In the Herald - Weekly walks are a huge hit

Date Published 
Wed 1 Sep 2021

As the summer draws to an end, Irvine Camera Club are making the most of the fine weather and the good light that is often afforded to us by the early sunsets.  Over the previous few months we have mainly stayed in the local area with trips to Troon, Greenan Castle, Lynn Glen, Saltcoats, Dunure, Kilmarnock and, of course, Irvine itself. 

Our club is acutely aware that lockdown has been very difficult for many of our members, which is why we have been doing everything we can over the last 18 months to try to keep our activities going.  A large part of this has been our weekly photo walks.  These have been a fabulous way of getting people outdoors using their cameras, practicing new techniques and skills and, perhaps more importantly, just meeting up and having a blether.  This week we are featuring member’s photos from our trips to Kilmarnock and Dunaskin.

As the nights begin to slowly draw in our attention turns back to our upcoming autumn/winter season where the darker evenings and poorer weather preclude most photographic trips.  Over the next 8 months our club will run a programme of photography talks, studio evenings, practical sessions and demonstrations as wells as visits to other local clubs.  For those who like to compete we also offer a series of photography competitions which are judged by experienced photographers from across Scotland.  Although the competitions add an element of excitement, their main purpose is the opportunity they present for our members to get informed feedback on their work from the judges.  The aim is always to encourage and inspire us all to raise the standard of our photography.

Our new season officially starts with an open evening at our club rooms in Townend Community Centre in Dreghorn on Wednesday 8th September starting at 7pm.  This is always a splendid evening with an open invitation to anyone to come along to see us.  We will review our summer activities and present our upcoming programme of events, and of course we will be able to answer any questions you may have relating to the club.  We have to conform North Ayrshire Council’s COVID risk assessment and associated procedures which limits the total number of people we can accommodate at any one time.  We don’t expect that this will be an issue but if we do max-out our capacity then we will need to operate a one-out, one-in system.  

As always, if you are interested in what we do you are very welcome to browse our excellent website where you will see more examples of our members’ work as well as our programme of events.