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It has friendly discussion, requests for advice, talk about gear and links to photographically relevant articles.
It encourages people to arrange informal photography meetups anywhere in the world.
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Are you an aesthetic person who got into photography or are you a photographer who has become a bit aesthetic?
Now that I am retired I seem to have time to think about things like this. Or is it that there is more in the "stockpile" to think about? Or is it that work no longer blocks those good thoughts? I seem to be visiting galleries and exhibitions more lately. Why is it so?
This has brought me back to a photograph that has been on my wall for fifty years. It was taken by a friend at Narrowing Beach near Portland in Western Victoria in the late 60's. It's faded a bit and always seems to have cobwebs.
At the time, aged 21, I had my first camera (Minolta SRT 101) and was developing my own images in the bathroom. This image so typifies my life as a teenager. Get a few friends, get your bikes and head off to the cliffs or bays around Portland. Tell no one where we are going and just get back for tea at 5.00 pm. It's an example of engaging with the content and feeling an image has that, I am sure, we have all experienced.
Recently I have been looking at my recent images, many of which are beach and sea locations. A fair proportion of them seem influenced by my wall image. Foreground in focus and background a mystery.
It's this image and my recent ones that have answered, in part, the question at the start. I think that the aesthetic side of me was "loitering with intent" and photography has enabled me to explore this more. So where am I? I reckon I am about halfway between the two extremes.
So thank you photography and thank you Howard Birnstihl for the photograph on my wall for fifty years.
What about you? What were you when you started photography? What are you now? Have you talked about this with other photographic friends. Have you shared your thoughts about your favourite image with a friend or by an article?
Does your club/society engage you in aesthetics as well as techniques, processing, rules and the like?
On the above matter, Waverley Camera Club have interesting article on their website. What an extensive set of ideas are in this article!
VAPS has partnered with Tesselaar Tulip Farm to bring you an exciting digital competition. See the flyer in this Newsbrief for the details.
This will be a Club entry, not individual members. Members will need to lodge their best digital images taken at the Tulip Festival during 8th September and 4th October with their clubs, and clubs will need to select the top 10 entries.
Clubs will then need to load their digital entries up to the VAPS Competition website, vapscomp.org.au, just as you did for the Interclub.
If your Competition Steward has lost the current club login to the VAPS system or you need a new one please request a new password or use the Contacts tab to contact us.
Digital images for the competition must have been taken between 8th September and 4th October and be uploaded to the system by the 14th October.
When entering your digital images please put the category name followed by a hyphen and then the title;
There is no restriction on the number of images per member or category, however, the total maximum per club is 10.
Where the image title is not preceded by the category, the adjudicators will place that image into the appropriate category.
The Tulip Competition will only accept Digital Images, please follow the normal login process and ignore any reference to Prints.
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From Clubs/Societies and Others
VAPS Interclub 2017
Due to vehicle and storage and weight restrictions next year
we will not be able to accept club wooden boxes
for club prints
NO WOODEN BOXES OR LARGE SIZE CARDBOARD BOXES
Clubs are requested to use A2 folios that are available from
Office Works, Riot Art Supplies and Seniors Art Supplies.
Rosanna Photographic Club
Vale Jack Lanagan 12/9/1930 – 28/7/2016
Jack Lanagan was born in northern NSW. After studying engineering in Newcastle, he married Ann in 1953, and together they spent a number of years living in Britain and around Toronto in Canada. Jack and Ann then returned to the Newcastle area before moving to Melbourne in the early 1970's.
Jack had a life-long passion for photography which he shared with Ann. After moving to Melbourne, he joined the Rosanna Photographic Club in 1973 and at various times was also a member of the Ivanhoe and Melbourne Clubs and the Royal Photographic Society. He was the convener of the local RPS group.
Jack was always quick to move into new technology. When Cibachrome printing arrived, Jack was one of the first in Melbourne to take up the new process. Using his engineering skills Jack built his own automated Cibachrome print processor. Solutions entered the print processing drum via valves and electronic timers. Jack generously shared his accumulated knowledge with his fellow club members. For many years the Rosanna club was known as the "Cibachrome Club" as so many members followed Jack in taking up this process. The combination of artist with the camera and master printmaker was undeniable in competition. Jack's name features more than any other on Rosanna's print aggregate trophy. Jack's photographs also gained national and international awards.
