News 2021-2022

In the Herald - It’s not just a load of hot air
Posted on Thu 22 Sep 2022

On a warm and sunny late August Saturday afternoon a small number of Irvine Camera Club members set off to Strathaven for the return of the annual hot-air balloon festival following a gap of 2 years due to the pandemic. 

Strathaven is small town and over the weekend of the festival it...

In the Herald - It's A walk in the Park
Posted on Wed 14 Sep 2022

For our last mid-week summer photo walk this year, members of Irvine Camera Club headed down to Rozelle Park in Ayr.  As soon as we arrived we had to work quickly because the light was already beginning to go.  It is amazing just how quickly the days have begun to shorten as...

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In the Herald - Making a big impression
Posted on Wed 7 Sep 2022

I am very pleased to report that Irvine Camera Club has once again been enjoying some fantastic success on the national photographic scene.  Earlier in the year the club entered the Scottish Photographic Federation Print Championship.  Camera clubs and photographic societies...

In the Herald - A Bute of a Day
Posted on Wed 31 Aug 2022

As we drove along the Kilbirnie road early on Saturday morning, dropping down into Largs we were greeted by a bank of fog and light drizzle.  Not exactly an encouraging start for our day trip to Bute!  Fortunately, the sun didn’t take long to start to burn away the gloomy...

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In the Herald - A trip to the old harbour
Posted on Wed 24 Aug 2022

Just like last year, Irvine Camera Club had another beautiful evening a Portencross last Wednesday.  The glorious weather also brought out anglers, paddle boarders as well kids and families, all keen to make the most of warm evening sunshine.

Our keen photographers made the most of...

SPF Print Championship - Individual Scores
Posted on Sun 21 Aug 2022

These are the individual print scores from the 2022 SPF Print Championship which saw Irvine Camera Club come 4th in the Colour Prints and 8th Overall.

All prints scored from 2 to 5 by three judges, giving a minimum total score of 6 and a maximum of 15

Well done to everyone...

In the Herald - Running total at the games
Posted on Wed 17 Aug 2022

For the first time since the pandemic, Dundonald held it’s Highland Games last weekend.  A precursor to the big event was the Dundonald 10K run.  Several Irvine Camera Club members turned up on Wednesday evening to get some photos of the athletes.  We asked them to try to get some...

In the Herald - Model examples of editorial shots
Posted on Wed 10 Aug 2022

On a warm but breezy last day of July, a group of Irvine Camera Club members met up with Derek Dunlop Photography for a few hours of editorial photography training.  Derek used to be a member of the club before going on to set up his own photography business.  He is an award-winning...

In the Herald - Great views of the castle
Posted on Wed 3 Aug 2022

Last week Irvine Camera Club decided to take a trip to a location that we haven’t visited before, Kelburn Castle & Estate.  Access is available to the estate after the visitor centre closes.  A large group of us assembled in the car park and we set off to explore.   ...

Our New Venue for 2022-2023
Posted on Sun 31 Jul 2022

Dear Club Member,

As you may know, the committee have been actively looking for suitable accommodation for next year's club season.  I am pleased to announce that we have found and secured a new venue.  In order to get the new room we have had to change our meeting night from a...

In the Herald - Landscape full of Scots history
Posted on Wed 27 Jul 2022

In the latest of Irvine Camera Club’s summer photo walks, some of our members took a trip down to Alloway to explore the area around Brig O’ Doon.  This location is steeped in the history of Rabbie Burns and probably his most famous poem, Tam O’s Shanter.

We had been hoping for...

In the Herald - Camera club off to college
Posted on Wed 20 Jul 2022

Last week Irvine Camera Club took a wee trip down to Auchincruive just east of Ayr.  Up until 2007 the estate was home to the Scottish Agricultural College.  Many of the college buildings remain giving the abandoned site a ghostly atmosphere, perfect for capturing some interesting...

In the Herald - Paisley pattern is put into focus
Posted on Wed 13 Jul 2022

Paisley Photo-Walk by Fiona Wallace

Wednesday 23rd June saw Irvine Camera Club take to the streets of Paisley for our Wednesday evening photo-walk.   Having lived in the area for some time, I volunteered to take a group of club members on a tour of the town centre.  The...

In the Herald - Mystery of the SS Kaffir wreck
Posted on Wed 6 Jul 2022

A couple of weeks ago, Irvine Camera Club decided to take a saunter down to the shipwreck of the SS Kaffir, whose decaying remains sit broken in two and jutting awkwardly from the sea just north of Ayr harbour.  We had chosen the time carefully to coincide with a low tide so that we could...

