• Summer Outdoor Photo Shoot

    Our destination for this summer's outdoor photo shoot on the 13th May were two interesting watery environments along the coast towards Portsmouth. This session attracted seven members who gathered initially at Langstone Harbour in bright, warm sunshine in the middle of the afternoon, and later during the early evening, on the waterfront at Emsworth.

    On arrival, we were greeted with a vast expanse of green sea bed supporting a few small boats left high and dry - all abandoned by the very low tide. Needless to say, this gave some interesting photo opportunities along with a number of attractive buildings in the background and two interesting structures to explore nearby – namely the road bridge to Hayling Island and the remains of the old railway bridge to the island. In addition to these man-made edifices, there were a number of interesting natural subjects to photograph including tree blossom, wild flowers and the copious quantities of bladderwrack growing around the base of the old bridge piers.

    Other wildlife around the area captured photographically included black headed gulls, ducks, an oyster catcher, a little egret and a rather aggressive swan that enjoyed biting the foot of one of our members! We also spotted and photographed some rather attractive inlets around the edge of the harbour, and as the tide rose, we enjoyed seeing colourful reflections on the water surface, sparkling in the bright sunshine with a distant backdrop of the Spinnaker Tower and Portsmouth skyline.

    Towards the end of the afternoon, we drove around to Emsworth to enjoy exploring the harbour seafront for photo opportunities. There were a variety of boats to be seen, some beautifully reflected in the still waters. Wildlife mostly consisted of black headed gulls although we did notice an eel partially stranded on the mud, but still alive. It was also interesting to see and photograph the flotsam and seaweed stranded in the inner harbour along with the footprints left by the visiting gulls.

    As the session drew to a close, we were intrigued to see a gathering of local volunteers hauling the local rescue boat out of the water and around to a local car park for repair work to be undertaken on its motor. As expected, our cameras focused upon this unexpected human drama ! Later that evening we headed back to Selsey, feeling very satisfied with our photographic expedition. A week later, on the 20th May, we met again at our usual venue to view and discuss selections of images from the shoot, enhanced and brought along by the seven participating members. As always, it was most interesting to see such a variety of shots, despite us all having visited the same places.

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  • Set Subject Competition - "Water"

    This season's set subject competition certainly gave our members a simple yet rather challenging theme to interpret photographically, or to link creatively with existing images. The subject being "Water" !

    Although only sixteen members gathered in St Wilfrid's Church Hall for the occasion on Monday 29th April, they were greatly entertained with a fascinating display of prints and projected digital images, (PDIs), plus hearing helpful comments and suggestions from our judge for the evening, Tony Baverstock ARPS from Chichester Camera Club.

    There were to be two possible winners in this competition, one for each format, with the Leila Johnson Trophy going to the winner of the print section and the Gateway Cup to the PDI winner.

    Through the evening fourteen prints and forty-four digital images were displayed in turn, each making a link to the set subject. Starting with the prints, and moving on to the PDIs during the second half of the evening, Tony considered each picture carefully, drawing attention to the positive attributes and also suggesting aspects that he thought could have been improved. These included aspects of composition, including the rule of thirds and the arrangement of diagonals within a picture. Tony also commented on the exposure of some pictures and, prefacing his comment with, “If this were mine ..,” recommended some cropping in several cases.

    In addition to such helpful feedback, Tony awarded a mark out of twenty to each picture. Of the prints, seven were awarded eighteen marks or more by the end of the first half, which will gain certificates of merit for those members. The following three received the maximum twenty marks: A WET DAY IN BLACKPOOL by Joan Taylor, SOLENT SUNSET by Dick Read and SPLASH by Tony Storey. After further consideration, Tony announced that the overall winning print would be Joan’s fascinating picture of Blackpool Tower seen through a wet pane of glass, thus making her the eventual recipient of the Leila Johnson Trophy.

    By the end of the second half, no fewer than sixteen digital images had been awarded eighteen marks or more including the following four, each of which was given the maximum twenty marks:

    WATER VAPOUR INVADES MY SIGNAL BOX by Tony Storey

    COLOURS ON THE DOVE by Graham Ainge

    WATER DROPLETS by Dave Johnson

    TRANQUILITY by David M Moore LRPS

    Again, after further thought, the overall winner announced by our judge was Tony Storey’s unusual picture of the steam-filled interior of Alresford Signal Box - thus making Tony the eventual recipient of the Gateway Cup.

    The evening concluded with the club chairman giving a warm vote of thanks to Tony Baverstock, the twelve members who had entered pictures, and everyone present who had contributed to a what had been, a most interesting and successful evening.

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