Conclusion of our “In Focus” exhibition

I am writing this as our club photographic exhibition draws to a close. And how good did it look! We received many compliments on the presentation and professionalism. The things that helped get these comments? Consistency of framing and mounting, labels and the very professional looking material that was handed out, not to mention the quality of the images. Many of our visitors had real problems choosing their “peoples choice” image due to the wonderful work submitted by our members.

While the increasing concerns about coronavirus kept the numbers down and meant modifications to our opening night I think the size of the gallery made it a reasonably safe space for visitors- drawn mainly from other camera clubs and the local community. We were also privileged to have Dr Gareth Syvret – associate curator from the MGA open the exhibition.

My thanks in particular to the members who committed to getting images onto the walls- and delivered 74 prints for us to hang! The opening and closing and roster to sit the gallery was staffed by members- thanks again. And in particular to the small group who put this together and those who turned up on the day to assist with the hanging. We have discovered John Noble is very talented in terms of framing and hanging, Ken Barnett is very good at putting wires onto the back of the prints (among other things) and Dave Sumner has a good eye for aligning the images!

And to the “committee”- Jen Fawkes, Rosie Hughes and the very talented Trace O’Rourke (labels) and Anthony Pearsall (marketing material, catalogues etc)- my special thanks. We have learned a lot and perhaps when we recover we could do it all again (in a year or two!!)

A count of the visitor’s votes for the most popular gallery image revealed our winner to be new member Daren Fawkes with “Mother and Child”.

If you missed the exhibition you will soon be able to see the images in the In Focus Exhibition online gallery.

Suspension of all meetings until further notice

We have all been inundated with information around the escalating COVID-19 virus, and today the Premier of Victoria declared a state of emergency.

Today’s statement accompanying the state of emergency declaration included words to the effect that “clubs” should avoid “non-essential” gatherings. And while the context of that sentence refers to “bans” outlined in the previous paragraph (gatherings of 500+ people), it is also clear that our governments intend to take further action.

The WCC Committee is focused on putting the health and safety of our members first. We note that a reasonable proportion of our membership is in the older “at risk” age group. It is clear that conducting meetings (of any sort) would be taking on unnecessary risk with our member’s health. Finally, we note that VAPS have cancelled meetings and have discontinued handling prints.

For all these reasons the WCC Committee has decided that the club will suspend ALL meetings, workshops, outings and any other gatherings until further notice.

Also note the following:

  1. The InFocus Exhibition will continue until it’s scheduled finish date (March 22). This is held in a very large space and we only have a couple visitors at any time. If you are scheduled to be a monitor at the gallery, we ask you to please attend. If you have concerns for your health in attending, please contact either Vicki Moritz or myself.
  2. In an effort to stagger picking up prints from the InFocus Exhibition, please arrive any time after 12 noon – we would like to avoid everyone arriving at 3pm.
  3. The April 7 Competition Night will NOT proceed. We will announce winners electronically. We will work through print collection at a later time.
  4. We intend to continue to accept EDI images for monthly competitions and have them judged (our print section, in all groups, is suspended from next month onwards)
  5. For April and subsequent months, we will work with judges to see if we can distribute judge’s comments.
  6. We understand there are a couple of “special” workshops and events scheduled, some of which we have accepted payment for. We will work through that shortly. The fate of these may be decided at the next committee meeting.
  7. Please take advantage of social media and networking in these uncertain times. Join the club’s Facebook group and/or the WhatsApp community. This is a great way to stay connected.
  8. The committee is looking at other measures to improve our ability to stay connected and mentor each other.

As regrettable and painful as this decision is, we hope that this decision makes sense to our members. Hopefully we can all get through this health event with limited additional disruption. We will continue to update members via our website and the weekly Watson emails. We will also provide additional updates (such as this one) as required. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or another Committee member

Take care and stay healthy.
Kind regards, Russell

Knick-knacks and precious old-world findings

On Wednesday 4th March we enjoyed a weekday outing to the Waverley Antique Bazaar in Glen Waverley. What a success! 21 attendees met up at 10am sharp in the carpark for a short briefing by volunteer leader Jen Fawkes before venturing inside the bazaar 21 attendees met up at 10am sharp for a short briefing in the carpark before venturing inside the bazaar.

Wowee! The building is immense and the bazaar staff kindly gave us open slather which gave us ample time to get completely lost in the rows and rows of stalls packed with an amazing diversity of knick-knacks and precious old-world findings. Goodies for composites galore!

We finished up with up with a lovely long coffee break and a chatter which capped off a great morning’s photography.

Many thanks to Jen Fawkes who took the Leadership cap and organised our visit!

More photos from participating members can be found in the outing gallery.

