Focus Camera Club News

Club News

We have several activities this summer to give our members the opportunities to photograph event chosen from a wide list of themes by members. These activities would not be possible without the intensive passion from our executive. Learning experience and opportunities all around the clock.

Here is some outing already done this summer.

  1. July 01, Hands on Fireworks photography,
  2. July 14, Horse Show Dressage Show, moving target exercises, learn the beaver of the animals and capture the perfect moment. Hans on, on best setting to use shooting indoor and outdoor.
  3. July 21, Muddy River Roller, Muddy River Jam, our members had the chance to exercises new skills on moving targets and how to use ambient light.
  4. July 29, Visit at Mona’s Botanical Gardens, doing macro photography on flowers.
  5. August 10, Steel wool photography and light painting How to…
  6. August 18, Horse Show – Reining competition, horses are moving fast so you will have to be ready. Long lens is needed and get use to ambient light cause this activity is inside.
  7. Moncton Focus Camera Club is a very active Club and a good place to learn adapting to all level of photographer.
Fleures

Report by Isabelle Levesque
Focus Camera Club

Photo Fredericton: Report

Photo Fredericton: Report

by Jane Smith (http://www.photofredericton.ca )

Our year at Photo Fredericton got off to a great start with Fran Harris as our guest speaker, she shared photographs with us in her African presentation on Tanzania & Botswana.

Later in January we had our monthly competition in a CAPA Theme of Altered Reality, many great entries were put forth by our members some real talent and imagination.

February started with a wonderful guest speaker from UNB – Joy Cummings-Dickinson –Media Services @UNB who shared many images she takes for UNB publications and some of her techniques she uses in difficult lighting situations.

Later in the month it was another competition; Competition Night – CAPA competition, Spring – open. Once again with many amazing photographs by our members.

In March we hosted NB College of Craft and Design Photography Students, always a great turn out to hear the students show off their work and their new and innovative ideas.

At the end of the month we tried a change of pace from competitions and tried a critique night the theme was Macro work, all those interested in bringing in Macro photo to get some constructive critique did so and it was a nice evening with out the pressure of competition encouraging more discussion on the photographs.

April saw Fran Harris a sports photographer for Team NB and an official photographer for the Canada Games show us a great array of her images from the games as also shared with us tips and techniques for getting great actions shots in the field.

After the success of March’s critique night we hosted a second one on Theme People/portraits.

May our guest speaker was Karen Ruet a photography instructor from the College of Craft and Design who gave us a wonderful talk on making a story in a photo a journalistic approach.

Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia Report

Annual Banquet

In May, the Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia held its Annual Awards Banquet. In addition to presenting winners with the trophies from the End of

Year competitions, two additional awards were given out. Terry Carroll and Wally Hayes were given special recognition for their work in digitizing and archiving founding member Tim Randall’s extensive collection of historical Nova Scotia images. Mervyn Kumar-Misir was also acknowledged for his 50 years of service to the club.

The Photographic Guild held several fieldtrips before breaking for the summer to work on the next season’s program. Members went to Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park and photographed the song birds returning from their spring migration in May. In June, club members explored the Avondale Trail System and the Avon Sky Winery and practiced their macro photography in the lovely gardens of Maria and Laszlo Podor.

PGNS: Report by Joyce Chew (https://www.photoguild.ns.ca)

Award for 50 years of service
50 Years of Service: Mervyn Kumar-Misir (Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia)
Photo Field Trip with the Photographic Build of Nova Scotia
Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia field trip
Special Award presentation
Special Award of Appreciation to Terry Carroll and Wally Hayes   (Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia)

New Club: St, Croix Click

St, Croix Click: Joined CAPA in May, 2018. Welcome!

Saint Croix Click is a small group of photo enthusiasts based in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. There are around twenty four members, a core group of which actively attend the monthly meetings. There’s a larger following of over 100 people on Facebook.

Meetings consist of a constructive criticism of five photos submitted by members each month, followed by a presentation by a guest speaker, or a member. Presentations have included topics such as understanding of aperture and depth of field, macro photography, capturing movement, tips on taking really sharp photos, light and composition, post-processing and editing. There have also been interactive presentations on the use of studio lighting to practice portrait and macro photography.

