RAW files demand to be processed

Abandoned DC plane on Sólheimasandur © Michael Smyth

Yet another one of Michael's thought provoking presentations on how and when do we process the image data to produce great photo's. He even went as far as to offer some secret sauce!

Back in the days of the dark room we processed our images and just because we are now digital it shouldn't be any different, but how much is appropriate?

Polar Pioneer & Rocks © Michael Smyth

Michael's presentation notes can be found on our support page or here

Scavenger Hunt Challenge

This week we held our annual challenge night, where members select 5 topics from a list of 10 options and present images that reflect those topics.  The emphasis is on creative interpretation and members are encouraged to make new images for the challenges.  This year our own in house expert on creativity, Jim Crew acted as moderator and the night was a lot of fun.  There were a lot of fun and creative work on show and everyone enjoyed the night.  

Here are a few images from the night. 

White on White (c) Linda Cotterill

Indoor Abstract (c) Margaret Miller

Street Shadows (c) Steve Webster

Portfolio development night #2

Thursday 14th June saw our second Portfolio development night for the year and we had a number of members present work in progress for discussion and commentary by our valued mentor, Alfonso Calero.  Alfonso brings a wealth of experience and a practised eye to bear on the work, giving the participants valuable suggestions and further avenues to explore with their work.  As usual, there was also a lot of good suggestions and comments from the floor, everyone going home with some more ideas to work with to further refine and expand their portfolio.

Due to a technical issue with the club's laptop, we only have images from Michael Smyth to share on the website at present.  Michael's portfolio is called "Spirit Creatures" and portrays imagery of mythical or totem creatures that can be found by looking at the hidden figures lurking within everyday images. The images come from diverse regions including Greenland, Tropical Northern Australia and the wilds of Tasmania.  Be afraid, be very afraid. 

Troll emerging, Greenland (c) Michael Smyth 2018

     

The Kraken Wakes, West coast Tasmania (c) Michael Smyth 2018

Evaluation Night 31st May

Our May evaluation night was another night of exploration of creative ideas and images from our members.  Ably handled by our facilitator, Brian Menzies, we had some wonderful images on show.

One of the strengths of Lane Cove Creative is the in-house knowledge and experience we can draw on to to discuss and suggest improvements to the images being presented.

The images presented ranged from a series of images using a slow shutter speed technique by  Rosemary Foster to a stark commentary on the developments at Barangaroo, by Mike Cave

Abstract image by Rosemary Foster

Barangaroo image by Mike Cave

Workshop - Night (or Low Light) Photography and Freelensing with Almitra Hill and Ian Cambourne

Freelensing Example (c) Almitra Hill 2018

This week we had one of our in-house workshops where we utilise the experience and expertise of our members to demonstrate various techniques to the membership.  This time it was the turn of Ian Cambourne and Almitra Hill to share their knowledge and experiences.

Ian Cambourne started the night with a demonstration and presentation documenting his experiences with low light and night photography.  By showing us the many pitfalls and problems to be solved with low light image making, Ian has helped the members to avoid the same issues and to be able to approach low light work with interest and confidence.  As Ian said on the night, it is all about having fun and learning.  Each time we fail, we learn something and go on to develop our skills.

Almitra Hill followed Ian with a presentation on Freelensing that was a bit scary for some of the members, but Almitra's results encouraged everyone to have a go.  Freelensing is a fascinating techniques that brings a unique aesthetic to the images and can become quite addictive.

At the end of the presentations, the members broke into two groups, the first went outside to try their hand at photographing the lovely sandstone church next door, whilst the others experimented with freelensing using a series of still life props that Almitra had brought along.  After a short time, the groups swapped over and everybody had an opportunity to  try both techniques. 

To aid members in experimenting with Freelensing, Almitra has prepared some notes.  To access these notes, click HERE  or go to the Support Page and look for the title under the heading "Presentations". 

Congratulations to both Almitra and Ian for their presentations and enthusiasm.

