for Friday 17 November 2017
Guest Speaker - Tuck Goh talks us through his facinating images
17th November, week twelve of the programme and our guest presenter
was Tuck Goh, doctor and much travelled photographer specializing
in street photography. Tuck resides in Ards and is a long time
friend of Ards Camera Club and many of the members. So, a full
house was in attendance to hear of his journey in photography
and see many of his expertly taken images.
Tuck explained how he travelled to N.Ireland initially to study
medicine, but following qualification embarked on a career in
photography! However, after a few years as a commercial photographer
he returned to medicine and 'focused' his photographic interests
in street photography during his overseas travels.
Much to the amazement and horror of those with the latest high
spec DSLR cameras,Tuck explained that he uses a compact fixed
lens camera and displays his images mainly in black and white.
The presentation of his many themed collections of street images
taken in places such as Singapore, Malaysia, Belgium, Paris
and USA, included many from his recent exhibitions in the Ulster
Hospital and Ards Arts Centre. The presentation was punctuated
with many questions, explanations and 'the usual witty exchanges
that sometimes/frequently occur'!
Very many thanks to Tuck for such an entertaining and informative
evening that was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
Chair - Ards Camera Club
for Friday 3 November 2017
Members' Night - Neal Ritchie
night was one of our members nights and it was club secretary
Neal who took up the challenge and what a great night it was.
Neal started the evening by telling us something of the great
work that Habitat for Humanity does and in particular his trip
to Cambodia where they built houses on stilts to prevent flooding.
It was interesting to hear about Neal's trips and to see the
photographs that he took that are a great record of everything
that they do there.
then moved on to give us all valuable advice about travel photography
such as what to consider when choosing and packing your equipment,
the importance of keeping back ups of your photographs in separate
luggage and traveling as light as possible. Neal illustrated
this part of his talk with some examples of his photographs
to show how you should consider recording the general view and
then moving in closer to record the detail.
tea break, we had our usual ballot but with proceeds going to
Neal’s charity, Habitat for Humanity. Together with other
donations on the night, we raised a fantastic £308 pounds
so a big thanks to all the members for this great effort. I
think Neal is still in shock over the amount raised !
tea, Neal finished off the evening with some fantastic images
from one of his photo trips to China. This showed how dependant
we are on the weather for our travel/landscape photography but
also how you need to put the effort in and do some hiking to
get to the great view points.
in all, a great night.
Vice Chair - Ards Camera Club
for Friday 27 October 2017
Club / NIPA Competition Round 2 'Open' - Judge Gerry Coe
27th October and Club activity continued tonight with the Open
Category Round 2 Competition. Judge for the event was Gerry
Coe from Bangor & North Down Camera Club. Gerry is renown
for his expertise in iphone photography and was immediately
called into action, not in judgement, but by a request for a
rather scary Halloween photograph!
On to the serious business of the evening and being an open
round, there were photographs covering many topics, including:-
sport, landscapes, long exposure seascapes, travel, portraiture,
street photography, abstract and natural history where the usual
'bird on a stick' photos were seriously challenged by 'a snail
on a stick'!
The standard of photography was as always very high, giving
our judge a big challenge to choose those worthy of placings.
Gerry gave a comprehensive critique to all the images, frequently
offering suggestions for improvement or different approaches
to capturing the shot. After much consideration the following
members were deemed successful and had their images placed:-
Rusty Adair, Raphael Clarke, Richard Cowan, Sean Evans, Irvine
Ferguson, Sian Kerr, Michael Loane, Ted McKee. Ryan Patterson,
Neal Ritchie, Claire Russell, Sarah Shaw and David Williamson.
Congratulations to those members and especially well done to
those who are both new to the club and new to competition.
Many thanks to Gerry for his input, both in judging and positive
commentary as he perused the images. Also thanks to everyone
who put in the time and effort to take and prepare images for
the competition and to David and Peter for their administration
of the event.
