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.

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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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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

Qld Interclub Competition – invitation to members to submit entries.

Attention TPS members

You are invited to submit entries for the annual Qld Interclub photo competition hosted by Toowoomba Photographic Society in 2021.  Each club selects 3 images or prints in each of 7 categories – total of 21 images – from images or prints submitted by members.

You are invited to submit up to 2 images in each of the 7 categories – 14 in total (either digital or prints or combination thereof)  – to the TPS Qld Interclub working group (email Qld Interclub qldinterclub@gmail.com) or to the Prints Steward Sandra Neill (see below) for selection for the TPS club entry of 21 images. (note that the number permitted for each member is set by the competition rules – see Forms 2 and 3).

The subject categories and definitions are attached, and can also be found on the TPS website in the Club Information section.

Your entries should be received by 11 July 2021.

Further information can be found under the Qld Interclub Competition set of documents in the Club Information section of the TPS website.

The entry requirements are:

ENTRY FORMAT

Digital format

1                     Maximum Horizontal dimension to be 1920 pixels

2                     Maximum Vertical dimension to be 1080 pixels

3                     Digital Files must be in sRBG JPEG graphics file format for PC

4                     Should a person belong to more than one club, they will only be allowed to have images submitted by ONE CLUB.

5                     Filename per the following format with up to 35 letters in the TITLE including spaces and following abbreviation:    [club]_[subject]_[title]_[first name surname].jpg

e.g. tps_scapes_The golden hour_joe smith.jpg (NB no underscore in the title or name).

             6           Images to be submitted by email to:  Qld Interclub <qldinterclub@gmail.com>

Print format

  1. Maximum print size of A3 – 329mm x 483mm (13” x 19”)
  2. Minimum print size of 200mm x 250mm (8” x 10”).
  3. Prints are to be accompanied by a digital image of the prints – specifications above – for showing on the 3 screens at the venue and for the Zoom presentation.  THESE WILL NOT BE USED FOR JUDGING.
  4. Total image sizes including mat not to exceed 400mm x 500mm.  Mats not to exceed 5mm thickness.  Framed prints, or prints mounted on timber, will not be accepted.
  5. Mounted or unmounted prints may be submitted – if unmounted they must be sent flat and not rolled.
  6. Prints are to be given to TPS Prints Steward Sandra Neill, or to a drop off point nominated by Sandra.

Good luck with your entries and hope you are included in the final 21 club entries.

by Geoff Adams, January 15, 2021

Membership fees now due.

Renewal forms were distributed last competition night, but many won’t yet have received them.

To continue to enjoy the benefits of being a member, and your management team to keep paying the bills, please pay as as soon as you are able.

Thank you. The bank transfer numbers are below as they aren’t on the membership form.

https://toowoomba.myphotoclub.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/111/2020/10/Membership-application-form-2021.pdf

The TPS account is Heritage Bank

BSB 638070

a/c 4278291

by Geoff Adams, January 15, 2021

Results for competitions in January 2021

There were 75 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in January 2021

West Yorkshire Barn
Kim Kuhnemann – Honour
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Lily
Brian Kenny – Honour
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Paradise Beach
Brian Kenny – Honour
A Grade Open Colour Digital

New Zealand Fur Seal
Richard Wyton – Honour
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Reflected view
Robert Fox – Honour
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Having a ball (mirror)
Jason Wheeler – Honour
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

What is the interest
Terry O’Brien – Honour
B Grade Open Colour Digital

only on bribie1
Dianne Horrocks – Honour
B Grade Open Colour Digital

field of yellow and brown
Dianne Horrocks – Honour
B Grade Open Colour Digital

Memories of Long Ago
Roberta Edwards – Honour
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

The other side
Jasmin Lord – Honour
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Where the wildflowers grow
Jasmin Lord – Honour
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Balancing act
Jasmin Lord – Honour
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Desert Oaks Uluru
Sandra Neill – Honour
Salon Grade Open Colour Print

