Online Meetings

In light of the current COVID-19 situation and subsequent halt to all face-to-face DPS meetings (until end of April), we have set up an online meeting alternative using Zoom.

Please bookmark this page (not the Zoom link) so that if we make any changes, you will have access to the latest links.

The link to connect to the meeting is at the bottom of this post.

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a free video conferencing tool that allows you to connect with others from the comfort of your home. It is similar to other apps that you may have heard of like Skype or Facetime.

It is free to use and you do not have to sign up to be able to use Zoom and participate in our meetings.

You can connect from a computer or mobile phone, and you do not need to have a camera or microphone at this point – you can participate by simply listening to the meeting.

This short video will give you an idea of how Zoom works, and also serves as a test to check that your speakers on your computer, or the sound on your cellphone is working. – you should be able to hear the lady speaking on the video. Link: https://youtu.be/-s76QHshQnY

What will the online meeting be like?

The meeting will follow a similar format to our normal face-to-face meetings, with results of the Projected Image of the Month (enter here: https://dps.org.nz/piotm), speaker, images from the Z-A challenge (participate here: https://dps.org.nz/z-a-photo-challenge/) and sharing of any other slideshows and information.

We will aim to get started at 7.30pm like we normally do, so please ensure you have tested your setup and checked you can access the TEST MEETING prior to Monday’s meeing.

What if I miss the meeting or can’t connect?

The meeting will also be recorded and a link to the video will be shared after the meeting has ended.

I need help getting set up or connected

If you need help with getting yourself set up, please email David treasurer.dpsnz@gmail.com as soon as possible.

It is a good idea to have a go connecting to the test meeting before the actual meeting on Monday. Link to access the test meeting are below.

During the meeting, if you are having trouble you can email David.

How do I join the meeting?

To connect to the meeting on Monday 23rd, click the link below and follow the onscreen prompts.

You will need a PIN which is a 6 digit code – this will be emailed to you by Gary.

Link to join TEST MEETING: https://zoom.us/j/577919819

Link to MONDAY MEETING: https://zoom.us/j/673661631

All face to face meetings and activities cancelled until end of April

The council of the Dunedin Photographic Society met tonight (17/3/20) and has decided that all face to face activities of the Dunedin Photographic Society are to be cancelled at least until the end of April 2020.

This decision applies to all activities run under the name of DPS including; meetings, practical sessions, Photoshop classes, and face to face focus group meetings.

This is a significant step and reflects the society’s concern for the well-being of members and our community as we address the challenge of COVID-19.

The council will revisit this decision and update members before the end of April.

The council is committed to continuing to offer a programme to members through an online platform. We will be working hard so that members will be able to access next Monday’s meeting via ZOOM. Information about this will be available to members via email and on this blog.

We appreciate this format may not suit everyone but we will work to assist members to access online meetings. Meetings will be recorded and made available for members to access at times outside the normal meeting times.

We hope members appreciate the gravity of the situation that has led to these decisions being made and make every effort to join and contribute to our online alternative.

We hope all members stay safe and well.
Nga mihi,
Gary
President, Dunedin Photographic Society

2020 Programme now available

Thanks to the Programme Committee, the 2020 programme is now available on the website. They have outlined an action packed year of meetings, outings, focus group events and practical workshops.

As is always the case, there are a few things that still need to be confirmed and some things may change along the way; so please make sure you keep checking the website for the most up-to-date information.

You can find the programme here: https://dps.org.nz/programme/ It is displayed as a Google calendar and is also available for download as a printable PDF.

If you use Google calendar yourself, the best thing to do is add the DPS calendar to your personal calendar – instructions below:

President’s welcoming words

Welcome to 2020!
This year has started well for the society and there is plenty ahead to entertain, educate and challenge us all this year.

For those who have attended meetings this year, you will be aware that we have a 4-week meeting cycle for the first 4 Mondays of each month,
Week 1 Practical session
Week 2 Meeting with speaker & Projected Image of the month, & sharing
Week 3 Focus Groups – Portrait/Studio, Street Photography/ Recording Dunedin’s history,
Nature / Macro, Astro / Time Lapse, Honours / Project
Week 4 Pre-meeting Camera Basics (7pm) Speaker & Print of the Month & Letters.

Putting a programme together is not only time consuming but also involves a great deal of coordination. I would like to thank all council members for supporting the development of the programme but particularly the programme committee; Ross, Anastasia, Brian, Ita and Glenn.

