Carnoustie Camera Club celebrates golden jubilee

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CARNOUSTIE Camera Club opened its annual exhibition at Carnoustie Library last Saturday, but this year it marked a special occasion to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

There was an address by treasurer John Grant and a speech reviewing the history of the club was given by the only remaining founder member, Dave Ramsay.

The images displayed represent a large number of present members and also commemorate past members Avril Hood and Martin Kidd.

There is an emphasis on landscape and natural history images but portraits, monochrome images and architecture are also featured.

The club opened in 1961 as a number of amateur photographers from the surrounding area joined together in the YMCA to organise trips out and to compete in competitions, compare images and learn new photographic skills by inviting speakers in from the many different genres of photography.

The members still enjoy this format to this day.

But as with everything modern technology marches on. Whereas in the beginning the images were captured on slide film using fairly large bulky cameras and developed in chemicals using enlargers in dark rooms to produce and enhance the final prints, now photos are captured with digital cameras, and projected on screen using digital projectors.

Images are downloaded on to computers direct from the camera and prints are produced and enhanced using photographic software that can be used by anybody who has an interest in photography. Marvellous images can be obtained with relatively inexpensive cameras by people from all walks of life.

Carnoustie Camera Club meets on Friday nights fortnightly from August to April each year in the Comrie Hall, Links Avenue, Carnoustie. Anyone interested in joining should have a look at the club website for dates of meetings and contact numbers for further information.

Carnoustie Camera Club invites old and new members from the past 50 years to view the exhibits including images from previous club members which will be on view until January 7 during normal opening hours at Carnoustie Library.