Meetings Blog for 2016 - 2017


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.


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Bangor and North Down Camera Club held it's AGM on Friday 05-05- 17 .The Chair Lady Deborah Gardiner welcomed those present and confirmed the 2016 AGM minutes. Apologies were received from David Roberts who was unable to attend.

Reports from the various club officers as follows were presented.

Mandy Milliken -Treasurer   Harry Watson Competition Secretary, Exhibition Secretary and NIPA representative Alan McMorris , Facilities Manager Noel Maitland and Child Protection -Club Outings Officer Deborah Gardiner.

The Chair Lady thanked all the club officers for their stalwart efforts on behalf of the club during the past year and Deborah said that the summer outings were not well attended last year ,but hoped that this would be better this year.

The recipient of this years Photographer Of The Year award was confirmed as Jane McIlroy who was presented with her prize, so very well done Jane it is very much deserved.

The Treasurer confirmed that the clubs financial position was healthy and expressed her thanks to Jack Thompson. John Miskelly and Trevor Craig for their assistance.
Thanks was expressed to Noel Maitland and his team for the work in painting the external fabric of the club.

Harry Watson thanked everyone who had entered the various competition during the year and congratulated all those who had who had been placed. Harry also commented that the larger number of entry's came from the advanced section and not so many of foundation members had competed. Harry expressed the hope that this imbalance could be addressed and Darren Brown suggested that workshops could be conducted to provide advice to foundation members and that perhaps experienced members should make themselves available to advise or instruct the foundation group.

The issue of images that in any way had been produced by anyone other than the author was discussed and members were advised only to submit work in competition that was entirely their own efforts.

The club came 3rd overall in this years NIPA competition rounds so well done to allthose who contributed to this success.

There were other successes in PDI events and all of these can be viewed on the club web site.
Harry also said that the new on line entry system had worked better than expected and that everyone seemed to manage it well.

The Annual Exhibition is to be held at Bangor Library for  four weeks in August dates to be confirmed. Alan McMorris exhibition Secretary was praised for all the work he does for the club including the work in NIPA. Alan asked members to help with the setting up of the exhibition, as last year not many had offered assistance.

The club President Gerry Coe requested  nominations for officers for the coming season and the following members appointed.

John Miskelly outlined a proposal to install a defibrillator machine within the club premises and those present gave their consent.

That completed all matters and the AGM meeting was closed.


The annual exhibition is a chance for the club to showcase the work it does to the general public and once again will be held in the Bangor library date to be announced ,so keep an eye out for this information and please come along to witness some superb camera craft.

Club members submit images in several categories both in foundation and advanced sections and work is presented in two media ,colour and mono. the subject matter is portrait,landscape general and a theme nominated by the club chair lady. the entry's are also a competition between the participants with an external  judge brought in to select the winners in each category.

This year we were treated to two judges ,a husband and wife team Bob and Anne Given from Catchlight Camera Club.
Anne is also NIPA vice chair lady.

Concentrating first on the foundation level prints this very enthusiast duo said that many of the entry's should be promoted to the advanced section the overall standard being so good . Sharpness ,exposure, composition and placement of elements was much praised while over sharping in photoshop was something to avoid at all costs. Bob and Anne said that there comes a time when the photographer should think that's enough,do no more,don't over process.

Selective focusing, use of depth of field to blur backgrounds or to blur sea water or water flowing over rocks was much praised in both foundation and advanced sections. Tonal quality and mood was also praised along with bringing out texture and pattern to reveal detail. Simplicity and a minimal  approach was much admired and the use of slow shutter speed was noted.

After the tea break Bob and Anne turned their attention to the advanced section and as time was fast running out the best and winning images were considered. Architecture and portrait was much favoured . A dancer in mid leap was superb as was also images of the Guggenheim museum and Lloyd's of London. A colourful racing drivers helmet was a delight and top print was awarded to a mono study of the Guggenheim museum in Balbao.

Many thanks to Bob and Anne Given for their considerate appraisal and thanks too to the exhibition secretary Alan McMorris and his deputy Harry Watson who's tireless work in bringing forward the exhibition prints is much appreciated and finally thanks to all members who have entered their work.

Next week Friday 05-05 is the annual general meeting . I know it's boring but do try to come along.

Edward McCavana

Friday night was the last meeting of the season where we have a guest speaker.   There will be several other subsequent Friday meetings for the post-mortem feedback on the Exhibition Prints and Projected Digital Images.

This evening's guest was Hugh Wilkinson, a stalwart member of Catchlight Camera Club, Finaghy.    Since his serious input and development of skills, which he himself stated, really took off with the introduction of digital photography, He had dabbled in film photography but in a less enthusiastic way. Hugh has gone onwards since then and gained quite a number of prestigous distinctions, namely, DPAG, BPE4*, LIPF, LRPS.

On display were 2 major Panels which were presented to various photographic bodies.   With his typical laid back presentation style, Hugh discussed each print individually on where it was taken, how he persuaded the human subjects in foreign countries to pose for him. The photo above of the elderly lady was taken on a visit to Romania.  She was sitting in a little alcove and willingly posed for him.

Hugh's club, Catchlight, specialise in competition photography and regularly hold workshops where professional models and makeup artists fly into Belfast, hence the predominance of top class model prints.

Hugh nevertheless has a wide-ranging ability covering portraiture, wildlife, sport (particularly rugby) and landscape.  His previous club in Banbridge no doubt helped him to hone his skills in these subjects. Since his retirement from work, he has thrown himself into photography at the cost of selling his valuable selection of Carp and buying camera gear.

There will be no club meeting next Friday, Club Annual Dinner and Prizegiving , nor the following Friday (Good Friday).

Wednesday evening workshop evenings continue as usual at 7.45pm.  Beginners and new members welcome.

David Roberts

Friday night is panels night at least it was at Bangor and North Down Camera Club where Martin Spackman A.R.P.S was the external judge for the panels competition.

Panels is a group of six images with a common theme and arranged together to form a pleasing overall harmonious relationship.

Martin is no stranger to the ward avenue club and in his opening remarks said, how much he loved coming to Bangor knowing that he would witness a very high standard of photography and at this event every panel on display showed this.

Martin began by considering each panel both foundation and advanced sections the colour panels first. A panel of delicate flowers with beautiful tones was much praised by Martin and he gave advise that by just changing the position of some of the images might give that little extra impact or appeal.

Turning his attention to the advanced mono panels there was two panels showing the Guggenheim museum each beautiful rendered but with different view point and approach one close in and providing wonderful triangular shapes and contrast of dark and light and with detail in the dark tones giving a overall abstract approach, while the other providing more space to the composition and with the images presenting both some pure black and some pure white and a balance tones and shape.

Next a beautiful low key display of the Tuscany landscape in early morning mist was highly praised by Martin.
Martin said that when he had arrived earlier in the evening he had to site down in front of this panel to enjoy and experience it's delicate tones,it was a panel to go to sleep with he said ,and to demonstrate he sat on a chair to drink in the beauty of this panel of images.

Martin then made his dislike for contemporary photography known in very strong terms . There was then some discussion of the merits of obtaining a A.R.P.S distinction and the ability to produce an excellent panel was a good grounding in preparing for such distinction.

Finally many thanks to all who had entered their panel and thanks also, to the if I may call them, the backroom boys who had laboured to set up the displays ,and many thanks to Martin Spackman A.R.P.S for his considerations and insights.

