Meetings Blog for 2015 - 2016
This page is a log of the activities taking place on our Friday and Wednesday evening meetings in the main September to May season. We give credit to Deborah Carvill, our Information Officer, for preparing these notes each week. Details of the proceedings and photographs are also submitted to the Bangor Spectator Newspaper for inclusion in their Club Section.
On Thursday 11th August 2016, members, family and friends gathered to celebrated Bangor and North Down Camera Club's official opening of their Annual Prints Exhibition at Bangor Carnegie Library.
President Gerry Coe opened the exhibition by offering words of thanks to Alan Mc Morris and everyone who kindly gave of their time to help in the displaying of the images. Gerry stressed on the impact of the images and hoped it would encourage more to join in the new club season starting on the first Friday in September 2016.
The exhibition images will be on view on the 1st floor from 1st to 29th August and this year the club have the opportunity to display nearly all the prints submitted to the competition with all of members being exhibited. Opening times can be viewed on the Carnegie library website or by calling 91270591
BNDCC wish to thank Management and Staff of Carnegie Library for this wonderful opportunity to display our Annual Exhibition at the Library and to Gerry Coe and all those behind the scenes who arranged this special venue for members. We hope everyone enjoys the array of images and anyone wishing to join the club can visit www.bangor-camera-club.co.uk for details.
The club still meets on a Wednesday and Friday from 7.45 - 10pm at the Ward Avenue Clubhouse and everyone is Warmly Welcome to check out the facilities and workshop evenings.
The Bangor and North Down Camera Club's annual exhibition competition 'post mortem' evening gives members the opportunity to display and witness the beautiful landscapes and portraits along with the wide variety of general photography which captivated the authors, judges and viewers eye. It gives members the opportunity to celebrate the great achievements they and their fellow photographer have accomplished over the year at the club.
Colour and Monochrome Prints in each category from both Foundation and Advanced members filled the clubhouse display stands for guest judges Damian Mc Donald (ARPS) and Martin Spackman (ARPS) from Christian Brothers Camera Club to adjudicate and on Friday 6th May Damian returned to deliver the results and feedback from the print competition to members.
Damian praised the club for its high standard of images in the foundation section which he said gave great promise to the clubs future within NIPA. Advising authors to view their images and make a brave conscious decision to split an image (if necessary) and make the best of the stronger image remaining, keeping a warmer more inviting tone to add a focal point to the finished print. The use of Graduated ND filters to stop the sun blowing out the detail in the cloud of a wonderful sky and the use of Matte papers and square or pillar box framing caught his eye and evident in his winning images. While witnessing an interaction with the sitter of a portrait or the interaction between the subjects using softer defused lighting a key element to the feel and story of the photograph. Images that jumped off the page or showed a little 'out of the box' thinking intrigued and impressed Damian.
Damian's and Martin's selection is as follow -
General Foundation Colour Prints
1st - Judith Kimber - John Dory With Buttons
2nd (joint) - Jane McIlroy - Bathtime
2nd (joint) - Jane McIlroy - Columbine
Highly Commended - Jane McIlroy - Trumpet Lily and Mandy Milliken - Enjoying The View
General Advanced Colour
Print 1st - Peter Gibson - Lilies
2nd - Alan McMorris - Shopping In The Rain
3rd - Hugh Rooney - The Glass Ceiling
Highly Commended - Alan McMorris - Washed Up and Alan McMorris - Two At Work
Commended - Peter Gibson - The Market and Darren Brown - The Girl In The Red Dress
General Foundation Monochrome
Prints 1st - Deborah Gardiner - Bounce
2nd - Deborah Gardiner - Into The Light
3rd - Jane McIlroy - Three Little Pigs
Commended - Jane McIlroy - Branches, Mandy Milliken - Tram Tracks and Deborah Gardiner - Jump
General Advanced Monochrome
Print 1st - Hugh Rooney - Chefchaouen Man
2nd - Hugh Rooney - Chrysler Building
3rd - Darren Brown - Gemma
Highly Commended - Deborah Carvill - A Fond Farewell and Hugh Rooney - Milan Statue
Commended - Harry Graham - Familia
Landscape Foundation Colour Prints
1st - Jane McIlroy - Errigal
2nd - Deborah Gardiner - Golden Crepuscule
3rd - Jane McIlroy - Dawn Mist
Landscape Advanced Colour Print
1st - Darren Brown - Stoab Derg
2nd - Alan McMorris - Misty Sunset
3rd - Alan McMorris - Crohy Arch
Highly Commended - Alan Hartley - Crohy Head
Commended - Darren Brown - Lonely Tree
Landscape Foundation Monochrome Prints
1st - Judith Kimber - The Saltpans
2nd (joint) - Mandy Milliken - Lonely Tree
2nd (joint) - Deborah Gardiner - Morning Dew
Landscape Advanced Monochrome Print
1st - Hugh Rooney - Tarifa Dune
2nd - Hugh Rooney - Terrapile
3rd - Darren Brown - Donegal Sea Stack
Highly Commended - Darren Brown - Blue Coast
Portrait Foundation Colour Prints
1st - Judith Kimber - Lily In A Headwrap
2nd - Deborah Gardiner - Loving Life
3rd - Deborah Gardiner - Ben
Portrait Advanced Colour Print
1st - Darren Brown - The Blues Singer
2nd - Darren Brown - Megan
3rd - Darren Brown - Gold
Portrait Foundation Monochrome Prints
1st - Deborah Gardiner - Waiting
2nd - Eddie Wright - William
3rd - Deborah Gardiner - Vogue
Portrait Advanced Monochrome Print
1st - Darren Brown - The Guitar Player
2nd - Darren Brown - George
3rd - Hugh Rooney - Pauline
Chairman's Choice Foundation 1st - Brian Mc Mullan - Cactus Flower
Chairman's Choice Advanced 1st - Deborah Carvill - Peacock Feathers
Chairman's Choice Overall Winner - Deborah Carvill - Peacock Feathers
Foundation Colour Best Print - Jane McIlroy - Errigal
Foundation Monochrome Best Print - Judith Kimber - Saltpans
Advanced Colour Best Print - Darren Brown - The Blues Singer
Advanced Monochrome Best Print - Hugh Rooney - Tarifa Dune
Club Annual Competitions
Projected Digital Image - Deborah Gardiner
Colour Print - Darren Brown
Monochrome Print - Hugh Rooney
Photographer of the Year - Deborah Gardiner
Animal / Wildlife competition - Alan Field
Panels Competition - John Thompson
A huge thank you to both Damian and Martin for sharing their comments and experience with members and all their hard work to adjudicate the BNDCC Annual Exhibition competition. Congratulations to all the selected winners and thanks to everyone who submitted images to the Exhibition Competition. Images will be displayed during the summer and details will be published at a later date.
Many thanks to Alan McMorris and Harry Watson for overseeing the competition and for setting up the clubhouse for the judging and the post-mortem evenings. Thanks to Ray overseeing proceedings for the last two years and on the last evening of the official camera club programme. The club will continue on its summer club outings as well as the normal Wednesday and Friday workshop evenings until the club officially starts in September. Have a great summer everyone and enjoy your holidays!
Saturday April 30 saw the first summer outing for 2016 when five members gathered at the club premises and set out to Craigantlet to join up with Alan McMorris.
On arrival a welcome cup of tea - coffee and scones was provided by Deborah Gardiner before setting off to the start point of The Craigantlet Hill Climb motor sport event of 2016 promoted and organised by The Ulster Automobile Club Ltd.
Deborah went in search of Ray Brown the start official and motor sport photographer who welcomed us to the event and gave some advice on the best and safe locations. Ray also mentioned that he would welcome receipt of any images sent in by the club members. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For me it was a nostalgic return to past times, way back B.C. that is, before computer when I was a marshall at this event which was first run in 1925 and was won by CG Cathie in a time of 1-46.40. Compare that with today when in 2013 Scott Moran won in a time of 39.41 sec.
Other past winners include Harry Ferguson , Sydney Allard, Ken Warton and John Pringle.
Points on the hill have been named after these famous drivers, Allard , Warton Straight, Pringle, and May”s Cross where the club members had made their way to practice the skill of panning essential to this type of photography.
I know I enjoyed the outing and a reacquaintance with motor sport and hope the other club members enjoyed the event in what turned out to be the best day weather wise for some time.
Bangor and North Down Camera Club held its AGM on Friday 29th April. Chairman Ray Magill opened the proceedings with the usual apologies and confirmation of the 2015 AGM minutes. Next on the agenda were the committee reports from Treasurer - Mandy Milliken, Facilities Manager - Noel Maitland, Webmaster - David Roberts, Competition Secretary - Harry Watson, Exhibition Secretary and NIPA Representative - Alan McMorris, Information Officer - Deborah Carvill and Child Protection & Vulnerable Adult Officer and Club Outings Officer - Deborah Gardiner.
In the officer's reports, members heard a review of the work the committee had undertaken to keep everything at the club operational and maintained for the smooth running of workshops and meetings in 2015/16 and for the year ahead. A membership of 66 and a healthy review of accounts meant membership fees would remain at the same for the 2016/17 season. Thanks to Mandy Milliken, Jack Thomson, John Miskelly and Trevor Craig. The clubhouse premises had some maintenances work carried out as well as the addition of new display boards and the installing of the clubs new projector all Thanks to Noel Maitland, Bobby Peacock and Alan Mc Morris.
2015 Summer club outings had been well attended and the new 2016 outings are available to members now on the BNDCC website. The first of which started on Sat 30th April when members visited the Craigantlet Hillclimb. (with scones at the ready from Deborah Gardiner. Thanks Deborah!)
David Roberts had implemented a new BNDCC website with members galleries, results page, the weekly blog and links to various articles and members individual Photo and Flickr galleries. With the addition of an online membership application form and a link for Exhibition and competition PDI and Print Title to be uploaded bringing the club into a more modern look and experience. A fantastic website both members and public can enjoy. Thanks David!
Harry Watson thanked everyone involved in competitions this year with a 20% increase on last year. 26 members had challenged themselves and Congratulations to all the members who were placed! Thanks to Harry and Bobby for all their hard work behind the scenes! Alan Mc Morris followed to give members the Exhibition stats and BNDCCs standings within the NIPA competition during the year and even thought the club finished 6th, individuals achievement were high in all NIPA Sponsored competitions. Last weeks PDI post mortem saw 70 images and on 6th May over 100 images (8 Foundation and 18 Advanced Members submitted images) being judged for the BNDCC Annual Exhibition and Thanks to Martin Spackman and Damian McDonald for adjudicating and for their feedback. Thanks also Alan and Harry for all their hard work and dedication!
Deborah Carvill reported weekly meetings and event to members via the BNDCC website blog and in the Co Down Spectator with help from David Roberts and Gerry Coe providing photographs and comp results from Harry Watson and Alan Mc Morris. BNDCC wishes to thank Paul and staff at the Spectator for their support and wonderful job they do to cover the meetings each week!
In the Chairman's report, Ray Magill acknowledged the significant achievements with which the committee has progressed to celebrate the photographic success and distinctions awarded to some of our members. Also expressing his gratitude to all individuals who have contributed to these successes.
Hugh Rooney, Nigel Snell, Darren Brown, Michael Rice, John Miskelly, Alan Field, Judith Kimber and Jane McIlroy achieved 10 starred images between then in the NIPA Interclub comps. At The Fountain centre in Bangor, the Novice competition held more successes with Deborah Gardiner and Donna Rowley achieving 2nd, HC & C and C respectively (thanks to Jack for making the arrangements). Judith Kimber achieved 1st place in the Novice competition in the AV festival in Ballyearl, while Alan Field achieved 2nd in the PDI comp of the Roy Finlay Natural History competition at Oxford Island. The recent Top Colour print and PDI saw Darren Brown take 3rd place and Michael Rice achieve 2nd respectively. But also well beyond club level in the form of distinctions where John Miskelly achieved FBIPP and Trevor Craig achieved LRPS a well deserved achievement by both John and Trevor. Congratulations to Everyone!
With this year's official programme, thanks go to Gerry Coe and Ray Magill for once again organising a wide variety of entertaining and informative speakers (external and internal) with plenty of ideas to takeaway on our photographic journey. Thanking all committee members for their hard work and time they have dedicated to the club. With his hand on his heart Ray spoke of the honour and privilege it was to serve all members of BNDCC and thanked them for their support.
The President, Gerry Coe on behalf of the members thanked Ray for his tremendous job towards steering the club to their recent success in NIPA in the past 2 years and even though we missed out on the higher placing from last year there is more to BNDCC and that is the social aspects of the club. We enjoy photography, we enjoy each other's company and we enjoy doing all these things together! It doesn't matter what level a new members enters the club the beauty is that their enthusiasm turns into quality photography as they gain confidence and everyone learns from each other. With the experience mentors and encouragement in the club there are ways to help everyone improve their photography. So let's enjoy photography!
Gerry announced news of one of next seasons workshops by Glyn Dewis a KelbyOne Photographer, retoucher and trainer. It has been organised in conjunction with RPS and will hopefully be on a Friday evening meeting and Sat workshop in October. We look forward to meeting Glyn. Thanks Gerry!
Gerry officially took the chair for the proposal and election of the following Officers for the 2016 - 2017 committee.
Deborah Gardiner was elected Chairperson
Treasurer - Mandy Milliken
Assistant Treasurer - Jack Thompson
Secretary - Christine Pearson
Exhibition Secretary - Alan McMorris
Competition Secretary - Harry Watson
Assistant Competition Secretary - Bobby Peacock
N.I.P.A Representative - Alan McMorris
Facilities Manager - Noel Maitland
Webmaster - David Roberts
Information Officer - Deborah Carvill
Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult Officer - Deborah Gardiner
Programme Committee - Gerry Coe.
Other Committee Members - Hugh Rooney, John Miskelly, Judith Kimber and Darren Brown,
Gerry Congratulated all the elected committee members and handed over to Chairperson Deborah Gardiner for her opening address. Coming a long way from being "Angus's Mum" being in BNDCC has made her confidence grow and not only in photography. Not one for public speaking while on duty Deborah promised that everything will be short and sweet. Deborah enquirer about past lady chairs and It was revealed Glorija Perry was the last women to vacate the post. With a little help from her friends she will remember to keep the standards high and looks forward to being Lady Chair. A few matters of business followed before the AGM was officially closed.
Friday 6th May is the last official club meeting and Damian Mc Donald will return to deliver more feedback on the Print Exhibition Post Mortem.
At the Bangor and North Down Camera Club PDI Event 'Post Mortem' on Friday 22nd April, two judges jointly adjudicated the PDI competitions this year.
