Morpeth Camera Club
The club played host to Cramlington Camera Club as part of its annual exchange initiative.
This was a reciprocal visit after Morpeth had attended Cramlington earlier in the season and the aim of these evenings is for both clubs to share and showcase their work.
On this occasion, seven Cramlington photographers each gave a varied and excellent presentation.
First was Alan Bosworth, who demonstrated his skill of combining images with the clever use of effects such as a Tardis floating in a bubble, oranges with fangs and ghost effects using filters and layers.
Next was Alan Telford with an amusing and self deprecating presentation of his photographs.
Attempts at emulating fellow photographers, he said, often resulted in missed opportunities like being late for a sunrise, a day out in thick fog, snow in June and time waiting for people to get out of shot.
Chris Crane followed. He presented his scenic images, none of which had received any manipulation, of Alnmouth, St Mary’s lighthouse, the Coquet Valley, big skies and wonderful cloud formations, a Budle Bay sunset, snow in the Lakes, wildlife and the countryside.
Colin Livingstone, after he retired, decided to invest in a good camera, set up a darkroom in his garage and, with inspiration from magazine projects, he has succeeded in producing very good low light shots of flowers, stormy seas at Tynemouth and portraits.
David Patterson showcased his lovely sunrises over water, teasels in the twilight, sunlight on snow, waterfalls, scenes of Cragside, Coquet Island, gulls at Amble, fireworks and leafy Jesmond Dene.
Julia Robson presented a delightful audio visual of macro shots of flowers, still life images of fruit in sunlight, plants, shiny bottles and poppy fields, accompanied by lovely music.
Mark Illingworth concluded the evening with his images taken at the Goodwood Revival Meeting. There were action shots of sidecar scrambling, bikers, musicians, dancers, vintage aircraft, classic car detailing, girls in vintage clothes, mechanics in the pits, bathing beauties and hippies all capturing the special atmosphere of the event.
Morpeth Camera Club Chairman Steve McDonald thanked all those who presented their pictures, after which the raffle was held and coffee was served.
For more information about its activities, visit www.morpethcameraclub.co.uk