Notes for Friday 5 April 2019
NIPA Novice Competition
5th April and Team Ards Camera Club travelled to Bangor to support
its members who had entries in the 2019 NIPA Novice Competition.
The Competition was hosted by Bangor & North Down Camera
Club and was well attended in appreciation of the quality images
on display from the Novices. Recent years have produced much
success for the fledgling photographers from ACC and this year
was no exception.
In the Colour Print Section, Claire Russell achieved 2nd Place
with ‘Yellow Petal Points’ and Highly Commended
was achieved by Sarah Shaw with ‘Armoured Lady’
and Edward Graden with ‘Spring Tide Ballintoy’,
in the Mono Print Section, Sean Evans achieved Commended for
‘Caroline by Night’ and in the PDI Section, Claire
Russell was again successful by achieving 3rd Place with ‘Playing
with Fire’. Congratulations to Claire, Sarah, Sean and
Edward who all have worked very hard to reach the standard to
compete at the top of competition with the best of the Novices
from other clubs and very well done to the other entrants who
as the Judges pointed out, had images that were very close to
the top ten in each section.
Also, thanks and well done to the Judges, Anita Kirkpatrick,
Chelle McGaughey and Darren Brown who provided a good balance
of critique and advice for improvement on the images referred
to during the evening. As for the travelling members of ACC,
they were as ‘quiet and understated’ as usual, but
as always, gave great support and encouragement to their club
Notes for Friday 29 March 2019
Guest Speaker - Ossie Bruce 'Home and Away, Out and About'
29th March and Ards Camera Club’s Programme of guest presenters
concluded with a visit from Ossie Bruce.
Ossie is a much-travelled member of CPA Camera Club and aptly
named his presentation ‘Home and Away, Out and About’.
First on display was a variety of images to introduce his journey
into photography and this was followed with others showing aspects
of experimentation as Ossie honed his skills. An interesting
aspect was the detail of the settings used to achieve the required
outcome of the work on display.
Next was a comprehensive selection of images taken to document
journeys to the Rockies in Canada, a Club trip to Iceland and
a semi working holiday to India. A superb display was presented
of the natural beauty of Canada and Iceland together with many
images of the social deprivation and work to assist children
Like many photographers, Ossie is a regular visitor to the Annual
Photography Show in Birmingham and to give members a flavour
of the event he gave a ‘photographic’ account of
aspects of this year’s show.
To finish, Ossie returned to Iceland and showed a film recorded
on the ‘dash cam’ of his car as he drove through
the snow and ice during his tour of the landscapes that so captivate
the many visitors to this beautiful country.
Many thanks to Ossie for such an engaging and comprehensive
presentation of his photography that was very much appreciated
Notes for Friday 22 February 2019
Club / NIPA Competition Round 5 'Photojournalism' Judge - Matthew
22nd February 2019 and Ards Camera Club’s Programme continued
with the NIPA Round 5 Competition in the theme of Photojournalism.
The guest judge was Matthew Canning from BPIC who had the unenviable
task of taking on a themed round for his first visit to the
Club. A contentious topic given that many suggested that the
photographs needed an ‘Editorial type Title’ to
identify the content as being journalistically newsworthy.
Many topics were on display including sport, personalities,
music, road traffic accidents, protests, air land and sea rescues,
documentary, environmental, street disorder, firework displays
and of course the Bank Buildings going up in flames. Quite a
task for Matthew to pass comment on those he deemed not applicable
and pass judgment on those he deemed to have fulfilled the requirements
Those members who had images placed were Richard Cowan, Marlene
Hazelhurst, Linda Hutchinson, Patricia Mackey, Keith Malcolm,
Robert McKeown, Adam Middleton, Neal Ritchie, Claire Russell,
Sarah Shaw, Liz Tullett and David Williamson. Adjudication of
Round 5 will take place at CPA Camera Club on Saturday 27th
Many thanks to Matthew who gave a comprehensive critique on
each image that was both encouraging and advisory to the authors.
