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New Year Greetings!

After a short break over Christmas, the Club is back in full action with a very busy period to start the New Year. Please do check out all the dates that follow.

Thursday 4th January –  we opened 2018 with our hosting of the second round of the  SCPF 2nd Division PDI League (that is the Federation’s eight competition rounds between clubs in the second division each hosted by one of the competitor clubs).  Ken Scott had been lined up as the judge, but with a demotion for Chichester and a promotion for Steyning (Ken’s home club) at the end of last season, both club’s are in the same league and so it was not appropriate for Ken to judge.  The good news was that we were very pleased to have Caroline Crawley back with us again after her recent visit to judge the SCPF Print Competition we hosted in December – and of course as our Annual Exhibition judge last summer.  Caroline’s a very popular judge and always a pleasure to have with us – and we’ll see her again at the end of February, this time presenting her work rather than in judging mode.

This was the first ‘official’ outing of the new projector and it was very satisfying to see such excellent projection.  There’s been a tremendous amount of backstage activity to resolve some of our technical problems, both on projection and sound and many thanks are due to all those concerned in getting these sorted out – not least to Ian Hutchinson from Southampton International Exhibition who kindly gave up a Sunday afternoon to assist us set up the new projector and make sure it is up to the mark.  Be warned though – while the quality of the projection is very, very good, the higher resolution will show up any flaws such as dust spots or weak cloning – as Caroline pointed out on a number of images on Thursday.  

Friday 5th January – the ladies of the Club met for lunch to mark ‘Little Christmas’, or ‘Nollaig na mBan’, a rather splendid Irish tradition that is kept on Twelfth Night when the women put their feet up and the men undertake all the household tasks.  With Twelfth Night falling on a Saturday this year, we met a day early, whihc coincided with Margret Preece’s birthday – a big birthday with a zero, and we were delighted to surprise Margret with a cake and her daughter caroline joining us for lunch.  Happy birthday Margret from us all!

Monday 8th January – the first PAGB meeing of the year slips to the second Monday this month due tot he Bank Holiday last week.  See the PAGB page to find out more about how this group supports members who wish to enter salons or go for PAGB distinctions.  7pm in the small hall – all welcome.

Tuesday 9th January –  the first Print Group of the year meets in the small hall at 7.30pm.  Bring along work in any stage of development to discuss or for advice – all welcome.

Thursday 11th January –  Dave Mason, street photographer extraordinaire presents Life. Not to be missed!  

Friday 12th January – Set up time for North Mundham, strong arms required at 3pm at Tangmere Village Centre to collect the exhibition boards and set up at North Mundham.  All exhibitors should set up their own panels from 5.30pm.

Saturday 13th January –  North Mundham opens at 10am – Sheila Tester is still looking to fill catering slots and calls for cakes please, while Carmel Lynch would like any unwonted Christmas gifts, spare bottles of wine or other items for the tombola.  Ann McDonald will be looking for volunteers to look after the reception desk.  And Margret Preece is taking bookings for the dinner in the evening.

Sunday 14th January – the second day for North Mundham with close at 4pm.  All exhibitors must clear their own panels please.

After which we can all take a bit of a rest!  All very good wishes for a happy, productive  and successful photographic 2018.

Margret Preece with her daughter Caroline and her birthday cake, caught on camera by Lynne Owen

 

Thursday 15th December

Members met up last night to celebrate the festive season with our Christmas Bash, hosted this year by Mike Hancock, with our traditional quiz night. Mike’s new creative round was a particular challenge as he asked for a representative from each table to tear a cow out of a sheet of paper which they had to hold behind their backs.  My hotly refuted assessment that Stephen Marsh’s was the most creative was based not upon the shape he presented (which surely should have gone to Richard Ryder’s 3D cow) but on his absolute creativity in declaring it was a shy cow hiding behind a hedge!

Special commendation to tables 4 & 5 for gaining full marks on the Initial Round, and also for scoring the highest (24 out of a possible 30) for Name that Tune. A very special thanks to all those Members who gave me picture of their former young selves for the Who the Devil is it? round, on which table 4 identified all but two and table 2 who managed 8 of the 11.

Despite the strong performance by tables 4 and 5, who came out top in terms of absolute marks, once the scores were weighted to take account of the different numbers on each table, it was table 6 – Charlie’s Angels – that won overall with 102.6, with table 4 in second place with 91.1 and table 2 which took third place with 88.6. 

A great evening to conclude the first part of the Club’s season and thanks to everyone, especially Mike, for making it such an enjoyable success.

We meet again on Thursday 4th January when we host our SCPF PDI League round – don’t forget the evening is also the deadline for the second Advanced Print Competition.

All very best wishes for Christmas and success in the New Year!

Club Members struggle with Mike Creative challenge

Print Group Tuesday 12th December

Our December meeting will look particularly at different photo print papers and how they can affect the final look of your prints.  Do please bring along examples of different papers (nothing needs to be mounted but prints backed with card stand more easily on the print stands) or as always any work in progress or finished work you’d like to share.

You will also be very welcome if you’d just like to come along to see how things go.  The Print Group is a great way to share views on images and along the way learn much about possible processing techniques and how to get the very best out of your photographs.

We meet in the small hall at Tangmere at 7,30pm on the second Tuesday of the month, £3 for Club Members and £4 for visitors.

Lorna Brown’s Caravaggio’s Artichokes is printed on a matt paper

Club Christmas Bash

The Club’s Christmas Bash will be hosted this year by our Vice Chair, Mike Hancock, on Thursday 14th December and will bring the first part of this year’s season to a rousing end.

It is the one event in the year that is purely social, do bring along a plate of food and, if you like,  a bottle to share (your own glasses are a good idea too!). The wearing of Festive attire is not obligatory but loud jumpers, over sized earrings and outrageous headgear are all very welcome!

As traditional, the evening will build on our Christmas Quiz and this year’s picture round will entice the curious but you’ll have to be there to find out why.

Spouses and Partners are also very welcome and we look forward to seeing you all then.

Thursday 30th November

And now for something entirely different! We were entertained last night by Geoffrey Lee, who with over 30 years in the profession, is a world renown aerospace and defence photographer.  He began his career as a photographic apprentice with British Aerospace and the story he told of his development from then was quite fascinating.  It really was a plane spotters dream (who knew so many of our members could tell one jet from another?) but the arrangements necessary to undertake one of Geoffrey’s sorties to secure air to air photographs knocked any landscape photographers ideas about planning into the very deep shade.

We might worry about windy conditions creating camera shake on our tripods but Geoffrey has to think about how flight speeds generating forces more than 4G will mean he can’t even lift his camera.  The next time the Red Arrows go over (and being close to Goodwood that is a regular occurrence) we will now understand the formations and the manoeuvres – and be even more amazed at simply how close they fly to each other! 

His planning is absolutely meticulous, covering which planes, the formations, the manoeuvres, background, position of the sun, right down to carefully prepared maps of the routes.  A real eye opener with some simply outstanding images and a illuminating video. A quite extraordinary way to earn a living.

A reminder of our alternative Christmas Card on behalf of the Snowdrop Trust where instead of sending each other cards we sign one card and make a donation for the charity instead.  The collection box was beginning to feel a little heavier last night and it will be at the Club for both the two remaining sessions before we break for Christmas.

And don’t forget – the deadline for the next Advance Print Competition is Thursday 4th January the day we reconvene.

Thursday 23rd November

The print competitions for Club and Intermediate got of to a great start last night, with some first rate images and with Sue Sibley as our excellent judge. Sue is an enthusiastic photographer, holding her ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP and BPE2* and is a member of both Southampton Camera Club (where she was President for two years) and New Forest Camera Club, as well as now chairing the Southampton International Exhibition. She’s a very encouraging judge, responding positively to the strengths in images as well as pointing out how they might be improved. Sue has the sharpest of eyes too, spotting the elephant’s bottom just in the bottom right of an image for instance!  There were quite a few instances of poor cropping where critical parts of images had been missed – feet chopped off, a wave clipped or boat masts cut short, and while judges disregard the projected images, the audience could see that those important elements were in the original pictures.  Perhaps these were due to putting prints into slightly mismatched mounts, but the need to check the edges of images was was quite theme last night, not just for cropping but also for bright spots.

Sue said she was feeling rather generous and with five prints scoring 10 in Club and seven in Intermediate the top scoring gallery below is rather larger than usual!  Special mention to Sarah Nichol for her three 10s, which included the very lovely elephant study Sue had spotted that tail in!

We’ll be seeing Sue again in February when she will be presenting her Journey so Far.

CLUB CLASS Ken Worrel’s Lunch Break

Cheryl Marshall’s Victoria Falls, ZambiaTim Crabb’s The Grand Mosque – Abu DhabiCaroline Marshall’s Isolation in the StormAndrew Vance’s Reflections

INTERMEDIATEPaul William’s Femme Fatale

Helenka Boden’s With Fire and SteelHelenka Boden’s Electric Ecstasy Brian Southward’s Two for the Pot Sarah Nichol’s Lion by the Luangwa Sarah Nichol’s Elephant Study Sarah Nichol’s Cromer Pier 

Christmas Greetings and a little charity at Christmas

Each year we all spend a lot of money on Christmas cards.  In a club like ours we send cards to all our friends and then expect to receive a card in return.

Stop and think – is that really necessary, would it not be so much better to have just one big card for everybody and use the money we all save to support a small local charity? 

For the last few years we have supported the Snowdrop Trust, a small Sussex charity that “supports nursing care at home for local children with life-threatening or terminal illness and support for their family”.  Snowdrop receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of the local community.

For the next few meetings before our Christmas break there will be the usual large Christmas card for you to sign and a box for your donations.  As our past chairman Jan Davis used to say:  use the loose change for your tea or coffee and put the notes into the box. 

Last year we raised over £200 – can we beat that this year?  If every member in the club gave only £2 each (or more realistically every other member in the club gave £3 or £4) we could reach that target.  Shall we try? 

In advance, a big thank-you from the Snowdrop Trust.

Margret Preece

If you want to learn more about the Snowdrop Trust, their web address is www.thesussexsnowdroptrust.com

Thursday 16th November

Another great last night – this time courtesy of our sponsors, Sony, who are supporting Terry Donnelly, our guest for the evening.  Terry is an extraordinarily talented photographer, who contrary to the common call to ‘specialise’ works across  many disciplines – as David Harris put, Terry is a real polymath of photography, working across architecture, sports, fine art, creative and military aircraft – plus any spot in between. He holds a remarkable number of awards and distinctions, being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, the Societies of Photographers and the British Photographic Exhibitions, as well as holding a Master of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.  He is very successful commercial photographer, as well as a prolific participant in national and international salons – his photograph of all his awards and ribbons was  simply astounding with over 200 international awards and several ‘Photographer of the Year’ awards!

A really lively and engaging speaker, the fist half focused on the virtues of Sony’s mirror-less full frame developments with plenty of tips and guidance on getting the best from your camera whatever its spec.  We very much enjoyed seeing some of Terry’s work as well, his FRPS panel on the London Underground, the Victoria Baths and a derelict convent.  It was fascinating to note that despite Terry unbound enthusiasm and tenacity in getting the shot he wants how sensitive he was as well when it came to respecting the past lives and inhabitants of now unused, empty places. A real treat of an evening.

We were pleased to have Sony representatives with us last night and  our local sponsor, the London Camera Exchange, so it was a very packed evening.  Thanks to them all – and of course to Peter Rocchiccioli who secures our sponsorship, including the support we have from them for our Annual Exhibition catalogue.

I was sorry to hear that Frank Adams had a fall while visiting his son in RSA, and that he had cracked two ribs.  I’m not sure if Frank had to stay on to recover or if he’s now back in the UK, but if you’re reading this Frank, all good wishes for a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Terry Donnelly – our speaker last night

Thursday 9th November

It’s always a pleasure to have Chris Palmer with us, whether as a speaker or, as last night, as a judge for the first of the print competition rounds with the Advanced prints.  That’s not least because he’s always so very complimentary about the Club!  He told us that a visit to Chichester was akin to a trip to a Michelin starred restaurant as he always knew the menu would be interesting and of a high standard.  And as Stephen Marsh said in his vote of thanks, we were pleased we had presented him with plenty to tickle his palate.

That said, Chris is a very thorough judge and his comments and analysis of our work were highly informative. Chris is a very highly experienced judge, both at club level and on the PAGB circuit, where he holds both a DPAGB and an APAGB for services to photography, right up to international level.  With his Fellowship of the RPS and an EFIAP he’s also a very successful and enthusiastic photographer whose pleasure in photography shines thorough into his enjoyment of seeing the work of others.

Chris recognises the element of subjectivity in judging, but as you can see from his top scoring images (below) had a wide range of genres that met his high technical and aesthetic  standards.  I was of course delighted with his positive response to my Rain Clearing Luskentyre but the evening has to go to Phil Shaw.  Phil’s a new member and a superlative natural history photographer who took three perfect tens  for his wonderful images.  Well done Phil!

With good reports back from the external competitions, both the first round of the Southern Counties Photographic Federation league and the Sussex Photographic Federation (reported fully on separate posts) and Guy Partington’s good showing in the Small Print Competition (also reported separately) it was a very competition-orientated evening!

Phil Shaw’s Pied KingfisherPhil Shaw’s Little Bustard Display FlightPhil Shaw’s Walking with IntentSheila Tester’s Mycena with SpiderGeorge Atkin’s Back Street PoacherLorna Brown’s Rain Clearing Luskentyre