Altering perfectly good pictures

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Members Evening

Vice Chairman Janet was in charge this evening, as we are training her up for the next two seasons when she takes the Chair. Paul had the dreaded ‘lergy’, so why didn’t you take the meeting as joint Chairman I hear you say. I take the Committee meetings and the AGM and generally chivvy people behind the scenes!

They first thing Janet did was to hand out the winner’s certificate for last months Flickr competition and the winning image was by new member Andrew Caswell. His was a very striking image (well done Andrew), but the next two best images were from Daisy and Liz and were also exceptionally good. (I was involved with the judging, folding money should do the trick in future!?)

This was a members evening and we were given three perfectly nice images, firstly of a lady with shopping bags standing outside Birmingham station, waiting for a bus or taxi I would guess. Secondly a picture of a harbour with the tide out and lots of boats all secured to some big rusty chains. And thirdly, a woodland scene near Nutborne with a path running into it.

We saw everyone’s (Ten people entered images) different efforts at altering each image.

Another wonderful talk from an amazingly talented lady.

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Last night we had a talk from yet another remarkable lady photographerm Viveca Koh FRPS. She is also an amazing artist and has combined her two talents to produce unique and spectacular pictures.

Viveca started her talk by showing us that her photography started at a very early age using her Mother’s Kodak Brownie Box camera, which she still has in her possession. (As a matter of completely uninteresting fact, the same thing exactly happened to me, except that I take extremely ordinary photographs!).

Later in her life she studied art and then became more interested in photography with ‘ Street Art’  and abandoned buildings becoming her main focus.

Third competition

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3rd Competition

“Swirling River” by David SeddonA cracking start to the competitions of 2018 as Paul Hayward  welcomed Ken Scott our judge for the night, member of Steyning camera club and long standing friend to this club. There was an air of expectation together with hope of a good night of helpful comment, critical, discerning  assessment and good humour – we were not disappointed.

First off 28 prints with an open subject, which proved to be wide ranging and interesting.

Ken awarded a range of points from 13-20, accompanying each picture with critical but helpful comments with regards to developing a theme, quality and detail.  As the note taker I became aware that some enthusiastic comments did not always reflect the final mark!

Nine prints merited well earned points between 18-20, which I am sure each photographer truly valued.

The first meeting of 2018

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Members Evening

A very Happy New Year to one and all.

I really should not be writing this report as this evenings activity was not for me. Why, I hear you cry?  Simple, I do not ‘muck about’ with my images apart from cropping, sharpening, levels, highlights and shadows and clarity.

I do not use layers and am not artistic and therefore I try to take photographs of what I see before me, mainly birds and landscapes.

In a club like ours, you are never going to please all of the people all of the time, like life really.

Back to this evening, we started with Janet telling us about this year’s monthly challenge on Flickr, (she will be sending out the instructions by e-mail on how to join in shortly.)

The final gathering in 2017

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Members Evening

Well here we are again, 5am, brain working overtime you have got to write a report tomorrow so as you are now fully awake get on with it.

We had a committee meeting a week ago at my house, (running the committee meetings is about the only useful thing I do as joint Chairman), and the Christmas party was discussed. Our brilliant Secretary Daisy volunteered to get the food and drink again, bless her, and David said he would produce a quiz and Liz said she would come up with a picture quiz again.

And so it was on the night. Daisy arrived with a car full of food and drink and pots and trays with which to heat everything up.

Then the members arrived and we had a good turnout. We were divided into tables of up to four and I found myself sitting with Anne, Diana Newnes and Father Christmas, otherwise known as Alex.

We started with the quiz which David had devised and other people on my table (well a couple of them) did quite well. The top man was  Norman who was rewarded with a bottle of wine. Well done Norman.

However, yours truly is about as much use as a lawn  mower on a sailing boat when it comes to Quizzes. God forgot to give me a brain when he created me, as my Father found out when he sent me to a school which produced Doctors, hoping I would become a brain surgeon.

Another success

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Regnum Print 2017

On Friday evening four SCC members attend the Regnum Print Competition hosted by Littlehampton CC at the Woodlands Hall in Rustington which is a very nice airy hall, well appointed, but with the most uncomfortable seats EVER. Come to Storrington CC where we have a choice of two types of seat, both comfortable.

The Judge for the competition was Mr Jon Mitchell from Havant CC who had some cheery comments to make about a very good set of entries.

We started with Round 1, funnily enough, and the first print up was a stunning picture of two Gannet’s heads with their beaks touching a the tips with their black markings and the yellow of their necks showing with every other part of the print in white, by Anne McDonald for Chichester CC, and it was immediately awarded a very deserved 20. Our entry was the very beautiful ‘Honey Bee’ by Di Walker which got a well deserved 19, a brilliant start for us.

Prints Architecture; Projected any subject

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2nd Competition

Plovers - Kevin HarwoodWe were assured of an entertaining evening with two Paul’s in charge!

Paul Hayward as chairman, welcomed the return of Paul O’Toole as judge, who brought some of the “Emerald Isle” humour together with skill and perception, as we journeyed through the entries.

In his introduction to the judging, Paul O’Toole shared his thinking behind architecture as a photographic subject and said that black and white bridges were the norm and at the end of judging he added and cathedrals, as 4 were exhibited here in various forms.

You gain an idea of the high standard, when we had 26 entries of which 13 were marked between18-20, which led Paul to comment that marking meant finding small differences rather than focussing on the whole positive picture in front of you.  However after a good deal of thought, he gave 9 exhibitors 18, one at 19 and three at 20, and found choosing the picture of the evening a real challenge.

Speaking about the 18s, Paul commented positively about the standard, quality, good use of light and the way the subject had been grasped and presented.

Feel the Land

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Another remarkable Lady showed us her work this evening, following some others who remain in my memory, Vanda Ralevska and Rosie Armes in particular (and some of our own ladies of course). Pete Bamforth once said, whilst giving us one of his special talks, ”the ladies are coming!”

Asrid McGecham LRPS gave us an inspiring talk entitled ’Feel the Land’ which sent me to bed with my head buzzing, but somehow I managed to sleep and started this report at 6am the following morning with a ‘cuppa’.

Astrid moved here from her native Germany and first got interested in photography because one of the pictures taken at her Wedding was badly printed with the colours all wrong and was only right after three attempts. She started taking pictures whilst travelling in Norway and Finland on her mobile and posting them on the ‘net’.

Then she suffered photographers ‘Block’ and started a family as well, which we all know takes a lot of time and energy!

However, she resumed her hobby whilst having a job in finance and running her family.

Storrington Camera Club win SxPF PI Competition

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A full report will come later, meanwhile here are our winning images.

Extreems of Speed by Sarah Beard

Man in a Red Hat by David Seddon

Natural Curves by Norman Kirby

Paul by Alex Swyer

Rome Abstract Architecture by David Seddon

The Breakfast Chase by Kevin Harwood


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Members Evening

Yesterday evening we welcomed David Eastley to our club once again to give a critique of our work. This time we had prints and PI’s rather than just PI’s as last year but David’s approach was much the same as previously – but that’s because, even in this era of fake news, the fundamentals haven’t changed and if we get those right we are a long way to successful photography. Can I ask you to re-read last year’s report (or, more likely, read it for the first time!) so I needn’t repeat these same fundamental points and so leave room for some insights from this year’s meeting.

Among the new points I picked up this time were :-

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