Club Chatter Edition # 117

March 27, 2015 Club Chatter
Greetings and Salutations
Well, this is my first ‘blog’ since taking ownership of the Club Presidents role
– ‘el presidente’ rides again perhaps.
Blogging has become a bit of a ‘dirty word’ in recent times through various political events – conjuring up images of a shady character sitting in a darkened room with a cigarette hanging out of one side of his mouth, coffee stains down his shirt and a glass of Tui Ale at his side while thumping out all sorts of contentious accusations. But I digress…and this is not one of those blogs.
It feels good to be behind the ‘bloggers’ keyboard though, tapping out the various messages that help to broadcast the clubs many activities to you. And so I will endeavor to send ones and zeroes through the ether that magically gather collectively to make some kind of intelligent and interesting sense.
We have important messages to share about the Battle of the Projected Images and The Creative Arts Exhibition. So – lets get this show on the road…

Photoshop Masterclass

March 14, 2015 Notice Board
Palmerston North
13th & 14th June 2015

Club Chatter Edition # 116

March 1, 2015 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter:  Field Trip Review / National Convention / Guest Speaker / Facebook / Photo Tour / Online Challenge / Interclub / Programme


It may have been a dreary day weather-wise but it didn’t stop about 25 RPS members having fun on our field trip day to Ashburton last Sunday 22 February.

We arrived at the Ashburton Aviation Museum where Rod, Bob, Dick, Mary and others from AAM provided us with morning tea and a really interesting history on how the museum was formed, how they source the aircraft and of course the aircraft themselves. Thank you guys.


Club Chatter Edition # 115

February 14, 2015 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter: Club Night / Field Trip / External Comps / Judging Tuition / NATEX / Landscape Comp

May roses and chocolates have been the order of the day for you. Have a guess at how many valentine cards are sent each year in the US, and the average-spend.

External and Interclub Competitions 2015

February 14, 2015 External Competitions
There are a number of External Competitions which PSNZ affiliated clubs can enter, as well as competitions that RPS hold against other clubs.

First up this year is the Battle of Projected Images (BOPI) on 31st March, earlier in the year than usual.  The genre is Open. Please send images for selection by 28th February – email a low res copy to

This will be closely followed by the Bledisloe Cup so you could also select for that at the same time. This is also an Open competition and is a print competition. Please send images for selection by 28th February – email a low res copy to  If one of your images is selected we will contact you for a hi-res version which the club will print and mat.


Club Chatter Edition # 114

February 8, 2015 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter:  Grand Launch / Opening Night / Field Trips / Local Photo Comp / RPS Comps

Waitangi weekend, a time to reflect on our history where 175 years ago Hone Heke was the first Maori to sign the Treaty. Although his name is listed fourth on the Treaty, Heke left gaps for three more important Maori Chiefs to sign above him. And did you know he never cut down the flagpole at Russell - he sent others to chop it down.

RPS Day Trips 2015

February 8, 2015 Field Trips
John Miller is our Day Trip Organiser for 2015, and he has put together these exciting trips for us.
Details for each trip will be posted in the Calendar.

Field Trip to Lake Brunner

January 29, 2015 Field Trips

LAKE BRUNNER FIELD TRIP           20/22 MARCH 2015

Registrations are now open for the first Field Trip of 2015.



Registrations to Catherine Boyd  or if you wish to discuss your requirements please call me on 03 7459111 (Rangiora exchange) or 021 2133713.

Please provide

·         names of attendees

·         cottage or cabin

·         Your phone number

I will then get back to you with room allocations and exact costs.

A deposit of 50% will be required mid February and the balance by 3rd March.

We need to confirm the accommodation before 14th February so your prompt response is imperative.

We will be staying at the Lake Brunner Country Motels.

The programme for the weekend will be arranged by Hamish McGill and is currently under development. The area is rich in photographic opportunities for a number of genres and as always there will be fine fellowship to be enjoyed.


Club Chatter Edition # 113

January 23, 2015 Club Chatter

Happy New Year!

In this Club Chatter:  Grand Launch / Opening Night / Online Challenge / 2015 Programme / Changes to Competition Rules


Turkey, ham, pavlova, fireworks, sandflies, Mt Cook at midnight, Clay Cliffs, relaxation, The Hobbit, friends, and family – words that spring to my mind when thinking about my past few weeks. You may share some of those words, or have a completely different set that describes your Xmas, New Year and any holidays. Regardless, I hope it was fantastic for you.


Grand Launch 2015

January 21, 2015 Notice Board

Club Chatter Edition # 112

December 6, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter: Thank you / Winners / NZ Camera Talk / Online Challenge / Competitions & Programme / Season’s Wishes

Another sun sets on a year of Fun, Friendship and Photography at the Rangiora Photographic Society.

