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...
Jan
28
Tue
7:30 pm 2020 New Year Welcome and Portfo...
2020 New Year Welcome and Portfo...
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
This will be our welcome event for 2020. We’ll go through the year’s programme and also a presentation of our members Portfolio work which have been worked on during 2019.
Feb
8
Sat
all-day Social Outing – Street Photograp... @ Sydney
Social Outing – Street Photograp... @ Sydney
Feb 8 all-day
Social outing to the city to practice street photography. This will also be an opportunity to get those angles and curves shots for the Set Subject competition later in the year!
Feb
18
Tue
7:30 pm Competition Evening – Open
Competition Evening – Open
Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
This will be our first Open competition of the year. Open competitions allow the photographer to pick the subject.
Mar
7
Sat
all-day Social Outing – City Walk – Arch... @ Sydney
Social Outing – City Walk – Arch... @ Sydney
Mar 7 all-day
Social outing for March. This will be a city walk in Sydney to capture the architecture and another opportunity to get those angles and curves shots for the Set Subject.
Mar
17
Tue
7:30 pm Competition Evening – Set Subjec...
Competition Evening – Set Subjec...
Mar 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
This is our first set subject competition for 2020. This is your own interpretation of the word Blue. Note that Monochrome images will be Open only for this competition.
Mar
31
Tue
7:30 pm Workshop / Presentation – Compos... @ Mount Colah Community Hall
Workshop / Presentation – Compos... @ Mount Colah Community Hall
Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
This will be a workshop evening focused on composition and editing. This will include walkthroughs of editing software including Adobe Lightroom. Be sure to bring your camera!
Apr
4
Sat
all-day Social Outing – Nature with Mari... @ Western Sydney Zoo
Social Outing – Nature with Mari... @ Western Sydney Zoo
Apr 4 all-day
This will be a full day outing to Western Sydney Zoo. This will be a great opportunity to practice nature photography. Marion will be our host for the day.
Recent Posts Archives

Results for competitions in September Tree or Trees or part thereof & Open

There were 38 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in September Tree or Trees or part thereof & Open

Red Centre Ghost Gum
Marion Anstis – Merit – Set
SetSubject Digital

Into the woods
Sonia Conn – Merit – Set
SetSubject Digital

De salination Plant
Jonathan Beckerleg – Merit – Set
SetSubject Digital

Sequoia
Nick Speyer – Merit – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Autumn approaches!
John Sidebotham – Merit – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Blue Forrest
David Curtis – Merit – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Lonely sunset tree
Marion Anstis – Merit – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Natures artwork
Sonia Conn – Merit – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Almost Bare II
Sonia Conn – Merit – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Dead or Alive
Elaine Holliday – Merit – Set
SetSubject Mono Large Print

The Wild Wood
John Sidebotham – Merit – Set
SetSubject Mono Large Print

Barnacle Tree
Jenny Anderson – Merit – Set
SetSubject Mono Large Print

Reflections in the Mist
Sonia Conn – Merit – Set
SetSubject Mono Large Print

Skyward
Corinna Lueg – Merit – Set
SetSubject Mono Large Print

Bushway
Dylan Kennedy – Merit – Set
SetSubject Small Print

Autumn Glow
Melinda Sexton – Merit – Set
SetSubject Small Print

Bark Mk II
Jon Holliday – Merit – Set
SetSubject Small Print

Recovered
Martin Paul – Merit
Open Colour Large Print

Morning tea L
Martin Paul – Merit
Open Colour Large Print

Stripped Bare
Nilmini De Silva – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Digital

Old Limbs
Nick Speyer – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Digital

Boab
David Tam – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Digital

Corridar
David Tam – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Digital

Bamboo Dreams
Martin Paul – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Digital

IMG_7847 2
Jakki Foley – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Digital

Glenworth
Jon Holliday – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Digital

behind the suburbs
Dylan Kennedy – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

The Pines of Rome
John Sidebotham – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Soul Tree
Martin Paul – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

In Deep Water
Elaine Holliday – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Autumn Serenity
Jenny Anderson – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Solitude
Sonia Conn – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Colour Large Print

Into the Woods
Elaine Holliday – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Mono Large Print

dappled sunlight
John Sidebotham – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Mono Large Print

Puddle Gumtree
Jenny Anderson – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Mono Large Print

Standing to Attention
Jenny Anderson – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Mono Large Print

Standing Proud
Sonia Conn – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Mono Large Print

snow on trees
Dylan Kennedy – Highly Commended – Set
SetSubject Small Print

by Elaine Holliday, September 18, 2019

Competitions in September Tree or Trees or part thereof & Open are closing soon!

Competitions in September Tree or Trees or part thereof & Open will close Sunday, 15th September 2019, 5:00 PM.

