Our first “face-to-face” meeting since the COVID-19 Lockdown was the viewing of the 2020 Projected Image Exhibition. The full results are available here as PDF download and the slideshow of images can be seen below.
Thanks to Chris Parkin APSNZ and Roger Thwaites APSNZ for making the selection of images and providing feedback on their selection.
Congratulations to David Steer APSNZ for his Open Champion Image – Plumb, and to Noelle Bennett LPSNZ for her Natural History Champion Image – Green chiton.
We have now been doing our online Zoom meetings for the last two months and have had members who live as far away as Nelson joining in meetings. While it has been a successful medium for many, I do acknowledge that Zoom has not worked for all members, so I hope this update newsletter helps fill the gap in some way.
At this stage, we do not have a date when we see our meetings at the church hall or practical sessions starting again, so Zoom meetings will continue for the next while.
Images from the Bubble
Each week members have had the opportunity to share up to 4 images taken during the week. Some weeks we have had close to 80 images with a wide range of subjects. Here is a selection of images from the 36 members who participated.
PSNZ Sony National Exhibition 2020
Congratulations to the following members who were successful in the PSNZ Sony National Exhibition 2020.
Kate Burton: 4 acceptances
Ita Daniels: 2 acceptances
David Steer: 2 acceptances
Gordon Speed: 1 acceptance
Open Projected Image
Glenda Rees 1 acceptance
Gary McClintock: Gold Medal and 1 acceptance
Glenda Rees: 2 acceptances
Nature Projected Image
Glenda Rees: Gold Medal and 2 acceptances
Noelle Bennett: Silver Medal
Unfortunately due to COVID 19, there was no exhibition of the images but you can view the online catalogue here.
Nicola has shared her knowledge with the society a number of times now. She is a professional photographer based in Dunedin. Nicola shared the development of two images that she has submitted for a fun lockdown challenge hosted by NZIPP. It was helpful seeing how she refined her concept and images, as well as seeing some of the technical issues around lighting. Nicola posts on Instagram as nicolafromthehelm
Ross met Sam one night while out photographing insects at Woodhaugh Gardens, when he stopped and offered to show Ross where he could find stick insects. They swapped details and the result of that encounter was an interesting talk by Sam where he presented a recipe for finding insects and then some tips on photographing. Sam posts on Instagram as samanimalman
Nick runs a window cleaning business in Dunedin, See Through Windows Ltd. He shared his journey from watching one of his employees taking pictures on his phone through to now dividing his time between window cleaning and a growing photography career. Nick posts on Instagram so just search for seethroughwindowsltd
We will look to resume face to face meetings as soon as this is possible. However, we are aware that there may be some members who will continue to manage their health risk by not attending physical meetings. We have also seen that Zoom has enabled some of our more distant members to be involved. Between now and the end of the year, Council has decided to continue with one regular Zoom meeting per month. This meeting will involve presentations by overseas speakers.
As a taster, our first overseas speaker will be this week, Monday 25 May 7.30pm – Zoom Room, Julian Elliott. He will present a talk Mongolia – From the landscape to eagle hunters: take a journey across Mongolia from the famous Steppe landscape to the eagle hunters of the Altai region in western Mongolia.
Look forward to seeing you all in the Zoom Room on Monday. Gary McClintock President, DPS
Please bookmark this page (not the Zoom link) so that if we make any changes, you will have access to the latest links.
The link to connect to the meeting is at the bottom of this post.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a free video conferencing tool that allows you to connect with others from the comfort of your home. It is similar to other apps that you may have heard of like Skype or Facetime.
It is free to use and you do not have to sign up to be able to use Zoom and participate in our meetings.
You can connect from a computer or mobile phone, and you do not need to have a camera or microphone at this point – you can participate by simply listening to the meeting.
This short video will give you an idea of how Zoom works, and also serves as a test to check that your speakers on your computer, or the sound on your cellphone is working. – you should be able to hear the lady speaking on the video. Link: https://youtu.be/-s76QHshQnY
What will the online meeting be like?
The meeting will follow a similar format to our normal face-to-face meetings, with results of the Projected Image of the Month (enter here: https://dps.org.nz/piotm), speaker, images from the Z-A challenge (participate here: https://dps.org.nz/z-a-photo-challenge/) and sharing of any other slideshows and information.
We will aim to get started at 7.30pm like we normally do, so please ensure you have tested your setup and checked you can access the meeting prior to Monday’s meeting.
