Summary of club activities during the 2019-20 season
12 December - We had a most enjoyable Christmas party with 35 members and partners. Following the mulled wine or soft drink served on arrival Mike and Christine Harrison came up trumps with another delicious three-course meal. John Warbrick provided the quiz designed to test our brain cells and, with the help of a number of members, it all contributed to making the evening go with a swing and one to remember. In keeping with tradition it was announced that the Chairman’s Challenge for the forthcoming months is 3 images on Inclement weather.
5 December - A workshop where members brought along up to 3 PDIs and prints for critique by other members in a non-competitive atmosphere and also saw their images either projected or displayed under easel lighting as they would be on a competition evening.
28 November - Tony Baverstock gave an interesting insight into how he achieved his Associate of the Royal Photographic Society accreditation last June and his work in progress towards a Fellowship panel. For his Associateship he photographed a clear, crushed, one litre plastic green bottle ninety-seven times from which, with the aid and advice of an RPS Advisory Group connected with Chichester CC, fifteen were chosen. The final panel of square, abstract, monochrome prints, arranged in three rows of five, was carefully balanced to achieve a strong overall effect.
23 November - The SPA ICC Print competition was held at East Horsley, with both Open and Nature sections. Cranleigh gained reasonable marks but they were not as good as those from other clubs. However, our Chairman was advised we were the strongest club in terms of supporting all the competition criteria. You can view Cranleigh’s entries at: SPA ICC Prints - club entries Nov 2019
21 November - Darren Pullman judged our second Monochrome Print and PDI competitions, including the Set Subject Stone. He said all the photos in the set subject section complied with the set criteria but he awarded the marks out of ten based on how well he considered the picture clearly showed stone as the definitive subject and not simply as incidental. He awarded a score of ten to one image in the monochrome open section and two in the set subject section. In the PDI competition three images scored ten in the open section and one in the set subject section.
16 November - The sun shone for much of the time during the outing to Thursley Common and while it was too late in the year for dragonflies there was plenty of autumn colour and some splendid reflections to shoot.
14 November - A workshop for members to bring along PDIs and prints for critique and improvement suggestions. It was a useful evening when images and approaches to image-making could be tried out in a non-competitive atmosphere and also an opportunity to see those images either projected or displayed under easel lighting as they would be on a competition evening. One member requested help with his experiments in getting water droplets of a sufficient size and sharpness on several branches of a twig which had been giving a depth of field problem. Another member had experimented with taking still shots from the television but the resulting images were deemed by members to be plagiarism..
7 November - During the first half of the meeting members shared some of their images taken during the last season’s outings. The outings are not only an opportunity to take photographs in various locations but are also very sociable and a chance to exchange photographic knowledge.
After the tea break, members showed a keen interest in a recently unearthed set of old prints by Dave Brooker. It was nice to see the quality gloss achieved using Cibachrome material and there were many comments on the use of coloured mounts rather than the conventional black or white in greater use today.
31 October - David Smith, SPA Chairman, gave the Club a fascinating illustrated talk on The Great Silk Road of Today. Photographs taken on several trips along the route gave an insight into an area not often visited by westerners and showed the differences in culture, landscape and people who live in a world very different to ours. Architecture, both ancient and modern and overwhelmingly beautiful in many instances, featured prominently.
26 October - Our hastily re-scheduled outing to the Weald and Downland Museum was blessed with fine, warm, sunny weather after the downpours of the previous day. There was so much to see there: old buildings from former times, equipment and crafts practised in days gone by, and some of us watched a horse-drawn ploughing demonstration. The images below give a small flavour of the visit:
24 October - Paul Graber ARPS had a very busy evening critiquing our first PDI and mono prints open competitions. He had the onerous task of judging 34 PDIs and 40 monochrome prints and explaining the reasons behind the marks he awarded. Anne Ingram, Swales Parry and John Warbrick scored 10 for their mono images as did Peter Jillians, Swales Parry and Pete Baldry for their PDIs. Congratulations to all.
17 October - At the first meeting in September the chairman challenged members to bring along three images depicting street photography. Members brought along a good variety including picturesque narrow streets, portraits and places - quite a worldwide selection! This type of evening does rely on sufficient members bringing images to share and is intended to encourage everyone to take photographs in a genre perhaps unfamiliar to them so members can learn from one another.
10 October - At our 1st colour print competition, David Mendus gave a reasoned and comprehensive critique of the forty-four prints entered. It was pleasing that he felt our standard was as high as any of the other clubs in the SPA. Congratulations to Ann Smith, Peter Jillians, Norman Price and Adam Young for their images which all scored 10.
3 October - Members brought along PDIs and prints to a workshop during which other members put forward suggestions for improving them. It was a useful evening when images and approaches to image-making could be tried out in a non-competitive atmosphere and also an opportunity to see those images either projected or under the easel lighting as they would be on a competition evening. Comparing the brightness level of an image at home to when it is subjected to the club lighting can make a difference to the end result.
26 September - Members brought along three images of the subject they most enjoy photographing. It was delightful to see so many images and what a wide range they covered! With all the advice given, we hope you agree it was a really worthwhile evening.
19 September - The new club season began with an informal evening and it was good to welcome back two previous members and to greet some newcomers as well. The Chairman gave a résumé of the 2019/20 programme highlights and announced the new club challenge: Street Photography (see club announcements in the Latest News column on this page). Phil Copestick gave an interesting demonstration of Affinity Photo software, an alternative programme to Photoshop and much cheaper. Finally, there was plenty of discussion on a selection of photos taken by many members during the summer break.