For some time(years), I have been suggesting to successive
fixture secretaries that I have a friend in Arundel who is a Theatre
photographer who had said to me that he would come to camera club and give a
talk on his work. This always fell on deaf ears.
However, we had a spare slot and Chairperson Di said “what
about your friend Mike Eddowes filling the void?” And so I arranged it.
But sadly on the night ‘Sod’s Law’ was operating at full
tempo starting with the non arrival of the projector. But in true showbiz
fashion i.e. ‘the show must go on’, Mike
started off (without his pictures)
telling us all about his life as the son of an actress, and how actors and
actresses had always been around at his home. So when he started out in the world
to earn his living, he headed for drama school. Dennis Waterman was one of his
contemporaries there; but sadly Mike had not got the same ‘in-built’ talent and
he was politely told it would be better to find a different career!.
We held our judged by the members panels evening again this year. We don't get a judge in, everyone present is given a peice of paper and required to score each panel as it is shown.
Putting a panel together isn't about picking your three best images and presenting them all at once, it is about finding three images which work well together. That might mean similar shapes or colours or some other unifying theme.
Having to judge also teaches our membership how hard it is to put a mark to a picture, thus taking the edge off their wrath when a visiting judge doesn't deliver the marks they expect for their work.
We had plenty of entrants, which was very encouraging. I didn't think that some of them made great panels though. However, the collective judgment of the members was that mine deserved third place, Clive Trusler second and Derek Grieve first place.
My set was three photos taken on an afternoon walk on a sunny day in the lake district. I chose them because they had a common colour pallette and location.
Clive presented us with three pictures of the Namib desert. They made a great panel as they were quality pictures with a unifyiny theme.
Derek took first place with an excellent selection of three pictures taken on a visit to Venice.
This was our first photographic show for the general public (in
my time in the club, and not including county competitions) but as we had
recently hosted a couple of these, we were well versed in how to set things up.
The event was at Pulborough Village Hall.
However, what gave us concern was whether we would be able
to attract enough people to make the whole exercise work for us as a fund
Another of the club’s old friends, Walter Benzie ARPS came
to give us a talk on how and why he went about getting his Royal Photographic
Society distinctions. Walter is a member of Guildford Camera Club and said he
very much likes coming to SCC as we were the
first club at which he judged a competition, we in turn like him coming to
either judge or talk as he has such a relaxed, honest and straight up way of
talking, which is also very amusing and downright funny. He is also very modest
as he is not only the Treasurer for the RPS but is a trustee and is on their
Council, facts which slipped out during the evening.
This event was held on 13th March at Hailsham and was hosted
by Rottingdean and Lewes CC. An almost capacity audience enjoyed
the ensuing battle between the 22 clubs that had entered. Liz Boud judged the
110 prints with competence, good humour and consistency, few if any authors
could have felt unjustly treated. Storrington's fortunes fluctuated by the
round, at one time it looked as if we were heading towards the lead, but we
ended equal 7th with our usual rivals Steyning. The surprise in the results was
Chichester CC at next to bottom - they are used to being at or very near the
top. Overall it was a very pleasant social occasion with a lot of superb prints
on view - a pity that only 3 of our members attended.
Rye and District CC took first place with
a total of 95.5 points, and also achieved best print of the evening with their “Silver
Studded Blue” by John Bogle. We achieved
a total of 88 points with Ian’s “Polar Bear on Ice Flow” being awarded the top
score of 20 points.
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
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