for Friday 27 November 2020
Club / NIPA Inter-club round 3 Subject: 'Open'
Judge: Hugh Rooney ARPS
Friday past 25 members joined the Zoom meeting to see our entries
for NIPA Round 3 competition being judged. The subject was OPEN
and our judge for the evening was Hugh Rooney ARPS, the current
President of NIPA and a member of Bangor Camera Club. There
were the three formats, Colour print, Mono print and Projected
Digital Image (PDI) but as the round was being judged via Zoom
they were all in PDI format and as usual there were the two
sections, General and Advanced.
There were 116 images in total to be judged during the evening.
Hugh spoke on all the images. Being an open competition all
the genres were on show, nature, landscape and portraiture being
to the fore.
In the General section Hugh felt that the quality of the images
was good and there was good use of colour and colour balance.
Some of the images could have been stronger if they had have
been cropped differently, and a vignette used to darken the
corners to help focus the eye to the subject.
In the Advanced section there were many strong images on show.
The photographers had thought about the composition and what
they were trying to put across. The effective use of lighting
and textures were employed to good effect. There were a couple
of images that Hugh commented on as being “unusual”
and he felt that they asked questions of the viewer.
After the break it was the turn of the PDI section to receive
Hugh’s scrutiny. Again they were generally well composed.
Some were very simple in the use of tones and colour and really
captured the moment.
When it came to choosing the images for NIPA Hugh had a difficult
task as he felt that there were a number of Advanced images
that really deserved to go through, however he had to make his
As usual no names or titles are given here. All will be revealed
at the adjudication evening in January. However it is good to
see that there were ten different authors who were placed and
among those were three who are new to the club. Well done to
everyone who submitted an image for consideration.
All that remained was to thank Hugh for the time and effort
that he put in and it was good to hear that he had difficulty
in choosing our images – perhaps it bodes well for the
future! Thank you.
Notes for Friday 20 November 2020
NIPA Inter-club Adjudication Round 2 'Abstract'
Friday past it was the NIPA Round 3 adjudication, the subject
being “Abstract”. There was a maximum of 100 people
from all across the clubs in N Ireland who managed to log into
Zoom, Ards of course were well represented.
As always there were 3 sections – Colour Prints, Mono
Prints and Projected Digital Images (PDIs) but due to the competition
being judged over the Internet they were all shown in PDI format.
There were 95 images in each section and each judge could score
a maximum of 5 points. The round had been pre-judged and each
of the three judges spoke on different images.
As you could expect there were lots of different interpretations
on show. All were very inventive; most had strong visual impact
with harmonious colours and showed imagination. It wasn’t
always clear what the image was – but that didn’t
matter. Some of the images were well seen, picking out something
from a scene that we noticed every day.
The judge’s comments were constructive. They highlighted
what they liked about the image; suggested changes to the crop
or perspective that might improve the overall composition. A
lot of the images were simple with nothing to distract the viewer.
Bubbles were a plenty – in coloured water or oil and it
was interesting to see how the size, number, position, colours
and tones could make such a difference to the image.
There were images that showed Intentional Camera Movement (ICM)
and again the use of complimentary colours or harmonious colours
could make a great difference to the image.
Congratulations to those members who represented Ards in this
round. The judges picked on some of the images and gave complimentary
comments for their inventiveness and imagination.
In the Colour print section we were represented by Irvine Ferguson,
Rusty Adair, Colette Andrews and Linda Hutchinson. In the mono
prints it was Irvine Ferguson, Jonny Andrews, Liz Tullett and
Alan Hillen. In the PDIs it was Jacqui Agnew, Keith Malcolm
and 2 X Richard Holmes.
Our highest scores were from Linda Hutchinson, Alan Hillen and
Richard Holmes who each scored 12 points – well done to
In the Novice section of the competition Ards are 5th with 66
points. Only 3 ½ separate 1st to 5th. All still to play
In the main competition Ards are 5th with 210 points. Catchlight
are out in front with 231 points, with only 8 points separating
2nd to 5th.
We didn’t manage any “starred images” (13
points and above this time), but we look forward to the 3rd
round “Open” to be judged in January next year.
Notes for Friday 13 November 2020
Guest Speaker - Dave Mason 'Street Photography'
Friday past the members joined the Zoom session to listen to
our speaker for the evening, Dave Mason talk on Street Photography.
