Club competitions with a set subject strike fear in the heart of all members – there’s no escaping the fact that you have to make the effort to produce new work ( no delving into files to find something suitable! ) The subject for the evening was abstracts, patterns and textures and visiting judge Jeff Lawrence CPAGB certainly had an interesting mix to sort out. This was the second of our quarterly dpi projected image ) competitions, with plenty to play for. The winner on the evening, scoring an almost unheard – of full marks for all three of his images, was Dave Patterson ( all three achieving 20 out of 20, Giving Dave a comfortable lead ( at the moment ) of ten marks over his nearest rival.
Concert photography expert Chris Elliot drops in on camera club
Taking pictures at concert venues was explained to members of Reading's only camera club last week.
Photographer Chris Elliot, who makes concert photography his speciality told members of the basic steps to to make sure you get good photos.
Tips included, get there early, wear earplugs, use two cameras and learn to shoot with the camera above your head.
But a major point was to keep on the right side of the security staff.
"If you get in the way of their work they will remove you," he told them.
On one occasion he got an aerial photo of an open air concert from a ferris wheel ride
His work can be seen at www.gigshotz.com
The club meets at the Youth & Community Centre in Bulmershe Road.
One of the many benefits of membership of a camera club is the chance to compare your work with that of other enthusiasts – not just within the club but with members of other clubs. As members of the Southern Photographic Federation, it was South Readings’ turn to host the latest round in the SPF’s digital projected image (DPI) contest. Seven clubs were represented stretching from the northernmost club in the region ( ourselves ) to Jersey and Guernsey! Brilliant photography was on show from all the clubs, with five images achieving maximum score of 10 ( including, of course, one from South Reading CC ). Our judge for the evening, Gordon Roberts, had a hard task, the highest mark of the evening being achieved by Bognor Regis CC, with South Reading coming second, a commendable result given the high standard of entries.
For more information on our clubs’ activities see www.southreadingcameraclub.org.uk
One of the main advantages of joining a club is the opportunity to have your work by an independent judged, and at our recent meeting, the first of our quarterly print competitions, we were visited by John Randall from the highly – regarded Andover
SplitInfinity club, who had the daunting challenge of marking 48 images submitted by members. The marks awarded reflected the various levels of skill within the club, with points awarded ( out of a possible 20 per print ) ranging from 14 to 20, with seven members achieving the full 20 points for their work. The highest score of the evening was achieved by new member Pasqual Vaira, with a near – perfect figure of 59 ( from a possible 60 ) – having joined us just 3 weeks ago he is obviously going to be a great inspiration ( and challenge ) to the other members! The club is always pleased to welcome new members – if you would like to see what we do come along and join us or see our website.
Accompanying photo shows member Pasqual Vaira with his two top – scoring images.
Submission from South Reading Camera Club 1/11/2013
Last Friday’s meeting gave four members the chance to give us “ My views on photography “ , explaining how they first became involved and where the hobby had taken them. For our first speaker, it was not, in fact, a hobby but originally a way of making a living! Having been given a camera by his father at a fairly young age, he enjoyed photographing local scenes in his local area of London, illustrating this with scenes such as images taken at the Festival of Britain. Following various career moves, including at one stage managing the J. Allan Cash photo library, he is now happily retired and an enthusiastic member of our club.
Our next speaker was Carl Flint, who, using his own work, gave the club an interesting insight into his professional work as an agronomist, which involves travelling around the south of England advising farmers and growers on crops and pest control. Although relatively new to
“ hobby “ photography, he always has a camera with him to record any
problems found. Using the images taken he was able to explain the variety of his work, but he also mentioned that since joining the club he was learning and enjoying photography more by listening to our various speakers and judges.
Next was Keith Bowsher, a long – standing member. Like many members he had owned a camera for many years but had not necessarily put it to good use – however joining the club had given him a new enthusiasm. He was given inspiration by our then chairman Roy Green –
A larger-than-life character whose enthusiasm was the driver for Keith’s
Portrait work, examples of which he showed. Keith has also developed an enthusiasm for spotting successful shots in the reflections all around us – in water, in glass buildings, or wherever he sees them. Like our other speakers, he gets much pleasure from club membership – many of his successful pictures were taken on walks around Reading on club trips.
Last was Adrian Simmonds, who, in the short time left, gave us a tour of his life in photography. Photos taken around Reading, and as part of his involvement in Readings’ schools, contrasted well with that from our other contributors. He also took us, photographically at least, to the Isle of Wight – a fitting end to a most interesting evening.
( left to right ) Carl Flint, Alan Greeley, Keith Bowsher, Adrian Simmonds.