January 2019 Meeting Recap

hi everyone.!  Again thank you to Sigrid for making these notes for us!

Introductions:  Are you attending the Lightroom workshop?  If so, what do you hope to get out of it?

This month’s theme was Black & White Portraits.  There were 25 submissions.   Club members were treated to a variety of photos, from family photos to animal portraits.  Thanks to everyone who submitted!

Maximo Lange presented a very thought provoking photo essay on human interaction with their electronic devices, entitled Loneliness.

The Ed Segment for the evening was presented by Peter Jowett.  It was a demonstration on  Water Box Photography.  Thank you Peter for your awesome demonstration of a Water Box, how it works, followed by a slideshow of how to use it.  Here are Peter’s notes.


Use Windshield glass, lighter glass is less resilient and less safe.

In determining dimensions, give room for your camera, up to a 200mm lens and room for a bit of gear, extra battery, gloves, drying towel etc. Make sure it is deep enough for waves & pushing the tank below the surface, mine is 16”.  Don’t go too big since the box is heavy even without gear.

Protect bottom corners.
Rope and cord around outside to control/carry box.
Foam to custom fit camera & auxiliary lights.
Costs ~$100 with having glass shop assemble glass.


Camera preferably with flip-out LCD screen to view from above
Shutter release affixed to rope handle
Black cover cloth to block light & enable better view of LCD screen
Cloth to clean in front of lens
Insulated waders
Technique & Tips

Position lens flush against glass to prevent glare from entering camera (remove lens hood).
Position auxiliary lights in box.
Connect remote shutter release to camera and the trigger to the rope handle for easy access since it takes both hands to control the box.
Set LCD screen to display histogram.
Use camera level feature if available.
Set shooting mode to shutter priority to help get sharp images.
Use manual focus.
Usually it is much darker under the surface than above. Watch the histogram. Water clarity, depth, sun and cloud affect exposure. Consider using auxiliary lights.
Careful of stirring up sediment in low flow water.
Use a walking stick (possibly tied to you so can let go) for added support particularly in moving water.
Box floats great but don’t let go! Consider a tether.
Use ice grabbers on wader boots when on ice.
Can push box down to shoot below surface but be mindful of freeboard!
Careful not to splash water in box.
Cover exterior glass at opposite end you are shooting through to preserve it for future use.
System is quite heavy so plan to only carry it short distances or develop a method to carry it on your back.
Keep the glass clean and consider using a water repellant (Rain-Ex?) to help it run off. Keep an eye on your image review to see if water on glass is affecting image.
Shoot lots & be prepared to explain what you are doing. I was asked by a concerned tourist in Jasper if I was releasing exotic fish!

(Added by Lorelei:  Wanted to add a website that came up lately on underwater photography because there are some beautiful samples of over/under water photography here Ocean Art Contest

Doug Petriw shared pictures of his trip to BC in October 2017 for the Being There Segment.   His destination was Tofino, with stops around Vancouver Island, and many other cities along the way.  Thanks for sharing!


Chris Oates shared a video by YouTube photographer Peter McKinnon, on what to do if you are suffering from photographer’s block.  From Peter’s video called “Uninspired with Photography,” here are four points to help you out.


  • Switch out your gear.  Try shooting with a different lens or camera body than what you usually shoot with.  Maybe leave some of your gear behind so you are challenged to just shoot with the gear you have taken with you.  Use a smaller memory card, so you shoot only the shots that matter.  Or switch gear with a trusted friend for a week!  If you can afford to do so, purchase something new.


  • Change your setting. If you are using the same location, change the camera angles.    Change your surroundings; go outside to shoot, if you usually shoot indoors.  Rearrange your environment.


  • Walk away. Unplug from social media.  Don’t compare yourself to other photographers.  Take the opportunity to do other activities.


  • Change up your photography style. Try shooting with a new esthetic and have fun with it!

Here is the link to the actual video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcWFBJENLMo

Lorelei Hoffarth invited everyone to check out the Traveling Dress Project.  This was a collaboration with 10 photographers, who each had the same red dress for a 2 week period.  This art project will be on display at Mortar & Brick Gallery (316 – 7 Street South, Lethbridge – formerly Southern Stationers), starting February 14th, from 7pm – 10pm.  The exhibit will be running until February 19th.

There was no field trip before this meeting, but I want to thank Chris Cook for organizing the field trip to Japanese Gardens on Jan 25th.


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