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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Image Challenge: In the Sky
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7:00 pm TPS Competition Night @ DeMolay House
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Set Subject: At Night Ideally this set subject encompasses any image taken at night – the aim is to illustrate some aspect of that time when we are in darkness – after the sun as[...]
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Image Challenge: Social Documentary
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7:00 pm TPS Competition Night @ DeMolay House
TPS Competition Night @ DeMolay House
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Set Subject: Conceptual Conceptual photography illustrates an idea.  The subject of conceptual photography is often staged to represent an idea.  The ‘concept’ is both ‘preconceived’ and, if successful, understandable in the completed image.  It is[...]
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Image Challenge: At Play
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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.

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by MyPhotoClub Colin, May 31, 2017

Spring garden and modelling field day is on!

TPS “Spring garden and modelling” field day      

Dear TPS Member. 

Great news! – our field day cancelled earlier this month will be on Saturday October 17.  We will have several models and up to 5 stations or areas in different locations and settings for you to use your imagination.  Our models will show off their costume skills – you may find anyone from Alice under a Faraway Tree, to a girl hanging upside down in a hoop, to a lady taking tea. Locations include a courtyard with rustic furniture and rusting galvanised iron, a large tree with bench seat, a tree house (at ground level) and various garden settings.

This is an opportunity to use different lighting set-ups, fill-in flash, reflectors, and so on, and put your own interpretation on the various locations. At the end of the session, pizza will be served.  BYO drinks. 

Please let us know if you are staying for a meal for pizza ordering purposes.

Payment of $25 per head to Treasurer Val before the event is required.  Payment ensures you have a place.  Thank you to those who have paid previously.

BSB: 638-070, Account number: 4278291; Name:  Toowoomba Photographic Society

Date:  Saturday 17 October         Time: 3pm

Place: 7 Crestview Crescent, Blue Mountain Heights (just off Hi winds Rd)

Duration: 3-5.30pm, plus pizza.

Cost: $25 p.p. including pizza.  Pre-payment required

BSB: 638-070,  Account number: 4278291; Name:  Toowoomba Photographic Society

Please put your name and the event on your deposit to help our Treasurer identify the payment.

Contact: Geoff Adams 4696 8746

by Geoff Adams, September 22, 2020

Voting closes Tuesday – Vote Now!

Members, please vote as per the request in the previous email. We need your vote!

email your decision to tpspresident (at) hotmail.com.au

Currently received votes from:
Robert Fox
Jo Christensen
Dean Mengel
Will Duncan-Kemp
Peter Matthews
Stan Cochran
Peter Alison
Pierre Boudib
Evan Williams
Geni Russ
Richard Wyton
Cory Hagan
Graham Harris
Dennis Dowling
Travis Lord
Margaret Kebble
John Stewart
Andrew Raguse
Roberta Edwards
Jo Aspro
Mick Jones
Veronica Sorley
Terry Obrien
Jenny Graff
Tracey Nash
Peter Granfield
Geoff Adams
Tryg Helander

by Tryg Helander, September 19, 2020

For those who haven’t seen the award and pointscore proposal and a reminder to vote.

A rural based TPS member contacted me last night saying she had not seen the proposed changes to the TPS awards and pointscore system. I have put the proposal in the body of this email. If you have already seen this and voted, please accept my apologies for adding to the volume of messages in your in-box. As we can’t have a physical meeting and have a show of hands, we are asking for you to vote by sending an email to the president, indicating either yes or no, along with your name.

TPS Aggregate Competition Award System

Introduction

TPS changed its competition year from a mid year to mid year to a January to December cycle when it became apparent that the difficulty in obtaining non-TPS PSQ accredited judges was due to TPS being out of step with most other clubs.  In the 2020, a near 50:50 TPS: non-TPS number of judges has been achieved.   

This highlighted another problem – marked differences between the two sets of judges – see graph below

Reasons for the lower scores from non TPS judging could be:

  • Lack of familiarity with our scoring system
  • A mis-understanding of the Accepted award – in national or international competition this is a high award (often 25% or less are “accepted”, whereas in TPS, this is a poor image scoring only 1 point.)
  • Not reading and comprehending our current guidelines.

