Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all!  Here's wishing 2017 is a great year for you!

Monday, 26 December 2016

Suggestions to help kick start your photography for 2017

We all know that there are times when your photography may not give you as much pleasure as it once did - I do think that it is a normal process of any hobby; especially if you have been doing it for a while.

However, there are ways you can help reinvigorate your photography by trying something new - a new year, a new focus!
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Image Credit:  Gavin Thompson
Join a Camera Club - there are some great camera clubs around - just Google 'camera club + your city' and see what comes up!

The SAPF (South Australian Photographic Federation) has a list of all camera clubs in South Australia HERE

In the PACC, we have a weekly photo share thread running in our Members' Only Facebook Group - members are able to share a photo of what their week has been like - the subject matter is always varied and most interesting.
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Weekly Photo Share - Paula McManus - morning shadows in the City

Weekly Photo Share - Cathy Cates - What I did this week :)

What follows are some links to a few websites with some really good ideas on how to get started with a new project ....

52 Photography Projects - a photo idea to try every week of the year

Why start a 365 Day Project?

Flickr Groups
117 in 2017 (themes provided)

Collective 52 Photo Project

52 in 2017 Challenge (themes provided)

2017 Weekly Alphabet Challenge (themes provided)

I have personally participated in a Flickr group project since 2013 (2016 will be my most successful year).  I like the fact that there is no pressure to complete the entire challenge, but I have found that each year I participate, I manage to complete more themes; maybe 2017 will be my year to finish the whole list 😊.   I found I like to join groups where there are no limitations on when the actual image has to be taken (other than during that particular year), as we all know that life can get in the way sometimes, and there are times when you just cannot get out with your camera  ðŸ˜ž.

I hope this information helps reinvigorate your photography!  Feel free to leave a comment with your suggestion on how to kickstart 2017 - the more the merrier 😜

Cathy Cates, PACC Secretary

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Wishing you a Merry Christmas .....

and a Safe & Prosperous New Year

Graphics Credit: Emine Gayiran (Design Cuts)

Here's wishing you get to spend time with your loved ones over the holidays.

Looking forward to 2017 - it will be a great year for PACC.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Taking Christmas photos

while searching through some photography websites, I came across this interesting article from  PetaPixel - have a read and see what you think 😊

and because I believe every post should have a photo, here is one of my first attempts at Christmas Lights - I think I need to have a closer read of that article!

Cathy Cates, PACC Secretary

Friday, 9 December 2016

2016 Trophy Presentation Night

We had our Annual Trophy Presentation night on Tuesday, 6th December 2016  - 43 people attended and we filled the room!

Unfortunately, some members were unable to attend and accept their awards due to other commitments.  Congratulations to:

Kay Hamilton on your POTY Merit Certificate
John Baker on your POTY Merit Certificate
David Archdall on your POTY PDI and Gold 3rd Place
Graeme Stokes on your Gold 1st Place

Here are some photos from the night:

Paula McManus - Dianne Davies Memorial Trophy for Nature - Prints

Gail Fursenko - Dianne Davies Memorial Trophy for Nature - PDI

Joylene Lee-Archer - Landscape/Seascape Trophy PDI
David Sandison - Landscape/Seascape Trophy Print
Tony Jones - Our Port Adelaide Trophy - Prints
Paula McManus - accepting Our Port Adelaide Trophy - PDI on behalf of Dianne Davies

Paula McManus receiving POTY Merit Certificates on behalf of Dianne Davies
Bec Lundberg - POTY Merit for 'Lotus Vine'
Sincerest apologies to Bec for not showing her image on the night - a slight technical glitch - but here it is now :)
Bec Lundberg - Merit POTY Print

Tony Jones - POTY Runner-up - Prints

Paula McManus - POTY Runner-up - PDI

Bec Lundberg - POTY Winner - Print

Donna Hutchinson - Silver 3rd Place

Gail Fursenko - Silver 2nd Place

Kate Hollister - Silver 1st Place

Bec Lundberg - Gold 2nd Place

Tim Colgan - New Member Encouragement Award

Vicki Easom - President's Award

Outgoing President

2016 PACC Award recipients

A great night was had by all in attendance.

See you all next year, at our new club rooms

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

2017 PACC Committee

The PACC AGM is done and dusted for another year!

We had a good turnout with 26 members attending.

Our new committee for 2017 comprises of Bec Lundberg as President, Joylene Lee-archer as Vice President, David Sandison as Treasurer, Cathy Cates as Secretary and Colin J. Pearce as Competition Secretary. Returning Committee Members are Vicki EasomJack Lonie & Howard Speed, and we welcome new committee member Paula McManus

Allan Griffin remains on the committee as Immediate Past President.

The committee would like to thank Allan Griffin for his many years of service in the role of President, and Grant Allen for his contribution this year. 

The Minutes from the AGM will be distributed to members in a few days, along with the 2017 Club Calendar and new membership form. 

