• It's a Knockout - 17th December

    In the final meeting of 2018, fourteen members gathered together this week for our traditional pre-Christmas "It's a Knockout" event.

    This is a competition in which members' prints are judged - two at a time - by a show of hands from everybody in the audience. The winner of each pair passes through to the next round and the loser (as the competition name implies) suffers a " Knockout ". Following successive rounds, the last print standing by the end of the evening is traditionally declared the winner, gaining a bottle of wine for the member concerned.

    Eleven members brought in up to six prints each at the start of the evening, and these were sorted by Dick Read to ensure that two pictures by the same member weren't displayed together when placed in the lightbox by Dave Johnson.

    The first two rounds of the competition took nearly forty minutes to complete, after which we were more than ready for the half time break and a welcome "cuppa" and mince pie - kindly served by Louise Satturley and Joan Taylor. This was closely followed by our fortnightly raffle, once again organised by Beryl James.

    It was most interesting to view each pair of pictures, but as the evening wore on, it became increasingly difficult to choose a favourite. However, by the end of the evening we were left choosing between two pictures - both taken by Dave Johnson: “Swallowtail” and “Sailing Into a Storm”. After a few moments of careful consideration, hands went up and were counted for each picture, and by a small margin Dave's lovely butterfly picture was declared the winner.

    This most enjoyable evening concluded with a warm round of applause for Dave and the presentation to him of a nice bottle of claret by Club President David Nicholls.

    We wish all of our members a very Merry Christmas and a photographically successful 2019.

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  • 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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