Tuesday, 9 April 2019

April Meeting Recap

A full house was in store, anxious to greet and listen to our guest speaker for the night – Kyle Blaney.  Kyle is an avid birder and nature photographer who has levered his love of nature into a career position as Outreach Lead of the Shad development & leadership program for pre-university teens.  Kyle’s presentation, entitled Life Lessons from the Arctic, took us to many outposts of Canada, far from the popular tourist destinations.  He parlayed these into life concepts that work exceptionally well for him.  Kyle presented impressive images of Spirit Bears, Breaching Whales, glaciers, icebergs and much more. He also stirred the juices of many in the audience to some of the geographic locations he has frequented.

As Kyle’s talk was a bit longer than anticipated, we only had time to run the slideshows prepared for the evening. We displayed our Point Traverse/Long Point Outing slideshow. The outing occurred last month just after a fresh coat of snow from the night before leaving, according to our landscape expert Bert Jenkins “drop dead gorgeous” conditions.  Have a look at the images on our public Facebook site to see for yourself.

Larry Tayler, recently back from an extensive stay in Tasmania, kicked off the second portion of our meeting with an entertaining slideshow featuring his street photography expertise, entitled Not So Mean Streets. Larry’s images will serve well in setting up this coming month’s theme challenge relating to photographing people.

Our final slideshow was for our March theme challenge entitled Soft & Shallow.  Thirty-two of you submitted an array of wonderful images, ably demonstrating this effective artistic tool.  These images have also been posted to our public Facebook page for everyone to view.

We ran out of time, so we had to defer to a later date, a presentation that Dave Tugwood & I had prepared on photographing people – no worries! We set the theme challenges for the next two months – April is To Pose or Not To Pose!, while May’s theme is Colour My World.


Tuesday, 5 March 2019

March Club Meeting

We had a very good turnout to our Sunday meeting on what turned out to be a rather snowy March evening.  Our participation rate for the month remained high with 35 members submitting images for our meeting.

The overall theme for the meeting was Colour and I started it off with a discussion of how the Human Eye sees colour. I also mention the concept of Colour Space (Adobe RGB vs sRGB, ...) along with a few suggestions in that regard.

Our first slideshow of the evening was our Ice Box Festival/ Macaulay House area outing from early February.  Twenty-two members contributed many colourful, abstract images from inside the “Ice Boxes” as well as many great available light images from the historic Macaulay House interiors.

Margaret Liddon was our night’s featured presenter, with another in her Art of Seeing series – this one entitled Artistic Use of Colour.  Margaret made extensive use of the Colour Wheel to demonstrate how some colours go much more effectively together than others.  She also offered 8 options that photographers could employ to improve the use of colour in their imagery. Margaret’s material has been uploaded to our Youtube channel along with the other presentations from the night’s proceedings for your review.

Our second half commenced with Gilles Bisson taking us aboard his Kayak for a trip down a number of local waterways to capture some incredible nature imagery. His images of beavers and swans were priceless!

Mike Montgomery was next up with a discussion on LUTs (stands for Look Up Tables) and how they have been used for years in the movie industry to change the tonal appearance of scenes and how they are now entering into the world of still photography.  Most modern digital editing programs now include some use of the concept for preset modification of images.

Our theme challenge for the month was entitled Mono Plus One.  Thirty-two of you submitted images, most using a monochrome backdrop with a coloured (usually single coloured) main subject.  Many of us had to do a little extra photo manipulation to get the results we were looking for.  The images were very diverse and highly creative.  Our public Facebook page now has these along with our outing images available for anyone to view.

Our theme challenges for the next two months are Soft & Shallow for March and To Pose or Not to Pose! for April.

Another great session - thanks!

Monday, 4 February 2019

The Arctic vortex subsided and the forecasted ice rain never materialized, allowing us to achieve a fine turn-out at our February 3rd meeting – much better and more exciting entertainment that the dud bowl being broadcast to many TV sets that evening! We had 39 members submit images for the meeting – just about the same number as our night’s turn-out – thank you all.

I kicked the meeting off by showing three different methods that we could use to achieve images for our February Mono Plus One theme – requiring a monochrome image with just one additional colour remaining. Go over to our Youtube channel where this presentation will be available for review.

Our first slideshow of the evening was from our Frink Conservation Centre outing held earlier in January on a crisp, cold winter’s day. Twenty members contributed images from that day’s event, depicting lots of ice, but little snow. It always amazes how different and creative images taken at essentially the same place and time can be!

The featured speaker for the evening was Dave Tugwood, who discussed Depth-of-Field and other techniques that could be employed to produce artistic images that separated the subject from its surroundings. Dave’s fine selection of images demonstrated his techniques in all sorts of photography - from wedding shots to Landscapes, macros to telephotos. He ended with images incorporating the Bokeh concept for silky smooth backgrounds. Dave’s material will also be available on our Youtube channel. His presentation material essentially sets up our March theme challenge discussed below.

Don Tayler started off the second half with a colourful slideshow of the people and their environs in the small but unique country of Nepal. It depicted a friendly but impoverished populace with the heavy influence of Buddhism throughout their culture. Thanks Don for a great slideshow of a far-away location.

Our theme challenge for the month was entitled Winter Fantasy. With over 200 images submitted, we split the showing into two separate portions. Some members took the “Fantasy” theme in unexpected directions and locales. The images were tremendous and several members comic creativity made the shows really entertaining! These images along with our Frink Outing ones have already been posted to our public Facebook page for anyone to view.

We did manage to spend a while on our Critiquing the Masters process, whereby the audience was asked to participate in discussing the merits and effectiveness of a number of great photographs by Master Photographers.

Our theme challenges for the next two months are Mono plus One (colour) for February and Soft & Shallow for March.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Starting Up 2019 in Style

We kicked off our first meeting of 2019 with record high participation from 48 of our members.  Fifty people attended the session and they got to witness some incredible imagery from our members.

The meeting started with an upbeat and colourful slideshow of images from our club outing to the Firelight Lantern Festival, held annually every November in Picton. The costumes were loud and bright, the lanterns were a feast for our camera lenses and the music was “shall we say” unusual!

Next up was a intriguing feature presentation from Ian Dickinson – our birder extraordinaire.  Ian explained how birding and photography changed his life, as he retired from the office cubicle and learned to see, hear and appreciate the world of nature at his doorstep.  Ian discussed the when, where and how to best photograph the many tiny avian creatures in our vicinity. Throughout, Ian used wonderful images of the various types of birds and described when they were likely to arrive on our migratory doorstep. Ian’s bird photography can be found on-line by visiting his website – photobirding.net.

Our second half was dominated by the almost 300 images, submitted from 48 members to the Portfolio Picks challenge.  The images are very impressive and demonstrate the creative juices that run amok within the artistic veins of our membership! The slideshow was shown in two separate sections. The images (along with the Firelight Lantern Festival images) are available for public viewing at our Facebook page.

In between the two slideshow parts was our Annual “Show & Tell”.  A number of interesting gadgets, including Litra Torch light cube, the Ultimate Lens Hood, white balance lens attachment, several Olympus OMD-EM1 Mark II’s, a birding camera aiming device, winter cleats, lens adaptor for older analogue lenses, versatile head lamp, flash pattern projection device, photo book, mottled glass for creative portraits etc,. ... 

Our theme challenges for the next two months are Winter Fantasy for January and Mono Plus One (colour) for February. Our outing for January will be held Saturday Jan 12th at the Frink Conservation Area just north of Belleville.

Thanks to all who came out and especially to those that contribute images to make our meetings so enjoyable.