Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Club Meeting - Tuesday 8th April

The meeting was conducted as outlined in the agenda.
  • Club Chairperson, Andy Rimmer opened the meeting. He disclosed that a schedule of Photo Shoots for the coming months has been drafted and that henceforth, club photo shoots will take place on the last Sunday of each month. This month's photo shoot will take place on Sunday 27th April to Ballina via Lough Talt and the Windy Gap.
  • The club's annual weekend photo shoot is now fully subscribed with 26 members signed up to travel to Inis Oirr on Friday 13th June. Accommodation has been booked, travel details to follow shortly.
  • This Summer, Boyle Arts Festival will run from 24th of July until 2nd August. The club will host it's annual exhibition during the festival. Members are advised that a call for submissions will be put out at the next club meeting. Members can submit up to four images from which one will be selected and printed. Full details to follow.
  • Martina Morris held a very successful exhibition of her photography this weekend at the Tawnytaskin Centre, Boyle. All proceeds from the exhibition will go towards Martina's travel expenses to Zambia and related charity work.
  • Andy reminded members that the club will be defending it's IPF National Shield title this year and that the committee will be reviewing members work for possible inclusion in the monochrome and colour panels.
  • After the committee were individually introduced to the membership at the meeting in March, this month, all present were asked to introduce themselves and disclose their photographic aspirations for the year ahead. This was primarily for the benefit for new members but it was a bit of craic too!

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, Brian Munelly selected Pat Mullen's photo 'Last Cast' and Peter Kelly selected Ciara Maher's 'Sea Gull, Lough Key'.

5-Minute Photo / Presentation
This month, the proposed 5-minute photo slot turned into the main presentation. Tony Murphy discussed the World Press Photo Awards which took place in February. After defining the photo-journalistic tradition of the awards, Tony focused on this year's winner, John Stanmeyer and his photo 'Signal'. Selected from almost 100,000 images, 'Signal' reflects a particularly significant shift away from the tragic images of human suffering and depictions of disaster traditionally associated with the WWPA. Tony spoke at length about the story behind the photo in the context migration and technology as well as it's artistic merit.

John Stanmeyer - 'Signal' Winner of the World Press Photo Award 2013

Des O'Dwyer presented this month's Motivation. The theme for April was 'Pattern'. Sean Kennedy from Dublin Camera Club judged entries and Joe Kennedy read Sean's critique on selected shots.

Motivation Winners  - April 2014 - Pattern
Clockwise from top left; Derek Fetherstone 'Touch of Frost', Matthew Gammon 'Atrium', Margaret Dolan 'Chromatics' and Jordan Blackwell 'Daisies'

The winners in each category were;
  1. Margaret Dolan - 'Chromatics'
  2. Tony murphy - 'Church of Our Lady & St. David, Naas'
  3. Andy Rimmer - 'Chess Board'
  1. Derek Fetherstone - 'Touch of Frost'
  2. Martina Morris - 'Pattern of Circles'
  3. Ciara Maher - 'Down Under'
  1. Jordan Blackwell - 'Daisies'
  2. Hugh Flanagan - 'Punchplate'
  3. Sally Moffatt - 'Gold Stripes'
Print Section
This month's print section was won by a show of hands for Matthew Gammon's black & white photo, 'Atrium'. 

The May Motivation theme is; "Street Photography". 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 9th May  to;

Group Session
Time did not allow for Group Sessions at this month's meeting, however emphasis will be placed on reconvening these at the May meeting.

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