Martin Spackman (ARPS) and Damian Mc Donald (ARPS), both from Christian Brother Camera Club, joined members to deliver their feedback and expressed their enjoyment at being given such an opportunity to work their way through the body of work from the club. They were delighted to see the quality presented in the competition to make it all so challenging a task.
Also joining BNDCC members for the night was the Judge for the NIPA Top Print and PDI competition, Vincent Pentecost. He is a former President of the Welsh Photographic Federation and was to judge the NIPA event at Christian Brothers on Saturday 23rd. A warm welcome was extended to Vincent in the hope he would enjoy his visit and BNDCC's Annual exhibition competition.
Martin and Damian, who have become very welcome guests to the club related their own personal stories and experiences to constructively set about creating a build up of excitement to reveal their chosen winners from the 70 images over 3 categories - Landscape, Portrait and General in both Foundation and Advanced sections.
Martin and Damian's selection is as follows
1st - Jane McIlroy - White Lily.
2nd - Deborah Gardiner - Stigma.
3rd - Jane McIlroy - Sunflower.
Highly Commended - Jane McIlroy - Wine Glass.
Jane McIlroy - Downpatrick Cathedral.
Foundation Landscape1st - Jane McIlroy - Misty Morning.
2nd - Jane McIlroy - Brompton Rocks.
3rd - Jane McIlroy - Forest Fog.
No Images submitted for this category.
1st - Darren Brown - Joe.
2nd - Darren Brown - Sarah.
3rd - Alastair Bell - Mela Dancer.
1st - Darren Brown - Lough Neagh Trees.
2nd - Mark Bell - Flow.
3rd - Darren Brown - Glencoe Cottage.
Highly Commended - Mark Bell - Tree On The Hill.
1st - Mark Bell - Ignored.
2nd - Darren Brown - Snap.
3rd - Deborah Carvill - Oil Rigs.
Highly Commended - Darren Brown
Commended - Alan Field - Leaf Cutter.
Congratulations to all the winning entries and to everyone who submitted an image to make the competition such a success. Many thanks to Martin and Damian for spending the time to adjudicate and to give their advice and support to the club . Thanks also goes to Alan Mc Morris and Harry Watson for all their hard work and dedication to the club's Annual Exhibition competition and for organising this seperate PDI event which members fully appreciate.
On Friday 6th May, the Print Annual Exhibition Competition 'Post Mortem' will be held with guest judge Damian Mc Donald returning to give more feedback.
Members are also reminded that Friday 29th April is the AGM and any items for the agenda must be submitted to the club secretary (Christine Pearson) ASAP.
BNDCC wishes to thank the Management and staff of the Esplanade Ballyholme for once again helping to make the club's Annual Exhibition Dinner such a successful night for members. Thanks also goes to Ray Magill, Alan Mc Morris, Harry Watson, Gerry Coe and Mandy Milliken for all their hard work in preparing, organising and presenting all awards and prizes on the night and helping the night run smoothly.
Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who submitted images to the exhibition. Together with all the title winners of the competitions throughout the club year it adds to the celebrations of the evening that goes to makes up the clubs award ceremony.
In a further change to the Friday night programme (Friday 22nd April) the club meetings will resume at the clubhouse in Ward Avenue for the Exhibition Post Mortem. Where we will see all the entries and winning Projected Digital Images and hear feedback by the exhibition judges. Please note this is the PDI results and not the prints as was announced on 12th April.
Photography can mean many things to many people, be it a record of a time, a place, a person or an event. It recalls memories either good or bad. Its all around us, in our homes, our work, you may even carry a photo of loved ones in your purse or wallet and images on your camera phones . But for photographers it can mean looking at the world in a different way with fresh new ways to interest the viewer and it becomes a personal journey for some who want the best out of their talents and skills. That journey can be long, repetitive, challenging and brutally tests your sensitivity to critique.
For two members of BNDCC Trevor Craig and John Miskelly the reward of success greeted them at the end of their personal journeys. The success of not only a photographic distinction but the satisfaction of setting a goal to reach a higher standard of photography and seeing it through to the end.
Trevor began the evening with a few reasons why he had began his journey towards his LRPS and why he is continuing onto the next level of Associateship. A true test to his abilities with the encouragement help and support of friends who had traveled that journey before him. (Trevor thanked Gerry Coe, Harry Pettis, Hugh Rooney, Peter Hughes and John Miskelly) Asking 'Am I good enough', Trevor researched the RPS website to see the standard he would need to achieve. He attended the RPS advisory day (at Calumet) and the IPF workshop in preparation.
Knowing that he was strong enough to go though the process the next questions were - Where to start! Had he enough high standard images! And would they fit cohesively in a panel together! and Where to go for advice.
In the LRPS assessment criteria the presentation, technical camera, technical visual awareness and communication was to be achieved in the selection of 10 images in 3 rows and a hanging plan to be submitted showing a consistency of quality. Mounts in neutral colours and hand printed digitally or chemically processed or even commercially printed prints could be submitted.
How to apply? By downloading the guidelines Trevor could send PDI online or print the images and deliver or post them, use multimedia or present in a book format. Working out the best assessment date, booking it, completing an application form and paying the £70 fee. What did Trevor get out of it if he was successful? A huge relief, a certificate, a lapel badge, the letters after his name which earned the right to use it as a photographer, a media statement and the recognition in the RPS monthly magazine but also to pay the fee £116 to continue to use the distinction.
With Gerry's help 200 images were whittled down to 75, 18 and down to the final 10 and during the printing a lot of paper and ink was used to find the perfectly edited images after still listening to open and honest feedback. Trevor had realised the value of constructive feedback as well as the long hours and dedication that is needed to achieve such heights and became more critical of his own photography and approach to the technical side. All in all a better photographer.
Trevor presented his LRPS panel demonstrating the original images and the changes images he had made. A top row of colour images wth the bottom row in B&W from locations all over the world from Donaghadee, Antelope Canyon, San Diego, Fanad Head, Tuscany, Granada and Patagonia. In Trevor's ARPS panel a B&W study into the plight of the poorest people in India after a visit in November 2014 revealed the giant steps Trevor had taken not only in the technical but the message the panel was to convey.
John Miskelly presented The F Word - A Creative Journey and posed similar questions Who? Why? Where? When and What is next for John. John gained his LRPS in 2000 and his ARPS 4yrs ago but to gain proper recognition from BIPP as a professional photographer he began in 2002 describing it as a painful process he challenged himself to push his photography to new levels and be judged against his peers. The categories include commercial, social, special and visual arts assessments and require 25 - 50 prints in one panel to reflect the day and daily working standard of the photographer and show a detailed brief of supporting evidence. So heading to BIPP head office at Buckinghamshire in 2014. (displaying those images around the wall)
Members had the chance to see them and were shocked to discover they had been unsuccessful. They were printed on Fuji flex and mounted on plastic and failed because they weren't presented in the best way possible. So asking what next! John took advice from Gerry and Roy McKeown. Keeping 8 images and went back to the drawing board to start again taking his style to a different level and reworking in the post processing as well as researching Canson paper types (which John is an international ambassador for) going from a lustre to a more fine art paper (Arches Velin Museum Rag, changing his printer and asking more people for feedback before resubmitted the images again. D-Day # 2 for John was on 13th October 2015 when his panel for Fellowship became successful.
John finished the evening by revealing what he had learned from the whole experience What ever is worth achieving is worth working hard for. It will improve your photography and open your mind but expressed You can never have too much paper!
A huge thank you to both Trevor and John for both inspirational presentations and demonstrations on how accreditations and the support your peers can take you to new levels whether your journey is just beginning or nearly complete it worth stepping onto the path. Thank you and good luck in your next steps!
Friday 15th April the clubhouse is closed and members will be meeting at The Esplanade for the Annual Dinner. The club will continue at the clubhouse on 22nd April for the Print Post Mortem with the AGM on the 29th April and the last official evening on the 6th May for the PDI Post Mortem. For the NIPA Annual Print and PDI Exhibition Please check the website for details.
Adventures in Urban Geometry - a mix of street and architectural photography was presented to members of BNDCC by Paul Hanley on Friday evening and what a wonderful description of this photographic genre to match the wonderful images Paul was to showcase. Locations all over the world - Belfast, Dublin, London, Berlin, Vienna, Barcelona, Madrid, Budapest, Venice, Krakow, Paris, Prague, New York and Chicago gave an amazing glimpse into each cities growth and interactions.
The modern photographic world has gone smaller and lighter to cope with the rules and restrictions of travel today so Paul's list of equipment showed a vast comparison in what he used to travel with and with modern advances in camera technology making handheld images possible for the busy streets and building Paul was to visit. Choosing the Lumix LX100 and the Sony RX100 mk3 and a gorillapod or Velbon Ultrek tripod in a more compact camera bag.
As with many photographers revisiting locations for different lighting and ideal compositions posed a challenge for Paul as the occasional tropical storm and demonstration or even the closing of famous landmarks for religious festivals proved a detour in Paul's plans but when conditions were right the results were spectacular. As they say, all good things come to those who wait and Paul's talent and patience paid off every time with people and structures blending in scale and movement in each image. But having two sons who live in Berlin (one of whom worked in the Albertina Museum in Vienna) was a great advantage to Paul and enjoys his time visiting and photographing his favourite city.
Adding a focal element simple and effective with the common structure of thirds, golden ratio, pyramid symmetry and full framing to balance but of course timing your images and getting the blue hour lighting essential for the perfect photograph. Arriving early to gain a better advantage point or before too many tourists arrives is a time saving tip and is best for the mornings softer and warmer lighting. Luck plays a important part as not only natural light or weather plays an important role but the lighting within and around the buildings you photograph having an imbalance of a beautifully timed sky but the building in darkness or the occasional light giving an imbalance to the image your trying to achieve.
Being lucky with water reflections or reflection in window or the mirror structure of The Bean in Chicago has created wonderful images which everyone see but never notices. Curves and lines in perfect complimenting angles. Using the original and edited images Paul demonstrated the impact the software can have on an image. DXO viewpoint or optics pro software and the now free Nik collection (colour/silver Efex Pro) being Paul favourite for B&W or a cheaper way to keystone an image by the use tilt shift lens effects to straighten up tall buildings. Paul likes people to stop and look at his images and ask what is going on? Visit Pauls website at www.paulhanleyphotography.com to view these wonderful images.
BNDCC would like to thank Paul for presenting his body of work at such short notice and for the wonderful evening of information, stories and stunning photography and of how he approached all its challenges to inspire us all with. Thank You Paul!
Friday 8th April Trevor Craig and John Miskelly double up to present a showcase of their photographic work and members are reminded that there is no clubhouse meeting on 15th April as this is the annual dinner and it will take place at the Esplanade. A menu will be sent via email so please return your choices ASAP. Also can member who received cups and trophies last year please return them polished so they can be presented at the dinner on Friday 15th. You can leave them at the club on Friday 8th or Wed 13th. Thank you!
The Annual NIPA print exhibition closing date is 5th May so members who wish to submit image will need to give their prints plus entry fee to Alan or Darren ASAP. Check NIPA website for details and rules at www.niphoto.co.uk/#!general-event-information/c1bq8 . Good Luck!
BNDCC sends their best to Alan Mc Neice who couldn't make it as guest speaker to Friday evenings meeting and wishes him a speedy recovery. Ever the professional Club President , Gerry Coe stepped up to present members with a selection of award winning Images and demonstrated the Art of Mobile Photography.
Using a video, prints, equipment and Apps to facilitate how each of these elements blended to produce not only photographs but artistic prints with texture, colour, atmosphere together with old film types and framing styles to experiment with. Gerry's creative process resulting in some now iconic images are inspirational and magical in their reveal.
Fascinated with what Dan Burkholder (the writer of iPhone Artistry) was doing with his iPhone photography, Gerry began to download Apps and experiment with the effect buttons, but it was only on a trip to Tuscany with friends from the camera club, did Gerry realise it's true potential. By the end of the trip the compact, lighter camera phone was impressing Gerry and maybe intriguing a few others.
On his return home Gerry made a book called 'Travels in Tuscany with my iPhone' and from one image from that trip, Lone Tree has sold out its edition of prints submitted to the RUA Exhibition at the Ulster Museum, won the BIPP Fine Art Competition and has been used as a book cover for Sebastian Faulks 'A Possible Life'. (Another book Gerry recommended is IPhone Obsessed by Dan Marcolina)
Gerry encouraged by Kevin Wilson, went on to achieve a 2nd Fellowship in BIPP with the first ever iPhone Art Panel and The Peter Grugeon for Fellowship panel of the year in 2012 and became the first person ever to achieve the award twice. With his vision and dedication to include people in the shot no matter how long it takes or far he has to go.
Getting close for the best compositions recalled many great stories demonstrating the focus every photographer relates to when they see 'The Shot'. You can visit Gerry's website at www.iphone-art.co.uk or www.gerrycoe.co.uk or www.coe-artworks.co.uk or on facebook to see for yourself these wonderful images.
Upgrading his iPhone and trying out various Apps, attachable lenses and the use of a gorillapod is all that Gerry will need to capture the original image. Gerry begins with Apps like Hipstamatic, Oggi, 645 pro, Slow Shutter and Tin Type. Like everything in photography and the world of digital new Apps will flood the market and constantly need updating so check reviews carefully to see the best ones if you have to purchase extra features and reclaim any which drop features in the updates. Attachable lenses by Schneider iPro or Olloclip with Telephoto, Macro, Wide angle, Super Wide angle and Fisheye lenses giving the best result for Gerry. Traveling to places like Paris, Rome, Tuscany, Lanzarote and Dublin. Or to the home grown sites of the Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Titanic Quarters, The Rihanna Tree, Pickie Beach Huts or a breathtaking landscapes at Ballyholme.
Editing Apps like Snapseed, Retouch, Enlight, Impression Glaze or Repix for adding tones, saturation, textures, blending modes, blurring and sharpening, painterly effect or birds. When the image is created it is then printed on an Innova art paper, but there are many good art papers which you can try out Permajet, Canson, Hahnemuhle, Epson and Ilford. Even going bigger to print A2 size prints or canvas and Panoramic canvas for the beautiful landscapes where Gerry has used 12 shots to put together in an autostitch App. An Amazing image to come from a camera phone! And the possibilities are endless to how creative anyone who tries can achieve.
Chairman Ray Magill together with members closed the meeting in thanks and appreciation of a great evening by Gerry in 'Opening the door to a different form of Photography' and wishing Gerry success in his regenerating style of App Art and his quest to have a 1st in an RPS panels. Thanks Gerry!
