The Regnum Crouch P.I. competition was held at the Steyning Centre and was hosted by Littlehampton CC. The Judge was Chris Palmer ARPS AFIAP DPAGP APAGB who has more decorations than WWII General Montgomery. He gave very few high marks, three 20s, one 19 and two 18s. He did not like SCC's offerings and our highest scorer was Charmaine with her portrait of her Son, 'Out of the Darkness' which he awarded 16 points. All our other entries got 14 or 15, and we ended up joint 8th out of eleven cluibs with 88 points.
Steyning won with 101 points which delighted them and Chichester were 5th with 94. I came away really quite depressed as I either would never have even considered taking, or could not have ever done as well taking 90% of the images. Perhaps Chris also felt that he did not like a lot of the pictures, hence the low marks. He was one of those judges who having praised an image, then gave it 14. However I am not going to say too much as judging is a difficult job that not many people want to do.
Chris certainly gave very precise details of why he did not think a picture was not as good as it could be; for instance he said that Jane should have waited longer before pressing the shutter so the Red Arrow planes were bigger in the frame, and gave it 14 points (This same shot got 20 last Thursday).
We hosted our first at home Southern Federation competition this evening with our friend Trevor Gellard returning for the second time this season to judge. We have been members of the Southern Fed for quite some time to enable us to get a good deal on the club's insurance, but as its member clubs are all so far away we have never taken part in anything with them. With the advent of the PI competitions of course we can now enter stuff by sending a CD, job done.
We all had a really relaxed and fun evening with some great banter between Trevor and the members present. This is not usually allowed in our own internal competitions but in this case most of the images were from other clubs unknown to us, and there were a few which really did provoke comment!!
Six clubs are in this competition and they have each entered eight images; so we saw 48 pictures. We know absolutely nothing about the other clubs, but imagine that clubs from Poole, Ringwood and the I.O.W. would have a muchl larger membership than us and a club called Spectrum did very well with FIVE 10s; but then Storrington had two 10s and three 9s, brilliant.
We are in League 7 and remain in 4th
place with 17 points. Boscome have won the League 7 title with an unassailable 27 points. Well done to them. With one round to go, it is unlikely that we will achieve enough point to get into the 2nd place that we would need for promotion to League 6.
We will be hosting the final round on 17th March with Trevor Gellard as the Judge.
Seven points are awarded to the club achieving most overall points on the
night, followed by six for the second highest and continues down to one point
for the club with the lowest overall score.
Finally, we were able to hold our second Pi competition of
the season. Originally schedule for 11th November was cancelled due
to the unexpected adverse weather conditions in November. With a set subject of 'Touch', it came as no
surprise that there were lots of images depicting hands in one form or another.
After an abortive start, the projector requiring set-up with
the correct colour-space and brightness, we were able to proceed to the judging
itself. Ken Scott was an inspiring choice as judge; his own website is called
'Touching the Light'. Ken gave an honest appraisal of whether an image met the
criteria for the subject and marked accordingly.
An inventive titling of some images provided an entertaining
The third and final print competition of the season
saw a total of 73 images submitted by our members and it was pleasing to see
some of our newer member submitting for the first time.
The competition was judged by Don Mitchell,
President of Bognor Regis Camera Club. Don in his imitable style likes to
create a rapport with his audience and didn't disappoint on this occasion.
In assessing our images, he noted that many
suffered from the effects of shadow spoiling what, in some cases, he deem a
good design (preferring to refer to composition as design).
He also stated that he preferred to see images
mounted on standard sizes (50cmx40cm) and jokingly said we need to save for
more mount board. Member should note that the external competition the club
enters requires images to mounted on the standard size.
In assigning marks as he went along, (other judges
usually 'Hold Back' the best images)
we were in no doubt whether the author would be getting the top mark or just
Our old friend Derek Forss visited us again, this time at a hurriedly rearranged evening at Pulborough Village Hall as our normal venue was suffering with a serious water leak and could not be used.
As usual, Derek showed us stunning images in two formats, prints before the break and AVs afterwards. I have been privileged to know Derek for quite a number of years having seen at least two slide presentations at Bookham CC at least 25 years ago. I have also been on a workshop at Earnley Concourse south of Chichester and a walking holiday in Yorkshire with HF holidays both of which Derek led.
Derek has been a professional landscape photographer for quite a long time now and his work has appeared in many magazines and published works which are household names.
It was our turn to host a Mix and Match contest between ourselves Steyning CC and Southwick CC. It was held at the West Chiltington Village Hall, which turned out to be a very good venue for the event (just the right size with good kitchen facilities). However we were unable to gain access until 7.30, as someone else was using the hall till then, and we had a bit of a scramble getting set up.
Southwick came with a very large number of supporters and Steyning was also well represented. Sadly apart from those faithful band of bodies helping staff the event, we were not so well supported. Jean MacWhirter ran the raffle which raised nearly £100 which paid for the hire of the hall, the Judge, (Eric Burchell) and gave us £10 left for the kitty. Well done Jean. Audrey ran the kitchen with a band of helpers and provided the tea and coffee at half time. Martin Tomes manned the projector, with Di Walker and Daisy choosing our images. Paul was the official scorer and Clive was timekeeper.
After Di's welcome (she had flown down fom Hull to Heathrow and only got to us with very little time to spare) there was a slight delay because Steyning's software was giving them a problem which was abely sorted by our Martin, Splendid!
Di chose the Sussex Yacht Club for the start and base for our photo walk which was very well situated for us to find lots of photographic material.
We met there at 10.30 for tea and coffee paid for by our Chairman. Di then gave us a welcome and suggested some of the places and sights in the immediate area which might encourage our photographic juices to flow. Tjhe weather was dry but bitterly cold and without any features in the sky what-so-ever, sadly.
However, we set off and did our thing, but I will be very interested to see what works of photographic splendour immerge from our midst. Nevertheless we all enjoyed having a go.
We returned to the club at 12.30 for a warm up, a drink and some very nice grub. My baked potato was the best i have had in a long time.
Thank you Di for settiing up the whole event for us. It was well attended by about fifteen or so members who all enjoyed the social 'get together'.
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.