The winning images and photographers are shown in the Results Page

Edward McCavana

Last Friday saw the speaker scheduled to visit Bangor and North Down Camera Club withdraw so instead members were given a Presidential address, no, not that President, but our own President Gerry Coe and for that evening our Man in Havana.

Gerry presented us with his images of a recent visit to Cuba ,pronounced CO-BA it seems. This took the form of a slide show with Gerry making comment in his usual amusing and slightly self depreciating manner.

We saw the colour and faded glory of the former Spanish colony in the crumbling buildings though some such as the theatre have been restored. Of course old American cars of the 1940, 1950 and 1960 were much in evidence and here again these beautiful well kept and colourful vehicles were captured in Gerry's lens.

Images of the streets captured from a high vantage point and showing people queuing for taxis with everyone piling in while others waited for another taxi that would take them in the direction they required.

At street level, Gerry saw the people in their daily lives, a barbers shop, street eating places sometimes just a window opening, a butchers shop with no refrigeration and open to the elements. all with the usual faded colours.

Moving closer to capture portrait shots of well lived in faces with I presume well lived lives which were rendered in mono with Jerry's gritty style made for captivating viewing.

Graffiti also featured along with poster images, not so much of Fidel Castro as you might expect, but of the poster boy Che Cuevara as Gerry described him.
A bar once the haunt of Ernest Hemingway now serving only one type of drink made on an industrial scale was revealed by Gerry, would Hemingway recognise this today.

It was at least for me the cars, that were the stars of the show, so many thanks to our man in Havana for a most entertaining evening.

Next week is the judging of the club panels competition so make sure to be there for this much valued event.

Edward McCavana


BAD WEATHER¡¡ We like to complain about the weather and we do seem to get bad weather but we don't get the extremes that occur elsewhere. So bad weather was the theme of NIPA [Northern Ireland Photographic Association] and Bangor and North Down Camera Club round five photographic competition on Friday .

Round five is the last in the series of both NIPA Northern Ireland Photographic Association and BNDCC club competitions,though the club will hold two further
panels ROUND 6 and annual exhibition submissions ROUND 7.

The judge for Friday's event was John Belshaw from Shorts Camera Club and as this round had not attracted as many entries as usual there was plenty of time to consider each image within the two groups, foundation and advanced.

John said that he would consider the image as presented and base his judgement on how the theme was interpreted by each photographer. For example a slow shutter speed might convey a sense of movement in streaks of rain or snow.

Lead in lines to guide the viewer through an image was important to reveal a strong focal point to the photograph .With this in mind John explained how omitting some items within the frame ,a photograph would become more valid,less cluttered and thus give the viewer a better story of what the photographers intentions were.

Images with strong colour was desirable as this would relive the dullness in the other wise dark grey tones of rain soaked days. There were abstract images intended to give an impressionistic feel and many with umbrellas and figures hurrying through wet pavements. For some it was close in shots of a car wing mirror with rain drops on the glass surface and showing a reflected scene while others had submitted landscapes, towns cape city scape and lightning bolts.
As always good printing technique was praised .

John also took an opportunity to say something of the judging process and the difference in judging NIPA competitions and club competitions. With NIPA three judges had 5 seconds to view an image, so images with immediate impact stood out, while in club competitions the judge had more time in which to make his or her decisions.

John said it was impact that showed the difference between the foundation and advanced groups with all the images at the advanced level displaying the desired impact.

The winning images and photographers are shown in the Results Page
So congratulations to all of these and thanks to all who entered and thanks to John Belshaw for giving his constructive opinion and advice.

Edward McCavana

Portraits to Paintings.

Our speaker was our own long-time member, Peter Gibson. Peter is well known locally for the Picture Framing business which he and his wife ran in Dufferin Avenue.

Peter has subsequently moved into retirement but nevertheless still advises club members in mounting and framing of their prints either or competition entry, exhibition or simply home display.

During the past year Peter has revealed another skill, no doubt related to his professional painter brother and other relatives who have artistic backgrounds. At one of our competitions, namely the Panels Competition (where a panel of six related images are presented as a group), he displayed a selection of images captured at the Ulster American Folk Park at Omagh.

During a Club group outing to the Folk Park, Peter encountered a local group of actors dressed in period costume, reenacting a country wedding. Horses and carts plus top and bowler hats and shawls were on display, even though the day was dampened by rain showers.

Nevertheless the ceremony purported to take place in the “New Word’, which for anyone who has visited, is presented just after the ship voyage from Ireland.

Whilst the photographic images were of themselves of first class quality, Peter purchased some computer software called Painter Pro 17 and experimented with the visual effects to be created.
He kindly transported his Apple iMac to the clubroom and by the magic of simultaneous projector display he took the audience through the stage of transforming a portrait to a very convincing oil painting, or even a chalk pastel rendition.

Silence fell on the room as Peter skillfully manipulated the stylus and graphic tablet and applied a huge variety of brushes with amazing textures and shapes. This is just the tool to occupy those long dark damp winter nights such as the one we were currently experiencing just outside the clubroom.

One of Peter’s favourite images was of three little boys playing marbles on a footpath. Using the painting technique, transformed a photograph with an “untidy” background into a beautiful picture which would grace any wall.

So fascinating were we with Peters technique that someone at the back of the room had to remind us that were were greatly overrunning our normal finishing time.

We thank Peter for the magnificent effort especially manipulating software “live’ in front of an audience. Thank you Peter.

Next week we will be having three club members giving short presentations and displaying their own work.

David Roberts



Peter presented us with his images of Chernobyl and nearby city of Pripyat. There were long panned stitched images of the deserted city glimpsed through trees and photographed in the changing seasons of Spring and Autumn and indicating that life still exists in spite of what had happened in this region.

We saw a derelict bus stop with a wild horse grazing in the middle distance. What we did not see was people,though people do exist in this place still working to secure the nuclear installations. These people travel by train to the site but it is forbidden to photograph them . This seems a pity not to give human face to those at some risk in the work they do.

Peter also gave us close up images inside abandoned buildings , schools, hospitals. apartments, cultural and community  buildings. Shoes left where inhabitants had fled , books in school classrooms in heaps on floors and on desk tops, dust and debris everywhere. A fun park an Ferris wheel where children played while the inferno raged.

We were presented with the stark contrast between old historic photographs of life in the city during Soviet times and the absence of human life today. The architecture of Pripyat new and modern but in that grey dull Soviet style, though some sign of reasonable good modern buildings existed. There was the usual evidence of the Russian propaganda style in poster art and murals .
There were photographs inside dark forgotten places that Peter had illuminated by playing torch light to reveal the hidden detail.

What we saw was the result of human error, a nuclear accident in which many gave up their life in efforts to extinguish the inferno. Pete highlighted  a sculpture in memory of firemen though who would see it now except those still working at this site and some adventurous photographers and tourists. This seems to be a growing industry.

However it is the dereliction and decay that is the lasting impression and if understand correctly such decay is governed by entropy, which is that which allows change to occur, and that is what time is. So what will time do to this place.

Next meeting is on 3rd February 2017 - Speaker, Peter Gibson - Portraits to Paintings.

Edward McCavana

The man who is Irishmanlost®

Pete Irvine was born and educated in Northern Ireland, but spent many years living and working abroad before returning home to settle in Ballycastle. His love for photography developed at an early age when he was given his first camera and instantly showed a natural ability and creative flair for the medium.

