3rd Open Print Competition
Thursday 28th March saw the results of the last of this seasons Open Print Competitions judged by Gerry Adcock ARPS.
Gerry is External Competitions Secretary of Hexham & District Photographic Society and Competitions Officer for the NCPF. As well as judging competitions Gerry also gives talks on photography. Gerry’s photographic interests cover landscape, especially the Lake District, travel, street and people photography.
For tonight’s competition there were 19 mono entries and 21 colour entries covering a variety of subjects. Gerry provided positive feedback on each of the prints suggesting some areas where improvements could be made as well as suggestions on photographic techniques.
Thank you to Gerry for judging the competition and to everyone who entered and congratulations to those who were placed or highly commended.
A full list of the prints 'placed' and' highly commended' is shown below and to view the images, both mono and colour click ...(HERE)
(Print Competition Secretary)
1) Doctor’s Orders Paul Dunn Sea Fret at Cambois Beach Jim Meikle
2) Christmas Roses Pauline Wilson Steetly Bridge Alan Lockey
3)The Pattern Shop Jim Meikle Jack the Lad Alan Lockey
4) Tyne Sunset Alan Lockey Past Present Pauline Wilson
5) South Pier Paul Dunn Amble Pier Paul Dunn
Cold Feet Alan Lockey Dundas Street Jim Meikle
Pont Fawr Bridge Jim Meikle Full Moon Paul Dunn
Fairy Glen Jim Meikle Tide’s in at St Mary’s Pauline Wilson
The results of the North Tyne PDI Competition hosted by Whitley Bay but held at North Shields on the 26th March were revealed. The judge for the competition was Dave Phillips.
Whitley Bay were the worthy winners.
The full points listings are shown below.
Whitley Bay 221
North Shields 210
Chris Crane Cup
This evening (21st March) the Chris Cane Cup was held for the fourth time. Chris, a much loved and missed member of the club, was a skilled photographer and his passions for wildlife, nature & engineering were again the main topics for this year’s entries.
Our judge for the evening was Mark Harrison. Mark is now Chairman of Morpeth Camera Club but was once a valued member of Cramlington CC.
There were 41 images for Mark to assess and with four that had particularly caught his eye there was a difficult choice to make. The winner was Lauren Ashleigh with her image titled “Poser". This was a repeat of last year when Lauren won with “Winterland”.
Chris’s partner of many years, Ann, presented the cup which was accepted by Colin Livingston on Lauren’s behalf.
Many congratulations to Lauren and to all who entered the competition. Thanks to Mark for taking the time and effort to judge the competition and come up with a worthy winner.
Iain Chambers (PDI Secretary)
Lauren's winning image 'Poser'
As Lauren was unable to attend Colin is seen here receiving the trophy from Ann on her behalf.
The results of the North Tyne Interclub PDI Competition will be announced this Tuesday 26th March. Althogh hosted by Whitley Bay the venue will be North Shields Photographic Society. King St Social Club, 27 King St, North Shields. NE30 1BZ
This evening we were delighted to have Cramlington Camera Club member and former club president Paul Murphy returning for a second time as our guest speaker.
The subject of Paul’s presentation this evening was the two trips, in 2017 & 2018 that Paul and a team of scientists and clinicians made to India as part of the World Federation of Haemophilia’s ‘Twinning’ program between the North East’s Haemophilia Centre & the Haemophilia Treatment Centre in Aluva, South India. The purpose of which was to educate and share skills to improve diagnosis and treatment of Haemophilia.
Paul is Chief Health Care Scientist at The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust based at the RVI and is ‘laboratory lead’ on the twinning.
Paul started his talk with a short Power Point presentation in which he described exactly what Haemophilia was, ( a disorder that impairs the body’s ability to make blood clot ), how it manifested itself and what treatment could be offered to those diagnosed with it and his hopes for continued research to hopefully, one day, find a cure.
He continued by showing images he took of the warm hearted welcome they received from the staff and patients at the Aluva Treatment Centre along with images of the laboratories, treatment rooms and equipment used by the staff, followed by pictures of the many sufferers that attend the centre showing how the disease affects the joints causing extreme swelling and severe pain. Many of these patients in spite of their suffering still managed to smile and were eager to have their photo’s taken. As treatment centres are few most would have travelled considerable distances to attend.
When not working Paul was able to travel the locality, at times using the many Tuk Tuk’s, that resemble 3 wheeled death traps that ply the cities streets, observing moped’s and motor cycles, many with 3 or 4 people ‘balanced’ on them. Traffic, as in most Indian towns and cities we heard was ‘challenging’. Colourful advertising signs and hoardings seemed to be in abundance everywhere as was graffiti, strangely often written in English.
Paul showed images of the many street vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables and the many spices the Indian Sub-Continent is renowned for. Also the many roadside ‘food emporiums’ that Paul wisely avoided trying.