We’ve also had a full day session on the basics of using a digital camera, which was an excellent refresher course for some, and a chance to learn new tips and procedures for all.

The club has occasionally joined with Fundy Camera Club from Saint John on joint field trip outings, to Ministers Island in St. Andrews and to the Kingston Peninsula.

Visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saintcroixclick/

Moncton Judging Course

The Focus Camera Club (Moncton, NB) and CAPA Atlantic Zone hosted a CAPA Judging Course in Moncton on June 16. We had Rod Trider as the course instructor with 32 participants including some from Nova Scotia. At very friendly atmosphere we shared comments and questions, and mingled to talk at the lunch buffet. I would like to thank the Focus Camera Club team, Rod, and all the participants for making it happened.

Michiko Nishijima
CAPA Atlantic Zone Director

 

Participants from a CAPA Judging Course
Moncton Judging Course Group, Photo by Andre LeBlanc

Atlantic Members Receive MCAPA

Atlantic Zone Director Michiko Nishijima is pleased to announce that two CAPA members in the Atlantic Zone have been awarded the Maple Leaf Award (MCAPA) in recognition of their exceptional contribution to photography. Peter MacLean and Janet Crawford, both long-time members of Photo Fredericton, have also served as executive members of the club. Please join us in congratulating them on their service to CAPA and their contribution to photography.

CAPA Honours are awarded to recognize a high standard of both photographic achievement and photographic service to CAPA. The Maple Leaf Award is one of many Honours and Awards that are available to CAPA Members.

Michiko Nishijima, Atlantic Zone Director and Peter MacLean, MCAPA
Michiko Nishijima, Atlantic Zone Director and Janet Crawford, MCAPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cim MacDonald images at Museum

Ihalhukw’ siiye’ye  /  Flying Friends: Birds in the Hul’q’umi’num World

The extraordinary nature photography of award winning local artist Cim MacDonald is on view at the Cowichan Valley Museum. The Ihalhukw’ siiye’yu exhibit is curated by local First Nations Elders and speakers and features description of local birds in the Hul’q’umi’num language. Partnered in this exhibit are the students of the Simon Fraser University MA in Linguistics of a Nations Language program at the ta’ulthun sqwal Language Academy in Duncan, B.C.

The show runs from May 31st to November 1, 2018

Cim Macdonald Show at the Cowichan Museum

 

 

Stratford CC Closes

Sometimes there is good news to report, and at other times, sad news. This is the latter as after 55 years, one of CAPA’s long-time member clubs is closing its doors.

The Stratford Camera Club, in Stratford, Ontario has had a long and distinguished history. It was first established on June 13, 1900, charging $2 for men and $1 for women. Since then the club has folded and restarted twice, first in 1939 and most recently in 1963.

The photographers who re-established the club in 1963 had the aim of encouraging members in their photographic endeavours, and providing opportunities to improve their skills through instruction, competitions, outings and guest speakers. The Club’s core objectives remained the same over the years, with the addition of competitions and social events between Stratford and other area camera clubs.

The Club met twice a month from September to May with a general meeting at Gallery Stratford and a monthly workshop at various nearby locations. Club outings were organised both for photography and socialising.

The Stratford Camera Club has enjoyed presentations from well-known photographic artists such as Maria Zorn, Bob and Peter Wood (authors of the book “Bright Wings”) and Freeman Patterson. A juried photographic salon was held at Gallery Stratford to celebrate the Club’s 40th anniversary. In recent years Kaleidoscope, an annual audio-visual and print show, was held at Woodland Towers Retirement Home. In addition to enjoying the beautiful prints, members of the community were treated to some inspiring AV shows.

With membership dwindling over the last few years, the executive felt it was time to take a break and the Club held its last meeting on May 15th, 2018. The Club has established a bursary for a high school student in Stratford who will peruse further studies in photography. With the sale of their remaining equipment they will be able to offer the scholarship for another year.

My thanks to Doug Bingham for providing the details about the Club’s background.

Since the club has a history of resurfacing, I look forward to seeing the next generation of the Stratford Camera Club. In the meantime, best wishes to the club members as they pursue their photographic interests through other venues.

