Autumn Print Results 2016


April the 11th was the Autumn Print Exhibition. The final selection for exhibition included 19 Natural History and 47 Open prints, with the Champion Natural History print awarded to Craig McKenzie for “Sheet Web Spider” and the Champion Open print awarded to Kathy Richards for “Buick 8”.

Natural History Prints selected by Paul Sorrell

Open Prints selected by Terry Maguire

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Alan Coppin 4 Acceptances (Open)
Micky Waby 4 Acceptances (Open)
Kate Burton 2 Acceptances (Open)
John Casey 1 Acceptance (Open)
1 Honours (Open)
2 Acceptances (Open)
Gary McClintock 5 Acceptances (Open)
1 Honours (NH)
Ken Trevathan 4 Acceptance (Open)
C.W. Patillo Portrait Cup (Open)
2 Acceptances (NH)
Chris Hewitt 3 Acceptances (Open)
1 Honours (Open)
2 Acceptances (NH)
Graeme Atkinson 2 Acceptances (Open)
1 Acceptance (NH)
Kathy Richards 5 Acceptances (Open)
Champion (Open)
1 Acceptance (NH)
Craig McKenzie 1 Acceptance (Open)
1 Honours (Open)
Champion (NH)
1 Honours (NH)
David Steer 2 Acceptances (Open)
1 Acceptance (NH)
2 Honours (NH)
Laurie White 3 Acceptances (Open)
Mark Cowden 1 Honours (Open)
Como Marine Award (Open)
Melanie Middlemiss 4 Acceptances (Open)
3 Acceptances (NH)
Raimo Kuparinen 1 Acceptance (Open)

Exhibition: Winged Wonders

Another member exhibition is coming up this week.  Paul Sorrell is having an exhibition of “Winged Wonders” at Orokonui Ecosanctuary as part of the Wild Dunedin Festival of Nature. This is bound to be a beautiful exhibition of stunning bird life and will be well worth the short trip out to the Orokonui Visitors Centre.  Don’t forget your camera, as you are bound to be inspired to try and capture your own images of the winged wonders out there.

The exhibition is on 22-24th April from 9.30 – 4.30pm at Orokonui Ecosanctuary Visitors Centre. More info:

Photo Credit: Paul Sorrell, Robin at Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Exhibition: Carnaval de Oruro

One of our newer members, Carlos Biggemann, currently has an exhibition on at the Dunedin Art Station.  This is a wonderful, colourful display of images from the famous Carnaval de Oruro, in Bolivia.

The exhibition is on from 13-17th April.  More info:

As a special bonus, Raimo Kuparinen is the artist in residence during this week as well.

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Photo Credit: Carlos Biggemann

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: if you intend to come along.


Source: Timaru Herald

Editing Photos with Snapseed

More and more cameras have built-in WiFi, and there are a number of manufacturers producing SD cards that are WiFi enabled. For $30/40 most digital cameras can be WiFi enabled.

When matching this functionality with smart phones, it becomes easy to edit and share images without the need for a computer. This comes into it’s own when away for the weekend or longer and you wish to travel light.

There are many image editing applications, some of them free. One such free application is Google’s Snapseed.  A new version of Snapseed was released late last year and as well as a revamp to the appearance, two important tools have been included; an adjustment brush and a spot healing tool.

Other apps have spot healing built in, but they lack the usability or effectiveness of Snapseed, you end up having to use two applications to edit a single photo. Now it is possible to remove unwanted specs of dust, lens flare, or even the odd person within Snapseed.

An adjustment brush gives flexibility to selectively adjust areas of an image for exposure, dodge/burn, and white balance.

The image below was taken on a recent impromptu DPS visit to Lawrence.

Note the presence of a histogram


The 7 stages of the edit using the various features of Snapseed:

Details: added some contrast, lowered the highlights, and raised the shadows a small amount.

Tune Image: added structure and sharpened a small amount.

Brush: reduced the exposure on the clouds by a 0.3 of a stop, using my finger to paint.

Healing: removed a bottle halfway down the bridge.

The healing tool uses a content aware approach

Vignette: added a darkening vignette. Unlike Lightroom, you can easily position the center of the vignette where you want  to be.

Brush: burned the outside planks, dodged the middle plank ,painting with my finger.

Tune Image: added more contrast.

You can view all the stages of editing that you performed (as shown below), and you can also delete stages. It is also possible to go back and fine tune the edits.

The 7 edits are listed in chronological order


The saved image after the edits.

Note the presence of a histogram

There are also a range of filters and effects that can be applied in various degrees of intensity depending on your taste.

After the edits plus a grunge filter.

Snapseed does claim RAW editing functionality with DNG compatibility. I was unable to use this functionality as my phone is limited in power. This function will no doubt become a significant factor that will make editing on a mobile device more than just an on-the-go option, and could replace PC based editing altogether.

Snapseed is available for Android and iOS and can be downloaded from their respective app stores.

A host of tutorials on using Snapseed are available here.