Challenge that blurs creativity

The Hammering. Picture by Glyn Trueman.
The Hammering. Picture by Glyn Trueman.

Morpeth Camera Club

On Tuesday, November 24, Morpeth Camera Club Vice Chairman Mark Harrison presented the results of his first club challenge.

Throughout the season members are set photographic tasks with the aim of encouraging them to shoot new and different subjects.

This also requires learning and trying new techniques that improve camera skills and knowledge.

Members that choose to take up the challenge then respond with four images that hopefully meet the criteria, and then discuss the results.

In the first challenge, 14 members produced a selection of more than 60 images on the theme of Motion Blur.

This effect can be achieved in several different ways and resulted in some original images that showed quality and creativity.

A club walk linked to the challenge resulted in some members producing images taken on Newcastle quayside. Cyclists, scooter riders, pedestrians and keep-fit enthusiasts were all captured with varying levels of motion blur.

Authors explained that these had been taken using slower shutter speeds, or by using panning techniques, which led to some successful results.

Participants had been asked to try at least two different methods to achieve their goal, and long exposures of cars, buses, trains and boats resulted in colourful light trails and pattern images.

People at work showed an aspect of motion blur not usually captured, and flight was also a popular subject, with aeroplanes, helicopters and birds featured.

Water was recorded to great effect, with examples of flowing streams, rivers, waterfalls, fountains and the sea.

Camera movement, background blur, ten stop filters and double exposures showed that many members had put a lot of thought and effort into their entries for the challenge.

Another way of showing motion blur is to use different filters and special effects in post production with Photoshop and other photo editing programmes. Examples of this technique included objects moving through space, impressionistic landscapes, fantasy figures and moving grasses.

An enjoyable evening with interaction, comment and good humour concluded with Mark selecting five members’ images that appealed to him. This was followed by some of his own images that illustrated his take on the challenge.

For further information regarding Morpeth Camera Club, its programme and gallery please visit our website

The club meets most Tuesdays between September and May in Morpeth Methodist Church, in Howard Terrace, Morpeth. Meetings start at 7.30pm.

There is a varied programme of speakers, in-house evenings and competitions, with the aim to enjoy and improve photography skills.

Please note that anyone is welcome to attend three meetings with no obligation to join the club. There is however, a small cover charge for each visit.