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!

February meeting recap and what to look forward to at March meeting

Our February meeting was held on February 21, 2019

Meeting started with introductions.
Members will be able to showcase their favourite photographs in the future in the display cases in the upper level of Casa. Details to follow.
Photo Fusion will be held on March 5 & 6 from 7pm – 9pm. February 25 is the deadline for submissions if you would like to enter a sow for photofusion.

This month’s theme was Tree (single). There were 20 submissions.
Gord Ayers presented a “Being There” segment called, “Russia in 10 Days.” Five days were spend in Saint Petersburg and 5 days in Moscow. Incredible pictures of an amazing trip!

Chris Oates presented a slide show on the fieldtrip from the Winter Lights Festival from January 25 th .  Thank you Chris for putting this together each month, and thanks to all those who submitted pictures!

Valentina Tkachuk presented her Secret Assignment entitled ” Small Things”
Two remaining Secret Assignments/Photo Essays were handed out for the months of April & May.

The Ed Segment for the evening was a quick tutorial on how to create slide shows on Pro Show Gold and Pro Show Producer for PC, and iMovie for Mac Computers. Thanks to Ralph Arnold, Lorelei Hoffarth, and Irene Forsey for taking the time to demonstrate. This should help those who wanted to put shows in Photo Fusion, but were unsure how.

What to look forward to for the March 21st meeting:

The theme for March is ‘cell phone picture”.  Send in your favorite photo taken on a cell phone.  Images are due before midnight on Sunday March 17th.  Critiquing will take place on Monday in the small meeting room beginning at 7:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome to the critique session.

Lorelei will give an ed segment on tips for compositions.

Brani will present a fun short video on Bokeh.  Bokeh is our theme for the May meeting, so hopefully this will give you some tips on how to produce the prettiest, creamiest Bokeh… as well as finally end the discussion on the proper way to pronounce it!

Peter will be giving his secret assignment.  As well, there will be a show which was submitted for photofusion, but we could not fit in.

I believe that is it!  Hope to see you there!


January 2019 Meeting Recap

hi everyone.!  Again thank you to Sigrid for making these notes for us!

Introductions:  Are you attending the Lightroom workshop?  If so, what do you hope to get out of it?

This month’s theme was Black & White Portraits.  There were 25 submissions.   Club members were treated to a variety of photos, from family photos to animal portraits.  Thanks to everyone who submitted!

Maximo Lange presented a very thought provoking photo essay on human interaction with their electronic devices, entitled Loneliness.

The Ed Segment for the evening was presented by Peter Jowett.  It was a demonstration on  Water Box Photography.  Thank you Peter for your awesome demonstration of a Water Box, how it works, followed by a slideshow of how to use it.  Here are Peter’s notes.


Use Windshield glass, lighter glass is less resilient and less safe.

In determining dimensions, give room for your camera, up to a 200mm lens and room for a bit of gear, extra battery, gloves, drying towel etc. Make sure it is deep enough for waves & pushing the tank below the surface, mine is 16”.  Don’t go too big since the box is heavy even without gear.

Protect bottom corners.
Rope and cord around outside to control/carry box.
Foam to custom fit camera & auxiliary lights.
Costs ~$100 with having glass shop assemble glass.


Camera preferably with flip-out LCD screen to view from above
Shutter release affixed to rope handle
Black cover cloth to block light & enable better view of LCD screen
Cloth to clean in front of lens
Insulated waders
Technique & Tips

Position lens flush against glass to prevent glare from entering camera (remove lens hood).
Position auxiliary lights in box.
Connect remote shutter release to camera and the trigger to the rope handle for easy access since it takes both hands to control the box.
Set LCD screen to display histogram.
Use camera level feature if available.
Set shooting mode to shutter priority to help get sharp images.
Use manual focus.
Usually it is much darker under the surface than above. Watch the histogram. Water clarity, depth, sun and cloud affect exposure. Consider using auxiliary lights.
Careful of stirring up sediment in low flow water.
Use a walking stick (possibly tied to you so can let go) for added support particularly in moving water.
Box floats great but don’t let go! Consider a tether.
Use ice grabbers on wader boots when on ice.
Can push box down to shoot below surface but be mindful of freeboard!
Careful not to splash water in box.
Cover exterior glass at opposite end you are shooting through to preserve it for future use.
System is quite heavy so plan to only carry it short distances or develop a method to carry it on your back.
Keep the glass clean and consider using a water repellant (Rain-Ex?) to help it run off. Keep an eye on your image review to see if water on glass is affecting image.
Shoot lots & be prepared to explain what you are doing. I was asked by a concerned tourist in Jasper if I was releasing exotic fish!

