Street Photography Challenge Night

As part of our Listen, Learn, Practice, Share series, tonight was the night we got to share everything we have learnt about Street Photography..

Back in February Richard Lynch delivered a fabulous presentation on the subject of Street Photography. The following week members went to Newtown to practice what they learnt and try their hand at the subject. Six weeks later we conclude with the sharing of Street Photography images.

Based on the feedback from members this subject has proven to be immensely enjoyable. On the night we were treated to a musical slideshow of nearly 90 image and over 25 prints.

Ex President Diane McKenzie facilitated the evening with her usual passion and humour. Roving mic in hand, she worked the floor and encouraged members to talk about their images, techniques and processes methods.

The below gallery is a small sample of the work on display. Click on an image to view the original aspect ratio in full screen.

Congratulations to all members, this really was a great challenge!

Two is better than one | Tony Whitten & John Chapman

We are very fortunate at LCCP to have a range of members willing to share their thoughts, ideas, techniques and even themselves.

John Chapman and Tony Whitten answered the call and stepped up just a handful of days before the 21st, due to an unexpected change in the program.

Tony started with the evening with a short, relaxing presentation of stunning images taken during our club outing to the Chinese Gardens.

Image by Tony Whitton


John’s Arbitrary Space presentation was one of the best presentations we have seen so far this year. It was funny, challenging and inspiring.

Arbitrary Space by John Chapman

The beginning of John’s photographic journey began when he was a young boy in South Africa, chasing wild rhinos with a box brownie (no zooms and telephotos then). We then travelled with him around the world, through his various exploits and camera clubs, leading up to his involvement and exhibitions with Nebuli Arts.

We learnt that John likes to make images that will challenge his viewer, and he’s not worried about taking a step out of the square, quite a few steps on occasions, chasing an idea. He shared his creative landscapes of Iceland and little known sea creatures of questionable parentage, all taken within the safe confines of his bathroom.

Arbitrary Space can reside in two locations, within an image, and also within our own heads.

Photographers who have helped shape my photographic practice

A last minute change in the program resulted in a fabulous night with Susan Buchanan. The title for the evening was “Photographers who have helped shape my photographic practice

Susan is well know in the photography community for her work and for also being the President of Northside Creative Photography Club for 10 years. She has a tremendous passion for the art and it really showed during the night.

People and words have helped shape Susan’s photography and below is just a few of the people and the words that were shared with club members.

People

Words

A wonderful poem called The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.


Susans final words were:

“If there is one take away from tonight it is this, pay attention to your heart and soul”

Principles of Processing your RAW images

Four presentations in one night - wow!

Statistics

Thank you to everyone that responded to the clubs 1st survey. In fact 76% of club members took the time to complete the survey which is fantastic. In summary:

  • Lightroom is the Primary editing tool with 61% of members using Photoshop as the secondary

  • Those member who used Photoshop as the primary application 70% used Nik Collection.

  • And, 25% only use one editing software, that being Lightroom.

Thank you Gavin for pulling this together. Full details of the result can be found here.

Lightroom

A RAW image is an unprocessed photograph captured with a digital camera. It contains the raw image data captured by the camera's sensor and saved in proprietary file format specific to the camera manufacturer. Therefore every image needs to be processed!

Michael has put together a simple two pager on the process. These are the basic steps that should be applied to almost all images. The quick development guide can be found here and apparently, you should be able to apply them in 60 seconds!

Photoshop

Jim kicked off his presentation with a simple question

Photoshop - to need or not to need, that is the question.

The simple answer is - maybe, and if there is one person in the club that knows Photoshop well it is Jim.

Jim is a big fan of Julieanne Kost an Adobe Ambassador, she provides indepth tutorials, training, techniques, and shortcuts for working with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. The best thing is it’s all FREE. Below are two links to get you started.

A copy of Jim’s notes can be found here and the presentation here.

Topaz

The members survey showed that there are a number of people in the club using other editing tools such as Topaz. The good news is Brian, a fellow club member, is a fan of the software and took us through the basics of the application LIVE.

For more information on the software please visit their website.

