Member Profile: Simone Jackson

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Year joined DPS 2015
Signification positions held in DPS Council member
Honours NZIPP Masters with 1 bar
Current camera 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 😛
And why? 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? Print
And why? 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.

Member Profile: Nicola Pye

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Year joined DPS 2013
Signification positions held in DPS Secretary
Honours LPSNZ
Current camera Olympus OMD EM1
Favourite camera you have ever used/had The first one I bought myself when I was 16 – a Pentax K1000
Which do you prefer: Film or Digital? Digital
And why? Digital – you can afford to make way more mistakes or experiment more, at no cost.
Which do you prefer: Print or Projected? Projected
And why?
Because I’m cheap, stingy and lazy 😉 
How did you get into photography? My dad used to set up a dark room in the bathroom after we all went to bed, which made it seem so intriguing and mysterious.  I did photography at school for a year, but then didn’t really pick up a camera properly except to take photos of my babies. Decided I needed a hobby in 2013, so enrolled in the SIT Diploma in Digital Photography, and joined DPS then.
What is your most memorable moment from your time at DPS so far? Probably the first weekend trip I went on with DPS, to Milford Sound – somehow I was roped in to taking on the secretary’s role, but it was also a lovely weekend away, with nothing much to do except photography and a few dishes.
What keeps you inspired with your photography? Setting projects and expectations – although I love taking photos, there often isn’t enough time in the day, or a good enough reason to make the time…if I have a set date to meet, I find it much easier to go out and take the photographs, and a deadline promotes desperate inspiration!  Sometimes our projected image of the month is the only thing that reminds me to pick up my camera…
Do you have a particular theme that would summarise your photographs? Eclectic and haphazard
Where is the best place that you have been to take photos? Anywhere stormy and dramatic
What piece of equipment could you not do without in your camera bag? After the camera, an extra battery or two
Do you have any advice for your fellow photographers?
Not really – but if they have any for me, please email it ASAP 😀

Do you have any favourite photography related websites or web resources that you’d like to share with other members?
I don’t have any real favourites, but I do scan through Instagram a lot for ideas and inspiration, and Youtube is an endless source of useful videos (and quite a bit of complete rubbish).

Spring Print Exhibition

The selection has been made.  The images have been hung.  The Spring Print Exhibition is now ready for opening at tomorrow’s meeting (Monday 11th Sept).  Doors open 7pm, Dunedin Community Gallery.  See you all there!

Note: The exhibition is open to the public 10am-6pm Tues 12th-Thurs 14th Sept.

Spring print exhibition, Dunedin Community Gallery

Member Profile: Gary McClintock

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Year joined DPS 2016
Signification positions held in DPS Current council member – Print secretary
Honours LPSNZ
Current camera Canon 6D
Favourite camera you have ever used/had Although not my favourite camera I was recently amazed at how good my LG3 phone camera was. In 2016 all the photos I took and entered in any competitions were taken on my phone and lots of these are among my favourites. So easy!
Which do you prefer: Film or Digital? Digital
And why? While digital may not have the mystery of waiting to get 24 or 36 slides back the duds are way less expensive
Which do you prefer: Print or Projected? No preference
And why? I do like to see and hold a print but I like the flexibility of projected, particularly as it offers a economic way to get feedback
How did you get into photography? I started taking photos at high school when I was tramping as I have always enjoyed trying to capture the landscape but with little real thought. At teachers college I did a photography course. While developing and printing was interesting I was more excited by the challenge to look more carefully around me for photos and now believe one of the greatest benefits of photography is that it has changed how I see the world and there is potential for this to keep changing and growing.
What is your most memorable moment from your time at DPS so far? Most memorable moment was assisting the judges (not actually judging) at the Dunedin Festival of Photography. It reminded me how subjective the process is and how brutal it is. So best to try not to take things too seriously
What keeps you inspired with your photography? The reason I keep taking photographs is because it keeps giving me the opportunity to be out in the environment and loose myself in the process. Getting a photo that i like is a great bonus but the the being there is most important.
Do you have a particular theme that would summarise your photographs? Most of my photos can be summed up as anything other than people or pets. I particularly like trying to abstract out compositions in the landscapes natural and urban
Where is the best place that you have been to take photos? Christchurch after the earthquake was a unique opportunity and when ever I stayed in the centre of town I would go out in the morning with my phone.I think I have some great images that show how I saw the changing town.
What piece of equipment could you not do without in your camera bag? The most useful thing I have bought recently is a pair of waders. Not having to worry about getting wet means I can access places and set up for shots in places I could not get to before.
Do you have any advice for your fellow photographers? Take what you are excited by because the process of taking is at least as important as the product so do something you enjoy.

