Friday 14th December 2012 – Competition Night – Triangles


 

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Strictly speaking a triangle is a three-sided geometrical figure but the vivid imaginations of the members of Bangor and North Down Camera Club introduced quite few other definitions in the third round of their annual competition. Some of the entries did indeed adhere to the literal meaning but others employed trees, clouds,buildings and even the bent knees of footballers to depict triangular shapes.

The guest judge, Trevor Gibb from Merville Camera Club adopted a lenient approach  and accepted most of the efforts which, at least had captured the spirit of the meaning.

Remarking on the number of images with similar themes he jokingly wondered where amateur photographers had got their inspiration before the advent of The Titanic Belfast and Victoria Centre buildings.

In the Foundation section the lady members were prominent with Angela Shannon taking first and third place in Colour, nudging Eddie Wright into second. Angela’s winning effort was a thoughtful study of water tricking into triangular shapes over a step. Continue reading

Friday 7th December 2012 – Paul Evans Astrophotography


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Paul Evans once travelled to Australia to take photographs of a solar eclipse. It lasted for precisely thirty two seconds but Paul reckoned the round trip of almost twenty five thousand miles was worth it. So he went again – twice!

The lure of astrophotography beckoned to Paul from an early age; he was only ten when he was given The Observer’s Book of Astronomy and a simple camera and on Friday evening he shared his enthusiasm for his pursuit with the  Club – illustrating his absorbing talk with many illustrations. Using his eight inch telescope as a focal point he demonstrated the means by which the celestial images can be catured by the camera lens ,either indirectly via the viewfinder or through the telescopic mirror.

There are, as he pointed out, some difficulties to be overcome before one can expect satisfactory results. Given the (literally) astronomical distances involved more than usual magnification is required so long telephoto lenses are needed. Even then some of the more remote galaxies may appear no more than a swirl on the camera sensor but given that the image had taken two and a half million years to reach earth it is still capable of producing a sense of awe and wonder. Continue reading