Club Chatter Edition # 111

November 14, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter: PIPY / Final Night / Club Night / Wildlife Speaker / Printing Class / Competition Rules


Not a lot of chatter from me this week folks, other than some reminders.

PIPY – entries close this Tuesday 18th November at midnight.


Best Field Trip Results

November 6, 2014 RPS Competition Results
The results for the Best Field Trip competition can be found here





Club Chatter Edition # 110

November 2, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter:  Club Night / Exhibition / Final Night Invitations / RPS Final Night


With Show Day just around the corner it signals that we’re close to year-end.

About Show Day: with the official establishment of European settlement in Canterbury in 1850, the province set about establishing itself on a rural economy, and in English tradition annual displays of horticulture and agriculture commenced at various locations around the region. After a few years the Canterbury Pastoral Association was formed and in 1862 the inaugural A&P Show was held in a paddock on Armagh Street, just north of Latimer Square.


CPS Final Night 2014

November 1, 2014 Notice Board
The Christchurch Photographic Society invitation to their Final Night.
Held on Saturday 6th December, at Riccarton Community Church.

Club Chatter Edition # 109

October 18, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter:  RPS Exhibition / Local Exhibition / Club Night / Competitions / Final Night


This weekend is all about our Exhibition, so I’m just going to jump straight into that. Well almost, I couldn’t help myself; I had to come up with some small titbit of information, so here’s what I found.

The oldest exhibition in the world, i.e. longest visitor attraction to be on show is The Line of Kings at the Tower of London. The first display was held in 1660 and the original aim was to display the king’s armour and weapons, thus reminding subjects of the power of the crown. Click if you want to see/read more about this display.


Club Chatter Edition # 108

September 26, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter: Daylight Saving / Convention / Wigs on the Lawn / Show Time / Workshops / Competitions


It is Spring Time!  And this weekend we ‘Spring Forward’ with Daylight Savings. For those going to the workshop on Sunday, it is especially important to remember to put your clocks forward before you go to bed on Saturday night.

So how long has DST (Daylight Savings Time) been in existence? Have a guess before you read on.


B&W results

September 16, 2014 RPS Competition Results
The results for the 2014 Black and white competition and be found here





Club Chatter Edition # 107

September 14, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter:  Galleries / Condolences / Club Night / Competitions / Exhibition / Southern Regional / AGM & Committee

I had a call a few days ago from a member of the public who wants some photos taken in a workplace for a website they are developing. The woman looked through the galleries on the RPS website and one set displayed the type of images that she felt represented what she was looking for. A call to me and I had the member get in touch, and it all goes from there.

Club Chatter Edition # 106

August 29, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

IIn this Club Chatter: RPS are Winners / Food / Portfolio / September Events / CPS Exhibition / Final Night


So many exciting things to talk about, where do I start?  As Rodgers and Hammerstein said 49 years ago with Do-Re-Mi, let’s start at the very beginning.


Final Night 2014

August 29, 2014 Notice Board
Yo Ho Ho and Ahoy My Hearties!!

Avast ye landlubbers and listen up to this old salt. Ye best be keeping this night free as the RPS Man-O-War and its matey's weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen, for a fun night of celebration and plundering. Aaarrgghhhh.


Day Trip - Pick N Mix

August 21, 2014 Field Trips

A Pick n Mix of events to choose from, or choose all:

1) Botanic Gardens — 9.00am — meet at Armagh Street carpark

2) The Salt of the Earth — screens 11.45am — Hoyts Northland (last day Sunday)

3) World Press Photo Exhibition —  3.30pm — University of Canterbury (also last day Sunday)

Details on each of the choices:

Portraiture Results

August 18, 2014 RPS Competition Results
2014 Portraiture Results
The results for the Portraiture competition can be seen  here

Club Chatter Edition # 105

August 17, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter:  Exhibition Entry Deadline Extended / New Brighton Battle / Botanic Gardens / Quiz Night / Online Challenge / AGM


At the risk of sounding like a broken record — we need your entries!

Both the Exhibition and the Salon need a boost so please, just do it. You have the talent.

The deadline for Entries to the Exhibition is now extended to Saturday 23 August. (But that will be it as we have a catalogue and a photo book to put together which both take time.) Refer back to emails for details.

The Salon also closes 23 August (no extensions to that date).


Hokitika Field Trip

August 5, 2014 Field Trips
Greetings and Salutations

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to register for our third and final field trip of the year to be held over Labour Weekend, 24 - 27 October 2014, in and around the Wild West Coastal town of Hokitika.

This is one of my most favourite places in all of New Zealand and very much reminds me of a delicious selection of the most mouth watering sweets - all individually wrapped and bursting with those most typically kiwi flavours - and you are all invited to lovingly unwrap those sweets, admire their shape and texture and then savour their flavours. Lets look at the sweet packet and see what sorts of delights you might sample over the three days that you will have in this land of bush, ocean, lakes, arts, artifacts and people.


