Bangor and North Down Camera Club (BNDCC)

Bangor and North Down Camera Club, (BNDCC), Northern Ireland, UK.
"Promoting and developing all aspects of the art of photography through example, discussion and competition."

Bangor and North Down Camera Club

Meetings blog 2015-2016 ...

This page is a log of the activities taking place on our Friday and Wednesday evening meetings in the main September to May season. We give credit to Deborah Carvill, our Information Officer, for preparing these notes each week. Details of the proceedings and photographs are also submitted to the Bangor Spectator Newspaper for inclusion in their Club Section.

 

 

Hugh Russell is one of Northern Ireland's best known Olympic boxer and newspaper photographers. Hugh represented Ireland in the 1980 Moscow Olympics bringing home the bronze medal. On his return he picked up his first camera and while talking to Brendan Murphy began a friendship and his second life changing career as a photographer for the Irish News. Brendan taught him everything he knew and sent Hugh to record local and foreign news events to gain the experience and knowledge which has since awarded him Northern Ireland Press Photographer of the Year and Sports Photographer of the Year.

Over 30 years Hugh has strived to capture firsts and lasts events to happen. As well as many of the people he wanted to photograph and has been lucky to have done so. He has had photographs published of four USA Presidents, five Prime Minister, the Queen, the Pope, Mother Theresa, Prince Charles, Princess Diana and various politicians and Secretaries of State including Ian Paisley, Gerry Adams, Peter Robinson, Martin McGuinness, Tom King, Mo Mowlam, Peter Mandelson.

Liam Neeson and other well known actors from these talented shores. Sporting, Music events and concerts even the Bono, John Hume and David Trimble Nobel Peace Prize celebration. Bangor's own Aurora swimming pool featured in reporting of the world record-breaking diving competition Hugh has published. Football and GAA, Rugby's Will Carling with Lady Diana, Lester Pickett at Down Royal , Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan at Holy Family boxing club and all the recent strongman events and bodybuilding, Concord coming to Belfast, motorbikes flying in the air and Ice skaters racing down the ramps, even the pig run all stories to now tell how times have changed.

Health, education and charitable events now the direction the papers are covering. Our ever changing bad weather showing floods and police on top of the land rover a familiar funny candid shot that we remember and famous movie stars visiting to film their latest blockbuster - Games of Thrones but to name a few. All a glimpse to the potential our wee corner of the world has instore for the future.

But with the good times come bad and in the troubled history Hugh has covered many of the difficult situations that arise in Northern Ireland. Shooting and bombing all the news headlines of the day fresh and current for deadlines while struggling against the human reality of the situation. Waiting hours in all weathers and abuse to capture a photo that reveals the story behind. Unlike today's photography no image can be altered in any way so the news photographers lens has to tell the truth.

Finding a wall or tree for a higher advantage point or being a specially invited press photographer all an exciting, interesting job with wonderful stories to add to the memories. Still searching, still learning his craft for moments of history and recording them for everyone to witness. People and places long gone a testament to the social history. Precious candid images of life and work now cleaned and groomed by public image press events controlled and monitored. Natural poses and situations that will never be captured again a sad victim in today's media coverage.

Giving a rundown of his ever changing day as the Picture Editor Hugh expressed the need to change and move with the times and ever increasing speed of social media covering all events quickly and efficiently a key to his success within the highly competitive job.

A huge thanks to Hugh for a wonderful evening of stories, images and insight into his 30 years behind the lens. A job many members would love to do but know the reality of this highly competitive profession. Thanks for all the years of images we all now have as memories of our troubled past and hopeful future. We await your Book Hugh!

A reminder to members that there is a few emails which have been sent out to all members about the Christmas dinner menu if everybody can reply as soon as possible as to their choices and send back to Gerry Coe via the email provided. Also a questionnaire to help with the future planning of

club workshops etc and improve on members photographic skills if everyone can fill it in and submit it the committee will be using the data to plan a programme of Wednesday night sessions.

On Friday 4th Dec Gerry Coe will be presenting 'An Introduction To Lighting For Portraiture' and it is also the closing date for the NIPA Club Round 3 comp - Street Photography.

PDI's can be sent to Harry's email (competitionsecretary@bangor-camera-club.co.uk)

Please include your name and image title to all PDI's file names. If you need help please ask on one of the club nights or visit the website for more details. Also can everyone please pick up their prints from the exhibition competition they are fastened together and sitting in the collection area at the back of the club .Many Thanks!

 

Deborah Carvill

 

 

 

Anyone who has visited the Titanic building and experienced the tour would have been guided around the exhibition by images and photographs which explain not only the industrial but the social history of everything Titanic and Northern Ireland. For one set of images will forever remain a testament and memory to so many people as they are the only photographs which document the story of the fateful maiden voyage of the Titanic.

Bringing to life the images and story of the man who took these photographs at Friday's meeting in BNDCC was Kieran Murray from Banbridge Camera club. This was Kieran's second visit to the club this season and on this visit explained how one small panel of photographs in an exhibition at the Ulster Museum in 1987 had sparked his journey to find out more about the images and of the man who obviously knew a bit about exposures and composition. Little was Kieran to know he was to use this knowledge to organise an exhibition and calendars (Bank Of Ireland) showcasing Father Browne's photography.

The man, who disembarked the Titanic at QueenstownCobh (now Cobh) before it sailed on its final journey, a Jesuit Priest named Father Browne. Born in Cork in 1880 was given his first camera on his 18th Birthday by his Uncle which he used on a tour of Europe and proved his eye for taking photographs. It would take 14 years to be ordained a priest and his camera was taken away from him but when he began teaching in schools he formed a camera club and got behind the lens once again.

In 1912 his Uncle gave him a ticket to sail on the Titanic from Southampton to Queenstown and Father Browne documented the journey from the 'Titanic Special' train journey down to Southampton, getting onto the Titanic, leaving the harbour, tugboats, boats, ships and all the passengers on deck and the people waving them goodbye from the docks. Even the close encounter with the SS City of New York liner when the ship broke free from its moorings in the wake of the Titanic and came within 2 to 3 feet of hitting each other.

