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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.


Information for our last few events of the 2019 year

  1.  How to prepare your images for the last regular meeting (June 20, 2019).   All ‘themes’ for the last meeting are open.. meaning you can enter any picture that you would like.  The four categories are single digital, group of three digital, single print, and group of three print.
    1. Digital entries (single and group of three) must be submitted by midnight, Sunday, June 16th.  (Information on the site says the day before, but since it is our year end bbq that day, Im making an executive decision and giving Doug a little more time.. so please submit them by midnight on the Sunday before).
    2. Print entries should be brought to the photoclub meeting on the 20th.  You will put your name on a list.  Each name is assigned a number.  Put that number on a sticky note (provided) and either attach that sticky note somewhere on the front of your image, or stick it to the table in front of your image when you find a place for it.
    3. Single digital entries should be named as Your name-S-title.jpeg.  (‘S” for single – so we know it belongs in the single digital entry)
    4. group of three digital entries should be named as Your name-1-title.jpeg, your name-2-title.jpeg, and Your name-3-title.jpeg .  It doesn’t matter if you use the same title for all three pictures, just make sure you put the -1, -2, and -3 .. so that we know what order the pictures should be shown.  And make sure you type your name in the same for all three images.  Sizing should be the same as for our regular theme entries (see monthly theme under club members tab)
    5. Printed images can be any size, just remember that larger ones usually grab the ‘judges’ attention easier.  They can, but do not have to be matted, and they can but do not have to be framed.  We prefer that you do not have glass in your frame if you are bringing them framed, but you will not be disqualified if you do.  They should be mounted on some kind of hard backing.. so that we can move them easier.  The BEST option is to mount your image with a mat around it, so that we can handle it easily without touching the image.
    6. images (both digital and printed) are voted on by the membership.  We will get a sticky note , and you will place your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice on the sticky note for each .. so you will be judging four times… single print, group of three prints, single digital and group of three digital.  The sticky notes are then collected and counted.  If I remember right. 1st place scores 3 points, 2nd scores 2 and third scores 1… but, I might be wrong about that. Ralph will let you know that night.
    7. For the group of three images (print and digital) it is usually better if the three images relate to each other.  They might tell a story, all be landscape, all a portrait of one person, all floral, etc.  They are scored as one, so if they are completely different themes, then sometimes it is hard to do that.  However, you will not be disqualified if you decide to just enter 3 great images..
  2. Scavenger hunt is Wednesday June 5th.  Information was sent out in an email.. Please contact us if you did not receive it.
  3. Year end BBQ is on Wednesday June 19th.. and yes, that is the day before our last regular meeting.  You should bring something to drink, something to cook on the bbq (for yourself and anyone you are bringing), and a dish to share with others.  THe dish could be a vegetable, salad, dessert, etc.  There will be an email going out with the the location and directions to get there.
  4. Last meeting is on Thursday June 20th.
  5. Hope to see you at any of these events that work into your schedule!

April 18, 2019 Meeting minutes

Thank you so much once again Sigrid for putting these minutes together for us!

Introductions: Where would you like to go on your next photo shoot location?

Been There Slideshow: Presented by Maximo Lange. Titled: “What Pushes me to Hike in the Rockies.”  Amazing photographs! Thank you Maximo.

Secret Assignment: Peter Jowett. Subject was Leading Lines.

Chris Oates presented a show on the fieldtrip to the Westside River Bottom. Thanks to all who submitted, and to Chris for putting the show together.

Thanks Brani Srnec for doing an Ed-Segment on Bokeh (the theme for May). For information about Bokeh, please check:

Ralph Arnold and Peter Jowett reviewed and critiqued the print submissions for this month’s theme:  Water.  All photos submitted were amazing. Thanks to all who did.

We had a second Secret Assignment by Judy Gunlock. Her subject was “Things that Start with S.” Very well done show. Thanks Judy.

The club meeting was concluded by watching a short video on the First Image of a Black Hole.

The May meeting is coming up this week. Theme entries should have been submitted by last night (Bokeh), and they will be critiqued tonight (Monday) in the small meeting room at CASA.  Everyone is welcome to join in and help out.  It is such a great learning experience.


