we met again for the start of a new season, and a new format for
Dunmall DPAGB joined us for the first time as our judge. Hailing from
Bexhill-on-Sea, he and his wife Sonia, who came along as well, are
very involved in the working of the Sussex Photographic Federation.
His photographic interests include music, fast cars, glamour and
sport! It was lovely to see some more new faces, and everyone seemed
to enjoy a fun evening, with humour in the photography and Paul's
comments. His style of judging was new to us, with a comments
session, then scoring of all the images at the end of each half. At
the end of the evening, he was keen to point out that he enjoys
judging because he loves to see other peoples pictures, and that he
also learns from the experience.
with the PI's in the first half (two from each member), there were 8
images scoring well. My image 'The Bluebell Wood' scored an opening
18, commended for the crop and framing with trees.
Ray, our vice-chairman, was in charge this evening as Chris is away with his family for a while.
He introduced our guest speaker, Lisa Beaney, who came to judge one of our competitions last season. Lisa hails from Steyning, and is a Wedding Photographer, together with her Husband Phil, and is an award winner in Wedding photography, Fashion and Glamour, and Portrait photography, together with an ARPS with the Royal Photographic Society. According to Ray she is ‘certified’ to instruct in Adobe Lightroom!
Ray had requested some images from our members for Lisa to illustrate how Lightroom could be used to enhance and improve them. She also used some of her own stunning wedding images to show us various aspects of the amazing way you can batch process a series of images, all taken in the same lighting conditions; storing your images; changing the perspective of buildings which appear to be falling over backwards, and do so many other things with your photographs. We were also shown how to use the many menus for all the many different things one can do.
Well here we are again, after what can only be described as a very mixed summer. The first meeting was very well attended and we welcomed six new faces, who we hope will join as members. I would ask them to come to some more meetings before they make their minds up, as the first meeting of the season is hardly typical. New folk are sometimes put off by the sight of big mounted prints. We are a bunch of friendly people who enjoy their photography, but who do not take things too seriously. Photography is to be enjoyed.
Our Chairman Chris kicked off with a very comprehensive run throughout the make up of the new season’s content. He told us of the new arrangements for our internal competitions and also a bit about our external comps. The subjects for the set subject competitions will be: ‘The Ordinary made Extraordinary’ for the PIs and ‘Minimalism’ for the prints, so that will make us all put our thinking caps on! Chris then introduced all the members of the Committee that were present, and included me as the Club Sage! I have always thought they were wise, not this one.
The meeting was not very well attended, but we welcomed a new member, David Richardson, who had been a member of the club in the 1990s. I arrived a little sad as I has heard that at least three members were leaving us, but left much happier.
Chairman Chris decided to kick off with the presentation of the cups.They were awarded as follows:
Edmunds APSA, EPSA, EFIAP/s, ABIPP, ARPS, APAGB joined us to judge our Best of Year. A very highly qualified photographer, he explained that his favourite set of letters was receiving recognition from the USA. He remarked on how many good strong images the club was fielding
for our best of year competitions, with a lot of monochrome. There
was a good selection, and a relatively narrow band of marks. At the
end of the evening Glyn showed us a real variety of his work, which
was a real treat.
started with the prints, with six being held back, and eight other
18s. Single 18 honours went to Anne Nagle for 'Harvest Mouse' a fun
critter in a typical pose with minimal depth of field, and Robert
Mitchell's 'The Storm Waits on Windmill Hill' a beautiful quality
sizeable print with the path leading in from one corner.
We had three and a half presentations from club members Ray, David, Martin and Chris.
First up was Ray Foxlee talking to us about different methods for producing Black and White images.
His prefered method, bless him, is using film which he uses in his very high class camera to very good effect. Us more up to date digital guys, need software on our computers to produce decent B&W pictures and Ray showed us how to do this. Firstly he showed us in Lightroom, which, with a show of hands, many of us use, and afterwards using a different software package called Silver Efex Pro.
Ray showed us a pretty flat and uninteresting image in colour which he then converted to B&W and it suddenly came alive. Since Ray joined us and we have seen his excellent B&W work, several of us have started to try producing B&W images, some quite successfully. So after Ray’s demonstration, perhaps a few more will try. One does need the right kind of image. Most wildlife pictures are better in colour of course.
Today turned out to be another beautiful sunny day after a chilly start.
A dozen of us assembled at about 11.30am and set off into the gardens at Highdown. We were met almost immediately by some very colourful tulips in all their glory, and the few of us with tripods!, set them up and the shoot began.
It always takes me a while to get into photographic swing, and I found myself trying to capture images of some lovely blossom against a suitable background, which took forever, particularly as the wind was blowing. So, I had not really achieved a great deal by 12.30 when we had agreed to meet for lunch.
This took place in the hotel restaurant in the adjoining hotel where Chairman Chris had booked a table. We had met our friends Cliff Carter and his wife Virginia (of Henfield CC) in the gardens and as we could not all fit round the table booked, they joined us on an adjacent table. The Carvery Lunch was excellent and very reasonably priced and enjoyed by all.
Our final print competition of the season was judged by Roger Bathard
LRPS. He held back a dozen images, and several scored 18 or 19
straight away as well. With just five of the held backs left to
score, Roger decided he wanted to go home, but did manage to make his
final deliberations. He did say he preferred to just choose the top
three, but managed to give us a good spread of marks from 14 to 20.
Common themes were the size of the subject in the frame, and subjects
placed centrally, but there was nothing really bad!
Derek Grieve was the unlucky one with an image held back which
ultimately only scored 17, but he redeemed himself with an 18 for his
'Male Bearded Tit' straddled between two reed stems, with the judge
commenting that it was very nice indeed. Liz Barber also gained an 18
for her well presented, well printed 'Starlight Harbour' which was
taken at Shoreham on a dark, cold night for the Night View topic on
the Flickr 52 Challenge. Ray Foxlee also scored an 18 for 'The
Unhappy Bandmaster', a very well done monochrome with the blacks,
greys and white all there.
We were shell shocked by the huge number of images and prints that we had seen, and confused because we had no idea what scores we had been given or what place we were in the two categories. This was still the case three days later as we had been told that the results would be published on Saturday evening. The scores had not obviously arrived three days later as I write this. The suspense is killing!!? Update: I now find that they had been revealed to other members of the club, but they have kept them from me, and then they expect me to write a report!!? [Ed. I did send them to you]
I am afraid that you have me again reporting on this competition because Janet is away, no doubt paddling frantically to avoid being swept away by strong currents in some far off very wet place. I used to do the print reports when I was Print Secretary and it was a lot easier because I had already seen all the entries.
Bob Webzell ARPS EFAIP was our judge tonight. He has visited our club on several previous occasions both as a judge and giving us talks. Jean and Ian MacWhirter and I met Bob probably over 20 years ago when he judged a Natural History slide competition called 'The Fauna and Flora Competition' which used to be run by a couple from the old Worthing CC.
There were 59 entries including portraits, landscapes, wild life and lots of other varied subjects for Bob to make comments on, and he went through them all, holding back just 13 images.
I will report on these with the marks given in the order they were held.
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.