All posts by Lorna Brown

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

Print Group Tuesday 14th November

The Print Group meets this coming Tuesday, 14th November at 7.30pm in the Small Hall at Tangmere.  As always, everyone is welcome but this is a special invitation to newer Members to find out more about the Print Group.

The purpose of the group is to get the very best out of our prints, so you can bring along finished work you would like to share, new work you’re not quite sure about or anything in between.  If you just want to come along and find out how the group works without bringing any images along, you’ll also be very welcome.

If you do bring work, it doesn’t have to be mounted, but it does help if you back it with card just so that it sits properly on the print stands.

There is a charge, which is £3 for Club members and £4 for visitors who are also very welcome to join us.

Lorna Brown

Mike Davison’s Slateland North Wales

Thursday 2nd November

We had a superb double act last night with Mike Hancock and Ann McDonald with ‘An Indian Extravaganza’. Two very different approaches, both fascinating.  Mike, our Vice Chair, took a documentary style to his trip around India, which he had made alone.  The story he told of his trip was full of Mike’s enthusiasm, humour  and self deprecation and full of interesting – and useful – detail on how he arranged his trip, his attempts to stay clear of ‘guides’ and the tourist hotspots.  Mike’s enjoyment of India and respect for the people shone through, especially his tale about the young student he was eventually persuaded to take on as a guide who had proved so informative and hospitable and with whom Mike remains in touch.  He assured us he hadn’t asked for the palace hotels, although we might have been less than convinced!  His images wonderfully brought his tale to life, illustrating particularly his ability to attract lovely smiling people who he told us seemed to find him a constant source of amusement!   

It was timely that just before Ann started her talk, to Ann’s great surprise, Peter Rocchiccioli presented her with a Silver Medal gained at the PAGB Inter Club Print Championships at Blackburn last weekend.  (You can see more about how the Club did on a separate post.)  Ann has of course held most of what John Bradshaw in his vote of thanks called the ‘offices of state’ for the Club and most recently was made a Vice President, and it was a joy to see such a first rate collection of her work.  Her presentation showed us an absolute wealth of stunning images, mostly the wonderful people pictures we know as Ann’s style, but just so many that were new to us.  As well as the simple pleasure in seeing such a variety of images Ann supplemented her talk with photograph tips, both at the camera stage and in post processing, and concluded with a lovely AV.  It is a real strength of the Club that we have such talent among our members and always a particular pleasure when we spend an evening entertained by ‘our own’.

We have Chris Palmer with us next week us our judge for the first of the Advanced Print Competitions of the season.   You might like to catch Chris earlier in the week too as he will also be at  Havant Camera Club on Tuesday 7th to give a talk, ‘Beyond the Summit’, which is his image making post his Fellowship. All are very welcome.

Next week, Thursday 9th November, is also the deadline for submitting prints for the first Club and Intermediate Print Competitions – don’t forget!

Images from Mike Hancock’s Indian Extravaganza

Thursday 26th October

The competition cycle continued last night with the first of the Club and Intermediate PDI competitions and it was good to see new members taking part in both classes, and to welcome Michelle Duffy back to the Club. Not that our evening was without incident as the troublesome sound system, once again declared operative, collapsed completely before we even started and the the laptop went on a go slow and wouldn’t load the images!  Our judge for the competitions, Tony Oliver, was very understanding and despite our rather delayed start we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.  Tony, who is based in Salisbury where he is an active member of Salisbury Camera Club, is a popular judge and a frequent visitor to us.  He is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS), holds his Credit award with the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (CPAGB) and a BPE3* – that’s an award from the British Photographic Exhibitions.  Tony always shows a real appreciation of the images he sees and his comments are constructive and informative. The results and the current league standings were posted – as always – before midnight last night by Jeff Owen, for which many thanks Jeff.  Those images scoring 10 point are shown below.

Last night was the deadline for the first Advanced print competition, which will be held on 9th November, which is also the deadline for the first Club and Intermediate print round.  


