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 using Zoom 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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Aug
23
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7:00 pm Skills Night @ Demolay
Skills Night @ Demolay
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Meet at Demolay for a hands on approach to photography training.
Aug
30
Tue
7:00 pm Microskills – Zoom
Microskills – Zoom
Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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7:00 pm Microskills – Zoom
Microskills – Zoom
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7:00 pm Microskills – Zoom
Microskills – Zoom
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Recent Posts Archives

Image Review Night 21/06/2022 @ 7PM on Zoom

At the start of the meeting we will ask for volunteers and then prepare the images.

If you would like to get some feedback on images you may be thinking of entering for future judging’s, please submit them in the “Critique Corner” which you can find here:
https://toowoomba.myphotoclub.com.au/enter-a-collection/?collection_id=1315

After the image review section there will be some discussion around the next set subject of Water.

Set Subject Defined as:
Water is an essential ingredient to life. Photograph water in any form the appeals to you; be it, the local creek, water drops, the surf in the ocean, ice cubes, bath tub full of water in a paddock etc. Use your imagination.

Some inspiration for the set subject might be found here:
https://www.viewbug.com/search/water

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by Travis Lord, June 21, 2022

Results for competitions in June 2022

There were 45 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in June 2022

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Golden Beauty
Margaret Kebble – Honour
DIGITAL A Grade Open Colour

Taking 5
Jo-Ann Aspromourgos – Honour
DIGITAL A Grade SetSubject Colour

New Holland Honey Eater
Ann Gibbs-Jordan – Honour
DIGITAL B Grade Open Colour

Wilpena Pound at dawn after the rai
Pete McDonald – Honour
DIGITAL B Grade Open Colour

Farmer
Asif Rasheed – Honour
DIGITAL B Grade SetSubject Colour

Tiwi Artist
Sandra Neill – Honour
PRINT Salon Grade SetSubject Colour

Butchers Table
Pierre Boudib – Honour
DIGITAL Salon Grade Open Colour

Aurora Australis Nov 2021
Jenny Graff – Honour
DIGITAL Salon Grade Open Colour

Lunch Time
Janine Waters – Honour
DIGITAL Salon Grade SetSubject Mono

Missing the Message
John Stewart – Honour
PRINT Salon Grade SetSubject Mono

Waiting for the One
John Stewart – Honour
PRINT Salon Grade SetSubject Mono

Under Pressure
Veronica Sorley – Honour
DIGITAL A Grade SetSubject Mono

Life through a hole in a wall
Jason Wheeler – Honour
DIGITAL A Grade Open Mono

Flower Fairy
Roberta Edwards – Honour
DIGITAL A Grade Creative

Keyed Alike
Pierre Boudib – Honour
DIGITAL Salon Grade Creative

Bike Jump
Robert Brown – Merit
PRINT A Grade Open Colour

Boat Bedtime
Anthony Harrison – Merit
DIGITAL A Grade Open Colour

I Think I Got One
Dean Mengel – Merit
DIGITAL A Grade Open Colour

Into the Mist
Sonny Rutherford – Merit
DIGITAL A Grade Open Colour

relaxing in Queen’s Park
Dianne Horrocks – Merit
DIGITAL A Grade SetSubject Colour

