SCC do well at home!

Meeting Report

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.

Southern Federation Competition 4th Round - League 7

The fourth round of the Southern Federation League competition was held on 16th March at Boscombe Camera Club.

The results can be found here: http://www.southernfed.org.uk/leaguepdis.htm

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.

 

Southern Federation Competition 3rd Round - League 7

The third round of the Southern Federation League competition was held on 8th March at Ringwood.

The results can be found here: http://www.southernfed.org.uk/leaguepdis.htm

We are in League 7 and remain in 4th place with 13 points.

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.

We will be hosting the final round on 17th March with Trevor Gellard as the Judge.

'Feeling the words' touches the pinnacle

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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 evening.

Title Retained

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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 missing out.

Southern Federation Competition 2nd Round - League 7

The second round of the Southern Federation League competition was held on 15th February at Spectrum.

The results can be found here: http://www.southernfed.org.uk/leaguepdis.htm

We are in League 7 and currently have 8 points and have moved to 4th place.

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.

We will be hosting the final round on 17th March with Trevor Gellard as the Judge.

Confessions of an unreal photographer

Meeting Report

Derek ForssOur 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.

Victory snatched by Steyning CC

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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 Walker organises our Shoreham Photo Walk

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Meeting: 
Photo Walk

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'.

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