Welcome to The Entrance Camera Club Incorporated.

We are a group of enthusiastic photographers situated on the Central Coast of NSW.

The club was formed on November 27th, 1959. Members comprise people from all backgrounds, retired people, younger people, photographers who began with film and in the darkroom, some who have started photography in the digital age, expert award winning photographers and new photographers who have just purchased their first camera.

A passion for photography is the common interest. The Entrance Camera Club Inc. is affiliated with The Federation of Camera Clubs (N.S.W) Inc.

Our Monthly Club meeting is held at the CWA Hall, 1 Pacific Street, Long Jetty, on the second Friday evening of each month, (except January & December) at 7.00pm viewing for a 7.30pm start. At the meeting, digital and printed images are critiqued, judged and awarded. The printed photographs are displayed around the room, so that after the formal part of the meeting, members may view and discuss the entries.

Each Friday morning a group of club members have a photo walk locally usually followed by coffee. These outings are are good way to meet members and to discuss photo ideas, techniques and equipment.

~ ABOUT OUR CLUB ~

The Monthly Competitions form the basis of the club. The critiquing, subsequent discussions with the judges and other members are all great ways to learn new photographic techniques which you can then try yourself the next time the opportunity arises.

The Large Print competitions in both Monochrome & Colour are divided into three Grades, B Grade, A Grade and Advanced. This is aimed to assist our new photographers and challenge our most experienced members. B Grade is for our newer as well as less experienced members. A Grade is for our more experienced photographers, While Advanced caters for our most experienced members. In this way it is hoped all our members are competing on a more level basis, while still seeing the images and hearing the judges’ comments for all grades. Our Digital Image competition is a single Non-Graded competition open to all members.

Our “Print and Digital Image Of The Year” Awards Night is the Grand Finale of the Club’s year, held in place of the December meeting. The awards are presented to the winners of the monthly pointscore competitions and for Image Of The Year in each section. A spectacular display of the winning works of the club members throughout the year is the centre piece of the night. Three additional special competitions are also held at the awards night, The Hilton Chalmers Memorial Trophy for the Nature Digital Image Set of the Year, The Nature Print Set of the Year and the Ace’m Creative Print Set of the Year.

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FRIDAY WALKERS

This Friday 20th March, at 9am meet at Girakool car park at Somersby, to walk the Girakool circuit. Pics of water falls and bush settings. Bring suitable lenses and non slip walking shoes are advisable.

by Arthur Roy, March 18, 2020

The Response of TECC to the COVID-19 Crisis – Suspension of Monthly Meetings, all Competitions go digital and other innovations

Dear Members

We hope you enjoyed our first competition get-together last Friday night. The new three Grades system seems to work well.

Due to the developing COVID-19 pandemic, we are all being advised to practise social distancing, and many will be self-isolating due to their risk of developing severe symptoms if they do  become infected.  As we are sure you are aware the Government has advised against unnecessary group meetings in enclosed spaces.

The Club Committee takes the issue of COVID-19 and our duty of care to our members very seriously. We are also aware of the need to keep the Club functioning in an acceptable form that keeps the members engaged during this difficult time.

We realise we need to be flexible and creative with our solution to this problem and we are fortunate that the MyPhotoClub website allows us to continue to have competitions, access to information and training, and to interact online.

To address these issues and to keep our Club functioning and members motivated, the Committee has decided that: 

1. Club Monthly Meetings will be suspended until further notice.  This decision will be reviewed on a monthly basis. The Committee will keep up-to-date on the latest advice and directives from the government and medical authorities.

2. At this stage our April and May meetings will not be held.

3. Monthly competitions will all be digital competitions until the end of the year. 

4. There will be no change to the monthly Digital competition, open to all grades with a set subject every second month; please submit your digital images as you normally do.

5. The graded Print competitions, both Colour and Monochrome, will be judged digitally, in the same format as the Digital competition. There will be no need to print images for these competitions, just submit your digital versions of your entries as you normally do.

6. Images that receive 1st, 2nd, 3rd and HC awards in these Colour and Monochrome “Print” competitions will need to be printed for PADOTY in December.  So no need to print anything for the next few months, though you may want to print them when you get the awards to avoid the last minute rush.

