Celebrating 125 years

I’ve been working with a few others for the last few months on getting things ready for the 125th anniversary of the Dunedin Photographic Society.  It’s very cool to be part of something that has been around for so long.

The Society started in March 1890 when a small group of enthusiastic photographers got together with the intention of encouraging amateur pictorial photography.  Today, 125 years later, the group is larger and more diverse, but the intent of fostering enthusiastic photographers continues.

As part of the anniversary weekend we organised an exhibition.  It includes a selection of old photos from the Hocken Library and a selection of mini exhibitions from current members.  It was quite hard to chose what to exhibit in my mini collection, but in the end I went with 4 “street” photos.

We also organised a official opening of the exhibition for members, a dinner and a photowalk.  The photowalk included a visit to the old Dunedin Prison (wouldn’t like to have been stuck in there!) and a wander around the Vogel St area.

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Happy New Year

2015! Time flies! I’m not a great one for making new year’s resolutions – let alone keeping the ones I do make, but this year I am resolved to try and post more regularly on my blog.  Not lots of text, just sharing my photos once in a while. Here’s the first one of 2015, from the 1st Jan when I went on a wee solitary photowalk around town exploring the street art that has emerged recently.

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Book Published – Dunedin: the land, architecture, and people

I have just finished creating a book for the final paper of my Photography Diploma.  I chose my home town of Dunedin, NZ as the subject and have focused on the Land, the architecture and the people of the city.

This was a fantastic challenge and I have learnt a lot from the process. We could chose to do a book, exhibition, or website and had about 6 weeks to take and process at least 50 photographs.  Originally I had thought I would do an exhibition, but when it came down to it a book seemed like a nice keepsake from the Diploma.

I have used Blurb for publishing and I’m still waiting for the final hard copies to arrive, but it was really easy to use and integrated seamlessly with Lightroom – I had a collection that I used for all the photos to be in the book and then just created the book from that collection.  There are lots of different page layouts you can use, but I tried not to get too carried away and used only about 3 or 4 different ones in the end.  The hardest part was working out the layout of the images in the book.  I would have an image I liked, but then when I sat it next to another image the clouds wouldn’t match, or the horizons were at different levels and they looked funny.  There were a lot of trips back to some locations trying to reshoot photos to get what I wanted.

In the end, I’m happy with what I have created, and if you would like to check it out you can do so here: http://www.blurb.com/books/5414984-dunedin

Dunedin
Dunedin
The land, architec…
By Melanie Middlemiss
Photo book

Autumn Print Exhibition

Last week was the first of our club’s seasonal exhibitions of the year – the Autumn Print Exhibition. Members are able to enter up to 6 prints in the Open section, and 6 in the Natural History section and the prints are selected to appear in the exhibition on the final meeting in April.  I entered 6 prints in the Open section and was lucky enough to come away with 4 acceptances, 1 honours, and the Champion print award.  A lucky night!

First light beach dashThe Carriers Waipapa Point LighthouseA shared glance

In a rush
Honours
Evening Rush
Champion

Sunrise on St Clair

One of the best things about belonging to the Dunedin Photographic Society is going out with others on photo walks and field trips.  On Sunday a group of us met up at the shark bell down at St Clair beach to watch the sunrise.  From my place it looked like it was going to be quite foggy, but that seemed to roll out to sea quickly and we were treated with some beautiful colours in the sky.  Well worth getting up for, and made all the better by a hot chocolate at the Esplanade to finish the morning 😉

Dash for the beach

St Clair, Dunedin

Taking a moment

St Clair, Dunedin, NZ

The Hydro

Garden stroll

I met up with a couple of tutors from the Online Photo Institute (OPI) today (they used to be tutors on the course I’m doing at SIT), and a few other SIT students and photographers from Dunedin. It was great to put names to faces and hear about the plans Phil has for the OPI.

Afterwards, I took a moment to grab a couple of photos – I had intended to photograph the new worm sculpture, but the sun (strangely enough – it’s been raining so much!) was too bright for the metal.  Anyway, instead I happened across this lovely couple out for a quiet stroll around the gardens.

Garden stroll by mjm_nz
Garden stroll, a photo by mjm_nz on Flickr.

Evening Rush

Evening Rush by mjm_nz
Evening Rush, a photo by mjm_nz on Flickr.

This print, and three others of mine, are currently on display in the Dunedin Community Art Gallery as part of 44th Dunedin Festival of Photography Exhibition www.dps.org.nz/

The exhibition is free and is open this week 10-4pm, closing at 2pm on Sunday.  I’ll be on the desk Wed 4-6pm and Friday 10-12noon if you want to come and say hi 🙂