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Help Needed – David Burton

by on Aug.19, 2009, under General

David has asked me if I could put this plea for help onto the BLOG in the hope that someone can help him with a bit of Photoshop editing. If you think you think you can help, please contact David via this BLOG (make a comment) to find out how he wants them arranged.

A good friend of mine from Adelaide has asked me to complete the only full family photo he has.

The problem is it is missing the 4 people included in the other scans and he has set a challenge of having them (face or more) included in either one of the ‘group’ family photos.

This is well beyond my novice photoshop skills but I am really hoping one of our talented members might have a quick play around with it to get a semi-desirable result – it doesn’t have to be perfect.

In return for anyone willing to ‘give it a go’ I would be happy to owe a favour of equivalent time (or free use of any of my photo gear)

thanks, David.

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Portrait Night – 18th September 2009

by on Aug.19, 2009, under Workshops

The portrait session held on the Tuesday workshop night was again another huge success. 28 members and 5 guests signed the book but a few of us agreed that there were many more that attended, probably nearer 40.

The night started with Pete showing off the clubs latest equipment, a new aluminium stand and backdrops. This combined with the old stand and new backdrop set up in the front room and the crowds building up, it quickly became obvious that we wouldn’t be able to run this event in the one room and half of the gear was moved to the back room. With both of these and a darkened room set up for longer exposures, we were all keen to get started.

The President addressed the room and announced that the models for the night were all of us. This didn’t get the negative response that was expected and the night was started by Fred Bullock posing in the back room. It soon became apparent that we have some natural models amongst us and it wasn’t long before most of us had sat for the paparazzi like mobs that surrounded each model.

Anne poses whilst John snaps away

Jill posing whilst her husband Peter Takes shots.

The darkened room had some fantastic shadow patterns showing from the blinds in the windows, courtesy of the bright car park lamp shining in through the window.

All in all a great night was had by all and I for one can’t wait for the next portrait session.

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Special Event – Cycles and Echoes

by on Aug.10, 2009, under Workshops

The workshop scheduled for the 15th of September will no longer be a Photoshop night. Instead we have the distinct pleasure of a presentation from profressional photographer David Williams.

David Williams M.Photog. FRPS ALPE is a very well respected wedding photographer who is going to present a talk entitled “Cycles and Echoes”. This presentation formed the keynote speech to about 400 international members of the Digital Wedding Forum at their annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona, USA in January 2009.

It is about the importance of our family portrait collection – the visual history that we all possess.

What are the gaps in it, and why do they exist?

Using a collection of images from various Art Collections, David picks out the essential communications and lesson to us as photographers.

He then blends this into a short AV presentation of his own family’s photographic collection followed by a discussion of how we relate to images and their true value – the ‘minds eye view’.

David will discuss, illustrate and demonstrate:

  • The truth of front-lighting, and the minimalization of retouching
  • The art and acquisition of story-telling detail miniatures
  • Discovering and appreciating Style over Trends
  • Broadening your horizons through Art, Design and Graphics
  • The age of Superb pigment ink printing – a return to the true artisan.

Amongst working Wedding/Portrait professionals, David is one of the most respected and beloved lecturers of his time, and spends more than half of every year training already practicing professional photographers in the UK, USA, Canada and Asia. As such we are extremely lucky to have David come to WCC.

The meeting will be held in the craft room at Mt Waverley Community Centre on the 15th September 2009 which is where we held the 4 Club competition earlier in the year. The evening will commence at 7:30pm and I ask that you please bring a plate as we are expecting guests from the Royal Photographic Society.

Pete Davies, WCC President

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Purchasing New Equipment

by on Aug.04, 2009, under General

Whilst on the outing on Sunday, it was discovered that one of the members had been sold a camera with twin lens kit by a well known electrical and furniture store and had been informed by an in store so called “camera expert” that they needed to purchase a polarising filter for each of the lenses. These had been sold using the ‘you must protect your lens’ trick to make you buy more things.

