Music helps to showcase sets of images

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Morpeth Camera Club

THE theme for the January 21 meeting was A Feast of AVs. Chairman Steve McDonald opened the evening with a before and after of his own AV entitled Sheep.

The first version was a series of photographs, put to music, using default transitions which lacked continuity and interaction, resulting in a long, drawn out AV.

His second version, using the same images but in a different order, was an example of story-telling, using movement, panning and zooming to create a much more entertaining show.

Chris Hills followed with his AV entitled Fares Please, which was photographed in London in the 60’s and set to humorous music. It included images of vintage buses, trolley buses, and red London Transport buses in different locations.

Next was John Thompson with Harbour Light, photographs taken on trips to South Beach in Blyth of families, lone walkers, dogs and more dogs. Set to soft, gentle, serene music, he illustrated the peacefulness of the beach, birds, fishermen, the lighthouse and boats.

Mark Harrison’s first AV was based on his first attempt at sports photography. He was the photographer for the day when his friends arranged to play a match at St James’s Park, Newcastle, and there were some great action shots. The presentation also included images of motorcross and speedway racing action.

Yvonne Fisher followed with her presentation set in Kenya and South Africa, which included stunning images of a range of animals at the Kruger and Tsavo National Parks, distant shots of Mount Kilimanjaro, locals in national dress and scenes of the Cape of Good Hope.

Stephanie Robson’s AV My Garden started off with traditional images of her garden, but quickly changed course and turned into a contemporary presentation, with a soundtrack to match. There were colourful photographs of graffiti, street art and posters among others.

Watson Warren was next in line to present his work entitled The Snows of Morpeth. Each image was taken within half a mile of his home and the scenes were set to a haunting theme.

Mike Weighall’s Nice, Cote D’Azur AV captured the beauty of the area – it was set to flowing French music – and Alan Harle did an AV based on photographs taken at an exhibition in the National Railway Museum. It featured famous old locomotives such as Mallard and Bittern being displayed together for the first time and the presentation was set to an appropriate soundtrack.