When life gets blurry, adjust your focus
For those ‘easties’ who have always wanted to try their hand at photography or those amateur shutterbugs who already have armed themselves with an SLR, the Howick Photographic Society (HPS) is a great place to meet other photophiles and immerse yourself into a creative hub.
The incorporated society boasts 75 paid-up members and has been snapping pictures of the local environment and capturing the zeitgeist of east Auckland for the past 63 years.
Its core role is to teach the art of photography, educating its members on the pros and cons of image creation, post-processing techniques and everything in between.
Recently, club members entered the Bowron Landscape Projected Digital Images Competition. This is a competition for sets of four landscape digitally projected images, one image per club member, to be submitted by member clubs of the Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ).
A club spokesperson stated, “We asked for submissions of high-quality images from all of our members and, while we received some lovely images, we were rather limited in our selection as we know from previous times that the judges like diversity.”
The hard work paid off, with the society being awarded prestigious Trenna Packer Salver award for 2019. So far, the Salver has only been won twice by North Island Camera Clubs; Pukekohe-Franklin in 2018 and now Howick in 2019.
The judges also chose some images to receive individual Honours. The HPS set had one image that received an honours award; Torben Neilsen for his superb image of a Bell Frog.
The HPS meets every Monday, with the third meeting including a field trip to places like the Hunua Ranges to capture natural landscapes, Lloyd Elsmore Park for sport, and Tamaki Estuary for kingfishers and migratory birds.
It’s easy to get involved, the club meets every other Monday night in a space underneath the Howick Bridge Club located at 563 Pakuranga Road, or you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them on the web.