All posts by Michael Harris

Chair

Some fantastic images in last nights competition and brilliantly judged by Maria Leekblade. Congratulations to Jem Berry and Charles Allison in club class and Elke Epps, Richard Ryder, Amanda Patton, Vivien Ruddock and Nick Hepworth in the inter class for achieving maximum 10s. It seems my report comments after this competition were Must Do Better.

We also congratulate Nick Hepworth on achieving LRPS status and his panel can be seen on the website. Well done Nick.

Within this newsletter is a post advertising the Arena exhibition in the Oxmarket Gallery Chichester between the 9th and 21st November. An exhibition well worth attending to see images from top class photographers.

I’m delighted to announce that the following photographers have had PDI’s selected to represent the club in the Sussex Federation PDI Championship. We wish them the best of luck.

Andy Bracey ‘Clevedon Pier’ and ‘Dovercourt Lighthouse, Carlien Murray ‘Portrait of a Lady’, Carmel Lynch ‘Spring Grasses’, David Pritchard ‘Four Spotted Chaser’, Graham Ainge, ‘Common Blue’ and ‘Meadow Brown’, Jonathan Fiske ‘Window Shopping’, Linda Bullimore ‘Sandflower’, Paul Adams ‘Gazing Through Viaduct Arches’, Richard Ryder ‘Andra’ and Richard Webb ‘ Winter Wilderness’.

Next week we are in the company of Polina Plotnokova with her presentation ‘Starting from a Blank Canvas’ so I hope to see you all there.

Mike

Chair

Well, who knew flower photography could be that good. Not me that’s for sure. I really enjoyed the presentation from Cherry especially all the useful tips she gave us.

There is a note from a very happy Andy Bracey in this newsletter, waxing lyrical about the Petworth photo walk and giving details of the next one. Well done to all who attended and I hope to be at the next one in West Wittering.

A bit of sad news as I’m sorry to inform you of the passing away of Len Bull in recent days.
Len was a very active member of Chichester Camera Club in the 1990s. However as driving became more difficult, and living in Bracklesham, he joined West Wittering CC where he was a member for many years.
His funeral will be at the Chichester Crematorium at 2.45pm on 1st November and afterwards at The Walnut Tree. If any member would like to attend please let David Abbott know so as to help with the numbers for the wake.

It’s very noticeable how our zoom numbers have decreased this season and I can understand why. It says to me quite clearly that you are missing the social interaction of Tangmere so I hope, like me, you are looking forward to January when we can all meet again.

Next week we have the 1st Club/Inter PDI competition so I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Regards

Mike

Chair

Congratulations to all who entered last nights 1st advanced PDI competition. I thought the range and quality was fantastic and it certainly demonstrated the breadth of talent within the club. It is target for all us club and inters to work towards. I also, on all our behalf, would like to praise the judge Jim Pascoe. His analysis of each image was fair and well presented, giving a range of tips and thoughts for improvement. All in all a great night.

Some quick reminders.

The first developers photowalk, open to all members, takes place on Sunday at Petworth Park. So meet in the North Car park on Sunday October 3rd at 3pm – that gives us plenty of time to wander round the park before retiring at dusk (6.40pm) or earlier to go visit one of the local pubs to continue chatting and maybe show some results. Do note that the North Car Park is exactly that – its the carpark maybe a mile north of the main touristy NT car park at Petworth . Google tells me that the postcode is GU28 9LS .   (NOT GU28 9LR, thats the main car park which you dont want).

The PAGB group meet on the 4th October.

The cut off date for submission into the 2nd Advanced PDI comp is October 14th.

Finally I still need volunteers to do a vote of thanks so please contact me as soon as possible.

Next week we are in the company of Cherry Larcombe with her presentation entitled ‘Creative Flower Photography’.

Have a good week.

Mike

chair

Hi All,

Although it was a rather low turnout for last nights presentation it was an enjoyable evening. Michael Berkeley showed some great images and gave us a lot to useful tips in how to take sport and music shots.

Both our last two speakers, Paul Sanders and Jerry Webb, have workshops that may be of interest to members.

Paul can be found here https://www.discoverstill.com and a half day session for up to 6 people exploring his techniques is £75/person and he will come to you.

Jerry’s workshops are run in Brighton and can be found here,  https://www.jerry-webb.co.uk/workshops,  should you be interested you can contact Jerry here, jerry.timeworks@btopenworld.com, the cost is £50 a person.

Hilary Featherstone still requires prints for St Wilfred’s and Sage House so please make every effort to assist in this worthwhile project. The mounted prints are loaned to St Wilfreds Hospice and Sage House (dementia unit in Tangmere) for about 6 months , put into frames and hung for patients, visitors and staff to appreciate. The request is sent out to all members for contributions and she would ideally like about 40 mounted prints to make a selection from.

Prints must be mounted in standard size for club competitions (40x50cm). No portraits and No abstracts please,  (they confuse dementia patients). Local landscape scenes, coast line, woodlands, flowers etc. All prints are so appreciated by everyone and will trigger a talking point.

Please put your full name and title on the back so they can be returned to you. As the club is not meeting until the New Year Hilary would be grateful if prints could be delivered to her address from September 16th  – 30th  and placed into the box in her porch. Address is 2 Willowbed Avenue (Not Drive), Chichester PO198JD Those prints to be returned will be stored in the returns box at Tangmere for collection in the New Year.

Next week our advanced members are under pressure in their 1st PDI competition. My bet is that they rise to the occasion so it should be a great night with lots of superb images to admire.

Best regards

Mike


Chair Update

Hi All,

I’m just back from a lovely week in Northumberland. While the weather was good it was not the best for photography so didn’t get as many shots as I’d have liked.

