Doug Allan – An Eye for an Image – hosted by Kilmaurs Photographic Club

On Monday 14th January 2019, we welcomed this season’s keynote speaker, acclaimed wildlife cameraman and photographer, Doug Allan.

An Eye for an Image – Highlights from 45 years of Photography

was presented at St Joseph’s Academy, Grassyards Road, Kilmarnock

Doug Allan and husky, GreenlandDoug Allan is well known for his topside and underwater cinematography; he contributed to all the BBC’s Planets from Blue to Frozen. But he’s also an accomplished award winning stills photographer, an honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and twice winner of the underwater category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Join  Highs and lows, techniques, tools and tips, imagination, inspiration and sometimes perspiration.
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You win some, you lose some

1. Bill Terrance Rose Urie winner 2018

Clive Watkins presents the Rose Urie trophy to Bill Terrance

It’s been a very competitiony sort of end to the year at Kilmaurs Photographic Club. And as is always the case, some folk went away delighted while others were left to dust themselves down in time for the next challenge.

The process started two weeks ago with the judging of the annual Rose Urie, and a splendid number of entries saw a busy night for judge, Clive Watkins. Continue reading

Are you in the market for great images?

Tis the season to be merry and to take your camera to the various Christmas markets. Text and images by Fiona Wallace.

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Capture the colour and busyness of the market

Recent years have seen the rise of one particular aspect of the festive season: the Christmas market. A common sight in Edinburgh and Glasgow for over a decade, many more towns are now copying their big cousins and hosting their own versions, albeit on a much smaller scale.  With these cheerful, fuzzily warm and colourful events being ripe for fabulous photographic opportunities, here are our top tips for capturing some great shots.   And the beauty is that it doesn’t matter if you don’t need to have expensive equipment: you can get good images using a phone camera or a compact. Continue reading

The kids of today …?

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The Bridge Carrick shows how the “rules” of showing your model’s face can be broken to great effect

You know the trouble with kids of today; they don’t want to do anything except look at facebook on their mobile phones and play mindless games on their computers. Or so the customary grumble goes – usually from old fogeys like me.

But for one Kilmarnock teenager, nothing could be further from the truth. Kilmaurs Photographic Club’s youngest member, 19 year old Carrick Dreghorn, has certainly managed to buck that stereotype of the youth of today and is using his talents to produce stunning images of life around him. Continue reading

Strokes of genius

3. Swan at Knapps Loch

Campbell Skinner’s “Swan at Knapps Loch”


Fiona Wallace looks forward to hearing her old tennis partner talk about his “other life” in photography at Kilmaurs Photographic Club’s next meeting.

The guest speaker on Monday November 26th is another frequent visitor to Kilmaurs Photographic Club – Campbell Skinner.

Campbell, who is president of Greenock Camera Club, may be better known to members as a photographic competition judge. Indeed he last joined us in February of this year when he judged the club’s 2nd Open competition.

On this occasion, however, Campbell will be slipping on his behind the lens hat, and will give us a presentation of images that best sum up his own personal journey in photography. Continue reading

ReJoyce!!!

1 Joyce Robinson receiving trophy

Joyce Robinson receives the trophy for winning image of the 1st Open competition from judge, Roy Smith

The competition season got well and truly into full swing last Monday when the 1st Open competition  results were announced. And for one Kilmaurs couple, there was plenty of reason to rejoice.

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Colin Robinson’s Bunker Shot is well above par for a silver award

In an evening which boasted some 105 images, Colin Robinson scored 59 out of a possible maximum of 60 points for his top three images.

But it was his wife Joyce who had most cause to celebrate when, in addition to bagging 58 points, her image Waterfall Detail was judged as the overall Best in Competition.  Continue reading

Frosty receptions

Frosty receptions

Well, it’s November already and the first frosts have hit us. For most areas these have been fairly restricted to early mornings only and the reward for having had to dig out the warm winter jackets, the woolly hats and the gloves is that the rest of the day has given us plenty of sunshine and the evenings have featured some gorgeous starry skies.

1. Frosty glow on the River Irvine

Frosty glow on the River Irvine

The crispness of the season has of course yielded some rather nice images, a selection of which are featured this week. At this time of year we see the sky lit up with stars and the moon, as well as that marvellous vision – the Milky Way.  We are also seeing the dying embers of the fireshow that is autumn, and many areas are still aglow with oranges and reds. Continue reading

There’ll be fireworks!

It’s that time of year again when firework displays are to be seen (and heard!) all across the county. Kilmaurs Photographic Club offers our top tips for how you can get the best out of your Bonfire Night images.

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Kay Park display, captured by club president Bill Stitt

Love them or think they are an anti-social nuisance, one thing is for sure; firework events offer a wealth of photo opportunities. And like in most things to do with cameras, there are some tricks and tips you can do to make your images into stunning photos. Continue reading

Streets ahead

Streets ahead

Fiona Wallace of Kilmaurs Photographic Club looks forward to exploring the subject of street photography with guest speaker, Stephen Cosh.

The word on the street

The word “photographer” for many summons up the picture of someone meticulously setting up equipment and posing subjects for studio portraits, or out in the countryside waiting for the perfect sunrise or sunset or for the appearance of a shy animal. In both of these common scenarios, the common factor is that the photographer has planned the event in some detail in advance and has given a lot of time and consideration to taking the shot.

But what if there was a type of photography where spontaneity and capturing those instant moments of day to day life is the key ingredient?   Well, there is, and it is called street. So what actually is street and what makes it so exciting? Continue reading

Quaiching in their boots

As they say on Strictly – the results are in.

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“Scotrail tests new flux capacitor” This imaginative image of Jim’s was awarded 19 points in the Transport category

The wait for the results of the first competition of the year is now over. And for those members of Kilmaurs Photographic Club who entered the Quig Quaich event, a couple of weeks of anxious fingernail biting has drawn to a close.

The Quig Quaich is awarded annually by club founder president Bob Quig. Entrants are given six subjects before the end of the lecture season in April. The idea is then to choose a maximum of three of these, with a view to spending the summer recess in search of the perfect image in those categories.  Entrants may put in up to six images, with a maximum of two from each of their three chosen categories. Continue reading

Alan’s Quest to be the Best

One club member’s journey from dabbler to ‘serious amateur’ 

Which way Now - Alan Stewart

Which way now? Alan captures the vastness of the Canadian landscape and climate

Over the summer, many of us at Kilmaurs Photographic Club have been out and about with our cameras in search of that perfect image. And a stalwart of club outings is syllabus secretary Alan Stewart, on whom we focus this week.

Alan has only been seriously involved in photography for about 4 years since he retired. The Stewarton resident tells us that he sees himself as a ‘hobby photographer trying to be a slightly more serious amateur’. Continue reading