Club Report, Results of A.V. Competition - Tuesday 24th February 2015.

On Tuesday 24th February 2015, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed Anne Swearman, ARPS,EFIAP,DPAGB,APAGB,PPSA,
APSA of Whitley Bay Photographic Society to judge the clubs inaugural Audio Visual competition and to provide feedback
and encouragement to members in developing their AV skills.

Anne, who has been creating Av’s since 1980 stated that although judging Av’s is subjective there should be good picture quality,
a variation of images and to create an atmosphere. The accompanying music is equally as important and the piece should be sympathetic to the subject and not a distraction. Avoid overuse of transitions and always be aware that the subsequent image
should compliment the last.

First up was Glyn Trueman with ‘Arctic Terns’, set to lilting Scottish music, Glyn included captions to inform the viewer of dimensions, habitat and lifespan resulting in pin sharp images of terns swooping, mating, nesting and interacting with their
young, set against blue skies, ledges and nests. Anne commented that Glyn had succeeded in capturing the difficult contrast
of black and white of the plumage, introducing movement into the piece and appreciated the background information given.

Mark Harrison continued with ‘Cars’, images of shiny American classic cars with details of headlamps, badges, gleaming grills, diagonal shots with HD effects, shiny hubcaps, interiors and exhausts all in brilliant colour. Anne commented on the excellent photography and colours, the metallic HD effects, good use of transitions and fitting music which gave the feeling of movement
and vibrancy.

Next on was Chris Hills with ‘Fares Please.’ Set to amusing music, Chris provided a catalogue of old London buses, posters,
street scenes, trams, London Transport signs, depots, advertising and fashions of the period. Anne commented that she was impressed with the number of images included and that it was a fascinating social comment which worked well with the music.

Stephanie Robson’s ‘More Observations’ followed with a lively Av with quirky images of glamour, glass, graffiti & gas guzzlers,
fast moving images in time with contemporary upbeat music depicting colourful observations. Anne commented that it was fun,
that the fast pace could have been too much but the music suited the subject, was well balanced with lovely colours and was
something different.

Then Mike Weighall’s ‘Nice – Cote d’Azure’ gave the audience an insight into the colourful life of the south of France, people
relaxing, medieval buildings, shutters, quaint streets, shop fronts, markets, restaurants menus, modern art, cacti & colourful
roof tiles. Anne commented that Mike had captured the area from his point of view using good music, captions, images in
sharp focus and detail.

Then ‘On the Rocks’ by Vince Rooker was shown. Accompanied by soothing, classical music were Vince’s photographs of rock patterns in subtle pastel pinks, greys, blues and tans; limpets, seaweed, tidal pools, compositions of coloured pebbles, all set
in glowing light. Anne said that the music matched the mood perfectly; she liked the elegant type facing, the subtle colours
and the thoughtful compilation of images.

Finally, ‘Sheep’ by Steve Mcdonald was screened, pastoral music accompanied Steves images of lambs, with their mothers,
playing, on walls, sunning themselves in the hay, against Lakeland scenery and snow capped hills, looking inquisitively into
the camera lens. Anne enjoyed seeing the animals in beautiful landscapes, recognised the difficulty in photographing black &
white animals and said that Steve had succeeded in portraying a restful atmosphere.

Anne awarded a Highly Commended place to Mark Harrison with ‘Cars’. Third place was given to Chris Hills with ‘Fares Please’; second place was awarded to Stephanie Robson with ‘More Observations’ and she awarded first place to Vince Rooker with
‘On the Rocks’.

Anne then treated the audience with three of her own audio visual presentations, the subject of the first being Tynemouth
Lifeboat, which had been produced for a fundraising event for the RNLI, with her own commentary, Anne described the history
of the lifeboat, details of power and range, crews, excursions and fundraising coffee mornings. Her second AV was entitled
‘A Letter From Tynemouth’ which was set to a commentary of a letter written by monks at Tynemouth Priory describing daily
life and the origins of the building. Dramatic images of stormy seas and wrecks, artefacts and features of the priory were all included in her impressive production. Anne’s history of St Mary’s Wreay, Carlisle and its architect Sarah Losh was the subject
of her final AV. Images of Arts and Crafts design, carvings, windows and elaborate stonework featured in this very interesting production.

Chairman Steve McDonald concluded the evening by thanking Anne for her comments and sharing her expertise with the group
and to all participants for contributing to another great evening at the club.