Welcome to the Pennant Hills Photographic Club

The Pennant Hills Photographic Club welcomes 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.
For information on the club and how to join please view: Information about the club (opens in a new tab)

About Us

PHPC is a medium-sized club of around 50-60 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

Upcoming Events - mouse over for details
May
25
Sat
5:00 am Outing – Tin City
Outing – Tin City
May 25 @ 5:00 am – 10:00 am
Dear members We, the committee, have decided to add another outing to our calendar, Tin City. Tin City is near Nelson Bay, Newcastle, approximately 2 hours from Pennant Hills.  (If you were at our last[...]
Jun
3
Mon
7:45 pm Presentation – TBA @ Uniting Church Hall
Presentation – TBA @ Uniting Church Hall
Jun 3 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Details will be announced closer to the date.
Jun
17
Mon
7:45 pm Competition 1905 – Open & Set – ... @ Uniting Church Hall
Competition 1905 – Open & Set – ... @ Uniting Church Hall
Jun 17 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Comp 1905 – Open & Set – Still Life.  A depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically an object or a small group of objects.
Jun
22
Sat
10:00 am Photo Rally – TBA
Photo Rally – TBA
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Details will be announced closer to the date.
Jul
1
Mon
6:30 pm Outing – Christmas in July
Outing – Christmas in July
Jul 1 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Details will be announced closer to the date.
Recent Posts Archives

Reminder – Competition 1806 Closes at Midnight on Saturday 14th July 2018

A reminder to all members that Competition 1806 which has both Open and Set categories will close at midnight on Saturday 14th July 2018. The Set topic is “Urban Landscape – an image of two or more buildings in their street environment”.

If you have not done so already, please prepare your photos, enter them on the MyPhotoClub website, print your labels and attach them to the back of the prints. It is good practice to print your labels immediately after submitting your entry as you cannot print them after the competition closes. A good idea is to “Print to PDF” and save the file for when you need it and you can then print it when and as often as needed.

Instructions for entering a competition are on the Club Documents page and at this link: PHPC MyPhotoClub Instruction – Entering a Competition

As this is both an Open and Set competition, please be sure to select the correct category (Open or Set) for the media you are using (Small Prints, Colour Prints, Mono Prints, and Digital Image).

As usual, if you have any difficulties or questions, please contact the Competition Secretary, Tony Strasser on 0408-406-519 or at competition@phpc.org.au.

Good luck with your entries! See you at the judging on the evening of the 16th July 2018.

by Tony Strasser, 6 July 2018

Notice of Special General Meeting on 6th August 2018

PENNANT HILLS PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB INC.

 NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

 TO BE HELD AT 7.45PM ON MONDAY 6TH AUGUST 2018

at the Uniting Church hall, Corner of Boundary Rd and Bellamy Street, Pennant Hills

PURPOSE: The purpose of the meeting is to approve a special resolution to adopt a new Club Constitution.

MOTION: That the Pennant Hills Photographic Club adopt a new and revised Constitution based on the NSW Department of Fair Trading Model Constitution for incorporated associations as distributed with this notice of meeting.

BACKGROUND: Members who attended the last AGM will recall that the immediate past-president proposed that the outgoing committee be able to assist the new incoming committee in managing the club’s affairs until the end of the year. Functions such as trophies, the presentation night, and finalising next year’s calendar, which all happen at the end of the year are difficult to transfer to new committee members in the very short term available. Our current Constitution makes no allowance for this to occur.

In addition, our current Constitution is old though it appears to have been based on an earlier version of a Model Constitution. NSW Fair Trading have a newer version available. For those interested in accessing a clean copy of the model, it can be found here:http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/ftw/Cooperatives_and_associations/Incorporating_an_association/About_the_constitution/Model_constitution.page

Organisations adopting the Model Constitution verbatim automatically have their Constitution updated whenever Fair Trading update the Model (refer to the cover page). However in order to give effect to what was discussed at the last AGM we have had to modify the Model; and because that negates the automatic updating the Committee have taken the opportunity to make a limited number of other minor changes to the model to suit the club’s operation. In short, the proposed new Constitution is only changed from the Model to the minor extent it has been necessary.