Club Chatter Edition # 104

July 26, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter:  Committee / Southern Regional Convention / Busy August Programme / Workshops & Photo Tours / Portfolio


Firstly – this Tuesday is the 5th Tuesday of July, so no club night.

Secondly, well done to Carl Street for placing Second in the Landscape section of the D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year. With 5,783 entries, to be one of only 21 winners was a fantastic result.


Moeraki Mid-Winter field trip - Review

July 20, 2014 Field Trips
Intro from El Presidente - The following is the trip review from Colleen Linnell. I re-iterate the tremendous work the Linnell's did in organsing this trip, and with them being so new to the club, having only been on one field trip prior to this! Well done guys.
Friday July 11th saw 37 of us off for our annual Mid - Winter Field trip this year at Moeraki in North Otago.

2nd Open Results

The results for the 2nd Open competition can be seen here




Club Chatter Edition # 103

July 9, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter: Club Night / Survey / Salon / Invitations / Programme Changes / Visit Waimak Fun

Firstly and most deservedly, a huge congratulations to Steve Lloyd for winning the Tauranga AV salon.  His ‘Wedding Day’ audio-visual also took out the Documentary category. For those who recall, this was the winning entry in our AV competition last year. Putting an AV together takes a lot of hard work, long hours, agonising over the right music; so to have a winning entry in a national competition is something that Steve can be very proud of.

Club Chatter Edition # 102

June 27, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter: Guest Speaker / Competitions / Salon / Call for Images / Exhibition / Workshop

The Moeraki Mid-winter field trip is now only two weeks away, as I write this, and I can’t wait. I still feel robbed with having to return home early from the Arthur’s Pass trip last year having broken my ankle on the Friday night. This year I intend to stay the whole weekend!

Landscape Results

The results for the 2014 Landscape competition hane be found here




Club Chatter Edition # 101

June 13, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter: Hanmer review / Condolences / Interclub / Nature Photographic Exhibition / Club Night / Competitions / Camera Craft

My last chatter quoted that there is no such thing as bad weather, just different kinds of good weather. You may feel differently about that positive spin, as no doubt many of you who live in North Canterbury were affected by the floods in one form or another this week.  I hope not too badly.

Photojournalism Results

The results for the 2014 photojournalism competition can be found here




Club Chatter Edition # 100

May 31, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter: Club Night / Hanmer Springs Day Trip / Battle of Projected Images

Wow, our 100th Club Chatter; I wonder if we’ll get a letter from Her Majesty?

Day Trip - Hanmer Springs - Sunday 8 June

May 31, 2014 Field Trips

We all love Hanmer; such an ideal place to spend a few hours with our cameras.

Carl Thompson will be our guide to the Acheron area and also St James Woolshed.

Club Chatter Edition # 99

May 17, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter: Repeat images in Comps / U18 Comp / Show Time / Workshop / Survey / Field Trips

Members always ask great questions and this one I thought I would share, especially with newer members — “Can I enter the same image again into the (formal) competitions?

PSNZ - Upcoming Competitions

May 16, 2014 External Competitions

Link through on the following sites for information about these external competitions.



PSNZ Canon Online

Run every two months, and like the RPS Online Challenge points accumulate for an overall winner  for the year. Easy to enter, and free.


Moeraki Mid-Winter field trip

May 14, 2014 Field Trips
Date of Trip: Friday 11th to Sunday 13th July.

Registrations closed: Sunday 25th May

For late consideration, contact the trip organiser ASAP.


Photographic Workshops

This page provides links to workshops on photography.
If you become aware of any interesting and worthwhile workshops, please let the committee know.

Set Subject results

Up Close and Personal




Club Chatter Edition # 98

May 3, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter: Creative Arts / Show Time / Photo Call / Field Trips


Our members never cease to amaze me. Each year at either Creative Arts or our own RPS Exhibition I think “What a wonderful set of images. Somehow better than last year which I thought was great, it can’t get better than this.” And then it does, and the Prosser Quirke Creative Arts 2014 has done just that.

Firstly a huge congratulations to Sandra Hobbs with her ‘Hobnail Boots’, shown above, that took out Best Photo and Premier Artwork for the whole exhibition. Just fantastic.


Website Links & Online Learning

April 25, 2014 Tutorials & Useful Stuff

This page is for links to photographic websites and online learning that may be of interest. If you know of any sites that should be shared, email the link to the President for consideration.

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Scott Kelby - every photographer's home should have at least one of Scott's books, as well as the knowledge from this website.

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Dawn Shoot - 4th May

April 24, 2014 Field Trips
at Taylors Mistake.

This location provides amazing opportunities for photographing brilliant sunrises.

