Recap of March meeting and what to look forward to at our April meeting

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:  (Theron’s website is:

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.

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:

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!

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:


March 15th meeting POSTPONED until Thursday, March 29th !! What’s coming up at March 29, 2018 meeting and Recap of Feb meeting

Because of the weather and extremely icy conditions everywhere, we are postponing our March 15th meeting, until March 29th.  Same time, and our agenda will remain the same.

Quick recap of meeting which was held on Feb 15, 2018.  Our introductions for this meeting was “What was the last thing they bought for their photography?”.   It was great getting to know everyone a little better with these introductions.

Secret assignment was by Peter Jowette.  Beautiful images of ‘Silhouettes’, which was guessed by a few people after the show played.  Thank you Peter for putting together this wonderful show for us.

Lena gave a quick talk on where we were with the Helen Schuler exhibit “Nature’s Lens”.   All images must be submitted by Feb 16th for consideration by the jury.

Valentina talked about some Photo Tours put on by a group in Calgary to the Yukon in August and to Newfoundland In June.

Photofusion is set to go March 6th and 7th with two full nights, and different shows each evening.

George Vanderberg’s Been there segment was next.  A great show on his trip to Slovenia.

We had one of our biggest number of entries into the theme competition, with 25 entries for the “Frozen” theme.  These were critiqued by a group on Monday night, and Ralph presented everyone’s thoughts this evening.  Thank you to everyone who sent an image in.  They were wonderful!

Chris Cook talked about the next field trip coming up to the Kirkum Collection of Antique trucks next Thursday (Feb 22nd).  Since it is indoors, he suggested bringing a tripod.  Looking ahead there will be field trips to Writing on Stone and to Coleman planned.

What to look forward to at the March Meeting!

We will have our ed segment which was postponed from last month.  Special guest Wendy Devent from Paws on the Run Pet Photography will be here to talk about pet photography.  This will come in especially handy since our theme for April is “Pet Expressions”

We will have a been there segment by Annetta Slingerland on her trip to Namibia, including scenic images as well as images from the wedding that she shot there.  We are looking forward to this Annetta!

There will be a field trip show from the Kirkham Internationl Truck museum

Our theme is Day Sky, and we will have the theme entries presented for that.

Photofusion Recap:

Photofusion was a huge success with I think over 100 people in attendance for each evening.  We had such a wonderful wide range of topics and shows, that I know there was something for everyone and they will be back next year.!

If you have your show posted to a site such as youtube or vimeo, let us know, and we will put a link for it on the website.

Thank you to everyone who created a show for this year.  And thank you to Annetta for looking after coffee and snacks both evenings.  I missed thanking her on the last evening but I want her to know how much I appreciate it!  With two breaks each evening, it looked like everyone really enjoyed the snacks..

Also huge thankyou to Chris Oates for running the sound, to Doug Petriw for running the laptop/projector, to Shaun Dergousoff for running the lights, to Gord Ayers for manning the door and handing out programs, and to Ralph Arnold and Steven Layton for taking over the MC duties for me.  Thankyou to past member and my neighbor Tony Kok for printing the programs for me at n/c.  I hope I haven’t missed anyone!

Helen Schuler “Nature’s Lens Exhibit”

The jurying is done, and each member that submitted an entry will have one image on display.  I believe that makes 27 images that will be on display. Thank you to everyone who helped with the assembly of the frames on Monday, and handing them out to everyone who came in.  I really appreciate everyone who is stepping up for me as I let my leg heal.  I believe most everyone now has a framed print in their hands, ready to hang in the exhibit on April 9th.


What’s Coming up at the February meeting and January recap

Our February meeting will be a full one, so it would be great to see everyone there!  We have a secret assignment by Peter Jowett, and a been there segment by George Clayton.  Our ed segment, which will be near the beginning of the program is by Wendy Devent from Paws on the Run Pet Photography.  I also hear we have more than 20 submissions for our “Frozen” theme!  That should fill the entire night.  Hope to see you there, this Thursday, Feb 15th at 6:30 at Casa!

A Recap of our January meeting:
Lenna Greer, committee chair for the Nature’s Lens exhibit at Helen Schuler gave an update on the exhibit.  You will find all the information about submitting, etc, under the member’s tab.

Trevor Page spoke to us about the Lethbridge Film Festival which starts on March 22nd, at the public library.  Of particular interest is a film by Rick Andrews titled Wildlife of the Oldman River, which Trevor feels is an award winning show.  This show plays on March 23rd.  You can see the stunning trailer for this movie here:

David Tanaka gave an ed segment called “shooting on the dark side” which was on night photography in preparation for the field trip to the Japanese Gardens.  David mentioned that the gardens were designed to give beautiful views, so it is really hard to get a bad composition.  The landscape is forever changing and even for our shoot next week, we do not know if it will be snow covered or bare.  Please see more about Davids talk at the end of this meeting summary.

