On the left is the draft calendar for Autumn 2023, which is subject to change.
We resumed our weekly meetings on Tuesday 05 September 2023 in Aras Chronain, Watery Lane, Clondalkin.
A full Calendar of events is available to Members.
On Wednesday 10 May 10 of our Members made a trip to visit the Burren in County Clare. Special thanks to Gabrielle McGrath and Dominic Gaffney who booked our accommodation and researched places to visit.
Go to the Outings Page for more details and some images from the trip.
The Committee and Members of Clondalkin Camera Club would like to acknowledge and thank South Dublin County Council and the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Local Community Development Committee
for their financial support received in 2022.
It was of great benefit to the club.
One of the key services provided by the Federation is the IPF Distinctions service.
More details are available on the IPF website - here's the link - https://irishphoto.ie/distinctions/
Individual photographers present their work before the distinctions judges, who assess whether the applicant should be awarded
the relevant distinction applied for. There are three levels of Distinction – each with their own section on their website.
Clondalkin Camera Club – Time Table.
Introduction to Photography Weekend Friday 10th – Sunday 12th February 2023.
Fri 10th Evening
19:00 – 19:30 Introduction
19:30 – 20:25 Composition
20:35 – 21:30 Composition continued
Sat 11th Morning
10:00 – 11:00 Cameras, Lenses, etc.
11:10 – 12:30 Apertures, Shutter Speeds & ISO
Working Lunch See below
Sat 11th Afternoon.
14:00 – 14:30 Subjects
14:30 – 15:25 Architecture & Misc.
15:35 – 16:30 Landscapes
Sun 12th Morning.
10:00 – 11:25 Exposure & Metering
11:35 – 12:30 Table Top/Still Life
Working Lunch - See below
Sun 12th Afternoon.
14:00 – 14:55 Light
15:05 – 16:00 Photographing People
16:00 – 16:30 Recap
Sat 11th & Sun 12th – Working Lunch
12:30 – 2:00 Informal discussion over lunch on software,
cameras and/or other items raised by participants.
Thu 16th (on Zoom)
19:30 – 20:30 Nature Photography
20:40 – 21:30 Basic image processing
Sun 19th 09:30 – 13:00(Approx.) - Outing to Marley Park for practical/hands on session.
Thu 23rd (on Zoom)
19:30 – 20:30 Topic to be decided by participants
20:40 – 21:30 More on Processing imagesWE HAD AN OUTING TO MARLAY PARK TO PUT THE THEORIES INTO PRACTICE.
The results of the January 2023 Colour Print Competition are in.
Go to the Monthly Competitions Page for details and the winning images.
Report on Inter Club Competition with Tallaght Photographic Society - see the External Competitions page.
The results of the 2021/2022 League are in. Many thanks to all who submitted images, to the Outgoing Competition Secretary Paul Keegan, and to Louise Skelly who sets up the Google Drive for submission of images. Also to the judges who were very helpful in their comments and suggestions. And to the Members who tuned in to see and hear the judges comments, and offer their own critique on the mages.Here are the results based on the top scoring 6 images from each photographer and you can see just how close some of the results were.
|Photographer of the Year||1||Liz O'Neill||338||1||Louise Skelly||329||1||Andrea Acosta||335|
|2||Paul Keegan||318||2||Dominic Gaffney||328||2||Darren Hanlon||331|
|3||John Turner||314||3||Mick Clemenger||320||3||Gay McGrath||313|
|Colour Prints||1||Liz O'Neill||111||1||Louise Skelly||113||1||Darren Hanlon||116|
|2||Brian McKeown||110||1||Mick Clemenger||113||2||Andrea Acosta||108|
|3||Brendan Kneafsey||107||2||Dominic Gaffney||110||3||Gay McGrath||104|
|Monochrome Prints||1||Liz O'Neill||112||1||Louise Skelly||115||1||Andrea Acosta||115|
|2||Paul Keegan||110||2||Dominic Gaffney||109||2||Darren Hanlon||106|
|3||John Turner||104||3||Ruth McConigly||99||3||Gay McGrath||103|
|Projected Images||1||Liz O'Neill||115||1||Mick Clemenger||111||1||Andrea Acosta||112|
|2||Paul Keegan||107||2||Dominic Gaffney||109||2||Darren Hanlon||109|
|3||Brendan Kneafsey||106||3||Ruth McConigly||101||3||Gay McGrath||106|
|3||John Turner||106||3||Louise Skelly||101|
The winner of the 2022 Maureen Dunne Natural World Competition is Dominic Gaffney with his image entitled Snow Owl. Well done Dominic!!!
