Thursday, November 16, 2017

News items from November meeting

A reminder of the News items announced at last Tuesday's meeting:

2017 Christmas Party
This year the Christmas Party will be held as a social in the second half of the December meeting (12th December). There will be hot food and festive treats on offer and we hope to see everyone there!

Motivation
Next month's theme is 'Aspects of Winter'. The deadline is midnight, Tuesday 5th December. Dropbox links to enter will be on the forum in due course.

Strobist Seminar - Sun 3rd Dec
We have been asked by the IPPA to circulate details of an upcoming Strobist Seminar in Dublin featuring, David Hobby (Strobist.com) and Sara Landa. Its a one day seminar in Dublin (Dun Laoghaire).  All details are on the forum here. The IPPA are offering a free ticket worth €75 to one of our members who intends to go. To be in with a chance of winning this please reply to the forum post, stating your interest. Winner will be announced next Tuesday.  

24/12
The committee have decided to replace the current 52/52 with a 24/12 competition. In a nutshell, participants will upload 2 photos a month by the end of each month, for the year. It will be run in a similar way to the 52/52 with a few minor changes to the current rules. The New Rules will be added to the website shortly. The 24/12 will start in January 2018. More details to follow.

Upcoming Photoshoot
We intend to run a photoshoot in King House similar to the one we ran in January 2016. We will be demonstrating how to take portraits using natural light, strobe lights (flashguns), and studio lights. Provisional date is Jan 28th. Keep an eye on the website for more details.

Notifications
A reminder that the website and forum both have notification features, to keep you informed of any updates posted on both. For the website, enter your email as shown below. For the forum, register your details, as shown below also.



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Agenda - Club Meeting - 14th November

Door opens at 7.45pm. Meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!

Please note this months door fee will be 5 euros

The Agenda for our November meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
  • Chairperson's Address;
    • Motivation for November.
    • AOB

  • Motivation Slideshow - This months movitation theme is Abstract, Joe Kennedy will present the images. There will be review and discussion afterwards.


  • Tea/Coffee Break


  • Speaker - Gabriel O Shaughnessy – Gabriel is one of Ireland's leading photographer and an always sought out judge for international competitions. He has been a member of Dundalk Photographic Society for over 20 years in which has help them to win the FIAP Clubs World Cup. Gabriel has won over 40 wards at national level. He is also sits on the IPF distinctions judging panel. For more about Gabriel see http://irishphoto.ie/about/mfiap-members/gabriel-j-oshaughnessy/
Meetings are held in St Joseph's Resource Centre, Boyle. We look forward to seeing you all. As always, new members are very welcome

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Motivation Reminder

Iced Tea with Mint - Peter Kelly
Members are reminded that the motivation theme for this month is 'Abstract'. Entries should be submitted here before midnight on Tuesday 7th November.

Friday, October 13, 2017

AGM Tuesday 10th October 2017

Election of New Committee Members

The club AGM took place in the second half of the monthly meeting. Chairperson, John Walshe opened the AGM by giving a review of the year past, and his last 2 years as chairperson, detailing the many activities, celebrations and achievements by the club in that time. This was accompanied by a slideshow of images containing some great memories. 

Martina Morris gave the Treasurer's Annual Report. She outlined the club's finances for the year and showed that the club is in relatively good financial health.

The outgoing committee stood down and the election of the new committee took place.

Subsequently, the new committee were proposed and seconded with a show of hands from the floor. Brian Munnelly will take over as Chairperson with Orla Gorman as Secretary and Martina Morris will continue as Treasurer. Joe Kennedy remains as Motivation Secretary. Hugh Rooney will also remain on the committee, alongside new committee members, Darragh Sherwin and Tommy Guihen. 

Incoming chairperson Brian Munnelly with outgoing chairperson John Walshe.

