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2016

July

6
Jane Coward

We will meet at the Perch Cafe Lancing where they are very amenable to our putting tables together if there are enough of us to warrant so doing. There is plenty to photograph too.

28 Brighton Road
Lancing
BN15 8RA

August

2
Jane Coward

The next Coffee Club meet will be at Swanbourne Lake on Tuesday August 2nd 10.30. The long range weather forecast according to the BBC is sunshine and cloud but no rain (fingers crossed).

No doubt it will be busy as it is the school holidays but that will apply to most places. It will however have the advantage of all the children feeding the birds which will obligingly repeatedly rise into the air for those of us who are interested to practise BIF photography! The children will therefore save you the bother and expense of bringing your own bird food.

The cafe has an outside area with bench/tables which is pleasant, it overlooks the lake. There are lovely walks round the lake and the riverside is adjacent, not to mention the Wetlands and Arundel itself.

Parking isn’t too bad, some spaces directly opposite the entrance and more a little further on round the bend.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as can make it  on Tuesday August 2nd, 10.30.

Swanbourne Lake

Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9LH

September

7
Jane Coward

Meet at:

Warnham Nature ReserveWarnham RoadHorshamRH12 2RA

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=warnham+Nature+Reserve

The forecast is good (at the moment, it let us down last month though, so nothing guaranteed). The cafe is a bit hidden from the car park, well to me it seems so but I am a numpty. For those of us who want to take some pictures as well, it costs £1.50 to go into the Reserve which is pretty with pathways round the lake. The terrain is flat, easy walking and it's not that far to the Heron Hide, (there are others) from where a couple of weeks ago a family of kingfishers were obligingly perching and fishing. So bring a long lens but be prepared to find the hide well populated. It was a bit cramped when I was there but since the young kingfishers will be fully fledged by now perhaps it will be less so.

8

Welcome back.

Chairpeople Derek Grieve, Paul Hayward and Chris West will welcome existing and new members to this season’s meetings and introduce the programme for the year. There will be an opportunity to pay your annual subscription!

Members are encouraged to take their Summer photos to the meeting.

22
Dudley Williams

Dudley is a local professional photographer who treats travelling as an adventure. Tonight he will speak about his passion for landscape and street photography.

October

4
Jane Coward

This Coffee Club 'meet' will be at Southwater Country Park Cafe at 10.30am. I’m sure most of you know Southwater Park but for those of you who don’t, the lake and surrounds are fairly ‘pickcherskew’ and there are always swans, waterfowl and gulls of course. Occasionally I have seen great crested grebe (I think). The walk around the lake is short, flat and hard surfaced so not muddy. There may be boating activity on the lake either real or radio controlled model boats. The weather doesn’t promise much so if the lake walk/photography doesn’t appeal you could always take a hike up or down the adjacent Downs Link Path or just continue into Horsham and do your shopping (boring) or do some street photography (better)?

I have read or been told somewhere that there is now a charge for the car park of £1.50 (chisel) but no charge to go into the Park. The link below tells you ‘where it’s at'

map

Let’s hope the weather is more cheerful than is suggested but it doesn’t really matter as the object of the exercise is to get together and at least we can talk photography and learn from each other. Looking forward to seeing as many of you as can make it.

6
Competition

First Competition evening – Bob Webzell is the judge.

Remember that the 1st half of the evening will be PIs – 2 each and the second half prints – again 2 each.

Open subject.

20

Judge David Eastley has been asked to critique our photographs without scoring them. This will give us the opportunity to implement changes to improve the images in time for future competitions - if we so wish.

David will review 3 PIs from each member.

Open subject.

November

2
Jane Coward

Coffee Club next Wednesday November 2nd will be at the Angel Inn Petworth (GU28 0BG) at 10.30.  We are assured of a warm welcome including some shortbread that they are going to make for us.  They have their own car park, across the road, so parking should not be a problem.  However if motoring could be shared that would be sensible.

http://angelinnpetworth.co.uk

For photography after coffee, Petworth Park is of course adjacent and the (free to NT members and £3 to others) car park is about mile down the road on the left (North Car Park GU28 9LR).  There are other free places to park along the A272 to Midhurst about which I am less informed but I’m sure there are some of us, probably called Derek, who will know all about them and can inform us on the day!  Map of the  park below for those who are not well acquainted with it.  Please note that where it says ‘You are here’ is the aforementioned North Car Park.

The weather looks as though it will be dullish but without rain, fingers crossed.  The Autumn colours and the deer make Petworth Park an attractive and photogenic venue so I hope as many of you as  possible will be able to be there.  If we are all very well behaved in the meantime, the sun might even come out?  Here’s hoping!
Looking forward to seeing you all,

The weather looks as though it will be dullish but without rain, fingers crossed.  The Autumn colours and the deer make Petworth Park an attractive and photogenic venue so I hope as many of you as  possible will be able to be there.  If we are all very well behaved in the meantime, the sun might even come out?  Here’s hoping!

