All posts by Lorna Brown

Thursday 7th September

The new season got off to a truly fabulous start with Guy Edwardes and his A Professional’s Approach to Photography.  It was an evening of simply stunning images and considerable technical information.  Guy, whose first love is nature and landscape photography in the UK, also runs very popular workshops both here and abroad, and is very widely travelled.  Quite a number of Club members have been on Guy’s workshops and everyone speaks very highly of them.

The first half of his talk concentrated on wildlife and he took us around the world, revealing also many of the techniques that produce such quality pictures.  We were then treated to a second world tour via stunning landscapes, again with an insight into the techniques behind them.   As Mike Hancock said in his vote of thanks, the season got off not so much with a bang, but with an absolute explosion.  It was a wonderfully inspiring evening, and Guy also has a website  (https://www.guyedwardes.com/) that is well worth a look and publishes a regular newsletter than includes excellent technical advice and suggestions.

As it was the first meeting of the new season we also welcomed our new members, who we hope, were inspired by Guy’s presentation and not overwhelmed by the extraordinary quality of Guy’s work!

There was some outstanding business from the Annual Exhibition, and it was rather fitting that Sheila Tester was presented with her book token for winning the vote for the most popular image at the Annual Exhibition, which was for Church at Vic, taken on a workshop with Guy.

Guy kindly draw the winning voting slip from the popular image votes, which was won by Stephen Emmerson, who also wins a book token.

There were trophies to present to Members who had missed the Preview Evening; that was Ed Feldmanis who received the Simcox Trophy for topping the Print League and Guy Partington for the Best Cub Class print in the exhibition, who received the Evershed Martin Cup.  

Which takes us to the Owl – or the redundant  Portman Trophy.  The bidding for which currently stands at £30.  Any better offers to me by close on Saturday please!

Sheila Tester receives her book token from Woytek Boden for winning the most popular print in the Annual Exhibition

Lorna Brown, Chair

Is that our Julieanne Kost?

Many of us who use Lightroom and Photoshop hold Julienne Kost in very high regard.  She’s a ‘Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist’ with Adobe, and, job title aside, she presents very understandable tutorials on a whole range of topics, from the very basic to the most advanced.  

So I was intrigued to see in the Guardian art and design section a series of photographs by ‘Californian artist Julienne Kost’, whose series Window Seat’ has been shot while travelling on business.  She says that, creatively frustrated by the environments she found herself in – hotels, convention centres, airports – she started taking photographs of landscapes from her plane seat.  You can see the work at: –  https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/jul/15/the-earth-in-plane-sight-in-pictures?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

I’m pretty certain that is indeed ‘our’ Julienne and emboldened, I’m sharing here a photograph I also took from my plane seat when I was bringing back a teddy bear for my granddaughter and was making a book about his journey for her.

Little Black Bear waves goodbye to the Tetons, by Lorna Brown

Prints wanted for Selection Committee

Would all members please bring a number of your best prints, mounted 50cm x 40cm for consideration by the Selection Committee.  We need your prints for the Southern Counties Photographic Federation (SCPF) League and the Exhibition (held at Salisbury) The dead line date is next Thursday 14th September.  Thank you for your co-operation, it is much appreciated.
 
Kind regards
 
Sheila Tester
SCPF Representative
Frank Adams’s Lindisfarne Castle

Annual Exhibition – Visitors’ Favourite Prints

Visitors to the Annual Exhibition are asked to vote for their favourite print, a task that can prove difficult as the response to all the prints has been very positive.  The range of styles and topics was – as always – very diverse, and it’s good to note that every photographer won a vote and the outcome was close run.  The winner however was Sheila Tester for Church at Vic,  with joint second place going to John Field for Path up to the Windmill  and Peter Rocchiccioli’s Camel Herder.  Stephen Tattersall’s Dusk at West Wittering came in third.

The winning voting slip will be drawn at the first Club meeting of the new season, Thursday 7th September and the winner notified shortly after.

Annual Exhibition – a flying start!

The Annual Exhibition is off to a splendid start with our traditional Preview Evening and very good attendance on the first few days.

Our Preview Evening on Friday was very enjoyable, with our families and friends, friends from some 40 of our sister Clubs across the region, some of our speakers and judges and our guest of honour, Walter Benzie, the President of the Royal Photographic Society, who made our presentations.  

