Welcome to the Pennant Hills Photographic Club

We welcome all photographers to join and participate in its events and by sharing knowledge to improve and enhance photographic skills. Our club aims to mentor, support, and educate its members, and to foster skills and passion for photography in a collegiate and enjoyable atmosphere.

Meeting Address only: Uniting Church Hall – Corner of Boundary Road and Bellamy Street. Parking is on a grassed block of land opposite the church in Bellamy St., and the entrance we use is facing Bellamy St.

For information on the club please view this link.

To join please download and complete the Membership Form (PDF fillable): Download Membership form

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About Us

PHPC is a medium-sized club of around 40-50 members. Our members range in skill from enthusiastic novices to experienced photographers. The club has a few members who are judges.

We have a number of members who run the mentoring program for our newer members to learn the capabilities of their camera(s). We are large enough to support the growth of members but small enough to be a community, where all members can know each other. The club is here to challenge us to get the best from ourselves and our cameras

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7:30 pm Presentation: by Chris Kenyon @ Uniting Church Hall
Presentation: by Chris Kenyon @ Uniting Church Hall
Aug 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Presentation by Chris Kenyon on Mounting Photographs.
7:30 pm Presentation: Chris Kenyon – Mou... @ Uniting Church Hall
Presentation: Chris Kenyon – Mou... @ Uniting Church Hall
Aug 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Presentation by Chris Kenyon on Mounting Photographs
7:30 pm Comp 07: Open and Set – Machinery @ Uniting Church Hall
Comp 07: Open and Set – Machinery @ Uniting Church Hall
Aug 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Comp 08: Open and Set – Machinery. An image of the whole or part of a machine that shows the beauty, functionality, history or value of the machine.
Recent Posts Archives

Sutherland National open for entries


by Chris Kenyon, 9 July 2024

Link to Mieke’s presentation last night.

The link below will be active for the next two weeks for those who missed the presentation last night or anyone who would like to see it again.


by Chris Kenyon, 9 July 2024

Zoom Presentation Tonight

Don’t forget the zoom presentation tonight with Mieke, details below.

Topic: PHPC Zoom Meeting

Time: Jul 8, 2024 07:15 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 847 5259 5111

Passcode: 191577

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by Chris Kenyon, 8 July 2024

Link to great landscape photography by Ian Plant


Quiet long but well worth looking at


by Chris Kenyon, 3 July 2024

ZOOM presentation next MondayNight 8th of July Mieke Boynton “Awesome Abstract”

Log on details for Mieke’s presentation – one not to be missed.

Topic: PHPC Zoom Meeting

Time: Jul 8, 2024 07:15 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 847 5259 5111

Passcode: 191577

One tap mobile

+61871501149,,84752595111#,,,,*191577# Australia

+61280156011,,84752595111#,,,,*191577# Australia

Dial by your location

• +61 8 7150 1149 Australia

• +61 2 8015 6011 Australia

• +61 3 7018 2005 Australia

• +61 7 3185 3730 Australia

• +61 8 6119 3900 Australia

Meeting ID: 847 5259 5111

Passcode: 191577

Find your local number: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/k77SkGv1Q

by Chris Kenyon, 3 July 2024


Total Prize Pool of $2,400
2023 APS Home Book Award 1200x400 MIN
Opens 1 July
Now in its 9th year, the APS Photo book Awards 2024 offers $2,400 in prizes. The competition will be open for entries between 1 July and 30 September 2024. Entry is free and is open to all Australian Photographic Society and Australian camera club members.

The categories for the APS Photo Book Awards will be “Open” and “Travel”.
Open EntriesEntries in the Open category are open to any entrant who is a member of APS and/or an Australian camera club, and to group entries prepared by two or more members of any Australian camera club. The subject matter is unrestricted, with the author free to choose any theme, subject or topic.
Judging criteria will include excellence and fitness for purpose in photography; selection and sequencing of images; design, layout and typography; and originality of concept and design. The images in the book should provide an engaging visual narrative and should work together to deliver an overall visual impact that is “greater than the sum of the parts”. Text supporting the visual narrative may be included but is not a compulsory element.
Travel Entries
The Travel category is designed to encourage APS and camera club members to prepare and enter photo books that capture their travel stories.
Entry in the Travel category is open to any entrant who is a member of APS and/or an Australian camera club, and to group entries prepared by two or more members of any Australian camera club.The category is open to any individual entrant who is a member of APS or an Australian camera club. The subject matter should relate in some way to travel, for example a photo-journal of a particular journey, or a photo essay depicting the landscapes, people or lifestyles of a particular country or region.

