Welcome to Hastings Photography Group

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

It is an incorporated club with an active committee.
The current membership is 53 ( May 2024)

Membership is open to any person ; beginner , intermediate or experienced photographer , who wants to develop their photography skills in a friendly club environment.

If you have any questions or general queries on membership, please email our Secretary : secretary.hastingsphotography@gmail.com

HPG is proudly supported by Donovan Oates Hannaford Legal + Conveyancing

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About us

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 OR at 2pm at Laurieton United Service Club in Laurieton – keep an eye on the event calendar for relevant venue information.

Membership Fees are:

Full year membership:   $50.00         July to June

Half year membership:  $25.00         if you join during January – April

If you join in May or June, please pay $50.00 which includes full membership for the following financial year.

You will then be provided additional information about being registered on the HPG website, how to navigate the site and enter competitions.

Members are charged $5.00 per meeting to cover cost of room hire and refreshments at Club Meetings.

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Jun
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10:30 am Coffee Morning @ Bonny Hills Garden Centre
Coffee Morning @ Bonny Hills Garden Centre
Jun 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
 
Jun
30
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10:00 am Kempsey Flying Club Family Day @ Kempsey Airport
Kempsey Flying Club Family Day @ Kempsey Airport
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The day will start with a formation flypast of the “Bobcats” with aerobatics and follow with:- Vintage Cars, Classic Motorcycles, Vintage Stationery Engine, Over 20 GA/RA/RAAF aircraft – inspect them up close Coffs Sky-Divers display,[...]
Jul
2
Tue
6:45 pm Mini Print Competition @ EDCC
Mini Print Competition @ EDCC
Jul 2 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Bring along your 6×4 prints for mounting followed by people’s choice judging – Gold, Silver and Bronze
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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

Results for competitions in May 2024 Digital Competition

There were 28 entries that were rated the highest by our judge(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in May 2024 Digital Competition

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Man overboard
Trevor Mills – Distinction
Open Colour

Buried
Ray Cooper – Distinction
Open Colour

Sunrise in Antartica
Stephen Finlay – Distinction
Open Colour

Heavy track
Susan Smith – Distinction
Open Colour

Too close for comfort
Frank Kolver – Distinction
Open Colour

A fixer upper
Garry Gannell – Distinction
Open Colour

The leather dyers
Steve Phelps – Distinction
Open Colour

Abandoned
Karen Phelps – Distinction
Open Colour

Three cats
Karen Phelps – Distinction
Open Colour

Palm-trees growing on her head
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Open Colour

The bus stop
Steve Phelps – Top Image in Category
Open Colour

Nice hat
Stephen Finlay – Distinction
Mono

Hot breath of the grey nurse
John Smith – Distinction
Mono

Princess Pier
Susan Smith – Top Image in Category
Mono

Pink Daisy
Trevor Mills – Distinction
Set Subject – Minimalistic

The rescue
Trevor Mills – Distinction
Set Subject – Minimalistic

Dune soloist
John Smith – Distinction
Set Subject – Minimalistic

Tern On A Pole
John Smith – Distinction
Set Subject – Minimalistic

Trailer Mates
Louise Spencer – Distinction
Set Subject – Minimalistic

Arum Lily
Alan Rouse – Distinction
Set Subject – Minimalistic

All Alone
Frank Kolver – Distinction
Set Subject – Minimalistic

Minimalist Moon
Garry Gannell – Distinction
Set Subject – Minimalistic

The Hook
Ray Cooper – Top Image in Competition
Set Subject – Minimalistic

Baillons Crake
John Upton – Distinction
Nature

Yellow Robin with grub
Trevor Mills – Distinction
Nature

Pardalote nest building
Susan Smith – Distinction
Nature

Heron takes a snack
John Smith – Distinction
Nature

This way
Stephen Finlay – Top Image in Category
Nature

by Lindie Kolver, June 18, 2024

Mini-print competition at EDCC on Tuesday, 2nd July @ 6:40-9:00pm

Please note : This is a CLUB-NIGHT at EDCC on the first Tuesday of July.