We will meet at 6.30am, in the car park at Taylors Mistake.

Link to map of the area.



Competition Results Natural History

April 15, 2014 RPS Competition Results
Here are the results for the 2014 Natural History competition.

Club Chatter Edition # 97

April 12, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter:  Wainui Field Trip /  Dawn Shoot  /  Presentation of prints

What a great weekend at Wainui. Before I get to details of the trip, many thanks to our Trip Organisers, Eric and Hillary, who ensured we had plenty of options on what to do while there. Also thanks those who helped with various activities, namely Brenda and Norm, Nick and Lisa, Janey, and Kate. Plus all the helpers in the kitchen, and everyone who chipped in and cleaned up before we left. Well done.

Creative Arts Exhibition 2014

March 31, 2014 Exhibitions

Creative Arts Exhibition 2014 – Sponsored by Prosser Quirke

The exhibition is now getting BIGGER!

All members will be able to enter up to SIX photos in the Creative Arts Exhibition, up from our previous limit of 2. Not only that, but we will only charge you entry fees on the first 4. The new venue at the Borough School allows more flexibility, so this year we are going to go for it. The only limit to this is our ability to physically mount them on our display boards, but this year we will be using all our boards and we encourage you to provide easels for the bigger prints.

Club Chatter Edition # 96

March 30, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter: Creative Arts! / International Interclub / Competitions

Thanks to the New Brighton Photographic Society for a fun day at Orana Park. The weather was great and thankfully the animals didn’t run and hide when faced with an entourage of long lenses! In fact the Zebra came trotting over to provide some closer shots, something that never happens when I go out there on my own.

ENC - Visit Waimakariri Photo Call

March 26, 2014 Notice Board
Enterprise North Canterbury – Visit Waimakariri have approached RPS for the supply of images to be used for the promotion of Waimakariri.
This exciting proposal will give our photographers the opportunity to have images published and it will also raise funds for our club.
All images published will carry the photographer’s name so this is a great opportunity to really get your name out there.
Images must be taken in the Waimakariri District.
You can submit up to 10 images before 15th May.
What You Need to Do
Read: The ENC -VW Brief below
Capture:  Get your images - from your archives or fresh from your camera
Title: Content or Location and your last name and initials eg Warren Park - CJ Boyd
Email: Send a low res copy to
What Happens After Closing Date
A selection of 80 - 100 images will be submitted to ENC - VW and from these 20 - 30 images will be chosen for their stock library
We will then require the hi-res versions for the successful images.
This process should be completed by the middle of June.
If you have any questions or need help please contact me directly - Catherine Boyd - Ph 021 2133713 or 7459111 (Rangiora) or email

1st Open Results

March 18, 2014 RPS Competition Results
 Here are the results for the 2015 1st Open competition.

Club Chatter Edition # 95

March 14, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter: Club Night / Membership / Competitions

For those who braved the stormy weather to attend our last club night — it was one of the best. Firstly we had Rob Brydon present the project from his mentoring year with Dave Wethey, who was also in attendance. It was a privilege and very moving to go behind the scenes to see Rob’s daily battles with kidney disease. He captured those moments perfectly and to both Rob and Dave, well done.

Photographic Tours & Workshops on Location

March 14, 2014 Tutorials & Useful Stuff

RPS are approached from time-to-time asking us to advise our members about photographic tours and/or workshops that are held on location.

Many are being held by people who have been involved with the club, mostly as judges or guest speakers. On occasion a member may have been involved or seen something of interest to pass on to fellow members.

club Chatter Edition # 94

March 2, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter: GIMP / Club Night / Date Change for Field Trip / Competition Information

I recently used my Fly Buys points to subscribe to D-Photo magazine and in the latest issue (#58) they have an article about GIMP which is a free, let me put that in upper case — FREE — image editing program.

Club Chatter Edition # 93

February 15, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter: Guest Speaker / Competitions / Workshop

You know how some people’s names are interesting; and that triathletes are clearly named on front and back; well this was the actual name of this Australian athlete.

It was an interesting few hours getting around the course to different vantage points for the swim, cycle and run legs. I couldn’t believe how fast the swimmers were, only just managing to run from the start to the finish of the swim leg before they arrived on the beach. And I had some very weary leg muscles the next day or two!

Club Chatter Edition #92

February 2, 2014 Club Chatter

Hi everyone

In this Club Chatter: Opening Club Night / First Competition / Workshop 23 February


Grand Launch - Soar & Sear

What a cracker day to kick off the club year. Summer finally arrived, fluffy clouds in blue skies, and hardly a breath of wind — I almost felt like I was back in Wellington! Of course, when you want to fly kites you need a bit of wind. Thankfully we had Wendy ‘Weather Goddess’ Best work her magic and we got enough wind to get those kites up. (Well almost, eh Martin).