A highlight was a visit to the impressive Athirappilly Falls the largest waterfall in Kerala with water cascading some 82ft. Paul told how although he found the trek to the bottom of the falls hard going he saw woman carrying babies making easy work of it.
When Paul returned to the area in 2018 many parts had been devastated by the severe monsoons that had recently hit and images Paul took showed how dramatically parts of the landscape had been affected with many inhabitance losing their homes and possessions.
At the end of his presentation Paul asked if anyone would be kind enough to give a small donation that would be put towards procuring much needed equipment for the Aluva Treatment Centre and pleasingly many members obliged.
We thank Paul for a presentation that was not only entertaining but was extremely interesting and informative backed up with some lovely images.
Bob Finlay (President)
Thursday 7th March saw the results of the Third Open PDI competition revealed.
Our judge for this event was Lynda Golightly. Lynda is a member of Consett & District P.S. and has been a keen photographer for a number of years. This will be Lynda's third season as a competition judge.
There were 43 entries for the competition with a wide range of subjects and themes. Despite being under the weather Lynda Patrick described each image with claritiy on what she liked and making constructive observations & suggestions on how the image could be improved.
Many thanks to Lynda for her judging skills. Thanks to all who entered images and well done to all who were placed or received HC's.
Iain Chambers (PDI Secretary)
To view the top 5 images please click........(HERE)
1st Wartime memories Julia Robson
2nd Bird on roof Brian Vandemast
3rd Yellow chrysanthemum Julia Robson
4th Staithes Paul Dunn
5th Skeletal Trees Bob Finlay
Tiger Colin Livingston
St Marys Brian Vandemast
Looking back Iain Chambers
Pitlochry Pauline Wilson
Flying High Bob Finlay
This evening (28th Feb) we welcomed back John McGuiness from Tynemouth CC. John was last with us in April of last year when he ‘hot footed’ to us straight from Newcastle Airport after his plane was delayed returning from holiday. Luckily no such drama this time.
When John was asked what he wanted to do for his 60th Birthday he said he wanted to go on safari to Tanzania and so his presentation this evening was the resulting images, anecdotes and stories from his 2 week trip. John wished to embrace not only the wildlife but also the culture and environment of the indigenes population.
As a party of 5 John visited 7 National Parks including Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.
His first stop was the slopes of Kilimanjaro with its lush green vegetation where the locals farmers, the Chagga, grew bananas, coffee and potatoes whilst living in basic tin shacks.
Moving on to west Kilimanjaro where entry to the national park was allowed on a 24 hour basis, John and his group enjoyed camping in the wild where he was able to show us beautiful images of Wildebeest, Zebras, Elephants and Warthog to name but a few. John also showed some shots of the night sky with the Milky Way in all its glory so visible because of the dark skies with no light polution, with light painted trees in the foreground. Black Mambas were a constant fear when paying visits to the ‘ablutions’. The presence of a chef to take care of the cooking made the camping experience more bearable.
Visits to see the Masai tribes followed where we saw the beautiful birds that inhabit the area including the strange Mousebird. John told stories of the Hadza bushmen who worked as ‘blacksmiths’ forging fine jewellery from scrap metal and 6" nails whilst living in mud huts.
Moving on to the Ngorongoro Crater some 34k kilometres across home to the Masai tribes, we saw fabulous images of the wildlife including Hyena, Ostrich and Secretary Birds.
John’s last stop was the dust bowl of the flat plains of the Serengeti where few trees grow due to the dust spewed out before the volcano became dormant. No brick structures are allowed to be built here so all the safari lodges are wooden structures. Apparently the Elephants here are some of the largest in Africa. Game drives start around 5.30am when skies are still dark and the animals still mostly active from their night time activities. John was able to capture some fine images of Elephants, Hippo’s and some stunning shots of a Leopard up a tree with its kill as well as Vultures always waiting and watching.
At the end of his presentation John answered questions from the members before receiving a well earned round of applause from the audience.
Bob Finlay (President)
Tonight (21st Feb) we were treated to something a little different. Club members Alec (Cowley) & Peter (Moody) gave us a short introduction to compiling & showing AV’s.
AV's (Audio Visuals) are a great way to present photographic images along with an audio backing track, be it music or dialogue, and both Alec & Peter are skillful at producing excellent, interesting and atmospheric AV's.
Alec kicked of the evening using his preferred software, Proshow Gold. Followed by Peter using his preferred software, PicturesToExe.
Both Alec & Peter explained how they created their AV’s by gradually adding images individually, choosing the type of transition, between each image and the time each image remained in view and finally adding a soundtrack. The soundtrack is every bit as important as the images and must be carefully chosen for length and impact.
Peter ended his presentation with an impressive Scottish themed AV with an appropriately selected ‘bagpipe’ backing track.
Likewise Alec’s equally impressive AV featured moody images of the Tyne bridges and quayside with a very dramatic backing track, Siegfrieds Funeral March by Wagner.
Many thanks to both Alec & Peter for their presentations and for persevering through a couple of technical difficulties they encountered.
Bob Finlay (President)