Our three expert judges for the APS Photo Book Awards 2024 will be multi award-winning professional commercial photographer William Long, award-winning photo-video artist and educator Lisa Kurtz and founding co-ordinator of the APS Photo Book Awards Yvonne Hill.

Participants can enter one book in each section. Format and page length of books is unrestricted and entrants are free to choose their preferred book publisher. The author’s name may be included on the book cover.

Entrants should complete the online entry form on the APS Website.
Entrants will be asked to upload a photo of themselves (max. 2Mb) as part of the online entry process.

Entries should be mailed or delivered to:
Paul Balfe, 120/16 Surbiton Court, Carindale QLD 4152

by 30 September. 
Entrants wishing to have their book/s returned by post must include a fully pre-paid, self-addressed mailing satchel.

Closing date for receipt of entries is 30 September 2024.

For further details contact Paul Balfe – paul.balfe@a-p-s.org.au or 0404 822 317.



by Janne Ramsay, 1 July 2024


Tips for Photographing Spirals

Posted: 06/25/2024

This article is based on concepts from The Advanced Photography Action Cards which are currently 71% off if you want to check them out.

In numerous areas of study, many theories examine why the spiral shape is so darn fascinating to us.

Photo by Yifei Chen

The use of spiral shapes in architecture and art dates back almost to the beginning of human existence.

It’s true. We’ve had a long love affair with the spiral!

Most of us are spending a lot of time at home these days. We may not currently have the opportunity to photograph a gorgeous architectural spiral, such as this museum staircase.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t go on the hunt for less obvious spiral subjects to photograph. You likely have numerous spirals near you at this very moment.

Photo by Rollstein

The spiral can be found in everything from galaxies to snail shells.

In ancient history the spiral was considered a symbol of prosperity as it represented the growth of a vine. (I guess the ancients liked their wine too!)

Today I’ll guide you along on a photo safari to seek out and photograph spirals right in the comfort of your own home.

Photo by ulleo

Let’s Start by Finding Spirals in the Kitchen

Many food-related items contain a spiral. Pasta is a great example.

Photo by adamkontor

Or how about some cinnamon rolls?

For this spiral project, follow these steps.

  • Gather food items that are spirals by nature.
  • Gather food items that you could twist into a spiral for something more abstract.
  • Scrounge through your cooking utensils. I bet you have a spiral or two in there somewhere (perhaps a corkscrew)!

Push a table near a window. Also gather a couple of other light sources. Select sources that have different types of lighting – a table lamp that provides broad even light could be one source, and a powerful flashlight that creates a spotlight effect could be another. The idea is to create different types of lighting.

Now build your set. You could use simple art paper for a plain background. You could also use a clear glass container to create water effects, such as the pasta photo above. Alternatively, you could create a table setting. In the end, your set building is limited only by your imagination.

Now Let’s Find some Spirals in Other Parts of the House

Idea: Take a look at some of the toys that you may have lying around. A Slinky is one example, but there are lots of toys that incorporate a spiral design.

Photo by CWilkinson

Lighting: When photographing a spiral, you don’t want to use flat frontal lighting. You want to use lighting that comes from the side or the rear. These directions of light accentuate the shape, which is essential when capturing pictures of a spiral.

If you find that you’re scratching your head in search of spirals around the home, let me share with you how easy it can be.

Let’s Search for spirals in the Garage and Basement

spirals with rope, cords and wire

Top left photo by CarlottaSilvestrini, Top right photo by Steve Johnson, Bottom left photo by MikesPhotos, Bottom right photo by analogicus

Idea: While engaging in your spiral photo safari, don’t just think, “I’m looking for a spiral.” Remember, you can also create a spiral. Two of the images above were found spirals, and two were created spirals.found and created spirals from ribbon, string and paper

Top left photo by JJ Ying, Bottom left photo by Jen Theodore, Right photo by Matheus Frade

How About Checking the Home Office for Spirals

Idea: Paper is an excellent resource for spiral photography. It can easily be molded and shaped into different types of spirals. Remember, you can combine the spiral with other shapes for different effects! You can also combine different spirals made from different materials for exciting juxtaposition.

