Now the conference is over.
Time for some pleasant weather and free wandering? Alas the weather is the weak link with strong winds, rain and hail. Be that as it may, I need to make some closing remarks about the conference.
First, let me compliment the Southland Photographic Society for their splendid efforts as hosts in Invercargill. The conference was a happy occasion for most who attended. The venue was more than adequate, though they obviously struggled to serve morning and afternoon teas and lunches to 220 attendees in a timely manner. On the other had, the Ascot Park Motel more than redeemed themselves with the excellent banquet.
Conferences are not about food, though if it is done badly, it can overshadow the substantive conference. Despite my minor niggle above, this was not the case in Invercargill, and the mechanics were very well handled. The selection of workshop topics was excellent, and I enjoyed most of the ones I went to. Field trips were enjoyed, despite the chilly one I opted for on Saturday. Some worlds class speakers included local artist Graham Sydney who was very provocative, and Tom Ang.
Tom was the highlight of the conference for me. This man is a superb photographer, yet it would be hard to find a more humble or gentle person. He shared his experience and wisdom unstintingly. My only regret was that he was unwell during most of his visit and that curtailed some of his participation. My image today is one of the few I took yesterday, and it is a hand-held shot in a dark auditorium and shows Tom at work.
I shall take every opportunity that occurs in future to learn from him, though he too was controversial (no RAW images and no “chimping”. I am happy to record that he now has a home in New Zealand.