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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.

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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.

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📸 Save the Date: NFP Weekend Workshop – July 27th & 28th! 📸

Dear Members,

Exciting news! The Northern Photographic Federation (NFP) is hosting its highly anticipated weekend workshop, and you won’t want to miss it. Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 27th, and Sunday, July 28th, at the Kurri Kurri Bowling Club for a jam-packed event full of photography fun, learning, and competition!

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store:

🎤 Keynote Sessions & Workshops: Gain insights from renowned photographers, sharpen your skills, and explore new techniques.

📸 Portrait Shoot-Out Competition: Bring your A-game! Register to book a spot on Saturday for exclusive access to a set-up studio and model. Print your portraits on-site and compete for a major prize. Last year’s prizes included top-notch tripods and strobes! (Possibly an extra $20 TBA)

🏆 Photographic Competition: Submit up to 6 of your best photos by July 5th. There are 6 set subjects, and you can submit a maximum of 2 per subject.

🛍️ Trade Fair: Discover the latest gear, gadgets, and accessories to take your photography to the next level. Engage with vendors, get hands-on demos, and find some great deals.

And the best part? All this for just $45 for the entire weekend!

Stay tuned for more details, including registration links, schedules, and competition guidelines. In the meantime, start prepping your photos and get ready for an unforgettable experience!

We look forward to seeing you there and witnessing the incredible creativity and talent our club members have to offer.

Contact Jakki to advise if you are interested and she will add you into yet another WhatsApp group!

Happy Shooting!

Your Committee

by Jacqueline Foley, June 13, 2024

DRAFT itinerary for Portland NSW Weekend Away (9th-11th August)

Dear Members,

We are excited to share the draft itinerary for our upcoming weekend away in Portland, NSW, from 9th-11th August. It’s going to be a fantastic opportunity for photography, relaxation, and camaraderie.

Friday, 9th August

  • 1:00 PM: Picnic lunch at Hassan’s Wall Lookout. If time permits, we can also explore Hartley Village.
  • 4:00 PM: Visit the Blast Furnace in Lithgow to capture the sunset (sunset is at 5:28 PM).
  • 6:30 PM: Dinner at Lithgow RSL. Meet all the late-comers here.

Saturday, 10th August

  • 6:43 AM: Sunrise at Lake Wallace, perfect for bird photography.
  • Day: Spend time exploring Portland town.
  • 4:00 PM: Gather at the Portland Silos for a sunset shoot.
  • 6:30 PM: Dinner in Portland.

Sunday, 11th August

  • TBA: Activities and meet-up details for Sunday will be shared soon.
  • Lunch: Bilpin on the way home

Accommodation Options

  • Lake Wallace: Free camping is available for those who enjoy the outdoors.
  • Portland Town: There are various accommodation options in Portland for a more comfortable stay.

Contact Jakki to be added to the WhatsApp group, even if you’re interested but not quite sure yet.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need further information. We look forward to a memorable weekend filled with great photo opportunities and good company.

Warm regards,

Your Committee

by Jacqueline Foley, June 12, 2024

The countdown is on! Photo Rally – Sat 15th June – Be there!

Dear Members,

Just a quick reminder about our Photo Rally outing this Saturday, June 15th, in honour of Alan Torrens and John Sidebottom. Join us at Hornsby station at approximately 8:30 AM or Central (time TBA) for a day of photography, fun, and camaraderie.

Key details:

  • Location & meeting times revealed the evening before.
  • Full day outing with drinks/early dinner to follow.
  • Competition with 4 entry sections: Colour Print, Mono Print, and 2 x Digital (1 image per section).
  • Trophies for overall winning print and digital image.
  • Entries due by July 13th.

We look forward to seeing you there to celebrate Alan and John’s legacy!

Warm regards,

Your Committee

by Jacqueline Foley, June 11, 2024

Photo Rally – Saturday 15th June – our BIGGEST outing of the year!

Dear Members,

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming Photo Rally outing on Saturday, June 15th, in honour of two of our much-loved and long-standing members, Alan Torrens and John Sidebottom. Alan and John were passionate about our club outings, making this rally a perfect tribute to their legacy.

As per our tradition, the exact location will be revealed the evening before, so keep your gear ready and charge those batteries! We will be meeting at Hornsby station at around 8:30 AM on Saturday. Be prepared for a full day of photography fun, exploration, and camaraderie. We’ll wrap up the day with drinks and/or an early dinner together. Of course, if you need to arrive later or leave earlier, you are more than welcome to do so.