Dear Members – Tomorrow night ( Tuesday 18th June) we will hand out your mounting boards so you will be able to prepare your competition entries for the evening of 2nd July.

This is an A5 mounting board with double-sided tape affixed. You can turn the board to use it either in portrait or landscape orientation ( depending on your print)

You have to submit the digital footprint on the Website as per usual in the JULY 2024 Small Print Competition. This will enable you to print LABELS for your print. Please ensure SHORT titles so the label will fit the size of the mount .

Depending on your image , use portrait or landscape orientation. The actual size of your print is 6”x 4” or 15cm x 10cm

Affix your small print to the board after you have stuck the title-label on so you can centre your image.

Make sure to be at the venue between 6:40 – 7:00 so your prints can be numbered before you place them on the stand. You will also receive a voting slip where you must indicate your #1 #2 and #3 -choice. We will use very basic judging criteria on the night, which will be indicated on the voting slip as well.
There is only one category : OPEN. ( which means either Colour / Mono /Artistic or Manipulated) You are allowed 2 Prints.

If you are not present tomorrow night to receive your mounts, get to the venue at 6:30 on the 2nd July WITH your prints and your labels so you can prepare your submissions on the night.

Let’s make the evening educational ; know the settings you have used to make your images, we’ll discuss and critique them all.

Keep well, but above all, keep taking good photos.

Lindie

by Lindie Kolver, June 17, 2024

NPF Conference 27-28 July in Kurri Kurri

Dear Members – please take a look at the NPF website. How to do that? Log in to the HPG website > click on the 3 horizontal stripes next to your name>click on the icon ( camera) that reads myphotoclub ALL SITES just underneath the green bar that reads : About us. A long list of all myphotoclub clubs will come up. Select the NORTHERN PHOTOGRAPHIC FEDERATION (NPF) and click on the different green tabs which will tell you submission fees for digital and print images ($45) which INCLUDES entrance to the FULL 2-day Conference! If you do NOT attend the Conference, the cost of the submission of your combined 6x prints/ digital images will STILL be $45. The other green tabs have info on categories, other registrations and submission of your digital and print submissions.

I urge members to try and attend this once-a-year National Conference in Kurri Kurri. It is most educational with great Speakers, practical photo shoots, access to the latest camera equipment ( Nikon, Canon, Sony and some of the others ) lenses, bags, tripods, screens ( BenQ!) on display and printing facilities. The fantastic exhibition of Prints stay up all weekend. The winner of the Print and Digital competition to be announced on Sunday morning. Little freebies throughout the day, lucky 🍀 door prizes drawn almost every hour over the two days.

I will let you have a list of accommodation within the next 2 weeks in Kurri Kurri at a reduced price especially for NPF Conference attendees. It is a fun weekend, speaking to like-minded members of other camera clubs from Sydney and the region. Big names like David Oliver ( the well-known wedding photographer) Tim Bauer ( well-known Sydney-based photographer whose had Vogue and Elle front pages) will be there.

Talk to me about the additional registration for a shoot ($20) where you can win a STUDIO SET-UP – COMPLETE WITH LIGHTS, BACKDROP AND STANDS ( supplied by JF Kennedy) by shooting amazing photos ( for your stash) with an available model in a studio set-up for 15 minutes, and submitting ONE image to the judges at the Conference to be eligible for the prize. The winner is announced on Sunday as well and you take your prize with you.

It is a weekend which afford you lovely social opportunities. Keep the 27th and 28th of JULY free. Drive down on the Friday afternoon to be in time Saturday for a 9am start and drive back Sunday afternoon at 4pm when the Conference wraps up.

In the meantime, keep well and keep taking photographs.