Bill Hall
CAPA District Representative
Southwestern Ontario District 2

HM Ribbon to Focus Camera Club

Focus Camera Club receives Honourable Mention
Ira Crummey (VP) and Isabelle Levesque (CAPA District Representative (DR)). Photo by Daniel Beaudry

Black and White Honourable Mention Ribbon to Focus Camera Club of Moncton for Black and White Club competition.

Focus Camera Club from Moncton just received its first Honourable Mention Ribbon from CAPA for the Black and White Club competition; the members surpass themselves in 27 years of existence.

I was very proud to present to the vice-president Ira Crummey the ribbon on April 26, 2018 at our Club meeting.

 

 

Un Ruban, Mention honorable au Club Focus Caméra de Moncton pour la compétition noir et blanc.
Le Club Focus Camera de Moncton a reçu le « Ruban, Mention honorable » de CAPA pour la première fois depuis ses 27 années d’existence lors de la compétition « Noir et Blanc »; les membres du club se surpassent.

J’ai été très fière de présenter le ruban au vice-président Ira Crummey lors de la rencontre régulière du Club le 26 avril dernier.

Focus Camera Club receives Honourable Mention
Maurice Melanson, Rémi Levesque, Ira Crummey (VP), Sherrie Gaudet, Nicolas Blouin and Shawn Harquail (absent). Photo by Daniel Beaudry

Club Photo Évasion de St-Bruno Annual Exhibition

Notre club étant tout récemment devenu membre de l’ACAP, c’est avec plaisir que les membres du Club Photo Évasion de St-Bruno vous invitent  à la soirée de vernissage de notre exposition annuelle qui se tiendra le 18 mai 2018 à 19h au Vieux-Presbytère de St-Bruno, 15 Rue des Peupliers, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC J3V 2L9. Lors de cette soirée, vous aurez le privilège de voir plus d’une centaine de photos exceptionnelles. Un événement à ne pas rater.

Having recently become a member of CAPA, It is with great pleasure that the members of Club Photo Évasion de St-Bruno invite you to the vernissage of their Annual Exhibition. The event will take place May 18, 2018 at 7PM at 15 Rue des Peupliers, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC J3V 2L9. During this evening, you will have the privilege of viewing over 100 exceptional photographs. An event that should not be missed!

Nova Scotia Spring Show

Annual Spring Show by the Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia

Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia
image by Laszlo Podor

On Saturday, April 14, the Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia will be having its Annual Spring Show.

In addition to top images from our members, this year’s Spring Show will feature the Guild’s essay “Spotlight” which was presented at Photopolis, the 2017 Halifax Festival of Photography.

There will also be a series of this season’s best images (including portraits, birds, mammals and landscapes) and a selection of photo essays by our members. As well as door prizes from our sponsors.

  • Location: Theatre A, Burke Education Building, Saint Mary’s University
  • Time: Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 pm
  • Admission is free (donations to defray costs gratefully accepted).

The Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia is a member of CAPA.

Fraser Valley Invitational 2018

18th Annual Fraser Valley Invitational

Langley Camera Club Fraser alley Invitational Photography Competition
Connections image by Pat Ellingson

The public is welcome to attend the Langley Camera Club’s annual Fraser Valley Invitational photo competition on Saturday, May 13 at Clayton Heights Secondary in Surrey. The theme this year is Connections – between people, animals or objects, displayed in photographs that are interesting as well as technically and artistically excellent. Join photography friends, meet new photography enthusiasts, check out fantastic local talent and maybe even win a cool door prize.

Each club chooses 10 of its member’s photos to showcase in the competition. Three judges, all award-winning, professional photographers in the local, national and international arenas, choose the best photos of the night with awards going to both clubs and individuals. And every person who attends gets to cast a vote for the People’s Choice award.

One of the most exciting things about this event,” LCC president, Kasandra Sproson, says, “is it’s the best work from almost every club in the lower mainland and Fraser Valley. It’s our biggest annual event. I always find it very inspiring.

