• Selsey Camera Club Trophy

    An unusually small gathering of thirteen members met together on the 4th June to enjoy this season's monochrome print competition. Despite a rather slow response in the weeks leading up to it, we began the evening with a splendid line-up of thirty eight prints submitted by nine members.

    We were very pleased to be joined by John Bradshaw FRPS from Chichester Camera Club, our judge for the evening. As the prints had been displayed in order along tables at the side of the hall, John was able to enjoy a thorough preview of the work before meeting began.

    At 7.30 pm the chairman welcomed everyone and, following the presentation of certificates of merit from a previous competition, he handed over to John Bradshaw and the competition got swiftly underway with the prints being helpfully placed one at a time in the light box by Andrew Kendon.

    John examined each print very closely, giving very helpful feedback to each contributing photographer in the form of constructive criticism. Over the course of the evening he commented on many aspects including a picture's composition, its lighting , contrast and sharpness. John also focused on printing errors caused by the slight appearance of coloured tints and blemishes resulting from dust on the camera's sensor.

    A mark out of twenty was also awarded by John in respect of each print, though in a number of cases, the marking was held back by John until later in the meeting.

    We took a break for a refreshing cup of tea mid way through the evening, and the winning numbers for our fortnightly raffle, so expertly organised once again by Beryl James, were called at this point by Bob Hoare. With the second half of the evening under way, we were enjoying the sight of more prints illuminated in the light box and listening to John's helpful comments.

    By the end, thirteen prints had been given eighteen marks or more, thus qualifying their owners with certificates of merit. Of these, the following four received the maximum twenty marks: "The Happy Snapper" by Bob Hoare, "A Brief Encounter", "A Beautiful Sound" and "Glowing in the Dark" all by Graham Ainge. Following further consideration, John announced that the evening's overall winner, and recipient of the Selsey Camera Club Trophy, would be Graham Ainge for his dramatic night shot in London of St Pauls and the Millennium Bridge .

    The chairman rounded off the evening with a warm vote of thanks for John Bradshaw for his sound judging and insightful comments. Thanks were also expressed to Andrew for supplying prints to the light box and thereby remaining on his feet throughout the evening, and to Debbie and Louise for organising the refreshments during the interval.

    All in all, this had been a most enjoyable evening and confirmed the view of many that monochrome prints are still a very worthwhile pursuit.

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  • Summer Outdoor Photo Shoot

    Our venue for this summer's outdoor photo shoot on the 14th May was Chichester Canal. This session attracted eight members who gathered at the canal trust headquarters by the canal basin in Chichester to enjoy an afternoon's photography in glorious sunshine. We were welcomed there by trust representative Dudley Pound who had arranged for us to travel up and down the canal on one of the two passenger boats.

    Some members decided to travel on the "Kingfisher" and photograph from the boat on the journey down to Hunston, whilst others walked down there to photograph from the tow path and bridge. On the return journey we passed the trust's other passenger boat "Richmond" along with smaller craft including canoes and a rowing boat.

    As well as the favourable lighting conditions brought about by the warm sunshine, photo opportunities were enhanced by the appearance of the local wildlife as well as distant views of Chichester Cathedral.

    Following this most enjoyable afternoon, we gathered together a week later at St Wilfrid's Church Hall on the 21st May to view and discuss our photographic efforts from the 14th. On this occasion we were joined by Dudley and Malcolm from the Canal Trust who were most interested to see all the pictures taken and were pleased to take away a selection of images on a USB stick to use for promoting the trust's boating services.

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  • Set Subject Competition - "Bent, Broken or Busted"

    This season's set subject competition certainly gave our members some interesting challenges to take photographs or to link existing images creatively to the title "Bent, Broken or Busted". Although only fiftteen members gathered in St Wilfrid's Church Hall for the occasion on Monday 23rd 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, Barbara Holder from Gosport Camera Club.

    There were 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 fifteen prints and fifty 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, Barbara considered each picture carefully, drawing attention to the positive attributes and also suggesting aspects that she thought might have been improved. These included the composition of a picture, its colour balance and the presence of distracting features.

    In addition to such helpful feedback, Barbara awarded a mark out of twenty to each picture. Of the prints, five had been awarded eighteen marks or more by the end of the first half, which will gain certificates of merit for those members. The following two received the maximum twenty marks: THE ROMAN FORUM and CONSTABLE'S HOUSE, CHRISTCHURCH - both by Tony Storey. After further consideration, Barbara announced that the overall winning print would be Tony's picture of the remains of the old Norman house in Christchurch, making him the eventual recipient of the Leila Johnson Trophy.

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

    BEDHAM SCHOOL by Richard Love

    END OF THE PIER by Martin Thomas

    GREEK TRACTOR by Margaret Cooper

    SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW by Bob Hoare

    Again, after further thought, the overall winner announced by Barbara was Martin Thomas's excellent picture of the remains of the old Selsey lifeboat pier - thus making Martin the eventual recipient of the Gateway Cup.

    The evening concluded with club chairman giving a warm vote of thanks to Barbara Holder along with the fifteen members whose work had contributed to a most interesting and successful evening.

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