What’s On: May 2021

Sandymount by Nicola Pye

It seems ridiculous, but we’re just about in May already! This is the first month of the year when a public holiday hasn’t bumped one of our activities, so keep your Mondays free 🙂

DateActivityDetailsLocation
7:30pm, Monday 3 May  View Finder #9: Tim Flach – How to Evoke Empathy Through Animal Portraiture Zoom
7:30pm, Monday 10 May  Club meeting: Helen Westerbeke – My Journey to Fellowship  Projected Image Of The Month: Repetition  Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce  
7:30pm, Monday 17 May  Focus group meetings   Zoom and various  
7:30pm, Monday 24 May  Projected Image Exhibition Selectors: Graham Dainty (Open) and Mike Boyd-Clark (NH) Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce  
10am, Saturday 29 MayField Trip: Autumn in Lawrence and surrounds  

Current programme.

  • Nicola

What’s On: April 2021

Panos from Mou Waho by Nicola Pye

Apologies for the phone pics, but I wanted to show off the amazing landscape that Anastasia took us to recently, and to thank her for organising such a great trip to Wanaka and Mou Waho. If you haven’t been there before, you must! And if you haven’t been away on a DPS trip, I can’t promise such perfect surrounds and weather every time, but we usually find something interesting, so watch this space for details of the the next trip. Until then, here’s this:

DateActivityDetailsLocation
7:30pm, Monday 5 April  (no View Finder for Easter Monday)    
2pm, Saturday 10 AprilHuriawa Pa/Karitane photo walkMeet at 2pm in railway station car parkKaritane and Huriawa Pa
7:30pm, Monday 12 April  Club meeting: speaker exchange with Greymouth Photography Club, featuring Nicki Mora, Elizabeth Passuello and others  Print Of The Month: Open  Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce  
11:59pm, Saturday 24 AprilClosing date for Projected Image Exhibition submissionsMembers will be emailed details 
7:30pm, Monday 19 April  Focus group meetings   Zoom and various  
7:30pm, Monday 26 April  (no meeting for Anzac Day)    

Current programme.

  • Nicola

What’s On: March 2021

It’s a kind of magic by Noelle Bennett

Welcome to autumn! After a small Level 2 blip in February, and another one running currently, it’s important to remind everyone that we don’t run our club meetings unless we are at Level 1, just to be on the safe side. Any club meetings that are scheduled during Level 2 or above will be moved to Zoom. There’s a link to the programme underneath the table below. We try to keep this updated as much as possible, but sometimes the changes happen a bit too quickly, so please keep our ‘club meetings at Level 1 only’ protocol in mind, and keep an eye on your emails for any meeting changes.

DateActivityDetailsLocation
7:30pm, Monday 1 March  View Finder #8: Georgina Steytler, The Art of Bird Photography   Zoom  
7:30pm, Monday 8 March  Club meeting: Izumi Schmidt – Reality of photography in the digital era  Print Of The Month: Open  Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce  
7:30pm, Monday 15 March  Focus group meetings   Zoom and various  (confirm with group)  
Saturday 20 – Monday 22 March  Wanaka/Mou Waho tripContact Anastasia for detailsWanaka
7:30pm, Monday 22 March  (no meeting for Otago Anniversary Day)  

Current programme.

  • Nicola

What’s On: February 2021

Zorb by Nicola Pye

Welcome back to DPS! Our first talk with Daniel Wong was a great opener to set the tone for 2021, and seemed to be well enjoyed by everyone there (give or take a few minor technical hitches 😮). Please see below for our February plans.

DateActivityDetailsLocation
7:30pm, Monday 1 February  View Finder #7: Petra Leary – Aerial Photography   Zoom  
Monday 8 February  (no meeting for Waitangi Day)  
7:30pm, Monday 15 February  Focus group meetings   Zoom and various (confirm with group)  
7:30pm, Monday 22 February  Club meeting: Gail Stent – My journey into underwater photographyPrint of the Month: Open
Appraiser:
Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce  
TBC FebruaryPort Chalmers photo walkHosted by NatMAT group 

Current programme.

  • Nicola

What’s On: December 2020

Tama by Emiko Cowell

Just a few more activities for the year, then we’re done! Our first meeting for 2021 will be at Mornington on 25 January, but watch this space in case we organise any photo walks or field trips before then.

DateActivityDetailsLocation
Wednesday 2 – Tuesday 8 December  Members’ Photo Exhibition Community Gallery
7:30pm, Monday 7 December  View Finder #6: Julia Coddington, Women in Street Photography   Zoom  
7:30pm, Monday 14 December  Club meeting: President’s EveningTrophy presentations, quiz, bring a plate for shared supper  Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce  

Current programme.

  • Nicola

What’s On: November 2020

Image by David Steer

Only a few more meetings for this strange year – please remember to check the programme here for any changes, as we try to keep this as updated as possible.

DateActivityDetailsLocation
7:30pm, Monday 2 November  View Finder #5: Kevin Landwer-Johan, Cultural Sensitivity when Photographing in South East Asia   Zoom  
7:30pm, Monday 9 November  Club meeting: Simone Jackson – Wedding and Family Photography Slideshow: Alphabet Challenge CDEProjected Image Of The Month: Food and Drink and Open Appraisers: Anastasia Labudina and TBC  Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce  
7:30pm, Monday 16 November  Focus group meetings   Zoom and various  
7:30pm, Monday 23 November  Club meeting: Trevor Douglas – Aerial Photography
10 minute presentations by Graeme Atkinson and Ian Thompson Slideshow: Alphabet Challenge BA
Print of the Month: Open Appraiser: Melanie DickMornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce  
    
  • Nicola

What’s On: October 2020

Image by Melanie Dick

Now that things are looking a bit more normal back at Level 1, here are the plans for this month. As before, if we need to go back to Level 2, all face-to-face meetings will be postponed or moved to Zoom when possible. Hopefully there should be something here for everyone!