In the Herald - The perfect setting to snap away
Posted on Wed 29 Jun 2022

A few weeks ago, Irvine Camera Club visited Dumfries House, not far from Cumnock, on another of our popular summer photo walks.  Dumfries House is one of Britain's most beautiful stately homes. Set in 2,000 acres of land it offered our keen photographers plenty of subjects to aim their...

In the Herald - Walkway with stunning views
Posted on Wed 22 Jun 2022

Dunure provides top backdrop for photos

On a beautiful summer’s evening a couple of weeks ago, members of Irvine Camera Club headed down to Dunure Castle for a Wednesday night photo-walk.  Dunure is one of our favourite locations as it offers spectacular views of the...

Doon Valley Railway - Dunaskin - Father’s Day
Posted on Sun 19 Jun 2022

If interested, please make your own arrangements to go along. No "official" SC workshop upload for your images, but you may wish to share in our Facebook group.

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In the Herald - Bargany Gardens provides the most beautiful setting
Posted on Wed 15 Jun 2022

Over the course of a few days at the end of May several of our members took advantage of the opening of Bargany Gardens to the public.  Bargany, near Grivan, has an extensive 5- acre mature woodland garden with a fine show of azaleas and rhododendrons.  There is also a lovely lake with...

In the Herald - The walkways and waterfalls
Posted on Wed 8 Jun 2022

A couple of weeks ago Irvine Camera Club took a short hike up the glen at Fairlie as one of our regular photo walks.  With stout footwear and suitable waterproof layers we trapsed up the steep path from Fairlie Station to the castle.  As it was cloaked in scaffolding and undergoing...

In the Herald - Photo-walk helped us tell our stories through pictures
Posted on Wed 1 Jun 2022

In order to encourage our members to enter the recent “Stories Through the Lens” photo competition run by The Trinity, Irvine Camera Club organised a photo-walk in Irvine a few weeks ago.

2022 is ‘Scotland’s Year of Stories’ and North Ayrshire’s story is written in its mix of coast and...

In the Herald - Better weather for castle visit
Posted on Wed 25 May 2022

Culzean Trip by Alan Kempster

On Wednesday the 11th of May, Irvine Camera Club’s Photo-walk evening was to Culzean Castle and Gardens.  Although the National Trust property closes its gates at 5 pm it is possible to park at Maidens and walk along the beautiful sandy beach to the steep...

Mauchline Holy Fair - for info* - Sat 28 th May
Posted on Tue 24 May 2022
* NB our main Programme Trip in the afternoon -
Sat 28 May 2022 11:00am -...
Biker Charity Event - Ardrossan - for info* - Sat 28th May 2-6pm
Posted on Tue 24 May 2022
* NB our main Programme Trip in the afternoon -

If interested, please make your own arrangements to go along. No "official...

In the Herald - A grand day out in the city of Belfast
Posted on Wed 18 May 2022

After seeing an advertisement for Dodds Of Troon on the same page as our Herald feature a couple of weeks ago, the club decided to take advantage of their day trip to Belfast.   Seven keen club members (plus one husband!) signed up for the coach and ferry trip.   On a rather...

In the Herald - Greenock in springtime
Posted on Wed 11 May 2022

Irvine Camera Club went on a bit of road trip up to the waterfront at Greenock last Wednesday evening.  Club member Fiona Wallace knows the area well and she kindly volunteered to be our guide for the evening.  With a large group of us assembled at the Customs House, our friend and...

In the Herald - Lens focused on the shore
Posted on Wed 4 May 2022

Irvine Camera Club kicked off our summer photo walk season last week with a wee jaunt down to the rocky coast at Troon’s Ballast Bank shore.  This has become a regular venue for the club as it is reasonably local for most members and it offers some varied and interesting photographic...

In the Herald - Photographic designing of the landscape
Posted on Wed 27 Apr 2022

Beautiful scencery captured by the lens

Landscape photography is probably one of Irvine Camera Club’s most popular genres.  It is easy to see why.  One of the first things that we want to do when we get a camera is to record where we have been.  To show what...

In the Herald - Crinan is a little gem for scenery as well as a break
Posted on Wed 20 Apr 2022

Irvine Camera Club is taking a short Easter break before we begin our Summer Photo Walk programme.  I thought I would take this opportunity to have a closer look at some of the photos I took on short holiday on the Crinan Canal last summer.

