This evenings presentation (26th Nov) was given by our own Bill Stephens AFIAP, PPSA. The essence of Bill’s presentation was to put forward his opinion that we should all take photographs for our own enjoyment and not necessarily to win competitions.
Bill has been taking photographs since he was a youngster with an old box camera but it was later in life that he and a work mate decided to join Cramlington CC to try and improve their skills with newer camera equipment. Bill says this did bring out his competitive streak and competition entries, and wins soon followed.
Since then Bill & wife Margaret, also AFIAP, PPSA have travelled quite extensively in their photography quest and both have been successful on the international scene. Now their photography is of a more personal note. This evening Bill showed images taken over the years on a wide range of subjects & locations both at home & abroad. From the Canadian prairies to Greece and our own Beamish Open Air Museum, a particular favourite of Bill’s.
This was followed by a short AV of beautiful fractal images. Complex patterns of coloured swirls & shapes moving and entwining.
A discussion of the evenings entertainment followed.
Many thanks to Bill for putting together a fine and enjoyable presentation.
Bob Finlay, (President)
This Thursday's 'Zoom' Meeting will be a presentation by our own Bill Stephens. The title of his presentation is " I Hope That You Didn't Just Buy Your Camera To Try And Win Camera Club Competitions". Interesting!
Please check your email inboxes for Zoom invitation.
The next club meeting will be held via Zoom this Thursday evening (19th Nov) at 7.30pm. Please check your emails for invitation to join.
The topic will be ‘DSLR v Mirrorless’. A brief slide show and explanation followed by an open discussion.
As we will only have a maximum of 40 minutes for this meeting please join promptly a minute or two before 7.30pm.
Jim Meikle. LRPS
It is with great pleasure that I can inform the members that Jim Meikle has achieved ‘Licentiate of The Royal Photographic Society’. (LRPS).
I know you will all join me in congratulating Jim on this hard earned and well deserved award.
Bob Finlay (President)
!st Open PDI
Last evening (5th Nov) saw the results of the 1st Open PDI Competition. This was judged remotely with the judge, Kevin Hilton joining us on ‘Zoom’ to go through the entries, giving his thoughts on each and revealing his 5 ’Highly Commended’ images, his top 5 and ultimately his favourite and 1st placed winning image.
We had a record breaking 66 images entered for this competition on a wide range of genre giving Kevin a difficult job of judging.
Many thanks to Kevin for judging our competition. Thanks to all who entered and many congratulations to Paul Kidd and to all in the top 5 and Highly Commended.
The results were as follows.
1st ‘5 Minute Warning’ Paul Kidd
2nd ‘Sleeping on the Job’ Alec Cowley
3rd ‘Go Away’ Alan Lockey
4th ‘Spring Tide at St Mary’s’ Lauren Wilson
5th ‘On the Hunt’ Paul Kidd
The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Mooing. Paul Kidd
Picture of an Artist Iain Chambers
Red Squirrel Bob Finlay
Osteospermum Pauline Wilson
Under the Arch Adam Burness
The top 5 images can be viewed .............(HERE)
Bob Finlay (President)
Many thanks to the members who participated in Thursday’s Zoom meeting. I’m sorry the quality of the video & sound were not perfect (probably a band width problem with Zoom) something we will heed for the future, but the subsequent discussions/debate regarding the topic of Ai manipulation in photography with such programs as Luminar 4AI proved a popular decision and provided an interesting and enjoyable evening with members happy to wade in with the usual varying opinions on the subject and allowing the meeting to run until well after 9pm. Thank you all for continuing to support the club through this difficult time.
The AGM delayed from April will take place via 'Zoom' this Thursday (8th October) at 7.30pm. All members wishing and able to 'join' please monitor your email for 'invitation link' and joining details.
As you may know your committee has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to see whether it is feasible and safe to start the new season in September. We have stayed in communication with the church authorities throughout the summer months and have drawn up risk assessment plans of our own and have adopted the regulations set out by the church administrators. The church has been unable to give a definitive answer as to our resuming in September but has conceded that it is preferred that no clubs/groups attend at this time. Currently no clubs or groups are intending to.
The committee has therefore reluctantly had to take the decision not to resume meetings in September. Many of our fellow local clubs have come to the same conclusion and are adopting other methods, such as Zoom meetings and weekend outings to keep their members involved. I am aware and fully understand that some members may not, for what ever reason, be comfortable with using Zoom but try as we might we won’t be able to cater for or please everyone.
For those members who are willing and interested in holding meetings via Zoom we hope, in September to run a series of short ( sub 30min) tutorials which Paul Dunn has kindly prepared, by way of experimentation to see how interactive, engaging, user friendly and of course popular they may be. Dates and times yet to be decided. As to physical external meets (probably weekends) for socially distanced photographic opportunities, we hope to have a program of dates and locations available soon. These may be at short notice. a bit ‘ad hoc’ and of course weather dependant, but we hope members who feel able will take the opportunity to engage in social intercourse, which is the very ethos of Cramlington CC.
It is our intention to hold the AGM via ‘Zoom’ and have pencilled in Thursday 8th October for this. More information to follow at a later date.
It would be hoped that the season, with regard to physical meetings, could be restarted in the New Year, or sooner if the levels of infection continue to decline and restrictions as to social distancing and mask wearing relaxed, and of course if we don’t suffer a second wave before then.
We have been informed of the death of Paul Murphy. Paul, an active and well loved former Chair and Committee Member of Wallsend P.S, sadly passed away suddenly on 13th July. Paul will be well and fondly remembered by members of Cramlington CC along with many clubs in the region. We pass on our heart felt condolences to his family & friends.
Paul's funeral will be held at Tynemouth Crematorium, Walton Ave, North Shields. NE29 9NJ on Tuesday 28th July at 3pm. Floral tributes and cards of condolence can be sent to.R.S Scott Funeral Directors, Sycamore St, Wallsend. NE28 6TH.
We have received the sad news that Allan Potts has recently passed away of Covid-19 whilst also suffering from Parkinson’s disease, at the age of 81.
Alan was for many years a life member of Whitley Bay PS and a member of the Royal Photographic Society. Allan travelled the world photographing wildlife while remaining devoted to his farm in Backworth. He will be sadly missed.