Recap of September 21st, 2017 meeting
It was wonderful to see everyone again after our summer vacation break. We had a great turnout of members and submissions this month. I want to thank you all for participating and making this club so great!
First I want to thank Chris Oates for putting together a show of images from the most recent field trips to Red Rock Canyon and the Pioneer Village. To everyone who submitted to those shows, thank you also.
The first photoessay for the season was by Randy Jensen whose topic was ‘My Summer Vacation”, and Chris Cook put together a show of images from field trips over the years. Each image was a picture of club members on those field trips. Thank you to both members for putting these shows together
Our theme was an Open theme for the month, and we enjoyed one of the biggest number of entries we have seen for a while. There were many beautiful entries and great comments by Ralph. Our critique night on Monday also had one of the biggest attendances we have seen in a while, and we loved all the input by our members. Ralph put those comments together to present to the club on the regular meeting night. Thank you so much Ralph for doing that for us!
For our ed segment we decided to try something a little different. Every member was encouraged to bring one image from their summer break, and to stand and speak about the image. I was floored both by the beautiful images, and for the wonderful personal critiques that everyone gave. We will certainly try this again, as I am sure that everyone enjoyed it.
Next regular meeting: October 19th, 2017 CASA Community Room
The executive has some great plans for the next meeting. The theme is wildflowers, and your submission is due by Sunday, October 15th at 11 pm. Please refer to the members tab above, then theme… for file naming rules, and how to submit your images. Then the critique night will be held on Monday evening starting at 7:00 in the small meeting room at Casa. Everyone is welcome to see how these critiques are put together and to help us put together a critique that is informative for both the photographer, and the membership.
The Secret assignment for this month is by Ralph.
Chris Oates will be doing a show from our recent field trip to Japanese gardens. So if you have any images for that, get them sent in. I imagine he will be sending out a notice telling you how to do that if you haven’t participated before.
The executive decided last year, that we wanted to try and put together a history of the club. The first person we thought of to talk to was Van Christou, and going with that, Chris Oates did an interview with Van about his participation and the history of the club. We had planned to show it to the members this month. As most have you have probably heard, Van passed away last week. His presence in the club will be surely missed by all. As a tribute, we do plan on showing the interview, as well as a slide show that Ralph will put together of images of Van at field trips (if he gets enough images). This will be our special way of remembering him.
We do also have a couple of other ed segments planned, although I am not positive how much time will be left for them. The first one, which we will do for sure, is a segment on tripods. We hope to have this be a rather casual segment, and are asking our members that if they use a tripod, then please bring it along, and tell us what you like or dislike about your tripod. I also have a short video to show that explains what to look for in a tripod.
We are also planning to have short ‘photoshop or lightroom’ tips which we can have ready to go, if we have the time. If we do run out, then the segment that is planned for this month may have to wait until November.
Along with the regular meeting this month, we will be having our Annual General Meeting. Be watching for the agenda/announcement in your email. At this meeting we elect the board members, and a president. From there, at the first exec meeting, the secretary, treasurer, etc are assigned or elected. We are looking for recruits! Our club cannot grow and flourish without new people helping us out. We have three members stepping down this year, which means three pair of boots to fill. Our executive usually meets a week after our regular meetings (the next Thursday) at the community meeting room in London Drugs. Please please let us know if you or someone you know will be willing to sit on the board. We cannot go on without a full board.
Celebration of Life:
I also wanted to mention that the celebration of life for Van will be held on Thursday Oct 5th. Follow this link from Martin Brothers for more information http://www.mbfunerals.com/lethbridge/obituaries/obit_details.php?obitid=13250