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Coming Up: 3rd Oct - RPS/IPF Panels – What’s Involved

This week Donal McCann FRPS will explain what photographic distinctions are available through the RPS and IPF, along with how to work towards them.

Then Gareth O'Cathain, Paul McGivern and Brian Maguire, who all achieved their LRPS distinctions during the 12/13 season will talk about their journeys working towards their accreditation.  

12/13 Season Review

As the 12/13 season draws to a close it's a great opportunity to thank everyone for making it a great season and to look back over the highlights from the last 12 months.

June 2012

July 2012

August 2012

  • Stephen Wilson had an image selected as the runner-up in the BBC Countryfile Photo Competition
  • BPIC hung an exhibition at Belfast City Hospital

September 2012

  • Brian Bennett received an EAPU Panel Award at the East Antrim Open
  • Brian Bennett's mono print "Christine" was selected for inclusion in the NIPA entry in the Celtic Challenge 2012
  • Karen McCrea, Melissa Gordon, Martin Lamb and Brian Bennett each had images selected for the Celtic Challenge
  • Roger Eager's image came second in the Shorts Camera Club - My Titanic Belfast Competition

October 2012

November 2012

December 2012

January 2013

  • Vivienne Beck placed first in the PDI section of the Roy Finlay Memorial Natural History Competition
  • Club Trip: Donegal
  • Guest Speaker: Roy McKeown FRPS
  • Guest Speaker: Glenn Norwood
  • In the NIPA Novice Competition Gareth O'Cathain placed 1st in the Mono print section with "The Blacksmith", placed 2nd in the Colour print section with "Helen's Wool" and received a Commended for his PDI "Zimbabwe Danger".

    Mel Boyle received a commended for his Mono Print "Indian Labourers".

February 2013

March 2013

April 2013

May 2013

End Of Season Dinner

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Last night was the end of season dinner, there was good company, pizza and beer aplenty.  There were even a few prizes given out!

The Day After The Night Before

Hi Everyone.

Just to confirm that, following the AGM on Thursday evening, the Club Officers for the remainder of this season and for the 2013/2014 season, are as follows:

  • Chairman: Brian Maguire
  • Vice-Chairman: Barry Lau
  • Secretary: Helen Weir
  • Treasurer: Matt Jeanes
  • NIPA Rep: Mark Overell

Other Committee Members: Gerald Gribbon, Russell Birch, Paul McGivern

Barry will also be taking on the role of Beginners Liaison officer. Donal McCann, whilst he has stepped down from the Committee, has indicated he is willing to continue to act as mentor for those members seeking accreditation. Michael Byrne has taken on the role of Club Outings Organiser and Gareth O'Cathain has agreed to assist Mark in the NIPA Rep role.

Thanks to all those who attended the AGM and engaged in the lively discussion. Minutes of the AGM and Chairman's report from Barry are attached.

Details of how to renew membership online will soon be circulated - I would encourage all members who intend to rejoin to do so as soon as possible, as this will greatly assist us in planning for the new season.

Finally, a special word of thanks to Barry for his exceptional performance as Chairman over the past year, and for agreeing to stay on as vice-chairman this year, despite the imminent new addition to the Lau family!

I'm looking forward to another great year ahead for BPIC.

Regards

Brian
Club Chairman

BPIC Photographer of the Year - Round 1

Hi All,

First of, well done to everyone who submitted images into the round. As last night demonstrated, the standard was extremely high throughout both categories with a wide range of photographer interpretations displayed.

Novice

1st - Vivienne Beck - Seagulls

Vivienne Beck - Seagulls

2nd - Roger Eager - Beacon

Roger Eager - Beacon

3rd - Brian Maguire - Binnian

Brian Maguire - Binnian

Advanced

1st - Barry Lau - In Time

Barry Lau - In Time

2nd - Dermott Sweeney - The Shower

Dermott Sweeney - The Shower

3rd - Brian Bennett - Seagull

Brian Bennett - Seagull

Once again, well done to everyone who contributed. It's still very much anyones game with two rounds to go!

Please take some time to view the full novice and full advanced submission galleries.

NB - There will be NO official club meet next week due to being Easter. The club will resume 11th April 2013.

Have a Happy Easter.

Thanks,

Barry Lau

Chairman

Architectural Competition Results

This month we held an internal competition just for fun.

Members were able to submit one colour print, one mono print and one PDI under the category of architecture.

All members who attended the judging night were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite as well as give feedback on the submitted images.

Here are the full results along with the top image from each category.

Colour Print

  1. Donal McCann
  2. Stephen Wilson
  3. Saravanan Appukuttan
Donal McCann  FRPS

Donal McCann

Mono Print

  1. Russell Birch
  2. Donal McCann
  3. Gareth O'Cathain
Russell BIrch  CPAGB

Russell Birch

PDI

  1. Brian Maguire
  2. Stephen Wilson
  3. Dermott Sweeney
Brian Maguire

Brian Maguire

The full gallery of winning images is here.

Congratulations everyone!

Coming Up: 7th Feb - "The Journey So Far"

Hi All,

Coming up this week, we have a two great presentations from our very own members, Brian Maguire & Gareth O'Cathain with a talk on "The Journey so Far". They will be giving us an insight on their photography, where it all started and the transition leading to where they are now.

I look forward to seeing you all there for plenty of support (no heckling now)

NB - The following week is a competition round and the theme is "Architecture". This is an internal competition and is open to all members.

What sort of things are we looking for?

"Architectural photography is typically created from either the exterior views of buildings, or in the interior of buildings."

Exterior

Exterior architectural photography usually takes advantage of available daylight, or if performed at night, uses ambient light from adjacent street lights, landscape lights, exterior building lights, moonlight and even twilight present in the sky in all but the darkest situations.

In many cases, the landscaping surrounding a building is important to the overall composition of a photograph, and even necessary to communicate the aesthetic harmony of a building and its environment. An architectural photographer will often include flowers, trees, fountains or statues in the foreground of a composition, taking advantage of their ability to help lead the eye into the composition and to its main subject, the building.

Interior

Interior architectural photography can also be performed with ambient light transmitted through windows and skylights, as well as interior lighting fixtures. Frequently though, architectural photographers will use supplemental lighting to improve the illumination within a building. Either electronic flash "strobes" or incandescent "hot lights" can be used.

Ref: Wiki

The format will be the same as any NIPA round, 1 colour print, 1 mono print and 1 PDI.

We are also hoping to get an external judge in so get shooting! Who knows there might even be a great prize up for grabs!

Thanks,

Barry Lau
Chairman