Landscape/Seascape photography on a sunny day with no wind and no prospect of clouds to add interest to the sky is often not on the radar for quite a lot of photographers. However, these were the weather conditions presented for our photoshoot to The Blowhole/Elephant Rock (Flinders) and 16th Beach (near Rye ocean beach). The tide was out (it looks like the organiser misread the tides), and there was minimal, if any, action by The Blowhole.
Those who attend our photowalk around Williamstown had a lovely day out with seven members visiting from Colac Camera Club - sun shining, not too hot.
A highlight was the privilege of being allowed to wander the berths within the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria and see close up some fabulous (and some famous) boats yachts - thanks to Francoise and David Muller-Robbie.
We went to Castlemaine seeking gold. Our gold was not the precious metal discovered in the 1880s by miners digging, blasting and panning. Our gold was found in the light, the buildings, the people and the landscape of the historic goldfields town.
Our club was commissioned by the Hobsons Bay City Council to take some event photos for them covering the Friends of Williamstown Botanic Gardens' "Paint the Gardens".
"Paint the Gardens" is a celebration of the wonderful Williamstown Botanic Gardens in the form of an art competition. Previously this had only been a "traditional" 2D* art competition, but for the first time this year it included a photography category. All artists are invited to enter with the only requirement being that the entries have a connection to the gardens. The local schools are invited to participate and produced some great work that was on display.
The weather was threatening rain, but thankfully it held off, even though we went from grey skies, to sunshine, back to grey clouds. You'll note a few of the artworks have plastic over them, this was during the times when the rain was looming... but didn't come.
There were many winners, most notable for us was our member Cathy taking out first place in the open category of the photography prize. Congrats to Cathy, who was also on hand to take photos throughout the day.
Aside from the amazing works of art on display there was also other entertainment, a food stall, a raffle, a reading corner, and art play for children. Also present were resident artists who were showing their amazing abilities firsthand.
Below is a selection of photos from our time at the event. Many more were passed on to the Council for their use.
*I couldn't think of any other way to write painting, drawing, and not photo / sculpture / etc
As everyone knows, what happens on the trip, stays on the trip.
So, for those who were unable to come along, this is the official version. And for those who were there, you know what really happened...
Friday afternoon saw beautiful weather and our happy snappers rolled up in dribs and drabs. Most of the group stayed at the Portland Bay Lodge. The rooms proved to be warm with good facilities - especially the spacious communal lounge - and far enough away from the neighbours not to annoy others. The only complaint heard was that some of the girls toilets had glad wrap over the pan! Don't know how it got there? Otherwise great value for money!
After a long drive, stopping to photograph some amazing painted silos and eating beautiful country town pie, we finally arrives at the Mallee Bush Retreat. This place is a hidden gem and after talking to a local (Brett) it gets very busy in the warmer months.
Keys were given out and people moved off to their rooms (bunkhouses), once people were settled in, but before they settled down, it was off to the local pub for some good food and company.
Williamstown Camera Club and you learn things you didn’t realise you needed to
like LR, PS, light trails, bokeh, newborn, landscape and panoramic photography,
how to make frames for competition entries, the world of multiple lenses and
how to photograph the stars.
How did my
life exist before without all this information?!
trip to Bendigo was yet another opportunity to practice newly learnt skills and
to learn heaps more. WCC members are very friendly, generous with their time
and are happy to share their expertise. Brilliant for a newbie like me!
Kick off for
me began when the weekend officially commenced at 1pm at Bendigo Cathedral on Saturday
2nd April. What an awesome space with incredible light. I got lost
in there for hours. A highlight was being able to trek upstairs to check out
the organ and pipes with a bonus recital by the organist thrown in. Another
highlight, which I sadly missed out on, was the appearance of a drone.
Belonging to a fellow clubbie, it was a great source of interest as it snapped aerial
shots of the Cathedral and surrounds and of dazzled members gazing up at it.
for the rest of Saturday included a visit to:
Bendigo Pottery – the
historical display in the Interpretive Museum provided many photographic
opportunities and the Antiques and Collectables Centre gave the purse a bit of
a workout. This was also a chance to have a cuppa, a bite and to share shots.
Botanic Gardens –
Macro lens heaven. A simply gorgeous setting in the late afternoon sun.
Rosalind Park in the
CBD precinct with the Golden Dragon Museum and its gardens nearby.
The Big Marilyn – The
oversized sculpture of Marilyn Monroe in downtown Bendigo, was a traffic
stopper and provided lots of fun and antics with Club members.
Moonlight Market –
Live music and art, craft stalls and speciality food trucks provided an
interesting diversion before sunset.
Poppet Head Lookout
Tower for sunset. A great opportunity to give the legs a workout climbing to
the top. The view was spectacular but the sunset was a fizzer so we all quickly
retreated to the National hotel for a delicious dinner.
sunrise at a park with a wonderful view of Bendigo’s skyline, was attended by
some hardy souls before breakfast at Beechworth Bakery. Then it was off to the Great
Stupa of Universal Compassion where we attended a talk and video presentation
by one of the Nuns. We viewed the Holy Relics before being given a tour of the new
temple (undergoing a lengthy construction) and gardens. The prayer wheels and
statues of Buddha were amazing.
