Monday, 4 November 2019

November 3rd Meeting

Our November photo club meeting saw a full house in attendance to see photography from over 40 of our talented members. Our pre-announced agenda had to be re-jigged due to a family emergency by one of our planned presenters. That allowed me the opportunity to address a subject I named Participaction – extremely grateful of the fantastic participation rates, but still wanting for more!  I got to discuss the on-going issue of watermarking (where’s Waldo?), file sizing file naming, and the image submission process.  If you want to follow-up on any of this, visit our Youtube Channel to review the presentation.

Our outing for last month was entitled A Day in the Life of Prince Edward County and 31 members participated on that wonderful Thursday, October 10th. All corners of the County were fair game and certainly not just the normal tourist haunts. A lively, albeit somewhat lengthy, slideshow was shown up on the big screen.

Next up, we had a bit of fun with the assistance of 4 very capable members who participated in our Processing By Others segment.  It was introduced by none other than Ansel Adams (from a 1983 BBC interview clip).  Joanne Arbuckle, Terri Korkush, Don Taylor and Alan Jenner each took their turn at discussing their processing of raw images from each of the other participants. The end results all looked great, but often quite different even though they all had the same starting point.  Good fun!

Following a short break, Ian Dickinson presented us with one of the best audio tracks for a slideshow with a rendition by Ella and Satchmo of Summertime.  We also got to see some great images that Ian collected from his treks this past summer both locally and from Canada’s East Coast.

Next up was me again, this time talking about how to become a real Sharpshooter.  This short presentation will also soon be available on our Youtube Channel – go on YouTube and search for “Countyfotoclub”.

The final slideshow of the night was an extended dispay of Autumn Splendor - our theme challenge for the month. Thirty-nine of our members submitted many beautiful images that captured this great time of year in Southern Ontario. These images, as well as A Day in the Life of PEC have been uploaded to our public Facebook page for your review.

Our upcoming themes were handed out – Round the Bend – Circles & Curves for November, and Picture Perfect (anything from your vast portfolios!) for the month of December.  Our outing this month will be at the Trenton Air Museum on Sunday Nov 10th.

If you haven’t already, please don’t forget to get a ticket for our December 8th Award Gala and Gourmet Buffet.  Let us know and we will save you a seat – and bring along your spouse or a friend.  It’s a social event to honour our very best fellow photographers -  all with a unique 1920’s Cabaret backdrop!

Saturday, 12 October 2019

October 2019 Meeting in Review

The October 6th meeting got off to a roaring (think 1920’s) start with a discussion of our upcoming year-end Awards Gala and Gourmet Buffett.  This year we are going to time-travel back to the early part of last century with a Cabaret theme for the event.  The event will be held on Sunday December 8th at the infamous Scarlett Regency Cabaret in Picton – known, more recently, as the Parish Hall at St Mary Magdelene Church! We will have a lot of fun transforming the surroundings and encourage you all to put your own spin on the evening by donning an appropriate hat, boa, plume, etc.  Tickets are now on sale ($10/person and we encourage you to invite guests). It is sure to be the photographic social event of the year here in the County.  We will get to see and reward some fantastic photography with over 20 award trophies hanging in the balance.

Ramesh Pooran was the night's first presenter, telling us how to photograph Star Trails. His material really hit home when he followed it up with two short but highly impressive light trail/time lapse videos.

Next up was a walk around the park – so to speak.  Our outing last month was to Charleston Lake Provincial Park (about 20 minutes nirth of Gananoque).  Although only eight of our group made the trek, it was a location well worth the trip with lots of small islands, caves and rocky shield features.

Bert Jenkins next provided us with a discussion of Workflow as it relates to his photographic routine. Capturing the image was step one, followed by three separate processing steps – raw processing, post processing and creative processing. Oh, it all sounded so simple!

Following a short break, we got to enjoy some fantastic photography from the sunshine state of Florida.  Bill & Gloria Sprung presented an enthralling slideshow as a parting gift to our club – they leave very shortly for their winter home in the deep south!

I next took centre stage, with an discussion as to how I go about generating the Audio Tracks for our many club slideshows.  I actually used Bill & Gloria’s Florida Greetings slideshow as an example and discussed the tools and techniques that I employ.

Our grand finale was the Texture theme challenge slideshow to which 37 of our members submitted images. Texture is yet another creative element that we, photographers, can use to enhance our imagery. These images, as well as the Charleston Lake ones have been uploaded to our public Facebook page for your review.

Our upcoming themes were handed out – The Splendor of Fall for this month of October, and Round the Bend – Circles & Curves for November.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

September Meeting

Our first session of the Fall season was very well attended and featured the works of 38 of our participating members. For this meeting, people were asked to bring along their cameras for a fall cleaning, as we had our semi-annual sensor cleaning clinic in high gear – thanks to the presence of our resident expert – Douglas Banks. We took advantage of his presence by having him talk to us about how we should care for our precious image recording devices. Douglas did a great job and even displayed actual sensors taken out of various types of cameras - from full frame, all the way down to a cell phone- interesting to be sure!

Our first slideshow of the night featured the works of 12 of our members who made the trek up to O’Hara Mill Homestead & Conservation Area this past month. It’s a wonderful pioneer village setting with many vintage buildings, implements, mill, covered bridge and attendants dressed in period costumes. Coupled with great light, the images were impressive.

Joseph Leduc was our next presenter, with a talk on various ways to creatively use Neutral Density Filters. Silky water, streaked clouds, making people magically disappear, panning, fireworks, and many other uses for neutral density filters were discussed and demonstrated with Joe’s impressive imagery.

