Entries are now open for the The Dunedin Junior Photography Exhibition.
Open to Secondary School students in the Dunedin area, the Exhibition will be displayed alongside the Spring Print Exhibition at the Dunedin Community Gallery between the 29th and 31st of August.
Please share the links below, or the blog post itself, to anyone you know who may be interested in entering.
Entry and information: https://dps.org.nz/tdjpe/
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/tdjpe/
Meeting: Monday June 27th
Rod Morris, who is a well known and award-winning natural history filmmaker, author and photographer, was the guest speaker on Monday night. His talk titled ‘ Pinch of Salt – Seashore macro photography’ was based around his most recent work, producing a field guide to the New Zealand seashore, in conjunction with Sally Carson from the Portobello Marine Science laboratory.
Accompanying his talk, were many photographs of the wonderful and weird sea life that inhabit our shores. There is, in fact, a huge variety of life in the sea that exists and is not that well known. In fact, about 96% of animals live in an aquatic environment; the rest are terrestrial. Rod urged us to go out and explore the inter-tidal environment.
Photographing these animals presents several challenges. First and foremost are two factors that are enemies of the camera – saltwater and sand. Rod recommended placing a finger near the end of one’s camera lens to provide a warning that the camera is getting close to the water surface. Rod also uses a point-and-shoot waterproof camera which can produce some pleasing results (particularly cameras that have a tilted screen). In more sheltered rock pools, it is possible to shoot through the water surface, particularly when using twin flash units.
Another challenge is that many of the animals tend to quickly burrow themselves in the sand if they sense danger. In this case, Rod often took these specimens back to the laboratory and placed a sheet of glass between the animal and the background sand so that it could not burrow. After photographing, he would then return the animal to the sea. He has also used water filters in the laboratory to move sediment and water around the tank, in order to stimulate some activity in the animals (such as barnacles which may close up as a defence mechanism). There are also various tidal rhythms that can influence the behaviour of the animal so it is important to have a bit of background knowledge of these animals.
Rod’s talk has certainly inspired us to head out to the seashore and explore. We look forward to the publication of his field guide.
The Dunedin Photographic Society runs three kinds of competition throughout the year.
Print & Projected Image of the Month (Monthly Competitions)– These are an opportunity to submit work for critique. The critique is intended to be constructive and give you suggestions on how to improve and grow as a photographer. It’s amazing how often someone may point out something such as a distracting patch of light that you hadn’t noticed…. now it’s obvious and all you can see!
The varying themes encourage members to try something different and are open to interpretation, ‘open’ means you can submit anything you like. Any degree of processing will be considered. The only subjects which tend to be stricter are Natural History and Photojournalism. These should accurately represent the subject/event.
This is a good place to start showing your work. All images will be commented on. Points are awarded to everyone who submits an image and extra points are awarded for the top three images on the night. Points standings can be found here: Standings.
Successful images from this competition should be considered for the seasonal exhibitions.
Seasonal Exhibitions (Seasonal Exhibitions)– The club runs four seasonal exhibitions Spring and Autumn Print, and Winter and Summer Projected Image. You can enter up to 6 images in each of the the Open and Natural History sections (note: the seasons are just to indicate the time of the year the exhibition is held – it is not a restriction on the type of image you can enter). The images entered are submitted to accredited judges or ‘experts’ for appraisal. The purpose of these is to produce an exhibition of quality work, and therefore not all images will be accepted. The judges are directed to accept a percentage of the images submitted and will provide comment on only those that have been accepted.
While it can be disappointing not to have images accepted, it is important to realise that judging can be subjective; an image accepted by one judge may have been rejected by another.
Successful images from the seasonal exhibitions should be considered for the Festival.
Dunedin Festival of Photography (Festival)– The Festival is run once a year by the Society and is open to any NZ resident or society member to enter. This competition attracts a large number of entrants including those with photographic honours and professional photographers, and as such the standard is high. Acceptance into the festival should be seen as an impressive achievement and a stepping stone to the PSNZ Regional or National exhibitions. These images are not critiqued but are displayed in a local gallery for a week where they can be viewed by the public.
For new members, entering your images for the first time is always the hardest. You do need to have a bit of a thick skin, but positive feedback feels good and shows you a way forward. So don’t be shy, start entering now.