If you trial the software and would like to purchase it there is a club discount which we will share via email to all members. This was the 1st time Brian presented at the club and we thank him for his time and effort in preparing for the session.

Portfolio Kick Off

Wow - what a fantastic turn out to our 1st Portfolio session.

Our Mentor for this year is John Chapman who very kindly opened up his house on a Saturday for the session. This proved to be a brilliant idea, why I hear you ask? Well, for those of you that attended you would have realised we were there for nearly 4 hours. Had we held the session on a club night we would have finished at midnight!

Ideas shared and discussed during the afternoon

Infrared, Portraiture, Vessels, Greed, Collection of people in public spaces, Screen, No idea just yet, Lest we forget, Portraiture, Iceland ice, Special place, Clouds, Street photography, Nostalgia, Chill with colour, Emotion, lifestyle, Moonscape, Street photography, Blockprints, Monet in oz, macro, Impressions of nature, Ants eye view of the world, Windows, Mythical Creatures, Abstract, Blue hour, Documentary, Movement.

With 30 members attending the kickoff 2019 could be a vintage year for the club. Perfect timing given we turn 50 in 2020

Newtown Street Photography Outing

Are you being served by Gavin Perry

The Newtown Street Photography excursion was a huge success.

The somewhat unpredictable Sydney weather behaved itself for two hours and Newtown was abuzz. The storms held off until photography and recuperative drinks were completed. All participants are looking forward to the challenge/evaluation night on April 4 when we get the chance to 'show and tell'.

Many participants suggested we repeat the excursion next year. My one suggestion for any future itinerary is we all visit a St Vincent de Paul op shop before the excursion starts to pick up some more appropriate attire - we all looked a bit Lane Cove/Hunters Hill!

written by Graeme Dobbs

Street Photography Presentation

We had the pleasure of Richard Lynch, a photographer, digital artist, consultant and a lecturer at the Sydney Community College deliver a visually stunning presentation on street photography.

To a packed hall of over 40 members Richard shared with us the legalities of taking photos of people in public. He also shared with us a large collection of images that demonstrated the diversity of street photography styles. We have listed a few of the notable street photographers instagram pages below for your inspiration.

You can also follow Richard Lynch on Instagram

Street photography, also sometimes called candid photography, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places. ... Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment
— From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Cremorne Point Walk

Image by Graeme Dobbs

Under the careful guidance of Frank and Graham, eight club members joined the walk from Mosman Bay Wharf to Cremorne Point Wharf on Wednesday 23rd January. An early morning start of 0703hrs!

It was a re-run of a walk that had been cancelled as a result of some of Sydney's recent capricious weather. By way of compensation the day's weather provided some great early morning light and just a few early morning showers.

All the walkers were taken in by the beauty and tranquility of this part of Sydney - and quite a bit of that beauty and tranquility was converted to 0s and 1s as we walked. Our thanks to Frank and Graham for their planning and persistence.

Evaluation Night | No.1 - With a Twist

Summer Dragon by Diane McKenzie

Based on feedback from our club members our first Evaluation Night of the year saw the introduction of a new format. Members were invited to submit just a single image, print or digital. Members were seated around five tables and and given a card. The words on the card were

Composition
Does the photographer have a good knowledge of their camera, an eye for composition and artistic vision?

Subject
What is the image about?

Light
Does the image show good use of light?

Telling a Story
Does the image clearly tell a story?

Post Processing
Is the image complete?

Our Evaluation Nights are designed to give meaningful and constructive feedback to all participants so that they can improve their photography and in return their visual skills will be enhanced. Tables were introduced to encourage discussion and conversation between members and based on initial feedback it worked.

The facilitator / guinea pig for the evening was me, Gavin Perry. Looking at the positives for the evening we had five potential new members attend, 17 prints, 5 digital images and lots of discussion. Looking at the negatives or rather the challenges, the evening was a little too long, the words on the cards had some overlap, and given the heat perhaps water on the table might have been a good idea.

All in all the evening was well received and with a little refinement we think the format will be a nice addition to the program. We of course encourage member feedback so please email a committee member or speak to them at the next club night.

