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One of the highlights of the year for The Bangor and North Down Camera Club annual exhibition in The Flagship Centre and this year’s winners were paraded on Friday evening in the club’s Ward Avenue headquarters. The guest judge this year was Lee Boyd, a painter and sculptor who has entertained the members on a previous occasion with a fascinating account of his approach to the visual arts.

Lee has also recently taken up residence in one of the “Pods” on Queen’s Parade in the town samples of his work will be on display there.

While acknowledging that photography was not his prime interest Lee presented a strong case for approaching the appraisal of paintings or digital images in a similar fashion. He explained that he looked for strong textures and dynamism in both media and went on to draw parallels in the use of colour ,tone and composition.

Even allowing for the very large entry and constraints of time he offered constructive comments on all the prints which had earned the top placings.

FOUNDATION SECTION.

PORTRAIT (Monochrome) 1.Trevor Robinson 2. Mark Bell 3. Darren Brown

(Colour) 1. Darren Brown 2. Mark Bell 3. Alan Field

LANDSCAPE (Monochrome) 1. Mandy Milliken 2.Helen Fettus 3.Darren Brown

( Colour) 1. Darren brown 2. Alan Field 3. Christine Pearson

GENERAL (Monochrome) 1. Alan Field 2. Darren Brown 3 .Angela Shannon

(Colour) 1.Brian Mc Mullan 2. Darren Brown 3. Mandy Milliken

CHAIRMAN’S CHALLENGE 1. Angela Shannon 2. Alan Field 3. Mark Bell (Angela was also the overall winner in the Chairman’s Challenge)

TOP PRINT (Monochrome) Alan Field

(Colour) Brian McMullan

ADVANCED SECTION

PORTRAIT (Monochrome) 1. John Miskelly 2. Hugh Rooney 3. Hugh Rooney

(Colour) 1. John Miskelly 2. David Best 3. Joe Paulin

LANDSCAPE (Monochrome) 1. Hugh Rooney 2. Nigel Snell 3. Trevor Craig

(Colour) 1. Nigel Snell 2. Hugh Rooney 3. Joe Paulin

GENERAL (Monochrome) 1.Trevor Craig 2. Harry Watson 3. Nigel Snell

(Colour) 1. John Miskelly 2.Deborah Carvill 3. Edward McCavana

CHAIRMAN’S CHALLENGE 1. Edward MCavana 2. Alan McMorris 3. Deborah Carvill

TOP PRINT (Monochrome) Hugh Rooney

(Colour) John Miskelly

The award for the Best Overall Picture went to Hugh Rooney and the Projected Digital Image prize was won by Darren Brown.

John Bennett

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A Special award was also presented to Shirley Graham. Nuff said!!

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Friday 19th April 2013 – Club Audio-visual Competition


 

The members of Bangor and North Down Camera Club are always on the lookout for something new to introduce to the weekly meetings at Ward Avenue and Friday evening saw a very popular innovation in the form of an Audio-visual night. Mark Allen came up with the original concept and prepared would-be participants by arranging tuition and support over in the preceding weeks.

 

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The guest judge for the evening was Raymond Hughes from Merville Camera Club and his experience and expertise added an extra dimension to a very enjoyable meeting. The competition was divided into two categories – a Beginners section for anyone trying the medium for the first time and an Advanced section for the smaller number who have been involved in this branch of photography for some time.

There was a remarkably healthy interest in first time participants; nine members took the time and trouble to capture the images, arrange them into a sequence and add a commentary and/or music accompaniment. Five members took up the Advanced challenge.

The judge gave thoughtful and helpful feedback on the entries as they were projected , emphasising the need for a structured approach and the necessity for a basic theme or development. This, he explained made the difference between an Audio-visual presentation and a basic slide show. Various tricks of the trade became apparent as the evening went on; the importance of consistency in the format of the images was a recurrent theme mainly in the newcomers’ section.

Raymond also demonstrated the jarring effect of rapidly switching from landscape to portrait format and offered examples of how the transition could be achieved more smoothly.

Christine Pearson won the Beginners’ competition with a short ,snappy cinema- trailer like presentation extolling the virtues of the club’s Ladies’Night. Bill Henning’s portrayal of Hot Hotels was second with Ray Magill and Colin Ross sharing third.

In the Advanced section Mark Allen’s striking vistas of a trip to Skye earned him the top spot; Jack Thompson was runner up with a an informative exposition of the Norman influence on our culture. Again there was a tie for third place between David Roberts and Noel Maitland.

Due to the popularity of the evening it is likely that it will become a permanent fixture in the club calendar.

John Bennett.

Friday 5th April 2013 – Time Lapse Photography – Hugh Rooney


The awe-inspiring wonder of a snowdrop opening its face to the morning sun or the menacing vision of dark storm clouds racing across a threatening sky are sights which can only be appreciated properly with the benefit of time-lapse photography.

The procedure whereby a still picture is taken at intervals and then the sequence is projected at cinema speed has been used with dramatic effect by naturists like Sir David Attenborough in his many award-winning wildlife television programmes.  In the past it was a long tricky operation but with the benefit of modern technology it is now well within the compass of the amateur photographer.

On Friday night Hugh Rooney treated the members of Bangor and North Down Camera Club to a selection of wonderful examples of how landscapes and cityscapes can be given an extra,spectacular dimension using this method.

Under the photographers’ guidance The Northern Lights appeared to dance across a twilight sky and myriads of stars described graceful arcs above a darkened earth. New York taxis performed a mad Formula One dash around the skyscrapers of Manhattan and snowfall on the Rockies in Canada thawed and melted into rushing rivers in seconds under the magic manipulation of the photographers’ skill.

Hugh demonstrated the basics of the procedure by leaving his own camera on time-lapse mode during the first half of the meeting and then encapsulating the five hundred or so shots into a seven second burst of frenetic action. He then demonstrated the basic skills and equipment required to make an entry level start before continuing to show more examples of the sophisticated end products of the top exponents of the art.

Some have spent weeks and months in  mountains and deserts, capturing thousands of images from which to condense and distil  finished products lasting   mere minutes. However advances  in technology have made it possible to achieve a basic form of time-lapse using a smart phone and relevant software and Hugh’s excellent presentation offered a challenge to the  members to try something new and exciting.

John Bennett