Thanks also to Competition Secretary David Williamson for all
his hard work and well done to everyone who entered the Competition
and especially well done to those members who were successful
in having their images placed.
Notes for Friday 15 February 2019
Guest Speaker - Robert Sargant 'Light Painting'
15th February and due to a rearrangement of the scheduled event
in our programme, Robert Sergant of CPA kindly offered his services
to provide a presentation of Light Painting.
An overview of the basics that included an explanation of the
methodology, information on the mainly ‘homemade’
equipment and various images of the intended outcome was followed
with a practical session when various aspects were attempted,
notwithstanding the limitations of the low ceiling height of
the premises. With the assembled partaking members lined up,
tripods and cameras at the ready, the fun commenced with the
attempted photography of many creations involving light wands,
a cycle wheel adorned with LED lights, spinning globes, illuminated
plexiglass paddles, electroluminescent wire and of course the
various volunteered models. Many great images were produced
and a lot of fun was had by this very entertaining genre of
Very many thanks to Robert who put a lot of thought and physical
effort into providing the Club with such an enjoyable and entertaining
evening and ‘enlightening’ everyone on the endless
possibilities to pursue in this aspect of photography.
Notes for Friday 8 February 2019
Members' Night - Sinclair Adair 'The Legend'
Friday 8th February was a very special night in the Club’s
Programme. The date coincided with the annual presentation (or
lecture as he would prefer to call it) and the 95th Birthday
of our acclaimed member Sinclair Adair. A night to celebrate
his Birthday and be entertained with his inimitable Audio-Visual
David S Adair (Sinclair) ARPS, AFIAP, AIPF, APAGB, PSA to give
him his full title was born this day in 1924. His interest in
photography commenced circa 1950 when he started helping part
time in the photographic section of a chemist/photographic shop
on the Shankill Road, Belfast. The work ‘developed’
until he was running the photography side of the shop and his
ultimate buy-out led to him opening his own business circa 1965,
aptly named the 'Foto Studio'. Meanwhile, Sinclair was avidly
pursuing his photography and in 1963 achieved AFIAP and in 1965
ARPS. In subsequent years he also achieved AIPF, APAGB and PSA.
Sinclair liked to compete and during the 1960s and 70s achieved
much success and acclaim in International Salons. At club level
his services were much in demand as a judge and lecturer and
he was frequently consulted and subcontracted by some of the
leading professional photographers of the day for his renowned
dark room skills.
In the mid 1970s, the 'troubles' forced the closure of his studio
and Sinclair relocated to live in Bangor where he continued
his photography and fast developing interest in Audio Visuals
(AVs), first at Bangor Camera Club and subsequently at Ards
Camera Club. During his first ten years at Ards Camera Club
he ran a beginner’s class and tutored many who are still
members and are now passing on their knowledge and experience
to others. The arrival of the digital age opened a new chapter
in Sinclair's photography as he applied the new technology to
his creative imagination and dark room wizardry to produce AVs
which gave him competitive success and provided much laughter,
entertainment and inspiration to all who watched them. Now at
the age of 95 Sinclair is still an active club member and supporter
of NIPA events.
Always one of the highlights of our year is the presentation
of Sinclair’s AVs and this was no exception, with many
yet unseen masterpieces on display with a few slightly adjusted
repeats included for good measure. As usual, there was a mix
of topics covered including the usual idiosyncratic look at
Royalty, Religion, Country and Western, USA, Character Doubles,
Fruit and Veg Portraiture, Trains Across London and Journeys
Through the Cosmos.
There was a break during the presentation to let the membership
catch its breath and celebrate with the obligatory Birthday
Cake that such an occasion demands. The Chair outlined Sinclair’s
career, mostly as previously noted, and expressed the Club’s
Best Wishes as he celebrated his Birthday.
A big thank you to Sinclair, his unique style provided a night
of much mirth, the usual humorous exchanges with the audience
and above all, entertainment and inspiration that was appreciated
Notes for Wednesday 23 and Friday 25 January
Club / NIPA Competition Round 4 'Open' Judge - Darren Brown
Wednesday 23rd January 2019 and Ards Camera Club’s Programme
continued with the NIPA Round 4 Open Category Competition. The
guest judge was Darren Brown from Bangor and North Down Camera
Club, accompanied by his curly haired minders.
