Tuesday, 11 September 2018

September Meeting in the Books!


Approximately 40 photo enthusiasts filled our clubroom on Sunday evening to see imagery ranging from glamour & fitness models to exotic South American landscapes, from winery vineyards to performances on the stage of life! We started the meeting with Ramesh Pooran delivering the goods on your camera’s Metering Modes - spot, centre-weighted and matrix, all the while reminiscing about the good old days when things were manual and hand-held meters were the technology of the day!

Our first slideshow of the evening was a whirlwind tour of 21 of the County’s wineries that a dozen or so of our members undertook on a lovely summer day last month. We first arrived at Huff Estates Winery where there were literally hundreds of photographic treasures awaiting us in their gardens and surrounding areas. Each participant was then assigned 3 wineries and afterwards we all met up at TerraCello Winery for some fantastic pizza and suitable libation.

                                                      Next up was our sports and fitness guru – Dave Robinet. Dave recapped a Glamour & Fitness workshop he led in July of this year on the shores of Lake Ontario (Point Petre) with eleven club photographers and two highly photogenic models. The day’s events were well documented by Ramesh so that we could all get a sense of the work and effort that goes into the making of this type of imagery. Dave discussed lighting issues and his preferred use of light panels, reflectors and diffusers to shape the available light. Dave ended his section with a short slideshow of images taken by the workshop participants.

Mike Montgomery opened up our second half with a slideshow of his recent trip to South America to visit both family & friends and to explore the area’s vast photographic potential. His show entitled From Buenos Dias to Boa Noite included many really amazing images of the South American countryside and its people which captivated our attention.

Margaret Liddon provided another discussion in her The Art of Seeing series – this time on Image Space. She discussed four types of space – Active Space, Dead Space, Positive Space and Negative Space – and how each of these could be used to best advantage to draw the viewer’s eye to your subject while providing environmental context and telling a story. This presentation is available on our club's Youtube channel for your review.

The theme challenge for the month of August was Dance, Music & Performance! Twenty members submitted some highly creative/interpretive images on the subject. These images along with our Winery Tour outing photos have been uploaded to our public Facebook page for your viewing pleasure.

The theme challenges for the next 2 months are – Country Life for September and Turn, Turn, Turn... for October. Our outing for this month will be a night walk in Downtown Kingston, to be held this Sunday September 16th.

We also have a workshop planned for Wednesday evening, Nov 7th in the Parish Hall at St Mary Magdalene Church in Picton. It will be on Graphics Editing and will have separate areas to demonstrate each of your many image processing options.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Summer Time at the Club

Our August meeting room was once again filled with enthusiastic photographers, anxious to see what was in store! I started the meeting off by baring my soul on why I went mirrorless – and not even Nikon/Canon – oh the shame of it all... I got to show and talk about my new toy, the Fujifilm X-T2 and how it has taken me back to my roots in former film photography – its controls are so retro!

Next up was our first slideshow of the evening from 18 of our members who participated in the July outing to the Glen Ross and Ranney Gorge areas on the Trent River system. It was a sweltering hot day but we all seem to manage to have gotten some great images from our hot days work.

Following the slideshow, the assembled group were asked to put their thinking caps on as we entered into a rather technical digital editing topic – Layers and Blend Modes. After a quick review of layers and masks, we discussed many of the Blend modes that most of our digital editors have available for us and what they are trying to accomplish (and how). We wisely decided to skip the mathematical formulae.  By putting it in words and giving a number of examples, hopefully it will whet the appetite of many of you to use the layer & blend mode concept as another creative tool in your photographic arsenal.  The presentation will be posted on our Youtube Channel shortly. 

Mags Kandis opened up our second half on a much more enjoyable tone, with a slideshow entitled ichi go ichi i.  It roughly translates into “seize the moment”. Her images were from a recent trip to Japan which touched on her other passion - “blue hands” and indigo.  We got to see the people of Japan, going about their daily business, as well as a walk down cherry blossom lane.  Thanks Mags!

