QCCP Nov. 2016 Newsletter. Mount Cook review and Competition winner announced.
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Queenstown Centre for Creative Photography

New Zealand

December 2015
In this newsletter:

  • Competition winner

  • Return from Japan

  • Mount Cook Landscape Photography Workshop Review

  • Mount Cook Book

  • QCCP Website rebuild

The result of the competition
1- Added contrast
2-Changed to sepia tone to make it look more like an old time print
3-4-5-6.Took out the square sign, the fence and two lights from the power lines. This made the image cleaner.
7-In the top original shot the head was looking to the right instead of looking straight ahead and towards the approaching gun fighter. (Mike)
8- Add vignette to hold the ye within the frame.

The winner is Teresa Wilson. I will put your book into the post for you once you send me your address.
In the last newsletter we announced our new Creative Travel Photography Book.

This is now available on our new QCCP website via the SHOP.

We will still take orders orders via email and direct deposit. Simply send me your postal address and payment to our NZ or Aust. account that is posted in the shop page.

Kyoto - Japan 2015

Our Japan Travel Workshop in 2016 will be Nov. 12-22 2016
New trends in Kyoto

These young Japanese girls have dressed themselves up as pretend Maiko's. They were having a great time walking around the streets, attracting quite a bit of attention. While at the same time they were trying to play the part of ' elegance and grace'.

They made selfies of themselves and each other in front of the Kyoto icons and were happy to have their photographs made by others too.
Traditions and colour by Mike Langford
Claire King in action.

Ginkakuji Temple Kyoto

Mike made sure that we arrived at this temple early, so that we could capture the early morning light.

The warm rising sun made steam on the famous Sand Mound.
This mounds shape is said to symbolize Mt Fuji. 

I spent about twenty minutes watching and photographing the light that was moving quite quickly around it's contour, when  a woman walked into my view. 

To my eye her neck created a beautiful counter balance to the hard lines of the mound.  I was now satisfied that I had found another interpretation of this famous mound of sand.

Her neck reminded me of images made by a great photographer called Harry Callahan. Images of his wife Eleanor. Other people think it looks like Grace Kelly, Frida Kahlo, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Margaret, Aung San Suu Kyi and Katherine Princess of Wales.

I think that it's great when an image can remind you of something else.
This was another image I made ten days before on our first workshop to Kyoto.

It's a triple exposure:  sand mound, a view through a tree close by and the raked sand found in front of the mound.
This is one of Mike colour double exposures on the average setting in his 5DS.
With added contrast and saturation.

It has made the mound look quite surreal.

Mike said: "It’s always good to approach a subject with an idea and then to work your way through the possibilities, using the camera’s functions, until you end up with a result that communicates what that original idea was about".

Snow Monkeys

Jackie Ranken
Canon 5DS,  EF 70-200 lens @ F2.8, 100 ISO.

The Snow Monkeys are wild animals that in the colder months of the year, come out of the forest and  keep warm by sitting in a large hot pool.

Japan had been unseasonably warm this year and the monkeys had only just arrived so we were very lucky to see them.

Out of the hundred images I made this was one that stood out to me, for it's difference.

A slow enough shutter speed and quick reflexes allowed me to capture the movement of this Snow Monkey  shaking water of it's head. I like the way he is sitting on a pedestal, looking like a lion.

Mike Langford is loving his new 5DS.

EF 70-200 mm lens @ 200 mm
F3.2 1/160 sec,  100 ISO
Book your place for Tibet or Japan in 2016

Mount Cook I 2015 - Review

HERE  in ISSUU  is the link to the 84 page book with images from the workshop.
or HERE in Blurb

John Waller

You have captured great atmosphere that is especially strong in monochrome.

This image is about shape, tone, texture and light. With your  long telephoto lens you have found this dramatic 'image within the image'.

Lorraine Parbury

This a beautifully realized. Your moment of capture was perfect.

The elements that make it work so well are: the mist behind the trees, the darkened foreground that helps hold my eye within the shot, the way the road winds through the frame and the height of the camera is just right.

The composition is very well done.


Marina McDonlad

A wonderful double exposure in monochrome.

I enjoy the mountain range cutting through the frame and  the texture of ice is a perfect fit.

There light and dark areas in the ice layer are like textured brush strokes, in paint.

Mark Passfield

Sunrise. 'Mount cook is on fire'  This image is dramatic and the colour exciting.

The composition is very well balanced. The dark areas around Mount Cook are a perfect balance to the pink glow. The thin strip of land at the bottom of the frame also gives Mt Aoraki strength.


