Photography guests put the focus on variety

ON Tuesday, January 29, Morpeth Camera Club hosted an exchange meeting with Cramlington Camera Club, whose members presented a selection of their work to a full house at Morpeth Methodist Church.

Cramlington Chairman Elaine Illingworth introduced Ian Leask, who started the evening with a set of projected digital images taken at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario.

Historic military and civil aircraft captured both on the ground and in flight showed that the author had an obvious passion for this subject.

Second presenter Chris Crane then took those in attendance to the Lake District, Skye, and into Northumberland, including the Cheviot Hills and Alnmouth, with some beautiful landscape shots, and he finished with a few recent wildlife images.

On a different theme, Julia Robson explained how she went about taking images using a simple, but effective homemade studio.

Set up in a bedroom, she had produced close-up images of flowers and seed heads against various backgrounds to good effect.

Fourth guest speaker Mark Illingworth then gave a presentation with a slightly sinister theme as his digital audio-visual of portraits that he had manipulated in Photoshop showed a creative eye and skilled hand. This was followed by a before and after sequence as he gave away some hints as to how he had achieved the finished product.

Again variation was the key as Derek Parker took to the floor to give a practical demonstration of photography equipment from the past. His display of old cameras included a Polaroid Land Camera. Land cameras were instant cameras with self developing film named after their inventor Edwin Land and manufactured by Polaroid.

The first commercially available model was the Polaroid Land Camera Model 95, which produced prints in about one minute and was first sold to the public in November 1948 — a timely reminder of how much photography has changed in recent years.

A collection of images from the camera of Jamie Welsh followed and his world of photography included weddings, children and landscapes from Ireland and Scotland, all taken to capture that ‘different view’ of life.

Penultimate speaker Paul Murphy continued on the theme of his year in pictures and showed a cross-section of work from places that he had visited in the last 12 months.

Local scenes dominated, with some beautiful images of the North East coast and surrounding areas.

To end the Cramlington Camera Club members’ presentations, Bill Stephens shared his view of working with a theme or a set of images to maximise their potential.

Viewing the same photograph in colour, monochrome, and then with and without various filters and effects gave the audience food for thought and a message that you should make an image to suit yourself and not let other people’s opinions stop your creativity.

Morpeth Camera Club Chairman Dave Illingworth thanked its visitors and guests for the diverse selection of work produced that had made it a very entertaining evening.

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