Next on the agenda was a review of recent Night Photography Escapades by many of our members. The material started with Fireworks displays from various local Canada Day events as well as the much larger Mystical Fireworks display held mid July in Trenton.  We then moved onto our Night Photography workshop held in Belleville near the end of last month.  We viewed sunset images, car light trails and numerous light painting processes.  These included sparklers, steel wool, orbs from swinging lights and colour light sabres adorning our princess model, Alex. The night was perfectly capped off with a demonstration of nature’s fury - a lightning display which occurred at the end of our Lightpainting workshop.

The theme challenge for the month of July was A Creative Eye On Summer Fun.  Twenty-seven members submitted some really fun and creative images for the slideshow.  These images along with our outing photos have been uploaded to our public Facebook page for your viewing pleasure.

The theme challenges for the next 2 months were handed out – Dance, Music & Performance for August and Country Life for September.  Our outing for this month will be a trip to many of the wineries in the County.  It will be held on Sunday August 19th.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

July Print Display & Evaluation Meeting

Another full house was in store for last night’s Print Display & Valuation photo club meeting. We were given tremendous support from our local Library who allowed us the use of the upstairs portion of the Wellington Library for displaying our images. And you, the membership, really stepped up and brought in over 50 high quality images for us all to admire.

Joe Leduc attempted to prepare us all for the night’s judging process. Joe has vast experience as a judge and knows what to look for – the things that generate a real “wow” factor or tell a story, as well as some of the more obvious errors & omissions. His presentation ended with an impressive set of images that would get high consideration from most judges in photographic competitions.

I next stepped to the plate, and provided a more simplistic and time efficient way for us to evaluate the prints that were waiting for us upstairs. We handed out the scoring forms along with a covering cheat sheet, and then spent the next 30 minutes or so, engrossed in our assigned task of evaluating the images.

After all the forms were completed and handed in, Margaret & Bert beavered away in the back room, inputting the data into a spreadsheet for scoring and sorting purposes while the rest of us enjoyed the next hour’s proceedings from the comforts of our chairs!

Our first slideshow of the night was from our June Kingston Theme Day outing. Eighteen of our members participated in a different sort of outing where participants picked unique themes out of a hat that they were responsible for covering. The slideshow was up tempo and many of the assigned themes related directly to popular song titles. The slideshow ended with the group having lunch (& a few liquid beverages) at the Kingston Brewing Company.

We were then treated to another dazzling display of Night Landscape Photography by Dave Tugwood. Dave provided us with tips and techniques that he has used to great success in the field at night and whetted our appetites for some up and coming night photography outings planned for the near future.

Our theme challenge for the month of June was Sweet Light – and how sweet it was! Thirty two members submitted over 160 images for the slideshow. The sweetness of light got interpreted in many different and wonderful ways. If you weren’t there to see the images, do drop over to our public Facebook page to have a good look!

Then, finally, Bert & Margaret emerged from the depths of their spreadsheet activity to announce and show the 13 images that the membership had rated at a score of 8 or higher. No winner to be announced here – just some fine images for us to see and appreciate.

The theme challenges for the next 2 months were handed out – A Creative Eye on Summer for the month of July and Dance, Music & Performance for August. Our outing for this month will be a trip up the Trent/Severn Canal – with stops at Glen Ross and then at the Ranney Gorge in Campbellford. It will be held this coming Sunday July 15th.

Thanks again for your wonderful support and participation.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

June Meeting Recap

Another enthusiastic and inquisitive crowd was in attendance for our June meeting this past Sunday. Our member participation rates continue to be very encouraging with 35 members contributing images for the session. We had a very full agenda which did cause a little runover in time, but no-one appeared anxious to head to the exits!

Mike Montgomery started the meeting off by giving us a talk on Lens Technology – to assist any of us that might be in the market for some new glass. Mike discussed a vast variety of lens options out there on the market today and things we should look for when buying some new glass.

Our first slideshow of the night was from our recent Gould Lake outing. Eleven of our members made the trek up north of Kingston to this hidden nature area. The images have been posted to our public Facebook page for your viewing pleasure.

