Welcome to Hastings Photography Group

The Hastings Photography Group was formed in 2010 and since then has grown in size and ambitions.

It is an incorporated club with an active committee.
The current membership is 40 (February 2021).Membership is open to any person, whether a beginner or an experienced photographer, who wants to develop their photography skills in a friendly club environment.`

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**Subject to Covid-19 Restrictions**

All meetings are currently via Zoom

Outside Covid- 19 restrictions we meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month from January to November at 7.00 pm at Emerald Downs Community Centre behind the Lighthouse Plaza Shopping Centre. 100 Ocean Drive. Port Macquarie. NSW.

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Apr
20
Tue
6:45 pm Digital evening — March Competit... @ EDCC
Digital evening — March Competit... @ EDCC
Apr 20 @ 6:45 pm
March Competition Results & Awards For entries already uploaded to website by 17th  March Projected Images — Judging — Awards Colin’s Challenge — presentation of this month’s images  
Apr
21
Wed
10:00 am Coffee Morning — Roto House
Coffee Morning — Roto House
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am
The Round & Round coffee kiosk will provide tables and chairs for us under the shade of the trees when the weather is suitable, or on the Roto House veranda when little more protection is[...]
Apr
28
Wed
10:00 am Coffee Morning — Roto House
Coffee Morning — Roto House
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am
The Round & Round coffee kiosk will provide tables and chairs for us under the shade of the trees when the weather is suitable, or on the Roto House veranda when little more protection is[...]
May
4
Tue
12:30 pm Lunch and Photoshoot @ Laurieton United Services Club
Lunch and Photoshoot @ Laurieton United Services Club
May 4 @ 12:30 pm
Lunch & Photoshoot — Image Review and Photo-editing 12:30pm  — meet for lunch in the LUSC Boardwalk Bistro  Link   à 1:15pm*  — move outside to photograph subjects in bright daylight and shaded areas using correct[...]
May
15
Sat
8:45 am Photoshop Workshop @ EDCC
Photoshop Workshop @ EDCC
May 15 @ 8:45 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop   Photoshop—Lightroom—RAW—Bridge New and enhanced features in Photoshop and more Practical workshop         Convener: Colin Bring your laptop, with latest Adobe updates — Important also charger and notepad  
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Welcome to Hastings Photography Group

For information on the club and how to join the please go to the About the Club page .

by MyPhotoClub Colin, June 22, 2017

Aggregate Pointscore now viewable on the Competition page.

Dear Members,

I’ve re-opened the Pointscore for your perusal. Log in >Member> on the Competition-loading page on the LEFT-HAND side (on the top, next to View my Entries – purple window) is a blue window that reads POINTSCORE. Click on that and then click on either Digital :- Mono, Open Colour, Nature and Set Subject to see everyone’s scores for each of the Categories. If you have entered only Open Colour or Set Subject , those are the categories you click on to see your cumulative score.

I will close the feature again in September so we won’t know precisely who lies where at the end of the Year. A bit of a surprise for us…

Someone might just ‘steal’ away the Aggregate Competition this Year from the usual suspects

Load your image for Colin’s Challenge just as you would your Competition images. Colin Bennet’s Challenge can be found between JUNE and JULY ’21 Competition entry windows on the Website. This week ‘s brief : Bottle / s

In the meantime…keep dry and safe , but take your Camera out in the rain over the next few days to get some rain-shots for the Set Subject later this year. Go as far as your Garden and I’m sure you’ll see something unusual or pretty with reflections.

Virtual Hugs

Lindie

by Lindie Kolver, March 18, 2021

Results for competitions in February 2021 Digital Competition

There were 13 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in February 2021 Digital Competition

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Trojan Takeoff
Susan Smith – Distinction
Open Colour

Nightwork
Garry Gannell – Distinction
Open Colour

Red door
Liz Gannell – Distinction
Open Colour

Carnival Night
John Smith – Top Image in Competition
Open Colour

Radiance
Stephen Finlay – Distinction
Mono

Queenstown Foreshore
Susan Smith – Top Image in Category
Mono

The Lamp
John Smith – Distinction
Mono

Shoelace Girl
Lindie Kolver – Top Image in Category
Set Subject – Eye/Eyes (Human/Reptile/Animal/Bird

