We meet at DeMolay House, 90 Margaret Street, Toowoomba at 7:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. The second Tuesday is our competition judging night and the fourth is our skills night.

Additionally, we meet at Jilly’s Cafe, 181 Margaret Street, Toowoomba at 6:00 pm on the 1st, 3rd (and 5th) Tuesday of each Month. These nights are for our micro skills presentations, developing one small area of photography’s skillsets.

About us

Our aim is to promote, improve, share and enjoy photography in Toowoomba and the surrounding district offering many services, all specifically designed to improve photography and photographic skills in a friendly social atmosphere. Membership is open to all comers regardless of whether you are a beginner, an amateur or a professional photographer.

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TPS Competition Night @ DeMolay House
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Set Subject: Song or Film Title The image must bring to mind the title of a song or film which is in the public domain, either recent or historical. This can be achieved either by[...]
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7:00 pm Graham Burstow “Photographer’s R... @ De Molay House
Graham Burstow “Photographer’s R... @ De Molay House
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7:00 pm Skills Night April 28 @ De Molay House
Skills Night April 28 @ De Molay House
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Image Challenge is “Repetition”. The topic is Photographer’s Retrospective by Graham Burstow
7:00 pm TPS Skills Night @ DeMolay House
TPS Skills Night @ DeMolay House
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Image Challenge: Repetition
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7:00 pm TPS Competition Night @ DeMolay House
TPS Competition Night @ DeMolay House
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Set Subject: Self Portrait A Self-portrait is a representation of an artist photographed by the artist.  The self-portrait is more than a selfie or snapshot because it is about capturing the essence of the artist’s[...]
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Welcome to Toowoomba Photographic Society

Our aim is to promote, improve, share and enjoy photography in Toowoomba and the surrounding district offering many services, all specifically designed to improve photography and photographic skills in a friendly social atmosphere. Membership is open to all comers regardless of whether you are a beginner, an amateur or a professional photographer.

To join our club please follow the instructions at About the Club.  Additional information about the club can also be found here.

About our Club Our newsletter - Cable Release

by MyPhotoClub Colin, May 31, 2017 Share:

Microskills Tonight

Tryg Helander is inviting you to a 30-minute scheduled Zoom meeting. 

Topic: Toowoomba Photographic Society – Microskills

Time: Mar 31, 2020 06:00 PM Brisbane

Every week on Tue, until May 12, 2020, 7 occurrence(s)

Mar 31, 2020 06:00 PM

Apr 7, 2020 06:00 PM

Apr 14, 2020 06:00 PM

Apr 21, 2020 06:00 PM

Apr 28, 2020 06:00 PM

May 5, 2020 06:00 PM

May 12, 2020 06:00 PM

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Weekly: https://us04web.zoom.us/…/tJ0tcumhrjIrYobSKpL-tftL06wg…/ics…

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/990509091

Meeting ID: 990 509 091

by Tryg Helander, March 31, 2020 Share:

April judging update

The judging of the April 14 competition has been completed and the results will be sent to members with the usual emails on that date.

Geoff Adams has collected the prints from judge Barry Whisson and these can be collected from 7 Crestview Crescent, Blue Mountain Heights by appointment. Sandra Neill is to return some packaging to my address, so if you provided prints in packaging that did not fit in the suitcase used for prints, you may wish to check first that I have it.

To make an appointment (do not just arrive without one) to collect your prints, please email rather than phone and I will put your prints in their packaging (if this exists) and place on a chair on my front verandah for collection.

Members will already know this is the last time we will handle prints until the crisis is over. Exceptions will be made for the two film photographers and people over 90 years of age.

A couple of observations.

This year has been exceptionally difficult for the TPS committee. Right from the beginning of January, well before the virus gained public attention, we have been met with extra-ordinary circumstances. The loss of a key individual with unique skills, displacement from our usual meeting venue, problems with last minute changes of judges, a higher than expected level of interaction with judges in carrying out of the judging process, major changes carried out to the website with reintroduction of additional categories, and failures/problems with the website, have all added to our administrative difficulties.

The administration of a community group of fewer than 100 members would not normally be expected to incur this level of workload.

How you can help.

Please take note of the most recent communications from us via the website and the Facebook group, if you use that medium. The quickest postings will be on FB, currently we have to enter information twice when using the website also.

Since the Covid-19 crisis hit, information and subsequent communications have moved rapidly, often with daily updates. This will make some previous information on the website out of date. Please don’t bother to point this out to me, I have no intention of going back and carefully checking each posting on this site to see if it still accurate. Similarly for the occasional grammatical error.

