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VCC Image Review (all levels) (7:00 PM PDT)
This Nature/Wildlife Image Review is open to all members of the VCC, regardless of your competition level. Feel free to submit images for review, or just hear the thoughts on submitted images from our five experienced committee members, Rick Shapka FCAPA, Mike Wooding ACAPA, Peter Koelbleitner, Steve Smith and Leah Gray. Please note: this is not an exercise in pre-selecting images for competitions. We are interested in helping other VCC members with their photography. We will be offering additional Image Reviews for “Open” images January 5th 2020, February 9th and March 9th. Please forward your images (up to three) to Mike Wooding (mwooding@shaw.ca) by September 27th. We will review as many images as possible in the order they were submitted (1920 x 1080 pixels is preferred, but 1400 x 1050 is acceptable).  Register by September 27th to receive the Zoom link. We anticipate this session to run 1 to 1 1/2 hrs. Email Leah if you have any questions.
Competition Night (7:00 PM PDT)
NOTE NEW START TIME FOR MEETING: 7:00 pm Digital Theme: Arches, Alleyways, Laneways Entries Due: October Return of Results: September
Butchart Gardens (round 5) (8:40 AM PDT)
The gardens are open, and we will take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to photograph the gardens without the crowds and tourist traffic.  This will be a monthly recurring outing going forward, for club members to meet and shoot together.  The gardens change from week to week, as the season progresses, so there will be new flowers and foliage to enjoy each time. There are new protocols in place, to protect health and safety for everyone, which we must follow.  Please see Butchart's website for more detailed info:  https://www.butchartgardens.com/covid-19-update/ Bring your landscape, macro or zoom lenses.  Monopods are ok, but the staff have emphasized that they are not allowing tripods at this time, to allow for good flow through the gardens (one-way paths). The plan is a little different this time: We'll meet at 8:40-8:55 at the Butterfly Gardens parking lot:  1461 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay (corner of Keating and Benvenuto). At 8:55 we will convoy to the Butchart Gardens entrance gate.  Please do not park on the side of the road or be in the Butchart line up prior to 8:55am. After photographing the gardens, we will continue to have a gelato gab and gather at 11:30am.  Once you get your gelato head to the boar area with benches. Remember, tripods are NOT allowed at this time - for Covid protocol.  You will likely be asked to leave if you set up your tripod.  If anyone plans to arrive at a later time (ie: due to buses), please let us know, we'll have the group leader keep an eye out for you. Rates Effective June 1: Adult $30.00, Youth $15.00  OR Season Pass We’ll spend a few hours doing photography, and for those who are interested, we can meet again near the Gelato bar at 11:30am for socializing and desserts. Your group leader is Lorna Shaw
Charlie's Trail Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip (10:00 AM PDT)
Photoshoot:  Charlie's Trail at Royal Roads University. We should be well into the fall colours.  Hopefully there will be a little water in the creek, and some mushrooms here and there.  If you're bored with the ravine there is always the Japanese garden or architectural shots of Hatley Castle itself.  Remember to pay for parking, and as usual, maintain proper social distancing. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related or covid-related cancellation is required.  No lunch meeting will be arranged.
Composition (1 of 2) (7:00 PM PDT)
Composition (1 of 2) presented by Jim Fowler In case you missed it last year, maybe because you asked yourself “how much could Jim Fowler have to say about composition”, now is your chance to watch it.  Jim starts by putting composition in context:  it is only one of four elements of a compelling photograph.  Then he proceeds to answer the quintessential question asked by snapshot takers the world over:  “why is it that my final photo of the wonderful eye-grabbing scene  is nothing like the grand vision I saw with my own eyes?”  The starting point is the difference between what our eye/brain interaction “sees”, in contrast to the much more limited ability of a camera to “see”.  Learn how the brain constructs depth from two dimensional images.  From the eye movement experiments of Alfred Yarbus, learn how people REALLY look at pictures.  Using examples from famous paintings, photos from great photographers, and a wide selection of his own work, both good AND bad, he then surveys composition BEFORE you take the picture, WHEN you take it, and AFTER you take it.  All of the well-known “rules”, like the “Rule of Thirds”, are discussed.   He will tell you that they aren’t really “rules” at all, with one exception.  Finally, he illustrates how the best photographers altered their photographs to improve them.  What have members said?  Gordon Griffiths said:  “a masterful job, a great success.  One of the highlights this year.  I hope you will present it again.”  Garry Schaefer said:  “extremely well prepared and delivered, just like a top of the line work of art.”  Don Piper said:  “the best presentation I have attended.”  All attendees are provided with a set of notes that includes source references and a field guide.   Some illustrative photos are new. This workshop consists of 2 evenings, October 6th and October 20th.  Please register here only if you can attend both.  Thank you!
