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Import Notice – PDI Image Sizes

Canon XEED WUX500.

We will be using our new projector for all future PDI and Print competitions. The new projector has a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels and we shall now allow the maximum PDI size to be 1600×1200, in line with PAGB guidelines for their competitions.

While we shall continue to accept images of 1400×1050 pixels, it should be noted that these will display around 90% of the size of 1600×1200. The colour space is unchanged and remains sRGB.

Images designed to be shown on the TV should be sized to 1920×1080, this applies to North Mundham PDIs, Spring Exhibition PDIs and Annual Exhibition PDIs.

The old projector shall continue to be used for Groups and meetings in the small hall.

Result of December’s Small Print Competition

Congratulations are once again heading Guy Partington’s way. His portrait of ‘Harriet’ was given 1st place in this month’s competition. 2nd and 3rd places went to Mike Busby with his first ever entries into the competition; ‘Final Furlong’ and ‘Dark Secret’. Well done.

It would be lovely to see more new club class members like Mike entering January’s competition on 18th January. There will be lots of opportunities over the holiday season to get out and about with your cameras so no excuses. Images should be with me by 11th January please. Following that the February competition will be the last one for this season before the final selection of the overall winning images for the year.

SUCCESS FOR MEMBERS AT THE SMETHWICK INTERNATONAL SALON OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Once again members of the PAGB Group members have fared very well at the Smethwick International Salon this year. Two Gold Medals were awarded to group members with six members of the group gaining 20 acceptances between them. This is a terrific result in this prestigious salon.

Below is a selection of some of the images that were accepted

A Gold Medal was awarded to Sheila Tester for her image Mycena with Gossamer Thread ©

Caravaggio’s Artichokes © Lorna Brown,  which was accepted at the salon

5 Men on Mont Blanc © George Atkins which was accepted at the salon

Odd Man Out © Mike Davison which was accepted at the salon

Judging Sheep © John Howes which was accepted at the salon

 

Thursday 23rd November

The print competitions for Club and Intermediate got of to a great start last night, with some first rate images and with Sue Sibley as our excellent judge. Sue is an enthusiastic photographer, holding her ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP and BPE2* and is a member of both Southampton Camera Club (where she was President for two years) and New Forest Camera Club, as well as now chairing the Southampton International Exhibition. She’s a very encouraging judge, responding positively to the strengths in images as well as pointing out how they might be improved. Sue has the sharpest of eyes too, spotting the elephant’s bottom just in the bottom right of an image for instance!  There were quite a few instances of poor cropping where critical parts of images had been missed – feet chopped off, a wave clipped or boat masts cut short, and while judges disregard the projected images, the audience could see that those important elements were in the original pictures.  Perhaps these were due to putting prints into slightly mismatched mounts, but the need to check the edges of images was was quite theme last night, not just for cropping but also for bright spots.

Sue said she was feeling rather generous and with five prints scoring 10 in Club and seven in Intermediate the top scoring gallery below is rather larger than usual!  Special mention to Sarah Nichol for her three 10s, which included the very lovely elephant study Sue had spotted that tail in!

We’ll be seeing Sue again in February when she will be presenting her Journey so Far.

CLUB CLASS Ken Worrel’s Lunch Break

Cheryl Marshall’s Victoria Falls, ZambiaTim Crabb’s The Grand Mosque – Abu DhabiCaroline Marshall’s Isolation in the StormAndrew Vance’s Reflections

INTERMEDIATEPaul William’s Femme Fatale

Helenka Boden’s With Fire and SteelHelenka Boden’s Electric Ecstasy Brian Southward’s Two for the Pot Sarah Nichol’s Lion by the Luangwa Sarah Nichol’s Elephant Study Sarah Nichol’s Cromer Pier 

Deadline for December Small Print Competition

A quick reminder to all club class photographers that entries for the December Round of the Small Print Competition are due in by next Thursday, 30th November. Up to three small unmounted prints can be given to me at the meeting next week. I would encourage new members to enter the competition as it can provide private feedback on your images with advice as to how they might be improved.

Results of November’s Small Print Competition

Huge congratulations to Guy Partington for taking all three  places in the last competition.

