Our 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.
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 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'.
This year's Chichester Camera Club Advanced Members' Exhibition takes place on Saturday 15th January 2011 at North Mundham Village Hall. The exhibition will be open from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm, entry is only £1 and car parking is free. Tea, coffee, cakes and light lunches will be available.
This exhibition never disappoints so try to make time to pay a visit.
Problem?? No Chairman to organise the evening! Reason? The Chairman is having a 'Knees up' in Newmarket at her firm's annual Christmas Bash.
Solution?? Vice Chairman steps in in a womanly way and organises a really good evening's fun.
Anne together with Liz Barber and Audrey club together and select two teams for the 'Mix and Match' competition from our total ranks, appoint a Judge - Clive Trussler (at the golf club pronounced TRUEs LER) to judge (he is a very good choice for the role as he has by necessity had to develop a very thick skin over the years).
We kick off straight away, with quite a good number of members attending in view of the threatened weather conditions, with John Gauvin doing the projecting in his usual expert way.
The 'A' team is led by Paul 'Antarctic' Hayward and 'B' team by Daisy 'top photographer' Kane. Clive takes a great deal of heckling and rude comments but survives anyway and we have a good laugh and a lot of fun.
Paul Hayward's first trip to the Antarctic was brought to an early end when one of the passengers fell seriously ill, not one to give up, Paul made a second trip.
It seems that travel problems follow Paul when he goes South. This time the trip started late because of problems on another boat which was a trip for divers. The divers ended up sharing Paul's boat. The quantity of gear the divers needed was impressive. They weren't popular with Paul as he was hoping for a room on his own, but with all the extra people there was no chance of that!
Having spent serious money on a trip to the Antarctic peninsula Paul makes the most of it by getting up very early and being on deck with his camera ready to go. Boats don't keep still and the environment around us changes constantly so being up early with camera at the ready is essential for getting great shots. Paul showed us a selection of great images. He managed to show us how awesome a place Antarctica is and why it is people put up with rough seas in boats which don't have stabilisers in order to experience it.
Some good advice was given, on a couple of occasions Paul waved his camera manual in the air and told us in no uncertain terms that if we wanted to "get the shot" we needed to know that book from cover to cover and to practice with our cameras until using them is second nature.
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 Anne Nagle on 01798 812312 or come along to our next camera club meeting.