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									                       Phillip Island Camera Club Newsletter
                                   NOVEMBER 2011
                                    Meetings: 1st Monday of the month @ 1.30 – 4pm,
                                         Heritage Centre, Thompson Ave, Cowes
                 Enquiries: Rob McKay on 5952 3512 or 0437 409 446 Email:

                  Wishing all PICC Members a very
                         Merry Christmas
                      and a Happy New Year!

        OCTOBER 2011
                                Judge: John Spring

                   NOVICE                                       EXPERIENCED

 1st   Colin Allen       „Try Starting This,    1st   Gillian Armstrong „Nature‟s Touch‟
 2nd   Phyllis Brereton „Rock Grid‟,            2nd   Val Polmear      „Rock Falls Mallacoota‟
 3rd   Jan Cheshire       „Candy Rock‟          3rd   Colleen Johnston   „Snow Gum‟
 HC    Scott Allen        „Rapid Ocean‟         HC    Jenny Skewes        „Wax Works‟
 HC    Rhonda Buitenhuis „Stumped‟              HC    Gillian Armstrong „Bumps „n Curves‟
 HC    Phyllis Brereton „Peeling Off‟

1st Dianne Davy           „Thistles‟
2nd Lyn Young             „Hairy Poppies‟
3rd Dianne Davy           „Retaining the Sand‟
HC Gary Matthews          „Yuraygir NP‟,
HC Colleen Johnston       „Wonthaggi Coal Train‟
HC Jan Cheshire            „Taking the Rough with the Smooth‟
HC Rhonda Buitenhuis       „Nature‟s Sculpture‟
HC Rhonda Buitenhuis       „Golden Grains‟
                                                                          Hairy Poppies
HC Jenny Skewes            „Fox Glacier‟
HC Lyn Young             „Deceptively Harmless Cacti‟

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                                                                Taking the Rough with the Smooth‟
            Thistles                  Retaining the Sand
            Phillip Island Camera Club’s -
                     2012 Syllabus

MONTH         FEED-          SUBMIT
              BACK on

JANUARY (NO MEETING) ‘OPEN’ for Feb feedback to be submit-
ted by 10th Jan 2012 to Rob

FEBRUARY      OPEN           SET TOPIC 1 - Shape in Composi-
6th                          tion


APRIL 2nd     OPEN           SET TOPIC 2 - Silhouette

MAY 7th       SET TOPIC      OPEN

JUNE 4th      OPEN           SET TOPIC 3 - Machines

JULY 2nd      SET TOPIC      OPEN

AUGUST        OPEN           SET TOPIC 4 - Portrait
SEPT 3rd      SET TOPIC      OPEN

OCTOBER       OPEN           SET TOPIC 5 - Weather


DEC 3rd       Image of the   OPEN for February 2013
Christmas       Year !

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Having permission to visit an exclusive
PINP bird hide near Rhyll, attracted the
attention of photographers as far away as
Essendon and Foster, for our Bird Photog-
raphy Workshop on the 14th & 15th of Oc-
tober. Perhaps the main drawcard though,
was meeting Ian Temby - DSE Wildlife
Manager, International Naturalist Tour
Guide and author !
Ian was a scientific advisor to the BBC for
„The Life of Birds‟, and twice in the win-
ning team of the „Victorian Twitchathon‟, a national
bird-watching competition. He frequently appears
on radio, TV and print media on wildlife issues. In
2005 Ian wrote a book called „Wild Neighbours‟
After an enjoyable social start to our event over din-
ner at the RSL, we adjourned to the Heritage Centre
where all twenty-five attendees were spellbound by
Ian‟s photographic collection of creatures and his
adventures in the wild. An early start the next day at
Conservation Hill (walk & hide visit), followed by
Fishers Wetland, Swan Lake and the Nobbies filled
our camera cards, as we experimented with aperture
and shutter speeds etc, to capture the active birdlife
on offer at this busy time of year.