Club members expressed their sincere appreciation and gratitude to outgoing Chairperson John Walshe for his contribution to the club and exceptional dedication to the role of chairperson, and for his work on the committee for many years before that. Equally, committee members Margaret Dolan, Sally Moffatt and Deirdre Ryan were congratulated on their contribution to the club and their tireless work on the committee these past years.

Other Items

52/52 Winner

John Walshe, Marty Cooke, Matthew Gammon, Tony Murphy

The winner of the club's 52/52 challenge for 2016/2017 was announced by Tony Murphy, who judged the entries and presented an excellent and very enjoyable review of this year's challenge and of the various members 52/52 collections. Congratulations to Matthew Gammon and Marty Cooke who were very worthy joint winners. We would encourage you to have a look at Matthew's collection here and Marty's collection which is here

Motivation 


The motivation theme this month was 'Travel'. It was presented by Joe Kennedy and judged by Hugh Rooney. Entries can be viewed here on Flickr. The theme for next month's Motivation is 'Abstract'. Entries should be received by midnight on Tuesday 7th November. Keep an eye on the forum for links to enter. 

New Laptop

The club recently purchased a new laptop, which was part funded by generous donations from the following local groups and businesses - St Josephs Resource Centre, Boyle, Joe Simon, Boyle, and Boyle Credit Union. We are sincerely thankful and appreciative of the donations, and would encourage everyone to support these local businesses. 

Martina Morris (Treasurer) and John Walshe (Chairperson) displaying the new club laptop,

The new committee will meet on Tuesday 17th October at 8pm in Daly's Bar, Boyle.

Next Club Meeting will take place at 8pm on Tuesday 14th November in St. Joseph's Resource Centre, Boyle.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Agenda - Club AGM Meeting - Tuesday 10th October

Boyle Camera Club will hold it's Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 10th October in St. Joseph's Resource Centre, Boyle. Door opens at 7.45pm, with meeting beginning PROMPTLY at 8pm. All club members and interested members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Agenda for the meeting is as follows;
  • Chairperson's Address;
    • Club News
    • Announcement of 52/52 winner.
    • Motivation theme for November.
    • AOB
  • Motivation Slideshow - Presented by Joe Kennedy and judged by Hugh Rooney. The theme for this month's Motivation was 'Travel''. Entries can be viewed here on Flickr.
  • Tea/Coffee Break

Annual General Meeting 

Club members interested in putting their name forward for election to the new committee should notify the club secretary at info@boylecameraclub.com as soon as possible. 

The Agenda for the AGM is as follows;
    • Chairperson's Address
    • Officers Reports - Treasurer's Report
    • Election of Committee for 2017-2018

All members are encouraged to attend.
We look forward to seeing you all.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Well done Matthew - AIPF distinction

Congratulations to club member Matthew Gammon who was awarded his Associateship at the recent IPF Meeting in Carlow. Matthew is the first member to gain the AIPF within the club. His panel was based on his recent successful solo exhibition 'Beauty in the Commonplace'. The successful panel and panel statement can be seen below. Well done Matthew!



Panel Statement:

This panel is a selection of works from my recent exhibition, Beauty in the Commonplace. The works in the exhibition represent my own unique interpretation of structure, line and form in both the natural and man-made landscapes that surround our everyday life. These particular fifteen works focus on man-made structures. Through the abstraction of what I believe to be the essential elements in what I see around me, I have attempted to capture and interpret the innate beauty to be found in what can become, through habit, the commonplace and everyday.

All the works are hand printed by myself using the photo intaglio printmaking process which allows me to create prints that best express my artistic vision. Through the use of modern technology in the form of both digital photography and photopolymer plates, I am able to retain the intimate links between photography and printmaking, whilst pushing the boundaries of what can be created in this modern reincarnation of the photogravure process.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review of Club Meeting - Tuesday 12th September

The meeting opened with the chairpersons address by John Walshe which can be seen here

BAF Exhibition & Charity Donation.
The Boyle Camera Club, 10th annual photographic exhibition, in association with the Boyle Arts Festival proved to be successful again this year. The Club are delighted to be able to make a donation of €400 from the proceeds of exhibition sales, to the Touch Ireland Shannonside Group.

