Blackwood Photography Club News

Wild about Wildlife

In what has been a rare occurrence in recent years, entries in the Set Subject of Wildlife far outweighed the Open section in the October competition and a larger than usual number of individuals entered images.

It seems we are wild about Wildlife!  Perhaps because several of our members have had wonderful safaris overseas, but there was no shortage of Aussie Wildlife in the mix.

James provided a cuteness overload with Purse Slipper Nest.

Purse Slipper Nest – James Allan

Judy wowed us all with her stunning Jaguar image.

Jaguar – Judy Sara

Steve’s Shy Albatross was not so shy.

Albatross, Stewart Island – Steve Wallace

Howard’s Old Master made an impression.

Old Master – Howard Seaman – Open

and Helen’s MY Grevillea raised a smile.

MY Grevillea! – Helen Whitford

Paula McManus of Port Adelaide CC made her debut as a judge and did a great job!  As a first timer she was cautious and rather generous with scores but gave constructive criticism and positive feedback aimed at helping people see what they did right and what could be improved.  It seems we helped her feel relaxed enough to share a joke and enjoy the experience.  🙂   Thanks Paula!

There were fewer Open entries but some stunning images – notably Anthony Kernich’s Singapore Blue Hour.

Singapore Blue Hour – Anthony Kernich

And Jenny’s Blue Horses provided an artistic touch.

Blue Horses – Jenny Pedlar

Click the links to see all of the Top Prints and Top Projected Digital Images .




Wildlife Update

Eastern Banner

This mid cycle edition pf Camera Clips is designed to deal with aspects of the upcoming Wildlife competition.

Last Sunday I attended the wildlife excursion to Belair National park.  Most of the group were out orchid hunting, but Bruce and I had a lot of fun chasing birds.  Have a look at the gallery to see the results.

Several discussions arose over coffee.  The rules of wildlife competitions were discussed.  What is the correct ethic?  No Photoshop? No evidence of the hand of man?  Almost but not quite.  Have a read for yourself.  I have a copy of the International Federation of Photographic Art, nature and wildlife rules that have recently been adopted by the Australian Photographic Society.  Mark Pedlar asked participants to refer to these rules when entering this competition.

We also discussed camera setting needed to manage a telephoto lens to take hand held bird photos .  It is called “Driving a big Lens.”  I struggled with this dilema and eventually wrote an article back in 2013.  So rather than rewrite the article I have republished this August 2013  newsletter on the webpage for anyone who might also be struggling through this problem.

I hope these articles will prove helpful.

Farewell from El Presidente

My last blog post as President of Blackwood Photographic Club – and my last El Presidente musing for your viewing pleasure.

It’s been a fun ride the last 6 years – as President, Vice President, President and from this Thursday commoner.

In that time with my friends and the committee I’ve tried to steer our club to a more enlightened photographic view – sometimes successfully, sometimes failing. My wish is to see the successes continue – but that is up to you.

Whatever the outcome, I hope you continue to evolve whilst I contemplate my future in photography club land…..


Chris 😉


The club meeting on Thursday August 31 dealt with that most changeable and often most talked about subject of ‘Weather’. It’s a sure fire way to get a conversation going with almost anyone, especially farmers, apparently.

The definition of weather for this competition was:  ‘An image that conveys weather as the major feature, not simply the effects of weather.’

Our judge for the night was well known Edwardstown photo club identity, Peter Phillips. With some 35 members present and around 85 photos to work through it was a busy night.

Heather Connolly foggy cliffs

Foggy Cliffs- Heather Connolly

Here are just a few of Peter’s comments from the evening:

  • Colour contrast can often help
  • Simple images work, they don’t need to be colourful to tell a story.
  • We don’t get points for difficulty of taking the shot.
  • Animals need sharp eyes
  • Sometimes a clear blue sky is more value than a cloudy one to help highlight the focus of the image.
  • Macro shots need to be ‘pin sharp’.
  • An image needs something to hold the viewer’s attention.
  • Shooting in the city on a wet night is always good as you can get great reflections etc.
  • Don’t be afraid to make your image square….presentation is important.
  • Don’t crowd the image in a shot, give it room.
  • Wait up to half an hour after sunset and you’ll still get good colour.
  • In the mono set he commented that it is ‘good to have something dark in the image for contrast’.
  • He suggested several times on ways to crop certain images to maximise the focus and impact.
  • “Is it an image I’d want to look at for a long time?”

One important comment that stood out for me was “Shoot for yourself not for a photo club judge”.

Above are some of the high scoring weather shots and below a few examples from the open section.


For more images from the night visit our Top Prints and Top Projected Digital Images pages.

Light Painting – July 20th Competition

It seems that despite a workshop and an outing dedicated to the set subject Light Painting proved a bit too much of a challenge for many of our members, with entry numbers in the Set Subject very low.  But a few brave souls tested the waters with some interesting and creative results.

Kerry Malec turned her image into a Monster Mask which also looks a little like an owl.

Monster Mask – Kerry Malec

Ron Hassan and Duart McLean each had a different take on the Port Willunga sticks.

Seaside Sphere – Duart McLean

The Sticks by Torch – Ron Hassan

And Helen Whitford momentarily fooled judge Matt Makinson with her fake Northern Lights.

Northern Lights – Helen Whitford

Matt, a professional photographer whose business Black and White Photographics provides great service to many photographic club members  on the north side of town, gave constructive criticism of every image from a different perspective. As someone who works with illustrative or art photography he focused on techniques to improve the presentation and sale potential of images, addressing elements such as paper type, vignetting and selective treatment to part of an image.  Members appreciated Matt’s fresh approach – even if he didn’t grant any 10’s!
For more images from the night visit our Top Prints and Top Projected Digital Images pages. (More images coming – check back in a couple of days!)