Established more than 40 years ago, the Williamstown Camera Club includes residents of Williamstown, Newport, Altona, Laverton, Footscray and adjacent suburbs. There are 22 meetings per year in which members can develop their photographic skills, socialise with others interested in photography and to engage in friendly competition with the aim of becoming better photographers.

The Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:45pm at
Walker Close Community Centre,
180 Millers Road,
Altona North.

See the calendar for meeting dates.

Come along and join us!

And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible.

Richard Avedon - 1970
  • <p>Chicago Reflection - 1st Place - Digital Set: Mirrors</p>

<p><small>© Melissa Massari</small></p>
  • <p>Jetty - 1st Place - Digital Open</p>

<p><small>© Leeanne Laidlaw</small></p>
  • <p>Love It Up - 1st Place - Print Open</p>

<p><small>© Brett Ferguson</small></p>
  • <p>Who's the fairest of them all - 1st Place - Print Set: Mirrors</p>

<p><small>© Cathy Buchanan</small></p>
  • <p>Along the Yarra - 2nd Place - Digital Set: Mirrors</p>

<p><small>© Cathy Buchanan</small></p>
  • <p>Two Rivers - 2nd Place - Digital Open</p>

<p><small>© Arvin Coloma</small></p>
  • <p>Rio reflection - 2nd Place - Print Set: Mirrors</p>

<p><small>© Neil Anderson</small></p>
  • <p>Old lantern - 3rd Place - Print Open</p>

<p><small>© Leeanne Laidlaw</small></p>
  • <p>Why are you looking at me - 3rd Place - Print Set: Mirrors</p>

<p><small>© Werner Stauber</small></p>
  • <p>A Cold Morning Walk - Equal 3rd Place - Digital Open</p>

<p><small>© Trevor Davis</small></p>
  • <p>Performer - Equal 3rd Place - Digital Open</p>

<p><small>© Erika Polman</small></p>
  • <p>Split Up - 3rd Place - Digital Set: Mirrors</p>

<p><small>© Brett Ferguson</small></p>
  • <p>Mountain Mirror - HC - Digital Set: Mirrors</p>

<p><small>© Leeanne Laidlaw</small></p>
  • <p>Just Like My Grandad Did - HC - Digital Set: Mirrors</p>

<p><small>© Phil Taylor</small></p>
  • <p>The Gift of Love - HC - Digital Open</p>

<p><small>© Dee Palma</small></p>
  • <p>Shiraz - HC - Digital Open</p>

<p><small>© Lin McPherson</small></p>
  • <p>Silver Arrow - HC - Print Set: Mirrors</p>

<p><small>© Phil Taylor</small></p>
  • <p>High country track - HC - Print Open</p>

<p><small>© Graeme Brown</small></p>


Photo Opportunity at the Ice Rink

Well may we call this outing an opportunity to take ‘good’ pics, but trying to capture images of a keeping standard proved to be quite a challenge!   Taking shots indoors under artificial (and relatively low level) light, through a scratched plastic screen, onto a white reflective surface, of fast moving ice hockey players moving in erratic, unpredictable directions from up to 60m away was something new to me.  This was compounded by a total ignorance of any rules regarding the sport which, in turn, removed the ability to anticipate any upcoming strategies or moves by the players.  

Well, after a bit of trial and error, I sorted out the technical bits on the camera that enabled me to potentially capture the players (ISO 2000, F2.8, 1/1250th sec, 70-200mm lens, AI servo mode, high speed continuous mode).  However framing good shots was still a problem.

So I decided to ‘think dirty’ - I tried to figure out which was the the weaker goalie and then position myself at their end on the assumption that sooner or later the opposition would give them a hard time.  And, within reason, it worked and the poor goalies got a pounding!  I don’t know how there are not more injuries, despite all the padding the players wear.  Those goalies must have double jointed knees! And I’m not too sure about having equal opportunity for both sexes as the girls sure gave the guys a hard time in the hoppo bumpbo stakes!

My personal track record was an unenviable 770 shots taken over a 3+ hour session, mostly taken in continuous shooting mode, for a return of nominally 1% of keepers! Probably one of my worst returns ever!!!  I think I will have to go back again and use my new found knowledge to advantage and try to improve.

Thanks to Cathy and the committee for organising the day out, lots of fun, good company (a nominal attendance of 15-20 members) and some more photography lessons learned.


Wednesday Web Whip 2014-07-30

After a couple of weeks off we're back with some more things we hope you'll find interesting.


Wednesday Web Whip 2014-07-09

Photograph Phare du Petit Minou by Stefan Cruysberghs on 500px
Phare du Petit Minou by Stefan Cruysberghs on 500px


Wednesday Web Whip 2014-07-02

The big news of the week: Apple to discontinue Aperture & iPhoto development in favour of their new Photos app which won't be available until some time next year. So we have a couple of resources for Aperture users looking to make a change from the software that hasn't had a major update for some time.


Other alternatives

We obviously recommend Lightroom, but if you're looking for an alternative, just to be different see the links below. There are of course others, this is not a comprehensive list.

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Shooting Ice Hockey

On the back of a talk by member Tania Chalmers at our last meeting Phil joined Tania this weekend to shoot some of the action at Melbourne Icehouse. His notes, which build on Tania's advice, and photos appear in this article. I'm sure you'll agree with me when I say Phil has done and awesome job, especially given it was his first time out.

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Presentation: Photo Book and Printing

A look at the process of organising and printing your work. Perfect time to start to organise your images as books and calendars as Christmas presents.

Entries due for our 5th competition: Open and Night / Low Light photography

Walker Close Community Centre
26th August 2014 7:45 pm
Judging: Open and Night Photography Judging

Supper evening, please bring along something to share.

Walker Close Community Centre
9th September 2014 7:45 pm

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