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THE ART OF SEEING I (Session 1 of 2) (4:30 PM PDT)
THE ART OF SEEING I (Session 1 of 2) Note:  Please register for this 1st session only.  Please do not register if you cannot attend both sessions. The purpose of this two part workshop is to help participants see and create more meaningful images.  We will be going through the process of creating an image both in the field and in post processing. During the first session, we will be exploring our surroundings (in the field), identifying scenes that catch our eye.  We will discuss those subjects as a group and try to uncover the images they present. At the end of the field session, participants will be encouraged to work individually, and I will make myself available to help on a one to one basis.   The second session of the workshop will be focused on post-processing our images.  Using Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw, we will learn how to better use the tools available in that software to realize the images we visualized in the field. Audience: This workshop is open to any level of photographer, provided they have a working knowledge of their camera and the required gear and software. Maximum Participants: 8 Minimum Participants: 4 Number of Days: 2 Field Trip Portion:  The field trip portion of this class is scheduled for Sunday, September 29th at East Sooke Regional Park (Aylard Farm Parking Lot).  We will arrive at the park at 4:30 and stay until sunset at 7:30 that evening.  Participants are required to bring a camera and a tripod. This session will not be cancelled for light rain, so please bring appropriate clothes. There are washrooms at the location. The Classroom session:   Tuesday, October 1st @ 7PM in Room #338 of the Fisher Bldg. at Camosun College Lansdowne Campus.  Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop with Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop.  Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of basic Lightroom Processing. Registration opens for this event August 31st at 9am.
Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip Lochside Drive at Island View (10:00 AM PDT)
Photoshoot:  Park on Lochside just north of the Mitchell Bros. Farm outlet.  Lochside Drive is popular with cyclists.  This time of year there will be pumpkins, maybe still some corn, and the weeds will have mostly gone to seed.  Bring a close-up lens for spider webs.  The road here is dead flat, and the speed restricted to 30 km./hr.  There may be geese in the fields.  Respect the private farm property.  There is lots to see along the roads.  Lunch at Brewsky's Pub, 7100 Wallace Drive in Brentwood Bay. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
THE ART OF SEEING I (Session 2 of 2) (7:00 PM PDT)
THE ART OF SEEING I (Session 2 of 2) Note:  Please register for this event on the Sept 29th session.  Please do not register if you cannot attend both sessions. The purpose of this two part workshop is to help participants see and create more meaningful images.  We will be going through the process of creating an image both in the field and in post processing. During the first session, we will be exploring our surroundings (in the field), identifying scenes that catch our eye.  We will discuss those subjects as a group and try to uncover the images they present. At the end of the field session, participants will be encouraged to work individually, and I will make myself available to help on a one to one basis.   The second session of the workshop will be focused on post-processing our images.  Using Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw, we will learn how to better use the tools available in that software to realize the images we visualized in the field. Audience: This workshop is open to any level of photographer, provided they have a working knowledge of their camera and the required gear and software. Maximum Participants: 8 Minimum Participants: 4 Number of Days: 2 Field Trip Portion:  The field trip portion of this class is scheduled for Sunday, September 29th at East Sooke Regional Park (Aylard Farm Parking Lot).  We will arrive at the park at 4:30 and stay until sunset at 7:30 that evening.  Participants are required to bring a camera and a tripod. This session will not be cancelled for light rain, so please bring appropriate clothes. There are washrooms at the location. The Classroom Session: Tuesday, October 1st @ 7PM in Room #338 of the Fisher Bldg. at Camosun College Lansdowne Campus.  Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop with Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop.  Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of basic Lightroom Processing. Registration will open August 31st at 9am for the August 31st session. Registration is
Nature SIG Meeting - Raptors of the World (7:00 PM PDT)
The Nature SIG is thrilled that the guest speaker for October is Suzanne Huot. Join us as Suzanne takes us around the world of raptors.
