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Delighted to be in Dubai – Bernie Blaney

 

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Dubai is a beautiful city full of amazing architecture.  From the highest building in the world (the Burj Khalifa Tower – standing at 828m) to the world’s largest  shopping mall (with its own skating rink and aquarium) one thing is sure: you will not be bored in this modern city full of extremes and surprises around every corner.

For the amateur photographer, there are many interesting places to visit and photograph.  I took my Canon 80D DSLR and a few lenses  but you can take some great pictures with whatever camera you have to hand (be it a DSLR or your mobile phone camera).

There are many stories about how conservative Dubai is but if you are sensible and respectful of other cultures (and Dubai is definitely a multi-cultural city) you should not have any problems.  It is a tourist destination and so of course people are taking photos but you should always ask before taking pictures of people as it is illegal if you don’t have permission.

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The architecture is truly amazing (Photo # 1) and Dubai has to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  There is the old part of the city (Dubai was originally a fishing village) and you can take a trip on a river boat and wander round the Souk (Photo # 2) whilst the river is a lovely place to see the sunset (Photo # 3).

 

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There is a large wildlife sanctuary in the city (the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary) which is well worth a visit – there’s a huge lake with over 150 recorded species of birds – the dominant species being the flamingo and there were hundreds there when we visited.  There are three different viewing hides dotted around the lake (best access is by car or taxi) and it is designed so that the birds are really not disturbed by visitors whilst allowing fabulous viewing conditions (photo # 4).

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Whilst in Dubai, try to get out of the city if you can – we visited an abandoned village called Sharjah – apparently empty since the 80s – it’s a hauntingly beautiful place to spend a few hours and you can easily arrange a trip from the city.   There’s a mosque and one street of houses, some with furniture still inside (photo # 5) but it is quite an eerie and sad place in some ways.  Sunset in the desert, surrounded by sand dunes with not another soul to be seen, was a special experience (photo # 6)

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You can’t visit Dubai without a trip to the previously mentioned tallest tower in the world (the Burj Khalifa), though be warned, you usually need to buy tickets beforehand and it is not cheap.  You will queue to get in and you will queue to leave, especially if you go at very popular times (as we did for the sunset & evening – photo # 7).  Having said that, it is spectacular and well worth the effort – the views are out of this world as you stand so far above everything within sight and as the sun sets it is just breath-taking.

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Finally, we visited Abu Dhabi for the day – mostly to visit the Louvre (photo # 8) and the largest mosque in the Middle East (the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – photo # 9) – fabulous at sunset or sunrise.

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We enjoyed our trip there so much we intend to return next year and I am planning to treat myself to a day out with a local photographer who will be my guide for the day – hopefully taking me to some really top photography spots.

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July 2019 Club News

And so the new year of club events begin under the guidance of our new Chairman Gerry Kenneally. We wish him and all the new officers all the best for the coming year.

Members are always active, out and about, grabbing any opportunity to catch some fabulous images of places and people around the area and beyond. We have holiday season also so many of our photographers have travelled abroad and we look forward to seeing some of their photographs soon.  On the home front there are numerous activities from Festivals, weddings, scenic tours and local events to capture and enjoy. Great to see such adventure and enthusiasm!

CLUB COMPETITION

The theme for July was GRAVEYARD/CEMETARY. Congratulations to Ingalill Bergman who took first and second place with her entries ‘Strength from Within’ and ‘Sacred Space’, 3rd place went to John Murphy with ‘What lies Beneath’. Fantastically creative images from everyone showing what could be a morbid theme into a very positive inspiring compostition.

The theme for August is FAVOURITE PLACE(S). So an open competition and it will be interesting to see what people chose. Upcoming themes include FORGOTTEN, LIGHTHOUSE, ARCHITECTURE and LONG EXPOSURE.

JOIN US – WELCOME

We are delighted with all the new members who have joined us recently. We are always open to new recruits!  If you are looking to learn a bit more about photography or just want to join like-minded people who love taking photographs then consider joining us in DEISE CAMERA CLUB!! Why not take a chance and come visit us! Looking forward to meeting some of you soon!

NEXT MEETING

Our next club meeting is on Tuesday 13th August at 7.30pm in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan

 

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June 2019 Club News

June is always a busy month in the club. Longer days and sunshine make the countryside lush with colour and the seas sparkle like diamonds just perfect for photographs! Members are out searching for that remarkable one moment in any day that makes it memorable.

