Fermoy Camera /Club returned to action last week with a very busy meeting to start the year. Firstly there was a slideshow which covered the various Outings the club had undertook during the year. Looking back at the slideshow reminded members how much we had done in the previous year. Following on from the slideshow we were treated to a display of photographs by our current photographer of the year ,Finbarr O’hanlon. It was then time for tea and bikkies and a chance for everyone to have a chat as well as an opportunity for members to get acquainted with all the new members who have joined the club.
Suitably refreshed Eimear Quigley, our Competition /Secretary, laid out the various competition themes for the coming year, which will certainly see the production of some very creative imagery. The evening concluded with a wonderful slideshow by Batt Arnold of the club’s trip to Malaga. This was lovely to see as it brought some sunshine to a dreary January night
The club’s first workshop of 2016 was held last Saturday. This workshop was a Close Up/Macro workshop which was held in the premises of TVM in Bartlemy. This was a very enjoyable day which saw saw club members photographing everything from Strawberries to flowers as well as Lego men and various other toys and foods. There were various different tables set up with great help being given by members to each other in teaching different techniques. Overall it was another great day of “Fun with Photography”
In other news the club’s beginners course, which is being run for the club by Dave Edmunds of Platform 3 Studios in Cork, is nearing it’s completion. As part of this course the class went out to Mucollop for some practical photography. Despite the fact that the weather was not the best everybody thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.
The club’s next meeting is on Tuesday the 26th and will see the conclusion of the January Challenge, the theme of which is “After Dark”. This may go some way to explaining the number of photographers may have seen of late out and about with tripods
The final competition held by Fermoy Camera Club was a fun challenge titled “My Photograph of the Year”. This was an opportunity for all the members to bring in that photograph that they were proudest of all year but which may not have fit into any of the ten challenge themes held by the club throughout the year.
To judge this competition the club brought in a guest judge. This year our judge was Trish Fitzpatrick of Insight Photography. Trish, who had earlier given the club a presentation on wedding photography as well as other formal and informal social gatherings, was more than qualified for the job.
There was great support for this competition with stunning images covering a vast variety of styles and subjects which meant nobody was envious of the task that was in store for Trish. However there could be only one winner on the night and after much deliberation Louise Howard was deemed to have the best “Photograph of the Year”.
There was no one in the room who would disagree with Trish’s choice of Louise’s photograph. It was an image Louise had taken in Glenseskin Wood which had a beautiful contrast of light and shade as the sunlight filtered its way through the trees in shafts of light. To further enhance the atmosphere Louise had printed the photograph in Black and White.
While commenting on the other photos as well as outlining her reasons for choosing Louise’s photograph as the winner, Trish stated that Louise’s photograph was one she would happily take home to hang on her wall for all to enjoy. This accolade is the ultimate for all Photographers/Artist and something all of is in the club aspire to achieving with our images.
Louise who only joined FCC this year told us she had captured her award winning image with her mobile phone, once again proving the old adage “The very best camera is the one in your pocket when the image unfolds in front of you!”
On the whole the members of Fermoy Camera Club were all winners as we got to see such amazing images throughout the year and everyone is looking forward to another great year of “Fun with Photography” in 2016.