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

DPS Exhibition in Germany

Our partner club, Fotoclub Filderstadt in Germany is currently holding an exhibition of their members’ work.  As part of this, earlier in year they invited our members to submit images that would be selected to be part of the exhibition.  The exhibition opened on 11th December and runs until 8th Jan 2017 at Städtische Galerie Filderstadt (Filderstadt Municipal Gallery).

Below is a list of DPS members and images in the exhibition, along with a slideshow of these images.

  • Simon White: St Clair; Port Chalmers
  • Paul Sorrell: Fernbird calling, Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Dunedin
  • Matheson Beaumont: The Vine Shed; Hoar Frost at Lake Pearson
  • Pam Constable: Winter Grazing
  • Clive Copeman: The Missing Shepherd; The Last Bus Stop
  • Michael Sutton: St Clair Storm
  • David Steer: Hoopers Inlet; Standing Firewood; Where to from here?; Breaking Into Spring; Cone in the Cloud; The Roost
  • Kathy Richards: Baldwin Street
  • Simone Jackson: Hoopers Inlet – Dunedin and Milford Sound
  • John Hart: Central Otago Hoar Frost
  • Mark Cowden: Milford Track NZ
  • Nicola Pye: Campervan on Mt John; Path to Tunnel Beach; Postcard from Queenstown; On the brink, Lake Pukaki
  • Craig McKenzie: Royal Spoonbills; Taiaroa Head
  • Kate Burton: Lake Ruataniwha
  • Micky Waby: Tasman Valley
  • Noelle Bennett: Stormy day at St Clair
  • Howard Bennett: Evening at Careys Bay
  • Melanie Middlemiss: Sunset, Otago Harbour; Matanaka Farm; No Picking; Flat Mates, University of Otago, Dunedin
  • Glenn Symon: The Old Bus; The Nevis Tree; All Tied Up

2016 Awards and Trophies


The final night of the year was the President’s evening on Dec 12th.  We had a fun night hosted by President Kate Burton – slideshows, quiz, food and a few laughs. Of course an important part of the evening was to recognise members who had done well with their photography throughout the year.  Congratulations to the following members on their success.

2016 Dunedin Photographic Society Awards and Trophies

  • DPS Honours Board, for the Champion of each seasonal print exhibition:
    • Kathy Richards (Autumn); Ita Daniels (Spring)
  • Williams Silver Medal,  for the Champion of each seasonal projected image exhibition:
    • David Steer (Winter); Simon White (Summer)
  • Colour Trophy, for the highest aggregate in seasonal projected image exhibitions:
    • David Steer
  • DPS Tividale Trophy, for the highest aggregate in the natural history section of the seasonal projected image exhibitions:
    • (joint) Noelle Bennett and Paul Sorrell
  • George R Chance Nature Trophy, for the highest aggregate in the natural history section of the seasonal print exhibitions:
    • David Steer
  • F. H. Williams Memorial Trophy, for the best landscape in each of the seasonal projected image exhibitions:
    • Pam Constable (Winter); Andre Koschinowski (Summer)
  • DPS Print Trophy, for the highest aggregate in seasonal print exhibitions:
    • (joint) Kathy Richards and Micky Waby
  • DPS Print of the Month Award, for the highest aggregate in the print of the month for the year:
    • David Steer
  • DPS Projected Image of the Month Award, for the highest aggregate in the projected image of the month for the year:
    • Nicola Pye
  • Como Marine Award (Print), for the best marine image in each of the seasonal print exhibitions:
    • Mark Cowden (Autumn); Ita Daniels (Spring)
  • Como Marine Award (Projected Image), for the best marine image in each of the seasonal projected image exhibitions:
    • Simon White (Winter); Andre Koschinowski (Summer)
  • C. W. Pattillo Portrait Cup, for the best portrait in each of the seasonal print exhibitions:
    • Ken Trevathan (Autumn); Micky Waby (Spring)

2017 Programme

The year is coming to a close, but we have already been looking to 2017 and have put a great programme in place for you all.  For those who were not at the final meeting to grab a paper copy, you can access the digital version of the programme here.
On the Programme page you will see a link to download a PDF copy or you can view the events in the google calendar.  It is also possible to add the DPS calendar to your own google calendar by clicking the “+ Google Calendar” button at bottom right of the calendar.
Until 2017, have a safe and merry Christmas!
Christmas frivolities – by Denise Montgomery

[Video] Recent Events

We always try to have at least one photowalk or field trip each month and when we get back we like to share a selection of photos taken on the trip – to entice other members to join us on the next trip!  Here are the slideshows from some recent trips (and a workshop).

Vogel Street Party photowalk: 8/10/16

Light Workshop, starting at Queens Gardens: 31/10/16

Overnight field trip to Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua: 12-13/11/16