Photo by MabelAmber

Key Thought: A spiral is a shape. A shape is a powerful tool of composition when repeated in a photograph. From a composition point of view, a repetitive form is at its strongest when you introduce an interruption. The picture of the rope depicts how an interruption in flow creates drama. The disruption becomes a focal point to the subject, which is a rope with a spiral!examples of spirals with interruption in flow

Top left photo by Matt Hagerty, Bottom left photo by Lorenzo Hamers, Right photo by Bogomil Mihaylov

Key Thought: You’ve probably heard of the Fibonacci Sequence. You know – Pi and the Golden Ratio. That idea is best left for another blog post. The reality is that any spiral has the potential to create an exciting and fun photo!

Skill Points:

  • Spirals are found everywhere in nature. However, you may need to get down on your hands and knees to spot them!
  • When photographing your spiral, make sure that it contrasts from the background either by tone or color.
  • The best lighting to capture a spiral shape is either sidelight or backlight. Don’t use front lighting unless you are using multiple light sources.
  • Combining a spiral, or spirals, with other shapes or materials can create interesting juxtapositions.
  • Creating your own spiral out of materials easily found around the home can open up your creativity to an entirely new level. The possibilities are endless.
  • History has proven that the human mind has a unique attraction to the spiral shape. Including a single spiral or more than one spiral within your photo, virtually guarantees added attention.
  • When you’re out and about, you will find spirals everywhere, especially in architecture and other forms of art such as sculptures. Be on the lookout.

Idea: You can easily create a spiral by attaching a flashlight to a string and swinging it in a circle while standing in a darkened area.

Photo by Mitchell

How to Make a Light Spiral:

  1. Locate a dark area. This could be outdoors or inside a room. If you’re outdoors, look around for other light sources that might affect your picture. You could get creative and include those light sources, or you could exclude them and just go for the spiral. If you choose an indoor spot, make sure you have enough space. You don’t want to hit anything with your twirling flashlight.
  2. Use a small, lightweight flashlight to start. As you gain skills, you can try different kinds of lights and mix them up in the same picture. Tie the rear of the flashlight to a sturdy string.
  3. With the lights on, swing the flashlight around for some practice.
  4. To create a spiral, you’ll have to do one or both of two things as you twirl the flashlight. Increase, or decrease, the size of the arc while swinging the flashlight. And/or move closer or away from the camera as you rotate the light during the exposure.
  5. To vary the size of the arc, loosely hold the string in one hand close to the flashlight, and then firmly grab the line with the other hand (2 to 3 feet from the flashlight). As you twirl the light, move the loose hand forward or backward along the string. This will change the diameter of the arc. It might take a little practice.
  6. Try changing the diameter of the arc and also moving forward or backward with your feet at the same time.
  7. Set your camera up on a sturdy surface, preferably a tripod.
  8. Set the shooting mode to manual.
  9. Set the aperture to f/5.6.
  10. Set the shutter speed to bulb or the most extended shutter speed that your camera allows (it should be at least 15 to 30 seconds).
  11. Use either the self-timer, a cable release, or an electronic remote release to fire the shutter.
  12. Start with an ISO of 800. Note: Depending upon the illumination level of your light source, you may have to adjust either the ISO or the aperture.
  13. Set the camera focus to manual and manually focus on an object located where you will stand while swinging your flashlight.
  14. With your shooting location darkened, turn on the flashlight and let it hang on the string. Begin twirling it in a circle. Remember: you have to vary the size of the circular arc and/or change your camera to subject distance to create a spiral. Otherwise, you will simply record a circle.

by Chris Kenyon, 30 June 2024

June/July F/Stop

FCC F/Stop June/July 2024
View this on our website at https://fccnsw.myphotoclub.com.au/fcc-f-stop-june-july-2024/

The Jun/Jul 2024 issue of F/Stop is now available for download by clicking on the link below. Please share with your Club Members.  You can also find a copy under the F/Stop Newsletter Tab and download it from there.