Pete's passion for capturing urban decay began about ten years ago, after visiting the Harland and Wolff drawing offices during a heritage open day. Frustrated by the restricted public access, it sparked a curiosity to see what lay beyond the red tape and no entry signs. It was then that Pete began seeking out abandoned buildings as an exploration of Ulster's industrial past, finding entry into some of the most iconic working giants of the last century. Soon his interest had spread beyond the factories of the industrial age and all of his energy and free time was dedicated to researching and locating abandoned structures online.

He became involved with a community of like-minded people with a similar hunger to peel back the walls of our picture-perfect urban fabric and unravel the mystery that lay within. Along with these new found friends, he visited as many derelict buildings as he could find and what started as curiosity quickly turned into an obsession. Whilst some consider the ruins of our modern society to be nothing but a blot on the landscape, Pete is fascinated by dereliction and quickly came to realize that such places are filled with endless possibilities for adventure, inspiration and artistic potential.

Over the years Pete has visited countless factories, workhouses, hospitals, asylums, manor houses and cottages under the pseudonym 'Irishmanlost'. The scenes of urban and architectural decay that define his photography exude a strange and quiet beauty, but they can be much more thought-provoking than that. They visualize the passage of time and the inevitability of collapse, as well as sparking imaginings of a foregone past and potential futures. These buildings are now functionally dead, but human presence lives on in every decaying scene and personal effect left behind. His work also reflects a strong nostalgic desire for 'the way things were', to a time when buildings were constructed with artistry and meaning. Nowadays, new replacing not so old is commonplace and abandoned buildings serve as a reminder of faded lives and shrunken economies.

A new year at Bangor and North Down Camera Club with the judging of N.I.P.A. Northern Ireland Photographic Association and club round four competition, Tempus Fugit. Round four is an open round meaning anything goes and photographers
are allowed to submit work in any subject of their own choice.

Thus it was on Friday the 20th January when landscape, still life, abstract, portrait, travel, architecture,
flowers,natural history and macro subjects were all on display at the clubs Ward Avenue premises.

A daunting task for the judge Brian McKenna past president of N.I.P.A.
Brian a retired mathematics teacher set about the task with at times acerbic wit and admonishment not uncommon
with members of this profession.

Taking each image in turn in both the foundation and advanced sections Brian outlined his view and consideration
of the members work. Reading an image from left to right was a must for this judge and he stated this many times
during his deliberations often by reference to some of the work displayed.

In landscape it was lighting and dramatic lighting that lifted an image to make it special.

Point of view, composition and a well defined focal point was considered to be important as was quality of printing,
and contrast in mono images.

A tight crop, an absence of distracting elements and depth of field were matters that the judge encouraged.
A macro image of a spider with fantastic eye detail was impressive.

The position of hands in a portrait and the exclusion of distracting backgrounds should be of prime consideration and
printed words should not be present in a photograph.

A very enjoyable evening indeed and as always 1st Place winning images can be viewed on the Results Page

Next meeting Friday 27th January.  Pete Irvine (IrishmanLost) - Urbex Photography

Edward McCavana

Vittorio Silvestri was our guest presenter at this evening's meeting.  Vittorio is a frequent visitor and competition judge, but this evening he brought along a selection of  William McCrum's finest work and gave  an enlightening explaination of his work. Some of the club members knew Will personally.

A different approach was adopted whereby the actual prints, which were all in large format, were passed around the room for first hand examination.  From the labels on the back of the print mounts, prints from as early as 1945 were included.

The following is a short biography of Will kindly supplied by Vittorio for publishing here.

"On the 25th June 2012 the CPA lost one of its longest serving members, William McCrum, who passed away peacefully at his home after a short period of illness.

Will McCrum Jnr (as is engraved on many of the CPA exhibition trophies) joined the CPA in 1941? I can only put that into perspective when I do the sums and work out that he had been a member for 47 years when I joined in 1988. He served 71 years of continuous membership to the club.

Known to everyone simply as Will, his contribution to the CPA and the world of photography both nationally and internationally should never be forgotten. His earliest success at the CPA exhibition was in 1946 in the mono advanced portraits & figures studies section. During his 71 years he has had 114 1st places in the print sections and 40 1st places in the slide sections - 154 1st places in total.

Will joined the RPS and got his LRPS in 1953 and his ARPS in 1964. He never applied for any PAGB awards, but was awarded the APAGB award for meritorious service to photography in 1984. From the back of Will’s early prints I noted that he had achieved an AFIAP and on the later prints an EFIAP (excellence) which is awarded to photographers who have had a certain number of prints accepted at international salons.

It was clear that letters meant little to Will. The proof of his passion to the art of photography was in the way he showed his work. Prints had to be big, no A4s, 20”x24” were the norm. It was clear that portraiture was also his favourite photographic subject."

Next week, 29th January 2017 will be our NIPA/Club Competition Round 5 (Open).

Just to thank one of our keen and willing volunteer members participating in clubroom housekeeping.  Well done Bill Henning.  We need more volunteers.

This week we were delighted to welcome to our club Judy Boyle FIPF FRPS EFIAP. Judy, a member of Drogheda Photographic Club, has built up a formidable portfolio of work during her fifteen years behind the lens, and her array of distinctions is testament to its quality and impact.

Judy shared with us work from a range of projects, telling us something of the circumstances in which the images had been captured, identifying the photographs which had been successful in salons, and advising on how they had been selected and put together to form panels. She encouraged us to consider putting our own work forward for distinctions and exhibitions, and many members will have gone home inspired to consider this possibility.

Children in their own environments are a favourite subject for Judy. Her visits to India, Nepal and Cambodia had provided many opportunities for such work, and we were struck by the warmth of her approach and the enormous strength of her compositions. Eyes were often the focal point, and strong diagonals and V-shapes, bold use of ‘empty’ space, and telling background details were apparent throughout. The images from India and Nepal featured vibrant, exquisitely co-ordinated colours, while the Cambodia group provided contrast in black and white and square format.

Travellers’ fairs are another ideal location for Judy, and she shared monochrome work from the Ballinasloe and Appleby fairs. Again, these images were bold and strikingly composed, with particularly well caught facial expressions. The festive mood of these fairs was conveyed strongly, with some poignant details, such as a pensive face in the background or a less than perfect physical attribute, adding depth and compassion.

Finally, Judy presented her aptly titled folder, “Stuff I like”. Many of these images, which had been successful in competition or were being prepared for presentation, were composites, exploring the use of backgrounds. Although these photographs were often very different in style, it was interesting to identify themes which had recurred throughout the evening’s presentation – children as subjects, often appearing vulnerable, a dramatic focus on eyes, things weathered and worn, diagonal compositions and distinctively blended colour palettes.

Judy’s presentation impressed and inspired. Her ability to capture the vital moment and frame it for maximum impact was evident in image after image. Her comments on presenting work for salons and distinctions were encouraging and enlightening. Thank you, Judy, for a most enjoyable evening.

Judith Kimber

On Friday 2 December members of Bangor and North Down Camera Club gathered in eageranticipation of the judging of the NIPA [Northern Ireland Photographic Association] and club Round 3competition, the theme of this round being textures.

Deborah Gardiner the club's Chair introduced the judgefor the evening, Vittorio Silvestri, a member of CPA club and N.I P.A President.
Vittorio said that texture was in everything and commenced his judging task starting with Foundation Mono Print.