Looking forward to seeing you all,

Jane

3
Roger Crocombe ARPS

Roger Crocombe ARPS from Bognor Regis camera club will be presenting different techniques to increase dynamic range of images and still retain a natural look.

Meeting Report: Roger Crocombe returns
12

Sussex Federation Competition

Meeting Report: Not so good this time
17
Peter Bamforth

Peter returns after a considerable gap (2011) to talk to us about BIG prints and his architecture work.

Meeting Report: Many Brilliant Prints

December

1
Competition

Second Competition evening – Rob de Ruiter is the judge.

Remember that the 1st half of the evening will be PIs – 2 each and the second half prints – again 2 each.

PI subject is "Speed"

Print is Open subject.

5
Competition
Gerald Kitiyakara LRPS

The annual print competition between clubs based in West Sussex.

6
Jane Coward

Our next get together will be at the Bluebird Cafe Ferring, next Tuesday December 6th at 10.30.

http://www.ferringvillage.co.uk/business-directory/bluebird-cafe.htm

Bluebird CafeThe StrandFerringBN12 5QX

At the moment sunshine is forecast so photography should be on the menu. Apart from the beach and whatever that offers, across the rather rough and potholey car park is pedestrian access to Ferring Rife where there is a long flat footpath alongside the water course where there may be water fowl, nothing guaranteed obviously.

15
Chairpeople

A social evening featuring mince pies, a drink, probably a quiz and other unmissable, fun activities yet to be decided. Paper hats are compulsory.

Meeting Report: Last meeting in 2016

2017

January

4
Jane Coward

Our first Coffee Club get together for 2017 will be on Wednesday January 4th at Joanna’s Boutique Tea Room in Storrington. John Goodfellow kindly alerted me to Joanna’s and I have sampled their hospitality which I truly enjoyed. They serve excellent fare and the service is friendly and efficient. Thus unsurprisingly and deservedly they are busy. I spoke to a member of staff about having our having a Coffee Club gathering there and the response was warm and welcoming with no problem regarding putting tables together. However he did ask that I could let him know roughly what number to expect as mid morning is a popular time.

To that end I would ask you if you would be kind enough to let me know if you are likely to come. I know that Coffee Club is meant to be a very casual affair with no commitment necessary but in this case it would be helpful to them to have some idea of numbers. If you think you would like to come but find subsequently that you can’t please don’t worry. I’d just like to get some idea as to how many tables we might need.

As far as I am aware, parking is probably easiest in the Waitrose Car park but some of you may know better!?

Regarding 'yer actual photography’ …it looks as if it will be cloudy but dry… maybe the back streets/alleys/architecture of the more ancient parts of Storrington might appeal?

5

This evening is a chance to see how the best of our work stacks up against that of other photographic clubs in the area.

Meeting Report: We was robbed by Rob
19
Sue Bishop

Sue Bishop will present her wonderful take on photographing the world of flowers.

Maybe she will sign her excellent book that I got at last year's auction.

February

2
Ken Scott

Seeing with the camera.

7
Jane Coward

We will meet at The Marlipins Pub in Shoreham High Street at 10.30. It is a friendly pub/restaurant and when I was last there they gave us a complementary scone with the cup of coffee! Don’t know if this still pertains however.

http://www.wikisussexpubguide.uk/index.php/ph-list/pubs-west-sussex/546-...

Address:

The Marlipins Pub38 High StreetShoreham-by-SeaWest SussexBN43 5DATelephone: 01273 453369Email:jackibray@googlemail.com

ar parking won’t be the easiest but there are a number of public car parks in Shoreham.

http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/shoreham_by_sea/?arriving=201702031630&leaving=201702031830

There is plenty of photo-opportunity in the immediate vicinity and a drive from there to Widewater Lagoon is another nearby option. The Marlipins Museum is next door to the pub. Forecast isn’t the greatest but it might at least be dry from mid morning. Looking forward to a good gathering and to seeing you there.

16
Competition
Paul O'Toole

This is the third competition of the season.

First half is PI - two entries; second half is print - two entries. Open subject for both.

Meeting Report: Ripples and a Tulip

March

2

Everyone is given a photograph and 2 weeks to do whatever they like to it. At this meeting your resulting photograph presented here, discussed and voted on.

Meeting Report: Varied Interpretations
8
Jane Coward

Our next get together will be at the East Beach Cafe in Littlehampton at 10.30. Weather promises light cloud but no rain and there is always something to take a picture of on the coast. They have a customer car park adjacent so that is helpful. They serve breakfasts until 11.30 so I for one might skip breakfast at home and indulge when i get there! The Log, as it is known has a very good reputation for food and on the strength of that I have booked us in. I’m sure most you will know East Beach Cafe anyway but here is the link…

http://eastbeachcafe.co.uk

16
Competition
Mike Davison

First half is PI - two entries each Open Subject. Second half is print - two entries and the set subject is Abstract.

Meeting Report: The Old Order Changeth
24
Competition
David Eastley LRPS

The Regnum Crouch PI Competition.

See the Regnum Crouch website for details.

