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)
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)
2nd Open Print Competition
Thursday 24th January saw the results of the seasons 2nd Open Print Competition judged by Dave Best LRPS.
Dave is currently president of Hexham & District Photographic Society, as well as judging competitions Dave also gives talks on photography. Dave’s photographic interests cover landscape, nature and sports photography.
For tonight’s competition there were 30 mono entries and 41 colour entries covering a wide variety of subjects. Dave discussed what he liked about each print and provided positive feedback on areas where improvements could be made.
Thank you to Dave for judging the competition and to everyone who entered and congratulations to those who were placed or were highly commended.
A full list of the prints 'placed' and' highly commended' are shown below and to view the images, both mono and colour click ...(HERE)
(Print Competition Secretary)
1st No 3 Colin Livingstone
2nd The End is Nigh Colin Livingstone
3rd Motocross Paul Dunn
4th Lady Peregrine Alec Cowley
5th Rydal Reflections Liz Lockey
1st Sore Loser Liz Lockey
2nd The Big Wheel Peter Moody
3rd Washday Blues Liz Lockey
4th Bad Hair Day Alan Lockey
5th Straight Furrows Peter Moody
Sunset Beach Tom Wilson Time to Relax Tom Wilson
Spittal Rocks Janet Leadbitter Let There Be Light Alan Lockey
Natures Framework Alan Lockey 3 Trees Colin Livingston
Path to the Old Church Jim Meikle Glen of Fairies Jim Meikle
Rydal Waterfall Alan Lockey Just a Rose Pauline Wilson
This week (17th Jan) we had an “It’s a Knockout” competition. The snow did reduce the audience somewhat but there were 43 images in the field with a wide range of subject matter covered.
The winning image was “Poser” by Lauren Ashleigh who also achieved second place with “Steetley”. Not content with that Lauen also managed joint third place with “North Pier Sunrise” with “Just a Weed” by Pauline Wilson
Congratulations to Lauren for such a successful entry and to Pauline for the other placed image.
Iain Chambers (PDI Secretary)
CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO VIEW FULL SIZE
First 'Poser' Lauren Ashleigh
Second 'Steetley Pier' Lauren Ashleigh
3rd (Joint) 'Just a Weed' Pauline Wilson
3rd (Joint) 'North Pier Sunrise' Lauren Ashleigh