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2021 Update No. 12 Capturing Aircraft

2021 Update no. 12 Capturing Aircraft

Photographing Aircraft – Sam Hall

When: Tuesday 13 July 2021
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Hutt Valley Tramping Club, 15 Birch Street, Waterloo
Topic: How to get the best out of your aircraft photography

I’m a Lower Hutt local living in Kelson with my wife and two daughters. My father was in the Air Force and some of my earliest memories are of aircraft, airfields and air shows. This turned into a lifelong love of aviation and the sky, and a hobby in aircraft photography since I was old enough to be trusted with a camera. I enjoy the challenge of trying to photograph occasionally tricky subjects with sometimes only one chance to get the shot, and am always looking for the perfect photo and new aspects to focus on.

I started off using film before moving to digital SLRs with an assortment of zoom lenses that have progressively got larger over time. In New Zealand we have some great opportunities to get close to aircraft that don’t always exist elsewhere. In my presentation I’ll go over some of the basic techniques and principals involved in capturing them, and share some of the insights and stories behind some of my favourite images.

Interclub Print Comp Planning – via Zoom

When: Tuesday 20 August 2021
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Zoom link:
Topic: planning for the Wellington Interclub competition

Join in with Rob to go through the first cut of the images we have received.

If you haven’t yet or have more to send in, please do so to Competitions. Topics;

H is for……..
In the City
Multiple Exposure
The Great Outdoors
What we do in the shadows

Landscape Photography: Laurie Winter

When: Tuesday 27 July 2021
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Hutt Valley Tramping Club, 15 Birch Street, Waterloo
Topic: Landscape Photography: Laurie Winter

Laurie has fun and adventures doing ‘photographic roadies’ around New Zealand enjoying and capturing the beautiful scenery. Check out her website: Beautiful NZ Landscapes.


Our Rob Vanderpoel has taken out the Structure category of Capital Magazine’s Capital Photographer of the Year Competition! Read all about and see the image here which he created for last year’s Interclub competition.

Upcoming Fieldtrips/Workshops

Saturday 21 August – South Coast
Still in planning….watch this space


Entries due for Critique series 3: Portrait. Tuesday 27 July. Send to: Competitions

Maximum of 1620 pixels on the horizontal side AND 1080 on the vertical side.

Files are to be named as follows:



A          is your grade Advanced (A), Intermediate (I), or Beginner (B)
S          is your subject category i.e. one of S (Set), N (Nature), or O (Open)
C3        is the competition e.g. Critique 3 = C3
310      is your membership number
Title     is the image title.  If no image title is provided, then please use a number instead to make the file name unique.

Example file names are:
B-S-C3-456-Over the Rainbow.jpg

Nelson National Triptych Salon 2021

This popular salon is open to anyone with an interest in photography, you do not have to be a PSNZ member. The competition is for projected images only.  Entries open 1st August. To find out more information and enter the competition – see the Nelson Camera Club website

Annual Exhibition

Will be held this year from 14 October to 26 October.   Please find guidelines and entry form in the email update.

Members may submit up to four images into the exhibition. The actual number displayed will depend upon the total number of images entered overall, and how the images all work together.

From the Archives

Celebrating our 60th year, I will post a tidbit up from the archives each update.
This time, a poem from a 1983 newsletter

Photography inspiration, courses and tips

How To Blur Backgrounds in Photoshop – 11m
Photography Composition Tips: The One About Interesting Point of View – 18m
Tips for Photography in Harsh Light – 21m
Vintage lenses on digital cameras. How good are they in reality compared to modern lenses? – 23m


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