We finished in the middle

Meeting Report

A good turnout of stalwart SCC members (eight of us) turned up at Heathfield for the Sussex Fed print competition. Unfortunately we did not do too well (as usual), however, one of our best photographers Jean MacWhirter did very well indeed to get one of only eight 20s out of the 100 prints entered.

Twenty clubs from all over East and West Sussex, and a couple from Kent, including some very good and much larger clubs than us took part, each entering five prints. This is in a different league to the Regnum Crouch competitions when only about ten clubs enter.

In the first round, Daisy Kane's 'Mare and Foal' got 15 marks and we started off in 4th position. Then in round 2, my 'Venice canal' also got 15 and we were in much the same place. By now only three 20s had been awarded.

Things looked up for us in round three when Jean's 'Buff-necked Ibis with Grub' got its 20 and we rose to 12th equal. Very well done Jean.

Round four saw Chairlady Di's 'Walking in Haste' awarded 17, not too bad at all. There were three 20s in that round.

Martin Tomes gives us the 'low down' on flash photography

Meeting Report

Flash Photography

AlexMartin gave us a very well prepared and thorough talk about flash photography. He was assisted by Liz Barber and used our ever willing vounteer Alex as a model. (He started off taking a couple of shots of Paul in his usual position at the front but thought better of it as the results were a bit scary!) Those of us who use Canon gear were asked to bring their flash guns, which I duly did, but forgot the batteries, plonker!

Martin had things set up so that he took pictures on his camera and the results came up on a screen via his laptop and the club's projector. He started with a single gun mounted on his camera and showed us the different results using the ceiling and walls to reflect the flash and by using different attachments to the gun like a diffuser, a favorite with Press photographers. He showed us his 'black foamy thing' which he attached with an elastic band and later a directional aid constructed by him using black straws held together with a bit of a Weetabix box (other cereals are available).

A Tough One!

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Our second set competition was judged by Tony Reilly, The subject was Patterns in Nature.

I, for one, was looking forward to this competition to see what other club members came up with as a pattern in nature. After first thinking that this would be an easy subject I was wrong!  I have been racking my brains from the start of the season as to what subject would make a good pattern. I had no previous stock photos that covered this subject. The judge was quite strict on what he classed as a pattern in nature compared with what some of us would class as a pattern in nature.  He was looking for strong repeating patterns that had some symmetry to the photo.  Some of the entries met this brief, unfortunally some did not which I think caused an exciting evening of judging, especially given some of the reactions from the audience. Tony thought that some entries were more texture than pattern.

Martin does it again

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The second Print competition of the new season was held on the 1st December.  The Judge for the evening was Rosie Armes . Rosie is a member of Chichester Camera Club, lives on Hayling Island and has been photographing for about seven years and in that time has gained a plethora of distinctions.

Samples of her work can be seen at http://www.rosiearmes.com/rosie/Portfolio/Portfolio.html

She will be returning on March 1st with her talk on Ethiopia where we will be able to look forward to seeing some stunning images.

Sixty-six images were submitted for adjudication on the set subject of Close-up

Rosie provided constructive evaluation for the majority of images and marked within her beliefs of the importance of good critique rather than numerically scoring images.

For the second successive contest Martin Tomes for achieved ‘best of the night’, this time with ‘Seed Head’

Last night of term

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To quote the Chairman!

We had a really enjoyable last night of our pre Christmas programme, thanks to a small band of people who really worked hard to make it.

Anne Nagle, Alex Swyer, the Chairman (Di Walker) and Audrey all were responsible for:

  • the food and drink - Anne and Di
  • the quiz Anne and Alex and
  • the mince pies (delicious) Audrey.

Hot mulled wine was available with several soft drink alternatives and we had nuts, crisps , chocolates, sausage rolls to name just some of the eats.

The quiz kept us engaged for the whole evening. We were divided up onto five tables of four people each randomly selected and we were given annagrams to solve and questions about photography, pubs and general knowledge, most of which were quite beyond my very limited intelligence.

Anne and Alex must have spent a large number of hours setting the questions.

That was much better

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The venue was Wivelsfield Village hall and the competition was run by our friends at Steyning CC, and a loyal band of seven Storrington CC members turned out to see the fun.

This competition is altogether a step up from the Regnum Crouch events as there are always at least 20 clubs from East Sussex, West Sussex and Kent taking part, amongst whom there are some very good competitors.

The Judge was Caroline Colgate ARPS who judged the Regnum competition at Bognor Regis a short time ago, so we had some very detailed explanations of how she came to award her marks. She awarded only seven 20s; nine 19s  and thirteen 18s amongst over 100 images submitted.

In the first round Eastbourne got the only 20 and so led for a very short time. Liz Barber's 'This Feels Nice' was awarded 17 and this put us 9th. The judge really liked Liz's portrait.

In round 2 there were three more 20s from Uckfield, Battle and St Ore and St Helens CC and Paul Hayward's 'Mothers Meeting' image ( a great shot of six Giraffes with one looking the other way) was awarded 16. This put us in 11th equal position along with five other clubs.

Round 3 gave us a bit of a boost when my 'Golden Eagle with Hare Kill' was awarded 19, and at tea break we rose to 6th equal, tied with three other clubs.

Peter Bamforth reveals some Photoshop tricks

Meeting Report

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!

Going for the Line crosses the line.

Meeting Report

Going for the line - Martin TomesThe 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 time.

We could have done better

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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.

Any Subject Competition

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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.

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