June 2018 - Land or Sea

It was with great sadness that FCC learned of the passing of our friend and club member Anne O'Sullivan. Anne was a member of FCC since our founding year 2011. She had a great interest in photography as she did with travel, history and many other subjects and was invaluable and very generous with her knowledge especially on our Club Outings - it was a rare destination that Anne hadn't already been to and her advice and guidance was a huge benefit to every trip. Anne will be sadly missed by our members and we pray she is at peace now. 

Fermoy Camera Club extend our very sincere sympathies to Anne's family at this extremely sad time. RIP Anne

We have had a number of club outings over the past few weeks.  On Sat 2nd June twenty members from FCC set off early from Fermoy to get down to Kilmore Quay in Co Wexford in time to have a good breakfast before taking the short boat trip approx. 5 km across to the Great Saltee Island.

As we arrived on the island the sun came out in all its glory. The bottles of sun cream were shared around before we all dispersed in different directions to try and capture a few shots of some of the 220 species of birds that can be found on the island. These include the much-loved puffins nestling along the ledges of the cliffs and the famous Gannet colony -  a sight to behold are these “Jewels of the Saltees” (Gannets) nesting in their thousands.  With plenty of photo opportunities from flowers to seals and birds to insects, we were in our element and our time on the island just flew by.

Having spent a few hours enjoying the beautiful day and stunning surroundings it was soon time to catch our returning boat. Despite a few hair raising moments when we worried about losing some members over the cliff edge, we all made it safely back to Kilmore Quay. With thanks to Karen Fleming we had the pleasure of the Waterford based Irish Coastguard Crew of R117 giving us a fly past as we left the island.

It was time then for some much needed refreshments in the form of the local fish n chips or ice cream before setting off home to get ready for Catherine’s big birthday party that night.

There were also outings to see the Rhododendrons at The Vee and a few different trips chasing the fabulous sun sets over the past week. We look forward to seeing the fruits of these labour’s .

The outings committee are working very hard arranging further trips to Spike Island and West Cork in July and Nerja in October.  If you are interested in any of these trips please contact Monica or any of the outings committee.

A new WhatsApp Info board has been set up to facilitate sharing of info on upcoming local events, Weekend Wanders, Midweek Wanders, outings and other relevant information. If you have not already joined this group please contact Sinead. This is strictly an Info Board and not for general chatter !!

26 entries were received for our June challenge and there were some stunning images. We also saw the return of table critic which member felt gave great opportunity to share our views on each print.

This month’s winners were: Tom Quish with a beautiful shot of Lock Gur taken in February when the light was just beautiful. Michael Howard with a beautiful November capture of Ballycotton . Sinead Hickey with a picture she took on one of her many trip to Donegal-  it was her third attempt at this location having to climb over briars, up and down rocks and cope with a herd of sheep! Helen Arnold with a reflective shot of Lock Gunn in New Zealand. Deirdre Casolani with a beautifully framed shot taken on Skellig Michael.

Our next competition is The Little Things, printed format with electronic copies to be emailed by Friday 20th June and printed images displayed at our monthly competition meeting on 24th July 2018. This competition will again be judges internally with table critique which proved so popular last month.  Members are reminded to pay particular attention to Theme as this is a very important criteria in judging.

Our Summer Challenge continues until 11th September - 4 Days Of Summer. One or four photos to be mounted on rear of backing board.

Many thanks to Sinead for all the time and effort she put into the Skills sessions held during the spring. They were very well received by all who took part and it’s hoped to resume again in the autumn. Thanks Sinead for being so generous with your time and knowledge and for all your patience with us. We appreciate it !

In the men time, enjoy this beautify weather and have lots of Fun With Photography.