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.

A look back at the outings from 2018

Throughout 2018 the club went on a number of fantastic outings, a huge thanks goes to Ross and Helen for organising them.

For each outing we create a gallery and encourage members to upload their images, from these a “mystery judge” will select one image.

The winners of the outing awards for 2018 were:

Path to the Castle - Fred Seeber
Fred Seeber – Path to the Castle

Tim Keane - Blues Window
Tim Keane – Blues Window

Ray Stabey-Pearly Whites
Ray Stabey – Pearly Whites

Jason Kim-autumn lake and tree
Jason Kim – autumn lake and tree

Janelle Bichel - Highland Afternoon Tea
Janelle Bichel – Highland Afternoon Tea

Anthony Pearsall - Speed 2
Anthony Pearsall – Speed 2

Jiancheng Cao - The Bridge 2
Jiancheng Cao – The Bridge 2

Marlene Chaitra - Balancing
Marlene Chaitra – Balancing

Ross Eddington - Just for two
Ross Eddington – Just for two

Marlene Chaitra - A long way to jump
Marlene Chaitra – A long way to jump

Wrap up of the Whittlesea Show

Despite being a long weekend, 14 participants attended our outing to the Whittlesea Show on the morning of 4th November, 2018.

Helen Warnod - Long morning

The weather was perfect and following a cup of coffee, we plunged into the crowds to watch a range of events and enjoy the animal stands and exhibitions of crafts and trades. We capped off the day with lunch together in the sun at the main oval before driving back home through the beautiful countryside. Thanks to all for a great day!

Bumpy Ride by Phill Harris

Helen Warnod - The Shearer

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

If you enjoy country shows, you may be interested in the Draught Horse & YesterYear Festival at Mont De Lancey in Wandin North.

Whittlesea Show outing – November 2018

Our next outing is at the Whittlesea Show on the morning of Sunday 4 November 2018.

This Outing will provide a range of photographic opportunities as there are live animal judging events, live performances, displays and entertainment. Dependent on your preferred photography interests, a range of lenses and equipment should be considered.

The weather will be an important factor to keep in mind as it is an outdoor event and shelter may be difficult to find at short notice. A weather forecast will be included in the final mailout. Please come prepared for rain, just in case.

We will begin at 9am at the Whittlesea Showgrounds and conclude with lunch

Final details will be sent to you once we establish final numbers.

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

Register with Helen at outings@waverleycameraclub.org by 5pm on Friday 2 November 2018.

Creative streaks at the Motorclassica

George Skarbek _Ghostly Empty Motoclassica

Sunday 14th October was a beautiful day, and perfect for a club outing. The outing to Motorclassica at the Exhibition Buildings was well attended on the day, with 12 members mustering their creative streaks to make the most of the day.

Ross Eddington - Just for two

We are grateful to the Motorclassica administration for providing us with Media passes which enabled us to enter early and have the opportunity to take photographs without crowds, which we were generously provided with later in the day.

There were a large number of cars on display, both indoors and outdoors.

Russell Lucas - Head On

Members’ photos may now be found in the Motorclassica outing gallery.

Motorclassica Outing – October 2018

Our October Outing is a visit to the Motorclassica at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton on Sunday 14 October 2018, from 9am to approximately 1pm.

This Outing will provide opportunities for photographing cars both indoors and outdoors, architecture, crowd shots and other points of interest.

We will start photographing early before the crowds arrive then enjoy a coffee together mid-morning before a lunch together outside (weather permitting). Food stands will be available outside or if you prefer, bring along your own packed lunch.

Parking should be possible at this time. 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 Friday 12 October 2018, including if you will be lunching with us.

Conviviality at Melbourne Zoo

A punctual group of members and friends amassed at Melbourne Zoo entry gate on Sunday 9th for our September Monthly Outing.  It was a full day of conviviality, and of course some photography!  Despite a somewhat overcast beginning and end the weather remained fine during the day.

It was great to see a range of newer and older members forming mixed groups.   Most participants began the day with the primate loop followed by the tigers and elephant loop before morning tea.