He lived and worked in South London for many years, but has
retired and now lives in the Canterbury area. He keeps himself
busy and lectures widely. (constrained to zoom during the pandemic)
He displayed his work under several headings. He was always
on the lookout for backgrounds or strong colours to add relevance
to the photograph. Signage helped the image and when combined
with other elements could give a strong narrative to the shot.
He tried not to get too much eye contact – as too much
leans towards portraiture. There was plenty of humour about,
you just needed to be in the right place at the right time which
sometimes required a little patience.
He suggested going to “weird and different” events,
where the participants were only too glad to have their photographs
taken and he showed several where he was able to combine the
eccentricity of people with background elements to tell a story,
raise a smile or ask a question.
He travelled light, using a small “unprofessional looking
“camera with a micro 4/3 lens, that way he got away with
a lot. He blended in and was able to let people come to him.
He kept the settings on the camera as simple as possible so
he could react quickly when the moment arose. Another trick
of the trade was to walk slowly and amble around. When he needed
to wait for something to happen he would sit down to have a
rest; it helps you look more natural.
He showed images from all around the world. They all demonstrated
his eye for composition, style and colour sense. They captured
freshness; he saw the small things and brought them to our notice
and brought a smile to our face.
Dave uses his camera as a means to an end – it is just
a tool to tell a story. His parting words of advice were to
take the picture for yourself: then you will enjoy your photography
Thanks Dave for the evening. Your take on Street Photography
was both entertaining and thought provoking and hopefully the
knowledge you imparted we will be able to put to good use.
for Friday 6 November 2020
Guest Speaker - Barbie Lindsay 'Creative Photography'
On Friday past 30 members from Ards and our City of Belfast
friends met to hear Barbie Lindsay EFIAP’s MPAGB, FBPE
give a talk entitled “Creative Photography”. Barbie
hails from Ipswich in Suffolk but her photography has taken
her all over the country and far beyond.
The main trust of her lecture was creativity in what she captured.
She certainly demonstrated that she has great imagination. Her
first few images she showed how she adjusted the composition
of the image by moving the props and not having to rely on digital
It didn’t matter whatever the genre, the images that Barbie
showed her talent for looking into the image and making subtle
adjustments to create a mood or emphasise a point. She took
great care in titling her pictures, as the title helps the observer
better identify the message she is trying to portray.
She certainly wasn’t backward about coming forward in
asking passersby to pose for her and she was even able to get
them to react in the way she envisaged in her mind. One way
of exploiting your creativity was to set yourself little projects
– to help focus your mind. She showed a series of images
of nursery rhymes, which she had cleverly composed in Photoshop,
using other images taken from her extensive library. All the
components had been taken by her, there was no clipart used.
There was a series of images of moths, bugs and larvae. She
showed us a “nature box “that had been constructed
to capture the specimens and assured everyone that no animals
had been hurt or harmed in the process.
Her last section of the evening was on images captured on mobile
phones and tablets. She showed images captured using the pano
setting- it is just amazing the quality that can be obtained
on these devices.
Barbie’s lecture challenged us all to think more out of
the box when it comes to our photographic experiences. As one
who has difficulty in “thinking in the box” this
could be a significant challenge to me!!
The one thing that Covid-19 has brought to us is that it has
forced us to do our meetings differently. We have been able
(via Zoom) to travel further afield to seek out speakers. The
quality and variety to date, has been exceptional and Barbie
certainly maintained that standard.
Thank you for joining in our evening with us, entertaining and
challenging us at the same time.
Notes for Friday 30 October 2020
Guest Speaker - Jane Lazenby 'Working with Textures'
Friday past we had 31 people (including some of our friends
from City of Belfast) who logged in to hear Jane Lazenby give
her lecture ”Working with Textures”. She has been
25 years as a professional equine and fine art photographer,
based in Barnsley , South Yorkshire.
She is a very accomplished photographer who has achieved great
success in salons and in the various photographic bodies.
She challenged those present to look for textures in and around
the house. You will be amazed what you will find. She showed
some of her recent finds that she made during lockdown from
tiles in the bathroom, concrete floors, wallpapers to wooden
panels. There are endless places to get textures – you
just need to keep your eyes open!
