AGM Meeting and Architecture Competition Night

A year has gone by, oh my we are so sorry, but like many slightly neglected blogs it was because the Parkes Camera Club members have been so busy.
As our AGM was this week, lets reflect on what an amazing year we have had as a club.

In August we prepared for the Parkes Annual Show with our photography pavilion. September found us winning for the second year in a row the WDACC – Western District Association of Camera Clubs. There was a mad prep before Christmas hit, as we had our first Elvis Festival Exhibition in January. Using photos we had taken at last years Elvis Festival. While running the Exhibition many members also took photos at the Elvis Festival as we were official photographers for the second year. We then were asked back to Trundle in April, for the second year, to photograph at the Abba Festival. A marquee was put up at the Northparkes Open Day in May and a few volunteers passed out our schedule in the hopes of getting more keen photographers. While all this was going on in the last year we still had time for great practical nights and monthly competitions.
Our committee and members are an amazing group. So amazing that the calendar for the coming year is looking very similar. Much planning was discussed at our meeting before we finished off with an Architecture photo competition.
Our members brought in 3 of their favourite photos of architecture to show, and these are our winners.


Beginner Winner – Rosemary Richardson


Intermediate Winner – Jim MacKay


Advanced Winner – Barry Green

2014 Annual Photo Scavenger Hunt

After the success and fun had by members from the first Photo Scavenger Hunt it was decided that we would do another and possibly make it an annual event. The night took a bit of forward thinking, but again it gave us some good laughs and interesting images. The focus for the scavenger hunt is to get people to be creative in the camera, rather than relying on their computers in post processing. This forces you to think about framing, lighting, depth of field – just like the days before photoshop!

The list this year was developed by another member so I could join in with the fun. We also added another rule this year that photographers had to be on foot and stick to the main street or the streets either side. This was to get people in a smaller space and push them to think outside the square. 2014sh

After the 1hour time limit was up we returned to the Neighbourhood Centre for a cuppa and to view the images. This part is almost as much fun as being out taking the photos. Like last year there was some great stories to accompany the photographs.

Here is an example or two of what people found out an about on the hunt

Motion – Tim Ruckley


 Motion – Ron Wardrop


 People – Denis Crute


People – Tim Ruckley


Liquid – Steve Godwin


 Very Little or Very Big – Frances Thornton


 Very Little or Very Big – Joanne Strom


 Lights – Jeff Kirk


 Yellow – Zoe Ruckley


 Yellow – Joanne Strom


Perspective – Steve Godwin


 Perspective – Talesha Dunn


 Time – Jeff Kirk


 Time – Natasha Barber008Tash

 Transport – Joanne Strom


  Your Choice – Steve Godwin010SteveG

Your Choice – Jeff Kirk


You can check out the photographs from the rest of the participants on facebook. Perhaps it will inspire you to push yourself further next time you go out and shoot or maybe you will join us for the scavenger hunt in 2015. Please note that all images are Copyright and remain the property of the photographers.

If you would like to join us at the Parkes Camera Club the next meeting is on the 20th May, held the the Parkes Neighbourhood Centre at 7:00pm. We will be holding a Macro Practical Night.

Sunset Photography Competition

The sunrise/sunset photography competition brought out many great shots, which made judging quite difficult and in many cases the winners only won by a couple of votes. Great sunset shots usually have a couple of common elements – great colour, interesting foreground and clouds in the sky.

Beginner Winner – Natasha Barber


Intermediate Winner – Jim MacKay


Advanced Winner – Joanne StromImage

You can check out the best shots from each entrant on facebook. Please note that all images are Copyright and remain the property of the photographers.

If you would like to join us at the Parkes Camera Club the next meeting is on Tuesday the 18th of March, held the the Parkes Neighbourhood Centre at 7:00pm. We will be hosting the 2nd Annual Photo Scavenger Hunt, if you want to know more check out the results from last years scavanger hunt. Hope to see you there!

Sunset Photography Night

On the 18th of Feb the Parkes Camera Club held a sunset practical night.  There was a good turn out with members meeting at the Neighbourhood Centre before heading out to a property a few kilometers North of town. 

Members getting ready for sunset – Taken by Tim Ruckley


Members were armed with the following sunset photography tips:

1. Turn your flash off (or use slow sync): Your flash will do very little unless you are trying to light up a nearby foreground object.  In this case you will want to use slow flash sync and a tripod.

2. Use your tripod: Using your tripod allows you to use slow shutter speeds without worrying about camera shake.

3. Use a small aperture (large number) e.g f16+: A small aperture value will increase the depth of field allowing more of the scene to be in focus.

Image from Eric Teske website


4. Low to medium ISO e.g. 200, 400: High ISO will introduce noise and since we will be using a tripod we are able to get away with using a low ISO.

Image from Exposure Guide website


5. Use exposure compensation: Pointing the camera into the sun can confuse the camera’s built in light meter.  If your photos are coming out too bright try setting your exposure compensation to the negative side, if your photos are too dark set the exposure compensation to the positive side.