ATTACHMENTS: Attached to this message are three documents for your consideration:

  1. The Club’s existing Constitution – PHPC constitution
  2. A marked up copy of the Model Constitution showing the changes made to adapt it to PHPC (NOTE – this copy has no proper pagination and table of contents) – PHPC_constitution_draft_3_mark_up
  3. A clean copy of the document with pagination and a correct table of contents – PHPC_constitution_draft_3 (clean)

COMMENTS: There are some differences in the new Model compared to our existing Constitution such as:

  1. A reduction from 20% to 5% of the club membership who may requisition the Committee to convene a Special General Meeting (Section 27)
  2. The quorum for general meetings is reduced from 10 members to 5 members (Section 29)
  3. There is no longer any provision for proxy voting (Section 35)
  4. There is provision for use of technology at meetings (Section 37)
  5. In the Model Constitution we are referred to as an “Association”. We have not attempted to change that because we were trying to move away from the Model as little as possible.

The changes relating to the outgoing Committee helping the incoming Committee are at Section 13(d). Section 13(e) was added to acknowledge the fact that the Committee has a set of bylaws to assist it in running the Club.

Nancy Morley
President

by Tony Strasser, 6 July 2018

Hornsby TAFE Photography Course

Dear members

As I mentioned at the last meeting that a person from Hornsby TAFE was going to come along to talk to us about a course they are running. David apologies as he was sick and could not make it.  As I wanted further information before I sent this email out to you all so I apologise for not sending this out earlier. At this stage they are only taking a waiting list to make sure they have enough people interested.

Please find attached three information sheets. Also see below a message from Graham Evans who is organising the course. If you are interested in attending, please email Graham Evans on the email address below.

Regards
Nancy


Hello Nancy,

Thank you for contacting TAFE regarding the Statement of Attainment in Photography Skills course.  You may be aware that the class was scheduled to commence on the 2nd July. Unfortunately, there has been a delay in starting the course, with the new starting date to be confirmed. I have added your contact details to our waiting list, so that we can notify you when the course is advertised online with the new starting date.

There are 2 sessions planned for each day.

  • The first starting at 3pm through to 5pm Mondays and Wednesdays
  • The second session commences at 6pm through to 8pm Mondays & Wednesdays.

Both sessions will commence on the same starting date.
My apologies for the delay. I hope you are not greatly inconvenienced by the change.

Regards,

Graham Evans
Graphic Design : Photography (part-time)
Hornsby College TAFE NSW – Northern Sydney Institute
e: graham.evans12@tafensw.edu.au

TAFE Course How To Apply

 

by Tony Strasser, 26 June 2018

Competition 1805 Results Are Available

The results of Competition 1805 (Open & Set – Natural Light) are now available for you to see.  The instructions for viewing competition images and results can be viewed by clicking on the following link. They are also on the Club Documents Page.

PHPC MyPhotoClub Instruction – Viewing Completed Competitions

A reminder to members when entering competitions:

  1. No more than two (2) of any media type (ie. Colour Prints, Mono Prints, Digital Images, Small Prints) are permitted in a single competition. Excess entries will be disqualified. [We acknowledge the entry form doesn’t prevent this and we are working on a solution]
  2. Please be sure you enter the Open or Set category correctly. We award points per the category entered on-line (regardless of placement on the judging display), unless it is obvious that an Open entry has been placed in a Set category in which case it will be re-categorised.
  3. The Competition Rules do not permit entries that have previously attained a Credit or a Merit award.  Entries that have not attained these awards may be entered up to three times.  Please ensure you are familiar with the current edition of the rules, which is also on the Club Documents Page. Comp Rules and categories V3 2018

Well done to all entrants in contributing to an interesting and high-quality competition.

by Tony Strasser, 20 June 2018

Reminder: Payment for Xmas in July is Due

If you are coming to the Xmas in July dinner, and you haven’t yet paid, could you please make a bank transfer to the Club of $45 per person at your earliest convenience. Bank details follow.

