Waverley Camera Club

A warm day at the water gardens

by on Feb.04, 2019, under Outings

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.

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Blue Lotus Water Garden Outing – February 2019

by on Jan.10, 2019, under Outings

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.

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Mentoring Group – Wednesday 23rd Jan 2019

by on Jan.04, 2019, under Special interest groups

What is The Mentoring Group?

The Mentoring Group is open to all paid up members.

Where: Wadham House (upstairs), 52 Wadham Parade, Mt Waverley, 3149 (behind the Library)
When: Wednesday 23rd Jan 2019 starting at 7.30pm

For those who don’t know, the initial aim of the Mentoring Group which was originally started by the late John Hadfield at his home, was to help members with photographs that they perhaps intend to enter into club monthly competitions. However, when I took over the group from John, we opened it up to all members and used Wadham House as the classroom. I did find that on occasion there was a need for people to also discuss their photographs more generally as some people needed more basic assistance in deciding on whether they even had good photographs in the first place. Inevitably, discussing photographs often led to discussions about sharpness, composition and getting it right in camera etc. This in turn led to more in depth discussions about other aspects of photography such as focus, depth of field and other more technical subjects. So, I decided to introduce a 30 minute session at the start of Mentoring based around feedback from members and what problems they were struggling with so we could discuss it at some depth.

The night is about you and your images and I like to promote a relaxed environment and encourage open discussion. If you are new to the club and are unsure about other people seeing your images please let me know at the start of the evening, there is no pressure to be involved. I do like to ask for everyone’s opinion not just my own on the photographs people bring along so this is a great opportunity to introduce new members to other people seeing their images for the first time and have them commented on. We only provide positive comments and there is strictly no rude or derogatory behaviour allowed, the night is about learning and moving forward with your photography skills.

What Happens on the Night?

  1. Come along to the meeting and bring with you a USB stick with some images that you think have potential or you just want to discuss. If you shoot RAW and/or have done some editing already to a JPEG, please bring the original file and the edited version.
  2. We’ll start by discussing a particular topic for about 30 minutes. In January we will discuss ‘Club Competitions an in depth look at what happens’, from editing and labelling right through to who sees the images, how they are judged and who knows which image belongs to who?
  3. We will then discuss as a group in a casual environment, the images that people have brought along, we can also do some basic editing in Photoshop and discuss images generally. I am a registered judge so we can look at both a judge’s perspective and from the group’s personal one. If you don’t want to discuss your images as part of a group then that is fine and I can talk to you at the end of the session or take them home and provide feedback via email.
  4. We normally wrap up about 9.30pm but, I realise people work and need to get up early so please don’t feel you need to stay until the end.
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Social BBQ on Tuesday 8th January 2019

by on Jan.01, 2019, under General

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

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Definitions for monthly competitions in 2019

by on Dec.30, 2018, under Competitions

February – My Home Environment

An image which tells the viewer something about the club members home – inside or outside.

March – Perspective

All entries in monochrome.

An image in which linear perspective is a key element. The image may be taken from a different angle or viewpoint that would normally be expected from a photographer. Examples of perspective can be overhead, low to the ground, acute angles or closer than normally seen.

April – Landscape or Seascapes

A landscape is a photograph of natural scenery with land and sky based elements displayed in a pictorial fashion.  It may include evidence of man, people, animals, even part of the sea provided that none of these additional elements dominate the photograph.  A seascape is a photograph of natural coastal scenery, a wave study, or a picture of the open sea, provided always that the sea is the centre of interest of the photograph.  People, boats and man-made structures may be present as incidental to the photograph.

May – Portrait

A photograph of a person or persons that may range from a head study to full body length.  This includes candid photographs and formal portraits.

June – Movement

An image that incorporates or expresses movement. The maker can use subject movement or even implied movement where picture elements suggest directional motion.

July – Animals

A picture of living animals, birds or insects either confined or in their natural environment. Studio style images of animals are acceptable.

August – Travel

A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.

September – Minimalism

An image that is simple without complicated subjects and backgrounds and has only one or two elements in the scene. The KISS principle applies to images taken for this category.

October – Food

An image of food taken in any environment such as a picnic, BBQ, your kitchen, a restaurant or any other place where food is prepared and/or eaten is acceptable. The image may contain people, animals or man-made objects such as a table and cutlery etc. but, the food must remain the dominant subject in the image for e.g. cutlery on a plate full of food is acceptable whereas an empty plate with cutlery is not.

November – High key/low key

All entries except creative must be monochrome.