Friday 25th March there is no official meeting but the clubhouse will be open to receive members Prints and PDI entries for the closing day of the Annual Exhibition Competition. You can also visit the BNDCC website to Register your prints beforehand at http://www.bangor-camera-club.co.uk/ bndcc-printtitleuploadform.html and hand in on the night (Friday 25th). For PDI's go to http:// www.bangor-camera-club.co.uk/bndcc-pdiuploadform.html and choose Exhibition PDI's in the competition field. Please speak to Alan McMorris or Harry Watson if you have any problems. Good Luck Everyone!
BNDCC achieved 6th place out of 30 clubs with the finish of this years NIPA Interclub competitions just missing out on holding onto 5th place from the penultimate round. Congratulations to members who contributed to the NIPA Interclub competition and the selection committee for their great work. Also thank you to those members who responded to the survey! It has made a reasonably good interpretation of what the club members would like to get out of photography and the feed back will be reviewed ASAP.
BNDCC will continue its Friday evening meetings back at the clubhouse on 1st April with Paul Hanley for a presentation of his Architectural Photography. Enjoy your Easter Break Everyone!
The chance to meet such greats as Ansel Adams or Henri Cartier-Bresson is but a dream away and in reality any such opportunity has long since passed but the best thing about being a member of a camera clubs like BNDCC is the quality in the wealth of knowledge and expertise kindly shared by the more advanced members to those who attend meetings and wish to soak up the experience. Gaining inspiration and confidence to develop their own creative processes in a fields that is saturated in its ever increasing popularity. Where creating an unusual image is only mastered by those who are dedicated to the process involved.
Hugh Rooney (ARPS) a member of BNDCC for 24 years, has been taking photographs for the last 38 years and worked in I.T. for 30 years. Hugh began with 35mm film and colour slides. For B&W he used 2 1/4 Squared film but since the digital age came about has dedicated more of his photography to B&W and mostly enjoys experimenting with printing to give each image its full potential. On Friday night Hugh's presentation of 150 images, mainly Travel photography, were displayed and only 2 were from Northern Ireland (Dark Hedges and Temple Of The Winds)
His workflow concentrating on Panels or projects in which he proactively shoots for or pulls images into a panel which are complimentary to his chosen theme. Traveling to many destinations with family or friends from the camera club who have shared the early rises and long hours to capture these wonderful landscapes and stunning architecture. As well as the fun and memories that surround the adventure.
The Eiffel Tower, modern architecture at La Defence or overlooking the historical landmarks being surveyed via a (risky) higher viewing spot in Paris. Valencia's Museum of Art and Science and Opera house and it's mirror reflections, Gaudi's wonderful architecture in Barcelona's at La Sagrada Familia (the most visited building in the world), Casa Batllo and La Pedrera - Casa Mila house where the famous ceiling, staircases and chimneys created great curves and interest to the panel.
The mighty Colosseum or the grand Tiber and St. Peter's by night captured the sights of Rome without all the tourist and the Vatican where climbing to the top of dome in St Peter's gave a spectacular panoramic view of the City in which people gave the importance of scale to the statues and architecture within the panorama. Graveyards in Milan were a maze of opportunity. While the Rockefeller Centre, Trump Tower, Apple Store, Chrysler Building and the Guggenheim in New York proved to be a more measurable experience. Charles Bridge in Prague, Chicago's cityscape, Hong Kong viewed from Victoria Peak. A delicate panel of Staircases from around the world - Queens House Greenwich, Temple of the winds at Mount Stewart, Alhambra Palace Spain and from Gaudi's houses in Barcelona displayed the wonder of Hugh's printing style and skills.
The Tea break was to follow but not before a surprise AV made by Hugh of Bangor Camera Club - The Golden Years!!! A wonder glimpse into the club members adventures and all the hairstyles and fashion tips of the day. A lovely reminder of what the club means today and to the future generations to follow. BNDCC will leave a great legacy in Bangor and for the members who choose to be apart of it.
More stories of being lost in graveyards accompanied a Shadows panel before travelling onto Venice's St Marks Square, views from the Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal, The Opera House and Gondolas and a wonderful image called Venice Solitude which also gained Hugh the wonderful achievement of being exhibited at the Royal Albert Hall London as part of the RPS 158th International Print Exhibition Tour. A venue Hugh can now safely say 'he appeared the same night as Bob Dylan'.
Tuscany a place Hugh has visited 11 times over the last 14 years has captured all the iconic images and more of locations doted around the Tuscan region. The rustic houses, trees, dusty 'white' roads, vineyards, ploughed fields and rolling hills and classic architecture, together with atmospheric skies in locations like Pienza, Siena, Lucca, Pisa, Florence, San Gimignano, Sant'Amtimo, Val d'Elsa and stunning images of Belvedere capturing the early morning mist and a chance viewing of a hot air ballon in the distance. Each images drawing you closer to the mystical Tuscan Landscape and escape within. Locations now recognised in many movies like Gladiator and James Bond to name a few.
Hugh travels in the summers and works in winter on the images mostly in Lightroom to create a more high contrast (High/Low Key) image and the results are stunning. You can visit Hugh's website at www.hughrooney.com or Hugh Rooney Photography on Facebook or Hugh Rooney 500px.com.
A huge thankyou to Hugh who's dedication to photography and to BNDCC especially for this presentation is appreciated by members and best wishes to his further travels and successes with his breathtaking Panels.
A Huge Congratulation to both Gerry Coe who received an Honorary Fellowship by British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and John Miskelly who images and accompanying article on his photography has been printed in BIPPs The photographer magazine.
On Friday 18th March Alan Mc Neice will present 'Photographing Giants' also members are reminded that the submission and closing date of the annual exhibition for prints and PDIs is Wednesday 23rd March and Friday 25th March at the clubhouse in Ward Avenue.
An email is being sent to members about submitting PDIs online so please check your inbox and spam box ASAP.
Categories are - Landscape and Portraiture (3 Colour / 3 Monochrome Print and 3 PDI) for General (5 Colour / 5 Monochrome Print and 5 PDI) and 1 Print only for Chairmans Challenge
Alice Burns brought a little difference to Friday evenings meeting at BNDCC with a hands on workshop experience at the Ward Ave clubhouse. Alice one of Northern Ireland's visual artist of renown was guest speaker and filled the night introducing members to Cyanotypes an early photographic printing process. A fascinating glimpse into the origins of a process using a printing material with chemistry, time and dedication.
Alice has taught photography, multimedia, photoshop and animation and has held workshops and talks at Seacourt, Ulster Museum and North Down Museum to name but a few. She uses all kinds of processes and materials with sculpture, glass, printing, and installations or a combination of these and many more medias taking on many projects and travelling too. Recently finishing an Artist In Residence post at Kala Art Institute in Berkley California and visiting Kerikeri New Zealand with 30 other artist and sculptors for the exhibition 'Brave New World'. Alice's piece a glass Installation using fingerprints to make the historic connection between the two countries when three ships sailed from Ulster to settle in Katikati back in 1874.
Cyanotype was discovered by John Herschel in 1842 and is technically the first photographic process before the silver iron process and the 1st woman photographer Anna Atkins who used this process and published a three volume Anthology with 300 handmade prints in each volume. Cyanotype was considered a more industrial process and its blue tones earning it the term once known as Blueprints. Like most photographic process it has become a niche market and becoming popular again especial in America.
Taking members through the chemical solutions and explaining the mixing combinations and any problems which can arise Alice expressed through experience a process she had found most effective and has passed on for member an email with other formulas which will be sent out soon. The important conditions such as the use of a dark dry places for the chemical process to take place without external contaminations.
In the same way film was used a negative has to be produced via printing an image onto acetate using an inkjet or laser printer making sure not to make the blacks too dark or the highlights too white. 'A good well made negative will make a good print'. Before printing the image it has to be inverted and flipped horizontally to correctly make a negative image and can be read correctly after the printing process is finished. (Printing reverses the image and is especially noticeable with writing as it can appear backward in the image)
The negative is used to make contact with the paper and exposed under a UV light for 10mins (this can also be exposed in direct sunlight over a longer period of time) while Alice demonstrated how to prepare the paper with the sensitive solution and circulating examples of the process with a neg and print as well as a silk scarf beautifully decorated using the Cyanotype techniques. The different combinations of using a Neg or feathers, fennel, tape cassettes, or any object which lets light pass through it and the different materials it can be printed on Watercolour or print making paper, even wood, glass and natural fabrics like silk , cotton or linen. As long as the contact was firm between the object and the paper a sharp images could be revealed.
The print was then washed under running water 5-10 mins and removed (if left in too long the colour would be washed out). The next step was the use of tanning for toning the image. Tea bags/ leaves, coffee and redwine even oak galls (used to make ink from oak tree gall nut) has tanning and is commonly use in the toning process. A process that can take some time to develop the right colour tones you wish to have in the final print. When that is achieved the print is washed and bleached to bring the whiteness/ highlights of the paper back again.
Helen Fettus volunteered to have a go at making a print in the remaining time with the guidance of Alice who went on to encourage others to try the process. Taking notes of the elements that work and learning from those that don't but most of all enjoy experimenting in this older form of photographic print making. While unlike a print that can fade, the Cyanotype can restore its colour by simply keeping it in the dark for a while.
Ray Magill thanked Alice for bringing all her equipment and giving members a wonderful hands on demonstration on the Cyanotype process and for all the technical experience she has passed on to members. Ray together with the members of BNDCC wished Alice well in her next residency which she await news of. Please check out Alice's website at http://aliceburns.co.uk
On Friday 11th March 2016 Hugh Rooney will be presenting 'My Black and White Photography' a night not to be missed. Also can members please fill in the survey sent out by email or via the BNDCC Facebook page ASAP. Thank You!
One of the famous nights of the BNDCC calendar is Ladies Night. It's an evening where the lady members of the club can showcase their interests and experiences through photography. Beginning with a visual display of images set to music sometimes mixed with a soundtrack of spoken word or a presentation describing images being displayed on the screen or covering the walls within the clubhouse and afterward inviting the men for a few culinary treats to mix and chat.
Of course it is not as easy as it sounds as in today's world, time is a very rare thing and with the deadline looming all the ladies committed themselves to joining in and adding to the fun and atmosphere of the night. Especially with the escalating successes of the ladies within the club competitions it was a night to relax, enjoy and listen to the diverse styles and themes each lady member offered in their photography.
Club secretary Christine Pearson (and I.T. guru) hosted the night and each show piece was briefly introduced by the ladies. Judith Kimber who has found photography and the club a whole new world introduced a print panel of rusty cars and a Slideshow from holidays last summer. 'Brighton - Light and Dark, a blend through B&W, Infrared and colour images of the seaside, architecture and particularly the Royal Pavilion. Judith's successful AV of 'Letters from Kilcloud' followed. A delicate look into a past that touches the senses with words and music by Judith herself, challenging members to spot a familiar song with one of the images. Revealing the tune to be 'Old Mc Donald had a farm' when no one spotted it.
Mandy Milliken presented a slideshow of a selection of images from this years competitions many of which were well placed among the winning images. Gas lamps to autumnal coloured trees and towns and city's on her travels but Mandy's old favourite photo from 1996, which still hangs on her wall, of a cow in a field perfectly added a twist of humour to finish her wonderful images.
A print panel of Beautiful Flowers grown in pots in her greenhouse with little damage from rain or wind, pest or bug and where the light could be controlled was a subject matter close to Jane McIlroy's heart in her presentation. Jane explained how she had isolated the elements to layers and composed images of the flowers using background colours taken from the colour tones within the flowers themselves. Closer to treating each image as a portrait of a flowers in the same respect.
The Tall Ships Festival 2nd to 5th July 2015 was the setting for May Carvill's slideshow. Spaced over three separate days of visiting the festival. Beginning with a boat trip on Thursday around the docks as the ships arrived. Capturing the record breaking crowds and entertainment greeting the sites of the majestic ships and their crew with a splendid display of hot air ballon and a firework display on the Saturday camera club outing. Finishing on the Sunday with the grand departure past the BNDCC clubhouse as they sailed into the distance at Bangor bay.
Deborah Gardiner who images have also topped the placing in the club individual and overall as well as the NIPA Novice competitions this year presented a beautiful slideshow on 'Mother Nature' Using recent trips or Club outings and the NIPA Nature Group, even from home, photographing Fungi, flowers, autumn leaves, sea shells, birds or spiders webs all showing detail and colour with uncluttered background and beautiful shapes and textures to compliment each other.
Helen Fettus presented a slideshow of Flower, Bees, Butterflies and Trees a wonderful look into macro photography in the natural world around us. Hover flies under flowers, spiders hiding in leaves. Colourful flowers, Exquisite patterns on butterflies wings to crisp white glistening snow all set to a wonderful selection of music to take you on a journey through every images
Deborah Carvill's - 'Mount Stewart Festival Of Light' from 2013 - 2015 took a journey around the house and lake displaying the various seated viewing areas were a breath can be caught or taken away by the beauty and colour of the display of lights entwining nature during the festival. The friend and families that visit and the sculptures specially designed for the event. All accompanied and guided by the wonderful music from the local Musician and Natural Trust Ranger Will Hawkins.
Nature is a passion for Lesley Crawshaw and a wonderful presentation on how her photography follows the seasons and record events for the Birds she spots on visits to the Saltee Islands, on walk in nature groups or along the costal paths between Orlock Point and Ballyholme especially Ballymacormack Point. And wonderful snapshots of even a great skua. A rare bird to these shores in winter which is one for the records. A lesson to us all to observe the natural world all around us.
A recent trip by Christine Pearson to visit her adopted Monkey in Monkey World in Dorset gave us a wonderful opportunity to meet 'Sylvester' (an orange Orang-utan) and the other monkeys rescued from all over the world within the Park. Ran by Jim and Alison Cronin. Sadly Jim Died on 17th March 2007 and Christine relayed the message of how the centre has and still continues in his footsteps to rescue monkey worldwide and nurture them with a healthy environment to live in.
Congratulations and few certificates and awards had to be mentioned and handed out on Friday night after BNDCC success at NIPAs Interclub Round 4 Open competition for Jane McIlroy, John Miskelly and Alan Field. Alan and Judith Kimber also received awards at the AV Festival in Ballyearl. Judith won NIPA Novice and Best NI Theme with 'Letters from Kilcloud' and Alan won Best Nature with 'Costa Rica Nature'. John Miskelly achieved a silver medal award from BIPP Professional Photography Awards 2016 with his 5 image series in Visual Arts for 'Elemental' a wonderful achievement! Congratulation John!
BNDCC Chairman Ray Magill Thanked the ladies for a great night of photographic endeavours within the club describing it as one of the best years in terms of width of photography, quality of images and presentations so far. So Thank You to Christine, Judith, Mandy, Jane, May, Deborah, Helen, Deborah, Lesley, Shirley and Judith for a lovely, enjoyable evening and all their hard work and preparation towards the success of Ladies Night.