Norwin silos under the stars
John Stewart – Honour
Salon Grade Open Colour Print

Marbles By Night
Janine Waters – Honour
Salon Grade Open Colour Digital

chalk drawing
Sara Hedley – Honour
Salon Grade Open Colour Digital

Forever Graham
Peter Granfield – Honour
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

The end of a long day
Jenny Graff – Honour
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Meet The Neighbours
Pierre Boudib – Honour
Salon Grade Open Mono Digital

Insurmountable
John Stewart – Honour
Salon Grade Open Mono Print

Too Many Cameras
Jan Collings – Honour
A Grade SetSubject Mono Digital

Broken
Jan Collings – Honour
A Grade SetSubject Mono Digital

Ready to swoop
Sandy Adsett – Honour
A Grade Open Mono Digital

Hands
Sandy Adsett – Honour
A Grade Open Mono Digital

Riverside.
Robert Fox – Merit
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Green tree python 01
Graham Harris – Merit
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Water is the heart of the country
Jo Christensen – Merit
A Grade Open Colour Digital

White Bellied Sea Eagle
Veronica Sorley – Merit
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Cobbold Gorge
Jo Christensen – Merit
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Always busy
Brian Kenny – Merit
A Grade Open Colour Digital

In Green Pastures
Richard Wyton – Merit
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Did somebody say KFC
Barry Whisson – Merit
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Into the Unknown
Dean Mengel – Merit
A Grade Open Colour Digital

The Great Escape
Dean Mengel – Merit
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Street Machine
Travis Lord – Merit
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Drying Off
Tim Dunn – Merit
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Purrfect reflection
Jo-Ann Aspromourgos – Merit
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Goodbye Glencoe
Kim Kuhnemann – Merit
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Silky
Travis Lord – Merit
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Serenity
Travis Lord – Merit
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Reflections in sunflowers
Jason Wheeler – Merit
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Recyclable
Terry O’Brien – Merit
B Grade Open Colour Digital

The Two of Us
Evan Williams – Merit
B Grade Open Colour Digital

magpie swoops pelicans…they laugh
iris Castle – Merit
B Grade Open Colour Digital

Timing is Everything
Roberta Edwards – Merit
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Old Mirror Landscape
Tracey Nash – Merit
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

we do because we love you
iris Castle – Merit
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Bloom
Charlotte Lord – Merit
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Colourful Sky
Cheryl Bellette – Merit
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Mirror, Mirror
Cheryl Bellette – Merit
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

I Will Look To The Skies
Allan Rosser – Merit
Salon Grade Open Colour Print

Rufous Whistler
Sandra Neill – Merit
Salon Grade Open Colour Print

Jacaranda time at the old railway
John Stewart – Merit
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Print

Drawn to the Light
Janine Waters – Merit
Salon Grade Open Colour Digital

Blue On Alert
Janine Waters – Merit
Salon Grade Open Colour Digital

Ready to Fight
Tryg Helander – Merit
Salon Grade Open Colour Digital

Too big for these nests
Peter Granfield – Merit
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Flower bearer
Jenny Graff – Merit
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Having a cuddle
Sara Hedley – Merit
Salon Grade Open Mono Digital

