Start of a new club year 2020-2021

Welcome to everyone to the new club year! I hope that everyone was able to enjoy the summer and that they and their families stayed safe. I’d like to thank Ralph for keeping things going through the summer with some virtual meetings, and for getting our year off to a wonderful, busy start!

To start the year off, our first meeting will be a virtual meeting, and we will see how everyone feels for meetings in the following months.

First meeting will be held on Thursday September 17th starting at 7:00 pm. Ralph has send out a link and instructions for you to log into this meeting. If you have not received it, please contact the club through If you need help with this, contact us ahead of time, so that we can help you get set up for the meeting.

Agenda for Sept, 17th meeting:
Theme is Open (meaning no theme, or photographer’s choice)
Theme images should be submitted by the evening of Sunday, Sept. 13th. We will be holding an open critique during the meeting, (not ahead of time) but we need time to organize our photos with Doug so that things run smoothly that evening.
The ed segment will be a gadget show and share. So if you have something that you are using in your photography that you would like to share, please have it ready with you and hopefully you can show it on the webcam. You could also possibly video tape (on your phone) a quick demo of how you use it. Just be sure that you are comfortable with how to show your video through zoom . You might want to contact the club so that we can run a test run ahead of time if you have never done this.
Byron Lee will also be doing a been there segment.
Maybe we will have time for a field trip show from the first field trip of the year to Magrath Historial Trail.
It really is great to see everyone, even on a virtual meeting, so please do try and attend. You can attend on your computer, ipad or even just your phone. If you have never done a zoom meeting before, please do contact us ahead of time, so that we can make sure you will be able to log in smoothly the day of the meeting

Light Matters Convention – October 23, 24, and 25th
Light Matters is the annual convention for the Alberta branch of the PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada). They are moving the convention to an Online platform this year, which makes it easily accessible to others, like us. The photography club is sponsoring a talk with Cole Thompson, a beautiful BW photographer, who contributions to the LensWork magazine are stunning. Because we are sponsoring him, we receive a special members price for the online convention of $49 +gst and eventbrite fees. I believe the total comes to around $55. Please watch your inbox for a special code which you will need when registerint to receive the discount. Your registration gets you into all speakers, all weekend, as well as the round table discussion on Friday evening with some (or all ) of the speakers as well as PPOC members. There are many door prizes which will be given out to people who attend the talks, and one big door prize will be drawn for from those that attend all the speakers talks. The website to find more information and to register is

Field Trip: September 12, 2020 meet at 10:30 am
Magrath Historical Trail

This is a 5 km easy hike around a nature reserve.  There is a paved pathway all the way around, as well as a gravel path (following another route around part of the reserve).  At the beginning of the pathway, there are a couple of slight inclines, but they are not very steep for very long.  A standard lens will work well, although a zoom lens could be useful as there are deer in the area.  There is a campground close to the trail, which looks like it should bathroom facilities, and there is a port-a-potty close to the Covered Wagon campground.  There are no restaurants or cafes in Magrath, but a couple of their stores (The Rooster and Winks), has premade sandwiches if you want to have a lunch.  When Gerard and I were scouting out the spot, we walked the trail and took pictures of the elevator, and it was about 2 hours to do both.
Follow the main road through Magrath, and you will see a well marked sign.  Meet at the trailhead at 10:30.
Also, we would like to do a poll to see if members would prefer field trips on Saturdays or Sundays (and we would consider alternating these days, depending on response).
Sigrid would also like to get feedback on places our members would like to go.  Old favourites or someplace new that we haven’t been.

I think that is all to report on right now. You might want to get your membership in early if you would like to participate in these upcoming events. You can either etrsf to or drop of cash or chq at the main desk of Casa and have them put it in the photoclub mailbox. If you have any questions, please do contact us at and we will get back to you asap.

Hope to ‘see’ you on the 17th! If you are into creating zoom backgrounds, we would love to see everyone get a little bit creative with those!