George Skarbek - Photogrphers

Outings provide opportunities for newer and long term members to meet and talk.  Across the day the groups remained mixed and provided opportunities for all to exchange of ideas and settings.  Thanks to members who shared their expertise and special thanks go to Dave Sumner, our club wildlife photographer, who spent much of the day sharing his expertise amongst the newer members and visitors.

George Skarbek - Photographying elephants

Ross Eddington - Peeping Lemur

Following an outdoor lunch we viewed the 50 Greatest Wildlife Photography outdoor exhibition curated by National Geographic then continued photographing until around 4:30pm.  Then a tired group of people straggled home to check their handy work.

isabella kim-people

Thanks to Ross Eddington for organising the outing!

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

Marlene Chaitra - Have they gone yet

Melbourne Zoo Outing – September 2018

Our September outing will be to the Melbourne Zoo on Sunday 9th September 2018. The outing will take up the morning and include lunch. You can stay on after lunch if you want to spend more time there.

Register with Helen and Ross at outings@waverleycameraclub.org by 5PM on Friday 7th September 2018. More details will be sent to you once we have final numbers.

Also Melbourne Zoo will be the first venue in the world to unveil a brand new outdoor exhibition
curated by National Geographic
. There will be 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs on display.

Sunshine to hail at South Wharf

Whilst the weather for our recent South Wharf Outing wasn’t ideal for a stroll, it produced some interesting opportunities for us to photograph. We had everything from sunshine to hail which frightened a few off, but the dedicated were rewarded.

Dave Sumner 2

We met at the Melbourne Convention Centre during the later part of the afternoon and pretty well experienced hail immediately. Inside the Convention Centre seemed to be the place to be. This gave us some opportunities to capture the architecture of the building and at the same time shelter from the rain. The three levels gave us some interesting angles and an elevated view over the Yarra. After the rain the sun shone and created some spectacular reflections.

Alan Bennett Melbourne from South Wharf Marlene Chaitra South Wharf 6 Dave Sumner

The glorious sunset at 5.41PM never arrived so we captured some shots around the South Wharf Marina during the ‘golden hour’ and then enjoyed dinner together at Hooks by the Yarra. The meal was excellent but I think the staff added to the experience.

The weather during the evening turned out to be delightful, so again we tried the upper level of the Convention Centre by night, with different effects. The Webb and Seafarers Bridges were also highlights.

Ross Eddington - Seafarers Bridge

We headed home at about 9.15PM to avoid the crowds from the football but could have stayed longer. The rain definitely contributed to a great Outing!

More images from our members can be found in the gallery.

The KL and China trip – July 2018

Little did I know when Anthony Yap proposed this trip last year what an adventure it would be! Those of us who made the trip were myself, Anthony, Rosie Hughes, Russell Lucas, Marie Shaw, Alan Bennett, Geoff and Jill Shaw, Cookie Chong, Jenny and Cheng Yip. Paul had to head home after KL to attend family matters. In addition to our club members there was Marcellian Tan (one of the organisers), a group of his friends and the irrepressible Jack, our local guide.

Photo thanks to Marie and her iPhone

We started in KL with a side trip to Melaka – it helped to acclimatise with the hot weather and to remind some of us how to use our cameras. KL was a dusty bustling city with a lot of building happening in a rather random fashion and terrible traffic. Melaka was charming – I would go back there any day. Highlights of the Malaysian stopover were the Iron Mosque (at dawn), Petronas towers at dusk and MelakaJonkers and the Serkam Mosque. Marie and I gowned up to enter the mosque – but as mere females were only allowed to look in from the outside areas.

Then on to China, after arrival at the Guilin airport we got onto our barely air conditioned bus with all our luggage. This was our main form of transport for the week other than various forms of local transport and all the walking. First stop was the Longji rice terraces via the village of Dazhai. This gave us an introduction of what was to follow. We transferred to a village bus, then local vans…then porters carried most of our camera gear and overnight bags in baskets as we walked to the rice terraces at Xiaozhai Yao village. The Yao people were very friendly and the terraces a wonderful exercise in graphic design- complete with local models! The trip back was equally eventful with a bit of 4 wheel driving down the mountain tracks.

Looking toward the light

Read more “The KL and China trip – July 2018”