Taking each entry in turn and spending some time with each Vittorio said which of the images worked within the theme of the round and outlined what he thought was important. Composition, cropping, lighting and viewpoint were the matters most important in this round and also the choice of paper vital, as fine art paper rather than gloss paperwould reveal texture much better.

Images had been submitted in portrait landscape and square formats and a square formatwas preferred for many of these. Subject matter ranged from stone, seashells, flowers, plants, leaves, architecture both general views and close up detail, ropes and chains also figured. In this section as he also did in the advanced section Vittorio noted that flat images would not impress. In the end Vittorio announced the winners :

Moving on to Foundation Colour Print all that was said about the mono section still applied but in additionstrong colour and softer images that revealed detail were favoured and Vittorio was much taken by some beautiful
images in this group. Peacock Feathers by Jane Mcilroy was much admired and would sit well in the advanced group Vittotio said.

In the Advanced colour print all that applied to the foundation section applies here . Vittorio highlighted some images that did not make the grade with regard to the theme and some that were flat and lacking detail. Also backgrounds too strong
or too prominent and saturation too much.

Finally, and following the tea break, came the turn for Advanced Mono.

Vittorio Silvestri, this evening's judge commented that this section was the best panel of images in the advanced group and once again talked about all the images and provided constructive advice . The club members present all agreed that the
mono panel was the better of the two.

The Chair expressed the members thanks to the judge Vittorio Silvestri who had considered every image this evening and who had provided valuable insight.

Edward McCavana

1st Place winning images can be viewed on the Results Page

Foundation Colour Print

1st - Jane McIlroy - Peacock Feather
2nd - Jane McIlroy - Corrosion
3rd - Brian McMullan - Abandoned Boat
HC = Jane McIlroy - Ropes and Chains
C - John Sullivan - Torr Head

Foundation Mono Print

1st - John Sullivan - Two Boats
2nd - Brian McMullan - Church Window
3rd - John Sullivan - Aldeburgh Town Hall
HC - Jane McIlroy - Ripples

Foundation Projected Digital Image

1st - Peter Mehaffey - Strands of Red
2nd - Jane McIlroy - Petals
3rd - Jane McIlroy - Coral
HC - Peter Mehaffey - Rusty Teapots


Advanced Colour Print

1st - Judith Kimber - Bygone
2nd - Darren Brown - Graving Dock Side
3rd - Mark Bell - Timber Stack
HC - Judith Kimber - Draught Marks
C = Darren Brown - No Entry

Advanced Mono Print

1st - Hugh Rooney - Weathered Door
2nd - Darren Brown - Temptation
3rd - Judith Kimber - Fern
HC - Mark Bell - The Garage
C - Hugh Rooney - Locked and Chained

Advanced Projected Digital Image

1st - Darren Brown - Sleeping Beauty
2nd - Judith Kimber - Chevy
3rd - Mark Bell - Prickly Heat
HC - Alan Field - Rose Drops
HC - Alan McMorris - Layers
C - Darren Brown - Eye C U
C - Trevor Robinson - Blooming Onion


Around three years ago, whilst photographing on the Dingle Peninsula, I came across a book by a photographer called John Hooton.  The book contained the most beautiful images from around the Dingle Peninsula, taken at different times of the year, at both sunset and sunrise and in a wide range of different weather conditions. When I got home, I made a point of finding out who John Hooton was. I discovered that he actually lived near Cork and spent most of his weekends in and around Dingle.

In was around two years later that I met John for the first time, where he was one of the main adjudicators with the Irish Photographic Federation, on their National Distinction Panel.

John was a quietly spoken and unassuming man, modest of his many achievements, which have included being a Fellow of both the Irish Photographic Federation and Royal Photographic Society and in 2010, he was awarded an M.F.I.A.P.  This is the highest award given by the International Federation of Photographic Art, with his work appearing extensively in photographic salons throughout the world.

With all this in mind, it was a great pleasure to welcome John as a special guest speaker at Bangor and North Down Camera Club. This was an event that we had planned for some months, so we were delighted to welcome not just our own members, but many visitors from across Northern Ireland to this talk in the Methodist Hall on Queens Parade in Bangor. Some 100 people attending on the night was a real testament to the interest in John's landscape photography.

And we certainly weren't to be disappointed. During a two hour presentation, we saw printed image after printed image showing the sublime skill and talent of this top class photographer. Images showing the beautiful beaches of Dingle such as Fermoyle and Ballyferriter, all in different seasons and different light. Images of the mountains and lakes around the Conor Pass or the natural stone stack in the sea at Kinard. Other images showing the wildness of Coumeenole Beach and Slea Head, where the movie Ryan's Daughter was filmed. Very image was perfectly printed and many of these were displayed around the walls for the audience to get a closer look at during the break.

As this was a special event, club members laid on a fabulous supper for everyone there and it was just too tempting not to try just a little bit of everything!

John very kindly donated a mounted print of one of his landscape  images and this was raffled when the event entry tickets were used to make the draw. One very lucky person is now the proud owner of a John Hooton original print!

After the break, John spent time showing us his series of images of the interiors of old abandoned cottages and houses. Many of these had just been left exactly as they were when their owners either died or even emigrated, often many decades ago. The mixture of the old and now decaying decor, along with the original furniture, crockery and even pictures still in place gave a real sense of history frozen in time. He made the point that he always got permission from the families to go into these old houses and I'm sure many of them were delighted at the beautiful and atmospheric results John achieved.

John went on to show us a panel of around 20 landscape images, all taken on the same beach and within a short distance of each other, all at different times of the year. The range of different moods and colours this produced proved the point that the landscape is constantly changing. Such a range of beautiful, colours, tones and compositions showed again what a master of his craft John actually is.

This was a great evening for all who attended and is was a genuine pleasure to have someone of this calibre visiting Bangor and I hope it won't be too long before we can welcome John back again.

John Miskelly

On Friday 28th October we were joined by Stephen McWilliams ARPS from Christian Brothers Camera Club to judge Round 2 of the NIPA Interclub competition.

As a regular judge at the club, Stephen remarked that the standard of images had increased, and that an 'open' round gave more opportunity for variation in subject matter.

Stephen commented on every entry in the competition, and commended the use of square cropping in the Foundation categories. He also highlighted when he thought where images should be cropped, or needed something included to provide a focal point.

In some of the categories he expressed a wish to award joint first places, as the difference in quality between first and second was so close.

In the Foundation categories, Peter Mahaffey came away with five placings, while Darren Brown was awarded six placings in the Advanced categories.

Our thanks to Stephen for giving up his time to comment and critique every image.

Darren Brown

Friday 4th November - Ian Sayers will be our guest speaker .  His title is“Working Faster and Smarter to make you money”

A night not to be missed for all who want to improve their editing skills.
Ian will be bringing various Wacom devices to show and also you will get an opportunity to try these out.

27" Cintiq Display
The New Mobile Studio Pro (13" device)
Wacom Intuous Pro Small
Wacom Bamboo Folio.

It will be more of a demonstration of the products and Adobe software to show folks how much easier and better it is using the right devices when editing and working. We all purchase the right amount of lights, different lens, expensive camera bodies and a range of background and additions in photography. Looking at how folks edit and retouch makes it a necessary addition to the family.

Should be a great night.

