Welcome

Our club’s aim is to foster an interest in and the enjoyment of photography.  We do this through competitions, workshops, lectures, outings and meetings with other camera clubs.

Our members are all keen amateur photographers. Their photographic interests may vary – landscape, portraiture, sporting, abstract, etc.,  but they all share a passion for capturing great images, improving their skills and techniques and sharing their knowledge and experiences with other members.  Some examples of our members’ recent photos appear on this page.

Would you like to improve your photography?

Our Club meets monthly in a friendly, informal atmosphere.  If you’d like to join – or just see how we operate – come along to one of our meetings. We meet at 7.30pm on the 3rd and 5th Tuesday of each month at the Mount Colah Community Centre, Pierre Close, Mount Colah.

Featured Image Upcoming Club Events...
Mar
10
Sun
all-day Social Outing – Warriewood Wetla... @ Warriewood Wetlands
Social Outing – Warriewood Wetla... @ Warriewood Wetlands
Mar 10 all-day
This is a club outing to Warriewood Wetlands which will be hosted by our resident bird expert – Marion! This outing will give us all an opportunity to have a go at bird photography. Note:[...]
Mar
19
Tue
7:30 pm Club Competition – Open and Set ... @ Mount Colah Community Hall
Club Competition – Open and Set ... @ Mount Colah Community Hall
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
This is a club competition evening. This is an Open and Set Subject event. The set subject for this event is Solitude. Instructions and rules for competitions can be found here. To submit your photos please login[...]
Apr
16
Tue
7:30 pm Club Competition Evening – Open @ Mount Colah Community Centre
Club Competition Evening – Open @ Mount Colah Community Centre
Apr 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
This is a club competition evening. This is an Open event. Instructions and rules for competitions can be found here. To submit your photos please login to the members section of the website. You can[...]
Apr
26
Fri
all-day Club Weekend Away – Autumn Colou... @ Lithgow
Club Weekend Away – Autumn Colou... @ Lithgow
Apr 26 – Apr 28 all-day
This is the club weekend away event stopping at Mount Wilson to shoot the Autumn colours and then going onto Lithgow to the Ironfest event. Everyone is welcome to attend this event but will need[...]
Apr
30
Tue
7:30 pm Presentation Evening with Marion... @ Mount Colah Community Hall
Presentation Evening with Marion... @ Mount Colah Community Hall
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
This is a presentation evening hosted by Marion which includes a special nature competition. Nature rules will apply to this event and will be published shortly.
May
4
Sat
all-day Social Outing – Wings over Illaw... @ Albion Park, Wollongong
Social Outing – Wings over Illaw... @ Albion Park, Wollongong
May 4 all-day
This is a social outing to the Wings Over Illawarra airshow at Albion Park. This is a great event to practice your shutter priority photography and get some great aviation shots. Albion Park is just[...]
May
14
Tue
7:00 pm Committee Meeting
Committee Meeting
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This is the regular club committee meeting.
Recent Posts Archives

HHCC – Warriewood Wetlands – Event Details Change

Dear Members,

There has been a small change to the meeting place for the Warriewood Wetlands outing on the 10th March. Revised details are below: 

REVISED DETAILS FOR BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY OUTING, MARCH 10th, WARRIEWOOD WETLANDS

LEADER: MARION ANSTIS

MOBILE: 0429 456 169
EMAIL: frogpole@tpg.com.au

PLEASE LET MARION KNOW BY TEXT OR EMAIL by Saturday 10th March if you are coming.

MEETING TIME AND PLACE: Venue for the morning has now been changed to just the Warriewood Wetlands area, as Long Reef is a bit harder to get close enough to birds, and parking is $10 an hour!!

So, we will meet at Flower Power nursery (parking available in grounds) at 7 am on March 10. Google maps will show you this, but the address is 22 Macpherson St, Warriewood. I will point out a few tips about settings that may help you get started if you haven’t had much practice photographing birds.

From there we have a morning stroll to visit three small lakes where we hope to see various water birds, possibly Royal Spoonbill, White-face heron, White-necked heron, ducks, coots, moorhens etc. There may be an occasional bird of prey overhead.

After we have explored the three lakes in this area, we will drive to another entrance to the wetlands at Katoa Close off Garden St (parking hopefully available, and free). If the car parking area is full, there is a shopping centre with free parking not too far away, or perhaps street parking nearby.

When we are all together again, we will enter the wetlands and stroll along the boardwalk and forest track where we should see various water birds again, including perhaps Australasian Darters, and even perhaps a Grey Goshawk that has been seen in the area. There are a number of smaller forest birds including thornbills, scrub wrens, superb wrens, pardalotes etc., bell miners are common, and there are whipbirds there. There is also a chance we may come across an Azure Kingfisher. There are a number of butterflies, dragonflies etc. you can practise on too!

When we return, there are picnic tables there, so you may bring some morning tea.

After a break, we will head to another part of the walking trails starting alongside the shopping centre area and walking in a big loop around the wetlands until we return to our cars in Garden St or nearby. Armed with a packed lunch you can have it there or head to the shopping centre nearby after we finish where there is a food court.

WHAT TO BRING/WEAR

    • SLR camera body and tele lens – minimum 200mm, but 300mm or longer is better.  Zoom lenses e.g. 70-300mm are fine as well. You can also use a compact zoom camera with inbuilt long zoom if you prefer, but for birds in flight an SLR shutter is better.
    • Hat, sunscreen, good walking boots, sunglasses, water bottle, a light long-sleeved shirt if weather is still warm, binoculars if desired.
    • Spare battery and card for camera
  • Food and drink.

by Dave Curtis, February 16, 2019

HHCC – February Competition Cut off – 5pm this Sunday!