Street photography

Invisible with Liz Loh Taylor Exhibition & Chinese Garden

Water Dragon by Robert Schaverien

Our first formal club outing for the year began with the visit of twelve club members to the Sydney Leica store to view “Invisible” the work of Melbourne-based humanitarian photographer Liz Loh-Taylor.

Her black and white photographs shared stories of the communities she has visited in remote locations across Africa, Pakistan and Peru, where she found dignity and pride amongst the poverty.

Next stop was Darling Harbour’s beautiful Chinese Garden where there was a short stop for coffee in the Tea House before embarking on an hour of serious photography. Encouraged by the fine weather and congenial company the outing extended to include a long lunch at a Darling Harbour restaurant.

2019 First Meeting of the Year

Death and Life (c) Jim Crew 2019

Our Vice President, Almitra Hill started off our first meeting of the year with a rundown of the presenters and activities planned for the year. The committee has put a lot of work into the program and has tried to bring some new ideas to the club, so this year should be exciting and different.

Almitra’s presentation was followed by Jim Crew who gave a very logical and detailed run through the portfolio process, which is the central plank of the club’s activities. Comprehensive notes can be found on the Support Page, or by clicking HERE…

Following Jim Crew’s introduction to the Portfolio process, we introduced John Chapman who will act as our mentor for 2019. John is a member of LCCP and is a former member of Northside Creative and a current member of Nebuli Arts, a group formed to exhibit and promote creative photographic work. You can see some of Nebuli Art’s work HERE…

Weekday Outing in the Rocks

Lane Cove Creative Photography members preparing to set off on another weekday outing

Mike Cave led an enjoyable weekday outing through the streets of The Rocks on Wednesday 12thDecember. Despite the inclement weather, nine LCCP members turned up and were not deterred by having to spend the first half hour shooting from beneath their umbrellas. As always, The Rocks provided a multitude of photographic opportunities.

Evaluation Night - 6th and final

Flowers in Motion by Graeme Dobbs

It is always wonderful to see the sheer variety of images our club members bring to our Evaluation Nights. Did members react to the photographs in some definite way, absolutely!

Besides the inevitable suggestions to ‘crop’ images, something we should be careful about, there was plenty of healthy and constructive feedback. As always, a number of members were encouraged to conduct a little bit of post processing and bring the image back to another evaluation night.

Below is just a small sample of the images shared on the night.

Looking for dinner, Brian Menzies

Porto in layers, John Chapman

Gore Hill Cemetery Outing

Photo courtesy of Margaret

Nine LCCP club members enjoyed a very pleasant photographic excursion to Gore Hill Cemetery early on Monday morning, the 19th November.  The weather was perfect and the cemetery was a profusion of flowers that provided a magnificent yellow carpet for the ancient headstones. 

The cemetery is heritage listed and is one of the oldest and most significant remaining cemeteries in metropolitan Sydney.  Dating back to 1877 its layout, monuments and plants provide an abundance of photographic subject matter. 

This was the first of the club’s weekday excursions following a request from members.  The morning was rounded off with coffee at a nearby café, and so successful was the outing that the next weekday excursion was the subject of discussion.

 

Annual General Meeting 2018

Our AGM was strangely special as we said a big thank you to Michael Smythe, Maiva Smythe, Jim Crew and Diane McKenzie who collectively have served in excess of 100 years as a committee member.

Kirstin Sercombe expressed her thanks to the outgoing Committee for its work and enthusiasm and commended the outstanding contribution they have made over the years.

A new Committee was elected with huge boots to fill. We look forward to 2019 and hope to bring fresh new ideas to the club. As always we welcome feedback from all members and encourage you to let us know what you would like to see in the program.

President | Kirstin Sercombe
Senior Vice-President | Almitra Hill
Junior Vice-President | Gavin Perry
Secretary | David Edmonds
Treasurer | Ian Cambourne

Committee members
- Graeme Dobbs
- Graham Munkman
- Judith Frost
- Margaret Miller

A big thanks also goes to Steve Mullarkey who gave a brief ‘live’ presentation of how to add GPS data to your images. He then followed this with two lovely audio visual

  1. Contrast in America

  2. My Sister Lives in a Cornish Railway Shed (A True Story)

Here’s to 2019!