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       An exhibition to showcase creative photography
               January 5th to January 31st 2012
            Official Opening 6th January 6 to 8PM
      Our Gallery invites you to contribute works to this
                      Important Dates: -
Wednesday 30th November 2011- Entry forms and details to be re-
        turned to the committee. „Phone 03 5157 9134
                    VAPS 2012
                   19th to 21st MAY 2012
         Registration forms and interclub entry forms will
      be forwarded directly to clubs and will be available on
                      the VAPS website soon.
Korumburra Rotary Art Show
   Friday 10th February 2012 – Opening & Preview 7.30pm,
Sat 11th February 2012 10am – 9pm & Sun 12th 10am – 3.30pm
          Entry Fee:          $6 per entry (Limit of 5pp)
          Location:           Federation Rotary Art Gallery,
                         Cnr Commercial & King Sts, Korumburra
          Entry Closing Date: 30th January 2012
          Contact:            Jenny Rowe (5655 2299

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                 PICC MEMBERS PAGE
                      Members Achievements
I would like to start a column in this newsletter mentioning the achievements of PICC
members in other competitions/exhibitions that they may enter during the year. It‟s al-
ways inspiring (especially to us Novices) when someone from the club receives an ac-
colade from another club or exhibition . So don‟t be shy or modest, we‟d all love to
know about your success stories! Please email me at

                                                                        Jan Cheshire ,Editor

Congratulations to Will Hurst and Val Polmear who each sold a photo at the
Congratulations to Lyn Young who won the $200 Bendigo Bank prize for Photography
at the Exhibition.
To Dianne Davy & Malcolm White who received HCs !! great for the Club.
REMEMBER: Send in your photos to local newspapers and magazines for all to see!!

                               NEW MEMBERS:
Welcome to the following new members during 2011:
Vicki Breen, Bevan Walton, Julie Haywood, Dale Rogers, Dennis Hickman
(apologies if I‟ve missed anyone,, please let me know for the next newsletter (Ed.)

                        EDPI ENTRIES REQUEST:
When naming your EDPI files, please put:
1.      title first,
2.      Club comp number
3.      PICC
4.      use an underscore _ between each of these three sections
 It really helps the Print Steward as then all files comes up alphabetically, as on the
Judge‟s form. Thanks

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   How to Make a Killer Photo using 8 Simple
             Composition Rules
After choosing a camera, once you start taking photos and before considering lighting, exposure, noise
and other settings, you should take good care of composition.
There are some “rules” (never call them rules because from definition art is free from rules) that make
your pictures “better”, depending on the photography type.
1       Rule of Thirds
This “rule” applies for everything: landscape, macro and portraits, but exception would be the classic
portrait. This means that instead of placing the subject (main focus of interest) in the centre of the frame
put it on an intersection of the thirds. For me it is much simple to consider this “mind drawing” where
my subject is placed either in point 1 or 2 or 3 or 4:

2         Cropping
Sometimes cropping a subject to make the viewer focus on some specific detail is an extremely good idea. But other times, when it‟s not
about details, it‟s good to have the entire subject inside the picture and don‟t take a shoot as if the subject is just about to leave, but rather
just about to come if it is not standing. If you are in hurry or not so sure about what you want and you also got a high megapixel camera,
you can afford thinking about cropping after shooting in the post-editing process. Otherwise, get closer and if getting closer will scare away
your subject (hehe) then use your zoom.

3         Straight Horizons
Even if the Earth is not plane, we are walking on a plane land. Therefore, if the pictures are meant to reflect reality, just keep the horizontal
and vertical the way you see it with the eyes. The most common example of the placement of the horizon line is in landscape photography.
Sometimes, however, the pictures are not meant to depict reality and just by questioning your imagination you‟ll be able to find situations
(frequent in architecture photography) when shapes look more interesting deformed.

