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.
This year we had our annual barbeque in the garden of our new Chairlady Anne Nagle, which was a delightful venue with lovely views.
Alex, our top volunteer had stepped up to do the cooking but had to withdraw due to work commitments. So, another of our 'will do anything gentlemen, Martin Tomes stepped into the breach, and was assisted by another 'wll do anything' member Paul Hayward.
Martin had obtained the ingredients for our meat course from a secret (but very reasonably priced) supplier, and those attending brought a good variety of healthy salads and sauces were provided by our hostess.
There then followed the most unhealthy but mouthwatering sweets again supplied by those attending-delicious!
Twenty four people, including a couple of new faces, attended what was a very pleasant afternoon helped by the very sunny weather that has at last arrived for a brief stay.
Next week we have our 'field day' at Eastbourne pier which should be fun and we hope that we have another good turn out of folk.
Our thanks to Anne for her very good organisation of the event and for the lovely venue.
This was our last PI competition of the year, we had 66 images submitted, so a good night was ahead of us.
Our judge for the evening was Andrew Perry ARPS. PIs always have more of a turnout in images submitted than prints. This was a good evening of scoring by the judge with seven 20s, five 19s seventeen 18s given and nine 17s
Anne Nagle - A Quiet Moment, Ian Macwhirter - Southern Crested Caracara, Martin kulin - Brr Its Cold, Alex Swyer - Sunburst Lichen, Paul Hayward - Fiery Sunsett and Jean Macwhirter - Immature Striated Heron Scratching.
Ian Macwhirter - South American Giant Otter, Alex Swyer - Frosted, Daisy KAne - Orchid, Chris West - Weighty Matters and Robert Allison with Life on A Mud Floor
I always look forward to the print competitions as I love looking at well printed pictures, which is something that I struggle with! It is always interesting to see what prints are put forward by the members of the club, as some photos are better submitted as prints and some lend themselves towards PIs. (something that I have to work on for next season)
We were not dissapointed, our judge for the evening was Carole Speight ARPS DPAGB APAGB.
With so many letters after her name I was expecting some tough comments! The scoring was even through out the evening with not to many top scores given.
The AGM took up the first half of the evening but was preceded by awarding the competition cups for the season.This was slightly, but only slightly, embarrassing for the outgoing Chairman who had to award three cups to herself!
The Taylor Cup for the PI worker of the year was awarded to Anne Nagle getting 166 points out of a possible 180, followed by the Dixon Cup for the Print Worker of the year jointly won by Martin Tomes and Di Walker both with165 points out of 180. Then we had the Petworth Cup for the best PI of the year won by Di who also won the Emmett Cup for the best print of the year. What a fine way to finish her second and last year in office!
Tha Anonymous Cup which is awarded to the Photographer of the Year was won by Ian MacWhirter ARPS (at last!) with 326 points out of a possible 380, amazing! He would have won it countless times before if he had not deliberately eliminated himself from the running by not entering at least one competition each year. Ian is an outstanding Natural History photographer having been awarded several very high honours by the Royal Photographic Society including GOLD medals! We have several very good photographers in our small club; but Ian is THE BEST.
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.
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.