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Workshop: Camera Basics

Wednesday 20/09/2017


Our first Practical Evening/Workshop: Camera Basics was a successful evening with about 22 people in attendance. We are a small Club with just over 40 members and many of our more experienced members tend to skip this one, so this was a good turnout. We even attracted two visitors. Camera Basics is traditionally our first workshop of the season

The evening started with a Powerpoint presentation by the Chairman (PJ) demonstrating the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. The presentation also included a description of the Digital Metering Modes of the camera. Anyone who needs a refresher on DMM can get one in our Knowledgebase. This was followed by a practical run-through by me. Many different makes of camera were in evidence so the aim of this section was to help people find each mode in turn. The longest time was spent on Programming Mode. Many experienced photographers hate this mode but I reckon it makes a good first step out of Automatic. It’s also a great “grab mode”. We the touched on Aperture (A/Av), Shutter Speed (S/Tv), and Manual (M). The final part of the evening was a hands on session where people were invited to experiment with depth of field using mugs on the table.

It’s very easy to confuse and deter people who are new to photography so we deliberately kept the evening simple. I think we struck the right balance.

Article by Richard Corkrey – 21/09/2017

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Speaker Night – Nick Jenkins

Wednesday 13/09/2017

Black and White is the Colour of Photography


Last night was our first speaker night of the season. To kick us off we were treated to a talk by Welsh photographer, Nick Jenkins ARPS AWPF. His subject was “Black and White are the Colours of Photography”. The talk was very interactive – something which Nick welcomed. He explained that the evening was not a “look at my wonderful pictures and my wonderful locations” it was intended to be a show and tell of his relatively new venture into Black and White “warts an’ all”.

Fifteen years ago Nick was very much a colour photographer and he never thought about Black and White. This was a completely new venture for him. “It’s absolutely revolutionised the way I look at things”, He explained. “Now I shoot with my eye on a monochrome opportunity”.

Nick Jenkins

Nick’s selection of images were a pictorial log of his B&W journey. Most were taken in Wales and included various subjects such as: an abandoned phone box, an old petrol pump, an old bike, a pre-war general store, and a reservoir. These were just a few of the variety of images displayed. As he showed each I’mage he invited comments from the audience. The discussion was quite lively at times. Nick was not afraid to show some of his obvious “howlers”. “I want people to see how I went wrong”, he said. “When you shoot in B&W you have to slow your thought processes down. You have to ask yourself if the image will make a good B&W. It doesn’t work for every image”. Nick further explained that B&W photography was more about contrast and form, and that just removing the colour didn’t work. “You can’t rely on the camera do the B&W conversion”, he explained. “You do need to do a bit of post processing”. Many of the images had been worked with a software infrared filter to further bring out the contrast. “I see that this hasn’t always worked now”, he said. “Choosing the right composition is paramount”.
Nick mainly shoots with a Nikon camera. His lenses of choice being a 24-70mm, and a 70-200mm. For some work he used an ultra wide-angle lens. Many shots were taken between f/5.6 and f/14. He used a lot of differential focusing

A very informative talk from a very talented photographer. The interactive element of the talk gave many members the opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions. A very different sort of evening.

Nick Jenkins is an award-winning landscape photographer whose love of the more remote areas has taken him to the less populated corners of this country. He has been an outdoor photographer for over 30 years; 15 years ago decided to take the plunge and go professional. He runs workshops (Freespirit Images) around the UK. He has also tutored for, amongst others, Light & Land Photographic Holidays, Tatra Photography, Gwent College and HF Holidays. Further information can be obtained from his website here .

Nick is an Associate of both the Royal Photographic Society and the Welsh Photographic Federation.

Jane Castley (right) is presented with The Presidents’s Cup by Club President, Hilly Hoar (left)

Last but not least Midhurst Camera Club had the great pleasure to present an award to one of our most valued members. The Presidents’s Cup was awarded to Jane Castley for her fine service to the club. Jane is active behind the scenes in many areas of Club activities throughout the year. The most visible of which is ensuring that everyone is suitably fed and watered during our breaks. I’m sure everyone will join me in offering congratulations for her well-deserved award.

Article and Photographs by Richard Corkrey – 14/09/2017

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First Meeting of the New Season

Wednesday 06/09/2017

Members chatting before the start.

