Report of Morpeth CC visit to Ponteland CC - Monday 1st December 2014.

On Monday 1st December 2014, seven members of Morpeth Camera Club travelled to Ponteland on an exchange visit to
Ponteland Photographic Society.Club Chair, Veronica Congleton, LRPS, welcomed the visitors saying that they were looking
forward to being entertained by their friends from Morpeth.

Davy Bolam opened the evening with his presentation entitled ‘Smokin’, with a colourful selection of his smoke trails images,
explaining on the way, his techniques, use of unusual effects and different stages of progress which resulted in atmospheric,
eerie, multiple image designs.

Dave Illingworth was next with a series of images taken of the canals of Birmingham, explaining how the revitalisation of the
canal network had retained original features resulting in busy canal life, colourful wood burning or coke fired barges, locks,
eateries, moorings, stables, bridges and warehouses, illustrating the transformation of a former derelect area into a vibrant
urban city environment.

Dave Bisset’s presentation was entitled ‘The Changing Tyne’, with photographs taken from its source on the North & South
Tyne, through Keilder, frosty scenes in Bellingham, Alston, Chollerford, the Langley Viaduct and the Scotswood Bridge and
detailed images of the Tyne Bridges. Photographs of low tide detritus, the industrial Tyne, cranes, Fishermans Wharf,fishing
boats and finally arriving at the river mouth.

Two audio visual presentations by Stephanie Robson followed, the first one entitled ‘Observations’ was a catalogue of
colourful, quirky images of graffiti and general observations of street life, while her second presentation ‘Colourful France’
depicted the vibrant, busy and colourful qualities of French markets and the pastel hues of the coastal regions, both
accompanied by appropriate music for the subject.

Vince Rooker, presented a wide variety of images including the Angel of the North from unusual angles, sea views from
South Shields, modern sculpture, Belgian war graves and the amazing war memorials from many counties commemorating
the fallen. Well known for his beautiful still life images, Vince did not disappoint, with the use of window light he succeeds
in producing pin sharp images of fruit, flowers and still life.

Glyn Trueman presented ‘Birds and Buildings’, his images of woodland and sea birds, owls, gannets, swans, shags on the
Farnes, guillemots on the Shetlands, excavating puffins, arctic terns in flight, seals, dolphins and sanderlings at Druridge
were among the excellent images in his selection. Architectural shapes, chimney pots, the colourful Salford Quays, abstract
shapes of bridges, reflections and colourful interiors at the Baltic concluded Glyn’s presentation.

The evening ended with stunning night time images from Steve McDonald, including upturned boats on Holy Island, star
trails at Wallington Hall and Codgers Fort, the Northern Lights, the Milky Way over Bamburgh Castle and crystal clear images
of the moon.

Veronica thanked the visiting Morpeth members for an entertaining evening and Morpeth Chairman Steve Mcdonald then
responded by thanking the Ponteland for their hospitality and stating that we were looking forward to their visit to entertain
us in January.