AGM – ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Annual General Meeting was held at our June meeting and we thank our outgoing officers for their time and dedication in making Déise Camera Club the friendly and inviting club it is. Following detailed reports on the past year we are making plans for the forthcoming year with many projects in the pipeline! We welcome our incoming officers and wish them well in their roles.
President – Sean Byrne; Chairperson – Gerry Kenneally; Vice-Chairperson – Luke O’Brien; Secretary – Mairead Forrestal; Vice-Secretary – Bernadette Blaney; Treasurer – Denis Ryan; Vice-Treasurer – Patricia Hurley; PRO – Noreen O’Brien and Vice-PRO – Mary Herlihy.

CLUB COMPETITION
The themes for JUNE were monthly: SILHOUETTE and quarterly: OPEN BLACK/WHITE
Congratulations to Treas Cummins taking 1st place with ‘Late Night Chats’, 2nd place Bernadette Blaney with ‘Cattle Calling’, 3rd Brigid Coffey with ‘The Hurler’ all in the monthly competition. Congratulations to Mary Herlihy 1st place with ‘Trulli Italian’, 2nd place Mairead Forrestal with ‘Running on Empty’, Joint 3rd between John Murphy with ‘Three Little Birds’ and Bernadette Blaney with ‘Zebra Glass’. Well done everyone!
The theme for July is Graveyard/Cemetery and upcoming will be Forgotten and Architecture. So keep those cameras clicking!

JOIN US – WELCOME
We are delighted with all the new members who have joined us recently. We are always open to new recruits! If you are looking to learn a bit more about photography or just want to join like-minded people who love taking photographs then consider joining us in DEISE CAMERA CLUB!! Why not take a chance and come visit us! Looking forward to meeting some of you soon!

NEXT MEETING
Our next club meeting is on Tuesday 9th July at 7.30pm in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan.

 

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Zebra Glass by Bernie Blaney

The Hurler

The Hurler by Brigid Coffey

 

 

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Running on Empty – Mairead Forrestal

Treas Night Chats

Silhouette – Treas Cummins

Three Little Birds - John Murphy

Three Little Birds – John Murphy

Trulli Italian - Mary Herlihy

Trulli Italian – Mary Herlihy

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May 2019 Club news

During the month of May many changes take place and already our  members are out travelling the highways and byways of our lush green countryside capturing all manner of views. The mountains are taking on hues of purple and yellow with flowers galore and the sea is as wild and wonderful as ever! I hope you can get out there and experience the wonder of nature all around you also.

CLUB COMPETITION

The theme for our club competition for May wass OPEN – PORTRAIT ORIENTATION. A chance to capture anything we wanted once it is presented in portrait format. Black/white or colour it was up to us! Congratulations to Ingalill Bergman taking 1st place with ‘Grossfeld Waterfall Iceland’,

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2nd place Anne Lebaupain McCarthy with ‘Marlfield Goldenvale’

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and 3rd Patricia Hurley with ‘Puglia Threshold’.

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Fantastic entries from everyone with a huge variety of scenes vying for marks!

The themes for JUNE are Monthly: SILHOUETTE and Quarterly: OPEN BLACK/WHITE

JOIN US – WELCOME

We are delighted with all the new members who have joined us recently. We are always open to new recruits!  If you are looking to learn a bit more about photography or just want to join like-minded people who love taking photographs then consider joining us in DEISE CAMERA CLUB!! Why not take a chance and come visit us! Looking forward to meeting some of you soon!
NEXT MEETING

Our next club meeting is on Tuesday 11th JUNE at 7.30pm in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan.

Reminder to members it is our Annual General Meeting.

Check us out on Facebook, DEISE CAMERA CLUB DUNGARVAN and on our website www.deisecameraclub.com for more information and see what our members get up to! Thanks to all you who have found us already, we appreciate your time and interest!

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April 2019 Club news

The countryside is alive with explosions of colour occurring every turn of the road. From fields of yellow rapeseed bringing springtime warmth to the landscape, tender lime green leaves sprouting along the hedgerows to vivid magentas and hazy blues of magnolias, rhododendrons and carpets of bluebells – it’s a photographers reawakening after the darks and lights of winter.

Members of Déise Camera Club have been out and about enjoying all this bountiful scenery unfolding day by day. We are delighted to welcome many new members who have joined us on our wanderings! If you have an interest in photography please feel free to drop into our monthly meetings and see what we do.