To address these possibilities, a working group comprising the TPS committee, senior judges and 2 members (1 B grade, 1 A grade), met on 15 August 2020 to review the TPS awards and point score system.

Graham Harris undertook a review of the systems used by other clubs.  The meeting agreed that the current TPS system was wordy and prescriptive and titles of the awards were uncommon.  Many other clubs have fewer awards.  The meeting also agreed that the terms Accepted and Rejected would no longer be used.  Accepted has been deleted, and Rejected changed to Out of Category.

The following is based on Graham’s subsequent suggestions and has been modified following a discussion by TPS committee members on 24 August 2020.

Points to note:

  1. The proposal is to use the most commonly used terms for the awards – Honour, etc as below.
  2. The number of awards has been reduced but points remain the same.  Hence Honour = six points, as is the TPS Gold award.
  3. Accepted and Bronze are deleted, and Rejected changed to Out of Category.

Awards

Alice Black Award – this is the image of the night in the opinion of the judge.  This image is one that has significant impact for the judge as a result of technique, composition or story telling.  It can be chosen from any grade or medium (print or digital)

Honour – This is awarded to an exceptional photograph which has impact, is technically excellent, well composed, shows originality and artistry, and has few if any flaws.

Merit – This is awarded to a very good photograph which meets high technical standards and also shows originality, artistry and good composition.  Any flaws present are very minor.

Highly Commended – This is awarded to a good photograph with good technique, artistry and minor flaws.

Commended – This is awarded to a photograph which may have significant flaws that detract from the image and can be overcome or amended.

Out of Category – A photo that does not fit the criteriafor the competition is given this award.

A possible awards and points system for TPS could be:

 Points
Honour6
Merit4
Highly Commended3
Commended2
Out of Category0

In addition Graham suggested assigning additional points to the image awarded the Alice Black Award – for example 2 additional points on top of the award received.  This would be like a “jackpot” score, but at the end of year competition, the Alice Black of the Year could not have any point score as these have already been decided after the previous monthly competition.  This is endorsed by the majority of the TPS committee.   It will need to be added to EOY point scores manually, as there won’t be an automatic means of recording this on MPC, but a record of each image is kept and filed for the EOY competition.

Point scores and grading

The August 24 meeting is generally not in favour of grading by folio appraisal, but recognises its role for outstanding or highly proficient photographers.  Such a folio requires being assessed by a panel, and the time involved could be onerous if significant numbers of members chose this option.

Instead, the meeting recommended an average point score system for movement between grades. A cursory examination of the pointscores to date shows that a maximum of 24 images could be submitted in the competition year to date (at August 2020).  The maximum possible score is 6 golds x 24 images = 144.  The top scoring competitor has 111 points, followed by a few with scores in the 90s.  This means our top scoring entrants are attaining around 2/3 of the points on offer, and one has achieved ¾.

There has been further analysis on 2019 and 2020 – see attached below.  These comprise 5 competitions in 2019 and 6 in 2020.

It is recommended that the % of total points attained for movement between grades be as follows:

% of total competition year points attainedB grade to A gradeA grade to Salon gradeMovement between future levels in Salon grade
%556065

Points to note:

  • Grading by points provides incentive to enter the maximum number of images in a competition year.
  • Grading by points rewards consistency of effort by members.
  • Grading by points removes variability from “chance” or random effects based on awards only – i.e. a certain number of medal types.
  • It may be possible to consider a combination of awards achieved and pointscore when considering grading, but it should not rely on awards alone.
  • The points system starts at 2 out of six, rather than 1 out of six, and the wording of the Commended (2 points) award is intended to provide a clear separation between it and higher awards, and for the judge to only give this award to images where the first “impact” on viewing is technical error, rather than other qualities of the image.  An example might be an image out of focus, overly dark, burnt out, etc.
A grade 201920192019202020202020
No of entriesPoint score% of total 90 ptsNo of entriesPointscore% of total 108 pts
156167.8186257.7 
155965.6186560.2 
155965.6185954.6 
155662.2154037 
155460184440.7 
155156.7185248.1 
155156.7185248.1 
155055.6184339.8 
155055.6153734.3 
154954.4185752.8 
154853.3154541.7 
  B Grade  201920192019202020202020
No of entriesPoint score% of total 90 ptsNo of entriesPointscore% of total 108 pts
156066.7185450
155763.3185752.8
155460183835.2
155257.8185349.1
155257.8184743.5
155156.7184037
155055.6185046.3
154853.3154238.9
145156.7186055.6
125460187165.7
      
