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  1. 1. 1 2015 Issue 6 July Viewfinder is the official Publication of the Christchurch Photographic Society PO Box 1789 Christchurch Mail Centre Christchurch 8140 President: Bruce Jensen Please submit articles for publication by the 22nd of the month to Belinda Carter If you are interested in finding out more about CPS, you are welcome to attend our weekly meetings held on Wednesday nights at 8 pm at the Riccarton Community Church 44 Eliza- beth Street, Riccarton. Our website contains a complete list of Offic- ers, programme details, field trips, competitions and previous issues of Viewfinder available to download in PDF format. All aboard for a field trip Its not easy chasing trains in a car and taking photos in the middle of the day but a dozen or so CPS photographers were up to the challenge, cop- ing with high contrast. A midwinter dash to pho- tograph the A428 steam train, travelling from Glenmark (Waipara) to Waikari via Weka Pass may have softer light with the 2pm - 3.45pm trip. For a $30 return ticket, travel on the train instead. The train stops mid-journey, disgorges passengers, backs up and steams towards photog- raphers. Frog Rock may be pho- togenic, with its famous Photojournalism was the main topic in June, with two tutorials and a field trip to Weka Pass. Frank Green started the ball rolling on June 3 with a brief history lesson, saying that the first ex- amples of photo journalism were probably five- second long exposures taken during the Crimean War ( early 1850s). Later examples include the Depression-era, dustbowl photos of Dorothea Lange, blurry World War II D Day landing im- ages, and some frequently reprinted Vietnam War images that helped sway the American public against US presence there. Its a category that has some overlapping with street photography, travel, social documentary and sports photography. To take a good PJ image, suitable for newspapers or for competitions, the photographer needs to be selective and to tell a story, hinting at what hap- pens next. Being able to anticipate what happens next and to find the decisive moment is a handy skill to have, especially for sports photographers. Two weeks later Robbie Barratt, who is making a name for herself with edgy street photography, talked about influence on her photography, in particular Henri Cartier-Bresson. Famous for his photos of 1950s street urchins, Cartier-Bresson said photographers should look at paintings by grand masters. Photos need to tell a story, she said. Other use- ful "tools" to bear in mind when taking PJ shots (or other photos) were shapes, geometry, vertical lines, diagonal lines, curves, shadows, symmetry, colour contrasts, rule of thirds, broken reptitions, framing using doorways and so on. Robbie fa- vours a small camera, like Fuji X20, because it is easy to use for street photography and travel. limestone outcrops and the tiny railway sta- tion but its not easy to clamber up the bank to get close to the train without attracting the ire of the train driver (as one bearded photographer did). There are other easy access spots, particularly beyond Frog Rock where the road and tracks are side by side. If you tire of trains: power lines leading over hills, abandoned barns and vineyards offer other opportuntities. The train runs monthly on Sundays, with suffi- cient time at Waikari for a quick lunch. if catching the 11.30am to Waikari. Photojournalism
  2. 2. 2 Club news and views to explore a particular area. At- tendance at The School is a chance to spend a weekend away, devoted entirely to photography, and to enjoy great camaraderie with fellow photographers A highlight of the Winter School is always the guest tutors who pro- vide inspiration, motivation and new approaches to photography. This years School will be held at Flock Hill, July 31 August 2. Ap- plications have closed, so if you havent signed up, look out for next years event! Presidents Column Bruce Jensen Laurie Thomas Winter School of Photography The Laurie Thomas legacy to CPS is used by the Club for two major events. My May column highlight- ed the Laurie Thomas New Zealand Landscape Salon. This month, we look at the Laurie Thomas Winter School of Photography. The Laurie Thomas Winter School is run annually for CPS members, and some of the expenses of running this event are covered by his legacy. The Winter School is held at vari- ous locations throughout the South Island, and provides an opportunity Bear essentials Kath Varcoe and Elizabeth Burtt from the Nature Photographic Society visited and gave a slide show talk on June 17 about photographing mainly bears, north of the Artic circle in Canada, Alaska, Norway and Russia. For the most part they went on expeditions organised by companies such as Heritage Expeditions but one of the trips was customised for them. These trips are measured in weeks rather than days, and come with large price tags. Nevertheless it was an