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.

Monday, February 13, 2017

February Meeting Guest Speaker - Mick Bourke

We are delighted to welcome Mick Bourke, from Galway Camera Club, as our guest speaker, for our monthly meeting tomorrow night. Mick is an accomplished photographer for over 30 years, having started with film, before making the move to digital. Mick's photography covers many genres, particularly Landscapes and Nightscapes. We very much look forward to his presentation.

Meeting Agenda

The Agenda for our February meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
  • Chairperson's Address
    • Announcement of upcoming Photoshoots.
    • Motivation theme for February - Open
    • Update on Weekend away
    • AOB
  • Motivation Slideshow - Presented by Joe Kennedy and judged by Peter Kelly. The theme for this month's Motivation was ''Black & White (open)''. Entries can be seen here on Flickr.
  • Tea/Coffee Break
  • Guest Speaker - Mick Bourke
  • Reminder: Any annual subscriptions outstanding should be paid at the meeting - details here.
Meeting will be held tomorrow night, February 14th, in St Josephs Resource Centre, Boyle. Door opens at 7.45pm. Meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm. Meeting fee is €5.
We look forward to seeing you all.
As always, new members are very welcome. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Photoshoot Review & Motivation Reminder

Photoshoot Review
There was a great attendance for the creative photoshoot held last Tuesday, which proved to be a very enjoyable and productive night. Members sampled various creative photography methods, such as Still Life, Smoke Trails, Light Painting with wire wool, torch and pixel stick. There is further information on Smoke Trails on the forum.

The group shot from the Creative Photoshoot, with the background light painting done using a pixel stick (Photo - Jordan Cummins)






February's Motivation
A reminder that entries for the February's Motivation should be submitted before midnight, tomorrow night, Tuesday 7th February.  Entries should be submitted to Dropbox via the links provided on the Forum for Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced. Members should refer to the motivation rules, particularly regarding sizing and naming of entries.  This months theme is  'Black & White - Open'

Monday, January 30, 2017

January Photoshoot - Creative Photography

The January photoshoot will be held in St Josephs Resource Centre at  8pm, tomorrow, Tuesday 31st January. There will be 3 creative photography techniques demonstrated on the night, namely:
Smoke Trails
Still Life
Painting with Light.
Lord of the Rings - John Walshe

There should be enough time for members to sample all three techniques.
Members should bring usual camera gear and a tripod. 
There will be a charge of €3 for room hire.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Club Meeting - Tuesday 9th January

January's meeting began with an address from our chairperson John Walshe which can be seen here

Motivation
The monthly motivation was presented and judged by Joe Kennedy. The theme was 'Windows & Doors' and the entries can be viewed here. Next month's motivation theme is 'Black & White (open)'. Entries should be received by midnight on Tuesday 7th February. Links to enter are on the forum.

Looking Out - Derek Featherstone

Skills Session
After the tea break, members split into 2 groups for Photo Editing skills sessions, held by Des O'Dwyer and John Walshe.

Monthly Photoshoot
This month we are running a creative photoshoot in St Josephs Resource Centre  at 8pm on Tuesday 31st January. There will be 3 creative photography techniques demonstrated on the night, namely:
Smoke Trails
Still Life
Painting with Light.
Members should bring usual camera gear and a tripod. There will be a charge of €3 for room hire.

Smoke Trail - Brian Munnelly


Charity Donation.
A donation of €150 was made to the Baby Loughlin Og Burns Journey charity. This was raised from the door receipts and proceeds from our Calendar sale in December's meeting. Many thanks to all who contributed.

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

Monday, January 9, 2017

Agenda - Club Meeting Tuesday 10th January

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

The Agenda for our January meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
  • Chairperson's Address; John Walshe
    • Announcement of upcoming Photoshoot.
    • Motivation theme for January - Black & White.
    • Presentation of Charity cheque.
    • Announcement of Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Photographers of the Year
    • AOB
  • Motivation Slideshow - Presented and judged by Joe Kennedy. The theme for this month's Motivation was ''Doors & Windows''. Entries can be seen here on Flickr.
  • Tea/Coffee Break
  • Group Sessions - Members will split into 2 groups, as discussed here;
    • John Walshe will host a beginner's photo editing session. 
    • Des O'Dwyer will demonstrate editing in Lightroom.
Reminders

  • Members are reminded that annual subscriptions are now due - details here.
  • Members will be surveyed at the door for their preference of Annual trip away
  • There are still some charity calendars available to buy - details here.

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

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Membership Renewal

We would like to remind members that, with it being the start of the year, all memberships are due for renewal. Details and benefits of Boyle Camera Club membership can be seen here, on the membership page of the website. Subscriptions can be paid, to our Treasurer, Martina Morris, at the door of the January meeting, on Tuesday next. We also provide an online payment option using paypal, which can be accessed at the bottom of the membership page. 

The membership rates are unchanged from recent years and are as follows:
Standard Membership €45
O.A.P/Student/Unwaged €15

New members should also fill out the membership form (which can be accessed here) and submit it to Martina. Existing members should also submit a new form if their contact details have changed from last year.

It is important that all membership subscriptions are paid promptly for various reasons, such as; insurance, entry to club and IPF competitions, and club funding. We thank you for your continued support. 

Next meeting is next Tuesday, 10th January, in St Joseph's Resource Centre, Boyle at 8pm.
New members are very welcome. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

January Meeting - Skills Sessions

Firstly, Happy New Year to all! As discussed at the last meeting the January meeting is to focus on a learning section. We have two sessions lined up. 

Edit Challenge
Des is to take those interested in lightroom editing, note you do not need to be a lightroom user to part take as techniques used will be applicable across all editing software. Also this is aimed at already competent users and is NOT a entry level session. Raw file is available for download here.

