One of the biggest challenges I have as President of Nature Photography – is
coming up with new and innovative things to say in my President’s Report!!!
I know that the Amuri Autumn School in Hanmer Springs, was the weekend
before our May meeting, but I’d like to thank Carl and his team for the amazing
weekend. The effort that the organisers put into the programme, made it a huge
success. Nature Photography rented a house for the
weekend and Nick and Margaret Webb, myself and
Mark, David Sutton and Sonja Teague, all stayed
there. With the exception of Sonja who took part in
Wild Food Cookery, we were all in photography
workshops. Margaret and Mark with David
Weathey learning Photoshop and David, Nick and
myself with Simon Woolf, learning the art of slow
shutter speed and trying to catch David in mid-air
jumping over the path!!!
So – I’d highly recommend you take part in the 2014
Amuri Autumn School next year.
One of the highlights of the weekend was visiting David Sutton’s Exhibition
‘South of the Drake Passage’ which was on show for the month of May, and
hearing him talk about the challenges he faced when he visited the Antarctic,
using cameras from the early 1900s to replicate images taken by Ponting and
Hurley. Thank you also for sharing your background knowledge on the history
of photography – and how ‘manipulation’ of images is not a new innovation of
the digital age, it has been around since the very early days of photography.
A photographer friend (whose house we have been living in during the
earthquake repairs to our house) has permanently returned to the States and she
has left a box of ‘matts’ in the garage!! I will bring them to our June meeting and
be selling them for $2.00 each – all the proceeds going towards our 20th
Anniversary Celebrations. So, make sure you bring some small change with you
to the meeting.
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