The sea trials on the way to Cherbourg testing the steering, the sunrise, cabin furniture, the radio officers who sent out telegraph's via this new state of art technology in the Marconi room. The gym and the instructor, passengers and crew, even the menu on the day of the sinking was all documented in father Browne's photographs. Photographs maybe only a man of the cloth could have access to taking and even the bad out of focus images were kept as a document to the layout and history of the Titanic. Some images even used as evidence to how seaworthy the Titanic was before its final journey.

On boarding the tender to Queenstown his last images include the last photo ever taken of Captain Smith watching as the passengers disembarked and also as the Titanic sailed away. Father Browne remarked that 'it was the only time a vow of obedience had saved a man's life' as it was one of the millionaire passengers who had offered to pay his way to New York and sent a request to his superior for permission a telegram was received 'get off that ship' and so paved his future recording life in photographs.

Father Brown on hearing of the sinking contacted the papers and had them printed as they were the only photographs of the Titanic giving rise to the numerous books and magazine articles printed ever since.

Father Browne died in 1960 but stopped taking photographs in 1950 and in 1985 Father O'Donnell was searching the basement and found an old metal trunk. On it was written in chalk Father Browne's photos. He opened it and found a treasure trove of photographs, albums and 30,000 negatives all in sleeves with dates, titles and where it was taken. In one of the albums was the Titanic voyage photographs which has now been made into a book. All the images have now been archived thanks to sponsorship.

When the call went out for chaplains during WW1 in 1912 Father Browne volunteered. He was wounded 3 to 4 times having his jaw shattered and was gassed many times. Receiving many medals and awards of bravery he holds the highest decorated non-combatants honour. Even Field Marshal Lord Haig described Father Browne as 'the bravest man he ever met'.

He even volunteered for the Second World War (aged 50) but was refused so he continued photographing people and places all over Ireland and was commissioned to photograph church's and cathedrals in England to record their architecture in case they were bombed during the war but his decreasing health due to the effects of the gas during the war meant he had to travel to Australia for the warmer climate.

His social history images of Ireland, England and Australia span over the 30s 40s 50s and 60s and are a fantastic look into the past. Kodak even gave him free film for life and his images are displayed in the British Museum.

Including self portraits in his collection he was the first photographer to make a 'selfie' of his operation putting the camera on a self timer and took images of himself being anaesthetised. A very inventive, forward thinking, brave and adding a little humour to the subject matter revealing the man behind the camera.

BNDCC would like to thank Kieran for his wonderful presentation on Father Browne's 'A life in photo' many members were keen to see the last photos of the Titanic and the documentary and social history of all Father Brown's photography and given a real treat to a special story too.

Friday, 27th November is a presentation by Hugh Russell on 30 years behind the lens.

It is also the second round of the NIPA Interclub open competition in Strabane.

Menus for the Christmas dinner on 8th January 2016 will be distributed via email or on facebook Please reply to Gerry Coe ASAP if you wish to attend. Thank you!

Deborah Carvill

 

 

 

 

The return of Des Clinton (FIPF, EFIAP, ESFIAP, FRPS, MFIAP) to BNDCC is an evening many members mark in their calendars as a night not to be missed. Des, a member of the Drogheda Photographic club, has visited the club on many an occasion gaining many friends along the way.

A passion and respect for the people within the harsh, brutal living conditions he photographed, was clearly demonstrated. A respect which now fuelling his drive to bring understanding to these communities. A passion visible in his determination to gain his many awards and achievements in the photographic community through these heartfelt, striking images.

Des invited members to view his award winning Fellowship panels of prints and presenting an visual show all with a fascinating story behind each image. A fantastic insight into the daily lives of the people he meets and photographs around the countries he now visits, as well as his continuing work to revisit and document the people of his own native home in Ireland.

Visiting horsefairs in Ireland and England, monks in a monastery, Dingle pony racing, Rossnowlagh Orange Parade, Dublin street market, Ballymun travellers estate, the traditions and religion of simple, self sufficient and harsh life of survival in Romania and Moldova, all part of the projects he has built upon. All timeless images!

Nature and wildlife photography is another interest for Des. Spiders in webs, deer in Scotland and Dublin, snails, caterpillars, mayfly, fungi and mushrooms, egret and the salmon leap. Don't forget the occasional sporting celebrity who visit like Tiger Woods.

When taking photographs you should engage with people, gain a rapport with them and they will relax and trust you therefore the true feelings and emotions will be captured. The use of natural light is an amazing witness to Des's photographic skills and talents. The image must be sharp. Scan the background first and if you need to change your angle do so. Reveal enough environment that is essential to the subject matter but don't have it cluttered and distracting.

Marry the foreground and background and you have a winning image. Des learnt this along time ago in the darkroom days where there was no such thing as cloning and it has remained with him ever since. How a photograph is printed is important to how you want the impact of the subject within their environment to be highlighted. In a darkroom or on a digital printer the quality must be to a high standard. But none of this will happen if you don't get up, get out and start clicking.

Revisit and communicate with people showing them you're interested and respectful of their way of life. Des revisits the same places and brings with him hundreds of photographs to distribute personally so to witness the excitement and buzz people experience to see themselves, family and friends in the photographs. Sharing those memories! That's what photography all about!

Des also converts his colour images to black-and-white just to see if it makes a stronger impact to the image explaining that colour can take over an image and kills the story or meaning you are trying to portray so simply by removing the colour the details become transparent.

 

Club Chairman Ray Magill expressed 'What a treat members had during this great evening from start to finish with Des'. The club wishes to thank Des for his wonderful, inspirational images and the most captivating stories behind them.

On Friday 20th November, BNDCC welcomes back for the second time this season Kieran Murray who is showcasing 'Father Browne's Photography'. (Father Browne recorded the last photographs aboard the Titanic before its fateful journey on 14th April 1912).

Also a reminder to members that entries for the 3rd round in the NIPA comp 'Street Photography' are due on Friday 4th Dec.

Deborah Carvill

 

 

A large amount of photographs we take often remain unseen on memory cards or computer hard drives but one way of displaying the images is to edit them into a Slideshow and add a little music. A step up from that is an AV (Audio Visual) were images, music and narration tell a story and brings everything to life.