There were 60 images by 16 photographers entered into this year's Competition and the first, second and third placed images can be seen on the Maureen Dunne page of the website.
Dominic's winning image is shown on the right - > -> ->
The Maurice Tuffin Memorial Lecture was held on Tuesday 22 March, and was attended by over 50 participants, as we had invited Tallaght Photographic Society, Palmerstown Camera Club, and SatSun (Ballyfermot) to join us as guests. We also invited family and friends of Maurice, and Nora Sleator presented a lovely homage to Maurice, and shared her memories of our dear friend who was the epitome of being a good Club Member, always eager to share his vast knowledge and experience with us 'young uns', which earned him Honorary Membership of our Club. Maurice was an early convert to digital and took to Photoshop like the proverbial duck to water. Brian McKeown then presented a slide show of Maurice's own pictures from his childhood to his membership of the Club, and then some images of Maurice taken by other Club Members down through the years. Great memories indeed and special thanks to Nora and Brian for their presentations. Our guest speakers were Rob and Sharon Prenton Jones from Wales who spoke about The Art of Composite Photography, (a subject close to Maurice's heart) and a very interesting talk it was too. Make sure to visit their website for more information, hints and tips, from these enthusiastic photographers, here's the link - https://www.prentonjonesphotography.co.uk
Maurice Tuffin one of our Honorary members and great friend passed away on the morning of July 10th 2020.
Maurice was born in Edmonton, North London on January 1st 1930. Although from an early age he had an interest in photography he did not immediately go into the profession, first training and then working as a toolmaker. He pursued photography as a hobby, becoming a member of Edmonton Camera Club, and was awarded a Fellowship of the RPS in 1968. Some images from his successful panel can be seen in the AV presentation. He only made the change to professional when he came to live in Ireland with his wife Ettie. They first lived in Newport Co. Mayo in the early 70’s, where his love for the west of Ireland grew and many of his images reflect that affection.
They moved to Clondalkin in about 1974 and Maurice became much in demand as a wedding and portrait photographer, frequently called on in later years by clients whose parents' wedding he had also photographed.
In many cases, when photographers make the move to professional, they lose interest in amateur photography but not so with Maurice. He joined Palmerstown Photographic Society and was made an Honorary member in 1984, staying in the Club until it closed in the mid 90’s. While he joined Clondalkin CC in 1993, before Palmerstown closed, he made it very clear that he would remain loyal to Palmerstown with regard to the use of his images in competitions etc.
Maurice began manipulating images long before digital photography and Photoshop were ever heard of. His use of painting over prints with photographic dyes to improve images was superb. On one occasion he described changing the colour of dozens of tiny flowers growing among the grass a bride was standing on, because he didn’t think the colour went with her dress. While taking photos in St Stephen’s Green people lying out on the grass in the background were hard to avoid so Maurice simply changed them into bushes when the images were printed. As well as being a Fellow of the RPS he was awarded an Associateship of the IPPA and won many medals in the IPPA, with some of the images you can see in the accompanying AV.
As a camera club member his generosity in sharing his expertise knew no bounds, frequently leading workshops, particularly on portraiture, and always helpful with advice on outings which he thoroughly enjoyed, especially the coffee and chat which invariably followed.
When the digital age arrived he embraced the new technology both by scanning negatives and working on them digitally and he also bought an early Fugi digital camera. He spent many hours learning and practicing his skills on the computer and when he was getting images printed would often supervise that stage as well retaining total control over his images.
Maurice was in great demand and equally generous with his time in supporting other clubs both as a guest speaker and competition judge.
