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.

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.

Sunset and Light Painting – Thursday 2nd November 2023

For our next outing we are going to Lillydale Lake for a Sunset and Light Painting session. The committee has kindly agreed to invite a Light Painting specialist Brad Garton and his assistants to teach us how to do light painting. This session is for everyone as you don’t need to be an advanced photographer to create magic!

Date: Thursday 2nd November 2023
Time: 7:15-9:15pm
Meeting Point: The boat ramp at Lillydale Lake, near the toilet block and the green rotunda. (100 meters from the car park if you enter from C401 Swansea Road)
How to get there: By Car: Around 45 minutes from Mt Waverly Station, 7 minutes from Lilydale station. (Carpooling is recommended). There are plenty of parking next to the meeting point.

What to bring:

  1. A warm jacket (just in case it is cold around the lake) and some water.
  2. Your camera
  3. A wide-angle lens such as 16-35, 24-70 or 24-105 and a zoom lens (optional) if you want to get a close-up shot
  4. A good tripod is essential for light painting (the club has three available for loan, just put in a request if you need to borrow one)
  5. filters for sunset if you have them
  6. spare batteries
  7. a head torch if you have one

RSVP: By reply email to Jennifer Sui before 31st October 2023.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale – Thursday 14th September 2023

For the September outing, we are going to the 10th Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

This year’s festival features more than 2000 works by some of the world’s biggest photography names. Headline exhibitions include:

  • The global premiere of People Power – Platon and other works from this iconic portrait photographer
  • Instant Warhol – original Polaroids taken by pop culture icon Andy Warhol
  • The surreal landscapes of Swedish artist Erik Johansson
  • Laneway installations including Indian street photographer Vineet Vohra and Australian Trent Parke
Time: Thursday 14th September 2023, 10am to 5pm (or earlier)
How to get there: By public transport: Train to Ballarat from Southern Cross Station (around 90 minutes)
By Car: Around 90 minutes, there should be off-street parking and paid parking
Meeting Point: 10:15am at Ballarat Train Station, just a few minutes walk to the Festival Hub.
Ticket: Please purchase your ticket to the festival online before September 14 (Single day ticket: $25 Adult / $20 Concession)

RSVP: By email to Jennifer Sui before 12th September 2023.

Sunset around Webb Bridge – Saturday 26th August 2023

For our August outing, we are going to capture sunset around Webb Bridge. If you are keen, you can stay for night exposure as there are so many beautiful spots for reflections nearby.

Time: Saturday 26th August 2023; 5pm or earlier (sunset time is 5:53 pm)
Meeting place: The far end of Webb Bridge, near Yarra Edge IGA (54 River Esplanade, Docklands 3008)
How to get there: Public transport (train and then walk or tram) or car (there are plenty of parking garage with weekend rates)
Camera gear: Lens – Wide angle or 24-105mm
Tripod is needed for sunset or night capture
Filters are recommended
Spare batteries if you plan to stay longer

RSVP to Jennifer Sui via email by Thursday 24th August 2023.

Melbourne General Cemetery – Sunday 4th June 2023

For our June outing, we are going to Melbourne General Cemetery for a change, in preparation for our September set subject “Cemeteries”.

Date: Sunday 4th June 2023
Time: 8:00 am – 10:30 am or later.
(The cemetery opens at 8am, so will miss the crowds!)
Meeting place: Prime Minister’s Memorial Garden inside the main entrance from College Cres.
(College Crescent, Parkville, Victoria, 3052)

Melbourne General Cemetery is in Parkville. You can drive there or take buses or trams. You should easily find a parking on College Cres, Parkville.

RSVP: To Ian Coombs via email by 30th May 2023

Lang Lang Rodeo outing – Monday 10th April 2023

For our April outing, we are going to capture the exciting event at Lang Lang Rodeo.

Date: Easter Monday 10th April 2023
Time: 9am to 5pm or earlier (up to each member)
Note the gate will be open at 8:30am and we will meet at 8:45am to make sure we find a good spot before the event starts at 10:00 am.
Meeting place: Outside the main toilet block, not far from the car park.
Camera gear: Camera (full frame/mirrorless recommended)
Zoom lens around 300 mm or longer, preferred at least 400 mm
Monopod or tripod recommended for heavy zoom lens
Spare batteries if you plan to stay longer
Own lunch and drink if you want to save some time, but you can buy coffee and some hot food there
Tickets: Lang Lang Rodeo 2023
Where: Lang Lang Showgrounds, 120 Westernport Road, Lang Lang
It is recommended to drive your own car or carpool if you can

RSVP: To Jennifer Sui via email by 7th April 2023.

Moomba outing – Monday 13th March 2023

For the March outing, we are going to capture the various events of Moomba such as the parade, waterskiing, rides and fireworks.

Date: Monday 13th March 2023
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm or later
(might have time to catch up briefly over lunch from 12:50-1:25)
Meeting place: Outside the main entrance of NGV (to walk down Southbank BLVD together)
Camera gear: Zoom lens around 200 mm or longer
24-105 mm or portrait lenses for the atmosphere and parade
Tripod or filter for night shots such as fireworks etc if you plan to stay longer

It is recommended to take public transport as this is a public holiday, parking is quite challenging. If you come early, you might find free parking near Yarra River, close to Gate A and H of Botanic Gardens, otherwise, some paid parking near Flinders Station or Feb Square.

RSVP to Jennifer Sui via email by Friday 10th March 2023.

Hope to see many of you there as this is a major event, and you will find your favorite subjects to shoot easily.

Sandridge Lookout outing – Saturday 18th February 2023

I hope you all had a great start of 2023 and now it is time for our first outing of 2023!

We are going to Sandridge Lookout in Port Melbourne to capture sunrise, followed by a breakfast at Local Rules Coffee Roasters to give us a chance to catch up!

Date: Saturday 18th February 2023
Time: 6:10am (ready for 6:52am sunrise)
Location: Sandridge Lookout, Port Melbourne
Camera gear: Camera, tripod, 70-200 cm lens or similar. (filters optional!)

Please RSVP by 16th February by replying to the email sent to members.

Image: Anne-Marie Anderson