Raymond Hughes (Chairman of Merville) joined members of BNDCC to introduce a Showcase of AV presentations by various authors (part 2). Raymond who recently gained his Associateship from the RPS stressed how keen the RPS AV group were to welcome new members and encourage everyone to explore the different ways to create their own AV.

Alpha and Omega was the first AV of the evening. The recent solar eclipse was the theme in which Raymond set up his camera to record the stages of the historical event. Using the rolling cloud cover to frame each image. A Highland Enterlude demonstrated the beautiful scenery and landscapes of Scotland. The Lakes, castles, cottages and mountains blending to the soundtracks. A humorous script accompanied images of Stratford-on-Avon were the authors memories of learning Shakespeare were revisited in a trip to his birthplace

Venice was the next destination where the different styles and music demonstrated the need for a change in pace to not only the sound but the visual stimulation of the piece. Too slow and the attention is lost, too fast and the viewer will be overwhelmed. Photo harmony had to link the relationship and pace between each frame in the sequence.

The Architecture of St Paul’s and the beautiful landscapes of the Terre Di Siena both majestic in their grandeur and stunning images captivated the audience. Remembrance Sunday at Belfast City Hall was Raymond’s Slideshow to be the first sequence to win the festival with no voice over, just music and incorporated some old archive images and competed in the days of Slides and two projector with a tape recorder/player all had to be synchronised.

Raymond explained that fewer images with an interesting subject matter which flows smoothly is better than beautiful photography which has no relationship with each frame or the music. A soothing voice to read poetry demonstrated the sights and sounds of ‘Winter Reflection’ were nature and wildlife exist in harmony. The North coast the next destination to many famous landmarks and a challenging spiritual journey to Slemish on St Patricks day 2012. In ‘A great adventure’ taken at the Ulster folk museum following the journey of a young man bidding farewell to his hometown revealing the conversations, greetings and familiar sounds, places and people before going off to war in 1914.

To What End? finished off the evening. An AV which Raymond explained he had wanted to document a visit to the two death camps Auschwitz and Birkenau. Unimaginable event that effected him personally to remember those who died.

BNDCC would like to Congratulate Raymond on his recent success with RPS and Thank Raymond for his dedication and hard work organising the Showcase and also to the Authors of who’s AV were displayed.

In February 2016 Clubs will be competing in the NIPA and All Ireland AV Festival and Championship at the Courtyard Theatre in Ballyearl. In preparation the RPS AV group (Ireland) will be holding a workshop on Saturday 28th November 2015 at 11am to 4.30pm at BNDCC premises in Ward Ave. Members who wish to learn or improve their AV techniques are most welcome. On Friday 13th November BNDCC will welcome The Return of Des Clinton. A night not to be missed!

Deborah Carvill

 

 

Chris Roberts has spent most of his career as a press photographer and in PR, but in the last three and a half years he has transformed those skills from stills photography to the moving images of filmmaking.

With the pressures and competitiveness in advertising and the newspaper industry along with the modern advances in camera equipment, to carry out such a giant leap into film production Chris wanted to add to his list of skills. This experience of scripted drama together with a team of people, where he was able to have a bit more control and time in a photographic role and the technical skills of creating one image was now expanded over 25 Photographs per Second. A challenge Chris found to rekindle his passion for everything about photography. An enjoyable, fun experience again!

Chris was to show 4 of his projects on the night ‘Noirland’, ‘Roe Valley’, a Halloween themed ‘The Visitors’ and ‘Live at Bangor Abbey – Farriers and Arco String Quartet’ for th;e Open House Festival 2013.

Along the way Chris presented all the pitfall he experienced and demonstrate how he had overcome the difficulties each setting or setup he faces on every film. Always using Manual controls on his Canon 5D mark ll, Chris explained that the normal sharp focusing a photographer strives to achieve is not necessary within filmmaking; in fact it degrades the images and makes unnatural viewing. Reducing the information needed for sharpening, contrast and even colour can help the Codex process and efficiently manage the information for a more smoother transition through each frame.

Selecting the correct ISO (sensor sensitivity) to see the cleanest image, choosing the right exposure and aperture settings as well as focusing everything that needs to be focused and holding that focus throughout a moving sequence of shots whilst zooming or panning. The use of a natural density filter to help control the difficulties of extreme exposures all helping to comprehend the never-ending difficulties in filmmaking.

The lighting, positioning of the cast and props and covering all camera angles all to be planned, practiced and executed with precision to complete the atmosphere and story telling before the editing process begins. The economy of memory space within the fast write speed of the cameras memory card and the energy needed to power the whole process an essential requirement and responsibility of the photographer’s role. So practice runs without power a helpful tip to save on a lower budget.

Chris like many photographers with a creative mind likes challenges that go with the inventive processes of dealing with the lack of funding on projects and getting the hands on experience a more fulfilling one for Chris. Using skateboards, office Chair and shopping trolleys to create movement. Chris even made a camera dolly system from timber, metal, bolts, duct tape and plastic conduit as runners with sandbags as weights for stability and a smoother scene. Wall sensor lights and up cycling flash unit stands as continuous lighting were now needed for the 25 images per second over how many seconds the short film running time would last. It is wonderful what a little imagination can do to create not only the storyline but the processes behind the camera and the talents that shine through.

A special thanks goes to Chris Roberts for a really great evening learning about this filming techniques and capabilities of DSLR’s today, taking the photographer’s perspective and teaching and encouraging us the basics for us all to discover for ourselves what we can create.

For many photographers it will be a step into the dark, but with this technical, behind the camera, angle on film making has the signposts to success’. Thanks also goes to David Roberts, Bill Nesbitt, Glen Johnson, Nigel Snell and Gerry Coe for kindly volunteering for the various demonstrations of the evening.

 

 

Once again Thanks to Gerry Coe for arranging the Fran Forman weekend and creating such a fantastic experience for everyone.

There have been 4 changes to this seasons BNDCC programme.

On the 11th December 2015 the club round 3 competition is 'Street Photography' only and details of the definition can be found on the NIPA website or Facebook page.

On the 8th April 2016 John Miskelly will be joining Trevor Craig during the evening to display his fellowship panel (FBIPP) which was awarded to him recently.