CLUB COMPETITION

The theme for our club competition for April was LOOK UP. An interesting title that was open to interpretation. Congratulations to Mary Herlihy taking 1st place with her image ‘Shades of Summer’,DSC_0391 copyShade Mary Herlihy

 

2nd place Patricia Hurley with ‘Look at What?’

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and 3rd place ‘Burj Khalifa’ by Bernadette Blaney.

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Well done everyone very impressive selection on offer to try and choose from.

The theme for May is OPEN – PORTRAIT ORIENTATION. A chance to capture anything you wish once it is presented in portrait format. Black/white or colour it’s up to you so try a few and have fun!

JOIN US – WELCOME

Looking to learn a bit more about photography or just want to join like-minded people who love taking photographs and sharing skills and information about their craft? Then consider joining us in DEISE CAMERA CLUB!! We are delighted to welcome our many new recruits over the past few months. Why not take a chance and come visit us! Looking forward to meeting some of you soon!
NEXT MEETING

Our next club meeting is on Tuesday 14th May at 7.30pm in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan.

Check us out on Facebook, DEISE CAMERA CLUB DUNGARVAN and on our website www.deisecameraclub.com for more information and see what our members get up to! Thanks to all you who have found us already, we appreciate your time and interest!

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March 2019 News

THE LATE VINCENT MORRISSEY

It is with deep sadness we record the passing of our colleague and friend, Vincent Morrissey, who passed away unexpectedly over the weekend. Vincent, a long standing member of Déise Camera Club, was an intelligent, selfless photographer who was truly one of life’s gentlemen. He had an amazing eye for taking photographs and we always enjoyed perusing his array of images captured on his travels. We extend our deepest condolences to his heartbroken family, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace Vincent you will be greatly missed.

 

CLUB OUTINGS

It has been a busy start to the year so far with members getting out and about, at home and away, enjoying capturing the wonders of landscapes, night skies, coastal and urban vistas. Many members take the opportunity to double up and explore together some interesting places seeking out those special standout images we all seek!

 

AWARD WINNING PRESENTATION

We are delighted to congratulate Jim Kennedy who was awarded  a Licentiateship in Photography from the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) recently. This is a very specific competition where each image has to reach exacting standards in order to be considered. That will tell you the calibre of Jim’s photography skills to achieve this honour. We were treated to a magnificant display of Jim’s award winning panel at our meeting and applaud his excellent achievements! Congratulations Jim!

JIM KENNEDY AWARDED SINWP

CLUB COMPETITION

The monthly theme for March was EYE(S) in the monthly and the Quarterly was OPEN COLOUR. We certainly got an amazing variety of images to choose from. It was all about the animals in the monthly competition! Congratulations to Mary Herlihy taking 1st place with ‘Cat’s Eyes’,

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Joint 2nd place went to Patricia Hurley with ‘Súil an Chapaill’ agus Bernadette Blaney with ‘An Owl Eye’.

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In the Quarterly competition we congratulate John Murphy and Mairead Forrestal  taking Joint 1st place with ‘Web Design’

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and ‘Summer in Cobh’ respectively,

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Joint 3rd was awarded to Ingalill Bergman and John Murphy with ‘Swallows’ and ‘Auld Man of Storr’ respectively.

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The monthly theme for April is LOOK UP, try and be careful as you ‘look up’ to ‘look out’ for any obstacles! Upcoming soon will be Silhouette, Black/White and Forgotten. Happy snapping!

 

JOIN US – WELCOME

Looking to learn a bit more about photography or just want to join like-minded people who love taking photographs and sharing skills and information about their craft? Then consider joining us in DEISE CAMERA CLUB!! We are delighted to welcome our many new recruits over the past few months.Why not take a chance and come visit us! Looking forward to meeting some of you soon!
NEXT MEETING

Our next club meeting is on Tuesday 9th April at 7.30pm in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan.

Check us out on Facebook, DEISE CAMERA CLUB DUNGARVAN and www.deisecameraclub.com for more information and see what our members get up to! Thanks to all you who have found us already, we appreciate your time and interest!

 

EYES: Joint 1st ‘Cat’s Eyes’ by Mary Herlihy

EYES: Joint 2nd ‘Súil an Chapaill’ by Patricia Hurley

 

 EYES: Joint 2nd ‘An Owl Eye’ by Bernadette Blaney

COLOUR: Joint 1st ‘Web Design’ by John Murphy

COLOUR: Joint 1st ‘Summer in Cobh’ by Mairead Forrestal

COLOUR: Joint 3rd ‘Auld Man of Storr’

COLOUR: Joint 3rd ‘Swallow’ by Ingalill Bergman

 

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February 2019 Club News

NEXT MEETING

In a change from our usual Tuesday night meetings our next meeting will be on WEDNESDAY 13th March  2019 in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan.