Nature SIG Meeting (7:00 PM PDT)
NatureSIG will meet via ZOOM on Wednesday, October 7 at 7pm. The ZOOM link will appear on the VCC Website a day prior to the meeting. The meeting will consist of two sections, a presentation followed by photos submitted by members for a show-and-tell. The presentation, titled Globetrotting to Lockdown: Nature Photography in Transition, is by Jim Gardner using images made in the early weeks of March in Antarctica through quarantine at home and limited local excursions to present. If the presentation has a theme it could be "how to get the most of what you have!".   Members are invited to submit up to 8 images each for show-and-tell. These should be emailed to naturesig@victoriacameraclub.ca. They will be displayed at the meeting and you and others will be able to comment. If you have issues in doing this, please send a separate email to the same address. Thank you for your interest in NatureSIG.
Presenter's Night with Glenn Bartley - Bird Photography Simplified (7:00 PM PDT)
Glenn Bartley who lives in Victoria has been travelling and making pictures of interesting and exotic birds for many years. Glenn leads and instructs on his photography workshops. Glenn's presentation will be Bird Photography Simplified - My Approach to Creating Images.
***CANCELLED***Kinsol Trestle (9:45 AM PDT)
Come out and join us on October 10th at the Kinsol Trestle. Fall colours & Fresh Air! Kinsol Trestle also known as the Koksilah River Trestle is a wooden railway trestle that is part of a walking trail.  we can discuss if there are any other areas we want to check out on the way home. COVID 19 protocol -Social Distancing ***NEW***VCC COVID 19 Participation agreement that must be printed and filled out and handed in. Please read the VCC COVID 19 Safety plan Driving directions rom Victoria: From the Trans-Canada Highway turn west onto Mill Bay/Shawnigan Lake Road and go all the way into the Village of Shawnigan Lake. Turn right onto Shawnigan Lake Road and follow it until it turns into Renfrew Road. Follow Renfrew Road past the end of the Lake to Gleneagles Road and turn right. There is a public parking area about 550 metres down the road on the right hand side. Then a short walk along a flat trail.  Meet at the Parking area for the Trestle at 9:45 am. This trip is weather dependent watch your inbox for updates. Your group leader is Nicci Tyndall
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Out of Focus (10:00 AM PDT)
Theme: Out of Focus  - The quest for tack sharp photos is something most photographers are on the quest for – but sometimes it is a lack of focus can really make a shot what it is. Due to the COVID19 virus and the need to practice Social Distancing, Tuesday Group will not be meeting but we can capture images in our homes and neighbourhoods. As always, please share you photos on our Gallery and/or the VCC Flickr groups. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Creative SIG Meeting (7:00 PM PDT)
Theme: Presentation by Rick Lawrence  Details: As I am sure you are aware Rick Lawrence was VCC's guest speaker at September's Presenter's Night. The photographs/art pieces he showed us were numerous, rich in colour, form, texture and were stunning. I felt like I had been transported to another place. In addition, Rick spoke with passion, authority and openness. This month he is back presenting at The Creative SIG. Rick will give us an in-depth presentation on "Emotional Memory and Photography." He has assured me that there will be plenty of time for questions and discussions regarding  photography/art. So, we hope you can join us and remember the second half of the evening will be your opportunity to show some of the creative images you have been working on, five maximum please. Like last month we ask that you have the images ready to go (opened on your desktop at home) and when asked you will share your screen. Zoom doors open at 6:40 p.m.
Members' Night (7:00 PM PDT)
NOTE NEW MEETING START TIME: 7:00 pm 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.
Thetis Lake Regional Park Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip (10:00 AM PDT)
Photoshoot:   Thetis Lake Fall colours and a lakeside trail provide a variety of opportunities for photography.   Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related or covid-related cancellation is required.
Composition (2 of 2) (7:00 PM PDT)
Composition (2 of 2) presented by Jim Fowler In case you missed it last year, maybe because you asked yourself “how much could Jim Fowler have to say about composition”, now is your chance to watch it.  Jim starts by putting composition in context:  it is only one of four elements of a compelling photograph.  Then he proceeds to answer the quintessential question asked by snapshot takers the world over:  “why is it that my final photo of the wonderful eye-grabbing scene  is nothing like the grand vision I saw with my own eyes?”  The starting point is the difference between what our eye/brain interaction “sees”, in contrast to the much more limited ability of a camera to “see”.  Learn how the brain constructs depth from two dimensional images.  From the eye movement experiments of Alfred Yarbus, learn how people REALLY look at pictures.  Using examples from famous paintings, photos from great photographers, and a wide selection of his own work, both good AND bad, he then surveys composition BEFORE you take the picture, WHEN you take it, and AFTER you take it.  All of the well-known “rules”, like the “Rule of Thirds”, are discussed.   He will tell you that they aren’t really “rules” at all, with one exception.  Finally, he illustrates how the best photographers altered their photographs to improve them.  What have members said?  Gordon Griffiths said:  “a masterful job, a great success.  One of the highlights this year.  I hope you will present it again.”  Garry Schaefer said:  “extremely well prepared and delivered, just like a top of the line work of art.”  Don Piper said:  “the best presentation I have attended.”  All attendees are provided with a set of notes that includes source references and a field guide.   Some illustrative photos are new. Please attend this workshop only if you can attend Part 1 and Part 2.  If you have registered for Part 1, October 6th, you are automatically registered for Part 2.  A Zoom link will be sent to you after noon on Oc
