Alnwick, Camera Club

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what they had done to achieve the results.

Gerry Simpson started with an interesting monochrome still life of a flower in a vase, showing how he converted the image from colour and added a subtle background texture.

Next was Laine Baker, who had also converted colour images to monochrome, but had ‘colour popped’ the orange safety jacket of a rail man to give extra impact. She demonstrated two techniques for achieving this effect.

Dru Dodd’s dramatic night time view of New York was, in fact, taken in daylight, using a four-minute exposure with an extreme neutral density filter. Clever digital manipulation to adjust shadows and lighting completed this picture.

Michael Mundy’s imaginative and rather disturbing picture, evoking the aftermath of a nuclear explosion, was a studio shot of a broken doll, converted from colour to monochrome and aged using a series of digital filters.

Jane Coltman explained how some effects can be achieved by correct use of exposure settings. She had created a selective blurred motion effect in a crowd scene using an exposure of a quarter-of-a-second. Jane also showed how she produced a grid of multiple close-up colour images of rocks and stones that she had taken on Blast Beach, Seaham.

Lastly, club president John Thompson showed beautiful images of Scarborough Spa, Seahouses Harbour and the High Level Bridge in Newcastle. They had been manipulated in a very individual manner to remove extraneous details. John explained his thinking and his aim to produce prints of the highest quality.

The evening was completed by two fine print galleries by Michael Mundy and John Strong. Michael’s monochrome prints depicted a local stone mason as he transforms himself into Santa Claus, while John’s colour prints included pictures of Guyzance Weir, Woodhorn’s Weeping Poppies and Scottish landscapes.