As usual with an open round of competition there was a great
diversity of topics including Landscape, Sport, Portraiture,
Drone, Nature and a new topic for the club with the inclusion
of some Infrared. The standard as expected was very high, especially
from the General Section where some members are now producing
excellent work that is frequently being successful in competition.
Those members who had images placed were Richard Cowan, Robert
Graham, Marlene Hazelhurst, Sian Kerr, Keith Malcolm, Ted McKee,
Ryan Patterson, Brian Powell, Claire Russell, Sarah Shaw and
David Williamson. Images from the members whose names are highlighted
will go forward to The NIPA Round 4 Adjudication at Enniskillen
Camera Club on Saturday 2nd March 2019.
Many thanks to Darren who gave a comprehensive critique on each
image, including many encouraging and constructive words of
advice. The usual exchanges with the membership who always express
much wit and wisdom on such occasions was well controlled by
Darren who was also appreciative of the abundance of dog minding
attention given to his entourage. Thanks also to Competition
Secretary David Williamson who collects in and organises all
the entries for display. Well done to everyone who entered the
competition and especially well done to those members who had
25th January 2019 and Ards Camera Club facilitated NIPA for
the Round 3 Adjudication on the theme of Book and Song Titles.
There was a large attendance at the Londonderry Pavilion with
all seats taken and many standing, to see the varied and very
creative entries for this round of competition. A very interesting
theme and a challenge for the judges to consider the technical
quality of the images in conjunction with the assigned titles.
Well done to all the successful authors from the many participating
At the conclusion of this NIPA Round 3 Competition, Ards Camera
Club is still in overall Third Place, just half a point behind
Christian Brothers Camera Club in Second Place.
Many thanks to the Ards Club members who helped to transport
and erect the display stands and for the help to provide refreshments
during the interval.
Notes for Friday
18 January 2019
Guest Speaker - Stephen Wallace 'Hiberian Landscapes'
18th January 2019 and Ards Camera Club’s Programme continued
with a visit from Hibernia Landscapes by Stephen Wallace. Hibernia
is the ‘old’ name for the Island of Ireland and
although most of the images on display were landscapes from
our very picturesque Island, there were also images from a recent
visit to the Faroe Islands. In a move from the traditional landscape
orientation, most of the images on view were in portrait orientation
which made for a very interesting perspective on the land, sea
and sky that surrounds us.
Images from the North Antrim coast, the Wild Atlantic Way, Rathlin
Island, and the Faroe Islands provided the source for most of
the coastal seascapes, while Donegal, Lough Neagh, the six Ulster
Counties and especially the Mourne Mountains provided the source
for the inland landscapes. Stephen provided an explanation of
the ‘where, when and how’ for the creation of each
image together with details on how he plans for each photographic
trip. There were references to maps and various phone apps to
ensure that the light generated by sunrise or sunset was directed
where required to achieve the intended illumination of the composition.
Such was the quality of the landscapes captured in the Mourne
Mountains that it was no surprise when Stephen displayed an
image that had won the public vote for UK Mountain Photograph
of the Year 2017.
Many thanks to Stephen Wallace for a most entertaining and informative
presentation of seascapes and landscapes that are so prevalent
and readily available to be photographed, right on our doorstep.
Notes for Friday 4 January 2019
Club / NIPA Competition Round 3 'Book / Song Titles' Judge -
4th January 2019 and Ards Camera Club returned to action after
the undoubted excesses and hopefully joys of the Festive Season
with the NIPA Round 3 Competition in the Theme of Book and Song
Guest Judge for the event was Brian Maguire from BPIC who had
the unenviable task of judging images from a technical photographic
viewpoint together with the application of an associated title
which may or may not have been immediately obvious. As the evening
progressed, it became apparent that there was a very diverse
range of litary and music tastes within the membership of the
Club. Also, there was some very creative thinking in applying
titles to images or images to titles; cryptic, strange, humorous,
obvious, devious, amazing, unbelievable, imaginative are some
adjectives that spring to mind.