DateActivityDetailsLocation
7:30pm, Sun 4 Oct  Nature/Macro/Astro/Timelapse focus group meeting   Zoom  
7:30pm, Mon 5 Oct  View Finder #4: Maarten Rots, Abstract Architecture   Zoom  
7:30pm, Mon 12 Oct  Club meeting: Graeme Warman – Food Photography  Projected Image Of The Month: Sport Action and Open Appraisers: Chris Hewitt & Ken Trevathan  Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce  
10am, Sun 18 OctProjects/Sets focus group photo walkStreet Art Challenge and ArchitectureQueens Gardens
7:30pm, Mon 19 Oct  Focus group meetings   Zoom and various  
7:30pm, Mon 26 Oct  Club meeting: Projected Image Exhibition, Mini workshop on reflectors, external lighting and white balance   Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce  

Please email me at secretary.dpsnz@gmail.com if you have anything to add to our calendar.

– Nicola

Intro to the 2020-21 DPS Council

We had an excellent turnout for our AGM earlier this week, and once again, were lucky enough to have a good, healthy Council elected.  As Gary mentioned at the meeting, a very big welcome to Judith Swan who is our newest Councillor, and many thanks to the Councillors who stepped down at the AGM: Glenn Symon, Ita Daniels, Brian Treanor, Jenny Longstaff, Antonio de Souza, and Simone Jackson who finished earlier in the year.

As not everyone was able to attend the meeting, and as we’ve had a few new members join over the lockdown months, this seems like a good time to briefly introduce the newly elected Council.  Without further ado, they are:

PatronsIan Wyllie and Phil Hollard 
President (and Immediate Past Pres)Gary McClintockpresident.dpsnz@gmail.com
Vice-PresidentRoss McIvorvicepresident.DPSNZ@gmail.com
TreasurerDavid Steertreasurer.DPSNZ@gmail.com
SecretaryNicola Pyesecretary.dpsnz@gmail.com
WebmasterMelanie Dickwebmaster.dpsnz@gmail.com
Print SecretaryTulipa Briggsprints.dpsnz@gmail.com
Projected Image SecretaryMelanie Dickslides.dpsnz@gmail.com
AV SecretaryAnastasia Labudina 
Field Trip SecretaryRoss McIvorfieldtrips.DPSNZ@gmail.com
Social Media SecretaryNicola Pyecameracraft.dpsnz@gmail.com
CouncillorsAlan Coppin, Bob Dagg, Judith Swan 

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to email the relevant person above, or talk to them at a meeting – they’re a friendly bunch, and frequently know the answers to most things!

– Nicola

Update from the President

We have now been doing our online Zoom meetings for the last two months and have had members who live as far away as Nelson joining in meetings. While it has been a successful medium for many, I do acknowledge that Zoom has not worked for all members, so I hope this update newsletter helps fill the gap in some way.

At this stage, we do not have a date when we see our meetings at the church hall or practical sessions starting again, so Zoom meetings will continue for the next while. 

Images from the Bubble

Each week members have had the opportunity to share up to 4 images taken during the week. Some weeks we have had close to 80 images with a wide range of subjects. Here is a selection of images from the 36 members who participated.

PSNZ Sony National Exhibition 2020

Congratulations to the following members who were successful in the PSNZ Sony National Exhibition 2020.

Open Prints

  • Kate Burton: 4 acceptances
  • Ita Daniels: 2 acceptances
  • David Steer: 2 acceptances
  • Gordon Speed: 1 acceptance

Open Projected Image

  • Glenda Rees 1 acceptance

Nature Prints

  • Gary McClintock: Gold Medal and 1 acceptance
  • Glenda Rees: 2 acceptances

Nature Projected Image

  • Glenda Rees: Gold Medal and 2 acceptances
  • Noelle Bennett: Silver Medal

Unfortunately due to COVID 19, there was no exhibition of the images but you can view the online catalogue here.

Speakers

Nicola Wilhelmsen

Nicola has shared her knowledge with the society a number of times now. She is a professional photographer based in Dunedin. Nicola shared the development of two images that she has submitted for a fun lockdown challenge hosted by NZIPP. It was helpful seeing how she refined her concept and images, as well as seeing some of the technical issues around lighting. Nicola posts on Instagram as nicolafromthehelm

Sam Purdie

Ross met Sam one night while out photographing insects at Woodhaugh Gardens, when he stopped and offered to show Ross where he could find stick insects. They swapped details and the result of that encounter was an interesting talk by Sam where he presented a recipe for finding insects and then some tips on photographing. Sam posts on Instagram as samanimalman

Nick Beadle

Nick runs a window cleaning business in Dunedin, See Through Windows Ltd. He shared his journey from watching one of his employees taking pictures on his phone through to now dividing his time between window cleaning and a growing photography career. Nick posts on Instagram so just search for seethroughwindowsltd

Future Plans

We will look to resume face to face meetings as soon as this is possible. However, we are aware that there may be some members who will continue to manage their health risk by not attending physical meetings. We have also seen that Zoom has enabled some of our more distant members to be involved.  Between now and the end of the year, Council has decided to continue with one regular Zoom meeting per month. This meeting will involve presentations by overseas speakers.

As a taster, our first overseas speaker will be this week, Monday 25 May 7.30pm – Zoom Room, Julian Elliott. He will present a talk Mongolia – From the landscape to eagle hunters: take a journey across Mongolia from the famous Steppe landscape to the eagle hunters of the Altai region in western Mongolia.

Look forward to seeing you all in the Zoom Room on Monday.
Gary McClintock
President, DPS