Club Night, Members Evening - Tuesday 19th September 2017.

On Tuesday 19th September 2017, Morpeth Camera Club held its first members night of the new season where those
that wish to do so can show examples of their photography. This can be very interesting evening as it gives an insight
into the many different subjects members record when not constrained by competition rules or subject matter.

Club Chairman Mark Harrison opened the presentations with images of waterfalls including Aira Force & Garrigill Force,
local landmarks also featured with Norham Castle, Whitburn Mill and a striking shot of Penshaw Monument at night being
well received. Dent Head and Ribblehead viaducts, Slaters Bridge and St Abbs Head were followed by examples of Marks
studio work with female portraits.

Alan Harle then gave an audio visual presentation that featured The Canal and River Trusts National Waterways Museum
at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire. Set to music, with titles to explain the different aspects of canal life we saw workshops,
steam driven machinery, colourful canal barges, historical artifacts and boats under restoration in an interesting tour.

                              

Brian Morris followed with a set of images that he called " Not quite Competition" and explained that they were shots
that he had taken that pleased him, that evoked a memory or feeling that he had at the time. These images did not
comply with what he observed as competition rules, ignored the rule of thirds and showed humour, noir fashion, colour
and texture with sepia mixed tones, all from a slightly different perspective.

Chris Hills is a regular traveller with a long standing interest in transport and can usually find something a bit different.
His selection of work took us to some of the places that he has recently visited and starting at Oban in Western Scotland
we saw several ships including the Waverley Paddle Steamer and Vic 32, an original Clyde Puffer that now cruises the
Scottish isles. Images of Babbacombe Cliff Railway and The Dart Valley Railway were also included in his presentation.

Jeremy Cooper had also been out and about with his camera, a holiday in Minorca, a visit to Ravenglass, and walks on
the Yorkshire coast all featured. Captivating shots of young seals on the seashore, flowering Teasels and climbers on a
climbing wall were then followed by images of waterfalls taken on a club trip to Swaledale.

                              

John Thompson stated that the purchase of a 28mm and 50mm prime lenses had inspired him to go out and see what
he could capture. He explained that with a zoom lens you move in and out with the lens and leads to the zoom doing
all the work, whilst changing to a prime lens makes you more creative as you have to move you feet and look more
actively when composing your images. High quality images of graphic designs on a train, architectural shots, Blyth
Staithes and the Tour of Britain cycle race, all demonstrated his skills with these lenses.

Mike Weighall changed the mood with a very relaxing audio visual show set to an appropriate soundtrack as he took
us on a journey around the Irish Republic. The landscapes , flowers and gardens of Sligo, Mullaghmore, Galway,
Ballyvaughan and Glendalough gave us a taste for this beautiful area.

Peter Downs and Pat Wood both gave separate presentations of places they had visited together. Gardens, flowers
and architecture of National trust properties at Cragside and Seaton Delaval Hall had been taken but each in their own
style. Peter had removed a lot of the details to simplify his images to shape and tone whilst pat had retained all detail
and closed in on certain aspects. In a similar vein trips to North Blyth, Cresswell, South Beach and Newton by the Sea
all showed that totally different images can be taken at the same location illustrating that we all see things differently.

                              

Steve Mcdonald was next with a set of images entitled Above Sea Level. A keen mountain climber and skiing enthusiast
Steve took us from Borrowdale in the Lake District to Buachaille Etive Mor in Scotland. From the Cairngorms to the
Isle of Skye with some beautiful landscape images. The Dolomites mountain range in Italy to the Alps and across to
Torres del Paine in Chile, we were treated to some amazing images taken above the clouds. This was photography of a
very "high" standard.

Sue Dawson ended the evening with her trials and tribulations whilst photographing the Tour of Britain as it passed
through Morpeth. Sue explained with great humour her disastrous attempts at panning, that she was not prepared for
the speed of the cyclists and that through adversity she had managed to salvage something when all seemed lost.

Club chairman thanked everyone who had contributed to a good evening before coffee was served.

Davy Bolam.