When digital photography arrived, Jack was the first member from Rosanna to shift to the new technology. Even before the digital cameras were sufficiently good for club members, Jack had invested in one of the best slide scanners available, scanned his slides and reprocessed the digital information using early versions of Photoshop. He quickly moved onto a digital camera and became an expert user of the Photoshop program. Just a few years ago, Jack found a shoebox full of 6x6 cm negatives taken during their time living in Britain but which had never been printed previously. Jack quickly scanned these negatives looking to find any hidden gems, leading to a wondrous image of Bruges appearing in our competition.
Jack was a man of few words, a quiet gentleman who didn't need to talk up his abilities. His photographs spoke for themselves.
Jack will be fondly remembered for his quiet good humor, his gentle nature, his stunningly high-quality photography and his willingness to share his knowledge with other photographers.
Sadly missed by members of Rosanna Photographic Club Vale composed for RPC and emailed via Jan Burt (President RPC)
Melbourne Camera Club
Ballarat Camera Club
Don't forget this. Support it.
47th Ballarat National Competition
Click here for a link to entry form.
Every year, when we put our syllabus together, we turn to the "Victorian Judges List" to engage judges and presenters for our monthly meetings.
These people are members of the photographic community that volunteer their time to come along to our meetings. In the past, there has been very little training for potential judges and no continuing training at all for existing judges. A group has been formed to try and rectify this.
The APJA (Judges Association) has put together a series of 1-day seminars to help current judges and potential judges become better trained and be of greater help to clubs.
As current judges retire, one thing is for certain, if we don't train up new judges, it will be increasingly difficult to engage judges and speakers. Also, there will be little or no improvement in judging standards if there is no ongoing training.
Please support this initiative. If you would like to attend the next round of Level 1 training the details are below. There is no compulsion to become a judge. It is an excellent opportunity to increase your "Image Evaluation" skills.
Judges of the William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize – award-winning filmmaker Fred Schepisi AO, photographer John Gollings AM and MGA Director Kallie Blauhorn – have confirmed the 60 finalists in Australia's most sought-after photography prize:
The Victorian 3D Society and the Sydney Stereo Camera Club alternately host the biennial Australian National Stereo Photography Convention. The first Convention was held in Canberra in 1967 and Canberra has been selected by the Sydney host club for our 50th Anniversary Convention from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th April 2017. So put these dates in your diaries now. Initial activity planning includes a full day coach tour with plenty of photo opportunities, 3D projection, technical sessions, a visit to the H A Tregellas 3D Collection at the National Library of Australia and a Convention Dinner.
The Convention venue will be easy to find as it is at Canberra's iconic Telstra Tower.
Additional details will be provided as planning progresses.
For further information please contact Carlton Wright
Phone: 0412 340 944 e: email@example.com
Anyone interested in 3D photography is most welcome to visit a Victorian 3D Society club meeting and see 3D images on a large screen. Contact: Malcolm McCormick 9459 4843 General Meetings: 1st Monday of February, April, June,
August, October and December. Meetings are held at Horrie Watson Pavillion, Whitehorse Rd, Deepdene at 8pm.
Program Friday 7th April 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM: Registration at Telstra Tower convention rooms on the ground floor of the tower.
NOTE: Once you have registered and been given your official Name Tag you will have unlimited free access to the viewing area at the top of the tower between the hours of 9:00 AM and 10:00PM for the duration of the convention. From the viewing area, you can see spectacular 360-degree night and day views of Canberra and the surrounding region. Also, when the viewing area café is open you can meet up with fellow 3Ders in your free time for a coffee at the top of the tower.
Friday 7th April 7:00 PM: Meet and Greet with welcoming snacks, tea coffee and soft drinks followed by a short projection session. The Registration Desk will be open from 7:00 PM for those who did not register earlier.