However, following all the oh’s, ah’s, laughs and
much head scratching (and that was only the Judge) decisions
were reached and results declared. The following had placings
in the various categories on display - Claire Russell, Jacqui
Agnew, Keith Malcolm, Linda Hutchinson, Liz Tullett, Marlene
Hazelhurst, Martin Conroy, Patricia Mackey, Rusty Adair, Sean
Evans, Sian Kerr and Ted McKee. Well done to those successful
members, especially Marlene Hazelhurst who had five images placed.
Many thanks are accorded to Brian who both expertly judged the
images and kept control of the usual ‘occasionally vocal
but always very appreciative’ audience. Also, many thanks
to Competition Secretary David Williamson who had the task of
collating all the entries with the added complication of checking
the applied titles.
Adjudication of this NIPA Round 3 Competition will take place
on Friday 25th January at the Londonderry Pavilion, Portaferry
Road, Newtownards with viewing from 7.00pm and commencing at
Notes for Friday 14 December 2018
Christmas Dinner - Club Festivities
14th December was Christmas Dinner Night for Ards Camera Club
at the Chef & Manager Restaurant N’Ards with nothing
to report, except that there was great food, ‘some’
drink, lots of craic as always and a good time was had by all.
So, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all who follow the
photographic fun at Ards Camera Club.
Notes for Friday
7 December 2018
Roy Finlay Memorial Natural History Competition
7th December and Ards Camera Club hosted the Roy Finlay Memorial
Natural History Competition at the Londonderry Pavilion, Newtownards.
Apologies for the late report, but for various reasons, the
scribe was unavailable as are still any copies of images to
post of the placed entries. However, as always, the quality
of the entries was of an excellent standard and there were 84
prints and 145 PDIs on display for this NIPA Competition run
by Ards Camera Club. The judge this year was Nigel Snell from
Bangor & North Down Camera Club, a previous winner and regular
competitor, so well qualified to peruse the entries and select
the top images. Also present was Neil Finlay, who on behalf
of the family is providing continued support for this Competition
in memory of his late Father.
In the Prints Section, Hugh Wilkinson of Catchlight Camera Club
had double success with 1st Place for ‘Redpolls Squabble’
and 2nd Place for ‘Robin with Catch’. In 3rd Place
was Brendan Hinds of Christian Brothers Camera Club with ‘Yellow
Spotted Side Necked Turtle’. Highly Commended Certificates
were awarded to Ross McKelvey and Brendan Hinds and Commended
Certificates to Lionel Mitchell, Vittorio Silvestri and Hugh
In the PDI Section, 1st Place went to Chris Miller of Merville
N’Abbey Photographic Club with ‘Cape Fox Cub’,
2nd Place to Hugh Wilkinson with ‘Redpoll and Coaltit’
and 3rd Place to Terry Hanna of Ballynahinch Camera Club with
‘Back in a bit’. Highly Commended Certificates were
awarded to Vivienne Beck, Brendan Hinds, Brian Larkin, Valerie
McKee, Ross McKelvey and Hugh Wilkinson. Commended Certificates
were awarded to Aine Carberry, Jonathan Clark, Rosaline Hughes,
Brian Larkin, Robert Sergeant and Pamela Wilson.
The accolade of Overall Winner went to Hugh Wilkinson for his
print ‘Redpolls Squabble’ and the trophy of a sculpted
glass Goldfinch was presented to him by Neil Finlay.
Irvine Ferguson, Chair of Ards Camera Club, congratulated Hugh
Wilkinson and Chris Millar for their 1st Placings, together
with the other successful entrants. Also, a vote of thanks was
expressed to everyone who had helped in any way in the running
of the Roy Finlay Memorial Natural History Competition 2018.