Lindie.

by Lindie Kolver, June 3, 2024

Results for competitions in March 2024 Digital Competition

There were 19 entries that were rated the highest by our judge(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in March 2024 Digital Competition

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

By the campfire
Trevor Mills – Distinction
Open Colour

Dripping Tern
Susan Smith – Distinction
Open Colour

Quinkan Festival
Garry Gannell – Distinction
Open Colour

Sunset over the river
Alan Rouse – Distinction
Open Colour

Bucking Bronco
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Open Colour

Same planet different worlds
Wendy Coulls – Distinction
Open Colour

Welcome Swallow
Diane Willingham – Distinction
Open Colour

Tight spot
Alan Rouse – Top Image in Competition
Open Colour

Shot factory tower
Louise Spencer – Distinction
Mono

No.8
Susan Smith – Distinction
Mono

Chewing the stick
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Mono

Goth Girl
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Mono

Succulent
John Smith – Top Image in Category
Mono

The fly catcher
Susan Smith – Distinction
Nature

Moonlight
Arthur Minter – Distinction
Nature

Damsels
Trevor Mills – Top Image in Category
Nature

The Martian
Trevor Mills – Distinction
Set Subject : Eggs – in a nest, basket, carton…

The Egg
Alan Rouse – Distinction
Set Subject : Eggs – in a nest, basket, carton…

Eggshells
Stephen Finlay – Top Image in Category
Set Subject : Eggs – in a nest, basket, carton…

by Lindie Kolver, May 21, 2024

Results for competitions in March 2024 Digital Competition

There were 19 entries that were rated the highest by our judge(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in March 2024 Digital Competition

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

By the campfire
Trevor Mills – Distinction
Open Colour

Dripping Tern
Susan Smith – Distinction
Open Colour

Quinkan Festival
Garry Gannell – Distinction
Open Colour

Sunset over the river
Alan Rouse – Distinction
Open Colour

Bucking Bronco
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Open Colour

Same planet different worlds
Wendy Coulls – Distinction
Open Colour

Welcome Swallow
Diane Willingham – Distinction
Open Colour

Tight spot
Alan Rouse – Top Image in Competition
Open Colour

Shot factory tower
Louise Spencer – Distinction
Mono

No.8
Susan Smith – Distinction
Mono

Chewing the stick
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Mono

Goth Girl
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Mono

Succulent
John Smith – Top Image in Category
Mono

The fly catcher
Susan Smith – Distinction
Nature

Moonlight
Arthur Minter – Distinction
Nature

Damsels
Trevor Mills – Top Image in Category
Nature

The Martian
Trevor Mills – Distinction
Set Subject : Eggs – in a nest, basket, carton…

The Egg
Alan Rouse – Distinction
Set Subject : Eggs – in a nest, basket, carton…

Eggshells
Stephen Finlay – Top Image in Category
Set Subject : Eggs – in a nest, basket, carton…

by Lindie Kolver, May 21, 2024

Simple criteria which will help you in assessing an image

1.  Communication - does the image convey a clear message or feeling? ( does it have the wow-factor/ does it tell a story/can you see the intent of the author?) 

2.  Composition - does the image demonstrate the use of composition principles that enhance the communication?( does it have leading lines/ lazy S-curve/main subject on the thirds/different textures and elements / repeating patterns?) 

3.  Technical - have appropriate capture and processing techniques been used? ( is the image sharp and in focus, have appropriate depth of field/ is the subject frozen/show movement/ has the panning technique been well executed/ has the mono conversion been well handled/ is it over-sharpened/ over-saturated/does it need more/less contrast/over-or-under-exposed?) 

by Lindie Kolver, May 18, 2024

Small Print-night on 2nd July @ EDCC 7-9pm

Dear Members – Sue Lawson suggested we hold a ‘Small Print – night’ on Club Night in July , something they did often at her old Club in Sydney.

The small print category historically was included in competitions to enable authors with images technically not up to such a standard where they can be blown up to a full size image, to also have the opportunity to submit images in competitions. The saying : A small print hides a multitude of sins, is very true.

