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.
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.
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.
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.]
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.
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.
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.