Out of darkness
Stephen Finlay – Distinction
Set Subject – Eye/Eyes (Human/Reptile/Animal/Bird

The Eye
John Smith – Distinction
Set Subject – Eye/Eyes (Human/Reptile/Animal/Bird

Sea Eagle
William Quaglio – Distinction
Nature

An eye on you
Stephen Finlay – Top Image in Category
Nature

Crested Barbet
John Smith – Distinction
Nature

by Lindie Kolver, March 16, 2021

Colin’s 52-week Challenge

Colin Bennett has created a challenge for ALL members to participate. It’s simple : He gives the weekly brief to all of us in an e-mail and you submit ONE photo based on that brief directly to the HPG Website. I have created a Folder which reads : Colin Bennet : WEEKLY CHALLENGE 2021 on the Competition Page. Log in > Member and look for the folder (it’s situated between the June and July monthly competitions). Remember, you can only load Club-sized images 1920×1200 or 1200 Longest Edge.

Only a few members so far (and the email goes out to all 38 Members weekly !!) have ‘played with’ and submitted images. Have a look what members came up with so far and decide for yourself if you want to participate. It’s not a big ask. At least it will get you to pick up your camera once a week and blow the cobwebs off the lens, which is more than most of us have done this past year.

The brief for the first week was LIGHT

Steve Findlay’s take on LIGHT
Lindie Kolver’s take on LIGHT
Colin Bennet’s take on LIGHT
John Shaw’s quirky take on LIGHT
Lindie Kolver’s 2nd take on LIGHT

The brief for the 2nd week was LOOKING UP

Ray Cooper’s take on LOOKING UP
Steve Findlay’s take on LOOKING UP
John Shaw’s take on LOOKING UP
Lindie Kolver’s take on LOOKING UP
Colin Bennet’s take on LOOKING UP
Lindie Kolver’s take on LOOKING UP (into the bottle….mmmm)


The brief for the 3rd week was CLOUDS

Colin Bennet’s take on CLOUDS
Harry Bryant’s take on CLOUDS (Sunset in Port)
John Shaw’s take on CLOUDS
Lindie Kolver’s take on CLOUDS
Ray Cooper’s take on CLOUDS
Steve Findlay’s take on CLOUDS

Besides getting you off your Couch, there’s also the possibility of you bagging an image which just might be competition-worthy.

In the mean-time – look out for an e-mail from Colin and participate. It’s not difficult, it’s not asking you to donate blood or offering up one of your children – the invitation is : Submit ONE photo according to the brief (size it exactly the same as you would for the Club Web-page, load in directly on the website in the COLIN BENNET : WEEKLY CHALLENGE 2021-folder and we’ll leave you in peace for a whole week !

Happy Snapping !

Lindie

by Lindie Kolver, February 27, 2021

Results for competitions in January 2021 Digital Competition

There were 21 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in January 2021 Digital Competition

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Prickly but nice .
Arthur Minter – Top Image in Category
Open Colour

Odd One Out
John Upton – Distinction
Open Colour

Hanging around
John Upton – Distinction
Open Colour

Yellow Poppy
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Open Colour

Together
Paul Barron – Distinction
Open Colour

Sydney Trains
Garry Gannell – Distinction
Mono

Me and My Shadow sm
Linda Appleby – Distinction
Mono

Got the Bull by the Horns
Susan Smith – Top Image in Category
Mono

Duel Takeoff
Susan Smith – Distinction
Mono

Underneath the arches
Frank Kolver – Distinction
Mono

Beach Lawn
John Upton – Distinction
Set Subject – Beach Textures / Sand Patterns

Sand Textures
Susan Smith – Distinction
Set Subject – Beach Textures / Sand Patterns

Golden Ripples
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Set Subject – Beach Textures / Sand Patterns

Sossusvlei Dune 58
Lindie Kolver – Top Image in Competition
Set Subject – Beach Textures / Sand Patterns