On Friday 4th March Alice Burns will be presenting 'Cyanotypes Early Photographic Printing Processes'. Remember Please keep checking your emails for the club survey and if members can fill it in and Please return it ASAP.
Every photography club in NIPA (Northern Ireland Photographic Association) would have had to brush up on their French this year as the the 5th Round theme in their Interclub competition is Contre-jour meaning 'Against Daylight'. NIPA themselves gave a brief description to guide members in their search for images - Contre-jour defined as "Photography taken with the camera pointed more or less in the direction of the principal light source or with the strongest light behind the subject".
A challenging round indeed but one taken up by BNDCC members as 131 images were submitted for guest judge Anne Given to deliberate and reveal her top images on Friday evening. Anne from Catchlight Camera Club was delighted to be asked back and expressed the wish to guide the foundation members with her feedback.
The spacing between the main elements of the image and how they interacted with each other was a key aspect for Anne. Discovering where the light source is coming from and how the author had held and correctly spaced the elements within the frame gain favour in Anne final placings. Windows with correctly exposed in/exteriors where important to capture the whole story. Cranes, Trees, piers, bikes, flowers, sculptures, planes, the Titanic sign, a murmur of birds, people walking or partying on beaches, kids playing, architectural shapes, churches and old ruins captured in sunsets/sunrises or with a wonderful lit sky, simply executed to hold the viewer interest and Wow Anne.
Anne's Round 5 Results are as follows:
Foundation Colour Print
1st Mandy Milliken - The Old Street Light
2nd Brian Watt - Cottage Interior
3rd Mandy Milliken - Sunshine on the Sand
HC Brian Watt - The Golden Hour
C Judith Kimber - Chipped Madonna on the Beach
Foundation Mono Print
1st Mandy Milliken - Walking the Dog
2nd Deborah Gardiner - Bounce
3rd Bill Henning - The Ash
HC Brian McMullan - Roman Columns
1st Bill Henning - Wedding Reception
2nd Deborah Gardiner - Golden Crepuscule
3rd Brian Watt - Murmuration
HC Jane McIlroy - Wild Cherry
HC Mandy Milliken - Under The Pier
C Mandy Milliken - Wind Turbine
C Deborah Gardiner - Alone
Advanced Colour Print
1st Gerry Coe - Your Move
2nd Debbie Carvill - Donaghadee
3rd Harry Graham - Abbey Light
HC Darren Brown - Subway Life
C Harry Graham - High Rise
Advanced Mono Print
1st Hugh Rooney - Kinnegar Pier
2nd Hugh Rooney - Tarifa Dunes
3rd Mark Bell - Moonlit Lighthouse
HC Hugh Rooney - Gondolas
C Edward McCavana - Have a Drink on Me
1st Nigel Snell - Wading
2nd Alistair Bell - Bike And Chain
3rd May Carvill - Church In The Valley HC Alan Field - Twilight
C Darren Brown - Scrabo Sunset
C May Carvill - Forest Canopy
C Nigel Snell - Take Off
BNDCC wishes to send Anne a huge thank you for judging the last of the NIPA club competitions this year and to Bob Given for helping Anne! We wish them both a welcome return soon!
Also to Harry Watson and Bobby Peacock for all their hard work in making all the competition rounds this year so successful. Thank you! Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who submitted images to this and all the competition representing BNDCC this year.
Remember 'Girls Night In' on Friday 26th February where the ladies members showcase their photography and lay on a feast for the men, See you all there!
Gabriel O'Shaughnessy (MFIAP, FIPF, FRPS, EFIAP/b) made a welcome return to BNDCC on Friday 12th February and inspired members once again with his portfolio of photographs 'From Start To Finish'. Taking a year to year look at some of the images which perfectly demonstrated his vision and preparations for Print Photography.
Gabriel attends Dundalk Photographic Society where competition are print based and only the top 6 members can submit photographs for their Photographer Of The Year. A constant reminder to Gabriel to keep these high standards and evolve and improve his styles of photography which has in turn gained him many awards and accreditations to his name.
Gabriel showcased some images from how he viewed the subject and by using different elements and editing software created the photograph he visualised giving a more artistic blend. Transforming portraits into having a more dramatic impact and drawing the viewer to an understanding of their lives and surroundings. Something Gabriel explores first before taking the shots. Lighting is a key factor to Gabriel's photography Natural light using reflectors or little or no backlighting in studio setting to create the mood or atmosphere he is trying to achieve. Lighting which enhances textures and tones complimenting the story and the characters within the frame.
Visiting Romania, Kathmandu, Vietnam, Cuba or at home in Ireland, Gabriel expressed what a great opportunity it was to visit and capture the people and environments they live in and how he prepared to tell their story as compassionately but realistically as possible. A stranger entering to capture images but leaving with a little understanding and wiser for the experience often left wondering how they are especially after the bad news of earthquakes after his visit.
Disused factories, old abandoned houses, Folk Parks with guides dressed in period costumes, construction workers, miners from the Black Country in England, raging waves in recent storm force winds, children arm wrestling in the street, beautiful land/seascapes with a hint of the life of the inhabitants, white crockery carefully placed in balance on a shelf or a delicate vase of poppies beside a window revealing the outside glimpse of the world gave great insight into the thought process behind each image and the planning and also the safety aspects a photographer must respect in order to capture these inspiring moments. Egyptian styled portraits to a more Game of Thrones vision amongst the images that left members with a long lasting impression.
Gabriel also told us of his transformation from his DSLR Canon gear to the now compact Fuji Mirrorless Camera system and how much easier it is to carry and use while getting the same results but stresses the person behind the equipment is the most important element to photography. Well exposed and composed images cannot be substituted in any image and always shoot in RAW format to give best quality to the images. When retouching in any software treat the image by using subtle controls. Blend, soften of sharpen in the right areas and use layer masks so this or any action can be applied correctly. Always be conscience of the viewer what will distract them from the story you wish to tell thought your photograph.
Gabriel finished the evening with a Q&A session from members before Chairman Ray Magill passed on a huge thanks to Gabriel for revisiting us at BNDCC and bringing along his work to explain how each particular photograph was composed and how lighting, positioning, props, clothing and even the addition of extra elements can make such a difference to the subject matter and the story being told. We wish Gabriel well in his next trip to Austria and hope he returns soon to reveal more of the stories behind his amazing images. Your photographs are truly an inspirational! Thank you!
Members are reminded to check the BNDCC website for the latest changes to the programme as this years Exhibition Competition Submission Date has been brought forward and an extra date added to compensate for those changes. The Date has been Changed to Wednesday 23rd March and Friday 25th March 2016 (5 weeks from Spectator Publication) so time can be given to Alan to organise, prepare, deliver images to the judge for an appropriate amount of time before they are returned and displayed for the post mortem evenings.
David has worked hard to successfully devise a new way to submit competition PDIs online. It has been up and running for the last couple of competitions and member will find it an easier way to enter digital images and have their delivery confirmed to the sender via BNDCC website and by Harry the competition secretary. If you haven't already done so Please visit the BNDCC website and check out the new look and added features David Robert's has recently upgraded the website with. It's looking fantastic and new features are still to be added. Thank You David!
Can members Please fill in the survey which will be sent out soon via email and return ASAP. Many Thanks!
John Thompson - Overall Winner.
Offering a challenge to members photographic thought processes, BNDCC holds a Panels competitions annually.
This requires making a selection of 6 images all strong enough in their individual aspect, but complimentary to its placing within the 6 selected photographs of a common theme. Ross McKelvey was the guest judge who had the task of choosing the top panels of the 6 categories and one overall winner during Friday nights meeting .
Ross from Catchlight Camera Club, became only the second photographer from Northern Ireland to obtain the Master Award from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (MPAGB) and has countless awards and achievements to his name. Ross has encouraged other photographers to develop their skills and venture further to achieve more from their photography and helped Catchlight become the top club within NIPA.
He stated that images need to stir up some emotion and be different from anything he has seen before with colour tones that gave texture and depth, symmetrical images that had line to lead the viewers eye, striking images that were filled with emotion and exciting technically executed images with a presentation to match. The use of fine art papers to enhance and compliment the look and feel of the printed image.
In the genre he loves the most, Ross asked for warmer tones in monochrome matching the softest nicer range of sepia tones. Drama and a good interpretation of the subject as well as in and outside lighting by using natural light or flash. But a story from start to finish was as important for each panel and to Ross's final selection.
They are as follows:
Foundation Colour Print -
Judith Kimber - Veterans (2nd)
Foundation Monochrome Print -
Deborah Gardiner - Festool (HC)
Foundation Projected Digital Image -
Judith Kimber - Gasworks (HC)
Advanced Colour Print -
Peter Gibson - An Old Irish Wedding (HC)
Advanced Monochrome Print -
Trevor Robinson - Through the Roof (3rd)
Advanced Projected Digital Image -
John Thompson - Silhouettes At Sunrise (1st)
Overall Winner -
John Thompson - Silhouettes At Sunrise
BNDCC would like to thank Ross for his in depth critique and sharing his knowledge and experience to help make improvements to the way members look at their photography. Thanks also goes to Harry, Bobby and all the members who gave up their time to help prepare the photographs on display for the adjudication on Friday evening. Many Thanks!
Congratulation to John Miskelly, Alan Field and Darren Brown who achieved starred images in Round 3 of the NIPA Competition taking Bangor to 4th place overall.
On Friday 12th February, Gabriel O'Shanaghnessy from Dundalk Photographic Society will be visiting the club and as the impressions left by his last visit on 27 Sept 2013 are still resonating with members, it promises to be a night not to be missed.
Every amateur or professional photographer will read about all the latest equipment for their particular brand of camera with camera bodies, lenses, tripods, filters flooding the market and they will try to keep up to date in the hope their photography improves with the higher prices they pay.
On Friday evening at BNDCC John Miskelly stated, for him, 'That's not what photography is about' and posed a question to members What is photography about? Members replied 'The person behind the camera', 'lighting, composition and exposures', 'timing or luck' all perfectly good answers but John asked member to have 'Vision' for their photography. We all see the world differently, we feel differently at any particular moment and feel different emotional connections so each image we create should convey a piece of you the author and see it from a fresh sensory vision.
So many photographers go to the same locations and copy the same angle, snap the same image and spend time adjusting it in Photoshop. The art and craft of Landscape photography is something John has learnt and passed on in his workshops and on Friday demonstrated how he came to find the Vision for his photography.
How he plans and executes an image within his camera and apart from stitching a number of shots together to make one final panoramic image only uses minor adjustments like cropping and contrast in postproduction. Quoting Joe Cornish, a man that started a new direction for John, there are three separate images. One in the minds eye, the one captured in the camera and one in postproduction. Which do you wish to take?
Landscapes from Donaghadee, Norway, India, the Outer Hebrides to the North Coast and the Isle of Skye to Donegal all location John has visited on many occasions to recapture an ever changing world that erodes and recreates over time. Rivers change their course, weather, blue or cloudy skies, sunset and sunrises are never the same and light can appear and disappear in an instant. It can sometimes be a waiting game but all worth it for the love and passion devoted to photography but necessary in become a truly great photographer.
How to develop your vision and applying it in the field. The craft of photography through light, subject matter, composition and emotion and how to marry it with your vision. Demonstrating the differences from a normal lens with no filter, then a Natural Density filter to the Big Stopper in which exposure times can be extended to 10 mins and more in order to gain a balanced exposure throughout the image.
Being at the right place at the right time means preparing equipment, listening to forecasts, checking tide times and researching where the sun rises and sets before all those early morning rises or catching the last rays of the sun. Using the light and shade to create depth and more interesting photographs. Know your location and viewing all angles and heights for the correct composition by walking around to find separation in all the elements to create flow. Look for curves or diagonal lines leading to where you want the viewers eye to wander through the image.
Create emotions that connect all the elements to the viewer. The framing of your final images are also important so choose a ratio that compliments the scene be it panoramic, square or a popular 5x4 format and don't complicate a beautiful landscape.
Become more critical of your own work and the days of taking thousands of images to find one good photograph will change how you act and feel about being a photographer. Make wise, even calculated decisions and don't regret it when the moment has passed because its too late for the shot. Please yourself unless your taking images for a client and love the outdoors.
It's a way to get more fresh air and plenty of exercise but most of all be safe as it sometimes doesn't always go to plan. Being off the beaten track and climbing slippery slopes and rocks along shoreline with expensive, heavy equipment on your back or in your hands, in all weathers, is not an easy task and danger comes with each step so even if you have a phone the signals in some areas can be poor or have no coverage so communicate before (and after) you head off and tell family or friends where you are going and for how long for. Be safe!
In recognition to BNDCC, John thanked all the members throughout the years who had inspired him. The wealth of talented photographers who have helped in the development of his photography and fine tuned it to the high standards of Fine Art Photography.
Finishing off the night Hugh Rooney lead members in applause to thank John for his wonderful evening in the craft and art of photography and being one of the few speakers who could articulate this so well. Thank you John!
Next Friday is the panels competition and a great night to learn how images of a certain theme can relate and compliment each other. Good Luck Everyone!
BNDCC had the privilege of having the NIPA President Martin Spackman as their guest judge for the NIPA club Round 4 Open competition on Friday evening. Martin from Christian Brothers camera club remarked on how significant this part of the competition year is and with the difficulties of judging the super display of prints and images entered within both foundation and advanced levels in which he gave some careful consideration before making his decisions.
Describing BNDCC as his second home due to the time he has spent over the years visiting the clubhouse as a judge or as a NIPA committee member in which the clubhouse is considered to have one of the best facilities in Northern Ireland.
A warm welcome is always extended to Martin on his visits and with the past President Ray Magill he has found direction and was 'Happy to take up the challenges that are presented to him as NIPA President'. Nothing excites Martin more than looking and talking about photography! His views expressed as his opinions and asked members to 'cherish times passage and to capture moment in history before it is gone for good'.
Images that would remind him of times or places which provoked an emotion or mood. Even the zing from the days of using film. The simplicity of some subjects and the controlling of available light. Finding details in the shadows and highlights, the subject in good light with strong detail and complimenting tones and saturation.
The separation of elements which gave context to the story being told and being held within the frame. The colour of photo mounts also had to be well chosen did it weaken or strengthen an image? or the positioning of a panoramic image in the frame if it was given a thicker base to add weight to the overall presentation. Macro images with good depth of field, blue skies for night photography and the use of natural light which would give more depth and not flatten the image the way using flash photography would.