Textures can greatly improve an ordinary photograph, help fill
the frame, tone down distracting backgrounds, improve burnt
out areas and add emotional content to the photograph.
She showed a series of photographs that she had added different
textures to change the mood and improve the impact of the image.
Gone were the distracting backgrounds, replaced with textures
whose colours complimented the subject.
After our customary break, Jane then did a walkthrough using
various different photographs, blending and masking (were appropriate)
different textures from her library. She used the paintbrush
to paint and mask out the subjects. She said that she found
it easier than using one of the Photoshop tools. In portraits
she masked out the parts of the sitter that didn’t require
the texture. She was a great advocate of “try and see”-
change the opacity, vary the colour, use multiple textures.
Experiment with the various types of blend modes to see which
one “lifts” the photograph.
In her final picture, that of a horse with very fine edges to
the mane and tail she continued to mask out those awkward bits.
When the textured background was sorted she then with the use
of a mane brush or tail brush added back in fine hairs where
appropriate! There are wealth of brushes that can be obtained
from the web. There are videos on You Tube of walkthroughs that
you can watch at your own pace.
She answered any questions that were thrown her way in a simple
and understanding way.
All that was left was for Jacqui Agnew to say thanks on behalf
of the club. Everyone had found it very interesting and she
was sure that the members would be on the lookout for objects
with which to create their own Texture library and she wondered
how many of the images in the next round of the NIPA competition
would display textured backgrounds.
It had been a great evening and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Notes for Friday 23 October 2020
/ NIPA Inter-club round 2 Subject: 'Abstract Photography'
Judge: Chelle McGaughey LRPS
Friday past, the club welcomed Chelle McGaughey LRPS from CPA
as our judge for Round 2 “Abstract” of the NIPA
Despite the subject matter there were plenty of images for Chelle
to get her teeth into. There were 26 General Colour, 26 Advanced
Colour, 22 General Mono, 24 Advanced Mono, 26 General PDI and
30 Advanced PDI to help pass the evening!
She read out a definition of what was deemed to be an abstract
image and she said that she used this as her benchmark when
viewing the images. She was also looking for “in camera”
work rather than a lot of manipulation in Photoshop. She commented
on all the images. Some, she felt, didn’t really hit the
mark regarding the subject, others were very clever and still
others were simple but very effective. There were images of
smoke from different authors and “in camera movement”
of trees and other shrubs. It was interesting to see the different
results achieved. Some were stronger and more pleasing to the
eye than others.
There were a couple of images that she chose to go forward that
she felt may be a bit controversial. She suggested a different
approach to them; but she was content to leave the final say
to the club.
So, congratulations to the members whose images were chosen
to go forward, and thanks to everyone else who racked their
brains and produced images that didn’t quite make it.
It only remained for Linda Hutchinson to give a vote of thanks
on behalf of the club. She thanked Chelle for judging for us
- it is indeed more difficult to judge a themed round. She felt
that her comments about the mystery of the abstract, creativity,
movement, saturation and textures were all positive things that
we all could take away from the evening.
Thank you Chelle very much time and your positive comments.
for Tuesday 20 October 2020
Inter-club Adjudication Round 1 'Open'
I was so busy looking at the results on the NIPA website that
I didn’t notice the time and when I tried to login –
well, refused – maximum 100 people had been reached. I’m
gutted!! However I’m sure that ARDS were well represented
and made their presence known.
We have started off very strongly and congratulations to who
had images submitted. As you are aware there are still the 3
sections but all have been shown in PDI format. If you get a
starred image in the Mono or Colour section then you will need
to prepare a print for the end of the year exhibition, so remember
'Incoming' - Jonny Andrews 13*
'Flamingo' - Sian Kerr 14*
'Fungi and Fly' - Marlene Hazlehurst 10
'Alley steps' - Jim Tweedie 8
'Impala' - Alan Hillen 14*
'Mischief maker' - Marlene Hazlehurst 14*
'Here’s one we made earlier' - Jonny Andrews 11
'Night night sleep tight' - Jim Tweedie 10
'Puffin in flight' - Alan Hillen 13*
'Lily' - Patricia Mackey 13*
'Keyhole Ballintoy' - Eddy Graden 12
'Butterfly feeding' - Liz Tullett 10
* 'Starred image'
Congratulations to all and it’s nice to see some new faces
on the score card.
after Round1 the scores are,
Ards equal 7th with 32 (CB 1st with 37, Belfast Photo Imaging
2nd with 35 and there are 4 clubs tied on 3rd place with 33)
Ards 4th with 114 (Catchlight 1st with 129, CB 2nd with 116
and CPA 3rd with 115.5)
A strong start by the club and I’m sure there is plenty
more to come!!
for Friday 16 October 2020
Competition - Review
Friday night past, while we were still in party mood from Wednesday,
we reviewed all the images that had been shown on the night.
