Saturday 1st June 2013 – Outing to Ulster Aviation Society

Saturday 1st June saw the second outing in the BNDCC 2013 Summer calendar.

A smaller but not less enthusiastic group of 15 members gathered to visit The Ulster Aviation Society at RAF Long Kesh. The group met in the societies home, a WWII hangar which was the perfect setting for a wonderfully eclectic collection of Aircraft associated with Northern Ireland heritage. One of the pinnacles in the heart of the aviation industry.

After tea and scones, arranged and supplied by Jack (whom I will take this moment now, to thank once again, for a refreshing start for our day ahead). We were given an introduction to the society and a few H&S rules. The group was split into 3 smaller groups of 5 members and headed off in different direction, to discover all the exhibits and displays contained in a historical but working environment.

The dedication and commitment from the U.A.S. members was self-evident and abundant. The restoration process for each plane explained with enthusiastic admiration to his fellow members and made sure those members were pointed out in recognition for their achievements, a passion that mirrors our own club in its dedication and endless talent it possesses. Continue reading

Saturday 4th May 2013 – Club Outing to Castleward

The first summer outing of the club took place on Saturday 4th May when over a dozen keen snappers enjoyed the early summer sunshine in the lovely grounds of Castleward.

A full programme is planned for the remainder of the summer.


As of today, the planned outings are:

1st June – Ulster Aviation Society

6th July – Armagh – to be confirmed

3rd August – Crom Estate, Fermanagh – to be confirmed


Morning Coffee and Scones before we start.

Morning Coffee and Scones before we start.



The Annual General meeting of the Club was held on Friday night at the  Ward Avenue headquarters. A healthy turnout heard the various reports from the office-bearers paint a picture of a successful and enjoyable season. Particularly gratifying was the increase in membership numbers which resulted in a significant number of new names on the competition winners’ list.

The Chairman Harry Watson and President Gerry Coe listed particular areas worthy of note including the continuing success of the Wednesday night meetings where beginners and in particular have been receiving tuition and encouragement from advanced members – in particular David Roberts and Mark Allen.

The President took the chair for the election of Officers for 2013-2014 and Harry Watson was re-elected as Chairman with Ray Magill returned unopposed as Vice Chairman. The other positions were filled as follows;

Secretary….Christine Pearson

Treasurer….Jack Thompson; Assistant Treasurer….Peter Gibson

Exhibition Secretary….Alan McMorris

Competition Secretary….Alan Hartley;   Assistant Competition Secretary…Julie Campbell

Facilities Manager….Noel Maitland

N.I.P.A  Representative….Alan McMorris

Webmaster….David Roberts

Child Protection Officer….Shirley Graham

Committee members….Deborah Carvill; Helen Fettus; Darren brown; Julie Campbell

Auditors….John Miskelly;  Trevor Craig

This was the final scheduled Friday night meeting for the 2012-2013 season although the midweek sessions will continue throughout the year.

John Bennett



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.


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


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



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


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.



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

Friday 8th March 2013 – Panels Competition


The Panels Competition is an eagerly awaited event in the calendar of the club. Not only does it entail capturing quality images but these must be arranged in such a way as to convey a theme or storyline. The six photographs required may be monochrome, colour or projected digital images .


This year’s entry was much higher than in recent years – a feature remarked upon by the guest judge Martin Spackman A.R.P.S. Nevertheless he perused each and every entry carefully and offered constructive criticism and praise where warranted- a gesture appreciated by the entrants who had to spend considerable time ( and not a little expense) constructing the half dozen images required. Martin explained that his criteria for success were quality of photography, composition of the image and impact of the story that each panel conveyed.

Angela Shannon was the winner of the Foundation Monochrome section with a collection of portraits of senior citizens – Darren Brown and Helen Fettis were runners up while Darren’s depiction of various waterfalls took the honours for Colour with Alan Friel and Christine Pearson sharing the podium. Continue reading