Entries can be made in the following areas:

  • Open Colour Large Print
  • Open Small Print
  • Open Mono Large Print
  • Open Digital
  • SetSubject Digital
  • SetSubject Colour Large Print
  • SetSubject Mono Large Print
  • SetSubject Small Print

All members are encouraged to enter.

by system account, September 13, 2019

HHCC – External Competition

Hi Members,

Another external competition for you all …

Back to home

Association Loi 1901
20 rue du Chevalier de la Barre
80142 ABBEVILLE Cedex, FRANCE
+ 33 3 22 24 02 02
 contact@festival-oiseau-nature.com


Since 1991, the Bay of Somme, an internationally recognized as a major spot on the migratory routes, celebrates the return of spring and birds with the Bird and Nature Festival. After 30 years, it remains an unmissable event for nature lovers with its particularly successful guided walks, its photo contest is now one of the 10 most renowned in Europe.
 
Also, the Festival once again invites amateur and professional photographers to participate in this success! The objective is to use photography as a pedagogic and artistic support to promote knowledge of birds, and thus promote commitment to their conservation. Each participant will be able to present a maximum of 10 photographs. Registration fee: € 2 / photo (free for 15-17 years-old category)

The competition will lead to an exhibition presented in Le Crotoy during the 30th edition to be held from April 11 to 19, 2020
 
6 categories including one dedicated to 15-17 year olds
More than € 6,000 in prizes and endowments
Closing December 2, 2019 at midnig
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2020 CATEGORIES

Rules
Registration

by David Curtis, September 5, 2019

Results for competitions in August – Open

There were 22 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in August – Open

IMG_8047 2
Martin Paul – Merit
Open Colour Large Print

DK_Aug_2019_2
Dylan Kennedy – Merit
Open Colour Large Print

Beautiful Rust
Jenny Anderson – Merit
Open Colour Large Print

Milky Way
Tim Shilling – Merit
Open Colour Large Print

Stretching the jaws
Marion Anstis – Merit
Open Colour Large Print

Dali Butterfly Sculptures
Corinna Lueg – Merit
Open Colour Large Print

What you do when no one is looking
Corinna Lueg – Merit
Open Colour Large Print

Look mum no hand
Melinda Sexton – Merit
Open Small Print

Watch out Moth
Marion Anstis – Merit
Open Small Print

Sheds
Jon Holliday – Merit
Open Small Print

Looking Up
Jenny Anderson – Merit
Open Mono Large Print

Creepy Scary Mary
Jenny Anderson – Merit
Open Mono Large Print

Billy the Blacksmith
Elaine Holliday – Merit
Open Mono Large Print

Sunset Sail
Jenny Anderson – Merit
Open Mono Large Print

Angel eyes
Sonia Conn – Merit
Open Mono Large Print

Aspiring Models Photo Shoot
Maureen Brew – Merit
Open Digital

Market Day
Nilmini De Silva – Merit
Open Digital

Thats my perch
Nilmini De Silva – Merit
Open Digital

Gums in Newtown
Melinda Sexton – Merit
Open Digital

Patterned fields
David Tam – Merit
Open Digital

Somewhere out there
Sonia Conn – Merit
Open Digital

Singing in the forest
Marion Anstis – Merit
Open Digital

by Elaine Holliday, August 21, 2019

HHCC – Street Photography Info

Members,

Here is some street photography photos and information from Alan Logan who was our presenter for our Street Photography workshop and judge for the Photo Rally.  

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/jul/01/masters-of-street-photography-in-pictures
Eric Kim https://erickimphotography.com/
Jesse Marlow. Street Photography. http://www.jessemarlow.com
Lynn Smith. Street Noir Workshops at Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Valérie Jardin. Street Photography. http://valeriejardinphotography.com/

Anonymous
HOW TO SHOOT STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WITHOUT REVEALING YOUR SUBJECTS

Misconceptions about street photography

After years of teaching the art of street photography in many countries and giving presentations at various conferences, it is clear that people have a misconception of what street photography is. For many, the genre is associated with the concept of being in people’s faces, and not in a nice way. Many photographers who are interested in trying their hand at ‘shooting street’ believe that it requires a great deal of boldness and audacity. It is true that the “up close and personal” approach is not for the faint of heart.

When done well, getting very close to your subject will result in some very powerful photographs. It is important to note that it is not the only way to tackle the world of street photography and, thankfully, not the way every photographer approaches it. Can you imagine if every street photographer decided to bring their camera within inches of people’s faces? Although some do it well and in the most respectful manner possible, many are quite aggressive and would undeniably give the rest of us the worst possible reputation and eventually make the beautiful craft of street photography impossible to practice.

Whenever people ask me how they should approach street photography, I always tell them to do it in a way that fits their personality. They should enjoy it, not dread it. What’s the point of doing something that turns you into a nervous wreck? First, how enjoyable would that be? Second, imagine the negative vibes you would communicate to your potential subjects if you dreaded every minute of the experience? It’s one thing to step out of your comfort zone to grow in your craft, it’s another to do something that is entirely against your true nature and ethics.

“It’s one thing to step out of your comfort zone to grow in your craft, it’s another to do something that is entirely against your true nature and ethics.”

“You can be quite far from your subject and still make powerful photographs.”

From In-Public
WHAT IS STREET PHOTOGRAPHY?

