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.
de Ruiter ARPS and his guest, Carolyn joined us for Best of Year.
the President of Bognor Regis Camera Club, Rob brought along his
successful ARPS panel, as I had suggested we see this after an
evening at Bognor when these images absolutely captivated me. He
described the process he had taken to achieve this distinction, and
told a couple of stories around the 'photography'. If you missed it,
or would like to see it again, the panel is available
to our prints, and I was
nervous to see one of mine
come up first, as I was worried it might not stand up after
Rob's panel. I needn't have
worried, as it was held...
very next print, Jane Coward's 'A Brief Respite' started
the ball rolling, with an unusual
way of shooting a world war re-enactment portrait. This,
coupled with a sepia tint and
faded edges really gave this one the
feel of an old photograph.
This evening was organised by Daisy Kane and she asked six more members to join her in showing the rest of the club where they would like to take the club to do some photography.
The evening started with Chris congratulating the club on its recent success in the County competitions.
As reported elsewhere, we were placed 3rd in the Sussex Fed print competition, however it transpires that the organisers got the result wrong on the day and on a recount Eastbourne turned out to be the winners making us fourth, still a brilliant result. It reinforces why I said in my report that the number of entries is far too high, making it a nightmare for all involved, including the clubs entering.
Then of course we won the Regnum PI competition. All of this is really the result of efforts from all the members entering the competitions who contribute to the competitive ethos driving us all to do better.
Then on with the main business of the evening.
Martin started by showing us pictures taken in Brighton which is a brilliant place to photograph with so many different subjects. Martin showed us lots of examples of buildings, people, graffiti and much more.
It was good to
see such a gathering of Storrington members at the Barn Theatre in
Southwick last night for the 2016 Regnum Crouch Projected Image
competition. Before the main event started I’m sure we had already
won the prize for the highest proportion of a club’s membership in
attendance. It was especially good to see the MacWhirters whose house
move has kept them from club evenings recently.
introductions, and the customary plea for clubs to attend the Regnum
Crouch AGM, Alec Pelham introduced Wayne Grundy ARPS, the judge for
the evening. This event is pre-judged so the scores and indeed, the
results, are known beforehand although kept under the greatest
secrecy. Wayne explained that this had given him the opportunity to
take a particularly close look at the photographs from all eight clubs
taking part and was so impressed by all the images that his marks
were only in the range 17-20 – a close competition in prospect
The first image
of the night was one of ours – Derek’s “Bee Eater tossing a
Bee”. Kind words from the judge on all aspects of the picture –
and we opened our account with a 20 and the customary round of
Eight members of SCC (25% of our members) attended the Sussex Federation print competition at Burgess Hill on Saturday afternoon and I suspect that most of us expected that we would end up being placed 10th or 12th as usual. However, we were in for a great surprise, as my e-mail to Chairman Chris on Sunday morning explained:
I am extremely proud to be able to report to you our outstanding performance at Burgess Hill yesterday afternoon when our club was placed 3rd overall.
This was against 18 clubs many, if not most of them, with considerably larger memberships, and is far and away our best result ever in living memory.
In the Open comp we were placed 3rd with 411 points behind Seaford and Worthing who were joint 1st Equal with 414 points. (effectively we came second!?)
In the Development comp we came 5th equal with Chichester with 397 points, with the winners Bognor getting 414 points, another very good result for us.
For our little, but very nice, club to get results like these was absolutely BRILLIANT. We beat all the big boys like Chichester, Bognor, Steyning and Eastbourne, who all have 100 members against our modest 32, and this is in my view was an outstanding achievement, and it should give you a glow to be Chairman when we have done so well.
billed as a panel competition, this was changed to a stand alone PI
competition due to a lack of interest in panels within the clubs
members. Each person could enter 4 separate PIs for “Every Picture
Tells a Story”, and the 3 year rule was waived, certainly allowing
Ray to enter a 40 year old image.
the idea of titles came up at committee level,
at first it was
suggested that these should be a maximum of three words only, then
someone mooted no titles. I thought this was a great idea, allowing
the picture to tell it's own story, and also because I am hopeless at
coming up with snappy titles. As soon as the evening started I
realised this was a bad idea! Instead of jotting down the title for
each image, I was left with writing a description of the image before
noting down the judge's comments. In hindsight, perhaps seeing a
title after the judge had interpreted the image would have been more
interesting? Anyway, I've made up these titles, so apologies if you
don't recognise your images!
Having arrived from Mexico that morning I was more than
happy that Janet was chairing this meeting as I dozed along coming to terms
with a 6 hour time difference and a 28 degree (centigrade!) temperature
difference between getting on and getting off the plane. Then at half time
Derek took me to one side saying he was going home as he wasn’t feeling well
and would I write up the report – more attention needed from then on! Derek has
provided his first half report (thank you Derek) – I’ll use that as notes for
those times when I was a bit adrift, mid Atlantic.
Before handing over to Janet I was even less coherent than
usual in presenting the “subject a month” certificates - the February
competition being a tie between Janet Brown and Sarah Beard – well done both.
Then members shared with us the contents of their camera
bags and fascinating it was. It wasn’t so much the camera equipment which took
the eye as the more unusual accessories – the chocolate bars, the sticky tape,
the elastic bands - that sort thing.
Janet was first to reveal the contents of her rucksack and
that she has some sort of ruggedized video camera [Ed. A GoPro] which she uses with her
canoeing – sorry – kayaking. Her rucksack also had outside mounting for a
travel tripod – useful.
Keith Gibson, from
Kingston near Lewes came to judge our final competition round. New to
us, Keith has been involved in photography for 40 years, specialising
in landscapes both monochrome and colour. A science teacher by trade,
he has 20 years judging experience, and it certainly showed. He was
clear, candid and supportive in his comments, and definitely knew
what he was looking for in an image.
were a bit thin on the ground for our third competition night.
Several members were away, and several more had been struck down with
various “lurgies”. Thus it was up to the stalwart few to try and
make enough noise to welcome Glyn Edmunds back. It was certainly a
more subdued occasion, but we did our best to lift the mood for Glyn.
prints were on the set subject of “Minimalism”, and Glyn felt
that this had been a successful endeavour in the main. Letting
members interpret the brief, it was a good exercise in photography,
and several people seemed to have had fun, which is, after all,
presumably why we enthusiast photographers do it. Most of the images
scored between 15-17 points, but just seven got the higher marks.
Coward gained an 18 for 'Lets Fly a Kite', a nicely composed image
with the kite-flyer and kite on opposite sides, filling the frame
well. The grain effect she had applied gave lots of atmosphere,
especially in the sky, with the kite appearing to aim for a white
We were pleased to welcome Ken Scott ARPS back to the club to give his new lecture “It’s All in the Mind”. Ken is a man of many parts. We know him through his photographic work which includes lecturing, judging Camera Club and County wide competitions and as the author of books on photography. He also organises the training of photography judges in our region and we all know how difficult their task is from our “I’ll be the Judge of That” evening. Outside of photography Ken is a keen mountaineer, a qualified cricket coach and by profession a psychologist.
This lecture overlapped Ken’s expertise in photography and psychology – indeed he suggested that photopsychology might be the subject of the lecture. It was obvious that the speaker and the subject were of great interest as we had a “full house” with visitors from Steyning CC, Bognor Camera Club and Crawley Camera Club – very good to see you all.
The lecture was interactive with Ken posing a good number of conundrums, observational tests and brain-teasers. The reactions from the audience were generally pretty smart although for many questions there were no right or wrong answers – although none of us saw the dolphin in the rose. After Ken had pointed it out we all saw dolphins everywhere of course.
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.