Tuesday, 4 October 2016

October Club Meeting

Sunday’s meeting was another well attended event that featured participation by 29 of our members in submitting images, attending outings or making presentations. We decided to skip our usual Quick Topic item as we had such a stellar line-up of expert presenters.

The evening started with a slideshow of three recent club outings- first our visit to the Picton Yacht Club on a lovely August evening, followed by a nostalgic Cruise Night session at the Belleville A&W and culminating in the majestic Tall Ship Festival in Brockville. As usual, the tone was upbeat with a little humour sprinkled throughout.

Our first presenter of the night was Malcolm Park whose talk entitled – Landscapes to Nightscapes – provided valuable information on how astro-photography images are taken and processed. However, his two slideshows – the first a sequence of superb timelapses of everything from clouds and ice on ponds, all the way to nighttime cityscapes and the second show from his recent trip to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile – had the audience in wonder at the sheer beauty of his imagery.

The second half of the meeting started with an introduction from Ian Dickinson of his long time passion for nature, especially the avian sort. His slideshow, Things with Wings, depicted a large number of different species of birds with a few insects thrown in for good measure, in their natural setting. Each slide was well labelled to identify the species. Fortunately there was no test at the end to see how many we could recognize!

Next on the agenda was a mini workshop on Printing, put on by a very energetic Mike Gaudaur. It was mini only in terms of time as Mike covered the whole gamut of key considerations around printing including Colour Management, Cropping, Resolution and Paper. Everyone there now knows how to properly calibrate their monitors and how and why to use appropriate colour profiles for the specific printer/paper/ink combinations.

The final slideshow of the evening was our September theme challenge – HorsePower. Twenty-one members submitted images ranging from over-powered car engines to white horses on the beach. All of the member slideshows from the October meeting have been posted to our public Facebook page for your viewing pleasure.

The themes for the next 60 days were handed down – Transitions for October and Abstract for November. The club outing for October will be held on Saturday Oct 15th (note changed date due to projected rain-out) at the O’Hara Mills Conservation Area. It is a gorgeous location in the forest with an old mill, water wheel, dam, waterfalls, covered bridge, lots pioneer buildings and artifacts and many trails through the woods. Hopefully there will still be some colour left on the trees.

Thanks to all who showed up at the meeting and participate in our various club activities.