Yesterday (Sunday 12th) was the 2018 NCPF Club Competition held at Clara Vale.
Myself, Colin Livingstone, Paul Kidd, Alan Carr & Ian Leask made the trip to support Cramlington CC & hear the results.
In the print competition the entry consisted of 18 clubs from the northern region each submitting 20 prints for judging.
First place was awarded to Keswick Photographic Society with a score of 238 points. In second place was Durham Photographic Society with 215 points and third place Northallerton Camera Club with 203 points. Many congratulations to Keswick for a worthy victory. Whilst the other placings have not yet been announced Cramlington CC with a score of 195 points put up a fine showing and congratulations and thanks must go to all those members who's prints were chosen to represent the club.
A full list of our entries are shown below along with a link to the images themselves.
Bob Finlay. (President)
Click (HERE) to view the images.
01 Buttermere Reflection Alan Carr 9
02 A Modern Portrait Jamie Welsh 10
03 Eyes Pop Brannon 11
04 Bamburgh Alan Carr 11
05 As Time Goes By Lauren Clayton 10
06 Reflection Janet Leadbitter 8
07 Stormy St Mary's Jim Meikle 11
08 Roughting Linn Bob Finlay 9
09 Bleak House Jamie Welsh 9
10 Follow Me Pop Brannon 12
11 Jess In The Hood Jim Meikle 9
12 Christmas Rose Pauline Wilson 9
13 Mothers Love Paul Kidd 9
14 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Liz Lockey 11
15 War As Toast Jamie Welsh 8
16 Room For One More Paul Kidd 9
17 Dunstanburgh Sunrise Jamie Welsh 11
18 3 Pennents Colin Livingstone 11
19 Cactus Flower Peter Moody 10
20 Mo Farah Paul Kidd 8
15th February 2018
What can I say ! a great night was had by all. We set up three Mini studio's and set to work taking pictures.
All our "Models" Lydia Michelson, Louise Brown, Emily King, Megan Campbell and her mum Steph Clough and
"Scotswood Slim" aka Brian Lynam. all took part for the first time. I think you will all agree they did a great job for us. The girls brought along a couple of their favourite Disney outfits and the club provided a few more props including a variety of hats, a vintage trumpet and an electric guitar.
The members got to work taking pictures with fixed flash set ups and some sets of speed lights on triggers. Lydia posed with a variety of props from Chinese umbrella and electric guitar to a purple hat "as mother of the bride". Emily, Louise and Megan all took turns in the various sets. One of the great things I enjoy about these nights is the way members get together to share ideas to help and inform others in the use of their camera and techniques. A wealth of knowledge was shared last night, from how "not" to use a smoke machine to simple composition of the shot.
Everyone I spoke to gave me a big thumbs up and said how keen to do it all again.
Well done to our models and all the members who turned up.
A great night.
The smoke machine proved a challenge!
The 5 Way Open Club PDI Competition was held last evening (8th Feb) at Blyth Photographic Society. The Judge was Dave Ord from Consett.
Myself, Paul Kidd, Ian Leask & Richie Curry travelled to Blyth to represent and support Cramlington CC.
The scoring was tight and there was no runaway winner with only 12 points separating 1st and 5th places. Although we finished 5th with 250 points we acquitted ourselves admirably and thanks must go to those members who's images were selected to represent the club.
Congratulations to Cambois for well deserved win and well done to Blyth for achieving the top scoring image with 30 points going to....'Arctic Tern'.
The competition scores are shown below as are Cramlington CC entries.
Bob Finlay (President)
5 Way PDI Competition Results -8th February 2018:
Participating Clubs: Blyth, Cambois, Cramlington, Wallsend, Whitley Bay
Judge: David Ord
File No: Title: Photographer: Points:
Cram 1 Roughting Linn Splendour Bob Finlay 26
Cram 2 Ring of Curves Paul Kidd 23
Cram 3 Winter on Tynemouth Beach John Ridley 25
Cram 4 Cactus Flower Peter Moody 27
Cram 5 The Gap Colin Livingstone 24
Cram 6 North Pier Sunrise Bob Finlay 26
Cram 7 Pharmacist Colin Livingstone 25
Cram 8 Blue Bottle Red Flower Peter Moody 23
Cram 9 Short Eared Owl Jamie Welsh 24
Cram 10 Multi-cultured Jamie Welsh 27
Club Placings: Total Points: Place:
Blyth: 253 3rd
Cambois: 262 1st
Cramlington: 250 5th
Wallsend: 261 2nd
Whitley Bay: 253 3rd
'Roughting Linn Spendour' Bob Finlay
'Ring of Curves' Paul Kidd
'Winter on Tynemouth Beach' John Ridley
'Cactus Flower' John Ridley
'The Gap' Colin Livingstone
'North Pier Sunrise' Bob Finlay
'The Pharmacist' Colin Livingstone
'Blue Bottle Red Flower' Peter Moody
'Short Eared Owl' Jamie Welsh
'Multi-Cultured' Jamie Welsh
Eric Robertson, 12" behind the Lens.