What we’re planning is the following : On the night you bring 2 ( two) small prints to the meeting. The size : 6×4. You can have them done at Officeworks for $1.50 per print or you can do it yourself at home on your printer. Black, numbered mounts (A5-size), with double-sided tape will be available at the meeting. As you come in you’ll be handed 2 mounts. Secure your prints on the mounts and pop them on the stands. You’ll also be handed a voting slip. Much like our previous print night, you’ll be asked to vote for images. Karen Phelps has offered to do a quick spreadsheet to determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

All you need to do is the following : Bring 2 prints to the meeting. Size : 6” x 4” (open colour or mono or one of each) Know the exif data of your prints. You might be asked about how and where you shot your image and what your settings were. We can learn from each other.

Let’s make a success of the evening by attending with two prints of your choice.

In the meantime – take care, keep warm and keep taking good photographs.

Regards,

Lindie Kolver


by Lindie Kolver, May 18, 2024

Results for competitions in April 2024 Print Competition

There were 13 entries that were rated the highest by our judge(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in April 2024 Print Competition

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Running into trouble
Diane Willingham – Distinction
Open Colour

Lake Tyrrell Grader.
Trevor Mills – Distinction
Open Colour

Done and dusted
Trevor Mills – Distinction
Open Colour

All in the Same Boat
Steve Phelps – Top Image in Category
Open Colour

Rugby action
Frank Kolver – Distinction
Mono

Sails
Ervin Strauh – Distinction
Mono

Mischievous little Boy
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Mono

Anne and Bobby
Sue Lawson – Top Image in Competition
Mono

Target in sight
Frank Kolver – Distinction
Nature

On thin ice
Frank Kolver – Distinction
Nature

Eastern Spinebill in Grevillea
Susan Smith – Distinction
Nature

Black Shouldered Kite
Trevor Mills – Distinction
Nature

In flight
Stephen Finlay – Top Image in Category
Nature

by Lindie Kolver, April 18, 2024

Tuesday 16th April is Print & Judging Night @ EDCC!!

There seems to be a mistake on the Newsletter as it mentions results of the March digital competition and nothing about PRINT night and the Judge who will be in attendance on Tuesday evening.

The results of the March competition will only be known in May because of our unusual PRINT competition being held on digital night.

We will have 7 ( seven!) stands with 105 beautiful prints displayed. Our Judge (Garry Bretell) will do cold-judging – never having seen the prints before. You will get the opportunity to vote for your favourite Print in each of the 3 categories, as well as nominate the Top Image of your choice.

Please try and attend the Print Competition/Exhibition. I’ve worked very hard to finish mounting, labelling and numbering all the lovely prints in time for Tuesday evening at EDCC , 7-9pm .

Pay your $5 entrance via EFT and let Stewart know of your intention to attend.

Kind regards, Lindie.

by Lindie Kolver, April 13, 2024

Results for competitions in February 2024 Digital Competition

There were 15 entries that were rated the highest by our judge(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in February 2024 Digital Competition

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

High kicks
Trevor Mills – Distinction
Open Colour

Back Creek Sunset
Alan Rouse – Distinction
Open Colour

How clever am I ?
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Open Colour

Young surfers
Liz Gannell – Top Image in Category
Open Colour

Wreck remains
Susan Smith – Distinction
Mono

Feeding time
Stephen Finlay – Top Image in Category
Mono

Trotting along
Susan Smith – Top Image in Competition
Mono

Raindrops keep falling on my head
Trevor Mills – Distinction
Set Subject – Raindrops/Waterdrops

Raindrops
Alan Rouse – Distinction
Set Subject – Raindrops/Waterdrops

Strelitzia
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Set Subject – Raindrops/Waterdrops

Raindrops On Frangipani
John Smith – Distinction
Set Subject – Raindrops/Waterdrops

Hanging drops
Colin Bennett – Top Image in Category
Set Subject – Raindrops/Waterdrops

I see you
Ervin Strauh – Distinction
Nature

On alert
Linda Appleby – Distinction
Nature

Stalking Reef Egret
John Smith – Top Image in Category
Nature

by Lindie Kolver, March 19, 2024