Sunday, November 10, 2019

Annual General Meeting 2019 Minutes


Boyle Camera Club – Annual General Meeting– 8th October 2019

  • Brian Munnelly delivered the chairpersons address, outlining the past year and the plans for the year ahead.
  • Martina Morris, treasurer, will deliver the financial report at a later date due to her absence from the meeting. 
  • Current committee stood down, Orla Gorman was thanked for her contribution to the committee and the role of secretary over the past 2 years. She wishes the club well in the future. 
  • The new committee was elected as follows: 
    • Chairperson 
      • Brian Munnelly 
  • Treasurer 
    • Martina Morris 
  • Secretary role to be filled in Committee 
  • Motivation Officer 
    • Joe Kennedy 
  • Webmaster 
    • Darragh Sherwin 
  • Vice-Chairperson 
    • Tony Henry 
  • Tommy Guighen 
  • Hugh Rooney 
  • Kathryn Gannon

Agenda - Club Meeting - 12th November 2019

The Door opens at 7.45pm. The meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!

The Agenda for our November meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
  • Chairperson's Address
    • Announcements
  • Motivation Slideshow - This months motivation theme is "Red",  Joe Kennedy will present the images. 
  • Tea/Coffee Break
  • Practical Session - Geoff Percy and Brian Munnelly will demonstrate smoke and water drop photography - Remember to bring your cameras and tripods for this practical session.


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, October 1, 2019

Agenda - 8th of October 2019 - Meeting

Doors open at 7.45pm. The meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!


The Agenda for our October meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
  • Chairperson's Address
    • Announcements
  • Motivation Slideshow - Presented and judged by Joe Kennedy. The theme for this month's Motivation was ''People in their environment''. Entries can be seen here on Flickr.
  • Feedback on Membership Survey - Please fill out the survey to help us make the club better for you.
  • Faststone  - Tony Henry is going to do a quick tour of Faststone
  • Tea/Coffee Break
  • Annual General Meeting - Election of a new committee, reports, etc
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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, September 3, 2019

Important Update for Trip to Ballycastle

Important Update for Annual trip to Ballycastle


For members travelling to Ballycastle for our annual trip, we do not have a bus organise to bring members. 
Members need to make their own arrangements or car pool via the forum.

Agenda - 10th Sept 2019 - Club Meeting

Doors open at 7.45pm. The meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!


Please note this months door fee will be 5 euros!


The Agenda for our January meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
  • Chairperson's Address
    • Announcements
    • Notice of Annual General Meeting
    • Boyle Arts Festival
    • Membership survey
  • Guest Presentation - Patryk Sadowski - We are delighted to welcome Patryk to discuss his work
  • Tea/Coffee Break
  • Project Update - Updates on the Alphabet and Typology Project - please being all your projects to discuss how they are progressing.
  • Motivation Slideshow - Presented and judged by Joe Kennedy. The theme for this month's Motivation was ''People in their environment''. Entries can be seen here on Flickr.

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, July 17, 2019

Boyle Camera Club - 12th Annual Exhibition - in association with Boyle Arts Festival

We will be launching our 12th annual photographic exhibition at Boyle Library, on Thursday night, 18th July, at 7pm. 
This Boyle Camera Club exhibition is in association with the Boyle Arts Festival and will be opened by Mary Mullins, Arts Officer for Roscommon County Council.

There will be 30 images on display, taken by club members, covering a broad range of photographic subject matter. Framed and unframed prints are for sale. The club will also have a raffle where the prize is a framed print of your choice. The exhibition runs until 27th of 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 10th September. We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Meeting Review - July 2019

Boyle Camera Club


Thank you to Gerry Kerr FIPF of Celbridge Camera Club for a wonderful evening of storytelling and images from across Asia.


Gerry does a lot of work with ActionAid Ireland and if you'd like to donate see 

Remember the Boyle Arts Festival is open from the 18th of July until the 27th of July and we will be opening our exhibition at 6pm on Thursday 18th of July in the Library.

The motivation theme for September is "People in their environment"
There is no August meeting, our next regular meeting in September, so enjoy the holidays.




Friday, July 5, 2019

Agenda - 9th July 2019 - Meeting

Doors open at 7.45pm. The meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!


Please note this months door fee will be 5 euros!