1st Place: Dragon fly  

2nd Place: Girl with no Name  

3rd Place: Old Friends  

Just a reminder to all Club Class members that entries for the December Competition are due in by 30th November, which is in two weeks. Let’s try and give Guy a run for his money – I already have his entries!

 

 

 

Sussex Federation PDI Competition

Sussex Photographic Federation

PDI Championship 2017

This was held on Saturday 4th November and seventeen clubs entered. There were two categories Development (club and intermediate) and Open (for all categories, however we limit it to intermediate)

The PDI’s chosen were from the images that had done well in last year’s club competitions.

In the development category we finished second and in the open category we were ninth. This gave us an overall fifth place. Two images were awarded Selectors Medals and these will be announced shortly.

 

These were the images entered:

(* denotes the highest scoring images in each category.)

 

Development

Andrew Vance     *                   Red Dress

Helenka Boden                       Floating in the Tide

Helenka Boden  *                    Misty Spinnaker Sunset

Richard Smith      *                   Village Cricket

Sarah Nichol                                Squirrel family

Richard Webb                            Smiling Crocothemis Servilia

Open

Brian Southward                      Pergola and Lily Pond

Edgar Feldmanis      *               The Crossing Point

Jan Davis  *                                    Apollo

Paul Williams *                            Amber

Philip Acland                                    Trap

Roger Pagram                         Pool Reflections

 

Final Placings
Points Club Placing
593 Steyning 1
583 Mid-Sussex 2
582 Bognor Regis 3
577 Storrington 4
573 Chichester 5
572 Eastbourne 6
568 Worthing 7
565 Uckfield 8
560 East Grinstead 9
548 Littlehampton 10=
548 Seven Sisters 10=
544 Crawley 12
541 Southwick 13
536 Henfield 14
532 Middleton 15
530 Lewes 16
513 Rottingdean 17

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

Club success at new PAGB Masters of print exhibition!

I am delighted to announce that three club members had a print accepted in this prestigious exhibition. The selectors were looking for a varied exhibition of the highest quality and members of camera clubs all over the UK were invited to enter, with a maximum of only one print accepted in the exhibition per entrant. Overall only 60  prints were accepted into the exhibition and THREE of those 60 acceptances came from Chichester Camera Club. That is a terrific achievement for our club and we should be justly proud to be represented three times over in this exhibition. Well done Chichester Camera Club!

The exhibition will be on show to the general public at the RK Burt Gallery, 57 Union St, London SE1 1SG from Tuesday 5th Friday 8th December and from Monday 11th until Friday 15th December, from 10am and 4pm each day.

The three club members who  had prints accepted were Sheila Tester, Peter  Rocchiccioti and Ann McDonald. The prints are reproduced below.

Mycena Attacked by Slime Mould © Sheila  Tester

Mada Saini Outside his Home © Peter Rocchiccioti

Daydreaming © Ann McDonald

NATIONAL INTER-CLUB PRINT CHAMPIONSHIPS REPORT from Peter Rocchiccioli

The National Inter-Club Print Championships took place last Sunday at Blackburn in Lancashire. The following is a report on the competition from the Selection Committee Chairman, Peter Rocchiccioli.

At the Weekend Glyn Edmunds, Sheila Tester and I, with George Atkins, attended the InterClub Print Championship at Blackburn, Lancashire. This is a competition between the best photographic Clubs in Great Britain, 36 in total out of over 1500 clubs. We qualified as winner of the SCPF Print Championship, a true test and honour for the Club.

In the First round we scored 149, just below the qualifying mark for the final 8 Clubs.

We did score very well in the final of the rest of the Clubs, in fact better than last year but other Clubs also scored better and we finished in the top 15 Clubs, a very good result, only 4 points behind Wigan 10 the winners of the Plate. The judges favoured very soft desaturated prints.

As I have already stated Ann McDonald got a 14 and 2 x 15, the other high scorer was Lorna with a 13 for her lovely beach scene from Ireland.

Out of 500 top images in the competition only 8 get any sort of award.

I am pleased to inform you that Judge Paul Stanley give his choice of a Silver medal to ‘Catch Anything Yet‘ by guess who:  Ann McDonald.

That is an excellent result for the Club and particularly for Ann.

Peter presented Ann with her ‘medal’ for Catch Anything Yet