2nd Open Print Competition
Tonight (9th Jan) saw the results of the seasons 2nd Open Print Competition judged by Nigel Bradley, from Ryton Camera Club.
Nigel explained that when judging prints he placed them all out in his front room and viewed them over a number of days at different times and lighting conditions. He also asks the opinions of other members of the family before coming to a final judgement.
For today’s competition Nigel said that the standard of prints were very close making his job of judging difficult but that there could only be one winner.
Firstly Nigel provided his comments on the mono prints followed by the colour prints providing his suggestions where the prints could be improved and the areas of the prints which he liked.
Tonight’s congratulations go to Adam Burness for Alex (mono) and to Jim Meikle for Harvest Mouse (colour).
At the end of the evening Nigel was thanked for judging the competition and received a round of applause from the members.
A full list of the prints 'placed' and' highly commended' are shown below. To view the images, both colour and mono click ...(HERE)
(Print Competition Secretary)
1st ‘Alex’ Adam Burnes
2nd ‘The Aliens are Here’ Alec Cowley
3rd ‘On the Dark Side’ Pauline Wison
4th ‘Looking for the Sun’ Jim Meikle
5th ‘Unseen’ Paul Dunn
HC ‘Rich Boys Toy and the Sage’ Alec Cowley
HC ‘Dahlia’ Pauline Wilson
HC ‘Setting Sail’ Bill Leadbitter
1st ‘Harvest Mouse’ Jim Meikle
2nd ‘Bush Cricket on Kingfisher’ Derek Parker
3rd ‘Flying Scotsman’ Alec Cowley
4th ‘Frog on Spadix’ Jim Meikle
5th ‘Contemplating’ Pauline Wison
HC ‘Mountain Stream’ Jim Meikle
HC ‘Upstairs & Downstairs’ Tom Wilson
HC ‘Halong Bay’ Paul Dunn
HC ‘Grey Backed Camaroptera’ Derek Parker
HC ‘Old Shed’ Paul Dunn
Our guest for this evening (2nd Jan) and the first for the year 2020 was Catherine Ball, a Wallsend based photographer with a BA (Hon) 1st Class in Photography and a foundation diploma in Fine Art.
Although Catherine indulges in most genres of photography, with the exclusion of landscapes, she specialises in children and families, pets and wedding photography and has a passion for fine art photography, which was to be the topic of her presentation this evening.
Catherine began by asking if the audience knew what was meant by ‘Fine Art Photography’. She gave a simple explanation that if an image didn’t fit into the ‘normal’ genres of photography then it could probably be classed as ‘fine art’. Catherine also showed the Wikipedia explanation of fine art photography, being, in a nutshell, ‘To express an idea, message or emotion through an image’.
Catherine showed the members a series of thought provoking black & white images taken by famous fine art photographers, some from early 1900s and was interested to hear the reaction that the audience had to seeing these images and what, if any, conclusion or story they could draw from them.
Catherine continued by showing images from later and current fine art photographers whose work she admired, while still engaging with the members discussing their thoughts on what they saw and any emotions that they provoked.
Fine Art images taken by Catherine herself followed with, dare I say it, the odd landscape image creeping in. This is clearly a genre of photography that ‘speaks’ to Catherine and one in which she was able to convey to the assembled audience.
At the end of an extremely professional, entertaining and often thought provoking presentation, Catherine remained to answer questions from the members.
I’m are the members will join me in thanking Catherine for her excellent presentation on a topic I’m sure many camera clubs, Cramlington CC included often overlook.
Bob Finlay (President)
Just a reminder to all that Meetings resume this coming Thursday 2nd Jan 2020, when our first guest of the New Year will be Catherine Ball who will be giving a presentation entitled 'Fine Art Photography'
This evening (5th December) we were delighted to welcome as our guest speaker, Sue Hingley ARPS from Whickham Photographic Club.
Sue, ably assisted by her ‘roadie’, otherwise known as husband Steve was at Cramlington CC to talk about her trip with Steve to Vietnam.
Sue & Steve, both self proclaimed to be not the most confident of independent travellers, made the journey to Vietnam in Feb/March of 2016. There they were to embark on a guided railway journey from Hanoi to Saigon using the Unification Railway.
Sue started by explaining how she wanted her photography to capture the essence & reality of the country. How she often ‘grabbed’ quick photographs through train and bus windows when perhaps people were unaware of her presence.
Sue continued with a short history of the Unification Railway, how after the war ended in 1975 it only took the Hanoi government until 1976 to get the line operational once more, Replacing the damaged lines and destroyed bridges that were laid waste after some 40 years of conflict.
Sue’s first images showed the bustling city of Hanoi with its ‘old quarter’ where all of life could be seen acted out on its narrow streets. Every type of business could be found from barbers to butchers to potters, all working on the street in the open air, including domestic chores and washing and eating. Motor cycles, mopeds and scooters in their thousands clogged the streets spewing pollutants while the spaghetti like power cables were evident everywhere.
