For those wishing to pay their last respects to Ian Leask, who sadly passed away recently, his funeral is to be held at the West Road Crematorium (NE5 2JL) on Wednesday 26th February at 1.30pm.
Pictures all around, Dave & Sheila Coates
Today guest speakers Dave and Sheila Coates displayed a number of their prints from around the UK, Tuscany and North America. Both Dave and Sheila are keen landscape photographers and their prints showed that they have an eye for both composition and light, two essentials for good photography. As well as charting their travels, the prints also showed their transition over the years from film and slides to digital photography with a number of prints produced from scans of slides.
The talk started in the UK with images from Yorkshire and the Lake District, some images being of ‘classic’ well known locations and some not so well known but all demonstrating the natural beauty of the area. On a number of occasions Dave and Sheila showed images taken in the same area but minutes apart demonstrating how a scene can be transformed by the rapidly changing light during sunrise or sunset. Highlighting that a few extra minutes spent shooting with changing light can make the difference between a good shot and a great shot.
As a short diversion from landscape prints Dave also showed a number of prints of wild orchids most of which could be found in one area while some others could only be found in certain parts of the country. One tip that Dave shared when developing images of flowers to make them stand out in the print – don’t brighten the flower as this could also change the colours instead darken the background.
Next we were off to North America, a trip Dave and Sheila like to make every couple of years. Here we were treated to the wonderful scenery of Yosemite and Yellowstone. Once again the prints showed the importance planning ahead to be at the right place at the right time to capture the changing lighting conditions.
Next it was back to the UK and a number of limestone pavement and winter snow images showing that sometimes you have to suffer for your art. For one of the images Sheila had to kneel down on the cold, hard and uneven limestone to get the right angle for the tree branches in the foreground to mimic the curve of the hills in the background.
Following a brief jump to Tuscany and a number minimalist shots showing how the patterns made by the undulating bright green fields with a single point of interest, a lone tree or farm house, could be used to produce an interesting image, it was off for a final visit to America. When Dave and Sheila got the offer of a photographic trip promising to boldly go where no UK photographer had gone before they jump at the chance. The reward was the opportunity to photograph some outstanding scenery with both Dave and Sheila’s images, taken in the early morning light, definitely having that wow factor.
Following the talk a number of prints were displayed allowing members to have a closer look at the images.
Thank you to both Dave and Sheila for sharing their images of ‘Places all around’.
Paul Dunn (Secretary)
The Results of the NCPF Club Championship held at Clara Vale on Sunday are as follows.
The full list of placings will be available to view on the NCPF website in the next few days.
The points awarded to Cramlington were as follows.
Well Read Bill Stephens 13
Taking a Breather Elizabeth Lockey 9
Splash Colin Livingstone 10
Stepping Out Alec Cowley 11
Life Lines Lauren Wilson 11
Petals and Paper Julia Robson 10
Distortion Peter Moody 10
My Ball Colin Livingstone 10
Snow Storm Approaching Lauren Wilson 10
Starburst Alec Cowley 12
Angel of Destruction Alan Lockey 10
Gone Fishing Paul Dunn 9
Looking up to an Angel Tom Wilson 9
Mo Colin Livingstone 9
Splish Splash Elizabeth Lockey 10
Steel through the Steam Jim Meikle 9
Yellow Rose Lauren Wilson 10
Whitby Goth Pauline Wilson 10
Laughter in the Rain Alan Lockey 12
Pinks Colin Livingstone 10
Distortion Peter Moody 10
Laughter in the Rain Alan Lockey 11
Mountain Stream Jim Meikle 11
Unseen Paul Dunn 10
Harvest Mouse Jim Meikle 11
Past Times Tom Wilson 10
Alex Adam Burness 11
Dahlia Pauline Wilson 9
Angel of Destruction Alan Lockey 9
Old Shed Paul Dunn 11
Frog on Spadix Jim Meikle 10
Splish Splash Liz Lockey 9
Early Frost Pauline Wilson 9
Romanna Alan Lockey 10
Appearances can Deceive Peter Moody 10
Bolam Lake Paul Dunn 9
Contemplating Pauline Wilson 9
Upstairs and Downstairs Tom Wilson 12
Halong Bay Paul Dunn 10
Watch the Birdie Alan Lockey 12
Thursday 30th January saw the results of the Second Open PDI competition.