Portfolio Gala Night

Congratulations to all those club members who presented a Portfolio for 2018. While the numbers were down on previous years the quality was high. We had a fantastic selection of prints, three audio visuals and two books.

Below is just a small sample of the work created for 2018. Please click an image to see their Portfolio’s and artist statements. To view all members Portfolio’s please click here

Almitra Hill

Almitra Hill

David Edmonds

David Edmonds

Gavin Perry

Gavin Perry

Graham Munkman

Graham Munkman

Kirstin Sercombe

Kirstin Sercombe

Jim Crew

Jim Crew

Lucie Loane

Lucie Loane

Members Short Talks October 18th Part 4

Photographer Edward Burtynsky Presented by Lucie Loane

Edward Burtynsky is a Canadian Photographer whose work is dominated by a theme of Nature transformed by Industry. His images present a metaphor of the dilemma of our modern existence, where our pursuit of a modern lifestyle leaves permanent scars on the landscape. Burtynsky has produced over 10 books dealing with themes such as: Water, Salt Pans, Quarries, Australian Minescapes and several others. His work can be found at: www.edwardburtynski.com

Members Short Talks October 18th Part 3

6 minutes, 3 images - short presentation by Steve Mullarkey

As part of our members’ presentations, Steve Mullarkey put together a short video demonstrating how an image can be processed in a few minutes. Please note - these follow Steve’s workflow and users should adapt to suit their preferences and outcomes. The video has been uploaded HERE…

Rainy Night in Croatia (c) Steve Mullarkey 2018

Member's Short Talks October 18th - Part 2

This is the second part of our series of notes following the member’s presentations on October 18th

PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT INSPIRE ME - PRESENTATION BY ALMITRA HILL

Almitra is one of our most creative photographers, combining the role of being a young mother with two small humans to care for (plus a large one), with a passion for freelensing and other creative pursuits. IN this presentation, Almitra introduced us to three photographers she takes inspiration from.

David DuChemin - www.craftandvision.com is a humanitarian photographer with a refreshing and inspiring approach to photography. David publishes a fortnightly email called “The Contact Sheet” that is a must read, plus there are several resources on his website, mostly free.

Mihaela Noroc - www.theatlasofbeauty.com is a Romanian photographer who has spent the last six years travelling and making portraits of women that celebrate the diversity of beauty around the world. Mihaela’s book “The Atlas of Beauty” contains over 500 portraits. Her work is filled with compassion and sensitivity and demonstrates the wornderful diversity of culture and beuty around the world.

Susan Burnstine - www.susanburnstine.com is an American creative photographer who has made her own cameras and lenses and uses these to make extraordinary works of art that reflect her dreams and night terrors experienced in childhood. Susan’s images are evocative and inspiring in their dreamlike portrayal of another reality. Susan has published two books: “Within Shadows” and “Absence of Being”.

Freelensing (c) Almitra Hill 2018

Member's Short Talks October 2018

At our meeting on October 18th we again invited members to make a short presentation on a topic or subject of their choosing. Each year we are amazed by the breadth and depth of knowledge of the membership of this creative body. Over the next few News posts we will cover some of the material presented by the members.

GOING BACK TO THE WELL - Presentation by Ian Cambourne

Ian has been a member of Lane Cove for several years and each time Ian presents something, it is always thoughtful and thought provoking. This time Ian talked about the concept of “Going Back to the Well” to use a quote from musician James Taylor. Having experienced the value of sharing thoughts and opinions of one’s peers, it is important to remember the original inspiration for your photography and to return to those roots from time to time. Often we can be overly influenced by the opinions of others and, whilst helpful in expanding your vision and knowledge, occasionally we need to go back to the beginning, to be alone with your thoughts and ideas, to experiment freely and without constraint. Being free to re imagine your photography frees you to take fresh inspiration from the world around you, to try new techniques and to push your own limits. By pushing yourself forwards, you might just drag someone else along with you.

Freelensing experiment - (c) Ian Cambourne 2018