Thirty three attended out Christmas luncheon and end-of-year awards presentation. It was a nice relaxing and social afternoon. Our judge, Mario Mirabile, gave a general review of the images that were worthy of a mention. Mario did a great job in detailing his selection of the winning prints and electronic digital images. Congratulations to all the winners and placegetters in this year's competitions.
The changeable Victorian weather threatened to ruin our weekend; however, it turned out quite fine with fluffy grey clouds and patches of sunshine. My wife and I chose the “big circle” route. Driving through Powelltown, Neerim Sth, Nilma to Traralgon, turning off to Yarram and winding around the hills of the Tarra Bulga National Park. One special jewel in the crown of this area is Tarra Valley forest walk. This forest features lots of high and low ferns, together with myrtle beech trees and mountain ash, covered with all sorts of moss and fungi. Meandering creeks running over falls and a beautifully peaceful air makes one appreciate the diverse beauty that our state offers. If only the camera could justify. We came across our very own Rob Wagner peering thru his lens endeavouring to do just that very thing. Travelling on we dropped in to check out Tarraville, Port Albert and Port Welshpool. Personally, I wanted to photograph birds captured in flight, however, this can be difficult as the birds themselves are somewhat “flighty”.
Meeting together at the Toora Tourist Park after settling in, we strolled to the local pub where we all enjoyed our meal and made plans for the next day. It was decided that we would all travel together and head west to Port Franklin, where we were rewarded with some terrific opportunities for bird photography. This port is a peaceful little river port set on the Franklin River surrounded by mangroves and plenty of birds. Of course, moored pleasure and fishing craft.
Onwards to Foster where we enjoyed lunch and visited a gallery that displayed the talents of the South Gippsland Camera club. We all agreed that the photography was of a very high standard. We were all impressed. So much so that one of our members purchased an excellent example of the art that was on display. The Knox Camera Club had also chosen this weekend for their time away together with more than 30 of their members staying at the Foster Tourist Park. Travelling on with a plan to visit the Liptrap historic lighthouse, we all managed to grab a few shots before the wind nearly blew us off the cliff tops. It was certainly not suitable for long exposures on that day. We did however find a more sheltered area around Walkerville South. After enjoying an evening meal at the pub once again, we met back in one of the units for drinks, nibbles and review.
All in all, it really was a pleasant weekend, great company, too much food, and wonderful sights, and while some headed home Sunday straight after breakie, a few of us enjoyed photographing the wonderful jagged coastline around Cape Paterson.
- Russell Brand (Weekend Excursion Coordinator)
Jim McEwan's journey in photojournalism, starting in around 1970 He commenced his photographic career in Scotland and ending up in Australia. Jim explained that he started in the darkroom, developing the images for most of the well know photojournalists of the time, in the UK and Australia. This gave him a good grounding in his own pursuit of Photography. He worked for major newspaper/media groups, magazines plus photographic assignments for large companies, like Kodak.
Jim lead us through his journey with around 100 images, Portraits of well know Australians. Some of his images made the front page in national & international publications. We were shown some of Jim's more artistic images of motor vehicles and a variety of sailing vessels and aircraft which also graced a number of magazines. A lot of Jim’s images were taken on film, a number with the Widelux Panon camera. Some of his antidotes on how he was able to take some of these images left a few members amazed on how far you had to go to be in the game and get that one in a million shot.
One suggestion for the novice photographer was to practice by shooting seagulls, perfect your panning, focusing and shot selection. A good tip!
Having worked at the quarry Lime plant for 45 years, and in that time taken many photos, it was a little different going back and seeing and photographing it in its derelict state. You would have thought that it had been derelict for many years, but in fact, it closed in 2015, only 3 short years ago. This was an opportunity to try and capture something artistic/ different given that there may not be another opportunity to visit.
Seventeen members attended with 11 in the first group and 6 in the second group. After the basic induction and donning out safety gear, safety helmet, glasses and high-vis vest, the first group headed out into the plant. We started at the old Limil bagging station through to the tunnel, where the old pot kilns are located. These were the first kilns on site around the 1870s. Then on to the kiln discharge area, hydration, kiln burning area and finally to the top of the quarry. We spend about one hour walking around, unfortunately not sufficient time to really visit all the interesting locations. I was hoping that we would get to the very top of the kilns, unfortunately, this didn’t happen. Great views from there. - Rob Field (President)
Twelve members ventured down to North Ringwood for the 28th Eastern interclub competition. Nine photographic societies competed in this year competition. I am pleased to report that we fared reasonably well in the overall competition. Equal First with Eastern Suburbs for prints, second last in colour EDI’s and second in B&W EDI ’s, so overall a very good result. All the scores were reasonably close with only a few points separating the images in all the categories. The quality of all the images and prints was excellent. It was good to catch up with members from other photographic societies, some having judged at our club over the years. Joseph Maher, president of ESPS and myself jointly receiving the perpetual trophy for the print category. Eastern suburbs will hold the trophy on the proviso that they will dust it regularly.
A few members recently attended the National Photographic Portrait Exhibition opening, held at the Lilydale Museum on a Friday evening. Group talks were held on Saturday & Sunday by varying photographers & The National Gallery Portrait Curator. These talks were held at three locations - Lilydale, Mooroolbark and Warburton.
The Lilydale Shire, Exhibitions group & Museum arrange many photographic and art exhibitions on a regular basis. From time to time, we are invited to attend an exhibition opening. Most times they have some very interesting and thought-provoking exhibits, other time it might not suit your artistic palate, but they always provided food for thought and an opportunity to discuss the works with the artist and others patrons.
There is also an advantage in attending these type of exhibitions/functions, not to mention the free food and wine, but more so to promote the society with other local artists /photographers. From this involvement we have been able to promote the society with the Unseen Lilydale exhibition, workshops, networking with the shire and other relevant personnel. So if you have the opportunity to attend one of these functions, it’s well worth your time.
- Rob Field (President)
The first question - What is Light painting? Definition: Light painting, light drawing, or light art performance photography is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or to shine a point of light directly at the camera, or by moving the camera itself.
With that said, Greg led us through a brief explanation of light painting with some visual examples and demonstrated his skills with the light sabre, just to whet our appetites. We set up our tripods & cameras in the large room in preparation, while we had early refreshments and discussion on how this was all going to work.
We had a few members who decided to assist, either as stand-in models or sabre wavers, there is a fine line between moving the sabre and not pretending that you are one of the Jedi. It was quite interesting how members were a little unsure how it was going to go, or if they would capture anything meaningful. After a very short time members were very enthused at some of the images that were occurring and that they were capturing.
Special thanks to Greg for a very interesting workshop and all the helpers, it was a very productive evening.
The first part of the evening workshop began with Andrew demonstrating how to clean your camera sensor. A few of the points made: remove any excess dust and grit from the body of the camera before doing anything. Then go to the camera menu > sensor cleaning > clean now. Then turn the camera upside down and blow out the camera with the rocket air hand pump. (around $36 for pump and optical cleaning solution). Purchase a packet of cleaning swabs - that suit your camera APS-C or full frame. These can be quite expensive at $2.95 each and come in a bulk pack for about $40. They can only be used ONCE. But a packet should last for a number of years. Use the optical cleaner very sparingly, about 3 small drops, spread along the edge of the cleaning swab. Lock up the mirror > menu >sensor cleaning >Clean manually. The mirror will then lock up until you switch off the camera. Have a good look to see if you can see any dust spots. A torch and good glasses will be helpful. Place the swab on the edge of the sensor, slowly pull it across the sensor. Basically, that’s it, or so Andrew tells us. If all fails, Yoshi is not far away. For those new members, Hiroyoshi Nagami Camera service is in Mooroolbark repairs and cleans cameras.
Antony gave a brief talk on Fine art Photography - what is meant by Fine Art Photography, the paper and the printing process. He will present the second part of this at the August workshop - Fine Art Printing.
And finally, the balance of the evening was taken up with old and rare cameras. We had three presenters who are very passionate about their collection of old and interesting gear. A lot of these cameras have an interesting history and some are still operating. I couldn’t help but kick myself as Andrew, John and Greg spoke about these old cameras, as I have over the years let a couple of these gems get away. A few members indicated that they enjoyed the night and it is worth revisiting again in a few months. So sort out your old gems and be ready to bring them along to another workshop, probably in September. I would like to thank those members who contributed to the evening.
- Rob Field (President)
Sunday morning nice and early, we arrived at Montsalvat around 8.15am. Sixteen members participated in the outing and were keen to make a start at 9.00 am. Montsalvat is an artist colony in Eltham, established by Justus Jorgensen in 1934. It was built with the help of other artists. During the war, they would scrounge up old doors, windows building products from around Melbourne. If you have a chance to look at the history of Justus Jorgensen and Montsalvat, it’s quite an interesting story and an interesting insight into the arts scene of Melbourne.
The main gallery was closed to the public, due to an Australian movie currently being filmed there, except for a few members lucky enough to have a sneak peek before the doors were locked. A very strange setup at Montsalvat, doors are closed but you can enter, other doors are closed but you can’t enter. Some say private other say Keep Door Closed to stop birds from making nests inside the building. So if you are not careful you can miss some gems, which I think I did on a couple of occasions.
On entering the main gardens, everyone dispersed in different directions, crossing paths throughout the morning. We were lucky that not many people were around that early, so we were able to have some uninterpreted access to photograph.
The only incident during the morning was Trish who didn’t see the step, twisted her ankle, unfortunately. The poor camera could not be saved and was dead on impact.
All in all a successful outing and no doubt we will see some of the images in future competitions.
At our May workshop, Neil Follett gave an informative talk on the Australian medical surgeon Dr Julian Smith (1873–1947). He also had a reputation as an international master of portrait photographer. His works are from the 1930’s mostly after his retirement from medicine in 1928. Neil informed us of the Doctor’s interesting history and life, as well and showing some of his photographic work from those early days.
The official opening of the YRPS Unseen Lilydale exhibition was a great success, not necessarily for the attendance, which was around fifty, but for the general vibe and positive comments received from the general public that attended the evening.
The people started arriving at 5.45pm. Rob Wagner presented his well rounded and informative introduction in his usual laid-back manner. We met a number of the people who contributed to this project, from their feedback, the project was well received. On the conclusion to the evening, a number of groups took advantage of the food venues in the area and continued their conversations over a late dinner or refreshments. I would like to thank Rob Wagner for opening the exhibition and Russell Brand for his role as Photographer. All in all a very successful night.
For this year’s best print and projected images in each of the five categories, our guest judge was Emma Gilette. We had a total of 112 prints & 64 projected from the monthly competitions that were collected and delivered to Emma for a final result. Congratulations to all the winners and place -getters.
Like the previous year we had a clean sweep in one of the categories, this year it being the Black & White print category. The Print Of The Year and Electronic Digital Image of the Year was also a clean sweep. Congratulations and well done to Sharon Maher.
YRPS members have done very well again this year in the Lilydale Show Photographic section. With Linda Lyons gaining three awards for her image Persimmon. Sharon Maher, Jill Bell, Rose Sherriff, Heather Irwin, Neil Follett, Laurie Tinson and Nick Sage all gaining awards for some of their images. There was a total of 275 entries with 54 entries from YRPS members. YRPS members received Best Colour Print in Show, Best Monochrome Print in Show, and Champion entry.
Awards received by members.
Jill Bell - 2 first place awards
Neil Follett - 1 third , 1 commended & 1 Highly commended
Heather irwin - 1 Commended & 1 Highly Commended
Nick Sage - 1 second , 1 third and 1 commended
Rose Sherriff - 1 first, 2 second, 2 commended & 5 Highly commended
Sharon Maher - 1 first , 3 second, 1 third, 2 commended & 4 Highly commended plus Best Monochrome entry
Linda Lyons - 1 first with the best colour entry in show & champion entry and 1 commended.
Congratulations to those members