Do you have any favourite photography related websites or web resources that you’d like to share with other members?
I found a book by Ulrich Hensel called Sites which shows images can be abstracted out of the city environment http://ulrich-hensel.de/en/slides

I also enjoy Guy Tal whose website features a section of images abstracted out of the natural landscape http://guytal.com/

If you would like to share your thoughts and images in a member profile, please contact cameracraft.DPSNZ@gmail.com

Upcoming: Spring Print Exhibition

A reminder to all members, our Spring Print Exhibition is coming up soon and entries will close on Monday 14th August 2017. 

Please bring prints to the next meeting or e-mail  Gary (prints.dpsnz@gmail.com) to arrange a drop off.
Also note, all image titles must be entered through the online system here as well.  This helps ensure titles are printed on labels and certificates with the spelling you prefer 🙂

We have booked the Dunedin Community Gallery for the exhibition and so our meeting on the 11th September will be the official opening evening and then the images will be on display 12th-14th September.
Images are being selected for the Open section by Alan Dove, and for the Natural History section by Ross McIvor.

Details for entering:
  • Spring Print Exhibition is open to all financial members of the Society
  • Members can submit up to six entries in each of the Open and Natural History sections
  • Images previously accepted in seasonal exhibitions are not eligible
  • Images must be the original work of the exhibitor
  • Images may be trade or exhibitor printed
  • Prints must be mounted on a firm backing and have a mat
  • Prints can be any size to fit within the mat size you use:
    • Minimum size of mat 25cm x 30cm ( 10″ x 12″ )
    • Maximum size of mat 50cm x 40cm ( 20″ x 16″ )
  • Exhibitors name, image title and section must be on the reverse side of mount, at centre top
  • Image titles must be entered through the online system here.
Horsing Around, Melanie Middlemiss
Horsing Around, Melanie Middlemiss. Open Champion, 2017 Autumn Print Exhibition

Member Profile: Melanie Middlemiss

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Year joined DPS  2010
Signification positions held in DPS Vice President 2015, President 2016, Councillor (current)
Honours LPSNZ
Current camera Olympus OMD EM10
Favourite camera you have ever used/had Pentax K100D (but I am growing to love my Olympus)
Which do you prefer: Film or Digital? Digital
And why? I have only really ever photographed using digital, apart from when I was a kid and was just snapping away not knowing what I was doing (and how much it was costing my parents to develop the film!)
Which do you prefer: Print or Projected? Print
And why? I like seeing the finished product. It feels like the final step in the process to me.
How did you get into photography? My brother brought me a DSLR camera before I went on my OE in 2009 and I got hooked.
What is your most memorable moment from your time at DPS so far? I have lots of good memories, but I think so far the most memorable has been celebrating 125 years of the society. It was great helping to get the exhibition and events organised and great to learn more about the history of the society in the process.
What keeps you inspired with your photography? Seeing what others are up to experimenting with new techniques.
Where is the best place that you have been to take photos?  I have been lucky enough to visit London a few times now and absolutely love photographing there. I love the anonymity of being able to photograph people in the streets, the amazing street art, and the mix of old and new architecture. There is always something different and unusual to photograph.
Do you have any favourite photography related websites or web resources that you’d like to share with other members?

Getting creative with Jenny: Part 3

In this 3 part special feature Dunedin Photographic Society member Jenny Longstaff shares how she goes about creating her fascinating artworks that start as simple photos. [PART 1] [PART 2]


Here is another design, utilising just one photo (a maple tree in Dunedin Botanic Garden) copied and modified with various Photoshop effects. The photos were then positioned and arranged in InDesign to a large file size as the final design was printed onto a PVC “banner” for display in the Botanic Garden.

