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

Change to Club Program. Friday 19th April

Change to Club Program.

Friday 19th April will now be a Slideshow Competition evening. The main purpose of the competition is to encourage all members, regardless of their ‘photographic ability’, to learn new ‘computer skills’ and prepare a slideshow. This is not part of our yearly official club competitions. It is only for a bit of fun and provide an evenings entertainment.

There will be two categories of entrant: ‘A’ and ‘B’.

‘A’, are folk who have been preparing computer generated slideshows for years and ‘B’, are folk who are relatively new to this.

You will notice that I haven’t used our club competition categories of ‘advanced ‘ and ‘novice’. These reflect your club standing in ‘photographic ability’. We may have folk who are club competition ‘advanced’ members but have never, or rarely, made a slideshow. They therefore would come under ‘B’ as folk who are new to the computer generated slideshow scene. So you will self select which category you think suits you best.


Therefore the rules are simple, and offered as guidelines to level the playing field of competition and also explain some expectations.
General Guidelines:

1. One entry per member.

2. We are a camera club, it’s all about your photography. Therefore we expect all the images / photos used in your slideshow to be yours.

3. As this is a slideshow competition, the main purpose of which is to encourage members to learn how to make a slideshow, the production or creation of the slideshow should be your own work. (Clearly not, I gave a friend some of my photos and they made this slideshow for me!)

4. Slideshows can be created on any computer or software. All we ask is that we can display it on the club ‘Windows’ computer. Therefore slideshows should be Windows exe’s (produced by ProShow or Pictures to Exe) or in mp4 format or almost any other video format, avi, etc., that we can display using VLC Media Player.

5. Please keep it short, 5 minutes maximum. Between 3 to 5 minutes works best!

6. File size, doesn’t matter, we will be copying all submissions to the club computer hard drive. (MP4’s, avi’s, etc. will be big and run better from the computer than from USB drives.)

7. Entries can be given to me or brought along on the evening.


If anyone needs some help or advice, please contact me.

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

Friday 1st March 2013 – PAGB & RPS Winning Images

“Judge not that ye be not judged” – a Biblical quotation (Matthew 7:1) which might well be applied equally well to photographic competitions as to a moral or ethical path for life.

The lonely, friendless figure who arrives at a camera club intent on delivering a fair, balanced and positive appraisal of the efforts of the members is often the target of the wrath of those whose work is deemed unworthy of accolade. The judge, along with the football referee is on a hiding to nothing. How can he,or she not possibly see the hidden depths, the subtle nuances in my print? How can they possibly choose that out-of-focus, colour-cast monstrosity in front of what is obviously a work of near genius (mine!)

On Friday night Ray Magill (President of the Northern Ireland Photographic Association) prescribed a dose of their own medicine to the members of Bangor and North Down Camera Club by inviting selected (press-ganged!) participants to try their skills at judging panels of entries for accreditation to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.

Each entry consisted of ten images which were shown to the judges for five seconds each. During this time they had to assess the quality of the picture and award marks from one to five. The cumulative total was then measured against a cut-off point of two hundred marks to ascertain the successful candidates. From the anguished cries of the volunteers it was plain that this judging lark was, perhaps not as easy as it looked.

In the event the Bangor panel judged the selections slightly harder than the actual national team which met last week.

Prior to that Hugh Rooney had displayed a selection of the cream of the work selected by The Royal Photographic Association for their annual display.

This represented the best photographic efforts of both amateur and professionals around the world and while the standard of work was very high it was noticeable that a substantial amount of the images had been enhanced and manipulated – some to a degree which, it could be argued lifted them out of the realm of photography and into the sphere of art.

Yet another potential pitfall to ensnare the poor judge!

John Bennett