Martins Round 4 Open Results are as follows:
Foundation Colour Print
1st - Jane McIlroy - Errigal
2nd - Jane McIlroy - Trumpet Lily
3rd - Donna Rowley - Teamwork
HC - Jane McIlroy - Tulips
HC - Donna Rowley - Final Straight
HC - Mandy Milliken - Brooklyn Bridge
C - Brian McMullan - A Pod in the Eye
Foundation Mono Print
1st - Judith Kimber - Matthew Loney
2nd - Brian McMullan - The City from St Paul's
3rd - Mandy Milliken - Tram Tracks
C - Judith Kimber - Brighton Leaf
HC - Jane McIlroy - Piglets
HC - Mandy Milliken - New York Skyline
1st - Deborah Gardiner - Stigma
2nd - Deborah Gardiner - Thistle
3rd - Bill Henning - Minestrone
HC - Judith Kimber - Snappers
HC - Jane McIlroy - Wineglass
C - Deborah Gardiner - Wee 3 Figs
C - Bill Henning - Dinner Time
Advanced Colour Print
1st - Darren Brown - The Dancer
2nd - Alan Field - Hopper
3rd - Gerry Coe - Lone Tree
HC - Darren Brown - Glencoe Cottage
C - Alan Field - Blackbird
Advanced Mono Print
1st - Harry Graham - Paris in Vegas
2nd - Hugh Rooney - Terrapile
3rd - Edward McCavana - Chech Bridge
HC - Darren Brown - Glenfinnan
HC - Ray Magill - Cloister Passage
1st - John Thompson - At The Window
2nd - Alan Field - Great Ant
3rd - Darren Brown - Oh Deer
HC - Alistair Bell - Funchal Market Pump
C - Anthony Crosbie - Five Thirteen
C - Darren Brown - Glencoe
C - Alan Field - Bubble
C - Edward McCavana - Charles Bridge
C - Alistair Bell - Seracuse Mormon Church
Martin took a brief moment to thank Jack Thompson for his help and contribution to the recent successes at the NIPA Novice competition at the Fountain Centre in Bangor. Where Congratulations goes to BNDCC members Deborah Gardiner for coming in second place in with her image of a robin and highly commended and commanded with her images of a red flower and a tree at sunset and also to Donna Rowley who was commended for her image of a pink flower.
Thanks to Martin for his wonderful style of judging! A mixture of kind comments and stories that member could connect with and relate to.
Thanks also to Harry Watson and Bobby Peacock for once again, another successful competition round and all their hard work! Thanks to all those who entered the competition and congratulations to all those placed!
A special congratulations to Jane McIlroy for being Placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Foundation Colour Print section and joins only a handful of members to have achieved this fleeting award, as unfortunately the club rules state that members can only have 2 winning entries in each category, therefore Jane's 3rd place will now be moved to the 4th place and awarded a shortlist point and the 4th place image will now take third place and points.
Unfortunately Friday, 29 January meeting has been rescheduled and one of the club members (John Miskelly - "The Creative Landscape") will be stepping in to present their photographic experiences. It is also the closing date of the panels competition.
Please visit the BNDCC website for more details.
Club Chairman Ray Magill welcomed member to the first meeting of 2016 and announced BNDCCs plans for hosting this year NIPA Novice Competition at the Fountain Centre in Queens Parade. Also member offered Congratulations to John Thompson (via Jack) for his recent success in the Will McCrum Portraiture competition in which his photograph 'Reminiscences' received a Highly Commended placing.
In preparation for the NIPA and All Ireland AV festival on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th February at Ballyearl, Newtownabbey members of BNDCC were treated to an evening of digital AV's to demonstrate and inspire other members to have a go at taking their own images and adding a piece of music or narrative to create an AV to enter the competition. (Details of the festival can be seen on the NIPA website)
Some members who previously entered into past competitions presented their own AV's for a preview of the verity of subject and techniques used to compile a digital AV. Jack Thompson and Mark Allen Allen who have previously won or been highly placed as well as new members submitted their own AV's to make the night an enjoyable dip into the talents and skills the club have to offer and a few 'Gems' captivated the audience.
A variety of themes from Natural History to far off lands. Forests, mountains, rivers and waterfall. Autumn warmth to winter cold grip. Distant galaxy's to childhood memories, even days out with family or a trip with friends. Being given directions or being lost in a story of discarded items. A contrast in streets of hardship and Poverty to richly decorated palaces and temples so close in distance but worlds apart.
Thanks to Jack Thompson - 'Glenarm', 'Hilda', 'Busy Bee' and 'Dance Of The Flowers'. Mark Allen - 'Iceland' and 'India A World Apart'. Alan Field - 'Costa Rica Nature'. Judith Kimber - 'Letter From Kilcloud'. Helen Fettus - 'Sunshine'. Mandy Milliken - 'Blackpool Revisited July 2014'. Ray Magill - 'A Walk Through Montmartre Paris'. Bill Henning - 'Space Oddity' and Noel Maitland - 'Signs of New Zealand'. Also Thank You to Alan McMorris for manning the computer and presenting all the AV on Friday evening.
The next meeting, on Friday, 22nd January 2016 is the NIPA Club Round 4 - Open competition being held at the clubhouse. Also anyone who is interested is very welcome to attending the NIPA AV workshop being held at BNDCC clubhouse in Ward Ave on Saturday 30th January. Tips and feedback is offered by many experience members and is a great way to join in the AV group who benefit greatly in this community.
On Friday 8th January Bangor and North Down Camera Club member met at the Esplanade in Ballyholme for their usual Christmas Dinner celebration to start the new year and kicks off the second half of the club season. It was the first visit to the Esplanade since it has been reopened under new management and members enjoyed the evening in the newly refurbished dining room where members could mix and chat in a more informal atmosphere.
Before the night ended a ballot was well supported by members contributing photographic prints and prizes and also snapping up the ticket to win them successfully sold to them by Gerry and Hugh. A special thanks to the management of O2 Main Street Branch for donating a wonderful prize to the pot and to David for his help. Congratulations to all the winners!
Members would like to Thank management and staff at the Esplanade for a lovely evening. Also a huge Thank You to Gerry, Ray and Hugh for all their hard work and help during the evening to make it such an entertaining and successful night! We wish those members who couldn't be with us on Friday night and indeed to all members of BNDCC a Happy and Healthy New Year 2016!
BNDCC will resume its official Friday night programme in its Ward Avenue clubhouse on 15th January 2016. Members will be showcasing their digital Audio Visual presentations and it is also the closing date of NIPA Club Round 4 Open Competition.
It's that time of year again! Quiz night at BNDCC and Christmas is but a blink of the eye away.
19 members mixed company within the 4 teams with our regular hosts for the night Quizmasters Alastair and Mildred Bell. Over 9 rounds of questions and a sheet of connecting words (Word sandwich) completing the scoring. Films, music, places, food and drink, general knowledge and photography among some of the subjects to dust off the cobwebs and help recall as many of the answers as possible. Spot prizes were also given to the first member to raise their hand and correctly answer the question. Which helped a little banter between member when it was 'Lucky we had a doctor in the house'
Congratulations to the winners of the night Waterfall Walkers with 84 points and well done to those who bravely put their knowledge to the test as all teams topped the highest score of last years results. 2nd Minds Gone Blank (76), 3rd F-Stop (62) and 4th place Captains Table (60) completed the results on this fun filled social night of the year. It's always a night member enjoy within the stresses of the Christmas season. Thank you to Alastair and Mildred for another wonderful quiz night and we look forward to your return in 2016 to challenge us all again.
There are no official meetings at the clubhouse for three weeks over Christmas and New Year. Members will be celebrating Christmas Dinner in the Esplanade on 8th January 2016, 7:30pm for an 8pm start.
However any workshop nights may still be running if members wish to know more about these please check or make contact with the BNDCC facebook page.
BNDCC will resume its official Friday night programme in its Ward Avenue clubhouse on 15th January 2016. Members will be showcasing their digital Audio Visual presentations and it is also the closing date of NIPA Club Round 4 Open Competition. Hopefully members will use the holidays to venture out and capture a few gems they wish to share with the club.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year everyone!
The theme of NIPA's club third round competition is Street Photography and has been defined as "Photography that features subjects in candid situations within public places". So who better to join members of BNDCC and officiate as guest judge on Friday night than Hugh Russell newspaper photographer and picture editor for the Irish News. Hugh is also a members of Christian Brothers camera club and knows all too well how complicated the different interpretations can be to such a subject. But confident to his own photographic knowledge as an editor Hugh captivated members with his professionalism and lighthearted humour.
Looking for images with combined elements of people in surroundings with the correct exposure, good natural light, composition with flowing shapes and textures, framed and separated from the fore and background with a well chosen depth of field to reveal a story that the author wants the viewer to share and appreciate together. 'Put something of yourself in the images, make it yours' was the advice from Hugh. But beautiful single portraitures, environmental portraiture, inside and beach / river shots were not considered by Hugh to be within the parameters of 'the street'.
It was a theme to get members of clubs talking and getting out over the doorstep to take but it also involved an element of care and respect as not everyone will be keen to be photographed in a public place. Buskers / street performers and the homeless all too popular a subject but their story an important one if captured candidly. Expressions, atmosphere and relationships between the people making a successful photograph. Reflections in puddles or on window panes had to be carefully handled but streets after the rain added texture and the extra element of umbrellas to the development of a storyline through the image. A single red umbrella on a sunny day held high in a crowd stood out for Hugh as an image you knew right away what it represented and how simple but effective in its message.
Shadows with expressive, distinctive shapes. A story of modern life with people on their phones or texting and how they relate to those around them all elements to be carefully observed. People from different parts of the world to the diversity of a single city all with a story to be told. But Hugh expressed the need to capture images even though it may not tick all the competition boxes as a record of history is captured within the images people change, places are redeveloped and fashions are a statement to the decades and any photo will be priceless to the generation of the future.
Thank you to Hugh for his words of experience and once again making the night such a enjoyable one! To the competition team Harry Watson, Bobby Peacock and Alan McMorris a huge Thank you for all your hard work to the smooth running of the night and to all those who contributed to the largest number of competition entries this season! To all the winners, Congratulations!
These are the results of the Street Photography competition -
Foundation Print Colour
1st Mandy Milliken - You’ve Been Framed
2nd Bill Henning - Obey
3rd Deborah Gardiner - Shhhhh
Foundation Print Monochrome
1st Donna Rowley - The Friends
2nd Judith Kimber - Lucky You
3rd Deborah Gardiner - Waiting
Advanced Print Colour
1st Alan Field - I see Ya
2nd Gerry Coe - Engrossed
3rd Gerry Coe - Follow Me
HC Alan McMorris - Rough Night
Advanced Print Monochrome
1st Hugh Rooney - Man from Chefchaouen
2nd Gerry Coe - Shadows
3rd Hugh Rooney - Parisian Student
HC Alan McMorris - Connected
1st Neal Stephens
2nd Neal Stephens
3rd Deborah Gardiner - New Hair Do
HC Neal Stephens
1st John Miskelly - Old Woman
2nd Alastair Bell - Quiet Day
3rd Darren Brown - Happy Drunks
HC John Thompson - 9am and a days work done
HC Trevor Robinson - Pretty as a Picture
Next Friday 18th December is the last meeting before the Christmas break. Alastair and Mildred Bell will be hosting the quiz night and it is a wonderful opportunity to get to know other members and have a bit of fun.
Also a reminder to members that emails have been sent out of the menu for the Christmas dinner on Friday 8th January 2016. Please send Gerry your choices ASAP. The second email will be sent soon with a questionnaire to help organise club workshops so please check your emails and reply ASAP. Many Thanks!
Hugh Russell is one of Northern Ireland's best known Olympic boxer and newspaper photographers. Hugh represented Ireland in the 1980 Moscow Olympics bringing home the bronze medal. On his return he picked up his first camera and while talking to Brendan Murphy began a friendship and his second life changing career as a photographer for the Irish News. Brendan taught him everything he knew and sent Hugh to record local and foreign news events to gain the experience and knowledge which has since awarded him Northern Ireland Press Photographer of the Year and Sports Photographer of the Year.
Over 30 years Hugh has strived to capture firsts and lasts events to happen. As well as many of the people he wanted to photograph and has been lucky to have done so. He has had photographs published of four USA Presidents, five Prime Minister, the Queen, the Pope, Mother Theresa, Prince Charles, Princess Diana and various politicians and Secretaries of State including Ian Paisley, Gerry Adams, Peter Robinson, Martin McGuinness, Tom King, Mo Mowlam, Peter Mandelson.
Liam Neeson and other well known actors from these talented shores. Sporting, Music events and concerts even the Bono, John Hume and David Trimble Nobel Peace Prize celebration. Bangor's own Aurora swimming pool featured in reporting of the world record-breaking diving competition Hugh has published. Football and GAA, Rugby's Will Carling with Lady Diana, Lester Pickett at Down Royal , Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan at Holy Family boxing club and all the recent strongman events and bodybuilding, Concord coming to Belfast, motorbikes flying in the air and Ice skaters racing down the ramps, even the pig run all stories to now tell how times have changed.
Health, education and charitable events now the direction the papers are covering. Our ever changing bad weather showing floods and police on top of the land rover a familiar funny candid shot that we remember and famous movie stars visiting to film their latest blockbuster - Games of Thrones but to name a few. All a glimpse to the potential our wee corner of the world has instore for the future.
But with the good times come bad and in the troubled history Hugh has covered many of the difficult situations that arise in Northern Ireland. Shooting and bombing all the news headlines of the day fresh and current for deadlines while struggling against the human reality of the situation. Waiting hours in all weathers and abuse to capture a photo that reveals the story behind. Unlike today's photography no image can be altered in any way so the news photographers lens has to tell the truth.
Finding a wall or tree for a higher advantage point or being a specially invited press photographer all an exciting, interesting job with wonderful stories to add to the memories. Still searching, still learning his craft for moments of history and recording them for everyone to witness. People and places long gone a testament to the social history. Precious candid images of life and work now cleaned and groomed by public image press events controlled and monitored. Natural poses and situations that will never be captured again a sad victim in today's media coverage.
Giving a rundown of his ever changing day as the Picture Editor Hugh expressed the need to change and move with the times and ever increasing speed of social media covering all events quickly and efficiently a key to his success within the highly competitive job.
A huge thanks to Hugh for a wonderful evening of stories, images and insight into his 30 years behind the lens. A job many members would love to do but know the reality of this highly competitive profession. Thanks for all the years of images we all now have as memories of our troubled past and hopeful future. We await your Book Hugh!
A reminder to members that there is a few emails which have been sent out to all members about the Christmas dinner menu if everybody can reply as soon as possible as to their choices and send back to Gerry Coe via the email provided. Also a questionnaire to help with the future planning of
club workshops etc and improve on members photographic skills if everyone can fill it in and submit it the committee will be using the data to plan a programme of Wednesday night sessions.
On Friday 4th Dec Gerry Coe will be presenting 'An Introduction To Lighting For Portraiture' and it is also the closing date for the NIPA Club Round 3 comp - Street Photography.