1.maple tree
Photoshop effects included manipulating colour balance and channel mixers, inverting colours, and using “twirl” in the “distort” filter menu.

2.colour play

The design is called “Variations for Vivaldi”, aiming to achieve a feeling of The Four Seasons and musical rhythms (the 5 wriggly lines at the bottom of the banner).
3.variations for vivaldi

Getting creative with Jenny: Part 2

In this 3 part special feature Dunedin Photographic Society member Jenny Longstaff shares how she goes about creating her fascinating artworks that start as simple photos. [PART 1]


Here is another design, called “Maritime Networks”, created from 4 separate photos of fishing net details (location: Taieri Mouth) arranged into patterns, with a photo of fishing boats (location: Moeraki).

1.net details
I chose 4 fishing net photos, paying attention to the colours and angles of the rope strands, then in Photoshop I modified the proportions so they were each equal-sized squares. The photos were then placed on a blank page in InDesign program, repeated and mirror-imaged as necessary, achieving a kaleidoscope effect – my version of “knitting” the designs into fishermen’s jerseys (or guernseys, or Arran-Isle patterns) As an aside: did you know that, in the past, each fisherman’s hand-knitted woollen jumper was unique, so he could be identified if he drowned?
You will notice that the top woven band includes vertical fish-shapes. The top circle represents the Moon; the bottom circle is the Earth, and the large dotted circle represents the connection with the Moon influencing the tides. It also represents maritime navigation with the stars or lights.
2.maritime networks

Getting creative with Jenny: Part 1

In this 3 part special feature Dunedin Photographic Society member Jenny Longstaff shares how she goes about creating her fascinating artworks that start as simple photos.

The first 2 images are repeat patterns:
  1. a kereru native NZ pigeon – photographed on my back yard clothesline
  2. an Australian rainbow lorikeet – photographed when I was hand-feeding it at Broulee on NSW south coast.
1.kereru 3.rainbow lorikeet
I removed the backgrounds (in Photoshop) so the shapes of the birds were clearly defined. Through my past working life as a book designer, I am familiar with the InDesign program, so I use that to position my photos on a blank page (dimensions to my own choice), then arrange copies of the photo to create the repeat patterns. Using commands such as copy and paste, mirror image, and flip vertically or horizontally, or changing the angle of placement, brings in as much variety as I need.
For the kereru design my main preoccupation was to create an ambiguous design of positive and negative areas that would not be immediately recognisable. In fact, some people never see the birds until they are pointed out to them!
For the lorikeet parrot designs I was playing with the vibrant colour arrangements. The images were included in an exhibition I held during the International Science Festival, which I called “Pigments of Imagination”, aimed at children. It was about colour theory and mixing, so the bird’s plumage was a good example of primary and secondary colours. I arranged them to enhance the feeling of rhythm and energy, and colour vibrations. A drop-shadow effect was added to the larger single bird to make it more 3-dimensional.
2.pigeon pairs4.parrot patterns

Sutton Salt Lake trip report

Ian1Almost a dozen DPS members met at the railway station in warm sunny conditions two
weeks ago. Our drivers took us out past Outram to Lake Mahinerangi. First we took some overviews of the lake and village working with gently windswept tussock grasses for foreground interest. Next stop nearby was the Canton stamping battery used 100 years back to extract gold from quartz rocks. Lots of rust and lichens to add texture to our shots.

Ian2After a quick drive to Middlemarch caffeine levels were restored and we were ready for the 20 minute walk into Sutton Salt Lake. This was cleverly timed so we arrived just before sunset and the unusual rocky landscape of schist torrs was enhanced by the long shadows. There was only a little water in the lake which is the only salt lake in NZ fed by rain only and no streams in or out. Ian3

The sunset itself was not so dramatic but with a full moon rising over hills to the north east and lake reflections there was plenty of exciting photography to be done.

We made good time home in the dark and would like to thank our organisers and drivers for an interesting and satisfying afternoon.

Text and images by Ian Thomson