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Established 50 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
Brooklyn Community Hall
2 Cypress Avenue

See the calendar for meeting dates.

Come along and join us!

Photographing a culture in the here and now often means photographing the intersection of the present with the past.

David duChemin
  • <p>1st - A Grade: Set Print - Lingering <small>© Jennifer Empey</small></p>
  • <p>2nd - A Grade: Set Print - Bethany Ghost <small>© Neil Anderson</small></p>
  • <p>3rd - A Grade: Set Print - Where I Stood <small>© Kathryn Hocking</small></p>
  • <p>1st - A Grade: Set Digital - Red <small>© Arvin Coloma</small></p>
  • <p>2nd - A Grade: Set Digital - Flours <small>© Cathy Buchanan</small></p>
  • <p>3rd - A Grade: Set Digital - Spinning Lights <small>© Karl Zeller</small></p>
  • <p>HC - A Grade: Set Digital - Ghost Giraffes <small>© Jennifer Empey</small></p>
  • <p>1st - A Grade: Open Print - Preparing for take off <small>© Ronald Clarke</small></p>
  • <p>2nd - A Grade: Open Print - 16th Beach <small>© Neil Anderson</small></p>
  • <p>3rd - A Grade: Open Print - Pelican Reflections <small>© Karl Zeller</small></p>
  • <p>HC - A Grade: Open Print - Funny Ha-ha! <small>© Arvin Coloma</small></p>
  • <p>1st - A Grade: Open Digital - Tangled <small>© Jennifer Empey</small></p>
  • <p>2nd - A Grade: Open Digital - Young Male <small>© Neil Anderson</small></p>
  • <p>3rd - A Grade: Open Digital - Catch the Moon <small>© Kathryn Hocking</small></p>
  • <p>HC - A Grade: Open Digital - New Holland Honeyeater <small>© Ronald Clarke</small></p>
  • <p>1st - B Grade: Set Print - Vestige of a Princess Life <small>© Cathrin Plunkett</small></p>
  • <p>2nd - B Grade: Set Print - Behind the Tiles <small>© Françoise Muller-Robbie</small></p>
  • <p>3rd - B Grade: Set Print - Life's Final Journey <small>© Robert Moyses</small></p>
  • <p>1st - B Grade: Set Digital - Bubbly <small>© Alan Coram</small></p>
  • <p>2nd - B Grade: Set Digital - Back to the Depot <small>© Gayle Tout</small></p>
  • <p>3rd - B Grade: Set Digital - Homeward Bound <small>© Leo Loque</small></p>
  • <p>HC - B Grade: Set Digital - Dune Lines <small>© Grace Sobania</small></p>
  • <p>HC - B Grade: Set Digital - Into the Water <small>© Anne Malthouse</small></p>
  • <p>HC - B Grade: Set Digital - Traces of Time <small>© Viet Tran</small></p>
  • <p>1st - B Grade: Open Print - On My Way Now <small>© Leo Loque</small></p>
  • <p>2nd - B Grade: Open Print - Hardware Store Maldon <small>© Cathrin Plunkett</small></p>
  • <p>3rd - B Grade: Open Print - Grass and Rust <small>© Françoise Muller-Robbie</small></p>
  • <p>HC - B Grade: Open Print - Reflection <small>© Kathleen Moyses</small></p>
  • <p>1st - B Grade: Open Digital - Moonlight Swim <small>© Karin Volz</small></p>
  • <p>2nd - B Grade: Open Digital - Eerie Mist <small>© Catherine Stevenson</small></p>
  • <p>3rd - B Grade: Open Digital - Minus Infinity <small>© Phil Faulkner</small></p>
  • <p>HC - B Grade: Open Digital - Red Hot Poker <small>© Leo Loque</small></p>
  • <p>HC - B Grade: Open Digital - Hello <small>© Colin Lofts</small></p>
  • <p>HC - B Grade: Open Digital - His Master's Voice <small>© Cathrin Plunkett</small></p>


2018 Comp 2 - Traces & Open

The results of our second competition for the year are in. Our members thoroughly embraced the set subject of "Traces", producing some wonderful works that were judged by Graham Anderson. Read on to see the results.