Now the more experienced of us know that these so called protective filters should have been UV filters and not polarisers but the person concerned, being a novice did not. They also didn’t know about what quality filters they were getting. This person has been taking shots with the polarisers on wondering why the viewfinder looked so dark when taking indoor and low light images. This isn’t their fault, it is poor sales tactics and bad advice and possibly a hint of the fact that they don’t care a hoot about the customer, only their money.

To help avoid this happening in future and just to give general advice as well. I’m sure that anyone who needs help with choosing their new investment can approach any of the committee for advice before they purchase the gear. We can’t tell you what to buy but can help with making your own decision and if we can’t help then I’m sure we’ll know someone who can.

If you do intend to buy some equipment from a high street store that doesn’t specialise in photography, I would take their advice with reservation. Their goal seems to get you to buy as much as possible instead of what you might actually need. I would recommend visiting a reputable camera store that comes recommended by someone you know. My favourites are Kirk’s Cameras in Ringwood (ask for Jason) and The Camera Exchange in Lonsdale Street(behind Michaels). There is also a camera store in Oakleigh which is owned and operated by a professional photographer, I’ve only been in once but he seemed very fair and gave honest advice. I’m sure that most of these will be at least as competitive if not better and will provide advice after you have spent your money.

It has also been suggested that the EBay store – Digital Rev is very reputable and can also be contacted by telephone if required.

I hope this has been of help to someone and it saves you some concerns in the future.

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Update – Perry’s Fall

by on Aug.04, 2009, under Outings

I have spoken to Perry regarding his fall on Sunday and it is good news that not only is he okay but more importantly (just kidding) his lens has survived it’s meeting with the concrete in Degraves Street. Perry informed me that after removing the broken glass from his UV filter and then snipping the outer frame, he was successful in removing the filter and the only damage to the lens was to the threads where the filter screws on. The lens threads will still accept a filter so all is well.

This is one side of the filter / no filter argument that rarely gets discussed but in Perry’s case it has saved him a lot of money because it is fair to assume that if that filter hadn’t been there then it would have been his lens that he would have been throwing in the bin and as it was a $2,000 Canon L Series lens, that isn’t a cheap option. I’ll be keeping my filters on in future especially in Degraves Street.

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Sunday’s Arcades and Alleyways Tour – Another Success

by on Aug.03, 2009, under Outings

Last Sunday’s Arcades & Laneways outing was another club success thanks again to the fantastic organisation abilities of our President, Pete Davies. We’re lucky to have such a keen and conscientious President and I was pleased to see that the members supported his efforts this weekend with a fantastic 21 members turning out.

With the meeting time set for 8am at Federation Square I did have my reservations when I boarded the first train of the day from Glen Waverley to the city. I was off to a bad start because this first train wouldn’t get me to the station until 8.06am that meant I was already going to be late. A quick text to Pete fixed this but sitting on my own waiting for the train to set off had me wondering whether it would just be Pete and I with just a couple of others at Fed Square as it had been on occaisions in the past with these early Sunday morning starts. My fears were soon put to rest with the arrival of Roger and the Fred on the train. We chatted BLOG, Gallery and club most of the way as well as Roger and I trying to outdo each other with our new camera purchases, Roger has bought the new Pentax K7 and I have just bought a Canon 5D Mk2.

As the train picked up at East Malvern we noticed Steven getting onto another carriage and when we arrived at Flinders Street we noticed Leif getting of the train too. When we got over to Fed Square we noticed Pete, Perry, Rachel, Natalie, Sue & Albert all waiting for us. Whilst we just waited another 5 minutes I rushed into the Seven, Eleven store to buy some breakfast which consisted of a sausage roll and a coffee. This provided us with the first humour of the day because to say that the coffee was awful would be an understatement, it was disgusting and the sausage roll was like cat food (whatever that tastes like). Anyway two sips of coffee and into the bin we headed off accross Flinders street into the well grafitti’d lane that is Hosier Lane.