This year’s door prizes are still a secret but if 2017 is anything to go by, they’re well worth the price of admission. Last year, there was a Nikon camera in the mix, along with camera bags and other bits and pieces every photographer appreciated. Everyone who comes through the door is in the draw.

The Langley Camera Club was established in 1961 and is one of the largest and most active clubs in the lower mainland. With an emphasis on learning and developing photography skills through hands-on workshops and meet-ups, the Langley Camera Club is always excited to join together with other local clubs at this photography-rich annual event.

  • When: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 7:30 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm
  • Where: Clayton Heights Secondary, 7003, 188 St, Surrey, BC
  • Tickets: $18 online via PayPal or $20 at the door

CAPA medals are presented to the winning images for Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mention.

For more information, please email Kasandra Sproson or call her at 604-837-3429. Visit www.langleycameraclub.com/fvi

The Langley Camera Club is a member of CAPA.

Victoria Camera Club Print Show

2018 Print Show

Victoria Camera Club 2018 Print show
image by Ken Johnson

The public is invited to come and see an eclectic collection of juried photographic prints made by 45 members of the VCC.

  • When: Opening Reception April 20, 2018,  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Exhibition Hours: April 21 – May 8, 2018, noon to 6:00 pm, closed on Sundays and Mondays
  • Where: Victoria Arts Council Gallery, 636 Fort Street, Victoria BC

For more information, email printshows@victoriacameraclub.ca

The Victoria Camera Club is a member of CAPA.

 

 

Shuswap Photo Arts Club Presents

Drone Photography with Jim Hall

  • When: Monday, March 26, 2018, 7:00 pm
  • Where: Fifth Avenue Senior Centre, Salmon Arm, BC
  • Admission: By donation

Droning is an inexpensive hobby with very exhilarating results.

Jim is a retired Air Traffic Controller (27 years) and had a Commercial Pilots License for over 50 years. He did a variety of flying in Calgary, including flying as an aerial photographer over a 20-year period. Upon retirement from ATC, he started an Aerial Photo business in Calgary, doing “Scenic-Oblique aerial photography. After 14 years in business Jim decided to retire for the second time and moved to the Shuswap.

As a retired Air Traffic Controller and a Commercial Pilot, he is very familiar with and aware of the necessity of TC Air Regulations and why and how they apply to UAV flying.

He has been flying 2 drones for about 3 years, (before drone rules were finalized). Jim flies them for pleasure, to avoid the pressure of doing commercial droning.

For more information, email Len Lazzarotto.

Kimberley Camera Club Presents

2018 Digital Multi-Media Slideshows

The Kimberley Camera Club will present their Annual Slideshow twice this year. The Club has presented slideshows for the public as part of our giving back to our community for many years. Come out to one of the evenings for viewing enjoyment. Admission by donation.

Cranbrook

When: Monday, March 12, 2018, 7:00 pm

Where: Manual Training Centre, 202 Kootenay St. N. Cranbrook, BC

Kimberley

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:00 pm

Where: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Boundary St 97, Kimberley, BC

For more information, email John Lyon.

Prince George Photographic Society Presents

Two Upcoming Events in Prince George:

February 28 – “Tall Tales, Long Lenses”, Book Presentation and Signing  – 7:30 pm, UNBC Canfor Theatre, Admission free (by donation).

March 1 – “Getting Wild About Photography – The Goods on Shooting Wildlife”, Wildlife Photography Seminar – 7:00 pm, UNBC Weldwood Theatre, Admission is $30 for members of the PG Photo Society and $50 for non-members. Contact Bob Steventon at 250-562-3717 or bstevent@uniserve.com to register.

Tall Tales, Long Lenses by John E. Marriott

John E. Marriott is one of Canada’s premier professional wildlife and nature photographers. He is known for photographing wilderness scenes and wild, free-roaming animals in their natural habitats. John’s new book, Tall Tales, Long Lenses, is an impressive collection of images and personal narrative, and chronicles his rise as one of Canada’s renowned wildlife photographers. This memorable event will feature John as he recounts many of his favourite stories and iconic photos from his most unforgettable wildlife encounters in some of Canada’s spectacular locales.

