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Notes for Friday 27 November 2020
Club / NIPA Inter-club round 3 Subject: 'Open'
Judge: Hugh Rooney ARPS

On 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 choices.

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.

Chris
Chair


Notes for Friday 20 November 2020
NIPA Inter-club Adjudication Round 2 'Abstract'

On 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 them!

In the Novice section of the competition Ards are 5th with 66 points. Only 3 ½ separate 1st to 5th. All still to play for!

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.

Chris
Chair


Notes for Friday 13 November 2020
Guest Speaker - Dave Mason 'Street Photography'

On 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 much more!

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.

Chris
Chair


Notes 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 manipulation.

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.

Chris
Chair


Notes for Friday 30 October 2020
Guest Speaker - Jane Lazenby 'Working with Textures'

On 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.

Thank you

Chris
Chair


Notes for Friday 23 October 2020
Club / NIPA Inter-club round 2 Subject: 'Abstract Photography'
Judge: Chelle McGaughey LRPS

On Friday past, the club welcomed Chelle McGaughey LRPS from CPA as our judge for Round 2 “Abstract” of the NIPA Competition.

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.

Chris
Chair


Notes for Tuesday 20 October 2020
NIPA Inter-club Adjudication Round 1 'Open'


Well, 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 that.

Colour section

'Incoming' - Jonny Andrews 13*
'Flamingo' - Sian Kerr 14*
'Fungi and Fly' - Marlene Hazlehurst 10
'Alley steps' - Jim Tweedie 8

Mono Section

'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

PDI Section

'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.

So after Round1 the scores are,

Novice Competition

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)

Main Competition

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!!

Chris
Chair


Notes for Friday 16 October 2020
Quadrangle Competition - Review

On 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!

Chris
Chair


Notes for Wednesday 14 October 2020
Quadrangle Competition

On 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 (1).

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.

Chris
Chair


Notes for Friday 9 October 2020
Guest Speaker - Lee Sutton 'Critique Night'

On 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 his name.

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.

Chris
Chair


Notes for Friday 2 October 2020
Members Night - Sian Kerr and Linda Hutchinson

On 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 Licentiate Panel.

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 faffed around.

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.

She passed.

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.

Chris
Chair


Notes for Friday 25 September 2020
Club / NIPA Inter-club round 1 Subject: 'Open'
Judge: Vitttorio Silvestri


On 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.

Thank you.

Chris
Chair


Notes for Friday 18 September 2020
Members Night - Alan Hillen and Claire Russell

Week 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 (and 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 Evening.

Chris
Chair


Notes for Friday 11 September 2020
Tribute to Paul Hanley by Ross McKelvey

If 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.

Chris
Chair


Notes 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 Armour.

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 weeks.

Chris
Chair




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