Next regular meeting – April 15, 2021 AND SPECIAL WORKSHOPS COMING UP

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great Easter Weekend!

We have a lot of things coming up! I hope you enjoy everything we have put together for you.

If you made it out and shot even a few of the scavenger hunt photos, make sure to get them uploaded right away. Today was the deadline, but if you had any problems uploading them (or missed the deadline), just contact the club and we will help you through it.

First on the agenda is the Online Workshop with Ian McGillivray on Long Exposures. This is coming up this Wednesday, April 7th from 7:00 pm until about 7:30 pm. You should have gotten your zoom invite to this meeting already. If you need another copy, just contact me at

Next is our regular meeting on Thursday, April 15th, starting at 7:00 pm. We have a special speaker with us that evening, Monique Campbell. The Hamilton Street Photographer will be sharing images of her work and talking about her process. Monique’s photographs have been exhibited, published and collected internationally, She is keen to talk about her experience while encouraging others to build their confidence to shoot street photos. She has also sent us information on photography laws in Ontario (which should mostly pertain to us also). I will be sending out another email soon, with the documents she has sent us. Her talk and questions afterwards will probably last about an hour.
Also on the agenda is our Long Exposure Theme, a “Covid Project” show by Gord Ayers, Lightroom segment by Brani Srnec and the Scavenger Hunt show. I think that will be all we will have time for! A full evening!

The next week, on Wednesday, April 21st, Byron will be presenting a workshop evening talking about his twirl images and his special take on them. It will start at 7:00 pm and run for approximately half an hour. I will send out the zoom invite for that sometime after our regular meeting.

And on Wednesday April 28th , I will present a short workshop on Still Life Photography to help you with your theme images for May. Runs 7:00 – 7:30 pm. Zoom invite to follow.

Thanks everyone and hope you can make it to some of these events!

Online workshop (March 10th) and Next Regular meeting (March 18th)

Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying this spring weather!

Before I let you know about the next regular meeting, I wanted to post about our short online workshop this Wednesday, March 10th at 7:00 pm. We started this workshop series with a talk with Mike Byneshewsky a month or so ago, and are continuing this month with Gord Ayers as our guest.

Gord is known as ‘the guy with the beautiful bw images’ in our club 🙂
We thought we would continue in the bw theme started with Lee’s talk at last month’s meeting.

Gord will be talking about some of the processes he goes through in creating his bw imagery. I am sure that everyone knows by now, that there is no right and wrong way to do anything, when it comes to expressing your art. And although Lee gave us some wonderful inspiration and tips, Gord will be continuing on by showing us some of his editing methods, and hopefully telling us a bit about what he thinks makes a great bw image.

Watch for your zoom invitation in your email.


Theme: One pic, you edit
We have emailed everyone a dropbox link where you can download one of two images to work on and submit to the theme. Please remember to ONLY submit one edited image (your choice) and submit it before end of day, Sunday, March 14th.

Been there segments by both Maximo Lange and Donna Kroeger.

Field trips shows by Chris for the Henderson Lake field trip and our BW on your own field trips that we hope you went out and tried this month.

Ed segment will be by Wayne Dworknik. Wayne recently entered an online Street Photography contest, and will be going over some of the things that he learned from this experience. Some of it, I understand, may provoke a little discussion on what they consider the definition of street photography.

I think that is it! It should be a full and interesting meeting!
Watch for the zoom link, sometime in the week before the meeting.

February 18th Regular meeting agenda

Hi everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Our next meeting is already this Thursday, February 18th. And we will have a very special guest speaker, Lee Nordbye from Calgary. Lee will join us via zoom shortly after 7:00 so be sure to log in early so that you do not miss any of his presentation.

Here is a little about him and his presentation:

I am a photographer based in Calgary with a passion to capture bold stories of the Canadian Rockies and roads less traveled.  I get excitement and enjoyment from shooting multiple genres, but the one genre that excitements me the most is capturing bold black and white stories.  For me, stripping visual storytelling down to the fundamental elements, and capturing the essence of the story without color is a big thrill.  I would love to share my passion for black and white photography with you and your club over  Zoom.  I have become a much better color photographer by better understanding the essential elements of storytelling beyond color.  So to me, there is only benefit to all photographers from learning and practicing the basics of black and white photography. 

In a 1-hour presentation, I will cover the storytelling elements and walk through my high-level editing process for black and white images.  I would provide each club member in attendance, one laminated card describing the same elements as in my presentation.  The card is 3 by 5 inches and includes one of my favorite photos on the front. 

Here are some links of his so that you can check out his work before the meeting:|

We will start the meeting off with the field trip show from the Japanese Gardens outing which will start right at 7:00 and will be followed by Lee’s presentation.

We will run the theme competition (Special Events/Moments) after Lee’s presentation. Today should be the deadline for that, so I hope you all have your submissions in.

I think that is all that we will have time for, but I look forward to seeing everyone again. Feel free to long in a little early, and have a chat. Before the meeting starts at 7:00

Look for the zoom invitation which I will send out tonight. And look for the email which I just sent out about the field trip that Sigrid has planned for this Saturday (20th) at Henderson Lake.

