• John Sayers Landscape Cup

    Twenty three members attended this week's meeting to enjoy a fascinating collection of landscape images submitted by eighteen fellow club members. Altogether an impressive eighty four PDIs had been submitted originally but that had to be reduced to seventy, making a more manageable number for a club night and for the judge to consider. (Members entering the club maximum of five images were asked to exclude one each).

    We welcomed our judge for the evening Dick Saunders from Middleton Camera club, who gave his expert opinion on each of PDIs taking part in this popular annual competition.

    Following a preview of all the images, each one was brought up on the screen for us all to see and for Dick to comment upon and give a mark out of twenty. As always, it is fascinating to view the work of fellow club photographers, and I believe we all learnt a great deal from hearing Dick's interesting and helpful feedback.

    Dick drew attention to a number of compositional factors affecting the quality of landscape pictures including the importance of the foreground, middleground and background each showing something of interest. He commended landscapes that reflected the "Rule of Thirds" and the addition of a person or people in the landscape to give a sense of scale. Dick also stressed the importance of "Lead-In Lines" starting from a corner of a picture and taking the viewer's eye into the picture rather than out of it. Dick also suggested cropping out areas of a picture that didn't greatly contribute to its overall quality.

    By the end of the evening, seven pictures had been awarded eighteen marks or more as follows:

    With eighteen marks, the following qualify for a bronze certificate of merit:

    FRESH AIR by Richard Clarke-Adams

    SKOGAFOSS WATERFALL by Joan Taylor

    With nineteen marks, the following qualify for a silver certificate of merit:

    THE MILL ON THE HILL by Richard Love

    ANCIENT ANATOLIAN LANDSCAPE by Tony Storey

    With twenty marks, the following qualify for a gold certificate of merit:

    HALNAKER by Dave Johnson

    MEANDER TO THE MOUNT by Michael Marrinan

    PURPLE HAZE by Steve Newman

    After further careful consideration, Dick announced that the overall winner, and eventual recipient of the John Sayers Landscape Cup, should be Steve Newman for his very atmospheric picture of the since demolished Selsey Lifeboat House entitled "Purple Haze". Warmest congratulations to Steve who has now won this competition for three consecutive years !

    The evening concluded with a vote of thanks to Dick Saunders from Club President David Nicholls and thanks also to all the contributing members for giving us a most a most interesting evening.

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  • Outdoor Shoot at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth

    Six club members gathered by the Spinnaker Tower at Gunwharf Quays on Monday 6th November for the annual club night shoot. However, in anticipation of favourable late afternoon lighting conditions, several members arrived early, and, taking advantage of the Gosport ferry, travelled over to that side to photograph the Portsmouth harbour front.

    As the afternoon drew to a close, we took further photographs on the Portsmouth side by the HMS Warrior. By then the tide was at its lowest which gave good opportunities to photograph small craft sitting on shiny mud banks by the shore. We then took a break for tea and cake while nightfall enveloped Gunwharf before exploring its night time photographic opportunities.

    The whole area was certainly well lit with Christmas decorations adorning the water front and shopping arcades, and there were also attractive reflections to capture on the water in the harbour and in the still pools leading up to the Gunwharf Tower "Lipstick" Building. Overseeing the whole area, the Spinnaker Tower was very well lit and constantly appeared in our viewfinders as we worked our way around the site.

    An added bonus was the full moon which appeared in the sky to the north shortly before we concluded the shoot and retired to The Old Customs House for a swift drink before heading home.

    As always, this was a fascinating session. It presented challenges to us all in terms of the changing light conditions whilst presenting numerous opportunities for compositions that reflect the visual essence of Gunwharf Quays. Despite us all being present at the same time and in the same place, I am sure we have all returned home having seen and captured a variety of different photographic images. No doubt, all will be revealed when we meet on the 13th November to view our results.

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  • Turner Peninsula Trophy

    Fifteen members and visitors attended this week's meeting to enjoy a fascinating collection images from the Manhood Peninsula submitted by thirteen fellow club members.

    We welcomed Tony Baverstock LRPS from Chichester Camera Club, our judge for the evening, who gave his expert opinion on each of the fifty seven PDIs submitted for this popular (previously print) annual competition.

    Following a preview of all the images, each one was brought up on the screen for all to see and for Tony to comment upon and give a mark out of twenty. As always, it is fascinating to view the work of fellow club photographers, and I believe we all learnt a great deal from hearing Tony's interesting and helpful feedback.

    Tony drew attention to a number of technical factors affecting the quality of each picture including its exposure, depth of field and sharpness - in particular over sharpening. A picture's composition was frequently judged according to the "Rule of Thirds", the focal point for the viewer and triangular or diamond shaped patterns within the picture.

    Sometimes Tony suggested cropping out areas of a picture that didn't greatly contribute to its overall quality. His tagline was, "If it doesn't do anything - take it out !" However he was always careful to preface such suggestions with, "If that were my picture."

    By the end of the evening, eight pictures had been awarded eighteen marks or more as follows:

    With eighteen marks, the following qualify for a bronze certificate of merit:

    SLOW AND STEADY by Michael Marrinan

    LIFEBOAT WEEK FIREWORKS 2017 by Dick Read

    ACTION AT EAST BEACH by Joan Taylor

    DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS by Jim Sheridan

    With nineteen marks, the following qualify for a silver certificate of merit:

    CANAL SWANS by Richard Love

    JOB DONE by Dave Johnson

    With twenty marks, the following qualify for a gold certificate of merit:

    LIFT OFF by Tony Storey

    SUNRISE AT THE WITTERINGS by John Wadd

    After further careful consideration, Tony announced that the overall winner, and eventual recipient of the Turner Peninsula Trophy, should be Tony Storey for his action-filled picture entitled "Lift Off".

    Congratulations to the winner, and our grateful thanks to Tony Baverstock for sharing his expertise throughout a most interesting evening.

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