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Crossing Of Paths – A Meetup with Tea Tree Gully Camera Club – April 7th 2013

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Part of the fun of being involved with a Photography or Camera club is the enjoyment you get sharing your passion with others who feel the same.  Can you imagine how much more fun it is when 2 clubs get together?

On Sunday the 7th of April, BPC were invited to enjoy an afternoon of photography at Port Adelaide with the like minded people of the Tea Tree Gully Camera Club.  Approximately 6 BPC members were in attendance and approximately 10 from Tea Tree Gully.

It was a very pleasant afternoon, exploring the treasures around the Port, Capped off with an interesting sunset (dare I say, enhanced with a massive Jet contra trail, which I failed to capture!).

Tea Tree Gully seem to be our cross town kindred souls, who seem to share similar values when it comes to photography and photography/camera clubs.  If you would like to find out more about there club, you can view their website @

Needless to say, I think a return invite will be very much in order for the spring!


Water with movement – 16-Aug-2012

No Connection - Eric BudworthDespite the cold and rain Thursday August 19th saw a good turnout and a high number of entries in all sections of the competition, with the Set Subject of Water with Movement well represented. Thanks must go to Kym Farnik, an experienced photographer and judge who filled in at late notice and judged in a fairly consistent and positive manner whilst acknowledging that judging is always subjective and that people may not always agree with him. (And of course, we sometimes didn’t!)

Scores covered a wide range with Kym choosing a single top image in each section to receive a 10. He seemed particularly impressed by James Allan’s Spoonerism and Ursula Prucha’s Dolphin. He complimented the club on a high overall standard, while giving constructive criticism and suggestions for each image. Once again tighter cropping was a frequent suggestion!

It was good to see a number of entries from new members to the club!



Catch Up, Dec 2011 – BPC Receives Development Grant

Chris Schultz and Ashley Hoff At the Mitcham Council Grants Reception

Chris Schultz and Ashley Hoff At the Mitcham Council Grants Reception

As the members of The Blackwood Photographic Club would know, in 2011, we received another grant from the Mitcham Council.  This grant was used to purchase a Spyder Pro Monitor and Projector calibration device.

In Mid December, Chris and myself were invited to attend the official Community Development Grants Reception, which was held at the council chambers.

Our thanks and gratitude goes to the Council and the Grant Committee for accepting and approving our grant.  We truly appreciate their continued support.


Mitcham – 02-February-2012

AND we are off and running for 2012!  The first competition for the year was themed ‘Mitcham’ – Images from the City of Mitcham.

The night was judged by Edwardstown member, Chris Carter, who had to contend with a smaller than usual entry list of 84 images (17 Album, 3 slide, 24 digital, 30 Colour Prints and 11 Mono prints).  Don’t forget to check out our gallery to view our top digital entries and (new for 2012) our top print entries.

Also new for 2012 was the re-appearance of the Peoples Choice award, sponsored by The Blackwood Pizza Bar.  This week, the Peoples Choice was taken out by Jo Tabe with her Lenswood Ruin image.

It was also good to see a few visitors on the night.  Peter, Gloria, Sue & Barbara from the newly formed Adelaide Hills Photographic Club made an appearance, to see how we do things.  We wish them all the best on their venture.  It was also good to see another visitor, David, who saw our images at the Stirling library and wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Anyhow, looking forward to seeing you all again on Thursday the 16th of February at Marks and Jennys for the natural light portrait night

Cheers, Ashley

Just A Wee Update – Things We Have Been Up To! September To November

Wow, time fly’s when you are having fun!  Anyone guess from the lack of news here, that all we have been doing over the last few months has been nothing but competitions….  How wrong can you be!  Below is a quick recount of what we have been up to.

September 1 – Guest Speaker – Darren Siwes

Darren very graciously spent an evening with us in early September.  For me, especially, it was a very informative insight into how a Photomedia artist works and his inspiration behind his art.  He touched on most aspects of his Photography work, from his earliest long exposure work, through to his ‘Bronze Coin’ representations of 2010.  It was certainly an honour to have an artist who has been exhibited world wide as a guest to our club.

For more information on Darren, check out the excellent write up by James Allen in our September Camera Clips (LINK)

September 15 – AGM

Our Annual General Meeting was held on the 15th of September, with the following offices being decided:

President: Chris Schultz
Vice President: Ashley Hoff
Secretary: Yvonne Sears
Treasurer: Jenny Pedlar
Ex-officio: James Allan, Matt Carr, Adrian Hill, Mark Pedlar, Richard Wormald
September also saw the peer judging of our Disposable Camera contest, with the top image taken out by Helen Whitford and her Morton Bay Fig Roots

September 17 – Informal Outing, Goolwa Cockle Train

The Duke Of EdinburghOn the same weekend as the Noarlunga Photographic Exhibition (please follow the link to Eric’s write up), a group of us decided to venture to Goolwa, to catch the Cockle Train to Victor Harbour.

It was quite a fortunate outing, as we were able to experience Steam Travel in both directions, including the Steam Rangers “Duke OF Edinburgh” on the way back.  For someone as young as myself, it was certainly great to experience an era that my parents had only told me about 😉 (sorry, couldn’t resist).

Victor Harbour was also hosting a Rock and Roll Festival, which gave us plenty of photo opportunities.

October 13 – Practical Workshop

The October workshop was a walk out and about the local Blackwood area, with the emphasis on low light photography.Overcast Moon 2

Some may see it as a blessing, others a hindrance, but the moon was out with in all it’s glory.  Combine that with some broken cloud, saw some awesome dramatic shots (all we needed were some bat’s!)

As per always, check out our flickr group to see what people shot on the night (click on the image to your right, should head you in the right direction!).

October 16 – An Afternoon With Steve Parish (Marion Cultural Centre)

While not an official BPC event/outing, a few of our members managed to attend the Marion Cultural Centres ‘THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHING ANIMALS, PLANTS & LANDSCAPES’ workshop with Steve Parish.

Please follow the link to read James Allen’s writeup (LINK)

October 30 – Outing, Wellington To Hindmarsh Island

Random chairsAfter our aborted effort to get an outing organised duing the long weekend, we finally managed to get out and about again on the 30th of October.

The outing took in such highlights as the Arboretum at Wellington, Milang, Clayton Bay, Finnis and Hindmarsh Island.  There was a decent turnout, with up to 4 cars in convoy taking in the sites (but watch out for those Gary Secombe abrupt stops!)

The weather was nice, the company good and the pictures plentiful.  Again, click on the picture to your left to head to our Flickr page

BPC on the Shores of Lake Alexandrina

BPC on the Shores of Lake Alexandrina

November 10 – Annual Exhibition Judging

Well, our Annual Exhibition Judging has been run and the top prize getters have been decided by our three fantastic judges (David Douglas-Martin, Lindsay Poland and SAPF President, Peter Phillips).

The winners are…….you didn’t think I’d let the cat out of the bag that easy! You’ll just have to turn up to our Annual Exhibition on Thursday the 24th of November to find out!