Notes for Friday 30 November 2018
Guest Speaker - Darren Brown 'Scotland / Preparing for a Trip'
30th November and Ards Camera Club’s Programme of events
continued with a further invasion from Bangor. Darren Brown
was the guest presenter and as usual, was accompanied by his
minders ‘the Curly Girls’. Visits to Scotland, along
with details on preparing for any trip was on the agenda.
Darren had prepared a programme that covered his many trips
to the west side of Scotland and in particular Glencoe and Skye.
The vagaries of the Scottish weather provided an interesting
perspective, as images of the same or similar places were displayed
throughout the various years of Darren’s visits.
No sterner critic of his work than Darren himself, as he showed
images that he considered not up to his current standards, although
many of the club members would have been proud to have produced
work of a similar quality. A few of the members have both family
and holiday connections with Scotland which created an air of
geographical exchange as locations and place names were discussed.
There was a varied show of mainly landscapes on display, some
instantly recognisable, but many off the beaten track. Also,
the more recent visits had a great variety of long exposures,
along with some very striking infrared images. Oh, and naturally
there were also a few dog poses.
Many thanks to Darren for a very entertaining and engaging evening,
with a suburb display of Scottish landscapes and many tips on
the where, when and how to plan for such trips.
Notes for Friday 23 November 2018
Guest Speaker - Judith Kimber 'AVs'
23rd November and the guest presenter at Ards Camera Club was
Judith Kimber who showed the members everything there was to
know about the Audio Visual (AV) medium of photography with
its associated addition of music and commentary. Being a music
teacher by profession, it was reasonable to expect a creative
input for music, however Judith also writes the story and adds
her own commentary as necessary for each production.
Four productions were displayed with something for all interests,
including romance, motoring and a day by the seaside. There
was a love story set in an imaginary town in Ireland, a real
love story set between Ireland and America, an outing to Brighton
and a tour of an American car graveyard. The photography in
both monochrome and colour was styled to suit the individual
AVs, the music was mostly composed and played by Judith and
the stories and commentaries were also written by Judith. As
for the credits, the photography was shot on location in USA,
Brighton UK, Folk & Transport Museum and Ulster American
Folk Park in N. Ireland, Music, Script, Production and Direction
all by Judith Kimber.
Many thanks to Judith for providing an insight into producing
AVs, all delivered in a most humorous and very entertaining
for Friday 2 November 2018
Members' Night - Ryan Patterson 'Drone Photography'
2nd November and Ards Camera Club Programme of Events continued
with the first of its members’ nights. Club member Ryan
Patterson, the proprietor of Earth & Sky Media, gave a presentation
of his ‘drone photography’.
Already one of the club’s prominent photographers on ‘terra
firma’ with many competition successes, Ryan demonstrated
his aerial photography and videography skills with a complete
‘overview’ of his drone activities. All of the technicalities
and regulations involved in running this type of operation were
explained, together with details on controlling the drone as
the images and videos were captured. Images were displayed showing
compositions taken from directly above, to those taken at various
angles, 360degree composites and videos from various locations
home and away. There was also a flying simulator available for
demonstration purposes, but only Keith Malcolm was brave enough
to try (could be good for getting closer to the Milky Way!).
Altogether a superb presentation of a totally different aspect
of photography. Many thanks to Ryan for this detailed look at
the world from so many angles, most of which were from a great
height above ground level.
Onwards and upwards (in competition rather than drone terms)
as Competition Secretary David Williamson revealed that Ards
Camera Club were placed First in the Annual Quadrangle PDI Competition
between ourselves, Corby CC from England, Wrexham CC from Wales
and Hamilton CC from Scotland. Congratulations and especially
well done to those members whose images were chosen to represent
the Club in this competition and many thanks to David for coordinating
Notes for Friday 24 October 2018
Club / NIPA Competition Round 2 'Open' Judge - Vittorio Silvestri
24th October and instead of the usual practical night, Ards
Camera Club selected its images for the NIPA Round 2 Open Competition.
