Last night was our end of years awards night and party night. Over the last year we have had a terrific selection of photos put into our competitions. Each year sees the quality getting better and better. Just goes to show that we can all keep learning and improving.
A few members (12) arrived in Bright and headed off to have dinner at the local pub, after sampling the local parma (alpine) full tummies and left overs for breakfast. Some went home to bed after finding out the Myrtleford show was on Saturday. A few dedicated souls went off in search of a good position for night photography of stars.
After a relaxing breakfast, a few went to Wandillong and the rest headed off to the Myrtleford Show, touted on a website as follows - Fun family day with events including; wood chop events, cattle and horse events, arts and craft, photography exhibition and competition, horticulture, rides, entertainment, showbags, animal nursery and much more.
The Show was small, but there were lots of photo opportunities. The official part of the weekend started at 2:00 pm meeting at the Visitors Centre and our photography guide for the weekend – Christian Jemison. 22 members attended. The program for the rest of Saturday was 3 gardens and sunset down by the river. 2 gardens were part of the Open Garden Program and all were full of colour, loads of fun with your Macro lens. Late afternoon we headed off to the other side of Bright and down to the river. We spread out, finding different vistas that took our eye. Sunset turned into something spectacular. Even the view from the hotel balcony was stunning. Dinner on Saturday night at the local pizza joint, saw a few members enjoy the nectar of the local fruit and discuss the day’s events.
Only the die hard photographers in the group got up at 4:30 am and headed up to Mt. Buffalo for sunrise, which was lovely. After breakfast, we were back at a local garden and then headed off to a creek at the base of Mt. Buffalo. Just before lunch most members started the trek back to suburbia and left the tranquil Ovens Valley.
As you can see from the photo gallery, members enjoyed themselves and if you have been considering coming but think “I’ll be by myself”, that’s not the case, everyone is welcomed, helped if necessary with settings and given the opportunity to meet and get to know other members in a social setting.
Zack Arias' "OneLight 2.0" is a pretty cool video workshop. Zack doesn't play favourites with tech, using many cameras and a few different methods of connecting to his one light.
As photographers I think we overthink our setups sometimes and one thing OneLight shows us is that you can do great things with the one light and a few different modifiers. And they don't have to be expensive modifiers.
Approximately 13 members experienced the wonders of St Paul’s beach.
We arrived at 2:00 pm and tide was up, but as the afternoon progressed, the tide receded and light changed. Being a beach nestled on the south side, we didn’t really have the wind that was lashing the Bay. So the afternoon was spent finding things to photograph, some members even brought their own props! We scoped around for sunset sites and decided that it would be fizzer due to the cloud cover, but as always mother nature keeps you guessing and we were rewarded with a beautiful one.
A few members tried their hand with the ND filters and other filters on hand.
Another great get together, with one member showing that she is in the running for baking queen of the club. If you’ve ever thought about coming on an outing, please consider it, members are chatty and helpful, and who knows you may meet a new friend.
Another night of great entries and great imagination. Many balloons were hurt in the making of this competition. Our thanks to judge David Burren for his comments and critiques and also for calibrating our projector.
Well may we call this outing an opportunity to take ‘good’ pics, but
trying to capture images of a keeping standard proved to be quite a
challenge! Taking shots indoors under artificial (and relatively low
level) light, through a scratched plastic screen, onto a white
reflective surface, of fast moving ice hockey players moving in erratic,
unpredictable directions from up to 60m away was something new to me.
This was compounded by a total ignorance of any rules regarding the
sport which, in turn, removed the ability to anticipate any upcoming
strategies or moves by the players.
Well, after a bit of trial and error, I sorted out the technical bits on
the camera that enabled me to potentially capture the players (ISO
2000, F2.8, 1/1250th sec, 70-200mm lens, AI servo mode, high speed
continuous mode). However framing good shots was still a problem.
So I decided to ‘think dirty’ - I tried to figure out which was the the
weaker goalie and then position myself at their end on the assumption
that sooner or later the opposition would give them a hard time. And,
within reason, it worked and the poor goalies got a pounding! I don’t
know how there are not more injuries, despite all the padding the
players wear. Those goalies must have double jointed knees! And I’m not
too sure about having equal opportunity for both sexes as the girls
sure gave the guys a hard time in the hoppo bumpbo stakes!
My personal track record was an unenviable 770 shots taken over a 3+
hour session, mostly taken in continuous shooting mode, for a return of
nominally 1% of keepers! Probably one of my worst returns ever!!! I
think I will have to go back again and use my new found knowledge to
advantage and try to improve.
Thanks to Cathy and the committee for organising the day out, lots of
fun, good company (a nominal attendance of 15-20 members) and some more
photography lessons learned.
On the back of a talk by member Tania Chalmers at our last meeting Phil joined Tania this weekend to shoot some of the action at Melbourne Icehouse. His notes, which build on Tania's advice, and photos appear in this article. I'm sure you'll agree with me when I say Phil has done and awesome job, especially given it was his first time out.
By James Troi - 19th June, 2014 filed in Cool Stuff
Given the number of questions we have received about the Paper Bag Challenge for "Balloon" I'm guessing some of you aren't too sure what to do do with the balloon you've been given.
The only rule is it has to be a balloon you can blow up with you mouth. So yes, this rules out hot air balloons.
With only about 3 weeks to go before it's due, it's time to get cracking on taking your shot. Some of the samples below I'd probably consider way over processed, but each to their own. They are presented as inspiration, not direction.
I look forward to seeing what you do with your balloons.
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