Check us out on Facebook, DEISE CAMERA CLUB DUNGARVAN for more information and see what our members get up to! Thanks to all you who have found us already, we appreciate your time and interest!

 

PRESENTATION

Last month Kieran Russell gave us a fantastic slideshow of images he captured on our trip to Connemarra last autumn. He took us through his process in selecting his view point, capturing the image and finally processing it to his own style. It was a very informative and insightful presentation. Apart from that Kieran has an amazing collection of black/white photos of Connemarra and the Copper Coast that you should see to appreciate. Take a look at his web page www.kieranrussellphotography.com for a real treat!

Thanks a million to Bernadette Blaney who gave us a tour around Dubai with her vibrant collection of images this month.  Accompaning her collection of photos of Suk traders and their wares to archectural masterpieces was her entertaining stories regaling her trip. It is a destination firmly on the itinirary as a result of Bernie’s presentation. Thanks Bernie we enjoyed your showpiece.

CLUB COMPETITION

The theme for February was FOG/MIST and lately there has been no shortage of either! We got great images from members and had a difficult task choosing a favourite. Congratulations to our new member Ingalill Bergman who took first place in her first competition entry with ‘Lynch Monument Loop’, 2nd and 3rd place were awarded to John Murphy with ‘Lone Tree’ and ‘Pacific Lighthouse’ respectively. There is no such thing as bad weather as sometimes the misty foggy conditions lend themselves to help create beautiful atmospheric images! So coat on next time and get out there and enjoy our amazing world!

The monthly theme for March is EYE(S) and the Quarterly is OPEN COLOUR. We are expecting some fantastic creations for these themes also.

FOG/MIST: 1st ‘Lynch Monument Loop’ by Ingalill BergmanFOG/MIST: IMG_6996Lynch Loop Inga Bergman copy

2nd ‘Lone Tree’ by John MurphyLone Tree J Murphy-2 copy

3rd ‘Pacific Lighthouse’ by John MurphyFOG/MIST: Lighthouse Oregon J Murphy copy

 

 

 

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February 2019 news

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JOIN US – WELCOME

Looking to learn a bit more about photography or just want to join like-minded people who love taking photographs and sharing skills and information about their craft?
Then consider joining us in DEISE CAMERA CLUB!
We provide hands-on training in a warm friendly environment with lots of laughter and fun!

Local Colleges also offer an opportunity to get more familiar with your camera and learn new skills in taking photos. Why not take a chance and enrol, you will be amazed how easy it is to pick up so many interesting aspects to taking better photographs! Take a look at the local papers for information re same or contact the Colleges directly.

NEXT MEETING

A change from our usual Tuesday nights our next meeting will be on WEDNESDAY 13th February 2019 in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan.

Check us out on Facebook, DEISE CAMERA CLUB DUNGARVAN and see what our members get up to! Thanks to all you who have found us already, we appreciate your time and interest!

 

CLUB COMPETITION

Reminder to club members that the theme for February is FOG/MIST, not so difficult at the moment! Upcoming will be EYE[S], LOOK UP and SILHOUETTE

Members enjoyed the brief window to capture some amazing images when the snow changed the appearance of our landscape recently. While the wintry conditions continue we urge everyone to be mindful of their own safety and not put themselves or others in harms way. Enjoy the seasonal delights and return safely!

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January 2019 Notes

New Year, new adventures! Firstly we wish all our followers, friends and family a very happy new year and thank you all sincerely for your continued support of us and Déise Camera Club. We look forward to showing you the results of our endeavours as we chase those illusive images we all wish to capture. Members are eager to set the pace and not even the winter weather has stopped us!

CLUB COMPETITION

The theme for January was ABSTRACT and indeed we had a few moments when we just hadn’t a clue what was in front of us! Perfect result as this is the idea behind this theme. Abstract photography is a means of depicting a usual image in an unusual manner through close-up, manipulation or creative means.

Congratulations to John Murphy taking first place with ‘Crystal Vase’, 2nd place Angela Feldon with ‘Wildflower Garden’ and Mary Herlihy taking 3rd place with ‘Steps’.

Images included below.

