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.
To celebrate the Williamstown Camera Club’s 50th birthday, the club will present an exhibition of their members’ photographs during the month of July at the Gallery at the Williamstown Library. Members will be exhibiting their favourite photographs and each image will be accompanied with a portrait of the photographer and a description of their chosen image.
The exhibition is free and runs from 1-31 July 2015. All members of the community are welcome to view the exhibition and learn more about the clubs activities.
The exhibition will be launched on Saturday, 4th July by Hobsons Bay Mayor Colleen Gates and original club founder, Trevor Young. This exhibition has been made possible by a grant from Hobsons Bay City Council.
The club has nearly one hundred active members drawn from suburbs spanning Williamstown, Wyndhamvale, Keilor East and Pascoe Vale.
The Williamstown Camera Club (WCC) was formed in 1965 by Trevor Young. Trevor now resides in Maryborough Victoria and at the ripe old age of eighty-nine remains a life member of the Williamstown Camera Club. He has passed on his love of photography to his children who are also keen photographers.
According to Trevor, the camera club originally evolved amongst the workers at the Naval Dockyard Williamstown but folded due to a lack of interest. Trevor then put an ad in the Williamstown Advertiser calling on interested people to join up. From this point onwards the club has gone from strength to strength to its current membership. Trevor will be returning to Williamstown to be the guest of honour at the club’s official launch of the exhibition.
With almost 100 active members of varying ages and background, WCC is a friendly and welcoming club. Meetings are held twice a month and there is a range of activities conducted throughout the year. These include weekends away, various hands-on workshops and topic specific competitions. Throughout the history of the club members have been encouraged to enter photographic competitions with guest judges often commenting on the ‘welcoming and friendly’ atmosphere of the club.
The club has many long term members, including Neil Anderson, Margaret Turner, and Joan and Ron Bates, who have been in the club for three or four decades. Joan was given a life membership to recognise all the work she has done for the club.
Over the years the club has moved locations a number of times from its inaugural meeting held at the Welsh Presbyterian Church Hall, Ferguson Street, Williamstown with 36 members attending. The venue changed to the Methodist Church Hall, Pascoe Street and later re-located to a newly renovated building in Electra Street, Williamstown. Later again, it moved to Joan Kirner House in Thompson Street Williamstown. But with the rising popularity of digital photography membership has grown further over the past 4 years and the club has moved to bigger rooms at Walker Close, Altona North.
The Williamstown Camera Club is an affiliate of the Victorian Association of Photographic Societies (VAPS). The club meets twice a month at Walker Close Community Centre, 180 Millers Road, Altona North.
The Williamstown Camera Club welcomes all members of the public who have a passion for photography.
Come along to one of the meetings as a guest. You might just be a member for the next 50 years!
Trevor Young with one of his photographs. (Photo by James Troi)