Riding in the shadows
Sara Hedley – Merit
Salon Grade Open Mono Digital

Granite Scape
Sandra Neill – Merit
Salon Grade Open Mono Print

Against The Odds Mungo
Graham Burstow – Merit
Salon Grade Open Mono Print

Her song
Jo-Ann Aspromourgos – Merit
A Grade SetSubject Mono Digital

Wedding reflection
Val Shield – Merit
A Grade SetSubject Mono Digital

Duck out
Sandy Adsett – Merit
A Grade Open Mono Digital

Neanderthal Burial Chamber Hecho
Val Shield – Merit
A Grade Open Mono Digital

Game in the park
Jason Wheeler – Merit
A Grade Open Mono Digital

Rock On
Camilla Pettersson – Merit
A Grade Open Mono Digital

Old bsa man
Dennis Dowling – Merit
A Grade Open Mono Digital

Where Fairies Live
Roberta Edwards – Merit
B Grade Creative Digital

The Journey
Margaret Kebble – Merit
A Grade Creative Digital

Anything a cow can I do better
Margaret Kebble – Merit
A Grade Creative Digital

Flower Changing
Allan Rosser – Merit
Salon Grade Creative Print

Waning Ravensbourne
Tryg Helander – Merit
Salon Grade Creative Digital

by Roberta Edwards, January 13, 2021

Competition Night Zoom

Topic: Toowoomba Photographic society

Time: Jan 12, 2021 06:00 PM Brisbane

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89663510185?pwd=OWhRV3dSNzFHRy9qbkJXa0x4MmZSUT09

Meeting ID: 896 6351 0185

Passcode: 882631

by Tryg Helander, January 12, 2021

Bookings/RSVP for Tuesday’s Comp Night

For those who cannot contact Val, you can contact Roberta either via Messenger/Facebook or via email (Roberta267@gmail.com) to let us know you are coming. You name will be added to the list.

by Roberta Edwards, January 6, 2021

Zoom 7pm Tonight!

We’re talking about panoramas and post-production stitching tonight, 7pm on Zoom.Here is the most recent addition to the knowledge/lesson centre, regarding Parallax Error, in making panoramas.

Parallax Error in Panorama Creation

by Tryg Helander, January 5, 2021

Tuesday Night Microskills

Panoramas, Parallax Error and Stitching

Topic: Toowoomba Photographic society
Time: Jan 5, 2021 07:00 PM Brisbane

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83586356832?pwd=OFFUS1lERlk1YmhKSm9QZ2ZrdHdiUT09

Meeting ID: 835 8635 6832
Passcode: 090624

by Tryg Helander, January 4, 2021

115th TPS anniversary photobook – please indicate your support.

We are considering a photobook similar to that produced by Margaret Kebble for the 111th anniversary. Are you interested in purchasing a copy? Please let us know as this will guide us as to the feasibility of the project.

by Geoff Adams, January 3, 2021

Qld Interclub Competition – revised subject definitions

Please click on the link below to see the subject list and definitions that will be sent to all clubs shortly. Other information can be found on the Club Information section of this website.

https://toowoomba.myphotoclub.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/111/2020/12/Form-4-Subjects-and-definitions.pdf

by Geoff Adams, December 31, 2020

A lengthy article from the club Facebook posts

We have lived in interesting times.

To say it has been an eventful year is to express an understatement. However there have been solid achievements.

The chief benefit of Covid has been the discovery of Zoom and the development of hybrid live-Zoom meetings.

Our members unable to come to club meetings can remain connected with TPS.

After some effort, the awards and points score system has been reformed and it is fitting that one of the architectsof that change, Graham Harris, will the first judge under the new system in January.

We kept our training and field day program running thanks to the efforts of Tryg Helander supported by others including Margaret Kebble, Roberta Edwards, Val Shield and Jenny Graff.

Our fundraising efforts, again led by president Tryg, saw an inflow of funds into the equipment account, and purchases of studio gear and a screen calibrator again organised by Tryg.  These goodies will come out for introduction and use on our next Skills Night on Jan 26.

We will continue Zoom sessions for the 1st and 3rd Tuesday nights in the interim pending re-opening of Jilly’s Cafe at night, or a change in timing of our Microskills training sessions.

On Tuesday Jan 5 the topic will be stitched panorama, ahead of the closing date for the Feb club competition on that theme on Jan 12 – the club comp night at De Molay House.

On Saturday Jan 9 there will be a field day at Snapper Rocks at Tweed Heads. This is a car-pooling event departing 2am for a dawn shoot.

On Tuesday 19, Tryg will revisit some of his training sessions for new members, the theme being camera handling basics.

On Tuesday Feb 2nd, the microskills training session will be on metering and servo modes.