Boyle Summer Show
Congratulations to Catherine Mullarkey on winning the Boyle Camera Club Perpetual Cup at this year's Boyle Summer Show. The theme this year was 'Flowers' and her winning photo can be seen below.

Catherine Mullarkey receiving the Boyle Camera Club Perpetual Cup

Fit for a Bride - Catherine Mullarkey


Weekend Away
The Club's Annual Weekend Away took place last weekend, with club members visiting Ballycastle and the north Antrim coast. A great weekend was had by all who travelled. Photos of the trip will be collected and posted on the club's Flickr shortly.

BCC members enjoying the annual weekend away

Motivation
The monthly motivation was presented  by Joe Kennedy. and judged by Martina Morris. The theme was 'Flowers' and the entries can be viewed here. Next month's motivation theme is 'Travel'. Entries should be received by midnight on Tuesday 3rd October. Links to enter will be on the forum.

Group Sessions 
After the tea break, members displayed and discussed their work on both the Typology projects and the Alphabet projects. Well done to all who took part in the projects. The results on display were excellent, with very interesting and creative submissions.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 10th October at 8pmin St. Josephs Resource Centre, Boyle. New members are always welcome.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Agenda - Club Meeting - Tue 12 September

Door opens at 7.45pm. Meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm.

The Agenda for our September meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
  • Chairperson's Address;
    • Review of the Boyle Arts Festival exhibition & Boyle Summer Show.
    • Presentation of Charity Cheque from proceeds of Boyle Arts Festival exhibition.
    • Motivation theme for October.
    • AOB

  • Motivation Slideshow - Presented by Joe Kennedy and judged by Martina Morris. The theme for this month's Motivation was 'Flowers''. Entries will be posted here on Flickr.

  • Tea/Coffee Break

  • Group Sessions - Members are asked to bring their project work to the meeting. This is for both the Typology project and the Alphabet project.

Meetings are held in St Joseph's Resource Centre, Boyle. We look forward to seeing you all. As always, new members are very welcome

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Reminders for Members

We hope everyone is enjoying the summer break, and while there is no monthly meeting this month, there are plenty of reasons to get out with the camera, with the upcoming Boyle Summer Show, club projects and Septembers motivation. Here are a few reminders: 

Boyle Summer Show 
The Boyle Summer Show will be held next Sunday, 20th August. Members are encouraged to attend and also enter the photo competitions on the day. Details of the show and photo competitions are here.

Ballycastle Weekend Away 
Those who are going on the weekend away to Ballycastle, Co. Antrim in September are asked to pay the full amount, €45, in advance of the trip. This can be paid to any committee member or by PayPal. Information is here.

Motivation 
The motivation theme for September's meeting is 'Flowers'. Keep an eye on the forum for links to upload your entries. 

Projects 
The Alphabet and Typology projects should be ready for displaying at the September meeting. 

Boyle Arts Festival Exhibition
Any outstanding entry fees should be paid immediately. 

Next meeting 
Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 12th September at 8pm, in St. Josephs Resource Centre, Boyle. New members are always welcome.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Exhibition Opening Night

The Boyle Camera Club, 10th annual photographic exhibition, in association with the Boyle Arts Festival


Boyle Camera Club Committee would like to thank everyone that came along to the official opening of our annual exhibition yesterday and made it such an enjoyable evening.

A special thank you to local landscape photographer Ciaran McHugh, who was our guest speaker, and gave a very interesting talk on the important role of Camera Clubs in Photography and also spoke generously about the photos on display. Thank you also to Darren Purcell and Tony Murphy at Visionary Studios who printed the images, to Kennedy Framing for the fine job they did presenting the work, to the library staff for accommodating the exhibition and to Boyle Arts Festival for all their cooperation and assistance. 