PDI's can be sent to Harry's email (email@example.com)
Please include your name and image title to all PDI's file names. If you need help please ask on one of the club nights or visit the website for more details. Also can everyone please pick up their prints from the exhibition competition they are fastened together and sitting in the collection area at the back of the club .Many Thanks!
Anyone who has visited the Titanic building and experienced the tour would have been guided around the exhibition by images and photographs which explain not only the industrial but the social history of everything Titanic and Northern Ireland. For one set of images will forever remain a testament and memory to so many people as they are the only photographs which document the story of the fateful maiden voyage of the Titanic.
Bringing to life the images and story of the man who took these photographs at Friday's meeting in BNDCC was Kieran Murray from Banbridge Camera club. This was Kieran's second visit to the club this season and on this visit explained how one small panel of photographs in an exhibition at the Ulster Museum in 1987 had sparked his journey to find out more about the images and of the man who obviously knew a bit about exposures and composition. Little was Kieran to know he was to use this knowledge to organise an exhibition and calendars (Bank Of Ireland) showcasing Father Browne's photography.
The man, who disembarked the Titanic at QueenstownCobh (now Cobh) before it sailed on its final journey, a Jesuit Priest named Father Browne. Born in Cork in 1880 was given his first camera on his 18th Birthday by his Uncle which he used on a tour of Europe and proved his eye for taking photographs. It would take 14 years to be ordained a priest and his camera was taken away from him but when he began teaching in schools he formed a camera club and got behind the lens once again.
In 1912 his Uncle gave him a ticket to sail on the Titanic from Southampton to Queenstown and Father Browne documented the journey from the 'Titanic Special' train journey down to Southampton, getting onto the Titanic, leaving the harbour, tugboats, boats, ships and all the passengers on deck and the people waving them goodbye from the docks. Even the close encounter with the SS City of New York liner when the ship broke free from its moorings in the wake of the Titanic and came within 2 to 3 feet of hitting each other.
The sea trials on the way to Cherbourg testing the steering, the sunrise, cabin furniture, the radio officers who sent out telegraph's via this new state of art technology in the Marconi room. The gym and the instructor, passengers and crew, even the menu on the day of the sinking was all documented in father Browne's photographs. Photographs maybe only a man of the cloth could have access to taking and even the bad out of focus images were kept as a document to the layout and history of the Titanic. Some images even used as evidence to how seaworthy the Titanic was before its final journey.
On boarding the tender to Queenstown his last images include the last photo ever taken of Captain Smith watching as the passengers disembarked and also as the Titanic sailed away. Father Browne remarked that 'it was the only time a vow of obedience had saved a man's life' as it was one of the millionaire passengers who had offered to pay his way to New York and sent a request to his superior for permission a telegram was received 'get off that ship' and so paved his future recording life in photographs.
Father Brown on hearing of the sinking contacted the papers and had them printed as they were the only photographs of the Titanic giving rise to the numerous books and magazine articles printed ever since.
Father Browne died in 1960 but stopped taking photographs in 1950 and in 1985 Father O'Donnell was searching the basement and found an old metal trunk. On it was written in chalk Father Browne's photos. He opened it and found a treasure trove of photographs, albums and 30,000 negatives all in sleeves with dates, titles and where it was taken. In one of the albums was the Titanic voyage photographs which has now been made into a book. All the images have now been archived thanks to sponsorship.
When the call went out for chaplains during WW1 in 1912 Father Browne volunteered. He was wounded 3 to 4 times having his jaw shattered and was gassed many times. Receiving many medals and awards of bravery he holds the highest decorated non-combatants honour. Even Field Marshal Lord Haig described Father Browne as 'the bravest man he ever met'.
He even volunteered for the Second World War (aged 50) but was refused so he continued photographing people and places all over Ireland and was commissioned to photograph church's and cathedrals in England to record their architecture in case they were bombed during the war but his decreasing health due to the effects of the gas during the war meant he had to travel to Australia for the warmer climate.
His social history images of Ireland, England and Australia span over the 30s 40s 50s and 60s and are a fantastic look into the past. Kodak even gave him free film for life and his images are displayed in the British Museum.
Including self portraits in his collection he was the first photographer to make a 'selfie' of his operation putting the camera on a self timer and took images of himself being anaesthetised. A very inventive, forward thinking, brave and adding a little humour to the subject matter revealing the man behind the camera.
BNDCC would like to thank Kieran for his wonderful presentation on Father Browne's 'A life in photo' many members were keen to see the last photos of the Titanic and the documentary and social history of all Father Brown's photography and given a real treat to a special story too.
Friday, 27th November is a presentation by Hugh Russell on 30 years behind the lens.
It is also the second round of the NIPA Interclub open competition in Strabane.
Menus for the Christmas dinner on 8th January 2016 will be distributed via email or on facebook Please reply to Gerry Coe ASAP if you wish to attend. Thank you!
The return of Des Clinton (FIPF, EFIAP, ESFIAP, FRPS, MFIAP) to BNDCC is an evening many members mark in their calendars as a night not to be missed. Des, a member of the Drogheda Photographic club, has visited the club on many an occasion gaining many friends along the way.
A passion and respect for the people within the harsh, brutal living conditions he photographed, was clearly demonstrated. A respect which now fuelling his drive to bring understanding to these communities. A passion visible in his determination to gain his many awards and achievements in the photographic community through these heartfelt, striking images.
Des invited members to view his award winning Fellowship panels of prints and presenting an visual show all with a fascinating story behind each image. A fantastic insight into the daily lives of the people he meets and photographs around the countries he now visits, as well as his continuing work to revisit and document the people of his own native home in Ireland.
Visiting horsefairs in Ireland and England, monks in a monastery, Dingle pony racing, Rossnowlagh Orange Parade, Dublin street market, Ballymun travellers estate, the traditions and religion of simple, self sufficient and harsh life of survival in Romania and Moldova, all part of the projects he has built upon. All timeless images!
Nature and wildlife photography is another interest for Des. Spiders in webs, deer in Scotland and Dublin, snails, caterpillars, mayfly, fungi and mushrooms, egret and the salmon leap. Don't forget the occasional sporting celebrity who visit like Tiger Woods.
When taking photographs you should engage with people, gain a rapport with them and they will relax and trust you therefore the true feelings and emotions will be captured. The use of natural light is an amazing witness to Des's photographic skills and talents. The image must be sharp. Scan the background first and if you need to change your angle do so. Reveal enough environment that is essential to the subject matter but don't have it cluttered and distracting.
Marry the foreground and background and you have a winning image. Des learnt this along time ago in the darkroom days where there was no such thing as cloning and it has remained with him ever since. How a photograph is printed is important to how you want the impact of the subject within their environment to be highlighted. In a darkroom or on a digital printer the quality must be to a high standard. But none of this will happen if you don't get up, get out and start clicking.
Revisit and communicate with people showing them you're interested and respectful of their way of life. Des revisits the same places and brings with him hundreds of photographs to distribute personally so to witness the excitement and buzz people experience to see themselves, family and friends in the photographs. Sharing those memories! That's what photography all about!
Des also converts his colour images to black-and-white just to see if it makes a stronger impact to the image explaining that colour can take over an image and kills the story or meaning you are trying to portray so simply by removing the colour the details become transparent.
Club Chairman Ray Magill expressed 'What a treat members had during this great evening from start to finish with Des'. The club wishes to thank Des for his wonderful, inspirational images and the most captivating stories behind them.
On Friday 20th November, BNDCC welcomes back for the second time this season Kieran Murray who is showcasing 'Father Browne's Photography'. (Father Browne recorded the last photographs aboard the Titanic before its fateful journey on 14th April 1912).
Also a reminder to members that entries for the 3rd round in the NIPA comp 'Street Photography' are due on Friday 4th Dec.
A large amount of photographs we take often remain unseen on memory cards or computer hard drives but one way of displaying the images is to edit them into a Slideshow and add a little music. A step up from that is an AV (Audio Visual) were images, music and narration tell a story and brings everything to life.
Raymond Hughes (Chairman of Merville) joined members of BNDCC to introduce a Showcase of AV presentations by various authors (part 2). Raymond who recently gained his Associateship from the RPS stressed how keen the RPS AV group were to welcome new members and encourage everyone to explore the different ways to create their own AV.
Alpha and Omega was the first AV of the evening. The recent solar eclipse was the theme in which Raymond set up his camera to record the stages of the historical event. Using the rolling cloud cover to frame each image. A Highland Enterlude demonstrated the beautiful scenery and landscapes of Scotland. The Lakes, castles, cottages and mountains blending to the soundtracks. A humorous script accompanied images of Stratford-on-Avon were the authors memories of learning Shakespeare were revisited in a trip to his birthplace
Venice was the next destination where the different styles and music demonstrated the need for a change in pace to not only the sound but the visual stimulation of the piece. Too slow and the attention is lost, too fast and the viewer will be overwhelmed. Photo harmony had to link the relationship and pace between each frame in the sequence.
The Architecture of St Paul’s and the beautiful landscapes of the Terre Di Siena both majestic in their grandeur and stunning images captivated the audience. Remembrance Sunday at Belfast City Hall was Raymond’s Slideshow to be the first sequence to win the festival with no voice over, just music and incorporated some old archive images and competed in the days of Slides and two projector with a tape recorder/player all had to be synchronised.
Raymond explained that fewer images with an interesting subject matter which flows smoothly is better than beautiful photography which has no relationship with each frame or the music. A soothing voice to read poetry demonstrated the sights and sounds of ‘Winter Reflection’ were nature and wildlife exist in harmony. The North coast the next destination to many famous landmarks and a challenging spiritual journey to Slemish on St Patricks day 2012. In ‘A great adventure’ taken at the Ulster folk museum following the journey of a young man bidding farewell to his hometown revealing the conversations, greetings and familiar sounds, places and people before going off to war in 1914.
To What End? finished off the evening. An AV which Raymond explained he had wanted to document a visit to the two death camps Auschwitz and Birkenau. Unimaginable event that effected him personally to remember those who died.
BNDCC would like to Congratulate Raymond on his recent success with RPS and Thank Raymond for his dedication and hard work organising the Showcase and also to the Authors of who’s AV were displayed.
In February 2016 Clubs will be competing in the NIPA and All Ireland AV Festival and Championship at the Courtyard Theatre in Ballyearl. In preparation the RPS AV group (Ireland) will be holding a workshop on Saturday 28th November 2015 at 11am to 4.30pm at BNDCC premises in Ward Ave. Members who wish to learn or improve their AV techniques are most welcome. On Friday 13th November BNDCC will welcome The Return of Des Clinton. A night not to be missed!
Chris Roberts has spent most of his career as a press photographer and in PR, but in the last three and a half years he has transformed those skills from stills photography to the moving images of filmmaking.
With the pressures and competitiveness in advertising and the newspaper industry along with the modern advances in camera equipment, to carry out such a giant leap into film production Chris wanted to add to his list of skills. This experience of scripted drama together with a team of people, where he was able to have a bit more control and time in a photographic role and the technical skills of creating one image was now expanded over 25 Photographs per Second. A challenge Chris found to rekindle his passion for everything about photography. An enjoyable, fun experience again!
Chris was to show 4 of his projects on the night ‘Noirland’, ‘Roe Valley’, a Halloween themed ‘The Visitors’ and ‘Live at Bangor Abbey – Farriers and Arco String Quartet’ for th;e Open House Festival 2013.
Along the way Chris presented all the pitfall he experienced and demonstrate how he had overcome the difficulties each setting or setup he faces on every film. Always using Manual controls on his Canon 5D mark ll, Chris explained that the normal sharp focusing a photographer strives to achieve is not necessary within filmmaking; in fact it degrades the images and makes unnatural viewing. Reducing the information needed for sharpening, contrast and even colour can help the Codex process and efficiently manage the information for a more smoother transition through each frame.
Selecting the correct ISO (sensor sensitivity) to see the cleanest image, choosing the right exposure and aperture settings as well as focusing everything that needs to be focused and holding that focus throughout a moving sequence of shots whilst zooming or panning. The use of a natural density filter to help control the difficulties of extreme exposures all helping to comprehend the never-ending difficulties in filmmaking.
The lighting, positioning of the cast and props and covering all camera angles all to be planned, practiced and executed with precision to complete the atmosphere and story telling before the editing process begins. The economy of memory space within the fast write speed of the cameras memory card and the energy needed to power the whole process an essential requirement and responsibility of the photographer’s role. So practice runs without power a helpful tip to save on a lower budget.
Chris like many photographers with a creative mind likes challenges that go with the inventive processes of dealing with the lack of funding on projects and getting the hands on experience a more fulfilling one for Chris. Using skateboards, office Chair and shopping trolleys to create movement. Chris even made a camera dolly system from timber, metal, bolts, duct tape and plastic conduit as runners with sandbags as weights for stability and a smoother scene. Wall sensor lights and up cycling flash unit stands as continuous lighting were now needed for the 25 images per second over how many seconds the short film running time would last. It is wonderful what a little imagination can do to create not only the storyline but the processes behind the camera and the talents that shine through.
A special thanks goes to Chris Roberts for a really great evening learning about this filming techniques and capabilities of DSLR’s today, taking the photographer’s perspective and teaching and encouraging us the basics for us all to discover for ourselves what we can create.
For many photographers it will be a step into the dark, but with this technical, behind the camera, angle on film making has the signposts to success’. Thanks also goes to David Roberts, Bill Nesbitt, Glen Johnson, Nigel Snell and Gerry Coe for kindly volunteering for the various demonstrations of the evening.
Once again Thanks to Gerry Coe for arranging the Fran Forman weekend and creating such a fantastic experience for everyone.
There have been 4 changes to this seasons BNDCC programme.
On the 11th December 2015 the club round 3 competition is 'Street Photography' only and details of the definition can be found on the NIPA website or Facebook page.
On the 8th April 2016 John Miskelly will be joining Trevor Craig during the evening to display his fellowship panel (FBIPP) which was awarded to him recently.
The next change involves two dates the 29th April and the 6th May 2016 these dates will be swapped over to makes the Annual General Meeting on the 29th April and the Print Exhibition Post Mortem on the 6th May 2016. These details will be available on the BNDCC website programme page for anyone to print out as required.
Congratulations to Hugh Rooney for his print of ‘Holly’ and Nigel Snell of his image Gannet for having starred images in the NIPA round 1 open competition.
Members have been invited to a number of events going on throughout November. One of which is in the Lagan Room at the Ulster folk and transport Museum on the Tuesday 10th of November at 7:30 p.m. - The photographers life during the First World War. Please check emails and Facebook for all the other events.
Anyone wanting to become a member of BNDCC and still to pay subscriptions will they please speak to the Treasurer, Mandy Milliken at the next meeting they attend.