I’m sure you enjoyed the last two meetings and my thanks to Lorna and David for hosting in my place.

This week we are in the company of Michael Berkley with his presentation ‘An Introduction to Music and Sport Photography’ so a night to look forward to.

Finally please see the post from Linda Bullimore about the small print competition changes for this year which will be further explained at the Developers group meeting tonight at Tangmere.

Best Regards

Mike

Chair

Well, what a fantastic start to the season. The work Matt puts in to get his images is phenomenal and it clearly showed last night.

A couple of news items now.

In discussions with Andy Bracey, who’s running the Developers Group, and to be consistent with the theme of continuous learning I’m pleased to announce the following which is a change from the original concept for this group and is very welcome.

  1. The developers group, may be renamed at their first meeting on the 20th.
  2. The groups Tangmere meetings will be open to any member who would like to attend from both club and intermediate classes for continuous learning.
  3. The groups photowalks are open to all members if they’d like to attend.
  4. Andy will be presenting the group content on the 20th September for group approval/amendment.
  5. There will also be changes to the way the small print competition will be run this year and Linda Bullimore will explain the details at the meeting on the 20th so it will benefit all club class members to attend.

For those of you new to the club we have an arrangement with St Wilfrids and Sage House to loan mounted prints which are then put into their frames and are hung for patients, visitors and staff to appreciate. The request is sent out to all members for contributions towards this very worthwhile project. I would ideally like about 40 mounted prints to make a selection from and they will be on loan to St Wilfrids Hospice and Sage House (dementia unit in Tangmere) for about 6 months.

Prints must be mounted in standard size for club competitions (40x50cm). No portraits and No abstracts please,  (they confuse dementia patients). Local landscape scenes, coast line, woodlands, flowers etc. All prints are so appreciated by everyone and will trigger a talking point.

Please put your full name and title on the back so that I can return them to you and keep a list of where your work is. As we are not meeting until the New Year I would be grateful if prints could be delivered to my address from September 16th  – 30th  and please place into the box in my porch. Address is 2 Willowbed Avenue (Not Drive), Chichester PO198JD Those prints to be returned will be stored in the returns box at Tangmere for collection in the New Year.

Take care and see you next week.

Mike

Welcome to our 21/22 season

Well, where did that time go. It only seems like a week or so ago that we had our last meeting of the 20/21 season.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all again on Thursday, when we welcome Matt Emmett who will be presenting his talk about our forgotten heritage. It certainly looks like a great start to the 21/22 season.

A bit of good news is that David Pritchard has agreed to undertake the role of Vice Chair and for that I offer my thanks to David. Obviously David was not elected at the last AGM so has been co-opted under para 5.2 of the constitution which states as follows, ‘In the event of the loss of any other member(s) of the committee, the remaining members may co-opt a replacement from within their number or the club members until the next AGM, to serve until the next relevant election’. On that basis I trust that this is satisfactory to you all.

For those who may be interested you might like to view the following recording from Lee Filters.
LEE-UNFILTERED
An Evening With
Carmen Norman – (Recording)

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE RECORDING

So, I sincerely hope you’ve all had a nice break and are raring to go just like John Howes in the featured image to this post..

Take care and stay safe

Mike

21/22 meetings

Hi All,

As you know I canvassed the opinion of members on whether to meet at Tangmere in September or continue with Zoom until January. My thanks to all those who responded and the results were as follows. Meet at Tangmere 28 votes, continue with Zoom 44 votes.

Although feedback from the TVC was that they had removed all Covid restrictions, your committee discussed their comments and the vote at our management meeting last night. We felt that although 28 members voted to meet, it was felt that all 28 would probably not be present at all meetings and it would be unfair to ask speakers to travel for potentially a very small the audience. On that basis we have made the decision to continue with Zoom until January.

While Zoom has been successful, we have not had the opportunity to view prints in competitions and I’m sure the loss of social contact, which is a large part of our club, is missed by many. We have therefore also agreed that we will meet from January onwards unless there is a huge change in the statistics.

Below may be of interest to members.

The School of Photography are offering a 40% reduction on courses using the following code. CAMERACLUB40, on checkout. The website address is theschoolofphotography.com.

Finally, I am still searching for someone to manage the Print group next season. After many attempts I still have not had any response which is a great shame as it is an important special interest group within the club. It forms an integral part of the continuous learning theme we adopt, so please please give it some thought.

Best regards

Mike

21/22 meetings

Hi All,

So far I have received 43 votes from my last newsletter about whether we meet at Tangmere in September or continue with Zoom until Xmas. That means there are around 90 members who haven’t yet responded and it is important that you do so your committee can take into account your feelings and make the best decision for all.

Please have a look at the last newsletter of 05/08/21 for full details and respond before the 11th August. This is not a spam mail.

Regards

Mike

21/22 season meetings

Hi All,

This is a very important post and your feedback is needed to help your committee to decide how we meet for the 2021 part of our season from September to December.

In discussion with the clerk of Tangmere, it is clear that their risk assessment under Covid is no longer in force as the Government has lifted all restrictions. However their committee is meeting on the 10th and will feedback to me the outcome of their deliberations with regard to any procedures they will require from groups meeting at Tangmere.

Your committee is meeting on the 11th and we have two options under discussion as follows.

  1. To meet at Tangmere, subject to any advice from TVC regarding their requirements to mitigate any risk to groups members. 
  2. To continue with Zoom meetings in 2021, undertaking a continuous  review for 2022.

What the committee need from you is a definitive vote for either option which will assist us to reach a decision.

So please could you respond to the following email before the 11th August.

chair@chichestercameraclub.org.uk

I look forward to seeing you tonight at our Zoom meeting to open our online annual exhibition.

Take Care.

Mike