Tyabb Airshow – Sunday 10th March 2024

We are going to the Tyabb Airshow 20224 for our March outing. During this outing, you can see and capture an incredible array of unique and historic aircraft in action.

Date: Sunday 10th March 2024 (the Sunday of the Labour Day weekend)
Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (or whenever you want to leave)
Meeting Point: Inside the ticket check point (8:25am), Sturt Rd, Tyabb
How to get there: By Car: 43-60 minutes (52kms) from Mt Waverly Community Centre, or longer depending on the traffic. (Suggest going early to avoid the traffic jam! Carpool is recommended)
What to bring:
  1. A pre-purchased ticket. (you need to buy ticket beforehand as the event is popular and tickets may not be available at the gate!)
  2. Water, snacks and lunch. (to avoid the long queue)
  3. Camera gear: Your camera, 60-200mm range is useful for static ground displays & close fly-bys, while 400+mm is ideal for general aerial photography, a folding chair can be useful. (monopod or tripod is optional!)

RSVP: By reply email to Jennifer Sui before 6th of March.

Additional information:

  1. The distance between the car park and the air show can be significant according to my experience, so try not to carry too much as you might need to take a short ride on shuttle bus, which is quite frequent.
  2. You can buy drink and food there but expect long queues.

Gear Night – 20th February 2024

Our next workshop night, on Tuesday 20th February 2024, has been designated a “Gear Night”.

For those of you unfamiliar with this concept (the last one was possibly before COVID), this night is where we focus on improving our familiarity with our camera equipment. But that’s not all, we also use this as an opportunity to swap/buy/sell gear amongst members – I’ll come back to this shortly.

Gear Discussion Groups

For the main part of the evening we will divide up into groups (tables) according to the make/vendor of our gear. Each table will have a designated member who owns the same brand of camera as the others on the table and will help lead the discussion.

To kick things off, there will be some prepared tasks that we will ask everyone to do – I hope this will inject a bit of fun into the exercise. More importantly, I hope this will get the conversation started at each table, and after those 6 tasks, each table can take the conversation forward according to the needs/wishes of the group.

Swap/Buy/Sell Gear

At some point in the evening, we’ll move over to the swap/sell/buy activity. If the gear involved is unique to a brand (e.g. Olympus), such as a lens, then this part of the evening may well start off at the ‘brand’ table. We’ll also have a couple of tables set up for selling ‘generic’ gear, such as tripods etc.

Advertising Gear For Sale

As preparation for the swap/buy/sell segment, members are invited (or even encouraged) to post items for sale on the club members Facebook group, or via the members email group (especially if there are more expensive items, such as lenses, camera bodies, etc.). The FB group is the preferred mechanism for advertising gear as each email to all members needs to be vetted and ‘sent’ which creates work for our team, so please only use email if you are not on FB. You may wish to negotiate a deal offline and simply use the night as an opportunity to exchange the gear.

To be crystal clear, any goods/monies exchanged through this event is a matter between the members concerned only – the club will not be involved in any way, and does not offer any warranties around goods, equipment condition, and/or advice on price or good value. Any and all issues relating to goods, payments etc., is a matter for the members involved only, and caveat emptor is advised. The club is only providing the opportunity for members to get together to ‘swap’.

This is usually a fun evening, involving a high level of interaction between members with ‘like’ equipment. There is a good chance everyone will take away something, if only the realisation that you really need to spend more time getting to know your gear!

I hope you are looking forward to it. I know I am. See you there at the Mount Waverley Community Centre, starting at the usual time of 7:30pm.

Creative SIG in 2024

The creative sessions for 2024 will be taking a slightly different direction this year, the first session will be hosted by Geoff Shaw on Tuesday 13th February 2024 and will cover:

  1. What is Creative photography – Helen Warnod
  2. In Camera BLUR – Jen Fawkes
  3. Focus on Shirley Steel’s work – Jenny Adams
  4. Appreciation/ review of uploaded images for February – Tim Keane
  5. Discussion of sessions for the rest of 2024 – Paul Spence

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne – Wednesday 14th February 2024

We are going to Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne (RBGC) for our February outing. During this outing, we can capture plants, flowers, birds, and other things, in preparation for our May and Sept set subjects.