FCC F/Stop Jun/Jul 2024

by Chris Kenyon, 30 June 2024

No Meeting Tomorrow Night – Replaced by Presentation from Mieke Boynton on “Awesome Abstracts” on Monday the 8th (tomorrow week)

Mieke Boynton
Nature/Landscape Category Top 10 (Team Australia) – World Photographic Cup 2023
Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year – NZIPP Iris Awards 2023
Maitre de la Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (MFIAP) 2021
International Photographer of the Year – NZIPP Iris Awards 2021
Photographer of the Year – Epson International Pano Awards 2019
Mieke Boynton is a full-time landscape photographer based in the picturesque
alpine township of Bright in Victoria, Australia, where she and her fiancé Matt
Palmer run a beautiful fine-art photographic gallery called “Alpine Light.” Together,
they showcase their photographs from their stunning local area and their many
travels around Australia and overseas.
Mieke’s landscape photographs celebrate the artistry of Nature and its
breathtaking beauty, and her distinctive abstract aerials are taken from chartered
helicopters and light planes, flying over some of the most remote and fascinating
areas of Australia, Iceland, New Zealand and Namibia.
Mieke’s achievements include becoming the first Australian and first woman to win
the prestigious Epson International Pano Awards in 2019, and in 2021 being judged
the NZIPP International Photographer of the Year. Last year, she was named 2023
NZIPP Australian Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year. Mieke is a
Master with Distinction of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography
(NZIPP), a Master of the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP)
and a Grand Master of the Australian Photographic Society (APS).
As a former teacher, Mieke enjoys mentoring other photographers and her
educational skills have helped her to become a respected judge and presenter
both in Australia and overseas.
Website: www.alpinelight.com.au / www.miekeboynton.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiekeBoyntonPhotography
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/miekeboyntonphotograph

by Chris Kenyon, 30 June 2024

Photography is good for you

Wellness Benefits of Exploring with Your Camera

Posted: 06/12/2024

Photography has long been celebrated for its artistic value and ability to capture the essence of a moment. However, beyond the beautiful images, there’s a wealth of wellness benefits that come from exploring with your camera. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or a budding enthusiast, the journey of capturing the world through your lens can significantly enhance your mental, emotional, and even physical well-being.explore with camera

Photo captured by Thom Holmes

1. Mental Clarity and Stress Reduction

In our fast-paced world, stress is a common adversary. Engaging in photography, especially in natural settings, offers a form of active meditation. The act of focusing on your surroundings and framing your shots helps divert your attention from everyday worries. This mindful practice can lead to mental clarity and significantly reduce stress levels. Studies suggest that creative activities, including photography, can lower cortisol levels, a key hormone related to stress.

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2. Enhanced Physical Activity

Photography often requires you to be on the move, exploring new locations, and sometimes trekking through various terrains to get the perfect shot. This increased physical activity contributes to overall fitness. Whether you’re hiking up a hill for a landscape shot or walking through a bustling city to capture street scenes, you’re getting exercise that benefits your cardiovascular health and muscle tone.

3. Improved Mental Health

Capturing moments through your camera can have a therapeutic effect. Photography allows you to express your emotions and see the world from different perspectives, which can be incredibly liberating. It helps in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. The creative process encourages you to focus on positive experiences and moments, fostering a sense of achievement and joy.

4. Cognitive Benefits

Photography challenges your brain by requiring you to think about composition, lighting, and timing. This form of problem-solving can enhance cognitive functions such as critical thinking and memory. The constant need to observe and react to your environment keeps your mind sharp and alert, which is beneficial as we age.

5. Social Connection and Community

Photography can also be a social activity. Whether you’re joining a photography club, attending workshops, or simply sharing your photos online, you’re likely to meet new people and build connections. These social interactions can lead to a sense of belonging and community, which are crucial for mental well-being.

6. Boosted Creativity and Inspiration

Exploring with your camera can ignite creativity and inspire you in other areas of your life. The world is full of beauty and stories waiting to be told through your lens. By constantly seeking out new subjects and perspectives, you keep your creative muscles flexed, which can translate to innovative thinking in other aspects of your life.

7. Enhanced Appreciation for the Present Moment

Photography teaches you to be present. In the quest to capture the perfect shot, you become more aware of your surroundings and start to appreciate the small details of life. This heightened awareness can lead to a greater appreciation of the present moment, which is a core principle of mindfulness and contributes to overall happiness and satisfaction.


Exploring with your camera is more than just a hobby; it’s a pathway to improved wellness. It encourages physical activity, sharpens cognitive abilities, fosters social connections, and nurtures mental health. So next time you pick up your camera, remember that you’re not just taking photos—you’re investing in your well-being.

by Chris Kenyon, 24 June 2024