Cranleigh Camera Club
CCC is a small friendly club catering for people of all ages and photographic abilities and is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the Surrey Photographic Association.
If you enjoy photography and may be looking to improve your photographic skills, or wish to share your photographic experiences with other like minded people, then please come along to one of our meetings. The "About Us" tab above provides more information about the club and how to find us. You can also find us on the Cranleigh Camera Club Group Facebook page on the internet. (See "Useful Links" on this page to access our Facebook site.)
The Cranleigh Camera Club is pleased to announce it will resume face to face meetings in the "school room" at the rear of the Cranleigh Baptist church from 23 September 2021. Initially, as a precautionary measure, attendance will be subject to the following conditions:
- The wearing of face masks is compulsory while in the building.
- Social distancing rules will apply.
- Attendance to meetings is conditional on all members having already received their two covid vaccinations, unless medical exemptions apply.
- If you are experiencing any symptoms of covid infection then members are trusted not to attend any face to face meetings until a negative lateral flow test result is obtained.
- All members and visitors attending meetings are required to sign the Attendance Form for compliance with Fire Regulations as well as for Covid tracing purposes.
For members who still feel unable to attend face to face club meetings the club is actively exploring, with the church authorities, the possibility of simultaneous live streaming meetings via the Zoom web conferencing programme and further details will follow when some remaining technical issues are resolved.
All the above remains under constant review and may change in line with Government guidelines in force whereby members will be informed accordingly.
Roundup of recent club activities from last season
(For the full summary of all club meetings go to our Activities page.)
All winning competition entries can be seen in the Gallery or by using the links or other viewing instructions in the summaries below.)
3 June - The AGM followed by the announcement of the 2020-21 club awards. It is hoped that the trophies can be presented when we meet at the church hall in September.
|Colour prints||Mike Hall|
|Monochrome prints||Chris Flood|
|Reg Mullard trophy||Chris Flood|
|Chairman's challenge||Ann Smith|
|Best print and PDI||Mike Hall|
|Annual achievement shield||Swales Parry|
27 May - An excellent presentation by Polina Plotnikova Starting from a blank canvas - creative flower portraiture and still life.
She describes her approach to flower portraiture as being similar to portrait photography. For every flower and plant she photographs she always tries to find a unique look, study its mood and character and unlock its hidden beauty. In doing so, she neither aims at creating an accurate natural/botanical image nor tries to shoot a flower in its natural habitat. What matters to her is the creative interpretation of a flower image.
During the still life session she discussed composition, light, textures and colours when creating still life setups and how she always starts by creating an image in her mind's eye before proceeding to take photographs only after all details have been thought through. With the aid of a few schematic illustrations she demonstrated the various stages of putting together a still life setup together with the studio hardware used.
The following images, copyright of Polina Plotnikova and reproduced with permission, is a sample of her photography.
20 May - The Best print and PDI competition was judged by Tony Baverstock. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic restrictions, we had no prints this year only PDIs. After holding seventeen images back for a second showing Tony selected Mike Hall's image as the eventual competition winner.
|1||Mike Hall||Dripping tap|
|3||Angela Karney||Caught in fast flowing waters|
|HC||Ed Hull||Fork and spoon|
|HC||Chris Flood||Brown Pelican meets River Cooter, South Carolina|
|HC||Mike Hall||Giraffe at waterhole|
|HC||Swales Parry||Go fetch|
|C||John Warbrick||Lioness with juvenile & cub - Maasai Mara|
|C||Swales Parry||Colonnade - Bexhill-on-Sea|
|C||Norman Price||Looking up - Becontree Brass Band|
|C||John Warbrick||Red Devil parachutists in tandem|
|C||Pete Baldrey||Double dance|
|C||Ann Smith||Hebridean colours|
|C||Swales Parry||Gannets - mating pair|
|C||Miles Thompson||St Pauls from the Tate|
|C||Chris Flood||Street portrait of an elderly man|
HC=Highly Commended C=Commended
All the above images can be seen in the scrolling gallery at the top of this page.
13 May - Members ably demonstrated their creative skills in interpreting the 3-of-a-kind challenge. Some photographed a single subject in three ways, for example by changing lighting for each image, using built-in camera filter functions or changing camera settings such as aperture/ISO to alter the visual dynamics of the photo. Others produced a triptych based on a single theme such as a public event, wall art, a flower taken at different times of day, or a subject viewed from various angles. Others used software packages to produce three interesting visual effects.
6 May - Due to Covid-19 travel and meeting restrictions we had to cancel the annual outside events competition. In its place members were asked to present up to four images taken during the past year. The judge, Dave Brooker, joined us to discuss the images and went on to show some photos he had taken during this time. He then demonstrated how he uses Affinity software by post processing a few of his own pictures.
An enjoyable evening where we learned how interesting subjects can still be found close to home - in your garden, on a local walk or in your house.