OffShoot Newsletter - 11th March 2017
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This coming Monday we have Assignment feedback. A judge will give feedback on the images entered as assignments, as well as advice on how the entrants should proceed with their next task.


Congratulations to Trevor Stafford and Matt Dunne on achieving their LIPF distinctions.

Reminder: Membership Fees Now Due
With the coming of the end of March membership fees for 2017 are now due. Please note that the annual membership fee remains unchanged at €50 per year.
If you have not paid yet can you please ensure that you pay your membership fee by the end of March. Payment can either be made by Cash / Cheque at the door before the meeting or on-line via PayPal at
Member's Photo of the Week
Club Calendar
13th March – Meeting – Assignment Feedback
14th March – Outing – National Transport Museum
17th March – Outing – St. Patrick's Day Parade
20th March – Meeting – Processing Images
25th March – Outing – Peter Gordon Dublin Bay Masterclass
7th April – Outing – John Hooton Dingle Workshop
Club Competition / Assignment
Critique of the images submitted last week will take place next Monday night.  

This year each competition will have 2 sections, a Theme and an Open section, in each of Level 1 and Level 2.

You can enter up to 2 images, either
(a) 1 in each section, or
(b) 2 in the Open section

Each Competition will also prescribe the format – i.e. Print / Projected or Colour / Mono / Free-to-choose.

The next competion is for hand-in on 10th April 2017 with judging on 24th April 2017. Both sections will be Colour or Mono Printed with the themes being 'Unforgettable Faces' and 'Open'.
Offshoot Exhibition (2nd May to 29th May )
OffShoot will again be having its Exhibition at the Deansgrange Library. The Exhibition will run from 2nd May to 29th May. The opening will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 2nd May. All OffShoot Members are invited to exhibit at the Exhibition and to attend the opening.

You are invited to submit at least 1 image (or 2 if you wish). One image is guaranteed to be displayed. Please remember when selecting your image, it will be displayed in a public family library.

Images need to be submitted by 12th April. This needs to be done by logging in on to the club website and go to Upload Images. You need to name your file: Exhibition-Your name-Title of image. eg. Exhibition-DWhitaker-Sugar Loaf.jpg or Exhibition-DWhitaker-Sugar Loaf.tif.

The cost is €30 for a 20x16 in mounted image in a white wooden frame.

After the opening there will be a get-together in the Grange Pub, across the road from the library and all club members and guests will be welcome.
Photo Quiz Question
 What does the term prime lens mean? 
A. It has a fixed aperture
B. It has a fixed focal length
C. It is your most important lens
D. It has a fixed shutter speed
Answer at bottom of the newsletter
From Our Blog
March 10, 2017
Trevor Stafford LIPF
The March 2017 IPF distinction sitting was held in Portlaoise, County Laois. Congratulations to Trevor Stafford for attaining his LIPF Distinction at this sitting of the IPF Distinction Panel. 
Go To Article →
March 10, 2017
Matt Dunne LIPF
The March 2017 IPF distinction sitting was held in Portlaoise, County Laois. Congratulations to Matt Dunne for attaining his LIPF Distinction at this sitting of the IPF Distinction Panel.
Go To Article →
External Competitions
The Societies March Competitions
We would like to invite all members of OffShoot Photography Society (South Dublin) to enter our monthly open to all photography competitions. 
Animals in Action Photography Competition

Our nature and wildlife competition for March is ‘Animals in Action’. For this months competition we are looking for images that show us no matter what animal it is or whatever they are doing, we would like to see them in their natural habitat living out their daily lives.

Towns and Cityscapes Photography Competition
This months competition is Towns and Cityscapes. From London, New York, Cologne, Sydney, Liverpool, Moscow, Chicago, Brisbane, Paris, Cabinteely…Anywhere in the world is welcome.
Winners and Losers Photography Competition
Any image that depicts this lively theme of any sport may be entered and must show the all important decisive moment.
Last months winners can be found at:

Living World Photography Competition

Road Trip Photography Competition

Happiness Photography Competition
Want to find out more about The Societies of Photographers?

Request a free information pack and claim your complimentary copy of Professional Imagemaker photography magazine today at
3rd International Salon of Print and Digital Art Photography Varna 2017
Deadline is 10th May. Details of categories, rules etc. here.  
Aesthetica Art Prize
The 11th Aesthetica Art Prize is now open for entries. Photographic and digital art is one of the categories. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit:
European Treasures of Nature
The nature photo competition “European Treasures of Nature” starts off again.  EuroNatur, the magazine "natur", the NaturVision filmfestival and Gelsenwasser AG invite you to set off hunting for photos and to capture magic moments and stunning experiences in nature. Entry free. Details here
Exhibitions & Events
Photographer’s Workshop Day with Kevin Kuster and Josh Johnson of the #JJ Community - Monday, 20 March 2017 from 09:00 to 17:00

Portrait photography often intimidate most photographers. This one day class is designed to help you with every aspect of portrait photography, lighting, posing, and the secret to putting your subject at ease. We will experiment with different lighting styles and approaches that will take you outside of your comfort zone and broaden your skills for photgraphing people - for example, getting closer to people, exploring more complex compositions, using existing locations, using available light and chasing new types of editorial portrait story telling. This will be a practical hands on workshop with a model on lighting techniques, including studio lighting and natural light. Don't forget to bring your camera!

For more details and to book a ticket at this seminar click here.
New Historical Digital Archive Launches

Traffic jams during a 1970's CIE bus strike, Croagh Patrick Pilgrimages (1958), and jubilant Heffo's Army supporters are among 43,000 historic photographs and documents which have now been made freely available online by Dublin City Council. These formerly unseen images date as early as 1757 and include photographs, postcards, letters, maps and historical memorabilia.
Highlights of the collection, which can be found at include the Fáilte Ireland Photographic Collection with images of people, places and tourist locations all across Ireland from 1930s, the Irish Theatre Archive Photographic Collection, and Dublin City Council Photographic Collection.

Much of the material provides photographic evidence of Dublin’s ever-changing streetscapes and buildings, as well as significant social, cultural, sporting, and political events in the City. Events as diverse as the Eucharistic Congress (1932), bonny baby competitions in the North Inner City, and the Dublin Football Team of the 1970s all feature, along with sombre Dublin streets in the aftermath of tragedies such as the 1941 North Strand and the 1974 Bombings.
Yan Wang Preston - Mother River Project (Last Week)
'Mother River' will now close on Sunday March 12th. Final weekend opened from 1pm - 6 pm.

Yan Wang Preston will give a public talk about her work on Saturday 28th January at 12 noon at the Gallery of Photography. Admission is free, all welcome. Seats are allocated on first come basis.
Mother River is a breathtaking photographic odyssey by the British-Chinese photographer, Yan Wang Preston. It takes the viewer on a journey along the entire length of the Yangtze, China’s ‘Mother River’. From the remote high Tibetan Plateau, through the Three Gorges and on to the river’s end at Shanghai, this stunning series of colour photographs captures the dramatic shifts in landscape and offers fresh perspectives on China’s present-day development. The exhibition runs from 28th January until 5th March.

Details here.
Tutorials & Links
A couple of tutorials about using wide-angle lenses:
Photo Quiz Answer
The answer is B. 
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