WOW! Rob Smith Presentation

All we can say is "Wow" in response to Rob Smith's presentation at Lane Cove last night.  If you missed the night, you have missed one of the major highlights of the year.  Rob took us on a journey through his evolution as a photographer, punctuated by humour, pathos and images that oozed feeling.  Rob's presentation centred on the integration of stills, sound, video and music and had the audience mesmerised throughout, so much so that there was barely a breath taken during the duration of Rob's visual extravaganza.  

Loners (c) Rob Smith

Rob has an amazing passion for photography and his motto is "If it moves you, shoot it "  Note the placement of the comma.  His work ranges from an obsession with birds, "ornithotitus" (possibly a made up word), described as an uncontrollable desire to put birds into photographs, through to current projects that deal with the massacre at Myall Creek in 1838, all of which are approached with a creative eye and an ongoing passion for photography.

Rob's images and blog can be found at:  http://wowfactorpix.zenfolio.com

Evaluation night 5th April with Gavin Perry

Thursday the 5th of April saw our second evaluation night of the year and the chance to give our co-webmaster, Gavin Perry a chance to act as our mentor for the evening.  As usual with LCCP members we had a bewildering array of different and creative work on display and Gavin handled the evening with flair and confidence, offering some constructive comments on each image and managing the input from the members in a timely fashion. To best utilise the feedback and commentary from the group, many members are now providing different versions of their work to help with the discussion of where they should take their vision.  Here are two examples from the night of the finished images.

Bicycles (c) David Edmonds 2018

Armenian Landscape (c) Suzanna Harroothunian 2018

On the Spot Challenge

This year we issued a challenge to our members to create 4 different images from the one location.  The photographer was allowed to turn around and take no more than one step in any direction away from their starting position.  As is usual for LCCP, our members rose to the challenge and presented a wide variety of images.  From a 360 degree panorama, a series of images made in the misty reflections of a bathroom mirror, to views of the same location taken at different times, there were many interesting interpretations presented.  Here are a few:

With thanks to John Chapman, Diane McKenzie, Steve Mullarkey, Geoff Clark and Mike Cave

Ballast Point Equirectangular - 4 images in one

Our outing at Taronga Zoo

What is the collective noun for a group of photographers, anyone know?

Here was a chance for LCCP members to put into practice all those fantastic tips that Jacci Schipp-Benz gave us when she did her presentation last year on ‘Photographing Wild Animals’.

We had a fabulous turn out of 14 enthusiastic photographers and after a quick coffee pitstop, Jacci marched us off to our first location, the all new Tiger Trek.

Wow, what a great addition to the zoo and what a treat it was to spend what must have easily been 45 minutes patiently photographing three beautiful Sumatran Tigers. We were also the first group through which was perfect timing. We then made a quick dash across to the Elephant tower for a birds eye view of these amazing animals. 

We visited a wide variety of animals and judging by the rapid fire of our cameras we must have collectively taken 100's of photos. I can't wait to see some awesome images at future Evaluation Nights.

We start them young at LCCP. Little Aston at just 4 years and his first Nikon.

A big thank you to Kirstin Sercombe for coordinating this event, it was such a shame you were unable to join us due to a nasty virus. A thank you to our fabulous President Diane McKenzie for stepping in to rally the troops in Kirstin's absence.

And a special thank you to Jacci Schipp-Benz herding us through Taronga Zoo!

Oh What a Night !

Impossible (c) Adam Williams 

Last night members of LCCP were treated to what several described as the best night in years, with a presentation by AIPP Master of Landscape Photography, Adam Williams.

Adam presented the members with a brief history of his life in photography, forming an interesting and thought provoking insight to his image making.  Adam has his ego well under control and was generous with his explanations of his inspirations and influences.  Adam also took us through his insights into creating images, with an emphasis on not being afraid to fail.

Adam is running a series of workshops, starting in Sydney on the 7th April with "Workshop of Wizardry" at Dee Why RSL.  Adam also runs online courses and details can be found below.  All in all, a wonderful night, with inspirational images and an open discussion of Adam's life story and passions. Check out all his courses here.

