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August 2019 Newsletter


Next club night is on Thursday 1 August starting at 7.30 pm in Classroom 1, St John Ambulance Station, Western Hills Drive, Whangarei.

We'll hear the results of the latest competitions:

  • Repeating Elements
  • Worn by Time

Even if you haven't entered any images, you can always learn more from the judges' assessments - and see some beautiful images. 

Next Competition

On the same night, your images for Nautical Trophy and Open competitions need to be uploaded. 

Workshop Night

Depth of Field

The next Workshop evening is on Thursday 15 August.

Bring your camera and tripod and any lenses that you might want to try.
In this workshop, we'll be experimenting with the different effects you can create using different depths of field.

We'll have a brief introduction before separating into groups and we'll have several different work stations so you can try out different scenarios.
Get to grips with the basics of depth of field. There are many videos on this subject, so happy Googling! This one was the best I found.

Upload your light painting Workshop images

If you have any images you'd like to share from the Light painting workshop night, please upload them to the website. 
It was a great workshop, so it will be fun to see all the different effects.
Please do not upload any images that you might want to use in future competitions.

We're on Instagram

Pam has set up a club page on Instragram, which is a social media platform particularly for images. Now you can upload your images and, if you add the hashtag of #whangareicameraclub, your images will appear in our club feed.

Calling for nominations

The AGM is coming up later this year, so anyone you is interested in a committee position, please let us know. It's not  too onerous and you get a chance to get more involved in club planning sessions.

Possible trip to Festival of Lights

The Diwali festival is on in Auckland on the weekend of October 12-13 and it might be fun to go and try some photography there. If you are interested, please let a committee member know on club night.

Raffle items

Please start bringing along items to be made into a raffle on the interclub dinner night on Wednesday October 2.
It's a small fundraising opportunity for the club.

Northland Photography Awards

The Kauri Museum at Matakohe is holding its third annual photography competition.  The competition has categories for adults, school students; junior and senior.
The theme is "This is Northland - Home of the Kauri"
15 July to 12 August: Entries are open 
19 August: Finalists notified
13 September - 16 October: Exhibition of selected work
For full competition details and an entry form go to or

How's that Self-assignment?

This is your own project for the year, where you get to choose your topic and put together a portfolio of three to five images. The idea is to push yourself to try new techniques and advance your knowledge and creativity.
Make sure you choose your topic soon, so you can start to put images aside for that as it seems to come around very quickly! There is a cool trophy too!

Club Outings

Dates are now confirmed for these club adventures:

Tiritiri Matangi Island
Sunday 18 August to Wednesday 21 August  2019
This popular trip to the bird-filled island of Tiritiri Matangi is organized by Margaret Hooper each year. Go on a day trip by ferry from Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula or spend a few days on the island to really get close to nature. 

If you are interested in spending a day or weekend on this fascinating island, please add your name to the list on the front desk on Thursday night.

Rotoroa Island
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2019
This island was closed to the public for 100 years and was best known as a retreat for alcoholics. You can now stay there in houses and there are lots of birds, gorgeous vistas and bays to explore.
This trip is being organised by Donna Russell.
Two houses have been booked and are full.
Day trips are still possible if you want to go.

Exploring National Park

Friday 1 November to Sunday 3 November 2019
Led by Noel Herman, this outing will be heading down to National Park, probably staying in Pipers Lodge and will have easy day walks to the many gorgeous places around the mountains. Suitable for all ages, and you can walk as much or as little as you want.

If you are interested in going on any of these trips, for the entire time or as a day tripper, please let the tour leader know and put your name down on a list at the registration desk at the next meeting.
Our own Exhibition

Our club will also be holding an exhibition in November this year.
Please start to think about the two images that you would like to exhibit. 
These will be prints of A4 size, frames will be provided.
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