Theme for February is FOG/MIST, not so difficult at the moment! Upcoming will be EYE[S], LOOK UP and SILHOUETTE.

AWARD WINNING FRANKIE

Massive Congratulations to Frankie Lloyd who received an Associateship Distinction recently with the Irish Photographic Federation. This competition takes an enormous amount of talent and dedication to even be considered for approval. Frankie had it in spades! Concentrating his entry on the subject of flowers he set about creating his fifteen chosen images and what an explosion of colour and artistic creativity he produced! Fantastic award Frankie … richly deserved!

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IPF President Dom Reddin presenting Frankie Lloyd with his Associateship certificate

 

JOIN US – WELCOME

Looking to learn a bit more about photography or just want to join like-minded people who love taking photographs and sharing skills and information about their craft?
Then consider joining us in DEISE CAMERA CLUB!
We provide hands-on training in a warm friendly environment with lots of laughter and fun!

Photographic classes are also about to be run in local Colleges and offer an opportunity to get more familiar with your camera and learn new skills in taking photos. Take a look at the local papers for information re same.

NEXT MEETING

Our next meeting will be on 12th February 2019 in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan.

Check us out on Facebook, DEISE CAMERA CLUB DUNGARVAN and see what our members get up to! Thanks to all you who have found us already, we appreciate your time and interest!

Abstract Crystal Vase John M

ABSTRACT : 1st ‘Crystal Vase’ by John Murphy

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ABSTRACT : 2nd ‘Wildflower Garden’ by Angela Feldon

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ABSTRACT : 3rd ‘Steps’ by Mary Herlihy

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December 2018 Notes & photographer of the year

For our December meeting we enjoyed  a very festive end of year Christmas Party in the Park Hotel where we presented awards for Photographer of the Year and other achievements also. Thanks to The Park Hotel for serving  a delicious meal and decorating our meeting room in festive garlands, much appreciated. Chairman John Foley praised the standard of photography throughout the year and noted the positive attitude and eagerness to learn to be a wonderful spirit shared among all members.

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEARMARY HERLIHY

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Deise Camera Club Chairman John Foley presenting Mary Herlihy with Photographer of the Year Award 2018

 

This award is given to acknowledge and recognising the hard work put in by one person in particular over the past twelve months of competitions. Everyone earnestly takes part but consistency and dedication pays dividends and we extend massive Congratulations to MARY HERLIHY who was awarded Photographer of the Year 2018.

Mary has had an amazing year often garnering top three places in our monthly competitions. Fantastic achievement Mary!

Also congratulations to John Murphy, Bernadette Blaney and Brigid Coffey being awarded with runner up positions respectively. Superb work from everyone and we look forward to the New Year ahead.

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Deise Camera Club members presented with their awards by Chairman John Foley.

L-R John Murphy, Mary Herlihy, John Foley, Brigid Coffey and Bernadette Blaney

 

CLUB COMPETITION

The theme for December’s monthly competition was VIGNETTE and we had an exquisite array of photos on display. Congratulations to Mairead Forrestal taking first place with ‘Gaulstown Dolmen’,

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2nd place  Brigid Coffey with ‘Letters from Home’

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and Joint 3rd place was shared between John Murphy with ‘Leaf Illumination’ and Mary Herlihy with ‘Red Door’.

Leaves John Murphy VIGNETTERed door M Herlihy

The Quarterly theme was TEXTURE. Again we were treated to an amazing collection of images making it difficult to choose our top three. Congratulation to Mary Herlihy taking 1st place with ‘Tree Bark’,

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2nd place John Murphy with ‘Rusty Plate’

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and 3rd place ‘Flora Feast’ by Bernadette Blaney.

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Well done again everyone.

The theme for January 2019 is ABSTRACT. Upcoming themes include fog/mist, eyes, open colour and black/white. Keep an eye out for other themes over the holidays … you never know what you may see!

NEXT MEETING

Our next meeting will be on 8th January 2019 in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan. Until then we wish a very happy Christmas to one and all and thank you for your support throughout 2018. Nollaig Shona!

Check us out on Facebook, DEISE CAMERA CLUB DUNGARVAN and see what our members get up to! Thanks to all you who have found us already, we appreciate your time and interest!

 

 

CONTACT

You can view our website at www.deisecameraclub.com and follow us on FACEBOOK at DEISE CAMERA CLUB DUNGARVAN and you can contact us by emailing deisecameraclub@gmail.com

 

 

 

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