Mike Harris’s The Worker’s Hand 

Justin Hadley’s  DinanSarah Nichol’s Feeding Frenzy Michelle Duffy’s Abstract Windows Stephen Saunders’s I’ve Got My Eye on You

Thursday 19th October

Brian Pettit was an entertaining and engaging speaker last night, with his presentation of the Wildlife of France and Spain.  Brian’s a prolific photographer, with that underlying respect for his subject matter that marks out the best of wildlife photographers, coupled with an acute awareness of the the need to sensitivity to the environment.

Ably assisted by Tim, his presentation gave us a wide-ranging overview of the South of France and into Spain.  The gardeners among us particularly enjoyed the sections on flora, especially the many native narcissus.  We might think of the daffodil as a British flower but seeing varieties of the species growing in profusion in alpine areas was a reminder that they are native to North Africa and  southern Europe, and, as Brian demonstrated, have a major stronghold in the Iberian peninsular.

Pride of place however, went to the native animals and birds – and it was encouraging to the aspiring nature photographers that Brian and Tim were very willing to also show the near misses, such as the photograph of Tim, well camouflaged and waiting for an owl to fly into shot, which, missing its cue, sat instead on the fence beside him! A very entertaining evening, coupled with some very serious messages about environmentalism, including the controversial – and to us – barbaric, force feeding and eating entire of the ortolan song bird, traditionally done under cover of a head covering napkin to avoid the eyes of God. All in all, a very accomplished, knowledgeable speaker with a wealth of information and images.

Don’t forget that the deadline for the 1st Advanced Print Competition is next Thursday, 26th October!

Keith Sawyer’s Tin Man, one of last year’s competition entries

 

 

 

Thursday 12th October

It was the first of the competition rounds last night, with the first Advanced PDI Competition and Roy Lambeth as our judge.  It’s always a great pleasure to have Roy, and his lovely wife Lynne, join us as they are both good friends to the Club.

Roy is a distinguished photographer, holds his AFIAP (that’s Ariste level with the Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique) and his DPAGB (Distinction level with the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) and last year was also awarded his APAGB which is the award for meritorious service to photography at all levels, from clubs through to the national levels.  

He’s a very able judge, with a very acute eye and lots of good advice on how the best can be got from our image files.  All of us will have learnt something from last night’s session.  

Jeff Owen once again came up trumps with getting the scores onto the website  before midnight last night and you will see Mike Davison tops the chart with John Howes and Keith Sawyer in joint second place and then five of us in joint third.  With currently only two rounds in the PDI competitions, we are already half way through and at the AGM last year there was a discussion about bringing PDI competitions into line with the three Print Competition.  This was very positively received and so next season (that’s 2018 – 2019) we will be trialling three rounds.

Last night should have been the deadline for the first Club Class and Intermediate PDI Competitons, but there was a technical glitch during the day and so Jeff has kept the portal open for a while longer and we hope that having seen a competition, new Members will be encouraged to take part. On which, the first Advanced Print Competition is now open for entries (deadline 26th October).

We were pleased to see Keith Sawyer receive his CPAGB (that’s Credit Level) from Peter Rocchiccioli (wearing his Southern Counties Photographic Federation President’s hat ) and Tony Baverstock receive his medal from the Sussex Photographic Federation (SxPF) Print Competition held last season.

The first Small Print Competition was also judged last night, and congratulations are due to Gary Howes who took first and third place and to Guy Partington, who came second.  You can see more about that on the separate post.

The images scoring 10 points in the first Advanced PDI Competition

Mike Davison’s Misty Morning, Lorna Brown’s Stradbally Strand Andy Dulson’s Silver Medal Winner Phil Shaw’s Tiger Portrait Peter Rocchiccioli’s Tango at San Telmo

 

Thursday 5th October

Our season continued in grand form last evening with Pete Whieldon and Animal Night,  yet another superb evening with yet another different take on photography.  Pete’s enthusiasm, his commitment and his absolute love of and respect for his subject matter simply shone out as he took us around the world with images that included bears, puffins, wolves, gannets, pumas and of course his beloved owls, two of whom accompanied him and sat observing us all evening – to our great delight.

Pete’s tales of his visits, mostly to the world’s colder regions, and his exploits were captivating – and indeed hair raising.  No need to worry, he told us, if a bear brushes past you, or you’re swimming without a cage with sharks, as long as you respect them, you’ll be fine.  This is a man whose dedication to his art has caused him to have specialist eye surgery to replace his lenses so that he doesn’t have the fogged up glasses problem in cold weather!

