Monochrome Challenge 2019

Lane Cove Creative Photography was fortunate to have Peter Hill evaluate the Monochrome Challenge night on the 13th of June 2019. Peter Hill is a well-known and highly respected photographer from the Blue Mountains who specialises in black and white photography.

Peter had previously given a wonderful presentation on monochrome photography earlier this year and passed on some of his knowledge to our members. Judging by the quality and number of images exhibited on the challenge night this knowledge passed on by Peter helped the members to produce some great work.

On the night of the challenge Peter added some additional constructive, thoughtful and helpful information that should encourage all members to work in the monochrome medium and improve their skills.

Click on any image to view a slideshow and small selection of the images of the night.

Written by Graham Munkman, club member.

Cabramatta Excursion

Five club members congregated at the Rise Café ahead of a very satisfying exploration of the Cabramatta business precinct.

The experience was very rewarding as we all appreciated the fantastic photo .opportunities on offer. There was colour and racial harmony all blending into a multi cultural shopping extravaganza .situation.

Visiting Freedom Plaza featuring Pai Lau (the gateway ) was significant as it displayed – The World is for Us to Share and Respect – a good way to summarise our visit to Cabramatta.”

Click on an image to see in full.

Written by Tony Whitten, club member.

Facebook Group launch

On Thursday night, attendees were introduced to our new members Facebook group: “communicate with light”.

The Committee envisages this online community as an extension of our wonderful club atmosphere; a private space to share images and inspiration, feedback and friendship.

The group is open to current financial members and can be joined by request at https://www.facebook.com/groups/322682988441673/ . We are excited to be able to offer this group to our members and look forward to enriching our engagement online.

MV Cape Don Outing

On Sunday 26th May, fuelled by coffee from the Coal Loader Café at Waverton, 18 members and friends climbed the gangway of the MV Cape Don, cameras at the ready. The challenge?

To secure worthy photos for our monochrome photography mentor, Peter Hill.

Built in 1963 to service lighthouses and other navigational aids along the Australian coastline, the MV Cape Don is being restored to its former glory. The workload is huge, but from rusty plate to rusty bolt the restoration progresses. The passionate volunteers led by Daniel split us into 3 groups and so began our tour of this fascinating ship – ‘From Bridge to Bilge’.

Those amongst us more knowledgeable than I asked intelligent questions as we passed the cabins and descended the stairs into the bowels of the ship to the engine room where photographic opportunities were in abundance. Then on to the bridge and the wireless room, the galley, lounges and bar as well as the first aid station.

The final stop was the deck to enjoy sunset. Where did those 2 hours go?

Written by Kirstin Sercombe, President.

Cockatoo mid week outing

After an inspiring presentation by award-winning Blue Mountains photographer Peter Hill, Cockatoo Island seemed the perfect location for our mid-week shoot. Some of us followed his lead by switching our cameras to monochrome; whilst others looked to the colours of the day for inspiration.

Our creativity was challenged by the sombre and corroded machinery, remains from the Island’s convict and ship-building days. All the while conscious of Peter’s vision to capture the photo we were seeking ‘in camera’. It was an enjoyable day, with the sharing of information and ideas.

- Written by club member Nancy Tear

Annual Head On Outing

On 19th May LCCP members made their annual outing to the Head On and Moran Photographic Exhibitions.

Nine members met in Paddington to view the Moran exhibition at the elegant Juniper House, and the Head On Exhibitions at Paddington Reservoir Gardens and the Festival Hub at Paddington Town Hall.

As always they were not disappointed.

Photos courtesy of Mike Cave.

Monochrome Styles by Members

Following a great presentation by Peter Hill three club members shared their take on Monochrome.

Jim Crew

Jim addressed why black and white and the challenges of seeing in black and white. There were plenty of tips for taking the image and also for processing. Jim ended with some of his favourite images. His presentation can be found on our support page and dowloaded here

Lucie Loane

Next up was Lucie Loane with her story of of why she loves Monochrome. Below is just a snippet of her story.

“I am fascinated by art - painted or prints – because the artist gets to choose what to include and what to exclude, what angle to work from, how to use light and dark and tonality.” she said.

Lucie went on to say the choice of using monochrome was originally applied to photos which were too busy to allow the main subject to be as prominent as she wished. Monochrome simplifies a scene first and foremost.

In 2018, Lucie was looking for a photography workshop somewhere in Europe that would fit in before she met up with her sister in Dublin, and came across a four-day workshop on the west coast of France with Jonathan Chritchley of Ocean Capture.

Featuring long exposures with water, piers and fishing huts, horizons and big skies, and a monochrome square format, I was very excited. When it turned out that Jonathan was a terrific teacher I really felt that this was a turning point in my learning.

Talmot

In early 2019 Lucie enrolled in another of Jonathan’s workshops, in Venice, when winter keeps the cruise ships and a lot of tourists away, again focusing on long exposures and monochrome, hopefully with some mist thrown in.

Venice Day

Steve Mullarkey

Our last presenter has a tremendous sense of humour, Steve Mullarkey shared with us the equipment he uses to shoot Monochrome and the techniques he uses in post processing. As with every one of Steves presentations he likes to live on the edge and actually do a live demonstration processing images in front of club members. I am delighted to say he survived:)

Here are just three images from Steves collection.

Click the image to see it full screen

Steves presentation can be found on our support page and dowloaded here.


Ever seen a moody colour photograph

LatesfossenIII, Peter Hill

This was the question posed to members of the club last night in an inspiring presentation by Peter Hill. Peter is an acknowledged master in Black and White photography. Using examples of his own work and the work of some of his famous predecessors he convincingly demonstrated not just the advantages of using black and white to create mood but also the importance of visualising photos in black and white from the outset.

The Warmth Of The Winter Sun, Peter Hill

Peter’s presentation was a perfect start to the club’s Black and White ‘challenge’. His presentation will be followed by an excursion which will focus on capturing in B&W, a workshop on processing B&W and a follow up B&W challenge night when members get to ‘show and tell’ and Peter will be available to comment and provide advice.

written by graeme dobbs

Evaluation Night No 2 | Classic

Skeleton Coast Dune by Lucie

For this 2nd Evaluation Night, following the 2019 program, we reverted to our more traditional format where members were encouraged to bring three photographs and member attendees input to the evaluation and feedback process.

David Edmonds was the moderator for the printed photographs displayed and Ian Cambourne the moderator for those images submitted and displayed digitally.

Both encouraged audience participation as often people see something different to what the photographer intended thereby providing varied feedback; indeed, many of the photographs presented held hidden imaginative gems within the overall story being told.

The Blue Room by Geoff

Throughout the evaluation of the some 60 images, a vast array of photography techniques were discussed, including:

  • negative space

  • composition

  • processing tips from the experts

  • cropping vs cloning

  • the subject

  • emotion

  • the effect of different papers when printing

  • mounting options

From people just beginning their photography journeys to those with many exhibitions under their belt, the night was again one of encouragement, learnings and inspiration.

written by judith frost

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…