Bastille Day French Festival

Once again our intrepid WCC photographers braved the unpredictable Melbourne weather to attend an outing. This month we attended the Bastille Day French Festival in the Atrium of Federation Square in the city on Saturday 13th July 2019.

Despite predictions of dire weather conditions, good fortune was on our side. Federation Square possessed the only patch of blue sky in Melbourne, during the morning and early afternoon.

We met up in a café in the Atrium which allowed us to plan independent activities and browse the many and varied French flavoured market stalls. Over the morning we regrouped for particular events like the ‘l’escrime’ (fencing) demonstrations and the French Can Can! (ooooh la la!)

Helen Warnod - L'escrime

Phill Harris - CanCan - CanDo

We enjoyed our lunch purchased the food stalls of our choice and sat together in Deakin Edge theatre, chatting and listening to French live band ‘Vive la Différence’.

View our photographs of this exciting event in our outings gallery.

Hope to see you at our next outing in August!

Wintry walk in St Kilda

As our intrepid WCC photographers arrived for our monthly outing, St Kilda decided to produce a deluge! Thankfully our meetup point was at a café! We huddled up under the awning, so we made the most of it and sat sipping hot coffees and chatting. On cue, the clouds cleared for our planned departure time of 3:00pm!

Tim Keane - Luna rainbow Ross Major - Rainbow

We numbered twelve and were pleased to welcome along newer members Glen and Amanda on the day.

The light was marvelous and fluffy clouds produced photo-worthy scenes and opportunities for landscape and street photography. We strolled along the waterside photographing various points of interest from Luna Park to the St. Kilda Marina Seaside Light then along the bay trail past Catani Bridge towards St. Kilda pier.

Phill Harris - Helen Helen Warnod - Texting Ross Major - Ride by

We installed ourselves on the St. Kilda Pier near the marina in time to capture the sunset at 5:07pm and a few city light on the bay before wandering back to our cars. A great day!

Helen Warnod - Boat house Tim Keane - St Kilda Blur Phill Harris - St Kilda Sunset

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

St Kilda outing – June 2019

This month’s outing for will be held on the afternoon of Sunday 16th June 2019 in St Kilda.

This outing will be a walk that includes a number of sites in the local area. As St Kilda market will be open on the day, and hopefully a sunset at the end of the day around 5pm, there will be many and varied opportunities for our intrepid WCC photographers to demonstrate their skills!

This outing gives you opportunities to extend your outing experience by visiting the market beforehand, staying for the sunset shoot or planning your own leisurely meals at either end of the outing.

There will be no cost for this outing unless you choose to travel by public transport, dine, purchase goods at the market or opt for paid parking.

Please let Helen know if you are interested in carpooling. Carpooling is now quite popular, so if interested or you are happy to offer your car, please let Helen know when you register. Please register at outings@waverleycameraclub.org by 5pm Friday 14th June 2019. Further details provided once you have registered.

Hope to see you there!

Autumnal colours did not disappoint

14 participants attended the outing to the Alfred Nicholas Gardens on the morning of 19th May. It was lovely to welcome a new member and guests who joined us on the day!

Trace O'Rourke - Autumn Colour Jen Fawkes - The Conversation Trace O'Rourke - Maple Leaf

The autumnal colours did not disappoint and the weather was perfect for rambling through the vast hillside gardens. Whist agreeable, the perfect weather brought with it a challenging light environment in the shaded forest areas which kept us all on our toes!

After a hour or so, we wended out way back up the hill before wending our way to Olinda to enjoy lunch together in the Olinda Café. Thanks to all for such a great day!

Jack Moore - 3A Jen Fawkes - Autumn Colours Dave Sumner - Out of My Comfort Zone

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

If you missed this outing I hope that you can join us on our next outing. Keep you eyes open for emails and on the website for details of the June outing.

‘Iconic Women: The Exhibition’ & Fed in French festival outing – Sunday 31 March 2019

Bonjour mes amis!

Our Monthly Outing for April falls on Sunday 31th March! Ooh la la! Firstly we will be visiting Iconic Women: The Exhibition at Melbourne Central.

Then we walk to Federation square whilst practicing some street photography before photographing (and of course partaking in) the Fed in French food festival in Federation Square.

When

  • 10:00am – Meet in Melbourne Central. We will peruse the iconic portrait exhibition
  • 10:30am – We take in the city streets and lanes walking down to Federation Square
  • 11:30am – Fed in French food festival in Federation Square
    Enjoy French gastronomy (don’t forget to take photos!

Price

Free – There are no costs for this outing apart from your own transport, food and drink consumption.

More info…

Helen is away in Japan during this outing, so once again Anthony Yap is coordinating (thanks again Anthony) and Ross Eddington is taking registrations (thanks again Ross!)

We propose to travel in by train but, please let Ross know your preferred mode of travel when you register.

Please register at outings@waverleycameraclub.org by Friday 5:00pm 29 March 2019.

A warm day at the water gardens

On Saturday 2nd February, members and friends participated in a visit to the Blue Lotus Water Gardens in Yarra Junction. Despite the warm 38°C day, 23 people arrived at the gardens and enjoyed strolling around the ponds and enclosed pools. Most participants were so occupied photographing in the vast grounds that they didn’t even stop for a coffee break!

Logan - Untitled

Ross Eddington - Bee Able

We enjoyed chatting whilst enjoying our picnic lunch under the shaded eating area. The day also provided a fantastic opportunity to meet and chat with some of our new members.

From there some departed for home, and a smaller intrepid group headed off to the Redwood Forest in East Warburton. The light was very challenging but it was enjoyable all the same. Then a tired group of people straggled home to check their handy work.

Photos from this outing can be found in the outing gallery.

Blue Lotus Water Garden Outing – February 2019

Our first outing for the year 2019 will be held on Saturday 2nd February 2019 from 10:00am at the Blue Lotus Water Garden. The address is 2628 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction, Victoria 3797.

The gardens provide many opportunities for photographers, including waterways lakes, ponds, lagoons, and waterfall. Waterways contain hundreds of varieties of flowering lotus, waterlily & bog plants and colourful surrounding garden beds. Trees provide plenty of shade.

Proposed procedure to date:

  • 10:00 – Meet at 10:00am at the coffee stand near the entrance
  • 10:15 – Photograph the gardens
  • 12:00 – Meet under the reserved shelter for WCC. BYO picnic and drinks
  • 13:00 – For those who would like to continue on (weather permitting) we will drive to the Redwood Forest in Warburton for a photoshoot before returning back to Melbourne

Entry Fees

  • Adults: $18.00
  • Senior & Pensioners: $16.00 (cards required – Vic Seniors Card, Nat Seniors, Aust DSP, Aust Age Pension Card
  • Student: $16.00 (Must be a student studying in Australia and produce ID card or parents with tickets)
  • Kids (0-15 years): FREE

Please let Helen know if you are interested in carpooling. Carpooling is now quite popular, so if interested or you are happy to offer your car, please let Helen know when you register.

Please register with Helen at outings@waverleycameraclub.org by 5pm Wednesday 30 January 2019.