Eric's presentation title is based on Ansel Adam's quote;
"The single most important component of a camera is the 12 inches behind it".
Originally from Carnoustie Scotland but now settled in the North East. Eric is a former member of Ryton & District Camera Club. He now combines his appreciation of art with photography, His own quote "Half Close Your Eyes" to see the picture and not just the detail within. All in his quest to improve his own photography. He explained Roger Sperry's "split brain" theory, to use your right brain(creative side) to "see" the composition not just the detail within. That as a group, photographers are unique in that they are constantly looking and seeing their environment for the appreciation of others.
He went on to explain with the use of images by Caravaggio, Turner, Michael Kenna, Cartier Bresson the "guidelines" of art and their influence to photography. From aerial perspective, the rule of thirds, diagonals and one main subject in your composition. All delivered with humour and anecdotes of his travels.
Eric is a frequent visitor to Tibet, and has been travelling and trekking there for over 14 years with his good friend Tom. Sadly no longer his companion. He now travels alone, flying into Lukla airport and setting off from there. Eric showed some of his images of Everest and the grab shots taken during his treks. Some taken with his iphone, from mountain valleys to shadows of Yaks and pots drying in the sun.
Eric is a volunteer with the charity "Daft As A Brush" and asked that in lieu of a fee we make a donation.
Eric finished with a question session and our members showed their appreciation.
Tonight's (1st Feb) meeting proved to be a bit of a mixed bag and slightly disjointed affair.
Billed as ' An opportunity to show members images from the still life & creepy crawly nights' uptake was a tad on the lean side.
Members who did take up the challenge showing images ranging from snakes, spiders and geckos to flowers vases and old cameras included Pop Brannon, Adam Burness, Ray Thompson, Paul Dunn & Colin Livingstone. Colin showed how he edited an image of a Rainbow Boa to turn it from ordinary to extraordinary. Jamie Welsh showed a series of sunrise & sunset images. This was followed by an AV entitled 'Guess the Local Landmark'. A series of silhouettes of local landmarks inviting members to guess which, before the true image revealed itself. This was kindly put together and shown by Alec Cowley.
Alan Carr showed how an image taken at random with no specific intention developed over a period of time with the addition of other elements and images and copious use of Photoshop layers, developed into a competition winning image.
With still a little time left the evening finished with a DVD showing some of the 2017 NCPF Championship winning images.
Many thanks to all those members who contributed to the evening's entertainment.
Bob Finlay. (President)
25th Jan 2012
Tonight the results of the 2nd Open PDI Competition were revealed. Making a welcome return to Cramlington was Trevor Roxby of Washington Camera Club. Trevor is a well respected NCPF accredited judge who we last saw at the club back in 2012 when he judged our 1st PDI Competition of that season.
Trevor explained that as he had the entries since before Christmas he had plenty of time to view and judge each mage. Trevor said he was impressed with the standard of entries and enjoyed viewing them.
As each of the 53 entered images was projected Trevor gave his thoughts and commented on what he liked or disliked and perhaps how it could be improved upon.
As the judging came to an end the top 5 images were announced with 1st place being awarded to Julia Robson for ‘Memories’, a beautiful still life composition.
Thanks must go to Trevor for agreeing to judge this competition and for presenting the results in such a way that even criticism, where made was constructive and positive.
Trevor received the members thanks with a round of applause for a job well done.
A very well done to Julia and well done to all who were ‘Placed’ or ‘Highly Commended’ and thanks to all who entered.