The Agenda for our January meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
  • Chairperson's Address
    • Announcements
    • Boyle Arts Festival Update
    • Outings
    • AOB
  • Motivation Slideshow - Presented and judged by Joe Kennedy. The theme for this month's Motivation was ''Open''. Entries can be seen here on Flickr.
  • Tea/Coffee Break
  • Guest Presentation - Gerry Kerr FIPF of Celbridge Camera Club will discuss Travel Photography. 
  • Gerry's passions in photography are people in their environment and the natural world. His interest in photographing the natural world also reflects a desire to protect and enhance our environment. We are at a pivotal time in the cycle of thing in the world with many habitats under threat due to climate change. It seems a shame that human greed and indifference is adding to the destruction.
  • Reminders
    • Trip to Ballycastle - 6-7th of September
Meetings are held in St Joseph's Resource Centre, Boyle.
We look forward to seeing you all.
As always, new members are very welcome. 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Agenda - 11th June 2019 - Meeting

Doors open at 7.45pm. The meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!


The Agenda for our January meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
  • Chairperson's Address
    • Announcements
    • Boyle Arts Festival Update
    • Outings
    • AOB
  • Motivation Slideshow - Presented and judged by Joe Kennedy. The theme for this month's Motivation was ''Open''. Entries can be seen here on Flickr.
  • Tea/Coffee Break
  • Guest Presentation - Tony Murphy is going to give a lecture on the exposure triangle  - This time he will talk about ISO/Sensitivity.
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    Reminders
    • Boyle Arts Festival - We are seeking 4 entries from all members, with at least one image in portrait orientation. 
    • Thank you to Margaret Dolan for doing the door at the May meeting.
    • Trip to Ballycastle - 6-7th of September
    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, May 12, 2019

    Agenda - May 2019 - Meeting

    Doors open at 7.45pm. The meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!

    The Agenda for our March meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
    • Chairperson's Address
      • Announcements
      • AOB
    • Outdoor Session - Themes will be handed out, we will then proceed to go out around Boyle to shoot the themes. Bring your camera and tripods to the meeting. Returning by 9.30pm
    • Tea/Coffee Break - 9.30pm
    • Motivation Slideshow - Presented by Joe Kennedy and judged by Steve Rogers. The theme for this month's Motivation was 'Flora ''. Entries can be seen here on Flickr

      Reminders
      • Members are reminded that annual subscriptions are now due - details here.
      • Boyle Arts Festival - We are seeking 4 entries from all members, with at least one image in a portrait orientation. 
      • May Day trip to Omagh Folk Park - Sunday, May 26th.

      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, April 5, 2019

      Agenda - April 2019 - Meeting

      Doors open at 7.45pm. The meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!

      The Agenda for our March meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
      • Chairperson's Address
        • Announcements
        • AOB
      • Motivation Slideshow - Presented by Joe Kennedy and judged by Steve Rogers. The theme for this month's Motivation was 'Your favourite thing ''. Entries can be seen here on Flickr.
        • Motivation Theme for May - 'Flora'
      • Camera Info Session - A session where you can ask your camera related questions, please bring along your cameras. If you have any specific questions, you can also post them in the forum here before the meeting and we will answer them. 
      • Tea/Coffee Break
      • To be announced
        Reminders
        • Members are reminded that annual subscriptions are now due - details here.
        • Boyle Arts Festival - We are seeking 4 entries from all members, with at least one image in a portrait orientation. 
        • May Day trip to Omagh Folk Park - Sunday, May 19th.

        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, March 29, 2019

        Notes from March 2019 Meeting


        Thank you to Steve Rogers for his talk in the March Meeting
        Below are his notes which he handed out

        Boyle Camera Club 12 March 2019


        Lightroom, Photoshop and Faststone (www.faststone.org) softwares.

        Whites. Blacks. Best to do them before hitting the contrast slider.

        Calibration in Lightroom – faithful, standard… makes a big difference

        Composition, negative space, thirds… cropping


        Photographing people :

        If you have a third person around…

        Always do test pics before pointing the camera at the subject.

        Line up background before pointing the camera.

        Easiest studio light is the front door.

        Passive, passive… and suddenly…

        With children and adults, it’s the tone in your voice that makes it easy for them to be photographed.

        Never say “smile!” Children don’t have to smile. Just let them do their thing, you are doing your thing.

        Treat and talk with babies children with the same tone in your voice as you speak with an adult you have just met. They can feel your respect. Thank them. They may well alow you to take another.

