From Saltaire to Shetland, members expose holiday pics

Morpeth Camera Club

ON Tuesday, September 24, club chairman Steve McDonald introduced Mark Harrison, who presented an evening of digital images on the theme of members’ holiday photographs.

He opened the displays with his wide selection of photographs including Hexham, Royal Quays, glass reflections, urban panoramas and very unusual views of the Infinity Bridge in Stockton-on-Tees.

Next up were new members Andrew and Ben Wade, with their show entitled Over the Summer We...

Photographs of Honister Slate Mine, Newlands Valley, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, multiple shots of golf swings and action shots of the Tyne Boat Race were included in their selection.

Chris Hills continued with his presentation of his hot air balloon trip and scenes of the Northumberland countryside.

With Mr Hills’ passion for railways, vintage rally scenes, the Epping & Ongar Line, the Bluebell Line, graphic railway posters, signs and badges, and the Welsh Narrow Gauge Railway were included in his presentation.

Chris Randall was next with photographs of his visit to the World Heritage site of Saltaire, Malham, in the Yorkshire Dales and interesting photographs of the shoreline and rock pools of Arran.

Dave Bisset followed with scenes at Hartlepool Marina, Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge, a visit to York Railway Museum, Sunderland Air show with action shots of the Red Arrows and vintage aircraft. Cloverley, the South Coast Trail, Ilfracombe and Lundy were also among his selection of holiday shots.

Dave Illingworth included photographs of his trip to colourful Tromso, quarry workings, windfarms, action shots of canoeists, motor cross and powerboat racing on the Tyne.

In addition, Roman re-enactments and Viking invasion re-enactments on Lindisfarne were included in his selection.

Glyn Truman continued with his Shetland, Fair Isle and Orkney photographs with close-ups of a wide variety of sea birds including Terns, Storm Petrels, Shags, Great Skewers, Gannets and his usual great photographs of Puffins.

A visit to the Italian Chapel, World War II wrecks and ancient stone circles concluded his presentation.

John Thompson’s images on his visit to Salford Quays, bridges, the ship canal, urban architecture, water activities, and stunning panorama shots of Settle and the Ribblesdale Viaduct demonstrated, amazingly, what can be achieved when using an iPhone.

Mr McDonald followed with his photographs taken when climbing the Via Ferrata Iron Paths of the Dolomites. Amazingly scary shots of mountain passes, gorges and very basic ladder bridges used to cross these obstacles were included in his presentation.

Thankfully, back down to ground level, Vince Rooker demonstrated his expertise in still life photography with detailed shots in York Minster, action shots at Burgham Park, his visit to Beamish, Tanfield, and atmospheric photos taken at Garloch.

The evening concluded with Davy Bolam; his passion for United was evident in his photographs taken when attending an away game in Kharkiv in the Ukraine.

Urban shots of statues, stunning churches, stark open spaces, street scenes and the Metalist Stadium, nicknamed The Spider were all included.

He couldn’t resist showing a video clip of the winning goal, the fans’ reaction and the atmosphere in the stadium, which left no one in any doubt that the supporters were ecstatic at the result.

Mr McDonald thanked Mr Harrison for his presentation and all the club members who took part in a very varied and interesting evening, interspersed with friendly comments and banter.

Although presented under the guise of members’ holiday photographs, these were certainly not your usual holiday snaps and highlighted a wide variety of interests and styles of 
photography produced to a high standard by club members.

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