Competition Night (7:30 PM PDT)
Digital Theme: Signs/Letters/Numbers Entries Due: October Return of Results: September
Goldstream Provincial Park *new date* (10:00 AM PDT)
*This event was originally schedule for Sat the 5th, we have postponed to Sunday the 6th due to inclement weather*  Join us for a morning in beautiful Goldstream Provincial Park.  At this time of year the park will be showing early signs of the fall colour change, with lots to see and explore  There will be opportunities to capture dramatic landscape shots of the old growth forest, sections of river and waterfalls, or get some close ups of wildlife, colourful leaves, Big Leaf maples and various types of fungi.  We will meet at the Helmcken park and ride at 10am.  Please dress warmly, bring footwear suitable for trails.  Pack a snack or a lunch.  There are public washrooms and drinking water available near the main parking area. Carpooling can be arranged and we usually work it out at the park and ride, but please let us know ahead of time if you will need a ride.  We do encourage people to carpool in order to reduce the number of vehicles going out there, as the main parking lot at Goldstream can get very packed. Your group leader for this trip will be our lovely club president, Teri VanWell *This trip is weather permitting, please check your emails the night before in case of any updates or postponement If for any reason you need to reach the group leader or coordinator on short notice, here's our contact info: Teri VanWell -250-686-8447 Vanessa MacDonald - 250-588-1149
Introduction to Flash + Portraiture (1 of 2) (7:00 PM PDT)
Presented by Mike Byrne ***Please note this is a two-day event:  Monday, October 7th - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday October 19th - 10am -noon. This workshop is directed to those with limited experience with flash and is aimed primarily at using external flash units. Prior knowledge required: - how to turn flash on/off - if flash has modes (TTL, Manual...), how to change modes on the flash - if flash has slave/master capabilities, how to set the flash as a slave or a master - if flash has zoom capabilities, how to zoom the flash head There is a requirement to know how to set these, but it is not necessary to know how to use them for the purposes of the workshop. The workshop will cover: How to use a single flash as fill light How to use a single flash as the main light Using flash in manual mode Using flash exposure compensation Zooming the flash head Triggering external flash units with triggers and “master” units Using multiple flashes (time permitting) In most cases we will use workshop participants as “models” for our flash work, hence the focus on portraiture. Please bring your camera, a fast portrait length lens (50mm, 85mm, 105mm or zoom) and flash (with fresh batteries !!!) to the workshop. Please sign up for the October 7th date and you will be registered for BOTH SESSIONS.  Please do not sign up if you cannot attend both.
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Back Alleys (10:30 AM PDT)
Theme: Back Alleys. Take a walk through Victoria's finest alleys and capture what you find. Lunch at noon at Garrick's Head Pub - 1140 Government St./69 Bastion Square Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Advanced Audio/Visual Slide Shows (7:00 PM PDT)
Presented by Mike Byrne Mike Byrne will present a one-evening workshop on creating a first-rate slide show.  Mike has extensive experience in both still photography and video.  This is not a "how to" on using particular software, but rather it is about planning and creating your own meaningful and impactful show.  Good slide shows don't happen by accident.  They have a theme and a format and they flow from beginning to end.  Use this course to improve your presentations on Members' Night, or maybe you have a pet project you've been dying to make into a show.  This course will be mostly demonstration and discussion, but will also include some group participation.  It is not a hands-on workshop. Mike Byrne is a professional photographer in Victoria who has created hundreds of educational videos, informative slideshows and short documentaries.  He has worked extensively throughout the world. Registration will be limited to 20 participants.   Registration opens September 7th, 2019.
Creative SIG Meeting (7:00 PM PDT)
Theme: Presentation about Intentional Camera Morion, Creative Challenge results and Art Studio Details: The Creative SIG meeting will start with a short presentation from Normand Marchand regarding Intentional Camera Motion. Normand attended a workshop on this topic recently and will share his experiences and some of his images. The group started a Creative Challenge last month. The challenge is that we select a saying and challenge ourselves to create images that respond to the saying either (1) by using images already in our catalogues or (2) by photographing a scene that we create. The saying for October is Here comes trouble.  We hope to see lots of images as a result of the challenge. We also invite you to bring other creative images that you wish to share. Bring them on a USB/memory stick as as jpegs or as layered .psd or .tif files. A new feature of Creative SIG this year is that we plan to spend the last part of the meeting as an Art Studio. We invite you to bring your laptop and the images that you are working on. Members of the group can move around to see and discuss your images and you can ask for feedback or assistance, if you wish.
