Storrington Camera Club

Storrington Camera Club meets on alternate Thursdays from September through to May at The Football Pavilion, Chanctonbury Leisure Centre, Spierbridge Road, Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4PG at 7:30pm. All are welcome, most of our members are from Storrington, Pulborough, West Chiltington, Washington or Ashington.

Our Activities

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 digital technology and film.

Eastbourn CC through the years.

Meeting Report

I went to tonight's meeting expecting a talk about Eastbourne town and wondering what could possibly be of interest there. I soon found out.

The answer came when our speaker, John Staples, the President of Eastbourne Camera Club, put the title of his talk on the screen; we were going to see a selection of work from the permanent Collection of the club’s pictures collected by the speaker from various sources over a very long span of time.

In the end he had collected together some 600 pictures starting with a picture of a club outing dated 1893, which is the earliest record he found. Of course the club may have started even before that date, but whatever the truth it must be the case that Eastbourne Camera Club is amongst the oldest established in England.

In 1895, a large exhibition was held in Eastbourne (probably the largest outside London) and we saw pictures of the event showing a huge Number of prints on display.

A Good Result

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Meeting: 
Crouch Shield 2018

Into the Abyss by Liz BarberAnne Nagle kindly picked me up in her car and we arrived at the Tangmere Centre Hall in good time. We went inside and were immediately told by a very nice Lady that we would not be charged entry fee, but would we please buy some raffle tickets instead. Inside the hall we found another cheerful lady selling raffle tickets with a big smile on her face. It transpired that they must have sold of good number of tickets as the Hall was pretty full, so Chichester camera club who were running the event must have done quite well we hope.

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by the President of the club John Bradshaw who wore a shirt to die for! The chairman of the club was AWOL and the President had to use a half full glass of water attacked with a spoon to catch our attention; (If CCC do not have a gavel, they will now be able to buy one with the proceeds from the raffle).

Landscape Photography – whatever the weather

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Tony WorobiecTony Worobiec made a very welcome return to Storrington CC to encourage us with the notion “Landscape Photography – whatever the weather”. How appropriate as I sit in the warm writing this watching the rain lashing down outside – but it is a bank holiday after all.

Why do we practise and enjoy landscape photography? For me the best images, be they photographs or paintings, invoke a sense of place even though there may be no precisely identifiable locations in the image. We should aim to transport our viewers to that place even though they have not been there. Much of Tony’s photography is of the North American landscape, and whilst I’ve yet to get my kicks on Route 66 I feel I already know it from pictures in a book of his. And that is the art of it.

So landscape and weather – is all weather good for photography? – is there ever any justification in settling down for an afternoon with Lightroom rather than getting out amongst it? Well I defy anyone to get much immediate pleasure from being out with the camera today but choose the right subject and the opportunities are always there. And you can be pleasantly surprised when pictures are downloaded.

4th Competition

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A Fit of the Giggles by David SeddonThis eagerly awaited competition was postponed from 1st March due to snow.

It was good to welcome back Carole Speight ARPS APAGB, a member of Chichester Camera Club, and local resident in Billingshurst with an interest in landscape photography in various forms, both at home and abroad.

Twenty six high standard prints were presented and of these a third were held back.  Carole commenting that she had given herself a hard job for the final marking.  This certainly proved to be true. Carole commented on the high degree of patience shown when photographing nature with all its nuances. Anne Nagle’s “Pygmy Cormorant” and Derek Grieve’s “Red shank probing” both attracted 18 and positive comments about sharpness and activity by the bird, “something different”. Daisy Kane’s “Silky waterfall” another 18 pleased the judge with placement of the rock and the choice of slow shutter speed. Sarah Beard chose “Icon’s of London”, gained 18 for something different and the inclusion of the “iconic red bus on the bridge”, well seen Sarah.

Whistlestop tour

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OwlsOriginally an underwater videographer, Peter found the 100kg excess baggage charges with his equipment difficult, so changed to photography “topside”. He travels the globe searching for that one image in his head. We were taken on a whistle-stop tour from sharks in a tightly packed defensive sardine bait ball, to crocodiles in the Okavango delta, through farmed wild species such as wolf and bobcat in America, to the Arctic for bears and the salmon run, then back home to Pete’s Hampshire Hide Hire business. Two of his resident owls, Wiggy the barn owl and Oakley the tawny came along as well, much to the delight of several members, myself included.

His enthusiasm for the animals and photography was infectious. While going to great lengths to get the shot, he was also very aware of the animal’s welfare. He described how not to kill your subject by spooking it and making it vulnerable to predators, equally how to behave when you were close enough to bears to smell them! He would spend hours lying down or up to his waist in freezing water, moving and retreating slowly.

Altering perfectly good pictures

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Meeting: 
Members Evening

Vice Chairman Janet was in charge this evening, as we are training her up for the next two seasons when she takes the Chair. Paul had the dreaded ‘lergy’, so why didn’t you take the meeting as joint Chairman I hear you say. I take the Committee meetings and the AGM and generally chivvy people behind the scenes!

They first thing Janet did was to hand out the winner’s certificate for last months Flickr competition and the winning image was by new member Andrew Caswell. His was a very striking image (well done Andrew), but the next two best images were from Daisy and Liz and were also exceptionally good. (I was involved with the judging, folding money should do the trick in future!?)

This was a members evening and we were given three perfectly nice images, firstly of a lady with shopping bags standing outside Birmingham station, waiting for a bus or taxi I would guess. Secondly a picture of a harbour with the tide out and lots of boats all secured to some big rusty chains. And thirdly, a woodland scene near Nutborne with a path running into it.

We saw everyone’s (Ten people entered images) different efforts at altering each image.

Another wonderful talk from an amazingly talented lady.

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Last night we had a talk from yet another remarkable lady photographerm Viveca Koh FRPS. She is also an amazing artist and has combined her two talents to produce unique and spectacular pictures.

Viveca started her talk by showing us that her photography started at a very early age using her Mother’s Kodak Brownie Box camera, which she still has in her possession. (As a matter of completely uninteresting fact, the same thing exactly happened to me, except that I take extremely ordinary photographs!).

Later in her life she studied art and then became more interested in photography with ‘ Street Art’  and abandoned buildings becoming her main focus.

Third competition

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3rd Competition

“Swirling River” by David SeddonA cracking start to the competitions of 2018 as Paul Hayward  welcomed Ken Scott our judge for the night, member of Steyning camera club and long standing friend to this club. There was an air of expectation together with hope of a good night of helpful comment, critical, discerning  assessment and good humour – we were not disappointed.

First off 28 prints with an open subject, which proved to be wide ranging and interesting.

Ken awarded a range of points from 13-20, accompanying each picture with critical but helpful comments with regards to developing a theme, quality and detail.  As the note taker I became aware that some enthusiastic comments did not always reflect the final mark!

Nine prints merited well earned points between 18-20, which I am sure each photographer truly valued.

The first meeting of 2018

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Meeting: 
Members Evening

A very Happy New Year to one and all.

I really should not be writing this report as this evenings activity was not for me. Why, I hear you cry?  Simple, I do not ‘muck about’ with my images apart from cropping, sharpening, levels, highlights and shadows and clarity.

I do not use layers and am not artistic and therefore I try to take photographs of what I see before me, mainly birds and landscapes.

In a club like ours, you are never going to please all of the people all of the time, like life really.

Back to this evening, we started with Janet telling us about this year’s monthly challenge on Flickr, (she will be sending out the instructions by e-mail on how to join in shortly.)

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