What’s coming up in June:

Our final meeting for the 2017-18 club year will be on  Thursday June 21st, starting at our usual 6:30 pm start time at Casa.  The final meeting is run a little bit differently than all the rest of our meetings, in that the main event for the day is our year end digital and print competition.  The images are voted on by all members attending the meeting.   I could explain the process here, but it would be easier if you went to the theme information page, and scrolled down a bit, to find all the information that you need.  You can find that page here:  Theme submission information

Also at this meeting, we will have a been there show by Judy Gundlock and perhaps a field trip show from the Crowsnest Pass trip.

We are excited to see everyone’s submissions!  Remember to get those images to your printer in plenty of time to get them back for the meeting.

We missed you all at the Scavenger Hunt 🙂  Thank you to Chris O for organizing the event, and for the wonderful topics that we had to find.  Results will be posted at the annual bbq at Gary Stauffer’s.

Our annual year end bbq will be held on Wednesday June 20th, at Gary Stauffer’s home.  We will send out an email with the address sometime in the next week.   Start time is 5:30 pm.  You will need to bring a meat which you can bbq there, or already prepared for you and anyone that you bring along, and a dish (salad, potatoes or dessert, etc) to share with everyone pot luck style.  Bring along your own plates and cutlery and you are welcome to bring any alcholic bubby that you might enjoy, as well as any other drinks.  There will be coffee there, I believe.

Hopefully I will remember to send out another information email next weekend on this.

Lenna will be going through our library books, and any that we haven’t loaned out in a while, will be up for grabs this evening.

You have until June 24th to visit the Helen Schuler Nature Center to see our Nature’s Lens exhibit.  And for those that are exhibiting, please pick up your prints on the 24th during the Centre’s hours.  If anyone can help take the prints down, and remove the hanging wires, I would appreciate some help at 10:00 am.

That is all for now!  Hope to see you on the 20th and 21st.  !

 

May 17, 2018 meeting recap

Hi everyone!  I thought I would post the meeting recap on its own this month, and then watch for the ‘whats coming up’ portion after our executive meeting on Thursday.  Thank you again to Sigrid for compiling these notes for all of us!

The photo club has purchased 5 new books for our resource library.  They are:

Night Sky

Night & Low Light Photography

Black & White Photography

Table Top Photography

Close up & Macro Photography

 

Old resource material, no longer used will be available in the June meeting, for anyone interested.

Our next field trip will be on June 2nd.  We will be going to Lundbreck Falls, Oldman River Dam, and Heritage Acres Farm Museum. Watch your emails for updates on where to meet, etc.

Thursday, June 7th will be our Scavenger Hunt.  It will run from 6:30 – 9pm.  Meet in the parking lot behind The Lodge Hotel.  From there, you will be put into teams and given a disposible film camera to take your 24 pictures on your list.  The film will be developed and available for everyone to see and vote on at the year end BBQ.

Year End BBQ is planned for June 20, at Gary Stauffer’s house.  Bring your own meat (eather prepared or to cook on a bbq), and a dish (salad, veggy, or dessert)  to share with everyone.  Watch your emails for further information and directions.

Last meeting of the year will be June 21st.  For this meeting we have a friendly competition which is judged by the club members.  For more information look for the year end theme section here:  https://lethbridgephoto.wordpress.com/monthly-theme/

Prints should be brought to the meeting by 6:15 and your digital images are due by midnight, Tuesday June 19th, to give us some time to arrange the images for easier viewing at the meeting.  Remember you can enter 1 or all 4 categories if you like.

A slide show of the Writing-on-Stone fieldtrip was presented.  Lots of great images from that day!

 

Chris Oates shared 5 condensed videos of one of his favourite photographer vloggers that he follows on YouTube named Peter McKinnon.  https://www.youtube.com/user/petermckinnon24    You can check out the full videos in the links below:

Camera Basics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixRKeQMa7Nc

Night photography: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPytBIKUD-k

Product Photos:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0jGg-MUd-U

Take Better Shots with your iPhone:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AywNcZL6IQQ

Five Tips to Instantly up Your Photo Game:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb5bjlnDkCs

Our theme for this month’s meeting was Food.

The Secret Assignment was done by Maximo Lange.  He had many beautiful and fun photos of his subject, “On the Wall.”

Kandra Forbes extended an invitation for any members who may be interested in attending a Canoe Tour on a unique part of the Milk River on June 15th.  This is through her place of work (Milk River Watershed Council).  For more information or to register, you can contact Kandra at:  kandra@mrwcc.ca

Ralph Arnold shared his photos from Columbia in a “Been There” segment.

Ralph also has a photographer website that he shared with the group.  https://www.iancorless.net/

This is an ultra marathon photographer who does more than just capture pictures of the athletes that are participating in these events.  He captures their emotions, the surroundings, and the conditions at these races as well.  Check out Ian’s various galleries.