Our judge for this event was Peter Walton from Durham Photography Society. Peter had been a police forensic photographer and a professional wedding photographer before retiring to concentrate on competition judging.
There were 38 entries and as is normal there was a wide range of subjects and themes. Peter adeptly reviewed the images and explained his opinion of each one, often from the perspective of the photographer.
Many thanks to Peter for his judging skills, to all who entered images, and well done to all who were placed or received highly commended.
The results (five placed images and five highly commended) were are follows
1st Dent de lion Julia Robson
2nd Playtime John Ridley
3rd Joey Bob Finlay
4th Thrust Two Mouse Alec Cowley
5th Garden Window Peter Moody
The Path Through Blue Bell Woods Jim Meikle
Volcano Island John Ridley
Bird not on a stick Paul Dunn
Red Deer Stag Bob Finlay
Golden Tresses and Balloons Bob Finlay
The top 5 images can be viewed…..(HERE)
Iain Chambers (PDI Secretary)
Exchange visit to Gosforth CC
Last evening (28th January) Cramlington CC were warmly welcomed by our friends at Gosforth CC for our exchange visit to their club venue at the Duke of Wellington Pub on Kenton Lane.
Cramlington gave presentations by 3 club members, Derek Parker, Colin Livingstone & Alec Cowley.
First up was Derek who showed some of his stunning prints, mostly bird life, taken on his many trips to far flung locations around the world, whilst regaling the audience with the odd amusing ‘anecdote’. Reaction to the quality of Derek’s prints was plain to see. Even the problems with a temperamental easel didn’t put Derek off his stride.
Second up was Colin who explained the use of ‘nodal points’ in calibrating lenses to best capture panoramas. A topic Colin has had an interest in for some time. He used both still images, video and practical demonstration to aid his presentation. This proved a topic of great interest to the audience.
Alec followed with his forte, AV’s. After a brief explanation on how he constructed them Alec showed 3 of his favourite AV’s. Images of Newcastle by night and Aircraft, one of Alec’s passions, with beautiful transitions and stunning sound tracks. All to the delight of the assembled audience.
Colin finished off our presentation with a series of images from various locations around Newcastle in which he amalgamated or ‘morphed’ old images taken in Victorian times and earlier with images taken currently by himself. This showed how many buildings or parts of buildings have been retained.
It is safe to say that Derek, Colin & Alec did Cramlington CC proud and the response from the assembled Gosforth members showed that the visit had been a resounding success.
Can I say a big ‘Thank You’ to our hosts, Gosforth CC for their warmth and friendship that made our visit all the more enjoyable.
A copy of the ‘Thank You’ card we received from Gosforth CC is shown below.
Bob Finlay (President)
Tonight (23rd January) we held a PDI battle knockout competition, based on a theme of Food & Drink.
There were 24 entries with a wide range of subjects. The final four images were Slices, A little snack, Cheese board and Coffee break.
The winning image was Cheese board by Janet Leadbitter, A little snack by Julia Robson was second with Slices again by Janet Leadbitter and Coffee break by Pauline Wilson third equal.
Congratulation to Janet for winning and joint third.
Following that, Alec Cowley showed an AV of Newcastle Quayside to the thunderous tones of Wagner and Colin Livingston gave a presentation on how he takes panoramic picture with a specialist tripod mount.
Iain Chambers (PDI Secretary)
Winner 'Cheese Board'. Janet Leadbitter
Runner Up 'Little Snack'. Julia Robson
Joint 3rd 'Coffee Break' Pauline Wilson
Joint 3rd 'Slices' Janet Leadbitter
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)