Blackwood Photography Club News


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On Sunday August 12 a happy group of seven club members met in historic Strathalbyn. Our mission? Simple really, have fun together taking photographs. The bonus would be to try and take some images that would fit with the upcoming club competition entitled ‘Break The Boundaries’. In other words looking through the view finder it was an opportunity to break the rules and challenge our own comfort zones.

It was an alive township with plenty of weekend activities taking place. In amongst  it all apparently there was a back of the truck wine sale complete with tastings and apparently the wine was quite ok. 🙂

After a couple of hours of roaming the historic streets and picturesque park areas in search of the “perfect” images we all enthusiastically joined the queue at the local bakery and enjoyed our health food with coffee. An enjoyable morning in excellent company.

Bruce - Game On!


August 2018 Camera Clips

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Hi All,

It always seems a surprise to me when I complete each edition of camera clips.  Well I have done it again.  This edition has an article by Anthony Kernich on airport photography.  We have images from the recent excursions to McLaren Vale and Rundle Mall.  Ursula Prucha a prolific photographer when I first joined the club has recently passed away after a period of poor health. In this edition I have showcased a selection of her images, including the banner above.  There is an article on David Hockney and on HDR processing with the NIK HDR pro software.  And there is more.  Have fun exploring this months contributions.

To go to this edition – click here.


Thinking Inside the Square – August 2nd Competition


Our Set Subject for August 2nd was “Square Crop.”  It didn’t matter what the subject of the image was, as long as it suited the square aspect ratio.  A number of members came to the party with some creative use of the format. Ray Goulter’s “Alignment”, James Allan’s “Loch Luna”, Howard Seaman’s “Fine Dining”” and Helen Whitford’s “Soursobs” and “Cutie Pie” were all noted by judge, David Rowlands, as suiting the square crop particularly well.

David provided very fair, well rounded comments, elaborating on what he liked and where he could see opportunities to improve the image.  I think we all appreciated the fact that he gave every image his full attention.

The Open category attracted some strong images too, with Anthony Kernich’s “Duomo” impressing, and Helen Whitford’s “Hello Sunshine” having impact.  James Allan’s “Pigs” and Mark Pedlar’s “Grey Ghosts on Pulteney” both showed a different perspective.

Entry numbers were low again and we’d really like to encourage everyone to participate in the competition, challenge yourselves and your fellow club-mates and take the opportunity to access feedback on your images from both the judge and other members.

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



Getting in Close – June 7th Competition

June’s competition saw us getting in close with Macro/Micro/Closeup as the set subject.  We took a fairly loose approach to the definition as not everyone has macro equipment.  The idea was simply to get in for close detail.  However image numbers were down significantly although there was a great turnout of members for a cold winter’s night!  We even welcomed a couple of new members!
Our judge, John Hodgson, provided thoughtful comments on each image, with lots of constructive tips.  It was great to see new member, Meredith Retallack, among the top images with “Dew Drops”.

Dew Drops – Meredith Retallack

And Judy Sara cleaned up in the Projected images Set Subject with three very different images.

Kerry, Eric and Howard provided some other interesting entries in the set subject.

There were some great images displayed in the Open category as well!

Click the links for more Top Prints and Top Projected Digital Images

June Camera Clips

Tao Dancers BannerI have just this moment released June Camera Clips.   I have been experimenting with a different look this month.  I am using the banners as navigational tools rather than the hyperlinks in the text.  Accordingly every article get’s it’s own banner.  Most of the banners are sourced from the club competition on the theme street photograpy.  (see the article from Chris below)

We have two articles from Judy Sara, on Macro Photography and on the Tailem Bend excursion.  Ray Goulter has an explanation of  the Johnson “Cutplate” Developing Tank .  Frances Allan has described the creation of a rather impressive product photograph.  I give Google sights map a test run, and lastly a short explanation of solarisation.

Well worth the time reading.  Here is the link to this edition.

Regards James