Last night was the first night of the Midhurst Camera Club new season which was very well attended. As well as welcoming back our existing members we were pleased to sign up several new ones. We extend a warm welcome to David Garrard, Julia Kelly, Andy Cantlon, David Trojak, Sally Bates, and Declan McCullagh to the Club. We hope they will enjoy the Club evenings and get as much from them as the existing members do.

The evening began with the Chairman’s Welcome delivered by PJ in his own inimitable style, followed by Webmaster Richard Corkrey who explained how to get the best out of the Club through the various online facilities and social media: The Website for general information; Facebook for discussion, announcements, and photographic tips; Flickr for members who wish to receive advice on images; Twitter to have Club announcements sent directly to your smartphone.

A brief outline of the Speakers  planned for the coming season (complete with images) was given by Programme Secretary, Elke Epp. Speakers we have booked for this year are: Nick Jenkins (September), Clive Nichols (October), Roy Matthews (November), Viveca Koh (December), Alan Brindle (January), Rachael Talibart (March), and Linda Wevill (April).

Wearing his other hat Practical Evenings Coordinator, Richard Corkrey outlined the evenings planned for the year: Camera Basics (September), How To Enter a Competition (October), Basic Lightroom, Elements, and Photoshop (November), People and Portraits (January), Intentional Camera Movement (February), Black and White (March), and Your Questions Answered (April).

Peter Marsh (left) being presented with the Secretary’s Cup by Club Secretary, Tony Jones (right)

Patrick Balfour (right) receiving his award by Club President, Hilly Hoar (left)

Two cups were awarded to members for the last year. The Secretary’s Cup was awarded to Peter Marsh for his fine service to the club. Throughout the year Peter is always the first to arrive, set up the room, erect the screen, and erect the print stands. The  award for winning PDI League (Advanced) went to Print Competition Secretary, Patrick Balfour.

The final section of the evening was given over to “I Do It My Way”. A set of four talks by four Club members on their styles of photography. First up was President, Hilly Hoar who presented a set of very fine prints which included images taken in Iceland, and her work photographing water droplets at various angles and distances. Hilly specialises in this type of Macro Photography. The patience and skill needed to produce images of this calibre cannot be overerstated. Hilly finished her talk by showing us how to have a Photography Book published and produced her own fine book as an example.

President, Hilly Hoar demonstrates her Photography Book

Next up was Treasurer, Rob Sadler who produced a set of images that demonstrated how to “cure” and avoid problems that beset us all as photographers. Among his examples were how to photograph snow, setting the correct depth of field, and removing colour casts by setting the correct white balance. Rob is an excellent portrait photographer and will be hosting a workshop in January called “People and Portraits”.

The third talk was given by Richard Corkrey who is a Woodland Photographer. Richard produced a set of images that took us all through the seasonal woodland. He explained through his photographs how the woodlands change drastically throughout the year and the techniques he employs to get the trees and woods to evoke the right atmosphere. Richard has lately had one of his cameras converted for infrared and his final image showed the first attempt he had made with the camera. Richard shoots a lot of Black and White images and infrared will help enormously.

Finally we were treated to a talk by Chairman, Peter Jones (PJ). PJ specialises in Macro Photography, mainly flowers. He has provision for a studio in his house and was able to demonstratel how he obtained such intricate close-ups. He shared some of the techniques used in getting just the right background, and lighting. PJ is a great fan of Clive Nichols who will be speaking to the Club in October. PJ finished his talk by demonstrating his immense knowledge of Photoshop to produce a fine art print from an ordinary photograph.

All in all a very successful evening and we can all look forward to the year ahead.

Article and Photographs by Richard Corkrey – 06/09/2017

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Annual Photographic Exhibition – 2017

Saturday and Sunday 12-13/08/2017

View from the Stage

It was a lovely weekend that heralded our two day 2017 Exhibition and by the time of the official opening visitors had already started to roll up. This was not an overly large Exhibition, but the quality of the images more than made up for the lack of entries.

Guy at the Front Desk

There was a nice steady flow of visitors over the weekend. This year there was a lot more space around the ticket desk and tombola table, so visitors could spend more time paying their £1.00 entrance fee and enquiring about the images, Club’s activities, and purchasing tombola tickets. One lucky lady bought 5 tickets and won a top prize plus a bottle of whisky. Now that’s luck!