The next change involves two dates the 29th April and the 6th May 2016 these dates will be swapped over to makes the Annual General Meeting on the 29th April and the Print Exhibition Post Mortem on the 6th May 2016. These details will be available on the BNDCC website programme page for anyone to print out as required.

Congratulations to Hugh Rooney for his print of ‘Holly’ and Nigel Snell of his image Gannet for having starred images in the NIPA round 1 open competition.

Members have been invited to a number of events going on throughout November. One of which is in the Lagan Room at the Ulster folk and transport Museum on the Tuesday 10th of November at 7:30 p.m. - The photographers life during the First World War. Please check emails and Facebook for all the other events.

Anyone wanting to become a member of BNDCC and still to pay subscriptions will they please speak to the Treasurer, Mandy Milliken at the next meeting they attend.

Friday 6th November 2015 are external speaker will be Raymond Hughes for a ‘Showcase of AV presentations by various authors part 2’

Deborah Carvill

 

 

 

An intrigued audience greeted special guest Fran Forman on Friday 23rd October at North Down Museum in Bangor.

 

Fran is currently in the UK exhibiting a selection of her images at the Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock Abbey Wiltshire. BNDCC President Gerry Coe had kindly organised a special visit to the Borough for a talk (on 23rd) and a workshop on Sat 24th October. Fran's Masterclass workshop was held at the BNDCC clubhouse on Ward Ave were members and guests participated in the creative processes of photo montage and surrealism.

 

Fran an artist from Boston Massachusetts has a permanent exhibition in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and has achieved countless awards and accolades through her exhibitions worldwide. With a background in illustration and design through creating branding and corporation signage has a successful career designing CD, book and magazine covers and website designing. Fran now incorporating those skills and talents with a lifelong passion for drawing, painting and photography to create the most narrative, colourful, thought provoking photographic images in the world today.

 

Fran has never been to Ireland so an offer of the opportunity and the experience was kindly accepted. Along with Gerry Coe, John Miskelly, Hugh Rooney and other members of BNDCC, Fran and visiting guest Simon Bedford toured the country over the limited few days Fran had to visit us. Stopping off at historic sites in and around Belfast including the Titanic Building to which Fran expressed a great love for and from the many countries she has visited has never seen one to the high standards the interactive tour offers. Not only for the history of the Titanic but indeed of the Industrial Revolution which the tour includes in its storyline. And of course visiting all the natural beauty spots Northern Ireland has to offer like the Ards Peninsula and the Antrim coast. Fran even suggesting a change to her name to O’Forman after commenting ‘It feels like home’.

 

In Frans work she has always wanted to convey the passage of time and movement through light, shade, textures, shapes and has studied many artists and photographers to inspire and evolve her work. Building a library of subject matter and scenery to merge and bring life to the story behind the images. A question and answer session on both days revealed Fran’s dedication and views she expresses through the time consuming process that is always unseen and hidden to the viewer. A willingness not only to teach but to learn from others apparent in Fran’s delivery and interaction with people attending the two days. An inspirational lady we will never forget and delighted to have the pleasure of meeting.

 

 

So for many if not all it was an opportunity and experience that opened eyes and minds to the possibilities of the creative processes we all have within us. A fresh perspective on the tools we use and the way in which we look for the elements of an image to the positioning, composition and realistic features through light and shadow, colour and tones even textures play an important aspect to the final image. The need for experimenting an essential learning tool for the intuitive creations.

 

Fran went on to include and encourage the audience to create their own piece of Fran’s magical world by shouting out suggestion and directing her in each steps of adding each layer of the story. Building by adding or removing good and bad factors. A mesmerising and powerful process that helped understand the whole formula to Fran’s narrative photographic success. An exciting and fascinating process to be part of.

 

BNDCC sends Special Thanks to Fran Forman who so graceouly spent time out to visit the North Down museum and Bangor and North Down Camera Club and extends an invitation to visit again in the near future. To Patricia Hamilton the Arts officer North Down Borough Council and the members of Museum staff and BNDCC members who so kindly welcomed everyone or played any part to the organisation of both venues and where key to its success a Big Thank You to you all! To Gerry Coe and John Miskelly whose hard work made the two events possible for many and introduced us to such a world class Artist. Thank you Gerry and John!

 

Friday 30th October Chris Roberts will be spending an evening with BNDCC to present DSLR Film Making 25 Photographs Per Second. From previous workshops with Chris it’s a night full of inspiring hints and tips. A night not to be missed!

 

Deborah Carvill

 

On Saturday 10th October Ards Camera Club together with NIPA hosted the Annual Roy Finlay Natural History Competition at Oxford Island. The guest judge was the world renowned Nature Photographer and author Robert Thompson. BNDCC would like to Thank everyone involved in every aspect of the organisation, presentation and success of the event.

Congratulations to all the placed images and authors and to Alan Field (BNDCC) who was placed 2nd in the PDI section. At Friday 16th October club meeting special recognition was also given by the Chairman Ray Magill to BNDCC member John Miskelly on being awarded his Fellowship of the British Institute of Professional Photography (FBIPP).

Committee and club members wish to Congratulate John and Alan on their well deserved achievements.

Vittorio Silvestri from CPA camera club was BNDCC's guest judge on Fridays meeting for the NIPA club Round 2 - Open competition. Vittorio is currently the Chairman and Competition Secretary of CPA and the Vice Chairman of NIPA. Wondering where he finds time for anything else Ray explain the future ahead for Vittorio as a challenging one as in 2017 NIPA will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary and Vittorio is due to serve the office of President in that exciting and extremely busy year.

Vittorio expressed a perfect combination of leadin lines, diagonals and textures with the appropriate depth of field and sharpness the best formula to success. Finding different angles on strong subject matters important for Vittorio to view within an image. Strong punchy colours and tones on well chosen printing paper or Projected images had more potential for the top placings. Vittorio's results are as follows:-

 

Foundation Colour Prints
1st Jane McIlroy- Columbine
2nd Deborah Gardiner - What Way Up?