Then it was
time to head back to Melbourne with various small town stops along the way.
Historic Maldon was a favourite for lunch and was a photographic gold mine!
weekend was a wonderful opportunity to get to know people and have lots of fun.
Oh and I also
found out that I needed to know how to take a starburst photo, how to magnify
the display, how to shoot a sunrise, Snapseed and a little about drones…need I
On Saturday, 7th November 2015, 33 members of the Williamstown Camera Club boarded a bus along with Canon Collective Ambassadors, Erin Kostopoulos and Jay Collier. The destinations chosen for the event were Eynesbury Homestead, Eynesbury and Serendip Sanctuary at Lara, which provided club members a chance to practice a wide range of photography techniques throughout the day.
Eynesbury Homestead is in a beautiful rural setting surrounded by attractive gardens, historic buildings, ornamental lake and a Gray Box forest. Club members spent their morning taking a variety of images including macro, architecture, and landscape shots. Everyone caught up at the homestead cafe for lunch and to compare notes on their morning before departing for Serendip Sanctuary. The Sanctuary provided an opportunity to walk amongst local bird and wildlife in a peaceful setting. A number of bird hides are provided for photographers to observe the abundant bird life in the wetlands.
Although club members brought their own equipment along, Canon Collective also provided a wide range of equipment to use on the day. Attendees were able to try cameras such as the EOS 5DsR and EOS 1Dx and a range lenses suitable for the day, from the new EF 11-24mm f4 and EF 35mm f1.4 to a wide selection of the great whites. The participants really appreciated being able to get hands on experience with some great equipment as well as having some very knowledgeable people on hand willing to provide tips and advice.
All attendees enjoyed a great day on the road and had fun participating in the last photographic activity of the day - the all important group photo! This has been a feature of club outings for many years and provides us with some wonderful memories.
The Williamstown Camera Club wishes to thank Canon Australia and their Canon Collective Ambassadors, Erin and Jay for making this great event possible.
A few members (12) arrived in Bright and headed off to have dinner at the local pub, after sampling the local parma (alpine) full tummies and left overs for breakfast. Some went home to bed after finding out the Myrtleford show was on Saturday. A few dedicated souls went off in search of a good position for night photography of stars.
After a relaxing breakfast, a few went to Wandillong and the rest headed off to the Myrtleford Show, touted on a website as follows - Fun family day with events including; wood chop events, cattle and horse events, arts and craft, photography exhibition and competition, horticulture, rides, entertainment, showbags, animal nursery and much more.
The Show was small, but there were lots of photo opportunities. The official part of the weekend started at 2:00 pm meeting at the Visitors Centre and our photography guide for the weekend – Christian Jemison. 22 members attended. The program for the rest of Saturday was 3 gardens and sunset down by the river. 2 gardens were part of the Open Garden Program and all were full of colour, loads of fun with your Macro lens. Late afternoon we headed off to the other side of Bright and down to the river. We spread out, finding different vistas that took our eye. Sunset turned into something spectacular. Even the view from the hotel balcony was stunning. Dinner on Saturday night at the local pizza joint, saw a few members enjoy the nectar of the local fruit and discuss the day’s events.
Only the die hard photographers in the group got up at 4:30 am and headed up to Mt. Buffalo for sunrise, which was lovely. After breakfast, we were back at a local garden and then headed off to a creek at the base of Mt. Buffalo. Just before lunch most members started the trek back to suburbia and left the tranquil Ovens Valley.
As you can see from the photo gallery, members enjoyed themselves and if you have been considering coming but think “I’ll be by myself”, that’s not the case, everyone is welcomed, helped if necessary with settings and given the opportunity to meet and get to know other members in a social setting.
Approximately 13 members experienced the wonders of St Paul’s beach.
We arrived at 2:00 pm and tide was up, but as the afternoon progressed, the tide receded and light changed. Being a beach nestled on the south side, we didn’t really have the wind that was lashing the Bay. So the afternoon was spent finding things to photograph, some members even brought their own props! We scoped around for sunset sites and decided that it would be fizzer due to the cloud cover, but as always mother nature keeps you guessing and we were rewarded with a beautiful one.
A few members tried their hand with the ND filters and other filters on hand.
Another great get together, with one member showing that she is in the running for baking queen of the club. If you’ve ever thought about coming on an outing, please consider it, members are chatty and helpful, and who knows you may meet a new friend.
Presentation: Creative Preproduction with Emma Gilette
Emma has been a visitor to our club on several occasions and on each one members have gone away inspired by her words and work. On this visit, Emma will be discussing the idea of "creative preproduction", looking at ways we can use our equipment and make stunning images in camera using blur, panning, lighting, and other techniques.
Nola and the gang have put together a great itinerary for the weekend, including going back and forth organising the location and accommodation for our group. Read on to view the program for the weekend.