Our last meeting of the season was quite well attended, with most others not present for good reasons.
Chairman Chris opened proceedings by telling us the sad news that liz Barber fell whilst doing some winning shots in Scotland and has badly damaged her wrist. We all wish her a very speedy recovery
Then on with the proceedings. First apologies followed by approval of last year’s minutes.
Time now for Chris’s report. He said how much he had enjoyed being Chairman of our club and went on to tell us about the high points and the low.
Rob de Ruiter ARPS and his guest, Carolyn joined us for Best of Year.
Currently the President of Bognor Regis Camera Club, Rob brought along his successful ARPS panel, as I had suggested we see this after an evening at Bognor when these images absolutely captivated me. He described the process he had taken to achieve this distinction, and told a couple of stories around the 'photography'. If you missed it, or would like to see it again, the panel is available here.
This evening was organised by Daisy Kane and she asked six more members to join her in showing the rest of the club where they would like to take the club to do some photography.
The evening started with Chris congratulating the club on its recent success in the County competitions.
It was good tosee such a gathering of Storrington members at the Barn Theatre in Southwick last night for the 2016 Regnum Crouch Projected Image competition. Before the main event started I’m sure we had already won the prize for the highest proportion of a club’s membership in attendance. It was especially good to see the MacWhirters whose house move has kept them from club evenings recently.
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.
Originally 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.
When the idea of titles came up at committee level,
Having arrived from Mexico that morning I was more thanhappy 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.
Keith Gibson, fromKingston 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.
We 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.