Possibly the cruelest twist of fate came when Maurice’s eyesight deteriorated and he was left virtually blind. Yet he could still talk about an image, how he created it, and remember every detail as if he could still see it in front of him.
His creativity and devotion to improving his skills at his art will long be remembered by all of us who knew him. His good humour and friendship will be greatly missed.
Colour Images Competition March 2022 results.
There was a total of 51 Images from 13 authors in this Colour Images Competition.
There were 16 images in the Novice section, from 4 authors.
There were 11 images in the Intermediate section, from 3 authors.
There were 24 images in the Advanced section, from 6 authors.
Details of the winning images titles and authors have been uploaded to the Monthly Competitions page.
The judge was Terry Conroy from Portlaoise Camera Club, whose work can be seen on the Portlaoise Camera Club website – here's the link - https://portlaoisecameraclub.weebly.com/terry-conroy.html
Tuesday 01 February 2022.
Tonight at the Club some of our Members shared their images, as the theme for the night was “My Greatest Shot – and why”.
Tim O'Brien went first and showed an Image of a Fulmar in flight which was made in April 2003, and which needed cleaning up so it could be printed and framed to match another maritime related picture he had. He has detailed the steps in his blog – here's the link - http://tim-timsfotos.blogspot.com/2021/12/head-on-fulmar-in-flight.html
John Turner has a selection of 7 images, all monochrome, which were his favourites. The first image was a 30 year old portrait of his son, posing with a guitar, and lit with natural light. A timeless image. John also showed a portrait he had made at a workshop of one of the other participants, as well as some images from his travels, a monk, a woman standing in a doorway and a lovely image of some dusty bottles. Some of these images are in his Members Gallery on the website entitles “The Monk” and “Taking a Breather”. Here's the link - https://clondalkincameraclub.com/members-galleries
Brian McKeown showed an image of yellow and blue flowers, which he had transformed into a Monet like image. Brian showed us the steps he had taken in Photoshop to get the final image which won joint 1st place in the Advanced section of the January 2022 Colour Images Competition, where it's title is “All Together Now” in Monthly Competitions section of the website.
Nora Sleator showed us 2 images, the first being an orange lily up close, showing the beautiful curves and colour of the plant. This image is entitled “Lily” on her Members Gallery. The second image was a lovely monochrome portrait of her daughters.
Joe Joyce showed us 2 sunset images from the boathouse at Carton Estate taken 1 day apart and showing the dramatic changes in 24 hours. He also had a lovely panned shot of a motorcyclist at Mondello Park. “Carton Boathouse Sunset” is the title of one of the sunsets on the members Gallery.
Ruth McConigny showed us 2 images taken in the Far East. One was of Palm Trees emerging from the early morning mist, and the other was of the same area after the mist had burned off. A dramatic change in just a few hours. More of Ruth's images will be on her Members Gallery shortly.
Aoife Finnegan had a lovely image of a small girl resting in a hammock taken during a trip to Vietnam. While viewing the image some of the other members suggested cropping the image, which changed the image and enhanced it, demonstrating what a very simple action, like cropping, can make to an image.
Unfortunately some members had difficulty sharing their screens on the Zoom meeting, so maybe we can look at these images at a later date, possibly before the start of the main meeting.
Hopefully I haven't missed anyone out. If so, please contact me on Whatsapp.
Next Tuesday 8th February is the hand in date for Mono Images Competition and the Projected Images Competition on 15th.
Our guest speaker next Tuesday is Anne Sophie Gigan from Dublin Camera Club.
Tuesday 08 February 2022.
Tonight our guest speaker was Anne-Sophie Gigan, LIPF, a member of Dublin Camera Club.
Sophie's main interest is Dance, and she showed us a selection of her images of dancers, all taken outdoors using natural light, can be seen in her book “Dublin Dancers & Dreams”, which portrays a variety of dance styles while using Dublin city's most iconic landmarks. It's ISBN reference is 978-1527280106.
She also showed us her LIPF panel, and her work can be seen on her website – here's the link - https://annesophiegigan.com
On 18 January 1988, Millennium Year, the first meeting of Clondalkin Camera Club was held.
