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9 November

Images for possible submission to Round 3 of the NIPA competitions were viewed. Members made suggestions as to how the images could be improved or, in some cases,  decided that an image didn't satisfy the title of this round which is Infrastructure. It was announced that the date for submitting images for Round 3 has had to be brought forward one week to 30 November.


2 November

Round 2 of the NIPA competition took place. This was an open round and there was a large entry in all three sections. The judges agreed that the standard of images was improving with each round of the competition. The results are as follows:-

Mono prints - 1st Brian Blakely, Joint 2nd David Barr and Terry Hanna , and 4th Brian Blakely.

Colour prints - 1st Terry Hanna , 2nd David Barr, 3rd Alan Chowney and 4th Gary Cowan.

PDIs - 1st David Barr, 2nd Frances Price, Joint 3rd Alan Chowney and John McCullough.



26 October

For the past few years Ballynahinch Camera and Digital Imaging Club has produced a calendar containing images taken by the members. The images contained in the calendar are chosen by the members themselves and at last week's meeting the members voted for the images to be included.



19 October

We were to treated to a very entertaining and informative evening when Darren Brown was the guest speaker. Darren is an accomplished all round photographer, but he is renowned for his dog photography. He showed a large number of images of dogs in a very well structured talk and a laugh was never too far from anyone's lips during his presentation. Darren shared many of his tips and techniques by which he obtains his prize-winning images. Accompanying Darren on his visit to Ballynahinch were his two Spanish water dogs, Cassie and Ria who proved to be quite a hit with members of the audience.



12 October

We held the second teach-in of the year with club members Terry Hanna and Lawrence Perkins sharing their expertise in Lightroom and Photoshop. The evening proved to be very informative with much audience participation.


5 October

Members brought laptops and computers and worked in small groups with more advanced members helping others to work on images using Lightroom and Photoshop.   This "post processing session" allowed members to ask many questions and learn about aspects of the software that would be most beneficial for their own work-flow and ultimately improve their images.  This was the first time such an event has been held by the club and it was agreed that it was a very useful exercise.  It recognised that members are coming from very different levels of computer literacy and that with modern digital photography at least some degree of computer skill is essential to produce a finished image. Everyone from the most experienced to the least experienced photographer learned something useful from the evening.


28 September


Entries for Round 1 of the NIPA League were judged by three senior members of the club. They had the daunting task of wading their way through the large entry of images for the each of the three categories. The results are as follows:-

Mono prints - 1st Alan Chowney, 2nd Terry Hanna , 3rd Terry Hanna and 4th Brian Shields.

Colour prints - Joint 1st Terry Hanna and Gary Cowan, 3rd Brian Shields and 4th Muriel Darling.

Projected Digital Images - 1st Terry Hanna, 2nd Frances Price, Joint 3rd Ricky Stitt and David Barr.



21 September


Club members Terry Hanna and Lawrence Perkins gave a very informative talk on LightRoom and PhotoShop. They shared their knowledge and experience in the use of these essential photographic programs. Members also offered their suggestions as to how particular procedures could be carried out and it proved to be a very informative evening.


14 September

The members met to critique images which they may wish to use for open rounds and to get feedback from other members.  This had proved useful last season so that advice could be taken on board and images amended and improved in time for submission.  It also allowed new members to see the type of images which would normally be submitted for competitions.


7 September

Mr Kieran Murray, from Banbridge Camera Club, was the first visiting speaker of the new season to Ballynahinch Camera Club. Kieran gave a very interesting and informative talk on some of the numerous places he has visited in Europe including Iceland and Romania. He illustrated his talk with a large number of high quality prints and answered the many and varied questions from his audience.

Next week's meeting takes the form of a critique evening when images, which have been submitted anonymously by members, will be shown and constructive criticism will be invited from the whole meeting. This type of activity proved to be very useful last year when it was trialled for the first time.




31 August

The members of Ballynahinch Camera Club held their first meeting of the new season in Edengrove Presbyterian Church Hall .  Club Chairman John Knipe welcomed a good turn-out of both new and old members to the club.

Frances Price (club secretary) outlined the programme of events for the 2017/18 season. It is hoped that the programme has a good mix of hands-on, educational and social activities to appeal to all levels of photographic ability.  All members, from the most experienced to the totally inexperienced, were encouraged to submit images for the various photo clinics and competitions which will be held during the year. Most of the competitions are 'open', but the two themed rounds this year are 'Infrastructure' and 'Food' so there is plenty of scope for creativity. Frances gave a short demonstration on how to prepare prints for competitions and John Knipe demonstrated how digital images could be prepared and submitted.

The speaker at next week's meeting is Kieran Murray from Banbridge Camera Club. Kieran is a very accomplished photographer and entertaining speaker. His talk is entitled 'Images of Iceland'.

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