Salon grade 2020Score%Score/108 Total Pts2019Score%score/90 total pts
188780.6157381
186762156572.2
186560.2155763.3
186055.6156370
185349.1156471.1
185147.2156066.7
156358.3155864.4
155752.8000
125147.294044.4

by Geoff Adams, September 19, 2020

Vote now!

Members, please vote as per the request in the previous email. We need a YES or NO to the question regarding our proposed change to the scoring system.

I will record your name once I receive your vote.

Currently received votes from:
Cory Hagan
Graham Harris
Dennis Dowling
Travis Lord
Margaret Kebble
John Stewart
Andrew Raguse
Roberta Edwards
Jo Aspro
Mick Jones
Veronica Sorley
Terry Obrien
Jenny Graff
Tracey Nash
Peter Granfield
Geoff Adams
Tryg Helander

by Tryg Helander, September 18, 2020

Vote for proposed new award system

VOTING FOR THE FOLLOWING – 22 SEPTEMBER 2020

Do you support the following awards definitions and point score system for TPS as outlined as proposed by the TPS working group:

Proposed New Awards

Alice Black Award this is the image of the night in the opinion of the judge.  This image is one that has significant impact for the judge as a result of technique, composition or storytelling.  It can be chosen from any grade or medium (print or digital)

Honour – This is awarded to an exceptional photograph which has impact, is technically excellent, well composed, shows originality and artistry, and has few if any flaws.

Merit This is awarded to a very good photograph which meets high technical standards and also shows originality, artistry, and good composition.  Any flaws present are very minor.

Highly Commended This is awarded to a good photograph with good technique, artistry, and minor flaws.

Commended – This is awarded to a photograph which may have significant flaws that detract from the image and can be overcome or amended.

Out of Category – A photo that does not fit the criteriafor the competition is given this award.

The scores are as follows:

 Points
Honour6
Merit4
Highly Commended3
Commended2
Out of Category0

Movement between grades will depend on the percentage of total competition points gained as follows:

% of total competition year points attainedB grade to A gradeA grade to Salon gradeMovement between future levels in Salon grade
%556065

The winner of the Alice Black award monthly competition receives 2 points, but the End of Year Alice Black does not, consistent with existing end-of year awards.

Yes/No

Please email back your vote, as a yes or a no, along with your name, NLT 22 September 2020.

by Tryg Helander, September 16, 2020

Skills Night

After our talk tonight with Geoff, we will do a quick demonstration about changing colours with Lightroom CC. See you tonight!

The lesson on this exists here:

https://toowoomba.myphotoclub.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/111/2020/09/How-To-Change-The-Colour-of-ANYTHING-in-Lightroom.pdf

by Tryg Helander, September 15, 2020

TPS awards and pointscore proposal

Topic: Toowoomba Photographic society

Time: Sep 15, 2020 07:00 PM Brisbane

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by Geoff Adams, September 15, 2020

Tuesday 15th Awards and pointscore presentation

Next Tuesday, our Zoom session will be a presentation on the TPS Awards and Pointscore System following a workshop attended by senior TPS judges, committee and member representatives last month.

Below is a link to the proposal which you can read ahead of next Tuesday. The Tuesday session will be open for discussion after the presentation. It is not intended any vote would be taken on Tuesday – that will be decided later.

https://toowoomba.myphotoclub.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/111/2020/09/TPS-awards-and-pointscore-review-proposal..pdf

by Geoff Adams, September 11, 2020

Alice Black award September

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.

This month’s winner is Changing Skyline by Graham Burstow

by Geoff Adams, September 9, 2020

Results for competitions in September 2020

There were 57 entries that gained our highest award(s).

