Colin Klein is our longest serving member, having joined the club in 1969 when it was still known as the Ford Camera Club. Over the years Colin has held a variety of positions including President (eight years), Secretary (five years), Vice President (two years) and Treasurer (one year). He has also been the club librarian and Competition Secretary and is currently our Inter-Club Competition Secretary – a position he has held for the last six years. Colin was awarded a life membership for his services to the Club in 1992.
Colin was also awarded the SSVAPS (State Service Victorian Association of Photographic Societies) in 1995. This award is given for exceptional service to photography and the growth and advancement of the photographic art in or through VAPS affiliated Camera Clubs in Victoria over an extended period.
When he joined the Ford Camera Club Colin was using a Ricoh rangefinder camera. His first Single Lens Reflex was a Praktica IV which had no built in light meter. After the Praktica came three Pentax cameras; a Spotmatic, an MX and an MZ5 (his first autofocus camera). He then switched to Canon with the EOS 300 followed by an EOS 1N. His first digital camera was the Canon EOS 300D. This was later upgraded to an EOS 30D. His current tool of choice is the Canon EOS 5D MkII.
In the early days colour workers in the club were restricted to Slides. Colin participated in this section and also in Black and White Prints, loading his own film canisters from bulk film and processing and printing in the darkroom. When Colour Prints were introduced Colin also processed and printed these in the darkroom. This was unusual as most members had their colour work processed commercially. These days, like the vast majority of members, Colin works solely in digital.
Colin’s main photographic interests are Landscape, Sports (particularly cycling), Macro and Travel. He has travelled widely in Australia and since retirement, overseas. Among his favourite places to photograph in the local area are Point Lonsdale and the Dog Rocks. Around Australia he has enjoyed photographing the Perry Sandhills near Mildura, Tasmania, the Southern Flinders Ranges, The Pinnacles near Cervantes in WA and Outback New South Wales. When he was overseas he particularly enjoyed the photographic opportunities presented in Venice in Italy and Brugge and Brussels in Belgium.
Below is a selection of Colin’s images with his comments.