Pennant Hills Photography Club Westpac BSB: 032-087 Account: 731071

The venue again is:

GERANIUM COTTAGE

828 Old Northern Road, Middle Dural, NSW
Tel:  02 96520475

Start: 6:30pm for 7pm Dinner

All details on a previous post on the Club’s website.

by Tony Strasser, 19 June 2018

Reminder: Competition 1805 Closes at Midnight on Saturday 16th June 2018

A reminder to all members that Competition 1805 which has both Open and Set categories will close at midnight on Saturday 16th June 2018. The Set topic is “Natural Light – A scene or subject lit by natural light and showing your mastery of its use. It should be obvious that no artificial light was used.”

If you have not done so already, please prepare your photos, enter them on the MyPhotoClub website, print your labels and attach them to the back of the prints.

Instructions for this are on the Club Documents page and at this link: PHPC MyPhotoClub Instruction – Entering a Competition

As this is both an Open and Set competition, please be sure to select the correct category (Open or Set) for the media you are using (Small Prints, Colour Prints, Mono Prints, and Digital Image).

As usual, if you have any difficulties or questions, please contact the Competition Secretary, Tony Strasser on 0408-406-519 or at competition@phpc.org.au.

Good luck with your entries! See you at the judging on the evening of the 8th June 2018.

by Tony Strasser, 9 June 2018

Weekend Away and Outing – Gulgong/Mudgee Area

Hi all members

Planning for our weekend away in the Gulgong / Mudgee area on the weekend of 25th &  26th August 2018 is well underway.

Everyone is invited to come along for the weekend and enjoy some photography (maybe some wines), a meal or two and great company.

Thank you to those that have registered interest so far.  If you wish to come along and haven’t yet registered interest please let Tony Strasser know, including whether you are bringing anyone else (for restaurant booking purposes) and whether you will be joining the Mudgee Observatory visit.  We will need to confirm numbers with them.

It is a flexible weekend. Some of us will choose to stay 3 nights (Friday to Sunday) others 1 night or 2 – it is totally up to you. Photography wise you can choose where and what you would like to see and photograph. This is also an opportunity to ask questions and learn something new about your photography.

We will send out an agenda soon advising details. Find attached information on the area and the observatory as well as accommodation ideas – we have suggested the Ten Dollar Town Motel or choose your own, and you are advised to book early. If you are travelling alone or don’t have transport let me know and we can see if there is anyone who would like to car pool (sharing costs).

PHPC Weekend Outing 2018 – Gulgong and Environs information sheet

Gulgong Hotels Trivago 3Jun2018 – list of accommodation with indicative prices – please book soon.  Members going need to book their own accommodation.

Mudgee Observatory – We have booked the Mudgee Observatory for 7:30pm on Saturday 25th August 2018. We will have dinner beforehand in Gulgong (or Mudgee depending on numbers and available venues) at about 5:30pm.  We can car-pool to get to the Observatory and then back to our hotels.  The cost is $15 per person payable to the observatory on the night. Rug up as it will be cold.  Our hosts will explain astro-photography and show us their equipment as well as allow us to take photographs with a telescope (Canon mount only).  It will be a full-moon so only the moon and the brighter stars and planets will be visible.

I, for one, am looking forward to this weekend. I have visited Mudgee a few times and have thoroughly enjoyed it as it is a beautiful part of the world.  I can’t wait to see what Gulgong has to offer. Not to mention spending time with like-minded members of the club.  I hope that you can join in for a photography weekend away!

Nancy
President
0481 345 320

by Tony Strasser, 7 June 2018

Christmas in July Monday 2nd July 2018 6.30pm for 7pm Dinner

An Invitation to all Pennant Hills Photographic Club Members

Christmas in July is fast approaching. This is a great social evening and we would love it if you could join us for a wonderful meal, some photography fun and good company – menu and information below. Partner and friends are welcome. If you require transport let us know.

