Art & Record exhibitions

Posted 27/8/16

The annual exhibitions of our Art and Record Groups are now on, at the club rooms, 10 - 4 today and tomorrow (Sunday). Some of the Art Group's work is for sale. Here are some views.

In the last of those scenes visitors were invited to vote for the best picture.

Note added later: the competition was won by Benny Tasker with painting number 7 (in the middle of the top row above). He chooses the theme of the next competition at Christmas, which will be "a winter scene".

(Photos by Graham)

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 Club outing to Morpeth

Posted 18/8/16

Five of us had a stroll along the river bank in Morpeth this evening. After a good sunny day the clouds were gathering, so the light was not conducive to great photography.

 Club outing to Seaham

Posted 14/7/16

Six of us made it to Seaham Harbour this afternoon. Here are some of us hearing about the Seaham Lifeboat Disaster of 1962. Behind us is the boat involved, restored after having been discovered for sale on eBay!

(Photo by Graham)

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 Sad news - Ted Baldry

Posted 30/6/16

By Howard Wilson

If you have read the Film Pack you will be aware that we told you that Ted was very poorly.

I am sorry to tell you that Ted passed away at 6.00pm tonight (Wed 29th), in the Freeman Hospital. Ted had been a member for many years and had been President twice as well as being slides comp sec many years ago.

He was always anxious about the good of the Society and in the last 18 months or so would frequently voice his concern at membership numbers and would speak from the heart about this at committee meetings.

He and Shirley were a couple who once you had met, you would not forget and we all know how Ted was affected by Shirley's sad passing. For the past 12 months or so he has been struggling with his health and his hospital visits were becoming more frequent. Nevertheless, he came to the TPS meetings whenever he could - getting a lift from Arthur, Keith or me.

We will miss Ted for many, many reasons but I think he should be remembered first and foremost as a staunch supporter of Tynemouth Photographic Society.

We offer our condolences to his family - brother, daughters and grandchildren.

Note added 9/7/16: The funeral will take place at 11am on Friday 22nd July at Holy Saviours Church, Tynemouth.

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 Club visit to Seaton Delaval Hall

Posted 16/6/16

At least 7 of us made it to this event, ignoring the dull weather. Here are some of us in the café:

Despite the weather there were some photo opportunities to be had:

(Photos by Graham)

 Proposed new group

Posted 30/5/16

It has been mooted that we might start a new group within the society, with the main aim of recruiting new members. The following text was displayed for visitors at our recent exhibition.

Do you like taking photographs, but don't think that a traditional photographic society is for you?
Why not join our new daytime Photographic Group starting in September!
A chance to share images, improve technique and meet new people in an informal atmosphere.
If you would be interested in joining us, please leave your contact details with one of the stewards today and we will be in touch with you nearer the time.

This would be an afternoon group, probably meeting on Mondays from late September (weekly/fortnightly/monthly? - to be decided). The idea would be for people to bring their photos (or even go out and take some as part of the session) and we would then display them (use USB sticks, etc) and everyone talk about them. We could discuss both technical and creative aspects and try to help and encourage people to do more.

There would be a small charge for attending a session but we would hope to get people sufficiently motivated to become full members after a while.

Margaret and Graham are aiming to get this going, if the club agrees with the idea. Meanwhile your comments would be welcome (to any member of the committee).

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 Presentation night

Posted 12/5/16

Some photos:

Councillor Gary Bell (Chairman of North Tyneside Council), Sarah Timney (TPS President) & Alan Fowler (exhibition judge)

John McGuinness receiving the Dr Knox Trophy (best seasonal advanced colour prints)

Arthur Smith receiving the Agar Trophy (best seasonal advanced projected images)

Graham Relf receiving the John Furlong Trophy (best seasonal club monochrome prints)

More photos and the full list of awards may be found in the June Film Pack.

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 Social at Shiremoor

Posted 6/5/16

Report by Dorothy Wilson

Nine members and one visitor attended the annual social evening dinner at Shiremoor House Farm on Thursday evening, 5th May. Everyone was in a talkative mood which was just as well as there was quite a wait for food that evening. The Shiremoor Farm was very popular that night. Eventually everyone tucked into their ordered choices and enjoyed an end of season event. Another member turned up later in the evening just for a drink and chat.

Maybe those who missed our social evening this year can make it next time.

Photo provided by John Burton.

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 Annual General Meeting 2016

Posted 29/4/16

At the AGM last night we heard numerous reports and voted on some changes.

 Annual membership fees

On the Treasurer's advice, fees which had been held fixed for 6 years were agreed to be increased, to the following.

Here "concessions" are available to members receiving the state pension and "joint" means two members living at the same postal address.

NB: Subscriptions for the coming year are now due.

 President's Trophy 2017

The theme for next year is "texture".

 Committee members

The committee was re-elected except for two changes: Howard Wilson is the new Vice-President (Jennifer wished to step down) and Graham Relf is the new web site manager.

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 We won!

Posted 1/4/16

By Howard Wilson

Well it is a dull day here, but so far as Tynemouth PS members are concerned the sun is shining. We won the N Tyne Interclub last night and we won by quite a margin. Indeed, at the end I thought my adding up was wrong, to be 12 points ahead.

We were trailing early on but by the half way stage we were joint second, 6 points behind North Shields. Just after that we started pulling away, with a 27, 28, 29 and another 29. Thanks to John, Robin and Keith for those scores.

TPS 210, Cramlington (who took top picture) and Whitley Bay 198 each.

Table of results

Sarah Timney (TPS President) accepts the trophy from Stephen Fowler (judge)

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 Nik software

Posted 30/3/16

Big news for photographers in the last few days has been Google's surprise move of making the entire Nik software collection available completely free. It can be downloaded as a 430Mbyte executable file from When run, this seeks out any Lightroom and Photoshop versions you have installed and then installs itself as a set of plug-ins for those applications.

In the meeting of our Digital & Practical Group last night, Larry Bedigan demonstrated how to use these plug-ins in both Lightroom and Photoshop. He is likely to cover this further in next month's meeting of the group.

The meeting last night also voted to keep the Group running for the coming year with Larry in charge.

New 8/4/16: Some links to tutorials about Nik software have been added to our Links page.

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