You will have until July 13th to revisit the mapped areas and perfect your shots, so take your time to capture the best images. For our July competition, the Photo Rally will be the only event, with no open category, so don’t miss this chance to participate!

Competition details:

  • Saturday 15th June, meeting approx 8:30am at Hornsby Station (exact details will come via email on the evening of Friday 14th June). An option to meet us at Central station will also be mentioned.
  • 4 entry sections: Colour Print, Mono Print, and 2 x Digital.
  • You may enter only 1 image per section.
  • Set subjects will be announced on the day with a handout. (for example: lines, shadows, people etc…)
  • Please let Elaine know if you are coming and she will set up a WhatsApp group
  • Bring: 1 or 2 lenses, camera, light tripod if needed, water and snacks. Try to keep it light as it will be a long day.
  • In honour of Alan and John, two trophies 🏆 will be awarded: one for the overall winning print and one for the overall winning digital image.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone there and celebrating the memory of Alan and John through the art of photography.

Kind regards,
Your Committee

by Jacqueline Foley, June 7, 2024

Photo Rally – Saturday 15th June – our BIGGEST outing of the year!

Dear Members,

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming Photo Rally outing on Saturday, June 15th, in honour of two of our much-loved and long-standing members, Alan Torrens and John Sidebottom. Alan and John were passionate about our club outings, making this rally a perfect tribute to their legacy.

As per our tradition, the exact location will be revealed the evening before, so keep your gear ready and charge those batteries! We will be meeting at Hornsby station at around 8:30 AM on Saturday. Be prepared for a full day of photography fun, exploration, and camaraderie. We’ll wrap up the day with drinks and/or an early dinner together. Of course, if you need to arrive later or leave earlier, you are more than welcome to do so.

You will have until July 13th to revisit the mapped areas and perfect your shots, so take your time to capture the best images. For our July competition, the Photo Rally will be the only event, with no open category, so don’t miss this chance to participate!

Competition details:

  • Saturday 15th June, meeting approx 8:30am at Hornsby Station (exact details will come via email on the evening of Friday 14th June). An option to meet us at Central station will also be mentioned.
  • 4 entry sections: Colour Print, Mono Print, and 2 x Digital.
  • You may enter only 1 image per section.
  • Set subjects will be announced on the day with a handout. (for example: lines, shadows, people etc…)
  • Please let Elaine know if you are coming and she will set up a WhatsApp group
  • Bring: 1 or 2 lenses, camera, light tripod if needed, water and snacks. Try to keep it light as it will be a long day.
  • In honour of Alan and John, two trophies 🏆 will be awarded: one for the overall winning print and one for the overall winning digital image.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone there and celebrating the memory of Alan and John through the art of photography.

Kind regards,
Your Committee

by Jacqueline Foley, June 7, 2024

June Nature, Australian Landscape and Open competition

Just a reminder that this month we have 2 set subjects being Nature and Australian Landscape along with an Open category. We will be looking at your images for consideration for the FCC Interclub competition so put your best foot forward.

The maximum number of entries is still 4 for the evening. You can do various combinations but need to stick to the rules meaning you can only enter a maximum of 2 colour prints, 2 mono prints, 2 small prints or 2 digitally projected images.

i.e. You could do 1 colour print in nature and 1 in landscape or open, or 2 Nature large colour or 2 Landscape. Please contact Elaine if you are unsure. Don’t forget you can only enter a maximum of 4 images.

Listed below are the FCC Rules:

Nature

The FCC has adopted the PSA/FIAP definition for Nature.

  • Nature photography records all branches of natural history except anthropology and archaeology. This includes all aspects of the physical world, both animate and inanimate, that have not been made or modified by humans.
  • Nature images must convey the truth of the scene that was photographed. A well-informed person should be able to identify the subject of the image and be satisfied that it has been presented honestly and that no unethical practices have been used to control the subject or capture the image. Images that directly or indirectly show any human activity that threatens the life or welfare of a living organism are not allowed.
  • The most important part of a Nature image is the nature story it tells.
  • High technical standards are expected, and the image must look natural.
  • Objects created by humans, and evidence of human activity, are allowed in Nature images only when they are a necessary part of the Nature story.
  • Photographs of human-created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domesticated animals, human-created hybrid animals and mounted or preserved zoological specimens are not allowed.
  • Images taken with subjects under controlled conditions, such as zoos, are allowed.
  • Controlling live subjects by chilling, anaesthetic, or any other method of restricting natural movement for the purpose of a photograph is not allowed.

