Street/urban focus group

The latest focus group to be established within the club is the Street/urban group. We have a broad focus, encompassing everything from photographing people in the streets, to the buildings of our city. Our idea is to circulate links about a photographer of interest each month, so that we can have a look at their work and discuss when we meet.

The first meeting was held on Thursday 22nd July at Dog with two Tails. We had 8 members attend (plus a mini associate) which got the group off to a great start. Mark McGuire had shared links to the first photographer for discussion – Peter Black. Peter is a Wellington-based street photographer who has photographed social landscapes all over the world.

Brisbane 1973. Peter Black’s first photograph. Source: https://www.peterblackphotos.com/about.html

You can find Peter online via the following links:

Photos can have the magical ability to stop time and thus allow us to examine the world, but in the end the best of them become art – yet they remain as mysterious as a dream.

Peter Black

After a good discussion around Peter’s work and the direction of our new group, it just remained for us all to grab our cameras and hit the streets ourselves.

The next meeting will be 11am Thursday 19th August at Dog With Two Tails, and all are welcome. The photographer of focus this month is Vivian Maier. If you would like to join the mailing list to receive links and updates, please email Melanie.

Projected Image of the Month: Flow, July 2021

Thanks to Melanie Dick for her appraisal this week, and congratulations to Ian Thomson, Kate Burton and Greg Hughson! 

We only have a very small pool of judges within the club, so Melanie very kindly stepped in this month. If you think you might be interested in becoming a judge, check out the upcoming PSNZ Judge Training Workshop weekend, which will be held in Dunedin on 30-31 October. Even if you’re not quite ready to start judging yet, these workshops are said to be very beneficial in sharing insights into what’s involved in the judging process. More info here: Judge Training and Accreditation Programme

Standings

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What’s On: August 2021

Wildings by Nicola Pye
DateActivityDetailsLocation
7:30pm, Monday 2 August  View Finder #11: Paul Hughson – Real estate photography in Norway Zoom
7:30pm, Monday 9 August  Club meeting: Stuart Clook – Alternative Photographic Processes – the art and practise of the handmade photographic print  Print Of The Month: Open
Appraised by Paul Sorrell        
Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce  
7:30pm, Monday 16 AugustFocus group meetings   Zoom and various  
Saturday 21 – Wednesday 25 AugustPrint ExhibitionSelectors: Karen Lawton (Open) and John Hart (Natural History)Dunedin Community Gallery, 20 Princes St, Dunedin CBD  
7:30pm, Monday 23 August  Club meeting: Meeting at Dunedin Community Gallery  Projected Image Of The Month: Flow  Dunedin Community Gallery, 20 Princes St, Dunedin CBD  
1pm, Sunday 29 AugustField Trip: Taieri Historical Society and MuseumMeet at: -12:15pm at the Bayfield Inlet to carpool
– or at the Wobbly Goat at 1pm for a pre-photo coffee
– or at 2pm at the little museum
Bring $5 cash per person for museum donations
Outram area
Aug or Sept TBCField Trip: Monarch Wildlife CruiseAll details TBC – an email will be sent out when they are confirmed the ocean
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What’s On: July 2021

Sammy’s by Melanie Dick
DateActivityDetailsLocation
7:30pm, Monday 5 July  View Finder #10: Lizzie Shepherd – Mood versus composition Zoom
5:00pm, Sunday 11 JulyDeadline to enter Print Exhibition details online  https://dps.org.nz/competitions/seasonal-exhibitions/enter/
7:30pm, Monday 12 July  Club meeting: Michael McQueen – Long-term documentary photography – why I choose to work with 35mm black and white film in 2021  Print Of The Month: Open

  * BRING PRINT EXHIBITION ENTRIES *      
Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce  
7:30pm, Monday 19 JulyFocus group meetings   Zoom and various  
7:30pm, Monday 26 July  Club meeting: Angela Haig-McAuliffe – Illustrative and Composite Photography – Concept through to competition imagery  Projected Image Of The Month: Flow  Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce  
5:30pm, Friday TBC JulyPhoto Walk: Blue Hour at Rush Hour Dunedin CBD (details of trip TBC)
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Theme Challenge

A quick update: we’ve decided not to continue with the theme challenges for 2021. There hasn’t been much interest this year for some reason, so the slideshows have looked a bit sad! In the same vein though, are our monthly Print and Projected Images of the Month. These are a great way to keep yourself challenged, as you can use each month’s theme to create a brand new image. The upcoming PIOTM and POTM themes are:

12 JulyPrintOpen
26 JulyProjectedFlow
9 AugustPrintOpen
13 SeptemberProjectedEdges
27 SeptemberPrintOpen
11 OctoberProjectedMulti-exposure
8 NovemberPrintOpen
22 NovemberProjectedReflections
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Photo Walk: Scavenger Hunt, May 2021

We recently had a Scavenger Hunt photo walk around the University campus, where participants were given a list of 12 topics to inspire their photos at the start of the walk. The plan had originally been to take these photos anywhere between Dunedin and Lawrence over a few hours, but the weather was so wet that we decided to stick to somewhere where we could find shelter quickly! We hope you enjoy the results.

