Events to look forward to are the last Beginners and Intermediate Print Competition on Thursday being judged by Tony Oliver and the opening of the Focus Group Exhibition on Saturday the 2nd April until Saturday the 9th open from 10 to 5.
At Thursdays meeting we celebrated our Presidents Jeanne Bevis’s birthday with an Easter egg as a token of our appreciation.
At the meeting the quality and objectiveness in judging we always experience from Chris Palmer was demonstrated in judging the last Advanced print competition. He had a difficult task in ranking the very best images, which were of the highest standard. He gave very relevant comments on the images that did not reach the top scores. His encouragement and positive feedback and praise for the ability within the club was well received.
The results from the SCPF championship confirmed the high level of photography within the club as we won the Print Championship outright with 4 points ahead of the second place Southampton and we were third in the PDI championship 5 points behind the winner. Ross Laney was presented a bronze medal by SCPF Vice President Peter Rocchiccioli for his print appropriately called “The Midas Touch” getting 15 points out of a maximum of 15. Ross and Keith Sawyer also got Highly Commended getting 14 points.
Well done all those who contributed prints and PDIs making the selection committees job difficult in succeeding to choose the best work to represent the club.
I am sure there are participants in the Spring Exhibition who still need to provide their CV to Kim Tattersall and hanging plan to Lorna. Best get on with it!
Last Thursdays meeting of an extraordinary Video show with sound (AV) for those who like abbreviations spanned a range of moving serious and humorous contributions from friends of our club and Graham Sergeant and Carole Speight. Carole who put together beautiful images with an appropriate sound track life the enjoyment way beyond an ordinary slide show. Graham also communicated in fascinating way the heroism of Shackleton in his AV. We look forward to more and encourage members to have a go.
The AV team Graham Sergeant, Carole Speight, Jean Mills and Bob Sherrard from Hailsham Camera Club.
The digital group was also a success on Tuesday where Lightroom on location was demonstrated very well by sheila Tester with support form Lorna Brown. For some of us who have tried Hipstamatic the demonstration and the superb images from Janey Devine open up a new avenue.
Rosemary Wilman managed to enchant us with images all with an originality and visual impact from well known locations that we have seen before such as Santorini, Harris and Yellowstone. Also images from less familiar locations such as Amritsar and Washington made her talk “About Time and More” an inspiration and lesson in image quality from one of the loyal followers of our club.
Certificates for the Beginners and Intermediate PDI competition were handed out and here is one of the winning images from Corinne Noyalet:
“My Sweet Valentine”
We congratulate Andrew Coe in getting his LRPS.
It is now certain we will finish top of the SCPF Print League first division even though we were 8th in the 8th round. Well done our participants: Ann McDonald, Ross Laney, Mike Davison, George Atkins, Janey Devine, Pete Bamforth, Pietro Rocchiccioli, and Jeanne Sutherland.
We are handing back our trophy for first place in the PDI league that we won last year, as we now are not in the running for the top positions.
Thursday we have the AV group show with Graham Sergeant and Carole Speight where the mega screen with Audio Visual excitement guaranteed. Don’t miss this yearly extravaganza.
The SCPF Championships. Is at Highcliffe & Infinity Camera Club, Bashley Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5RY. The date of 20th March for a start time of 10:00am to approximately 4:00pm. Visitors to bring their own lunch. Tea and coffee plus biscuits will be served during the day.
Next Tuesday the Digital Subgroup meet with Janey Devine opening up the world of mobile phone apps and Sheila Tester will demonstrate Lightroom on location catalogue.
Ensure you advertise to you friends and volunteer to help if requested and plan a visit to the Focus Group Exhibition in the Assembly Rooms starting on Saturday the 2ndth April and lasting to the 9th April. Focus Group
As a Club we pride ourselves in sharing skills and techniques and we all draw inspiration from fellow photographers, as well as recognising the difficulties when on a photography trip we all take very similar if not the same images. But where the line is between taking inspiration and outright ‘copying’ can be hard to define. And in these digital days, the outright ‘theft’ of images is easier than it was previously. For instance, last year, a member of a highly regarded photo club was found to have entered what was someone else’s work in a national competition. An article in this week’s PAGB enews (157+ extra) makes very interesting reading – touching on prevention, detection and what to do if your images are stolen.
This link to the PAGB enews, which is provided with the kind permission of Rod Wheelans, will take you to the enews and the article, which you will find towards the end of the publication. If you don’t already subscribe to PAGB enews you might want to sign up while you are on the site.
Wojtek has asked to send his and Liz’s sincere thanks for all the very kind messages, cards and flowers Liz has received from the Club and individually from her friends at the Club. She has been very touched by everyone’s kind response to her illness and their best wishes.
