Monday, February 17, 2014

Club Meeting - Tuesday 11th February

The meeting was conducted as outlined in the agenda.
  • Club Chairperson, Andy Rimmer opened the meeting and informed members that four camera clubs have expressed interest in an inter-club photo shoot with BCC. The committee will respond and start putting a schedule together.
  • The weekly 52/52 challenge for 2013-14 is now closed and the finalists portfolios have been reviewed. The winner and runner-up will be announced at the March meeting. (more, see 'Other Items' below)
  • This year, the annual club weekend photo shoot will take place on the island of Inis Oirr. The date has yet to be confirmed but will depend on the sourcing and availability of accommodation. Once this is organised, members will be asked to pay a booking deposit but provisionally should express interest by putting your name on the CLUB FORUM HERE.

BCC Flickr Pool - Photo of the Month
Each month, club members registered with Flickr are encouraged to put their photos into the Boyle Camera Club Flickr Pool. From the pool, a committee member selects an image and discusses it at the beginning of the meeting. This month, Joe Kennedy selected Peter Kelly's 'Smoking Fish', taken recently during a visit to Uganda. Mary Lane selected Hugh Rooney's 'Moore Hall', a fine Great House relic from Co. Mayo.

PK and HR
Top - Peter Kelly 'Smoking Fish' and Hugh Rooney 'Moore Hall'.

5-Minute Photo
Des O'Dwyer selected a photo he took recently from a visit to North Mayo in the vicinity of the Céide Fields. Des was scrupulous in his analysis; how the location was identified, camera settings and use of filters, post-processing ... nothing was omitted. He made it very clear to those present that this was no casual snap shot! Very informative and presented like a pro!

DOD Mayo
Des O'Dwyer 'Mayo Coastline'

Des also presented this month's Motivation. The theme for February was 'Still Life'. Mary Lane and Marion Noone judged entries and gave personal critiques on selected shots.

Motivation Winners - February 2014 - Still Life
Top - Michael McGee 'Pear Shaped'. Bottom left - Janette Wood 'Free Range' and Tony Murphy 'Two Apples'
The winners in each category were;
  1. Tony Murphy - 'Two Apples'
  2. Des O'Dwyer - 'Flower'
  3. Peter Kelly - 'Ice Tea with Mint'
Highly commended were images by Conor Dowling, notably his use of lighting and post-processing in his photo of a bowl of eggs.

  1. Janette Wood - 'Free Range'
  2. Lexie Monaghan - 'Be Prepared'
  3. Dermot Devine - 'Hula Girl'
  1. Michael McGee - 'Pear Shaped'
  2. Sally Moffat - 'Guiness Two-Ways'
  3. Deirdre Ryan - 'Vase'
The March Motivation theme is; "Environmental Portrait". Members can submit up to four images. Images taken before September 2013 are NOT eligible for entry!

A reminder also that the title of each photo should be;
"MEMBERS NAME - CATEGORY (Beg, Int, Adv), IMAGE TITLE and MEMBERSHIP NUMBER" e.g. “John Fox - Beg – Autumn Evening Reflection – 104.jpg”

Entries should be re-sized so that a landscape format photo is 1024 pixels wide or if in portrait format the photo is 600 pixels high.
Entries on or before Friday 7th March  to;

Group Sessions
This month, the second part of the meeting was dominated by extended Group Sessions. Tony Murphy took the Beginners Group and focused on developing File Management systems for storage and back-up. He also addressed members questions on using Picasa to manage photos. He promises to make a video on this subject available shortly. Andy Rimmer took the Intermediate and Advanced Groups and discussed a 'vision' for the club in the year ahead. Here, some topics for presentations and photo shoots were noted as well as encouraging members to go forward for IPF Distinctions. On this subject, at least three club members will present Licentiate panels at the next IPF Distinctions sitting.

Photo Shoot
It is proposed that this month's club photo shoot will take place on Sunday 2nd March at the Leitrim-Cavan Railway in Dromad. The club have visited this spot before with very positive results. This will be confirmed after the next committee meeting at which point, this post will be up-dated.
TM - Cavan Leitrim Railway

Other Items
52 banner 2014-15 
The NEW 52/52 challenge will begin after the club meeting in March. Here is a link to the new 52/52 Group Pool. Members can join the group but do not add any images until Friday 14th March.

Next Club Meeting - Tuesday 11th March 8pm at St. Joseph's Resource Centre, Boyle.

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