Date: Wednesday 14th February 2024
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meeting Point: The garden entrance near the Kiosk, at 8:55am
How to get there: By Car: Around 37 minutes from Mount Waverley, there is plenty of parking at RBGC.
By train: There are free shuttle bus from Cranbourne train station, but you will need to make a booking via RBGC.
What to bring: 1. Insect repellent, sunscreen, some water and snack.
2.Camera gear-Your camera, macro lens for plants and flowers/bugs, 24-105 for landscape, and a zoom lens for birds and animals.

RSVP: By reply email to Jennifer Sui before Monday 12th February 2024.

Just further down the track, I would like to recommend a wonderful photography exhibition Steve McCurry ICONS which is coming to Melbourne from Feb 28 to April.

February 2024 ‘Festivals, Fairs and Market Places’ results

Judge: Paul Robinson

Set subject EDI

Alan Scott - Floating Market Stall
Intermediate: Alan Scott – Floating Market Stall

Geoff Shaw - Exhillaration
Advanced: Geoff Shaw – Exhillaration

Open EDI

Vira Vujovich - CN Tower Toronto
Intermediate: Vira Vujovich – CN Tower Toronto

Helen Warnod - At the gallery
Advanced: Helen Warnod – At the gallery

Open Print

Kirsten Morton - Banksia
Intermediate: Kirsten Morton – Banksia

Geoff Shaw - Burley Griffin dawn
Advanced: Geoff Shaw – Burley Griffin dawn

Set subject definition:

Images of people or events engaged in festivals or fairs, or at the local marketplace.

Following the definition of PSA Photo Travel.

End of Year Results 2023

End of year competitions

Judge: Tony Harding

Best Print

Jenny Sui - Summer feast

1st – Jenny Sui – Summer feast
2nd – Jen Fawkes – The Hustler
3rd – Jenny Hartman – Sculptural

Best Colour EDI

Geoff Shaw - The fly

1st – Geoff Shaw – The fly
2nd – Mike Pollard – Nigretta Falls
3rd – Stephen Edmonds – Licking

Best Monochrome EDI

Jen Fawkes - Back to you Sir

1st – Jen Fawkes – Back to you Sir
2nd – Tim Keane – Despair
3rd – Daryl Lynch – View from Harbourview

Best Creative EDI

Sim Chong - Unconditional Love

1st – Sim Chong – Unconditional Love
2nd – Tim Keane – Working Remotely
3rd – Vicki Moritz – Red tree Bright

Aggregate awards

Open Print – Advanced

1st – Vicki Moritz – 19 points
2nd – Trace O’Rourke – 18 points
3rd – Felix Shparberg – 17 points

Open Print – Intermediate

1st – Colleen Singleton – 21 points
2nd – Jenny Hartman – 16 points
2nd – Leanne Poole – 16 points

Set Subject EDI – Advanced

1st – Vicki Moritz – 19 points
2nd – Sim Chong – 15 points
2nd – Marlene Chaitra – 15 points

Set Subject EDI – Intermediate

1st – John Crawford – 20 points
2nd – Leanne Poole – 19 points
3rd – Ross Eddington – 14 points

Open EDI – Advanced

1st – Sim Chong – 26 points
2nd – Felix Shparberg – 15 points
3rd – Stephen Jude – 14 points
3rd – Stephen Edmonds – 14 points

Open EDI – Intermediate

1st – Leanne Poole – 23 points
2nd – Ross Eddington – 17 points
3rd – Lyndel Holt – 14 points

Creative EDI

1st – Sim Chong – 9 points

Top Scorer (across all sections and groups)

Leanne Poole – 62 points

President’s trophy

Geoff Shaw  - Windblown
Geoff Shaw – Windblown

Monthly competitions in 2024

February – Festivals, Fairs and Market Places (travel)

Judge: Paul Robinson
Entries due: Tuesday 9 January 2024
Judged: Tuesday 6 February 2024
Sections: Open print
Open EDI
Set subject EDI
Set subject definition: Images of people or events engaged in festivals or fairs, or at the local marketplace.
Following the definition of PSA Photo Travel.

March – Portrait (monochrome)

Judge: Paul Dodd
Entries due: Tuesday 6 February 2024
Judged: Tuesday 5 March 2024
Sections: Monochrome open print
Monochrome open EDI
Monochrome set subject EDI
Set subject definition: Theme open to interpretation but must be of a person/s or animals. There are no limitations on editing beyond what is in the by-laws.