3rd Bill Henning - Short Circuit
HC Helen Fettus - Sailing
C Bill Henning - Let Me Down
C Deborah Gardiner - Fall

Foundation Monochrome Prints
1st Judith Kimber - Car #1
2nd Deborah Gardiner - Puppy Love

3rd Mandy Milliken - Lonely Tree
C Deborah Gardiner - Left Behind

Foundation Projected Digital Images
1st Neal Stephens - Pass Under Pressure

2nd Bill Henning- Ellen
3rd Jane McIlroy - Downpatrick Cathedral

HC Jane McIlroy - Brompton Rocks
HC Mandy Milliken - Summer Day

Advanced Colour Prints
1st Darren Brown - Gold
2nd Darren Brown - Stob Dearg
3rd Alan Hartley - Kilclooney Dolmen
HC Mark Bell - Long Summer Night
HC Darren Brown - Castle Stalker
C Anthony Crosbie - Towards The Chateau

C Michael Rice - Crystal Ball

Advanced Monochrome Prints
1st Darren Brown - Sea Stack

2nd Darren Brown - Eva
3rd Alan Field - Homing In

HC Edward McCavana - Steps
HC Ray Magill - Early Morning Walker

C Hugh Rooney - Walking on Glass
C Anthony Crosbie - Election Street
C Mark Bell - Run Aground

Advanced Projected Digital Images

1st John Thompson - Smoke Break

2nd Mark Bell - Temple At Night
3rd Darren Brown - Bicycle Race

HC Alan Field - Drop Of Colour

HC Michael Rice - I'm So Hungry
HC May Carvill - All Lit Up
C Alastair Bell - Barcelona Diver

C Michael Rice - Common Moth
C Michael Rice - Common Dragonfly
C Jack Thompson - Barnacles of Rusting Hull

 

 

Ray closed the meeting by Thanking Vittorio for his feedback and congratulated members for the quantity and quality of images presented for the 2nd Open competition this season.

Ray also congratulated those members who were finally placed on the night especially the brave new members who have just joined the club and proved so successful in their first competitions by coming 1st in both Foundation print categories.

Congratulation to Jane McIlroy for Columbine in the Colour section and Judith Kimber in the Monochrone section. Well done to you both!

Thanks to Harry Watson and Bobby Peacock for overseeing the events of the night. Next week Friday 23rd October the clubhouse will be closed and members and the general public are invited to attend a special evening with Fran Forman at the North Down Museum.

Tickets are free but have to be booked at http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/204064. On Saturday 24th Fran will be holding a workshop at the BNDCC clubhouse in Ward Ave.

Places can be booked via email to Gerry Coe at ffseminar@icloud.com Tickets are £35 and include a light lunch. Member may also be interested in Martyn Mc Cready's photo exhibition in Carnegie Library Bangor from 13th - 30th October 2015.

 

 

 

 

An important part of the BNDCCs club year is that of NIPA club and interclub competition rounds. Five rounds, three are open and two have a changing theme which is chosen by the NIPA committee every year but for each of these competitions there must always be a judge. So in recent times NIPA has been running workshops to introduce club members to the world of judging in the hope that newer member would take the brave next step and keep the pool of judges well replenished.

On Friday 9th October Ray Magill and Mark Allen presented an interactive evening in the Basic Principles of Print Judging. Mark's opening statement summed up the role perfectly. A good judge politely and successful delivers constructive and meaningful feedback to explain to each author why they made their decision. Ray proceeded to explain how the night would be structured so the audience would be clear on their participation in the evening.

9 'volunteers' where chosen to make up 3 panels of 3 judges and a lead judge for each panel was chosen. All three panels were given 7 colour and 7 monochrome prints each to view, evaluate and make a selection of their individual top 3 prints and an overall panel top 3 prints but the more difficult of the task was to explain their decision and each speak on the factors which made it a successful image in their own opinion. But it was also an opportunity for competing members to reassess their own images and experience what judges are looking for in their top selection of prints and become more observant or selective when taking photographs in future.

Being a judge came with some responsibilities to respect the time, materials and most importantly the memories each author had capturing the images, which were displayed in front of them. They had to show confidence, experience and prove capable of carrying out the process of scoring and rankings the prints. But most importantly communicating clearly and directly to an audience.

Reading and understanding the rules of the competition before attending the event and checking the viewing arrangements with the venue as well as contacting fellow judges are an extended responsibility of judges. Making sure all the criteria, categories and sizing rules are adhered to. Also handling prints only when necessary so as not to reveal the author or damage the print as demonstration to the integrity and respect to the nature of competitions and for all the authors competing.

Using an example of Eddie Sethna who devises a formula to judging photographs what is the image trying to communicate. What emotions does it evoke? Does it tell a story? Is it unusual in its approach? And does it meet the theme? This interpretation should account for 50 - 60% of the total marks. The treatment applied by the photographer in the control of light, the choice of appropriate lenses, composition and components to the structure of the subject and its surroundings, the movement or sharpness always key to successful images. Together with the exploitation of colour tones, shapes, textures and forms this treatment was to take 30 - 35% of the marks awarded.

15 - 20% would be given for technical control. Correct exposure and depth of field isolating the subject and sharpness of the main components of the image. Also the post processing and presentation adding a complimentary touch to the finished print.

Informing the authors/ audience of the individual merits in the display of images or a print which stand out from the rest which has cemented your decision to your top three is essential.

The 9 volunteers then took to the front of the clubhouse and deliberated over the designated set of images with the guidance of Ray, while Mark continued answering questions and offering more observation from past workshops. Having a bit of the xfactor by an entertaining addition to your adjudication using stories or anecdotes to connect to the audience. Being too technical can be boring so relating to your audience will relax them and in turn relax your nerves too. The use of nice, lovely or record shot not being a sufficient remark to offer the authors. Reinforcing what catches your eye and why it is appealing to all your senses or why it fails to do so and relay it in a respectful manner offering hints and tips you have learned.

The 9 trainee judges - (panel A - Alan Field, Mark Bell and Neal Stephens) (panel B - Helen Fettus, Brian Mc Mullan and Mandy Milliken) (panel C - Deborah Gardiner, Bill Henning and David Hamill) all delivered a mixture of panel and individual selections of winning 1st 2nd and 3rd placings. Ray and Mark Thanked the 9 judges and complimented how everyone had given positive feedback and displayed an air of confidence in their comments. If anyone within the club or other photographic clubs wish to join the Judging workshop Please contact a member of the committee or Mark Allen the NIPA secretary for details on the workshop.

