Members who attended the AGM in May might remember that the Committee was asked to review the Annual Exhibition and as part of that process, we would like to have Members’ views on what they like best and anything they would like changed. To do that please find a questionnaire here Chichester Camera Club Exhibition Review which includes some background and the aims of the exhibition. Completed forms should be returned to the Club by Thursday 3rd December – or may be emailed to Lorna Brown.
We all enjoyed the meeting with Mike Read and his catalogue of exceptional images of the unique species of birds and penguins on the Falklands Islands. The quality of the images was special due to the wild life that was unafraid of people and of the photographer’s experience as a freelance wildlife photographer and his incredible knowledge of all the names of the birds.
Support our club at the SCPF PDI LEAGUE MATCH The PDIs first league match is at Bracknell on Monday 9th November. The judge is Jay Charnock FRPS. All of this information can be obtained from the Southern Counties Photographic Federation website.
There are overnight carriage repairs planned for the A27 both east and west bound between Monday 9th November and Friday 13th November between Boxgrove and Crockerhill which will affect Club members going home after Tuesday’s Print Group and the Thursday Club Meeting as they come into effect from 8pm.
You can find details of the diversions that will be in place on the WSCC website here and search for ‘Tangmere’ between those dates.
There are also roadworks planned for Meadow Way (the road down from the Tangmere/ Boxgrove roundabout) the same week currently are not planned for Club nights. These are also listed on the County Council web.
Our webpage has posted Thursdays PDI results and our good results from the SXPF and the forthcoming events: SCPF competitions, Portrait Group shoots , PAGB meeting on Monday and Mike Read on the Falklands islands Thursday and check out The Workshop with Jeff Morgan on the 14th Nov and don’t miss
The Ice Track Expeditions talk on Wednesday at the Assembly Rooms and order your tickets from the RPS at http://www.rps.org/events/2015/november/04/ice-tracks-expeditions-talk,
We all enjoyed the evening of excellent PDI images from the beginners and Intermediate members showing a very high standard of work. The judge Alan Cooke was very good at putting his red spot on the key elements that would improve the images. The issues that repeated themselves in his sympathetic constructive comments that pursue us all photographers were cropping, background clutter and all the finesses that need to be perfect in portraits.
He complemented many of the photographers with being brave with portraits and finding interesting angles and new subjects and in particular gave extra points to those who got up early to get sunrise images.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
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.
We are making the Christmas card for the Mayor of Chichester. Please send your images to me by email before Wednesday midday. I will then take images to Mayor to make their choice and Peter Rocchiccioli will contact the winner for a full size file. Good luck.