Editing Guidelines

Processing or editing must be limited to making the image look as close to the original scene as possible, except that conversion to grayscale monochrome is allowed.

Allowed editing techniques:

  • Cropping, straightening and perspective correction.
  • Removal or correction of elements added by the camera or lens, such as dust spots, noise, chromatic aberration and lens distortion.
  • Global and selective adjustments such as brightness, hue, saturation and contrast to restore the appearance of the original scene.
  • Complete conversion of color images to grayscale monochrome.
  • Blending of multiple images of the same subject and combining them in camera or with software (exposure blending or focus stacking);

Image stitching – combining multiple images with overlapping fields of view that are taken consecutively (panoramas);

Editing techniques that are not allowed:

  • Removing, adding to, moving or changing any part of an image, except for cropping and straightening.
  • Adding a vignette during processing.
  • Blurring parts of the image during processing to hide elements in the original scene.
  • Darkening parts of the image during processing to hide elements in the original scene.
  • All conversions other than to complete grayscale monochrome.
  • Conversion of parts of an image to monochrome, or partial toning, desaturation or over-saturation of color 

Australian Landscape

  • A photograph of Australian natural land or coastal scenery, which may include people, buildings, animals, or other objects (example manmade roads/tracks & fences) provided these elements do not dominate the photograph. 
  • Elements such as cultivated fields, farms and astrophotography are permitted but must not dominate the photograph. Seascapes with no land do not fit the section.
  • No modification that changes the truth of the Landscape image is allowed. Images may be cropped but no other technique that removes, adds to, or moves any part of the image is allowed.
  • Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise and lens flare are allowed.
    Complete conversion of colour images to greyscale monochrome is allowed. Partial conversion, toning and infrared captures or conversions are not allowed.
  • Images of the same subject that are combined in camera, or with software, by focus stacking or exposure blending are allowed. Multiple images with overlapping fields of view that are taken consecutively and combined in camera or with software (image stitching) are allowed.

by Elaine Holliday, June 2, 2024

Online workshop with Adam Edwards – Tuesday 28th May

Dear Members,

Learn From the Master: An Online Presentation with Adam Edwards Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Adam Edwards, a leading expert on Australian Outback photography! Join us for an online presentation where Adam will share his insights and techniques for capturing the breathtaking beauty of the outback. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or just starting out, you’ll gain valuable knowledge and inspiration.

You can find more about Adam and his workshops here.

When: Tuesday 28th May, logon from 7:15pm for a 7:30pm sharp start

Where: Zoom (look out for zoom link email)

See you there!

Regards,

Your Committee

by Jacqueline Foley, May 27, 2024

Results for competitions in 4. May – City Vibes and Open

There were 47 entries that were rated the highest by our judge(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in 4. May – City Vibes and Open

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Ghostly crowds
Jonathan Beckerleg – Top Shot – Set
SetSubject Digital

Turkish Delight
Nilmini De Silva – Top Shot – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Delhi Street Barber
Deborah Dietz – Top Shot – Set
SetSubject Small Print

We Wont wait
Sonia Conn – Top Shot – Set
SetSubject Mono Print

Partygoer
Pierre Fonsny – Merit – Set
SetSubject Digital

TRAK WORX
Michael Lewy – Merit – Set
SetSubject Digital

Covid City
Nilmini De Silva – Merit – Set
SetSubject Digital

Arvo with the boyz
Melinda Sexton – Merit – Set
SetSubject Digital

Darker City Character
Bruce Williams – Merit – Set
SetSubject Digital

Venitian Traffic
Paolo Pizzin – Merit – Set
SetSubject Digital

Lone Guitarist
Leo Darby – Merit – Set
SetSubject Digital

Purple Haze
Leo Darby – Merit – Set
SetSubject Digital

Voices at Dusk
Nilmini De Silva – Merit – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

A city in prayer
Richard Shakenovsky – Merit – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

What a load of rubbish
Elaine Holliday – Merit – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

