We welcomed 2 new guests/members to our meeting; Irene & Judy.
The meeting was started with the slide show from the field trip held on February 22 at the Kirkham International Motor Truck Collection.
We had a great segment from Wendy Devent from “Paws on the Run.” She talked a little on Pet Photography, and how to get those funny shots. What can you do to get those funny shots? Look for things that are familiar, exaggerated, or out of context. Eg: Set up an image of something your pet may have done/does. If your dog loves to chew old shoes, destroys feather pillows, or you have a cat that likes to pull the toilet paper from the roll, set up these shots and put your pet in the middle of it. Be flexible and have a backup plan. Even though you may have set up the shot, doesn’t mean your pet may be in the mood to cooperate.
Peanut butter or honey are good for dogs. (Peanut butter may create a mess on their fur; honey is less visible since it is clearer). You can use these for shots of them licking things, or just to catch their expression trying to get it off the roof of their mouth. Try throwing treats at them, for great action shots.
Think outside the box when it comes to taking pet pictures. If you have a dog that likes to sleep on your bed, you may try and posing them to have their head on your pillow, and take on a more “human pose.” A small dog that enjoys hiking, may have a more humorous look if you put them inside the back pack looking out. If you have a pet that tolerates items on their heads, you can try using props like sun glasses or a hat. Halloween costumes make great props! You can also create great pictures with smaller pets such as guinea pigs and hedgehogs with a bit of creativity and props. (Small props such as doll house furniture work well).
Pet tricks, and your pet’s cooperation can also make for some unique pictures. Check out Theron Humphrey’s photo gallery of his dog Maddie, who has been taught to stand on small areas: http://prints.maddieonthings.com/2012 (Theron’s website is: http://www.thiswildidea.com)
Have an idea ahead of time of what you would like to take a picture of. Check out Ron Schmidt’s webpage for inspiration and ideas. https://looseleashes.com/
If all else fails, use “torture” to catch pet expressions (clarification: Not the type that will get you jail time! – or harm your pet in anyway!!) Having you pet out in the cold for a couple of minutes if they don’t like the cold, or using bath time as an opportunity to catch that perfect picture.
You can see some of Wendy’s pet photography on her website: http://paws-on-the-run.ca/photography/portfolio/
Annetta Slingerland presented her “Being There” segment. There were amazing photographs from her trip to Namibia, where she was photographing a wedding, as well as a few from London during her layover.
Closed up the meeting with our monthly theme: Day Sky. Remember, we do have a place on the website where you can view the theme entries every month! https://lethbridgephoto.wordpress.com/photo-galleries/monthly-theme-photo-gallery/
Reminder: The exhibit “Natures Len’s” at the Helen Schuler Nature Center will be running from April 9 – June 24
APRIL 19th Regular meeting:
Theme is Pet Expressions. This month is our print competition, so do NOT send in the digital file, but instead, make a print and bring that to the meeting. You can, but do not have to frame and mat your image. But you should at the very least, put it on a solid backing so that when we stand it up on the easel, it will support itself. Of course, the bigger the better for everyone to see, but, we will get a chance to look close during the break, and you are more than welcome to come up to the front and look at any image up close under the lights.
Ian McGillivray is doing the Secret assignment this month.
David Tanaka and George Clayton will finally be doing their ed segment on night photography.
If we have time, we will be talking about the possibility of joining CAPA. We would like to know how many members feel they would take an active part in this association by attending workshops or by entering competitions. The fee for our club would be $130 for the year, so we would love to get a general idea from the club as to whether you think it is worth it. You can check out the CAPA website ahead of time here: https://capacanada.ca/