January 21, 2021 Regular meeting agenda

Hi everyone! The executive hopes that you had a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year has been good to you so far.

I want to thank everyone who contributed to last month’s meeting, whether it was preparing a segment, participating in discussions or entering an image for the theme. It was a wonderful meeting and I hope everyone enjoyed it.

Meeting agenda Thursday Jan 21st:

Theme: Classic (interpret this in any way you want to get your creative juices going ). Please have your image submitted by the end of Sunday evening. PLEASE follow directions listed under ‘info for our members’ then ‘monthly theme’ for deadlines as well as how to format and name your files.

Ed Segment: Mike Byneshewsky will be talking to us about one of his images, from how he envisioned the shot to be, the things he tried or did to end up with the final image, to the final editing. There will be open mike for everyone after his talk for you to ask questions.

Been there segments: Doug Petriw and Denise Nilson

Secret Assignment: (none this month)

Other things to watch for:

Field trip to Nikko Yuko on Saturday Jan 23rd (watch for email)

We are working on some exciting ed segments including a talk from guest speakers.

We are also working on have club members present short photoshop/lightroom segments. These would run on days other than our regular club meetings, which you can watch live, and we are hoping to find a place to host them online afterwards.

That’s all for now! See you next week!

December 17, 2020 meeting agenda

Reminder of our meeting on this Thursday December 17th starting at 7:00 pm. Lets add a little Christmas spirit to the evening and bring along something Christmassy to the meeting. (A favorite Christmas mug, treats, move in front of your Christmas tree, show us a Christmas project, dress up as Santa, etc) .

An email with a zoom link will me mailed out on Tuesday.

On the agenda:
Theme: A Covid moment
Field trip show: Christmas lights
Secret assignment: George Clayton (and maybe John Anvik)
Educational Segment on the ethics of photography processes by Maximo Lange with discussion contributions by Lars Steinke, Brani Srnec and Lorelei Hoffarth
Field trip show: Alexander Wilderness Field trip

That should take us to the end of the meeting! Remember, to pop in anytime during the meeting, just make sure your mike is OFF before you join the meeting so that you don’t disturb what is going on at the time.

Meeting will start at 7:00

December 2020 Update

We held out first executive meeting with the new executive tonight (Nov 26th). First of all I would like to thank all the past executive members who have helped out in keeping the club running over this past tumultuous year. Our current executive now consists of Lorelei Hoffarth (president), Ralph Arnold (past president), Brani Srnec (treasurer), Sigrid Miklos (secretary), and directors Chris Oates, Gerard Toeters, Maximo Lange, Rolf Falschebner and Mike Byneshewsky. It’s great to have a full board of 9 members!

Our current membership is 42 members. We look forward to getting to know all of you!

Our discussions tonight centered around making our zoom meetings as interesting and informative to all members as possible, as well as creating opportunities to show our work. Although the pandemic has made some forms of photography harder, it has also pushed us to explore new outlets and subjects for our creative art.

Our December meeting will be held on Thursday, December 17th, starting at 7:00 pm. It will consist of the theme image discussion, Field trip show(s), a secret assignment by George, (perhaps one by John also), and an educational segment by Maximo.

The theme is ‘a covid moment’ . Please send your images into Doug at by midnight on Sunday Dec. 13th. This will give Doug time to organize the images, and make sure they can be shown with the best quality, etc.

Maximo will be leading the educational segment on the ethics of changing an image in photoshop to be ‘the perfect image’ vs the image that was taken. He has done some research on this, after contemplating whether he should combine two images that he took, to come up with one image that had all the best elements in each image. After Maximo’s presentation, we would like to have a bit of an open discussion. However, with 40 members holding an open mike, it can get a bit confusing. So we would like to find 5 or 6 people who would like to take part in an open conversation with Maximo after his presentation, so that we can get other opinions from club members. If you are not part of this discussion board, then your mike will be muted, so please do let me know if you would like to take part. Just email me at, and I will get you on the list.

Sigrid and Gerard are looking at a couple of options for our next field trip. They felt with the new regulations, a field trip to Nanton wouldn’t be feasible, as we could not car pool or go out for lunch, etc. We will let you know as soon as something is planned.

Next year we are looking forward to Mike Byneshewsky making a short presentation each meeting. Mike is a wonderful landscape photographer, who has sold his work for many years. He will be presenting one image at each meeting, and talk you though what his thought process and vision was in obtaining that image.

We are also exploring options of a new covid friendly photofusion, which will probably be held online. We will keep you updated on this. In the meantime, if you have a show that you have been thinking of doing, now is a good time to start that project!

Finally, if anyone is interested in starting up the casual meetings again, I will be opening up a zoom meeting on December 3rd at 7:00 pm. If you would like to participate, have one or two images ready to show the attendees. You will be sharing your screen, and you can just show an image for interest sake, or lead a discussion on it if you would like some critique on it. You are free to pop in and out of this meeting as you like.

I think that is all for now. Please watch for emails about upcoming field trips and zoom meeting links. As always feel free to contact any of us at if you have any questions or suggestions at all !