A number of our members know Pete and his workshops that are run from his Hampshire Hides, and he engaged us with a series of images from there of water voles, kingfishers, garden birds, harvest mice and – pride of place – the owls.  As David Harris said in his vote of thanks, he’d recently seen a flash of electric blue as a kingfisher sped over water and David had thought, even Pete Whieldon couldn’t have caught that.  After last evening’s showing, David wasn’t so sure!

We also managed to catch up with Ann McDonald who, very unusually, had not been with us at the Annual Exhibition Preview.  it was a great pleasure to present Ann with the Wilson Dent Cup for the Best Advanced Print and, by Members’ popular vote, the Coath Cup for Best Photographer.

Club Class and Intermediate members are reminded that the deadline for submitting PDIs for the first competition round is next Thursday, 12th October. And all members are reminded that any orders for Nomad Print boxes need to be with John Howes by the end of next Thursday session.

Lorna Brown, CCC Chair

Jean Brooks’s Three Sighted Mice , which was the cover image for the 2016 Annual Exhibition catalogue,was taken at Pete Whieldon’s Hampshire Hides base

Selection of Prints and PDIs

I have been approached by a number of Members who were puzzled why I have been asking for first PDIs and now Prints.

Just to outline, the reason is that the Club has a Selection Committee that, as the name implies, selects work for various external competitions and this predominately is at the beginning of the season. We enter both PDIs and Prints in the Southern Counties Photographic Federation (SCPF) inter-club league competitions.  That is, the competitions between clubs in the southern area which are divided into different groups according to their previous success in these competitions.  There are six print leagues and seven PDI leagues. Chichester is currently in League 1 for prints and League 2  for PDIs. Each club in the relevant league hosts one of the inter-club judging rounds during the season.  We will be hosting the Print League on 7th December  and the PDI League on 4th January.

We have to select eight prints which will then be away for most of the season, as these same prints are used for all the league matches where they are judged by a different judge in each round. The prints will be away from October until February.  We have the same requirements for PDIs. We then also compete in the SCPF Exhibition where we select 6 prints and 8 PDIs. For these competitions we use what the Selection Committee considers to be the best  work available from all of the membership. 

We also enter the Sussex Photographic Federation (SxPF) competitions both in prints and PDIs.  For these competitions we only use work from the Club Class and Intermediate sections only. That ensures that there are opportunities for those members to have work selected to represent the Club, and although we are competing against images from the Advanced classes in other clubs, we do very well.

Because of our success last year when we were joint League 1 winners, this year we have the honour of representing the SCPF at the Interclubs Print championship run by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB)  in Blackburn. This is on Sunday 29th October, we shall return the 40 prints that we require for this event the following Thursday. Over the season we have other external competitions where again as the Selection Committee Chair I shall be asking for more PDIs and Prints. Hopefully this has helped you to understand the reason for our requirements.  Do ask Sheila Tester, our SCPF Representative, or Richard Smith, our SxPF Representative, if you would like any further information.

 

Peter Rocchiccioli, Chair of the Selection Committee

Tony Baberstock’s Olive Grove  was chosen by the Selection Committee last season as part of the Club’s submission to the SxPF Print Competition, and was a medal winner

Graham Gets Gold – again!

I’m thrilled to be able to report that Graham Sergeant, our Audio Visual (AV) guru has won gold yet again for Beeswing.  Following his success last year winning  the Royal Photographic Society’s (RPS) Gold Medal at the RPS International AV Festival and becoming the first Brit to win the prestigious gold medal, Trophee de Paris, the Grand Prix from the Federation Photographique de France (ie the equivalent of our PAGB), Graham has now scored gold by winning the 2017 RPS Audiovisual Championships.

Many of us know Beeswing, the evocative and touching story of Lisa, a young homeless woman in Brighton that Graham tells through his AV with such power and humanity.  For anyone who has yet to see the work, we might – if we ask him nicely – persuade him to include Beeswing  in the PDI showings at North Mundham in the New Year. Many congratulations Graham!

Graham Sergeant with John Bradshaw, Club President, at the Annual Exhibition Preview when Graham was awarded Life Membership of the Club