Chris starts us off on the right foot

Meeting Report

Start of the Season

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 last meeting of the season

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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:

Daisy and Martin are Singled Out

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Big SkyGlyn 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.

We 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.

Double 18s went to two photographers:

Learning from other members

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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.

Dead Dafs, but glorious Tulips

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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.

I want to be there

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Cwmorthyn ChapelOur 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.

Confused and shocked

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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]

The final round.

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I am afraiDog in a bag by Daisy Kaned 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.

Lots to think about

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Tony Worobiec FRPS was our guest speaker this evening. Some of us saw him when Steyning CC had Tony as their guest speaker before Christmas when he gave a talk on B&W photography, the one he was originally booked to give to us! So we knew we were in for a great evening, and so it was.

Tony’s talk was entitled ‘The Art of Composition’ and he started by making a few funnies about his surname and other stories to get our attention.

Tony taught Art for many years and as his interest in photography developed, so did the connection between the two forms of picture making.

Tony started with some basic conceptions which of course almost immediately brought up the rule of thirds which a lot of camera club judges are obsessed with, and which rubs off onto club members as the only thing they should remember. Wrong!

Time and again throughout the evening, whilst demonstrating all the different composition ideas and rules, he emphasised that the most important thing is to go along with your own instincts to satisfy yourself first and foremost, and not to worry about what some CC judge is going to say in criticism. However, when entering competitions, you do have to second guess the judge to win!!

Down and down - then up a bit

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Tonight it was SCC’s turn to host the Crouch Shield P.I. Competition at the Steyning Centre. Daisy and Janet did the meeting, greeting and relieving attendees of their cash. Jean and Ian further removed money, by selling raffle tickets for the fine array of prizes. In the Kitchen, Anne was in charge of half time refreshments, ably assisted by Liz, Steve and Paul. Martin worked his usual magic with the sound and projection with the dulcet tones of Ray doing the announcing, (with an unusually deep voice due to a very recent cold ). What would our club do without Martin, I ask? 'Lang may his lum reek’ or whatever Burns said.

We were sponsored by Marrutt and Permajet who provided some generous prizes of vouchers and boxes of photographic papers.

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