Our programme covers various aspects of picture taking, presentations of high quality images, competitions and workshops. Our members are interested in making prints and projected images using digitial technology and film.
We were pleased to welcome Mike Davidson ARPS, an ex-member
of our club, to judge the final round of this season’s competitions. We had
open subject PIs preceded by prints with the set subject “Abstract”.
This is a surprisingly difficult set subject to pin down –
Mike’s approach was to deduct marks if he could recognise the original subject
of the photograph. He was helped in this by the titles some had given to the
entries. If the title is “Anemone” then
that’s what the subject is and it’s a floral picture, not an abstract. Likewise
“Abstract Landscape” is a landscape, not an abstract, whichever order the words
appear in the title. The trick is to make the title as abstract as the
photograph – a cryptic approach with a bit of lateral thought may be in order.
But there again is the title important in awarding marks in a photography
competition? Told you it is a surprisingly difficult set subject!
This members’ evening was the brainchild of David Seddon and
it was he who supplied the 3 photographs which provided the sow’s ear to silk
purse challenges of the evening. So thank you for all that David – pity you
couldn’t be there to witness the mayhem which ensued.
First up was a Dungeness shot taken though a hole in a
typically dilapidated shed, revealing an equally distressed piece of machinery
but with another opening in the far wall with a rather wishy-washy sky in
view. Most of us took this up as an
artistic challenge, some using colour to bring out strong rust colours in the
machinery, others using monochrome to bring out textures in the grain of the
weathered shed boarding. All of these were successful to some degree but it was
Audrey who really put the photograph in its place by introducing the face of a
donkey peering through the far window – a most effective way of dealing with
lack of detail in the sky and providing a good laugh too.
Chairman for the evening Paul Hayward, welcomed Paul O’Toole from
Worthing on a return visit as our judge for the evening. Paul presented as a judge with an easy going
manner, humour and discernment with comments from which we could all learn and
enjoy our photography. He was
appreciative of those photographers who had gone out on a limb to try new ideas
and techniques. Paul commented that the marks that he gave would reward such
efforts. He was very free with his tips
on digital improvements.
Twenty four prints were entered from 12 members and the marks reflected
the high standard of work and print that was on offer, notably 14 of the 24
entries obtained 18-20, well done.
Two prints obtained top marks of twenty, “Worm’s head sunset” by Martin
Tomes received much praise, given the subject was so often exhibited and seen
as easy, but this print was outstanding
with its technical quality and wonderful palette of colours, well done Martin.
Tonight, we had another return visit from Ken Scott ARPS who has visited us about once a season for a great number of years either as a first class judge or to give us one of his inspirational lectures.
Once again he did not disappoint telling us about his favourite region in Southern Spain called Los Alpujarras. It lies South East of Granada and North East of Montril. It has a mountain range along its North edge and is a very fertile valley where Olive trees grow very well and some are several hundred years old and yield a very profitable crop. Vegetables are also grown and there are many citrus trees, particularly Orange, producing masses of fruit. A number of the houses have bags of fresh oranges outside which people can help themselves to, putting a Euro in a box.
Ken is a very keen walker and mountaineer, amongst several other things, and so he has found that this region really suits him from many diverse points of view, not least of which is his passion for photography. He has established a base from which he runs photographic holidays which both Janet and Liz from SCC have enjoyed.
It was good to see so many people at Sue Bishop’s
presentation although the home supporters were almost outnumbered by visitors.
We welcomed some new faces and friends from Steyning and Bognor Camera Clubs – and even Mrs Co-Chairman was there. Storrington members are clearly keen to
miss the worst of the winter – I know of members in Costa Rica, South Africa
and Florida at the moment and there may be more elsewhere – this is why we were
a bit thin on the ground.
