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Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens

Twenty members attended the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens on Saturday 8th September.  Rhododendrons highlighted the floral display in the gardens, previously known as the National Rhododendron Gardens, in many different colours and massive blooms.

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2018 Comp 5 - Creative Preproduction & Open

Who knew you could do so much in camera, our members did so well with the Creative Preproduction Set Subject in Round 5 of Competition. The images entered in the Open Category were also of high calibre. Read on to see the results.

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Echuca Weekend 2018

On the weekend starting Friday August 3rd, more than 30 members and partners made our way to Echuca, a town on the Victorian/New South Wales border, for an adventure in photography and comradery. After a wet drive, we met up for dinner at the Echuca Hotel.

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Lisa Saad and "The Anonymous Man"

Last night we were fortunate to have photographer  Lisa Saad come along and present to our club. A full-house sat enthralled by Lisa's work and story.

Lisa Saad is a multi-award winning photographer, with the highest distinctions from industry associations such as the AIPP and WPPI. Picking up a camera at a tip at the age of 6, Lisa started down a road that saw her becoming an accomplished and well-known industry photographer at the age of 19. Her interest in architecture, design and film making give Lisa a grounding in the elements of design.

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2018 Comp 3 - Macro & Open

The results of our third competition for the year are in. Our members have excelled at macro photography and have presented some amazing photos for our open competition. Read on to see the results.

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2018 Comp 2 - Traces & Open

The results of our second competition for the year are in. Our members thoroughly embraced the set subject of "Traces", producing some wonderful works that were judged by Graham Anderson. Read on to see the results.

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Truely Painting with Light

Big thanks to Chrisy who shared this piece with us... The video in the article is where it's at... if you thought dodging and burning in photoshop was difficult to master, consider Christopher Burkett's process: it sometimes takes him up to 8 hours to make a print in his non-digital process as he truely paints with light.

The "racing against time" in the headline of the original piece at PetaPixel at first had me thinking the poor guy was ill, thankfully not the case, rather Christopher works in an 8x10 format on Cibachrome paper which is no longer manufactured, but he's bought a 10-year supply. Only trouble is, once exposed and developed the Cibachrome will degrade over time and Christopher needs to make all the prints he wishes to before the original work is not longer viable.

True Puritans, Christopher and his wife travel to locations and look to find interesting scenes to shoot, sometimes that takes an hour, sometimes they stay for a whole week looking for the best shot. I think in the digital age a lot of us have lost the finesse it takes to make a great image. It's perhaps too easy to point and click rather than the effort it takes for folks like Christopher to lug around his huge 8x10 camera, set it up, move the bellows for depth of field and focus and another bellows for the lens hood. He has to be sure he has a shot to make before he goes through all that effort.

Following this process in finding his image, he then exposes it, you'll note his wife standing off the the side, making what I assume to be notes about his exposure settings (another thing we used to do quite often back in the day, before digital and metadata). But the real show of talent comes at around the 5:30 mark when you see how Christopher doges and burns his image during exposure. While you're seeing his process using Cibachrome, the process was much the same when exposing smaller film thought an enlarger onto photo paper.

Anyway, enough of my blathering, check out the video below from PBS News Hour for more, and be amazed at what people are still doing to make a photo.

 

Upcoming

Judging: Judging Competition 6 - Portraiture

It's about people, people! Let's see what we make of this largely open category of portraiture.

This is also a supper night, members are encouraged to bring along a plate to share with fellow members on the night.

Brooklyn Community Hall
9th October 2018 7:45 pm
Photo Shoot: Yarra Valley

After its omission from last year's syllabus we're doing it this year. We'll work out an itinerary for the day as we get closer to the date, but rest assured it will be worth the trip, with at least one pitstop at a local winery for a tasting, but not too much if we're driving.

Yarra Valley
14th October 2018 10:00 am

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