The secret assignment was by Denise Nilsson and her theme was “Broken”.  Thank you Denise for your wonderful show!

A few members brought their favorite image from the holidays to show and talk about.  Thanks to everyone who did!

The Theme for the evening was Night Sky.  With George Clayton’s image we talked about stacking images.  George’s image was a composite of 120 images… at 20 seconds each.
And another great shot was by Peter.  Peters images was a 45 minute exposure, with some lightpainting added.  Thank you everyone who submitted!

We ended the evening by showing last years Nikko Yukko field trip show for inspiration.

MORE ON DAVID’s ED SEGMENT about shooting at night in the Japanese Gardens:

Challenges of shooting at the Gardenmsat night:  colder, ice hazards, reduced visability and barriers and poles can spoil your composition.

Bring a tripod.  Because it is dark out, you will likely be shooting at a slower shutter speed in order to capture as much light as possible, without underexposing your image.  You might use a high ISO and might consider noise reduction when you get your camera into your editing software.  However, most cameras are good to at least 1600 these day.   You also might want to bring the widest lens you have.  Shoot at F1.8 or lower instead of 5.6 and that will allow your iso to drop, and/or your shutter speed to increase.  It also will create beautiful bokeh of the lights in the background.

If it is really cold out, your camera will form condensation on it when moving from the cold outside to the warm inside.  To prevent this from happening, while you are outside, seal your camera in a large zip loc back, and let it warm up in there.  The condensation will form on the bag, instead of on your camera.

Before you come to the gardens, make sure your batteries are charged, and bring extra if you can.  Keep the extra batteries in a pocket close to your body to keep them warm.  The cold batteries will lose their power quickly.

Because everything is dark, you camera’s auto exposure will try and make the image mid grey.  So you may want to use manual exposure to get those rich blacks and true colors.  In the dark, the autofocus is less responsive, and you may end up with the wrong part of the image or nothing in focus.  You will likely have a higher than normal amount of rejected images.

Shoot in raw to help with recovery and white balance when processing. Try using live view or your cameras electronic viewfinder.

Focus Tips:  Focus on high contrast areas such as the edge of lights.  Lock focus and then reframe your composition.  Use focusing aids if your camera has them.  (Magnified view in view finder, and focus peaking)

A Tripod allows you to frame precisely.  It allows you to use a slower shutter speed, and therefore a lower iso also.  You can then use a smaller aperture, which means that there will be more in focus in your composition.  Be careful of the tripd legs however as they can be a tripping hazard to you and the other guests.

Be careful when using your tripod, if your lens has image stablization.  Most recommend to turn the stabilization off if your camera is on a tripod because the stabilization can actually cause motion rather than stopping it.


What’s coming up at our January 18th meeting? and recap of December meeting

Hi everyone!  The executive hopes you have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, despite the cold weather.

Our next regular meeting is on Thursday January 18th, 6:30 in the community room at CASA.  The theme this month is “Night Sky” and it is a digital month. So have your entries submitted digitally by midnight Sunday January 14th… and the instructions are on the website here:  how to enter theme images

We had a great turnout of theme entries last month, but were short of members to help critique those entries on the Judging night.  Please do try and make it out, to offer support, a few words, your opinion… and let us know what you see in the photographs.  We would love to have some new input!  And… you learn a lot while you are there too!  If you would like to participate it will be in the small meeting room at CASA starting at 7:00 PM on Monday January 15th.

To go with out photo them, David Tanaka and George Clayton will be having a discussion/ed segment on Night Photography.  We hope this will prepare you some for our field trip to Japanese Gardens on Thursday January 25th (a week from the meeting).

The secret assignment is by Denise Nilsson.

We are asking members to send in ONE image that they took since the last meeting to share with the membership.  As your image is shown, we will ask you to get up and say a few words about the photography, where it was taken, things you considered, what it means to you, etc.   Submit these images in the same way that you submit the theme images, BUT make sure you put “Christmas photos” in the subject line, so that Doug knows it is not a theme image.  Remember, your image doesn’t need to have anything to do with Christmas but must have been taken around that time.


Thank you so much to Sigrid for writing up these notes for me.

This meeting was lead by our vice-president Steve Layton.
Steven mentioned that 120 families participated in Help Portrait this year!

Introductions were  Favourite Family Tradition

New Camera Workshop will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 11am – 4pm.  It’s for beginners and open to the public.  Expecting 20-25 people to attend.   Stations will be set up for Canon, Nikon, Other, and Editing.  Email club for more information.  NOTE:  the executive has changed the hours of the workshop to 11am till 3 pm.  If you can help out at all please do come, even if you can’t stay for the entire day.

