Tuesday, 7 October 2014

October 5th Meeting Recap

We had our largest attendance yet at Sunday's October meeting. In addition and more importantly, we had really good member participation in our outings and monthly theme challenge. The meeting started with our club's take on Heritage Day at the Ameliasburgh Pioneer Museum. Next on the agenda was Ramesh Pooran who attempted to clarify the often confusing aspects of Metering and Automatic Focusing Options on modern day cameras – oh for the good old days of the simple Kodak Brownie camera! We then saw some images taken at a recent, somewhat impromptu, night photography workshop which we held here in Picton mid last month. Glen Dobson was our workshop leader and some of the images taken were really striking. The world is a very different place once the sun goes down! We finished off the first half with a rousing and colourful take on Local Fall Fairs, featuring the Picton and Milford 2014 fairgrounds.

The second half commenced with a wonderful slideshow of the Norwegian Fjords by Lew Mitz. These images were taken on a recent cruise to the region and he was really able to capture the magnificience of the area. After a few political and organizational messages,  I discussed Seeing the Light, from an artistic perspective. I used prior member image submissions to demonstrate the various aspects of using light in a creative and three-dimensional manner. We even used an egg to demonstrate the impact that light has as you move it around the egg and its impact on shape, form and texture - try it at home and then make yourself some breakfast.

The final slideshow of the evening was our Monochrome or Polychrome but Please no Kodachrome theme challenge. Stripping away the colour from an image had a tremendous impact on the artistic quality that our submitters were focusing on. I have uploaded images from the three main member slideshows and the Night Workshop to our Facebook page. I'm still working on putting a link to Lew's slideshow which resides on Youtube at this address

The meeting finished with a restatement of the Theme challenge for October – Nature's Glory and advance notice of the November theme challenge which is Form & Texture, a followup to my discussion on Seeing the Light. 

The outing for October will be on Sunday October 19th. We will be going to the O'Hara Mills Homestead and Conservation Area which is located about an hour's drive from Picton (near Madoc). We will meet either at the Conservation area at 2pm or in the Mary's Street Parking lot in Picton at 12:45PM from whence we can car pool and convoy ourselves up there. It's a great place to capture some interesting images of pioneer buildings, mill wheel, covered bridge, rushing streams, mini-falls and lots of nature trails. Hope to see you there.

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