What’s on in July

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  • Monday 9th July: Club meeting
    DPS Print Circle, 7pm at Mornington Presbyterian Centre (just before club meeting)
    Speakers: 20 images in 10 minutes from several DPS members
    Print of the Month theme: Open, selector, Craig McKenzie
  • Tuesday 17th July: Midweek Photo Group
  • Monday 23rd July: Club meeting
    Speaker: Kelly Lindsay, Food Photography.
    Projected Image of the Month theme: City Skylines, selector Craig McKenzie
  • 28th or 29th July: Challenge photo walk with special invite for Facebook members
  • Monday 30th July: Judging Critique workshop

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


[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 http://quarantineisland.org.nz/

DPS – Routeburn Field Trip July 2016

Participants: Craig McKenzie, Glenn Symon, David Steer, Jenny Longstaff

Article written by Jenny

Hooray! End of the working week and let’s get outta here! Arrived at Sylvan campsite (60+km beyond Glenorchy) by about 10.30pm and erected our tents under the trees to keep out of the hoar frost zone. Seemed to be several other campers tucked away too, plus deer. Hot cuppa brewed and so to bed, snugly tucked up in several layers and sleeping with camera to keep battery warm (I only had the one battery, unlike Craig who had 10!).

rosy-fingered dawn / beckons early riser / cupping a tin mug

Caterer Craig’s cordon bleu fare provided nourishment then off to the start of the Routeburn Track. The guys were lugging their tramping packs, camera bags and tripods, signalling  a serious photographic expedition, while my camera gear is a small point and shoot waterproof camera (not that I have ever used it underwater, but on a South Island tramping trip you never know!!). I was on the trip mainly for the tramping and was delighted to discover that it triggered some poetic notebook scribblings, as you shall see interspersed in this account.

green therapy / nature’s healing touch / in the balm of your land

The track itself and bridge crossings are very well constructed, the Routeburn Track being designated a Great Walk. Our destination for Saturday night was the Routeburn Falls hut, (capacity 48), so with plenty of time to get there and only 8 or so km to walk, we could dawdle beside the picturesque river, photographing the beech forest, ferns, waterfalls, mossy rocks and other forest details, with some kakariki, south island robins, tom tits and riflemen for company.

inquisitive visitors / tiny bush birds / strut their fluff

We took a lunch break at an old landslip site which afforded great views across to the Humboldt Mountains, then eventually we arrived at the Falls Hut, dumped our things then out again to explore the Falls area, rich pickings for compositions of rocks and water, foliage, mountain scenery and atmospherics. The weather was holding well, so I continued along the track until I could get a view of Lake Harris.

focused photographer / captures panorama / exposure on the summit

The evening was spent consuming Chef Craig’s candle-lit dinner and huddling over a reluctant wood burner. (The next morning he discovered the water tank and the coal shed.) We had chatted to some other trampers on the track, but the only other people staying at the hut were two young Invercargill women. Tough kiwis go winter tramping!

crumbling erosion / swirling tannin waters / dunking gingernuts

And then it rained all night. A deluge. No point getting up early. Later in the morning in typically fickle style it cleared and we ventured out at 11-ish, spending time checking out the waterfalls, gushing most spectacularly, before we descended to the lower valley for other riverside photo stops, with a lunch break at the Routeburn Flats hut.

raging river / chuting the rapids / canyon clefts

The rain had woken up all the tiny lichens and mosses and had turned the river and side streams into torrents, but we were relatively dry on our hike out.

washed clean / forest greens gleam / radiant after rain

It was a pretty good outing for photographic variety, from wide angle vista to macro minutiae, and best part on a tramping excursion with fellow photographers is that they don’t pick on you to keep up! Back at the vehicle it was good to shed our packs and get out of our boots, then we did a side trip to photograph ‘the Paradise tree’. A great weekend away, proving that you can cram a lot into a short space of time, creating memorable moments.

tongues hanging out / waiting by back door / muddy hiking boots

Field Trip: April 10th

Our next field trip will be held on Sunday 10th April.  We will be heading to Oamaru and Clarks Mill.  There is a $10 entry charge for Clarks Mill.
We will meet at 8.30am at the Railway Station carpark and sort out carpooling from there.  We will head to Oamaru first for a wander around the old part of town and then after lunch visit Clarks Mill.
Please indicate to the Field Trip Coordinator (via email: fieldtrips.DPSNZ@gmail.com) if you intend to come along.

 

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Source: Timaru Herald

FieldTrip to Orokonui

Inspired by Paul Sorrell’s talk and his wonderful pictures at our last meeting, we are going to have a field trip to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary.  http://orokonui.nz/
When: Sun 13th March, 10.30am
Meeting Point: Carpark at Orokonui – please let us know if you need transport
Cost: $16 for entry (10% discount for seniors, and if we have a big enough group I think they give 10% discount)
There should be plenty to see and at 11am will be the Takahe feeding.  We will spend a couple of hours wandering around and then can meet back at the visitors centre for a coffee/bite to eat.

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Tui on flax – Paul Sorrell

Happy New Year

The new year is well underway now and hopefully you have all been out enjoying the great weather and taking lots of photos.  We had the first photowalk of the year on Sunday, which was actually a photobike rather than a walk.  We headed to Hyde and cycled a bit of the rail trail, before heading back to the cafe at Hyde for lunch. Great way to start the DPS fieldtrip/photowalk year.

2015 is a big year for the Dunedin Photographic Society – we are celebrating 125 years.  We are led to believe that the society is the oldest continuing Photographic Society in the Southern Hemisphere – certainly in Australasia  We will be celebrating this occasion in March with an exhibition of members’ work and some historical works from the Hocken Collection.  There will also be some associated events – more details to come.

The programme for the year is available online.  The first meeting of the year is Monday 9th Feb at 7.30pm.  Our speaker for the night is Terry Maguire who will be giving us a history of the Society.  Of course, the print of the month competition will also start on the 9th.  The theme is “Open” and prints will be appraised by John Hart. Remember to bring your prints along by 7.20pm.

Shadowfox Creative (Mark Fox) - Hyde, Rail Trail
Shadowfox Creative (Mark Fox) – Hyde, Rail Trail

Maniototo Field Trip

Maniototo Photographers - Ken Trevathan
Maniototo Photographers – Ken Trevathan

On a very chilly morning last Saturday seven of our members headed for the Maniototo via the Middlemarch road. As we climbed the hill the sky started to lighten up as the sun started a new day. By the time we reached the top of the hill at the start of the old Dunstan Trail we had just enough time to set up our tripods before the sun turned on one of the most spectacular sun rises I have ever seen.

Back into the four wheel drives and on to Middlemarch for a coffee. Then stops here, there and everywhere, including the stone sheep yards, railway siding and lunch at the fisherman’s huts where we took in the big skies of the Maniototo. There had been a bit of frost early on but none of the hoped for hoar frost or snow. The evening was spent at the Ranfurly Hotel.

Sunday morning we were of to the Blue Lake at St Bathans for coffee and fresh scones, raspberry jam and cream. And yes we did take a few shots as well. Down the road to photograph the old White Horse Hotel at Becks and finally down a very wet and slippery road to Poolburn dam. Thank goodness for the four wheel drive vehicles! The lake was an unbelievable colour and I am sure most of you will think we have all been very busy with Photoshop. Milky blue in parts and in other parts a very dark blue like I have never seen before. Finally we headed back to Dunedin after photographing a couple of old trucks on the way.

Thanks Glenn for a great weekend.

Post by Ken Trevathan