Guests present range of interesting images

Camera Club'Mainly Main Coons by Kath Guellard.
Camera Club'Mainly Main Coons by Kath Guellard.

Morpeth Camera club

On Tuesday, January 27, the club welcomed members of Ponteland Photographic Society as part of an exchange visit – Morpeth visited the society in early December 2014.

Ponteland’s Chair, Veronica Congleton made the introduction.

There were a wide variety of subjects, ranging from Russian Camera equipment and astral and underwater photography to cats and 3D production.

First up was Peter Russell, who only took up serious photography 18 months ago and developed an interest in Russian cameras and lenses, using film and manual focus only.

With the aid of a Russian Sniper lens, he has successfully captured dramatic aerial shots of the Red Arrows and appealing seal pups on the Farne Islands.

Peter combines the use of old Russian cameras and lens and DSLR bodies with 1000ml Russian mirror lens to take dramatic photographs of the Moon, and creates unusual effects with multi-image filters, extension tubes and rotating split image filters, resulting in some very interesting images.

He invited members to look at his old cameras and equipment, the cost of which was just a fraction of what modern day equipment would be.

Next to give her presentation was Kath Guellard, who is very much a cat lover. She was keen to show the audience her ‘CATalogue’ of charming images.

Expressive cats, yawning, sad looking, angry, snoozing in the sun, sunbathing in the garden, posing cats with attitude, in trugs and in all colours and patterns – ginger, tabby and silky black.

On holidays abroad, she has photographed feral Egyptian and Italian cats all in sharp detail and with excellent eye detail. She is also drawn to street scenes, particularly in the rain, people relaxing on picnics, youngsters at play, messing around on the river, barge life and bridges shot in evening light.

To continue the evening, Alan Barker’s subject was 3D photography. Although 3D has been around since the 1930s, it is still rapidly developing and it has become Alan’s predominant interest, which has led to him partaking in The Stereoscopic Society.

He explained the principles of 3D and handed out glasses to the audience to view an audio visual presentation in 2D and 3D that described various methods, how to produce 3D images using Photoshop, producing duplicate images printed side by side, making a cardboard viewer and his 3D camera and he demonstrated the dramatic effects with example photographs.

To conclude Ponteland’s presentation, Ray Palmer – a new member of the club – not only took Morpeth club members to outer space, but also to the depths of the oceans.

Ray is drawn to the challenge with a DSLR of being able to take images using long exposures and combatting thermal noise.

Members saw stunning images of Orion Nebula, North American Nebula in vivid pinks and oranges, Elephant’s Trunk, which is 2,500 light years away, Horsehead Nebula in brilliant reds (3,500 light years away) and the Cigar Galaxy.

Using filters, his photographs display where stars are being formed, organic molecules and exploding stars. With the use of a modified webcam and software capable of stacking images, members saw the moon in beautiful detail, Jupiter moons and Saturn rings.

On his diving expeditions, Ray photographed shoals of silvery Barracuda, Red Sea dolphins, playful seal pups off the Farnes, Pacific shipwrecks, angular Manta Rays and stunning pink anemones.

Morpeth Camera Club chairman Steve McDonald thanked all the presenters for a varied and very interesting night, after which a buffet supper was enjoyed.

The club meets on Tuesday evenings between September and May from 7.30pm in Morpeth Methodist Church, Howard Terrace.

Visitors and prospective members are welcome to come along to up to three meetings with no obligation to join for a small cover charge of £2 for each visit, this price includes tea or coffee and biscuits.

For more information about the club, including its activities and membership details, visit