(Added by Lorelei:  Wanted to add a website that came up lately on underwater photography because there are some beautiful samples of over/under water photography here Ocean Art Contest

Doug Petriw shared pictures of his trip to BC in October 2017 for the Being There Segment.   His destination was Tofino, with stops around Vancouver Island, and many other cities along the way.  Thanks for sharing!


Chris Oates shared a video by YouTube photographer Peter McKinnon, on what to do if you are suffering from photographer’s block.  From Peter’s video called “Uninspired with Photography,” here are four points to help you out.


  • Switch out your gear.  Try shooting with a different lens or camera body than what you usually shoot with.  Maybe leave some of your gear behind so you are challenged to just shoot with the gear you have taken with you.  Use a smaller memory card, so you shoot only the shots that matter.  Or switch gear with a trusted friend for a week!  If you can afford to do so, purchase something new.


  • Change your setting. If you are using the same location, change the camera angles.    Change your surroundings; go outside to shoot, if you usually shoot indoors.  Rearrange your environment.


  • Walk away. Unplug from social media.  Don’t compare yourself to other photographers.  Take the opportunity to do other activities.


  • Change up your photography style. Try shooting with a new esthetic and have fun with it!

Here is the link to the actual video:

Lorelei Hoffarth invited everyone to check out the Traveling Dress Project.  This was a collaboration with 10 photographers, who each had the same red dress for a 2 week period.  This art project will be on display at Mortar & Brick Gallery (316 – 7 Street South, Lethbridge – formerly Southern Stationers), starting February 14th, from 7pm – 10pm.  The exhibit will be running until February 19th.

There was no field trip before this meeting, but I want to thank Chris Cook for organizing the field trip to Japanese Gardens on Jan 25th.


December 2018 meeting recap

hi everyone. Here is the recap of the December 2018.  Sorry I didn’t get it posted earlier!  Thanks to Sigrid for taking notes and sending them to me!

Introductions:  How long have you been a member in the club?  And what new photo toy do you hope for Christmas?

The theme for December was Before & After.  It was the photographer’s interpretation of what this meant.  There were 22 submissions.

David Tanaka presented an Ed Segment on:  “How to Get Great Photographs with Any Camera”, based on a book from Jerry Hughes.

Remember:  C.A.L.L.

C – Composition:
What kind of frame do you want?  Portrait, Landscape, or something else?
How much of the subject do you want in the picture?  All, 2/3, ½,  or 1/3?
Where will you place your subject?  Rule of thirds.

A – Angle:
               Walk around the subject
Think about camera height and tilt

L – Lighting:
               Quality- What kind of lighting?  Hard, soft, diffused, or directional?
Directional – Front, back or side?
Quantity – How much light?
Light Modification – Umbrellas, diffusers, or reflectors ?
Time of Day – Golden Hour, Dusk, Dawn

L – Lens
               Wide Angle to Telephoto

Camera to Subject – distance and perspective.  You can change perspective by how close the subject is to the camera.


Chris Oates put together a slide show of the fieldtrip to downtown Lethbridge, held on November 29th.  Thanks to all who submitted, and to Chris for putting the slide show together….AND thanks to Chris Cook for all he does to organize our monthly field trips!

A Being There slideshow was presented by Ekpes Akpanudoh (you might want to double check this, she is a new member of the executive), called “My Trip to England & Scotland”.  Thank you Ekpes for showing us your amazing pictures!

Kathleen Klemen presented a photo essay on “My Mom.”  This was an amazing and heartfelt tribute, to someone who was obviously an amazing person.  Thank you Kathleen.

Thanks to everyone who shared plates of goodies, and to Annetta for the delicious cider!