Crinan is an area of Scotland that I was...

In the Herald - All life through the lens
Posted on Wed 13 Apr 2022

This week Irvine Camera Club held its annual Prize Giving evening.  Even though covid is still an ongoing concern we wanted to close the season properly in the usual fashion with a celebration of all our members’ photography.  We encouraged everyone to come along to Fullarton Hub with...

In the Herald - The focus was on our alphabet challenge
Posted on Wed 6 Apr 2022

This week Irvine Camera Club held our Annual General Meeting.  Although there were some changes to the personnel on the committee, none of the posts were contested and our chair, Tracy Ross, steered us through proceedings efficiently in short order.

With the refreshed committee now in...

In the Herald - Aimee portrait picture perfect
Posted on Wed 30 Mar 2022

After a long winter season, the last competitive trophy of the year at Irvine Camera Club is the Ian Davidson Memorial Quaich.  This is awarded to the winner of our annual internal Knock-Out competition.  Unlike nearly all our other competitions, this one is voted for by the club...

In the Herald - Taking the photo is just the beginning
Posted on Wed 23 Mar 2022

This week at Irvine Camera Club was a lot of fun.  Over the last couple of weeks our members had been paired up with each other and asked to swap photographs.  The intention was for everyone to get someone else’s photograph and to add their own interpretation in post-processing....

In the Herald - Our evening was a tasty affair
Posted on Wed 16 Mar 2022

This week Irvine Camera Club welcomed some of the members of Beith Camera Club for a social evening together with a bit of friendly photographic competition.  It has been a while since we have been able to host an evening like this in person and we were keen to make it a...

In the Herald - Saving the best until last
Posted on Wed 9 Mar 2022

This week Irvine Camera Club bring you the results of our final judged competition of the season, the concluding round of the Colour Prints.  Our judge, Robert Spence from Kilmaurs Photographic Club, knows a thing or two about the art of producing quality printed images.  Not only is...

In the Herald - Stormy waters provide the perfect shots
Posted on Wed 23 Feb 2022

Living by the coast offers endless opportunities for creative seascape photography.  One of Irvine Camera Club’s newer members, Colin Houston, has developed a real interest in the genre.  That, coupled with his enjoyment of all things meteorological, prompted him to suggest that a few...

In the Herald - Through the lens of productive year
Posted on Wed 16 Feb 2022

As we approach the end of the winter season at Irvine Camera Club and we start to look forward to warmer and longer spring days, I thought it would be good to look back at some of the fantastic work that has been produced by our talented members over the last year.

I have been browsing...

In the Herald - Exhibition full steam ahead
Posted on Wed 9 Feb 2022

Many members of Irvine Camera Club regard themselves as documentary photographers, telling the stories of everyday life and events for current and future audiences. An event at the Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine, presented an opportunity to record something through a kind of double lens – a...

In the Herald - No pain, no gain for our creative snappers
Posted on Wed 2 Feb 2022

Irvine Camera Club not only meet up in person most weeks at the Fullarton Community Hub, we also run workshops and studio nights at the Townend Community Centre in Dreghorn on selected Monday evenings. On top of all that we also have an active social media presence. This primarily through our...

In the Herald - Visit to the club was a real knock-out
Posted on Wed 26 Jan 2022

This week members of Irvine Camera Club headed off to visit our friends at Cumnock Camera Club for a photography knock out competition.  Trips like these have been sadly missed over the past two years, with most clubs having to rely on Zoom to virtual meet.  So, it was lovely to...

In the Herald - Mark shone some light on our digital photographs
Posted on Wed 19 Jan 2022

Irvine Camera Club completed their Digital Projected Image competition this week, with esteemed landscape photographer, Mark McColl from Ayr Photographic Society joining us to judge our images.  Due to the continuing pandemic this meeting was held on Zoom.

This was an important...

In the Herald - Looking back over our lives through a lens
Posted on Wed 5 Jan 2022

Happy New Year to all the readers from everyone at Irvine Camera Club.  We are going to start 2022 with a little look back over some of the superb images our fantastic members produced last year with a bit of a “deep cut” into our archives.  Photography isn’t just about winning...

In the Herald - How to click and collect my new hobby
Posted on Wed 29 Dec 2021

Editorial by Colin Duffy 

Photography was something I had been interested in learning for a few years, but like most people I had a busy life and I never seemed to get around to it.

I moved from East Kilbride to Saltcoats a couple of years ago, and then to Irvine within the last...

