March News

There is so much happening in the next few weeks that it is definitely to your advantage to peruse our Calendar. Make a note of different nights and venues.  All will be revealed at our March General Meeting Thursday 9th March at Cominos House.  Be early and seated by 7pm please.

Hello CPS members and friends – a newsletter from our President Grant Phillips.


Remember March competition is:
Black & White/Monochrome (print)
This could be just B&W or contain a single tone, such as eg. sepia or rose tint.
And we will remind you over and over that the Cairns Show is looming.
Entry Closing date:  Friday  4.00pm 30th June, 2017
Cairns Show 19, 20, 21 July
Arts_and_Crafts pdf – see Section 26 and Cairnsshow application form pdf.


February 2017 – Welcome back.

Let us welcome you back to another fun filled, informative, creative year.

February Sunday 26 Field Trip 2017
Mt Uncle Distillery
1819 Chewko Road, Walkamin.

Walkamin is about half way between Mareeba and Atherton on the Kennedy Highway. Approaching from Mareeba, turn right at Walkamin where there is a sign to Mt Uncle. The restaurant is open at 10am and lunch served from 12 midday. The setting is absolutely beautiful and the restaurant meals are first class and I will try to get access to the distillery for photographs when I know final numbers. This is a rain, hail or shine outing as there is plenty to do and photograph inside the massive restaurant and tasting rooms if the day is wet. Outside there is a small zoo with peacocks, donkeys, alpacas, etc.  We will need to advise the restaurant of numbers for lunch so we will ask for those interested to sign up on Thursday night during our meeting.

First meeting of the year: Thursday 9 February.
This meeting will be packed with a lot of stimulating talks by Rob Harris and meet your member Peter Hall, short movie with astounding imagery from New Zealand, Competition/Critique from our December OPEN and the Portfolio results.
And finish up with our Field Trip Slideshow: Goomboora Park and Limberlost.
(Bring a drink and cushion)
Make sure you are seated for 7pm start.  As always, we welcome visitors to attend.

And please keep an eye out on our Monthly Calendar on our webpage.

February Competition:
Motion &/or Blur (digital)

Motion – of things. A picture in which our visual senses tell us that the subject must have been moving when the picture was taken.
It may be depicted in a sharp image or by deliberate use of blur by allowing the focus to become soft due to subject or camera movement, including, capturing motion of anything by using slow shutter speed, or even using 2nd curtain sync flash.
The image may include deliberate un-sharp image areas caused by subject or camera movement, or by selective or incorrect focusing or intentional camera movement.

Here a few examples of possibilities:
Did you know that you can catch up on all our Field Trips going back to July 2011.
That would keep you busy watching all these slideshows this wet season.

Venue change – Next Club Meeting – 8th December Christmas Party

It’s our Christmas Party time again
WHERE: The German Club 57 Winkworth Street Cairns
WHEN: Thursday 8th December 2016
TIME: 6.00 to 10.00pm
FOOD: German style (naturally), Roast Pork, German  Bratwurst, Leberkäse, Sauerkraut, Onions & Chips. Including coffee & cake.
COST: $25.00 per head  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”

Remember to pay before end of November through our CPSinc BSB facilities.

We will have a very quick meeting then start the frivolity.

Remember to bring your next club competition images:  OPEN – PRINT


And if you are keen, why not look up our 2017 Calendar.  There will be quite a few additions and further information.  But it is a start, especially your monthly competitions.  Enjoy.  And as always, your input is appreciated with new ideas and suggestions.

July Field Trip – Relay for Life – 30th/31st July 2016

relay for life

2016 Relay for Life event will be held this Saturday 30th July & Sunday 31st July, 2016 at Barlow Park.
Mike Greasley (0459 239 869) the event co-ordinator has provided a brief for us – see below. Seek out Cancer Council committee members in their yellow shirts if you need assistance.
We will have a safe place to leave gear in the corporate area. Access to the roof will be restricted but we can get up there with an escort. Panoramas are best from there.

This a major fund raising event in the fight again cancer and it is a huge privilege to be part of the weekend.
There are 3 main time periods to be covered
  • Saturday12-4pm,
  • Saturday  4- 8 pm,
  • Sunday from Sunrise to 09.30am.

We want to capture both the scale of the event with some wide and scene setting shots but the primary focus would be the tight shots of teams and people as they take part and move through the various stages, physical and emotional, of the event.
There will be photo opportunities overnight as there will be people walking through the night for the night owls.

July Happenings

    All photography exhibits are to be delivered to the Dave Headrick Grandstand between 12noon and 6pm on Wednesday 13 July. The Show Office will not accept delivery of exhibits.
  • 14th July – Thursday 7pm AGM followed by a normal club meeting.
    If you wish to nominate for any position, please let us know on the night.You must be a financial member to vote – check out the webpage and download your membership form here.
  • July Club Competition:
    City by Night – digital format
    Also as from July, you now may enter one OPEN image in your division and experimental/creative section.
  • July Field Trip:
    Sunday 31st July
    Cancer Council 2016 Relay for Life
    Stay tuned…Further information TBA

May Happenings

Additional Free Workshop for May:
If you had your name down, please remember
Thursday 5th May PHOTOSHOP LAYERS – tutor Jason Van’t Padje
Commences 7pm. Bring your Laptop. There will be a few other members to assist you.
We still have a few spaces available, please contact our secretary if interested.

Regular Club Meeting:  May 12th – be seated by 7pm
Competition:  Reflections (at least 50%) – Digital

A reminder for our additional mid week outing
Wednesday 11th – 9am Tjapukai.
Members that have confirmed to attend please be there by 9am and do not forget to wear you name badge.

Regular monthly Field Trip
Sunday 22nd – meet 8.45am
Port Douglas Wild Life Habitat – Breakfast with the Birds.