Monday, September 22, 2014

Today's Meeting

Hi Members,

It was raining when we got up early this morning to go down the coast to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary at 8 o'clock for our photo shoot. By the time we got to the Sanctuary and everyone had arrived, the rain had stopped and the sun peeked out of the clouds from time to time.

First up was the feeding of the Lorikeets, an activity, very popular with the younger generations.

Then we strolled through the park past the wallabies, various birds, including bowerbirds, ducks and cormorants, we arrived at the waterbird feeding station.

The pelicans came from everywhere for a free feed.

A nice bunch of rather large eels came begging for a feed as well.

Then it was time for morning tea on the way to the Bird of Prey Show.

That's when the heavens opened up and those without umbrellas got a bit of a soaking.

We must thank Elaine for organising us half price entry tickets, that was great!


Send three shots of your photos from today. If you couldn't make it, send us three shots of birds you've taken recently. If you can, please include the metadata, (speed, apperture and ISO)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Next Meeting Monday 22 September - 8.00AM

Hi members,

The library is not available to us on Monday as it is school holidays.

Following Elaine's talk on Bird Photography, we're going on a photo shoot to the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary. It was decided at the last meeting that we would meet there at 8.00AM to be there when they feed the birds.

If anybody needs a lift, let us know and we'll try to organise a pick up from the Logan North Library.

Elaine has organised us half-price entry tickets which must be purchased on line.

Here's what you need to do:

First go on line at

Then you need to go through the following steps.

1 - Click Tickets
2 - Click Buy Tickets
3 - Select General Admissions
4 - Click Buy Now
5 - Select No of people either Adult or Concession
6 - Apply Coupon code  forcon50 for concession or forad50 for non-concession
7 - Add Billing Detail
Only Credit Cards work. (Amex is not accepted)
8 - Enter Concession card number (Seniors Card)
9 - You will receive an email to the address you entered during the ticket buying process

Print the ticked and don't forget to bring it along.

We can pick up maps when we get there, so no need to print this one out.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Today's Meeting

Hi Members,

We had a full house today with another two new members joining us. So, now we have reached 49 members (and me makes 50). We can't accept any more members as the room at the library only holds 50 people. So any future enquiries will go on a waiting list.

We started off with the background photos submitted by members following Trevor's talk at the last meeting.

The main topic this morning was presented by member Elaine Wells on Backyard Bird Photography.

Member Elaine Wells presented the main topic this morning

The lesson notes on the subject are now on this blog

Magpie in flight by Elaine

Sea Gull in flight by Elaine
After Elaine's excellent presentation, members got together in groups where Elaine explained the best settings used for bird photography.

The meeting was unfortunately running right up to our allotted time of 12.45. We apologise to the tutor following the camera club.

Get ready! Next meeting, on the 22nd September, we'll go and practice what we've learnt today at the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary where we'll meet at 8.00AM. Details will be on this blog a week prior, including how to order entry tickets on line for half price.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Next Meeting Monday 8 September 2014 - at the Library

Hi Members,

Remember the challenge? We were discussing Backgrounds and the importance of them at the last meeting. So it was decided to send us four photos this time instead of the usual three.

Two sets of subjects, one with an ordinary background and one with an excellent background. That should get the creative juices flowing. Send them before Saturday night to

Background is detracting from the object

Neutral background of same object

Again background is too cluttered

Closing up onto flower makes it look much better

The main topic Backyard Bird Photography will be presented by member Elaine Wells, ahead of our next field trip to the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary.