District Agricultural Show Club Display, September 2015
The annual Ag Show was a great occasion for club members to once again show their wares and advertise the club in a big display near the entrance of the main exhibition building for this popular show. A lot of positive feedback has percolated back from the many visitors to peruse the display.
Clifftop Coastal Shoot near Boranup, September 2015
What started out on Sunday 13th September as an expedition to a secret grasstree forest near Boranup Cafe and Lake Cave, turned into a scenic wonder shoot of the nearby coast from the top of some tall limestone cliffs in the late afternoon. A bit of coast few if any of the “crowd” had seen before. We’ll be trying for the hidden grasstree forest again sometime in the future.
Margaret River Old Settlement Outing, August 2015
A small but high quality selection of members turned out for an afternoon coffee at the Hairy Marron Cafe followed by an intensive shoot of the Old Settlement buildings and nearby river. A jaunt up to the Barret Rd weir, where the cameras came out again, was a nice finish to the afternoon.
Kevill Rd Falls Outing, July 2015
An impressive turnout of club members crowded the banks of Kevill Rd falls, west of town, on Sunday 26th April for an afternoon photoshoot, with emphasis meant to be on long exposures in the late afternoon light. There was an obligingly generous amount of water steaming over the falls and the event was a great success.
Lightroom Tutorials in April and June 2015
An introductory Lightroom workshop was held in the new club venue on 26th April 2015 for absolute “newbies” to the program, and this hopefully helped reduce some their apprehension about launching into a new way of doing things, and opened up eyes to the incredible versatility of this amazing image processing program.
A far more advanced tutorial was conducted for more seasoned users on 28th June by club guru Daniela Tommasi, and the participants came away with a huge library of extra knowledge about how to use the program to extract far more from their images. It was an extremely valuable session, and we congratulate Daniela for not only her skill with the program, but for her ability to impart her secrets to us in an easy to follow manner.
Club “Rain Outing” June 2015
This was a late afternoon gathering at the beautiful property of Hugh Warren, near Cowaramup. The idea was to wander the paddocks and trails as the sun waned, and the light softened.
The weather conspired against us, but the stalwart little group that attended simply moved the coffee break forward and by the time this was over, the sky was “interesting” rather than just wet, and we had a busy time chasing down subject matter from trees (upright and not), to water tank corrugation patterns, to guinea fowls and anything else that would stand still long enough to get in the frame. All in all a very successful event , and we thank Hugh for his hospitality.
Go to the club flickr site to view some of the images taken by the undampened enthusiasts.
Macro / Close – up workshop, March 2015
The camera club ran a Macro / Close up photography workshop on Sunday 22 March at our new meeting place, Mixtape Creative at 4/47 Station Road.
There was an informal session covering the general theory of macro / close – up photography, equipment, lighting and camera techniques, followed by a short practical session photographing some small static subjects.
Participants brought their cameras, close – up / macro lenses or a good zoom or standard lens, and tripods.
The workshop was hosted by our macro guru Peter Sanderson and an enthusiastic crowd took pictures of anything small and photogenic that happened to get in the way of their lenses. Some of the images that participants took can be viewed in an album on the club Flickr site at www.flickr.com/photos/margaretrivercameraclub/
Photography workshop “Against the Light”, January 2015
On 28th January club members spent time with Russell Ord and Mark Boskell from Elements Margaret River on location for an informal, experiential story-based photo session incorporating shooting against the light, capturing moments and answering questions.
The group met at Mixtape Creative in Station Road, Margaret River for a theory and discussion session, then travelled the Rivermouth for on the spot shooting.
The workshop was a great success and many of the stunning shots taken by the group are now displayed in an album on the club flickr website at www.flickr.com/photos/margaretrivercameraclub/
Sunset by the Sea, November 2014
The club held an outing to Redgate Beach on Sunday 2nd November. We were photographing seascape, sunset and any other interesting features around the Redgate Beach area. The terrible weather that battered the Margaret River area that day kept the numbers low, but the clouds parted to provide a beautiful array of photo opportunities, and made it a very worthwhile exercise for the hardy few.
Club Outing September 2014
Margaret River Camera Club had another field trip on Sunday 28th September. First of all I would like to big thanks to Hank Durlik for giving up his day to show some of his favourite locations for shooting native orchids. Hank took the club out to Ambergate Reserve, Moses Rock and Ellenbrook track. We had lunch at Olio Bello Café. The all the members had a great day.
Winter Photo afternoon. August 2014
Margaret River Camera Club held a social Photo afternoon on Sunday 24th of August at Boranup forest. We met at Boranup Gallery and then Dave guided us through the forest. After the photo shoot, afternoon tea was back at Boranup Gallery.
Workshop: “Night Sky” with Paul Pichugen. April 2014
Paul Pichugin ran a very successful photography workshop for Camera Club members on “Night Sky Photography” on a beautiful balmy evening in April.
After about half an hour of theory, we headed outside in to a large and very dark paddock to put into practice what we’d learned. It was a humbling experience learning how to use your camera controls in almost pitch darkness, with the occasional cheating with a small torch. Everyone achieved some stunning extended exposures of the milky way, with a very atmospheric dead tree “painted” with torches to provide foreground.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Some of the photos achieved by members can be viewed in the Flickr album.
Photo Walk – a social morning out April 2014
The Margaret River Camera Club invited local hobby photographers and social media fans to be a part of a social “photo walk” in April.
The group was led by ABC Open’s Ruslan Kulski through the Farmers Markets on Saturday 5 April. Along the way they were shown tips and tricks for mobile photography, tagging and sharing photos on social media, and even a series of tasks to complete — each more fun and creative than the last.
“It was a great exposure for our town and producers, as well as great, practical and social experience for participants,” said Club President Anita Revel. “In my experience, a simple photo with the right tags can have unlimited reach around the world.”
The invitation was open to beginners and experienced photographers alike.
“I’ve been using Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for years, but I’m still keen to hear new views and ways to use it better,” said Anita.
The fun didn’t end on the day. All photos shared with ABC Open were eligible for their next exhibition.
“We just wrapped up our first ever ABC Open exhibition and now we are working on the next one,” said Ruslan.