But before we did Marlene thanked everyone who submitted images
for consideration for the Quadrangle Competition. We then had
a slide show of all these images. There were 61 in total viewed.
These images will be kept for consideration whenever we have
our print (Now PDI) battles with other clubs later on in the
year. The authors are of course free to use the images as they
see fit in other competitions if they so wish.
Marlene then displayed the 60 images shown on Wednesday night;
one at a time and members offered their score and 2 points that
they noticed about the image (good or bad). It was interesting
to hear the members take on each image. We did focus (naturally)
on our own images and some members were very open about their
images. Some of the scores that the judge gave were a bit low
and some of his comments difficult to reason with, we felt.
It was interesting to hear some of our more accomplished photographers
take on some of the images, the small flaws that they saw and
improvements they suggested. We were all able to add this to
our judging learning curve.
Like all judges, you agree with some scores and comments and
others you just wonder what they saw in the image that warranted
the marking - who would want be a judge?
It was another good evening, with plenty of food for thought
for the members present.
Next up is Tuesday night - Round 1 adjudication. We have been
advised that we obtained starred images! The Zoom link will
be made available presently. See you all there!
for Wednesday 14 October 2020
Wednesday past some 20+members went on Zoom to support the club
in the annual Quadrangle competition with our friends from Hamilton,
Wrexham and Corby Camera clubs. Corby hosted the meeting and
a total of 78 attendees listened to the judge Roy Lambeth DPAGB
EFIAP BE2* of New Forest Camera Club comment and score each
of the 60 images.
The Ards images had been selected by our own panel and our thanks
go to Linda, Ted and Richard for undertaking this task. Our
thanks also go to all who submitted images for consideration.
The 15 images from Ards were made up by Robert Johnston (2),
Sian Kerr (3), Ted McKee (2), Jonny Andrews (3), Marlene Hazlehurst
(2), Claire Russell (1), Linda Hutchinson (1) and Rusty Adair
The judge spoke on each of the images saying what he liked and
also made reference to things that brought the marking down.
His critiquing was fair and helpful.
After all 60 images had been viewed and scored (and there were
several “crackers” among them) the results were
announced by Corby.
Hamilton 241 Corby 243 Wrexham
249 Ards 260
Ards scored consistently highly and our congratulations go to
all the authors. I want to especially mention Ted and Sian who
each scored 20 marks for one of their images. (The female Sparrow
hawk and the flamingo)
That was the 6th running of the competition and it went very
well with a result being given on the night instead of having
to wait until each club had run their own round and getting
the scores collated and a winner announced a week or so later.
Those attending felt that the Zoom way of doing things certainly
had its advantages and kept the tension going.
So Ards managed to hold on to accolade of being the “Best
in Britain” which, they have been since its inception
– well done Ards!!
If you join with us on Friday you will have the opportunity
to see all 60 images and will be able to reflect on the scores.
Look forward to seeing you then.
Notes for Friday 9 October 2020
Guest Speaker - Lee Sutton 'Critique Night'
Friday past 24 members tuned into our Zoom meeting. It was nice
to see a couple of new faces and hear Sinclair Adair again.
We look forward to seeing him in person whenever he gets his
video sorted out.
This was our first meeting inviting speakers from PAGB Circuit-
and we hit Gold with Lee Sutton from Chorley
Photographic Society. A quick look at his web page showed
just what a very competent photographer he is in many different
genres and he had an arm full of letters to boot to go after
He introduced himself to the club, and showed a few of his images
just to set the tone. He also spoke of his journey in photography
and his need to strive for improvement working towards the various
awards in photography.