Lane Cove Theatre Company - Rehearsal Photo Shoot

Recently some of our members had the opportunity to attend the dress rehearsal for a theatre production by the Lane Cove theatre Company. This was a chance to photograph a genre that is normally difficult for amateur photographers because of copyright issues.

If they are pleased with the results we could be invited to photograph future productions thus giving more members the opportunity to take theatre photographs.

Some examples of the results of the exercise are shown below.

Images courtesy of Almitra Hill, Michael Stevens and Jim Crew.

Evaluation Night #1

Flower for Diane (c) Steve Mullarkey 2018

Our first Evaluation night for 2018 was a great success, with a wide variety of creative and intriguing images on show, several from new members and several from members who are new to printing. 

Our in-house Evaluator gave each image some worthwhile and constructive comments, with additional input from the members present.  As usual, some images created a variety of opinion and discussion, with alternative processing and compositions suggested for the photographer to consider.   Congratulations to all who participated in the night.

Mark Kelly Fine Art Presentation

Windswept © Mark Kelly

Windswept © Mark Kelly

Last Thursday night, we had the pleasure of welcoming Southern Highlands based fine art photographer, Mark Kelly.  Mark gave us an inspiring and informative discussion on what is art and how these principles are applied to creating images.

I want my images to make you feel something, see something, remind you of something. Everyone is unique
— Mark Kelly

A take home point from the presentation was that you can't make beautiful images unless you get off your lounge chair and get out into the world.  Often we are finding it difficult to decide what or where to start "capturing data", so just making a start on anything that catches your eye can be a catalyst for finding that elusive inspiration.  Mark is a master printer, sharing Lane Cove's passion for putting images onto beautiful fine art papers, many of which were on show on the night.

To visit Mark's website, click here, and a copy of his presentation can be found here.

Gallery Crawl

Intrepid members of Lane Cove Creative Photography braved the hot and humid conditions on Saturday for a gallery crawl "par excellence".  Commencing at the Australian Centre for Photography in Oxford Street, we browsed amongst the images from students that ranged from the mundane, the insane and the extraordinary.  Much debate was had amongst the members on the meaning and messages in the images.

The group then decamped for the short trek to the UNSW Galleries in Paddington, where several exhibitions awaited us.  The most powerful and thought provoking images were from the "in your Dreams" series by 14 international photographers, who examined the ever widening gulf between the rich and poor.  An added bonus was the series "Tell", an exhibition exploring Aboriginal and Torres Islander life and culture.

After a well earned lunch, punctuated by a spectacular (but no injuries recorded) incident with a scooter and a Taxi, those with some stamina left headed to the Art Gallery of NSW to view the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition.  Of those that made the trip to the Art Gallery, we were rewarded with a Tour De Force of the iconic images from this master of Photography.  We highly recommend all of the exhibitions to all who could not make it on the day.  Everyone  who came on our "crawl" went home inspired and invigorated.  A huge Thank You to Margaret Miller for organising the day.  

Portfolio Night No 1 - Wow!

The ideas were burning bright tonight

The ideas were burning bright tonight

Despite a late change to the program giving members just one week to prepare for our first Portfolio night we had a cracking turn out. With 18 Portfolios already underway the ideas stretched from architectural history to people and space, refraction and bird poop. Yes, thats right, bird poop. You had to be there to appreciate it!

We are also delighted to have Alfonso Calero as our mentor and coach for 2018 who will provide positive and constructive feedback to all members during club nights and via email. 

For those that don't know Alfonzo, he is a professional photographer based in Sydney, Australia. and over the past 15-20 years, Alfonso has photographed everyone from politicians to artists and everything from exquisite food to amazing landscapes.

If you're still looking for inspiration, Alfonso has provided 10 superb links to international photographic awards sites that are well worth a look.

