Inspiration from the Garden Shed

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Ian McGowan FRPSFirst I should explain the title. Ian McGowan FRPS produces his photographic output in what mustbe a fairly large garden shed, so everything which he showed us literally came from the garden shed.

This is the second inspiration presentation we seen this year, the first being Ken Scott before Christmas.

Ian is a late convert to the digital camera. Ian took the decision that he wasn't going to use a computer and that he wasn't going to buy a DSLR. After taking advice he purchased a Panasonic LX3 (which he still uses) and hasn't looked back. His 'workflow' is admirably simple, get the image right in the camera, put the memory card into a printer, press two buttons, mount print. It would take several lengthy articles to explain my workflow!

Knocked Out

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Tawny Owl (winner)We hadn't done anything like this for a long time, we had a knockout competition judged by the members. The rules were so simple as to be almost non-existent, each member could enter up to three prints of any age, but they had to be mounted on a 500x400mm mount. Two prints were shown at a time and the members voted on which one they thought was best.

Members inspecting the imagesThe evening was expertly organised by John Gauvin who cooked up a scheme which could cope with any number of entries. Alex and Liz also worked hard marshalling the photographs and counting the votes. At the quarter final stage his method became a bit more complex as each print had to be voted out at least twice before it was discarded.

The winner was "Tawny Owl" by Derek Grieve (shown above).

We all had a very enjoyable evening with some amusing combinations of images adding to the fun. It was noted that the wildlife enthusiasts tended to vote as a block and that nudes attracted a stong vote from the male voters.

Hats off to John G. for organising a very successful competition.

Always A Challenge

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Coffee Break - Janet BrownSet Subjects, always a tricky one! You either love them or hate them but they do challange!

It all comes down to how you interpert the title give, then you have to hope that the judge interprets the set subject in the same that you have. The judge, Don Mitchell ARPS, took the theme as subjects on the street not shots from the street, he liked clean unclutted balanced pictures, which can be hard to find, Janet Brown's coffee break ticked all of the boxes and scored twenty and best of the night. I for one enjoy the challenge of set subjects as it makes you think out of the box and sometimes pushes you out of your normal photography comfort zone! (one way to get your photography skills better). We had 63 images put in for this competetion.


  • The Thames at Twilight - Liz Barber
  • A vehicle for political opinions - Chris West
  • Coffee break (Best Entry) - Janet Brown
  • Bikes and legs - Derek Grieve
  • Strutting his Stuff - Ruth Calvert-Smith

The Last meeting of 2012

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Chairman Anne arrived armed with at least three large bags of goodies and Audrey was already there setting out her wonderful mince pies.

Soon, Liz arrived to prepare and start heating the punch and we then set out the room with several tables with four chairs each. These had a coloured sticker on it and as the members arrived, Jean,recruited for the purpose, dished out at random coloured stickers for each member to display on their chests.

Thus, several teams of four all sat at separate tables for the quiz questions, composed by Anne and assisted by the charismatic Alex.

As things got underway, we collected our cups of the very nice punch to give us the festive spirit and sat down for two rounds of quiz questions before the break.

There were plenty of good nibbles and other delights to continue the Christmas flavour with crisps, cheese twists, chocolate biscuits and the like, to name but a few. But the main attraction at this point were Audrey's 'exceedingly good' mince pies which we all enjoyed no end, always the highlight of the evening.

Then we resumed our quiz with two further rounds, before the winning clever devil people on the winning table: Daisy, Chris and Diana and Colin Newnes who were rewarded with a box of chocolates, which were passed round for all to enjoy.

New Projector No Excuses!

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2nd PI Competition

Our second PI competetion started with our new club projector, so once set up and tested showing good results we could look forward to a good evening of images with out any hiccups.

Our Judge for the night was Bob Webzell ARPS, We had another good turn out for this competition with 63 images to see.

Bob gave more even scores through out the nights procedings with 16 and 17 being the average score of the night. not as many low scores were given but fewer top marks were also given compared to the first PI competition.

This shows that we have a good photography base within our club, but there is always room for improvement, that is why we enter the competitions is to get feedback so we can become better image takers is it not? The road to improvement is through other peoples comments. Or so I tell myself when I am sitting there not agreeing with the judges comments on a image we are all looking at.

Nine eighteens awarded:

We finally Get There!

