Clitheroe Advertiser – 1st Open Competition – 03/11/2016

The local camera club held its first monthly competition which was judged by the colourful Tremaine Cornish who joined us from the Wirral. Tremaine is an experienced judge who has reviewed images at the highest levels in the UK and abroad and he offered some really interesting insights into the images on show. There were two sections as usual; prints and digitally projected images with 60 images on view across both sections as the membership attended in good numbers.

Amongst the prints were some excellent examples of traditional landscapes, portraits, wildlife and a number of creative images that had been processed in different ways. Tremaine commented on all the images in a constructive manner to help the members develop their knowledge and skill, he then selected seven images to which he awarded placings and commendations. The placings were: 1st – ‘Ink and Iron’ by Steve Proctor; 2nd – ‘Woodland Red’ by Steve Proctor; 3rd – ‘Wildman’ by Clare Drew.

The Projected images also included a wide range of subjects that showcased the member’s artistic and technical knowhow, there were some outstanding mono images amongst them. Again, the judge commented on each offering with advice where it was beneficial and gave each a score out of 20. The final selection was held back and again a number of commendations and placings were awarded. The placings were: 1st – ‘Sparrowhawk Aggression’ by Steve Proctor; 2nd – ‘Hello Boys’ by Gary Williamson; =3rd – ‘Stare Case’ by Lesley Marklew and ‘Point of Contact’ by Stephen Robinson.

During the evening both Clare Drew and Steve Proctor were awarded certificates for their successful mono entries in the Inter-Club Photographic Alliance annual competition, Clare won the section with Steve coming second.

Next week the club is holding an international competition with Torrieveja from the southern Spanish coast when each club will have twenty images judged with points awarded for each and the winner the club with the highest aggregate score. Ribblesdale currently hold the trophy for this competition and are keen to hold on to it.

All non-members are invited to attend the club where they will be offered our best welcome along with coffee and cake afterwards. Meetings are held at Grindleton Pavillion at 7:30 pm each Tuesday night.

Ink and Iron

Ink and Iron

Woodland Red

Woodland Red

Wildman

Top 3 Placed Digital Images

Clitheroe Advertiser – Melvin went to Iceland…for some hot pics – 10/11/2016

Photographer reveals secrets of his success behind the camera

Melvin Nicholson on location in Scotland

An inspirational photographer was in the frame to pass on some top advice to budding snappers.

Melvin Nicholson was the guest of Ribblesdale Camera Club and he took along a selection of work from his own personal collection. Melvin's approach is to think through the best kind of light to suit the subject, often leading to spectacular dawns and sunsets.

His idea of a typical photographic mission is to drive to Northumberland or Scotland in the evening after the traffic has quietened, have a few hours sleep in his car and set the alarm for before first light.

Particularly striking was a series of night photographs of the Falkirk Wheel and a selection of lighthouses, bridges and rivers were given new life and interest.

To disprove the theory that his photography was good because he knew every rocky seashore and valley in the British mountains in detail, Melvin, who runs a series of workshops, showed a series of stunning pictures he had taken in Iceland just a few days before... on his first visit there.

Clitheroe Advertiser – Season Begins – 13/10/2016

The 2016-17 programme at the Ribblesdale Camera Club has to be the most interesting to date.

The club is now into its fourth week of the new season and members were invited to show their submissions.

Almost  all pictures from the North West were on the theme of the countryside and farming and provided the backdrop for an enjoyable evening. This was followed by the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union folio. These were very high quality prints, with many featuring wildlife and of high standard as would be expected from an area which includes not only Lancashire and Cheshire, but also Manchester and Liverpool. There were two prints from Ribblesdale selected, both from Chairman Steve Proctor, "Sparrowhawk and Kill" and "Idol".

At the next meeting, members will be asked to show three related prints or projections, for discussion with no judging. The following week will be competition for digital projections with an invited judge. The rest of the season will feature regular talks from invited lecturers.

Meetings are at Grindleton Pavillion at 7:30pm on any Tuesday between now and the beginning of May. Potential new members may try a few evenings before deciding to join.

Sparrowhawk and Kill

Sparrowhawk and Kill - Steve Proctor CPAGB BPE3*

Clitheroe Advertiser – Tryptych Report 06/10/2016

Wide range of subjects 'almost bewildering' in photo competition 

Ribblesdale Camera Club invited members to bring sets of three related images for discussion.

Prints were seen first, either as three separate mounted enlargements or as three images on a single sheet of paper. These were followed by digital projections. Each member spoke briefly about their ideas and inspiration which led to the submissions.

"Fruit Bowl" by Stephen Robinson

"Fruit Bowl" by Stephen Robinson

On the night, the diversity of approach, subjects and quality were almost bewildering.

Subjects ranged from almost abstract dancers , a street scene photographed from above where the shadows of the pedestrians made the picture; rock music at "the Grand" and three similar portraits. Also vintage aircraft doing aerobatics with girls "wing walking" and even "secret tunnels" at Cliviger. Sport entries had a twist, one showed a trio of surfers, all incongruously smiling broadly, to distorted cyclists taken with a very wide angle lens from a couple of feet.

"Shadow People" by Gary Williamson

"Shadow People" by Gary Williamson

After the presentations, the prints were set out on tables for closer examination, while the projections were shown again, looped to play continuously. The club was then asked to choose their favourite three entries. Not to judge them in any way, just to tick in a box.

The most popular was Stephen Robinson's "Fruit Bowl", while not far behind was Gary Williamson's "Shadow People".