Regrettably I have to report we received a complaint from a neighbouring club regarding poor responses from judges generally including “two from Toowoomba”. I have had a similar experience. This is from before the virus. This reflects on all us. And please don’t tell me you have trouble keeping up with personal emails. Take some responsibility here, now is a good to time to learn new habits.

by Geoff Adams, March 27, 2020 Share:

Saturday March 28 field day cancelled

Saturday field day cancelled.

Given the increasing restrictions on people movement and closure of many public indoor venues, it is evident there is no choice but to cancel this Saturday’s planned photoshoot at Toowoomba General Cemetery.

As soon as the infection rate curve falls rather than accelerates, and restrictions are lifted, we will again resume normal activities.

One idea is to start a series of Microskills sessions in the field.  We’ve covered a lot of topics at Jilly’s, which will provide excellent material.

Perhaps we’ll call them “Practice in the Paddock” sessions.

by Geoff Adams, March 24, 2020 Share:

Important notice regarding competition entries and live judging.

The TPS management committee has been monitoring the Covid-19 virus outbreak on a daily basis.

As a consequence, it has been decided that no prints will be collected, given to judges, or handled during competitions until further notice (Geoff Adams will collect the April prints from Barry Whisson after completion and if the competitor is local, these may be collected from the KoolKat Quilting studio).

Print photographers who work from digital images will only be able to enter digital image categories. Print categories will not be judged.

We will make separate arrangements for our two film photographers in the interim, but their entries will be judged as digital images. We will instruct judges accordingly and ask them to be lenient if they notice such images (in terms of digital image quality).

The committee also believes the 4 square metre rule for social distancing in enclosed spaces is impractical, difficult to enforce, and a sizeable proportion of members will not be able to attend indoor meetings until the crisis is over.

This means we will not go ahead with the April competition night at De Molay House.

The Saturday March 28 field day at Toowoomba General Cemetery is under daily review and may be cancelled at any moment, especially if the Queensland government follows southern States in recently announced restrictions on movement and gathering of people even in outdoor locations.

by Geoff Adams, March 23, 2020 Share:

Image challenge

Thank you everyone who submitted images for the March Image Challenge “Water”. We had 90 entries across the Image Challenge, Field Day and Favourites categories.

We will produce an a/v for each month as normal, and we will show these on the first occasion we are permitted to hold a Skills Night at De Molay House. Remember you can have 5 entries in the Image Challenge, 5 in Favourites and 5 in Field days totalling 15 images each month.

Image challenge is part of Skills Night on the 4th Tuesday of each month, and the closing date for images is 11pm on the Friday of the week before Skills Night.

Next month the theme is repetition. Already we have entries. Keep up the good work and your spirits in these trying times.

by Geoff Adams, March 22, 2020 Share:

Saturday 28 field day.

Photo opportunity/field day.

A model I first met a while ago is looking for photo opportunities.  We’ve chosen the Toowoomba General  Cemetery meeting Saturday 28 at the front entrance at 4.30pm.  Bring  camera gear, flash and tripod.  

We’ll experiment with slow shutter speed and a “ghost” moving behind the headstones, maybe even rear curtain flash, and whatever strikes our creative fancy.

It is an outdoor venue, we can easily maintain social distance, etc.  Don’t come if you are in the at risk categories of age, immunologically challenged, have cold/flu symptoms and so on.

If you are interested please let me know so I have some idea of numbers. $5 per person for the model please.

by Geoff Adams, March 20, 2020 Share:

TPS meetings and corona virus

TPS and corona virus.

The TPS management committee discussed a range of matters last night including Covid 19 and potential impact on the club.  While secretary and GP Dr Jenny Graff said there were no confirmed cases in Toowoomba, the virus may already be here as there have been cases of people with the virus, but not showing symptoms.

Accordingly, we decided to hold Jilly’s tonight, but cease all other meetings until the April competition night. As the situation is constantly changing, we will revise our meeting dates as required.  As Tryg has reported being unwell, the topic will judging criteria for images and the feedback process from the club.

In the case of not being able to hold meetings, competitions and the image challenge can still go ahead as entries and judging can be done remotely.  This may have to be revised for prints, given the amount of handling involved, and whether or not businesses close, or individuals enter self-isolation.

Our planned field day at Downs Steam Rail on April 26 will be cancelled.  The viability of this event depended on selling tickets to photographers outside the region as well as to members.

by Geoff Adams, March 17, 2020 Share:

Alice Black Award March 2020

To perpetuate the memory of our late member Alice Black, the club has introduced the ‘Alice Black Memorial Trophy’ to be contested each year on a perpetual basis.

