• SCPF PDI Judging Night

    Fifteen members and visitors gathered together on the evening of the 7th January to enjoy seeing a great collection of projected digital images (PDIs) being judged as a contribution to Division 7 of the Southern Counties Photographic Federation’s PDI League.

    However, the start of the meeting was overshadowed by the news that two club members had recently passed away: Louis Phillips and Jim Sheridan.

    Louis had only recently joined the club and was in the throes of being supported by Steve Newman to learn more about his new DSLR camera. Louis seemed very keen to become actively involved in future club activities.

    Jim Sheridan had been an active member of the club since 2006. He had previously been the club’s competition secretary and for many years had produced the club’s regular newsletter. Jim had regularly participated in our competitions and was the current holder of the Eileen Savill Rose Bowl for the best entry in the club’s 2018 open print competition with a very evocative picture of a church altar.

    Needless to say, both members will be greatly missed, and as a mark of respect, a minute’s silence was observed.

    Following this, the Chairman introduced Chris Hutchinson from Yately Camera Club, our judge for the evening’s competition. In addition to the eight PDIs taken by our own club members, seven other clubs from the Southern Federation were each represented by eight PDIs, making a total of sixty-four images to be commented upon and marked by our judge.

    The session got underway with a preview giving a brief glimpse of all the images in turn, and following this, each image was projected, the title read aloud and Chris Hutchinson commented on the picture’s good qualities along with aspects that could have been improved upon. In doing so, Chris drew attention to the drawbacks and benefits of high key lighting, the originality of the image subject and the occasional advantage of a low viewpoint. In his opinion, a number of images could have been improved by the careful use of the cropping tool.

    Before moving on to the next image, Chris gave each picture a mark out of 10, thus making a possible total of 80 for each club. By the end of the evening, the totals stood as follows:

    Club: Total Marks:

    READING 73

    SANDHURST 72

    STORRINGTON 71½

    LAMBOURN 71

    ISLE OF WIGHT 70½

    SELSEY 70½

    NITON & DISTRICT 70

    FOCUS RYDE 67

    Although our club came joint fifth out of eight, we were ranked below the Isle of Wight as that club had gained a maximum score of 10 for three of their PDIs, whereas we finished with only one with a maximum score.

    This was a most interesting evening, made special by the opportunity it gave to view the good work of members belonging to other camera clubs. It concluded with a warm vote of thanks to our judge Chris Hutchinson and a reminder to our members present to prepare for our annual panel competition in a week’s time.

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