John is a Canmore/Banff based conservation advocate whose images have been published internationally by National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, McLean’s and Reader’s Digest. He is a contributing editor for Outdoor Photography Canada magazine and the host of the popular web series EXPOSED with John E. Marriott. John is the author of three Canadian bestsellers and he recently co-released the critically acclaimed book The Pipestones: The Rise and Fall of a Wolf Family. John is the owner/operator of Canadian Wildlife Photography Tours (www.canwildphototours.com), featuring wildlife photo expeditions and workshops in remote Canadian settings. John is a premier storyteller and is sharing his tallest tales and unforgettable images of animals that inspired Tall Tales, Long Lenses.

 

Getting Wild About Photography – The Goods on Shooting Wildlife by John E. Marriott

Learn all about wildlife photography from one of Canada’s premier wildlife photographers, John E. Marriott. John covers the backyard basics and delves into a variety of topics, including an in-depth, beginner-to-advanced overview of your optimal camera settings and techniques for a diverse range of wildlife photography encounters and situations. John will provide a run-down of his own gear and what he considers to be must-have equipment, he’ll provide a comprehensive look at how to improve your compositions in wildlife photography, he’ll look at the ethics of photographing wildlife, and he will provide insight into how to make a career as a wildlife photographer. Join John as he shares with you his experiences photographing polar bears, wolves and other wild predators, and reveals his favourite tips, techniques, and easy-to-access locations for getting incredible wildlife shots.

Halifax Explosion Photography Project

On December 6, 2017 at 9:05 a.m., intrepid photographers from the Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia led by Vice-President Kent Speiran braved the wind and rain to reproduce 18 key images taken after the 1917 Halifax Explosion. In partnership with Atlantic Photo Supply, the images were printed on archival paper and will be inserted into the Halifax Explosion Memorial Time Capsule.

View the comparative photography series here.

 

 

 

(Left to Right) Rear: Hugh Owens, Dean Hirtle, P. Mills, Darryl Robertson, Archie McCulloch, John Wm.Webb, Eugene Mio, Vic Fraser, Joyce S. K. Chew, Middle: Mervyn Kumar-Misir; Laszlo Podor, Kent Speiran, George Mitchell, Front: Doug Ward   Missing: Elio Dolente, Pierre Guynot de Boismenu, Peter Steeper

Burnaby Photographic Showcase

For the 22nd year the Burnaby Photographic Society is presenting an evening of images set to music, designed to entertain friends, family and fellow photography enthusiasts while demonstrating the talents and skills of their members.

Showcase will sweep you off to exotic places and cultures, and bring you up close to wildlife, fine art, humourous situations, and visual surprises.

Tickets come with a chance to win valuable door prizes. Also, the free print display in the Shadbolt Centre’s lobby will run all week from Sunday afternoon, January 21st through Saturday, January 27th.

Photoshop @ Abbotsford Photo Arts Club

Photoshop Techniques Workshop with Peter Levey on  January 27, 2018

Join avid educator Peter Levey for ideas, techniques, and tips to improve your images in Photoshop and other post production programs.

This full day workshop will assist you in achieving that WOW factor from your images

  • Layers, Masking & Blending
  • Advanced Selection Techniques
  • Repair tools including Spot Healing, Patch Tool, Content-aware Move Tool.
  • Intelligent Upsampling without the need for Plugins for upscaling smaller images
  • Image Merge – Panorama and HDR using RAW files

This workshop is suitable to photographers at any stage of their journey – from totally newbie to fully experienced enthusiast.

Registration:
Registration is limited to 60 photographers to ensure to ensure a personal and interactive learning experience. The fee for the day is only $59 for pre-registration and $65.00 at the door (cash only).

Location:
The workshop will be held in the Community Services facility, 2nd floor of the Center Ice complex, 3600 Townline Rd, Abbotsford, BC.  (Corner of Townline Rd and Blue Ridge Drive).

More information and to register visit:  Peter Levey Workshop

Best in Show

In one of his first duties as Southwest Ontario District Representative, Gerry Alger presents a CAPA medal to Steve Donnelly. Steve won Best In Show at the Western Fair Photo Competition which received just under 800 print entries. Gerry and Steve are both members of the London (Ontario) Camera Club.