Chair - Chair Ards Camera Club
for Friday 20 October 2017
Insight into Judging - Vittorio Silvestri and Martin Spackman
Programme continued last night with a visit from the 'top brass'
at NIPA. President Vittorio Silvestri and Past President Martin
Spackman gave a demonstration on the process of judging competition
entries. Details of how each image was given a score of 1 to
5 by each of three judges, with due consideration to all the
expected considerations of composition and accompanying technicalities
was imparted to the now usual full attendance. The ensuing question
and answer exchanges that continued throughout the presentation
enhanced the member's knowledge of the judging method and proved
very helpful when everyone was given the opportunity to score
a provided panel of images. The feedback more or less concurred
with the expected scores, so the approach was obviously being
applied as indicated. Many thanks to Vittorio and Martin who
were both instructive and enlightening in their presentation
and worked hard answering the many questions and observations
directed at them.
By coincidence, it was revealed today that three of our members
achieved 'starred image' grade in the judging of the Round One
Competition. Congratulations to those members whose names will
be made known at the Adjudication Event in the Morton Centre,
Lorne Street, Belfast on Wednesday Night 25th October commencing
Also, continuing with success, Ards Camera Club won the Annual
Quadrangle PDI Competition which was held in conjunction with
Hamilton Club in Scotland, Corby Club in England and Wrexham
Club in Wales. Congratulation and very well done to those members
whose images were selected to represent the Club.
Chair - Ards Camera Club
for Friday 13 October 2017
Quadrangle Competition Judging
night saw Tom Fairley faced with the unenviable task of judging
and scoring 60 PDI images in the annual quadrangle battle between
Ards, Hamilton, Corby and Wrexham Camera Clubs. After having
a run through of the 60 images for those of us at the club we
realised that all the images were of a very high standard. Tom
then gave his very valuable critique of each image and his score
for each one. After scoring 30 images, we took a break for tea
(and a well deserved glass for water for Tom) and then continued
with the second half of the remaining 30 images. David, our
very able Competitons Secretary then announced the scores which
Ards ( wait for it..........) 259
makes Ards the winner of this round but we have to wait until
all the clubs have their scoring completed before we hear the
final results. A very enjoyable night was had by all and our
sincere thanks to Tom for all his efforts prior to and during
Notes for Friday 6 October 2017
John Miskelly - Landscape Photography
6th October and we had a full house to see the work of Landscape
Photographer John Miskelly. John presented a remarkable selection
of long exposure seascapes, providing a detailed narrative of
the story behind each image along with a technical insight into
all the aspects of light, exposure and composition in their
creation. Although John has travelled to many corners of the
world on commissions and personal photoshoots he pointed out
that the West Coast of Ireland and the Islands of the West of
Scotland provide the backdrop to many of his favourite photographs.
The presentation was entertaining and educating in equal measure
and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
Also, the Club conveyed its congratulations to John for having
his entry placed in the top ten finalist grouping of the Hasselblad
Masters 2018 Competition. The top ten entries will now go to
a public vote. We give John our best wishes for the next stage
and many thanks for his presentation tonight.
There was also a surprise in store for our 'elder statesman'
Sinclair Adair when he was presented with the gift of a framed
portrait of himself. The portrait was expertly photographed
and generously provided by Ross McKelvey of Catchlight Camera
Club. Many thanks to Ross for this thoughtful gesture to Sinclair.
Next Friday is the final judging phase of the Quadrangle Competition
when all the images of the four National clubs are presented
Chair Ards Camera Club
Notes for Friday
15 September 2017
Ross McKelvey - Portraiture and Lighting
2 of our 2017/18 Programme and we welcomed Ross McKelvey of
Catchlight CC to educate and entertain us with a masterclass
in portraiture and lighting. After a brief explanation of how
he gained his own renowned expertise, it was down to business
with details on camera settings and basic lighting setup.
No need for directions to the first selected volunteer model
when veteran master photographer Sinclair Adair took the chair.
Ross demonstrated with a number of shots to check on lighting
and camera settings, then it was over to the members to practice
Model number two was Ryan Patterson, always in demand for portraiture
due to his very photogenic 'lower facial hair'. Much more taking
of photographs ensued and undoubtedly much more knowledge in
portraiture photography taken on board.
Many thanks to Ross for a very informative and enjoyable evening
and also to Sinclair and Ryan for their modelling skills.
Chair - Ards Camera Club
Notes for Friday
1 September 2017
Opening Night of New Season
a great start to the 2017/18 Camera Club season! We were delighted
to see old friends and new at our opening night tonight to hear
about our programme for the year ahead and to look back at some
of the highlights over the summer. And not a camera in sight
so the phone photo will have to do.