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                              October 2008
                         Editor: Bernard Graves




St George Leagues Club Photographic Society

President:
David Miller 0419 332 552 (8am-10pm)
president@stgphoto.org.au

Honorary Secretary:
Leanne Alessi: 0413 135 549
(6-10pm + Weekends)
secretary@stgphoto.org.au




Where We Meet
The Prince Edward Room
St George Leagues Club
124 Princes Highway
Kogarah NSW 2217
Australia
St George Leagues Club
Telephone Number: (02) 9587 1022

Thursday evening from 8.00 pm.

Email: photo@stgeorge.org.au or secretary@stgphoto.org.au
Website: http://stgphoto.org.au
About Last Month’s Committee
Member…
Last edition Darren Steadman introduced himself as a committee member. Here is one
of Daren’s favourite images.




This Edition’s Feature Article is…
A Few Tips For Travel Photography

It is presented by Alan Hinde

Here is a photo of Alan

Travel photography is more challenging than
many other forms of photography. Why? Well
you have limited control over many aspects of
your photography. Whilst you try to organise
your schedule to be in the right place at the
right time this is always difficult and invariably
you find yourself at locations in the afternoon
when the morning would be better, or that you
have no choice but to be at locations in the
glare of the midday sun. In these situations you
simply have to make the most of the situation
and get the shot as you will not have another
opportunity.
Some things that Michelle and I have learned
while traveling and trying to capture images
maybe of interest to members.

Storage:

When we shot slide film we had to worry about taking 100 rolls or more of film in
plastic bags or lead lined bags. These days, with digital, that is not a problem with a
few CF cards taking up no room at all. At the moment we use 4 X 1GB and 4 x 4GB
of CF cards. With the price of cards now so cheap this is a cost effective option.
Some years ago we bought a 40GB Epson P2000 portable storage drive that we
download images onto when we are traveling. This frees up cards. We don’t take a
laptop overseas. We can review the images on the 4” screen and delete the obvious
duds. The rest we store and wait until we get home to look at more closely on a larger
screen. On our recent trip to West Africa and Morocco we brought home around
55GB of images.
We code our images with our initials in camera so that once downloaded there can be
no confusion over who took what image!
With cameras producing ever larger file sizes and now shooting Raw images we will
need to shortly double our capacity!

Gear:

When traveling overseas we have learned to travel fairly light. In the early days we
struggled with the weight of nearly all our gear. We all have stories of carrying more
weight in our carry on camera gear than in our checked in luggage!
These days we tend to sacrifice some items and lenses in order to travel more
comfortably and be less exhausted! Typically we each take 2 bodies – Nikon D300
and D200’s -essentially as a back up but occasionally in situations where you may
want 2 cameras with different lenses at the same time.
We cover the range from 12-400mm in our lenses (or 18-600mm in 35 ml equivalent).
For many years our work horse lenses on our slide film cameras were our 24-120mm
Nikon zooms. This is great for general photography; a nice wide angle for markets
etc, and reasonable telephoto for when you wanted a bit more reach, and also for
portraits.
With digital cameras tending to multiply the effective zoom range we have expanded
our lenses to include the 18-200mm zoom (27 -300mm 35ml equivalent) and the 12-
24 zoom for wide angle coverage (equivalent to 18-36mm)
Add to this the 80-400mm VR zoom and we have most situations covered. Whilst
these are not as fast some of the lenses we have at home, with Vibration Reduction
and the ability to wind up the ISO to 400-800 and even 1600 and still retain good
quality, these zooms are ideal travel lenses.
I must confess however there nothing like the bright and sharp images that a 2.8 lens
produces and we usually include the 70-200 f2.8 zoom for that reason in our overseas
kit (along with a 1.7 teleconverter which only drops 1.5 stops).
We also take 2 flash units as these are essential for capturing images in bright sunny
conditions and for cultural shows at theatres etc.
We have the advantage of two photographers using the gear and so can share (usually
amicably) the selection of lenses at any one time.
Of course we also have to throw in all the usual battery recharge units and spare
batteries. Fortunately the Nikon gear allows one charger to charge different batteries
for each camera.
“Professional” mode for traveling:

One of the advantages of using Nikon cameras when traveling is that they has a
special ‘P’ for Professional mode setting (I understand that Canon users only have an
‘A’ for Amateur setting…..but I could be wrong there.) Just kidding! The Program
mode is available and when you learn how to use it properly it does in fact provide
some real advantages when traveling. Now before all the purists object and say that
you should not let the camera determine how the shot is to be taken let me explain.
We are all trained to take control of the camera settings…to use Aperture when we
want to control depth of field…f16 say for when we want a wide depth of field with
focus from front to back,,,f2.8 or wide open when we are aiming to achieve selective
focus for impact and want a nice soft background for portraits etc. On the other hand
when we are shooting rapidly moving objects…..sports photography, birds in flight
etc ....we will probably be more concerned to control the Shutter speed so as to
capture and stop the action. Or maybe we want to deliberately blur the action,
possibly in conjunction with rear curtain flash. Control of the Shutter lets us do this.
Others will say that they only shoot in Manual mode so as to control both aspects and
determine if they want to adjust the exposure slightly for creative reasons. All good.
No problems with that.
With Program mode used in Flexible mode - ‘FP’ - you can actually achieve these
objectives. FP mode allows you quickly adjust EITHER the Aperture or Shutter by
thumbing on one dial. Want to stop the action… dial up the shutter speed by turning
the dial one way... want to adjust the depth of field…turn the dial the other way to
change the Aperture setting. How easy? Brilliant! If you want to adjust the exposure
a little you can do so easily but depressing the exposure compensation button and
turning the control dial to under or over expose as well.
But what I particularly like about FP mode when traveling is that it can be a
photographic lifesaver.
In many cases when traveling you don’t have the time to carefully consider and adjust
your settings. By the time you do so the shot may be gone. In crowded markets, or in
a bustling street scene or when people are involved the opportunity may be fleeting. I
have been trapped in situations where I was shooting in Aperture at say f16 and left
the camera in that setting. It has only been when I have gone to grab an image and
depressed the shutter and waited…and waited…for the shutter to trip that I have
realised that the camera is demanding one second exposure at f16 in a poorly lit
market. In this situation FP will ensure you get the shot! If you have time you can
quickly adjust either A or S to suit.
The lesson I have learned is to always reset my camera to P when I have finished in
either A or S mode.
Travel photography presents its own challenges but is rewarding all the same!