An image which is predominantly bright with darker subject elements (high key) or predominantly dark with brighter subject elements (low key).

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A Taste of Activities for 2019

by on Dec.20, 2018, under Competitions, General, Workshops

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

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A look back at the outings from 2018

by on Dec.13, 2018, under Outings

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

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Membership fees for 2019

by on Dec.05, 2018, under General

Please be advised that the Membership fees for 2019 are now due and payable before the new year gets underway. Entries for the first competition night will not be eligible for consideration until the member has paid their fees for the 2019 year. Those new members who joined the Club after 1 October 2018 have already paid for the 2019 year.

The preferred method of payment is through TryBooking at: https://www.trybooking.com/ZNYA

Please note that this system will charge an extra 30 cents on top of your membership fee, which the Committee feels is reasonable for Members and it makes the considerable task of gathering and recording payments much easier for our Treasurer. If you would prefer to make other arrangements for payment please contact Ken Barnett, our Treasurer at treasurer@waverleycameraclub.org.

Thanking you all in anticipation,
Tim Keane

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End of Year Results 2018

by on Dec.04, 2018, under Competitions

End of year competitions

Open Print

Russell Lucas - Morning March

1st – Russell Lucas – Morning March
2nd – Helen Warnod – Priest – Yemrehane Kristos Church-
3rd – Vicki Moritz – Copenhagen Nyhavn boats
HC – Anthony Pearsall – Diehard
HC – Vicki Moritz – Dazhai village sunrays

Colour EDI

Jill Shaw - Fisherman with his two cormorants

1st – Jill Shaw – Fisherman with his two cormorants
2nd – Russell Lucas – On The Ancient Bridge
3rd – Jill Shaw – Blue jeans frog
HC – Anthony Yap – HomeComing

Monochrome EDI

Michelle Golden - Water Spray

1st – Michelle Golden – Water Spray
2nd – Rosie Hughes – PARLIMENT HOUSE
3rd – Michelle Golden – Deep Swimming oBike
HC – Russell Lucas – Creative Concrete
HC – Ivan Tnay – The stairs

Aggregate awards

Set Subject EDI – A Grade

1st – Rosie Hughes – 22 points
2nd – Anthony Yap – 19 points
2nd – Julie Madders – 19 points
2nd – Bob Thomas – 19 points
3rd – Anne Ramus – 17 points

Set Subject EDI – B Grade

1st – Vira Vujovich – 25 points
2nd – Chris Herft – 17 points
3rd – Samantha Pearsall – 14 points

Open EDI – A Grade

1st – Anthony Yap – 18 points
1st – Geoff Shaw – 18 points
2nd – Russell Lucas – 16 points
3rd – Hans Huysmans – 15 points
3rd – Jill Shaw – 15 points
3rd – Bob Thomas – 15 points

Open EDI – B Grade

1st – Vira Vujovich – 20 points
2nd – Anthony Pearsall – 14 points
3rd – Ross Major – 12 points

Open Print – A Grade

1st – Vicki Moritz – 26 points
2nd – Rosie Hughes – 22 points
3rd – Richard Conn – 18 points

Open Print – B Grade

1st – Ray Stabey – 17 points
2nd – Hedley Anderson – 14 points
3rd – Ray Evans – 9 points

Creative EDI – A Grade

1st – George Skarbek – 8 points
2nd – Rosie Hughes – 7 points
3rd – Keith Webster – 5 points

Creative EDI – B Grade

1st – Ken Barnett – 7 points
2nd – Anthony Pearsall – 4 points
3rd – Jill Anderson – 2 points
3rd – Chris Herft – 2 points
3rd – Ross Major – 2 points

President’s trophy

Anthony Pearsall - Young Joshua Smith-After Dobell
Anthony Pearsall – Young Joshua Smith-After Dobell

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November 2018 Workshop – Explore the finer points of our cameras

by on Nov.17, 2018, under Workshops

As a result of the weather forecast next Tuesday night – 95% chance of rain and possible thunderstorms – we will not be doing a beach outing for our evening workshop!

Instead we will “stay in” and learn more about our cameras. We will meet at the Mt Waverley Community Centre at 7:30pm where there will be four areas set up for owners of our most common camera brands – Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus. Owners of any other brands are welcome to join in – perhaps there is a brand you would like to know more about.

Together we will explore the finer points of our cameras – bring your manuals just in case!

Also a reminder that bookings for the EOY Dinner/Presentation night on Tuesday 4th December close on 23rd November. Book online through TryBooking.

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