Selsey Camera Club

By Tony Storey, Oct 17 2021 04:09PM

The destination selected for our first “in person” meeting for the Selsey Camera Club since the start of the Covid Pandemic was Bracklesham Bay. This location was chosen for an October outdoor shoot in the hope that, with suitable weather conditions, it could offer both action shots of Windsurfers and landscape shots showing the beauty of a spectacular sunset.


We were blessed with a bright sunny day but with little or no wind to encourage any windsurfers and a heavy mist shrouding the Isle of Wight. Despite the limiting climatic conditions there were plenty of opportunities for the eleven attendees (both club members and prospective club members) to find a variety of suitable subjects to record including, briefly, a seal swimming close to the shore near some surfboarders and several flocks of geese flying over.


The beach was very busy all afternoon with sun worshipers, beach strollers, paddleboarders, surfboarders and dog walkers all sharing the beach as it extended into a large flat sandy area as the tide went out. As the afternoon progressed the dog walkers in particular were prominent with large groups forming to meet and socialize.


As the sun started to dip in the sky the reflections off the sea and the sand flats offered ideal conditions to capture some moody silhouette images of the beach occupants and the boarders in the sea. It also provided the opportunity to take sunset images as the sun descended behind the clouds.


As always, it will be most interesting to see at our next meeting on 25th October what variety of shots were taken on the shoot, despite us all having visited the same places.


Bracklesham Photo Shoot
Bracklesham Photo Shoot

By Tony Storey, Jul 14 2021 03:39PM

On the evening of Monday 12th July eleven members of Selsey Camera Club joined together online via Zoom to enjoy a live competition. Although we have previously staged online competitions with members viewing and judging one another’s images, or a qualified judge being commissioned to do the judging by video, we felt this time it would be beneficial to organise a live competition with members meeting together online with a judge to view the submitted images, hear some helpful feedback and the judge’s marks for each picture. In this way, we felt this whole experience would be a step closer to our traditional, face-to-face meetings, and thereby help our members to feel positive about the club’s future post-Covid activities.


By the deadline for entries, fifty-five images had been received from eleven members, and these were duly sent off a week before the competition date to our judge – Rob de Ruiter ARPS, the President of Bognor Regis Camera Club. Following an initial run-through of all the images, each one was brought up in turn on our screens by our tech wizard Dick Read for judge Rob to comment upon and give a mark out of twenty. Rob’s feedback was extremely helpful and constructive, covering many aspects of an image’s quality including its composition, sharpness, contrast, and drawing out the story a picture may be telling the viewer.


Once all the judging and marking had been completed towards the end of the evening, thirteen images had been awarded eighteen, nineteen or twenty marks, thus qualifying those photographers with a certificate of merit.


Of those, the following images received eighteen marks:


EILEAN DONAN CASTLE by Joan Taylor

GROUND SPICES by Dave Johnson

SANDSCAPE by Andrew Kendon

SIDESTEPPING THE DEFENDER by Pony Moore LRPS


The following were given nineteen marks:


GO FOR IT and BEAKY BIRD both by Dave Johnson

LICENSED SINCE 1727 by Dick Read

PEERING THROUGH by Bob Hoare


The following five images gained the maximum twenty marks:


ARUNDEL TULIP GARDEN and FREIGHT TRAIN AT SUNSET both by Tony Storey

INCENSE SMOKE and PINK CALLA LILLY both by Dave Johnson

WW2 FLYPAST by Dick Read


After some further careful consideration of these five images, Rob declared that the evening’s overall winner would be Dave Johnson’s beautifully taken picture of the Pink Calla Lily.


Thus concluded a most successful and enjoyable evening for the club and its members. Our grateful thanks go to our judge Rob de Ruiter for his insightful and encouraging comments through the course of the evening, and also to Dick Read for managing the images and software both before and throughout the meeting.


The Winner - PINK CALLA LILY by Dave Johnson
The Winner - PINK CALLA LILY by Dave Johnson

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