Presenter's Night with Mike Sroka (7:30 PM PDT)
Mike will present images and speak about his time as an "official Snowbirds photographer as well as other photographic stories during his professional career. "Mike Sroka received his degree from Brooks Institute of Photography. During production of the first "Star Wars" movie, he studied at Columbia College in Hollywood with instructors from Lucasfilm Ltd. Mike has been a professional photographer in Canada and the United States for more than 35 years. Clients include Diet Pepsi, Harley-Davidson, Wrangler, Calgary Stampede, and Parks Canada. He was an official Snowbirds photographer and authored the book, “Snowbirds: Behind The Scenes With Canada's Air Demonstration Team”. Mike received both government and corporate grants for two major fine-art projects... "South/Southwest" and "Blackfoot Portraits". He was a senior photography instructor at the Alberta College of Art and Design for 19 years and also taught at the University of Calgary. Current educational activities include adjudicating the District Authority Scholarships here on Vancouver Island and the occasional photo workshop."
Royal Roads & Hatley Park Castle (9:00 AM PDT)
Come and enjoy the colours and sights of Fall at Royal Roads Campus grounds and Hatley Park Gardens.   Some of you may wish to check out the section of river and small waterfalls along Charlie's trail, which can be a beautiful spot for capturing fall landscape shots and long exposures of flowing water.  Others may wish to photograph Hatley Park Castle and the adjoining gardens, which features a Rose, Italian and Japanese Garden, each with their own charm. See here for more details:  http://hatleypark.ca/hatley-park-gardens We will meet at 9:00am at the Lower Parking Lot (behind the Castle facing the Lagoon).  Your group leader is Deb Thurlbeck Possibility of a group lunch outing after the field trip, to be decided closer to the date. If anyone is in need of a ride, please let us know, as it may be possible to arrange carpool. Image Credit: Vanessa MacDonald - Captured on Charlie's Trail
Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip to Swan Lake (10:00 AM PDT)
Photoshoot:  Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary should be dressed in its fall colours.  The floating walkway re-opened in the Spring:  it is an easy walk around the lake.  Will the Redhead return this year?  See who is paddling the lake:  you never know what migratory birds will drop in.  I have even heard of swans in the lake!  Lunch location "to be determined". Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Composition and the Language of Visual Design (7:00 PM PDT)
Presented by Michael Murchison Composition is the key to crafting great photographs.  In order to better understand photographic composition, it is important to understand the elements that work together to create our images.  This presentation will discuss composition as a function of visual design.  The main focus will be how to use visual words to better tell your story and guide the viewer through your images.   The common ‘rules’ of composition will be discussed to better understand why they often are effective, but also to help better understand how you can use different compositional ideas to explore new and different meanings in your images.   This workshop is appropriate for members of all levels. This will not be a definitive presentation where you are given rules, but instead one where you will be given ideas which you can start using to push your compositions in new and creative ways. Registration for this event will open September 14th, 2019 at 9am.
Members' Night (7:30 PM PDT)
Members' Night Details: You are invited to stake out a 10 minute time slot to present your images or a short learning session. Check out the guidelines at the Documents & Files How-to section of the website and make your submission well in advance.
