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**

Subject to 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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Dec 29 @ 10:00 am
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**Urgent Notice** to any Member wishing to enter the FCC TOP SHOT Competition, closing 18th JUNE !!

  • 8 Sections (3 x Print and 5 x Digital) – 3 Images per Section allowed
  • Entry Fees applicable
  • INDIVIDUAL entries only
  • Sizing the same as Club for all digitals, but Print MOUNTS must be 40x50cm – image inside can be any size.
  • I will do the Mounting for you if you choose to enter Prints, but I MUST have your Prints by the 9th June. (we must get it to Sydney as well on or before the 18th June.)
  • https://fccnsw.myphotoclub.com.au/
  • Look for FCC Top Shot and Interclub on the RH side >
  • Click on Top Shot Entry Site >Entry Conditions and Instructions & Entry Fees (click on both and read it and close the pop-up) and it will take you back to the Home page >
  • Click on the GREEN “Click here to Enter Top Shot 2021” window >
  • Nominate your Club from the Dropdown Menu > Answer YES to proceed and either yes or no to the question of ” First-time entrant? ” and SAVE OPTIONS. Only AFTER you’ve done that – (make sure you have clicked the correct club) an ORANGE window will appear reading : PROCEED TO THE TOPSHOT 2021 Entry Form
  • After the above-rigmarole, it is all plain sailing. You can upload FROM YOUR GALLERY in HPG (remember sizing is the same) on the TOPSHOT Entry Form or upload from a folder on your Desktop. Both Prints and Digital entries MUST be loaded in the correct section of the competition page.
  • If you have never competed (even whilst being a Member of another Club) – you can upload all your Distinctions from the other Club and from HPG.
  • If you have entered before – be very careful what you enter so as not to duplicate any previous entries you have made. LOOK AT THE CATALOGUES on this TOP SHOT Website to ascertain your previous entries
  • I cannot stress the competence level and sheer wow-factor of images entered in this Competition enough. It is a State Competition. The images are brilliant.
  • I’ll talk about the Competition on the 1st June at LUSC AFTERNOON Workshop with Bruce Bentley.
  • Virtual Hugs

Lindie

by Lindie Kolver, May 28, 2021

Ever wanted to shoot in a professional Studio ?

SATURDAY , 5th JUNE (9am-12) I’ve arranged for a professional Studio Photographer to set up Shop at our Club-Venue @ EDCC, Coles Lighthouse Plaza. There will be THREE studios. One for Portraiture, and two others for full-length images. Each of these studios will have professional lighting equipment as well as Triggers for you to use. You do NOT need a flash of your own for your camera. Your Camera, Card and fully charged battery will be good enough.

We will be shooting Disney Princesses : Rapunzel , Ariel and Alice in Wonderland and maybe Elsa, The Snow Queen. They will all be in full costume, perfectly made up and we will have loads of fun , surrounded by very pretty girls/young women, all eager to have their picture taken.

I hear some of you saying : What do we want with Princesses ? A couple of reasons : Firstly, models cost and these girls will do it for free. Secondly, you will learn a lot about lighting and specifically, the different moods one can create with the correct lighting. Thirdly, because you may never have the opportunity to shoot in a Studio with Professional lights in your life and lastly : You can use these images to do Altered Reality, Creative work or just straight up in the Competitions. There’s a lot to be said for a well-taken image under the correct lighting. Come along and be part of a HPG-initiative , instead of sitting at home watching Telly.

I try so hard to find us professionals who can teach us something. Please come and play on Saturday 5th June.

Virtual hugs, Lindie

by Lindie Kolver, May 25, 2021

Invitation to participate in a Shoot for Saints Football Club (PSFC)

On SUNDAY, 6th JUNE, from 9am The Port Saints Football Club will be hosting a Soccer Gala at FINDLAY PARK (Cnr Findlay Ave and Hastings River Drive) with 25 Teams playing SHORT GAMES – fast & furious , I’d imagine..

There are 7 Soccer Fields (6 mini-fields and a full one) at Findlay Park for the Gala and we each grab a field and ‘cover the event’. By this I mean you take images of what transpire on YOUR field. You might end up with a couple of 100 images before/until you get into the rhythm and start anticipating when a spectacular kick or a header will get in your view-finder. We shoot with (mostly) 70-200 mm or wide-angle lenses, f5 (for speed and to try and throw the Background OOF ), Continuous High (burst) and Focus tracking, or continuous focus. We shoot RAW as the sun at noon has a tendency to blow out your images, so you are able to ‘fix’ them in your study.