In the Herald - The sun sets on another year of extraordinary imagery
Posted on Wed 22 Dec 2021

Following on from our marvellous medley of monochromatic images last week, in this issue Irvine Camera Club is brightening up your short winter days with a cracking collection of creative colour.

In the second part of his judging for us, Campbell Skinner, president of Greenock Camera Club...

In the Herald - Time to give black and white a try
Posted on Wed 15 Dec 2021

This week we welcomed the president of Greenock Camera Club, Campbell Skinner, to judge our first two print competitions of the season.  Campbell has been judging at the highest level for many years so we knew we were in for a good evening.

For our prints we run two separate...

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In the Herald - Idyllic Islay offers the ideal retreat
Posted on Wed 8 Dec 2021

Islay has become one of my favourite Scottish destinations for getting away from in it all.  This wonderful island is relatively easy to get to and offers splendid isolation, fantastic scenery, fabulous natural history and, of course, stunning whisky!

We visited in early July this...

In the Herald - Joining club developed my hobby
Posted on Wed 1 Dec 2021

I had always liked taking pictures of holidays and events from when I was a teenager.   I had gone from Kodak Instamatics, with their cube flashbulbs, to Olympus Single Lens Reflex (SLR) and finally a Digital SLR, but I had not really considered the composition and technicalities of...

In the Herald - Light and the land
Posted on Wed 24 Nov 2021

This week we are having a look at the results of the Irvine Camera Club Landscape competition which was judged for us by Rob Davis of Ayr Photographic Society.

Rob was treated to a good submission of photographs from our membership demonstrating a wide variety of locations and styles for...

In the Herald - Competition captured all the drama of action sports
Posted on Wed 17 Nov 2021

This week at Irvine Camera Club we held the judging for the first two trophies of the season.  The In-Store Photo Quaich is awarded this year to the winner of our Sports In Action competition, and the Perceton Quaich goes to the winner of the Landscape competition.

Our judge for both...

In the Herald - A chance to escape reality
Posted on Wed 10 Nov 2021

I recently had the opportunity to complete a Mental Health First Aider Course and the importance of hobbies was highlighted as a mechanism to help with stress, anxiety and depression. This made me reflect on my interest in photography and how important it is to me. I have always found it to be a...

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In the Herald - Alphabet challenge is bringing out the best
Posted on Wed 3 Nov 2021

For a wee bit of fun, in-between the serious business of competition, we like to set our members and friends a weekly photographic challenge.  Since the start of October, we have been asking our members and friends to go out with their cameras each week to capture images relating to...

In the Herald - Focusing on quality
Posted on Wed 27 Oct 2021

In a sign that things are slowly getting back to something like normality, this week Irvine Camera Club hosted Dalry Camera Club at the splendid Fullarton Connexions venue in Irvine.  The large church hall provided a spacious, comfortable and safe environment in which to accommodate the...

In the Herald - A flight to behold
Posted on Wed 20 Oct 2021

This week Irvine Camera Club had our first live, in person, judging evening since the pandemic started.  We took up residence in the Fullarton Community Hub in Irvine and we were delighted to welcome a large number of members along for the judging.

Our judge for this Digital Projected...

In the Herald - Museum visit tested our skills
Posted on Wed 13 Oct 2021

The West Coast of Scotland has a long history of seafaring, and the Clyde river was home to some famous shipyards in their time. Much of the history of that seafaring is on display at the Irvine Maritime Museum. There are many exhibitions varying from simple wooden block and tackles to complete...

In the Herald - Autumn is pretty as a picture
Posted on Tue 5 Oct 2021

Autumn has well and truly arrived and summer is already feeling like a distant memory.  With the change of the season, Irvine Camera Club photographers have been out and about with their cameras creatively capturing images of the changing colours and scenery.  It’s not just the colours...

In the Herald - Black and white shot had the lot
Posted on Wed 29 Sep 2021

Following our very successful opening night, Irvine Camera Club started the new season properly with a fun “Knock Out” competition.  We asked all of our members to provide three of their favourite photographs taken on our summer evening photo walks.

On the evening, the photos were...

In the Herald- Its great to get so much exposure
Posted on Wed 15 Sep 2021

This week Irvine Camera Club held our season Open evening at Townend Community Centre in Dreghorn.  With North Ayrshire Council COVID restrictions in place we were limited to accommodating a maximum of 22 people.  With most of our existing members, as well as a good number of new faces...