Saturday 8th April 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM: Coach Tour starting at the Premier Hotel and Apartments. The tour will include the Arboretum, Parliament House, Library - Art Gallery area with Sculpture Garden and Fern Courtyard, Mt Ainslie and finishing at 4pm at the War Memorial with Last Post ceremony at 4:55pm. Toilets and Cafes are available at all venues except for Mt Ainslie. There are a number of venues where you can have lunch at your own expense.
Saturday 8th April 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM: Projection Session at Telstra Tower.
Sunday Morning 9th April: Meet at the National Library to view a special selection of items and 3D images from the historic and massive H A Tregellas 3D Collection.
Sunday 9th April: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM: Projection Session plus Technical and Virtual Reality Presentations at Telstra Tower.
Sunday 9th April 6:00 PM: 50th Anniversary Conference Dinner at Telstra Tower.
Sunday 9th April 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM: Projection Session at Telstra Tower followed by closing session and details of the next Australian 3D Convention.
Australasian Journal of Aging - 2016 Photographic Competition
VIGEX 1st International Digital Salon - 2016
Calendar Emailing Report Cards 04 September 2016 Electronic PDF Catalogue 08 October 2016 - Downloadable free from website: ww.vigex.org.au Mailing of Awards 23 October 2016 This salon is being conducted by VIGEX Inc, which has been running the VIGEX Print Salons since 1980
Australian Photographic Judges Association is conducting training in 2016 for Levels 1, 2, and 3. If you are a judge then this training is for you. If you are interested in becoming a judge then this training is for you. If you are just interested in learning more and improving your photography skills then this training is for you.
Sunday, September 11 Level 1
All are held at St. Peters Anglican Church Hall Cnr. Ames Ave & Neerim Rd Murrumbeena. (Melway 68 K5) BYO lunch. Morning and afternoon teas provided. Cost: APJA members $15 Persons on the current Judges List $20 Others $25
Victorian Associations of Photographic Societies Inc
Proudly acknowledges as a returning and valued sponsor
At this year's interclub competition, Imagebank Australia awarded vouchers to the value of $100 toward any size Acrylic print to 20 photographers selected from the AIPC Victorian print finalists.
The deadline that these vouchers must be used by is 1 September 2016.
The AIPC selection committee selected prints nominated to go on to the AIPC judging. Selected prints were identified on the exhibition boards.
On behalf of the VAPS community, we would like to thank the management and staff of Imagebank Australia for their kind and generous sponsorship and we look forward to a long association.
We ask all our members to support Imagebank Australia by visiting their website at www.imagebankaustralia.com.au and utilising their expert services for your next important print work.
Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc Welcomes Epson Australia Pty Ltd
A new and valued sponsor for our members' benefit.
Special Offer from Epson for VAPS Club Members
Register at the following link to receive a $20 online shop voucher as well as many offers from the Epson range of products.
We encourage our club members to support Epson in your next printer purchase. Visit their website at epson.com.au to get all of the information on the new Epson SureColor SC‐P600.
Thank you Epson for your support to the Camera Clubs of Victoria
Any members of an accredited Camera Club or Society interested in evaluating images or judging are invited to apply to join the Australian Photographic Judges Association. You do not need to be an active judge to be a member. The prime objective of the Association is to help develop the evaluation and judging skills of members. Further information contact: Rob Sloane: firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Robinson: email@example.com
Open the News tab and select Newsbrief newsletters. There you can subscribe for a free email copy of Newsbrief. Keep up with all of the announcements and news from the clubs. Hard copy of Newsbrief is not be available in 2016
To draw up regulations governing exhibitions and inter-club competitions.
To arrange the exchange of guest lecturers and demonstrations on any subject relating to photography.
To arrange the exchange of prints between clubs.
To arrange periodical conventions for members of affiliated bodies and guests.
To arrange the publication of an official journal or news sheet .
A Brief History:
Camera clubs have existed in Melbourne since the 1890's and an umbrella organisation called the Victorian Photographic Affiliation was formed in 1908. This guided amateur photography in Victoria for forty years. The Victorian Association of Photographic Societies was formed on 27 September 1952 and comprised of 12 clubs. This has grown to more than 70 clubs in Jan 2016. VAPS is a non-profit association that is entirely self-funded. The Association is run by an elected Committee of Management which is responsible for the operations of the Association, and for ensuring the Association fulfils the objectives.
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