From fells to falcons and festivals

Swinton Birds of Prey Centre. December 2015
Swinton Birds of Prey Centre. December 2015

morpeth camera club

At their last meeting before Christmas, Morpeth Camera Club members were invited to show photographs and describe the methods used to achieve them.

Vince Rooker provided photographs of the Lakes Vintage Sports Car Club Trial, capturing the muddy terrain and rough tracks encountered by an Austin Seven and Vauxhall across Honister Pass.

Steve McDonald showcased his mountain climbing experiences with stunning shots of Snowdon, Great Gable, the Etive Moor crags in Glen Coe, Old Man of Storr, Mont Blanc and the Cumbrian Lakes taken in beautiful light.

Dave Bisset followed with colourful abstract shots of cutter blades at Woodhorn, light trail images achieved by moving the camera, a sunset through patterned glass and flowers shot through the base of a crystal glass.

Karin Jackson’s contribution included flowers taken at Wallington glass house, a landscape from Hong Kong’s Peak, peat coloured waterfalls near Gilsland and a charming shot of a Yorkshire terrier.

Alan Harle treated the audience to photographs taken on a cruise through the Prince Christian Sound in Southern Greenland. Images of brilliant white ice floes, glaciers, peaks and wooden houses captured the serenity of this beautiful country.

John Thompson followed with photographs taken from unusual viewpoints of Bamburgh Castle, a Farne Island shot on a windy day, and Dunstanburgh Castle taken from Craster Harbour. John’s visit to Swinton Park Birds of Prey Centre resulted in delightful images of an owl nestling in terracotta flower pots, a kestrel with its full wingspan on display and a long eared owl.

Peter Downs’ contribution included images of visitors to Alnwick Castle waterfall, a high key abstract shot of a building exterior, a Beadnel fishing boat in colour and monochrome, and a detailed shot of an Aln Valley Diesel engine in sidings, highlighting the detail with HDR.

Davy Bolam showed photographs that had been recently judged. Based on the recommendations, he had made changes, encouraging the audience to comment on whether they thought the judge was correct, a general consensus being that if all comments are taken into consideration there is a danger of losing the original concept. Davy went on to show the club’s winning entries in the recent Interclub 4-Way Competition. He concluded with colourful images of the Goodwood Revival Festival.

Glyn Trueman’s choice of photographs were motion blur based. There was a particularly striking image of a pocket watch swinging like a pendulum, zoom burst images of bridges on the Tyne, spyrograph effects and swirling tree branches enhanced by coloured filters.

Chairman Glyn Trueman thanked all who submitted photographs and audience participation, which resulted in another interesting evening, after which a buffet supper was enjoyed.

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