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Truely Painting with Light

Big thanks to Chrisy who shared this piece with us... The video in the article is where it's at... if you thought dodging and burning in photoshop was difficult to master, consider Christopher Burkett's process: it sometimes takes him up to 8 hours to make a print in his non-digital process as he truely paints with light.

The "racing against time" in the headline of the original piece at PetaPixel at first had me thinking the poor guy was ill, thankfully not the case, rather Christopher works in an 8x10 format on Cibachrome paper which is no longer manufactured, but he's bought a 10-year supply. Only trouble is, once exposed and developed the Cibachrome will degrade over time and Christopher needs to make all the prints he wishes to before the original work is not longer viable.

True Puritans, Christopher and his wife travel to locations and look to find interesting scenes to shoot, sometimes that takes an hour, sometimes they stay for a whole week looking for the best shot. I think in the digital age a lot of us have lost the finesse it takes to make a great image. It's perhaps too easy to point and click rather than the effort it takes for folks like Christopher to lug around his huge 8x10 camera, set it up, move the bellows for depth of field and focus and another bellows for the lens hood. He has to be sure he has a shot to make before he goes through all that effort.

Following this process in finding his image, he then exposes it, you'll note his wife standing off the the side, making what I assume to be notes about his exposure settings (another thing we used to do quite often back in the day, before digital and metadata). But the real show of talent comes at around the 5:30 mark when you see how Christopher doges and burns his image during exposure. While you're seeing his process using Cibachrome, the process was much the same when exposing smaller film thought an enlarger onto photo paper.

Anyway, enough of my blathering, check out the video below from PBS News Hour for more, and be amazed at what people are still doing to make a photo.


Tarnagulla's Story's Gold

During the visit to St Arnaud and Donald a trio of our members had quite the chance encounter.

While at a cafe in Tarnagulla on Sunday the members were having a conversation about the town they had stopped in, they were handed a sheet of paper to read by the cafe owner, it was from the man sitting at the table next to them. Overhearing their conversation the man, a local resident and poet Ken Peake, had been inspired to put pen to paper and write his third poem for the day.

A regular at the cafe,  Mr Peake visits for coffee and inspiration to write is poems and on this day he had plenty.

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St Arnaud-Donald Weekend

Thirty three members of the Williamstown Camera Club (WCC) were in Donald on Saturday 7th April, 2018 with the aims of taking photographs of Donald Historical Society venues, the town and areas around Donald, and astrophotography using the clear starry night skies to be seen in the area. 

Our group met at the Bullock’s Head around lunchtime and was welcomed by the President of the Donald Historical Society, Anne Dunstan and other members including Brian Brasier. Deputy Mayor of Buloke Shire, Daryl Warren, also welcomed the group.

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Presentation: Lisa Saad - Architecture

Lisa Saad's work is amazing. Capturing the food, architecture, lifestyle, advertising, commercial and corporate genres, Lisa's work is an inspiration. For her talk to our club, Lisa will hone in on her work in the field of architecture. You can find out more about Lisa, and see more of her work at lisasaad.com

Entries due for Competition 4 - Astrophotography

Brooklyn Community Hall
26th June 2018 7:45 pm
Photo Shoot: You Yangs

We're blessed to have a site like the You Yangs on door step, we're excited to be going here for the day. It is hoped we'll be able to coordinate this visit with the activities of the local Mountain Bike group and if we can organise it, we'll have a session of photographing the riders as they move through the bush on the purpose-made mountain bike tracks available in the You Yangs. But even if that doesn't come off, we'll explore our local wilderness and capture it in the glory the You Yangs provide.

8th July 2018 10:00 am

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