Liz has tried to reply to all the email messages, but she asks that you all forgive her for being brief in her replies as she finds it difficult to concentrate for any length of time.
Wojtek says he thinks Liz is making small steps towards recovery, although she is still finding it difficult to express many words and phrases due to her dysphasia. Consequently and most unusually, the house is eerily quiet, although he is doing his best to fill the void! She will be getting speech therapy support, so he is looking forward to Liz returning to her chatty self eventually.
If anyone would like to visit Liz they would be very welcome, but please phone Wojtek in advance. You can find the number in the Members’ only section of the website, in ‘Useful phone numbers and email addresses’ under documents. Do bear in mind that she will flag a bit after about 30/40 minutes.
Liz looks forward to attending Club meetings and seeing you all as soon as she is able.
Next week we have the PAGB Group on Monday, the Print Group on Tuesday, the Portrait workshop on Wednesday and Rosemary Wilman Hon FRPS “About Time & More” on Thursday.
Deadlines for the 3rd Adv print competition this Thursday and the 17th for the Beginners and Intermediate print competition. Also deadline for the hanging plan for the Spring Exhibition is the 24th March.
On Thursdays Club Meeting we realised how high the standard is in the PDI images in the First Division of the SCPF league. The judging by Steve Smith was very precise and fair. He gave excellent relevant comments to support his scoring. By giving points from 4 to 10 managed to differentiate between the images and separate the clubs. We should be prepared in our own competitions to have a wider range of scores when the judges are as skilled as Steve in their analysis.
Our highest scoring image was from Janey Devine “I am Telling You” and we finished as 3rd the behind Southampton, New Forest and Bracknell finishing 5th overall. Well done to all our PDI entrants: Frank Adams, George Atkins, David Harris, Trevor Sims, Peter Searight, Pietro Rocchiccioli, Sheila Tester and Janey Devine.
Our position at the top of the First Division of the SCPF Print League looks secure.
The En-print competition ended with very strong entries by Ed Feldmanis winning the first three paces in competition with very good images. Well done Ed.
John Chamberlin gave us an amazing collections of images of landscapes and wildlife in his talk “Near and Far” from so many places he had visited in the last 2 years. His enthusiasm and engagement was rewarded in the quality and beauty of his photographs.
This week we are looking forward to Ray Ackland’s second Black and White evening on Wednesday. Thursday’s meeting, The SCPF PDI league competition will give us a chance to see the images from clubs we are competing with in the league judged by Steve Smith FRPS,
Next week we have a PAGB group meeting on Monday the 7th and Print Group on Tuesday the 8th and on Wednesday a Portrait Worksop with Reg Wilson where all who come can take photographs.
I called in to see Liz and Wojtek Boden on Friday to take Liz the flowers and card from the Club. For those who haven’t yet heard, Liz had a stroke about two weeks ago. As strokes go, this could have been much worse, she was in hospital only a short while, is home recuperating, has had no physical effects but – very cruelly for Liz – her speech is somewhat impaired and she tires very quickly. Wojtek says she is a model patient and he’s making a fine nurse! They were both very touched to hear from the Club and to know we are all wishing Liz a very swift and full recovery. We look forward to seeing them both back at the Club very soon.
Congratulations are in order to John Larry who has achieved his 100th award on the international salon circuit! That’s some achievement on John’s part, and – if memory serves – he’s got something like 1000 acceptances. Those of us working towards our AFIAP and even EFIAP awards are in awe of John’s success rate and send him our warmest congratulations.
John Larry’s Dawn in Africa, which scored 10 in the 1st Advance PDI competition this year
We welcomed Jim Pascoe as our judge last night, accompanied by Nicky, his wife. They are Hampshire-based professional photographers specialising in what Jim calls ‘people pictures’. He has a particular line in photographing the Clergy, including the Bishops of Winchester and Guildford, and many of us will recognise his lively image of choirboys running towards the camera. Jim has a real knack of making relaxed, friendly portraits, and that capacity came across in his judging. As he admitted, ‘I’m always a sucker for good portrait’, and we noticed too his enjoyment of images that had been thought through, and appreciated his helpful critiques.
You can see the results on the competition pages, with Corine Noyalet, Justin Hadley and Ed Feldmanis coming in first, second and third positions in the Beginners, and Lynne Owen coming in top of Intermediates with Stephen Tattersall and Frank Sandbach in second and third positions at the end of this year’s PDI competitions. Lynne’s rather comprehensive win is in contrast to the outcome of the Advance league which concluded last week. There, Andy Dulson, Stephen Marsh and Ronnie Hall tied in first place! Well done to all the winners and to everyone for making this year’s PDI competitions so interesting with so many really excellent images.
Lynne Owen’s The Friendly Fisherman scored 9.5 in the 2nd Intermediate PDI competition
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