Club Night News: 8th March 2018

Dave Murrell & Ian Stafford : Between 64 and 69 degrees

It was a great night that lived up to its billing – and to what looked like a record, packed audience that included some very welcome guests – such is the popularity of these guys

We were treated to a showing of the lads’ adventures in Iceland and Norway (Dave, Ian, Jed & Jed’s mate Glyn) that were like episodes of Top Gear! Absolutely superb photography of the incredible landscapes, night sky auroras, architecture, details and of the lads doing their thing – not forgetting cute Icelandic ponies with character

Uniquely, the images from each photographer were organised together in time order from the exif data along and it was accompanied by one of the very best, relaxed, concise commentaries from a duo we’ve ever experienced

In between there was a showing of time lapse sequences from Dave – by common consent the best, most extraordinary we’ve ever seen

To cap it all there were beautiful photography books by the guys from the trips on display that, too, were inspirational

See also Dave Murrell’s illustrated article “Adventures in Iceland – an Epic Tale” in Articles here

Glean some of Dave’s expertise on the next Digital Night (see below)

If you want to know anything about any equipment (extreme weather gear, photographic, anything) remember the phrase that comes to mind for many … “Ask Ian”

Members’ AV Night – Call for AVs!

One of the best nights of the year – Members’ Audio Visual Show 27th July. Time to start creating is now if not before! Aim for short pieces maximum 5minutes each and you can submit more than one. Check out the Audio Visual section of Useful Links for software. Fellow members can give guidance and there’s always YouTube

Assignment N Shields Fish Quay

Saturday 17th March meeting at the car park overlooking the estuary at 10.00 pm

The Assignment Beamish Museum gallery is on the Assignments Galleries 2010 to 2018 in Galleries now


Next up … wire light painting at Steetley Pier Friday 23rd March meeting at 5.30 pm

Followed in April by light painting in Victoria Tunnel Ouseburn with Clair Harper and East End Sunderland in May

All members can be SNAP n CHATTERS! Check out SNAP n CHAT Galleries They are in Galleries (with new drop down menu feature) and here

Next Digital Night

Wednesday 4th April, County Hall, 6.30 pm. Details to follow and you can put in requests to Dave Murrell

NCPF Competitions

The NCPF Annuals are now closed for entries. After the meeting, the DPS selection panel chose the club entry from members’ prints

NCPF Club Championship 2018 Results and NCPF Annuals competition details are on the NCPF website here

Spring Lake District Photography Weekend

New! The Jeff Teasdale Lakes Experience moves from Autumn to Springtime – 25th to 27th May, staying at the Blencathra Centre. Jeff is taking bookings from now. There is a booking form with all the information you need at the club

Proposed trip to Dungeness

By bus, 29th October, 2nd November. At this stage, express an interest on the notice board. Angy is organising

Durham PS Photography Challenge 2018

Members can borrow a see-through glass mannequin head for a week at a time and use their photography skills to include them in photographs. Please return the following week. There will be a members’ night showing results: 15th November – The Society Challenge, Your Images on View

Images from the 2016 Crystal Ball Challenge are in a newly restored gallery here

DPS Botanic Garden Exhibition

This annual DPS event will be for the month of May this year. Hon Life Member Don Bennett DPAGB is organising. Room for 47 prints in 20×16 inch mounts which need to be in by 29th March. Sign up on the notice board to secure a place – 1 per member

More about Durham University Botanic Garden is here

Annual Exhibition Durham Cathedral

Theme is “Co Durham Heritage” covering the area between the Tyne and the Tees and across to the Pennines. The show will be in the glorious North Aisle of the Cathedral and be on for the month of August.

Hot Dates

Now that Spring is officially here (!), Hot Dates is hotting up with The Photography Show this month and particularly rich pickings in April and beyond … all selflessly posted by Hot Dates Blogger Mike Boult. How does he do it?!! With your help of course – email Mike if you have more for the great community of photographers out there to enjoy and not just our members

Competition Countdown

Next closing date is for the Des Kelly Trophy (best landscape print NCPF region) and Lambert Hedley Cup (best print portrait) Thursday 22nd March. You can enter two prints in either though maximum three in total (i.e. one in one and tw3o in the other). They will be judged by the legendary Malcolm Kus ARPS DPAGB EFIAP/b from the Black Country, more recently Alnwick

The President’s set subject for the Fillingham Trophy is “The Moment” – 96 days to closing date. Images have to be taken between the 2017 AGM 24th November and the closing date 14th June 2018

Also new, the Sterling Award PDI subject is “Humour”. And this year there will be 5 on a theme (rather than 5 or 6) in the Hon Members Cup (prints) and Digital Trophy (PDI).

Details are on the Competitions page and in your printed programme. Check rules carefully

Next Meeting: Thursday 15th March

We look forward to renowned Durham based photographer, originally from Manchester, with a passion for landscape – Ray Etchells with “The Bigger Picture”

Pictured: from the Des Kelly Trophy 2017, Grove Rake Mine by Mark Petherbridge LRPS CPAGB

                                                        HC Des Kelly Trophy. Grove Rake Mine. Mark Petherbridge

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