January/February Happenings

Message from our President – Grant Phillips.
Hello CPS members and friends,
The committee does not meet again until February, so I have little to report this month except for a few reminders about upcoming events.
We don’t normally hold a formal outing in January but a number of members have requested an informal get-together on Sunday 28th January. This will be a night walk and street photography in and around the CBD. We will meet at the intersection of Shields Street and the Esplanade at 6pm. That is, near the big boulders at the apex of the Lagoon.
After we meet, members can wander the streets of the CBD and see what photographic opportunities present. I suggest a night walk along the new Shields Street plaza, then up Lake Street to Florence, then down, again, to the Esplanade.
We will meet, again at the RSL club about 8:30pm for coffee and supper (Cnr Florence and Esplanade, they have been advised). Finally, return to the Lagoon via the Esplanade boardwalk.
For those new to street photography there is a good reference at  this web site.

Tutorial Evening – Cominos House
Our first tutorial is scheduled for 7pm Thursday 8th February at Cominos House.
The subject will be – Photographic Portfolios.
The judging of last year’s portfolios will be presented as well as an informative video to assist future portfolio entrants to prepare a high standard and interesting portfolio. All members are welcome.

First CPSinc Club Meeting at Stratford Library 7pm – Thursday 15 February 2018.
February 2018 Competition: Song and Dance (digital)

First Official Club Field Trip
Sunday 25th February
Bramston Beach – 9am or earlier if you wish.  Bring a picnic morning tea/lunch.
As always do keep and eye out on our Calendar/Events Page.
Need some motivation and if it is too wet outside?  Catch up on some of our wonderful Field Trip slideshows here  or view past competition image results. That should keep you out of mischief.


December Happenings … Ho Ho Ho

Members remember this week is our Christmas Party!
WHERE: The German Club 57 Winkworth Street Cairns
WHEN: Thursday 14th December 2017
TIME: 6.00 to 10.00pm
FOOD: Roast Pork, Roast Beef, Roast Chicken drumsticks, German Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, mixed veggies, mashed Potatoes and Chips.
Including coffee & cake.
COST: By now you should have paid for your meal.
DRINKS: At pub prices or better.
PRESENTS: Bring a $5 op shop gift for both your partner and yourself so you can both join in the “Secret Santa”

This month’s club competition is OPEN in PRINT.  Please bring these with you and also a copy on a USB stick for Corinne.
A reminder also that this month is the final submission for members who have participated in the Portfolio scheme (oh and your final monetary contribution as well)

Let the fun begin.  Welcome to the silly season!

PSQ Regional Mini Convention 11 & 12 Nov 2017

Photographic Society of Queensland –  REGIONAL BBQ / MINI CONVENTION
Our hosts are the Townsville Photography Club.
11th and 12th November 2017
Venue – South Townsville Bowls Club, 2C Bell Street, South Townsville
Download your Weekend Program and Registration Form – Townsville 2017 for members who wish to attend. A few members have indicated they will be attending and driving down on Friday 10th November, staying at various hotels in Palmer Street in Townsville. Apparently the place to walk about with an abundance of lovely restaurants.


October Field Trip and titbits

Outings – Herberton & Irvinebank
Our next outing is scheduled for Sunday 29th October.
An early stopover in Herberton is recommended for those who want to photograph the flowering trees – Jacaranda and Flame Trees (Brachychiton aceriflorius) which will be in full bloom. Herberton is 97km from Cairns via the Gillies Highway and you would need to allow 1hr 50m for the trip.
Irvinebank is a further 25km from Herberton and the road is mainly gravel. One of our members has recently traveled this road and reports that it is in good to fair condition. Some members have expressed concern that Irvinebank may be too hot for an October outing. The township is 750m above sea level (about the same as Atherton) and as such, we should expect temperatures about 5 degrees cooler than Cairns. Continue Reading →

September additional outing – Saturday 23rd

For members who are not going to the Cooktown weekend, we have an wonderful alternative outing for you to attend.  We had fun photographing previous years and it is promising to be bigger and better this year.  Want a refresh then check out one of our slideshows from past years.

SAT 23 SEP 2017
Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Norman Park, Gordonvale.
There will be entertainment for the kids, such as a jumping castle, massive slide, Bucking Bull, petting zoos,  painting and balloon twisting, etc. to photograph.
Of course there will also be food vans, snow-cones, coffee, and much, much more!
This event will feature some market stalls, as well as most of the animal organisations of the Cairns region. And don’t forget to bring your happy, crowd-friendly pet as we will have a dress-up parade for kids and pets. Continue Reading →

September Happenings – Cooktown Weekend

September 23rd & 24th – Cooktown Weekend

A number of members have indicated they will drive up on the Friday and stay for two nights.
Here is an informal schedule for the weekend. Whilst there are plenty of photographic opportunities in Cooktown and we will all be tempted to do our own thing, there will be a few group activities which we hope will be attended by as many people as possible.

Cooktown is located 260km north of Cairns by the coastal road (unsealed and recommended for 4WD vehicles only) and 350 km by the inland road (accessible by conventional vehicles).The Cape York Peninsula begins north of Cairns, extending almost 1000 kms to the geographical tip of Australia in the north. It covers about 137,000 square kilometres -the Coral Sea is to the east of the Peninsula, the Torres Strait to the north, and the Gulf of Carpentaria to the west.

Friday 22nd – Drive to Cooktown
Photo opportunities on the drive up, via Mulligan Highway: Continue Reading →