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

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Angles lines and light
Jo Christensen – Gold
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

After the Earthquake
Evan Williams – Gold
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Into the vortex
Travis Lord – Gold
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Time to reflect
Travis Lord – Gold
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Bridge with a difference
John Stewart – Gold
Salon Grade SetSubject Mono Digital

Changing Skyline
Graham Burstow – Gold
Salon Grade SetSubject Mono Print

Crunch
Robert Brown – Silver
A Grade Open Colour Print

Old Cork Station on the Diamantina
Geoff Adams – Silver
A Grade Open Colour Digital

On golden pond – Hunter’s Gorge
Geoff Adams – Silver
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Look at That
Dean Mengel – Silver
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Sungrebe
Andrew Raguse – Silver
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Hairy
Andrew Raguse – Silver
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Guggenheim from inside
Val Shield – Silver
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Sunset at the Beach
Dennis Dowling – Silver
B Grade Open Colour Digital

Eyes to the Future
Peter McAuliffe – Silver
B Grade Open Colour Digital

Kasbah Tangiers 1967
Brian Ireland – Silver
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Lines and shapes of the Empire .
Robert Fox – Silver
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

9 11 Memorial NYC
Evan Williams – Silver
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Past Its Use By Date
Roberta Edwards – Silver
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

One English Summer
Pierre Boudib – Silver
Salon Grade Open Colour Digital

Resting Heroes
Michael Jones – Silver
Salon Grade Open Colour Digital

Craigs hut in storm
Peter Granfield – Silver
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Craigs hut rainbow
Peter Granfield – Silver
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Converging Towers
Jenny Graff – Silver
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Harsh Archicture
Sandra Neill – Silver
Salon Grade SetSubject Mono Digital

Cubist Architecture
John Stewart – Silver
Salon Grade SetSubject Mono Digital

Opera House
Graham Burstow – Silver
Salon Grade SetSubject Mono Print

Follow the Lights
Tryg Helander – Silver
A Grade SetSubject Mono Digital

Essential architecture
Barry Whisson – Silver
A Grade SetSubject Mono Digital

Water baby
Sandy Adsett – Silver
A Grade Open Mono Digital

Couldn’t make the turn
Geoff Adams – Bronze
A Grade Open Colour Digital

The Driver Can Wait
Richard Wyton – Bronze
A Grade Open Colour Digital

The Stalker
Dean Mengel – Bronze
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Paper Daisies
Nicola Lancaster – Bronze
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Oh What a Feeling
Andrew Raguse – Bronze
A Grade Open Colour Digital

Outshining Yesteryear
Tryg Helander – Bronze
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Granada Apartment building
Val Shield – Bronze
A Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Gran
Leslie Rook – Bronze
B Grade Open Colour Digital

Wiltshire Cathedral_3
Peter Allison – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Reflections of Present
Veronica Sorley – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

High Court of Singapore
Jo-Ann Aspromourgos – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Singapore Shimmer
Veronica Sorley – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Cardboard Cathedral Christchurch NZ
Evan Williams – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Alpaca Rescue
Charlotte Lord – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

3 Generations
Pierre Boudib – Bronze
Salon Grade Open Colour Digital

Blue Moon Rising
Janine Waters – Bronze
Salon Grade Open Colour Digital

Keeping Lookout
Michael Jones – Bronze
Salon Grade Open Colour Digital

Wallaces Hut
Peter Granfield – Bronze
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Wells Cathedral
Pierre Boudib – Bronze
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

Coloured light
Jenny Graff – Bronze
Salon Grade SetSubject Colour Digital

mother hen
Sara Hedley – Bronze
Salon Grade Open Mono Digital

Tom
Michael Jones – Bronze
Salon Grade Open Mono Digital

Terrace House Sydney
Graham Burstow – Bronze
Salon Grade SetSubject Mono Print

Classic
Jo Christensen – Bronze
A Grade SetSubject Mono Digital

Centre Punch
Tryg Helander – Bronze
A Grade SetSubject Mono Digital

Best foot forward (dominant colour)
Sandy Adsett – Bronze
A Grade Open Mono Digital

Under the over
Jo-Ann Aspromourgos – Bronze
B Grade SetSubject Mono Digital

by Margaret Kebble, September 8, 2020