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

On Monday 14th January 2019, at 7:30pm, we welcome this season’s keynote speaker, acclaimed wildlife cameraman and photographer, Doug Allan.

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

will be presented at St Joseph’s Academy, Grassyards Road, Kilmarnock

Tickets priced at £10 are available from TICKETSOURCE

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 him for a special presentation. Highs and lows, techniques, tools and tips, imagination, inspiration and sometimes perspiration – all will be revealed.
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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.

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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

Falling into Autumn

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Susan Walker’s stunning capture of the Falls of Braan, Perthshire

Kilmaurs PC member Fiona Wallace dons her warmer jacket and heads out to see what this glorious season offers photographers.

You can hardly have failed to notice that the nights are getting darker earlier and the temperatures are dropping. Also beginning to drop are the leaves from trees and shrubs, but accompanying that is that magical colour change that characterises autumn and which gives it that special appeal to the photographers at Kilmaurs Photographic Club and beyond. Continue reading

The Turner Prize

Peak Pursuit

An exquisite shot of man’s struggle against the mountain. Peak Pursuit (Clive D Turner)

After the success of our opening night, Kilmaurs Photographic Club certainly has won a prize in the form of next Monday night’s speaker – renowned photographer Clive D Turner. Continue reading

New Beginnings – Start of the new season

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Club member Robin presents this stunning capture from the Scottish International Airshow at Prestwick last weekend

It is getting dark noticeably earlier these days, so that means one thing: Kilmaurs Photographic Club is eagerly awaiting its first night back for the autumn/winter season.

The routine Monday programme resumes on September 17th and this season is all set to be a rip-roaring success. Continue reading