We’re back for 2018 !

Cork Camera Group is back for the second half of the 2017/2018 year. Our first meeting was a general discussion on the direction of the club and what members would like from the club for the next 6 months or so. The general feeling is that people are happy with how the year has gone so far, but would like to see an increase in practical sessions, and more communication from the committee in  relation to up coming events, competitors and the ever present need for images for competitions!!

To facilitate the addition of more practical sessions we will be making changes to the published calendar and will publish an updated version as soon as possible.

In the mean time, please respond to the email Paul sent out and watch out for an email this weekend regarding images for club panels.

Also, in a change to our schedule for next Tuesday, our guest speaker has cancelled again, so next Tuesday we doing Image Conversion to B&W  in photoshop & lightroom and we will also touch on exporting images for printing, and we’ll try fit in some time for photoshop / processing images should there be any.



New Club Committee

Written by: John Finn

At tonight’s AGM a new committee was elected.

The photo shows, from left: Outings Secretary – Diarmuid O’Sullivan; Secretary – Paul Maher; Treasurer – John D Sullivan; Chairperson – Mark McGranaghan; Webmaster – Massimo Berta; Competition Secretary – Niall Brownen

We wish Mark and his team all the best for the new season which will begin in September. (In the meantime, as in the previous two years, various outings will take place over the summer under the auspices of Martin Duggan. Details will be emailed to members shortly.)

Stepping down were: Chairperson, Noel O’Connell; Secretary, Fidelma Read, and Webmaster, Danny Foley.

Many thanks to Noel, Fidelma and Danny for their hard work over the last while and for helping the CCG to be the success that it is.

New Committee:

League Results and Overall Standings after Round 8

The theme of the final month of the CCG League was window light. Our judge for the night was Seamus Costello from Kilkenny and he gave some great feedback and critique on almost every image put to him.

The winner of Grade 3 was Johathon Fleury on 66 points, followed by Lynda Kenny in second place, on  62 points and Patrick Murphy in third on 59 points. 
Grade 2 saw Vincent Kelly maintain his winning streak to claim first place with 82 points, Second was Diarmuid O’Sullivan on 81 points, and in third was Dave Harris on 78 points 
Grade 1 saw Paul Maher take first place with 85 points, with Mark McGranaghan taking second place on 84 points and third place had 3 people in joint third on 79 points, Niall Brownen, Ken Collins and Lucia Creedon. 
So the final league tables are as follows, 
Grade 3, 
  • 1st     Lynda Kenny           509 pts
  • 2nd    John D Sullivan 445 pts
  • 3rd     Patrick Murphy 410 pts
Grade 2
  • 1st    Vincent Kelly 547 pts
  • 2nd    David Harris 538 pts
  • 3rd     John Tait 531 pts
Grade 1
  • 1st Ann Francis 598 pts
  • 2nd Niall Brownen 572 pts
  • 3rd Paul Maher 562 pts
Full Results tables and the full league table for the year are attached. 
Next competition is POTY and is open to all members of CCG, provided they are fully paid up on or by next Tuesday night. 
POTY is a print only competition. 6 mounted images are to be submitted, and the best 5 scores count. There is a winner and a runner up for each grade. There is no need to upload images before hand for the competition. 
There will be 3 individual judges on the night. 
Published by: Niall Brownen

League Results and Overall Standings after Round 7

Round 7, Individual Scores By Grade

Over all standings Grade1 After Round 7

Over all standings Grade2 After Round 7

Over all standings Grade3 After Round 7

Over All League Standings after Round 7

Attached is are the results from round 7 of the league. Our Judge was Rodney O’Callaghan, former Chair of Mallow Camera Club and of Blackwater Camera Club. He gave some good feed back on images, and I think you will agree, he was pretty generous with his marks ! 3 images scored 30 / 30 ..I cant remember the last time a judge scored even one image 30/30
Next month is the final round of the league, and the theme is window light,

Attached are the over all and individual results from tonight. You can see from the over all standings that Ann Francis has a comfortable lead over Grade 1. In Grade 2 looks is very tight at the top with only a few points separating the top 3 in the grade. Going into round 8 the grade is still up for grabs, ,while in grade 3, Lynda Kenny is sitting comfortably at the top of the league.

Guest Speaker: Paul Flynn

Tonight we had an excellent presentation of his seascape photography by CCG member Paul Flynn.

Paul, who lives in Carrigtwohill, concentrates his seascape work on the East Cork coastline and specifically from Ballynamona across to Roches Point.

He showed some stunning images that he made in places like Ballycotton, Guileen, Inch, Ballycroneen, Ballybrannigan, Finure and other locations that he frequently visits.

They are all within 30 minutes or so from his home so even if returns empty handed (landscape photography can be a bit like fishing – some days you don’t get anything) at least it isn’t too far to travel.

It’s clear however that it’s rare for Paul to fail to get interesting images. He prefers to shoot that coastline in winter as the angle of the sun is conducive to more pleasing compositions.

His post-processing is minimal as he concentrates on getting it right in camera as much as possible. Most of his work is done with a wide-angle lens (a 17-40 mm) fitted with an ND filter to give the longer exposures (maximum of about 6 secs) that he likes.

This was an excellent and inspirational presentation to a capacity audience. Thanks Paul!

Check out Paul’s website to see his seascape and other photography: http://www.paulflynnphotography.com/


And… we’re back!

Welcome back to Cork Camera Group as we start the 2014/2015 season!

Did you miss the first night at the club?  We had quite a few changes! And an exciting agenda for 2014!

Our committee remains unchanged from last year but we have a few new assistants.  Danny Foley, Fiona Casey and Noel O’Connell have been recruited by Jason to the competition sub-committee and Dani Teston will be working with Niamh as her assistant for our website.


  • League:  The themes for the league are now available to view via this link. We hope you enjoy the challenges they present.  There is also a new upload system for competitions courtesy of Jason.  Check it out on the League Page.
  • Team competition: The team competition/scavenger hunt will take place on October 7th.  Get your name into Jason ASAP.
  • *NEW* 31 days of october: Take one photo each day of October and upload it. If you skip one day, you are out! It is not allowed to save time and take 31 photos on the first day and upload them later. Let the fun begin! 🙂

Promotion and demotions

Wait! What? Demotions?

Yes!  The grades from now on will be self-regulated.

Twice a year, after Round 4 & Round 8, promotions and demotions occur!

  • If your image average is greater than the image average of the grade above you, you will be promoted
  • If your image average is less than the image average of the grade below you, you will be demoted
  • If you have an AIPF or FIPF, you are in Grade 1 permanently
  • If you have LIPF, you are in minimum of Grade 2 permanently (i.e. you can’t be demoted to Grade 3!)

There is a one-time only opportunity to apply to have yourself moved to another grade if you feel you are currently in the incorrect grade.  This expires on September 29th so get in touch with Jason asap and he will review and let you know whether your application has been successful.

For full rules of all our competitions, please refer to Club Competition Rules.

We look forward to another exciting year at the club and hope to see all our members continue to improve their photography!  Please don’t hesitate to contact the committee with any questions or queries!