On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Hobsons Bay Council held the official launch of Art In Public at Scienceworks in Spotswood. Our club was invited to be the official photographer for the event.
There was a string quartet playing in the planetarium entrance, welcoming the guests. The guests then made their way down the to the pumping station where the night's events were held.
Speeches were made by the Mayor, Councillor Sandra Wilson, and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Colleen Gates. There was also a body percussion performance by Grace Vanilau, and a showing of the Projector Bike.
It seems the night was over as soon as it began. Graeme Brown, Cathy Buchanan, Trevor Davis, Lisa Sandy, Andrea Sparks and I brought our cameras along and captured the event in its entirety. The gallery below shows a small selection of these photos.
On the weekend of the 1st & 2nd of March, 2014, Australia saw 100 years of aviation history in all its glory at the Point Cook RAAF Base's 100th Anniversary Air Show.
The air field at Point Cook has the distinction of being the first base of operations for Australia's Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and is, by all reports, the oldest continuing air strip.
Now largely a training base the air base still sees plenty of flights in and out. You'll often find plane enthusiasts at the Point Cook Coastal Park watching the smaller planes take off on their training runs. But none quite as impressive as those on display during the weekend's air show.
Williamstown Camera Club Members, David Male and Phil Taylor, went along to capture the action. This being David's first time photographing planes at speeds up to mach 1, it would seem he thoroughly enjoyed the experience and shares with us some amazing photos from the day.
p>White Night Melbourne 2014 was massive. Reportedly 500,000 people made their way into city and packed themselves into the space of several city blocks to experience the light shows on display, the live performances and the other events going on throughout the city. Around 10 of us met up at Federation Square while others ventured out on their own.
We were treated to a bevvy of Canon gear to touch and play with as Mark and the team from Canon Australia came for a visit. They shared the Canon story with us and to let us know about the new innovations to be found in their latest gear.
p>Saturday was a fine day, the sun was shining and the city was bustling with shoppers. I imagine some were getting their Christmas shopping done early, there's only 71 days to go. Others were having coffee and socialising with friends, all seemed oblivious to the calamity that was to befall them, most going about, not knowing the trouble brewing it Fitzroy Gardens. The following is not for those with weak stomachs...
p>Thankfully the export module of Lightroom hasn't seen much of a change since the first version, so while these instructions were made in Lightroom 5 they should be accurate, or close to, all other versions of Lightroom.
p>Our weekends away always seem too brief, but we pack a bit in and we make some great photos. Read my report about the weekend. I could have written pages more about the leeches, my not sleeping at all on Saturday night, we glorious wildlife (other than the leeches) and what an awesome time it was. If you've never been to one of our weekends away, I encourage you to come along to our next one. They are a great way to get to know our members, to learn and grow as a photographer. You won't be disappointed and my story here, doesn't do it justice.
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.
An annual event now on our calendar, the Paper Bag Challenge is a night where members are indeed challenged to take an ordinary object, and in the course of the meeting, create an extraordinary image of it for presentation at the end of the night.