Friday 6th November 2015 are external speaker will be Raymond Hughes for a ‘Showcase of AV presentations by various authors part 2’
An intrigued audience greeted special guest Fran Forman on Friday 23rd October at North Down Museum in Bangor.
Fran is currently in the UK exhibiting a selection of her images at the Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock Abbey Wiltshire. BNDCC President Gerry Coe had kindly organised a special visit to the Borough for a talk (on 23rd) and a workshop on Sat 24th October. Fran's Masterclass workshop was held at the BNDCC clubhouse on Ward Ave were members and guests participated in the creative processes of photo montage and surrealism.
Fran an artist from Boston Massachusetts has a permanent exhibition in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and has achieved countless awards and accolades through her exhibitions worldwide. With a background in illustration and design through creating branding and corporation signage has a successful career designing CD, book and magazine covers and website designing. Fran now incorporating those skills and talents with a lifelong passion for drawing, painting and photography to create the most narrative, colourful, thought provoking photographic images in the world today.
Fran has never been to Ireland so an offer of the opportunity and the experience was kindly accepted. Along with Gerry Coe, John Miskelly, Hugh Rooney and other members of BNDCC, Fran and visiting guest Simon Bedford toured the country over the limited few days Fran had to visit us. Stopping off at historic sites in and around Belfast including the Titanic Building to which Fran expressed a great love for and from the many countries she has visited has never seen one to the high standards the interactive tour offers. Not only for the history of the Titanic but indeed of the Industrial Revolution which the tour includes in its storyline. And of course visiting all the natural beauty spots Northern Ireland has to offer like the Ards Peninsula and the Antrim coast. Fran even suggesting a change to her name to O’Forman after commenting ‘It feels like home’.
In Frans work she has always wanted to convey the passage of time and movement through light, shade, textures, shapes and has studied many artists and photographers to inspire and evolve her work. Building a library of subject matter and scenery to merge and bring life to the story behind the images. A question and answer session on both days revealed Fran’s dedication and views she expresses through the time consuming process that is always unseen and hidden to the viewer. A willingness not only to teach but to learn from others apparent in Fran’s delivery and interaction with people attending the two days. An inspirational lady we will never forget and delighted to have the pleasure of meeting.
So for many if not all it was an opportunity and experience that opened eyes and minds to the possibilities of the creative processes we all have within us. A fresh perspective on the tools we use and the way in which we look for the elements of an image to the positioning, composition and realistic features through light and shadow, colour and tones even textures play an important aspect to the final image. The need for experimenting an essential learning tool for the intuitive creations.
Fran went on to include and encourage the audience to create their own piece of Fran’s magical world by shouting out suggestion and directing her in each steps of adding each layer of the story. Building by adding or removing good and bad factors. A mesmerising and powerful process that helped understand the whole formula to Fran’s narrative photographic success. An exciting and fascinating process to be part of.
BNDCC sends Special Thanks to Fran Forman who so graceouly spent time out to visit the North Down museum and Bangor and North Down Camera Club and extends an invitation to visit again in the near future. To Patricia Hamilton the Arts officer North Down Borough Council and the members of Museum staff and BNDCC members who so kindly welcomed everyone or played any part to the organisation of both venues and where key to its success a Big Thank You to you all! To Gerry Coe and John Miskelly whose hard work made the two events possible for many and introduced us to such a world class Artist. Thank you Gerry and John!
Friday 30th October Chris Roberts will be spending an evening with BNDCC to present DSLR Film Making 25 Photographs Per Second. From previous workshops with Chris it’s a night full of inspiring hints and tips. A night not to be missed!
On Saturday 10th October Ards Camera Club together with NIPA hosted the Annual Roy Finlay Natural History Competition at Oxford Island. The guest judge was the world renowned Nature Photographer and author Robert Thompson. BNDCC would like to Thank everyone involved in every aspect of the organisation, presentation and success of the event.
Congratulations to all the placed images and authors and to Alan Field (BNDCC) who was placed 2nd in the PDI section. At Friday 16th October club meeting special recognition was also given by the Chairman Ray Magill to BNDCC member John Miskelly on being awarded his Fellowship of the British Institute of Professional Photography (FBIPP).
Committee and club members wish to Congratulate John and Alan on their well deserved achievements.
Vittorio Silvestri from CPA camera club was BNDCC's guest judge on Fridays meeting for the NIPA club Round 2 - Open competition. Vittorio is currently the Chairman and Competition Secretary of CPA and the Vice Chairman of NIPA. Wondering where he finds time for anything else Ray explain the future ahead for Vittorio as a challenging one as in 2017 NIPA will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary and Vittorio is due to serve the office of President in that exciting and extremely busy year.
Vittorio expressed a perfect combination of leadin lines, diagonals and textures with the appropriate depth of field and sharpness the best formula to success. Finding different angles on strong subject matters important for Vittorio to view within an image. Strong punchy colours and tones on well chosen printing paper or Projected images had more potential for the top placings. Vittorio's results are as follows:-
Foundation Colour Prints
1st Jane McIlroy- Columbine
2nd Deborah Gardiner - What Way Up?
3rd Bill Henning - Short Circuit
HC Helen Fettus - Sailing
C Bill Henning - Let Me Down
C Deborah Gardiner - Fall
Foundation Monochrome Prints
1st Judith Kimber - Car #1
2nd Deborah Gardiner - Puppy Love
3rd Mandy Milliken - Lonely Tree
C Deborah Gardiner - Left Behind
Foundation Projected Digital Images
1st Neal Stephens - Pass Under Pressure
2nd Bill Henning- Ellen
3rd Jane McIlroy - Downpatrick Cathedral
HC Jane McIlroy - Brompton Rocks
HC Mandy Milliken - Summer Day
Advanced Colour Prints
1st Darren Brown - Gold
2nd Darren Brown - Stob Dearg
3rd Alan Hartley - Kilclooney Dolmen
HC Mark Bell - Long Summer Night
HC Darren Brown - Castle Stalker
C Anthony Crosbie - Towards The Chateau
C Michael Rice - Crystal Ball
Advanced Monochrome Prints
1st Darren Brown - Sea Stack
2nd Darren Brown - Eva
3rd Alan Field - Homing In
HC Edward McCavana - Steps
HC Ray Magill - Early Morning Walker
C Hugh Rooney - Walking on Glass
C Anthony Crosbie - Election Street
C Mark Bell - Run Aground
Advanced Projected Digital Images
1st John Thompson - Smoke Break
2nd Mark Bell - Temple At Night
3rd Darren Brown - Bicycle Race
>HC Alan Field - Drop Of Colour
HC Michael Rice - I'm So Hungry
HC May Carvill - All Lit Up
C Alastair Bell - Barcelona Diver
C Michael Rice - Common Moth
C Michael Rice - Common Dragonfly
C Jack Thompson - Barnacles of Rusting Hull
Ray closed the meeting by Thanking Vittorio for his feedback and congratulated members for the quantity and quality of images presented for the 2nd Open competition this season.
Ray also congratulated those members who were finally placed on the night especially the brave new members who have just joined the club and proved so successful in their first competitions by coming 1st in both Foundation print categories.
Congratulation to Jane McIlroy for Columbine in the Colour section and Judith Kimber in the Monochrone section. Well done to you both!
Thanks to Harry Watson and Bobby Peacock for overseeing the events of the night. Next week Friday 23rd October the clubhouse will be closed and members and the general public are invited to attend a special evening with Fran Forman at the North Down Museum.
Tickets are free but have to be booked at http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/204064. On Saturday 24th Fran will be holding a workshop at the BNDCC clubhouse in Ward Ave.
Places can be booked via email to Gerry Coe at firstname.lastname@example.org Tickets are £35 and include a light lunch. Member may also be interested in Martyn Mc Cready's photo exhibition in Carnegie Library Bangor from 13th - 30th October 2015.
An important part of the BNDCCs club year is that of NIPA club and interclub competition rounds. Five rounds, three are open and two have a changing theme which is chosen by the NIPA committee every year but for each of these competitions there must always be a judge. So in recent times NIPA has been running workshops to introduce club members to the world of judging in the hope that newer member would take the brave next step and keep the pool of judges well replenished.
On Friday 9th October Ray Magill and Mark Allen presented an interactive evening in the Basic Principles of Print Judging. Mark's opening statement summed up the role perfectly. A good judge politely and successful delivers constructive and meaningful feedback to explain to each author why they made their decision. Ray proceeded to explain how the night would be structured so the audience would be clear on their participation in the evening.
9 'volunteers' where chosen to make up 3 panels of 3 judges and a lead judge for each panel was chosen. All three panels were given 7 colour and 7 monochrome prints each to view, evaluate and make a selection of their individual top 3 prints and an overall panel top 3 prints but the more difficult of the task was to explain their decision and each speak on the factors which made it a successful image in their own opinion. But it was also an opportunity for competing members to reassess their own images and experience what judges are looking for in their top selection of prints and become more observant or selective when taking photographs in future.
Being a judge came with some responsibilities to respect the time, materials and most importantly the memories each author had capturing the images, which were displayed in front of them. They had to show confidence, experience and prove capable of carrying out the process of scoring and rankings the prints. But most importantly communicating clearly and directly to an audience.
Reading and understanding the rules of the competition before attending the event and checking the viewing arrangements with the venue as well as contacting fellow judges are an extended responsibility of judges. Making sure all the criteria, categories and sizing rules are adhered to. Also handling prints only when necessary so as not to reveal the author or damage the print as demonstration to the integrity and respect to the nature of competitions and for all the authors competing.
Using an example of Eddie Sethna who devises a formula to judging photographs what is the image trying to communicate. What emotions does it evoke? Does it tell a story? Is it unusual in its approach? And does it meet the theme? This interpretation should account for 50 - 60% of the total marks. The treatment applied by the photographer in the control of light, the choice of appropriate lenses, composition and components to the structure of the subject and its surroundings, the movement or sharpness always key to successful images. Together with the exploitation of colour tones, shapes, textures and forms this treatment was to take 30 - 35% of the marks awarded.
15 - 20% would be given for technical control. Correct exposure and depth of field isolating the subject and sharpness of the main components of the image. Also the post processing and presentation adding a complimentary touch to the finished print.
Informing the authors/ audience of the individual merits in the display of images or a print which stand out from the rest which has cemented your decision to your top three is essential.
The 9 volunteers then took to the front of the clubhouse and deliberated over the designated set of images with the guidance of Ray, while Mark continued answering questions and offering more observation from past workshops. Having a bit of the xfactor by an entertaining addition to your adjudication using stories or anecdotes to connect to the audience. Being too technical can be boring so relating to your audience will relax them and in turn relax your nerves too. The use of nice, lovely or record shot not being a sufficient remark to offer the authors. Reinforcing what catches your eye and why it is appealing to all your senses or why it fails to do so and relay it in a respectful manner offering hints and tips you have learned.
The 9 trainee judges - (panel A - Alan Field, Mark Bell and Neal Stephens) (panel B - Helen Fettus, Brian Mc Mullan and Mandy Milliken) (panel C - Deborah Gardiner, Bill Henning and David Hamill) all delivered a mixture of panel and individual selections of winning 1st 2nd and 3rd placings. Ray and Mark Thanked the 9 judges and complimented how everyone had given positive feedback and displayed an air of confidence in their comments. If anyone within the club or other photographic clubs wish to join the Judging workshop Please contact a member of the committee or Mark Allen the NIPA secretary for details on the workshop.
As judges individual opinions varies and print that may do well in one competition may not do as well in another Ray's most important piece of advice to members was do not let competitions drive your Photography. Photos are individual personal memories which should be important to you. You created the image and its moments in time is yours. If judges comments help improve your photography then that is a benefit and a testament to the support it try's to develop in members photographic abilities.
Congratulations goes to Trevor Craig for his recognition by the RPS were he recently received a Licentiateship as they wish to showcase his images and some of the information and stories behind the images in the membership magazine The Journal. Also to Hugh Rooney Congratulations on his image Venice Solitude on being selected for the final 100 images out of almost 5000 entries for the RPS 158th International Print Exhibition. The exhibition tours the UK and detail can be found on the RPS Website. Well done Trevor and Hugh!
Friday 16th October is the NIPA round 2 Open competition. Good luck to everyone who has submitted images!
Bangor and North Down Camera Club members were treated to a double rare event on Friday 2nd when two members Helen Fettus and Alan Field were announced a 1st, 2nd and 3rd placing in the Foundation and the Advanced Monochrome Print sections but as rules of the club states members may only have 2 winning entries within each of the categories. Therefore third place will be passed onto the image in 4th place (HC) and the original 3rd will be awarded 4th (HC). They both join only a handful of members to achieve this accolade within the club. Congratulations to you both!
The Audrey Argue Natural History Competition is the second competition of the season and has already gaining members high marks in the Photographer of the Year with Deborah Gardiner 13 points ahead of joint 2nd place going to Alan Field and Michael Rice. In a total of 14 placing for each of the two levels 4 members in the Foundation and 6 members in the Advanced received points in the natural history round.
This annual competition in honour of a past Chairman and club member whose dedication, love of photography and 'living images of nature' is encompassed in this specialised round.
Guest judge John Belshaw (Chairman of Shorts Camera Club and NIPA's publicity officer and official photographer) demonstrated his understanding of how such a passion for photographing nature in its own environment and how important the interaction of subject and surroundings are to a successful image. Depth of field and light are critical to the illumination of the subject. With backgrounds surrendering the fight for attention and the birds, animals or species drawing your gaze with pin sharp eyes and a little touch of a catchlight.
Well timed movements and action were well received by John and well seen lighting throwing a perfectly positioned spotlight on the subject proved a keen eye for one placed member.
A caution was mentioned as to the use of flash in macro photography observing casting shadows and how shinny, unnatural looking textures and burning out of important detail can be avoided. Good space within the frame and the desaturation or removal of distracting colours or shapes via a different angle all important.
The shape of peacock feathers noted as a great use of lead in lines and composition. Water droplets adding the weather and conditions to the subjects environment all appreciated. John's results are as follows -
Foundation Colour Print
1st Deborah Gardiner - Robin
2nd Helen Fettus - Feeding Time
3rd Deborah Gardiner - Dinner Time
HC Helen Fettus - Show Time
C Bill Henning - Bussard
Foundation Monochrome Print
1st Helen Fettus - A Long Stand
2nd Helen Fettus - Open Wings
3rd Deborah Gardiner - Jump To Win
HC Helen Fettus - Flying Horse
Foundation Projected Digital Image
1st Neal Stephens - Little Grasshopper
2nd Deborah Gardiner - Hover
3rd Deborah Gardiner - Bee Hind
HC Bill Henning - Golden Eagle
C Bill Henning - Barn Owl
Advanced Colour Print
1st Nigel Snell - Puffins
2nd Michael Rice - Female Common Darter
3rd Nigel Snell - Grey Squirrel
HC Darren Brown - Black Moth
C Deborah Carvill - Adjusting The Feathers
Advanced Monochrome Print
1st Alan Field - Tropical Grasshopper
2nd Alan Field - Jesus lizard
3rd Harry Graham - Watching You
HC Alan Field - Owl Butterfly
Advanced Projected Digital Image
1st Michael Rice - All Legs
2nd Alan Field - Leaf Cutter
3rd Michael Rice - Wheee...
