Club Meeting Report, Cramlington CC Vist Morpeth - Tuesday 29th January 2013.

On Tuesday 29th January 2013, Morpeth Camera Club hosted an exchange meeting with Cramlington Camera Club, whose
members presented a selection of their work to a full house at Morpeth Methodist Church.
Cramlington Chairwoman Elaine Illingworth introduced Ian Leask who started the evening with a set of projected digital
images taken at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Hamilton, Ontario. Historic military & civil aircraft captured both
on the ground and in flight showed that the author had an an obvious passion for this subject.
Second presenter Chris Crane then took us to the Lake District, Skye, and into Northumberland including the Cheviot Hills &
Alnmouth, with some beautiful landscape shots and finished with a few recent wildlife images.
On a different theme Julia Robson explained how she went about taking images using a simple but effective homemade studio.
Set up in a bedroom she had produced close up images of flowers and seed heads against various backgrounds to good effect.
Fourth guest speaker Mark Illingworth then gave a presentation with a slightly sinister theme as his digital audio visual of
portraits that he had manipulated in photoshop showed a creative eye and skilled hand. This was followed by a before and
after sequence as he gave away some hints as to how he had achieved the finished product.
Again variation was the key as Derek Parker took to the floor to give a practical demonstration of photography equipment from
the past. His display of old cameras included a Polaroid Land Camera. Land Cameras were instant cameras with self developing
film named after their inventor, Edwin Land and manufactured by Polaroid. The first commercially available model was the
Polaroid Land Camera Model 95, which produced prints in about one minute and was first sold to the public in November 1948.
A timely reminder of how much photography has changed in recent years.
A collection of images from the camera of Jamie Welsh followed and his world of photography included weddings, children, and landscapes from Ireland and Scotland, all taken to capture that "different view" of life.
Penultimate speaker Paul Murphy continued on the theme of his year in pictures and showed a cross section of work from
places that he had visited in the last twelve months. Local scenes dominated with some beautiful images of the North East
Coast and surrounding areas.
To end the Cramlington Camera Clubs members presentations, Bill Stephens shared his view of working with a theme or a
set of images to maximise their potential. Viewing the same image in colour, monochrome, and then with and without various
filters and effects gave food for thought and that you should make an image to suit yourself, to do your own thing and
not let other peoples opinions stop your creativity.
Morpeth Camera Club Chairman Dave Illingworth then thanked our visitors and guests for the diverse selection of work
produced that had made it a very entertaining evening.