NatMAT hosted field trip to Kaikorai Stream Meet by the bridge on Donald Steet, Kaikorai Valley.
Stream walk. Light industrial area. Saturday morning car shoppers.
27th March Meeting at Mornington Church Hall.
7:15pm Prints for Print of the Month due on the table. Theme: Open.
Print of the Month
“What makes an image good?” a DPS panel.
Kaikorai Stream field trip images
1st April Dunedin Festival of Photography – 50th Anniversary Exhibition entries OPEN Our very own national competition. The 50th Anniversary Exhibition invites print and projected images in open, nature, monochrome and portraiture categories. Come and join the hundreds of photographers who have participated in this exhibition since its inception in 1968.
Opens: 1st April 2023. Closes: 16th April 2023. Details: Dunedin Festival of Photography
Saturday 11 February
Maggies Cafe (was Morning Magpie), 46 Stuart Street, Dunedin.
10am for Coffee – Chat – Gossip – Conversation.
Break for photography, if you wish …
12:30pm back for Coffee – Chat – Compare images.
More photography, if you wish …
Monday 13 February
Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Terrace, Mornington, Dunedin.
Speaker is Kavan Chay, showing and talking about some of his recent astrophotography images and successes.
See some of Kavan’s images at Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kchayphotos/ or website: https://kchayphotos.com/portfolio
Projected Image of the Month. Theme: Summer.
Focus Group introductions.
Last week the Council decided we’ll continue with online meetings up until the end of May, then re-assess month by month as we see how things are going. Field trips and photo walks will still be an option, for a bit of safer in-person socialising, and this month the Street group will be organising our activity – details to follow!
7:30pm, Monday 7 March
View Finder #16: Mieke Boynton – Landscape and Aerial Photography, an interactive presentation
7:30pm, Monday 14 March
Club meeting: Speaker: Linda Robertson – Inside photojournalism Focus Group feedback: Honours
Projected Image Of The Month: Open
7:30pm, Monday 21 March
Focus group meetings
Zoom and various
10am, Saturday 26 March
Photo walk: We will checkout the protestors if still there, the people and architecture of lower Stuart Street, street art, farmers market, railway station, and skate park. Coffee after at The Corner Store (has outdoor seating)
Meet by Ko te Tūhono in the lower Octagon
7:30pm, Monday 28 March
Club meeting: Speaker: Rachel Gillespie – Travel and tourism in the Mackenzie Country My Recent Photography: Ian Thomson and Gary McClintock
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.
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
7:30pm, Monday 8 November
Club meeting: Speaker TBC
Projected Image Of The Month: Open
7:30pm, Monday 15 November
Focus group meetings
Zoom and various
9:00am Saturday 20 November
Field trip: Maple Glen
Meet 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
10:00am Sunday 5 December
Photo walk: Annual Photo Scavenger Hunt
Meet 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 December
View Finder #15: Judy Stokes – The art of painting with your camera
As most of our members will know, after we’ve run an exhibition, a field trip, a photo walk, or a big trip away, we usually gather images from those who participated to make a slideshow. Although we haven’t had many trips over the last year or two, we’re still collecting the slideshows, and you can view them any time, along with our seasonal and Festival exhibitions on our YouTube channel. For those who missed our slideshow of Arthur’s Pass, here you go!
A bit of a disappointing ending to last month with Covid rearing its ugly head again, but hopefully we can slowly start emerging from lockdown very soon. In the meantime, a reminder that we’ll be running ALL DPS activities online until we’re back at Level 1, just to be on the safe side. This means that some activities may need to be cancelled or postponed, and all club meetings will be held on Zoom until then – keep an eye on government announcements if you’re not sure where we’re at 🙂 Covid Alert Levels and Updates
7:30pm, Monday 6 September
View Finder #12: Esther Bunning – NZ Pacific Studio ANZAC Flags project
7:30pm, Monday 13 September
Club meeting: Noelle Bennett – Rules? What rules?
Projected Image Of The Month: Edges
Saturday 18 September
7:30pm, Monday 20 September
Focus group meetings
Zoom and various
6pm, Thursday 23 September
Field Trip: Glenfalloch Night GardenN.B. THIS WILL ONLY RUN IF WE ARE AT LEVEL 1
Meet at 6pm towards the Strathallan Street end of the Bunnings carpark, to catch the free bus to Glenfalloch
7:30pm, Monday 27 September
Club meeting: AGM Neale McGowan: Postcards of Old Dunedin Phil Hollard: A First for New Zealand
Print Of The Month: Open
Zoom (or if at Level 1: Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce)
Field Trip: Monarch Wildlife Cruise
All details TBC – an email will be sent out when they are confirmed
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.
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 💫⭐✨
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.