• Mix & Match Tournament - 4th December

    Thirteen members supported the club at Tuesday’s traditional Mix & Match tournament against our close neighbours, the Witterings Camera Club. As it was their turn this year to host the event, we arrived to be given a very warm welcome within their venue, the West Wittering Sports Pavilion.

    The evening followed the usual format, whereby the two clubs took it in turn to display a digital image with the onus on the opposing club to match the first image as closely as possible with one of its own. It then fell to our judge for the evening, John Lynch from Littlehampton, to decide whether the second image was a good match, a partial match or no match at all.

    Each club began with a cache of fifty images, of which forty-four were used over the course of the evening. As usual with this friendly annual event, there was a great deal of banter and "helpful, unbiased advice" for the judge !

    During the interval, we were treated to a delicious spread of refreshments, kindly provided by our hosts. This also gave an opportunity to chat, and catch up on camera club news with our Witterings friends as well as purchasing tickets for the evening's raffle.

    With a possible two marks available in each round, (one for a near match, two for a good match and two marks to the lead club for a "no match"), the scores soon crept up. Many of the images were unusual, though very imaginative, in order to wrong-foot the opposing side. However, each club also brought a good variety of images to choose from in order to convince the judge that the first picture had been matched.

    With each picture only being used once, this became increasingly challenging as the evening wore on.

    By the end, members from both clubs had enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining evening, but with the final scores standing at 47 to Witterings and 41 to Selsey, the honours therefore went to our hosts on this occasion.

    The evening concluded with representatives from the two clubs thanking the judge, the catering team and all assembled for another very successful inter-club event.

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  • John Sayers Landscape Cup

    Although only sixteen members attended this week's meeting, we certainly enjoyed the sight of seventy two fascinating landscape images submitted by fifteen fellow club members, many of whom entered the maximum of five PDIs each.

    We welcomed our judge for the evening Jon Mitchell from Gosport 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 Jon 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 Jon's interesting and helpful feedback.

    Jon drew our attention to the impact that contrast and colouration can have on the quality of a landscape scene as well as the importance of "Clear Ways" into a picture and taking the viewer's eye into it rather than out of it. Jon also suggested cropping out areas of a picture that don't greatly contribute to its overall quality. As a keen landscape photographer himself, Jon recommended the start and end of the day for the best lighting conditions.

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

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

    A PRIVATE SPOT by Bob Hoare

    MEDMERRY ROCKS AT DUSK by Steve Newman

    SUNSET by David Richardson

    RED SKY AT NIGHT by Graham Ainge

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

    GARTH PIER by Dick Read

    TARMAC SITE by Steve Newman

    WHITE WATER by Dave Johnson

    RECYCLING by Dave Johnson

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

    WEATHER’S ON THE CHANGE by David M Moore LRPS

    THE VASTNESS OF THE MOUNTAIN by Louise Satturley

    DONE FOR THE DAY by Dave Johnson

    After further careful consideration, Jon announced that the overall winner, and eventual recipient of the John Sayers Landscape Cup, should be Dave Johnson for his very well composed picture of two fishing boats seen from a river bank and entitled "Done for the Day". Our warmest congratulations to Dave.

    The evening concluded with a sincere vote of thanks to Jon Mitchell from the Club Chairman along with thanks also to all the contributing members for giving us a most a most interesting evening.

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  • Outdoor Shoot in Brighton

    Ten club members took part in our autumn outdoor shoot on the 5th November, which this year took us to Brighton. In order to avoid difficulties with driving and parking, it was decided to hire the Selsey Shuttle minibus, and in this way we all travelled together driven by company driver Mike.

    In the late afternoon we were dropped off near the new i360 Tower and then largely went our separate ways on foot to explore the sea front and town centre for photographic opportunities. Fortunately the weather was fine that afternoon and we were blessed with a lovely sunset between 4.00 pm and 4.30 pm which many of us chose as a backdrop for photos of the rusting remains of the old West Pier and the great murmurations of starlings swirling through the sky prior to roosting for the night.

    There was certainly much to attract the keen photographic eyes of our members along the sea front including the i360 Tower, the angel of peace statue, beach huts, the ornate ironwork of the Victorian seafront shelters, various art installations and, of course, the brightly lit Palace Pier, which unfortunately closed rather early at 6.00 pm. Several members also headed into the town to explore the Lanes, the Royal Pavilion, street vendors and various examples of street art.

    As this was Guy Fawkes Night, we were also treated to some spontaneous firework displays to photograph before making our way to the agreed picking-up point at 8.00 pm for the journey back to Selsey. All in all this was a most enjoyable excursion made more satisfying by the good images saved on our cameras.

    A week later we met for a normal club night at St Wilfrid's Church Hall when we had an opportunity to view selections of the pictures and videos taken by eight of the members in the shoot. As always, this proved most interesting, for although we had all visited roughly the same areas in Brighton, in addition to a number of commonly seen subjects, we certainly spotted some very different things to photograph.

    With so much lit up, and of course the fine weather, Brighton certainly proved to be an excellent venue for a late afternoon / early evening shoot. Now our thoughts are racing ahead to possible destinations for next year's event.

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