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!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrzQjUQds6g

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0Brf2l8Ysc
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:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcWFBJENLMo

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.