AT the first meeting of the year on January 7, vice chairman Glyn Trueman gave a tutorial on the Photoshop Elements Editor, explaining editing in camera RAW and, using his own images, demonstrated white balance controls, exposure and contrast control and icons as well as their uses.
Following this, chairman Steve McDonald welcomed photographer David Stout, who gave a presentation entitled Desert Island Twenty and Images of Empire.
The first part of the presentation comprised of pre-digital 6x6 projected slides: his Desert Island top 20 favourites set in Santorini, Crete (the wonderful sandy hues of Antelope Canyon), the Reclining Buddha in Thailand, World’s End, fishermen and tea pickers in Sri Lanka, North Uist rock pools and Swaledale waterfalls.
He then moved into the digital age with stunning photographs taken on a trip with his wife Carol to New Zealand, with stopovers on the outward and return journeys.
Their first stop was to visit the Golden Triangle in India. Those in attendance were treated to scenes of the Amber Fort in Jaipur, portraits of holy men and local women, jewelled embroidery, adorned trucks and buses. In Agra, the stunning moghul palaces and the Taj Mahal at daybreak and sunset, in Delhi, the Red Fort, colourful street scenes and India Gate Monument.
Next, Mr Stout took members to Singapore with colourful images of Chinatown and the Financial District.
Upon leaving Asia, Melbourne was the next stop with its colonial houses and trams and then on to Auckland and images of Maori with tattooed faces, Rotarua geysers, Napier, the Art Deco capital of the world, the Franz Josef glacier where they took a helicopter ride over the mountains and the coast with the Yellow Eyed Penguins, Moeraki Boulders and fantastic driftwood sculptures.
The last leg of this amazing journey took Mr Stout and his wife to Hong Kong, where images of ferries, trains, Buddhas, neon signs, Lantau Island and The Peak concluded an evening of colour and amusing anecdotes. The photographs perfectly captured the atmosphere and culture of each location.
After a vote of thanks, the raffle and coffee concluded a very inspiring evening.
For further information regarding the club, including its programme and forthcoming events, visit www.morpeth cameraclub.co.uk
New members will be made most welcome. All are welcome to attend three meetings with no obligation to join. There is, however, a cover charge of £2 for each visit.