After much photographing and deliberation of whether graffitti is art, we met Andy & Rosie Armitage and continued on to ACDC Lane. This lane seems to have some seedy establishments along its length and a look through one broken window confirmed this. Back onto Flinders Lane and we headed along and up Exhibition Square where we found that we we’re well ahead of schedule so it was into the coffee shop and some breakfast (I didn’t throw that one away).

Restarting our trip we picked up Ross Vaughan and John Hadfield and continued along and stopping at Benson Lane where I thought Roger had laid himself down for a rest. In fact as the picture here shows he was actually using a well practised photography technique called laying down and looking up. You must agree though that he does look very relaxed.

We continued on picking up Don & Kathy Boyle as well as the early bird himself Pete Myers with his poor wife Jill who obviously would have preferred to be there at 8am with the rest of us. We wound our way through several alleys towards Chinatown eventually entering into Coramandel Place, home of a famous golf course architects, Thomson Wolveridge & Perrett. This got Peter Davies really excited as he is a golf course nut (shame he can’t play as keenly).

Coromandel Place

Don at Dean Alley
We wound our way down towards the old post office on Elizabeth St and Pete announced that we would take some shots here and then go to Melbourne Central for lunch. All of this time Jill Myers had been in touch with Sophie Zhao’s daughter by mobile phone. As you will probably all have guessed, Sophie doesn’t speak much English and was relaying messages to Jill via her daughter whilst she was attempting to meet up with us. Unfortunately after many attempts to try to arrange a meeting place and Jill going to where we thought Sophie was, Jill still couldn’t find her and we unfortunately couldn’t catch up with her. I think a volunteer to take Sophie to the next meeting would go a long way to helping her integration to the club. Language isn’t a barrier in the photography world and neither should it be in our club so any volunteers would be appreciated.

Lunch was had and we met up again to proceed through the Royal Arcade and onto Block Place and the Block Arcade eventually reaching Degraves Street and eventually back to Fed Square for coffee and cake or in the case of a couple of people, beer.

Stephen and Natalie trying to discover how Natalie’s Olympus camera works in manual mode. They failed as her camera has a mind of its own. Natalie, there is a good Canon for sale in an article below 😉

To summarise, we had a great day which was well attended by 21 members and in the case of at least one person, more than 750 images were snapped off. The only unfortunate event for the day was that Perry slipped over in Degraves Street and although he tried to break his fall, his lens hit the floor first. Given that he has a Canon 5D mk2 and an L Series lens in his hand it sounded and probably was an expensive fall. His UV filter had dented and smashed and he couldn’t undo it. He seemed to think that the only damage was the filter and we all hope that this is the case.

It is really rewarding for all of us on the committee when people join in and make the day a huge success and we all hope that the next trip to the Ballarat Photo Bi-ennial and the Point Nepean Sunset in October are just as huge as this trip was.

Thanks to everyone who was involved and especially to Pete for putting it together and making a great day out for all.

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News and Updates

by on Aug.03, 2009, under General

Just a quick reminder to you all that Tuesday 4th is cometition night and the judge will be Adrian Smith who has judged our Tabletop/Still Life Competition.

Sunday’s outing to Melbourne’s Arcades and Laneways was a huge success with 21 people attending. BLOG post to follow today.

It has been brought to my attention that my email, ‘what’s new on the BLOG today’ needs to have a link back to the main page because the links are taking you to individual news items and you are finding it hard to get back to the main page from there. Therefore, from now on, the email will contain a link back to ALL of the news items. I appreciate this feedback because without points like this, I can’t improve things for you the viewers. If anyone has anymore ideas or suggestions please let me know.

It has also been pointed out that the link to the BLOG from the main club web page isn’t clear enough so I’ll ask Alan to create some better and clearer links.

That’s all of the news for now so I’ll hopefully see you all on Tuesday night.

Dave Sumner

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