What if I miss the meeting or can’t connect?
The meeting will also be recorded and a link to the video will be shared after the meeting has ended.
I need help getting set up or connected
If you need help with getting yourself set up, please email David email@example.com as soon as possible.
During the meeting, if you are having trouble you can email David.
How do I join the meeting?
To connect to the meeting on Monday 23rd, click the link below and follow the onscreen prompts.
You will need a PIN which is a 6 digit code – this will be emailed to you by Gary.
Update: face-to-face meetings will resume on 13th July
The council of the Dunedin Photographic Society met tonight (17/3/20) and has decided that all face to face activities of the Dunedin Photographic Society are to be cancelled at least until the end of April 2020.
This decision applies to all activities run under the name of DPS including; meetings, practical sessions, Photoshop classes, and face to face focus group meetings.
This is a significant step and reflects the society’s concern for the well-being of members and our community as we address the challenge of COVID-19.
The council will revisit this decision and update members before the end of April.
The council is committed to continuing to offer a programme to members through an online platform. We will be working hard so that members will be able to access next Monday’s meeting via ZOOM. Information about this will be available to members via email and on this blog.
We appreciate this format may not suit everyone but we will work to assist members to access online meetings. Meetings will be recorded and made available for members to access at times outside the normal meeting times.
We hope members appreciate the gravity of the situation that has led to these decisions being made and make every effort to join and contribute to our online alternative.
We hope all members stay safe and well. Nga mihi, Gary President, Dunedin Photographic Society
Thanks to the Programme Committee, the 2020 programme is now available on the website. They have outlined an action packed year of meetings, outings, focus group events and practical workshops.
As is always the case, there are a few things that still need to be confirmed and some things may change along the way; so please make sure you keep checking the website for the most up-to-date information.
You can find the programme here: https://dps.org.nz/programme/ It is displayed as a Google calendar and is also available for download as a printable PDF.
If you use Google calendar yourself, the best thing to do is add the DPS calendar to your personal calendar – instructions below:
Canon EOS 5D Mark 2 & 3 and 2 old EOS 35mm Film cameras
Favourite camera you have ever used/had
Probably my old Canon EOS 50E … LOVED that camera
Which do you prefer: Film or Digital?
Film, but I only do digital now. Yep, I’m a hypocrite 😛
Sooo much nicer look than digital, and editing digital takes a ridiculous amount of time in comparison. On the flip side, I find digital less expensive to make mistakes with and learn faster!
Which do you prefer: Print or Projected?
Being a tactile type, I love seeing the actual print/paper … and have to hold my hands behind my back to not touch!
How did you get into photography?
My big OE helped me want to capture what was in front of me. And then working for a tourism company in Queenstown and I kind of fell into it. Later I trained under a wedding photographer, which I really loved and still do.
What is your most memorable moment from your time at DPS so far?
Helping out when the judges were judging the 45th Dunedin Festival of Photography. Listening to their comments was amazing, and I love hearing the comments & critique with the projected and print comps every month, great learning!
What keeps you inspired with your photography?
Constantly being interested in different genres, whether it’s portraiture, landscape, wildlife or weddings, there are no restrictions on learning! Age, gender doesn’t matter!
Do you have a particular theme that would summarise your photographs?
Not really as I’m learning so much, my style changes regarding what’s in front of me.
Where is the best place that you have been to take photos?
I’m super fortunate to be a one year volunteer capturing the Northern Royal Albatross at Tairoa Head, which is the only mainland breeding colony in the world. The two unforgettable highlights were, when the chicks were hatching, and when some fledged right in front of me one windy day. This makes up for hanging out on the edge of a cliff in freezing winds! The goal is to capture emotion which is not easy as birds can’t smile lol! So it’s their body actions. The biggest challenge is that they have very little detail in the down/feathers.
What piece of equipment could you not do without in your camera bag?
Dust cloth! It gets very windy on the Peninsula!
Do you have any advice for your fellow photographers?
Have an open mind to learning a genre of photography that you normally may not be interested in. My hubby once said to me; “Can you do some landscapes”? Biggest mistake ever for him, as before that I was only doing weddings. Photography after that became a whole new world 😀
Do you have any favourite photography related websites or web resources that you’d like to share with other members?
My interests change so I Google a few things when needing advice. But I do not follow other photographers if I can help it. Otherwise their style will influence me.
Any other comments?
My goal is to get more familiar with Photoshop, not just Lightroom.