  1. Neutral Density Awards
  2. Colour Awards
  3. World Photo Organisation
  4. Monochrome Awards
  5. Emerging Photography Awards
  6. Photo District News
  7. Prix de la Photographie
  8. National Geographic
  9. The Pano Awards
  10. The Smithsonian Magazine

2018 Begins Here | Image Evaluation by the one and only Jim Crew

Our first night of the year kicked off with a very large bang, with an exceptional presentation by Jim Crew on the Evaluation of Images, with some additional details and outline of our major project for the year - the Portfolio. 

Lane Cove Creative Photography has, for several years led the way forward for enthusiastic amateur photographers.  Our emphasis on evaluation and discussion of images is critical for advancing our understanding of the communication inherent in all images. 

Having a clear understanding of what a photograph is communicating helps us to understand what the photographer is trying to say with their image.  As photographers we have strategies available to assist us with our image making, so that our resolved image becomes an effective statement.  

Part of the process of evaluating an image is understanding the fundamental difference between the "Subject"  (what the is is about) and the "Subject Matter", or "Content" of the image - the elements used by the photographer to illustrate the subject.  Comprehensive notes on the process can be found on the support page, as well as detailed guidelines to help members get to work on their portfolio project for 2018      

What is the Subject ?  What is the idea being communicated ?  (c) Jim Crew 2018

 

Annual General Meeting and Special Presentation Thursday 16th November

Our AGM started with a brief formal meeting where the existing committee was re elected for another year, a great vote of confidence in the hard working members who have helped make LCCP one of the leading amateur photographic groups in Sydney.

As part of the AGM proceedings, our ever hard working Secretary, David Edmonds was made a Life Member by popular assent of the members and Committee.  David has held the Secretary's position for over 10 years and his dedication and commitment to the club has been outstanding.  Well done David.

Mauve Flower taken with a self made lens - (c) Jim Crew 2017

Following the AGM we were treated to not one, but two special presentations.

Michael Stevens demonstrated the simple Artist's easel he has made as a temporary display stand for his many finished prints.  Using the easel, you can display your prints for a brief time with a simple way to change them around without having to frame and fix prints to a wall.

Our second Presentation was in two parts.  Jim Crew demonstrated a home made lens he has made using an old set of bellows, some PVC waste pipe, a few "aperture" plates and a single lens element.  An example is shown above.  Jim demonstrated how the simple lens can be used as a creative tool in image making.  Obviously Jim has too much time on his hands, but for those with a desire to experiment, making a simple lens can be a lot of fun.

The second part of Jim's presentation centred around the use of Photographic language.  Using several examples of the photographic language terms and a brief outline of Gestalt Theory we were presented with example images and the audience was asked to identify the language used.  An interesting and thought provoking night that everyone enjoyed.

Outing to Woolwich Dock

Reflections (c) Michael Smyth 2017

Saturday 11th November was the date for our breakfast and outing to Woolwich dock, just a short stone's throw from our meeting rooms.  The morning started off with a sunny and clear day, not a given this year and well received by all.  We started with a sumptious breakfast at the Ironwood Cafe, followed by a leisurely walk to the dock area and beyond.  All who attended enjoyed the early summer weather and the casual stroll around the waterfront.  Sydney has many interesting historical areas that are worthwhile exploring and thanks to Margaret Miller for her fine work in organising the day.

The Gala Night of Portfolios

Last Thursday night we held our annual Gala Night of Portfolios.  Members who have participated in the Portfolio project this year all presented their work in a "gallery" type exhibition.  We were fortunate to have professional artist Robyn Ross to make some comments on the work and discuss the thoughts, ideas and execution of the work with the authors.  

This year we again broke our own record of work on show, with a total of 30 Portfolios on view, comprising audio visuals, slide shows, books and of course the majority being a series of mounted prints.  A selection of the portfolios presented can be found on our Portfolio page, or click HERE to go directly to the page.

From the Series "Tunnel Vision" by Kirstin Sercombe (c) 2017