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Lisa Saad and "The Anonymous Man"

Last night we were fortunate to have photographer  Lisa Saad come along and present to our club. A full-house sat enthralled by Lisa's work and story.

Lisa Saad is a multi-award winning photographer, with the highest distinctions from industry associations such as the AIPP and WPPI. Picking up a camera at a tip at the age of 6, Lisa started down a road that saw her becoming an accomplished and well-known industry photographer at the age of 19. Her interest in architecture, design and film making give Lisa a grounding in the elements of design.

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2018 Comp 3 - Macro & Open

The results of our third competition for the year are in. Our members have excelled at macro photography and have presented some amazing photos for our open competition. Read on to see the results.

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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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2018 Comp 1 - Monocrome & Open

The results of our first competition for the year are in. We had the biggest pool of entires in recent years and our judge for the night, Paul Robinson, was highly impressed with the standard delivered. Read on to see the results.

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Upcoming

Presentation: A Journey into Portraiture with Jane & Martin Clancy (oh and our AGM)

We'll quickly dispense of the formalities of our annual general meeting before we head into the night's presentation by Jane and Martin Clancy.

Jane and Martin will join us to explain the "How and why of what we do", they'll be presenting their method of portraiture including sharing their lighting setups with us. Be sure to take notes for our 6th competition of the year, portraiture.

Entries due for our 5th competition - Creative Preproduction.

Brooklyn Community Hall
24th July 2018 7:45 pm
Weekend Away: Weekend away - Echuca

We're eating to Echuca, planning is well under way. Book your accommodation now. More details to come very soon.

Echuca
4th August 2018 1:00 pm

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