His task for the evening was to critique the images that we
had submitted for Round 1 of our NIPA competition.
Lee made a comment on all the images. Some of them he did some
work on and showed how a little tweak here and there improved
the image. Some images were a little “messy” and
it was difficult for the eye to find a point to focus on. With
a little crop he simplified the image and made it much stronger.
He made a comment that we seemed to like “bright pictures”
and he demonstrated that with a few deft brush strokes darkening
down parts of the image you could make a stronger photograph.
With some of the portraits he made a tighter crop, which he
felt enhanced the image. Some of the male portraits, he felt
could be made more” gritty” by selectively darkening
down some of the wrinkles on the face and he showed his changes
to the image. It did indeed make the image more punchy and interesting,
but unfortunately added ten years to Campbell!
All the changes that Lee made were subtle and thought provoking
but we all agreed that the image was improved. He did say that
any changes made were subjective, some would like and others
may not be so sure. He did emphasise that the best way to improve
your photography was let others critique your images before
they were entered into competition. After working on an image
for a length of time you become “blind”, yet when
others view it they can see imperfections very quickly or make
suggestions for improvement.
After he finished, he showed the RAW image of a girl and the
steps he went through to arrive at the final image. He did the
same for a fine art photograph, combining a model with a background
shot at Harry Potter World. He made it look very easy!
We really enjoyed our evening with Lee and he had good rapport
with us and we thank him very much for the time and effort he
gave to us.
Notes for Friday 2 October 2020
Members Night - Sian Kerr and Linda Hutchinson
Friday night past, 22 members logged into Zoom for our 2nd Members
night. Tonight was Ladies Night. First up was Sian Kerr giving
us her take on Salons, what benefits she got out of them and
she also talked a little bit about textures. After the obligatory
break Linda Hutchinson spoke about her journey towards her IPF
Sian told us that all information relating to The British Photographic
Exhibitions could be found on their website. All the details
were online: how to enter: how to pay and the results announced.
It also gave a list of exhibitions (spaced thorough the year)
with closing dates.
Most exhibitions were mainly PDIs and there were different sections
that you could enter. Three judges viewed the images, each scoring
out of a maximum of 5. For acceptance into the salon you had
generally to reach 12 points. A hard copy catalogue of all accepted
images was produced and every entrant (whether successful or
not) received one.
The benefits that Sian received from entering work into Salons
was she was able to work outside the NIPA calendar, she could
view all the high quality accepted images, and it was nice to
see your own work in print, when you were successful. It was
also an opportunity to enter your images into different salons,
and be marked by different judges. She showed the 4 images that
currently she has been successful with along with the marks
given. From that she was able to average out her marks and see
how they fell within the marking system.
She encouraged everyone to give it a go – you can remain
anonymous and tell no one until you have had success!
As a little extra she showed some textures that she had created
by using water colour paints. She also said that she had quite
a collection of pictures of floors, walls and mats and rugs
that she could call upon. She showed an image of a flower that
she had entered in the last competition. It was taken in her
kitchen against a non-descript background. This allowed her
to “cut” the flower out in Photoshop. She then blended
in several of her textures until she achieved something that
complimented the colour of the flower.
Textures are something that we all can look out for whenever
we are out and about and Sian certainly showed how they could
be a good edition to your workflow.
Linda started of her presentation by putting up a slide of Maslow’s
Hierarchy (!!!- look it up). However, she used it to demonstrate
her motivation to achieve higher needs in looking for recognition
through her photography. Like all things Linda did her homework
and checked out the main contenders between the British and
Irish Federations. She decided that the Irish Photographic Federation
was the way she would go.
For the Licentiate Panel she had to present 10 prints that would
sit balanced as a cohesive set of images, and that in the opinion
of a group of assessors appointed by the IPF demonstrates competency
in a variety of photographic skills. Easy? – no!
The images could be of any genre, most entrants went for a mixture.
The panel should indicate a good knowledge of camera work, imagination
and creativity, good composition and editing, good image quality,
visual impact, use of light and cohesion between the images
on the panel.
She showed some successful panels via the hanging diagram. Some
were stronger than others and members were asked their opinions
on how the images gelled one with another. It was agreed that
it was a difficult task as individuals saw things from their
own perspective. We all agreed that the quality of the images
were good but not all images would do well in the NIPA competition.
