Selsey Camera Club

By Tony Storey, Apr 21 2021 01:34PM

We have traditionally met with our friends at Hayling Camera Club each year for a “battle” of prints and PDIs with each club hosting the event alternately. However, this was obviously not going to be possible during a Covid lockdown, so leading members of the Hayling club kindly offered to organise an alternative, taking advantage of the online Zoom platform.


The emerging plan was for each club to contribute sixty-four images which would be presented two at a time for a judge to comment upon and choose one to go forward to the next round and the other to be knocked out. Two marks would be awarded to the preferred image with none to its knocked-out partner. However, in the event of the judge finding it difficult to decide between the two images, a single mark would be given to the losing image.


In this way, the one hundred and twenty-eight images would gradually be whittled down to just one – the winning image of the evening. Also, marks would be accumulated for each club with the winning club gaining more than the other by the end of the evening.


With all of this agreed between the two clubs, and Jim Pasco booked to judge the images, the meeting, hosted by Hayling, began with members from both clubs logging onto Zoom ready for the session to begin at 7.30 pm.


It was very interesting to see all the images as they appeared two at a time through the first round. For his part, Jim gave some very helpful feedback, albeit brief, as there were so many to judge. As it was 8.50 pm by the time the first round had concluded, it was decided to hold a ten-minute break.


Following this, successive rounds took less and less time as the Hayling club’s computer paired images in a completely random way which finally left us with a single winning image: SPLASH by Selsey Camera Club member Marc Read. As the meeting drew to a close, the total marks accrued by each club were announced as follows:


Selsey Camera Club - 136


Hayling Camera Club - 124


Thus, what set out to be a friendly competition and a light relief from the limitations of Covid, turned out to be a double win for our club. Therefore, well done to Marc Read for his winning image and our members whose images impressed the judge, and our grateful thanks to Margaret, Trevor and Debbie at Hayling Camera Club for organising and hosting such an interesting and fun evening.


The Winning Image - SPLASH by Marc Read
The Winning Image - SPLASH by Marc Read

By Tony Storey, Feb 20 2021 03:47PM

During this prolonged Covid-19 closure of the club, it was decided last year to hold a series of online digital competitions in order to keep our members involved with the club as well as maintaining their interest in photography.


Following some helpful recommendations from our members, we decided to look into the possibility of booking an external judge for occasional online competitions, rather than asking members to judge one another’s pictures as often happened in the past. I am therefore delighted to report that we managed once again to secure the services of Mr Tim West FRPS, a judge who is very well known to our members following numerous visits to the club over many years, as both judge and speaker.


On this occasion, it was decided to make this a monochrome competition, and by the entry deadline, forty-eight images had been submitted by ten club members, covering a very wide range of subjects. The entries were duly sent off to Tim along with the appropriate software to enable him to be seen in a video along with each image, giving his feedback plus a mark out of twenty.


Once Tim had completed and returned this material, a YouTube link was subsequently sent out to all the members along with a summary of the marks. It was certainly very interesting to view the video, which lasted just over one hour. Tim certainly provided some very helpful feedback on all the images, frequently commenting on technical aspects including lighting, exposure and composition, but also the things he found interesting as well as a picture’s story-telling qualities.


In equal third place, each with a score of 18 marks, came:


PRIORITY KEEPING DRY by Dave Johnson,

THE SHARD by David Richardson,

THE WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL by Tony Storey


In equal second place, each with a score of 19 marks, came:


WORKING HANDS by Joan Taylor

and

FACE TO FACE by David Richardson


In first place with a score of 20 marks, came:


ELECTRICITY AND WATER DON'T MIX by Pony Moore LRPS


Congratulations to all the members who entered images and participated in this ninth online competition, and very well done to Pony Moore for his intriguing picture of water droplets cascading down onto a light bulb.


Our grateful thanks also to Tim West for giving us his time to carefully consider each of the forty-eight images and providing our members with some very helpful comments and suggestions for improvement.


I felt the overall standard of entry was very impressive and it was certainly a pleasure viewing them all. As you know, we would love to hear from any of our members with ideas and suggestions for future versions of this competition.


The Winner - ELECTRICITY AND WATER DON'T MIX by Pony Moore LRPS
The Winner - ELECTRICITY AND WATER DON'T MIX by Pony Moore LRPS

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