Fieldtrip Slide Show – Waterton
Some Comments from the Slide Show:  Car Pooling was a great idea, and great fun going as a group.  Questions as to why there were snail shells that were white, despite the burn at Maskinonge Overlook.  It was thought that the snails where just under the dirt when the burn occurred.

Photo Essay – My Grandma, by Kandra Forbes.  Kandra mentioned that this was an exercise in taking candid’s for her, and mentioned that we should all take time to take pictures of someone we cherish.

Ed Segment:  Lightroom by David Tanaka (quick summary of his talk)

Best program for image editing.  It is a subscription model.  Previous retail versions of Lightroom will no longer by supported by the end of 2017.
There are approximately 12 stops of dynamic range which can be recovered in RAW files.

Demo on what to do with RAW images, and how to recover a bad photo:
1st Panel to work on is Lens Correction.  Enable Profile Correction
Basic Panel:  Watch the Histogram, Exposure Value,  Highlights, Bump up saturation
HSL Color Panel:  Adjust saturations
Clarity:  Mid-tone adjustments. Deepens shadows.  Negative values can become cartoonish, and too high on positive values can become too harsh
Detail:   Used to improve the crispness of an image by sharpening the image.  But be careful!  Over-sharpened, and the image will have a stippled look.
Use the Opt key (Mac) or Alt key (PC) for mask view.   Radius shows what will be sharpened.  Masking controls what will be sharpened.  White areas will be sharpened, black will be masked out.

To apply the same edits to other pictures:
A single image at a time, use the Previous button.
Multiple images – go to the Library, select all the images you want to edit; go back to Develop and press Sync.  A window will open up, and you can choose what adjustments you want to apply to all other pictures.
The “Lock” symbol in the cropping mode will maintain aspect ratio.
Under Color, adjust Temperature.
Adjust Shadows & Highlights.

Lightroom works well for architecture images as it keeps them geometrically pure.
Transform:   Straighten picture.  Improves building/architecture shots.
Question was asked why to use Saturation vs Vibrance?
Vibrance: reads which hues need color.  It produces subtle changes
Saturation: equally adjusts all colors.  Okay for overall adjustment.

Theme – Panorama:  15 images submitted.
Brani talked about the images shown.  One of the images was a different take on Panorama.  It was a Stereographic Projection, produced in Photoshop.  Another similar approach is using the Tiny Planet Maker app on your cell phone.

Slide Show – In memory of Van Christou, by Ralph Arnold.

Final Announcements:
In January, members are encouraged to submit a favourite picture taken anytime between Dec 22 – January 6, and will have a chance to talk about them at the January meeting.  Does not have to be a Christmas picture.

A committee will be formed regarding the exhibit this spring at the Helen Schuler Coulee Centre.  Please contact the Photo Club if you are interested in being a committee member.

What’s Coming up at our December 21st meeting

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season!  Before I get into the agenda for this month’s meeting, I wanted to let you know that in January, you will have an opportunity to bring your favorite image from the Christmas season (doesn’t have to be a Christmas image) to the January meeting to show the members.  This will be similar to the segment we had in September where everyone brought their favorite image from the summer.  You will have the opportunity to tell us all a little about the image and why it is one of your favorite. This segment was so well received in September, so  we thought we would try it again.

The December regular meeting will be led by our vice president Steven Layton, as I will be off to the States by then.

On the agenda is our theme, which is Panorama.  This is an image which is basically longer than it is wider.  I think we decided that it should be at least twice as wide as it is tall.  Do be careful though, that if you make it too long, then it is often hard to see up on the screen or when we are judging the images at the critique night. So make sure you can still see the detail on your monitor, and then we should all be able to enjoy it.  You can create a panorama quite easily on your iPhone, simply crop an image that you have taken on your camera.  The most detailed way, would be to take a series of images, and to stitch them together in Photoshop.  Just Googling ‘panorama photography’ will give you a number of ideas and tutorials. Your photo needs to be submitted by 11:00 PM Sunday Dec 17.

David Tanaka will be doing our ed segment this month, which is titled 5 quick tips for Lightroom.  So, if you have any Lightroom questions and if there is a little extra time, I’m sure David wouldn’t mind answering them for you.

Chris will be putting together a field trip show on the trip to Waterton that was on Nov 25th.

Kandra Forbes is doing our secret assignment for the month.

For our Christmas meeting, Annetta will be bringing in a pot of apple cider, and we would love it if everyone that is coming could bring in a small plate of Christmas goodies to share with everyone for the coffee break.  Bring your own coffee mug if you would like to fill up on the cider before the meeting starts.

I think that is it.  I want to take this time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing your images in January.