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Bin It

This was something different for me. I was waiting for my wife to finish work so I started walking around her office building and found this random bin with some nice light. The texture of the wall behind it was also very interesting to me. I have no idea why the bin was there, but I was just seeing the light and shooting.

Last month I entered this image “Bin It” into the Open small print category of my local camera club (Northern Tasmanian Camera Club). It didn’t go well because the judges couldn’t figure out what it was about. That is fine, it is a viewers prerogative to judge the image they are looking at and in this case it didn’t speak to them. One of the judges asked me what I was shooting here and my first response was “the light”. That is a basic answer to that question so I want to elaborate on that a little.
The light was the first thing I saw. Next was the rough and patchy bricks, the pattern of the mortar and the different colours in the brick work. Add the smooth and slightly shiny plastic of the rubbish bin, I really liked the way that contrasted against wall. I could use the “artsy” word juxtaposition, but that really isn’t my style. To add to the scene there was also the debris on the ground which gave me another texture and the discarded starter which obviously was meant for the bin but failed to make into it. Plus there was some greenery poking through which added a small splash of colour.
So those are the things that drew me to the image, but why shoot it in the first place? I wanted to photograph this because it was there and so was I. It is mundane and ordinary, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a good photograph. Would I like to be photographing something more interesting? Hell yes, but there wasn’t anything overly interesting to shoot at the time.
These days I shoot just about anything that gets in front of my camera. I don’t have the time to wait for something better to come along because it probably won’t happen. If I see something I like I shoot it. If I see something that is boring I will probably still shoot it. I shoot the boring because there must have been something there in the first place that made me look at it. I want to stay open to any possible image and this is a result of doing just that.

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The Drum – Issue 91 February 2015

The February issue of the Drum is now up on the club website. It is full of information of upcoming events plus articles on the January club meeting and a night photography workshop.

Please enjoy!

The Drum – Issue 90 January 2015

The first issue of The Drum for the year has been published!

In this issue we have the winners of the Robert and Dorothy Mackrill Trophies plus the winner of the President’s Trophy.

Please enjoy!

The Drum – Issue 89 December 2014

The latest issue of The Drum has been published for December. It features articles on the recent TPF Meeting (page 6), and an interview with Jason L Stephens (page 14).

Each issue of The Drum is a lot of work to put together. Sourcing and writing articles, editing and changing the layout to suit. It is a big effort, but it is also very rewarding to see the finished product.

With the silly season well upon us this latest issue became much more difficult to finish. With some rather late nights in the last week I was able to bring it all together. January’s issue will be done on a tight time constraint as I don’t want to be wrapped up in that issue over the festive period. Then February will be under a lot of pressure. My wife is expecting our second child in early January, so life in our household will change dramatically.

As with most things time will tell how everything pans out.

I hope that everyone who reads this latest issue will enjoy it.

The Drum – Issue 88 November 2014

The latest issue of The Drum has been published for November. It features articles the recent club field trip to Armidale Stud, and the second part of the Ibarionex Perello interview (The Candid Frame).

I hope that everyone who reads it will enjoy it.

The Drum – Issue 87 October 2014

The latest issue of The Drum has recently been published for October. This issue has been the biggest I have put together. It features articles on Anne O’Connor (recently awarded MFIAP), Luke Reid (guest speaker for September), and the first part of the Ibarionex Perello interview (The Candid Frame).

I truly feel that this publication is reaching a new standard in quality. I no longer refer to it as a newsletter, but rather call it a magazine. It is taking more work to complete each month. The end result is something I am truly proud of and I hope that everyone who reads it will enjoy it.

Northern Tasmanian Camera Club

About 6 years ago I attended a photo club meeting for the first time. It was with the Launceston Photographic Society. At the time I wasn’t sure about joining a club and the feel of the club didn’t really grab me. I’m not sure what it was about it, but I didn’t go back to another meeting there.
Come to 2014 and I’m starting to think about joining a camera club again. I had done some research and found 2 more clubs in the region. The nearest of them, the Northern Tasmanian Camera Club, had a web presence so I was able to gain some knowledge of the club from there. They also had a contact email that I also used as well. It seemed like an interesting club so, with a nudge from my wife, I attended a meeting.

The club use to meet in another location, but now they are meeting at the Lions Club rooms in Merino Street, Kings Meadows. The meeting time was set for 7.30pm, so I got there a touch earlier. As it turns out everyone gets there earlier so I was sort of late. I walked in and met the treasurer, Ron Camplin, who got me to sign in and then directed another member to show me around. This was a really nice touch. I was new to the meeting so instead of having me stand around on my own they gave me someone to talk to. John Shepherd introduced himself to me and we spoke about photography and the club.
We sat down to listen to a very interesting talk from Howard Colvin about ISO and Noise in digital imaging. I thought I knew a bit about this subject. I really liked his analogy about noise being like static on a radio. You turn up the volume and the static gets louder. You turn up the ISO and the same thing happens.

I got to also sit through the judging of the monthly competition and hear the critiques of each photo. At the end of the night I left thinking that I had a really good night. As a prospective member I was allowed three meetings before having to decide about joining. I was already thinking of joining from the first night, but I chose to wait for at least one more meeting.

The following month I went along again and got to hear a talk about forensic photography. There was also viewings of the monthly competition entries and critiques. By the end of the night I was ready to join so I got a form from the treasurer and filled it in. The membership only cost me $25 for the year, which is nothing when you think about it.

During that meeting there was a call for nominations for the committee and to edit the clubs newsletter, The Drum. The editor didn’t have to be on the committee if they didn’t want to be. For the next few weeks I contemplated taking over the editors position. The newsletter didn’t seem too difficult to me. Spending 18 years in the printing industry has given me some skills that could be put to use for the club.
It came to the night of the AGM and mid year dinner. I wasn’t actually meant to be going that night as we had friends coming around to visit. I was cleaning up after dinner and then just asked my wife if she would mind if I went out for a few minutes. She was fine with that so long as I wasn’t too long.

I headed down to the club and went inside. the first person I saw was Ron Camplin. He said “I thought you weren’t coming tonight”? He was right, but I just couldn’t let the position of editor go. I went and spoke to the President and told him about my intention to put my name up for the Drum editor. He was very pleased with that and got me signed up quickly. He even got me to agree to be on the committee.

I sat back while the AGM was held and when the nominations came up for the committee there was 1 extra nomination for the positions. Luckily there was room to add another person to the committee, so I filled that spot.

To think that only a couple months ago I was contemplating joining a camera club and now I am on the committee and editing the newsletter. I’m also entering images into the monthly competitions, starting with the coming month of August. I guess I have jumped into this with both feet? We’ll see if I can swim now.