March 2019

Our 1st meeting of the month saw the club play host to the Southern Counties Photographic Federation (SCPF) League 2 for round 6 of the PDI competition, judged by Paul Bradley. The club came a close 2nd to the winners Disabled Photographers CC with Steyning CC in third place. The event was well attended with representatives from the other 7 club in our league.

The following week we welcomed Dave Mason as guest presenter who gave a talk titled 'Life' - an interesting insight into Street Photography.  His preference for basing his photographs around postage and signage was very apparent and he explained that he prefers not to make eye contact with his subjects as this, to his mind, then becomes portraiture as opposed to street photography.  We enjoyed seeing a selection of Dave's images, mostly urban, but often very humorous. Dave’s extensive portfolio can be seen here -

On Monday 18th March Highcliffe and Infinity  and Southampton Camera Club were guests at Dorchester Camera Club whose turn it was to host our annual friendly Triple Challenge Competition.  Despite the competitive nature of these three clubs we had a leisurely and enjoyable evening -  the result was; Dorchester 1st, Highcliffe 2nd and Southampton 3rd.

'Monochrome' was the subject of round 5 of our internal Print League on the 20th March.  A very large and high quality selection of images awaited our judge Glyn Paton, who had the unenviable task of critiquing and choosing the winners.  He finally chose Nicky Pascoe's image 'Erin on Points' as overall winner with Neil Grimshaw's image 'Queen Sofia Palace of Arts' as runner-up.  'Into the Light' by Elaine Adkins was placed 3rd. The full scores can be found here -

The following week we ran Norrie Phillips Memorial Trophy competition. This was a digital projection competition where creativity was the key element, so members could showcase their creative flair not only in the use of image editing software but also in-camera. Attending club members judged and they awarded top marks to 3 images;  'Blue Dolphins born from Blue Flowers' by Lyn Rendall was voted 1st, 'The Beach' by Jim Young was runner-up with 'La Folie' by Brian Adkins 3rd. The full score and images can be found here -

Finally We entered prints and digital images in the SCPF Championships event on Sunday 24th March hosted by Hungerford CC. From the 28 Clubs in the PDI competition we came 16th; and Frank Leavesley won a Highly Commended Certificate for his PDI image 'Cool Start'. From the 21 Clubs in the Print comp we came 9th; Lyn Rendall won a Highly Commended Certificate for her print 'Avocets', and Jim Pascoe won the Gold Medal for best print of the competition for his print 'Dog Walker'.

February 2019

Peter Woodhouse was the judge for Round 4 of our Open Print League Competition titled 'Battle of the Sexes'. at the beginning of the month. This is a keenly fought annual competition between the ladies and gentlemen, this year the ladies won by the narrowest of margins with an average mark of 8.375 to the gents' 8.3. Full scoresheet and winning pictures can be seen in the “Print League” section of the website.

Our second meeting of the month on the 13th February saw 'With a Little Help from my Friends', the presentation by Roger Hance FRPS.  Roger belongs to Ipswich and District Photographic Society  and admitted that he was one of the last  members to change over to digital - he had previously been a confirmed film and darkroom user long past the time when all had gone digital.  His presentation described how easy it was to enter national and international exhibitions -  to help him give his talk a broader view he'd asked some of his friends from the exhibition circuit to loan him a few images so that our members had a good insight into the type of image necessary to gain acceptance at exhibitions.  We were able to view both the original raw files and final images, portraying that the finished articles are sometimes remarkably different from the image taken in-camera.

Our latest in-house workshop  was given over to the selection of members' images for our 2020 club calendar and also to a critique of images provided by Niton Camera Club on the Isle of Wight. The critique was led by our resident judge Jim Pascoe - the objective was to provide Niton Camera Club with someone else's take on their images. We, in turn, will submit a selection of our images for their comments later in the year.

Our final meeting on 27th February saw this season's  set subject for Round 4 of our PDI League Competition which was titled 'Shadows',  and judged by Barry Senior. There was an assortment of images submitted, some had Barry pondering as to whether they were actually  'shadows ' or  'reflections' and others had him puzzling as to how the 'shadows' originated - quite a challenge for him.  He finally selected   'Shadowy Shapes' by Frank Leavesley as the winner and 'Chiaroscuro' by Steve Walder-Davis as runner-up.

In other news, many congratulations  go to Catherine Dashwood, who has been awarded Membership of the coveted Photographers Bar by the Photographers Guild for her consistently skilful and professional work with dogs and pets.