Last night we had a real treat when Pete (as he is known to his friends) gave us a really entertaining talk about Photoshop. He is one of Chichester CC's top photographers and we have seen his work over many years at Chichester's annual exhibition at South Mundham village hall. This is an event not to be missed as Chichester have a large number of very talented photographers including Mike Davison who we trained at Storrington!!
I met Pete when we jointly won the Regnum print competition with Chichester a few years back and he was Chairman. We shared having the shield for 6 months each. Bearing in mind my last report, you see we did it then and with our new talent in the club we could win it again!?
Pete's opening remark was about the women taking over winning everything photographic; so over to you girls. He then asked 'who shoots in RAW?' And if not why not? Everyone should shoot in RAW except when taking family snaps!
The first Print competition of the new season was held on the 6th
October. The Judge for the evening was
Bob Webzell. Bob is self-taught in Photography and was awarded his Royal
Photographic distinctions in 1999 and 2001. A past president of Brighton and
Hove Camera Club, he supports educational developments in Tanzania.
Sixty-Five images were submitted for adjudication with some 38% (5*20, 7*19 and 13*18) receiving scores of 18
or more attesting to the high standard of the prints submitted. It was particularly
gratifying in seeing many of the new members submitting images for the first
The Regnum print competition was hosted by Bognor Regis CC at the St Mary's centre Felpham.
The Judge was Caroline Colgate ARPS and she was very good giving very specific reasons for all her marks for the entries.
Eleven clubs took part, but the evening was dominated by Chichester CC who started of with a 20 in the first round and followed that with two more out of a total of only six awarded altogether. Their lowest score was 16 for the brilliant shot of Carmarge Horses taken by Rosie Armes!!
Our first picture was awarded 17 and this placed us 6th and was Daisy's lovely picture of a sparrow framed on a wire fence called 'Framed'. Next up was Ian MacWhirter's 'Wasp Spider' which got 16 and we swept up to 5th equal! Sadly John Gauvin's 'Popping the Cork' only got 14 and we dropped back to 8th at the break.
In round 4, Peter Michell's 'Hot Saxaphone' was awarded 18 and we lept up to 5th place. In the 5th round Ian's 'Kittywakes feeding in glacier melt water' got 16 and finally, Martin Tomes 'Askham Fell' also got 16.
Our first PI competition took place this week with 73 images submitted for scrutiny. For some this was a new experience, for others old hat, but just as hard for old and new alike. A new judge was selected for this first competition of the season, John Staples ARPS. The evening started with a run through of all the submitted images as requested by the judge, so he could get a feel of the pictures. Personally I think this is a wrong way to judge, as a preformed opinion can be formed on certain images rather than marking them one at a time. That aside the judging started, with good scoring throughout the evening, which shows the high standard of pictures submitted. Four 20s, two 19s, seven 18s and twenty nine 17s were awarded.
A few mentions go to:
Ian MacWhirter for his two 20s; "Glaucous Gull with Guillemot prey" and "Courting Polar Bears".
Di Walker for her 20, "Stillettos".
Anne Nagle who scored 20 for her image "Puma On The Rocks" which also recieved best image of the night.
Martin Tomes for his stunning "The Adur From The Sussex Yacht Club", scoring 19.
Alex Swyer for "Sand Patterns", scoring 19.
We look forward to the next competition on the 1st December, which is a set subject print competition.
We welcomed back Leslie who has become an annual attraction in our calender of events. This evening was devoted to layers. Some people (including me) have some difficulty in understanding the concept of layers. If I had had Leslie explaining them to me before I would have picked it up much faster. Leslie teaches Photoshop Elements at Lodge Hill Computer Centre, Coldwaltham, Pulborough if anyone is interested in improving their skills.
Leslie started using 'blobs of colours' to illustrate the principles of layers, before moving on using photographs to illustrate how to combine different elements of two frames of a simple landscape image, one with a good sky and one with a good foreground. (If you shoot in RAW you can do the same thing from just one frame by 'bringing out' different elements of the same shot and combining them in the same way as Leslie showed us).
Leslie then showed us how to introduce other parts of completely different pictures i.e., birds.
We were shown how one can improve a portrait of, in this instance a lady, by sharpening the eyes and the mouth on a seperate layer and then blending these bits back into the original image.
This second evening of our new season has been set aside for members to give a slide show of their 'stuff'.
We had lovely flower images from Daisy; A taste of Morroco from Chris West; A trip to Germany from Peter Pictall; A holiday in Iceland from Peter Michell; A boat trip to the Northern lights from Audrey all before the break.
Afterwards, Chairperson Di chose her favorite print from those entered and Charmaine Hayes won the bottle of wine for her image of a surfer (her son?) taken by her whilst in the sea herself.
We then resumed our show with Di's picturers taken at a modern Bullfight in France where the bull is not harmed and the humans are much more likely to be damaged! Then I gave a show of some of the photography that I like to take; and finally we had a very professional presentation put together with music by Martin Tomes.
We really did see an amazing variety of images from all over the world and I am sure that all those present enjoyed what they saw.
Our first meeting of the season was very successful mainly because of the very encouraging number of new members who signed up to join us. Jane Coward nearly wore her pen out writing receipts. We have sadly lost two members to our friends at Steyning. Tim and Clive both felt that they would get more of what they want for their photography at Steyning which is a bigger club and offers more workshops and speakers. Both of them had committee jobs at Storrington and we are very grateful for all the work that they did for us.
Once the 'initial flurry' of 'signings up' had died down, Chairman Di Walker greeted everyone, especially all of the new members. She then went on to demonstrate simple mounting of a print to a 50cm x 40cm board, which is the size that all pictures which are entered into our print competitions this year must be. She also told us of attempts to negotiate a deal with SeaWhites of Partridge Green, who supply mount board, cut to size if requested. However we would not be able to order enough between us to qualify for a discount.
Saturday dawned quite brightly but by lunch time dark and threatening clouds were very much in evidence and the Chairman person was visibly twitching in case she had to dash out and bring all the seat cushions indoors.
Di Walker had generously allowed the club to hold our annual Barbeque at her home again (for which we all thank her) which is blessed with a very ample terrace and is just the right size for the event. Just over twenty members including wives attended. People were saying 'where is so and so' but at this time of year a lot of folk are on holiday or have family commitments, and this number was just comfortable.
Martin obtained the meat products from his special supplier and Di made an early morning trip to Waitrose to get the wine, soft drinks, nibbles, sauces and other necessary bits and pieces. Paul arrived with some tables chairs and cushions and a willing pair of hands to help 'set up'. Also Di's neighbours Bob and Judy arrived to help and lent us chairs and cushions.
Walter Benzie, having giving a talk earlier in the season,
came back to adjudicate the 'Best of the Year' for both Prints and PI's, with
Martin taking the Print title and Paul taking PI.
At his suggestion we allowed Walter to allocate 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Highly Commended in this competition, rather than our
normal method of allocating points, feeling that it was right in this contest as
there is no league positions to be contested.
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.
5 Mar 2015: 3rd Print Competition - Set subject "Monochrome"