Guest judge for the evening was Vittorio Silvestri who stepped
in at the last minute for the unwell Darren Brown to whom we
send best wishes for a speedy recovery.
As usual, there was a substantial entry list for all categories
and being open, a vast array of subject matter to be judged.
With great strength across the club, the following fourteen
members had images placed in the top four over all categories:-
Marlene Hazelhurst, Sarah Shaw, Jacqueline Agnew, Bobby Graham,
Ryan Patterson, Irvine Ferguson, Sian Kerr, Claire Russell,
Linda Hutchinson, Eddie Graden, Richard Cowan, Keith Malcolm,
Patricia Mackey and Ted McKee. To emphasise the spread of quality
on show, ten of the above placed members had images selected
to go through to the NIPA Adjudication. Well done to everyone
who entered and especially well done to those who had images
Vittorio as usual gave a master class in judging, with a balanced
critique that included praise, encouragement and tips for improvement
where necessary, as well as controlling the occasionally vociferous
but always appreciative audience. Many thanks to Vittorio who
completed the mammoth task of judging such a large number of
entries almost within the scheduled time.
A random selection of some of the entered images is on our Facebook
Friday 26th October and Team ACC travelled to Banbridge for
the NIPA Round 1 Open Competition Adjudication. The club got
off to a great start in this first round of NIPA competitions
with a solid score of 104 points that gave a placing of third
overall. Congratulations and well done to Ted McKee whose image
of ‘Kingfisher in the Drizzle’ achieved star rating
with a score of 14 points. Thanks to all who travelled in support
of their club and well done to the entrants who all scored highly
to produce such a good opening result. Also, thanks to David
our Competition Secretary for all his hard work over both rounds
of NIPA competition.
Notes for Friday
19 October 2018
Guest Speaker - Simon Mills
19th October and Ards Camera Club continued its programme of
events with a visit from Simon Mills who presented a selection
of his assignments as project photographer on overseas consular
trips to enhance the craft work and marketing skills of the
locals in rural areas.
On show, was video and still photography of both his contracted
and personal work in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, Vietnam,
Myanmar, Mali and ‘Ballymena’. The projects included
photographs of local habitat and people as they were introduced
to methods of enhancing and organising existing design fabrication
and involvement in cooperatives for Fairtrade arrangements.
The overseas photography included many aspects of carpet weaving,
fabric dying and ceramics.
Closer to home, as noted above, Simon showed a video of the
complete process of the traditional craft of spade making, turf
digging with said spade, converting the turf to charcoal and
art work using the charcoal.
Many thanks to Simon for a very entertaining and educating evening
of travel and documentary video and travel photography to some
very unexpected destinations.
a different subject, I was in Belfast today for the first time
since the sad fiery demise of the Bank Buildings and it occurred
to me that I had a photograph of the building taken on Culture
Night a few years ago. Copy below, not exactly competition standard,
but a reminder of the building in its former grandeur.
for Friday 12 October 2018
Guest Judge - Paul Hanley 'Quadrangle Judging'
12th October and Ards Camera Club hosted its leg of judging
for the Annual Quadrangle Competition.
For those new to this event, the Quadrangle is a Projected Digital
Image competition between Ards CC, Corby CC from England, Wrexham
CC from Wales and Hamilton CC from Scotland. Each club provides
the other three with a set of 15 PDIs and the collective 60
images are scored by a guest judge at each club and the aggregate
scores for each set of 15 decides the winner. Ards are the current
champions and as usual entered a strong set of images in an
effort to retain its title.
Guest judge was Paul Hanley who had the unenviable task of scrutinising
60 images and then providing a critique of each in support of
his given score. As this is an open competition, there were
various categories on display such as, portraiture, landscape,
nature, street, architecture and travel. Paul provided clear,
concise and balanced critiques, with many tips on simple improvements
that could have enhanced the scores of some entries. A great
learning exercise for both novice and advanced club members.
Obviously, the overall result will not be known until all the
clubs have carried out their judging exercise. So, watch this
space and the placings will be announced as soon as available.