In developing the programme we had three aims:

  • Increase participation
  • Develop collective responsibility
  • Learn from each other

After 4 meetings I feel we are well on the way to achieving these goals. As I have said many times now the success of the programme will depend on the contribution of all.
Thank you in advance for agreeing to host meetings, thank speakers, post blogs, lead groups, lead field trips, enter images, hang images and appraise images.
Our first meeting of the year drew 60 attendees and 20 print entries. This is a great result and we want to build on this.

We have again introduced the Letters each month. This is an easy way to have a go and the link to the letter can be pretty tenuous! I understand there are members who have submitted images for the first time in this. Watch out for Anastasia’s reminders.

On Monday this week, we held the first focus groups. There was a buzz of activity in each group and each left with a plan for the future. We look forward to seeing the results of these groups. Thanks to Brian also for organising the Photoshop Basics course which will run concurrently to the focus groups.

Looking ahead we have at least 3-weekend workshop options coming up, 2 Projected Image salons and a Print salon. We have the Dunedin Festival of Photography and running the PSNZ National Exhibition. It will be a busy year and there will be a need for volunteers for all these events.
So – take photos, come to meetings, enter images and put up your hand to make the supper!

Gary McClintock
President, Dunedin Photographic Society

Guest Speaker: Craig Potton

Craig PottonWe were very fortunate to have Craig Potton speak to the Dunedin Photographic Society on Monday the 22nd of October. He is a committed conservationist and New Zealand’s best known landscape photographer. Craig brought a collection of slides to illustrate a wide-ranging and very informative talk about his work and the work of others who have influenced him over the years. He highlighted the importance of studying art as a way of learning the principles of colour and composition and he reminded us that artists can help us to see both better and differently. He discussed Mark Rothko’s Colour Field Paintings, Japanese landscape paintings, classic Japanese gardens, David Hockney’s joiners and many other examples of work that has had an impact on him. He talked about the need for an image to work within the frame as a composition, whatever the subject matter. He showed some of his favourite photographs that he has taken over his long career, and it became clear that he has learned to apply the lessons he’s learned from the artists he has studied. For example, photographs like Beech Forest, Beach Tree, and Boulder Bank, have no central subject, which frees the viewer and encourages an exploration of the complex field of colour and texture, often drawing attention to the edges of the composition. He talked about the lengths he is willing to go to get dramatic images of magnificent places that have become familiar to us through more conventional, and much tamer, representations. To illustrate this, he gave us the back story to his photo of Milford Sound during a storm and a dramatic shot of the Mount Ruapehu Eruption. In his effort to get the best image possible, he would often return to the same place multiple times, photographing the same scene over and over again in an effort to capture an image that does justice to the place. One of his personal favourites, the Fox River Limestone Reflections, shows that this perseverance and dedication can pay off in the end. His work, as well as the work of other artists and photographers, can be seen in the Craig Potton Gallery and Store in Nelson.

 

2018 Projected Image Exhibition

The results of the Projected Image Exhibition for 2018 were announced and presented at the meeting on Monday 12 November. The Open Section images were selected by Trish and Alistair McAuslan. They were not present at the meeting, but their comments were read out by Melanie Middlemiss. The Natural History Section images were selected by Craig McKenzie who commented on each of the images as they were projected.

The awards, which are summarised below, were presented by our Patron, Ian Wyllie. Congratulations to all ten members of the Society who had images accepted for the exhibition, and to the six who also received Honours awards. Special recognition went to Andre Koschinowski, who received the Champion Award in the Open category, and to Gary McClintock, who received the Champion Award in the Natural History category. Gary was also awarded the F.H. Williams Memorial Trophy. Special thanks to Trish and Alistair McAuslan and Craig McKenzie for their careful selection and the insightful and constructive comments. Videos of past exhibitions and field trips can be seen here.

Simone Jackson 2 Acceptances Open
1 Honours Open
Andre Koschinowski 2 Acceptances Open
1 Honours Open
Champion Open
Gary McClintock 5 Acceptances Natural History
Champion Natural History
3 Acceptances Open
F.H. Williams Memorial Trophy Open
Mark McGuire 3 Acceptances Open
Simon Parsons 4 Acceptances Natural History
1 Acceptance Open
1 Honours Open
Paul Sorrell 3 Acceptances Natural History
3 Honours Natural History
Bill Stanford 1 Acceptance Open
David Steer 6 Acceptances Natural History
6 Acceptances Open
Ian Thomson 1 Acceptance Natural History
4 Acceptances Open
1 Honours Open
Dave Wilson 3 Acceptances Open
1 Honours Open

 

 

What’s on in July

july

  • 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