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Enjoy reading an archive of some of the previous news reports from Truro Camera Club

Tuesday 12th May
Truro Camera Club members joined other Cornish camera club members in Truro College on Tuesday evening for the Cornwall Photographic Alliance annual competition. 
Fourteen Cornish clubs from Wadebridge and Launceston in the north of the county to Penzance and St Ives in the west compete once a year to see who will be crowned the top club of the year. Each club enters 15 prints and 15 digital images which are marked from 2 up to 5 by international standard judges and all results are collated for the final result. Individual awards were best monochrome digital image of Drying Sheds Rail Link by Chris Robins from St Austell Club. The best monochrome print was by Pendennis Cup by John Ray from St Ives Club. The best creative image was by Peter Menear from Penwith Photographic Group. Dean Evans from Falmouth Club  won the best colour print with Three Creeks Service Station while Chris Robbins from Launceston Camera Club took top place with best digital image and best overall image with Defensive Blue Tit. The battle between the clubs resulted in a tie for best print portfolio between Launceston Camera Club and St Ives Camera Club. Launceston Camera Club triumphed with the best digital portfolio and most points scored. There were also 17 highly commended certificatesawarded. The CPA wishes to thank Tony & Jenny Byram and Gill Cardy for all their hard work judging over 400 entries. If you want to improve your photography and get involved in your local camera club please visit www.cornwallphotographicalliance.btck.co.uk to find your local camera club.

Monday 20th April
The final meeting (of the ‘winter season’) of Truro Camera Club was held.
It was a fitting end to an excellent year – with two fine presentations from Barry
Heaton and Ian French (vastly different in content, but maintaining quality throughout). 
As a newcomer to the Club, Barry that he had left Cornwall and developed an interest
in landscape photography – partly fostered by joining the Carlisle Camera Club.   Early snaps of the Lake District and Scotland were shown and, increasingly, he’d started to learn about composition.  In particular, he highlighted the value of using the ‘histogram’ in improving appropriate range of brightness in his images.  Secondly, Barry began using graduated filters – as a means of controlling the impact of excessively bright skies.  Early morning views from various summits amply showed his commitment and determination.
Also, he has enjoyed ‘people-watching’ – especially characters at the Edinburgh Festival and
some in Dublin.  Youngsters and family events are currently another direction of interest.
Prior to the interval, Nicholas Richards gave a short insight into ‘time-lapse’ photography
aided by Adrian Rowlands views of an eclipse.
Ian French, in contrast, ‘took’ the Club on his three-year cruise – starting in September
1978 and ending in Falmouth on July 6th 1981.  His son was only 20 months at the time of the epic adventure.  They had no radio or other navigational aid.  Having crossed
the Atlantic, they stopped at Grenada, Union Island, US Virgin Islands – before passing through the Panama Canal and onwards to Tonga and Fiji.  Eventually, Ian and Sylvia spent 5 months in New Zealand.
Australia was the next destination – sailing past the Great Barrier Reef towards Darwin.  South Africa followed with a welcome break from the oceans.  St. Helena and Ascension Island were further stopping points, before returning to Falmouth.
Peter Bragg was full of admiration for the organisation that Ian and Sylvia had made to
undertake such a voyage.
In closing the evening, Roy McBryde thanked both speakers and reminded the audience of the importance of the forthcoming AGM and the need for certain key posts to be
filled.

Monday 13th April
Truro Camera Club was pleased to have ‘training session’ by Adrian Rowlands. 
His presentation was entitled ‘Taking photographs inside buildings’.
At the outset, Adrian referred to the type of equipment that would be needed –
tripods/cameras and lenses.  Different film speeds were mentioned (recognising also the problems of poor lighting and restrictions on the use of flash). 
Taking advantage of available surfaces/furniture was seen as being a
useful way of reducing unwanted movement.
After the break, attention was given to photography within parts of buildings –
staircases; wall-paper; exhibits; statues and the like.  Again, the use of tripods and flash was often discouraged.  It was frequently the case that one had to decide want you to achieve and observe interests of others.
Adrian’s talk accompanied by a wealth of images – illustrating various buildings within
Europe.
In thanking Adrian, Christine Huddleston was appreciative of the ‘breadth’ of the subject
and the advice that had been nurtured over many years. 
Next week, the Club looks forward to seeing work from Ian French and Barry Heaton – with,
possibly, a short insight into time-lapse photography.

Monday the 30th March
Truro Camera Club held another of its weekly meetings at Carnon Downs Village Hall.
There was a discussion as to the merits of entries, 30 in total, both for the print and digital images to be entered into this years Cornwall Photographic Alliance  competition to be held on the 12th May 2015 at Truro College.  (www.cornwallphotographicalliance.btck.co.uk)
Truro is one of the 12 clubs entering this years competition with judges arriving from the Bristol area, it should be an exciting competition with the usual high standard of Cornish Club entries.
The winter programme is coming towards its climax with the AGM on the 27th April, there then follows the clubs Summer Meetings, watch out for more details at a later date.
We must thank members Lynn and Nicki for the raffle and Thelma, Chris, Sue and Danny for the refreshments


Monday 23rd March
Truro Camera Club held another of its weekly meetings at Carnon Downs Village Hall.
The evening was devoted to the "Print of the Year“ competition judged by Brian Crick from St Ives Camera Club.
The first half of the evening members enjoyed  the Black and White print section, won this year by Margaret Hocking with her image titled "Baie Du Mont St Michel" a superb image and beautifully printed.
The second half consisted of the colour section for Print of the Year, won this year by Danny Hope with his interpretation of a “Victorian Hell” a thought provoking image of the highest quality.
Brian Crick presented the cups to Margaret and Danny for their winning entries.
A number of comments were made by Brian during the evening and they included, don’t leave anything in the image if it does not improve  it, take as many photographs of an image as you can both in portrait and landscape, so giving you a different view point, with black and white images make sure that on printing, there is no colour cast to the final result.
The raffle was run by Lynne and Nikki and the all important mid evening refreshments by Chris and Joan, our thanks to all the ladies involved.
The next meeting will be on Monday the 30th March, when the club will be reviewing the Cornwall Photograph Alliance entries.