Linda then showed her first attempt, and while she said that
she felt that it was competent and there were some strong images
it just didn’t tick the boxes that the assessors were
looking for. Although she failed she got good written feedback
on what images were strong and where other images fell down.
From this panel she decided to keep 2 images and have another
attempt. So she paid her money, went on holiday and generally
With time running down she then knuckled down to the task in
hand, picking out a lot of images that she liked and passed
them round her friends that were knowledgeable in what would
make a good panel. After a lot of toing and froing and a lot
of manipulating and editing she felt that she had 10 images
that she could submit in a cohesive order that she could take
to Leslie for printing.
Of course she was now right up against the wire and she was
surprised to see how much time it took to get the image printed
so that it would really have visual impact. She told her audience
that she spent hours at Leslie’s house, while he got the
prints just right. She just made the deadline but she was happy
with her final panel. There were strong images; there was symmetry
to the panel and cohesion between the photographs.
This was an excellent evening all round and it is great to know
that the club can call upon its members to provide an evening
of entertainment and at the same time impart knowledge to the
audience. Thank you both.
for Friday 25 September 2020
Club / NIPA Inter-club round 1 Subject: 'Open'
Judge: Vitttorio Silvestri
Friday night 30 members logged into Zoom for the 1st round of
the NIPA interclub competition. This round was an Open category.
It was nice to see a few new faces joining us. Our guest judge
was our good friend Vittorio Silvestri of CPA camera club. He
had the unenviable task of judging 135 images. There were the
2 sections – General and Advanced and the 3 categories
– Colour, B&W and PDI. All were viewed in PDI format
as due to the covid restrictions prints were not available.
Members were reminded that if their entries received a star
at the adjudication round, then a print would be required at
the end of the season for the NIPA Top Print Award.
So, down to business, In the General Colour section there was
20 images for Vittorio to comment on. All the genres were on
view. In his critique he commented on each image pointing out
where he felt improvements could be made to better the image,
whether it was a different crop or removal of some detail or
darkening or lightning part of the image.
The Advanced Colour section comprised of 25 images, again of
all the genres. These images were of a high standard, but Vittorio
still made positive comment on all the images.
There were 17 entries in the General Mono section, half of which
were portraits. Again Vittorio reprocessed a couple of images
to show how he felt they could be improved, as well as commenting
on each specific image.
The Advanced Mono section comprised of 22 images, again portraiture
being to the foremost. Vittorio commented on how the different
crops helped make the image.
The 25 General PDI images were predominately from the nature
genre. Again the critiquing was very positive and he demonstrated
again with a few subtle changes during processing how some of
the images could be improved upon.
The Advanced PDI section comprised of the most entries (26)
and covered most of the popular genres. Vittorio took time and
made comments on all the images.
His next task was to come up with winners in each of the categories.
Not an easy task he said as there were some “cracker images”.
General Colour: 1st Jim Tweedie, 2nd
Marlene Hazlehurst, 3rd Eddie Graden, 4th Sean Evans.
Advanced Colour: 1st Jonny Andrews, 2nd
Sian Kerr, 3rd Alan Hillen.
General Mono: 1st Marlene Hazlehurst,
2nd Jim Tweedie, 3rd Sean Evans, 4th Colette Andrews.
Advanced Mono: 1st Alan Hillen, 2nd Jonny
Andrews, 3rd Robert Johnston.
General PDI: 1st Liz Tullagh, 2nd Eddie
Graden, 3rd Jacqui Agnew, 4th Marlene Hazlehurst.
Advanced PDI: 1st Alan Hillen, 2nd Patricia
Mackey, 3rd Keith Malcolm.
Congratulations to the successful photographers; nice to see
some new names among them. Thanks to all who entered images
and made the night so successful.
For our entry into NIPA, Vittorio suggested 1st and 2nd in each
section should go forward. We are not posting any images at
this time; we will wait until after the 1st round adjudication.
All that remains for me to do is to thank Vittorio for his time
and helpful comments regarding the images that he saw and making
the evening so enjoyable.
for Friday 18 September 2020
Members Night - Alan Hillen and Claire Russell
3 of our new season and we turned to the talents from our own
club. There were 27 members all eagerly waiting to be entertained!
They were not disappointed.