The committee would also like to thank the members who attended last night, your active participation was most appreciated. 

Cathy Cates
PACC Secretary

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Getting to know .....

Vicki Easom

Vicki Easom receiving a trophy in 2013

What got me interested in photography?

I have been interested since around 1980, but got more serious about it when I moved to a country town in WA in 1990, where there was little to do, so I took up a 6 week course through TAFE in the next town, then got talked into joining the nearby Katanning Camera Club by the instructor.

What do I shoot with?

A canon 450D (or Canon EFM film camera).

What is my favourite subject and why?

I class myself as a "Rural Photographer", I love ruins, landscapes, old sheds, trees and the great outdoors - especially outback areas.

Most memorable photographic moment.

I was following a "mud map" to some ruins out the back roads of Riverton with a friend when I sort of lost it on the muddy roads. We never found the ruins but where the car stopped on an awkward angle, I noticed a lovely landscape with canola and green pastures with a well positioned tree. After we dusted ourselves off and got the car back on the road we went to a higher vantage point nearby and I shot the image known to many of you "Fields of Green and Gold" which has done quite well for me, including runner-up Best Landscape Print last year at Camera Club.

If you would like to see more of what our members have accomplished, please click on the member's name in the labels section on the right hand side of this page, or feel free to visit our Facebook page and type their name in the Search Box

Cathy Cates, PACC Secretary

Monday, 14 November 2016

Some snapshots from the Christmas pageant

Our President, Allan Griffin, was the photography team leader, with PACC Members Bec Lundberg, Stephen Muller, Jason Hywood, Grant Allen and Paula McManus on the team for the 2016 Credit Union Christmas Pageant.

Here are some quick snapshots of the team doing their thing!  It looks like it was a lot of fun!

a PACC member spotted in the crowd (David Sandison)

Image credit: Stephen Muller

Cheers for now
Cathy Cates, PACC Secretary

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Getting to know ......

Gail Fursenko

How/When did you get interested in photography?

I got interested in photography about six years ago but had to give it up because of family reasons and work commitment, but took up again in 2012.

What do you shoot with?

I shoot with Nikon 7100. I like photographing animals flowers and travel.

What is your favourite subject, and Why?

Animals are great subjects because they have real character and travel is interesting because you see different places and people that you don't normally see and flowers have colour and vibrancy and softness to them.

What is your most memorable photographic moment?

Travelling through the Mediterranean was probably my most memorable experience.

What is your favourite image, and Why?

My favourite image is my flower in black and white with a colour centre because it had a touch of creativity as well and looks great blown up in my bedroom.

If you would like to see more images by Gail, please visit our Facebook page and type 'Gail Fursenko' in the Search Box

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Adelaide Christmas Pageant today :)

The Adelaide Christmas Pageant is a long-standing tradition.

here is some information from the Pageant website

At 9:30am on Saturday 12 November, the whistle will blow to signal the beginning of the 2016 Credit Union Christmas Pageant!

People of all ages gather along Adelaide's streets each November to welcome the Credit Union Christmas Pageant to town. It's the traditional start to the festive season in South Australia, with more than 320,000 happy faces lining the 3.3 kilometre route.

Over 172 bright and colourful sets, including floats, bands, dancers and clowns will entertain thousands of people, culminating in the arrival of Father Christmas himself in Adelaide.

The Pageant begins on South Terrace at the corner of King William Street, and meanders through the city to finish on North Terrace at approximately 11:40am.

You can view and download a copy of the route map here.

The Credit Union Christmas Pageant is traditionally held on the second Saturday of November, unless that day falls on Remembrance Day.

Our President, Allan Griffin, is the photography team leader, with PACC Members Bec Lundberg, Stephen Muller, Jason Hywood, Grant Allen and Paula McManus on the team as well.

If you are at the Pageant today, keep a look out for them (they are easily identified by what they are wearing) and give them a wave!

Friday, 11 November 2016

Member Success: Rebecca Turle

It is always such a thrill to see one of our members' images published in the local newspaper.
Image Credit:  Eva Treen via Facebook

Rebecca Turle has had an image published today (11/11/16) in The Advertiser - congratulations Rebecca!

Monday, 7 November 2016

Club Outing: October 2016 - Laratinga Wetlands & Old Tailem Town

Our final official club outing for the year was a doozy!

An early morning start (6.00 am) at Laratinga Wetlands for a sunrise shoot - there were 3 members who were very keen!

Then more members met at Old Tailem Town at 9.30 am

It was a great day out, even though it was a bit windy and dusty by the time we got to Old Tailem Town.   We ended the day with a late lunch at a pub in Tailem Bend.

Even though this was our last 'official' club outing, members can keep an eye on InFocus, the private members group page on Facebook for any impromptu outings :)

Thanks to the members for letting me share their photos from the day out!

Cathy Cates, PACC Secretary