April – In the Kitchen

Judge: Jose Anguiar
Entries due: Tuesday 5 March 2024
Judged: Tuesday 2 April 2024
Sections: Open print
Open EDI
Set subject EDI
Set subject definition: Get into the kitchen and have some fun! Create an image of the people, activities, food, or tools all within the theme of ‘in the kitchen’. There are no limitations on editing beyond what is in the by-laws.

May – Animals in Action – Behaviour (nature)

Judge: Sam Mariani
Entries due: Tuesday 2 April 2024
Judged: Tuesday 7 May 2024
Sections: Open print
Open EDI
Set subject EDI
Set subject definition: Take your nature photography a step further and take an image of an animal/animals in action. Looking for animal behaviour (running, jumping, flying, feeding, mating, fighting…).
Following the definition of PSA Nature with the exception that domestic animals are allowed.

June – Triptych

Judge: TBA
Entries due: Tuesday 7 May 2024
Judged: Tuesday 4 June 2024
Sections: Open print
Open EDI
Set subject EDI
Set subject definition: A series of three (3) images that are linked and presented in a single frame. There are no limitations on editing beyond what is in the by-laws.

July – Music

Judge: Angela Connor
Entries due: Tuesday 4 June 2024
Judged: Tuesday 2 July 2024
Sections: Open print
Open EDI
Set subject EDI
Set subject definition: An image that depicts an association with music. There are no limitations on editing beyond what is in the by-laws.

August – Intentional Camera Movement

Judge: Ewen Bell
Entries due: Tuesday 2 July 2024
Judged: Tuesday 6 August 2024
Sections: Open print
Open EDI
Set subject EDI
Set subject definition: Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) is a creative way of working with long exposure photography where the camera is moved during an exposure. ICM is both a technique and an artistic way of expression. ICM must not be simulated during editing, otherwise there are no limitations on editing beyond what is in the by-laws.

September – Patterns and Textures (monochrome)

Judge: TBA
Entries due: Tuesday 6 August 2024
Judged: Tuesday 3 September 2024
Sections: Monochrome open print
Monochrome open EDI
Monochrome set subject EDI
Set subject definition: An image that demonstrates patterns or textures as the main point of interest. Open to interpretation for example can include patterns and textures found in nature, architecture and abstracts. There are no limitations on editing beyond what is in the by-laws.

October – Mood of the Weather

Judge: TBA
Entries due: Tuesday 3 September 2024
Judged: Tuesday 1 October 2024
Sections: Open print
Open EDI
Set subject EDI
Set subject definition: An image depicting some aspect of the weather e.g. storm [actual or impending] rain, hail, snow, fog or wind. Normal sunny conditions or the aftermath are not acceptable. (SAPF) There are no limitations on editing beyond what is in the by-laws.

November – Sport (photojournalism)

Judge: TBA
Entries due: Tuesday 1 October 2024
Judged: Tuesday 29 October 2024
Sections: Open print
Open EDI
Set subject EDI
Set subject definition: Images of sporting events or sport participants where a known sport is the key feature. Creative or composite images not permitted.
Following the definition of PSA Photojournalism.

December – End of year

Judge: TBA
Entries due: Tuesday 29 October 2024
Judged: Tuesday 3 December 2024
Sections: Open print
Colour EDI
Monochrome EDI
President’s trophy

A Photographers Sketchbook Part 2 with Gillian Turner

Our next workshop will be with Dr Gillian Turner. This is an in person workshop, please bring your cameras!

When: Tuesday 21st November 2023, 7.30 pm
Where: Mt Waverley Community Centre, Craft room

Here is some information from Gillian Turner to assist with your thinking:

Focus: Finding Patterns and Textures

My presentation will engage with the following:

  • Use of terminology shared across all visual arts techniques
  • Composition – Meaning and use in making images
  • Brainstorming – how to gather ideas for set subjects
  • Using a notebook/journal as a tool in photography
  • Setting personal challenges for photography
  • Looking and seeing in new ways – making your mark
  • Different ways of making images

An important aspect of the evening will be time for general chats about what has been created in each section, a short brainstorming activity and follow up discussion

It will be helpful if members bring the following items:

  • A small notebook – plain paper if possible
  • A few images they feel respond to the topic patterns and/or textures – they will need to cut or mark these so bring only those you are happy to ‘destroy’! I will also bring a few so if people forget or don’t have any, that’s OK.
  • Camera and a strong torch or mobile with torch function
  • A sense of adventure!!

I will bring a box of interesting bits and pieces for people to play with.