Club Meeting, Members Evening - Tuesday 28th March 2017.

On Tuesday 28th March 2017, Morpeth Camera Club held an informal evening where members were invited to show
examples of their recent work to be discussed by the audience. Thirteen members took part, the first being Alistair
Cooper whose various images included a woodpecker on a feeder which prompted comments on creatures in their
natural environment and depth of field suggestions on his lovely image of a passion flower.

Chris Hills followed with an Av of images taken when out and about, his observations of pub signs, badges, old iron
way markers, coats of arms, tractor emblems, comical notices, menu boards and carriage works signs, details of
daily life which people often overlook. This was set to lively music and made for an entertaining sequence.

George Sudlow was next with what he described as random shots but were actually lovely natural history photos
of Hooper swans, Ingram Valley dippers, a detailed young fallow buck, a charming Brown Hare leveret, an otter on
the Wansbeck, a comical sunbathing robin, a waxwing with red berries and several well shot images of Great Crested
Grebes with their young. When asked, George explained that most of his shots had been taken with a 400mm lens.

Kate Philipson followed with photographs taken on woodland walks. An image of snowdrops lining forest paths then
prompted discussion on brightening up foregrounds and eliminating distractions. A lovely still life of tulips in a vase
and gates opening onto a landscape of trees and hills beyond were included.

Mike Weighall was next with an AV of a visit to Northern Ireland, which he said was produced primarily for his family’s
enjoyment. Shots included were the Giants Causeway, boats, river scenes and cottages at Ballycastle, church mosaics
at Glenarm, the Victorian railway village of Whitehead, the Donaghadee transport museum and the Mount Stewart
gardens with its vibrant flowers, topiary and statuary. Finishing off with lovely shots of the Mountains of Mourne with
water lily covered lakes, this made for a lovely audio visual travelogue.

Myra Jackson followed with lovely images taken on her safari in Namibia which included groups of zebra with young,
a wallowing mother and baby hippo glistening in mud, a stunning leopard scratching up a tree, fighting Oryx, a hippo
and crocodile lying side by side at the waterside and a striking yellow billed hornbill vandalising a windscreen wiper.
Her lovely photographs were interspersed with interesting facts regarding her trip.

Pat Wood came on next with sets of comparison photographs, firstly the originals and then digital infra red versions.
Scenes taken at Woodhorn, river views at Ashington’s Sheepwash Park, Wallington and Blenheim Park, were then
transformed from coloured images to striking versions in white, grey and black which resulted in eerie atmospheric
images which highlighted textures in the trees, foliage and water.

Audio Visual was the evenings choice for Paul Appleby, the first one entitled ‘Nature’ displayed a series of colourful
macro shots of flowers, bugs, camouflaged cicada, great bush crickets, burnet moth caterpillars, spiders, damsel flies,
osprey, sparrow hawk, jellyfish, exotic tropical fish and colourful funghi. His second av entitled ‘Miscellany’ includes
scenes taken at Wallington, Shafto Crags and Cragside, Italian castles, cities and sunsets and Madeiran graffiti, ending
with still life fruits and flowers and smoke patterns.

Peter Downs’ talk entitled ‘What if?’ displayed results of manipulation methods, showing examples of converting silver
birch originals to linea abstracts and giving and a colourful drilling platform a monochrome high key minimalist effect.
Landscapes were transformed to give the appearance of watercolours, a dandelion seed head given the fractalius filter
treatment, a doubly exposed fishing boat, and sunsets blended to give a Turner like appearance, demonstrating how
one can use manipulation to add interest.

Sue Dawson and Roseanne Robinson went on to describe a very wet and windy trip to Whitby Goth Festival. Images
were shown of sea foam blown ashore resembling snow, of steam punks, Goth characters and time travellers with
detailed accessories and feathered, sequinned headgear and dresses. Examples of portraits with weathered faces
and long white hair, bloodied white robes, torn patterned tights above doc martin boots, goggled and gas masked
characters were followed by shop interiors selling an array of masks, dresses and hats. A collection of images which
portrayed the atmosphere of this unique festival.

Summer images were the theme of Mark Harrison’s presentation, shots of Hareshaw and Routin Linn, a reflected
Bowes Museum, St Abb’s Head, Carnarvon Castle and Conwy Bridge. Colourful scenes were taken at the Hoppings,
also of seals, puffins, a Bamburgh sunset, Ouseburn architecture and a stunning Saltburn Pier sunset. Mark concluded
with his evening location shots using models and striking studio glamour shots.

To conclude the evening, Glyn Trueman presented his images of puffins, a graphic shot of a Henry Moore sculpture,
fish eye panoramas taken in Coventry Cathedral, and ceiling patterns of Bury St Edmunds’ Cathedral tower, together
with Northumbria University abstract patterns.

          

Chairman, Glyn, thanked everyone, especially new members, for submitting their work on a wide variety of subjects,
providing a most enjoyable evening after which coffee was enjoyed.

Steph.