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Meeting notes – December 19, 2020

Hi everyone again!  Here are the notes from the December meeting.  Once again thank you so much to Sigrid for writing them up for us!

Introductions: The question for the meeting was: Are you going to submit a picture in the Casa Show?  (A good response…about 20 answered they would!)

Secret Assignment: Annetta Slingerland treated everyone with her beautiful slideshow of “Gardens”
Chris Oates presented 2 field trip slide shows; the first from Writing-on-Stone from November, and the 2nd from the Nikko Yuko Japanese Gardens in December. Thanks Chris for putting together these great slide shows every month!

Sigrid Miklos presented a “Being There” slideshow from her trip to Nova Scotia during the summer.

Theme: “Let there be Light.” There were 20 submissions. Thanks to all who submitted. There was a large variety of pictures which showcased the many talented members we have in the club.

Ed Segment: Presented by Ralph Arnold; “How to Explain Your Main Dial on Your Camera”
What is on the Dial: Program, Shutter Priority (TV) or (S), Aperture Priority (AV) or (A), Manual,  Auto, SCN, and possibly others.
Some cameras may not use a dial, but instead allows you to select a mode.

Aperture (AV) or (A) Priority allows you to set the Aperture (the hole that lets the light through to the sensor). This allows control of the Depth of Field (what is in focus and what is out of focus).
A large aperture has a shallow depth of field. A small aperture has a greater depth of field.
The benefits of aperture priority is that it gives you the best control over what you want in focus and what is not in focus. You set the aperture and ISO you want, the camera will select the appropriate shutter speed. This of course is open for you to override (for instance +/- settings).

Shutter (S) or (TV) Priority allows you to choose the shutter speed you want and the camera will then choose the aperture to give the “correct” exposure. This is best used when you want to selectively freeze or blur the subject.

Program (P) Mode, lets the camera select both the aperture and the shutter speed for a given exposure. There are limitations and benefits. With the camera selecting the two major inputs for the exposure, you had better like what it does! Program mode frees you up to concentrate on focus and composition. It also allows you grab photos with minimal work.

P* Program Mode is available on some cameras. Some Nikons use P* mode which locks in an exposure and allows changes to the aperture. The camera adjusts the shutter speed. (This acts like aperture priority).
Manual (M) Mode gives you the most control over the settings. You set the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, with the light meter and histogram as your guide.
Digital cameras are very forgiving. They don’t complain when you get the exposure wrong, and it doesn’t cost you a dime. By practicing with the various modes, you will find the ones that work best for you. Plus a lot of it is a lot of fun!
**Just remember to put your settings back to what you work with for the next time you want to use it!
Secret Assignment: “Bad Photos” by Carmen Bankonin
Thanks to everyone who shared plates of Christmas goodies during the

November 21, 2019 meeting minutes

Once again thank you to Sigrid for writing these notes up.  Ive missed the last couple of meetings, and haven’t kept the website up either so I’m very sorry for that !  But here is what went on for the November meeting!  It looks like it was a great one!  Thanks too to Ralph for all the work he is doing this year again as president!


Introductions:  Did you ever shoot film?  If so, what type?

Reminder of the upcoming Casa Print Exhibit (Earth, Water, Wind, Fire).  Standard practise for gallery exhibition require white mats and simple frames under glass.  But they will accept alternative dry mounted supports like plexi, aluminum, foamcore, etc., or prints on canvas.  In January pictures will be looked at by a jury.  Final prints that will be on display will need to be printed, with a title and your name.  The showing will run from Feb 29 – April 10, 2020.

Ed Segment:  James Schwartz from McBain Camera stopped by with “Toys for Christmas.”  Members were invited to come up to his display table and see what was new, and what you might want to add to your Christmas wish list!

Thanks to all who contributed and shared your wonderful pictures for the slideshow from Police Outpost Lake.  Thanks to Chris Oates for putting these slideshows together for the club.  Your hard work is appreciated!

There was a photo contest for our new club members who joined this year.  The theme was Landscape.  Congratulations to Serge Faudin for your incredible image of the Galt Mine #8.

Valentina Tkachuk presented a Being There Segment titled:  A Weekend of Shooting.  She had incredible images from Conglomerate Cliffs, Saskatchewan Sand Dunes, Red Rock Coulee, Reesor Lake, and The Historic Reesor Ranch.

The theme for this month was a print image of Family/Friends.  There were 12 submissions in total.  It was noted by our judges that great planning and execution were a big part of several photos.  Several dogs were included as part of “family.”  In one photo which included a cloudy sky, it was noted that colors really pop in this kind of lighting.  Especially for flowers.  Great job to all those who participated.

A Secret Assignment was done by Lorelei Hoffarth.  Titled:  Mile’s Arrival.  It was pictures of her newest grandson, and his family.  Taken in July 2019 in Yacolt Washington. #grammawithacamera

A reminder for everyone to bring snacks to share for the December meeting!

The fieldtrip in December will be to the Nikko Yukko Winter Lights.  Planned sometime for the first week of December.  Watch your email for details.

AGM followed the regular meeting.


What’s happening at our next meeting (October 17th)

Hi everyone..Our next meeting is coming up quick this week!  Here is a rough agenda of what we have going on ..

