Cranleigh Camera Club
Summary of club activities during the 2018-19 season
29 November - David Mendus judged our 2nd monochrome prints and PDI competitions, Reflections. The set subject gave rise to some original work and he made positive comments on the standard and variety achieved by club members. It was also pleasing to note that one or two images previously shown at an internal critique workshop had been worked on and achieved high marks in the competition.
24 November - Cranleigh Camera Club competed in the SPA ICC prints competition at East Horsley Village Hall. A set of the club’s November entries can be seen by going to the Gallery Archive menu in the Gallery tab above.
22 November - Ann Smith demonstrated a technique for making a PDI panel using Photoshop Elements and she later supplied a set of instructions, see link below to download. After her demonstration we held a critique workshop of members’ PDIs. (Link to Instructions)
19 November - Cranleigh Camera Club visited Ludshott Camera Club for a friendly PDI competition judged by Walter Benzie, Hon. FRPS. The results were:
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15 November - Rob Bonfield from Woking judged our 2nd round colour print competition, Reflections, matching his comments to the marks awarded well. It was the first of our Set Subjects and it was pleasing to note the thought which had gone into many of the images.
On 10 November we went on a visit to Hascombe Hill, Surrey and were gifted with glorious weather and plenty of autumnal colour. These outings are very much social in nature as well as providing an opportunity to explore new ground, gaining experience and discussing and getting advice from other members on photographic problems. See selection of members’ images below including an example of a Panel of images courtesy of Ann Smith.
8 November - Bev Pegram and Ann Smith showed how to produce photographic panels and used their submissions for accreditation to the RPS as examples. They explained how the theme and photographs were chosen and how important it was to achieve a visual balance as well as technical competence when the images are displayed.
3 November 2018 - Cranleigh Camera Club were delighted to assist in photographing this year's Cranleigh Bonfire and Fireworks Display. The Cranleigh and District Lions and the Bonfire Boys do a fantastic job raising money for charity and once again put on a wonderful display for the residents of Cranleigh and visitors. Although the weather on the evening was good, photographing an outdoor event like this can pose big challenges for photographers, who have to cope with poor light, drifting smoke, large crowds and restricted access. However a number of club members were up for the challenge as you can see from their photographs below.
1 November - Rob Irvine, a professional photographer and lecturer at Westminster University, gave a talk titled From Capture to Print. On location with students, he described how he sets up environmental portrait shots and uses off-camera flash to provide modelling which enable his subjects to stand out from the background.
25 October - Roy Williamson judged the first of our PDI and mono print competitions. Roy had a hard task having to critique thirty four mono prints and thirty PDIs in a single evening. He scored five mono prints 10 and two 9½ and in the PDI section scored two 10 and two 9½.
On Saturday 20 October a very good turnout of half the membership braved an early start for our visit to Petworth Park and, after the mist cleared leaving brilliant sunshine to warm our backs, the clicking of multiple shutter buttons could be heard as the roe deer stags, with their hinds looking on, rutted and manoeuvred for our benefit.
Below are samples of the flora and fauna seen during the visit.
18 October - David Southern’s passion for the natural world is reflected in much of his photography and his work has featured in a number of books, magazines and exhibitions, including WWF publications, diaries and calendars. He is an experienced public speaker and a member of the Parhelion Photography Collective and has won competitions, including Outdoor Photographer of the Year and The Scottish Nature Photography Awards. David gave a terrific presentation of his wildlife and Surrey landscapes photographs and included a few recent Northumberland images for good measure. Being an early riser his images clearly demonstrated the advantages of the quality of early morning light especially when a mist is present.
11 October - David Smith, LRPS, CPAGB, the current President of the SPA, judged the first Colour Print competition. There were forty entries and, in what was a closely fought competition, he awarded the maximum score of 10 to five images and 9½ to six others.
4 October - Miles Thompson chaired our third meeting of the season and, along with the more experienced club members, critiqued projected images and made suggestions on how they might be improved and how to submit PDIs for competition.
27 September - Our second meeting was an informal print critique. Prints were displayed on the illuminated easel and critiqued by the more experienced members who offered helpful advice on possible ways of improving the image.
Also during the evening, Mike Harrison demonstrated a method for mounting prints for competition.
20 September - We started the new 2018-19 club season with a relaxed and informal opening meeting. Members brought along recent prints of photographs taken during the summer break with each author providing a brief narrative. Some were opportunistic images, some out of character with the particular member, and some were experimental. However, it was an opportunity to share with others images which were not necessarily taken with competition in mind. During refreshments members mingled with prospective new members and discussed the prints.
5 July 2018 – - We had an excellent turnout of members and partners for our evening walk along the banks of the River Wey from Shalford to St Catherine's lock. The tranquility of a beautiful warm summer evening, broken occasionally by people walking, cycling and having fun in boats, gave plenty of photo opportunities. We rounded off the day with welcome refreshments at a local hostelry. The following images capture some of the atmosphere of the walk.