Tuesday, 3 March 2015

March 1st Meeting

Our March 1st meeting marked the start of our third year of operations. We had another good turnout and tackled some important photographic tools and concepts. We commenced the meeting with a quick overview of the White Balance function in our cameras. That was followed up with a Road Trip slideshow on the County and surrounding areas during a very cold and snowy January/February period.


Our first mini workshop of the night was spearheaded by Janice Ruggles-Bolton who introduced us to the basics of Adobe Lightroom. This is a software package that has elicited considerable interest from other members and it was great to see it finally demo'ed in our clubhouse.

Following our halftime break, we opened up the second half with an inspiring view of a far away portion of the North American continent with a new year's trip North to Alaska by Jan Swenson. What beautiful mountain scenery and the awe of the Northern Lights right on our screen!


Bert Jenkins followed up with a review of the upcoming 2015 edition of the CliC Photo Show soon to be held right here in Picton. Deadlines for submissions are May 21st and you can go to the newly designed CliC website for more details (www.clicphotoshow.com) and entry instructions. One of our members was a major winner at that event last year and I am sure she is looking to repeat!

The next mini workshop of the night was handled by Ramesh Pooran who took us through a discussion and examples of Depth of Field and it's various considerations. Quite simply, the smaller the Aperture, the larger the depth of field (area in focus), while the wider the Aperture, the smaller the resultant DOF. Both shallow and large DOF's can be used effectively to enhance our photographic imagery.

Our last slideshow of the night was on our theme challenge – Thru the Looking Glass. We had some very creative and artistic interpretations of this theme. These images, along with the above mention Road Trip images have been posted to our facebook page (facebook.com/countyfotoclub) for viewing.


Upcoming Events:

We have a special hands-on workshop scheduled for Tuesday March 10th from 7-9pm in the parish hall at the rear of St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church. This will be a follow-up to last month's portraiture discussion and we will have two studio lighting set-ups for anyone to use. Bring your cameras and tripods.

Our club outing for the month will occur on Sunday March 15th at 2PM at Barcovan Beach which is located near Brighton. This will provide lots of bird/fowl feeding opportunities as well as a walk through a picturesque little village closeby.

The Theme challenge for the month of March is Shapes & Shadows while advance notice of the theme challenge for April is Perspectives – Looking at Things Differently.

Thanks to all those who attended and participated in the session.

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