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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Holiday Photo Planning

Holidays bring new photo opportunities, but finding those opportunities isn’t always easy.

A bit of research can be a good idea to start you off, before trying to find that unique take on a beauty spot.

Click here for a tool that combines the Google maps interface with various photo sharing sites to give you a start on planning your next trip.

Be aware that the accuracy of the tool relies on the GPS data that comes from the image and may not always be spot on.

Tool

[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/

Photowalk: Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2011, Melanie Middlemiss

Photograph the Chinese New Year celebrations with us!

We will meet at 7pm outside the Duke of Wellington pub on Mon 8th and find a good spot to photograph the parade.

There will be plenty to see and photograph with the Dragon dance, cultural performances and food stalls at the Chinese Gardens after the parade. And, if anyone wants to stick around, there will be fireworks at 10pm.

http://www.dunedinchinesegarden.com/events/chinese-new-year

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

Photowalk Sat 18th – Vogel Street Party

On Saturday 18 between 3pm and 10pm, Vogel Street (from Queen’s Garden to Jetty Street) will be closed to traffic and will take on a carnival atmosphere. Musicians, street performers, opportunities to play and create, and food vendors will beckon the public to come and enjoy the family friendly pedestrian space.

Many buildings throughout the Warehouse Precinct will open their doors for the public to view their transformed interiors. The streetscape will be illuminated at night. The Vogel Street, Street Party adds great community colour to the closing weekend of the Arts Festival.

We plan to make this into one of our monthly photowalks, so we’ll be meeting at the Cenotaph at 3pm and going to the street party for a couple of hours before meeting up again for a drink. See you all there!

http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2014/vogel-street-street-party/otago

Vogel Street Party

Brrr! Mid Winter Carnival

Mid Winter Carnival - Melanie Middlemiss
Mid Winter Carnival – Melanie Middlemiss

The general report from the Mid Winter Festival photowalk is that is was COLD! But it was also a fun evening and a great chance to practice using your camera under very tricky lighting conditions. We finished the evening with drinks and dinner at Black Dog Café.