So this year is our 34th year! Some of us were there from the early days, which proves there's no getting rid of some folk!!!
Thanks to Joe Doyle AIPF, ARPS, EFIAP Platinum, from Malahide Camera Club for a most entertaining and informative talk last Tuesday 11th January on Monochrome Image development. Joe demonstrated the steps and programs he uses to develop his monochrome images to get the very best from them. His work can be seen on his website - here's the link - https://joedoylephotography.com
Colour Images Competition January 2022 results.
There were 59 Images from 15 authors in this Colour Images Competition.
There were 20 images in the Novice section, from 5 authors.
1st place – 20 points – Bog Walk by Darren Hanlon,
2nd place – 19 points – Smile by Andrew Hennessy Behan,
3rd place – 18 points – Ford Mustang GT by Andrea Acosta.
There were 16 images in the Intermediate section, from 4 authors.
1st place – 20 points – Lonesome Boatman by Mick Clemenger,
2nd place – 19 points – Red Kite by Dominic Gaffney,
3rd place – 18 points – January Dawn by Dominic Gaffney.
There were 23 images in the Advanced section, from 6 authors.
Joint 1st place – 20 points – Tulip in Vase by Liz O'Neill, and All Together Now by Brian McKeown,
2nd place – 19 points – Over the Edge by Brendan Kneafsey,
3rd place – 18 points – Wood Blewit by Brendan Kneafsey.
The judge was Gerry Kerr FIPF, ARPS, EFIAP/g from Celbridge Camera Club, whose work can be seen on his website – here's the link - https://www.gerrykerr.com Gerry's interests include travel, people, nature/wildlife, and more recently, creative images made with composite components.
Thanks to Gerry for his helpful and constructive comments on the entries, especially useful for the Novices, and no harm for the other grades either. It is always a good thing to have someone constructively comment on your images.
The First, Second and Third placed Images in all grades are now on the Monthly Competitions page.
The next Competition will be Mono Images Competition and Projected Images Competition will be held on February 15th with the hand in a week earlier on 8h February. Watch the website and Facebook page for updates.
Clondalkin Camera Club was formed in 1988 (Millennium Year) when a small group of like-minded people with an interest in photography got together, at the suggestion of Mr. Finbarr Brady, then Principal of St Joseph's Boys School on the Boot Road, Clondalkin. Finbarr's enthusiasm was matched by his actions as he provided us with a meeting place and a room to be set up as a darkroom.
34 years later and the Club has gone from strength to strength and now has around 40 members.
The Club is made up of photographers of all levels of experience from the complete beginner to professional. The Club is also affiliated to The Irish Photographic Federation (IPF), which is the governing body for Camera Clubs and Photographic Societies in the Republic of Ireland.
As we are a smaller Club there is a friendly and welcoming atmosphere where members can meet together (by Zoom at present due to COVID-19 restrictions), to discuss and develop their photography skills.
Our Members will be only too happy to help you by sharing their knowledge and information and answer any questions you may have.
Our Sunday Morning Outings - are normally held on the third Sunday of the month - are a great way to gather information and ask questions “in the field”.
We would love to see you there. Check our Events page for the date of the next Sunday Morning Outing, which are subject to the COVID-19 guidelines in force at the time.
Our Basics of Photography classes normally run over 6-8 weeks normally starting at the end of September and again at the end of January, currently by Zoom teleconference. These classes are constantly being updated and refined to reflect current developments and members needs. If you're interested in attending please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
From the beginning of September until the end of May, club meetings are held once a week on a Tuesday evening at 19:30 by Zoom. Check our events page for details.
There are a wide range of activities which takes place during the season. These include workshops, guest speakers, presentations, competitions (at club, Regional, National and International levels). See our Events page for more details.
Wanted - your images for our Members Gallery.
Please submit 15-20 of you best or favourite images for us to upload to our new website. Check our www.clondalkincameraclub.com and go to the Members Galleries tab.
You can send your images to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do the rest - resize, add a copyright mark etc.
You can contact us by email to email@example.com. We also have a Facebook page which our Members can access.
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