End of year competition 2019

Entries for our end of year competition are due on Tuesday 29 October 2018. Of images entered throughout the year, members can select from those to enter the end of year competition with two images in each of:

  • Open print
  • Colour EDI
  • Monochrome EDI

The entry must have been entered into a 2019 monthly competition and in the same format. A print must have been previously entered as a print, and an EDI must have been previously entered as an EDI. An EDI cannot be printed and entered as a print, or vice versa.

On Tuesday 29 October 2019 bring your prints along to be placed in the competition box, but do not resend your EDI files to the competition address, you only need to send through the filename of each entry.

The subject for the President’s Trophy will be announced soon, your entry for that will be due (emailed to the competition address) on Tuesday 5 November 2019.

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!

September 2019 ‘Minimalism’ results

Judge: Mario Mirable

Set subject EDI

Steve Hilton - Morning Fog
Intermediate: Steve Hilton – Morning Fog

Helen Warnod - La fumée
Advanced: Helen Warnod – La fumée

Creative EDI

Geoff Shaw - Image in image 2
Geoff Shaw – Image in image 2

Open EDI

Anthony Pearsall - Lysterfield
Intermediate: Anthony Pearsall – Lysterfield

Trace O'Rourke - Window Into Your Life
Advanced: Trace O’Rourke – Window Into Your Life

Open Print

Hai Thi Nguyen - MORNING LIGHT MILFORD SOUND PANO NZ
Intermediate: Hai Thi Nguyen – MORNING LIGHT MILFORD SOUND PANO NZ

Wolf Marx - Misty Morning
Advanced: Wolf Marx – Misty Morning

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.

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.