Postponed: Portrait & Lighting Workshop

We regret to advise that the Portrait Workshop scheduled for this coming Saturday will not be proceeding.

A new date is not yet confirmed. I’d ask everyone to appreciate that there are a lot of parts to this exercise (halls, equipment, instructors, models, etc). Over the coming days we will work to get these lined-up and confirm the new date to you as soon as it is known.

See you at the InFocus Exhibition opening event this Friday 13th March, 6-8pm, Track Gallery, Mount Waverley Community Centre.

The unique Bunjil Place

Our February outing focused on architecture and it is amazing how many photographs you can capture of one building, especially if it is unique like Bunjil Place, Narre Warren.

Tim Keane - Bunjil 02 Fred Seeber Bunjil Balcony B Fred Seeber Bunjil library staircase below Marlene Chaitra - Exterior 2 Bunjil Place

The building has won many international architectural and design awards. The artistic structure represents an eagle with 2 huge wooden laminated legs standing in the foyer with an out stretched roof canopy, being the wings. It is a very large building. The name Bunjil has an Aboriginal connection. The overcast weather was ideal, with no harsh shadows; a humid but comfortable 21 degrees. The building enabled both external and internal photography. Fortunately for us there were few people using the building which allowed us free rein of our pursuit and of course a coffee which was also part of the plan.

ANGELA MCLEOD-BUNJIL 7 Fred Seeber Bunjil library staircase above Fred Seeber Bunjil Evening Film night Tim Keane - Bunjil 04

This was an ideal Outing with our Set Subject of Architecture due in March. If you missed the Outing, it is worth a visit.

More photos from participating members can be found in the outing gallery.

March 2020 ‘Photojournalism’ results

Judge: Jose Aguiar

Set subject EDI

Michelle Golden - Tech and kids
Intermediate: Michelle Golden – Tech and kids

Rosie Hughes - ELDER TALGIUM EDWARDS IS EMOTIONAL ON SORRY DAY 2020 copy
Advanced: Rosie Hughes – ELDER TALGIUM EDWARDS IS EMOTIONAL ON SORRY DAY 2020 copy

Open EDI

Hans Huysmans - The March of the Meanies
Intermediate: Hans Huysmans – The March of the Meanies

Geoff Shaw - Sam Bell at Moomba2019
Advanced: Geoff Shaw – Sam Bell at Moomba2019

Open Print

Donna Clarke - Snow Gums
Intermediate: Donna Clarke – Snow Gums

John Mallett - LINES and TEXTURE
Advanced: John Mallett – LINES and TEXTURE

Portrait & Lighting Workshop – Saturday 14th March 2020

NOTE: This workshop has been postponed to a later date.

Last month the club announced a major focus during the first half of 2020 around developing our portrait photography skills. Jen Fawkes ran three very successful beginner portraiture workshops which helped build key skills around working with models. As previously announced, this month we are going to build on our model engagement skills while focusing on use of lighting.

On Saturday 14th March 2020, we have been fortunate to engage professional lighting specialist and portrait photographer Michael Marlborough from Kayell, who will lead us in a very special workshop event. Michael has also engaged four professional models to work with us on the day.

Members please refer to the information emailed out that includes the schedule for the day and how to book your place.

Waverley Antique Bazaar Outing – March 2020

This is an indoor shoot at an Antique Bazaar where we have permission to photograph items that are up for sale. The bazaar is in a HUGE warehouse full of items ranging from furniture, clothing, knickknacks, costumes, 60’s stuff and more. This is a great place to collect images for creative, composite work or for a still life composition.

Wednesday 4th March 2020
Meet at the front of the venue at 10am.
11A Aristoc Rd, Glen Waverley. Next door to the badminton centre.

Inaugural Photography Exhibition “In Focus”

The Waverley Camera Club would like to invite you, your family, friends and club members to our Inaugural Photography Exhibition “In Focus”.

The exhibition will be held at the Track Gallery at the Mount Waverley Community Centre, 47 Miller Cres, Mount Waverley from Thursday 12th March to Sunday 22th March, 10am to 3pm.

The official opening will be held on Friday 13th March 2020 from 6-8pm, all welcome.


Download invitation (PDF 785KB)

For further information please contact: exhibition@waverleycameraclub.org

Entering prints in competitions workshop

Next week we will be running a workshop/demonstration on how to mount prints for entering in club competitions.

Tuesday 25 February, 7:30pm, upstairs at Wadham House.

This is aimed at intermediate members or those that have never entered a print, but all are welcome.

I will demonstrate my technique for mounting a print, we can discuss various options and members will be able to try out the mat cutter.

If you are an intermediate member that has printed an image for the April comp (due the following week) then we could mount it. There is also a selection of pre-cut mats (lightly used) that members can have for their entries if they are suitable.