1st Place winning images can be viewed on the Results Page

Foundation Monochrome Print

1st - John Sullivan - Maltings Tree
2nd - Brian McMullin - Tall ship
3rd - Jane McIlroy - Lone Walker
C  - Peter Mahaffey - Evening Stroll
C - John Sullivan - Verona

Foundation Colour Print

1st - Peter Mahaffey - Midnight Dolphin
2nd - Jane McIlroy - Pink Lilies
3rd - Peter Mahaffey - Dandelion
HC - Brian McMullin - Don't try this
C - Brian McMullin - Misty morning
C - John Sullivan - CarrigartS

Foundation Projected Digital Image

1st - Brian Larkin - Topi March
2nd - Peter Mahaffey - Lunch
3rd - Brian Larkin - Purple Roller
HC - Peter Mahaffey - The Belfast Buoys
C - Jane McIlroy - Sea Shells

Advanced Monochrome Print

1st - Darren Brown - Tiny Dancer
2nd - Hugh Rooney - Vas of Da Gama Bridge
3rd - Hugh Rooney - Guggenheim Doorway
HC - Judith Kimber - Conspirators
C - Anthony Crosbie - Bruce
C - Darren Brown - Dettifoss

Advanced Colour Print

1st - Nigel Snell - Impressionist Puffin
2nd - Mark Bell - The Wakeboarder
3rd - Darren Brown - The Blues Singer
HC - Alan Field- Eats like a Sparrow
C - Alan Field - Orchid
C - Anthony Crosbie - Noisy Miner
C - Darren Brown - Mussenden Sunset
C - Darren Brown - The Old Oak Tree

Advanced Projected Digital Image

1st - John Thompson - Three Kids
2nd - Michael Rice - Bee My Star Flower
3rd - Mark Allen- Icelandic Horses
HC - Mark Bell - Gold Blossom
HC - Judith Kimber - Cadet Boats
C - Darren Brown - Church on the Hill



BNDCC wish to send NIPA President Vittorio Silvestri and Ards Camera Club a huge Thank You for all their hard work in setting up and providing refreshments at the NIPA Interclub Competition on Friday 21st October and to everyone who contributed to such a wonderful evening! The adjudication evening for Round 1 Open competition was hosted by Ards Camera Club at the Pavillon, Londonderry Park, Portaferry Road, Newtownards where approximately 300 images (Prints and Digital) from clubs all over Northern Ireland were on display with the judges giving their thoughts on a selection of the images. Thanks also goes to the three judges on the night Ross McKelvey - Catchlight Camera Club, Malachy Connolly - Christian Brothers (CBPPU) Camera Club and Peter Knott - Ards Camera Club

Congratulations to Alan McMorris who received 1st place in the Projected Digital Images for Nicola and Darren Brown in the Monochrome Print for George and The Guitar Player and also in the Colour Print section for The Forty Foot! After the first round BNDCC are lying in 3rd Place out of 30 clubs.

Friday 28th October BNDCC will be meeting back at the Ward Avenue clubhouse for Round 2 Open NIPA Competition. See you all there!

Members are also reminded that the 4th November is the submit date for entries to the Roy Finlay Memorial Natural History Competition

Deborah Carvill


Welcome guest at this weeks BNDCC meeting was Joan Blease MPAGB EFIAP/ B ABPE ARPS. Joan from Warrington Photographic Society in England is a Photographer and Digital Artist with a host of distinctions and awards nationally and internationally to complement a style and finesse in her photography which has blossomed so beautifully over the years. Purchasing her first digital camera in 2007 and a copy of Photoshop in 2008 Joan rekindled a love of her artistic past and set about experimenting and discovering the wonderful world of Fine Art Photography.

Bad Start, Great Finish covered three questions that people alway ask Joan at her talks and workshops. How she got into photography? Who or what had inspired her? And How she created the images?

Being artistic, Joan excelled at drawing and painting at school and was encouraged to broaden her talents further but due to circumstances joined evening classes instead of attending Art College. While taking photos to help her with her art she gained a need to improve her skills and joined a local camera club. On entering her first competition Joan realised that the emotions she had while taking the images didn't translate as well as she had hoped and sparked the determination to learn all she could. As a result 12 months later she had won every cup in the club.

Even in more recent competition a remark passed by a judge about the quality of paper she had used has gained remarkable successes in other competitions. Joan remarked 'don't worry to much about judges remarks and don't let it discourage you'. 'Learn all the rules and when you understand them break them' was the lesson Joan had learnt and executed perfectly in her images.

Magazines, TV adverts, conversations, galleries, sketches and note books give substance to Joan's fantastic ideas. An optical illusion recreated from King Kong by the Rolling Stones, a Clarks shoe advert, a Spice Girls video and living near the author Lewis Carol birthplace connected her ideas with a series of Alice in Wonderland styled images. Also the combination of photos taken in the studio or on her travels to places like Cuba and Tuscany, with images of textures on a separate layer overlaid and blended enthralled members. Images with a similar names or meaning gave a creative play on word to create some stunning images.

From a young age we are surrounded by rules of composition. Frame in a frame, thirds, leading lines and triangles all from cartoons like Bambi. Great artist and their masterpieces like Delaroche and Manet and the impact of leading lines. Photographs from Henri Cartier-Bresson and Mark Riboud wonderfully demonstrated how the eye reads from left to right and asked the question which had the best impact. Joan rounded off the first half of the night with a little tip for artist and photographers alike. Turn the image upside down as you can spot distractions easier and it disengages the emotional attachment we have which stops us changing it.

Joan kindly donated a wonderful Cuban Cars Print as a prize and thanks to Gerry Coe and Peter Hughes who distributed the tickets. The winning ticket belonged to none other than Gerry himself who kindly asked for a redraw and this time Conor Davidson a new member to the club took the honours. Well done Conor! and thanks to Gerry!

Continuing the theme of artists who broke the rules, Joan used the works of Degas, Manet, Renoir, Titan, Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Warhol, Gustave Caillebotte and Jenny Saville to draw members attention to how they all did it and how in the Photographic competition of today judges only see the tick box they have learnt to apply and not the full picture for what it is.

In response to a statement often given to Joan at events 'I like what you do but its not photography, is it! Joan presented a selection of her own images. Be it portraits, wildlife, landscape and the textures, every images she uses are her own and taken with her knowledge, experience and commitment and blended with the artistic talents she creates the final photograph. Joan presented her own images in which she deliberately set out to break the rules and displayed the original images on which she had fun totally enjoying blurring the boundaries of where painting and photography begin and ends.

Thanks to Joan for an inspirational evening on how ordinary photos, Photoshop and a lot of imagination can go a long way.

The adjudication of Round 1 of the NIPA Interclub Competition is taking place on Friday, 21st October at 7.30pm in the Pavillion, Londonderry Park, Portaferry Road, Newtownards
There will be no meeting in the clubhouse on this evening. BNDCC will resume meetings at the clubhouse on 28th October for Round 2 (Open) of the NIPA Interclub competition.

Deborah Carvill

PhotoShop Workshop 8.10.16

Our tutor was Ross McKelvey MPAGB FIPF EFIAP/S FBPE - who has been awarded over 150 Medals in National & International Exhibitions since 2010. We were clearly in good company.

The day started with folk setting up tables, laptops and electric extension leads. Then it started, we were instructed to get Photoshop up and running and then Ross explained the need to tweak certain settings in order for PS to work better. There is no better place to start than right at the very beginning and I suspect everyone was unaware of the need to make such a number of important changes. This took a short time and then we were ready to go.

