What’s On: February 2021

Zorb by Nicola Pye

Welcome back to DPS! Our first talk with Daniel Wong was a great opener to set the tone for 2021, and seemed to be well enjoyed by everyone there (give or take a few minor technical hitches 😮). Please see below for our February plans.

DateActivityDetailsLocation
7:30pm, Monday 1 February  View Finder #7: Petra Leary – Aerial Photography   Zoom  
Monday 8 February  (no meeting for Waitangi Day)  
7:30pm, Monday 15 February  Focus group meetings   Zoom and various (confirm with group)  
7:30pm, Monday 22 February  Club meeting: Gail Stent – My journey into underwater photographyPrint of the Month: Open
Appraiser:
Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce  
TBC FebruaryPort Chalmers photo walkHosted by NatMAT group 

Current programme.

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Monitor Calibration

What?

Monitor Calibration is the process of measuring and adjusting the colours on your computer monitor to match a common standard.

Images from https://www.rubbermonkey.co.nz/X-Rite-i1Display-Pro

Why?

Every screen displays colours slightly differently. The image you see on your computer monitor screen will look slightly (or hugely!) different on your phone screen, and different again on anyone else’s computer monitor screen. This is partly due to the inner workings of the screens, and partly due to tweaks and settings on each screen.

Calibrating monitors to a standard set of colours, lessens the differences between the different monitors and improves the consistency of colour rendition. Consistency becomes particularly important when you want to print, as the professional printers are also calibrated to the same standard.

How?

DPS has the X-rite i1 Display Pro screen calibrator available to borrow to calibrate your screen/s.

Basically you download some software to your computer (and restart your computer), plug in the calibrator, then, following the instructions, you hang the calibrator in front of your screen and let it do it’s magic!

The calibration process will measure a range of colour variables (colour, gamma, brightness, contrast etc), and optimise your screen settings. These settings are stored on your computer or monitor and used each time you use your computer screen.

Depending on your screen a calibration will take about 10 minutes to complete.

How do I borrow the calibrator?

REQUEST: by emailing Nicola (secretary.dpsnz@gmail.com) and ask to borrow the calibrator. Judith will then get in touch with you about when and how you’ll get the calibrator and when it needs to be returned by.

USE: following the instructions.

RETURN: the calibrator, or pass on to the next member, by the date agreed when you requested the calibrator.

I want to read more about monitor calibration.

Excellent! Here are some useful sites (which are also the references for this blog post):

These next two sites provide further reading about calibration and discuss using a different calibrator the DPS one.

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What’s On: December 2020

Tama by Emiko Cowell

Just a few more activities for the year, then we’re done! Our first meeting for 2021 will be at Mornington on 25 January, but watch this space in case we organise any photo walks or field trips before then.

DateActivityDetailsLocation
Wednesday 2 – Tuesday 8 December  Members’ Photo Exhibition Community Gallery
7:30pm, Monday 7 December  View Finder #6: Julia Coddington, Women in Street Photography   Zoom  
7:30pm, Monday 14 December  Club meeting: President’s EveningTrophy presentations, quiz, bring a plate for shared supper  Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce  

Current programme.

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NatMAT and friends head to Moeraki

The 14 Nov saw some 17(!) photographers pile out of cars at Katiki Point lighthouse into a clear, sunny, and warm afternoon. The plan: photographing around the Katiki Nature Reserve, fish and chips at The Fishwife in Moeraki, then on to Moeraki boulders. Some folks chose to stop at Shag Point on their way home, they found a grand spot for a specific visit!

Walking around the reserve and headland led to images of photographers, fisherpeople, sea gulls, shags, penguins, terns, plants, insects, landscapes, and more. We were entertained with seal antics, in the water and on the rocks; the fishermen and their catches; and lots of birds in flight.

The general consensus seems to be The Fishwife dishes up some of the best blue cod around!

Then on to the beach and fun with jumping and pushing and sitting and running with the boulders. Some long exposures, reflections, and shadows. Those at Shag Point found barnacles, rocks, rock pools, sea weeds, star fish, more rock jumping, and more landscapes.

A fabulous afternoon, and evening, out with friends and photos …

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2020 Projected Image Exhibition No.2 Results

The results of our second Projected Image Exhibition for 2020 were announced at the club meeting this week. For the first time, we used Zoom at a club meeting, so that one of our judges was able to present her comments ‘in person’, and it seemed to work really well. Watch this space for more Zoom visitors at meetings!

Congratulations to Stephanie Forrester APSNZ for her Champion Open Image Out of the Fog and to Simon Parsons for his Champion Natural History Image Albatross 1, and well done to everyone who had images accepted.

Out of the Fog by Stephanie Forrester

Albatross 1 by Simon Parsons

Thank you very much to our judges, Nicki Mora LPSNZ for the Natural History section, and Cushla Moorhead for the Open. We really appreciate the time they put into judging for us, and their thoughtful commentary.

The results are available here as a PDF and below in the two slideshows.

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