Meanwhile, to illustrate the high standard of the entries, some
images selected from each club are on our Facebook page.
Many thanks to Paul for doing such a sterling job in judging
the competition and imparting his expertise by way of praise,
encouragement and tips for improvement.
Also, congratulations and well done to NIPA for being the overall
winner of the Celtic Challenge Competition held today in the
Strangford Arms Hotel.
for Friday 5 October 2018
Guest Speaker - Ross McKelvey 'Images and Insight into Competitions'
5th October and Ross McKelvey of Catchlight CC was guest presenter
at ACC (abbreviations from now on to avoid RSI) to enlighten
us with a talk entitled ‘Images and Insights into Competitions’.
With some initial technical difficulties sorted, Ross commenced
his presentation with an overview of the requirements of the
main bodies who provide for and oversee competitions and accreditations
at home and abroad.
Requirements for the RPS, PAGB and IPF, to name the most recognisable
bodies for local photographers, together with various other
salons and overseas bodies were detailed. Ross noted that LRPS
was his first accreditation and showed the actual panel that
he had successfully presented for consideration.
On the question of choice of mount colour, Ross gave a visual
demonstration of how the eye can be deceived when the same colours,
set adjacent to each other, can look different due to the effect
on them of other surrounding colours! A demonstration of constructing
a composite image on Photoshop followed, with all the best shortcuts
applied to make the process look easy. Not so easy to most in
the audience without a lot of practise and reference to further
instruction! The evening concluded with an overview of a selection
of Ross’s images both old and some so new that they have
yet to be displayed at their intended competitions.
Many thanks to Ross for a very informative and entertaining
evening as he gave an insight into his undoubted talent and
success in the world of competitive photography.
Also, great to see Sinclair Adair back at the Club following
his absence due to a fall. We wish him well as he continues
to fully recover.
Notes for Friday
28 September 2018
Guest Speaker - Tyler Collins 'Astro Photography'
to all you regular readers for no weekend report, but the scribe
had neither time or access to a key board until tonight. Friday
28th September and a full house at Ards Camera Club were treated
to an evening of Astro Photography with a bit of Landscape for
good measure, all provided by Tyler Collins.
The evening got off to a loud cheer when it was revealed that
club member Keith Malcolm was Tyler’s primary school teacher
in a slightly earlier era. So, with pupil turned teacher, Tyler
proceeded to educate everyone about the art of photographing
the stars and the Arora with lots of images taken home and away.
Most were amazed that with the right conditions, the Arora is
very visible from the North West coast of Ireland and Tyler
illustrated this with many photographs taken from the Antrim
coast right through to Malin Head in Donegal.
However, most would agree that the best and most detailed images
were taken in Iceland where Tyler spend some time as an Arora
guide and now regularly runs workshops there. Apart from his
Astro work for which he is best known, Tyler is also very keen
on Landscape Photography and the evening concluded with a display
of images taken mostly in Ireland and Scotland. Many thanks
to Tyler for this presentation of superb images, each provided
with a detailed explanation of location, camera settings and
all the other necessary requirements to achieve the finished
Notes for Friday
14 September 2018
Guest Speaker - Hugh Russell and
Friday 21 September 2018
Club / NIPA Competition Round 1 'Open' Judge - Terry McCreesh
21st September concluded a very busy week of competition for
Ards Camera Club. Wednesday 19th and the Club selected the fifteen
images for the Annual Quadrangle PDI Competition with Corby
Camera Club in England, Wrexham Camera Club in Wales and Hamilton
Camera Club in Scotland and on Friday 21st the images were selected
for the First Round NIPA Open Competition.
However, going back a week to Friday 14th and the Club welcomed
Hugh Russell from Christian Brothers Camera Club to give a presentation
on Photojournalism. Although this subject is the final themed
round of NIPA Competition in February 2019 it was deemed prudent
to examine the topic at the earliest opportunity. Hugh has a
wealth of experience working as a photojournalist and provided
a very informative and entertaining evening showing examples
of his profession together with the stories of how and why the
images were taken. Many thanks to Hugh for his presentation
which hopefully has imparted to members what is required from
them between now and the competition.
