Convention Saturday

AGM - from left, Charlie Jack (treasurer), Anne Tate (Secretary), Shona Jaray (President), William Wright (vice President)
AGM – from left, Charlie Jack (treasurer), Anne Tate (Secretary), Shona Jaray (President), William Wright (vice President)

AGMs are serious business. Fortunately, PSNZ is blessed with officers who know not to take themselves too seriously. For this morning’s AGM they dressed up Pete Dobré style, complete with caps saying “PO4Eternity” on the front.  (See this post for the meaning of PO.)

Shona and William were re-elected unopposed. The new elected Council consists of returning Councillors  Moira Blincoe, Murry Cave, Jenny Dey, Neil Gordon, Shona Keble, Peter Robertson and Peter Wise, joined by Rodney Adamson. There was lots of useful discussion at the AGM about matters including  CameraTalk and international FIAP Salon.

The Convention has been well supported by sponsors and the trade, and in return every break has seen the Tradestands packed with convention goers checking out the latest goodies, and taking advantage of special deals.

One of the two Tradestand Areas

The first morning talk from Amos Chapple was outstanding. We were spellbound by his story and images, and impressed by the integrity he brings to his work. His Kiwi passport and curiosity allows him to travel to very out-of-the way places, to capture unique images. One of his sources for ideas of where to go is Atlas Obscura.

Amos Chapple
Amos Chapple

Camus Wyatt‘s talk on Street Photography was another highlight.  His work is mostly in black and white. He sees photography as the means to the end of conveying something meaningful about the environment. He also provided lots of practical advice about the tools, techniques and approaches to candid (not just street) photography.

Camus Wyatt
Camus Wyatt
Pete Dobré Showing a "Before" and "after Shot of the Wellington waterfront showing the effect of a graduated ND filter. It also seems to have affected the colour of his socks.
Pete Dobré Showing a “Before” and “After” shot of the Wellington waterfront illustrating the effect of a graduated ND filter. It also seems to have affected the colour of his left and right socks.

In the last item before lunch, those PSNZ members who had achieved EFIAP and AFIAP in 2012 were recognised and certificates were presented to those present.

Pete Dobré returned for another well-received talk in the afternoon, concentrating on the use of Neutral Density filters, as well as showing some beautiful time-lapse videos and providing practical advice on how to go about it.  He referred us to this Youtube Video for how to use Lightroom for timelapse videos.

That advice was expanded on later in a practical timelapse workshop – one of six excellent activities to round off an excellent day of learning and inspiration.

And now it’s time for the Kodak Honours Banquet

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