A day at the market
Jonathan Holliday – Merit – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Crowd
David Naar – Merit – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Mardi Gras parade
Pierre Fonsny – Merit – Set
SetSubject Small Print

Xenophobia A deadly City Vibe in Jo
Richard Shakenovsky – Merit – Set
SetSubject Mono Print

Sea of People
David Curtis – Merit – Set
SetSubject Mono Print

Manhattan street
Jonathan Beckerleg – Merit – Set
SetSubject Mono Print

X-Wings
Bruce Williams – Merit
Open Colour Large Print

Surprise visit
Marion Anstis – Merit
Open Small Print

Flying
Brian Halls – Merit
Open Digital

Up and away
Marion Anstis – Merit
Open Digital

Just In Time
Michael Lewy – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Digital

Heading for Londons vibes
Richard Shakenovsky – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Digital

Up and Down
Melinda Sexton – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Digital

The busker and his dog
Richard Shakenovsky – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Digital

Sydney Transport Vibe
Paolo Pizzin – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Digital

View from the tram
Philippa Gordon – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Digital

Street Performer
Sonia Conn – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Digital

Tourist delights
Marion Anstis – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Digital

The Whale
David Curtis – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Digital

Whose watching who
Elaine Holliday – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Free
Corinna Lueg – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Long wet wait
Jonathan Beckerleg – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Still life
Jonathan Beckerleg – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

In true Anzac tradition
Melinda Sexton – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Small Print

Hanoi Delivery
Deborah Dietz – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Small Print

Cheers
Melinda Sexton – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Small Print

Smoko
Sonia Conn – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Mono Print

The Strand
David Curtis – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Mono Print

Busker
David Naar – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Mono Print

Vape break
Philippa Gordon – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Mono Print

One way ticket
Elaine Holliday – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Mono Print

Ghost Audience
Leo Darby – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Mono Print

by Elaine Holliday, May 22, 2024

Adam Edwards Workshop – Outback Landscapes

Dear Members,

Embark on a Photographic Journey Through the Australian Outback with Adam Edwards! Join us for a captivating online presentation led by Adam Edwards, a renowned Australian Outback photographer and guide. Immerse yourself in stunning landscapes and wildlife through Adam’s captivating images, and gain insider tips for capturing your own unforgettable outback adventure.

You can find more about Adam and his workshops here.

When: Tuesday 28th May, 7:30pm

Where: Zoom

See you there!

Regards,

Your Committee

by Jacqueline Foley, May 21, 2024

Portland weekend away – August 9-11th

Dear Members,

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming weekend away in the charming town of Portland, NSW, from August 9th to August 11th, 2024. This trip promises to be a fantastic opportunity for capturing stunning photographs and enjoying the natural beauty, unique attractions of the area and of course great company.

Highlights and Photography Spots:

  1. Lake Wallace: Perfect for capturing serene water reflections and beautiful sunrise and sunset shots.
  2. The Glow Worm Tunnel: A captivating spot for long exposure photography. Don’t forget your tripods and torches!
  3. The Blast Furnace Park: Offers a blend of industrial history and landscape photography with its fascinating ruins.
  4. Hassans Walls Lookout: For panoramic views of the valleys and stunning landscape shots.
  5. Wolgan Valley: A great spot for wildlife photography and dramatic scenery.
  6. The town of Portland itself: Known for its historic buildings and murals, providing plenty of opportunities for street and architectural photography.
  7. The Portland Silos: These impressive silos feature stunning murals that tell the story of the town’s industrial heritage. They make for fantastic subjects, especially at different times of the day as the light changes.

Accommodation:

Camping:

  • Lake Wallace Campground: A scenic spot right by the lake with basic facilities. Perfect for nature lovers and those who enjoy camping.

Staying:

  • The Royal Hotel: Offers comfortable rooms right in the heart of Portland.
  • B&Bs and Holiday Rentals: There are several charming options available through Airbnb and other booking sites for a more homely stay.

Carpooling and Shared Accommodation:

To make the trip more enjoyable and convenient, we encourage carpooling and staying in accommodation together. This will not only save costs but also enhance the experience with shared moments and discussions.

Please confirm your attendance to Jakki as soon as possible. I will create a WhatsApp group so that everyone can discuss these plans together.

Looking forward to a weekend filled with creativity and camaraderie!

Best regards,

Your Committee

by Jacqueline Foley, May 21, 2024