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People with Cameras event in Melbourne

People with Cameras event in the Fitzroy Gardens

People with Cameras event in Melbourne

Fujifilm hosted a photography event in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon called “People with Cameras”, it was open to anyone with any type or brand of camera and any skill level.  All you needed was an interest in taking photos and be able to work within a group to take on a photography theme challenge and present a picture to the judges an hour later.

I attended the “People with Cameras” Sydney event in February (mentioned in my “Busy Couple of Weeks” blog post), which was a lot of fun, so I was keen to do it again in Melbourne.  Thankfully this time I only had a 45 minute drive in to the city, rather than 9 hours on the Hume Highway to Sydney!

The 300 or so attendees met up in the Fitzroy Gardens at 4:30pm.  After some introductions, a group photo and other formalities we were asked to form groups of five or six.  I got together with four people I’d never met before, Corey, Lana, Steven and Josh.  We were then given a theme of “Light and Shadows” and told to be back a 6pm with one image from the group to be presented to the judges.  That gave us around an hour to find our locations and subjects, but only around half an our of sunlight.

Our group headed towards the city and were soon joined by Wilson, Lana’s friend who was running late.  As we chased the light, we ended up in a multi-storey car park where the setting sun produced lots of light and shadows.  We tried a few different ideas, but ended up mostly taking portraits of each other.

It turns out that Corey is a pro wedding photographer, his skill and creativity really helped us out.  Some pros would have taken over, but he was great and encouraged everyone in the group to have a go.  He even handed over his speedlight remote flash for others to try.

Our group took lots of photos in the short time we had, but we all agreed to submit Corey’s photo of Lana standing in a lift doorway to the judges.  Our group was one of the final five.  In the end we didn’t win, but it was fun.

#PeopleWithCameras is well underway here in Melbourne!

A photo posted by Think Tank Photo (@thinktankphoto) on

The Winning Photos

So what about the winners of “People with Cameras”.  There was one winning photo, and one runner-up.  They each received prizes from Fujifilm and other sponsors, and their groups were invited to dinner with the organisers.

The winning photo was an amazing shot of a shadow pointing to the stars.  I have no idea how you could achieve the shadow on a building with it’s arm extending into the sky, but it’s well done.  I knew it would take something very different to get the judges attention!

The runner-up photo, on the other had, was really simple.  A leaf with the veins and details highlighted with the light from behind.

Well done to the winners, the organisers and everyone who attended.

After the “People with Cameras” winners and organisers headed off to dinner, the photographers who stayed a little longer in the Fitzroy Gardens were treated to a spinning fire display.  This presented another challenge to photographers, using a longer exposure to capture the movement of the fire balls as they spun around.

I’m not sure when or where the next “People with Cameras” event will be, but I’d love to do it again.

spinning fire light trails

Busy couple of weeks

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated my personal blog, that you’re reading now, but there has been a couple of highlights, both involving my photography, squeezed in-between the the usual family and work stuff.

White Night Melbourne was an overnight public festival on Saturday night 20th Feb that finished at 6am Sunday.  I spent over 8 hours wondering around Melbourne and took over 1100 photographs.  Night photography can be very tricky, but the image stabilisation on my Olympus is amazing and allowed me to get long exposure shots that would traditionally require a tri-pod.  I’ve published the best of those White Night photos on my Vic Pics site, check them out – 

White Night Melbourne 2016 projections on the National Gallery of Victoria

White Night Melbourne projections on the National Gallery of Victoria

The following weekend I drove to Sydney for a new photography competition / meet-up called “People with Cameras”.  (I say “drove to Sydney” lightly, but most people are shocked and amazed, but I left home early, covered the 900km very quickly and was at my motel before midday).

People With Cameras was organised by Fujifilm, and a few other sponsors, for around 400 photographers to meet at Hyde Park.  Everyone split into groups and was sent out onto the streets of Sydney with the theme “Photographers in their element. Black and white.”  My group didn’t come up with the winning photo, but we had a lot of fun discussing ideas and snapping a few pics.  One of the blokes in my group, James, wrote a pretty good post on his own blog about People With Cameras –

Most people posted their People With Cameras shots to Instagram with the HashTag #PeopleWithCameras –

As well as Instagram, I also posted my People With Cameras photos to Flickr –

My favorite photo from the Sydney trip wasn’t from People With Cameras however, I took it while exploring the city before the event.  It’s simply a lone cyclist crossing a pedestrian zebra crossing with a Sydney construction sign behind her.

Sydney streets

UPDATE 13-3-16;
I’ve just come across this post about #PeopleWithCameras, which includes the winning photos and a group shot of everyone who attended.


UPDATE 14-3-16;
Here’s another post about #PeopleWithCameras from one of the sponsors.


Thankfully I managed to avoid making it into any of the photos in the above posts!