The exhibition is housed in Boyle Library in King House, and consists of 28 images by club members. Framed prints are for sale at €60 and unframed prints are €25 with proceeds being donated to Touch Ireland Shannonside Group. The club also have a raffle where the prize is a framed print of your choice. The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 6pm and runs until 29th July. 

We welcome everyone to come and visit the exhibition for themselves, we look forward to seeing you there.

More photos from the evening are here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Boyle Camera Club - 10th Annual Exhibition - in association with Boyle Arts Festival



We will be launching our 10th annual photographic exhibition at Boyle Library, on this Thursday night at 7pm. This Boyle Camera Club exhibition is in association with the Boyle Arts Festival, and will be opened by renowned local landscape photographer Ciaran McHugh. There will be 28 images on display, taken by club members, covering a broad range of photographic subject matter. Framed and unframed prints are for sale with proceeds being donated to Touch Ireland Shannonside Group. The club also have a raffle where the prize is a framed print of your choice. The exhibition runs until 30th July.

Founded in 2007, Boyle Camera Club is one of the most active and innovative clubs west of the Shannon and were the Irish Photographic Federation National Shield Winners in 2013. Members have attained citations and numerous national awards for their work in recent years.

Open to new members from beginners to advanced, we meet the second Tuesday of each month at St. Joseph's Resource Centre in Boyle. Presently on Summer Holidays, our next meeting is on Tuesday 12th September. We look forward to seeing you!

Monday, July 17, 2017

July Meeting Review

July's meeting was the last before the summer break - there will be no meeting in August.

Pick 'n' Mix Challenge

This month we held a  'Pick 'n' Mix' challenge which was a variation on the normal monthly motivation format.  Members were asked to take a photo on a theme they suggested, and a photo on a theme they picked at random from other members suggestions. Joe Kennedy presented the entries and there was a review and discussion afterwards. The challenge was popular among members and will be run again in the near future.

Speaker - Matthew Gammon 

After the tea break we were delighted to have our own Matthew Gammon give a very interesting presentation on his photography and his recent solo exhibition 'Beauty in the Commonplace'. He described his photography journey so far, which only began in 2012, and also gave an insight into the traditional intaglio printmaking technique he used in his exhibition. We would like to thank Matthew for an excellent presentation and congratulate him on his fine exhibition. 

Matthew Gammon discussing the intaglio printmaking technique

Members are also reminded of the following:
  • Projects - Projects should be ready for displaying at the September meeting.
  • Weekend away - those who are going on the weekend away to Ballycastle in September are asked to pay the full amount, €45, in advance of the trip.
  • Motivation - The motivation theme for September's meeting is 'Flowers'. 
  • Boyle Summer Show - Members are encouraged to enter the Boyle Summer Show photography competitions. details can be seen here.

Boyle Arts Festival Exhibition 2017 

The opening night of the  Boyle Camera Club's 10th annual exhibition 2017, in association with the Boyle Arts Festival, is on Thursday 20th July at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. More details to follow.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 12th September at 8pm, in St. Josephs Resource Centre, Boyle. New members are always welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Agenda - Club Meeting - Tuesday 11th July

Door opens at 7.45pm. Meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!

The Agenda for our July meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
  • Chairperson's Address;
    • Update on the weekend away to Antrim Coastline in September.
    • Update on the Boyle Arts Festival exhibition.
    • Motivation for July & August.
    • AOB

  • Motivation Slideshow - This month, in a variation on the normal monthly motivation format, Joe Kennedy will present our 'Pick 'n' Mix' challenge. There will be review and discussion afterwards.


  • Tea/Coffee Break


  • Speaker - Matthew Gammon – Our very own Matthew Gammon will discuss his recent successful exhibition Beauty in the Commonplace. The exhibition brings together works produced by him over the last three years and features a number of photographic prints created using the traditional intaglio printmaking technique. His work explores through abstraction, the innate beauty to be found in the structures and patterns of the everyday and commonplace. 

