What happened at our October meeting and what is coming up for Nov. 15th 2018 meeting

Oct 18, 2018 – Meeting Recap

Help Portrait is planned for November 10, from 11-6pm.  Hosts and photographers are still needed.  If you can help out, please contact Steven Layton.

Two slide shows were presented from the fieldtrips to Park Lake and the Crowsnest Pass.  Thanks to Chris Cook for planning these fieldtrips, Chris Oates for putting the slideshows together, and to everyone who submitted pictures.

Our theme this month was Small Towns.  There were 19 submissions.

The Secret Assignment was from Denise Nilsson.  Titled “The 1st Day of a Burmese Mountain Dog.”   The show was about a summer event, which was the adoption of her new puppy!  Congratulations Denise!  We all enjoyed the pictures of your beautiful new friend.

The Ed-Segment was on Light Painting presented by Byron Lee.  Byron showed a Light Painting tutorial by photographer Jason Page, where he shows you how to create a Spirograph also known as a Light Painted Physiogram.   To see the video, click on the link:


Tools to create these Spirographs from this website cost approximately $100 USD.  Byron then proceeded to show club members how to create the same photos for under $2!  All you need is LED finger lights which can be found from The Dollar Store, colored plastic sheets (Michael’s or any other craft/hobby store), string, and an elastic.

Put 2 LED finger lights together with the elastic (one will be lit up, the other acts as a counter weight).  Use a string to hang the lights approximately 18” above your camera.

Camera settings:  Manual mode; Manual focus;  F11-F22; ISO 100; lens open for approximately 30 seconds; focal distance 18mm

If your camera has multi-exposure, you can use “additive mode” in the multiple exposure function, which seems to give the best results.  (Stacking 3 images works best as well).  If not, use a piece of cardboard to cover your lens while creating the spirograph and switching lights (if using more than one color).  Or you can use a white light, and place colored sheets (cut down to cover the lens) over the lens.  Try 2 different colored sheets side-by-side for a different effect.  Byron also found the placing his camera on a turn table or a Lazy Susan (to make it easier and give you a smoother way to rotate your camera), and rotating every 2 seconds, while the light is spinning above creates some very interesting patterns.  Best effect is to not rotate the plate more than ¾ – 4/5 around.

One of the things that Byron found with this exercise, it gave him a better understanding of the relationship between time and light, and time, light and motion. It also gave him a better understanding on how the camera works and how the camera sees and interprets things, which is not always how we see and interprets things.  Once you understand how all these work in relationship to one another it will help you in becoming a better photographer.

After the demonstration, Byron presented his own slide show (Weave the Light).  Amazing photographs Byron!  Thank you for the demo!

The AGM followed the regular meeting.

Many thanks to Lorelei for being president of the club for the last 2 years!  You have done a wonderful job.  As well to the other members of the Executive who have stepped down.  You all leave big shoes to fill.

THANK YOU Sigrid for compiling these minutes from our meetings for me to post!

UPCOMING for our November 15th meeting:

Theme is Flowers.  It is a print theme, so bring your prints into the meeting and try and come at few minutes early to find a spot for your print.  There are instructions on the website here (just scroll down to the section on Print Themes https://lethbridgephoto.wordpress.com/information-for-club-members/monthly-theme/

We will have a been there segment by Valentina Tkachuk and the field trip show (from the sandstone trip) by Chris Oates.

Our ed segment will be on food photography by Maximo Lange.

Secret assignment by Gord Ayers.

That should be it! Sounds like a great meeting!

A reminder that Ralph is looking for someone to take over running the laptop at our meetings.  If you can help out let him know.

We also need someone who will apprentice under Chris Oates to learn the sound system, so that we aren’t left in the dark if he cannot make a meeting. Chris doesn’t think he will miss any more meetings this year, but we really need to have a backup plan in case something calls him away.  If you don’t mind helping either approach Chris at the beginning of the meeting or talk to Ralph

Thanks!  and see you Thursday!


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