Sue has a passion for travel photography and likes nothing better than to capture the local people in their everyday lives, and showed us some lovely portraits, some candid some posed of local children often with their proud mothers and grandmothers.
From Hanoi to Halong Bay with its spectacular rock formations where Sue and Steve spent time on one of the many tourist boats that ply the waters between its some 3000 islands.
Stops at Hue, a beautiful and colourful city on the Perfume River, not so aptly named, with its riverside shacks where the poorest inhabitants live. We were shown impressive images of the Citadel at Hue and The Temple and Pagoda of the Celestial Lady.
On we travelled through Danang, once the home of a large US Airbase to Nha Trang now a prosperous upmarket holiday resort but still with the poorest of society living in riverside shacks.
Sue & Steve’s journey ended at Saigon. Once a city devastated by war that has since been rebuilt into a modern metropolis with stunning office blocks and 5 star hotels.
Sue explained how the gap between rich and poor was at its greatest here and how the war and the use of defoliants like ‘agent orange’ had devastated the surrounding land turning much of it into a wasteland where crops failed and livestock starved.
Sue told how sadly the effects of the defoliants used during the war were still evident in the genetic defects seen in some of the children, causing deformities in limbs and other health problems.
Sue gave a wonderful presentation and narrative of their trip to Vietnam with both beautiful digital imagery and a selection of mono prints for the audience to enjoy.
At the end of her presentation Sue stayed to answer questions from the members and received their thanks by way of a well earned round of applause.
Bob Finlay (President)
4 Way Interclub PDI Competition
This evening (28th Nov 2019) Cramlington CC hosted the 4 way Interclub PDI Competition. We were joined by Gosforth CC, Gateshead CC, and Morpeth CC. Judging the competition was Stephen Fowler of Ryton & District CC.
Before Stephen took the floor the President addressed the audience, welcoming the visiting clubs to Cramlington and then introduced Stephen to Cramlington and visiting clubs.
Each club entered into the competition10 images so Stephen had 40 images in total on which to view, comment and score.
Stephen indicated that he was impressed with the high standard of the entries and how he had enjoyed viewing them.
As an image was projected Stephen gave a short critique on it which allowed him to explain how he came to score the image.
When all 40 images had been shown and the scores collated, Gosforth CC were declared the winner with a total of 267 points. Very well done to Gosforth.
Gosforth also had the top scoring 30 point image with ‘Vulture’ by Joan Sheppard.
The final scores were as follows:-
The evening was rounded off with a buffet giving the opportunity for all the members of the participating clubs to mingle & chat.
Thanks to all the clubs and individual members who submitted their images to the competition. Many thanks also to Stephen Fowler for doing a sterling job of judging.
Bob Finlay (President)
2019 NCPF Awards
The 2019 NCPF Awards were held at Clara Vale on Sunday (24th Nov). Both Colin Livingstone and I were lucky enough to be awarded trophies for photographs we submitted to the NCPF for judging.
Colin carried off the ‘World Cup Trophy’ for the best sports themed print for ‘No3’, while I was awarded the ‘Eagle Trophy’ for the best sports themed PDI for ‘No1’.
Other awards were as follows.
NCPF Portfolio Selection for Annual PDI Competition
‘Lying Lion’. Paul Dunn
‘Staithes Mooring’. Paul Dunn
‘Arcot Sunrise’. Bob Finlay
Bob Finlay (President)
Colin and I after receiving our trophies.
Keith Kirkland, "What Pleases Me"
This week (14th Nov) our guest speaker was Keith Kirkland with his talk entitled "What Pleases Me".
Keith is a member of Whickham Photographic Club and a member of the NCPF committee and has enjoyed photography since his teenage years.
Keith presented his prints portfolio covering a wide variety of topics including landscape, travel, sports and portraiture. Providing us with some excellent images in each category, both colour and black and white.
One of Keith’s passions is photographing motor racing and he told us how he wrote to the UK Formula 1 teams asking to photograph their cars. Although most said no he was rewarded by a personal invitation from Ron Denis to photograph the McLaren cars during tyre testing and was later invited to tour the factory. Keith also imparted that the best time to photograph racing cars or motorbikes is to go on the practice days rather than race day as you can get better access and the crowds aren’t as big.
At the end of the night Keith stayed to answer questions from the members who then were able to get a closer view of the prints he had brought.
Thank you to Keith for delivering an excellent and varied presentation backed up with beautiful images of not only what pleases Keith but also pleased the members present.
Paul Dunn (Secretary)
Tonight (21st Nov) we had two knockout competitions a PDI battle based loosely on a theme of “steel” and a smart phone challenge which had had to be postponed from two weeks previously due to computer problems.