Ross had previously circulated a number of files that we would be using throughout the day. These were used as examples and also included were two sets of custom built 'actions' that automate repeated routines in the workflow. He demonstrated the art of creating masks, how to use the free Google Nik Collection plug-ins., and how to use his 'actions'.

The workflow was repeated a number of times with different images to allow the audience to become familiar with the processes involved. For some, their laptops struggled under such fierce onslaughts, although it is was strongly suspected that there may have been a few 'Human Interface Errors'. But no one was left behind, we all helped out as best we could and when completely stuck Ross patiently came to the rescue.

We encountered white masks, black masks, luminosity masks, and given the season - I wondered when the halloween masks would make an appearance. There were 'cmd' clicks, 'ctrl' clicks, 'alt' clicks and some helpful keyboard shortcuts that only Houdini could perform. Of course it didn't help that some Mac 'cmd' clicks meant 'ctrl' clicks on Windows! But we all struggled through in good humour.

It would have been a very steep learning curve for those unfamiliar with Photoshop. We had planned for this and prior to the workshop, on the previous Wednesday, Darren Brown had helpfully covered the basics of layers, masks and some of the Google Nik Collection plug-ins. This undoubtedly smoothed the path and allowed everyone to enjoy playing with the images and to learn through repetition. The feedback from all involved was most positive, everyone learnt a lot.

Mark Allen

If the opportunity to photograph a moment of the natural world presents itself to you, capture the moment the best you can. The message delivered to BNDCC on Friday evening by guest judge Louise Borbely from CPA camera club. Louise is the Chair of CPA and the clubs NIPA Representative as well as the Chair of the NIPA Nature Group.

Louise's common bond with this particular genre and the lady for whom this photographic competition was named after (Audrey Argue) is her love and dedication to the protection of all these animals and living creatures, be they domestic or wild and the love to photograph them.

Louise judged from the heart and spoke passionately about her enjoyment of watching some of the characters who unfold in front of the camera lens. The vast array of creatures who live in the macro world we miss in our fast paced world or the domestic pet who share are homes and lives, to the insects and animals in environments not only nationally but all over the world, in Iceland and Madagascar but to name a few.

Both Foundation and Advanced categories produced a lovely collection of images. Dogs and cats resting or in full on action and having fun, even a single meerkat and prairie dog took watch on the night. Horses, ponies, deer, rabbits, squirrels, lemurs, monkeys lionesses and long horned cattle. Ants, millipedes, flies, hover flies, bumble bees, beetles, tree frogs and spiders doing what they do best. Sea lions, jelly fish and crab in an marine life perspective. Penguins, pigeons, gulls, swans, sparrows, chaffinch, robins, owls, parrots, wagtails, puffins, gannets and birds of prey representing a vast array of birds. To the delicate, colourful world of butterflies and moths.

Louise's selection was as follows -

Foundation Monochrome Print

1st - Peter Mahaffey - Pug In The Sun
2nd - Peter Mahaffey - Wrinkly Beauty
3rd - John Sullivan - Follow Me

Foundation Colour Print

1st - Peter Mahaffey - Hypnotic Stare
2nd - Jane McIlroy - Gulls on a wall
3rd - John Sullivan - Prairie Dog

Foundation Projected Digital Image

1st - Peter Mahaffey - Bad Hair Day
2nd - John Sullivan - At The Beach
3rd - Peter Mahaffey - Fuelling Up

Advanced Monochrome Print

1st - Darren Brown - Eva
2nd - Alan Field - Keeping My Eyes On You
3rd - Darren Brown - Black And White
HC - Darren Brown - Charge
HC - Bill Henning - Sentinel

Advanced Colour Print

1st - Nigel Snell - Puffin In Sea Thrift
2nd - Darren Brown - Hope
3rd - Alan Field - Long Horned Cricket
HC - Bill Henning - Alone On The Strand
HC - Nigel Snell - Northern Gannet
HC - Christine Pearson - Whitespot
HC - Nigel Snell - Robin
HC - Harry Graham - The Three Tenors
HC - Jack Thompson - Matching Yellow

Advanced Projected Digital Image

1st - Nigel Snell - Barn Owl
2nd - Anthony Crosbie - Monkey See, Monkey Do
3rd - Mark Allen - Brotherly Love
HC - Michael Rice - Common Blue
HC - Deborah Gardiner - Ralph
HC - Darren Brown - Luna
HC - Mark Allen - Looking East
HC - Nigel Snell - Razorbill
HC - Darren Brown - Camoflage
HC - Michael Rice - Green Veined White
HC - Bill Henning - Robinette
HC - Nigel Snell - Puffin


Louise's overall winner was undoubtedly an image of quality, beautifully taken by Nigel Snell - Barn Owl. Nigel will receive the Audrey Argue Trophy at the awards evening in 2017. Thanks to Louise for an excellent evening of knowledge and stories of experience which complimented each image perfectly. We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did. Thank You!

Congratulations to Nigel, all the placed authors and thank you to all those members who submitted images to this years Audrey Argue competition. Thank you to Harry, Alan and Darren for all your hard work in preparing and hosting the evening.

On 14th October Joan Blease from Warrington Camera Club in England will be visiting BNDCC. Member are also reminded to submit entries for the NIPA Round 2 - Open competition. Good Luck everyone!

Deborh Carvill


In a break from the normal Friday evening Damian Mc Donald from Christian Brothers camera club gave a wonderfully inspiring practical demonstration on the process of 'Painting with Light' to BNDCC.

Damian expressed how Light is the essence of an image, using and capturing it in the correct way is the difference between a record shot and a work of art. Showing a photograph of a camera and each of the images which made up the layers in the final image he had previously experimented with. Damian had used the ambient light, backlight, lit the top of the lens barrel and lens cap, the settings on the top and both left and right sides of the body and lens barrel to reveal a highly defined photograph. Now he was to shoot live to show how he had achieved this process.

Taking black mounting card as a backdrop, hessian fabric as a base on which to set up a display of a vintage blow torch covered in spiders webs and a footprints wrench. Setting up the camera on a tripod, using 15 second exposures on a 2 seconds timer in a darkened room and using a small ordinary flashlight in a swirling motion to illuminate the particular areas of interest. Damian set about building a series of images solely highlighting a softer detailed aspect of the items on which he would combine to create a more pleasing photograph. Something Damian had experimented with and found only this process to achieve the level of softly lit atmospheric quality he was after.

Methodically planning each image in succession and checking to see if the light was perfectly balance or giving a silhouette in order to ease the process, again all through his experience of using this technique. Using Manual settings with manual focus and only changing the aperture so every exposure would remain at 15 sec Damian fashioned a snoot of cardboard and kitchen tissue over the flashlight to demonstrate how easy and cost efficient you can be to achieve all levels of lighting from this small source of light. As long as the light isn't directly seen by the lens and kept moving the balance in the light will be perfect.

A caution of importance was passed on - Do Not Move The Tripod until you have finished! As the slightest movement will offset the different layers in the photograph, even forgetting to light a particular part of the objects and you will have to start all over again.

