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ARCHIVE   JANUARY to MARCH 2017

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Welcome to the

Berwick and District Camera Club.

 

We are a small but friendly club with members of all ages. The programme includes talks by talented photographers.

Advice given by judges in the print and digital image competitions can help you develop your skill.

Meetings are held in the Village Hall, East Ord on Tuesday  evenings at 7.30pm.

The season runs from September to March.

Fees: Adult: £30.00

 - Under 18: £10.00

ARE YOU UP TO DATE WITH THE  COMPETITION RULES ?

 

The revised version has a change to image sizes.

 

Projected digital images must be in the following

size and format:

They must be sized to

1400 x 1050 pixels maximum for landscape format  and

must be sized to

1050 pixels maximum height for portrait format  and

1050 x 1050 for square format

They must be on JPG files

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The Competition was judged by Ian Fullerton

 

Members of the Berwick Camera Club had an enjoyable and informative evening  when Ian Fullerton braved the onset of the severe winter weather to travel down from Haddington to judge the Competition.

 

The results were .............

 

 

Landscape     1. Barbara  Bogacka,  2. John Tully               3. Chris Jary

Artistic            1. Allan Rogers          2 Anne Christie           3. Alex Aitcheson

Illustrative.    1. Michael Barron       2.Colin Smurthaite      3. John Tully

Portraiture      1. Chris Jarry             2. Pamela Wright        3. Allan Rogers

Nature            1. Anne Christie         2. Maurice  McNeely   3. Michael Barron

General          1. Alan Brown            2  Barbara Bogacka    3, Anne Christie

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13th March 2018                              Best of the Year Competition

The competion was judged by Malcolm  Kuz and the winners were

Barbara Bogacka,  Best over all print of the year.

 

Alan Brown,  Best over all  projected  image of the year

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Ann Christie projected images          Alex Aitcheson Sunday Shoot       Maurice McNeeley   Panel                             -                                                                                                                       & Mono Projected  competietion                                                                                                                    

Best Beginner   Pamela Wright

Overall Championship & Colour Print

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AWARDS DINNER

 

 

After the annual dinner at the Cobbled Yard in Walkergate the club chairman Ian Cartwright presented cups to  competition winners pictured here.

 

Other winners who were not with us on the evening were, -

 

Alan Brown,

Best Projected Image    

 

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Barbara Bogacka

Best Print competition

& Themed Competition

The results were. First,  Annie Watt. Second, Michael Barron. Joint third, Chris Jary & Michael Barron

The 2018 -2019 season started at the Ord Village Hall in September

On the first Saturday in June the 'Friends of Berwick Castle Parks' held an open Parks and Gardens Day. It included a trail that enabled folk to take a peek into about a dozen private gardens. There was a chance to relax in most, soak up the sun and perhaps find some ideas for your own garden.

Also on the trail was an exhibition in the nearby William Elder Building. It was mounted by the Berwick & District Camera Club and featured pictures of the Parks through out the Year.

Visitors were able to vote for their favourite.

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PICTURES IN THE PARKS

Members travelled out to Coldstream for the July Summer Shoot. It was held amid the rhododendrons at the Hirsel.

Michael Barron, Derek Hood,  Maggie & Chris Jary  braved the odd midge and enjoyed a beautiful evening.

Pictured here doing some colourful picturing are Alex Aitcheson and  Annie Watt.

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SUMMER EVENING SHOOT

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SUMMER EVENING SHOOT AT PAXTON HOUSE

Members enjoyed a warm and enchanted evening for the July Summer shoot when they visited Paxton House.

Those who were'nt captivated by the Fairy Trail with iits house in the trees headed off to the woods and the grounds to take pictures in glorious sunshine

DONT MISS THIS

The first programme in an  excellent series covering the history of photography is  currently available on

BBC iPlayer

Click on image to link

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DOLPHIN EVENING SHOOT

AT BERWICK PIER

Six members of the club joined the small crowd of enthusiasts with their telephoto lenses at the ready.

The dolphins broke surface well out to sea and  a few images were captured.

It was the last of the summer shoots and proved toi be a most enjoyable and tranquil evening

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Picture by Michael Barron

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE WITH RON

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IT WAS A KNOCK OUT

It was a 'Club Night' and members added five images each to a pile which was divided. Votes were cast as the photographs were displayed two at a time and the loosing ones discarded. The process was repeated until all but one had been knocked out.

 

The winning picture  was by Colin Smurthwaite and the runners up were Michael Barron  and Barbara Bogacka

Members of The Berwick Camera Club had a most enjoyable evening when Ron McCombe was welcomed back to the club as the first speaker of the new season. Ron, a former member of the club now devotes his energies to running wildlife photography workshops, giving lectures and travel that takes him even beyond the UK to places like Sweden, Finland, Norway and even Mallorca where he captures beautiful, rare and interesting images.

He has just returned from Africa and is preparing his next lecture using pictures taken there but it was the wide range of his work that was enjoyed by a very well attended Tuesday evening meeting at Ord Village Hall. Over 300 pictures flitted across the screen as Ron explained the technique used to capture them. Pine Martins, Badgers, Otters, Kingfishers, Arctic Skuas from the North to Hoopee birds in the Mediterranean all were beautiful.    

To see more of Ron's work visit his website.

When the Sunday Shoot was held on 7th October the camera club members were practically the only folk on Eymouth's rather wet streets.  Later they met at a rearranged venue to have a warming coffee and to transfer their required six images on to Laptops operated by John and Alex.

