Bagged Bits 'n Pieces

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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.

Light and Dark

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Edgy Light, Norman KirbyKeith 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.

Strong Striking and Brave

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Snow Drop - Di WalkerWe 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.

The 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.

Jane 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 cloud.

A thought provoking interactive evening

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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.

Another evening to help us improve

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David Eastley LRPS came to judge our round of the Southern Fed. Projected Image League competition tonight, which is an annual fixture.

There are 7 clubs in our league and each club enters 8 images. So 56 pictures to be judged.

In my opinion David is amongst the very best judges that we have had at SCC. He always started by giving his immediate reaction to the image in front of him and then slowly analysed it, pointing out the good and not so good elements. Even if the picture did not appeal to him, he went on to point out things like effort that the author had gone to thinking up and taking the picture and giving points to reward that. He certainly did not award points for every aspect of the picture, separately, as a way of judging as suggested last week at our judging evening. But to be fair it is how some judges are taught to do things.

The other good aspect of the evening was to experience marking out of 10 points, which to my mind is far more sensible than Sussex”s marking out of 20 (which results in marks in practice being between 20 and 14).Six out of ten feels much better than, twelve out off twenty does it not?? Answers on a postcard please.

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.

Inspirational

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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.

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