First up was Alan Hillen, a very competent photographer, both
behind the lens and in the workings of Photoshop. He demonstrated
in real time how to go about muting down a background, whilst
keeping the foreground containing the main subject sharp and
distinct. He used a photograph of 2 wolves that he had taken
at Wild Ireland. After a few tweaks in Camera Raw he opened
the file in Photoshop and created 3 layers. He selected out
the wolves and then on another of the layers he used it to blur
the background. He combined the two and compared it with the
original. Hey presto –a much more pleasing image. He still
wasn’t finished. Another layer was created and he opened
up the Nik Collection and went into Silver FX Pro where he did
a few more tweaks, darkening the edge and adjusting the brilliance
and warmth. The image was flattened once again and we were left
with an image that really jumped out at you. Just to finish
off he added a white border and his signature. Easy peasy!!
I’m very glad that we videoed the presentation, so when
we get the link I will be able to go over what he did again
After our customary break next up was Claire Russell with her
presentation “Cack handed Photography” In it she
clearly demonstrated how easy it was for things to go wrong.
Ideas that didn’t quite turn out as she had expected,
equipment she didn’t know how to use. Even when she thought
about composition, Backgrounds and the weather, she still managed
to come up with images that seemed to ignore all her considerations.
What I noticed from many of the images on display, that a lot
of them were very similar to ones that I have on my computer,
and I suspect that other can say the same. Her light hearted
presentation certainly struck a chord with me.
It was an evening of two halves, but both were equally enjoyable
for different reasons. Our thanks and gratitude goes to our
two contributors and we keenly look forward to our next Members
for Friday 11 September 2020
Tribute to Paul Hanley by Ross McKelvey
you were unable to log in to our Zoom meeting on Friday night
past, you missed a great evening.
It was our tribute to Paul Hanley by our good friend Ross McKelvey
of Catchlight CC. There was a good turnout and many of Paul’s
friends and colleagues from other camera clubs also tuned in.
Ross had broken his tribute into different themes.
All the images from the various genres displayed careful composition,
simplicity, symmetry and captured at just the right moment.
His careful use of contrasting colours made many of his images
come alive. We were treated to over 100 of Paul’s images
from portraiture, through shapes and patterns to symmetry and
reflection. His images of spirals (staircases) clearly demonstrated
his eye for a good picture, whilst at the same time capturing
it in an innovative and different way.
The way that used symmetry in many of his architectural shots
demonstrated his clever use of squares, rectangles and lines.
The lone figure, just in the right spot was a recurring theme
and we were told that he would wait and wait until a person
was in the right place before pressing the shutter.
Ross’s presentation was indeed a fitting testament to
a great photographer who had a keen eye and was prepared to
work to achieve the picture that he held in his mind.
Paul’s untimely death has robbed us of a friend and colleague,
but he has left behind a legacy of work which will be available
for us all for years to come.
for Friday 4 September 2020
Opening Night of New Season
Friday night was the first night of our new session –
in fact it is our 60th Anniversary this year. From a first meeting
in the Table Tennis Rooms of Robert Street in Newtownards via
premises in Movilla Street and in Frederick Street to our current
(and wholly owned) premises off Circular Road, we have gone
from strength to strength and had many successes along the way.
Of course Covid19 meant that we cannot meet in our premises
so we have prepared an exciting and interesting programme that
will be delivered over the Internet via Zoom. At our first meeting
the committee shared in what we hope to do in this coming year.
We had the Treasurer explaining the various ways to renew your
membership (or, become a new member). The Programme Secretary
explained how we were able to create a diverse programme by
utilising speakers from the PAGB, giving their lectures over
Zoom. She also highlighted a couple of what she felt were to
be highly recommended speakers.
Then it was the turn of our Competition Secretary to explain
how the competitions would run this year. The NIPA Club Competition
would be run as a PDI only with the two sections (General and
Advanced) and the three categories, colour, Mono and PDIs. If
your colour or Mono PDI achieved a Star at the adjudication
then NIPA would be asking for a print of the image to be used
in the NIPA exhibition at the end of the season.
We were then treated to a viewing of a wide selection of images
that the club produced last year, with a commentary by Leslie
There was a good turnout for our first meeting and we look forward
to more old members and new members joining us in the coming