The second half kicked off with a bang – well multiple bangs actually, from a Fireworks slideshow that featured 12 of our members. Coupled with Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, it was a bang-up show, so-to-speak!

With a Texture theme challenge on the table, Margaret & I thought it appropriate to present our thoughts on Photographing Texture. I did the “how-to” stuff, while Margaret demonstrated the artistic side, stressing compositional considerations while showing numerous examples of great texture shots from past member submissions.

The evening ended with our theme challenge slideshow entitled The Power of One! The theme was intended to have our photographers simplify their imagery and concentrate on one core subject per image. 32 members answered the challenge with really creative imagery. These images, along with the Fireworks and O’Hara shots have been posted to our public Facebook page for all to see.

The theme challenge for September’s is Texture, while our October theme is entitled The Splendour of Fall. Both the Neutral Density and Photographing Texture presentations will be posted to our Youtube channel very shortly.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

August Club Meeting Review

On a beautiful summer evening, our clubhouse was replete with many great local photo enthusiasts. Sunday’s meeting displayed images from 41 of our members, a continued high participation level – that warms the cockles of my heart!

Larry Tayler got us off to a great start with his serene and graceful show on the Tasmanian countryside – not sure if it included any people, which is especially unique coming from our renowned “street” photographer emeritus! Thanks Larry.

Next on the agenda, we got to tone up our artistic skills with a stimulating presentation on Composition by Gilles Bisson. We got to hear about lines, curves, depth, focal points, breakable “rules” and numerous other concepts for improving our photographic imagery. Gilles demonstrated his concepts using his exceptional array of impressive nature images, many taken locally. We plan to have Gilles back for more creative ideas in the near future.

We started the second half of our meeting with our Kingston Scavenger Hunt slideshow, from a fun outing held mid-July in the near-by princess city. The twenty-five participants were placed in six Groups (the Clickers, Exposers, Zoomers, Flashers, Editors and Croppers), quite appropriate for the motley assemblage of photographers. Then each participant was assigned a list of "items" to scavenge for and photograph – many required a lot of thought and imagination as they were tied to emotions like perplexed, fear, anger, ... With some up-tempo music to go along, a fun slideshow was enjoyed by all.

Next on the agenda was a recurring item, that has been very effective in the past. We had five individuals each show and talk to one of their images in the What, Why, How??? segment. Don Taylor, Peter Gorski, Paula Martin, along with Gloria & Bill Sprung displayed an impressive array of image taking and post-processing skills. It was a great way for the club to get to know each other, and our photographic styles, a little better. Thanks to all five who participated and did such a wonderful job.

The evening ended with our theme challenge slideshow entitled Close Encounters. Most of the 30 people who submitted images for this show, did so with a macro or close-up concept in mind. However, we always seem to have a few outliers, who use a much broader (and always welcome) interpretation on the theme. These images along with the Kingston outing shots have been uploaded to our public Facebook page for everyone to view and/or share.

The theme challenge for August is entitled The Power of One!, while September’s is Texture.

Thanks for participating and making our photo club so enjoyable.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

July Print Display & Evaluation

The July Photo Club meeting was our once-a-year Print Display & Evaluation session. We had a full house to admire the many distinctive printed images brought in by 28 of our members. In total 52 prints were on display in the upstairs foyer.  After some short instructions on Print Judging, we all headed upstairs to review and assess the images.  Then we handed our marked forms over to the care of our two number for the night (Bert Jenkins and Margaret Liddon) who diligently inputted the scores into the computer, in a race against time (attempting to complete the task before our meeting ended).  More on this in a minute.

Now, in the meanwhile, the rest of us sat back in our seats to enjoy some really great slideshows.  We started out with our June outing to Quinte Botanical Gardens, a relatively new venture that is located just north of Frankford.  Fifteen of our group visited the facility and came away with many wonderful images.  Following that shoot, many of us had lunch in Campbellford and then headed off to nearby Healey Falls for a few images that were included at the end of the outing slideshow.

Joe Leduc next demonstrated how to blow and photograph beautiful Bubbles in the comfort of our own homes. Joe does this in his basement and we got to see one of his rainy-day project videos on this subject.  It all looked so easy to get such richly coloured, multi-layered bubbles. 

Next on the agenda was a member slideshow from Marilyn Sprissler who recently canoed and hiked areas of Utah.  Her title says it all – Utah Rocks! - and in more ways than one.  Impressive canyons, rock formations and red soil landscapes in all directions!

Our final slideshow of the evening was from 40 of our members interpreting the theme Wings & Tails. As to be expected, there were lots of great images along with a few moments of levity, all wrapped up with toe-tapping music as the background.  We only see our images for a short 6 second each in these slideshows, but you can now see them for as long as you like as they have been posted to our Public Facebook Group – along with the set from our Quinte Gardens outing.

Our night’s mathematicians had not yet completed their tasks, so I talked to our Executive Committee make-up & duties and then asked for anyone interested in joining that group to put their name forward.  We’ll keep you posted on that at a later date.

Our Theme Challenges for the next 2 months were handed down – Close Encounters for July and The Power of One! for August. 

Bert & Margaret finally emerged from behind closed doors to show us the Top Scoring Prints (13 in number), from our collective scoring process.  As I indicated up front, we are basically a non-competitive club – everyone who participated by bringing in an image is a winner!  Only those who sit on their hands are the real losers – and there’s always next year!