Hi Members,

Just a quick reminder that the close off for our February competition is this Sunday at 5pm. We have to close off to allow adequate time to prepare for the meeting on Tuesday evening. As such it is not possible to re-open a competition post the close off. I would encourage everyone who has yet to upload their photos to attempt this early should you encounter any issues. You’ll find specific instructions on how to do the upload in an earlier post. Just login and scroll down on the home page of the website to find the relevant entry. Also, Tom recently sent out a note regarding how to name your image files.

If you have any questions please drop through an email. See you all next Tuesday.

Best,

Dave

by Dave Curtis, February 14, 2019

HHCC – Wings over Illawarra

Hi All,

On Saturday 4th May we have a day outing to the Wings Over Illawarra Airshow. I know it is a bit late notice, but I just received a marketing email for discounts on tickets which ends today. If you do intend to attend the event, and want to make use of the discount use the link below and ensure you select a one day ticket for Saturday for the 4th May.  

https://www.wingsoverillawarra.com.au/page/ticket-selection

Best,

Dave

 

by Dave Curtis, January 31, 2019

HHCC – Warragul National Photographic Exhibition

Hi All,

Another exciting photo competition – the 46th Warragul National Photographic Exhibition is coming up. Entries close in March with the exhibition in May. Details at warragulnational.org.

Best,

Dave

 

 

by Dave Curtis, January 24, 2019

HHCC – A new website look and feel coming soon

Hi All,

I wanted to drop you all a quick note to let you know that behind the scenes MyPhotoclub has been busy getting a new version 2.0 of the website ready. This will launch in February this year and will change the look and feel of the website somewhat. Whilst I know our club is new to the existing website, this work has been going on for some time. You’ll notice a new banner on our home page just beneath the logo that will lead you to some short videos by Colin Woods – the MyPhotoclub administrator. These will give you an overview of the changes that are being implemented. An important point is that we aren’t losing any functionality and the improvements are to add new functions and improve the look and feel. 

Also, a big thank you to all of you who have made suggestions for changes to the website. I’ve been compiling these and will pass back to MyPhotoclub for considerations.

Best,

Dave

by Dave Curtis, January 24, 2019

HHCC – FCC Newsletter

All,

Please find attached the link to the January 2019 edition of F/Stop

Use this link to login

Best,
 
Dave

by Dave Curtis, January 15, 2019

HHCC – Bristol Photographic Society – Projected Digital Image Exhibition

Hi All,

Elaine has spotted what looks like an exciting Projected Digital Image Exhibition being run by the Bristol Photographic Society in the UK and is the largest of its kind. You can enter online at www.bristolphoto.org.ukThe competition closes on the 26th January. Details below.

Best,

Dave

by Dave Curtis, January 13, 2019

HHCC – February Competition

Hi All,

I’m hoping that my initial posts are reaching you all and that you have taken a moment to look around our new club site. Do feel free to drop me a quick note at dsacurtis@gmail.com to give me some reassurance this is the case! Whilst our first competition of the year is a little way off I would encourage you all to have a go at uploading your photos a little earlier than normal. This will give you a chance to try things before the last minute and more importantly, help us spot where anyone has an issue. As mentioned there are some step-by-step instructions to help you with photo submissions in a previous post, accessible from the home page. 

See you at the welcome evening. 

Best,

Dave
Webmaster

by Dave Curtis, January 10, 2019

Welcome to 2019!

Hello all and a big welcome to 2019!

I hope you all had a very enjoyable break and start to the new year. We have an incredibly packed club calendar for 2019 which includes a range of competitions and social outings. I’ve now published all the dates to the site calendar, so you’ll find all the information on the club home page – https://hornsbyheights.myphotoclub.com.au/

I’ve also created the initial photo competition for February so please feel free to upload your images whenever you are ready. You’ll find all the instructions on how to submit in a previous posting. Remember that you’ll need to login to the members area to see posts and submit photos. The competition will automatically close at 5pm on the Sunday evening before the meeting. 

Best,

Dave
Club Webmaster

by Dave Curtis, January 7, 2019

Test Competition for November

Hello Members,

I recently sent you all an email about the new website. Hopefully you have had an opportunity to stop by and have a look. Starting in 2019 we will be running our competitions through the new website. In advance of this and to allow us to test some of the setup, we would like your help in running a test in November as part of the “Picture of the Year” competition. What we would like you to do is submit your photos through the new website in addition to the existing link you receive each month.

There are a few differences to note with the new website for competitions. Unlike the current method for submitting photos, you will not receive a unique link in email each month. The club competitions will be pre-configured on the website, which you access via your member login. This means that you can upload photos as far in advance as you prefer.

Also, you will upload a digital image of all of your photographs – including the ones that you normally print. This allows us to have a copy of all of the photos which members can view through the site at the end of the competition.  To access the competition, log into the members area of the website and do the following:

  1. Select the “Members” button from the home page
  2. Select the “Enter a club competition” button
  3. Select the button which says “Picture of the Year”
  4. You will now see a screen where you can upload up to 6 photographs. For each photo you want to upload:
    1. Select the category which applies to the photo
    2. Enter the title of your photo – this is just the title NOT the name of the file which is different (see below for how to name your files)
    3. Select the image upload button to select your photo. Note that the 2 Megabyte upload limit and size of 1900×1200 applies to each photo. (if you want to reload there is a “clear” button).
  5. Select the save and upload button at the bottom. The photos will be saved against the competition. You can return to this page any time if you want to update the entries


Follow
this link to read about how to name your photo files.

We’ll close the competition off at the same time as per the existing upload approach, e.g. the Sunday before the competition night. If you have any issues/questions please drop Elaine or myself a note at – elaine.holliday@ymail.com as I’ll be away during November.

Thanks,

Dave

Webmaster

by Dave Curtis, November 10, 2018