Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Club Photoshoot - Pumpkinfest in Wellington

Saturday's outing (Oct 19th) is rapidly approaching and I do hope many of you will join us in Wellington for the annual Pumpkinfest.  The parade starts at 10:30 am and we plan to meet at that time in front of the church beside the park entrance. We can then decide whether it best to split up or go in smaller groups to capture the various activities.  I would expect we would be finished by early afternoon.

The weatherman doesn't appear to be fully cooperative, so do dress for the likelihood of showers.  Please don't be a "fair weather" photographer - some of the best images are taken under inclement weather conditions.

I will be asking for those that attend to send in 10-20 images for a slideshow on the event - like to have these images in by Thursday October 24th.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Full House - October Meeting

We had a full house at last night's (Oct 6th) club meeting. We put away all our hardware and technology concerns and instead focused our attention on the Art of Seeing as it relates to the photographic image. Margaret Liddon put on an informative presentation on the basic elements of visual design and the rules or guidelines of photographic and artistic composition. In all, Margaret covered seven basic design elements – shape, form, line, space, texture, pattern and colour – and 16 separate guidelines for consideration when composing your image. She aptly demonstrated these compositional features with a wonderful portfolio of her images.

 In the second half of the meeting, Tina Konecny demonstrated how to both utilize the guidelines while stretching the boundaries with a dazzling display of Creative Interpretation. Tina implored the assembled group to discover what most interests each one of them in their photographic pursuits and then go out and shoot, shoot, shoot! Don't be afraid to make mistakes or to do things in a non-traditional fashion.


Three slideshows were interspersed amongst the above art tutorials. We started the evening with a slideshow from over a dozen combined members who attended the Milford Fall Fair on Sept 14th. David Gilbert and myself put on a slideshow depicting the magnificent windows that adorn the walls of St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, here in Picton. And the final slideshow was from 22 combined members who submitted images for our September theme challenge - “Relics of the Past”. Copies of the member slideshows have been uploaded to our facebook page ( for review by those of you who missed attending the meeting.

The October theme challenge of “Fall Colours” has already been made know to the membership – so you will have had lots of time to produce some colourful and artistic images of this wonderful season for next meeting. The October club outing will once again be in Wellington on Saturday Oct 19th to cover the annual Pumpkinfest. The parade starts at 10:30am with the weigh-off beginning at 12:30 pm. I do hope many of you will be in attendance to capture this event. I will collect images from those who show up and assemble a slideshow of the event for our next club meeting on Sunday, November 3rd.

At the November meeting, we are asking each of you to bring along two prints for a quick “Show & Tell”. Each person will get 2 minutes to talk to the how/what/where and why of the captured images. Prints should be at least 8''x10'' in size and preferably not be framed. We had a presentation last month on Printing from Graham Chapman and this is our first broad attempt to explore this avenue as a club.

Hope all who attended the session enjoyed themselves and picked up a few ideas for continuous improvement in their photography.