A Whiter Shade of Pale

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Rannoch Icy Morning, taken by Dale Powell. Colour and texture give this image a life, especially over the foreground.

Winter is upon us, and rather than out our feet up, many at Kilmaurs Photographic Club are taking to the great outdoors to capture the wealth of photo opportunities the season brings. Fiona Wallace dons her big coat and trips a light fandango off to see what photographers can expect from this coldest of seasons.

Winter is an interesting season and of course is associated with snow. While we don’t get the white stuff for months on end, we do get enough of it to make us ooh and ahhh at how pretty our native landscape is when under a white blanket.  That is, of course, before we curse at it for disrupting our daily lives.  But love it or hate it, many of us will have the camera out to capture the moments of winter glory, whether it be an artistic shot or a quick snap on the phone camera.  So how do we get the best out of our snow shots? Continue reading “A Whiter Shade of Pale”

Class Act

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Shadow play. Doug Allan in full (ice) flow at Kilmaurs Photographic Club’s keynote talk. Image by Martin Clark

If the early weeks of the new year are anything to go by, then this promises to be a bumper year for Kilmaurs Photographic Club.

2019 got off to a rip-roaring start with two highly successful events (Doug Allan’s show and the School’s Photography Competition), both of which have set the bar colossally high for the Kilmaurs club. Continue reading “Class Act”

Primary Colours

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Jackets by P6 pupils from Dunlop Primary School – one of their winning images in the Schools Photography competition run by Kilmaurs Photographic Club


 A second major feature in the club’s early year calendar of events was the Schools Photography Competition.

Organised by the Kilmaurs club, the competition saw four local primary schools put their recently-acquired photography skills into practice.   Participating in the event were Kilmaurs Primary, Nether Robertland Primary, Dunlop Primary and Lainshaw Primary. Continue reading “Primary Colours”

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 “You win some, you lose some”

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 “Are you in the market for great images?”

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 “The kids of today …?”

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 “Strokes of genius”


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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 “ReJoyce!!!”

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 “Frosty receptions”