Wednesday 19th and the mammoth task of reducing 93 images down
to the required 15 for the Quadrangle Competition produced a
very intense night of observation, voting and collating of scores.
Fortunately, Competition Coordinator David Williamson is a wizz
with spreadsheets and just like election night on TV, the scores
were added live on the big screen for all to watch in anticipation
of the 15 being decided. Many thanks to David for organising
everything and to Sian Kerr who helped input the scores. As
this competition has yet to take place, names and titles of
images will be noted at a later date.
Friday 21st and it was the occasion of NIPA Round 1 Open Competition
with Guest Judge Terry McCreesh from Catchlight Camera Club
in attendance. Catchlight are the current World Club Champions,
so with such a pedigree, the bar was set high for the expected
judgement of the images on show. Terry provided a very constructive
and informative critique of every image which gave both encouragement
and useful direction for the entrants in both Advance and General
categories. A big thank you to Terry for undertaking such a
demanding task and well done to everyone who entered images
in the competition, especially those listed below who were placed.
1st - Coming in to Land - Robert Graham
2nd - Fiesty Plovers - Claire Russell
3rd - Otter Feast - Robert Graham
4th - Dark Hedges - Sean Evans
Advanced Colour Prints
1st - Longji Grandmother - Neal Ritchie
2nd - Saiorse - Neal Ritchie
3rd - Church - Ryan Patterson
General Mono Prints
1st - Jumping Jack - Claire Russell
2nd - Having a Ball - Claire Russell
3rd - The Artist - Sarah Shaw
4th - Daddy Love - Jacqui Agnew
Advanced Mono Prints
1st - Patricia Mackey - Something to Ponder
2nd - Longji Post Office - Neal Ritchie
3rd - Captain of my Ship - Sian Kerr
1st - Fall from Grace - Richard Cowan
2nd - Jutland Survivor - Nigel King
3rd - Resting the Legs - Richard Cowan
4th - Peony - Claire Russell
1st - Black Darter - Ted McKee
2nd - Kingfisher in the Drizzle - Ted McKee
3rd - Blue-Tail on Mares Tail - Ted McKee
selection of the images entered in both the Quadrangle and NIPA
Competition are displayed on our Facebook page.
Also, a wish for a speedy recovery to our venerable member Sinclair
Adair who unfortunately suffered a fall recently and is currently
confined to barracks. Graham Mackey provided a wonderful card
for Sinclair at Friday’s Meeting and this will be delivered
at the earliest opportunity.
Notes for Friday
7 September 2018
Guest Speakers - Louise Borbely and Robert Sargent 'Panels'
7th September and the first night of Ards Camera Club's guest
presentations of the 2018-19 Season. A full attendance got great
value with two guests rather than the usual one. Louise Borbely
and Robert Sargeant jointly gave a very detailed account of
their journeys to achieving PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great
Britain) accreditation. Robert explained about the necessary
PAGB requirements and how he methodically selected, consulted,
prepared and prepared again his images over a period of almost
Louise took a somewhat different route by making her own personal
selection and only completing her preparation at the last moment.
However, both approaches proved successful and the evening concluded
with a presentation of both their sets of quality images. Well
done to both Louise and Robert for their PAGB achievements and
many thanks for sharing their successful journey with the Club.
Also, a big thank you to Ards Shopping Centre for continuing
to facilitate two panels of photographs for the Club and for
their endorsement of the refreshed images that were put in place
Chair - Ards camera Club
Notes for Friday
31 August 2018
opening night is Friday 31st August - NEW MEMBERS WELCOME**
There will be an overview of the main programme
as well as information on our more informal, practical based
Wednesday evening programme and information on how to enter
the club and NIPA competitions.
The Club, with its own clubhouse and facilities,
welcomes photographers of all levels to join its thriving membership.
Renowned for providing a supportive environment, full of laughs,
whilst also securing a number of top results in competition,
the club is a wonderful place to develop your skills.