At each month’s Aggregate Competition the judge will select an image from all those entered as the monthly Alice Black Image – they will use their own criteria to select the image regardless of the score given.  All images submitted in the Aggregate Competition have the potential to become a possible winner of the Trophy as there is no restriction on the grade of the entrant or the medium in which the image is presented.

https://toowoomba.myphotoclub.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/111/2020/03/721-5138-1-140598-1112-Burn-Baby-Burn.jpg

This month’s winner is “Burn, Baby Burn” by John Stewart.

by Geoff Adams, March 11, 2020 Share:

Results for competitions in March 2020

There were 54 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in March 2020

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Homeless and Invisible
Sandy Adsett – Gold
A Grade Open Mono Digital

Satori.
Robert Fox – Gold
B Grade Open Colour Digital

The selfie
Ken Morton – Gold
B Grade Open Colour Digital

The contest
Kim Kuhnemann – Gold
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Burn Baby Burn
John Stewart – Gold
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Print

Fight For First
John Stewart – Gold
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Print

Competing Interests
Richard Wyton – Silver
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Flat Out
Dean Mengel – Silver
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Billycarting fun
Barry Whisson – Silver
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Corner Lean
Nicola Lancaster – Silver
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Story Bridge (Infrared)
Jan Collings – Silver
B Grade Open Colour Digital

try this
Dianne Horrocks – Silver
B Grade Open Colour Digital

Up and over
Jo-Ann Aspromourgos – Silver
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Holdin On
Tracey Nash – Silver
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Go, Tyler!!
Cheryl Bellette – Silver
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Water on oil fire 2
Geoff Purton – Silver
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

High Flyer.
Stewart Dorman – Silver
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Click goes the shears
Dennis Dowling – Silver
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Breaking Through
John Stewart – Silver
Salon Grade Open Mono Print

Too much action
Peter Granfield – Silver
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Superman
Michael Jones – Silver
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Flowerworks
Jenny Graff – Silver
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Xavier
Sara Hedley – Silver
Salon Grade Open Mono Digital

Dickens Christmas_Rothenberg
Margaret Kebble – Bronze
A Grade Open Colour Digital

After The Bush Fires 2019
Tim Dunn – Bronze
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Down the range
Geoff Adams – Bronze
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Double Take
Dean Mengel – Bronze
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Mud Hustle
Nicola Lancaster – Bronze
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

4 In Corner 4
Tim Dunn – Bronze
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Right Knee Down 289
Tim Dunn – Bronze
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Blowing bubbles
Sandy Adsett – Bronze
A Grade Open Mono Digital

The eyes have it
Geoff Adams – Bronze
A Grade Outing Digital

yesteryear1b
Dianne Horrocks – Bronze
B Grade Open Colour Digital

looking to the city
Dianne Horrocks – Bronze
B Grade Open Colour Digital

Rebel Yell
Scott Sorley – Bronze
B Grade Open Colour Digital

Chips Ahoy.
Robert Fox – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

One Hell of a Ride
Jan Collings – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Just Hanging On
Cheryl Bellette – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Onward and Upward
Roberta Edwards – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Father Son Fun
Robert Edser – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Water on oil fir 1
Geoff Purton – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Go Kart Action
Bruce Midkiff – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Morgan Park Action
Bruce Midkiff – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

The Mark
Kim Kuhnemann – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Red or White
Dennis Dowling – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

In the litter
Scott Sorley – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Not the Elgin Marble.
Robert Fox – Bronze
B Grade Open Mono Digital

Rusty Bucket And Beyond
Allan Rosser – Bronze
Salon Grade Open Colour Print

Demolition Again
Graham Burstow – Bronze
Salon Grade SetSubject Mono Print

Miss Taury
Sara Hedley – Bronze
Salon Grade Open Colour Digital

Gun it
Peter Granfield – Bronze
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

What Could Go Wrong
Pierre Boudib – Bronze
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Splitting the Diffrence
Michael Jones – Bronze
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

bath fun
Sara Hedley – Bronze
Salon Grade Open Mono Digital

by Geoff Adams, March 11, 2020 Share:

Important notice regarding print entry labels

It has come to the attention of the executive that print entrants using Myphotoclub printed labels receive a label with their name included. We have contacted the Myphotoclub web designer asking that names not appear on labels.

The principle is that all entries received by the judge must be anonymous. Digital images are. In the meantime, we ask all print entrants to remove their names from their print entries. We will be lenient with entrants who may not receive this communication immediately.

Please note we are not suggesting any breach of integrity has occurred either by judges or anyone else. However, the integrity of the current system can potentially be breached. The executive takes this seriously and ask for the cooperation of print entrants. We do not wish to disqualify any entries, but the entrant’s name must not appear on prints entered for TPS competitions.

by Geoff Adams, March 11, 2020 Share: