May 2013 Camera Clips

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Welcome to the second newsletter for 2013.   You will note the banner has been taken from a photograph by Jo Tabe during the club excursion to Port Willunga / Blanche point.  Jo has created a lovely orange—mauve colour contrast, using the grasses as a strong foreground feature.  This year we have had good attendance at our club excursions.  I think that those attending have both enjoyed the trips and also produced some fine images.  We have two galleries in this edition of the newsletter, one each from the Willunga and the Rundle Mall excursion.   I must say I was astounded by the range of colours in the sea and sky at the old Port Willunga jetty.  It is hard to believe that all of these images were taken on the same night.  The Rundle mall set shows a variety of skills.  In the spirit of this excursion  I have included a list of 20 top street photography tips that I gleaned from one of the photography web pages.  Look in the upcoming events column for future outings.

This month we start a series on photo manipulation skills.  The first article is on contrast and saturation enhancement.  There seemed to be a sizable number who did not know how to do these steps at our last club meeting.  I strongly recommend that you learn these simple procedures as it may help unleash the potential of some of your images.

Grant Coles a new writer for our newsletter has drawn my attention to Astro landscape photography.  He has written a short review on page 4.  The images are truly stunning.  Mark Peddlar on page 3 has given us his recollections of a photo-shoot that he and I undertook in February with the world renown glass blower, Tim Shaw.  I was quite excited when this opportunity arose and Mark has accurately reflected the difficulties and the excitement / successes of this exercise. On page 5 Les Ludgate gives some practical tips on how to create a panoramic tripod head for taking panoramas without encountering those annoying mismatch errors due to parallax.

I would also like to encourage you to enter your photographs in the various competitions.  Not only  the regular club competitions, but also there are a range of external competitions that Chris has drawn to our attention in his regular e-mails.  The first of these is the Rotary Club of Stirling Competition in 2 weeks time.

I received some positive feedback about last months Camera Clips, especially about Chris’s article on “shooting for the judges”.  I thank you for taking the time to write your comments.  Jo tells me that I incorrectly identified her Nikon D600 as a  D90.  I hope that the error did not cause too much consternation.  I am also grateful to all those who submit articles.  I am always looking for new material if you have anything to share.  Enjoy this months newsletter.