Steve Gregory

This is a great angle to photograph the bridge.

I know it took some effort get there, but you had the vision and did it.

It feels like you are standing in the middle of the water. The long shutter speed has given the water an interesting texture that contrasts with the distant mountain.

The wide depth of focus and focal point, keep everything sharp is perfect.

Steve Gregory #2

Mike suggested to crop this shot and take out the right hand sky and ridge line.

Now the mountain has become bigger and stronger.  I agree!

Mike Langford

Before and after edit

This darkness on the top right hand side can be a natural phenomena. Especially in a place like Mount Cook where the sky can be so clear and blue.

On editing it's important to see this and correct it by gradually lightening it. The light still needs to come from the left because that was where the sun was. 

Mike Langford

The key to this shot of Mike's is the small window in the frozen water showing the reflection of Mount Cook.

It's amazing what you can find in puddles if you get down close and go looking.

Jackie Ranken

Canon 5DMKIII   F8, 1 sec, 100 ISO 
Lens EF 70-200 F2.8 L IS II USM

This one meter long iceberg was on the edge of being swept away into the Tasman River. I had only just arrived at the site and was would usually take a little more time to think about the subject, look at where it was sitting in the landscape and then make a preliminary exposure in order to check my idea and composition. This was not one of those occasions; immediate action was called for as I had no idea how long the ice would last. (The ice actually lasted 3 minutes before being wash away).
The subject was quite a distance away from me so I pulled my 70-200 lens from my camera bag (to help isolate the ice from the surrounding clutter).  I attached a neutral density filter to the lens so that I could slow the shutter speed down and make the choppy water look silky and cloud-like.
What I like about this image is the contrast in the translucency of the ice to the milky looking in glacial water.  At f8 the depth of focus is deep enough to keep the whole subject sharp and I second shutter speed was not too slow as to show movement of the subject. 
I initially captured the image using monochrome picture style but went back to my Raw file and made it colour again. Once I printed though, I realized I liked it more in black and white. It just proves the point once again, images become truly realized once they are printed.


Jackie Ranken (Tutor)

This is an before and after conversion to black and white. I like both images and struggle just like you may to decide which version I I like best.

One of the ways that helps me to decide what I like best is to print the file.
Another way is to ask myself the question of how I am going to use the image.
  • Who is if for? What is it's purpose? It will look good on the new QCCP website!
The colour version makes the tussock stand out and there is a feeling of cold v's warm

The black and white version makes me look at the spindly grass and the rhythm between the grass heads....this is why editing can take so long. There are too many options. 

Ultimately I prefer the cropped version below and have printed it like this.

New QCCP Website

We finally have a new www.qccp.co.nz and photosafari.co.nz  website.

The drop down menu is found by holding your mouse at the top of the page.

Thank you to Kate Roberge for working on the design with me. It's important that we have a website that is current and one that I can update immediately.

A great big thank you goes to Tania Bennett for the spell and grammar checks in the PDFs. Thanks also to Maurice Field who has a great eye for finding typo's too.

The site will continue to evolve so please make a bookmark on your browser and check in every now and then.

Workshops for 2016

We have places available in all our workshops, we would love to hear from you.

QCCP Photographic Workshops – 2016


March 17 - 21   Otago Landscape     South Island New Zealand

March 25 - 27   Portrait Workshop    Queenstown New Zealand

April 15 - 18      Autum Colours I       Queenstown South Island New Zealand

April 25- 28        Autumn Colours II   Queenstown South Island New Zealand

May 26 - 30        Kinloch (Otago)        South Island Landscape New Zealand


July 14 - 18        Mount Cook I           South Island New Zealand

August 18-22     Mount Cook II          South Island New Zealand

Sept. 15-19         West Coast               South Island  New Zealand

Oct 28- Nov. 11  Tibet - China             Beijing to Lhasa


Nov. 12-22         Japan                          Autumn Colours Snow Monkeys


"To be creative we sometimes need to go out onto a limb.
If the limb breaks while I am out over a river then I will be caught in the current and taken somewhere new. If the branch holds my weight then I get a unique view of life, I can return to the tree trunk if I wish and try another branch.
Neither outcome is better just different. What matters is having a go. I feel that expressing your creativity and connecting and sharing this vision with others is the way to go"
. JR

On our QCCP workshops we ask you to go out onto this literal limb, we ask you to push your boundaries and be vulnerable. Mike and myself promise to be there to support your efforts and celebrate your successes.

The first step is to learn the craft of photograph, to be exposed to the history of art,  art photography and the Masters. Then be out there doing it.


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