Please submit edited versions of the files here by Midnight the 6th January 

Des will use these as part of the discussion at the next meeting. This is a great opportunity to focus on editing and the various images which can be created from the same base file.

Basic Skills Session
John Walshe will take a second group. From previous discussions there is a interest in learning more about basic camera skills and basic editing. Due to the time constraints only one topic can be covered. Options are,

Basic Camera Skills, a discussion on Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO and the effect each has,
OR 
Basic editing skills, using photoshop elements, learn how to do basic editing, basic layers, resizing and saving. 

The choice is yours! See link here to chose you preferred course, which ever is most popular will be ran, the other can be ran later in the year if there is interest. Please vote before midnight 6th January. 

See you all at our next meeting on the 10th January, in St Josephs Resource Centre, Boyle at 8pm.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Happy Christmas & New Year!

Image - The West's Awake - Margaret Dolan

Boyle Camera Club wish all our members and friends, the very best, for this Christmas and in the New Year. We look forward to an exciting and busy year ahead in 2017. 

December's Meeting
December's meeting began with the Chairmans address, which can be seen here. This was followed by the monthly motivation which was presented by Joe Kennedy and judged by Matthew Gammon. This theme was 'Shadows, Lines & Curves'. A detailed discussion and critique of the motivation entries followed. Entries can be viewed here. Next months Motivation is 'Doors & Windows'. Photos can be entered here.

Motivation entry - Village Shopping - Jordan Cummins


After the festive tea break the members split into groups to discuss various projects each group is undertaking.  

Members are reminded of the January photo editing challenge, which was discussed at the meeting. Members are invited to download the raw file here, and process/edit the photo as you wish (on your preferred editing software). Des O'Dwyer will demonstrate his approach to editing the same photo at the January meeting. Details of where to submit your version of the photo will be on the forum in due course.

Next Club Meeting - Tuesday 10th January 
We look forward to seeing you all.
New members very welcome.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Agenda - Club Meeting Tuesday 13th December

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

The Agenda for our December meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
  • Chairperson's Address; John Walshe
    • Announcement of upcoming Photoshoot.
    • Motivation theme for December - Windows & Doors
    • Discussion of upcoming skills session.
    • AOB
  • Motivation Slideshow - Presented by Joe Kennedy and judged by Matthew Gammon. The theme for this month's Motivation was ''Shadows, Lines & Curves''.
  • Festive Tea/Coffee Break!
  • Group Sessions - Members will split into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced groups to discuss group projects.

Charity Donations
All money collected at the door will be donated to the local charity - The Baby Loughlin Og Burns Journey.

There will also be beautifully produced 2017 calendars available for sale, with proceeds also going to the The Baby Loughlin Og Burns Journey. These calendars were produced by our own Hugh Rooney, and showcase 12 superb images (see below) from his vast landscape collection. The calendars are great value at €8 each.

Charity Calendar - Produced by Hugh Rooney

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

Friday, December 9, 2016

Photoshoot to Galway Christmas Market - Tomorrow 10th Dec

We are plan to go to Galway tomorrow, Saturday 10th December, for a photoshoot of the Christmas Market, as discussed on the forum.

The christmas markets and the adjoining streets are beautifully lit up with christmas lights and atmosphere at the moment, so there should be great photo opportunities on offer, especially around the blue hour. Since sunset is due to be 4.10pm approx, the suggestion is to meet at the top of Eyre Square at 3pm (at the 'sails' monument). 

At the moment most people are travelling there directly, but if members want to car pool from Boyle, or make any other arrangements, you can do so on the Forum post already mentioned. 

Members should also bring tripods and strobist gear, not to mention warm cloths and footwear. Have a safe journey and happy shooting! 



Monday, December 5, 2016

December Motivation Deadline - Tomorrow 6th Dec

A reminder that entries for the December Motivation should be submitted before midnight, tomorrow night, Tuesday 6th December.  Entries should be submitted to Dropbox via the links provided on the Forum for Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced. Members should refer to the motivation rules, particularly regarding sizing and naming of entries.  This months theme is  'Shadows, Lines & Curves.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Party Night - Friday 2nd December

Boyle Camera Club will host their annual Christmas Party Night on this coming Friday, 2nd December, at 8.30pm in Daly's Bar, Boyle. Food will be served from 9pm, followed by music from The Psychonics.

The cost per person is €15.
We look forward to seeing you all there!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Club Meeting - Tuesday 8th November

November's meeting began with an address from our chairperson John Walshe which can be seen here. The monthly motivation was presented by Joe Kennedy and was judged by Hugh Rooney. The theme was 'Autumn' and the entries can be viewed here. Next month's motivation theme is 'Shadows, Lines & Curves'. Entries should be received by midnight on Tuesday 6th December. Links to enter are on the forum.

Autumn Colours at Union Wood - Jordan Cummins


After the tea/coffee break we were treated to a presentation by Dublin based photographer, Gerry Andrews.


Gerry gave us an insight into his photographic journey so far, which started at the Limerick Leader newspaper, where he developed his interest in photography, and has led him all over the world, with many awards and exhibitions along the way. He presented many images from his vast catalogue of Photo Journalistic and Documentary photos, including the widely acclaimed collection of images from Limerick's Milk Market in the 1970's. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Gerry for such an interesting and impressive presentation. 


Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 13th December at 8pm, in St. Josephs Resource Centre, Boyle. New members are always welcome.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Recent Club Photoshoot to Castlecoote House

Some of our club members are pictured below, enjoying a visit to Castlecoote House, in Co. Roscommon, yesterday. This is always an enjoyable photoshoot, with plenty of photo opportunities and a chance for members to meet up. Keep an eye on the Boyle Camera Club Flickr Pool where many of the images from the day will be posted.

Photoshoot to Castlecoote House