The pictures will be judged by Ian Cartwright at the club meeting on  6th November.

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On the 9th of October the club considered  the distinctions awarded by the Royal Photographic Society;  namely Licentiate and Associate. Michael Barron and Maggie Jary, both Associate members of the RPS, and Barbara Bogacka, who is a Licentiate member, will talked about the processes involved, and presented the images they used.

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The competition was judged by

Allan Semple who has had a long association with the club.

 

He was chairman some thirty years ago  backin the days when meetings were held in the old Community Centre

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Over sixty prints were entered  and the results were :

 

Landscape

1st A. Brown,

2nd A Aitcheson,  

3rd C Jary.

 

Artistic

1st B Bogacka,

2nd M Jary,

3rd A Watt.

 

Illustrative

1st  M Jary,

2nd C  Jary,

3rd C Smurthwaite

 

Portrait

1st R Simpson,

2nd C. Smurthwaite,

3rd M Barron

 

Nature

1st J Conlan,

2nd B Bogacka,

3rd P Wright

 

General

1st A Watt,

2nd R Simpson,

3rd B Bogacka

 

In his talk 'Angels with Dirty Faces' John Race, who is based in the North East,  explained his approach to a superb selection  images. His subjects varied. Landscapes, abandoned farm houses, rusty contraptions, and people.  Rural locations throughout the UK were featured and in the cities, many moving pictures of homeless people.

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A most imaginative array of print and projected images were submitted. There were a lot unexpected  holes

and John Tully looked into them throughly before declaring the winners of the projected and print displays.

Prints

THE THEMED COMPETITION

1st  Pamela Wright

2nd Pamela Wright

3rd Michael Baron

Projected images

1st Sandra Thornton

2nd Jeanette Conlaw.

3rd Chris Jary

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6th November 2018

 

Pictures taken during the recent Sunday Shoot at Eyemouth were judged by Ian Cartwright

First         Barbara Bobacka

Second                    Maggie Jary

Third           Alex  Aitchison

THE   SUNDAY SHOOT

MEMBERS' NIGHT

13th November 2018  

At awell attended meeting members  presented a variety of stimulating projects.    

 

 

Allan Rogers displayed a short animation in which chicks avoided being cooked.

 

 

 

 

 

Annie Watt spoke of the difficulties encountered when  trying to capture good iimaged at a gymkhana.

 

 

 

Michael Baron  explained the images that he had extracted from photographs taken when capturing the work of the Spanish architect Santiago Calarava  

Alan Brown demonstrated devices that enabled him to paint with light and showed the results that could be obtained when processed in the computer.

 

Paul Anderson 

called his collection of excellent  images  

'The Black Dog'  

and spoke of the part photography played in his recovery from depression.

 

 

Alec Aitcheson 

showed what can be achieved with long exposures. His pictures were of the coast around Eyemouth.

 

 

Chris Jary focussed our  attention on  Borders and the reasons for having them.

There are 26  crossing points  between England and Scotland  and he visited all of them.

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LAINE, JANE, MOBILES & THE STUCK DUCK

GUEST SPEAKERS        20th November 2018

Jane Coltman & Laine Baker.   'OUT & ABOUT'

In an evening packed with excellent pictures, Laine Baker and Jane Coltman, well known as the Berwick Advertiser Photographer,  treated the club to images from, Morroco, Dubhi, London and else where. Intriguing customs were observed, architecture was stunning, graffiti had impact and Street Photography was 'spot on'.

 

Photography on mobile phones came in for approval with mention of new attachments that included wide angle lenses and some excellent results were shown.

 

The evening ended with some short movie clips.

They included a large litter of captivating sheepdog puppies and an encounter with a large rubber duck floating on the flooded causeway to Holy Island. It belonged to a happy young French couple who wanted to take him there. There was much laughter.

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Artistic.

 

1 Janete Conlan

2 Annie Watt

3 Maggie Jary

 

 

General.

 

1 Maggie Jary

2 Paul Anderson

3 Barbara Bogacka

 

Illustrative

 

1 Alex Aitcheson,

2 Paul Anderson,

3 Janete Conlan

 

 

Landscape

 

1 Paul Anderson,

2 Anne Christie

3 Maggie Jary

 

Nature

 

1 Andy Colls,

2 John Tully

3 Barbara Bogacka.

 

 

Portrait

 

1 Maggie Jary,

Alan Brown,

3 Colin Smurthwaite

The competition attracted seventy-three entries and was judged by Derek Snee who  in a departure from the normal style of presentation added music to the screening of each catagory and then gave a detailed adjuication on the winner's work..

The results were

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INTENTIONAL CAMERA MOVEMENT

 

Maggie Jary  demonstrated how to use the camera to create abstract images.

A combination of longer exposure and neutral density  filters enabled more to be extracted from the scene than first met the eye.

 

Prictures shown were taken in Venice and captured movement and colour

A SEA OF RAINBOWS was the title of the video produced by Ian Cartwright.

 

The superb images, some of great complexity and beauty were  merged together in a kaleidoscope of colour. They were accompanied by the soothing music of the Flower Song by Delibes.

 

The pictures were taken at close range by Ian during dives in Indonesia. During a question and answer session he explained the importance of flash in capturing the vivid colours

FIRST PROJECTED IMAGE               27th November 2018                                 Judge       Derek Snee

SURPRISE EVENTS     I.C.M. AND SURREAL SUB AQUA                 11th December 2018

ARCHIVE    March to December 2018