Whangarei's camera obscura hits the target!

The Whangarei camera obscura team have done it! Their crowdfunding efforts to raise $25,000 came to fruition on November 23. The trio behind the camera obscura are photographer Diane Stoppard, sculptor Trish Clarke, and architect Felicity Christian, and their concept is an eight-metre interactive steel sculpture reflecting Whangarei's waka history, which will house a camera obscura. The camera obscura will be situated looking towards Whangare's Te Matau ā Pohe Bascule Bridge, and will utilize CCTV technology to connect the camera obscura experience to the worldwide web, so a global audience can also experience the view.

If the Pledge Me fundraiser had not met its target, the team wouldn't have been able to have kept any of the money, but now that the $25,000 is secured, they're pushing for the photographic community to help get them towards $50,000.

 It's not just all about gaining extra funds now, though. Stoppard says there's value in supporter numbers, not just monetary donations.

“What I have realized is that the number of people who pledge has great value to us — when we apply to the big funders we want to be able to say 300-plus members of the community got behind the project,” Stoppard says.

Check out the video that the team have put together about the project, and if you're keen to get involved, head on over to the Pledge Me page, which will only be open to donations until 10pm on December 9, 2016. 

Here's a bit of an indication, using a pure-glass sphere, of how the camera obscura will work when it's constructed.

Take a road trip to Road Trip

If you're in the Auckland area from November 24–29, head along to Kingsland's Atomic Coffee Roasters to see Duncan Innes's latest exhibition Road Trip. 

Duncan Innes

While travelling around New Zealand, Innes captured images of landscapes that resulted in a reflection of the diverse environment New Zealand has. Road Trip showcases a series of the images he captured, from isolated beaches in the far north, through to the saltworks outside Blenheim.

Duncan Innes

The opening night of the exhibition will be held on Thursday, November 24 at 5.30pm until 8pm. Head along for an evening of exploring dramatic yet subtle portrayals of New Zealand's landscapes, otherwise make sure you get to the exhibition before it closes on November 29.

Duncan Innes

2017 D-Photo calendar: a beautiful way to get organized

If you've grabbed the December–January issue of D-Photo magazine (Issue No. 75), you would have discovered the 2017 D-Photo calendar tucked into the pages of the magazine. This beautiful calendar features the stunning pieces of art captured by D-Photo's talented readers. Here's a bit of sneak peek at the winning images from our calendar competition.

Want to see these images adorn your wall throughout the year? Just pick up a copy of the December–January issue of D-Photo from a store near you now, or order a copy of the magazine below:

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Spoil yourself with the Christmas issue of D-Photo!

The summer months are upon us, which means it's been super exciting around the D-Photo headquarters as we prepared an absolutely packed-to-the-brim issue for you to take on your summer adventures! 

In the December–January issue of D-Photo you'll learn all about underwater photography, meet the Kiwi photographer on The Painted Peacock Project team, meet the 2016 Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year, delve into the world of homemade flash filters, learn about all the hype surrounding 360-degree imaging, plus so much more!

With this issue, you'll also receive a stunning 2017 D-Photo Kiwiana Calendar in an all-new design, ready for you to hang on your wall and be inspired by the next striking image with every month that passes by. 

Also in this issue:

Alys Davidson

You'll find the top three Kids Photo Comp winners in the mag, but check out the top 10 finalists here.

Joseph Shirriffs

Since print magazines can't yet feature video footage, we've brought you Joseph Shirriffs' video that is talked about in the Education column. Have a watch here.

Fiona Maddox

We found 10 great spots for bird photography in New Zealand, and asked to see your photographs. Check out all of the entries here.

And this issue, subscribe or renew and get a free SanDisk Cruzer Ultra USB 3.0 16GB Flash Drive worth $20, as well as an entry to be in to win a Nikon D3400 18–55mm kit worth $800!

Grab your copy of the December–January issue of D-Photo (Issue No. 75), which includes a 2017 D-Photo calendar, now:

SAE Auckland opens Studio 18

SAE Auckland held the opening of its brand-new Studio 18 in Auckland on October 12. The whole process began when SAE was awarded New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) accreditation to run the Bachelor of Film Arts in 2015 and started the hunt for a suitable facility to house the new film degree. When the basement floor beneath its ground-floor location at 18 Heather Street, Auckland, became available in late 2015, SAE jumped at the chance to extend downwards to include the basement as well — SAE has been situated in that very location since 1989, and it was the perfect opportunity to expand without having to move.

Once settled, SAE took over the lease in March 2016 and immediately commenced the design and build of a new large film studio — complete with green screen and a hangout space for students — which also doubles as a film set and a large multifunctioning classroom.

Photo: Alexia Clarkson-Rowntree

Outfitted as a multipurpose space, the facility allows plenty of room to rehearse, shoot, hold auditions, and make the most of experimenting with the green screen. To go with the new area, three Blackmagic Ursa cameras have been purchased for students to use in the studio and out on location.

This space is ideal to teach students how everything works out in the industry; it was even designed with a lighting set-up that will help students with this transition.

It took over three months of intense building, but SAE is thrilled with the final result, and, most important, the new film-degree students are both excited and inspired by the space. Campus Manager Dr Suzette Major said, “Studio 18 is a great example of the practical, hands-on training that SAE offers. Our students learn in studios, not lecture halls. And I am thrilled that SAE Auckland now has a film studio which parallels industry standards. Our film-degree and diploma-students are ecstatic.”

Access is the same as the other studios: 9am–10pm Mon–Fri and 10am–10pm Saturday. More information can be found at auckland.sae.edu.

Photos: Alexia Clarkson-Rowntree