HC Michael Rice - Too Close For Comfort
C Alan Field - Slater
The winning images in the 6 categories were displayed for John's 'top print' to be selected for the trophy which is awarded later next year. Alan Field's Tropical Grasshopper which was praised for the quality and great tonal values which made it stand out. 'A well printed and handled print' remarked John.
BNDCC Thanks John for his feedback on all the prints and images submitted to the competition and congratulations to all the winners.
On Friday 9th October Ray Magill and Mark Allen will be presenting 'Basic Print Judging- An Interactive Evening. It will also be the closing date for entries for the NIPA club Round 2. The theme is Open.
On Friday 23rd October BNDCC clubhouse will closed.
Members and the general public are invited to attend the presentation of The Art of Fran Forman evening at the North Down Museum in Bangor at 7pm. The Admission is Free.
On 24th October, BNDCC will be holding a workshop at the Ward Ave premises from 11am to 4.30pm as Fran has agreed to a masterclass in the art of Photo-montage. A light lunch will be provided and the workshop will cost £35.
Please visit www.bangor-camera-club.co.uk for details or email the club President Gerry Coe at email@example.com for information and bookings. It will be a great opportunity to see first hand the processes of Fran's work and worldwide acclaim. For any artist it is a worthwhile visit to either or both events.
Stephen Mc Williams (ARPS) from Christian Brothers camera club was BNDCC's guest judge on Friday 25th September 2015 for the first NIPA club Round 1 - Open competition of the 2015/2016 season. Before Stephen would give his comments, recognition was given by the Chairman Ray Magill to BNDCC member Michael Rice on his successful image in the PAGB Interfederation Print and PDI competition. Michael will be receiving his award - The Neal Marshal Medal at the next interclub comp result and display evening on Friday 23rd October 2015. Committee and Club members wish to Congratulate Michael on his well deserved achievement.
Stephen continued with his feedback to members and demonstrated the combination of elements to support the quality and structure of his winning images. The trimming of areas where there is no interest and the missing placement of a person or subject to add to the focal point were two of the main factors for the marking down of images. Preferring graphic images with strong, sharp lines and shapes. With the increasingly popular slow shutter water shots a suggestion of movement by throwing a stone to cause a ripple being more effective and compliment the swirls and shapes achieved in another image which gave a more interesting image.
Square framing was a favourite for Stephen with no clutter, nice light, colour tones and bokeh with great expressions and action within a balance on all sides using the element of thirds and the use of vignettes or shape to draw the eye back into the image. A perfect combination to success, making better use of the subject to correctly expose the image and the hint of stems stopping the illusion of flowers floating in mid air. Finding different angles on popular subject like the every decaying 'Bad Eddie' to give an unusual photo in a sea of similar images. Even going to macro to reveal something different for judges to view.
Stephen results had some familiar names from the previous year but the ladies had a strong contributions in the foundation sections on the night and were well placed among the winners. The results are as follows:-
Advanced Monochrome Prints
1st Hugh Rooney - Dune
2nd Ray Magill - Canal Boat In A Hurry
3rd Edward McCavana - Riverside Museum
HC Hugh Rooney - Holly
C Alan Field - Fly By
Advanced Colour Prints
1st Michael Rice - Slippery Slope
2nd Darren Brown - Glen Orchy
3rd Noel Maitland - ANZAC Gunners
HC Harry Watson - Eye Scream
C Darren Brown - Dunlewey
C Alan Field - Psychedelic
Advanced Projected Digital Images
1st Darren Brown - Just The Two Of Us
2nd Jack Thompson - Hover Resting
3rd Alan Field - Wee Splash Of Soup
HC Michael Rice - Bumble Bee
C Alastair Bell - Stairway To ....
C Michael Rice - Bedding Down For The Night
C Alastair Bell - Wall Art
Foundation Monochrome Prints
1st Deborah Gardiner - Vogue
2nd Bill Henning - Alternative Lighting
3rd Deborah Gardiner - Morning Dew
Foundation Colour Prints
1st Bill Henning - An Old Screw
2nd Mandy Milliken - Springtime
3rd Deborah Gardiner - Shell Castle
HC Mandy Milliken - Have A Hat
C Bill Henning - Cyprus Wedding
C Deborah Gardiner - Bee Line
C Bill Henning - Peony Roses
Foundation Projected Digital Images
1st Neal Stephens - Black Knight
2nd Helen Fettus - Quiet Sunset
3rd Bill Henning - Moonlit Shadows
C Deborah Gardiner - On The Outside
Ray wrapped up the evening by thanking Stephen for his comments and constructive feedback on every print of this open round and passed on the clubs appreciation of it. Ray also congratulated the members who entered such a great assortment of images to the competition and to those who were finally placed on the night.
Thanks to Harry Watson our new Competition Secretary for overseeing the events of the night and special thanks to Deborah Gardiner and Alan McMorris for all their help taking in entries for next week's Audrey Argue Competition which takes place on Friday 2nd October 2015.
Members maybe interested in Martyn Mc Cready's photo exhibition in Carnegie Library Bangor from 13th - 30th October 2015. An invitation to attend the launch on Thursday 15th October from 6.30pm - 8pm has been extended to all members.
From late April to early May 2015 Nepal suffered a terrible earthquake which devastated the city of Kathmandu and surrounding areas, killing thousands and injuring thousands more in the 120 aftershocks to follow. 180 buildings in the densely populated city where reduced to rubble. (Mount Everest and its basecamps suffered loss of life through the Avalanches and rockfalls in the path of its destruction).
'A Portrait of Kathmandu' presented by Kieran Murray at BNDCC was a personal representation of what travel photography is all about and how the people and places can touch your life. They meant so much to him. The opening video of school children singing had stirred up many happy memories tinged with great sadness in the uncertainty that many of the faces and characters he had met 15 years earlier has suffered and even perished in the earthquake.
Kieran and two friends joined members to share their experiences and journey to Kathmandu 15 years ago where they met some of the most beautiful, happy, generous people you will ever meet. People who's life of great hardship revealed a story in each line and wrinkle in faces of the older generations. Especially the women as it was noticed by Kieran and BNDCC that it was the woman doing all the hard work in the images.
Dundalk camera club had organised the photographic trip to Kathmandu. Surrounded by mountains the Valley in which the city is situated is alway polluted. The streets are narrow and lined with small shops and street sellers. Cow are sacred and roam freely in the streets. Shrines, alters and holy men/women are plentiful in a culture so devoted to many gods. They offer gifts of flowers, petals and rice and collect water from the many wells that service the city which depend on the rainy season to replenish. These wells and many of the Bahals (courtyards) become a meeting place especially for the women and children to work, chat, relax and play in their own environment.
Kieran and fellow club members freely engaged with locals who's trust was reciprocated with kind gestures of refreshments and invites to join them in the company of their families. One child who wished a photograph with her 4 friends revealed she had now gained two more best friends after the photographers and locals joined in for a group photograph and the laughter followed.
On a second journey to Kathmandu Kieran had a young girl ask for some biscuits so he bought her some. The next day while taking photos he realised it was the same girl and on viewing his images of the two visits at home realise he had also photographed the girl before with the two images showing the changes after the few years.
Bakhtapur the ancient city and Pashupatinaths funeral Pyres, the many Temples like Boudhanath Stupa demonstrated the faith and sheer devotion in everyday life the people of Nepal have. The Dalai Lama, Giant prayer wheels and prayer flags with fabulous colours. Monasteries and the monks gathering for Buddhas Birthday with the lighting of oil lamps a symbol of their faith. Building already under stresses leaning precariously probably since the last big earthquake in 1929 still housing the families who had very little but only their faith in the third poorest country in the world.
The living conditions and faith a humbling experience was well documented in the images that bonded photographers and subject in each changing frame and unfaded in the years since. It was reveal that a donation of Kieran's expenses were to be given to the people of Nepal. The members of BNDCC would like to Thank Kieran for his wonderful images and presentation and look forward to the 20th Nov 2015 when he will return to the club to present 'Father Browns Photography'. (Famed for taking the last photograph of the Titanic before it sank)
Next week is the 1st comp in the club calendar Round 1 - Open. Rules state that you must be a fully paid up member to enter the competition. The club treasurer Mandy Milliken will take in any subscription forms and fees. The competition will overlooked by newly elected competition secretary Harry Watson. Please send your Projected Digital Images via emails to
firstname.lastname@example.org please check the BNDCC website for more details of the rules. Also
the closing date for the Roy Finlay Natural History Comp has been extended to 24th September 2015. Details are on the NIPA website http://www.niphoto.co.uk/#!general-event-information/c1bq8
Every Hollywood blockbuster has its long awaited sequels or a remake of the classics so for BNDCC a one year wait is all members had for one of Northern Ireland's accomplished actor and upcoming director Allan Gildea to revisit the clubhouse for his next instalment of 'Film making Part 2'.
Complimenting Hugh Rooney's Tuscan Landscape which hung on the clubhouse wall Allan talked about the story being told within the image. The beautiful layers of light and textures and comparing the choice of lenses, shutter speeds, aperture an important part of the process of decisions making in which photographers and filmmakers have to blend together in order to achieve their vision and objectives. The panoramic vista similar to the cinematic format inviting you in and asking questions about the people and places leading you on this journey.
Allan enquired as to which members would have used equipment to make a home movie or used a camcorder or AV with music. Even on the old Super 8 or a modern iPad to created the story to entertain the viewer.
Allan remarked how people of all countries and cultures through out the ages have told practical stories or myths in order to teach the generations how to survive and make sense of the world. These storytellers made it an adventure with highs and lows, sadness and laughter but always keeping the audience informed and entertained. And every great story has a three Act structure with a beginning, middle and ending with equally measures of value.
Act one with a hook to establish the hero and villain and all aspects of their world explored and the conflicts that drive them. Act 2 set out their goals which give increasing momentum to the story and an inciting incident of excitement that kick the story off to deliver the character at the point of no return and into Act 3 which witnessed the difficulties and over comes the obstacles in order to develops and matures their character into a figure of respect and admiration - The Hero
Allan previewed clips of two trailer versions of his latest film in which he acted and directed. RTE low budget film called Banshee. It took one day to shoot and 5 days to edit and Allan explained the complexity of cutting the shots together so the eyeline is coherent to all the action going on all around at the same time. Visual effects were added in the final days to add gunshot smokes and flying glass and blood to add believability to the scenes.
The Omega Man staring Charlton Heston was the last presentation where Allan walked members through the opening sequences of the film. Exploring what the message was and how it was achieved. The emotions and questions it left members with and all to find the same greatness within their own work and photography. A challenge to create the storyteller within the images we present to our audience. Be it a cliffhanger or a happy ever after, You Decide!
On Friday 18th September Kieran Murray will be joining members of BNDCC for his presentation of 'A Portrait of Kathmandu' and is also the closing date of the NIPA club Round 1 - Open competition. Members are reminded that 25th September is the closing date for the Audrey Argue Natural History Competition. With Round 2 - Open Submission date on the 9th October. So the time is fast approaching for three of the main 7 annual competition of the clubs calendar. Good luck everyone!
BNDCC President Gerry Coe kicked off the new season with a warm welcome to the newer members and expressed how great it was to see all the familiar faces returning for another year. Gerry thanked Club Chairman Ray Magill for his dedication to fill the program with a good line-up and took each date to inform members of the year ahead with competition and speakers and social nights to balance the evenings out. Please visit the website for more details. http://www.bangor- camera-club.co.uk/bangorcameraclub_programme1516.html
Darren Brown announced news of BNDCC's entry into the PAGB Club Championship and asked member to search through their stock of images and email them in PDI format to Darren by Friday 11th September. An email with details has been circulated to members. It will be an opportunity to build upon the successes of last year when the club finished 3rd in the overall NIPA clubs competition.
Gerry made one last announcement before continued his way through this years club programme. Gerry has managed to secure the booking of Fran Forman a creative Photograph who is visiting the UK for 4-5 days to display and hold workshops at the Fox Talbot Museum London. In conjunction with Bangor council an Evening with Fran Forman has been arranged for Friday 23rd October 2015 at Bangor Museum, admission free and open to the general public.
On the Saturday (24th) BNDCC will host a workshop masterclass in the clubhouse premises. With the help of John Miskelly, the costs have come down and is running at £35 per person. This also covers a light lunch. Fran has a permanent display of her work at the Smithsonian in New York and other photographers view her though processes well worth the attendance of the workshop. BNDCC are honoured to have such a distinguished guest visit them and it is an opportunity not to be missed.
Words of thanks were offered to Noel Maitland and his team of painters who spruced up the studio section of the clubhouse during the summer break and to Alan Mc Morris for sorting out problems with the project which plagued us in the past.
Thanks and best wishes went out to David Roberts our webmaster, to Mandy and Jack for collecting in all this years subscriptions. Congratulations to Nigel Snell who is currently waiting to hear if his wonderful image of a robin is to grace the cover of the Ulster Wildlife Calendar for 2016. Good Luck Nigel!
Hugh Rooney took the floor to introduce a slideshow of the RPS 2014 international images for screen exhibition where 2 members of NIPA, Bob Givens and Hugh Wilkinson prints were accepted. Hugh himself was accepted for this years exhibition becoming 1 of 100 images chosen from 5000 entries. Congratulations Hugh! The RPS competition is held twice a year and has 3 sections - Open Traditional, Wildlife and Creative Photography. The images gained a mixed review but many were an inspiring guide as to the quality and standards of successful images through the selection process.
Next week Friday, 11th September our guest speaker is Allan Gildea - Film Making part 2. A great insight to the creative process linking photography and film.ß
A reminder that the closing date for images for Round 1 - Open is on 18th September 2015. Also NIPA Roy Finlay Natural History competition will be held at Oxford Island on 10th October 2015 and the closing date for entries is 17th September 2015.
The rules have changed so please check the NIPA website for details. The NIPA AV workshop will be held at the BNDCC clubhouse on Sat 19th September. A email has been circulated with more detail. The workshop is a wonderful opportunity to see the standards of AVs being produced by this successful Club and an great way to bring your images to a visual format through music and a captivating storyline.