Last Evening Feed
Linda Appleby – Distinction
Nature

Fig Bird
John Upton – Distinction
Nature

Honey Eater Enjoying Banksia
Susan Smith – Distinction
Nature

Stalking Heron
Susan Smith – Distinction
Nature

Fleet Fishing
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Nature

The big yawn
Frank Kolver – Distinction
Nature

Unlucky Wasp
Frank Kolver – Top Image in Category
Nature

by Lindie Kolver, February 16, 2021

Results for competitions in January 2021 Digital Competition

There were 21 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in January 2021 Digital Competition

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Prickly but nice .
Arthur Minter – Top Image in Category
Open Colour

Odd One Out
John Upton – Distinction
Open Colour

Hanging around
John Upton – Distinction
Open Colour

Yellow Poppy
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Open Colour

Together
Paul Barron – Distinction
Open Colour

Sydney Trains
Garry Gannell – Distinction
Mono

Me and My Shadow sm
Linda Appleby – Distinction
Mono

Got the Bull by the Horns
Susan Smith – Top Image in Category
Mono

Duel Takeoff
Susan Smith – Distinction
Mono

Underneath the arches
Frank Kolver – Distinction
Mono

Beach Lawn
John Upton – Distinction
Set Subject – Beach Textures / Sand Patterns

Sand Textures
Susan Smith – Distinction
Set Subject – Beach Textures / Sand Patterns

Golden Ripples
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Set Subject – Beach Textures / Sand Patterns

Sossusvlei Dune 58
Lindie Kolver – Top Image in Competition
Set Subject – Beach Textures / Sand Patterns

Last Evening Feed
Linda Appleby – Distinction
Nature

Fig Bird
John Upton – Distinction
Nature

Honey Eater Enjoying Banksia
Susan Smith – Distinction
Nature

Stalking Heron
Susan Smith – Distinction
Nature

Fleet Fishing
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Nature

The big yawn
Frank Kolver – Distinction
Nature

Unlucky Wasp
Frank Kolver – Top Image in Category
Nature

by Lindie Kolver, February 16, 2021

Results for competitions in January 2021 Digital Competition

There were 21 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in January 2021 Digital Competition

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Prickly but nice .
Arthur Minter – Top Image in Category
Open Colour

Odd One Out
John Upton – Distinction
Open Colour

Hanging around
John Upton – Distinction
Open Colour

Yellow Poppy
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Open Colour

Together
Paul Barron – Distinction
Open Colour

Sydney Trains
Garry Gannell – Distinction
Mono

Me and My Shadow sm
Linda Appleby – Distinction
Mono

Got the Bull by the Horns
Susan Smith – Top Image in Category
Mono

Duel Takeoff
Susan Smith – Distinction
Mono

Underneath the arches
Frank Kolver – Distinction
Mono

Beach Lawn
John Upton – Distinction
Set Subject – Beach Textures / Sand Patterns

Sand Textures
Susan Smith – Distinction
Set Subject – Beach Textures / Sand Patterns

Golden Ripples
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Set Subject – Beach Textures / Sand Patterns

Sossusvlei Dune 58
Lindie Kolver – Top Image in Competition
Set Subject – Beach Textures / Sand Patterns

Last Evening Feed
Linda Appleby – Distinction
Nature

Fig Bird
John Upton – Distinction
Nature

Honey Eater Enjoying Banksia
Susan Smith – Distinction
Nature

Stalking Heron
Susan Smith – Distinction
Nature

Fleet Fishing
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Nature

The big yawn
Frank Kolver – Distinction
Nature

Unlucky Wasp
Frank Kolver – Top Image in Category
Nature

by Lindie Kolver, February 16, 2021

Back Button AF afternoon Seminar @ LUSC

Our first Seminar of the Year in the Series : Get to know your Camera, was held at LUSC in Laurieton with John Smith as the Convener. Most of the Members present seemed to be using or have used their Camera’s Back Button facility. John Smith helped those who have not used it before to either allocate a button for it or to turn off the Shutter button’s focusing ability and use the AF/AL button as the Focus button .

We had lots of fun, learned a lot and had a half hour practice session to get everyone to use their back buttons whilst at the same time adjusting their exposure value-buttons and shoot against the light.

Thank you, John Smith (Smithie) for a great class, a practical hands-on class. We all took away something new today from the Seminar.

