Alnwick, Camera Club

The Tenantry Column in  Alnwick by Jane Coltman
The Tenantry Column in Alnwick by Jane Coltman

The topic for members’ night at Alnwick and District Camera Club was What I Did This Summer.

Doug Ross made a good start to the evening with some superb monochrome street photographs. He has an enviable talent for engaging with his subjects, although even he admits that occasionally he is requested rather bluntly to move on.

Jackie Stent came next with a nice series of pictures documenting her retirement. We are fortunate that she now has the time to be our club secretary.

Jim Kirkpatrick has been visiting some stately homes in the South of England and showed us some enticing images of Hinton Ampner, Uppark and Nymans. One sad connection between these properties is that they have all suffered devastating fires, although the first two have been completely renovated.

John Thompson showed a series of superb quality pictures taken using fixed focal length lenses. Making good use of colour, he showed some fine evening scenes of Newcastle and a great action shot of cyclists in the Tour of Britain.

New member Andrew Wainwright introduced himself in the best possible way with an interesting variety of pictures ranging from family portraits to an outstanding aerial photograph of fighter aircraft.

Liz Gordon’s visit to London had included a concert by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Hyde Park. She managed to get some souvenir pictures by photographing the large overhead screens, and on the following day captured some colourful street scenes in a flower market.

Dawn Groves had visited Ireland and was taken to one of the famed deserted cottages where she captured some poignant images. A visit to the Giant’s Causeway was marred by the crowds of visitors, but she still managed to produce an acceptable picture by taking multiple images and using software to eliminate people from the scene.

Paul Penman’s pictures were all taken within a short distance of his home, including images from the Alnwick Music Festival and the Tour of Britain cyclists as they passed through town.

Finally, Richard Stent showed some fine architectural photographs of Castle Howard, intending the results for a club competition until he realised that the stipulation was for images to be taken in Northumberland.

This was a salutary reminder for members to check the entry requirements for forthcoming competitions this season.