Field Trips for 2014

January 29, 2014 Field Trips

Greetings and Salutations

It is my pleasure to outline the three weekend field trips that are scheduled for this year and to call for registrations for the first of those trips. The trips are:

  1.  Wainui — Banks Peninsula — Friday 4th to Sunday 6th April
  2.  Moeraki — Otago Coast — Friday 11th to Sunday 13th of July
  3.  Hokitika — West Coast — Friday 24th to Monday 27th of October

Club Chatter Edition # 91

January 19, 2014 Club Chatter

In this Club Chatter: 2014 Programme / Changes to Competition Rules / Membership / PSNZ Competitions


Hi everyone

Yes, another ‘Plog’ so soon, but there’s a couple more changes to tell you about and there just wasn’t enough room in last week’s Club Chatter.


Before we get to those, I’ve started testing that old ankle of mine by doing some forest walks. Well there are only so many shots of a bush robin you can take — on the forest floor, up on the ancient moss-covered log, in the puddle — before their showmanship gets tiresome and you want to try something a bit different. Since it was a bit dark and therefore I could have a pretty slow shutter speed, I tried the old ‘zoom as the shutter is open’ trick.

Now as I didn’t have my tripod I missed getting a clear focus point, but for those that haven’t tried it, you get the idea and it was fun playing. Warning – looking at too many of these images in a row, or for too long, can make you feel really giddy!


RPS Exhibition 2014

January 19, 2014 Exhibitions

The RPS Exhibition "The Magic of Light" will be held on 18th & 19th October 2014.

Opening Night will be on Friday 17th October - this is a splendid night of celebration as we present our works to Club Members and invited guests.



All members are invited to submit images for display at the Exhibition and all images should be for sale. 

It is a great thrill to see all the images on display and very exciting for those people who make a sale. 

In fact several members made multiple sales of their images last year - big smiles all round!




Club Chatter Edition # 90

January 11, 2014 Club Chatter
In this Club Chatter: Grand Launch / Opening Night / First Competition / Online Challenge / Youth Awards / 2014 Programme

What have I been up to? Just hanging about waiting for the new RPS year to start!

My first Blog. What a strange word—blog. Where did it come from? Well, about the time the US government was developing computer communications that would much later become the internet, a famous Captain used a Log to record his travels. I am of course talking about James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise with the star dates and entries he put into his Captain’s Log—or should it have been called a Clog?


Club Chatter Edition # 89

January 4, 2014 Club Chatter

I hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year, with your cameras out capturing all of the precious moments.

Well the holidays are over for me, back to work tomorrow (boo!), but good news is the RPS year is about to get started again (yay!), it seem like yesterday I was strapping on my six shooter and heading out to the RPS final night which was an amazing event.


Photo by Michele Cahill

I would like to thank the organisers of the final night, you guys did an incredible job and created a final night that will go down in the RPS annals as one of the best so far! The final night committee was:

Final Night Awards

December 14, 2013 Notice Board
2013 Final Night Awards List
30th November 2013

Club Chatter Edition # 88

October 13, 2013 Club Chatter

Hi to all fellow RPS members,

Wow what a weekend of weather! I hope you all got out yesterday and got some great photos of the amazing lightning on Saturday, I know I was out there, alas I didn’t get the shot I was looking for, very hard to capture lightning during day time. What I did get was a hell of a fright as the lightning struck the tree line I was standing beside, I could hear the electricity running through the trees, it was one of the moments that was thrilling and scary at the same time. I had the shutter open at the time of the lightning strike but it didn’t show in the photo because there was a bit too much light around. It would have been good if it was at night time.

It then started to rain, so if you can image me out there in the pouring rain thinking to myself “how do I keep the rain off the lens”, well in a moment of shear brilliance I thought to myself “an umbrella’. I was most of the way back to the camera with my lightning rod, when my brain kicked into gear and I decided that an umbrella in a lightning storm wasn’t best idea I have ever had.

Club Chatter Edition # 87

September 30, 2013 Club Chatter

Hi to all fellow RPS members,

Sorry about being a day late with this blog, I know that many of you would have been waiting with baited breath by your computers and cell-phones for the latest news from RPS, I can only imagine your disappointment when the blog didn’t arrive. I just hope you were all able to sleep and didn’t worry about me too much.

My photo this week is of a couple of swallows who have decided that Tuahiwi is the “in” place to be and have started building a nest in our wood shed. I have spent my entire photographic career (all four years of it) trying to get a great shot of swallows in flight. The problem with these little blighters is that they are so damned quick.

Club Chatter Edition # 86

September 16, 2013 Club Chatter

Hi to all fellow RPS members,

Just a real short blog tonight to keep everyone in the loop with upcoming events, more of a newsletter really.

