Beautiful sites along the coast near Sorrento and Portsea

Our final outing for the year was a grand success. The weather was perfect which drew 18 people out to visit and photograph the beautiful sites along the coast near Sorrento and Portsea.

Ross Eddington - London Bridge Surfer Tim K Erosion Ross Eddington - Beach Jewelery Over flow- Colleen Singleton

Carpooling has ended up being a wonderful way to get to know and have a good chat with other members of our club. Once we arrive we tend to scarper off in groups and share photography chat, settings, equipment etc. until break times where we get back together again and chat about many and varied things.

Colleen, a recent WCC member said, “Sometimes when in a photo club it’s as important to click with the people, than to just click the shutter on your camera, one learns so much more.”

Tim K Ray enjoying London Bridge Vira Vujovich Natures abrtract art- Colleen Singleton Loving arms- Colleen Singleton

Our first stop was to photograph the dual bays of Bay of Islands and Diamond Bay. The scenery is magnificent and most members were unaware of this site previously. We then moved on to the more well-known London Bridge before ending out year with a convivial lunch at the Portsea Hotel overlooking over the beautiful blue water of Port Phillip Bay.

If you haven’t yet been on an outing in 2019, make a New Year’s resolution to come along and join the fun and take some photographs as well!

Tim K Cliff Stairs Tim K Helen Angela Ross Eddington - JJJR Helen Warnod - Ross

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

A beautiful day for a stroll and animal photography

Fortune smiled upon us for our October Outing to Healesville Sanctuary. It was a beautiful day for a stroll and a bit of photography. We numbered 23, including family members and guests.

Dave Sumner - An Easy Meal ANGELA MCLEOD-GREEN BIRD Jen Fawkes - _MG_9667(2)fb Jack Moore - Nestling

We we also fortunate to have had many very experienced photographers amongst us, who agreed to mentor others on the day. Thanks to Dave Sumner, Jen Fawkes, Vicki Moritz, Angela McLeod, Tuck Leong, Steve Hilton and Tim Keane who volunteered to mentor. Thanks also to Dave Sumner who provided a ‘Hints for Animal Photography document’ for all participants.

Helen Warnod -Landing Jack Moore - Looking at ya! George Skarbek - Medium bird VM-Jabiru with fish

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

Low-light challenge both outdoors and indoors

The September outing was a very enjoyable and quite an educational experience despite a very disappointing sunrise. I imagined that the threat of rain and a rendezvous at the Queen Victoria Market at 6am would not attract many but, despite the odds, we numbered eight!

Helen Warnod - Morning coffee Stephen Hilton - Customer Relationships Colleen Singleton - Which one to pick Stephen Edmonds - Hot & Spicy

This outing presented photographers with a low-light challenge both outdoors in the early light at the Queen Victoria market and an indoors challenge in the St. Mary Star of the Sea church, a short walk away.

Helen Warnod - St Mary Star of the Sea Chruch Stephen Hilton - St Mary 1 Stephen Hilton - St Mary 2 Stephen Edmonds - Crossing

It was a great opportunity for both experienced and less experienced photographers to talk and share expertise and experiences. We finished the outing with a bite to eat and a good coffee at the Common Ground Café at the end of the morning.

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

September 2019 Workshop – Gear Night

All members are welcome to the Gear night! If you have never attended a gear night now is the time to begin! Our mentors and resident experts sit with a group with similar camera brands and take and answer questions from members about their cameras. The advantage is you will receive ‘pertinent’ rather than ‘generic’ answers to your queries.

Don’t be put off if you are a beginner or not too technical! This is a small group situation and all questions at any level will be discussed.

Hope to see you there!

Perfect weather for falls, rocks and a bridge

This month during a less than favourable stretch of weather, 22 participants were courageous enough to attend the outing to Dog Rocks, Buckley Falls and the Fyansford Arched Bridge. Fortunately the stars aligned and we enjoyed perfect weather on the day; blue skies and sunshine to warm up in! It was lovely to have new members and guests joining us on the day!

Our first destination was the Lookout over Buckley Falls. Once again, luck was on our side as it had rained so plenty of water was cascading down the weir and over the rocks.

Vira Vujovich-Buckley Falls Helen Warnod - Buckley Falls ANGELA MCLEOD_OLD PAPER MILL COLOUR WCC Fred Seeber Further Downstream

We then moved on to Dog Rocks. The Dog Rocks area was large enough to take our fill of photographs without getting in each other’s frames.

ANGELA MCLEOD_MARLENE WCC Peter Sureda - Vista Fred Seeber The Lookout ANGELA MCLEOD_DOG ROCKS WCC

Photographs were then taken of the Fyansford Arched Bridge, built by John Monash and J. T. N. Anderson. This historic three-arch bridge was the largest Monier reinforced concrete bridge in the world in 1900.

Nihal_Basnayake_Bridge

We then headed to the Fyansford Hotel and enjoyed a very leisurely lunch together. Some of us went off to other destinations and many others headed off home.

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

If you missed this outing, never fear! Our September outing will be announced shortly. I hope that you can join us. Keep your eyes open for emails and on the Outing tab for details of the September outing.

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!