Tuesday, 16 July 2019


ACE recognises the importance of keeping up to date with emerging technology and as a club, how we can help all members of our community to learn photography and digital processing in a socially pleasant environment.

Recently the City of Albany provided our club with three Nikon D3400 digital cameras as part of our joint Youth in Focus program.

This has been a great learning experience for us and we've certainly come to realise the fact that we need to understand the differing needs and aspirations of all age groups.

Young people tend to jump straight in to photography with amazing enthusiasm and very little concern for the rules and the why-nots.

One of the issues was the sheer volume of photos taken and we certainly didn't want to hold back their enthusiasm and creative energy.

At the end of each workshop we had 1000 to 2000 images which was impossible to deal with on one computer.

The obvious answer was more computer power and so we set about making a case for the funding of three new laptops suitable for image processing.

We were absolutely over the moon when we received the call from Lotterywest informing us that our application for funding had been approved and we had the go-ahead to purchase.

The club now has six computers available for using in workshops and we thought, why stop there?

We're currently testing out the possibilities of using our gear to run live video workshops with members outside Albany and so far this looks like being easy to implement.

It's an information rich world and the ability to take advantage of it will certainly help young and old alike so we're very pleased to do our bit in making our resources available to anyone in our community.

Saturday, 6 July 2019


As photographers we would be well aware of how much gear we send to the tip (or hopefully recycle in some way) and it's good to see a group of locals getting together to give things some extra life.

Indu's hard work finally becomes a reality.

Indu Scott and her many helpers get together at Scots Church in Albany, York St. on the 2nd Saturday of each month to see if items can be repaired or give advice on a wide range of topics.

Noongar elder Larry Blight gave the welcome to country address which highlighted some of the indigenous connections to the concept of recycling. 

It's a free service and something that is a breath of fresh air in our current throw away society and it was very interesting to see the range of skills involved and the enthusiasm of the many participants.

The home cooked treats were sensational as it always is with these types of events

Monday, 3 June 2019


Each year a team of club members photographs the WA Day celebrations at the Museum and we couldn't have hoped for better weather on the day.

Everything came to a standstill while the Fireys
investigated the source of the alarm.

The day began in spectacular fashion when the Museum fire alarm went off and three fire truck were quickly on the scene,  Fortunately for everyone, it proved to be a false alarm and it was back to business.

A welcome to country ceremony was given by Noongar elder Larry Blight and throughout the day there was a steady stream of performances by local groups and individuals.

Jamie the clown was flat out all day entertaining the kids and his extremely popular balloon creations ensured there was a very big queue waiting to get their hands on one.

The tongue plays a big part in the creative process.

There were plenty of budding young artists on hand to grab a brush and create their own masterpiece and the face painters from the Girl Guides were kept very busy throughout the day.

Girl Guides at work.


Larry Blight demonstrated traditional Aboriginal tool making techniques and here he's explaining the process to a very interested young girl.

This year there was a vintage and veteran car display and this magnificent 1906 Darracq attracted a lot of well earned admiration for the amazing quality of the restoration.

It was an excellent day and a large crowd enjoyed a wide range of entertainment and activities and thanks to our club members who helped out with photographing the event.

Monday, 20 May 2019


Our Youth in Focus workshops are proving to be not only successful in uncovering emerging talent but a wonderful opportunity to bridge the generational gap.

Getting some practice in the grounds of the Vancouver Arts Centre.

We've been blown away by the enthusiasm and the way they use the camera to create images that have very little to do with the rules but a lot to do with their own personal view of the world.
This series of workshops has been titled "Tell Your Story" and the emphasis has been on creating images that are not simply records of an event but contain something extra in the way of a personal observation, an emotion or a statement about something that is important to them.

One of our models in the studio

Our workshops are far from being structured and theory orientated, early on we realized that if we were going to establish an ongoing connection with young photographers then it was up to us to listen and respond appropriately.

Practicing lighting with a reflector

There's no doubt that if camera clubs in particular are going to not only survive but thrive in the
future then we will have to be adaptable and creative in the way we restructure our clubs to meet the needs and aspirations of the younger members of our photographic community.

One of our main aims is to provide them with additional skills that they may find advantageous in their future careers and to give them the benefit of the experience and knowledge of the older generations who know plenty of cool stuff that is far more interesting than what you can ever hope to achieve with a phone.

All participants who complete the workshops are eligible to one years free club membership to encourage them to be involved in club activities and have ongoing access to our extensive facilities.

The Youth in Focus program is kindly supported by the City of Albany and the Vancouver Arts Centre.

Monday, 13 May 2019


Each year ACE runs a Pop-Up photo-booth at the Festival and once again we joined up with the amazing Gertrude Wellease and her amazing fancy dress collection.

It's always amusing to see how a change of clothes and a camera can transform people and it doesn't seem to matter about their age or anything, they're in posing like professionals or leaping up so high they nearly hit the roof.

The weather was ideal with almost cloudless southern skies and practically no wind which made life in the outdoor marquee very pleasant.

We had a steady stream of customers many of whom drop in each year for a photo, mainly of their children and it's great to see them growing up or there's been a new addition.

It's an action packed day and so much fun meeting and photographing so many interesting

Monday, 6 May 2019


Towards the end of 2018 we ran two series of workshops aimed at encouraging the younger members of our community to take up photography both as a hobby and to provide them with additional skills that could help them in their future careers.

Look for minute detail
It was a fairly steep learning curve for us all but the end result was overwhelmingly positive and has led to another two workshops being held this year thanks to the support of the City of Albany and the Vancouver Arts Centre.

Photograph something normally not seen.
We've had an excellent response and it may be that the second series has already been booked out.  Our club will be looking at how we can provide more opportunities to run workshops and it may be that we do an ongoing series of one day mini workshops.    Actively involving the younger generations in our our club is essential if we're going to continue to grow and provide the sort of services and facilities that meet the needs of the future membership.

Something that catches your eye
Get your lines straight

The workshops are light on rules but heavy on the practical side of photography in the hope that we can develop an approach to photography that is driven by intuition, creativity and the desire to make images that speak to the viewer.

Use the long exposure and zoom lens.

This first workshop was aimed at getting them familiar with the camera controls with the mode dial set on P or A while they got used to taking a photo.    That lasted all of 10 minutes when the creativity took over and they were onto M and into blurred motion, extreme shooting angles and anything and everything that attracted their attention.

Find a different angle.

It's clear that some really good work is going to emerge during the rest of the course.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

DAY 2019

Once again ACE pinhole enthusiasts have joined in the world wide celebration of this very basic but totally fascinating form of lensless photography.

Some of the cameras we used on the day.
On Saturday we selected our cameras and did some trial exposures and processing to make sure everything was as good as it could be on the official day.

Fortunately the weather couldn't have been better suited to long exposures and most of us achieved very satisfactory results.

Fun in the darkroom (ex hospital mortuary).

We used a wide variety of cameras ranging from large format (8 x 10) cameras down to small cardboard models that were no more than 75 x 75mm.

Our negatives were made from expired Ilford Gloss photographic paper which we must say did tend to give some patchy results.

Next year we're going to be going large format and purchase new photographic paper in a quest for the ultimate image sharpness.

Penny photographed the lights on Mt Clarence.

Dean took the small pipecam right down to the waters edge.

Julie photographed and coloured one of Albany's old buildings

Bob photographed and coloured his motorcycle.

Some digital hand colouring was tried to add a bit of variety to some of the images.

The quality on some of the 8 x 10 negs were good enough to print in A3 while retaining very good sharpness after some digital processing and sometimes hand colouring.

Here's the link to the ACE Camera Club Pinhole Gallery.