I will include one of my photos for you and the image I have chosen is one of a set I did last year. I am keen to go out and have a bit more of a play with this technic, so if anyone is keen to come along just let me know, the more the merrier and the more people we have the easier it is to control the fires (just joking).

Coming up…….

Club Chatter Edition # 85

September 2, 2013 Club Chatter

Hi to all fellow RPS members,

It is hard to believe it was only a couple of weeks ago I was away on holiday, it seems like a life time ago, fortunately I have the photos of the holiday to look at which remind me of the great time I had and brings back that wonderful feeling you have when on holiday.


While I have a good number of shots from our holiday, I do have to admit that I was a little disappointed with myself, while there I found myself falling into the old  trap of saying things like “there is no point taking photos today because the light is all wrong” and other such rubbish.

Holiday photos are not for competitions, they are taken for two reasons. One is the simple joy of getting behind the camera and snapping away on the shutter button till your heart’s content and secondly to remind you of that moment or place which made you excited to be on holiday when you get back to the day to day grind of home.


Club Chatter Edition # 84

August 18, 2013 Club Chatter

Hi to all fellow RPS members,

Well Michele and I are back from our overseas adventure, we spent two and a half weeks in Phuket chilling out and enjoying just having nothing to do and no place to be.

Phuket is a fascinating place with something for everyone from seedy little bars (that’s me) and beautiful beaches (for Michele). This was the second time we have been to Phuket and we were really surprised by how things had changed over the last four years, there really seems to be far more commercial pressure on everyone with pricing on a lot of things increasing by 150% plus since we were last there. Seems to be the way of the world, once a good thing is discovered and the tourists flock in the essence of the place seems to diminish and it all becomes a little fake.


That aside we had a great time, one of the highlights was Tiger Kingdom, at this attraction you get to go in the enclosure with the Tigers. Michele was not that keen on this, especially after stupidly watching “when animals attack” the night before we went. I have attached a photo of us in the enclosure with the Tiger and yes that is a grimace not a grin on Michele’s face. Shortly after this photo Michele became sure that one particular Tiger was staring at her with very hungry eyes (not the sort I use on her, with little effect I might add) and a mild panic set in, not wanting to become a tasty snack for the Tiger, Michele insisted it was time to go, NOW! Being stuck between the tiger and Michele I knew which one frightened me more and we promptly left the enclosure.

The photo above is us in the Tiger enclosure.


Kaikoura FIeld Trip - Labour Weekend

August 8, 2013 Field Trips

Dates: Arriving 25th October, departing 28th October.

Accommodation: Dusky Lodge (linen is supplied)

Registrations to Richard Loader:

Given that we will be in this beautiful landscape for three days there will be opportunities for tutorials, inspiration and learning and so I can now tell you that a very special guest will be joining us on this trip to assist with that. That is all I am going to say on that topic at the moment....but more will will just have to wait and see. :)



Club Chatter Edition # 83

July 29, 2013 Club Chatter

Hi to all fellow RPS members,

Sandra has kindly sent out most of the info contained in this blog, but I sure you can never get too much RPS news.

As some of you will be aware, Michele and I have taken some time off and popped over to Phuket for a couple of weeks of R&R. One of the things that amazes me about the world we live in is just how small it has become as I find myself sitting beside the pool, sipping a banana Daiquiri in 30+degree heat and thinking it was really only a few days ago we were in Arthurs Pass in -5 degrees freezing our butts off. Which leads me nicely on to the first subject of this blog.


I would like to do is extend a huge thank you to Catherine Boyd and Richard Loader for organising a fantastic weekend away at Arthurs Pass, it was truly a weekend to remember which full of drama, great fun and amazing photo opportunities. With our vice president breaking her ankle on the first night and quite a few of us getting trapped at the Bealy Hotel because of the weather, it was a weekend that keep on giving :-). Well done guys!!!

Arthurs Pass is really one of the south Islands treasures especially in winter the snow and ice make it one of the best places I know to get that winter shots. I was on my way to the Devils punchbowl and I saw Richard down at a spot by the river and as soon as he left I jumped in, Richard has got a great eye for a photo, so I knew there would be something cool to photograph.

When I got down there I was amazed by the incredible ice formations in the stream, I took a couple of shots and I was really pleased with them, a little bit abstract, a little bit natural history, I’m not sure, but I liked it.  

The photo above is one of the shots I took over the weekend:


Arthur's Pass Field Trip

June 26, 2013 Field Trips
Greetings and Salutations

Planning for the Arthurs Pass - Mid Winter Christmas trip is now well under way and promises to be really special in respect to a huge range of photographic opportunities, learning experiences and of course all the fun and fellowship that the Rangiora Photographic Society has become absolutely famous for.
There are two rooms at the Bealey Hotel still available and we would very much like to fill these to ensure that the costs are contained.