The success of the exhibition and the Preview Evening is due to the hard work of our army of volunteers, especially on Friday evening that of  Sheila Tester and her team for the buffet!  Thanks are due to Dave Abbott for ensuring all those 29 trophies are correctly engraved and distributed, to John Howes and the strong arm team for getting all the hardware for the stands up, moved for the Preview and replaced for the exhibition, to Carmel Lynch and all the contributors for the raffle and to Jeff Owen for the PDI presentation.  Jeff also looks after the database that supports the judging and selection process, for which we must also thank our judge this year, Alison Cawley, and the Selection Committee, chaired by Peter Rocchiccioli .  Peter once again has secured a superb range of sponsors, including that for our excellent print material from Aperture (and the special photobook discount you can find in the catalogue).  It was good to have Fotospeed with us on Friday and the London Camera Exchange on Saturday – and a special mention too for Mifsuds who also donated equipment for the raffle and for sale.

Thanks are also due to Cath Water for her work on publicity and of course to all the stewards over the week, and of course to all our exhibitors without whom the exhibition simply couldn’t happen!  Finally, many thanks to Wojtek Boden, this year’s Exhibition Secretary who brought all these disparate elements together and to our Vice Chair, Mike Hancock, who has been quietly working away supporting all our efforts.

The main feature on Friday was naturally the presentations, and it was good to see new members doing well, with Helenka Boden, George Sayer and Richard Ryder all achieving awards in their first year of membership.  Carmel Lynch was thrilled to receive her first cup, and Glyn Edmunds, despite all those letters after his name, was very pleased to receive his first cup for a digital image! Special mention however has to go to Lynne Owen who had a splendid evening, winning not only four cups but also receiving her CPAGB from the President of the SCPF, our own Peter Rocchiccioli who also presented Ross Laney with his DPAGB.  A fitting award was the Edmunds Cup to Graham Walls for services to the Club – very well deserved and a very popular award – as was the award of Photographer of the Year to Ann McDonald.  You can see the roll of honour and the photographs from the awards on the separate post, along with the award to Graham Sergeant of Life membership – another popular and well deserved award.

It was an excellent evening, so thank you  once again to everyone who made it so successful!

John Bradshaw, CCC President congratulates Graham Sergeant on the Life Membership announcement

‘The Owl’ retires

The Portman Trophy, AKA ‘The Owl’ has been retired from duty as the annual Best Natural History Award and is now looking for a permanent home.  Potential carers from the Club Membership are invited to make financial bids for his custody, which will be awarded to the highest bidder.  Expressions of interest and your best bid to Lorna Brown by the close of  the first meeting in the new season, Thursday 7th September.

The Owl has been replaced by the Tester Cup, kindly donated by Maurice Tester. It was won for the first time (but will it be the last!?) suitably enough by Sheila Tester – well done Sheila!

 

Your Club needs you!

Plans are well underway for the opening of the Club’s major Annual Exhibition next week – for which many thanks are due to all those who have already given their time and skills in this complex fete of organisation.  BUT!!! We still need volunteers to ensure everything runs to plan, so please do check out the list below and see where you can assist.

The ‘Strong Arm Gang’for setting up and dismantling the exhibition stands we need helpers at 4pm at Tangmere Village Centre on Thursday 3rd August.  This is to load all the equipment onto the van, and to collect stands from Oving ready for taking to Chichester. 

On Friday 4th August at 8.40am at the Assembly Room in Chichester, we need plenty of volunteers to help unload and to set up the gear ready for mounting the prints.  During the evening we’ll also need strong arms to reset the exhibition after the presentations.  Don’t worry – Sheila Tester, our catering supremo, takes very good care to ensure you won’t miss out on the buffet (or the wine!).

Dismantling on the Saturday 12th August also needs helpers to undertake the set up in reverse from 5pm – please don’t forget!

All Members – all Members who are able to should attend the Assembly Room to put up their own prints on Friday 4th August from about 9.45am. Everything you need and guidance on mounting the prints will be available, but it’s helpful if you can bring your own tape measures and levels.  Similarly, please do be there on Saturday 12th August at 5pm to take away your own prints.

Stewarding – there are still gaps in the Stewarding rota, please contact Wojtek Boden for the latest situation if you can find an hour or two to help.

Buffet – Sheila Tester will be pleased to receive finger foods for the buffet from 5pm on Friday 4th August, or, if you prefer, cash donations to Sheila so she can supplement the buffet for the evening.

Raffle –  donations for the raffle to Carmel Lynch for Friday 4th August please.  These can be left at the Assembly Room during the day or brought along in the evening.

