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Nature SIG Meeting-NEW VENUE (7:00 PM PST)
A very special start to the new year. Steve Lustig will be discussing some of the photographic challenges he encountered while on safari and what he tried to resolve them. AND Donna Christie will be sharing her stories and images taken when hiking in Croatia. For more information contact the coordinators.
Competition Night (7:30 PM PST)
Digital Theme: Small Wonders Entries Due: January 3rd Return of Results: November competition results will be available at the January 3rd Club meeting.
PSA Interclub Digital Nature Round 2 (11:30 PM PST)
Status: Judged
CAPA Digital Altered Reality (5:00 PM PST)
Status: Judged
Stone Butter Church: Night Photography and Light Painting *new date* (2:00 PM PST)
*This trip was originally scheduled for Nov 24th, we had to postpone it due to rain. If you registered or were wait listed for the November event, you are still registered (no need to do so again).  If for any reason you cannot attend on the new date of Sunday January 6th, then please de-register or let us know so we can make room for someone else.  Since this trip has turned out to be extremely popular, we will try to run it again in the spring.  The trip is currently full, sorry to everyone who has been wait listed but unfortunately we cannot accommodate more than 10 people at any given time due to space constraints at the site. Event Details: This old Roman Catholic church in the Duncan area was built in 1870 by missionary priest, Father Peter Rondeault.  He raised funds for the construction of the church through the sale of Butter from his dairy herd on a nearby farm, hence the name ‘Stone Butter Church’.  It was subsequently abandoned after about 10  years of use and is now a old ruin with stone walls and wooden roof still intact.  The church resides on Cowichan Tribes lands, so we have arranged official permission from the Band to access their property for the evening.  We will arrive wel before dusk to scout our compositions, with the main focus being blue hour and night photography.  We will offer light painting and will have some speedlights on hand to illuminate the inside of the church. Some creative light painting techniques may be on offer too, but NO steelwool is allowed.  The church has a wooden roof that could easily burn.  If the skies are clear, star trails and other astro shots may be possible for those of you who are into it. This field trip is geared towards club members who are experienced with night photography and are comfortable using Manual settings on their camera (Manual Mode, Manual Focus and Bulb Mode).  Some tips will be provided, but you must know how to locate and change these settings on your camera.  We recommend bringing a w
Tuesday AM Field Trip - 'A' Letter - Jan 8th (10:30 AM PST)
Theme: A’ letter. If plan ‘A’ doesn’t work, stay cool, the alphabet has 25 more letters. Find letters in our environment, be it on a storefront, advertising or in our natural environment.  Lunch at noon at Earl's - 1199 Government St We meet at 10 in the Food Court for coffee and chat, even if the weather does not co-operate Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Creative SIG Meeting - NEW VENUE (7:00 PM PST)
Theme: Guest Artist: Donna Robertson Details: The Creative SIG is starting the New Year off in a new location with a three part program! Donna Robertson is a Guest Artist to lead off 2019. Donna is a photographer, musician and teacher. Her photography has been shown in the Sooke and Sidney Fine Arts juried shows. She likes to photograph flowers, trees, reflections and abstracts and enjoys making an image more impressionistic by using a variety of techniques which she will illustrate with her images. Her images can be seen at  https://donnarobertson.zenfolio.com AND -  Kevin Keliher will show a few images and lead a discussion about composition in creative or altered reality images. As always bring some images to share with the group but please limit them to no more than 10. AND - Our new location.  We're excited as this will be the first SIG in our new venue.  Our SIG meeting is no longer at CDI.  Our new location is the Lansdowne Campus of Camosun College (3100 Foul Bay Rd., @ Lansdowne).  Our meetings will be in the Wilna Thomas Building (starred in red on the map provided here), Room 103.   PARKING:   ⦁ All parking on site is $3.25 for a minimum of 4 hours.  After 6pm, we can use the Staff Parking lots (the closest one is P2 off Foul Bay Road, but also P1 off Lansdowne Rd.).  You must either display a meter receipt (from any meter on site) or pay by Honk Mobile app.  ⦁ There is a meter in P1 (the Lansdowne lot).  There is no meter in P2, but you can download a parking app “Honk Mobile” and pay from your mobile phone., once you register.  The location is LANSDOWNE CAMPUS ZONE #114”. (Please note - this change is for the SIG's and Workshops.  Our regular weekly club meetings are still at Norway House on Hillside Avenue.) The meeting will be from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.  We're looking forward to seeing you there and showing you our new digs!  Come early for a good seat.
