Update from the President

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.

Open Prints

  • Kate Burton: 4 acceptances
  • Ita Daniels: 2 acceptances
  • David Steer: 2 acceptances
  • Gordon Speed: 1 acceptance

Open Projected Image

  • Glenda Rees 1 acceptance

Nature Prints

  • 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.

Speakers

Nicola Wilhelmsen

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

Sam Purdie

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 Beadle

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

Future Plans

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

Online Meetings

In light of the current COVID-19 situation and subsequent halt to all face-to-face DPS meetings (until after 6th July), we have set up an online meeting alternative using Zoom.

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 treasurer.dpsnz@gmail.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.

Link to MONDAY MEETING: https://zoom.us/j/673661631

All face to face meetings and activities cancelled until end of April

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

2020 Programme now available

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:

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).