After all the images had been taken and loaded onto the computer the software took on the next task of the process. Converting the RAW images through Lightroom a selection of 9 images were rated and chosen. These were taken into Photoshop for editing and all the layers were named to avoid confusion. Each layer was edited through the lighting blending mode in layer mask before being converted back to Lightroom where any hot areas were darkened or light leaks removed to reveal a final photograph.

Damian expressed the importance of the thought process, time and setup used for these types of images and how less recognised those skills are in competition but went on to pay tribute to the man who taught him a great lesson about lighting and the memories of Jim Moreland using 10 million candlepower lights to paint the light into his landscape foregrounds. Damian was only to happy to in turn pass those lessons on and encouraged members to keep experimenting for themselves and learning about the power lighting has within the photograph.

Thanks to Damian for his wealth of knowledge for this wonderfully different and inspiring night and Darren for arranging the evening.

Congratulations to Judith Kimber on her recent successes at her first Photographic distinction from the IPF awards in Dublin. Receiving her Licentiateship (LIPF) medal and certificate in September. Well done Judith!

On Sat 8th October 2016 Ross McKelvey will be holding a Photoshop workshop at the clubhouse and any BNDCC members who wish to take part can contact Darren or hit 'Going' on the event page on Facebook. Members will need to bring a laptop with Photoshop which has all the Nik filters installed. Experience with layers and masking will be required and given on Wed evening by Darren and Mark. Thanks to Mark and Darren for arranging and preparing everyone for Ross's workshop!

Deborah Carvill



The NIPA first round is always an open round and for members of BNDCC a variety of genres were explored and presented for the adjudication evening on Friday 23rd Sept. Land/Sea/CityScapes, Street/ Environmental/ Studio Portraits, Sports, Macro, Still life to Fine Art Photography were displayed proudly around the display panels and on the Screen of the Ward Ave clubhouse. Even a little summer excitement from the GAWA made its way into the memories genre. Welcome back Shirley!

Architectural photography is one of Paul Hayley's (CPA camera club) areas of expertise but Paul conveyed a message that all these genres all need the presence of elements which blend together through lines of symmetry or leading lines and the rules of thirds which draw the viewers eye to a focal point. Changing angles, including reflections or the use of complimenting colours together and even the texture of paper on which to present an image, all factors the authors much experiment with. An interesting scene with the elements sharp and clear in its message and delicately balanced will stand out to any judge.

Paul's selections were as follows:-

Foundation Colour Print

1st - Homeward Bound - Jane McIlroy
2nd - Carlingford Boat - John Sullivan
3rd - Eye on you - Peter Mahaffey
HC - Great Pollet Arch- Peter Mahaffey
C - Boat house - Peter Mahaffey

Foundation Monochrome Print

1st - Venice - John Sullivan
2nd - Entrance - Jane McIlroy
3rd - Peaks and Troughs - Peter Mahaffey

Foundation Project Digital Image

1st - Water Cycles - Peter Mahaffey
2nd - Sunset Startup - Alan Dow
3rd - Pascali - Jane McIlroy
C - Sundown Photographer - Peter Mahaffey

Advanced Colour Print

1st - Megan - Darren Brown
2nd - Morning Stroll - Anthony Crosbie
3rd - The Forty Foot - Darren Brown
HC - Light In Darkness - Colin Majury
C - Cascade - Darren Brown

Advanced Monochrome Print

1st - The Guitar Player - Darren Brown
2nd - Elsie's Hat - Judith Kimber
3rd - George - Darren Brown
HC - Tall Interior - Ray Magill
C - Bilbao Subway - Hugh Rooney
C - Gondolas- Hugh Rooney

Advanced Projected Digital Image

1st - Nicola - Alan McMorris
2nd - Chefchaouen Doorway - Hugh Rooney
3rd - Patience - Bill Henning
C - Copeland View From Orlock - Nigel Snell

BNDCC wishes to thank Paul for judging the first round of the NIPA club competitions this year! Also to Harry Watson and Alan Field for all their hard work in making the competition submission this year so successful.

With the new submission system now in place the reporting of results, opening/closing date and rules will become more faster, easier and less confusing to members as they will now be online and/or emailed to everyone who has registered for the competitions and will be eligible on payment of their yearly membership fees. Thank you to both Harry and Alan!

Congratulations to all the winners and Thanks to everyone who submitted images. Congratulation to newcomer John Sullivan on his successes in his first club competition! Well Done John!

On Friday 30th Sept Damien Mc Donald Will present 'Painting with Light' and explain how he processes his images. It will also be the Closing date for the Audrey Argue Competition were any domestic or wild animals, insects, birds etc can be submitted. Its always a special round for BNDCC and well supported in the past and we look forward to seeing members rise to the occasion.

Deborah Carvill

Members of BNDCC will know the reason why they took up photography. Capturing the character of a family member, a particular interest or their surrounding environment can have many influences as to the style of photography they wished to pursue. For John Miskelly and Hugh Rooney, who have themselves been a great influence to fellow members and the photographic community, spent the evening revealing some jaw dropping photography which left members hungry for the chance to do some further research and experimenting of their own.

John presented an evening of personal interests, moments and events which influenced him, giving a direction to the development of a style which John continues to evolve. Finding influences from Films/Tv series and how key moments were lit and framed to maximum effect. Other influences included books, magazines, paintings, nature, gardens and other Photographers. Joe Cornish, Matthew Seed, David Fokos, Art Wolfe, Michael Kenna and Bruce Percy but to name a few.

John recommend a book by Joe Cornish - First Light (Scotland Coast, Scotland's Mountains and his most recent is The Land). John had met Joe at a talk/workshop in 2002 in Templepatrick and was encouraged to revisit locations to capture the different lighting conditions after hearing Joe had visited the Old Man Of Storr 10 times. (John has had the extremes in weather there but is determined to revisit again) Joe who worked with a 5x4 large format digital camera had to know his craft. He was a master of using light and with this created beautiful subtle tone in his images. He encouraged people not to become slider happy and destroy the mood in which you set out to capture an image.

John has a love for Japanese painting/art simple delicate charcoal images of Japanese gardens and trees with strong compositions. John wishes to visit Japan within the next few years to experience the true gardens of which he has tried to recreate in his own Japanese garden and with his Bonsai trees at home.

Michael Kenna is one of the worlds top 3 photographers in B&W fine art photography. He produces 10x12 and 10x8 print which sells for big money. Travel and industrial photography showing balance and symmetry. One of his books is called Hokkaido designed in Japan is covered with maple wood and printed on linen paper is an amazing piece of craftsmanship to accompany the master photographer. Michael also donated a series of images on the holocaust camps across Europe. First visiting without the camera to experience the camps and revisited to recreate the feelings he was experiencing.

Bruce Percy used 5x4 film camera to pick up on the simple soft tones to photograph the Isle of Harris and Patagonia. Delicate shades away from the sun to create a feeling, not just reality and maximising it in post production. Books include Iceland - A Journey of Nocturnes and a book called simplifying composition

Square format for landscapes are becoming popular. Don't be bogged down by the gear you take with you, learn to use it! Only learn to use 2 lenses and perfect them before changing anything else. Take what you love taking and by doing so you could also inspire others. And as Nick Brant says 'Fail Again, Fail Better'. (A quote from Samuel Beckett)

Hugh continue in the second half of the evening and introduced members to the influential photographer who guided the direction and styles of his photography. Indonesia Photographer Hengki Koenjtoro best know for B&W underwater, beach, forests and Landscape photography. Using long exposures to achieve a minimalistic feel but effective in it detail. Andy Lee a photographer and film maker who converted to Digital infrared photography to capture the amazing landscapes of Iceland.