interesting insight into northern hemisphere fauna. Paul Furborough hosted a Lightroom tutorial at his Ilam home in mid June. It turned into a four-hour long, comprehensive overview of a useful piece of Adobe software and some related plugins. A large flat screen TV relayed what was on his computer screen. Paul suggested googling videos by Scott Kelby and Adobe digital imaging evangelist Julianne Kost. From some brief notes: We have all heard of the rule of thirds for cre- ating grids to align objects in a photo. Light- room has that plus some other organising shapes like the golden mean (spiral shape) and a series of intersecting triangles. Lens correction built into Lightroom can fix distortions created by particular lenses or cre- ate deliberately distorted images. Use Flickr to find out what to photograph in a particular area you are heading to. Chances are someone has already checked it out and posted an image or three. Lightroom has some slider-based tools to bring out details in highlights and shadows and others for reducing noise or sharpening images in post-processing. Use HDR to bring out the detail in high con- trast images. Involves merging photos taken with different exposures. Focus stacking - take multiple photos of the same object and merge in Lightroom for greater depth of field. Useful for macros. Remove stray photographers and other bits with an enhanced spot removal tool. Create webphoto galleries quickly, and or template-based books of photos. Plugins: Photomatix is useful for HDR and OnOne Suite (Perfect Photo) is good for skin tones. Sometimes they do things better than Lightroom. These also work as separate ap- plications. A trio of photographers Erik Norder, Keith Sycamore and Renier Figuara- cion talked about their photography on June 10. Erik Norder, reputed to have a large collection of lenses, talked about birds, abstracts and shoot- ing in colour and converting to black and white. Keith Sycamore got into a bit of banter with San- dra Hobbs over her mentoring style. Philippines- born Renier Figuracion talked about collecting old lenses and entering and finally winning a street photography competition in the Philippines. Just get out there and shoot was his motto. Out of the dark and into Lightroom
  3. 3. 3 Club notices and news This month Help wantedUp ahead This club runs on volunteers. Dont leave the organisation up to other people. July focuses on landscape With the landscape salon in July it is timely for a focus on landscape photography during tutorial sessions. The first session on July 1, run by long- time member Phil Schroeder, covers useful equip- ment, composing images on site, lighting and how to simplify complex subject material. There is a followup session on July 15. Paul Daly rescheduled Paul Daly's postponed talk will be given on July 8. Some of our members know him as a tutor on the photography course at Hagley College. Laurie Thomas Landscape Salon The salon is being held on July 15 with members of other clubs invited to attend, so a supper is also on the menu. An AV of the winning images will be played and trophies/medals presented to winners if they are present. The New Zealand landscape competition, commemorating a former member, attracts (digital-only) entries from all over New Zealand. The salon was judged by West Coast- based photographers Elizabeth Passuello, John Reid and Peter Robertson. Laurie Thomas Winter School The Laurie Thomas Winter School is being held up at Flock Hill near Porters Pass from July 31 - Au- gust 2. Enrolments have closed. Those going can expect dramatic landscapes eg: Castle Hill, snow (maybe), photo tips, good speakers, good food and good company. Matting photographic prints Fewer people are entering prints into competi- tion, partly because of the cost and not knowing how to mount photos so the CPS committee hopes by showing people how to matte their own pho- tographs, more might do so. A session has been scheduled for July 29. Feedback on sets Sets of photographs are required when apply- ing for PSNZ honours. Ian Walls has organised someone from outside the club to give feedback on those who submitted sets of print images in June. The feedback session has been scheduled for July 29. Monthly digital challenge The topic for July is Black and White, so there are bound to be a few monochromatic images among those entries. Enter online through the website before the clock says August. Committee vacancies Two more committee members (ongoing) for 2015. Note, the committee will be scouting around in the next couple of months for willing hands to join the committee for 2016, or take up other roles in the organisation. How to get involved The person in the job at the moment won't stay there forever and may be still doing it because they can't find someone to take over. The best person to ask is probably secretary, Nelson Boustead as he can tell you who to approach. There is always work to be done - suppers, competition se