Club Members enjoyed Tony Nutley’s return visit last night (Thursday 22nd October) with Part 2 of his Diary of a TV Photographer. Tony is a seasoned professional photographer, specialising in film and tv dramas, and entertained us with his tales of the great and the good (and the not quite so good!) of stage and screen. Tony’s website looks like an A to Z of British Actors, and we enjoyed his tales behind the shots and the story of his early change to digital from film. We might well see him back for part 3!
This is my last week subbing for Jan, which I’ve enjoyed. We welcome him back from his travels next week, which is also the first Beginners and Intermediate workers PDI competition.
Planning is now under way for the 2016 North Mundham Exhibition, which will be on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th January. This popular exhibition is for the Club’s advanced workers, who should let Iain McGowan know by email (email@example.com) how many screens they would like to have. Application forms will be available at the Club on 29th October. Peter Rocchiccioli will be masterminding the PDIs, and there is already an upload site here.
Iain is also looking for two volunteers. Firstly someone to run the tombola, a vital job that brings in considerable funds for the Club, and also someone to undertake the collection and printing of the exhibitors’ biographies. There is always good support for the exhibition from all members, not just those exhibiting, and it provides an excellent social event as well as a highly regarded opportunity to see a really wide range of work, so do please contact Iain if you think you can help.
Next week’s special interest group meeting is the RPS group. This group supports Club members and visitors who are interested in working towards the Royal Photographic Society awards. You are very welcome to come along to find out more about the group – there is no need to bring images, but if you have work you’d like to have considered in developing an RPS panel (that is a collection of images that work together) do bring them along. No need to make them full size, or mounted at this stage. 7.30 in the small hall at Tangmere Village Centre, with a cost of £3 for members and £4 for visitors
Aperture Books, one of the Club’s sponsors, are offering 50% discount on their deluxe photobooks. Dave Abbott tells us this offer – which you can find in the Annual Exhibition catalogue – has been extended to the end of January 2016 for Club members.
Joy Whiting alerted members to a special offer at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – a wonderful place for photographers. There is currently a flash sale offering half price entry for the ‘all attractions’ inclusive tickets, plus a website 20% reduction. ‘All attraction’ tickets give entry for a year. Follow this link to see the details
We had an excellent start to the competition rounds last night, with 75 images in the Advanced PDI competition. We were very grateful to Giles Barkley who stepped in as judge to replace Barry Senior. As Giles was not really well, this was particularity good of him and we appreciated his analysis and comments, and his clear enjoyment of our images.
The results will be on the website in the next day or two. You will have to log on to the ‘private’ areas of the website, so watch out for instructions on how to do that.
Especially for new members, but for all Beginners and Intermediate members, who are not quite sure or ready to submit entries to the forthcoming PDI competition, there is an extension to the deadline to next Thursday 22nd October. Please go to the PDI Upload Site to upload your images. Contact Jeff Owen for any issues, or for new members unsure about resizing, contact your mentor.
An enjoyable Print Group last night – with some brave new members who shared their images with us for helpful comments,. Pete Bamforth brought along his latest print book, a record of his recent visits to Birmingham. Pete’s images are always stunning, and this latest superb A3 publication from Aperture took advantage of the 50% reduction Aperture offers Club members and friends in the Annual Exhibition catalogue. You’ll have to be quick to use the voucher code – it expires at the end of the month.
Print Group meets again on 10th November – do join us!
The Camera Club made a bid to West Sussex County Council on behalf of the Tangmere Village Centre Users’ Group for a grant towards a defibrillator, and we heard yesterday this was successful. The defibrillator will be available for all users of the hall, should the need arise. The £1,000 grant will be topped up by the Parish Council.
I’m covering for Jan while he’s away for a while and had the pleasure of introducing Tim Pile yesterday evening. Tim is a self-confessed amateur photographer, but one of the highest standards, and a highly awarded photographer with a world-wide reputation at that. He self deprecatingly also claimed to be the creator of the most corny talk tiles, and it has to said that his ‘Have I got nudes for you’, while clear in its intent, does some disservice to the beauty and quality of his images, many shot with just superb natural light in the natural and built environments. He’ll be back in area at Bognor Camera Club next April if you missed his polished and excellent presentation – or indeed would like to see it again.
Next week there’s a change to the programme as Barry Senior, who was to judge the first Advanced PDI of the Year Competition, was caught up in the accident on the A27 earlier this week. I’m pleased to say he was unhurt, but he and his wife were pretty shaken. We wish them both a speedy recovery, and will be pleased to welcome Giles Barkley as out judge who has kindly stepped in.