Rod Wratten in deep contemplation

by Lindie Kolver, February 2, 2021

2020 Awards & Accolades

We had a most enjoyable First Meeting of the Year at Lake Cathie Bowls Club on Tuesday, 19th January.

Top Image of the Year was won by Lindie Kolver for her image, Being Territorial.

In second place, Susie Smith with Sail Maintenance

Third place , Frank Kolver with Chopper Bombing

The Top Aggregate Score of the Year (2020) went to Lindie Kolver . Second highest Aggregate Score to John Smith and Susie Smith came in at third place. Lindie won the Open Colour and Mono divisions in aggregate score, John Smith won Nature and Susie AND John shared the #1-place in Set Subject -great husband and wife-team we have in them ! Frank was 4th and Arthur Minter came 5th in the Aggregate Score. Well done to all !

So, new year, new page. Arthur, for example, didn’t submit full-house (8 images) per month – but his images scored well and that would be the reason he has one of the Top 5 Aggregate Scores in the Club. The more images you submit and the better they score, the better your Aggregate Score at the end of the Year. Consistency and diligence is what makes for a good aggregate score.

Susie Smith won second place in the Digital Image of the Year with her submission in Mono
Lindie Kolver won the Top Image award with her Nature submission
Lindie Kolver won Highest Aggregate Score in Mono and Open Colour for 2020
John Smith won 2nd Highest Aggregate Score (overall) and Highest Aggregate in Nature Division
Susie and John Smith share the Set Subject Aggregate Score for 2020 – they both scored the same.
Susie Smith won 2nd Highest Aggregate Score for 2020
Arthur Minter came in at #5 in the Aggregate Score for 2020.
John and Susie Smith with the shared Set Subject Aggregate Score Trophy.

by Lindie Kolver, January 21, 2021

Results for competitions in November 2020 Digital Competition

There were 18 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in November 2020 Digital Competition

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Flying in Unison
Susan Smith – Top Image in Category
Open Colour

Swallowtail and Gardenia .
Arthur Minter – Distinction
Open Colour

Playful Boy
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Open Colour

Strongman
John Shaw – Distinction
Open Colour

Sightseeing in Venice
Susan Smith – Top Image in Competition
Mono

All Eyes on the Ball
Susan Smith – Distinction
Mono

Watching the Sunrise
Stewart Cooper – Distinction
Mono

Muscovy Duck
Susan Smith – Top Image in Competition
Set Subject -Ducks,Waders,Water-&Seabirds

seabird
William Quaglio – Distinction
Set Subject -Ducks,Waders,Water-&Seabirds

Pair of Egrets
Stewart Cooper – Distinction
Set Subject -Ducks,Waders,Water-&Seabirds

Chinese Pond Heron Hunting
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Set Subject -Ducks,Waders,Water-&Seabirds

Juvenile Pacific Gull
Garry Gannell – Distinction
Set Subject -Ducks,Waders,Water-&Seabirds

Pacific Black Duck
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Set Subject -Ducks,Waders,Water-&Seabirds

Figbird Enjoying Berries
Susan Smith – Distinction
Nature

Soldier Crab
Susan Smith – Distinction
Nature

Warthog grimace
Lindie Kolver – Top Image in Category
Nature

Gumflower Feed
Linda Appleby – Distinction
Nature

Flamingo ablutions
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Nature

by Lindie Kolver, January 19, 2021

Results for competitions in Digital Image of the Yr 2020 (DIOTY

There were 14 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in Digital Image of the Yr 2020 (DIOTY

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Old Ecuadorian Shepherd
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Open Colour

Chopper bomber
Frank Kolver – Top Image in Category
Open Colour

A Whisp of Smoke
John Smith – Distinction
Open Colour

Melbourne
Garry Gannell – Distinction
Mono

Splish splash …
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Mono

Paranoia
John Upton – Distinction
Mono

A Stranger Follows
John Smith – Distinction
Mono

Emily
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Mono

Sail Maintenance
Susan Smith – Top Image in Category
Mono

The Packard
Susan Smith – Distinction
Mono

Cruising USA
Frank Kolver – Distinction
Mono

Jasper
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Mono

Harlequins
John Smith – Distinction
Nature

Being territorial
Lindie Kolver – Top Image in Category
Nature

by Lindie Kolver, December 15, 2020