Alnwick, Camera Club

View of autumn leaves at Alnwick Castle.
Picture by Jane Coltman
View of autumn leaves at Alnwick Castle. Picture by Jane Coltman

Ten Years was the title of Iain Izatt’s presentation when he visited Alnwick and District Camera Club.

Based in Scotland, Iain is a keen amateur photographer who has been honing his skills for 10 years.

He first showed a few of his earliest efforts, taken on a basic digital camera with a low resolution lens.

Moving on from holiday views of Lanzarote, he showed pictures taken while working in the Middle East. These included city and desert views of Qatar and portraits of camels and ostriches. Among the architectural features were views of the magnificent Grand Mosque and the unusual Spiral Mosque, both in Doha.

Holidays in Australia provided good photographic opportunities, as witnessed by excellent pictures of Uluru, the Blue Mountains, Darling Harbour in Sydney and fine night images of Melbourne.

Iain has also travelled widely in Europe and showed pictures taken in Italy, France, Monaco, Belgium and Finland.

However, his great love is his home country of Scotland and this has provided the richest source of inspiration.

Excellent landscape and coastal shots ranged from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye, but his most memorable pictures were those of the bridges over the Firth of Forth. He has recorded the impressive new Queensferry Crossing from the earliest stages of its construction to its spectacular opening illuminations.

This was an entertaining evening with plenty of fine pictures, enlivened by interesting and amusing anecdotes.