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”.

Daren Fawkes - 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

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

Social BBQ on Tuesday 7th January 2020

Our first activity of 2020 will be a social BBQ at Brickmakers Park in Oakleigh on Tuesday 7th January 2020 from 6:30pm. Seats might be needed as there is limited seating, but plenty of space at the BBQs.

This is also the due date for our February competition, so bring along your print entries and make sure you are a paid up member!

Our venue:
Brickmakers Park
23-29 Stamford Road, Oakleigh 3166

2020 renewals and a Facebook reminder

Due to popular demand, the Trybooking link for renewing your membership is now active. Although Payments are not officially due until 1/1/2020, there are many who like to get this out of the way before the Festive season. You can now pay to renew your membership for 2020.

On a separate note, Jen Fawkes would like to remind members of the new Facebook Group announced in the last Newsletter:

New Facebook Aactivity Group for WCC Members

Many of you may know about, and read, the club’s Facebook page. We now have a new group for club members to share information, celebrate success, showcase our work, seek advice and just have some fun. This is a closed group for members of Waverley Camera Club only. There are two ways you can be part of this:

  1. In the main Waverley Camera Club page, click on groups and the members group will pop up. This will take you to the group page and then click ‘join’.
  2. Just search for ‘Waverley Camera Club Members’, ask to join the group and answer a simple question.

Once we get the group up and running, Jen will start posting some links and perhaps run a challenge or two. It’s up to you, the members, to get what you want out of the group. You will be able to post images, ask questions and comment on each other’s work.

Cheers,
Tim

Presidents report 2019

I believe the club had a strong year in 2019 with membership standing at 115. We have a good number of new members. Thanks to Dave Sumner for stepping into the membership co-ordinator role and also running the mentoring sessions.

We made a few changes in response to the survey we ran last year and introduced a 3 level competition structure. We are still monitoring the use of the new “Enthusiast” level. The additional training that has been requested had a good uptake- the workshop run by Mark Galer was very well received and there are 2 more intermediate/advanced workshops coming, one with Heather Prince on Intermediate photoshop. In November Bill Bachman will be teaching us to critique our own images in a hands on workshop. Also in response to the survey the menu system on the website has been improved, comments welcome!

The monthly competition nights have been well attended and there has been a good vibe in the room during the break, nice to see. And not too many complaints about the judges, which is also good! A special mention to Rosie for coordinating the prints and Stephen for coordinating the digital entries and keeping the score sheets! Also thanks to Geoff and Jill who have been instrumental in making sure the door is open and chairs are out when the members arrive!

While on competitions, we did very well at Interclubs this year, which is a credit to all our members and the group who get together to chose the images. Well done Marlene for taking this on!
Our monthly workshops have been a mix of hands on and training. We started 2019 with a visit to Epson. In conjunction with Danielle from Starleaton we were treated to a print workshop- we now have a few more members printing, which is great. Other visitors have included Kayell with a lighting demonstration, Ian van der Wolde to teach us how to do better mono images (and didn’t we do well at the recent mono Interclub!) We have learned how cameras works and what can go wrong, learned about Lake Tyrell as a travel destination and had Ewen Bell demonstrate food photography. Tonight is a hands on Macro session with Karl Ludik and next month is another Gear night and swap meet.

Monthly outings have been ably coordinated by Helen Warnod, with help from others (thanks to Ross for stepping in when needed). Outings this year have been to the Blue Lotus water garden, the “Iconic women exhibition and Fed in French” day out, a visit to Alfred Nicholas gardens in Autumn, St Kilda in June, Bastille day in the city in July and Dogs Rocks and Buckley falls more recently. There have also been some adhoc outings with those who have enrolled in the WhatsApp group heading off at short notice. Thanks to Anthony for setting this up and adding the new members as requested.

Our yearly outing was coastal this year – we went to Warrnambool, which didn’t exactly turn on the good weather! Some highlights for me were our involvement with the RSL where we met a lot of veterans with great stories to tell and provided portraits for them. We did a number of coastal shoots, including a side trip to Port Fairy. Next year will be inland- Eildon. Do come along!

Our special interest groups have also been very busy! The Creative group has had some excellent speakers such as Ricardo da Cunha, Karen Alsop and Adrian Donohue, as well as hands on development of creative work. Many thanks to Paul for this value added SIG! The honours group meets intermittently but we have a significant number of members who are using external competitions to improve their photography and who have gained APS honours. In 2018/2019 Rosie, Felix and Geoff, achieved their AAPS. – Dave, Trace, Anthony, Marlene and Russell moved onto the next level with FAPS. I managed EFIAP/p and GMPSA. Well done team!

In closing it has been an unexpected privilege to serve as the President of the WCC. It would not have been possible without a strong committee. I’ve mentioned most of the committee, but would be remiss not to acknowledge the valuable work done by Tim as Secretary and Ken as Treasurer. Both have done a lot in their respective roles to make the club look as though it runs without effort! Many thanks to them and the committee for supporting me, and to the members for listening to me on competition nights for the last two years.

Vicki Moritz
WCC President
19th August 2019

August 2019 Workshop – Macro with Karl Ludik

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 20 August 2019. We aim to keep this as short as possible as the main feature of the evening is Macro Photography with Karl Ludik

Tuesday 16th July 2019 – 7:30pm
Main Hall, Mount Waverley Community Centre

Hands-on workshop – bring your camera, tripod and macro lens (if you have one).
Karl will also be bringing spare cameras and lenses.

Social BBQ on Tuesday 8th January 2019

Our first activity of 2019 will be a social BBQ at Brickmakers Park in Oakleigh on Tuesday 8th January 2019 from 6:30pm. Seats might be needed as there is limited seating, but plenty of space at the BBQs.

This is also the due date for our February competition, so bring along your print entries and make sure you are a paid up member!

Our venue:
Brickmakers Park
23-29 Stamford Road, Oakleigh 3166

A Taste of Activities for 2019

The committee has been busy planning activities for next year and we have been guided in this by the responses from the survey in terms of set subjects and workshops. A number of these are now confirmed and our first few competition nights will be as follows:

Month Judge Set subject
February Rob Sloane My home environment
March Jen Fawkes Perspective (monochrome month)
April Tom Putt Land/Seascapes
May Christopher Ian Portrait (also creative section)

So that you can prepare, other possible set subjects are travel, animals, movement, minimalism, food and low key/hi key. Once judges are organised these will be confirmed. The “creative months” will be May/July/September/November, so there is plenty of time to get creative before they are due in!

Workshops currently being organised are printing, black and white photography, low key/high key lighting (Kayell), travel photography, camera function and maintenance, macro photography, astro-photography and more.

We are also well on the way to securing Mark Galer who will be doing a half day workshop on LightRoom where we are hoping to cover some of the more advanced features. The first weekend in March is the likely date for this event and there will be a small charge which will be subsidised somewhat by the club. An advanced photoshop workshop is also being planned so watch this space.

Vicki Moritz
President, WCC