As judges individual opinions varies and print that may do well in one competition may not do as well in another Ray's most important piece of advice to members was do not let competitions drive your Photography. Photos are individual personal memories which should be important to you. You created the image and its moments in time is yours. If judges comments help improve your photography then that is a benefit and a testament to the support it try's to develop in members photographic abilities.

Congratulations goes to Trevor Craig for his recognition by the RPS were he recently received a Licentiateship as they wish to showcase his images and some of the information and stories behind the images in the membership magazine The Journal. Also to Hugh Rooney Congratulations on his image Venice Solitude on being selected for the final 100 images out of almost 5000 entries for the RPS 158th International Print Exhibition. The exhibition tours the UK and detail can be found on the RPS Website. Well done Trevor and Hugh!

Friday 16th October is the NIPA round 2 Open competition. Good luck to everyone who has submitted images!

Deborah Carvill

 

 

 

Bangor and North Down Camera Club members were treated to a double rare event on Friday 2nd when two members Helen Fettus and Alan Field were announced a 1st, 2nd and 3rd placing in the Foundation and the Advanced Monochrome Print sections but as rules of the club states members may only have 2 winning entries within each of the categories. Therefore third place will be passed onto the image in 4th place (HC) and the original 3rd will be awarded 4th (HC). They both join only a handful of members to achieve this accolade within the club. Congratulations to you both!

The Audrey Argue Natural History Competition is the second competition of the season and has already gaining members high marks in the Photographer of the Year with Deborah Gardiner 13 points ahead of joint 2nd place going to Alan Field and Michael Rice. In a total of 14 placing for each of the two levels 4 members in the Foundation and 6 members in the Advanced received points in the natural history round.

This annual competition in honour of a past Chairman and club member whose dedication, love of photography and 'living images of nature' is encompassed in this specialised round.

Guest judge John Belshaw (Chairman of Shorts Camera Club and NIPA's publicity officer and official photographer) demonstrated his understanding of how such a passion for photographing nature in its own environment and how important the interaction of subject and surroundings are to a successful image. Depth of field and light are critical to the illumination of the subject. With backgrounds surrendering the fight for attention and the birds, animals or species drawing your gaze with pin sharp eyes and a little touch of a catchlight.

Well timed movements and action were well received by John and well seen lighting throwing a perfectly positioned spotlight on the subject proved a keen eye for one placed member.

A caution was mentioned as to the use of flash in macro photography observing casting shadows and how shinny, unnatural looking textures and burning out of important detail can be avoided. Good space within the frame and the desaturation or removal of distracting colours or shapes via a different angle all important.

The shape of peacock feathers noted as a great use of lead in lines and composition. Water droplets adding the weather and conditions to the subjects environment all appreciated. John's results are as follows -

Foundation Colour Print
1st Deborah Gardiner - Robin
2nd Helen Fettus - Feeding Time
3rd Deborah Gardiner - Dinner Time
HC Helen Fettus - Show Time
C Bill Henning - Bussard
Foundation Monochrome Print
1st Helen Fettus - A Long Stand
2nd Helen Fettus - Open Wings
3rd Deborah Gardiner - Jump To Win
HC Helen Fettus - Flying Horse

Foundation Projected Digital Image
1st Neal Stephens - Little Grasshopper
2nd Deborah Gardiner - Hover
3rd Deborah Gardiner - Bee Hind
HC Bill Henning - Golden Eagle

C Bill Henning - Barn Owl

Advanced Colour Print
1st Nigel Snell - Puffins
2nd Michael Rice - Female Common Darter
3rd Nigel Snell - Grey Squirrel
HC Darren Brown - Black Moth
C Deborah Carvill - Adjusting The Feathers
Advanced Monochrome Print
1st Alan Field - Tropical Grasshopper
2nd Alan Field - Jesus lizard
3rd Harry Graham - Watching You
HC Alan Field - Owl Butterfly

Advanced Projected Digital Image
1st Michael Rice - All Legs
2nd Alan Field - Leaf Cutter
3rd Michael Rice - Wheee...

HC Michael Rice - Too Close For Comfort
C Alan Field - Slater

 

The winning images in the 6 categories were displayed for John's 'top print' to be selected for the trophy which is awarded later next year. Alan Field's Tropical Grasshopper which was praised for the quality and great tonal values which made it stand out. 'A well printed and handled print' remarked John.

BNDCC Thanks John for his feedback on all the prints and images submitted to the competition and congratulations to all the winners.

On Friday 9th October Ray Magill and Mark Allen will be presenting 'Basic Print Judging- An Interactive Evening. It will also be the closing date for entries for the NIPA club Round 2. The theme is Open.

On Friday 23rd October BNDCC clubhouse will closed.

Members and the general public are invited to attend the presentation of The Art of Fran Forman evening at the North Down Museum in Bangor at 7pm. The Admission is Free.

On 24th October, BNDCC will be holding a workshop at the Ward Ave premises from 11am to 4.30pm as Fran has agreed to a masterclass in the art of Photo-montage. A light lunch will be provided and the workshop will cost £35.

Please visit www.bangor-camera-club.co.uk for details or email the club President Gerry Coe at ffseminar@icloud.com for information and bookings. It will be a great opportunity to see first hand the processes of Fran's work and worldwide acclaim. For any artist it is a worthwhile visit to either or both events.

 

 

 

Stephen Mc Williams (ARPS) from Christian Brothers camera club was BNDCC's guest judge on Friday 25th September 2015 for the first NIPA club Round 1 - Open competition of the 2015/2016 season. Before Stephen would give his comments, recognition was given by the Chairman Ray Magill to BNDCC member Michael Rice on his successful image in the PAGB Interfederation Print and PDI competition. Michael will be receiving his award - The Neal Marshal Medal at the next interclub comp result and display evening on Friday 23rd October 2015. Committee and Club members wish to Congratulate Michael on his well deserved achievement.

Stephen continued with his feedback to members and demonstrated the combination of elements to support the quality and structure of his winning images. The trimming of areas where there is no interest and the missing placement of a person or subject to add to the focal point were two of the main factors for the marking down of images. Preferring graphic images with strong, sharp lines and shapes. With the increasingly popular slow shutter water shots a suggestion of movement by throwing a stone to cause a ripple being more effective and compliment the swirls and shapes achieved in another image which gave a more interesting image.