Justin
Roberta Edwards – Merit
DIGITAL A Grade SetSubject Colour

Working for Crackers
Veronica Sorley – Merit
DIGITAL A Grade SetSubject Colour

Recreation Time
Dean Mengel – Merit
DIGITAL A Grade SetSubject Colour

Is this a round To-It
Peter Allison – Merit
DIGITAL B Grade Open Colour

Right Place, Right Time
Cheryl Bellette – Merit
DIGITAL B Grade Open Colour

Cape Nelson on a bad day
Pete McDonald – Merit
DIGITAL B Grade Open Colour

Cruising Is Tiring
Dennis Clark – Merit
DIGITAL B Grade SetSubject Colour

strange stranger
iris Castle – Merit
DIGITAL B Grade SetSubject Colour

Pink Fungi
Sandra Neill – Merit
PRINT Salon Grade Open Colour

Autumn baby
Sara Hedley – Merit
DIGITAL Salon Grade Open Colour

Mothers Day.
Robert Fox – Merit
DIGITAL Salon Grade Open Colour

Glengallan staircase
Jenny Graff – Merit
DIGITAL Salon Grade Open Colour

Aurora Australis Feb 2022
Jenny Graff – Merit
DIGITAL Salon Grade Open Colour

Happy Soul
Janine Waters – Merit
DIGITAL Salon Grade SetSubject Colour

The Protector
Janine Waters – Merit
DIGITAL Salon Grade SetSubject Mono

lost in thought
Sara Hedley – Merit
DIGITAL Salon Grade Open Mono

A lot of fun!
Sara Hedley – Merit
DIGITAL Salon Grade Open Mono

Catching Up
John Stewart – Merit
PRINT Salon Grade SetSubject Mono

The Winner Is
Graham Burstow – Merit
PRINT Salon Grade SetSubject Mono

The Last One Standing
Allan Rosser – Merit
PRINT Salon Grade Open Mono

Good Knight
Jason Wheeler – Merit
DIGITAL A Grade Open Mono

Thoughtful
Nicola Lancaster – Merit
DIGITAL A Grade Open Mono

Happiness
Asif Rasheed – Merit
DIGITAL B Grade SetSubject Mono

Row Row Row your Boat
Kym Stewart – Merit
DIGITAL B Grade Creative

Toowoomba Medley
Margaret Kebble – Merit
DIGITAL A Grade Creative

by Travis Lord, June 14, 2022

Judging Night 14/06/2022 7PM @DeMolay

Hi All, Tonight is our Monthly Competition Judging Night for Set Subject “Stranger”.

We will have two guest judges as follows:
Rochelle James for our Prints
Simon Cox for our Digitals

Where: DeMolay & Zoom

COVID Restrictions have been lifted by Queensland Health / Government and all members are welcome to attend. If you are currently sick, or isolating due to a COVID Positive test – please stay home and join us over Zoom instead.

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Meeting ID: 992 8590 1931
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Images for set subject “Bridges” are due by 11:59PM Tonight!!

by Travis Lord, June 14, 2022

1H22 Trans-Tasman Results

I wish to thank everyone who entered into the first Trans-Tasman competition with our friends from Howick for 2022.

Standings:

1H21 – Our town – Winner: Toowoomba

2H21 – My Springtime – Winner: Howick

1H22 – Nature – Winner: Howick

Last nights judging was performed by Anne Pappalardo from Brisbane and Elizabeth Passuello from New Zealand. Both judges put in a monstrous effort in not only scoring the images, but preparing exceptional feedback for all images shown. They spent a lot of time explaining to us how “Nature” photography would be judged in an “international” sense and how certain elements, composition and in some cases image titling can have a impact to an images eligibility.

The competition was fiercely contended throughout the night with Howick coming out on top. We now have the opportunity to set the subject for the 2H22 comp and we’re definitely going to find a subject to challenge our NZ friends.

We should be proud of our efforts, with 96% of images entered coming from our B and A grade’s, opposed to Howick’s 40% from their C and B grades.

Special mention to Pete McDonald receiving the highest marks from Toowoomba from both Judges and a 9/10 from Elizabeth with a total of 15 for his image Wilpena Pound at Dawn after the Rain, and Dianne Horrocks having received a 9/10 from Anne but also getting a total score of 14 from both Judges for her image My Breakfast.

For anyone interested, all of the images entered onto MyPhotoClub by members were scored by all members of our Committee and the top 30 images from the collective scores were entered into the competition against Howick.


Below is a breakdown of the images and scores received:
You can see the images here:
https://tpsi.org.au/1h22-trans-tasman-toowoomba-images/