Nick Brant also a filmmaker who made a music video for Michael Jackson in Africa, fell in love with the place and the wildlife so much that he returned to photograph their nobility, protection and

nurturing of each species of animal to campaign for the conservation of their land and the right to live in peace. Up close and personal B&W photographs of creatures who were worthy of life which amazed the audience (books - Shadow Falls and Inherit the Dust are well worth a read)

Moises Levy who's B&W landscapes and architecture photography from New York, London, Paris and Venice showed a rare talent to capture and show familiar sights in a total new light. Recently joining John Miskelly in 50 world class photographer to be published in the Lenswork Magazine. Hugh finished with an AV of Michael Levin inspirational journeys to setup his camera equipment and capture his work (you can view this on Michaels website

A huge Congratulations and Thank you to John and Hugh for their amazingly successful presentation to a packed out clubhouse. Also Thanks and well done to Deborah Gardiner our Lady Chair who introduced and concluded the evening by conveying the feeling of all the member who appreciate the wealth of knowledge both John and Hugh bring to BNDCC. A welcome was also extended to all the newer members who continue to join us each week. You did a great job Deborah!

Friday 23rd September is the first round of the NIPA Interclub Open competition. Good luck to everyone who submitted images!

Deborah Carvill


Every photographer remembers the beginnings of their photographic journey and many will recall their first steps. Some will go to colleges, some will try to learn from books and magazines or even from the Internet but for many they will try their local camera club. So for BNDCC's guest speaker Steve Wilson, BPIC was his first camera club before moving to Catchlight.

Steve joined BNDCC members on Friday evening and recalled his own success in the very same building 3 years ago where he took 2nd place in the Mono Print and 1st place in the Colour Print at the NIPA Novice competition which also gave him the recognition and confidence he needed. Even having another competition winning image chosen to be printed in the BBC Countryside calendar in 2012 gave him that boost he needed.

From the age of 10 Steve has been interested in photography and learned that by adding something a little different or unusual he gained a bigger response. Traveling to 30 countries from he was younger he captured many locations to gain a stock of images. After becoming a circus performer (Mr Wizzy) and tutor for Streetwise Community Circus Steve developed an interest in capturing the whole experience and the many different characters which became perfect subject matter for his photography.

Steve presented five projects he was considering making into a panel for a distinction. The themes were Landscape, Performers/Artist from the circus, Food photography, Digital Art and Hells Angels.

Landscapes from Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Giants Ring in Belfast, The Peace Maze at Castlewellan, Tullymore Forrest park, The Poison Glen in Donegal, The Lake District to the Herringfleet Windmill, Suffolk. Circus performers on stilts, fairies in costumes, the Big Top owner, Alice in Wonderland and the contortionist and strongman in Linen Hall Library entertaining us all. For food photography Steve had produced a collection of images for a cookbook by Jane McClenaghan called 'The Vital Nutrition' displaying the fresh ingredient and the author in shades of red to match and blend with the red of the fruits and vegetables. While through a performance at a motorcycle event the opportunity to record the community of Hells Angels and the images gave members an insight to the characters and family life of the bikers.

It was clear of Steve's passion and dedication in the pursuit of improving his photography taking members on a journey of experiences of travelling and a love of entertaining thought his circus performing and getting to really know people. Telling background stories and bringing the images to life. Mixing his winning club images with his own personal favourites of which vibrant colour and shapes and textures swirled to develop a more creative style. Experimenting with different filters and software programmes such as Lightroom, Photoshop and Silver Efex to create Digital Art.

We thank Steve and his two brothers for visiting us on Friday we all hope you enjoyed the night and wish Steve the very Best in his future adventures and continued success with his winning photography! Thanks to Darren for introducing the first speakers of the season!

On Friday 16th September John Miskelly and Hugh Rooney will present an evening of 'Influential Photographers'. Not to be missed! It will also be the closing date for the NIPA Round 1 Open competition.

Members can check their email for details of the new PhotoEntry System now in operation online. Thanks to Harry Watson for all his hard work to complete the system before the return of a new season of competitions.

Deborah Carvill

After the summer break members gathered together at BNDCC's clubhouse on Friday 2nd September and welcomed each other back to the new 2016/2017 season. Club President Gerry Coe hosted the evening of welcomes and announcements with David Roberts offering a special mention to new member who had already signed up to the new year after only one visit and a warm welcome was extended to the new members.

After its annual cleaning, a team of volunteers added a coat of paint to the premises to welcome the new season in, Thanks to Facilities Manager Noel Maitland. Thanks also goes to the team of helpers Bobby, Bill, Brian, Eddie and everyone involved! Thanks was also offered to those members who helped out with the display of the images from this years exhibition in the Library. Thanks to Alan, Gerry, Harry, Mark, Darren, Alan and Shirley! Next years exhibition has already been arranged and will once again be apart of the Open House Festival in 2017.

With the announcement of a fresh, exciting programme of events and evenings for the year ahead. External speakers will include Steve Wilson, Damien Mc Donald, John Blease, Ian Sayers, Alistair Hamill, John Hooton, Judy Boyle, Vittorio Silvestri, Pete Irvine, Christopher Barr, Guy Gowan, Bill Abernethy and will join our very own internal speakers John Miskelly, Hugh Rooney, Mark Allen and Peter Gibson in completing this top class lineup all prepared and arranged thanks to Gerry Coe and Darren Brown.

Together with all the Competitions throughout the year - NIPA Rounds 1,2 and 4 are Open while Rounds 3 and 5 are themed rounds - Textures and Bad weather respectively.

Other competitions include the Audrey Argue and Panels rounds with the Annual Print and PDI Exhibition finishing the year off with a wonderful display of images being showcased during the summer break. This years Chairlady's Challenge is 'A Taste of Colour'. The Christmas Quiz, Christmas and Annual dinner and AGM complete the social and business end of the programme of evenings. Details of the programme can be viewed at programme1617.html

Tickets for John Hooton - 'Gathering Light' on Friday 18th November at the Fountain Centre, Bangor is open to BNDCC members and other camera clubs and photographers. Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased by contacting the BNDCC's treasurer Mandy Milliken or programme committee Gerry Coe /Darren Brown. (anyone wishing to attend but will not be in direct contact with BNDCC before the event can purchase tickets from hooton-fipf-frps-mfiap-gathering-light-tickets-27212974740)

Facilities manager Noel Maitland continued the evening with a run down of the management of the clubs Wednesday and Friday evenings pre to post operations for each meeting including a committee and club members to help with each months in the rota. (We congratulate Noel on his fantastic audio and visual demonstration)

This year will see the new ID membership cards for BNDCC which will be renewed every year. Thanks to David Roberts for redesigning the cards and updating the photographic ID's of members!

Congratulations to Alan McMorris who received a Gold medal, Hugh Rooney received the PAGB Ribbon in Mono Print for 'Dune' and Judith Kimber who received a PAGB Bronze medal in colour print for 'John Dory with Buttons' from this years NIPA Exhibition. Congratulations to Alan, Hugh, Judith, Ray and Darren for all having images displayed in the NIPA Exhibition 2016!

On Friday 9th September Steve Wilson will present 'My Photographic Journey'. See you all there!

Deborah Carvill


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 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.

Deborah Carvill