Sunday, 30 June 2013

Graham Davies to be Guest Speaker

At our upcoming July club meeting (Sunday July 7th at 7pm) we are fortunate to have Graham Davies as our guest speaker to provide us with an overview of his photo artistry.  Graham operates the The Bald Photographer Studio & Gallery in Cherry Valley -, specializing in black and white images using real film (that's right! - non-digital) and developed in his extensive gallery darkroom.  Graham has a deep grounding in photography, from his roots as a photojournalist for UK newspapers to his artistic portraiture and fine art hangings.  He is very well known in the artistic circles of the County and its surrounds and recently published a book chronicling the final operating days of the Royal Hotel in Picton including its last residents.  This year, Graham is also one of the judges for the Clic Photo Show which commences later this month.

This is really a must see for anyone interested in artistic photography and I do encourage you all to be in attendance.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

June Club Meeting Well Attended

Another good turnout of twenty-five people showed up for our June 2nd meeting which included several educational presentations including a "Raw vs JPG" image format discussion and our first hands-on workshop by Bert Jenkins demonstrating some basic techniques that he uses to edit images in Photoshop Elements.  A Bird Festival slideshow of a collaboration of member's images was presented along with a wonderful collection or highly creative and entertaining images submitted to our May monthly challenge - "Reflections".  We reached a new high in terms of both member participation and also in the number of images submitted to our theme challenge.

We did have a few technical glitches, trying to get the computers and the projector working in sync and I have been working hard to resolve these difficulties for future meetings.
Several decisions were taken at the meeting.  The first was the acceptance by the membership of a club logo.  It has a fresh design, is immediately recognizable as relating to photography, has an attachment to the County and is inclusive of all members.  I'd especially like to thank Tina Konecny for her work on this project. Our new logo looks as follows:

On a separate front, given the cost of printing up the Wellington 150th anniversary booklet, coupled with the uncertainty of being able to sell enough to breakeven, it was decided not to proceed further on the booklet concept.  We have, however, uploaded the Wellington images to our Facebook page and have shared the link with the Wellington Business Development Association, so that the general public has access to those images.  They can be seen by using the following url link:

In addition, both the "Bird Festival" and the "Reflections" images have been posted to our facebook page, so get on over to it and have a look - especially those of you who were unable to make it to the meeting.  Our facebook page is located at  You don't need a facebook account to view the images.

The June monthly challenge/assignment was handed out with the theme - "Up Close & Personal".  So get your macro gear out of storage and let's see what you can do.  Be colourful, be creative, but most of all, just be you!  Normal requirement - five images, sized 1024x768px (approx), watermarked and file names to include your name and something descriptive about the image.  Images due by Wednesday, July 3rd.

We are also going to try another club outing on Sunday June 23rd (1pm) at Lavender Fields which is located at 732 Closson Road.  More on this closer to the date but please earmark it into your calendars.  I'm planning to show a lot of purple images at our next club meeting on Sunday July 7th.