Image NameAuthorGradeTotal
Wilpena Pound at dawn after the raiPete McDonaldB15
My BreakfastDianne HorrocksB14
Flying HighDean MengelA14
Lake Mungo – home of Mungo ManPete McDonaldB14
Pretty Face WallabyVeronica SorleyA14
Small Green Banded Blue ButterflyTravis LordSalon14
Grass SkipperCharlotte LordB13
Nap timeJo-Ann AspromourgosA13
Azure KingfisherRichard WytonA12
BYO LunchBelinda KranzB12
Crocodile SoupAnthony HarrisonA12
Dagg Falls after flooding rainPeter AllisonB12
Masked LapwingsGracie LordB12
Playing ChaseDean MengelA12
Afternoon SwimTim DunnA12
Black-shouldered KitesVeronica SorleyA11
Dwarf tree frogJo-Ann AspromourgosA11
Fallen MushroomSonny RutherfordA11
flycatcheriris CastleB11
Flying SeagullSonny RutherfordA11
Purple PlantGracie LordB11
White faced HeronKym StewartB11
Yellow Throated ShrubwrenBruce TameA11
Me and my Shadowiris CastleB10
The RangesJasmin LordA10
Wait for MeAnthony HarrisonA10
Cotton-OnCharlotte LordB8
WonderlandJasmin LordA8
Daisy LoveKym StewartB7
Foxtail weedMargaret KebbleA7

Please keep in mind that a number of images the judges explained were amazing captures, but that they did not fit into the nature category and as such scored them lower.  

For future competitions I have recommended we use different naming criteria to allow for more freedom and a broader range of images.

by Travis Lord, June 8, 2022

Starting 5:30PM TONIGHT 7/06 – Trans-Tasman Cup Judging on Zoom

REMINDER: the judging night for the “Nature” images that were entered for the Trans-Tasman Cup will occur Tonight.

The Zoom meeting will open at 17:30 QLD Time for some general conversation time with Judging to commence from 18:00. We encourage all members to join us on zoom for the judging process.

Topic: Toowoomba Interclub Zoom Meeting
Time: Jun 7, 2022 05:30 Brisbane Time

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Meeting ID: 898 9765 1472
Passcode: 278497

To see the 30 images we submitted click the following link:
https://tpsi.org.au/1h22-trans-tasman-toowoomba-images/

There were 25 Toowoomba members who entered with a total of 63 images for the committee to go through. These images were scored by all members of the committee which then gave us our top 30 images.
Thank you to everyone who entered and wish you all the best on judging night!

by Travis Lord, June 7, 2022

Trans-Tasman Cup Judging

As mentioned last week, the judging night for the “Nature” images that were entered for the Trans-Tasman Cup will occur on Tuesday – 7th of June.

The Zoom meeting will open at 17:30 QLD Time for some general conversation time with Judging to commence from 18:00. We encourage all members to join us on zoom for the judging process.

Topic: Toowoomba Interclub Zoom Meeting
Time: Jun 7, 2022 07:30 PM Auckland, Wellington

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 898 9765 1472
Passcode: 278497

To see the 30 images we submitted click the following link:
https://tpsi.org.au/1h22-trans-tasman-toowoomba-images/

There were 25 Toowoomba members who entered with a total of 63 images for the committee to go through. These images were scored by all members of the committee which then gave us our top 30 images.
Thank you to everyone who entered and wish you all the best on judging night!

by Travis Lord, June 5, 2022

General Discussion Meeting 31/05/2022 @7PM on ZOOM

Tonight we will have a quick meeting to discuss some up coming changes and get some feedback from members.

7PM on Zoom, 31/05/2022

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by Travis Lord, May 31, 2022

**IMPORTANT** Update to Aggregate Competitions

Hi All,

After feedback from a number of judges, the PSQ Judges Executive and Members, the committee have decided to bring our monthly aggregate competitions in line with other clubs in the state.

Each month, members will now be able to enter 2 images, down from the previous 3. This should bring our average monthly total images down to around 100 images total, down from 150. This will greatly reduce the load on judges each month.

NOTE: This change will commence from August (Set Subject of Water) onwards all competitions on MyPhotoClub have been updated.

You should still enter 3 images into July’s (Set Subject Bridges) competition.

This will also modify the scores required to move up a grade where eligible, the percentage of total score remains the same.
The maximum attainable points from competitions is now 174.

To move from B grade to A grade you must score over 55% of the maximum possible score, members will need to attain a score of 95 or above to move forward.

To move from A grade to Salon grade, you must score over 60% of the maximum possible score, members will need to attain a score of 104 or above to move forward.