Members should note:
  • Tuesdays meeting will be the last chance to sign up for the weekend away to Antrim Coastline in September.
  • Any money due for the Boyle Arts Festival exhibition should be paid at Tuesdays meeting or by Paypal. Also exhibitors will be expected to sit at the exhibition for 2 hours during the festival - a Rota will be circulated at the meeting.

Meetings are held in St Joseph's Resource Centre, Boyle. We look forward to seeing you all. As always, new members are very welcome

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Agenda - Club Meeting Tuesday 9th May

Agenda
Club Meeting Tuesday 9th May. Door opens at 7.45pm.
Meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!

  • The Agenda for our May meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
  • Chairperson's Address;
  • John Walshe Announcement of upcoming Photoshoots to: Gilligan’s World (near Tubbercurry), and West Sligo Coastline, May 21st
  • Motivation theme for May - 'Old, weathered and worn”
  • Update on weekend away to Antrim Coastline in September
  • Details for submitting to the Boyle Arts Festival exhibition
  • July photo challenge
  • Reminder that any outstanding subscriptions need to be paid in full
  • AOB
Chairperson's Presentation HERE

Motivation Slideshow - Presented by Joe Kennedy and judged by Sally Moffatt. The theme for this month's Motivation was “Animal Kingdom”.

Tea/Coffee Break
Guest Speaker – Brian Cooney from Easkey.

Meetings are held in St Joseph's Resource Centre, Boyle. We look forward to seeing you all. As always, new members are very welcome

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Agenda - Club Meeting Tuesday 11th April

Door opens at 7.45pm. Meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!

The Agenda for our April meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
  • Chairperson's Address; John Walshe
    • Announcement of upcoming Photoshoots to:
      • International Dog Show, Castlebar, April 22nd.
      • Gilligans World (near Tubbercurry), and West Sligo Coastline, May 21st.
    • Motivation theme for April - 'Animal Kingdom'.
    • Update on weekend away to Antrim Coastline in September.
    • Details for submitting to the Boyle Arts Festival exhibition.
    • Reminder that any outstanding subscriptions need to be paid in full.
    • AOB.
  • Motivation Slideshow - Presented and judged by Joe Kennedy. The theme for this month's Motivation was 'Irishness''. Entries can be seen here on Flickr.
  • Tea/Coffee Break
  • Group Sessions - Members will split into 2 groups:
    • Joe Kennedy will demonstrate basic and advanced editing skills.
    • John Walshe will demonstrate basic camera skills.
Meetings are held in St Joseph's Resource Centre, Boyle.
We look forward to seeing you all.
As always, new members are very welcome. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Motivation Reminder

Members are reminded that the motivation theme for this month is 'Irishness'. Entries should be submitted here before midnight on Tuesday 4th April.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Cancellation of Elphin Windmill Photoshoot

Due to unforeseen circumstances the proposed photoshoot to Elphin Windmill, due to take place this Sunday April 2nd, has been cancelled. We hope to rearrange it for a future date.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Agenda - Club Meeting Tuesday 14th March.

Door opens at 7.45pm. Meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!

The Agenda for our March meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
  • Chairperson's Address; John Walshe
    • Announcement of upcoming Photoshoots.
    • Motivation theme for April - 'Irishness'.
    • Details of weekend away.
    • Update on Boyle Arts Festival exhibition.
    • AOB.
  • Remembering Mick Nolan - A reflection on the work and contribution to Boyle Camera Club of Mick Nolan, who sadly passed away recently. 
  • Motivation Slideshow - Presented by Joe Kennedy. The theme for this month's Motivation was ''Open theme, Black & White or Colour''. Entries can be seen here on Flickr.
  • Tea/Coffee Break
  • Group Sessions - Members will split into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced groups to discuss group projects. Please bring your project work with you to the meeting. 
    • Joe would like to remind all advanced members to upload a selection of their best images for possible inclusion into the panels for the upcoming Club championship. 
    • Tony would like those who are doing the typology project to bring to the meeting what they have done so far. 
    • Margaret is asking all beginners to bring, on either cd or flash drive, the images they have done for the alphabet project.