7. We are planning to introduce a new monthly Mobile Phone Photography Competition on MyPhotoClub.  This will be separate to our other competitions and will be judged by the members.  The winner will win the Member’s Choice Award and will receive a voucher for an up-to 8” x 12” print, donated by John Ralph’s Camera Store.  We feel that this will be fun, and hopefully attract new members to our Club. We aim to have this up and running by May.

8. Educational and training documents and clips will be uploaded to Members’ Resources. Camera and photography skills and Photoshop and Lightroom tips will be included.

9. MyPhotoClub has a “Critique Corner” section, which we have not yet set up for use. If members are interested, we can activate this. It aims to help members to fine-tune potential entries by gaining feedback from other members before the image is entered into a competition. The Critique Corner is accessible from the Members page (use the grey Members button) and there is a demo video on how to use it.

If you have any questions or feedback on these new measures or if “Critique Corner” interests you, please contact Barbara Blades at ​presidententrancecameraclub@gmail.com

Stay well and maintain communication with each other.

Barbara

by Barbara Blades, March 18, 2020

Results for March DIGITAL IMAGE competition – “Open” Judge Jill Helps

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

EARLY MORNING FISH FINDER
Arthur Roy – First
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Bull Header
Clyde Melrose – First
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Morning walk
Trung Cang Nguyen – Second
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Stilt Flypast
John W Newton – Second
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
IMMATURE SEA EAGLE
Arthur Roy – Third
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
StudioBell Calgary
Barbara Blades – Third
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Swan Flight
Peter Stanley – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
river life
David Crass – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Octopus – 191229NRV048
Neil Vincent – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Snake Eel Cleaning – 190520NRV120
Neil Vincent – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Off to the Beach
Moira Taylor – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Hassan II Mosqure Casablanca
Allan Lambell – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
The golden light
Trung Cang Nguyen – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
The Allyn River Rapids
David Spratt – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Redbank Gorge
Michael Andrew – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION
Flamingo
Tobias Lindsjo – Highly Commended
DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION

by Anthony D. Spratt, March 14, 2020

Results for competitions in March – PRINTS

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Light House Nobby Beach Newcastle
Michelle Alcorn – First
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
Explorer
Jane Borg – First
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Moody Medusa
Natalie Poole – First
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
Anastasia
Jane Borg – First
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
It Is All About Balance
Peter John O’Brien – First
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Young Bearded Man
Moira Taylor – First
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Tracks of Life
Tobias Lindsjo – Second
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
Calla Lily
Soelast Soelastijono – Second
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Dahlia
Natalie Poole – Second
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
Stranded Lighter Boat
Jane Borg – Second
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Riding High
Carol Barry – Second
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
SHAKE DOWN mono
Arthur Roy – Second
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Gerberas’ B & W
Natalie Poole – Third
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
OLD FACTORY WALL
Neil Bevege – Third
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
pelican dreaming
David Crass – Third
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
VINTAGE MERCEDES
Neil Bevege – Third
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Penine Panorama
Peter Stanley – Third
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Shadow and light on sand dune
Trung Cang Nguyen – Third
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
Balmain Waterfront BW
David Crass – Highly Commended
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
Blue Gum Gallery
David Crass – Highly Commended
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
Leaning into the dark.
Natalie Poole – Highly Commended
B Grade Open Mono Large Print
Steps and Door
John Bennett – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
AAT Siding Springs
Barbara Blades – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
Thirsty zebra
Mike Barry – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Mono Large Print
bush track light
David Crass – Highly Commended
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
night Fishing with my Dad
Michelle Alcorn – Highly Commended
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
Cousins meet at last
Michelle Alcorn – Highly Commended
B Grade Open Colour Large Print
Bushie
John Bennett – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
Russian Dolls
Ross Worrall – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
No Table Manners
William (Bill) Lancaster – Highly Commended
A Grade Open Colour Large Print
QUEEN OF THE DANCE
Arthur Roy – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
1003 DUCKING FOR COVER_8840
George Hardy – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
Caterpillar
Carol Barry – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Colour Large Print
DANGEROUS
Gail Hardy – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
I Can Make It
Peter John O’Brien – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print
The Dish
Carol Barry – Highly Commended
Advanced Grade Open Mono Large Print

by Peter John O'Brien, March 13, 2020

March Meeting and COVID-19

Hi Members

Our March meeting is tomorrow night, Friday, 13th March. It will be our first Large Prints  competition for the year and I, for one, am looking forward to it. It will be exciting to see the Advanced group battling it out, the A-Graders sorting themselves out and the B-Graders, with many new members, showing us their skill and talent.  The Digital Competition is always good with all grades competing.