Club Chatter Edition # 82

June 16, 2013 Club Chatter

Man I wish I hadn’t procrastinated for so long and got that ark finished last week, alas I just didn’t get it done in time, so there will be no chance of Rangiora’s finest photographers to board the safety of the ark two by two. Unfortunately you will all have to drag on your gummies and wet weather gear and try to stay dry, if the rain doesn’t stop soon you will need a boat to get to club night. It feels like just yesterday that we were all talking about droughts. 

I would like to thank the organisers of last weekend field trip to the Ferrymead Tram Barns, Martin Shaw, Linda Watson and Richard Loader. You guys did a great job. It was a truly fascinating day with so many interesting things to photograph. I have seen quite a few of the images taken on the day and I have been blown away with to quality and creativity of them, this is one of my favourites so far, love the texture and mood in the shot, you almost feel you could cut yourself on the old iron.


By Catherine Boyd.

I am working on an AV together for Tuesday night, so if any you who were on the field trip, haven’t sent me a couple of your images (up to 5) can you please do so ASAP so I can get your images in the AV. You can send the images to

Coming up…….


Tramway Field Trip

June 3, 2013 Field Trips
Sunday the 9th of June and the main focus of this trip will be will be the Historical Tramway in Ferrymead.
·07:30- 08:30 Dawn shoot – estuary around Ferrymead
·09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast at The Watershed, Ferrymead
·10:00 - 13:00 Tramways, Ferrymead. You can stay longer, but we won’t be supporting you after this time.

Club Chatter Edition # 81

June 3, 2013 Club Chatter

Hi to all fellow RPS members,

I hope you have all had a safe and productive Queens Birthday weekend and had those cameras out, it has been a good weekend for photography with lots of diffused light. I have spent a good chunk of the weekend trying to get a “great” shot of the bird life down at Waikuku beach and today I have been outside chasing fantails around the orchard in the rain (man those little suckers are quick).

After looking through the 1000 odd photos I have taken over the weekend I think I might have one or two shots worth taking to post production. I look on the internet and see these incredible shots that other people have taken of wildlife and wonder what I am doing wrong. I am sure it is not me and my unsteady hand, but more likely a fault of the camera or that my lens is just too small.

Arthur's Pass Mid-Winter Trip

May 3, 2013 Field Trips
Greetings and Salutations
Hot on the heals of the 'Block Busting' field trip to Wanaka, Altamont Castle and One Acre Forest - we have the much awaited Arthur's Pass Mid Winter Christmas Trip scheduled for July the 12th and 13th and registrations are now open for a very limited time.
We anticipate that this trip will be very popular given its relative close proximity to Rangiora, ease of access and simply amazing scenery - particularly at that time of year.
We have secured accommodation at the historic Bealey Hotel which was originally established in 1865 and is situated on the edge of Arthur's Pass National Park in the heart of the majestic Southern Alps. Naturally, this field trip has been timed for the winter season and hopefully there will be some great snow fall to add to the Northern Hemisphere Christmas spirit - right out of a Dickensian novel!

Club Chatter Edition # 80

April 29, 2013 Club Chatter

Hi to all fellow RPS members,

T’was a most splendid medieval feast had by all the Lords and Ladies and all other riff raff in One Acre Forest this weekend past!

As you will all be aware around 50 of the club members converged on Wanaka for the first major field trip of the year. It was an action packed weekend which included archery, clay pigeon shooting, a beautiful meal at the historic Cardrona Hotel and a genuine medieval feast

Wanaka field Trip - 24th - 28th of April

April 18, 2013 Field Trips

Greetings and Saluations

As you will know, Rangiora Photographic Society is running a field trip to Wanaka to coincide with ANZAC day. The trip will be for 4 days from the 24th of April through to the 28th of April. The days are a little flexible if you cannot be there the entire time - though it would be preferable if you could make the entire 4 days.

There is an opportunity for a single person or a couple to join this trip which will include many opportunities to photograph those stunning autumnal colours of Wanaka as well as participate in many interesting, exciting and fun activities including a mystery bus trip, a visit to two galleries, a dinner at a wonderful restaurant, experience the famous RPS pancake and streaky bacon breakfast and the much awaited Medieval Evening.

The trip promises many opportunities to learn photographic skills by joining with the group on formal and informal shoots, networking with likeminded people and sharing experiences and knowledge. You will also make and renew wonderful friendships with a group of people who place fun at the centre of their world.


Club Chatter Edition # 79

April 14, 2013 Club Chatter

Hi to all fellow RPS members,

Hope you have all had a great weekend, I have spent the day laid up on the sofa (which I have quite enjoyed). I jumped over a fence yesterday and twisted my ankle, I guess I’m not a graceful as I thought. Poor old Michele has been harshly reminded that when I have an injury it is much worse than anybody else’s injury recorded in history and I need things brought to me NOW!



