Club Meeting Report, " Members A.v's " - Tuesday 5th January 2016.

At the first meeting of the club in 2016, members enjoyed a wide variety of subjects and themes in the clubs annual Audio Visual night. Club members are invited to showcase their work with the addition of music to produce an audio visual presentation.

First off was Mike Weighall with an account of his journey on the California Zephyr Train from Chicago to San Francisco, one of the most beautiful train trips in North America. Climbing through the heart of the Rockies, and further west through the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, coursing through the plains of Nebraska to Denver, across the Rockies to Salt Lake City, Reno, Sacramento and into Emeryville/San Francisco, Mike’s many photographs of deserts, plains, mountains, cityscapes, graffiti and the Golden Gate Bridge in mist, perfectly captured the scenic beauty on his wonderful trip.

Chris Hills presentation documented the coastline of England, Scotland and Wales, with sweeping bays, mountains sweeping down to the sea, scenes of Morecombe Bay, still water reflections, the colourful houses and fishing boats of Tobermory, the Menai Straight, striking cliffs and rocky outcrops on Skye, scenes on Eigg, Moray harbour and the township of Lossiemouth and in Northumberland, Bamburgh coastal scenes, stormy seas off Dunstanburgh and south to Blakeney in Norfolk and on the south coast to Portsmouth, resulting in a pleasing depiction of coastal Great Britain.

Peter Heatherington followed with a video of his visit to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, in Alberta, Canada, where he fulfilled a lifelong ambition to fly in a Lancaster Bomber. Peter explained “I made this flight in memory of the crew of Lancaster DV271 which was shot down near Mannheim on 23 September 1943. The bomb aimer, Flt Lt Ron Heatherington, my late father, was the sole survivor. He spent the rest of the war as a POW in Stalag Luft III. In this memory making av entitled ‘Flying Back to Remember’, his video of the crew in action, shots of procedures, instrumentation and guns, taxiing, take off and views of the countryside below, including the roar of the engines, resulted in a heart in the mouth experience to watch.

Stephanie Robson continued with a fun av entitled Out and About, a camera’s eye view, on a mission to produce an audio visual presentation of her observations when travelling. With splashing water, snow crunching, board walking and camera shutter release sound effects the camera captured images of graffiti, street artists, tourists, street life, comical signs, advertising, concluding with the camera disappearing into the sunset on its next mission.

The evening continued with Davy Bolam announcing the results of his website Picture Quiz where everyone is invited to identify locations taken within a radius of twenty miles of Morpeth, many of which are seldom noticed. Twenty four images including Bothal Saw Mill, Ratcheugh Folly, a Whitley Bay telephone box/post box/stamp dispenser, Newbiggin Rocket House, the Blaydon Races Sculpture and Alnwick Abbey gatehouse were included in the selection.

The quiz received 1192 views from members and public and Davy announced that with 20 points John Barnes came third, second place was John Thompson with 23 points and the winner this year was Sue Dawson with 24 points. Davy thanked everyone who took part.

John Thompson concluded the evening with a selection of his av’s. ‘From Lake Stannington to the River Wansbeck’ included shocking photographs and video footage taken in the new year of flooded fields, his garden under water, high river levels at the Telford bridge, the Wansbeck weir and the Oldgate Bridge.

A colourful sequence of images entitled ‘Le Grand Depart’ of the Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France in 2014 followed with shots of spectators waiting patiently for the procession to arrive, a motorcade of French support vehicles, vintage cars, sponsor vehicles with glamourous girls, balloons, gendarmerie and police cars, creating a carnival atmosphere. Shot from every angle, cyclists with outfits of every colour, were presented in a sliding image format creating drama and action.

In a programme intended to promote the area, John’s ‘Tyne to Tweed’ av commenced with images of Tyne bridges glowing at sunset, the dramatic Sage building, Tynemouth Pier lashed with gigantic waves, St Marys Island in the mist, colourful Blyth beach huts, dramatic seascapes with stormy cloud formations, views of Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh castles at sunset, rainbows over Lindisfarne providing an atmospheric depiction of our beautiful coastline.

John concluded his presentation with a lively av entitled ‘Lets go Surfin’ with a series of dramatic shots of surfers among towering waves, performing stunts and manoeuvres through foaming seas and with the use of panning and zooming John succeeded in creating drama and excitement with great effect.

Chairman, Glyn Trueman, thanked all who took part after which coffee was served, concluding a varied and interesting evening at the club.