Kinsol Trestle & Fall in Shawnigan Lake (9:00 AM PDT)
Come and enjoy the vivid spectacle of Fall colours on this day-trip to the Shawnigan lake area.  There’s lots to see an explore, you can easily spend an entire day there checking out multiple different scenic parks in the area. To start off the morning we we’ll take a walk along the Cowichan Valley Trail to this historic Kinsol Trestle bridge, the largest wooden train trestle bridge in the Commonwealth.  This impressive bridge spans the Koksilah River, and you can follow trails down to the river bed for some great landscape scenes, with fall foliage, flowing water and the bridge looming in the backdrop.  You may also want to try out some abstract or architectural shots of the bridge itself. For the rest of the day, we have a set of location suggestions which people can go and explore at their leisure: Check out the photo gallery on the right for some inspo! --> Shawnigan Wharf Park – This small waterfront park has old historic wooden train station structure, as well as train tracks cutting through the park.  Can be great for those artistic train track shots, framed by beautiful and colourful foliage.  Old Mill Park – For short woodland trails to the waterfront and remnants of an old mill structure, this park has spectacular colours in the afternoon light.  Koksilah River Provincial park/Burnt Bridge – A bit further afield, located 7km west of Shawnigan Lake, features some rustic trails and scenic river front with plenty of colourful deciduous trees along the waters edge.  May be a good area to look for mushrooms or capturing Wildlife. More location examples will be suggested by the group leader.  We will meet at 9:00am at the Helmcken Park and Ride.  Option to carpool from here, just let your group leader or others know you’re interested.  Your Group leader is John Clarke. We may decide to stop at a local pub for lunch, but we’ll announce this closer to the trip date, so check back for more info.  Please remember to bring enough snacks and water f
Introduction to Flash & Portraiture (2 of 2) (10:00 AM PDT)
Presented by Mike Byrne ***Please note this is a two-day event:  Monday, October 7th -7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday Oct 19th - 10am-noon. Please sign up for the October 7th date and you will be registered for BOTH SESSIONS.  Please do not sign up if you cannot attend both. This workshop is directed to those with limited experience with flash and is aimed primarily at using external flash units. Prior knowledge required: - how to turn flash on/off - if flash has modes (TTL, Manual...), how to change modes on the flash - if flash has slave/master capabilities, how to set the flash as a slave or a master - if flash has zoom capabilities, how to zoom the flash head There is a requirement to know how to set these, but it is not necessary to know how to use them for the purposes of the workshop. The workshop will cover: How to use a single flash as fill light How to use a single flash as the main light Using flash in manual mode Using flash exposure compensation Zooming the flash head Triggering external flash units with triggers and “master” units Using multiple flashes (time permitting) In most cases we will use workshop participants as “models” for our flash work, hence the focus on portraiture. Please bring your camera, a fast portrait length lens (50mm, 85mm, 105mm or zoom) and flash (with fresh batteries !!!) to the workshop.
Tuesday AM Field Trip- Take a Look through Doors & Windows (10:30 AM PDT)
Theme: Take a  Look through Doors & Windows. What do you see when you look through a door or window. Frame your shot and show us. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Basic Digital Photography Session 1 (7:00 PM PDT)
Basic Digital Photography Session 1 Presented by Pam Irvine. The event is held on October 22, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  (NOTE date change from Oct 15) Please register for each session that you wish to attend.  This workshop is designed to help the novice photographer move from the Automatic settings on their camera (or to get more comfortable with manual settings).  If you are using a point and shoot camera with minimal controls, you still may find some benefit in attending the classes to learn the basic photography concepts of aperture and shutter speed.  Please bring your camera and the camera’s user manual to the class and ensure your camera’s battery is fully charged. Brief overview of a digital camera.  Drive modes. Exposure and how a light meter works, histograms, auto exposure metering modes. Auto focus versus manual focus – different auto focus modes & settings. ISO settings and the relationship between ISO / Aperture / Shutter speed. White Balance Registration opens Sept 14th at 9am.
Street Photography of People with Gregg Eligh (7:00 PM PDT)
This workshop will consist of two classroom parts.  The first will be October 23rd, and the second, November 20th.  Participants will take photographs at their convenience in between. On the first night Gregg Eligh will lead a discussion on Street Photography of People.  Some photographers find it a challenge outside of their "comfort zone" to take pictures of strangers on the street.  It can seem daunting.  In the initial discussion, Gregg will talk about approaches and attitudes.  He will discuss boundaries, both legal and personal.  After the first night, participants will have a few weeks to go out and test their limits and boundaries, and to explore their own attitudes and fears by photographing strangers in the streets.  In the second class, photographs and experiences of the participants will be discussed in a safe and constructive manner.  This is a great opportunity to stretch your personal boundaries as a photographer, and to find new and interesting subject matter.   Participants must be able to attend both evenings, and must be willing to take and share photographs of strangers in the street.  Photos can be sent to Gregg at or can be brought to the second meeting on a thumb drive. Registration for this workshop opens 9:00 a.m. September 21, 2019.  Registration for the first part includes both parts.