Photograph (Verb) From the Greek, phõtos, light, and graphein, to draw, together meaning ‘drawing with light’.
Candid (Adjective) From the Latin, candidus, pure, impromptu, unposed, unrehearsed.
Public (Adjective) From the Latin, publicus, from populus, the people. Able to be seen or known by everyone, open to general view.

At its most basic, street photography is candid photography made in public situations. In photographic terms “street” is not limited to roadways as the word might suggest. It is a stand in for any public setting. Photographers like Helen Levitt, Garry Winogrand, Tony-Ray Jones, Raghubir Singh, Daido Moriyama and Joel Meyerowitz have pioneered a variety of street based approaches, and over the last few decades the phrase has come to mean a great deal more. Recent outlets like Street Photography Now, HCSP, Instagram, and the online street community have expanded the territory in ways still being understood, and the sense of community engendered by the Internet generation has sent street photography soaring to new heights of popularity. Opinions and approaches vary, but fundamentally street photography is a depiction of real life infused with an awareness of visual aesthetics.

Many street photographers look for scenes which trigger an immediate emotional or visual response, especially through humor or a fascination with ambiguous, odd, or surreal happenings. A series of street photographs may show a crazy world. Perhaps it’s a dreamlike world. Or edgy, or dark, or elegant, or mysterious. The paradox that these traits might apply to scenes found in the most everyday and real location —the “street”— is endlessly fascinating.

Street photography is not reportage. For the street photographer there is no duty to document specific subject matter. The chief concern is life in general, and its reduction into frames that stand alone and visually work. This requires a careful selection of visual elements to include and exclude from the final composition, and great attention on the moment selected for exposure. These two factors may at first seem universal to all kinds of photography, but in street photography they are vital, for it is with these tools alone that the street photographer expresses meaning. There are no props or lighting, little preparation time, and ideally no preconceptions. The process is based on seeing and reacting, almost by-passing thought altogether. For many street photographers it is a ‘Zen’ like experience, and some report a loss of ‘self’ when carefully watching the behavior of others, such is their emotional involvement.

When practiced well, the result, as Colin Westerbeck writes in Bystander, “is a kind of photography that tells us something crucial and the nature of the medium as a whole, about what is unique to the imagery that it produces. The combination of this instrument, a camera, and this subject matter, the street, yields a type of picture that is idiosyncratic to photography in a way that formal portraits, pictorial landscapes, and other kinds of genre scenes are not.” – Blake Andrews, David Gibson, Nick Turpin, 2016

David Gibson “ It should be reiterated that street photography does not require people; there are always other valid options.”


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by David Curtis, August 18, 2019

Hornsby Heights v Pittwater Interclub Competition

Dear Members,

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Hornsby Heights won the Interclub Competition with Pittwater on Monday evening.

We won all 3 categories:

Black & White/Monochrome Prints HHCC 132 – Pittwater 129

Colour Prints HHCC 142 – Pittwater 134

Projected Images HHCC 200 – Pittwater 198

Overall Total HHCC – 474 and Pittwater 461

Over the 26 years of the competition we have won 6 times and this win was 2 in a row for us. Thanks to all the authors of the superb photographs we entered and to our selectors for their choices.

The highest score achievable is 15 and a whopping 10 of our images scored the maximum of 15.

Marion Anstis scored 2 15’s in the colour prints and 1 in the projected images

Jakki Foley scored 2 15’s in the colour prints

Corinna Lueg scored 15 in the mono prints and 15 in the colour prints

Nil de Silva 15 in the projected images

Sonia Conn 15 in the colour prints

Elaine Holliday 15 in the mono prints.

Please check out the Pittwater competition on our comps page by scrolling to the bottom of the page where you can see the images entered, the judge’s comments and the scores. We would like to thank Susan Buchanan, our judge for the evening, who gave great feedback to the images entered from both clubs.

by Elaine Holliday, August 17, 2019

Results for competitions in Pittwater Interclub

There were 0 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in Pittwater Interclub

by Elaine Holliday, August 17, 2019

Competitions in August – Open are closing soon!

Competitions in August – Open will close Sunday, 18th August 2019, 5:00 PM.

Entries can be made in the following areas:

  • Open Colour Large Print
  • Open Small Print
  • Open Mono Large Print
  • Open Digital

All members are encouraged to enter.

by system account, August 16, 2019

Hornsby Heights v Pittwater Interclub 2019

Dear Members,

Just a reminder to let you know that the above competition takes place on Monday (12th August) at Pittwater RSL Club @ 82 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale NSW 2103 at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. We encourage all members to attend this event in support of the club as it’s always a great evening.

See you there!

Tom and the team

by Elaine Holliday, August 9, 2019

FCC Interclub Competition

Dear Members,

You will have received an email today from the site administrator regarding the above competition. Our selection committee will be contacting you or may have already contacted you to upload images for selection, as we can only choose 10 images per competition. Most of your images have already been decided on and we are doing the final preparations today and tomorrow therefore please do not upload to the competition unless you’ve had a request from us.

Thanks

The Selection Committee

by Elaine Holliday, August 7, 2019