Tuesday, 5 June 2018

June Meeting Recap

Another enthusiastic and inquisitive crowd was in attendance for our June meeting this past Sunday. Our member participation rates continue to be very encouraging with 35 members contributing images for the session. We had a very full agenda which did cause a little runover in time, but no-one appeared anxious to head to the exits!

Mike Montgomery started the meeting off by giving us a talk on Lens Technology – to assist any of us that might be in the market for some new glass. Mike discussed a vast variety of lens options out there on the market today and things we should look for when buying some new glass.

Our first slideshow of the night was from our recent Gould Lake outing. Eleven of our members made the trek up north of Kingston to this hidden nature area. The images have been posted to our public Facebook page for your viewing pleasure.

I took over centre stage for a discussion of the Exposure Triangle and how a photographer could use each of the three exposure elements (ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed) to best advantage to not only obtain proper exposure, but to also do it in an artistic/photographic manner.

Our resident canoeist and kayaker – Marilyn Sprissler – kicked off the second half with a breathtaking slideshow of three recent trips she took to French River (Northern Ont), Quetico Provincial Park and San Juan River in Utah. Her images captured a unique view of the various canyon walls and forested shores from the low river perspective - gorgeous imagery throughout, taken from sunrise til sunset on her various excursions.

Larry Tayler was our next speaker where he explained why it was “Hip to be Square”. Larry has recently become entranced with the 1:1 square image format, taken in-camera (not cropped via photo-shop). He discussed the works of several photographers who have inspired him in this pursuit including Cig Harvey and Aida Muluneh. Larry ended his presentation with an eye-catching slideshow he recently shot in Australia called Tasmanian Treasures – all taken in the 1:1 format.

Our final slideshow of the evening was the Fresh Start theme challenge to which 33 individuals submitted images. The images represented an upbeat start to our outdoor nature season here in Ontario.

The theme challenges for the next 2 months were handed out – Sweet Light for June and A Creative Eye on Summer for the month of July.

Thanks to everyone for another very successful meeting.

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