Report of the MCC Big Event featuring Duncan McEwan - Tuesday 10th November 2015.

On Tuesday 10th November 2015, internationally renowned photographer Duncan McEwan was the guest speaker
at Morpeth Camera Clubs annual Big Event. With an audience of well over 100 guests from camera clubs, friends
and members of the public, he presented two 45 min shows of stunning images from his collection of landscape
photographs showcasing his Scottish homeland and visits overseas.

With his love of the unspoiled beauty and wilderness on his doorstep in Scotland, the first half of his presentation
concentrated on off the beaten track images; atmospheric low cloud through mountains, vibrant marine colours
of waters around Eigg, silhouetted deer in stark landscapes and heavily frosted trees reflected in lochs. Preferring
to maintain the reality of natural beauty, Duncan does not process his images aggressively but uses filters to
accentuate reflections and skies.

The audience enjoyed stunning images of golden reflections of autumn foliage, richly patterned sand left by the
receding tide, ridges of snow in evening light in hues of pinks and mauves, crystal globules of ice around reeds,
sun rays through glens with billowing clouds, Hebridean crystal blue waters and sparkling sand and stormy seas
off Orkney in magnificent aquamarines.

Duncan stressed that with the use of a telephoto lens one can not only emphasise the grandeur of majestic hills
and mountains but it can also simplify the scene, producing pattern pictures and abstracts resembling the textures
of fabrics. Dull weather does not deter him, explaining that rain enhances rock colours and a breeze gives texture
to water. Mid-day light should be enjoyed, it highlights texture and colour, not to shy away from low light which
emphasises light and shadow on hills, a beautiful dash of winter sun adds warmth to snow scenes and captures
the glow of evening light.

Throughout his presentation Duncan explained his methods of carefully composing key elements, choosing the
best viewpoint for balance while maintaining foreground interest to create maximum impact.

An interval followed when drinks and refreshments were served and gave the audience an opportunity to enjoy
an exhibition of colour and monochrome prints taken by club members.

In the second half of his presentation entitled ‘Further Afield’ Duncan explained that he didn’t venture abroad
until 2005, his first trip being to New Zealand, a home from home for him in terms of landscape but with larger
mountains and lakes, sulphurous smoking images of mud explosions of the geo-thermal region of Rotorua, snow
and ice on the high peaks of Aoraki or Mount Cook, blue ice caves forming abstract shapes, the dramatic Moeraki
spherical boulders contrasting with silver birch in abstract form. Moody images of Milford Sound in low cloud
reflected in the fiord,a marvellous country that Duncan would not hesitate to revisit.

There were dramatic photographs taken on the Great Ocean Road in Australia, with images of cliffs, pinnacles
side lit to emphasise relief & textures, and pounding waves. Snow white undulating desert sands in South Africa,
abandoned mining towns with images of derelict interiors and rusty old cars, lions with their prey, leopards in
grasses, elephant and young, the Cape Peninsula penguins and seabirds on a glacier, flamingos set against a
pink setting sun emphasised the amazing contrast in subject matter captured so beautifully.
The glorious architecture of the Taj Mahal, forts and temples, its market traders in spice market in vibrant
colours, happy children in sparkling white school uniforms, busy street scenes, beggars, all unposed & natural
portraying life in another colourful country.

Illustrating his obvious passion for his craft Duncan’s presentation was an amazing journey through his beloved
highlands of Scotland, his story telling colourful images of further afield held the audience spellbound, resulting
in a very memorable evening.