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.
Kate Burton: 4 acceptances
Ita Daniels: 2 acceptances
David Steer: 2 acceptances
Gordon Speed: 1 acceptance
Open Projected Image
Glenda Rees 1 acceptance
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.
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
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 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
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
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 meeting prior to Monday’s meeting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
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.
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:
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