Please make payment to:

Pennant Hills Photography Club Westpac BSB: 032-087 Account: 731071

Don’t forget to write your name on the sheet at the next meeting and if you can’t make the meeting let me know.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Nancy

President 0481 345 320

WELCOME TO DINNERTIME AT GERANIUM COTTAGE

828 Old Northern Road, Middle Dural, NSW
Tel:  02 96520475

Start: 6:30pm for 7pm Dinner

Cost: $45 per person paid to club

Wine will be supplied by the club: White and Red or can bring your own.

Other Drinks are not supplied.

Garlic and herb bread Starters

Entrée

Antipasta Platter

Mains

  1. BEEF & MUSHROOM POT PIE of the day with roast potato, vegetables or chips and salad
  2. British Style Traditional Christmas dinner –   Roast Pork with apple sauce, Roast Potatoes and Pumpkin Seasonal Vegetables
  3. Crumbed, Grilled or Battered Fish with chips or mash potato, salad or seasonal vegetables and Tartare sauce
  4. Vegetarian Mains (Special Pre-Order)
  5. Homemade vegetarian chick pea and cheese patty with salad & herb aioli

Deserts

  1. Homemade Christmas Pudding with custard and ice cream Brandy Trifle
  2. Apple and Berry Crumble with ice cream
  3. Creme Brulee with strawberries

Fresh brewed coffee or leaf tea

by Nancy Morley, 6 June 2018

Playing With Soft Focus Equipment Workshop

Many thanks to Phil Weir who led a very instructive workshop on how to achieve soft focus in our photographs.  Phil’s years of experience as a professional photographer were evident, and the techniques and array of equipment he showed us were very interesting.

The presentation Phil gave is attached to this post and is also linked to the Club Documents page. Play With Soft Focus Equipment

We were also instructed in how to pose and light subjects for portrait photography. Some examples follow.

Phil Weir in the model’s chair

Phil explaining subject posing and lighting

Phil Weir our instructor

Nancy Morely, PHPC President

by Tony Strasser, 6 June 2018

Competition 1804 Results Have Been Published

The results of Competition 1804 (Open & Set – People In Life) are now available for you to see.  The instructions for viewing competition images and results can be viewed by clicking on the following link. They are also on the Club Documents Page.

PHPC MyPhotoClub Instruction – Viewing Completed Competitions

Some members have been making comments on and discussing the photos which is great.  Please do keep the discussion respectful to both members and the judges.

We have improved with respect to meeting deadlines with just a couple of people needing assistance to post their entries.  If you do need assistance then please email competition@phpc.org.au with sufficient time before the deadline to allow help to be given.

Here again are some points for entrants that will ease your task of using the MyPhotoClub systems and also make it easier for judging and scoring:

  1. Leave yourself plenty of time by entering well before the deadline. Some people did leave it till the last minute.  Things do go wrong from time to time (e.g. Internet down, printer not working, forgotten passwords etc), but leaving it till the very last minute makes it difficult for us to help you and you may miss out on entering the competition. All remaining competitions for the rest of the year are open to entries,so why not start adding entries early to avoid the last-minute rush?
  2. Entrants must print and attach the system-generated labels to their prints.  The labels provide the information we need to identify the entries and the entrants during the competition.  We will toughen our response to non-compliance and so we need your cooperation to avoid any unfortunate incidents of disqualification.  Do print your labels when you enter your images on the system.  Label printing is available on the entry page immediately after initial submission.  The button is at the bottom of the entry form.  You cannot print them after the competition closes.  It is best to print them on an A4 sheet with the print size set to 50%, cut them out, and glue or stick them to the back of the print with double-sided tape.
  3. Please make sure you enter the correct competition category. We had about 10 entries that were entered in the incorrect Open/Set category.  Correcting these errors consumes a lot of time and we’d rather not have to do it.  Most competitions from now are both open and set. You can check and alter your entries anytime before deadline. It is wise to go back and verify your entry as being what you intended. Remember Open awards are worth fewer points than Set awards, so the little bit of effort to check may make a difference in your competition results.

Congratulations everyone again on a successful competition.  Enjoy browsing the entries.

by Tony Strasser, 23 May 2018