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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: £25.00

 - Under 18: £10.00

 

Thoughts of

 'past achievements and a promising future ' set the tone for the first night of the club's 2015 - 2016 season.

 

The club's President's James Walker FRPS 90th birthday was celebrated and a cake  was presented by the Chairman, Daryn Ritchie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An attractive programme of

the planned events which include workshops, competitions, lectures, slide shows and outings was outlined by the Secretary, Maggie Jary.

 

Maggie who has recently been awarded a Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society also spoke about the experience and displayed the panel of work that she had submitted to the society.

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Tuesday 8th September 2015

 

 New Season starts

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Tuesday 22nd September 2015

 

The annual 'Five Minutes of Fame' evening was well attended and members were treated to seven excellent presentations.

 

Daryn Ritchie showed pictures of wildlife that was not quite so so wild at Fowberry Estate,

Maurice McNeely shared images with an aquatic theme,

Archie Thornton talked us through aviation shots from the East Fortune Air Show,

Ian Cartwright took us below the waves with wonderful and vivid images of underwater creatures

 

There were also slide shows set to music from 

Anne Christie on landscapes featuring Autumn,  

Carolyn McGregor who transported the audience to India and 

Maggie Jary who put the accent on Africa with a widely varied slection of people pictures.

At a well attended meeting the guest speaker was the top photo-journalist Antonio Olmos

 

The images projected vividly illustrated Antonio's work covering human rights issues in places such as Angola, Afghanistan and Palestine.  The group of Nicaraguan refugees that he spent time with are in the picture.

 

Many of the images shown were from coverage commissioned by the Guardian, Observer and major newspapers.

Members and guests also saw much of his early work from his native Mexico, many taken when he was a staff photographer with the Miami Herald. But it was not all conflict and excellent monochrome pictures from places such as The Andes were featured.

Antonio enthused about the power of Black and White images, particularly in his portraiture work and he spoke of the difficulties presented by colour film compared with the control now allowed by digital imaging.

 

With the worldwide spread of camera ownership affecting how newspapers sourced their pictures he moved away from news photography to follow his own projects, the latest being a book called The Landscape of Murder. It covers locations in London.

 

It was a fascinating evening with a passionate and socially conscious photographer and the club's president James Walker FRPS caught the mood of the audience when he said that after many years of attending photographic talks and lectures it was the best he had ever experienced.

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Tuesday 29th September 2015

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This image of a farmer harvesting was taken by

club member Martin Mears

and was featured as

'Picture of the Week'

in the Berwick Advertiser.

You can send your high resolution images for consideration as 'Picture of the Week' by email to

 

berwickadvertiser@jpress.co.uk

Thursday 1st October 2015

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Sunday 4th October.

The club goes in search of wildlife

Fourteen club members and guests were able to enjoy a Sunday afternoon photographing wildlife in the grounds of Fowberry Tower.

 

John Tully provided these pictures which would seem to depict

 

the group discussing how to do it,

 

Maggie praying for it to happen

 

and a squirrel avoiding it

by looking for other nuts!

 

The club are grateful to

Daryn Richie for arranging the visit

Photography in the Park

Club members were on hand to provide advice to  those who brought their cameras along for the final Sunday workshop in the Castle Vale Park

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If you took pictures you are invited to send in your four best shots before the end of October.              

They should be emailed to Kate.Morison@northumberland.gov.uk  The images will be judged by Kimberly Powell of the Berwick Advertiser

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Sunday 18th October.

Images by any means

' Photographs by any means' was the theme for over eighty images screened during an entertaining evening at the club.

 

Straws placed end on above a scanner did away with the need for a camera and resulted in the picture by Michael Barron ARPS.

 

The image of inflatables stacked high in Berlin by Archie Thornton  met the rule that the shots submitted should be straight from the camera with no computer enhanced effects.

 

As the pictures were projected the members made brief comments about them and it became obvious from the locations featured that they and their cameras were well travelled.

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Tuesday  13th October.

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There was a snell wind blowing and a weak watery sun hiding behind the clouds for most of the morning when a dozen club members took to the streets of Spittal. They were keen eyed and searching for imagesl.

They started a 10am  and by high noon they were gathered back at the car park in Standstell Road where each chose six of their best shots for John Tully to  transfer. unedited, on to the club laptop.

These will be judged in the Sunday Shoot competition on the 10th of November.

Members brave wintry weather

A shoot out in Spittal

Sunday  25th October.

Tuesday 27th November 2015        Macro flower photography

Lis Cole, who was our guest speaker,  is a  photographer specialising in flowers, plants and gardens.

She gave some really useful tips on how to cope with what many will find quite a demanding subject.

 

They included  things like..

 

Pack a bin liner with your equipment, this to help you lay on the ground..

