Laurie Thomas Land­scape Sa­lon

New Zealand D-Photo - - CONTENTS - En­tries for the Laurie Thomas Land­scape Sa­lon close May 25, 2018. En­try de­tails can be found at lau­ri­ethomas­sa­lon.com.

The Christchurch Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety has a busy agenda with reg­u­lar work­shops, field trips, and com­pe­ti­tions, but for many, the Laurie Thomas Land­scape Sa­lon is the high­light of the year’s events. The year 2018 marks the 22nd run­ning of the event, and en­tries are cur­rently open. The sa­lon is named af­ter late Christchurch Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety mem­ber and land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher Laurie Thomas, who ex­plored the New Zealand land­scape through the medium of slides. To keep things sim­ple, the sa­lon has a sin­gle cat­e­gory: dig­i­tal images of the New Zealand land­scape. Those not af­fil­i­ated with the Christchurch Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety are wel­come to en­ter, and, if the 650-plus images en­tered into last year’s sa­lon are any­thing to go by, it is one of the more pop­u­lar in­ter-club com­pe­ti­tions. The sa­lon’s high­est ac­co­lade last year went to James Gib­son for his image A

Light in the Dark­ness. James cap­tured the gold-medal-awarded image on a scout­ing trip to the Catlins in Feb­ru­ary 2017. With only around an hour and a half be­tween astro twi­light and moonrise, James didn’t have a lot of time to cap­ture the shot he en­vis­aged of the Milky Way arch­ing above Nugget Point Light­house. And, while the image de­picts the light­house calmly beam­ing its light out over the ocean, James says that it was any­thing but calm, with the wind pick­ing up over the course of the photo shoot, mean­ing that, against his bet­ter judge­ment, he ac­tu­ally had to hold on to his tri­pod to pre­vent it from shak­ing dur­ing the 20-sec­ond ex­po­sures. It wasn’t un­til James got home to process

the images that he re­al­ized he had not only cap­tured the light­house dwarfed by the Milky Way but also the yel­low glow of the aurora. The image is made up of six pho­to­graphs, with two rows of three por­trait-ori­ented shots. James de­cided on an al­most­square as­pect ra­tio, with the com­po­si­tion bal­anc­ing the ter­res­trial el­e­ments of the head­land and the light­house with the lights of the Milky Way, the aurora, and the Large Mag­el­lanic Cloud at the top right. With the path in the fore­ground lead­ing you up be­yond the light­house to the stars above, James says, “The ti­tle just made it­self.” For the past three years, James has run week­end field trips and photo walks for the Christchurch Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety with a fo­cus on land­scape-ori­ented pho­tog­ra­phy. For the sake of va­ri­ety, he has handed that man­tle on to some­body else in the club but is still ac­tively con­tribut­ing. James has en­tered the sa­lon ev­ery year since 2014 and has al­ready sub­mit­ted his images for this year. The sa­lon is judged al­ter­nately in the North and South Is­land. This year, judg­ing will be in the North, with judges Shona Jaray (APSNZ), Caro­line Lud­ford (LPSNZ, LRPS), and Neil Gor­don (APSNZ).

JAMES GIB­SON, A LIGHT IN THE DARK­NESS, CANON EOS 6D, SIGMA 20MM F/ 1.4 ART LENS, NODAL NINJA PANORAMIC HEAD, 20S, F/ 1.4, ISO 2500

BOB MCCREE, MYS­TI­CAL METROPO­LIS, NIKON D700, 1/400S, F/8, ISO 250

JEN­NIFER WIL­LIAM, LAKE GRASSMERE SALT PONDS, CANON EOS 5D MARK II, 1/640S, F/5.6, ISO 200

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