        Ask a child for their favourite toy, and ask if you may have a picture of it with them.


        Snapshots tend to capture a moment in time with little regard to lighting or composition. A tree growing out of the subject’s head? Its a snapshot.

        Snapshots are great sometimes.

        Portraits need attention to detail—light, position, background.

        A Portrait is deliberate from both parties.

        When taking a portrait, its not me me me , its you.

        Everything is transient. There is no time like the present. Take pictures for the generations to come.

        Macro photography is for the curious and patient. Try shooting using an ipad / laptop. Fat depth of field. Focus stacking.

        Black & Whites? Must have top content, as there is no colour so its just the remaining elements, which are content, composition, texture, light, mood, emotion.

        A snapshot – handheld. A classic – a tripod. Best possible tool is a tripod.

        Take the picture, don’t pixel peep it too much, content is stronger in the long term than sharpness.

        Confidence helps make the camera invisible.

        Become aware of windows and the light sources. Notice the light streaming in. Speedread rooms and situations before you open the camerabag.

        Start the habit of checking the camera settings & battery as you lift it out of the bag. Straight to aperture value if you are in a hurry.

        Grip the camera nice n easy. Every time. No fumbling. Use your fingers to counterbalance. Practice.

        You are hunting – switched on, aware, looking, noticing.

        Learn to change the lens without looking at it.

        Have patience to find angles. Line things up in front and/or behind to give context.

        Photographers help other photographers.

        Bad weather is good weather.

        Lose yourself. Notice things. Photography increases awareness.

        Practice. Professional and amateur musicians practice before performance. Footballers practice before the game. It gets easier. If you allow yourself to have practiced, it takes the heat off you when you really have to get a shot.

        Practice taking the camera out, getting the picture and putting it away quickly.

        Personality reflects photographic style. Empathic, introverted, extroverted. Use your personality.

        Photography is an art, it involves self-expression.

        Make images that matter to you. What do you like? Photograph that. Go back another day, shoot it again.

        Passive photography. Active photography.

        Landscape or Nature photography? – Usually its a wide angle lens for landscapes but it’s a macro to capture a specific facet of nature.


        Hard drives, blu rays for long term storage, or

        Print books! See blurb.com. Be a good editor.

        Even technically dodgy pics can have a lot of power in the future.

        Pictures accrue in value over the years in ways we cant yet imagine.


        One flash is all you need. For on camera flash, try turning the flash head the wrong way around, to bounce off the wall behind you rather than straight up..

        Off camera is quite easy to do.

        Leave the flash in manual, avoid auto, and just turn the power up and down.


        Theme for next month –

        Find one of your favourite things around home.

        It could be a cup, a tree… photograph it at least 3 times over a few days, each time in a different way. Then…

        Select, copy, process and export the picture in the one go each time.

        It gets easier.


        Best wishes,

        Steve Rogers.

        Tuesday, March 12, 2019

        March 12th Meeting Postponed

        We have decided to postpone the March meeting until the 19th due to Orange weather warnings.
        Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you next week

        Monday, March 11, 2019

        Agenda - Club Meeting - 19th March 2019

        Doors open at 7.45pm. The meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!

        The Agenda for our March meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
        €5 entry due to speaker attending who is Steve Rogers.
        • Chairperson's Address
          • Announcements
          • AOB
        • Motivation Slideshow - Presented and judged by Joe Kennedy. The theme for this month's Motivation was ''Still Life ''. Entries can be seen here on Flickr.
        • Tea/Coffee Break
        • Guest Lecturer - Steve Rogers - Sligo photographer Steve Rogers will be talking about his work
          Reminders
          • Members are reminded that annual subscriptions are now due - details here.
          • €5 entry due to speaker attending who is Steve Rogers.

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

          Monday, March 4, 2019

          January 2019 Meeting Review

          Opening 

          The meeting opened with the chairperson's address by Brian Munnelly.

          Motivation 

          The monthly motivation was presented by Joe Kennedy. and judged by Joe Kennedy. The theme was 'Surreal' and the entries can be viewed:
          Advanced
          Intermediate

          Next month's motivation theme is 'Still Life'.

