A big Red update!

So announcing we’ll be back to face-to-face meetings earlier this week may have been slightly premature! Now that we’re at Red, we’ll continue on with all meetings via Zoom, until we return to Orange. We should still be able to run some photo walks and field trips, in accordance with Covid regulations, so as always, keep an eye on your emails! And thanks to Melanie Dick for sorting our cute Covid icons so speedily once again!

Welcome to 2022 with DPS!

Ngā mihi o te tau hou! Greetings for the new year! Once again, things are looking like they won’t be back to normal for a little while yet, but we’ve got an excellent programme planned for the year and our trusty Zoom as back-up if things get nasty again. In the meantime, Council has met to discuss how we can keep our members as safe as possible, while also protecting the venue we use, and the other people who also use it. As you’ll know from Gary’s recent email, it has been decided that while we are at Orange, it will be a requirement that anyone attending our meetings at Mornington must have a valid Vaccine Pass and must wear a mask, unless they have an exemption. Although masks are not a legal requirement for our meetings at Orange, we feel it’s important that we err on the side of caution in regards to the safety of our more vulnerable members.

Keep an eye on your emails and on the programme for any changes, and don’t forget our Zoom link here.

  • Nicola

Annual Scavenger Hunt Photo Walk

Christmas by Melanie Dick

This weekend, we finally managed to run our annual photo scavenger hunt, after postponing due to threatened bad weather (that never eventuated), then changing our venue at the last minute due to some semi-bad weather…but luckily we had an excellent turnout of members. Even though I greedily demanded a very quick turn-around of images, so we could fit the slideshow into the last meeting of the year, I received a whopping 108 photos, making this the longest photo walk/field trip slideshow of the year – it’s so long, I had to find three totally irrelevant songs to accompany it!

The themes were:


Thanks to everyone who submitted their images so quickly!

  • Nicola

PSNZ Update – November 2021

As mentioned in the recent Camera Talk, the PSNZ Council has recently created a Councillor for Clubs Liaison role, designed specifically to be the go-to person for affiliated clubs to communicate with, about PSNZ affairs. They’ve asked for each club to nominate a member to be the contact for that club, and we’re very lucky that Judith Swan has agreed to take on this role. Her first update is as follows:

Upcoming PSNZ events and dates to note

22 November 2021: CameraTalk
Articles for the next CameraTalk are due. Email to michamberlain@icloud.com CameraTalk can be read at: https://photography.org.nz/events-and-publications/cameratalk/

16 January 2022: Honours submissions
Submissions open and must be received by 5pm on 28 February 2022. Information about the PSNZ Honours can be found here: https://photography.org.nz/honours/ 

January 2022: PSNZ Sony National Exhibition
Entries open. Categories are Nature and Open. The competition is open to all NZ residents. More information here: https://photography.org.nz/salons-galleries/psnz-sony-exhibition/

1 March 2022: PSNZ Interclub Salons
Entries for these salons close. More information about these competitions is here: https://photography.org.nz/interclub-salons/

April 2022: PSNZ National Convention
REGISTRATIONS OPEN. The convention next year is in Rotorua and you can learn about the event here: https://national.photography.org.nz/

Photo walks and field trips

Field trips and photo walks are a great way for us all to stay in contact with each other, so while we’re still under some Covid restrictions, we’ll try to make sure we plan these regularly. Hopefully all members have received my recent email with details of our upcoming trip out to the lovely Maple Glen gardens this month, as well as our annual photo scavenger hunt in December. Try to get along to one or both of these if you’re missing DPS contact 🙂

We had a really good turn out for photo walk around the wharf area last weekend – here’s the slideshow in case anyone missed the meeting.

  • Nicola

What’s On: November and December 2021

Looking through Chiharu Shiota’s ‘The Web of Time’ – Nicola Pye

It was decided at our last Council meeting that we’ll keep using Zoom for our meetings for the rest of the year, regardless of any possible Covid level changes. The underlying reason for this decision is to protect the health of all members, and the issue of vaccination requirements is key. While the Council strongly supports vaccination, any decision around vaccination requirements will likely need to come first from the government and from the Maryhill church where we meet. In the meantime, we’ll carry on as we have been, with meetings over Zoom, and field trips or photo walks in areas where we can socially distance as needed (at least as long as we’re at level 2 or better). Fingers crossed things will be closer to normal when we return next year!

7:30pm, Monday 1 November  View Finder #14: Tony Carter – Another World, portraits from Ōhura Zoom
7:30pm, Monday 8 November  Club meeting: Speaker TBCProjected Image Of The Month: Open      Zoom  
7:30pm, Monday 15 NovemberFocus group meetings       Zoom and various  
9:00am Saturday 20 NovemberField trip: Maple GlenMeet at Bayfield Park carpark for carpooling at 9am, to reach Maple Glen about 11:30am. Bring lunch and a cash donation to enter the gardens.Wyndham and surrounding areas, possibly Invercargill?
7:30pm, Monday 22 November  Club meeting: Ferg Campbell and The Projects Group  Projected Image Of The Month: Reflections  Zoom  
10:00am Sunday 5 December  Photo walk: Annual Photo Scavenger HuntMeet at the main gate to the Gardens, at the corner of Great King St and Opoho Rd, finish with coffee/lunch at Croque-o-dile café.  Botanic Gardens and surrounding areas
7:30pm, Monday 6 DecemberView Finder #15: Judy Stokes – The art of painting with your camera   Zoom
7:30pm, Monday 13 December  Club Meeting: President’s Evening Final meeting of the yearZoom
  • Nicola

Projected Image of the Month 2: Open, September 2021

The poor old Prints of the Month have had a very scarce year, but the Projected Images are flourishing! Thanks very much to Gary McClintock for his recent appraisals, and congratulations to Judith Swan, Stephanie Forrester and Trevor Douglas.


  • Nicola