As President, I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up the topic of COVID-19.  I am not fearmongering, but it is an issue we will have to be aware of as we meet as a large group. Most of us are in the age group that is most at risk of developing severe illness if infected with this coronavirus. For this reason, we need to be aware of the steps to take to protect ourselves against infection and to prevent the spread of the virus, especially if we intend to meet as a group during this pandemic.

If you have any cold or flu symptoms, it is recommended that you don’t attend our meetings. This is because, if it turns out you are infected with COVID-19, the virus is most likely spread through close contact with an infectious person, through contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze, and through touching objects or surfaces that have been coughed or sneezed on by an infected person then touching your mouth or face.

As we serve supper at the end of the night, I recommend that we all wash our hands (there are toilets in the hall) or clean our hands with a hand sanitizer before eating or preparing the food. Close contact with others should be avoided (touching, handshakes). If you do need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, and thoughtfully dispose of the tissue. This is just all good hygiene and will prevent the spread of most infections, not just COVID-19.

Don’t be afraid to come to our meeting. At the moment, to my knowledge, there are no cases of COVID-19 reported on the Central Coast; so, at this stage infection risk is low. We are all intelligent and practical people and we care about each other. We just need to do as recommended by the medical authorities and reduce the risk of infection and the spread of infection.

See you all tomorrow night.

Cheers

Barbara Blades, President

by Barbara Blades, March 12, 2020

FRIDAY WALKERS

This Friday 13 March at 9am meet at Somersby Falls car park to photograph the falls. Practise your slow shutter speeds and filters if you have them.

by Arthur Roy, March 11, 2020

FRI WALKERS -URGENT

FRIDAY WALK CANCELLED DUE TO WORSENING WEATHER.

by Arthur Roy, March 5, 2020

FOR FRIDAY WALKERS

This Friday as rain is forecast, a walk under cover is planned. We will go to the QBVbuilding for photography and coffee. Thence to Sydney Museum at circular Quay for an architectural photography exhibition. Entry concession $12.

All welcome, please meet on the second last carriage of the 8.22 train from Tuggerah. If you are boarding from other stations please check the timetable for this train. Barbara Blades will be leading this walk.

by Arthur Roy, March 4, 2020

Judges for March, April and May Large Prints and Digital Competitions

I have been approached by several members requesting that the names of the judges for our monthly competitions be released before the deadline for entries. This is common practice in most other clubs.

The Committee has decided that this is a good idea and in future all members will be notified of who the judges will be ahead of the deadlines. This information will be sent out by email and available in Members’ Resources.

To give you plenty of warning for the next 3 meetings, the judges for the March , April and May are:

March: Digital Judge: Jill Helps; Prints Judge: Jeff Akers

April: Digital Judge: Jason Pang; Prints Judge: Michelle Kennedy

May: Digital Judge: Barbara Bryan; Prints Judge: Brad Le Brocque

The meeting dates and entry deadlines can be found in Members’ Resources.

We hope this information is useful to many members.

– Barbara Blades, President

by Barbara Blades, March 3, 2020

FRIDAY WALKERS GROUP

This Friday 28 th Feb we do the Tall Timbers Walk Chain Valley Bay. You will see scribbly gums on a short and easy walk that is recommended by Barry and he will lead off. We will start at 8am.Afterwoods coffee at Lake Munmorah Woolworth’s coffee shop.

Directions: take The Tall Timbers Rd off the Pacific Highway at Lake Munmorah going towards Chain Valley Bay, then right at Scaysbrook Ave and park on this avenue between Lumeah and Dale Avenues.

by Arthur Roy, February 26, 2020