AwardsAggregate Points
Honour6
Merit4
Highly Commended3
Commended2
Out of Category0
Alice Black +2 ontop of the allocated score

Members eligible for re-grading are advised prior to December, the start of the new competition year.  The management committee makes the final decision on re-grading.

Changes to image dimensions and sizes:

The sizes of images that members can upload has been changed.
Dimensions: Ensure your image is at least 1500px on the long edge. There is no longer a maximum image dimension requirement.
File Size: Maximum of 5MB.

Some Do’s and Don’ts of Entering our Monthly competitions

To address some issues noted recently, we’ve put together some do’s and don’ts for entering our competitions:

  • Do – enter your best work
  • Do – familiarise yourself with the set subject and definitions (click here)
  • Do – title your image appropriately so the judge understands your image
  • Do – consider adding a small border to images with dark edges to help the judge identify where the image ends
  • Do – Check you’ve entered into the right competition (print vs digital, open vs set subject)
  • Don’t – include watermarks or signatures on images
  • Don’t – use stock imagery, downloaded images or creative works from the internet, any works that have not been photographed by yourself or created with your own hand

Clarification of Creative Subject

Definition: Creative photography is the altering of reality

Explanation and Guidelines:

It is an extension of conventional photography into creative art, and its purpose is to take the image beyond the literal through the use of imaginative skill or originality of thought.

There should be a significant photographic content, and inclusion of mixed media of any kind (paint, transfer, digital etc) is welcome. It can be a collage or a montage. The final result must be all the photographer’s own work.  This includes any tools used to alter the image that are not native to the software used, such as

  • Extra brushes that add photographic elements such as snowflakes, raindrops, leaves etc
  • Replacement pre-sets such as skies, sunsets, scenery
  • Expansion packs

If you use image manipulation software you can

  • Combine two images then experiment with different blending modes and opacity
  • Experiment with the inbuilt tools such as colour replacement, invert, free transform, perspective warp, puppet warp, liquefy
  • Create your own backgrounds by photographing interesting textures, skies, sunsets and scenery

If you are not using image manipulation software there are many other ways of being creative, such as

  • Using in camera effects such as zoom pull, multiple exposures, intentional camera movement
  • Cutting and pasting of printed images to make collages and montages
  • Painting on prints or hand colouring

Creative does NOT mean abstract.

If there are any concerns regarding these changes, please contact the committee via email committee@tpsi.org.au

by Travis Lord, May 25, 2022

For Sale Section

We have a new section on our website for members to list equipment for sale. Anyone can view items already posted for sale.

To create a new listing you must create an account, this process is explained when you visit the links.
https://tpsi.org.au/

If you have any questions feel free to message Travis at president@tpsi.org.au

This feature is only available for Toowoomba Photographic Society Members.
Account registrations need to be manually approved to confirm membership status, this may take up to 5 days.

by Travis Lord, May 25, 2022

Skills Night / Field Day TONIGHT

At this stage, tonight’s Skills night is still on.
Please share this with members without email or internet access.
We will NOT be meeting at DeMolay tonight

We will be having a combined skills night / field day this coming Tuesday Night.
We are going to meet at the rail bridge in town that is at the corner of Bashford and Long Street.

Details:
Where: Rail bridge Cnr Bashford and Long Street (Across from the driving range)
Parking: Parking available in Water Street
When: 7PM
Plan: The general idea is to use this old wooden rail bridge as a subject interest to practice photographing bridges with, Try and get them level, perspective right, depth of field. We will probably light paint the bridge depending on what the ambient light will be like at the time. Vehicles will drive past so there will be a chance to get light trails, we “might” even get a train.

You might have an opportunity to photograph people at the driving range.
There might be running water in the creek underneath

What to bring:
Camera, batteries, memory cards.
Lenses: Wide will probably be best (generally anything under 24mm on a Full Frame), however longer lenses will work too and will give a different effect.
Accessories:
Tripod, Shutter Cable Release (helpful b ut not required), a torch / LED panel or something that can be used to light paint with.
Jumper/s – it might be cold
Warm Drink if you’re that way inclined.
Umbrella – Given the weather lately it’s almost necessary everywhere.

by Travis Lord, May 24, 2022