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1st PI Competition

Well, This report is very late due to some slight hiccups at the start of the year.

Our First PI competition was for any subject matter, it was judged by Trevor Gellard FRPS. We had a goood turn out for this competion, 68 images were submitted. Upon setting up the projector we relised that the colour was wrong, Martin Tomes recalibrated the projector to no avail, there was a pink colour cast around the edge of the frame.  After realising that there was nothing that could be done for that evening we had to inform the judge and press on with the procedings.

Trevor marked quite a lot of images down for not being sharp. There was some concern that the as the projector was faulty it might be a little soft, but as many of the images were pin-sharp that couldn't be true. One of my images was marked down as it was not sharp enough where it should have been sharp. Some pictures can look sharp at home on your PC screen but when blown up on to a big projected screen the results can look rather different to your expectations. A way around this is to check your image at 100% to see if it is sharp enough to be reproduced on to a big screen.

Storrington In The Middle!

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On Tuesday evening we participated with Worthing (hosts) and Steyning in the Mix & Match Competition.

I am pleased to say we were well supported by club members and it was a very enjoyable evening. Luckily people were not put off by the freezing weather conditions. John kindly was the projectionist. We had a good set of images and Daisy and Paul did an excellent job of choosing the images for each round, needless to say it gets harder in the second part to match the leading photo but the lateral thinking of the teams was pretty inventive! I did not think the judge, Andrew Perry, was always totally fair, he seemed to be easily swayed by a Steyning  lady! He certainly entered into the spirit of the evening but also kept things under control. Which reminds me he is due to judge us in February.

We were beaten by Steyning in a close run Competition. Worthing did a great job hosting this event  and in the interval we had delicious mince pies and squirty cream. I think only one of us got a Raffle Prize!


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1,500 and Counting

I normally write my reports in bed the morning following, with a mug of tea. However, on this occasion, my head was buzzing with stuff , so I have started writing this report in bed 'on the night'.

SCC was electrified this evening by Ken Scott's latest talk entitled 'Besides and Beyond'. Nobody could have failed to be inspired and motivated by Ken's pictures and enthusiastic words.

I have had the pleasure of hearing at least six of Ken's talks over the years and have always been very impressed with his passion for his photography, and indeed of his life generally.

Ken started his talk by pointing out that musicians, athletes and actors all practice every day to hone their skills; so why not photographers? His talk this evening was about his 365 project which started in 2008 following a bad experience up a mountain, which resulted in the curtailment of his other great passion, climbing, (with his camera of course). The first of Ken's shows that I saw was of his magnificent mountain landscapes, which was also largely the subject of his book, 'Photographing Changing Light', which I of course have a copy of on my shelves.

DamselFlies High

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The second print competition of the season saw Malcolm Bull adjudicate our images. Malcolm originates from Essex, but now resides in Shoreham and is a member of Steyning Camera Club, you can view Malcom's work on Flickr.

Malcolm is new to the judging circuit, having completed a judging course last year in the hope that understanding judging he would have a better idea of what judges are looking for in regards to his own images.

Malcolm started slowly; slightly nervous but understandable considering the minimal experience he has of judging and the rivalry between Steyning and Storrington. However, he was soon into his stride, providing critique on his likes and dislikes of elements within images only lapsing into the habit that many judges have, of describing images when they are stuck for words. Overall, Malcolm made good judgement calls and ended with a fair result.

A total of 62 images were submitted with the scores broken down as follows:

Theatre Photography Evening

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Our detectiveWe are lucky to have Mike Eddows who is a proffessional theatre photographer as a member of our club. Mike offered to do an evening of hands on theatre photography for the club. We set out to create an image for a show poster and a couple of images for publicity.

Tamplin Stage Lighting very kindly lent us lights so we were able to create theatre lighting conditions.

The show we were covering was a whodunnit, Peter Michell made the mistake of arriving without a camera so he became our detective and the subject of our poster shot. Seventeen members queued up, cameras in hand and had a go. It is quite difficult to do, although the lights looked very bright to us in fact they aren't so it needed a high ISO, wide aperture and a steady hand to get a good image.

For the second half of the evening Mike set up a scene where his partner Louise played out being poisoned, she did a very good job of repeatedly dying while we all tried to get great shots.

Many thanks to all who put in a lot of effort to make the eveing a success, especially Mike and Louise who put together a great evening for us.

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