• Outdoor Shoot in Brighton

    Ten club members took part in our autumn outdoor shoot on the 5th November, which this year took us to Brighton. In order to avoid difficulties with driving and parking, it was decided to hire the Selsey Shuttle minibus, and in this way we all travelled together driven by company driver Mike.

    In the late afternoon we were dropped off near the new i360 Tower and then largely went our separate ways on foot to explore the sea front and town centre for photographic opportunities. Fortunately the weather was fine that afternoon and we were blessed with a lovely sunset between 4.00 pm and 4.30 pm which many of us chose as a backdrop for photos of the rusting remains of the old West Pier and the great murmurations of starlings swirling through the sky prior to roosting for the night.

    There was certainly much to attract the keen photographic eyes of our members along the sea front including the i360 Tower, the angel of peace statue, beach huts, the ornate ironwork of the Victorian seafront shelters, various art installations and, of course, the brightly lit Palace Pier, which unfortunately closed rather early at 6.00 pm. Several members also headed into the town to explore the Lanes, the Royal Pavilion, street vendors and various examples of street art.

    As this was Guy Fawkes Night, we were also treated to some spontaneous firework displays to photograph before making our way to the agreed picking-up point at 8.00 pm for the journey back to Selsey. All in all this was a most enjoyable excursion made more satisfying by the good images saved on our cameras.

    A week later we met for a normal club night at St Wilfrid's Church Hall when we had an opportunity to view selections of the pictures and videos taken by eight of the members in the shoot. As always, this proved most interesting, for although we had all visited roughly the same areas in Brighton, in addition to a number of commonly seen subjects, we certainly spotted some very different things to photograph.

    With so much lit up, and of course the fine weather, Brighton certainly proved to be an excellent venue for a late afternoon / early evening shoot. Now our thoughts are racing ahead to possible destinations for next year's event.

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  • Photo Editing Software Presentation

    When we met together on the 29th October, we were delighted to welcome member and former club chairman Tony Tomlinson, who had agreed to share his expertise with editing software systems. As an experienced professional photographer, Tony has a long experience of developing and manipulating images within numerous versions of well known software, and the fifteen members present certainly followed his presentation with great interest.

    During the first half, Tony showed us and demonstrated a number of adjustment tools to be found within Lightroom CC. In addition to the development sliders for adjusting a picture's exposure, saturation, temperature, contrast, and clarity, Tony showed us how the adjustment brush and graduated filter can be used to create significant changes within an image. Fortunately we were all able to appreciate these features with Tony's laptop plugged into the club's projector and the image appearing on the big screen.

    Following the interval, Tony demonstrated many features of a relatively new software package entitled "On1 Photo RAW". This was certainly new to the vast majority of members present, and by the end of the evening, many of us were seriously considering changing to it from existing systems such as Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop. A convincing factor was that Tony was able to show us how On1 can do virtually everything that can be achieved within the Adobe software. He explained that this package can be bought outright for around £100 as opposed to the annual hire charge necessary for the Adobe packages. Apparently there are also numerous video support packages available on YouTube to guide and assist new users.

    Following numerous questions, the session drew to a close with the chairman thanking Tony for what had been a most interesting and instructive presentation.

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  • Selsey Camera Club Trophy

    Eighteen members and visitors met together on the 15th October for this season's monochrome print competition in which forty eight prints had been entered by twelve members.

    We began by giving a warm welcome to our judge for the evening, Peter Rocchiccioli ARPS from Chichester Camera Club and current president of the Southern Counties Photographic Federation. As the prints had been displayed in order along tables at the side of the hall, Peter was able to enjoy a thorough preview of the work before the meeting began.

    We started the competition soon after 7.30 pm with the prints being placed one at a time in the light box by Margaret Cooper. Peter 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, particularly giving credit to a picture's composition and technical qualities.

    Peter also drew attention to the importance of cropping - "going in tight" - to give emphasis to the subject of a picture. He also warned that distracting highlights sometimes need to be darkened such as those seen in skies or water, and advised us to check thoroughly around a picture's edges for blemishes or distractions. We were also reminded of the importance of a picture's story-telling qualities and that, "What you leave out of a picture is as important as what you leave in".

    A mark out of twenty was also awarded by Peter in respect of each print, though in the case of six pictures, the marking was held back until later in the meeting.

    We took a break for a refreshing cup of tea mid way through the evening, and the winning numbers of 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 Peter's helpful comments.

    By the end, eight prints had been given eighteen marks or more, thus qualifying their photographers with certificates of merit. Of these, the following five received eighteen marks:

    HELLO by Richard Clarke-Adams

    ZEBRA CROSSING by David Richardson

    RINGS by Joan Taylor

    SALSIFY by Dave Johnson

    VULCAN by Graham Ainge

    Two were given nineteen marks as follows:

    A WET DAY AT THE TRACK and BLINK AND YOU MISS HIM both by Graham Ainge.

    Finally, giving a maximum score of twenty, Peter announced that the evening's winning print would be TEXTBOOK KICK by David M Moore LRPS.

    Club president David Nicholls rounded off the evening with a warm vote of thanks to Peter Rocchiccioli for his sound judging and insightful comments. Thanks were also expressed by the chairman to Margaret for supplying prints to the light box and thereby remaining on her feet throughout the evening, to Beryl and Bob for organising the raffle and to Joan and Dave 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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