What a morning... almost 20 members braved the blizzard-like blustering winds that were sweeping Cranbourne Gardens for our Sunday shoot. It was cold to be sure. Andrea has the best gloves I've ever seen for such an occasion, mittens that fold back to reveal fingerless gloves ... genius!
Most of us left early for the hour-long drive to the other side of town, some smart cookies ventured down the night before and stayed locally. We met around 10am and consumed hot cups of caffeine to keep us warm and alert.
A few opted to take a ride of the shuttle-bus offering a tour of the park and pointing out all the different areas (and there were a few) to get the lay of the land, most ventured off on a self-paced walk around, snapping shots as they went.
Personally I had hoped the morning would present opportunity to practise some macro photography, but the winds were so strong they seemed to move everything in sight. So I can't say I came away with many good shots. Hopefully other members had more success and we can post some of their images to a gallery on this page as they become available.
While the forecast was for rain, I did say at the meeting on the previous Tuesday I would see what I could do about that, and well... it didn't rain for the morning, but ten past noon the rain was upon us and we ended where we began back at the on-site cafe where I took my leave.
I was thrilled at the turnout, given the dodgy conditions and I hope everyone who attended came away with at least one good image.
The set subject "Industrial" and it's lack of pure definition sure did cause some consternation amongst our members. But we all rose to the challenge and produced some great work. Well done to the winners and to everyone who entered this month's competition.
p>Competition was strong amongst the 8 clubs competing in this year's Knox Monochrome Inter-Club competition. Williamstown Camera Club did well picking up three placing awards.
p>At a recent Club Meeting (9 July 2013), John Burgess made reference during his presentation to a free software package for stitching multiple adjacent images into a single panoramic image. His program of choice is Microsoft ICE (Image Composite Editor). It comes highly recommended and the on-line reviews are very positive. HOWEVER, I am a Mac user and this package does NOT work on Macs!!!
July's NewsBrief includes:
- Wrap up information from the recent VAPS Convention, including competition results
- VAPS Awards for 2013
- Information about the 2013 Ballarat International Foto Biennale starting August 17
- Gippsland Photographic Exhibition opening and awards presentation Sunday August 4
- Vale Bob Bekker, founding member of Stawell Camera Club
- Announcement of VAPS AGM will occur on October 20, agenda to follow
- David Harradine's Lightroom Course is now a 2 day course and offers $100 discount for VAPS club members
- Information about various photographic tours including central Australia, West Gippsland and a 6-week Outdoor Photography course
Download a copy of the July 2013 VAPS NewsBrief PDF
p>We made a good showing at the recent Camberwell Camera Club competition, taking out a first place in the Small Print category for Arvin Coloma's "Wall Crawler" and 3rd place as a club over all.
A few minutes away from The Alfred Nicolas Gardens car park, beautiful crepuscular rays were streaming through the awesome trees beside Sherbrooke Road. Getting out of the car at The Alfred Nicolas Gardens car park (Sherbrooke), you are immersed in the beauty and pleasant smells of Sherbrooke forest.
Our "Seeing Red" set subject brought out some amazing creativity in our members. Well done to the winners and to everyone who entered this month's competition.
A quick wrap up of some of the things we've found on our travels around the Internet this week. And don't forget we're on Twitter @williamstowncc, we'll often post links and interesting stuff we find to Twitter.