  1.  Theme for this meeting is Texture.  You should have gotten your image into Doug already.   The critique night will be held at Ralph’s house on Tuesday evening, instead of the usual because of THanksgiving.  Ralph has sent out an email with his address..and date and time, so if you are interested and you did not get that email, just let us know
  2. For our ed segment, Brani and I (Lorelei) will be doing a quick indoor natural light ed segment.  We will be doing this right at the beginning of the meeting, because it gets dark so early.   We plan on going out into the hallways of Casa and showing you a few set ups and pointers that you can use when photographing in your home, or anywhere indoors. We will just be using photoclub members as models and showing a little on lighting and what to watch  out for.  If you want, you can bring your cameras, but we will not have time to stop and let everyone take pictures of every set up.  We will only have about 1/2 hour for this ed segment.
  3. Field trip show
  4. I think there is a been there segment.
  5. Secret assignment
  6. Theme images – texture
  7. We will end the night with our annual general meeting.  If you are interested in sitting on the executive board, and haven’t contacted Ralph yet, please do as soon as possible.  The agenda for the meeting will include Minutes of the last Annual meeting, Treasurer’s annual report, Elections, and a 10 minute open discussion.  If you have anything you would like to discuss please let Ralph know so that we can add it to the agenda.

Thanks everyone!  See you Thursday!


September 17, 2019 Regular meeting

Welcome everyone to the new photoclub year!  I hope you had a wonderful summer and have lots to share with us in the coming months.  Thank you to Sigrid once again for making these notes on our first meeting so that I can write this post!

Introductions:  What would you like to learn about in photo club, or who would you like to learn more about?

Heads Up!  Executive meeting will be held in October.  The club is looking for at least 3 new members to join.  Please consider volunteering.

Chris Cook talked about the upcoming fieldtrip to Police Outpost Provincial Park, planned for Saturday September 21.  If you are interested in carpooling, meet at the Gap Outlet Store parking lot at 8:30.

Chris Oates presented a slide show from the summer fieldtrips to an Abandoned Farm, and the Neuroscience wing at the University of Lethbridge.  Thanks Chris for putting the show together, and for all those who submitted pictures.

The theme for this month was Open (Photographer’s Choice).  There were 22 submissions!  Thanks to everyone who submitted.  The pictures were entertaining and beautiful.

Byron Lee presented a “Being There” slide show of his summer trip to Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.  The show was titled:  The Wild West.  Thanks Byron!

Maximo Lange presented an Ed Segment on “Shooting with a Purpose.  Learning from Sebastião Salgado.”

Sebastião is a social photographer and believes in Photography with all your Ideology.  Shoot with a purpose.  Know what you want your photo to look like.  What is the message you want it to tell.

Sebastião’s photographs are always shot in black and white, high contrast, and with grain present in the picture.  He is the opposite of a minimalist.  He includes his subjects within their context.  Big projects have taken him decades to complete.  He has complex topics, and works for a story, not a single picture.

How can we apply this to our photos?  If there is a reason for our image to exist, then it will be that much stronger.  Ask yourself, Why am I taking this photo?  Study your theme or subject, and have a clear idea of what you want to convey.  Design your projects.  Have one in mind.  What do you want it to be?

Check out Sebastião’s TedTalk:

There is also a documentary about Sebastião called The Salt of the Earth.  You can watch a trailer about it here:

John & Gayle Krampl did the Secret Assignment for this month.  It was “Things with Air in Them.”  Thank you for all you images and the wonderful slideshow!

The photo club has purchased 2 backdrops and stand that will be available for borrow to all members.  Brani demonstrated how to set up the stand and the backdrops.  If anyone is interested in using these, please contact Brani through the clubs email.  (

June 20 Final meeting

HI everyone!  Just an update for those that missed tonights last meeting of the 2018-19 club year.

Our president Ralph was there to lead the meeting, starting off by thanking everyone for coming out to meetings and for those that have helped with the running of the club whether it be on the executive, or just in helping us to set up and take down at every meeting.  We really appreciate each and every one of you!

And we would like to thank Ralph for being our president this year!  It was a wonderful year, thanks for all that you do to keep every meeting interesting and running smoothly!

We had a few shows to start the night off with. The field trip show from The Coyote Flats Tractor club at Picture Butte.  Show was put together again by Chris Oates.  Thank you to everyone that went to the field trip and that submitted images for the show.  And thank you to Chris for putting the show together!

There was a been there segment by John Anvik.  Thank you John into the wonderful seeing a bit of your history!

Ralph showed a video about a new type of macro lens out there.. a Long barrelled ‘probe’ lens…  Here is a link to one of the videos.. check it out!  so Cool!

And we ended the night with the judging of our year end digital and print entries.  There were aprx 20 entries for each class, and they were all stunning.  So very hard to choose your favorites!   The print making I found especially beautiful!

But here are the winners as judged by the members and guests who were present tonight:

Single Digital Image:  1st George Clayton,  2nd Ian Thompson,  3rd John Anvik

Group of 3 Digital Images:  1st Lorelei Hoffarth,   2nd Jeremy Carter,   3rd  Kandra Forbes

Single Print:  1st Bleu Baker,   2nd John Kremple,   3rd  Gord Ayers

Group of 3 Prints:  1st Gord Ayers,   2nd Ian Thompson,   3rd Lorelei Hoffarth

Thanks to everyone for coming out tonight!  Also want to give a big shout out to Gary Stauffer for hosting the club barbeque on Wednesday.  We truly do appreciate such a wonderful setting for our get together.  Thank you!

We will get the themes for next year posted in the next couple of days for you. So far there are not any events planned for the summer, but if someone decides to organize anything, we will be sure to let you know.