          Proceeds from Boyle Arts Show to Mayo-Roscommon Hospice

          Boyle Camera Club presentation €400 to Roscommon Pallative Care

          24/12 2018 - Presentation of Winner

          Martin Cooke being presented with his prize for 24/12 - 2018 challenge

          2018 Photographers of the Year

          From left to right: Gary Fitzgerald - Intermediate, Toney Henry - Beginner, Margaret Mulligan - Adavanced


          Thursday, February 7, 2019

          Agenda - Club Meeting - 12th February 2019

          Doors open at 7.45pm. The meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!

          The Agenda for our February meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
          • Chairperson's Address
            • Announcements
            • AOB
          • Motivation Slideshow - Presented and judged by Joe Kennedy. The theme for this month's Motivation was ''Surreal ''. Entries can be seen here on Flickr.
          • 24/12 2018 - Presentation of Winners 
          • Photographers of the Year - Awards for Photographer of the Year
          • Presentation - Proceeds from Boyle Arts Show to Mayo-Roscommon Hospice 
          • Tea/Coffee Break
          • Practical Session - Still Life - Bring your camera and props for still life, we will have 2-3 setups

            Reminders
            • Members are reminded that annual subscriptions are now due - details here.
            • For all entering, the 52/52 competition, please pay your €5 by January 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. 

            Sunday, January 6, 2019

            Agenda - Club Meeting - 8th January 2019

            Doors open at 7.45pm. The meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!


            The Agenda for our January meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
            • Chairperson's Address
              • Announcements
              • 52/52 - first photos uploaded by 1st of February 
              • Membership Fees
              • Outings
              • AOB
            • Motivation Slideshow - Presented and judged by Joe Kennedy. The theme for this month's Motivation was ''Sports Photography ''. Entries can be seen here on Flickr.
            • Tea/Coffee Break
            • Guest Presentation - Tony Murphy is going to give a lecture on the exposure triangle  
            Image result for exposure triangle
            Reminders
            • Members are reminded that annual subscriptions are now due - details here.
            • For all entering, the 52/52 competition, please pay your €5 by January 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. 

            Monday, December 10, 2018

            Agenda - Club Meeting - 11th December

            The Door opens at 7.45pm. The meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!

            The Agenda for our December meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
            • Chairperson's Address
              • Announcements
            • Motivation Slideshow - This months motivation theme is "Book and Film Titles", Joe Kennedy will present the images. 
            • Tea/Coffee Break
            • Christmas Party - Our annual Christmas party with some hot food, pizzas and mince pies

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

            Monday, November 12, 2018

            Agenda - Club Meeting - 13th November

            The Door opens at 7.45pm. The meeting will begin PROMPTLY at 8pm!

            The Agenda for our November meeting this Tuesday night is as follows;
            • Chairperson's Address
              • Announcements
            • Motivation Slideshow - This months motivation theme is "Miniature Photography", Joe Kennedy will present the images. 
            • Tea/Coffee Break
            • Tony Murphy - Presentation

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

            Monday, October 29, 2018

            Boyle: A Moment in Time 2018 Exhibition




            Boyle Camera Club is launching a unique and historic photographic exhibition titled 'Boyle: A Moment in Time 2018'. The launch night will be held in the old Xtra-Vision Shop, Main Street, Boyle (opposite Boyle Country Meats), at 8pm on the night of Thursday 1st November.

            Like every society in Ireland, Boyle is changing. Our community is made up of people from a range of backgrounds, cultures and places. One thing they do have in common is a decision to live or work in Boyle, and they are all actively shaping how our community works and the way our town will develop beyond 2018.

            The ‘Boyle: A Moment in Time 2018’ exhibition is part of a project carried out by Boyle Camera Club, with the support of Roscommon County Council. The project set out to document and capture, at one point in time, the people who live, work, visit and travel through Boyle on a typical day. The aim of the project was to photograph as many of those people as possible, creating a historic visual record of the town and its people. On the 11th of May last, members of the Boyle Camera Club set up an outdoor photo studio on the Crescent in Boyle and spent 12 hours photographing the people who make Boyle the vibrant town it is today.

            The upcoming exhibition will showcase a selection of 30 framed photographs from the project. The entire project will also be displayed digitally. The exhibition will continue to run on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd, of November, from 11am to 6pm each day. The exhibition will then move to Áras an Chontae, Roscommon County Council.

            Boyle Camera Club invites everyone to take the opportunity to come and view the 'Boyle: A Moment in Time 2018', the exhibition in Boyle or Roscommon Town.