Daisy put up on the print board one at a time and which we all gave marks out of twenty on sheets that she had prepared. Embarrassingly I won the very nice bottle of wine provided by the Chairman with a print of a 'Brimstone' butterfly which I had taken up on the Downs last week.
After the break myself, Liz Barber, John Gauvin, Alex Swyer, Janet Brown and Ruth Calvert-Smith all gave a short resume of our efforts explaining where and how our pictures were taken, which I hope proved interesting for the audience. I certainly found it very entertaining.
Twelve members attended our 'Field day' at Eastbourne all of us successfully meeting at the entrance of the pier at 1.30pm.
Several of us purchased some very good fish and Chips from a counter just where we met, whilst others had excellent sandwiches further up the pier.
Nearly all of us stayed until 5.30 when we all returned home. There were lots of interesting people visiting the pier to photograph together with seagulls and attendees at a wedding reception which was going on in the big structure at the end of the pier. There were folks fishing, sunbathing, eating ice creams (a sport I indulged in which turned out to be a bit of a nightmare as it started to melt 'big time' and I had cream on my camera, up my nose, and dripping everywhere!).
At the last committee meeting it was decided that members would be invited to bring three prints of their summer break with them to the first meeting of the new season (more from Daisy in due course) and it will be very interesting to see just what pictures we all took, if that is what folk want to show.
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.