President’s Update – March 10, 2016

Hi all,

Wasn’t last Wednesday night interesting with constructive feedback via AV from our judge Bruce Girdwood.. If you haven’t seen it yet, our fabulous web team have put the AV on our website and facebook page.

Our guest speaker, Bryce McQuillan, certainly captured our attention through showing us his macro images, demonstrating some on-camera flash hacks, and talking about his experiences and even sharing tips on making your own light reflectors.

Bryce has offered to host a bug walk one evening in the near future and it was good to see so many hands go up for this. We’ll get the ball rolling shortly – watch out for more info as we get it sorted.

We also announced that Rotorua Camera Club won the inaugural Orpington (UK) Photographic Society vs Rotorua Camera Club competition. Each Club submitted eight images and these were judged in Wales. The Orpington Photographic Society have their meeting a week after us so we agreed to keep the results reasonably close to our chests until today. Congratulations to Tracey Scott who was awarded an Honours, and Nick Milsum, Reg Quin and Meg Lipscombe who were awarded Highly Commended. Here’s a link to their website so you can see all the images.

Great news folks! Rotorua placed well in the PSNZ inter-club competitions. We came second in the Bledisloe Cup (print entry), second in the Wiltshire Cup (open digital), and third in the Bowron Landscape Cup (digital). The images will be displayed at the 2016 PSNZ Conference in Queenstown next month. We’ll show the images on Club night and then will post them online.

Judging took place in Rotorua at the weekend by three independent judges. Sarah Mathews, Sue and Garth Pattle and Trish Bailey did an awesome job in co-ordinating entries from around the country and ensuring the judging day went smoothly. Thanks also to Raewyn Connolly for helping out on Saturday.

I’d like to congratulate everyone who’s images made up the sets. We have some amazing talent within our membership. I’m extremely proud to be part of this Club and I look forward to seeing what images go forward next year!

A field trip to Hunt’s Farm woolshed is planned for Sunday 13 March at 6.30pm. The idea is capture the early evening light on the woolshed then head up the hill for sunset shots. If it’s wet we’ll look at postponing it until Sunday 20 March. The address is 359 Pukehangi Road. Once you turn into the main drive, take the first left and drive past the woolshed and other sheds to park. Chelsea will be there early to show us where to park so our cars don’t get in the way of woolshed shots. Thanks heaps to Chelsea for getting permission for us to do this.

Balloons over Waikato is happening in Hamilton on Saturday 19 March. A clipboard went around the meeting for expressions of interest to travel over as a group. Unfortunately there weren’t enough names to warrant this being a major club event. Committee have suggested that those who are keen to go could indicate their interest on the facebook page and car pool. From memory, I think the Rotorua group left here around 6am for a 7.30am lift-off last year. Apparently a lot goes on beforehand, so you may even want to leave earlier!

Meg has kindly offered to co-ordinate a sunrise shoot over Lake Tarawera on Sunday 3 April. For those hardy souls who get up early to be part of this, there’ll be a hot drink and sausages and bread in exchange for a gold coin at Meg’s home afterwards. Meg will keep you posted in regards to what time we’re meeting, and where, closer to the date.

Our web page continues to go from strength to strength. Loading of images is easy and the site itself is user friendly. The web team are looking at introducing another section to the website, just for judge feedback (when possible). This will be password protected for members to access.

Don’t forget subs need to be paid by the end of March to ensure you can submit images in April. Financial members also have continued access to the Members Only facebook page. Bank account details are: Rotorua Camera Club, Westpac, 03-1552-0140831-00. Include your name on the deposit so your payment can be identified. Email if you have any issues.


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