Back home, you give your images a quick edit, size them THE SAME as for CLUB, and copy and paste them into your Dropbox folder I will create for you (with the link sent to you) OR put your images on a memory stick for me to do it for you. You deliver as many images as you’d like, as long as they are sharp and in focus.. Remember, every mum and dad want to see images of their child participating in the Game, so you have to take images of each child … Port Saints Football Club’s colour is BLUE (with black stripes)

As parking around the Club is at a premium, I suggest we share-ride . Remember a HAT, SUNBLOCK, comfy Shoes, a folding chair (if you need one), something to snack on, a wind-breaker and a FORMATTED card plus a spare battery for your Camera. They give us water and coffee on the house and this time also a cupcake as they have a Cake Stand. Please pitch to participate in a fun-day with lots of laughter & fun with other Club Members. We do it IN the Community FOR the Community. There’s some really great images to be had.

Please let me know if you are able to make it, even if only then for the morning or a few hours. I need Shooters to cover this event. These shoots are a great way to develop your skills as a photographer (both on location and in your study)

Lindie (0431695412 for a quick text to say ‘jay’ or ‘nay’

by Lindie Kolver, May 25, 2021

Results for competitions in April 2021 Digital Competition

There were 27 entries that gained our highest award(s).

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

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

New Dawning
John Upton – Top Image in Category
Open Colour

Rainbow Lorikeet
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Open Colour

Its Gonna Rain
Ray Cooper – Distinction
Open Colour

Dew Beads
John Smith – Distinction
Open Colour

Wipeout
Susan Smith – Distinction
Open Colour

aerial action
William Quaglio – Distinction
Open Colour

Circa 1950
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Mono

Ironman
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Mono

Street Art
John Smith – Top Image in Category
Mono

Parking Solution
John Smith – Distinction
Mono

Loving look
Garry Gannell – Distinction
Set Subject – Humans & Dogs

Mans Best Friend
Susan Smith – Distinction
Set Subject – Humans & Dogs

Mans Best Friend
Steve Phelps – Distinction
Set Subject – Humans & Dogs

I Love You Too
Susan Smith – Distinction
Set Subject – Humans & Dogs

Ticklish
Stephen Finlay – Top Image in Competition
Set Subject – Humans & Dogs

Feeding Time
Stephen Finlay – Distinction
Set Subject – Humans & Dogs

Oh Its for You
John Smith – Distinction
Set Subject – Humans & Dogs

Throw it throw it !
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Set Subject – Humans & Dogs

Grooming Corellas
Susan Smith – Distinction
Nature

Noisy Miner Lift off
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Nature

Baby Koel
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Nature

Brown Tail
Louise Spencer – Distinction
Nature

Wazzup
Bill Flemming – Distinction
Nature

Surrounded
John Smith – Distinction
Nature

Landing Pad
John Smith – Top Image in Category
Nature

Crab Walk
Stephen Finlay – Distinction
Nature

Hungry
Paul Barron – Distinction
Nature

by , May 19, 2021

Results for competitions in March 2021 Digital Competition

There were 17 entries that gained our highest award(s).

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

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Trawling
Louise Spencer – Distinction
Open Colour

Mathilda
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Open Colour

Grain Silo
Colin Bennett – Distinction
Open Colour

Above the Clouds
Stephen Finlay – Top Image in Competition
Open Colour

Scooter Rider
Susan Smith – Distinction
Mono

Luna Park
Susan Smith – Distinction
Mono

Rainy Day
Lindie Kolver – Top Image in Category
Mono

Town Railway
Paul Barron – Distinction
Mono

Bad Botox
Ray Cooper – Distinction
Set Subject – Altered Reality/ Creative Work

Flower People
Susan Smith – Distinction
Set Subject – Altered Reality/ Creative Work

Hidden Figure
Susan Smith – Distinction
Set Subject – Altered Reality/ Creative Work

Immersed in sound
Garry Gannell – Top Image in Category
Set Subject – Altered Reality/ Creative Work

Garden ride
Liz Gannell – Distinction
Set Subject – Altered Reality/ Creative Work

Sawtooth Peak
Stephen Finlay – Distinction
Set Subject – Altered Reality/ Creative Work

Enjoying the Berries
Susan Smith – Top Image in Category
Nature

Gliding By
John Smith – Distinction
Nature

Damara Dik Dik
Lindie Kolver – Distinction
Nature

by Lindie Kolver, April 20, 2021

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