Presenters Night (7:30 PM PST)
Guest Speaker: Beau Partlow sponsored by Sony Cameras Canada Topic:Explore the World of Documentary Photography and the Personal Project Website: TBA Details: "Explore the World of Documentary Photography and the Personal Project" Whether it's around the corner, or in a far corner of the world, the documentary photography project has been a mainstay of images for the past century. Join Beau Partlow and explore some of his most recent work and the work of famous documentary shooters, and gain the knowledge to start your own project, spoken through your own voice. If you have a camera and at least one lens, you're well equipped to tackle your first documentary story. Brief Biography: Beau Partlow has over ten year’s experience shooting. He started his journey in professional photography in 2003 when he moved to Milan, Italy to assist a local photographer. After his first year in Milan he was introduced to Gian Pauolo Barbieri, shortly after he was working as his in house studio assistant in the largest privately owned studio in Milan. When he returned to Canada he was hired by Sony to work with the digital imaging group putting on events and workshops in western Canada.
Butterfly Gardens *early access opportunity* (8:45 AM PST)
Enjoy the feeling of being transported to a tropical paradise with colourful winged beauties fluttering all around you. This is your chance to take a much-needed break from the dreariness of the Victoria winter and crack out those macro or zoom lenses to focus on nature’s most delightful insect. We're talking about butterflies, of course! Seventy different species of them, to be exact. And what’s more, you can photograph a variety of other wonderful tropical creatures like flamingos, parrots, frogs, and tortoises, all to a backdrop of interesting jungle foliage. Tripods are allowed in the gardens, just out of the way of other guests.  We will access the gardens one hour in advance of the public, to give us some time to get our shots without a ton of other people around. We will meet up at 8:45 am in front of the garden's entrance .  ADMISSION FEE:  Adults is $13.65 and Seniors is $8.93 (TAXES INCLUDED) *PLEASE BRING CASH IN EXACT CHANGE TO BE PAID TO YOUR GROUP LEADER* (We are required to pay as a group to be eligible for the group rates discount).  Your group leader is Rilla Ballantyne
Introduction to Lightroom 1 of 5 (7:00 PM PST)
Introduction to Lightroom – Presented by Cindy Stephenson Lightroom is a software program from Adobe that enables you to organize your images, create virtual collections of images along specific topics (travel, events, types of photography, etc.) quickly search for images that match specific criteria, and make non-destructive edits and enhancements to your images. Before using Lightroom, you should have a good understanding of where your images are stored on your computer, and ideally, have them set up in a folder structure that makes sense to you. Being fairly comfortable with files and folders and computers, in general, helps as well. Over five two-hour sessions, Cindy will cover the following topics: File and Folder Management: organizing your images, folders versus collections, how Lightroom works as a Catalog, your ideal folder and collection structure, backing up your images and Lightroom Catalog Getting Started: bringing images into Lightroom from your computer and from your camera Lightroom’s Library Module: organizing images into folders and collections, evaluating your images, searching for images, applying keywords, and exporting images  Editing Your Images: making global and local adjustments, sample digital workflow, how Lightroom works with other programs such as Photoshop, or NIK. Image Review: participants will submit two images they have edited using some of the techniques covered in class Registration is required. Please sign up for the January 14th date and you will be registered for all five sessions. Each session will build on information provided in previous sessions, and for that reason, it is important that participants be able to attend all five prior to registering. FYI – Subject to interest from club members, this workshop will be offered again later this spring. Based on feedback from the last time we ran this course, the classes will be taught as a lecture style, rather than hands on. You will also receive written mate
Oak Bay Marina (Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip) (10:00 AM PST)
Photoshoot:   Oak Bay Marina is surrounded by a breakwater.  Look for shore birds both outside the breakwater, and in the marina.  The docks are open to visitors, so boats and reflections provide many subjects.  Look for the harbour seal.  Wander around the bay and out on the outcropping rocks where you might find fishers and wading yellow legs, killdeer and black turnstones.  Lunch will be at the Penny Farthing Pub in Oak Bay. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.  Registration allows an accurate estimate for the lunch reservation.
Introduction to the Camera Club - FOR NEW MEMBERS (7:00 PM PST)
Introduction to the Victoria Camera Club - FOR NEW MEMBERS (and anyone else that wants to attend) Welcome to the Victoria Camera Club.  In this workshop we will present a detailed overview of the extensive programs and resources offered by the club;  do a walk through on how to use the website; learn how to upload images to the website;  and review the guidelines for competitions.  Bring your questions and meet some fellow new members. Camosun _ Landsdown, Wilma Thomas Bldg Room #103  See map below
Members' Night (7:30 PM PST)
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.