What happened at the Nov. meeting and what is coming up for December

November 15th meeting:

Introduction:  What are you doing new with photography?

Ralph read names and positions of the Executives for the 2018-19 year.

Reminder:  Photo Fusion is planned for March 5 & 6, 2019.   Slide shows can be 3-6 minutes long.

The photo club will be hosting a Post Processing Workshop using Lightroom.  Date is set for January 19, 2019.  Cost will be $15, and will be held at Casa.  This replaces the new camera workshop that was hosted previously.

Thank you Chris Oates for putting together the fieldtrip slideshow from the Sandstone Conservatory.  Thank you Kandra Forbes for putting this fieldtrip together, and to all those who submitted pictures.

Valentina Tkachuk presented a Being There segment from her trip to Newfoundland.  Amazing pictures Valentina!

The Eg Segment for the meeting was “An Insight into Food Photography” by Maximo Lange.

The key to good food photography is to create a story with your picture.  Keep the composition simple, and ask yourself; what is the star of this photo?  Avoid visual clutter and keep backgrounds simple.  Give breathing room by using negative space.  Work inside your own world.  And remember:  No one can see you what was left out of your shot!

Consider your light source.  Use natural light, such like from a window.  Think about back lighting or side lighting to make a picture more interesting.  Front light tends to be flat and unflattering.  There is more pop with back and side light, as well as richer colors.

Consider using Reflectors (bounce light and effect shadows) and Diffusers (soften light).

MOVE!  Find out what works best.  Get different angles.

Color Theory:  Use colors to attract the viewer.  Analogous (creates a warm feeling; calm) and monochromatic (different variation of teh same color).

Some simple tricks:  Use raw ingredients.  Keep your dishes clean.  Add a bit of oil (to add shine)  and water (to add texture).  Show food in the cooking process.  Always use fresh ingredients.

Break the rules!  Stay creative and try to add your own style.

Best focal length for food photography is 50-80mm.  Remember to stay close to the subject.


On November 24 – December 15th, the Trianon Gallery will be showing an exhibition of Van Christou’s photography.   The club will also have some of Van’s photography equipment for sale as well on Nov 22nd.  If interested, contact the club.

The theme for this month was “Flowers.”  It was a print submission.  Nineteen pictures were presented.  Thank you Ian McGillivray and Byron Lee for critiquing the images.

Some recommendations and comments from critiques were:  Watch the direction of your light source.  Treat floral photography as a portrait.  Use a reflector to bounce light and lessen shadows.  Use a shallow depth of field to focus on your subject.  Watch for unnecessary things in your image (parts of another flower, unwanted items in a foreground like twigs, grasses).  Darken edges or leaves to keep your eye on the part of the picture you want.  Too much light can create hot spots.  Using a diffuser can help eliminate these.  Consider spot metering on a flower will help to create a dark background.

The Secret Assignment this month was “Symmetry” by Gord Ayers.


What’s coming up for the December 20th Regular meeting:

For our December meetings, we like to change things up a little bit and make the treats a little more special.  So we ask that everyone bring a small plate of their favorite sweets, or appetizers to share with everyone.  Annetta will also be making up some Apple Cider, and we encourage everyone to bring along their own mug and to enjoy the cider and coffee throughout the meeting.

Theme is Before & After.  You will need to submit 2 pictures for this theme.  You can interpret this theme any way you want to, whether it be before and after a house remodel, before and after beauty photography session for example, or the before and after pictures from a creative editing session.  Completely up to you, just make sure you include a picture both for the before image, and one for the after image.  Upload them both to the theme account.   Please try and label them with an 1- for the before image and an 2- for the after image before the file name.  For example Lorelei Hoffarth-1-A Bridal Portrait   and Lorelei Hoffarth-2-A Bridal Portrait.  With “A Bridal portrait” being the name of the image.  That should get it in the right order and make things easier for our Laptop person.

Theme entries need to be uploaded by midnight, Sunday, December 16th.

Our ed segment this month is by Lorelei on “Your camera’s exposure meter settings and what they mean”.

Secret assignment is by Kathleen Klemen.

ANother Ed Segment by David Tanaka on CALL system.

And a Been there segment by Ekpes Akpanudoh.