The Regular meeting is on this Thursday, May 16 in the community room at Casa starting at 6:30.  The theme is Bokeh.  I believe we have a field trip show by Chris from the Waterton field trip (I’ve seen some beautiful images already),   a Been there by Shannon Kerber (Mexico).  Ralph will be doing a segment on Macro photography and some DIY lighting for it.  Sounds interesting!

As well watch for information on our scavenger hunt (on main page events – June 5th).  And bring any ideas you might have for future been there and ed segments to the meeting.  We will be collecting them to prepare for next year!

March 21, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Thanks to everyone who submitted shows for Photofusion!
The theme for this month was “Pictures Taken with your Cell Phone.” There were 16 submissions.
Some things to note from the critiques:
 Number how many = 16
 Subjects placed in the center of your photograph reflects importance
 Eyes should be placed on the top 3 rd of picture
 ProCam 5 to shoot in RAW
 Setting your subjects into a “triangle” adds to a strong composition
 Natural light is always nicer than artificial light
 Sinister Diagonal: Upper left to lower right (plunging/negative)
A slideshow of “Deer of Southern Alberta” was presented by John & Gayle Krampl.
The theme for May is “Bokeh”. For fun, a short video was presented: Bokeh? Not Bokeh – How to pronounce “Bokeh.” Here is the link:
Lorelei Hoffarth presented a video by Chris Knight, called “Composition: Beyond the Rule of Thirds.”
 Rules are guides, and do not need to be followed directly
 Not every rule works with every scenario
 Intersections on a grid are called “eyes”
 Placement of your subject in your photograph can project an emotional response.
 Consider what you are including in your photograph; if it does not help, do not include it.
 Good composition won’t necessarily help with a boring image
 Consider what is important, and how to communicate that.
 Arrange people and props. Move yourself/ your camera. Consider the focal length.
Consider these 4 things: Frame, Tone, Lines, Depth
Frame: Camera format. Landscape or portrait crop.
Tone/Color: Brightness, darkness, contrast. Eyes are drawn to bright areas. Where do you want your eye to look.
Lines: Eye movement, relationship, fluidity. There are 2 types of lines: Literally (roads, building), and Implied (gestures)
 Horizontal: Project a sense of peace and calm
 Vertical:
 Diagonal:
 Curved: Feminine
Depth: Distance, flatness, shadows, highlights

Lorelei also gave a presentation on Composition Center Composition
 Center composition places the important object in the middle of the image
 Works best when using symmetry
 Can be boring visually if not careful.
 Film maker Wes Anderson used this technique in many of his films. Check out a short video on how he mastered this (Titled: Wes Anderson Centred)
 It is easy to do, but hard to do well. Practise!

One Point Perspective
 This creates depth, and helps to draw the eye inward/to the centre using converging lines. Worksbest when using a wide angle lens.
 Stanley Kubrick used this in his movies. To see a video of how he used this, check out Stanley Kubrick’s One-Point Perspetive :

 This is where the subject is on a diagonal line (not leading lines)
 There are two different kinds of diagonals: Baroque (leads from bottom left to top right) & Sinister (leads from upper left to bottom right)
 Works well to organize busy scenes

Rule of Thirds
 The image is divided into 9 equal parts by two vertical lines & two horizontal lines
 The points of intersections are called “eyes”
 Important subjects should be placed along one of these lines, or at the intersections/eyes
 Creates tension, energy and interest

Frame within a Frame
 All photos are within the frame of the photo or the screen
 Usually if you put your subject within another frame it adds more focus on your subject and it adds depth to the image.
 Creatively think of objects to use as frames, like trees, windows, etc.
 If possible use a frame that is darker than the area behind your subjects because your eyes are drawn to the lightest part of the image. It also provides depth to the image without taking away from the subject

 Triangles are the most stable shape
 Can be within a scene or a secondary composition

S Curve
Z Curve
 Usually used in landscape photography
 Vertical subject on one side, some kind of foreground which creates the L. Then something in
the background that fills the image
 Use the rules for landscape photography too. In portrait photography the subject is usually the person, in landscape it is a tree or rock, house, etc.

A presentation was done by Ralph Arnold on world known photographer Reuters Photographer Yannis Behrakis who passed away in March 2019. Club members had a chance to view the photos that made Yannis one of the most decorated and respected photographers. To read more about Yannis and see some of his images, check out:

Thank you Sigrid for keeping notes every meeting!  I will try and get caught up on the website so your hard work doesn’t go to waste!