There were 41 entries for the PDI battle with a very wide range of subjects. The final four images were, Locked, Looking up to an angel, Train wheels and Drive shaft. The winner was Drive shaft by Bill Stephens, second place was Locked by John Ridley. Third equal were Train wheels by Peter Moody and Looking up to an angel by tom Wilson.
For the smart phone challenge there were 30 entries, slightly less than the PDI battle perhaps showing that members are more likely to use their cameras rather than their smartphones to capture images. The final four images were Bridge of sighs, Quayside sunset, Smallholme Tower and Yellow Rose. The winner was Quayside sunset by Lauren Dunn, second place Yellow rose also by Lauren Dunn. Third equal were Bridge of Sighs by John Ridley and Smallholme Tower by Bill Meikle.
Many of the choices in rounds of both competitions were very close indeed and there were some excellent images to see. Thank you to all the members who contributed to an enjoyable night.
Iain Chambers ( PDI Secretary )
Winner PDI Battle "Drive Shaft". Bill Stephens
Winner Smartphone Challenge. "Quayside Sunset" Lauren Dunn
Thursday 7th November saw the results of the First Open PDI competition.
Our judge for this event was Keith Archer (CPAGB) from Ryton and District Camera Club. Keith is a past President of Ryton CC and is in his first year of judging club competitions.
There was the largest entry for some considerable time with 57 images submitted with a wide range of subjects and themes. Keith was able to clearly critique the images and explain his opinion of each one, often making constructive observations & suggestions on how the image could be improved.
Many thanks to Keith for his judging skills. Thanks to all who entered images and well done to all who were placed or received highly commended.
The top 5 images can be viewed.....(HERE)
Iain Chambers (PDI Secretary)
The results (five placed images and five highly commended) were are follows
1st Well read Bill Stephens
2nd Taking a breather Liz Lockey
3rd Splash Colin Livingston
4th Stepping out Alex Cowley
5th Lifelines Lauren Dunn
Paper and Petals Julia Robson
Snow Storm Approaching Lauren Dunn
Dream Machine Jim Meikle
Starburst Alec Cowley
Disneyworld Montage Brian Vandemast
This week (24th Oct) we were delighted to welcome as our guest speaker Gerald Chamberlin EFIAP, DPAGB.
Gerald lives in Cumbria and is Chairman of Morton Photographic Society. Gerald is passionate about black and white photography and lately infrared photography.
Gerald had entitled his talk ‘My World in Black and White’ and it would include both print and digital media.
Although Gerald describes himself as ‘not a landscape photographer’ he has a passion, through his love of fell walking and bike riding of everything to do with the outdoors, especially the Lake District.
As the title of his talk would suggest all the photographs, both print and digital would be monochrome with perhaps just a hint of colour in the odd one.
Gerald likes his pictures to tell a story and he likes to spend time ‘building’ these stories, often returning to the same image many times over using Photoshop to edit, often meticulously replacing the backgrounds and backdrops to an image where he felt the original didn’t work.
This evening we were treated to some stunning black & white images, both print and digital were topnotch. The prints beautifully printed, mounted and presented.
From images of the Lake District and Tanfield Railway to trips to Nantwich and Aberdeen following the actors from ‘The Sealed Knot’, an historical association dedicated to reenactment of English civil war battles that provided some stunning images. Locations such as Blist Hill and our own Beamish provided inspiration for more quality images. One in particular taken at the Edinburgh Fringe of a couple of black ‘slaves’ was, in addition to the quality of the image, quite thought provoking.
The second part of Gerald’s presentation entitled ‘Something Different’ concerned infrared photography. Gerald explained how he had an old Nikon D200 converted to infrared at a cost of around £200 and how he found infrared to be a steep learning curve and a learning curve he is still on.
Unlike some of the traditional infrared images many of us have seen where only white, black and greys are visible, Gerald’s images contained subtle almost sepia tones and in some cases hints of blues and yellows.
A trip to Sweden, where Gerald has friends who have an equestrian farm in the forrest provided an opportunity to experiment with infrared on the many interesting, unusual and beautiful locations and subjects available. Old wrecked cars hidden amongst the trees in the forrest, a sculpture park with some huge exhibits. An old house in the woods, the ‘Badger House’, abandoned and left almost as a time capsule. Gerald also related how some of his infrared images when entered into competitions often fooled the judges who would comment on how well the snow and ice had been captured on the trees and grass oblivious to the fact that it was probably taken mid summer.
Gerald finished the evening with a brief explanation on his editing workflow for infrared using Photoshop.
Gerald stayed to answer questions from the members who then were able to view the prints he had brought to display.
We thank Gerald first for making a none to inconsiderable journey to be with us this evening and for delivering an excellent presentation backed up with beautiful images and prints.
Bob Finlay (President)