Alan Hinde
Meet the Committee 2008

               Michelle Hinde – Current Web Master

The other one is Michelle.

Since joining in 1998 Alan and I have had a
strong relationship with this club. There were
longstanding members when we joined the
club – members like Carol Drew and Roy
Keskull who were very helpful to us in the
early days. Other members like Lionel Howes,
Stan Ridley, Holli Hollitzer, Charles Watkins
were all people we admired and learned from.
We have seen the club grow, some people
joining for only a short time, others with a
genuine interest staying to grow their
photography and contributing to the success of
the club.

Our love of photography meshes so well with
our love of travel. I think we were born with our travel bug and our passion for
photography has grown out of that.

We started our travels with one camera between us but after much consternation about
whose turn it was to take the photo, we soon progressed to a camera each and then to
2 cameras each and a range of lenses (however we do share the lenses)! We are
Nikon owners as we very much like the solidness and robustness of Nikon cameras.

Over the years we have been largely slide workers until the last couple of years when
the advances in digital technology have enthused us to update and embrace the digital
approach.

We have just started to become interested in producing prints – at this stage we have
been producing A4 size prints taken during our travels since 2000. These are
replacing prints we had commercially made from our very early trips. These prints are
going on our gallery wall at home.

The next step will be to produce prints to enter the print competition at the club.

Since we joined the club our photographic skills have improved out of sight.

The way we enjoy our photography has changed also. From our early trips we used to
make slide shows complete with titles, end credits and music. These shows would be
shown to friends over long dinner parties, BBQs, many drinks and much socialising.
We still do the long dinner parties etc but now we show our coffee table books which
we have made with the help of the Momento program. Our latest book was of our trip
to Timbuktu and West Africa. The photography involved was quite different from our
normal type of photography. We are usually landscape and nature people. But this trip
involved mainly people photography, so it was an interesting challenge. As I write
this article we are currently working on our “Morocco” book. We find it a real joy to
see our images in print.

Last year we had a short trip with some friends to Doubtful Sound in New Zealand.
We made our first foray into the Proshow program. Since we were able to make
copies of the show and give it to our friends we found this a good way to share our
photography.


Over the years we have certainly gained a lot from our club. We believe that amateur,
social clubs are meant to be forums where members can help and learn from each
other.
Of course we must remember that members of any club will have different ideals and
aspirations, different goals about what we need to do as a club and what we want out
of our club. In reality we can only derive something out of the club if we are willing
to contribute, share ideas and help each other. It’s good to see a large group of our
members helping where they can, giving of their time, ideas and thoughts because
they share the same thoughts about our club.

Alan and I have been on the committee for most of the years we have been members
of the club. The busiest time was when I was President in 2005 and 2006. This year I
am the Web Master which has been an interesting exercise in learning about web
pages and making sure our members images are shown on the site.




What Has Happened?
Portfolio Presentations on 23rd October

A group has been under the leadership of Professor Des Crawley to create individual
portfolios. The idea was to be creative and preferably abstract. The Professor’s first
guiding advice was that the images should not conform to club competition judge’s
standards.
The resulting presentations were thought provoking, creative and motivating.
Congratulations to all those who participated and produced such quality work.

Nature’s revenge was explored by                  Toli
Death was explored by                             Fiona Brook
New life was explored by                          David Miller
No free rent for paedophiles was explored by      Beth Miller
Fear was explored by                              Sue Robertson
Maritime legends was explored by                  Alan Cocker
Woronora awaking was explored by                  John Ferrier
Traffic signals was explored by                 John Organ
His working life was explored by                Darren Steadman
Nightmare was explored by                       Brad Miller
Time and the beauty of ageing was explored by   Alla Gilbourd
Mungo Trip

If you did not go to Mungo this year you are so out of it. Like as… so far out of it!
So come next year.

Toli and Julie emerging from Silverton Pub




David and Friend




Sheep
Peter the Shepherd




                                See what you missed!


ProShow Demonstration


Thursday 30 October was the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the vision because that
was the night that members demonstrated ProShow. “Stunning” is the word to
describe the evening. ProShow is a digital / audio program.
ProShow Gold makes it easy to create a slide show with your photos, videos and
music in a few simple steps. Just drag and drop your content into a show, edit photos,
add effects, set the timing and you’re done!

Roy and Dot Keskul presented                Granada
John Hall presented                         Rally Cars
Noella Smith presented                       Incredible India
Joy Klein presented                         The Call of the Sea
Holli Hollitzer presented                   Rejong Dancers of Bali
Sue Robertson presented                     Ghosts and European Lights
Christine Nelson presented                  Images of Paris and Botanical Beauty
Gianni and Shelley and Apollo the dog       Sussex Inlet
presented
David Fegent presented                      Southern Africa
John Alessi presented                       Rose and her infatuation with Titanic
Mike Egan presented                         Anzac Day
Fiona Brook presented                       Miracles of Nature

				
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