After a long drive, stopping to photograph some amazing painted silos and eating beautiful country town pie, we finally arrives at the Mallee Bush Retreat. This place is a hidden gem and after talking to a local (Brett) it gets very busy in the warmer months.
Keys were given out and people moved off to their rooms (bunkhouses), once people were settled in, but before they settled down, it was off to the local pub for some good food and company.
Williamstown Camera Club and you learn things you didn’t realise you needed to
like LR, PS, light trails, bokeh, newborn, landscape and panoramic photography,
how to make frames for competition entries, the world of multiple lenses and
how to photograph the stars.
How did my
life exist before without all this information?!
trip to Bendigo was yet another opportunity to practice newly learnt skills and
to learn heaps more. WCC members are very friendly, generous with their time
and are happy to share their expertise. Brilliant for a newbie like me!
Kick off for
me began when the weekend officially commenced at 1pm at Bendigo Cathedral on Saturday
2nd April. What an awesome space with incredible light. I got lost
in there for hours. A highlight was being able to trek upstairs to check out
the organ and pipes with a bonus recital by the organist thrown in. Another
highlight, which I sadly missed out on, was the appearance of a drone.
Belonging to a fellow clubbie, it was a great source of interest as it snapped aerial
shots of the Cathedral and surrounds and of dazzled members gazing up at it.
for the rest of Saturday included a visit to:
Bendigo Pottery – the
historical display in the Interpretive Museum provided many photographic
opportunities and the Antiques and Collectables Centre gave the purse a bit of
a workout. This was also a chance to have a cuppa, a bite and to share shots.
Botanic Gardens –
Macro lens heaven. A simply gorgeous setting in the late afternoon sun.
Rosalind Park in the
CBD precinct with the Golden Dragon Museum and its gardens nearby.
The Big Marilyn – The
oversized sculpture of Marilyn Monroe in downtown Bendigo, was a traffic
stopper and provided lots of fun and antics with Club members.
Moonlight Market –
Live music and art, craft stalls and speciality food trucks provided an
interesting diversion before sunset.
Poppet Head Lookout
Tower for sunset. A great opportunity to give the legs a workout climbing to
the top. The view was spectacular but the sunset was a fizzer so we all quickly
retreated to the National hotel for a delicious dinner.
sunrise at a park with a wonderful view of Bendigo’s skyline, was attended by
some hardy souls before breakfast at Beechworth Bakery. Then it was off to the Great
Stupa of Universal Compassion where we attended a talk and video presentation
by one of the Nuns. We viewed the Holy Relics before being given a tour of the new
temple (undergoing a lengthy construction) and gardens. The prayer wheels and
statues of Buddha were amazing.
Then it was
time to head back to Melbourne with various small town stops along the way.
Historic Maldon was a favourite for lunch and was a photographic gold mine!
weekend was a wonderful opportunity to get to know people and have lots of fun.
Oh and I also
found out that I needed to know how to take a starburst photo, how to magnify
the display, how to shoot a sunrise, Snapseed and a little about drones…need I
On Saturday, 7th November 2015, 33 members of the Williamstown Camera Club boarded a bus along with Canon Collective Ambassadors, Erin Kostopoulos and Jay Collier. The destinations chosen for the event were Eynesbury Homestead, Eynesbury and Serendip Sanctuary at Lara, which provided club members a chance to practice a wide range of photography techniques throughout the day.
Eynesbury Homestead is in a beautiful rural setting surrounded by attractive gardens, historic buildings, ornamental lake and a Gray Box forest. Club members spent their morning taking a variety of images including macro, architecture, and landscape shots. Everyone caught up at the homestead cafe for lunch and to compare notes on their morning before departing for Serendip Sanctuary. The Sanctuary provided an opportunity to walk amongst local bird and wildlife in a peaceful setting. A number of bird hides are provided for photographers to observe the abundant bird life in the wetlands.
Although club members brought their own equipment along, Canon Collective also provided a wide range of equipment to use on the day. Attendees were able to try cameras such as the EOS 5DsR and EOS 1Dx and a range lenses suitable for the day, from the new EF 11-24mm f4 and EF 35mm f1.4 to a wide selection of the great whites. The participants really appreciated being able to get hands on experience with some great equipment as well as having some very knowledgeable people on hand willing to provide tips and advice.
All attendees enjoyed a great day on the road and had fun participating in the last photographic activity of the day - the all important group photo! This has been a feature of club outings for many years and provides us with some wonderful memories.
The Williamstown Camera Club wishes to thank Canon Australia and their Canon Collective Ambassadors, Erin and Jay for making this great event possible.