Last Thursday (14th Feb) was our 'Live Model' evening. This was a chance for members to try their hand at photographing live models using a variety of backdrops, props and studio lighting.
Our thanks must go to Julia, Liz and Adam for their 'poses' and special thanks to our guest model Nell, who was totally unfazed by the whole experience and was a joy to work with.
Thanks also to Adam and Alan for the use of their equipment and special thanks to John Burn for allowing us to use his 'pro' lighting setup which provided members with a whole new experience.
Bob Finlay (President)
An amazing night for Cramlington CC last evening. The results of the ‘5 Way Interclub Competition’ held at Wallsend PS were announced and Cramlington CC walked away with the not too inconsiderable trophy.
A very well done & thank you to all those members who’s images were selected to represent the club.
A very ‘well done’ to Julia Robson for scoring a maximum 30 points for her image ‘Memories’.
The scores on the night were as follows.
Whitley Bay 250
Thanks also to those members who attended the evening in support of your club.
Bob Finlay (President)
Thursday 7th February 2019.
This week we have one of the members of Durham Photographic Society, Neil Maughan ARPS. EFIAP, MPAGB, gave his presentation, "WORKS"
Neil started by showing us a quick succession of images illustrating his breadth of photography.
Urban Exploration Photography (urbanex for short) is one of the many themes Neil enjoys, and he showed us a selection of images from his adventures. One of which stood out for me, a crumbling old hospital ward with a red fire hose just lying on the floor. A desk that looked as though the occupant had just left for a cup of tea and never returned.
Famous Trees, A trip around the country looking at the famous trees such as "Lone Buttermere" dissecting the distant valley where he met a group of overseas visitors taking the same shot, and on up to Alnwick for the dead tree. Seven Sisters with a lone dog walker in silhouette.
Architectural Photography, from his "Corkscrew Spiral" to the symmetry of the underground escalators entitled "Rush Hour" depicting a lone traveller coming off the escalator. Some fine examples of mono photography.
Neil showed some fine examples of his style of portraiture, from the Old Man in the Bath to his father drinking tea in the kitchen. Not forgetting the schoolboy and his crooked cap, "First Day at School", Sports comes in here also, a stunning capture of two boxers in the ring with sweat flying in all directions after the "punch". Some Cage fighting images from the ringside shot through the cage. Portraits played a big part in Neil's success with his ARPS panel.
"Summer Starts" at Appleby horse fair, along with thousands of people crowding the hillside and river bank. Neil meets and photographs the friendly and travellers at the fair. Some racing their stead's at silly speeds and others bartering for a sale.
Along the way Neil had many anecdotes about the people he met and the places he visited.
Neil took questions from members, I thanked him on behalf of the club. A good evening's entertainment.
Our guest speaker this evening (31st Jan) was Ian Allon of Gosforth CC. The subject Ian was bringing to us as his presentation was Slow Shutter Speed, otherwise known as ‘Long Exposure photography’.
Ian started by showing a short AV of time lapse photography which Ian informed us took a lot of time & effort to produce only 3 or 4 minutes of footage.
Ian then gave us a short description of what is usually meant by long exposure, usually exposure times longer than one second (requiring the camera to be held completely stable by use of tripod or other support), followed by an explanation of why & when long exposure could & should be used and circumstances when it couldn’t. For the benefit of those who had never tried this type of photography before Ian explained how it was ideal for slowing movement in water creating a milky like quality or showing movement in clouds or highlighting light trails from vehicles whilst removing the distractions of the vehicles themselves.
Ian has travelled often in connection with his work and this has enabled him to capture long exposure images from not only the UK but from other worldwide locations, many of which we had the pleasure of viewing this evening.
To finish his presentation Ian returned to an AV filmed with the aid of his latest passion and direction, drone photography showing aerial images from locations in the USA.
At the end of the evening Ian answered questions from the members before receiving the thanks and a round of applause from those gathered.
Bob Finlay (President)