Image from Hardenhuish School website


6. Look behind you: Sometimes objects that are lit by the warm light from of a sunset can be more interesting than the sunset itself.

Many members commented at the end of the night that they may not have remembered all of the tips, but tried a few out and as a result got to know their camera a little better. This means they become a little more confident to try different settings out when they are next photographing a sunrise/sunset and this is our aim for every practical night.

 Sunset – Taken by Tim RuckleyImageOur next meeting is on Tuesday 4th March at 7pm and we will be holding a competition for sunset photography. New and regular members are invited to attend. Bring your best three images along on the night. Hope to see you there :)

The Annual Parkes Elvis Festival

It has been sooooo long since the last post and lots has happened for our little club since then. One of the most exciting things to happen for our club in the past few months is taking on the role of official photographers for the annual Parkes Elvis Festival. The towns population is said to double each year for the event and this year was no different with an estimated 15000 visitors coming to Parkes for the 5 day event from all over Australia and even overseas. Not all members were available, but the club would like to thank Steve Ostini, Frances Thornton, Jim Mackay, Barry Green, Maree Tanswell, Julie Brown, Keith Turk, Don Perera, Marc Payne, Joanne Strom & Monique Wye for representing the club so well. Here are some images taken during the event

Vintage cars on show taken by Joanne Strom

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Mark Andrew in concert taken by Steve Ostini

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Elvis at a local cafe taken by Julie Brown

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Elvis busker taken by Jim MacKay

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Some local enthusiasts who suited up for the occasion taken by Keith Turk

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All members who participated in the role commented that they had a lot of fun and were able to get something that they were happy with. Frances Thornton found one of the benefits to being an official photographer was getting to know special guests Cynthia Pepper, Kathleen DeNike & Mark Andrew. Frances commented that they were all lovely people to work with.

More images from the Parkes Elvis Festival can be found on our facebook page. If you would like to learn more about the festival just click here.

Because of the clubs involvement in Parkes Elvis Festival many new opportunities have come up, which should make for a very busy but exciting 2014. Another great outcome for the club is the generous donation from the Parkes Elvis Festival Committee of $500 at our most recent meeting for our contribution to the festival.

Club President Steve Ostini accepting the donation from Lorraine Job on behalf of the Parkes Elvis Festival Committee


We also have the Camera Club Program for 2014, which includes a new monthly photo challenge which will be reviewed in December at our Christmas party. The idea is that we have something to inspire us continually through the year as well as our usual monthly competition. We are also revisiting some of the more popular nights including the studio nights for macro, portraits and liquid photography. There are also some new additions thanks to the suggestions of our members including a sunset, street photography, black and white and landscape tutorial and practical nights.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 18th February at 7pm and we will be heading out to do some sunset photography. New and regular members are invited to attend, we just ask that you try to be there by 7pm so we can head off to our destination before it gets too dark. Bring your camera, tripod and best to wear joggers on the night. Hope to see you there :)

Action Photography Competition

Although it was a smaller turnout than usual due to many members being away or ill the standard was still very high, making the decisions difficult. A great action shot can be hard to capture and unless you know about the sport that you are photographing, it can be near impossible. Here are our winners from the night

Beginner Winner – Keith Turk

01 Keith

Intermediate Winner – Barry Green

02 Barry

Advanced Winner – Steve Ostini

06 Steve

You can check out the best shots from each entrant on facebook. Please note that all images are Copyright and remain the property of the photographers.

Probably the shot that cause the most interest on the night was not actually selected as the members top shot, so I thought I would share it on here. This image was photographed by Denis Crute, unfortunately Denis was not available on the night to inform us how this image was taken, but we assume it is a quick succession of multiple images that have been stitched through computer software.

Jump1s Denis

If you would like to join us at the Parkes Camera Club the next meeting is on Tuesday the 15th October, held the the Parkes Neighbourhood Centre at 7:00pm. We will be hosting guest speaker Luke Wong from ABC Open once again, if you want to know more about Luke you can check out the post for last years visit. Hope to see you there!

Liquid Night

I have been anticipating this night since I suggested it at last years program meeting. I was excited to try something new, something that I had never attempted before but always wanted to. On the night we prepared several different stations for members to try, including water drops, food colouring into water, oil and water mix, champagne bubbles, water drops on flowers and distorted patterns from glasses of water.

For this tutorial we tried something new, which involved testing each station prior to the night and putting the settings and an example image down on an A4 sheet for members to refer to throughout the night. Again we were able to utilise the studio lighting purchased a few months ago, however, the stations that used lighting could be duplicated at home with a strong desk light or external flash.

Here are a few shots from the night and a couple of sample shots

Setting up to catch the drip


It is all trial and error, but members were keen to give it a go and weren’t stressed about using manual mode


Water drop shot at 1/320 & f/11 with studio light


Droplets on petals shot at 1/250 & f/22 with studio light


If you would like to join us at the Parkes Camera Club the next meeting is on Tuesday the 1st of October, held the the Parkes Neighbourhood Centre at 7:30pm. We will be holding an action/sport photography competition.