With so many varied prints to look at visitors spend a good amount of time in the hall both viewing the prints and sitting down to enjoy a cuppa and watch the Projected images on the two large HD screens. All the exhibits were excellent and a lot of them were outstanding. It must be said that Midhurst Camera Club attracts many superb photographers, working both in black and white, and in colour.

The images covered a variety of subjects, from a rainy beach scene to a surrealist bicycle, from a foggy woodland to flower close-ups, and from simple street scenes to composited photographic art. Visitors were encouraged to vote for their favourite image with voting slips and ballot box.

Viewing the PDI’s

We spoke to Chairman, Peter Jones (PJ) who told us “This Exhibition is one of a whole string of exhibitions that we’ve held over the years, but it’s our first year here in the Memorial Hall, Midhurst and it suits our Exhibition absolutely perfectly. The lighting is wonderful. The Club has over 40 members ranging from professional to people who’ve only picked up a camera for the first time fairly recently. We have whole range of photographers with different interests and skills, and the Exhibition reflects that”. The general view of most of the visitors we spoke to was very favourable. The general position of the Hall within the town was also another plus point. In previous years the Exhibition had been held less centrally in a much smaller hall.

Visitors viewing the prints

On Sunday once again the first visitors arrived before 10am. There was a nice steady flow that got busier in the afternoon. The atmosphere was very pleasant and many visitors stayed for a long time, enjoying the ambience, not to mention the many excellent cakes that had been provided by some of the members.

A large selection of Photographic Digital Images were shown constantly on two large HD screens and could be enjoyed whilst having tea and coffee.

Visitors from Ludshott Camera Club came down especially for the Exhibition. Ludshott Camera Club does not yet have its own exhibition. We will be visiting them in the near future for an InterClub friendly competition.

This year’s President’s choice for “Image of the Year” was: The Great British Summer by Shirley Blott.

Shirley Blott

“The Great British Summer”

This is such a marvellous image, encapsulating what makes a really great photograph.

Many of the exhibits that failed to secure a top place were of exceptional merit and the choice was not an easy one.

The result of the Public Ballot was as follows:

1st Place:   Salvador Dali’s Bicycle – Michele Facer
Joint 2nd Place:  Stronger Together – Michele Facer
Joint 2nd Place:  When Red Light Shows, Wait Here – Peter Jones
Joint 2nd Place:  Sunrise at Stedham – Richard Corkrey

“Salvador Dali’s Bicycle”

All the votes cast in this year’s Public Ballot can be viewed under the Members’ Area.

There was a special discount of £5.00 off the standard rate for new members joining at the Exhibition. This proved very successful, with 7 or 8 new members signing up over the weekend.

At 4pm we still had many visitors so we stayed open an extra 20 minutes before starting the breakdown. With so many helpers this was quickly done and we could all enjoy getting home at a reasonable hour. Many thanks to Patrick and the team for all the effort that went into making this a truly memorable weekend.

Article by Elke Epp and Richard Corkrey – 14/08/2017
Photographs by Elke Epp, Peter Jones, and Richard Corkrey

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Annual Photographic Exhibition – 2017

Friday 11/08/2017

Pinning the Exhibition entries to the boards

Welcome to the Club’s new Blog and we’re kicking off by covering this year’s Annual Photographic Exhibition – 12th and 13th, August in Midhurst.

Final preparations in the Memorial Hall, next to the South Downs Centre this afternoon. The Exhibition Organiser and a large number of Committee members and Club members gathered together to install the display boards, put up labels for each photograph and prepare the PDI slide show. We are pampered with two HD screens this year.

Patrick Balfour – Exhibition Organiser

As stated we are using the Memorial Hall next to the South Downs Centre this year. A new venue for us. Patrick was very relieved as there were concerns that there would not be room for all the entries. There was and what’s more we did everything in record time. Just under two hours.

There is room for tables and chairs were the visitors can sit down while watching the slide show enjoying a hot drink and cake & biscuits.

Sue and Guy – Taking a well earned break.

Well done to all who helped putting in many hours in planning and preparation getting everything ready. This looks to be the biggest and best exhibition Midhurst Camera Club have put together, which is very fitting for the 40th anniversary. Now we are ready to roll.

Article by Elke Epp and Richard Corkrey – 11/08/2017

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If anyone has any interesting photographs or would like to contribute to this blog in any way please send it to: website@midhurstcameraclub.co.uk

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