Camera Club Annual Weekend Away

Last weekend we had our annual weekend away and there was a great attendance, 30 in all our biggest ever.  We went to Ballinasloe and stayed in the Carlton Shearwater on the river Suck.  I haven't looked yet at the photographs but to be honest we were all having too much fun and enjoying ourselves to be too worried about getting any images. There were very late nights and sore heads the next day.  However, on the Saturday afternoon Gerry Morgan took a group of 14 of us out to Garbally College to do a tutorial on using flash outdoors.  Here are the videos: But first the group:



Part 1 of tutorial:

Part 2:

End of Camera Club Year

It's the end of the club year and my time to stand down as chariman from the committee.  I've enjoyed my three years and although I'll miss aspects of being involved I'll also enjoy the break.  It's also hard to keep coming up with new ideas and keeping everything fresh.  The new committee looks to be a very good one and I'm sure they'll have plenty of good new ideas, so very good luck to you all.   The break will also give me a chance to concentrate on my photography.

Last week we had our end of year competitions, and I'm pleased to have won two of the major prizes, the Audio Visual Photographer of the Year (see here) and the Monochrome Photographer of the Year (see images below).  We had some other very good and deserving winners.  Looking at the results it was good to see that the majority of the winners were Nikon owners although we would be in the minority within the club, but I'm sure there will be a fight back next year!

Here's to a good summer and back for the fight in September!

Malahide Camera Club

Another summer is over, the children are going back to school and clubs of all sorts are starting up again, and Malahide Camera Club is no exception.  We start off on Thursday night the 2nd September at 8.00pm in the Grand Hotel Malahide.  We have places open for anyone who would like to join.  The challenge for any committee is to come up with a programme that keeps the interest and enthusiasm of members from year to year.  Last year was a very successful year and that keeps the pressure on us to maintain the momentum and keep the club moving forward.  The aim of the club is to promote photography through enjoyment, to advance our skills and techniques and to educate and develop our creative potential.

So with this in mind the programme of the club includes events and activities to do just this, but the emphasis is definitely on enjoyment and a good social atmosphere.  So the following is a list of the things we do:

  • Learner lessons in photography
  • Practicals on how to use your camera
  • Guest speakers who show us and talk about their work
  • Monthly competitions and external competitions.
  • Outings to take photographs
  • A weekend away based around photography
  • Social events
  • And this year a full programme of Photoshop courses using the facilities of the local school.

As you can see we are taking the challenge seriously and hope to move the club forward another few steps.