Thursday 29th March 2018

Another night of excellent landscapes and portraits from our members ensured that Judge Jim Welsh had plenty to talk about when he judged our Dunelm Trophy and Leazes Bowl Competitions.

We saw landscapes from Monument Valley, to Weardale and the Lake District as our members demonstrated their skills in producing their kind of landscape photography.

In the portrait section, faces of all ages and expressions were on display entertaining us well into the evening. Congratulations to the winners and all who entered.

Results to follow soon.

Peter Walton

April Assignment

Holy Island, Northumberland- Saturday 21st April 2018

Our April Assignment is on Holy Island on the North Northumberland Coast. This is a fascinating venue and the best way to find out all there is to see and do is to visit .

The island is 78 miles from Durham City with a travelling time via the A1 road at 1.5 hours.

The island is tidal, but the safe crossing times on 21st April are 1020hrs to 1735hrs.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink on the island. The meeting place is the main car park as you enter the island TD15 2SE. Please meet at 11am.

Thank you

Peter Walton

SNAP n CHAT #12 Light Painting deep inside the Victoria Tunnel.

From Angy Ellis

Claire Harper (key holder) with another colleague will be hosting a light painting afternoon inside the Victoria Tunnel Newcastle for our DPS SNAP n CHAP #11. The date for your Diaries is April 25th at 1pm.

Post code for the event is NE1 2PQ. We will meet at the tunnels visitors’ centre where Claire will take over. Tripods will be needed and a small donation to Claire for the upkeep of the Tunnel. Estimated 2 hours of light painting fun. .

Club Night Preview: 29th March

Results: Dunelm Trophy & Leazes Bowl

Judged by Jim Welsh LRPS CPAGB APAGB of Blyth and the NCPF (he’s good!) the first two trophies of 2018 will be won. A big audience is expected and there will be drama, entertainment and plenty of great new images. The Dunelm is for best PDI landscape anywhere and the Leazes is for best portrait PDI

These trophies have a lot of history – check out Joe Grabham’s amazing PDFs of all winners of all trophies from 1950 to 2017, and Record Breakers Analysis here

Current Dunelm Trophy and Leazes Bowl holders are David Trout and Tony Mearman (winning images pictured). They and all 2017 Progress Stage and Trophy Winners are listed here

NB: don’t forget to bring in your print for the DPS Botanic Garden Exhibition if you haven’t already done so – it’s the last call!

Gosforth Camera Club

From Mike Boult

Gosforth Camera Club is holding it’s Annual Exhibition at Newcastle Central Library from 1st to 18th April 2018. See poster below for more details.


My Photography Show 2018 Experience

By John Cogan ARPS

What do the following have in common: a man wearing a Davy Crockett hat; a troop of Indian dancers; King Neptune and his consort; a squad of Star Wars troopers; R2-D2; Alice (but not in Wonderland) and Will Cheung? This is not an episode of Only Connect, but they were all at the NEC over the last weekend, that is what. With one of those great flashes of brilliance, the planners at the National Exhibition Centre booked the Photography Show for the same weekend as a gathering of Comic and Sci-Fi enthusiasts. This allowed you to drool over the new kit and then distract yourself by photographing the various “actors” in their costumes.

The guest speakers were what initially attracted me: Ami Vitale was there on the Saturday, David Hurn was there with a Magnum touring exhibition on Sunday and there should have been his fellow Magnum member, Bruce Davidson, in conversation on Monday. Unfortunately, Bruce Davidson was unable to attend so his place was filled by Mary McCartney, eldest daughter of Sir Paul, who follows in her mother’s footsteps and is an accomplished photographer in her own right.

Walking along the passages and stopping by the various booths and larger stalls reminded me somewhat of a medieval street market. Instead of shoes and cuts of meat the barkers were offering cameras, and expensive kit to transform your Canon 5D Mark IV into a professional cine camera. There were gimbals and cameras on the end of poles along with assorted dead rats to drape over your camera. Drones flew inside a cage and ranged in size from micro to monster – the size of a saucer to ones big enough to easily deliver a bag of coal.

Just when you had finished photographing Neptune at the Fuji stall a Brian Blessed voice-alike would boom out that the Emperor was about to pass by, make way! This was the precursor to the procession of Star War characters: nearly a 100 people dressed in everything from Chewbacca to Boba Fett, from the wicked Emperor to Princess Leia. In the Starbucks coffee shop stood a Klingon warrior waiting for his flat white and a Ronald McDonald eager for his cappuccino. It was all very surreal, and why not? Just look at the ages of the attendees at both events: it was a coming together of generations.

Ami Vitale and the Panda Project David Hurn (on Right) meeting Chris Ryan the film-maker the future

More John Cogan Photography Show 2018 images are in Members’ Galleries 2018  here

D.P.S Dryburn Hospital exhibition

From Barry Armitage

Durham Photographic Society has a permanent exhibition of 14 prints at the above hospital, and is changed every 3-4 months.

The exhibition is shortly to be changed, so if anyone wishes to display a photograph, bring along your prints to either myself or Dennis Hardingham, no later than 12th April.

Prints need to be A3 in size, preferably unmounted as we have mounts already cut at 20x 16 to fit the club exhibition frames. The subject can have been taken anywhere in the U.K., but the hospital request no portraits

The exhibition is on the first floor corridor between the E.N.T. Dept and Treetops the children’s ward, and has a heavy footfall. Therefore many people do see the photographs; this is a great opportunity for new members to show their skills.

SNAP n CHAT #11 Wire Wool Spinning at Steetley Pier.

Ten keen DPS members descended carefully with tripods and camera gear onto Steetley Beach for an evening of Wire Wool spinning. Creative photography should not have any limits! Spinning steel wool is a unique technique that adds excitement to our photography skills and we were all keen to try it.

We had our dramatic location, the weather was calm so all there was to do is to get started. Dave, Kev & Sheila who had done this before helped others with the camera settings and the results made us all very excitable.

We had Martin (the spinner) under the pier, on top of the pier and below us on the beach, so 3 different viewpoints that all worked very well indeed.

The steel wool spinning technique is very simple (and a lot of fun). Take a wad of steel wool, pull the strands apart (to let the air in) and stuff it inside the whisk. Then tie some string to the end of the whisk. (or a dog lead) set the steel wool alight then whirl the whisk around in the air. The burning steel wool escapes from the whisk and flies to the ground, creating bright orange light trails. All that’s left for you to do is find a good viewpoint and take the photo.

We also tried adding some magnesium tape cuttings – these were very wild and sporadic as they burned and can be seen in the pictures as the bright white spark trails doing their own thing.

I hope looking at the gallery it has inspired you to give steel wool spinning a try. Ultimately, it’s another form of painting with light – the light from the burning steel wool illuminates the landscape in a dramatically, exciting and beautiful way.

Thank you to everyone who came out on a Friday night, I hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

Until next time – keep snapping & chatting


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