                                        WEBSITES OF INTEREST
 Dean Cooper Photographics faris_kenya.php
 Checkout the African & Galapagos Island workshops
 Australian Centre of Photography—view this site for exhibitions, courses, artists talks & news
 PassionForPixels is an on-line digital photography community whose members share their knowl-
 edge skills techniques and passion for the digital medium and film through galleries,
 photography forums and a library of links. Guests may view what Forums are covered, visit Links
 and view samples of over 5,000 images on-site at any one time by clicking here.
 It costs nothing to join, so why don't you, you won't be sorry you did.              Page 6
Continuing our series on The basics of Digital Photography by Rob
                            Question: What's a shutter?
In last month's newsletter we tackled the concept of f-stops: units of measurement that tell you
how much light is passing through your lens.
Quick review: as you change the aperture setting on your lens, what you're really changing are
the f-stops. When you open the lens up by one full stop you DOUBLE the amount of light pass-
ing through. When you narrow the lens by one full stop (also called stopping down) you HALVE
the amount of light passing through. F-stops can also be changed in half and third increments.
Here's where things start to get a bit tricky. Up to this point, we've only been dealing with one
variable: aperture. But there really are THREE principal controls that affect the amount of light
your camera's sensor is absorbing. The other two are shutter speed and ISO.
This week we'll be talking more about shutter speed. Like its counterpart aperture, shutter speed
affects the amount of light that lands on your camera's sensor. Before I get into too much detail,
it helps to take a step back and talk about the mechanics of your digital SLR camera.
The sensor of your camera is a light-collecting device, a digital version of film. The minute that
you exposed film to light, it began to capture an image. Anyone who ever accidentally opened
their camera with film loaded is well aware of what happens when film is exposed to light.
Your camera's sensor is not at all different - when exposed to light, it captures an image. Left to
its own devices, a sensor would capture a pure white image if left exposed to light for long peri-
ods of time. That is why all sensors are safely protected by a shutter.
Shutters are simply jet-black electronic windows that are able to snap open and closed in frac-
tions of seconds. When closed, they shut off the digital sensor from all forms of light.
Important point #1: a shutter blocks light from hitting the digital SLR sensor.
Every time you press the button on your digital SLR to take a photo, the shutter opens and then
closes - this is why the button you press is also commonly referred to as the "shutter release".
Unlike aperture, you can't control the WIDTH of the shutter opening - but you can control its
Important point #2: when you change the aperture, you're adjusting the width of the lens
opening. When you change shutter speed, your adjusting the amount of time the shutter
stays open when you press the shutter release.
Shutter speeds are measured in fractions of a second, but don't typically display that way on your
camera. Instead, the only number you ever see displayed is the DENOMINATOR of the frac-
tional second.
For example, a shutter speed of 1/500th of a second will display as 500, while a shutter speed of
1/4th of a second will display as 4. But what happens when the shutter speed is no longer a frac-
tion of a second? In this case, digital SLR cameras display two small tick marks after the number
that look like quotes: a two second shutter speed appears as 2" and a ten second shutter speed
appears as 10".
That's the basics of shutter speed. Next month we'll get into the shutter speed scale (there are dis-
creet shutter speeds just as there are apertures) and talk more about the relationship between
shutter speed and aperture.
                                      Lunch Anyone ?
                           Extend your social time with members,
                           by meeting for lunch before monthly
                           meetings. We meet - 12pm @ Mad Cowes,
                           The Esplanade, Cowes.
                           See you there – usually along the back wall !

           NEXT MEETING:
         Monday December 5th
           Submit : ‘’OPEN’
                         Awards Presentation
                         Image of the Year
                         2011 Club Competition Winners
                              This is our

        Scrumptious food will be provided
            b y the PICC Committee
This is due to the success of the Calendar sales and from
 everyone’s efforts that we have the money to fund this.

If you have any suggestions or items you’d find of interest to be included in our next
PICC Newsletter, I’d love to include them. The plan is to publish a Newsletter each
month, a week or so after each meeting. Please submit your contributions by the
Friday following the meeting, so this Newsletter truly becomes YOURS !!
               Cheers, Jan Cheshire

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                    PICC CALENDAR SALES

                        2nd Sat of each month.
                  Cnr Church & Thompson Sts, Cowes
                        2 people each session

1ST SESSION 10.30AM-1PM                   2ND SESSION 10.30AM-1pm
                                           (depending on crowd)
12th November   Gillian   &   Lyn         Val   &   Vicki

10th December   Ken & Dianne Hall         Jan Cheshire& ………………………….
St Phillips Church Fete

…………………………… ....& ………………………              ……………………… & …………………………..........

14th January……………………… & ……………...        Colleen&Rhonda

11th February   ……………… & ………………...      Jan Cheshire& ………………………….

10th March      ……………… & ……………….....   …………………………… & …………………………......

We need some more volunteers, please let the committee
know if you can help out with the blank spaces

Thank you

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