Storrington CC were very privileged indeed to have a talk this evening by Tony Penrose, the Son of Lee Miller. Tim Hulbert our former Programme Secretary left us with two pretty tricky set subjects this season, but to have arranged this speaker was very creditable as he was probably the best speaker the club has had in many years. One member said it was the best presentation he had ever attended.
I along with most other people I suspect had never heard of Lee Miller; but after tonight we will never forget her. She had a most extraordinary life which was affected right from the start when at the age of nine she was raped and left with Gonorrhea. She then went on to become a 'Super Model' both in the USA and Paris. This was followed by a very distinguished career as a reportage photographer during WW2 during which she witnessed horrific events which left her again scared for the rest of her life, leading to her becoming an alcoholic and recluse.
Our first PI competition of the new season saw an excellent
turnout of 81 images submitted for evaluation by our judge for the evening, a
former member, Mike Davison. Mike is now a member of Chichester Camera Club, having
previously been our programme secretary. He gave us a talk last year on 'Trying
for an RPS Distinction' encouraging us to 'go for it'.
New to judging, Mike requested that he be given the
opportunity to evaluate the images prior to the evening and this was agreed to.
I am very sceptical in providing images to be pre-judged in this way. Viewing
on a PC monitor is not the same as a projected image. Images are submitted to our competitions with a maximum
resolution of 1400x1050 pixels, the native resolution of the projector. If the
external monitor displays at a lower resolution, then the software has to
compensate for the percentage view. As I have demonstrated in the past, if the
image is not shown at actual percentage size then the images may not be displayed
correctly. To preserve the anonymity of the photographers, images were supplied
in both PDF and PowerPoint slideshow format.
Our first competition of the new season a high number of
entries and it was gratifying to see so many of our new members entering for
the first time.
Our judge for the night was Trevor Gellard FRPS, a fellow of
the Royal Photographic Society, Judge, lecturer and a member of the
distinctions panel at the Royal Photographic Society.
Trevor has exhibited in International exhibitions and has
had several one man exhibitions. He is an active member of the Brighton and
Hove Camera club and a member of the Mirage group of Photographers.
Trevor examined each and every image minutely looking for
flaws from photographic technique to quality of printing. At times, he was
millimetres from the image identifying those images that suffered from grain,
blown highlights and printer banding, offering advice from composition to image
With such great scrutiny, it's a wonder how many of our
images managed to score such high marks with some 30% of entries scoring 19 or
20 and that can only be put down to the quality of the entries.
This was an evening of two halves, slide shows shown in the conventional manner and those shown with most images at 90 degrees to the norm giving some of us sore necks!
Ian McBean started the evening by showing us some mouth watering shots of Mauritius, having first showed us where in the world it is. I imagine some of us will put it on our list of places to visit one day.
Then Martin Tomes showed us a very well constructed slide show of his visit to France in the Champagne and Borgogne regions. He showed several of the very many producers premises which were very old and very pretty. But I found his pictures taken aboard a canal boat during a trip which included going through a tunnel the most amazing due largely to Martin's use of zoom effects from his slide show software.
Then Clive showed us how the other half live with shots from his trip to the Caribbean aboard a luxury liner which was enormous and stood up out of the water the height of a tall block of flats. Having gone through several severe gales in the Navy in an enormous Aircraft carrier, my mind is blown by the power of the stabilisers on the ships. Most of us can only afford to go to Bexhill!
Storrington Camera Club has recently lost two people who both contributed a great deal to the club over many years.
Eric Keevy was an Honorary member of the club, elected a few years back together with Denis Mace and Hal Randall who were all very insrumental in keeping our club going in the 'lean years' when camera clubs were not the flavour of the month. We all owe these gentlemen a huge debt of gratitude for without their efforts SCC would not exist today. Eric had the amazing distinction, to my mind, of being the guy who opened up the venue where the club was meeting (which changed a few times) for twenty years. He also worked very hard finding a new venue for the club when it decided to move from Pulborough to Storrington. The club then changed its name to Storrington CC.
This was the best attended first night of SCC since I joined the club in 2000. Over 30 people came to our first night back with Jane Coward our treasurer working flat out taking subscriptions from 27 members including 4 new recruits.
We had been asked to bring along one print which we had taken during the summer break for our new Chairman Di Walker to make her choice of the best picture. This she did at the end of the evening selecting a really eye-catching image of a silver metallic mannequin taken through a shop window with an interesting refection on it. It was a really vibrant image and very well seen and captured. Well done Liz Barber who took the picture and told us how she made it. Also selected were a very French Chateau picture taken by Martin Tomes on a recent French holiday and a very interesting image called '7' taken by John Gauvin on a recent 'How to take a different image' type photographic course. The tutor should have been proud of her tuition as John's image was certainly different and very cleverly constructed. Well done to Martin and John.
Sunday afternoon found us meeting in Sainsbury's carpark, Horsham for one of our photo walks.
The weather shone on the righteous as ever, and a pleasant walk was enjoyed by all who attended.
We started down the Causeway with some of the oldest residential property in Horsham, dating pack to the 1600s. At the bottom of the Causeway can be found St. Mary's Parish Church which in itself is very photogenic. It was a walk down memory lane at this point, as the author was Head Choirboy, married and son baptised here, all of which was a long time ago, no doubt the reason for the shock of seeing a modern extension at the rear of the church, of which none of us approved.
From here we crossed the Arun and ventured up Denne Hill via the railway crossing. I hoped for the appearance of a steam train to ensure a 20 in one of next season's competitions, but even the 6.20 from Bognor was running late, so no special photos here.
The view from the top of Denne Hill in the evening sun, with Cricket Club in the foreground and the two Church spires in the backgound was excellent.
Photography over we retired to the Olive Branch pub (formerly The Green Dragon) for the usual banter and good food. Definitely worth trying if you are peckish whilst in Horsham.
One thing after another. First the visit to the British Wildlife centre, followed a week later by the Annual Exhibition, followed yet another week on by the Barbeque.
Held once more at Chairman Di Walker's home, which each year sees more floral delights added. Di herself worked very hard to make sure that nothing was forgotten, checking and rechecking things like the paper napkins, the reserve cutlery (for people who forgot to bring their own, like me!), the cream for the deserts, the sauces, the cushions, etc, etc. There was a minor panic mid week because we seemed to have too few chairs. So there were two visits to Paul and Pat's to collect two more tables and some chairs and Pat kindly rang several people to ask them to bring their own chairs. Result, there were enough chairs for a lot of people to put their feet up on a second chair! Di's partner John came over from France in a van laden with still more chairs, Boxes of cheap but fine French wine, and a bucket full of his own home grown pommes de terre, which he later scrubbed and cooked. He also prepared other delights for us like the garlic bread.
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