Clubs capture The Catlins’ beauty

Lined up . . . Camera club members line up for their sunset shot at Dans Peak near Owaka, (from left) Graham York, Janice Brockett and Glenda Landreth. PHOTO: FRANKIE MALONE

The Clutha District came under the eye of 34 people from the combined clubs of the Clutha Camera Club, the Dunedin Photographic Society and the Gore Camera Club who took part in a Sunday photo shoot with Christchurch-based photographer Ron Willems last weekend.
Club members travelled to Dans Peak near Owaka with their cameras for the first stop on a day-long outing which also took them to Pounawea, the Owaka Heads, Jack’s Bay and Skylark B&B.
Those brave enough to endure the cold and lateness of the hour also went to Dans Peak to catch special sunset views.
Mr Willems has been a world­renowned photographer, lecturer and exhibitor for over 40 years.
At age 20 he became the youngest person in the world to be awarded an associateship of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain.
Mr Willems spent time with each participant, helping with cameras and other equipment, and with things such as camera settings and composition.
Clutha Camera Club member Franky Malone said Mr Willems was a great teacher and it had been a joy to have him come down to Balclutha.
‘‘I and many others had a great day. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on a most enjoyable photo workshop,’’ she said.
Glenda Landreth said the workshop was full of very practical advice and tips on camera settings and their usage.
Janice Brockett said it was an absolutely fabulous learning experience in which she learnt lots and made new friends from the Gore and Dunedin clubs.
Debbie Willocks said she was captivated by the Catlins’ surrounds.
‘‘So many amazing scenic views, lazy Sunday sunshine, lots of new friendships and perfect hospitality, of course,’’ she said.

Serene . . . The jetty at Pounawea. PHOTO: JANICE BROCKETT
Sunset glory . . . The wonderous sunset from Dans Peak. PHOTO: JANICE BROCKETT
Beautiful . . .Sunset at Dans Peak. PHOTO: MARTIN HAYWARD