Novice Image Review (7:00 PM PDT)
Novice Image Review Fall 2019 Presented by Pam Irvine This is an opportunity for Novice members to get a few of their images reviewed by some of the more experienced members of the club.  This is NOT a competition. The images will be viewed and discussed by a team of 3 reviewers and additional input will be requested from the other attendees as well.  You can be anonymous if you wish, but our intention is to create a safe place to honestly discuss your images and help you to improve your photography. We may play around with your image in Lightroom to illustrate techniques that might improve your image. You are welcome to attend to learn from the discussions even if you do not have an image being reviewed.  Registration is not required. Please bring up to 5 images to the review on a memory stick or you can email the images to Pam Irvine at pam.irvine@shaw.ca at least a day before the scheduled session. Registration opens September 21st at 9am.
Butchart Gardens Fall Splendour (10:00 AM PDT)
Join us for a morning wander through the most spectacular display of fall colors in our local area, at the renowned Butchart Gardens. The Sunken Garden and Japanese gardens, in particular, are ablaze in every shade of russet, red, orange and yellow.  The lighting in these areas is optimal first thing in the morning. Meet at the Coffee Shop at 10:00 am. Admission to the Gardens is $35.49 after tax or a 12 month pass. You may want to bring a range of lenses; macro or telephoto for close-ups of leaves and flowers, wide angle or mid-range zoom for landscapes. Tripods are allowed as long as you don’t obstruct pathways or other visitors. If you wish to do long exposure bring polarizer/ND filters. Lunch at the Blue Poppy Restaurant at 1:00 pm to allow lots of shooting time. Contact Rilla if you plan on attending lunch. You are welcome to stay in the Gardens until closing. Your Group Leader is Rilla Ballantyne:  rillab@shaw.ca   250-381-4399 This trip is weather dependent.  *Please check you inboxes the day before the event, in case of any updates or cancellations.
Do You Macro? An Introduction to Macro Photography (Session 1 of 2) (7:00 PM PDT)
Presented by Lorna Zaback. Register for October 28 and you will automatically be registered for November 4. The Objectives of the workshops are to explore the basics of macro and/or close-up photography, including some hands-on practice and gentle critique. Although Lorna will do some exploration of focus, depth of field, lighting, etc., this will not be an advanced technical workshop. Audience:  Novice or intermediate, this workshop is not intended for advanced photographers or those who have a lot of experience with macro photography.  Capacity:  Min #: 4 - Max #: 10 2  Part Series:    Series 1 will be part lecture and part hands-on practice (indoors). There will be a simple assignment for participants to prepare for the 2nd session.   Series 2 will be a review of participant’s assignments with some feedback/gentle critique. Equipment:   Series 1 will require a camera, a tripod is essential and LiveView would be helpful.  No macro lens is required but a long focal length lens would be helpful (100 mm is sufficient).  Participant’s cameras should have enough pixels to allow for significant cropping.   Knowledge:   Familiar with camera operations, including manual focus, preferably in LiveView.   Not essential but helpful:   a) Knowledge of depth of field  b) How to import photos into a post-processing program. This workshop does not cover how to use post-processing software. Registration opens September 28th at 9am.
Basic Digital Photography Session 2 (7:00 PM PDT)
Basic Digital Photography Session 2 Presented by Pam Irvine. The event is held on October 29, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  (NOTE Change from Oct 22) Please register for each session that you wish to attend.  This workshop is designed to help the novice photographer move from the Automatic settings on their camera (or to get more comfortable with manual settings).  If you are using a point and shoot camera with minimal controls, you still may find some benefit in attending the classes to learn the basic photography concepts of aperture and shutter speed.  Please bring your camera and the camera’s user manual to the class and ensure your camera’s battery is fully charged. Aperture Priority setting on camera.   In depth look at the factors controlling depth of field.   Brief in-class experiments with cameras. Shutter Priority setting on camera.  Some in-depth fun with slow shutter speeds. Registration opens Sept 21st at 9am.


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