Wednesday 6th July 2011 Clubnight

Full house again tonight.

As expected, almost all of the memory sticks submitted contained photos taken on last Saturday’s outing to Benburb.

Everyone, especially those in the “back stalls” were very lively tonight.  Sometime difficult to be heard.

Christine has downloaded the trial version of Pictures to Exe and was having difficulty with the application of the music.   Perhaps next Friday I’ll get a chance to take her through the stages of building a PTE Audio Visual slideshow.

All of the Benburb photos submitted were excellent though I don’t know what Helen was doing in the middle of the bridge!.

Phil has taken a wedding photoshoot recently and we critiqued his photos.  Turns out that the bride had to wear built-up shoes because the wedding dress (bought from China) was too long. ROFPMSL.

From the hecklers at the back, the design of the dress did not go down well.  Someone said that all it needed  was a Christmas wreath.   How unkind!   Neverthless there were some good shots amongst the submission.  Taking photos of a wedding is a very stressful affair, never mind doing it single handed.

Davy Cooper once again excelled himself by producing a sepia toned Audio Visual of the mill photos.   What was so different, apart from the excellent choice of music, was the closeup shots of the equipment in the building.   A real lesson for us all in getting in close and forgetting about the big picture.   I really enjoyed it.

Julie once again brought in a large carton of milk and made and served tea and coffee.   Thanks again Julie.

If anyone who took photos of Alison at the Greenwood Baskets workshop wishes to forward some to her, please email to:

Saturday outing to Benburb – 2nd July 2011

What a terrific turnout on Saturday. We met at the Clubroom as usual at 9.00am and shared cars. Davy Cooper and Peter Gibson shared my car while Julie, Christine Shared with Helen.

Just a wee snack

The plan was to meet at the Museum in Armagh with Sean Barden and some members of the Armagh club.
Some went direct through Portadown but Helens group and my group opted to go via Junction 14 and ended up in a roadworks diversion. We found Helen asking directions en route and she fell in behind us, but somehow they fell back. (No, I was not speeding as accused later!!)
We waited for the lost souls to meet up then proceeded in convoy to Mayo Bridge car park where we enjoyed our customary scones, jam tea and coffee provided by Sean.
We dandered through the undergrowth shooting this and that and at the river and weir, I was invited by the local houseowner to come onto his property for better views of the weir.

After stopping for lunch at the village of Benburb, several of us took the opportunity to take some shots inside a small pottery and a basket weaving shop. While we were doing that Christine and Helen struggled to eat the contents of a huge picnic basket which they brought.

Onwards to Benburb Mill. Here, we had access to the storage of dozens of old looms and to the main engine room. Interesting photos were taken in the old storage rooms of junk? and old machine tools.

This was one of the many memorable outings which serve the purpose of a photo shoot, educational session and social meeting.

No doubt we will see many memory sticks full of photos next Wednesday and Friday, from the day.