Lenna Greer shared a video on one of the lesser understood subjects on photography, your camera’s histogram.  Check out the video link for a pretty comprehensive explanation of how histogram’s work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gmz1c6oq-4

Lorelei Hoffarth explained Resolution and Image Size, followed by a short video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp2Q2g0A5wc

There is also a very cool website where you can access instructional photography and video classes.  https://www.creativelive.com/  (Home page)

https://www.creativelive.com/photography?via=hero-freeform_1  (Courses page)

 

The meeting wrapped up with a final “Being There” segment from Byron Lee.  His slideshow was from Belize (2017).

 

 

 

Recap of April Meeting and what to look forward to for May meeting

Thank you to Sigrid for compiling these notes from our April meeting!

Thank you Chris Oates for putting together the slide show from the Helen Schuler Nature Centre fieldtrip, held on April 14th.

Valentina read a thank you note sent to the club, from the Helen Schuler Nature Centre for the exhibit on display.  All photographs will be available for viewing until June 23rd.

Ed Segment “Night Photography” by George Clayton & David Tanaka (quick summary)

George and David talked about Night Photography and some of the challenges that can come along with it.

Take advantage of the moon, but be aware that it blows out after 10-15 seconds.  You will need different settings for your camera when shooting with the moon vs shooting on a moonless night.   The advantage of shooting with the moon:  It brightens the foreground of your picture; the disadvantage is that you will have little to no stars in the sky.

There can be issues in focusing.  Setting your lens to infinity can serve you well a good portion of the time, but not always.   Use Hyper Focal Distance:  (rather than trying to explain it, here is one write up that I googled:   https://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/hyperfocal-distance.htm)    Use a wide angle or photo stack (2-3 pictures).  Remember composition!

Have something in the foreground to make a better photograph.  Try keeping the white balance at 3500-4500, to deal with different light temperatures.

You don’t have to go outside of the city to do night photography.   Nautical Twilight is where the sun is 12°  below the horizon.  This is not quite pitch black.

Don’t be afraid to put yourself in the foreground! (check out Paul’s website for some beautiful night photography, and putting yourself in the picture:  https://zizka.ca/  )  Use Continuous Shot if your camera has this.  ISO should be set between 1600-3200.  Shutter speed at 15-20 seconds.  If you are trying to shoot lightening, shutter speed should only be about 5 seconds.  .

If you are trying to shoot the Northern Lights, make sure your shadow is not in the picture (cast by the moon or another light source).   Panoramas are possible as Light Room and Photo Shop can stitch pictures together quit well.  Remember to shoot vertically, and overlap each shot by 50% or 1/3.   Shutter speed should be set for 5 seconds to get a pop of color, although it is difficult to get a foreground that is not black.  Set ISO at 1600, and take 3, 5, or 8 pictures for the panorama.

When taking pictures of the Milky Way, be aware that there is no core visible during the winter months, and no arch during the summer months.

Clouds can bring drama to night photography, but too many clouds can become a distraction, or cover all the stars.

Try using Starry Landscape Stacker to remove noise.  (https://sites.google.com/site/starrylandscapestacker/home)

A slideshow on Night Photography created by Chris Oates, George Clayton & Chi Chow followed the Ed Segment.  Here are 10 tips to keep in mind:

  • Get out early to set up your camera and figure out composition.
  • Use a tripod and the widest lens you have. Fast lenses are better.
  • Darkest sky is 2 hours after sunset
  • Have a fully charged battery
  • Set your ISO to 1600-6400. Slower lenses need a higher ISO
  • Set your shutter speed to 10-20 seconds. By increasing your ISO, you can lower your shutter speed.  Shutter speeds of no more than 15 seconds can eliminate star trails.  If you want star trails in your picture, keep your shutter open longer than 20 seconds.
  • Focus in manual. If you leave your lens on Auto, it will try to focus for you.  Use a remote.
  • Set your camera to shoot in continuous mode. Also shoot using Live Mode.  Level your camera in the field if you can.
  • Expand your image to find a bright star and manually focus on that until clear. If you can’t find a star, use another light source in the distance.
  • Dress warm!  Wind produces a wind chill, even in the summer.  Use interval time shooting for stacking in Light Room or Photo Shop.

The Secret Assignment was done by Ian McGillvery.    Images were of “Negative Space” from his trip to Mexico.

This month’s theme was “Pet Expressions” which was a print submission.  Pets express themselves through their whole bodies.  There were some excellent examples of this.  It was also noted that getting pictures of pets by a side profile works better for those animals with longer faces (such as dogs or donkeys).

Whats up for the MAY MEETING!

Our theme for this month is “Food”.  Have fun with it, and experiment!   You have until midnight on Sunday to get your submissions in..

The ed segment will be put on by a few executive members who will be either highlighting an instructional video on the web, a photographer, or will be giving you a quick tip.  And if you have any questions that you have been wanting to ask, please do, and we will try to find the right person to answer your question.

The secret assignment will be by Maximo Lange.

We could probably fit in a been there segment if someone has one that they would like to show..  Just email contact@lethbridgephotoclub.org

We will be purging our library, and some books will be available for members to take home at our June meeting.

That’s all for now!

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:  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/

 

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:  https://vimeo.com/253493268

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.