NatMAT and friends head to Moeraki

The 14 Nov saw some 17(!) photographers pile out of cars at Katiki Point lighthouse into a clear, sunny, and warm afternoon. The plan: photographing around the Katiki Nature Reserve, fish and chips at The Fishwife in Moeraki, then on to Moeraki boulders. Some folks chose to stop at Shag Point on their way home, they found a grand spot for a specific visit!

Walking around the reserve and headland led to images of photographers, fisherpeople, sea gulls, shags, penguins, terns, plants, insects, landscapes, and more. We were entertained with seal antics, in the water and on the rocks; the fishermen and their catches; and lots of birds in flight.

The general consensus seems to be The Fishwife dishes up some of the best blue cod around!

Then on to the beach and fun with jumping and pushing and sitting and running with the boulders. Some long exposures, reflections, and shadows. Those at Shag Point found barnacles, rocks, rock pools, sea weeds, star fish, more rock jumping, and more landscapes.

A fabulous afternoon, and evening, out with friends and photos …

  • Judith Swan

Focus Groups: NatMAT

Thanks to Judith for putting this together for us recently – looks like the NatMAT group has been a hive of activity!

Themes and Fieldtrips

What has the Nature – Macro – Astro – Timelapse (NatMAT) focus group been doing??

Well, we started with a chat and found out we were keen on photographing pretty much anything ‘outside’, taking part in field trips, and learning from our colleagues. So with those things in mind we set up a field trip to the Botanic Gardens.

The aim was to take some macro images. We had a beautiful afternoon of sunshine with nearly a dozen of us finding bees, weevils, flowers (especially yellow flowers!), yellow and black bugs, and some fungi. These images got critiqued at our next face-to-face meeting, and we learnt good ideas from each other.

Then COVID-19 came along and turned the world upside down!

Nature-Macro pivoted to online! We decided to meet once a week (Sunday evening) using the DPS Zoom room, sharing images based on a theme.

We started with ‘My Garden Inhabitants’ which showed up some skills within our group. We’ve challenged ourselves with birds, water, focus stacking (after Ged shared some techniques for focus stacking), fungi, insects (after a DPS presentation on insect photography), ‘creative nature’ (after some ideas from Tulipa), astro/stars, and always open.

As soon as we moved to level 1 Nature-Macro scheduled a field trip!!

In mid July another dozen or so of us arrived at Yellowhead, Broad Bay, again on a stunningly clear beautiful afternoon with a low tide. We enjoyed a wonderful slow stroll around the point with images of birds, krill, harbour, sky, boats, and lots of the cliff face. All supported with lots of chat, catching up, and friendships – new and old.

Our club colleagues from the Astro-Timelapse focus group opted to come along and join in. As the group size expanded, so did our name!!

More recently, we’ve learnt from Karen about the different twilights, and the transition from light to dark. We’ve challenged ourselves to use that learning with astro and twilight themes. More trips and themes have included Purakanui, birds in flight, green, weather, asymmetry, black and white, and Aramoana.

This week we’re working on spring images, thinking about other things we’d like to do, and hoping for a nice enough weekend to visit Aramoana. If any of this sounds like you, please come along – DPS Zoom room, Sunday, 7:30pm.

Here are some of the images that we’ve taken and shared and learnt from:


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  • Judith

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