I took over centre stage for a discussion of the Exposure Triangle and how a photographer could use each of the three exposure elements (ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed) to best advantage to not only obtain proper exposure, but to also do it in an artistic/photographic manner.

Our resident canoeist and kayaker – Marilyn Sprissler – kicked off the second half with a breathtaking slideshow of three recent trips she took to French River (Northern Ont), Quetico Provincial Park and San Juan River in Utah. Her images captured a unique view of the various canyon walls and forested shores from the low river perspective - gorgeous imagery throughout, taken from sunrise til sunset on her various excursions.

Larry Tayler was our next speaker where he explained why it was “Hip to be Square”. Larry has recently become entranced with the 1:1 square image format, taken in-camera (not cropped via photo-shop). He discussed the works of several photographers who have inspired him in this pursuit including Cig Harvey and Aida Muluneh. Larry ended his presentation with an eye-catching slideshow he recently shot in Australia called Tasmanian Treasures – all taken in the 1:1 format.

Our final slideshow of the evening was the Fresh Start theme challenge to which 33 individuals submitted images. The images represented an upbeat start to our outdoor nature season here in Ontario.

The theme challenges for the next 2 months were handed out – Sweet Light for June and A Creative Eye on Summer for the month of July.

Thanks to everyone for another very successful meeting.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

A "Twisted" May Meeting

Our May meeting was another well attended event with tremendous creativity and comical originality in many of the theme images that were on display.  The meeting hadn't even started when we blew a fuse in our main audio system.  Fortunately several of our local Wellington members rushed to help and we managed to jerry rig a back-up system for the night.

We also had a sensor cleaning clinic underway in our newly available front meeting room area.  Many thanks to Douglas Banks for lending his expertise to this very necessary Spring Cleaning chore.

Ramesh Pooran started off the session with a short, non-technical review of Macro Photography Basics. This was geared to getting us all in the right head-set for the warmer weather and the wildflowers and tiny, yet photogenic insects that spring to life.

The first slideshow of the evening was a reminder of the rough winter-like weather that we have just exited from.  With an ice-storm as our backdrop, eight of our members ventured out to Little Bluff Conservation Area to brave the elements and capture rough seas and an ice covered shoreline.

Next up was Mike Gaudaur, who gave a great discussion of numerous Printing, Matting and Framing options that we as photographers need to think about.  He had lots of examples of print medium (including glossy, metallic, matte, cotton, canvas and many fine art selections), mat options, archival printing and various glass and frame options. His message was to get us to think carefully about where our prints will be hung and for what purpose before we rush and print our image.

Alan Jenner kicked off the second half with a colourful and frigid display of images from the Hotel Glace - Ice Hotel in Quebec City from a few years ago.  His images were beautiful, but there didn't appear to be a lot of takers in the room to spend a night in one of the luxury suites!

Following a short introduction from Ansel Adams, four of our members (Margaret Liddon, Joe Leduc, Gail Hamilton & Dave Robinet) participated in our on-going Processing by Others agenda item.  Each of the four, anonymously supplied one raw file image that was processed by each of the participants. The results were then compared and discussed at the meeting.  Well the results were as expected, quite different  - all being very effective. Gail really brought the house down with one of her very humorous processing gems of civic workers shovelling out her mailbox!  Many thanks to all four participants for being such great sports.

Our final slideshow was from 33 of our members interpreting the theme challenge - Everyday Items with a Twist.  I had no idea we had such a warped sense of humour amongst our members!  I'll never look at a lot of Everyday Things the same way, ever again!  Great creativity here and a real lot of fun.

In wrapping up, we set the theme challenges for the next 2 months - Fresh Start for May (due at the end of the month) and Sweet Light for June. In addition, we discussed an upcoming Fitness & Glamour Workshop that will be held mid July with 2 professional models on the shores of Lake Ontario at Point Petre.  We have a limited number of spots and we're filing them up on a first-come first-served basis.

Thanks to all for participating - it's what our club is all about!