Fermoy Camera Club’s New Year officially swung into action last Sunday with a Macro/Close Up Shoot. Macro Photography involves very close up photography on small items making them look very large and opening up a whole new visual world. Jason Town FIPF of Cork Camera Group came down to Fermoy to give help and advice on his speciality which is insect photography. FCC members being the hardy bunch that we are opted not to go outdoors in the cold to lift up rocks to photograph what was underneath.
Instead we stayed indoors in Cavanaghs of Fermoy’s showroom where tables were arranged, lamps were rigged up backdrops were hung before multitudes of props ranging from small jewellery items to dolls, flowers etc. were set out and arranged.
One member who attended wearing a very nice hat which he took off to listen to Jason’s talk was bemused to later find it on top of a newspaper with a tobacco pipe and two table lamps surrounding it! It seems the policies on the day was shoot first and ask who owned it later!
In total ywenty five club members attended on the day and all were well impressed with the talk given by Jason and then the help and advice he gave members throughout the remainder of the afternoon. It was a great way to try out different styles of photography as well pick up ideas and advice whilst being in the comfort of a lovely indoor environment.
FCC would like to express our sincere thanks to Cavanaghs of Fermoy for the use of their facilities, to Jason Town FIPF for all his help and advice, to all those who helped set up and last but most certainly not least to all who attended who made another great day of Fun with Photography.
Fermoy Camera Club was founded just over four years ago with the ethos of “Fun with Photography”. This past year saw this ethos carried out to the maximum.
Firstly there were the Outings. These ranged from Ballyhooly to Ballycotton, Whiddy to Wicklow, Malahide to Malaga to name but a few. We travelled by Plane Train and Automobile. In total there were thirty or more Outings held throughout the year ranging from a few hours to a few days in duration (and that’s only counting official outings!). These Outings were a brilliant way to socialise as well as an opportunity for the least experienced in the club to share with the most experienced thereby raising everyone’s standard of photography.
As a club we met for two meetings a month where we had some great guest speakers as well as running various workshops as well as our club competitions.
The club were actively involved in the community helping raise funds for various charities as well as covering various community events with our cameras. There was also a number of Photographic Exhibitions held including Fermoy Arts Festival, Ballyhooly Arts Festival, and Fermoy Resource Centre with our biggest display being in Fermoy library. Here the club had an exhibition which ran for the month of October with the photographs being changed every week giving a total display of close on three hundred photographs from all the members.
Members also competed in various competitions locally, nationally and internationally with members having some great success. The club finished a very credible ninth overall at the National Shield which is an Inter Club Competition. The main focus for club members was our own Photographer of the year Competition which is a highly coveted prize. This event is run over eleven competitions throughout the year within the club which demands a very consistent performance as a photographer to secure the title. This year’s competition proved the closest in the club’s history with Suzanne Merrigan emerging as a very worthy winner of the title.
So wraps up a very productive, rewarding, socialable and enjoyable year full of "Fun with Photography” for the members of Fermoy Camera Club. Already plans are underway to make 2015 even more enjoyable and active.