Meetings are held in St Joseph's Resource Centre, Boyle.
We look forward to seeing you all.
As always, new members are very welcome. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

February Meeting Review & Upcoming Photoshoot

February Meeting Review
February's meeting began with an address from Brian Munnelly which can be seen here.

Motivation
The monthly motivation was presented by Joe Kennedy and judged by Peter Kelly. The theme was 'Black & White - Open' and the entries can be viewed here
 Motivation Entry - Liepa by Anne Costello

Next month's motivation theme is 'Open (Colour or Black & White)'. Entries should be received by midnight on Tuesday 7th March. Links to enter will be on the forum.

Guest Speaker - Mick Bourke 
We were delighted to welcome Galway Camera Club members Mick Bourke and GCC club chairperson Des Glynn to the meeting. After the tea break, Mick gave a very interesting and enjoyable presentation of his excellent photography. 
He showed examples of his work which ranged from portraits, documentary, macro, still life, night photography, and Landscapes, with some interesting anecdotes behind the images and also insights into the preparation and planning he carries out before going on a shoot. 

Mick is running 'The Wild Atlantic Way Workshop" with John Mee on the 25th March for those who may be interested. We would like to sincerely thank Mick for his excellent presentation which was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.


Monthly Photoshoot
This month we are running a creative photoshoot in St Josephs Resource Centre  at 8pm on Tuesday 28st February (next Tuesday). There will be 2 photography techniques demonstrated on the night, namely:
Take and process macro photographs (led by Martina Morris and Joe Kennedy)
Painting with Light (led by Jordan Cummins and Brian Munnelly)

Members should bring usual camera gear and a tripod. There will be a charge of €3 for room hire.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 14th March at 8pmin St. Josephs Resource Centre, Boyle. New members are always welcome.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mick Nolan R.I.P.


Mick Nolan with his photograph which was part of the winning IPF National Shield panel in 2013 (Photo:G Percy)

It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we learned of the passing of our dear friend and  fellow member, Mick Nolan, after a brave battle with illness. Mick will be remembered in Boyle Camera Club, for being a great character, a talented photographer and an integral member of the club. He had a brilliant sense of humour, with his quick wit and funny comments, which provided great entertainment at club meetings and photoshoots. He was also a very committed club member, supporting the club in all of its activities and representing the club with distinction at various competitions and exhibitions. In 2013, he deservedly received the honour of 'Advanced Photographer of the Year' In Boyle Camera Club.

Mick Nolan awarded Advanced Photographer of the Year in 2013

As well as being an invaluable club member, Mick was also a fine photographer with a great eye for a photo. His photography covered many genres, including landscape, portrait, still life, macro, nature, and documentary. Mick's personality shone right throughout his work. He had the ability to engage people, with his friendly manner, to produce wonderful portraits. He also had a great gift of capturing humour in his photographs, whether it be a with people, animals, or a well observed funny situation. In 2013, Mick photography was included in the Boyle Camera Club entry which won the 2013 Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) National Shield at its first attempt. This was a significant honour for the club and a great testament to Mick's skill as a photographer. His talent was further recognised, in May 2014, when Mick was awarded the distinction of Licentiate with the Irish Photographic Federation (LIPF). His winning panel of photographs is shown below.


Mick Nolan LIPF - Mick's panel of photos for which he was awarded the distinction of Licentiate with the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF).


Above all Mick was a great friend to everyone at the club. He was always generous with his words of encouragement and support for other member's work, whether it was in person or a witty comment on Flickr. His passing is a huge loss to Boyle Camera Club. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Chris, family and friends on this very sad occasion.
May he rest in Peace.


Funeral Arrangements can be viewed here.
If members wish to comment or share any thoughts they can do so on the forum here.
We would also encourage you to enjoy Mick's photography here.