A brand new concept

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Once again our Chairman has come up with something new which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone present. Ever since he joined the Committee a few years ago, Chris has come up with new ideas which were new to our Camera club

The evening started with a few parish notices. Liz was thanked for managing and setting up the display in the Library and again this week for setting up a great display of our prints in the square at Storrington. We hope that all will have a look as it is a brilliant way of letting the people know what we get up to.

Chris also mentioned another coffee morning on Wednesday 20th Jan. details to follow. Janet made a further plea for members to join the Fickr ‘One a Month’ competition.

Unfortunately, attendance was not very good again and those that did not attend missed out on a very entertaining evening.

Four of our most elite members were asked to bring ten prints each for the club to judge and mark. Everyone’s names present went into a hat; a print from the pool was put up, and then a name was drawn form the hat. That person had to assess each print out loud for us all to hear, just as judges do for our competitions.

The last meeting in 2015

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Sadly, the final meeting in 2015 was poorly attended, as we had a very nice evening.

I arrived to put out too many chairs, as it turned out, to find Daisy delivering bags full of goodies for us to eat and drink. Unfortunately she was feeling unwell (she was chauffeured by her Son who has just passed his test) and so she retired homeward. ( We have since learned that she is now feeling better.) So Anne then took charge of things and heated up the mulled wine and set out all the platters of fine grub.

Proceedings started with Janet giving us a presentation on how to set up a Flickr account so that those of us taking part in the on-line ‘One a Month’ competition can be ready to start in January. (These instructions will be available on the website we were informed). There will be a different subject each month and we can enter up to three images. You then have to comment on all of the entries during (or before) the week after the end of the month, because if you have not, and one of your entries is judged the best, you will be immediately stripped of your honour! It all sounded rather too harsh to me. [Ed: You don't have to comment on everything, but you do have to vote for your top three images.]

Love this Kind of Image

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Peony - Anne NagleLast Thursday we welcomed Paul O'Toole for our second competition night. He described himself as one of Ken Scott's baby judges, and progressed into judging because he felt it was hard to be critical of judges if you weren't prepared to put yourself up there. I think this baby judge has grown up quite a lot, and can now at least call himself a junior judge! The evening was amusing, and gave a lot of food for thought photographically.

Starting with the prints this time, so that everyone could have a good look at them in the break, we had six images held and vying for top honours, and nine 18's, all spread over 11 different photographers.

60 years of following my eyes

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Graham Smith ARPS presented his retrospective “60 Years of Following my Eyes” at our recent meeting. Graham has judged our competitions in the past but this is the first time he has given a talk to our club.

60 years is a long time to maintain a hobby and Graham is congratulated in so doing – the changes over that time are reflected in the methods used in giving such a presentation. Imagine a presentation to Storrington Camera Club in 1955. Would it be a magic lantern show or possibly 35mm (0r two and a quarter square) slides – with half of them the wrong way up ? Or would prints be handed round like we did in the presentation about the Monaco Grand Prix a few years ago?

It being 2015 Graham was able to come along with his presentation on just a memory stick to work on our laptop and digital projector– all surely devices beyond science fiction in 1955.

The first half of Graham’s talk showed photographs from his early life – I imagine they were scanned in from prints as they had that subtle sepia-ish shade which I find so hard to get right in Lightroom. Photos of his family reminded me, and I’m sure all of us, of family prints – ours are in shoe boxes upstairs awaiting cataloguing which, in my case, I’m sure will never get done.


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This evening we were very privileged to have Vanda Ralevska who gave us a talk entitled ‘Landscape Photography’, a very ordinary title for an extraordinarily evening full of many Ordinary things photographed Extraordinarily.

Vanda was born in Czechoslovakia in a very industrial and mining area which was dirty, noisy and smelly to use her own words. There was music in her home, but no art as such. However there was a family film camera which Vanda, when very young, opened with a film in it and was not popular! Later, when she was in her early ‘teens, her Father gave her her first camera, which she still has as a reminder of him. This marked the start of a remarkable journey.

Vanda studied I.T. and came to the UK to go to university. She now works as a programmer in London and calls England her home, She fell in love with it starting with her first sight of the 'White Cliffs' coming to England for the first time.

The whole evening was really a story of her life in pictures with lots of quotes from poets and other famous people to kick off her illustration of the topics and subjects which she photographs.

Success for Storrington at Sussex Fed. PI Competition

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Little and Large - Jean MacWhirter LRPSThe Blackbird and the Wasp - Derek Grieve LRPSTwo of our members had individual success at Saturday’s County wide competition (18 clubs took part) and our team results were none too shabby either.

The competition was held in Burgess Hill and although only 5 of our members went along to see the judging that was a better turn out than many other clubs managed. The competition has 2 divisions – development and open. It seems there is no particularly clear division between the 2 except that anyone who holds an RPS distinction (or similar) must only take part in the open division. The judges said they could not distinguish much difference between the work in the divisions – I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.

The Ordinary made Extraordinary

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Roger Crocombe ARPS returned to us to give us a very detailed and well prepared talk on how we should approach any subject that we want to photograph by preparing ourselves in advance in a structured way. He showed us a series of slides showing the procedures which I will not try to repeat here as Roger said that he would make his talk available with slides on our website.

We were all sat round tables with about four of us at each with a set of forms which we then went on to complete as the evening went on. I felt like I was back at school especially as the evening progressed and the children became more and more noisy!

After Roger had run through his slides showing us the procedure we had to do a series of tasks starting with a brainstorming session where we all had to put our ideas for our next set subject competition 'The Ordinary Made Exraordinary' on 'post-its'.

This is when the noise started to kick off! From all our ideas we then had to agree on the best of our suggestions to build on, and so it progressed wth each team having to reveal its plan. The most bizarre was for 'a Camel train to be crossing a Viaduct', so look out Chessington Zoo!

The whole evening got everyone thinking and talking to each other with a lot of laughter and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

First catch your hare

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Derek Grieve“First catch your hare” – the famous recipe instruction applies equally well to Nature Photography – be the quarry animal, vegetable or mineral. Our nature photographers travel the world in search of great shots of elusive prey – some even venturing to Norfolk. Last night’s meeting showcased the club’s nature photography with the first half dedicated to the work of Derek Grieve LRPS with the second half of shorter presentations from four others.

Derek’s presentation was unlikely to appeal to arachnophobes, entomophobes or ornithophobes as creepy crawly followed creepy crawly interspersed with birds of every feather. And no aspect of their lives is hidden from Derek’s lens. I found myself humming along - “Birds do it, Bees do it, even educated flees do it” – can’t think why!

Choice of paper works for me

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Agapanthus in Blue BottleSo we met again for the start of a new season, and a new format for competitions.

Paul 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.

Starting 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.

An amazing programme

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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.

Lisa trains photographers in the use of Lightroom, details of which you can find on her website.

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