Focus May - Margaret Hamwood

8 May

IR Photography

Before moving to Brisbane just over 12 months ago, Margaret Hamwood lived in Mackay where she was an active member of the Mackay Camera Club and President for quite a few years. Now in Brisbane and a member of Aspley Camera Club, Margaret’s photographic interests cover a wide range. However, landscape photography is what she gravitates to the most with a love and passion for trees, which makes infrared photography all the more pleasing for her.

Margaret’s presentation on infrared photography will touch on a small portion of the technical side to grasp exactly what infrared light is and the options available to make it all possible along with issues that photographers may face at times when taking IR photos. A good portion of the presentation will be about processing images and a demonstration on producing a false colour image. The presentation will finish with a slide show of images Margaret has taken, along with their infrared details and camera settings.


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Close-up/Macro Wildlife Workshop

When: Sunday 11 June 2017 9.00am – 12 noon

Where: Geckoes Wildlife, Marshall Lane, Closeburn (off Mt Samson Rd, between Samford and Dayboro)

Details: Geckoes Wildlife offers a photographic workshop venue in a natural bush setting and a range of wildlife subject matter. See

Geckoes Wildlife has been in operation for over 15 years. They regularly supply animals for Steve Parish and a number of other wildlife photographers and camera clubs. Commercial photographers also conduct workshops here.

You will have access to a range of wildlife species. Geckoes Wildlife animal handlers will rotate a range of species, sampled from the following list, through the photography location so you have multiple opportunities to capture great images. There will be 2 staff in attendance and a minimum of 3 photo stations operating throughout, with animals rotating every 10-15 minutes or as demand dictates.

The wildlife species include the following: spiny stick insect or some other invertebrate, 2-3 species of frogs, 2-3 species of geckoes such as a leaf tail or knob tail gecko, a legless lizard, 2-3 species of dragons such as Boyds rainforest dragon, frillneck, a skink such as a shingleback or cunninghams skink, a goanna, a crocodile, various pythons such as green, jungle, woma etc. a tree snake, two birds, usually a tawny frogmouth and another owl, 2-3 mammals, usually a glider, possum and bettong. Some of these are virtually impossible to photograph in the wild.

Camera Gear to bring: Camera Body and lenses (macro if you have one but not essential), off-camera flash unit(s) if you have it, camera batteries, memory cards, tripod.

Cost: $65 per person. This is extremely good value (commercial operators usually charge around $250 for a three-hour workshop at this venue). There will be a maximum of 10 participants so everyone gets lots of opportunities for great images.


Free Access to on-line training is regarded as an outstanding resource for video-based on-line learning, particularly for photography software from Adobe such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements etc. There are also a large number of videos on photography topics more generally including camera equipment, capturing images and post processing. Access is normally by paying a monthly subscription, starting at $US25.

However, Queensland residents have free access to all training videos through the State Library of Queensland (SLQ). The Library’s state-wide subscription allows all Queenslanders unlimited access to the online courses from any compatible desktop or portable device, whether on a library computer, at their home or business or on the go.

All you need to do is become a member of the State Library of Queensland. The following web site has details about joining the SLQ and then accessing all the training videos:

Thanks to one of the participants at BCG’s Introduction to Lightroom Workshop for making us aware of this great opportunity.

Ray Shorter
President, BCG



Competition Set Subjects



Minimalism is a style employed by many 20th century artists, using a minimum number of components such as colour, shape, line and texture. When trying to achieve minimalism, one rule is to keep it simple.

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Graffiti for the purpose of this challenge could be freehand paint, marker pen or stencil or combination of any of the elements. You will need to add another element / angle to make it your own art.

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Sport photography is about capturing the moment, often with the subject in sharp focus against a somewhat blurred background.

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A photograph can depict emotion(s) in the subject(s) and/or it can evoke emotion(s) in the viewer of the photo. Capturing emotion(s) in photographs is about capturing moments in time that hopefully tell a story or encourage the viewer to imagine a story.

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A photograph of yourself taken by yourself.

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Forced Perspective

Forced perspective is an optical illusion created by placing objects far from each other to make one appear larger or smaller than it really is. For example one person (in the distance) appears to be standing on another person’s outstretched hand (in the foreground).

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Structure is an arrangement and organization of interrelated elements in a material object or system, or the object or system so organized.

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Small world / Macro

For this competition, any close-up photograph of a subject is acceptable, with the lower magnification limit (e.g. 1:4, 1:8 etc.) left to the discretion of the photographer.

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Reflections are "the throwing back of light by a body or surface", with the surface being reflective because it is liquid, or a mirror, or because it is highly polished.

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