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Astrophotography and Field Trip

The NatMAT group have organised an Astrophotography trip, open to all members, which should be a great night out! Judith Swann has also put together some very handy information to look through before the night, so have a read and start preparing 💫⭐✨

Image by Trevor Douglas

When: Meeting at 1800h on Saturday 12th June 2021 depending on the cloud cover. We will have another look at the weather on Saturday morning and if we need to cancel we’ll let you know, otherwise see you Saturday evening.

Where: Aramoana. Meet at the memorial carpark. Hereabouts: https://what3words.com/waterfalls.goalie.hubcap.

Moon, sun and tide.

The new moon is on the 10th June, so on the 11th and 12th it will still be basically moonless and dark. On the 11th and 12th sunset is at 1658h; moonset is at 1718h and 1805h; and the tide will be falling. High tide is at 1520h and 1600h.

What photos could I take?

Stars – https://www.flickr.com/photos/emmakey/34495994481
Star trails – https://www.flickr.com/photos/joedsilva/6132188906
Milky Way – https://www.southproud.co.nz/listing/aramoana-beach/
Foreground
Light painting
Reflections (in the wet sand)

How do I take these images?

You keep yourself and those around you SAFE

Dark – It will be DARK

Safety: Think about your safety. Bring a RED LIGHT torch our eyes take longer to adjust to the dark after looking at white light compared to red light. It is also very easy to get temporarily blinded by white light. Put fresh batteries in your torch. Remember Sea Lions use the sand and they don’t leave just because it is dark! Check before you take a step backwards.
Lights: Folks around you may NOT want your torch on just so you can make adjustments to your camera. Practice beforehand so you can change your camera settings by touch. Talk to each other about putting lights on.
Focus: Focusing in the dark is really hard. Find out if your camera will do focus magnification and turn it on. Teach yourself how to turn on manual focus by touch! On site, find a star and manually focus on it until it is crisp pin point of light.

Cold – More than likely it will be COLD

Layers: Taking astro photos can involve quite a lot of standing around, in the cold, doing very little. You will get cold. Wear some warm layers, bring more, including a wind-proof layer. Hat, scarf, gloves, chemical hand warmer pouches, something to sit or kneel on if you think you’ll need it.
Camera & Batteries: Your camera gear will get cold, and cold batteries don’t work so well. Take some spare batteries and keep the spares in a warm pocket. Putting a cold camera into a warm car risks inducing condensation inside the lens and/or camera. A Ziploc plastic bag or dry-bag with a silica gel sachet in and a plan to warm up your camera slowly will reduce this risk. (https://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/how-to-protect-your-digital-camera-in-cold-weather)

Movement – The subject (the sky) moves and your camera is at risk of movement

Subject movement: Actually it is the earth that is moving (turning) while the sky stays still! We perceive this as the stars moving. Photographing this movement is how you get star trails. If you want points of light for stars your exposure time needs to be less than about 25 seconds.
Camera movement: The long exposure time means you have to hold your camera completely still so a tripod, bean bag or similar is essential. Remember your cable release, or work out how to use the timer on your camera. Work this out in the light and warmth of home before you set out.

Stars / Milky Way

https://www.capturelandscapes.com/how-to-photograph-stars/
https://digital-photography-school.com/beginners-tips-for-night-sky-and-star-photography/
https://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explore/a/tips-and-techniques/photographing-the-night-sky.html

These articles are good backgrounders to taking images of the stars. Read about wide open aperture (f/4 or lower if you can get), higher ISO (1600 and up), longer exposure times (10 – 30 seconds), and white balance to 3200Kelvin (if you can). Then also read the pros and cons of each of these variables in this situation.

Star Trails

https://nightskypix.com/how-to-photograph-star-trails/
https://www.lightstalking.com/how-to-photograph-star-trails/
https://learnandsupport.getolympus.com/learn-center/photography-tips/astrophotography/astrophotography-101

Star trails use very similar settings but are taken for longer so your camera captures the movement of the stars OR you take a number of star photos and stack them together to make the star trails.

Milky Way

The techniques and settings for stars usually work for the Milky Way as well. One difference is learning where the Milky Way will be, at the location you’ll be at and at the time you’ll be there.
The videos on this site (https://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/tutorial-shooting-night-sky.html) describe using free apps and programmes (Blue Marble, The Photographers Ephemeris (TPE), Google Maps, Stellarium) to work out where the Milky Way will be.
The Milky Way should be just to the seaward side of Taiaroa Head at about 1900-1930h on the 111th and 12th June.

Light Painting

https://digital-photography-school.com/add-more-interest-astrophotography-with-light-painting/
Bring along an led light source (torch, head lamp, panel) so you can add some more light in the foreground.

Aurora

http://www.aurora-service.net/aurora-school/how-to-photograph-the-aurora/
Just in case!!!

More details?

Have a look at these sites.

Stars:
https://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/tutorial-shooting-night-sky.html

Star Trails:
https://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/03/StarTrailsPhotographyTutorial.html
https://www.photopills.com/articles/star-trails-photography-guide#step5

Milky Way:
https://www.photopills.com/articles/milky-way-photography-guide