External Competition Meeting (10:30 AM PDT)
Mobile Photography SIG presents "Getting the Most Out of Your Mobile Photography" (7:00 PM PDT)
A Mobile Photography SIG Workshop Workshop Presenter Jerry Hug Our first Mobile Photography SIG meeting will be a two-hour presentation designed to jump-start the skills of anyone interested in using their phone to make compelling images. Although geared to those getting started in Mobile Photography, our presenter will include something for everyone, including advanced users. The workshop will be in two parts and packed with information. Part 1. 1. Purchasing your iPhone/Smartphones and what you need when you upgrade. 2. Setting up your Phone for both quality photos and videos. How to hold and shoot Manual. 3. Add on external hardware and equipment for Mobile use. 4. My favourite applications (apps) 5. Organizing images for viewing and “Slideshows” 6. Travelling with only Mobile devices for Photography (advantages and limitations). 7. How I use specialized apps for getting better results. 8. Using textures both handmade and purchased. 9. How I store my images on the devices and use iCloud 10. Printing directly from the Mobile device to the best Canon or Epson printers. Part 2 Jerry will also be demonstrating the use of three applications for post-processing images on the phone - Snapseed, Touch Retouch and Lightroom Mobile (available for iPhone and Android) All apps are free except Touch Retouch, which is under $3 on the App and Play Stores. Although Jerry will be using an iPhone, the functionality of the apps across platforms is virtually identical, so Android users will have no problem following along on their devices. Participants are encouraged to download and install all three apps on their devices in advance of the workshop. A link will be provided so you can download the same images that Jerry will be processing, allowing you to work alongside him in real-time if you wish. A complete set of speaker notes in PDF format will be provided and the workshop will be recorded allowing registrants to replay it at their convenience. Abou
***NEW DATE***GOLDSTREAM PROVINCIAL PARK (9:00 AM PDT)
Come out and spend a morning in Goldstream Park. Photograph the fall colors, old growth forest, waterfalls and maybe salmon spawning. Also wildlife such as eagles, gulls and maybe bears. We will meet in the parking lot at 9:00 AM hopefully beat the crowds. COVID 19 Protocol- Social Distancing.  ***NEW***VCC COVID 19 Participation agreement that must be printed and filled out and handed in. Please read the VCC COVID 19 Safety plan Your group leader is John Clarke. This trip is weather dependent watch your inbox for updates.
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Still Life (10:00 AM PDT)
Theme: Still Life - By definition, Still Life is the art of photographing inanimate objects which can be natural (flowers, food, plants, rocks, etc) or man-made (books, vases, glasses, jewelry) typically arranged in small groups.  The French refer to it as “nature morte” or dead nature. This is the VCC November Internal Competition theme. Challenge your skills with composition, lighting and subject material. https://www.colesclassroom.com/still-life-photography-its-more-than-just-a-bowl-of-fruit/ Due to the COVID19 virus and the need to practice Social Distancing, Tuesday Group will not be meeting but we can capture images in our homes and neighbourhoods. As always, please share you photos on our Gallery and/or the VCC Flickr groups. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Landscape Photography from the Heart (7:00 PM PDT)
A Zoom Workshop by Mike Murchison This workshop is designed for any photographer interested in continuing to improve their landscape photography, and specifically, for those interested in transitioning from more technically oriented images to emotional photography.  Mike believes creating images is an emotionally driven exercise and will share his process and personal learnings.  He will explore composition, not as a technical exercise, but rather as a function of feeling.  Mike has learned that by following his eye, exploring ideas with his mind and listening to his heart he creates more interesting and meaningful images.   This workshop is designed to help participants increase their ability to contemplate and develop the emotional side of their photography. In his recent Photograph With Your Eye, Mind  and Heart Close-Up article Mike states, “When we combine the eye and the mind with our emotions and the ability of an image to invoke feeling, suddenly the power of photography becomes limitless and we can take our images to new places, show the world in new ways and create poignant reminders of the amazing world that surrounds us”.  Registration Information: This workshop is appropriate for photographers of all levels.
Novice Image Review (7:00 PM PDT)
Novice Image Review 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.  Please email up to 5 images to Pam Irvine at pam.irvine@shaw.ca a few days before the scheduled session.
Full Moon Rising (5:30 PM PDT)
Come out and join us to shoot the rising full moon on Saturday October 31st. The moon rises at 6:19 PM that evening. The moon should be rising (at 70 degrees) over Chatham Islands and/or Discovery Island. Along Beach Drive one could capture the moon rise with sailboats in the foreground. Bring your tripods and dress warmly. COVID 19 Protocol- Social Distancing  ***NEW***VCC COVID 19 Participation agreement that must be printed and filled out and handed in. Please read the VCC COVID 19 Safety plan Below are 2 links that may be helpful.  There is also a free App called Stellarium people can download. This trip is weather dependent Your group leader is John Clarke Meet at 5:30 PM in the oak Bay Marina parking lot. 1327 Beach drive Night Photography: Beginner Basics Camera Settings 20 Do's and Don'ts for Shooting the Moon


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