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LPCnews – December 2015

The Lethbridge Photography Club is proud and excited to announce a new monthly video feature presented by Chris Oates.

Topics covered on this first edition of the of the Lethbridge Photography Club News include:

  • A look at some new products
  • What’s new at McBain Camera
  • A look at the last field trip
  • An invitation to display some of our work

If you have an idea or suggestions for future content, please get in touch with Chris at

The January 2016 edition of LPCnews can be seen here.

Next Meeting: Thursday, Dec 17th, 2015

Our next meeting is on Thursday, December 17th, just a few days away.

We have a couple new items to present at the meeting, along with the usual features. The agenda will include:

  • a review of the images submitted for the monthly theme of ‘Glass’
  • a Been There segment from Byron Lee
  • a Photo Essay from Ralph Arnold
  • Secret Assignments from Doug Petriw and Gary Stauffer
  • Photo Lab Tests from Brani Srnec
  • Macro Photography info segment by David Tanaka
  • Photo Critiquing info segment by Shaun Dergousoff

Photo Lab Tests

Photography can be simplified into three very basic parts. Capturing the photo, processing or manipulating the photo, and printing the photo. We have near total control over the first two, but when it comes to having our images printed we usually rely on outside sources to take our photo and present us with an accurate representation. Sadly, it doesn’t always work in our favour because we don’t have the control over the final out come. It becomes a case of trial an error to arrive at a result we are happy with. The various sources to have our images printed here in Lethbridge can provide us sometimes vastly different results.
So, to take some of the guess work out, Brani has gone to the various photo printing shops in town to get prints made of the same set of images. These prints will be presented for display at the meeting for your inspection. You’ll be able to see how the results compare with each other.

Macro Photography

David Tanaka will be giving a presentation on macro photography that will include details about how much gear, and how little gear you can use to take close-up photos of the world around us.
This presentation is in advance of hands-on session during the January meeting. You’ll be invited to bring along your camera and try out some macro techniques at we will have set up.

Photo Critiquing

In past years we had so-called ‘casual meetings’ in between our regular meetings where members would be invited to bring along images to be critiqued by the attendees. We would like to bring back these meetings and will take time during the December meeting and present a few images along with sample critiquing as an example of what such a ‘casual meeting’ could be like. While we do welcome additional comments during the theme image review, there isn’t always as much time within the regular meeting to allow for as full a discussion per image as we’d like. We see these casual meetings as way to more fully explore the knowledge gained from image critique.

And lastly…

As with past years, with this being our Christmas meeting, we invite you to bring along a tasty snack to share during the break.

See you at the meeting!





Photo Scavenger Hunt – June 10, 2015

The Lethbridge Photography Club will be having a Photo Scavenger Hunt on June 10th at 7pm, starting in the parking lot  behind the Lethbridge Lodge. A photo scavenger hunt happens like this:

  1. Attendees are split into between 2 and 4 teams.
  2. Each team is issued one old style disposable film camera and a list of 24 photos to take.
  3. Each team has 2 hours to take 24 photos to meet the photos on the list.
  4. All team members should share in taking photos, preferably in equal amounts.
  5. Meet up afterwards for coffee to discuss what think we did or didn’t get.
  6. Judging will be done a the Club BBQ at on June 23rd.

No need to RSVP, just show up…  see you there!

Royce Howland Lecture & Workshop – May 23, 2015

As part of the Lethbridge Photography Club’s ongoing efforts to bring in speakers and new material for our members, Valentina Tkachuk has arranged to have Royce Howland of Vivid Aspect Photography in Calgary to present a lecture and host a hands-on workshop on May 23, 2015. Royce specializes in fine art photography of landscape, architecture and travel subjects. He is an excellent instructor with a wealth of information to share. You can view more about Royce and his photography on his website, The lecture and workshop will be held at the Crossings Branch Library on the west side (click here for a map).

  • The lecture will start at 9:30 am and will run until 11:00 am, and is free for all to attend.
  • The hands-on workshop picks up after the lecture and continues through until 5:30 pm and is limited to 15 spots, available to paid Lethbridge Photography Club members only. There will be a $30.00 registration fee.

For those interested in attending, there will be sign-up sheets at the April 16th regular monthly meeting at CASA. Again, the hands-on workshop is limited to 15 spots. A $30.00 registration fee for the hands-on portion is due when you sign-up.

On The Edge, Abraham Lake - Valentina Tkachuk
On The Edge, Abraham Lake – Valentina Tkachuk

More information about the hands-on workshop If you sign up for the workshop, you must also attend the morning lecture as Royce will expand upon topics covered in the lecture and it will benefit you when we go out to take photos. The hands-on portion will include:

  • Location shoots
  • Shooting assignments
  • Guidance on location
  • Review of your photos upon returning to the Library
  • Post-processing suggestions

What you should bring:

  • Your usual camera gear and a tripod
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • A laptop to view and your photos

The hands-on workshop will include additional lecture time followed by location shoots around Lethbridge with Royce Howland.  Royce will provide shooting assignments and guidance at the location shoots. After, the group will return to the Crossings Branch Library and review and discuss the assignments and shots taken.

If this interests you, we encourage you to be at the April meeting to put your name down. Remember, spots for the hands-on portion are limited to 15 club members, so be there early to get your name on the sign-up sheet. It will be an excellent all-day session with a professional photographer who we hope will inspire you and provide you with many tips for great photography. More information will follow in May.

Please contact Valentia Tkachuk at for more information.

Lake O'Hara - Valentina Tkachuk
Lake O’Hara – Valentina Tkachuk

Monthly Theme – March 2015 – Purely Abstract

For March’s theme of ‘Purely Abstract’ we saw a total of 16 submissions. The images shown below are from those Club Members who have chosen to share their images online. Clicking an image will show a larger version of the image and EXIF information (if available). ‘Purely Abstract’ is a theme that is fairly open to interpretation, but a good general explanation could be:

Abstract photography concentrates on shape, form, colour, pattern and texture. The viewer is often unable to see the whole object. The subject of the photo is often only a small part of the idea of the image. Viewers may only know the essence of the image subject or understand it by what is implied.

You can read more about abstract photo in a short article over at Photokonnexion. Comments from the evaluation group that were read aloud at the March meeting will be added just as soon as they become available.

Monthly Theme – February 2015 – Fire

For February’s theme of ‘Fire’ we saw a total of 14 submissions. The images shown below are from those Club Members who have chosen to share their images online. Clicking an image will show a larger version along with the comments from the evaluation group that were read aloud at the February meeting, as well as comments from the photographer and EXIF information (if available).