Tuesday, 9 June 2015

A Rockin' Crowd

Our June meeting smashed attendance records with 40 members and guests there primarily to see our special guest speaker – Mr. John Rowlands. John presented images and stories from his experiences working the past six decades with many of the music industry's major stars – from the likes of Bill Haley, Duke Ellington, Elvis Presley, through the British invasion – Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton etc, right up to present day performers. He also showed images of Canada's major performers. John is never stuck for words and his stories and memories could fill volumes. John is not only one of the world's premier photographers of Rock musicians but is also a great historian of the total Rock 'n Roll music genre. The assembled group really enjoyed seeing his great images and now have a much better understanding of many of the personalities in those images.

The latter half of our meeting was primarily dedicated to seeing member photos. Bob Stock started the second half off with a colourful slideshow entitled A Thousand Exposures which documented his travels through Southern California and Nevada. The landscape is very different from our surrounds in PEC. We also watched a slideshow from our May club outing to Chisholm Mills and Vanderwater Conservation Area. The May theme challenge of “Movement” was depicted in a slideshow entitled Our World in Motion with submissions from twenty of our members. The images from the latter two shows are now available for viewing at our Facebook Page.


A little bit of work was also completed, with two short educational sessions – one discussing the Histogram and how to use it to improve our photography. The other session was on the compositional element of Balance.

The assembled group was reminded of our June Theme Challenge entitled Renewal and these images (5 to 8 in number) will be due in just before the end of June. The July theme challenge was also handed out, namely Lead-in Lines so you can all get a head start on these as well.

Our June club outing will be about Model Trains and will be held at the property of David & Elly Welsh who are having an open house (207 Sandy Hook Rd.) all weekend long. We plan to go as a club at 2PM on Sunday June 14th. Please mark your calendars.

The next meeting will be held on Sunday July 5th, at which time we are asking all of you to bring along two printed images of your work that have been taken in the past 2 years. The images should be at least 8x10” in size and either matted or mounted on bristol board with a border around it. We prefer that they not be framed! They should not be watermarked or otherwise identifiable as we have something planned for reviewing these images.