Meeting Report: Not so good this time
27
Competition

Judged by Trevor Gellard.

30
Nick Gilliam

The first half tonight will be a presentation on all things trains. Nick has had many photographs published in Railway Magazine.

The second half will be members' prints and PI (two each please) of trains and their environment that Nick will critique.

April

4
Jane Coward

We will be at the Cloisters Cafe, Chichester Cathedral at 10.30. Audrey had the 'neat notion' that we could combine Coffee Club with going to the Focus Group Exhibition which is on that week and always so worthwhile going to. So, weather won't matter. If you have already arranged to go to the Focus Exhibition at another time you could take pictures in Chichester Cathedral after coffee instead or go shopping even?!

8
Competition

The print exhibition is from 12:00 until 2:00 and the commentary and presentation from 2:15 until 5:30.

Held at The King's Centre, Burgess Hill.

Meeting Report: Better than last time
13

This is a chance for members to try their hand at some photographic techniques. The room will be set up for people to try Portrait and Macro photography; tethered shooting - where the camera is linked directly to a laptop. Other members will be on hand to provide guidance.

20

Following last season's success for this subject we have put together an anonymous portfolio of open subject PDIs for an evening.. As each picture is put on the screen a name from those attending will be drawn from a hat and that person will assume the role of the judge and give a critique for that photograph. Then everyone will write their score for the photograph on their individual scoresheet before the judge's score is revealed. The next photograph is then displayed, another name drawn and the process repeated and so on until there are no more names in the hat. The hat is then refilled and on we go until all 40 pictures have been judged.

The basic idea is to allow everyone to experience how difficult the judge's task is - having to think on your feet - to make sensible comments - not just tell the audience what they are looking at - and to try not to give offence! Also to try to put to one side your own preferences on subject matter and format and type of photograph. CONSTRUCTIVE criticism is the order of the day.

It will also be interesting to analyse the score sheets at the end of the process. Who is closest to the average score, who scores most harshly and who most kindly? And does anyone fall into the trap of giving 18 for nearly every picture? And we always ask judges to give a wide range of marks although this rarely seems to happen - will you be broad minded?

Meeting Report: Disaster turns out well

May

3
Jane Coward

We will meet at 10.30 at Highdown Gardens, Worthing. I’m sure many of you will know Highdown Gardens but will consider them always worth a visit. If the Gardens themselves are not floating your boat, there is excellent walking over the downs immediately adjacent to the Car Park, so after your coffee and cake you could stride off those calories with the occasional pause to take a landscape or two. The Highdown Tea Rooms where we will meet are adjacent. Entry to the Gardens is free.

I think the best of the spring bulbs will be over, but there may be some tulips (they've been spectacular this year haven’t they) but there should still be blossom. In any case the Gardens are wonderfully tranquil and really interesting. The weather should be dry but probably not a lot of sunshine.

So I will look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it on Wednesday next.

4
Andy Beel FRPS

Andy Beel FRPS presents on Monochrome Photography. Andy produces thought provoking monochrome images with a very individual style.

Some examples of his outstanding work can be seen here: https://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk/

 

5
Andy Beel FRPS

This will be a very interesting workshop run by Andy Beel FRPS. It will cover Andy's Black and White Post Processing. In the morning Andy will cover the use of Photoshop CC and in the afternoon Lightroom CC.

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Competition

Trevor Gellard has the job of selecting the best projected image and the best print of the year. The usual format - the first half will be PI (two per member) and the second half will be Print (two per member).

25
Chairpeople

The winners of the club's trophies will be presented with their prizes by the chairpeople. A new committee will be elected. The new chairpeople will then oversee any formal business. When this is concluded we will have the usual auction of photographic and other treasures in aid of club funds.

Meeting Report: The last formal meeting

June

14
Jane Coward

The venue for the coffee bit is Cafe Rowan in Hillier's Garden Centre Horsham. For the photography bit we can go through to the back of the Garden Centre to Huxley’s Bird of Prey Centre which opens at 11.00 and is very reasonably priced. There will be a flying display at 14.30 which is always worth seeing. I’m sure that most of you will already have visited Huxley’s, probably several times however it is always in my book worth ‘another go’, you may have since your last visit, a new camera and or lenses?! So, a chance to see if your new equipment and your improved skills pay off!

Cafe Rowan have asked me to call them on Wednesday morning to give them some idea re numbers. This with regard to putting tables together for us so that we are a ‘group’. To this end would you be kind enough to give me some indication as to whether you are likely to come please? It doesn’t have to be a hard and fast commitment, just so that I can give them some idea. Thanks.

Weather looks promising so I look forward to seeing you there.

23
Competition
Janet Brown

We will meet at St Mary's Almshouses.

Please arrive by 1.45pm, for us to go in at 2pm. We will not wait for latecomers!

We will be able to photograph the Hospital, chapel and garden. Please be aware that there are residents in the Hospital, and respect their privacy.

Nearest parking is Little London car park.

St Martin's Square
Chichester
PO19 1NR