A full list of the results are shown below and to view the top 5 images please click......(HERE)
Bob Finlay (President)
1st Place 'Memories' Julia Robson
2nd Place 'Autumn Flow' Lauren Clayton
3rd Place 'Short Eared Owl' Jamie Welsh
4th Place 'Moonrise' Bob Finlay
5th Place 'I saw a Ship' Liz Lockey
Chingdu Panda Paul Dunn
Flowering Plumeria John Ridley
I'm Watching You Pop Brannon
North Pier Sunrise Bob Finlay
Olly Terry Cookson
Our guest this evening was Gillian Hales a member and past president of Whitley Bay Photographic Society.
Gillian's presentation proved an eclectic mix of both digital stills and AV's covering her photographic history from picking up her first camera aged 7 through family holidays in the New Forest and gaining Duke of Edinburgh awards in gold, silver & bronze to having her work exhibited in 2008 at North Shields Library.
The presentation kicked off with an AV on 'man's best friend' accompanied by a backing track imaginatively selected entitled 'Who Let The Dogs Out' featuring a plethora of breeds from pets to working dogs.
A trip to The Kelpies near Falkirk was followed by images from the 2012 Olympic trials from Gateshead Stadium. Athletics are a sport Gillian holds close to her heart and a solo trip to the capital to produced images from the IAAF World Championships including Mo winning gold.
A trip to Italy in 1997 to visit a pen pal of many years who was getting married resulted in a series of images of her wedding.
Gillian has been engaged in a project entitled 'Faces' showing a wide variety of images both young and old with the emphasis on expressions with which she finished her presentation.
After answering members questions Gillian was thanked for her presentation and received the usual round of applause.
Bob Finlay (President)
Tonight (11th Jan) was the results of the 2nd Open Print Competition.
Jane Coltman made a welcome return to Cramlington after an absence of over 2 years but this time as a judge not a guest speaker.
Jane, a member of Alnwick Camera Club has been a press photographer for over 30 years and is currently lead photographer on the Northumberland Gazette and so brings a wealth of experience to her role as a judge.
Jane said she was impressed with the quality of the entries and enjoyed viewing them all and as usual picking winners proved a challenge. Jane explained what she liked about each print and what perhaps might be a distraction or where perhaps improvements could be made. The members were impressed and pleased by the way Jane managed to find positives in all the entries and even managed to make any negative comments or criticism sound positive, ideal for those new members having their photographic skills judged for the first time.
The mono prints were judged first and the winner declared as ‘Christmas Rose’ by Pauline Wilson.
Following straight on came the colour section with Jim Meikle taking the accolade for ‘Jess in the Hood’. A very well done to both Pauline and Jim for 2 excellent prints worthy of their 1st places.
At the end of the evening Jane was thanked for her judging skills and positive and informed comments and was rewarded with a round of applause from the members.
A full list of the prints 'placed' and' highly commended' are shown below and to view the top 5 images, both mono and colour click ...(HERE)
Bob Finlay (President)
1) Jess in the Hood Jim Meikle Christmas Rose Pauline Wilson
2) Old Hartley Bay Sunrise Bob Finlay Sea Urchin Pauline Wilson
3) Cave Tourist Ray Thompson Light and Shades Ray Thompson
4) Roughting Linn Bob Finlay Blyth Mooring Tom Wilson
5) Mo-Does it Again Paul Kidd Light Wave Jim Meikle
Blue Sky in Blyth Colin Livingston Off the Hook Jamie Welsh
Guarding the Herd Paul Kidd Mother Love Paul Kidd
Morning Dew Pauline Wilson The View Jim Meikle
Common Kestrel Jamie Welsh Tyne Water God Jamie Welsh
Stormy St Marys Jim Meikle Time to Relaxed & Think Paul Kidd
The Tall Ships Races make a welcome return to the area. Arriving in Sunderland on the 14th of July the fleet will take part in a four day festival of culture and entertainment across the city.
Click on this link for more information. 'Tall Ships 2018'
PDI Knockout (Coast) 4th Jan 2018
This evening was our first meeting after the Christmas/New Year break and it has to be said that attendance was a little disappointing.
The theme of the evening was a PDI knockout battle entitled 'Coast'. Over 50 images had been received as entries and despite the audience being somewhat limited in number those in attendance entered into the spirit of the competition and were treated to a variety of images, some rather loosely based on the coastal theme but many, worthy of a showing in open club competition.
Round by round images were eliminated until our outright winner was decided. The accolade going to Julia Robson for 'Fog on the Pier'.
Very many congratulation to Julia for a lovely image and thanks to all who participated and made the evening a success.
Bob Finlay. (President)
'Fog on the Pier' by Julia Robson