The first 2 club nights next year will have a 6pm start.  On January 12, from 6-7pm, it will be the club awards night, followed by club night from 7-9pm.  Covid restrictions will apply as per this month.

This time we will require an RSVP.  This ensures your name is on the list of attendees.  It is your responsibility to ensure we know you wish to attend.  No name on the list, no attendance at the meeting. RSVP to Treasurer Val.

A similar procedure will occur for club night on Feb 9.  The meeting will commence at 6pm with the annual general meeting, and club night from 7-9pm.

The necessary formal notices and membership renewals will flow at the end of this month as Treasurer Val has a formidable task to organise this.

Lastly, several of the existing committee members have flagged their intention to step down in 12 months time, change roles, or in the case of secretary Jenny, depart the Sunshine State for the Apple Isle.

There are many people in TPS with the skill and qualities to take on these roles.  

Perhaps while you are recharging your batteries with Christmas cheer, some might like to consider stepping forward.  Those of us remaining in TPS (everyone except Jenny), will be available to help and you won’t be thrown in the deep end and left to struggle on your own.

Every organisation needs to nurture its talent and plan for succession in its management roles.  This is how organisations rejuvenate themselves and innovate, rather than stagnate.

Please give this some thought over the coming weeks.

H.M.S. Pinafore re-enactment.

Around a dozen crew of the good ship TPS met on the quarterdeck on Tuesday 15 Decemeber for end of year celebrations.

Captain Tryg was late, having zoomed his way to the wrong quarterdeck.  We were all becalmed in the Doldrums until Typhoon Tryg arrived, filled our sails, and we were off on a new adventure.

No-one walked the plank, but a few of us were sent to scrub decks as the session turned into an extended think-tank for next year.

The highlights were:

1. A 115th anniversary photo booklet- “Our year in Covid”, Geoff to liaise with Margaret Kebble.  Based on the Alice Black images and 1 image per TPS member for 2020.

2.  A TPS shirt.  Members will be relieved to know that suggestions that would have seen us looking like a set of traffic lights, yielded to good taste and common sense.  Tryg to liaise with his T shirt/embroidery firm and bring samples.  The shirt will have our logo embroidered onto it.

3. A long list of field day suggestions.  The first one to note is Saturday January 9.  This will be a car pool event departing Toowoomba at 2am to be at Snapper Rocks at the Tweed for sunrise shots looking back at the Gold Coast and also ocean views.  This may be followed by a visit to Carara Markets on the way home.  Drivers include Captain Tryg and First Mate Jenny so far.  Able Seaman Travis Lord has also volunteered.

Others on the list to be investigated.

* Scotty’s Barn with its museum.  Geoff to inquire about discount rates for a group tour and availability as a photo venue with our lighting and models.

*. Australian Body Art Festival – car pooling event to travel to Cooroy 10-11 April.  A colourful event and one where we can see the body art take place over time and there are usually some other performances occurring also.  Geoff has been previously and recommends it.  

*  Allora – a property with an attractive running stream and rural vistas.  Cheryl Bellette to investigate further.

*. Darling Downs Zoo – discounts for group bookings and possible TPS subsidy to be considered.  Incoming TPS committee to investigate.

* Heritage town and village CBD walks.  Warwick and Allora suggested.  Another car pooling event.

*. Goomeri Pumpkin Festival 30/5/21.  Suggested by Greg Ivanov.  2.5 hour drive, but village walks including the Emporium also an attraction.

Greasefest, Redland Showgrounds July 30 to August 1.

*. Other festivals including Chinchilla Melon Festival.

*. Star gazing at Coonabarabran.  Tryg to liaise with his bus contact at Stonestreets/Premium Coaches, Roberta re accommodation.

* Elephant Rock at Currumbin.  Possible winter time trip, would also be a dawn shoot.  Also could visit Gold Coast Butterfly Farm which will make some crew members happy. Jo Aspromourgos, Veronica May Sorley

*.Fraser Island.  Cheryl Bellette has a contact for accommodation.

by Geoff Adams, December 17, 2020