It is the sterling efforts on the part of Club Members that mean our Preview on Friday 4th August at 7pm for 7.30pm, for all Members, our guests and friends,  is always an excellent social occasion and a chance to promote our Club, acting as it does as a curtain raiser for the highly regarded exhibition.  So it’s many, thanks thanks to everyone for all the contributions – not least the 450 plus images themselves without which the exhibition would be rather flat! 

Don’t forget!

The summer might seem like a quiet time for the Club after the seasonal programme ends in May but behind the scenes there has been much going on behind in readiness for the Annual Exhibition.  You will see the website now sports the exhibition poster – with Angela Acland’s eye-catching image of New York and on the Exhibition page, a lovely image by Liz Boden from Lordington Lavender which graces the flyer.  Both poster and flyer will be available at the Members’ Pre Exhibition meeting next Thursday, 27th July at Tangmere at 7.30pm – do please collect some to distribute and help publicise the exhibition. This meeting is for all Members and when you will hear how images submitted for the exhibition have fared – you will receive your certificates and copies of the catalogue will be available.

There is of course  much still to do, stewards are still needed and Sheila Tester, our buffet catering supremo, still needs assistance.  Do please see the details of the help still needed in the separate item from Wojtek Boden, our Exhibition Secretary.

The Exhibition Preview is at 7pm at the Assembly Room in Chichester on Friday 4th August – all Club Members and their guests are very welcome.  The Club Awards will be made that evening and we are delighted that Walter Benzie, the President of the Royal Photographic Society will be our guest of honour and will be making the awards.  There will of course be our traditional buffet (thanks to Sheila and her army of helpers) and then the exhibition will be open to all our guests, who include our friends from neighbouring clubs.

We open to the public on Saturday 5th August – and thanks to the considerable work undertaken by our Members, the quality of the images on show and the reputation our exhibitions have, it will I am sure be another very successful week.  Don’t forget to  come along at the close of the exhibition on Saturday 12th August to collect your images (any images that weren’t selected for the exhibition this year may be collected on the 27th July).

The success of the Club is based firmly on our regular programme of activities, and you will have received notification that following a very positive discussion at the AGM, the annual subscription will be £60 for the forthcoming season .  You can pay by bank transfer or by cheque and these must be paid before the start of the programme. Next year’s weekly programme has once again been put together by Glyn Edmunds and kicks off in great style with the popular Guy Edwardes on the 7th September with A Professional’s Approach to Photography.  

The summer might not be  everyone’s favourite time for being out with a camera but the exhibition is a real photographic highlight both as something of a culmination of the previous season’s achievement and a foretaste of what is to come.  I’m looking forward to seeing it all in place and to seeing Club Members and our many visitors over the week.

Lorna Brown – Chair

Last year’s Exhibition Preview caught on camera by the Club’s patron, The Mayor of Chichester Cllr Peter Budge

Thursday 25th May – PDI of the Year

As the season draws to its close, we welcomed Jeff Lawrence to judge our PDI of the Year competition last night.  Jeff, who holds an LRPS and a CPAGB, was a first-time judge for us, but is a well known and very busy judge across the south.

He gave us an evening of very thorough judging, and we appreciated his careful analysis of our images, along with a thoughtful interpretation of them.  I certainly enjoyed his appreciation of the positive aspects of the pictures and he gave a clear and constructive critique on possible improvements.

We had asked Jeff to select the top three images, along with Highly Commended as he thought fit.  I’m pleased to report that Lynne Owen took first place with Refusal, John Larry came in second with Otter Eating and Sue Nash took third place with Reminiscing.

Jeff awarded Highly Commended to Dartmoor Cascade by George Sayer, Evacuees by John Howes, Lavender Boy by Liz Boden, No Reported Incidents by Keith Sawyer and  Oculus by Jean Brooks.

That concludes the Thursday meetings for this season – with the B&W Group meeting still to come on the 31st May and the RPS meeting on the 20th June.  We of course have the Annula Exhibition over the summer, with the Pre Exhibition Meeting on Thursday 27th July (7.30pm at Tangmere) and the Preview on 4th August at 7pm in the Assembly Room, Chichester. This is also the last of the weekly news posts and there will be no regular newsletters over the summer.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the exhibition events and when the new season starts on Thursday 7th September with Guy Edwardes and A Professional Approach to Outdoor Photography.

Enjoy the summer!

Lynne Owen’s Refusal

Jiohn Larry’s Otter Eating
Sue Nash’s Reminiscing