Anyway we were treated to a superb evening of photographs
and photographic wisdom from this very experienced and widely travelled
lecturer. The first half was devoted to landscape photography and Sue explained
very clearly all those principles which should be second nature but which tend
to drift away when the camera is raised to the eye. In fact Sue thinks even
this is bad practice – she is an enthusiast for tripods even if they are deemed
unnecessary by shutter speed. Sue’s theory
is that having gone to the trouble of carrying a tripod, erecting it and
attaching the camera more care will then be taken with composition and exposure
considerations. The proof of this was the quality of images shown – some really
Rob de Ruiter returned yet again (he has been appearing so often recently that I am wondering if he wants to join SCC. However, after the marks he gave me in the last PI competition he has got no chance-only joking), to judge our round of the Southern Photographic Federation PI competition.
And very welcome he was as usual as he is one of the better judges that visit us.
There were some really good images for us to enjoy. Eight from seven clubs; so 56 in total, and in amongst quite a number of landscapes which varied from really good to over HDR’d. One really good portrait of an elderly lady which really stood out entitled ‘Proud’ and a variety of brilliant wildlife pictures; One of a Mouse in the beak of a Tawny Owl; a Heron fishing with a brilliant reflection of the bird in the water; a Snowy Owl hunting looking straight at the camera with its bright orange eyes, magnificent, and finally an Artic tern with a fish in its beak. Excuse me for going on about the wildlife pictures but they really were outstanding, including Anne Nagle’s Bee-eaters.
The marking was out of 10 points, which I have always preferred to out of 20 as we have in Sussex. 6 1/2 feels less brutal than 13 out of 20 don’t you agree?
Last night was the last meeting in 2016 and time for a 'knees up', or so Diana Newnes thought when I offered to bring her.
Instead, she was quizzed, but well fed thanks to Daisy who came loaded with food and drink. Anne helped her put the food out and start heating the punch, whilst our Quiz Masters Liz and Janet set out tables, chairs and Quiz sheets and generally prepared us for our entertainment.
We started with Martin running through the entries for the last PI competition which had to be abandoned thanks to our old enemy Microsoft deciding that Windows 10 on the club laptop needed to be updated. (Our resident brilliant 'Tech-no Crat' Martin has told us how to stop this embarrassing event happening again at an unwanted time). (Martin is a very anti Apple, who make very reliable programmes which would never behave in such a manner [Ed: Martin doesn't dispute that but has issues with Apple's business practices].)
Chairman for the evening Paul Hayward warmly welcomed Rob de
Ruiter our judge with an open competition for prints and set subject of “Speed”
for projected images. After saying how pleased he was to return to Storrington
and some early banter, Bob described us as a “lively bunch”, who would want to
argue with that I wonder?
Prints were first out with 28 in total, of which 6 reached
the top range of marks earned by just 4 exhibitors, so quite an achievement,
well done to Anne Nagle, Di Walker, Chris West and Ray Foxlee.
Anne’s “Kestrel Calling” was awarded 20 and nominated
print of the night, amid stiff competition. Initially referring to this as ”a bird on a stick”, Rob went on to
commend the photographer for choosing monochrome, which beautifully
complimented the bird’s detailed feathering with the grain on a tree trunk where it had landed, set off well
by the square format chosen. Close
inspection showed the spectacular clarity of the picture.
Di’s “Worker honey bee” was given a well earned 20
and closely challenged for print of the night. Rob heaped much praise with regard to super sharpness, choice of depth
of field, the diagonal setting and nicely blurred background, to quote “a
I am a creature of habit, not always good habits, and I awoke at 4am this morning and started thinking about reporting on last nights visit from Peter Bamforth.
It was no good; downstairs to get a pad (not an ipad) and start writing to get the stuff out of my head. Having done that, down again to make a mug of hot Horlicks, back up, read my book and then fall asleep with glasses on, book on the floor, until 6.30am.
I arrived a little late for our evening to find Peter unloading his car and dragging large loads of equipment and packages on a truck barrow up to our meeting room (via the lift). It took three trips to bring everything in. He brought his own big board which he mounted on a big frame, which showed off his prints, lit by lights (also brought with him), so everyone could see his magnificent work. And then there were many large plastic bags full of prints, it transpired, in piles round the room.
Pete started by telling us how his journey to producing large prints evolved through several printers ever more capable of printing larger prints. He now uses an Epson 3880 which he has had for several years.
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.