And don’t forget about the critique night!  If you would like to help out in putting the critiques together, or would just like to go and listen and learn, that will be in the small meeting room starting at 7:00 on Monday, December 17th.

Also remember that if you would like to go to the Lightroom workshop on January 19th, you must register with your payment by the end of this meeting.
Thanks!  Hope to see you there!








What happened at our October meeting and what is coming up for Nov. 15th 2018 meeting

Oct 18, 2018 – Meeting Recap

Help Portrait is planned for November 10, from 11-6pm.  Hosts and photographers are still needed.  If you can help out, please contact Steven Layton.

Two slide shows were presented from the fieldtrips to Park Lake and the Crowsnest Pass.  Thanks to Chris Cook for planning these fieldtrips, Chris Oates for putting the slideshows together, and to everyone who submitted pictures.

Our theme this month was Small Towns.  There were 19 submissions.

The Secret Assignment was from Denise Nilsson.  Titled “The 1st Day of a Burmese Mountain Dog.”   The show was about a summer event, which was the adoption of her new puppy!  Congratulations Denise!  We all enjoyed the pictures of your beautiful new friend.

The Ed-Segment was on Light Painting presented by Byron Lee.  Byron showed a Light Painting tutorial by photographer Jason Page, where he shows you how to create a Spirograph also known as a Light Painted Physiogram.   To see the video, click on the link:

Tools to create these Spirographs from this website cost approximately $100 USD.  Byron then proceeded to show club members how to create the same photos for under $2!  All you need is LED finger lights which can be found from The Dollar Store, colored plastic sheets (Michael’s or any other craft/hobby store), string, and an elastic.

Put 2 LED finger lights together with the elastic (one will be lit up, the other acts as a counter weight).  Use a string to hang the lights approximately 18” above your camera.

Camera settings:  Manual mode; Manual focus;  F11-F22; ISO 100; lens open for approximately 30 seconds; focal distance 18mm

If your camera has multi-exposure, you can use “additive mode” in the multiple exposure function, which seems to give the best results.  (Stacking 3 images works best as well).  If not, use a piece of cardboard to cover your lens while creating the spirograph and switching lights (if using more than one color).  Or you can use a white light, and place colored sheets (cut down to cover the lens) over the lens.  Try 2 different colored sheets side-by-side for a different effect.  Byron also found the placing his camera on a turn table or a Lazy Susan (to make it easier and give you a smoother way to rotate your camera), and rotating every 2 seconds, while the light is spinning above creates some very interesting patterns.  Best effect is to not rotate the plate more than ¾ – 4/5 around.

One of the things that Byron found with this exercise, it gave him a better understanding of the relationship between time and light, and time, light and motion. It also gave him a better understanding on how the camera works and how the camera sees and interprets things, which is not always how we see and interprets things.  Once you understand how all these work in relationship to one another it will help you in becoming a better photographer.

After the demonstration, Byron presented his own slide show (Weave the Light).  Amazing photographs Byron!  Thank you for the demo!

The AGM followed the regular meeting.

Many thanks to Lorelei for being president of the club for the last 2 years!  You have done a wonderful job.  As well to the other members of the Executive who have stepped down.  You all leave big shoes to fill.

THANK YOU Sigrid for compiling these minutes from our meetings for me to post!

UPCOMING for our November 15th meeting:

Theme is Flowers.  It is a print theme, so bring your prints into the meeting and try and come at few minutes early to find a spot for your print.  There are instructions on the website here (just scroll down to the section on Print Themes

We will have a been there segment by Valentina Tkachuk and the field trip show (from the sandstone trip) by Chris Oates.

Our ed segment will be on food photography by Maximo Lange.

Secret assignment by Gord Ayers.

That should be it! Sounds like a great meeting!

A reminder that Ralph is looking for someone to take over running the laptop at our meetings.  If you can help out let him know.

We also need someone who will apprentice under Chris Oates to learn the sound system, so that we aren’t left in the dark if he cannot make a meeting. Chris doesn’t think he will miss any more meetings this year, but we really need to have a backup plan in case something calls him away.  If you don’t mind helping either approach Chris at the beginning of the meeting or talk to Ralph

Thanks!  and see you Thursday!