 

A shot from overhead can solve

' depth of field ' problems.

 

and as to the range of subjects

"A weed is just a plant in the wrong place"

 

Liz has been running photography workshops at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh since 2004.

Her website is at www.lizcole.co.uk/gallery.html

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Fifteen members submitted pictures and the judge, John Thompson gave a detailed review of some 61 photographs. The resuts were:

 

Landscape  

1, Michael Barron ARPS   2 ,Ian Cartwright                   3, Colin Smurthwaite

 

Illustrative

1, Allan Rogers                 2, Michael Barron ARPS       3, Robin Simpson

 

Portrait

1, Michael Barron ARPS   2 Maggie Jary LRPS             3, Ian Cartwright

 

Nature

1, Peter Carr                     2, Michael Barron ARPS      3, Ian Cartwright

 

General

1, Maggie Jarry LRPS        2, Colin Smurthwaite             3, Daryn Ritchie

 

Artistic

1, Ian Cartwright                2, Ian Cartwright                      3 Peter Carr

The first print competion of the season was on Tuesday 20th November

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Our 'members night'  featured a number of learning zones and those who were not teaching moved from group to group finding out how they could improve their skills. Michael Barron covered composition, Daryn Ritchie showed how to make remarkable pictures of falling water, Clive McGuinness flew a 'Quad Copter' capable of ariel photography, Maggie Jary demonstrated  how pictures could be improved on the computer using 'Photoshop Elements' and Bob Craig revealed the  startling results that could be achieved using a light box. John Tully also gave instruction on the manipulation of photographs on the computer.

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1st  Peter Carr

3rd Peter Carr ...

2nd John Tully

The Sunday Shoot, judged.  

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The Sunday Shoot was judged by Colin Smurthwaite who drew upon the images to give excellent advice on improving our approach to photography.

 

 

Sixty pictures were screened, from which twelve were initally selected.

In the end it was Peter Carr who gained both first and third place with John Tully taking second wiith an impressive portrait

A superb evening with Mick Howe

and  Edward Forster ARPS

 

 

Edward presented sets of prints illustrating a series of 'projects'  They covered locations around the world and here in the North East. Mick projected images with powerful skies and confessed to preferring days when the sun did not shine.

 

The club had no idea what to expect from the guest speakers but all the members were agreeably surprised by the powerful  black and white images that were displayed

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This view looking across the green fields towards Wooler was taken by club member, Allan Rogers.

 

If you would like to submit an image to the paper

send it to berwickadvertiser@jpress.co.uk

Berwick Advertiser - Picture of the Week

Tuesday 17th November 2015

Artistic -   1st Ian Cartwright -  2nd Alan Brown -  3rd Maggie Jary        General -    1st Peter Carr  -    2nd Colin Smurthwaite  -  3rd Allan Rogers

Illustrative 1st Michael Barron - 2nd Maggie Jary- 3rd Alan Brown     Landscape   1st Daryn Ritchie  -    2nd Michael Barron  - 3rd Martin Mears

Nature-      1st Martin Mears  - 2nd  Peter Carr    3rd Daryn Ritchie      Portrait-      1st Michael Barron   - 2nd  Maggie Jary      3rd  Daryn Ritchie

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The competition was judged by Jane Coltman who mentioned that the standard of the clubs word had improved considerably since her visit a  couple of years ago.

 

She gave detailed and encouraging comments on each of the 72 images entered. and placed the winning entries in the various section as;

First Projected Images

2015 - 2016

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Tuesday 24th November

Ist December 2015  

 

Creating an

'Out of Bounds Image

with Alan Brown

 

Members Night

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Alan Brown guided us through the steps needed to produce a striking effect using Photoshop Elements. Ordinary pictures became quite effective when they appeared to leap out from a frame.

 

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Fifteen members submitted pictures and the judge, John Thompson gave a detailed review of some 61 photographs. The resuts were:

 

Landscape  

1, Michael Barron ARPS   2 ,Ian Cartwright                   3, Colin Smurthwaite

 

Illustrative

1, Allan Rogers                 2, Michael Barron ARPS       3, Robin Simpson

 

Portrait

1, Michael Barron ARPS   2 Maggie Jary LRPS             3, Ian Cartwright

 

Nature

1, Peter Carr                     2, Michael Barron ARPS      3, Ian Cartwright

 

General

1, Maggie Jarry LRPS        2, Colin Smurthwaite             3, Daryn Ritchie

 

Artistic

1, Ian Cartwright                2, Ian Cartwright                      3 Peter Carr

The first print competion of the season was on Tuesday 20th November

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The Special Mono Competition was judged by Bill Hume

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First  "Island Home"

 

by Michael Barron

Third  " Great Expectations"

 

by  Maggie Jary

Second "Egyptian Lady"

 

by  Ian Cartwright