Square framing was a favourite for Stephen with no clutter, nice light, colour tones and bokeh with great expressions and action within a balance on all sides using the element of thirds and the use of vignettes or shape to draw the eye back into the image. A perfect combination to success, making better use of the subject to correctly expose the image and the hint of stems stopping the illusion of flowers floating in mid air. Finding different angles on popular subject like the every decaying 'Bad Eddie' to give an unusual photo in a sea of similar images. Even going to macro to reveal something different for judges to view.

Stephen results had some familiar names from the previous year but the ladies had a strong contributions in the foundation sections on the night and were well placed among the winners. The results are as follows:-

 

Advanced Monochrome Prints
1st Hugh Rooney - Dune
2nd Ray Magill - Canal Boat In A Hurry
3rd Edward McCavana - Riverside Museum
HC Hugh Rooney - Holly
C Alan Field - Fly By
Advanced Colour Prints
1st Michael Rice - Slippery Slope
2nd Darren Brown - Glen Orchy
3rd Noel Maitland - ANZAC Gunners
HC Harry Watson - Eye Scream
C Darren Brown - Dunlewey
C Alan Field - Psychedelic
Advanced Projected Digital Images
1st Darren Brown - Just The Two Of Us
2nd Jack Thompson - Hover Resting
3rd Alan Field - Wee Splash Of Soup
HC Michael Rice - Bumble Bee
C Alastair Bell - Stairway To ....
C Michael Rice - Bedding Down For The Night
C Alastair Bell - Wall Art
Foundation Monochrome Prints
1st Deborah Gardiner - Vogue
2nd Bill Henning - Alternative Lighting
3rd Deborah Gardiner - Morning Dew
Foundation Colour Prints
1st Bill Henning - An Old Screw
2nd Mandy Milliken - Springtime
3rd Deborah Gardiner - Shell Castle
HC Mandy Milliken - Have A Hat
C Bill Henning - Cyprus Wedding
C Deborah Gardiner - Bee Line
C Bill Henning - Peony Roses
Foundation Projected Digital Images
1st Neal Stephens - Black Knight
2nd Helen Fettus - Quiet Sunset
3rd Bill Henning - Moonlit Shadows
C Deborah Gardiner - On The Outside

 

Ray wrapped up the evening by thanking Stephen for his comments and constructive feedback on every print of this open round and passed on the clubs appreciation of it. Ray also congratulated the members who entered such a great assortment of images to the competition and to those who were finally placed on the night.

Thanks to Harry Watson our new Competition Secretary for overseeing the events of the night and special thanks to Deborah Gardiner and Alan McMorris for all their help taking in entries for next week's Audrey Argue Competition which takes place on Friday 2nd October 2015.

Members maybe interested in Martyn Mc Cready's photo exhibition in Carnegie Library Bangor from 13th - 30th October 2015. An invitation to attend the launch on Thursday 15th October from 6.30pm - 8pm has been extended to all members.

Deborah Carvill

 

 

 

From late April to early May 2015 Nepal suffered a terrible earthquake which devastated the city of Kathmandu and surrounding areas, killing thousands and injuring thousands more in the 120 aftershocks to follow. 180 buildings in the densely populated city where reduced to rubble. (Mount Everest and its basecamps suffered loss of life through the Avalanches and rockfalls in the path of its destruction).

'A Portrait of Kathmandu' presented by Kieran Murray at BNDCC was a personal representation of what travel photography is all about and how the people and places can touch your life. They meant so much to him. The opening video of school children singing had stirred up many happy memories tinged with great sadness in the uncertainty that many of the faces and characters he had met 15 years earlier has suffered and even perished in the earthquake.

Kieran and two friends joined members to share their experiences and journey to Kathmandu 15 years ago where they met some of the most beautiful, happy, generous people you will ever meet. People who's life of great hardship revealed a story in each line and wrinkle in faces of the older generations. Especially the women as it was noticed by Kieran and BNDCC that it was the woman doing all the hard work in the images.

Dundalk camera club had organised the photographic trip to Kathmandu. Surrounded by mountains the Valley in which the city is situated is alway polluted. The streets are narrow and lined with small shops and street sellers. Cow are sacred and roam freely in the streets. Shrines, alters and holy men/women are plentiful in a culture so devoted to many gods. They offer gifts of flowers, petals and rice and collect water from the many wells that service the city which depend on the rainy season to replenish. These wells and many of the Bahals (courtyards) become a meeting place especially for the women and children to work, chat, relax and play in their own environment.

Kieran and fellow club members freely engaged with locals who's trust was reciprocated with kind gestures of refreshments and invites to join them in the company of their families. One child who wished a photograph with her 4 friends revealed she had now gained two more best friends after the photographers and locals joined in for a group photograph and the laughter followed.

On a second journey to Kathmandu Kieran had a young girl ask for some biscuits so he bought her some. The next day while taking photos he realised it was the same girl and on viewing his images of the two visits at home realise he had also photographed the girl before with the two images showing the changes after the few years.

Bakhtapur the ancient city and Pashupatinaths funeral Pyres, the many Temples like Boudhanath Stupa demonstrated the faith and sheer devotion in everyday life the people of Nepal have. The Dalai Lama, Giant prayer wheels and prayer flags with fabulous colours. Monasteries and the monks gathering for Buddhas Birthday with the lighting of oil lamps a symbol of their faith. Building already under stresses leaning precariously probably since the last big earthquake in 1929 still housing the families who had very little but only their faith in the third poorest country in the world.

