Friday 1st July 2011 – Clubnight

Once again, we had a good turnout.

Kevin brought his Nikon in for a more rigorous sensor clean.  Last weeks effort with the Visible Dust Arctic Butterfly couldn’t remove the crud on the sensor, so I brought along my illuminate Loupe magnifier , some Eclipse sensor cleaning fluid and pec-pads.  Unfortunately I forgot my tiny spatula to wrap the pec-pad around.   After a bit of head scratching I cut out a custom sized spatula from some offcuts of mounting board and wrapped the pec-pad around that.  Just two little drops on the pad are needed.

Kevin took off the lens and from the Nikon menu, operated the mirror lockup. A word of warning here.  Don’t embark on this process without a fully charged battery.

A steady single light wipe with minimal pressure was all that was needed.   Too much fluid and the sensor would be soaked.   Being alcohol based, it soon evaporated.  A quick look in the Loupe and it was like new.   Camera was then switched off and lens refitted.  Job done.

As usual a number of memory sticks appeared on the computer desk containing photographs for critique.   It was good to see a new member, Mike, submitting some of his.

A reminder was given about the arrangement for Saturday’s outing to Benburb with Sean Barden.   I overlooked Eddies request to demonstrate the Vibrance control in Camera Raw, and he had buzzed off home early so it will have to wait until Wednesday.



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.