Conventions and Salons

I am just back from Westport and the Photographic Society of New Zealand’s Southern Regional Convention which was brilliantly run by the Buller Camera Club.

As part of the convention a salon was organised by the New Brighton Photographic Club and I was lucky enough to have 6 of my images accepted into the salon along with winning the champion portrait print. I thought it would be good to share those images over the next few days.

Today’s image was accepted in the Open category, the lovely Sarah Sonal with makeup and hair by Suzanna Alex Naylor.

Help Savannah Walk

Last night I was out taking photographs with the Kaiapoi Photographic Club at a charity event for Savannah born at 27 weeks and who now has spastic diplegia cerebal palsy. Funds were being raised to send her to the US for an operation. It was a fun evening and very successful with about $7000 raised. We were thoroughly entertained by Tim Shadbolt and Gary McCormick followed by lovely singing from Sharon Russell and a great burlesque performance from Ivy Lee & the Polesque Team.

I spent most of my time running a ‘Photo Booth’ and thanks to Tim Shadbolt and Gary McCormick for their patience having their photographs taken with so many people. I thought I could at least share some of the images of the burlesque team who were all lovely and great fun. Thanks to everyone involved last night and good luck to little Savannah when she heads to the US for her operation 🙂

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Terrace Station

We had an interesting trip today with the Kaiapoi Photographic Club to Terrace Station, a beautiful preserved homestead with woodshed and other farm buildings. The gardens are lovely as well! We arrived to blue skies and bright sun but the clouds came over as we ate lunch which made photography a little easier. There was far too much to see and photographic for a single trip and the hoe stead is well worth a visit on one of its open days through the year.

These images are from the Woolshed.

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Portrait Session

We had the first meeting of the year tonight at my photographic club, a portrait tutorial session with models and (mainly) natural light. I spent most of the time trying to help people and to keep the models awake – it is very hard to get people to talk to the models and engage with them, and that makes such a difference to the images. Still not a bad evening and I managed to get a few shots in as well. It did mean that I didn’t get any more processing done from my weekend trip. Maybe tomorrow…

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