The living conditions and faith a humbling experience was well documented in the images that bonded photographers and subject in each changing frame and unfaded in the years since. It was reveal that a donation of Kieran's expenses were to be given to the people of Nepal. The members of BNDCC would like to Thank Kieran for his wonderful images and presentation and look forward to the 20th Nov 2015 when he will return to the club to present 'Father Browns Photography'. (Famed for taking the last photograph of the Titanic before it sank)

 

Next week is the 1st comp in the club calendar Round 1 - Open. Rules state that you must be a fully paid up member to enter the competition. The club treasurer Mandy Milliken will take in any subscription forms and fees. The competition will overlooked by newly elected competition secretary Harry Watson. Please send your Projected Digital Images via emails to

harold.watson@hotmail.com please check the BNDCC website for more details of the rules. Also

the closing date for the Roy Finlay Natural History Comp has been extended to 24th September 2015. Details are on the NIPA website http://www.niphoto.co.uk/#!general-event-information/c1bq8

 

Deborah Carvill

 

 

 

Every Hollywood blockbuster has its long awaited sequels or a remake of the classics so for BNDCC a one year wait is all members had for one of Northern Ireland's accomplished actor and upcoming director Allan Gildea to revisit the clubhouse for his next instalment of 'Film making Part 2'.

Complimenting Hugh Rooney's Tuscan Landscape which hung on the clubhouse wall Allan talked about the story being told within the image. The beautiful layers of light and textures and comparing the choice of lenses, shutter speeds, aperture an important part of the process of decisions making in which photographers and filmmakers have to blend together in order to achieve their vision and objectives. The panoramic vista similar to the cinematic format inviting you in and asking questions about the people and places leading you on this journey.

Allan enquired as to which members would have used equipment to make a home movie or used a camcorder or AV with music. Even on the old Super 8 or a modern iPad to created the story to entertain the viewer.

Allan remarked how people of all countries and cultures through out the ages have told practical stories or myths in order to teach the generations how to survive and make sense of the world. These storytellers made it an adventure with highs and lows, sadness and laughter but always keeping the audience informed and entertained. And every great story has a three Act structure with a beginning, middle and ending with equally measures of value.

Act one with a hook to establish the hero and villain and all aspects of their world explored and the conflicts that drive them. Act 2 set out their goals which give increasing momentum to the story and an inciting incident of excitement that kick the story off to deliver the character at the point of no return and into Act 3 which witnessed the difficulties and over comes the obstacles in order to develops and matures their character into a figure of respect and admiration - The Hero

Allan previewed clips of two trailer versions of his latest film in which he acted and directed. RTE low budget film called Banshee. It took one day to shoot and 5 days to edit and Allan explained the complexity of cutting the shots together so the eyeline is coherent to all the action going on all around at the same time. Visual effects were added in the final days to add gunshot smokes and flying glass and blood to add believability to the scenes.

The Omega Man staring Charlton Heston was the last presentation where Allan walked members through the opening sequences of the film. Exploring what the message was and how it was achieved. The emotions and questions it left members with and all to find the same greatness within their own work and photography. A challenge to create the storyteller within the images we present to our audience. Be it a cliffhanger or a happy ever after, You Decide!

On Friday 18th September Kieran Murray will be joining members of BNDCC for his presentation of 'A Portrait of Kathmandu' and is also the closing date of the NIPA club Round 1 - Open competition. Members are reminded that 25th September is the closing date for the Audrey Argue Natural History Competition. With Round 2 - Open Submission date on the 9th October. So the time is fast approaching for three of the main 7 annual competition of the clubs calendar. Good luck everyone!

 

Deborah Carvill

 

BNDCC President Gerry Coe kicked off the new season with a warm welcome to the newer members and expressed how great it was to see all the familiar faces returning for another year. Gerry thanked Club Chairman Ray Magill for his dedication to fill the program with a good line-up and took each date to inform members of the year ahead with competition and speakers and social nights to balance the evenings out. Please visit the website for more details. http://www.bangor- camera-club.co.uk/bangorcameraclub_programme1516.html

Darren Brown announced news of BNDCC's entry into the PAGB Club Championship and asked member to search through their stock of images and email them in PDI format to Darren by Friday 11th September. An email with details has been circulated to members. It will be an opportunity to build upon the successes of last year when the club finished 3rd in the overall NIPA clubs competition.

Gerry made one last announcement before continued his way through this years club programme. Gerry has managed to secure the booking of Fran Forman a creative Photograph who is visiting the UK for 4-5 days to display and hold workshops at the Fox Talbot Museum London. In conjunction with Bangor council an Evening with Fran Forman has been arranged for Friday 23rd October 2015 at Bangor Museum, admission free and open to the general public.

On the Saturday (24th) BNDCC will host a workshop masterclass in the clubhouse premises. With the help of John Miskelly, the costs have come down and is running at £35 per person. This also covers a light lunch. Fran has a permanent display of her work at the Smithsonian in New York and other photographers view her though processes well worth the attendance of the workshop. BNDCC are honoured to have such a distinguished guest visit them and it is an opportunity not to be missed.

 

Words of thanks were offered to Noel Maitland and his team of painters who spruced up the studio section of the clubhouse during the summer break and to Alan Mc Morris for sorting out problems with the project which plagued us in the past.

Thanks and best wishes went out to David Roberts our webmaster, to Mandy and Jack for collecting in all this years subscriptions. Congratulations to Nigel Snell who is currently waiting to hear if his wonderful image of a robin is to grace the cover of the Ulster Wildlife Calendar for 2016. Good Luck Nigel!

Hugh Rooney took the floor to introduce a slideshow of the RPS 2014 international images for screen exhibition where 2 members of NIPA, Bob Givens and Hugh Wilkinson prints were accepted. Hugh himself was accepted for this years exhibition becoming 1 of 100 images chosen from 5000 entries. Congratulations Hugh! The RPS competition is held twice a year and has 3 sections - Open Traditional, Wildlife and Creative Photography. The images gained a mixed review but many were an inspiring guide as to the quality and standards of successful images through the selection process.

Next week Friday, 11th September our guest speaker is Allan Gildea - Film Making part 2. A great insight to the creative process linking photography and film.ß

A reminder that the closing date for images for Round 1 - Open is on 18th September 2015. Also NIPA Roy Finlay Natural History competition will be held at Oxford Island on 10th October 2015 and the closing date for entries is 17th September 2015.

The rules have changed so please check the NIPA website for details. The NIPA AV workshop will be held at the BNDCC clubhouse on Sat 19th September. A email has been circulated with more detail. The workshop is a wonderful opportunity to see the standards of AVs being produced by this successful Club and an great way to bring your images to a visual format through music and a captivating storyline.

Deborah Carvill