I wish I had been able to take a photo of me landing, it would have been a great shot for the online, it was truly awkward.

I have had heaps of great feedback on the exhibition, so a huge thank you to all those involved especially Catherine Boyd who co-ordinated the exhibition, the sub-committee and everyone else who helped, you all did a fantastic job!

Now on with the important stuff…………………………



Rangiora Photographic Society - Exhibiiton

March 31, 2013 Exhibitions

Greetings and Salutations

On behalf of Catherine Boyd and the rest of the organising team I would like to take this very last minute opportunity to encourage you all to call at the Brick Mill Gallery in Waikuku to view our Exhibition which closes at 4.00pm today - along with the drawing of the 'People's Choice Image' and the raffle - which of course is a stunning image that has been presented by Lynn Barr.


This years Exhibition is notning short of fantastically stunning - and truly representatve of the Magic of Light.

I think that we can all be very proud of our club and our very talented fellow members who have made this Exhibition not just possible but incredibly successful by submitting works of such a high standard.


Triptych Rules

March 21, 2013 Tutorials & Useful Stuff

What is a Triptych?


The background should complement the presentation of the three images but must not become a significant “fourth image” in the message of the triptych’s three images.


Additional Guidelines:

■ The only restriction on the arrangement of the triptych’s three images is that they must not meet or overlap.

■ There is no requirement that the three images must be either the same size or the same shape.

■ Added borders, drop shadows etc. are allowed.

■ Below are some examples of allowable and non-allowable triptychs:



Club Chatter Edition # 78

March 3, 2013 Club Chatter

Hi to all fellow RPS members,

Hope you have all had a great weekend, I have been taking advantage of the fact the lawn was too wet to mow and have spent the day watching photography tutorials on YouTube. Is there anything you can’t learn on YouTube?


There are so many talented people sharing their knowledge for free, it is a great way to up skill and get inspiration to try new techniques that you have never even heard of before.

The rest of my afternoon has been spent flicking though the new F11 magazine, it has got a great article on Olivier Du Tre in which he talks about his photography and show some of his images which are stunning. These are Black and White and with our B&W competition closing shortly I thought it was well worth a read. The link for the online magazine is

Now on with the important stuff…………………………


Club Chatter Edition #77

January 30, 2013 Club Chatter

30 January 2013

Hi to all fellow RPS members,

Well here we are at the end of January already, I’m sure that January gets shorter every year! I have had a great summer so far, it feels like the summers I remember as a kid, long summer days and hot summer nights, the best time of the year.


I have spent a fair bit of the summer behind my new camera, no Santa did not bring me the 1DX  I was hoping for (you have to shoot for the sky), but he did bring me a new 5D mark 3 and yes it is a steep learning curve when you get a new camera, all those extra features and buttons. But I am getting the hang of it now.

We have a big year planned for you guys this year, lots of great field trips, entertaining guest speakers and heaps of great camera craft, rounded out with good old fashion RPS FUN.

So here we go…………………………


Club Chatter #76

January 22, 2013 Club Chatter
Greetings and Salutations

I’m ‘guest blogging’ tonight to allow Steve to get on with a number of other important club activities. At this time of year there are always so many ‘balls in the air’ and it really can be a challenge to maintain the juggle.

Still as a wise man once said to me, when you bite off more than you can chew….you just keep on chewing….not that we have bitten off more than we can chew – but the size of the bite is pretty substantial all the same.

I was talking to Rob Lile, the Managing Director of the photo stock library Photo New Zealand, the other day and he mentioned to me that professional photographers were becoming increasingly concerned that amateur photographers were under selling their work. The impact of this is that photographers who rely upon photography for their living have to compete with the lower prices.

I have various views on this and I think that there are some arguments that can be shared on both side of the fence. I do think though that it is important to know the value of your own creativity and the time, effort and cost that it took you to develop the necessary skills and ability to produce that creativity.

RPS Exhibition

January 22, 2013 Exhibitions

Greetings RPS Members

I’m thrilled to announce that the RPS Exhibition for 2013 will be held at Easter Weekend – once again at the Brick Mill in Waikuku.


The theme of the Exhibition is “The Magic of Light” and your images can be of any subject.

This year the images are to be printed up to A3 size and will be MATTED ONLY. Mat dimensions will be advised shortly.


Wanaka Field Trip

January 22, 2013 Field Trips

Greetings and Salutations

As you know, the first field trip for 2013 will held in the gorgeously autumnal Wanaka. Already there have been about 26 registrations which is fantastic.

We had previously booked into the Lake Hawea Motor Camp for accommodation. However, after viewing this accommodation it is clear that this facility would not meet our needs and so an alternative venue has been found which I know you will find infinitely more suitable at about the same pricing as we would have been paying for the motor camp.