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December meeting review/January update

Our December meeting was held on the 15th with a small but great group of members attending.  The theme of the entire evening was macro, with a wonderful ed segment by Ian Thompson, Byron Lee and David Tanaka.
Ian showed us a few tools that he uses including a plamp which he uses to hold flower and plant stems still in the wind.  Here is one Canadian source for that:  http://www.henrys.com/Brands/PLAMP.aspx
He also talked about reflectors, bellows, focusing rails and lights and the importance of tripods and of choosing the best aperture to tell your story.  He brought the set up for his theme image which was of the inside of a kaleidoscope.  A beautiful and intricate image.
David talked about his focusing rails and different ways to achieve focus stacking, which is taking many pictures of the same object with the focus changing minutely each time, and then stacking these in photoshop to come up with an image with amazing focus.   Here is a good write up about focus stacking and why you would want to do it:
http://petapixel.com/2014/07/19/focus-stacking-walkthroughs-will-help-take-macro-photography-next-level/
Shaun also brought his equipment for focus stacking, and his beautiful image of a feather in the theme competition was made with it.
Finally Byron gave us a presentation on his macro photography.  Many of his images are of bugs and flowers outdoors, and they shone with amazing light.  With each slide came a tip from Byron on how to get these images such as to shoot in the morning, because the light is amazing, and the bugs move slower when it is cooler out.
The theme for the month was macro or closeup photography.  We had a total of 13 images, ranging from kaleidoscopes, to rings, to bugs, and water drops. The diversity of images was amazing!
Also during the evening, I showed a couple of my shows (as a backup to a couple of shows that had to back out).  One was a secret assignment from years ago that I did with Dixon.  The topic was ‘hard’.  The other was one of my photofusion shows which fit with the theme for the evening as it was macro shots of flowers, and water drops.
To end the evening off, I wanted to resurrect a segment that we used to do in the past where one of our members would highlight a photographer or website that the follow.   My choice for this meeting was ” John Wilhelm is a photoholic”.  I love his creativity of his images of his kids.  His website is
http://www.johnwilhelm.ch/

Now.. upcoming for January:
Regular meeting is Thursday January 19th.  The theme is ‘Canadian’ .  If you are thinking of entering an image for the jury of the Canadian exhibit at Casa, you might want to enter it here and get some feedback from the membership.. or just show it off!
The theme for the rest of the evening is BW.  We are hoping to have ed segments which will help you with the upcoming theme’s .  So since February’s theme is “BW” , we will be discussing what makes a good bw print/image, how to acheive that look in processing and in camera, etc.
I have a special guest speaker coming.   Mark Orenstein who was owner of DeJourdan’s photography for many years  and is now with Lifetouch.  Mark also is a long time member and judge in the PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada).. and he will be talking about what they look for when they are judging a bw image.
Also speaking will be one of our members, Gord Ayers.  Gord always amazes me with his beautiful bw landscape images and he will be talking about how he works his images. He will be bringing a few before and afters and talking about his process.
I will also be bringing a few samples of a print made on the different papers that Mike Paterson carries, so that you can see what difference the paper makes to a feel of a bw print.  This might also help you with deciding what to print on for your entry into the Canadian exhibition.

On January 21st we will be having a new camera workshop which is open to the public.  Any help by members would be greatly appreciated.  Mostly you just need to be around to help answer questions about your camera gear.    But you can also come to have your questions answered on cameras, setting and some lightroom help.

We will also be finding a date and holding a night where anyone who is thinking of entering into the Canadian exhibit, can bring a few images, ask for help in choosing which ones, on editing, and on printing the image.  Watch the website for a posting as soon as I find a date that works.

I want to also point out that we have a new link in the ‘links’ column of the website, which talks about the do’s and dont’s of memory cards.. what you should and shouldn’t do with them in order to lessen the chances of a bad card or corrupt images.

Lastly, I have just noticed that Photodex has sent us a new code for a discount on ProShow gold and producer that can be used for new downloads or upgrades.  They have just released Version 8, so now might be a great time to upgrade!  Email me if you would like the code!