CAPA Digital Monochrome (11:59 PM PST)
Status: Closed Closed: Thursday, January 17, 2019 11:59 PM
Eastwood PS vs Victoria CC (11:59 PM PST)
Status: Closed Closed: Thursday, January 17, 2019 11:59 PM
Pacific Zone Print Challenge (11:59 PM PST)
Status: Closed Closed: Thursday, January 17, 2019 11:59 PM Competition Type: CAPA Print
Witty's Lagoon: Steelwool Spinning (6:30 PM PST)
Here’s a chance to photograph some fun pyrotechnics down at the beach! We’ve planned this night photography/light painting trip during a super low tide to make the most of the beautiful exposed rippling sand and tide pools at Witty’s Lagoon.  Winter is the only time of year when the tides retreat at night time and the tide pools can provide excellent mirror-like reflecting surfaces which add interest to steelwool spin shots.  The low tide occurs at 7:15pm and if skies are clear, the near-full moon may provide some additional lighting. Some experience with night photography will be essential, as well as knowing your way around the manual settings of your camera.  In particular, you will need to know how to switch over to Bulb mode and manual focusing.  Bring your tripod and shutter remote or cable release.  Up to you what kind of lens you’d like to use, we’d recommend having a wide angle option of 18mm or wider.  Bring your headlamps or flashlights for getting around and setting up your gear more easily in the dark. Other gear recommendations: -Dress extra warm, with winter jackets, hats, gloves and even snow or slush pants if you have them.  It can get very cold down by the water at night. -Full length waterproof and insulated boots or hikers are essential for this location. -Double or even triple up on the thermal socks (pro tip: put hand warming pouches in your boots - feet are always the first thing to get really cold on a night shoot).   We will meet at 6:30 pm at the Witty's Lagoon Tower Point parking lot.  There should be room for at least 10 cars there, if a few of you could consolidate into fewer cars that would be ideal. There is street parking in the area, if that lot gets too full.  We will walk down to the beach as a group from there, it will be a short walk through the park to the beach access staircase.  This trip will be co-led by Jacqui Ferguson and Teri VanWell. Group size is limited in order to make things manageable for our group
Introduction to Lightroom 2 of 5 (7:00 PM PST)
Introduction to Lightroom – Presented by Cindy Stephenson Lightroom is a software program from Adobe that enables you to organize your images, create virtual collections of images along specific topics (travel, events, types of photography, etc.) quickly search for images that match specific criteria, and make non-destructive edits and enhancements to your images. Before using Lightroom, you should have a good understanding of where your images are stored on your computer, and ideally, have them set up in a folder structure that makes sense to you. Being fairly comfortable with files and folders and computers, in general, helps as well. Over five two-hour sessions, Cindy will cover the following topics: File and Folder Management: organizing your images, folders versus collections, how Lightroom works as a Catalog, your ideal folder and collection structure, backing up your images and Lightroom Catalog Getting Started: bringing images into Lightroom from your computer and from your camera Lightroom’s Library Module: organizing images into folders and collections, evaluating your images, searching for images, applying keywords, and exporting images  Editing Your Images: making global and local adjustments, sample digital workflow, how Lightroom works with other programs such as Photoshop, or NIK. Image Review: participants will submit two images they have edited using some of the techniques covered in class Registration is required. Please sign up for the January 14th date and you will be registered for all five sessions. Each session will build on information provided in previous sessions, and for that reason, it is important that participants be able to attend all five prior to registering. FYI – Subject to interest from club members, this workshop will be offered again later this spring. Based on feedback from the last time we ran this course, the classes will be taught as a lecture style, rather than hands on. You will also receive written mate
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Time To Share - Jan 22nd (10:30 AM PST)
Theme:  Time to share – everyone bring a small item to feature in a series of photographs.  This could be any article from your home, nothing valuable, but let’s have some fun. Be it something that we can pose and feature in our photos or maybe something that lurks in the background. We will exchange these at coffee and return them to their owner at lunch. Lunch location: Darcy's Pub 1127 Wharf Street Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Basic Digital Photography with Pam Irvine SESSION 1 (7:00 PM PST)
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. SESSION 1 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
Mary Vine Falls & Twin Falls at Sooke Potholes Park (8:00 AM PST)
Join us for a day of exploration of the amazing waterfalls and sections of river in Sooke Potholes Park, during peak water flow.  First stop will be a pretty spectacular hidden attraction; the multi-tiered Mary Vine Falls.  It can be reached via a rugged forest trail, from the second parking lot.  The hiking distance is approximately 1 km and will take 13 minutes to get there (for those with average physical fitness abilities).  Could take 20 minutes or longer for slower hikers.  After Mary Vine we will move to the 3rd parking lot and walk a short distance along Riverside Trail to see the river canyon, potholes and rapids.  There are picnic tables in that area where we can stop to eat our packed lunches.   Following lunch, people can choose to go exploring on their own or head down to a second waterfall that is more easily accessible from the main road called Twin Falls, along Todd Creek (which flows beneath the bridge near the park entrance).  This trip will be ideal for trying out some long exposures of flowing water and general nature and wildlife photography.  Come prepared with your tripod, wide angle lens, shutter remote or cable release, ND filters, polarizer, indexing rotators for panoramic shots etc… depending on what you like to do.  Bring a second longer lens or zoom lens option, if you have one, as there may be opportunities to shoot wildlife in the park. Remember to dress warmly, with proper hiking footwear.  Bring a packed lunch and enough snacks and water for the day.  This trip will be weather permitting, please check your email the night before the trip, in case of cancellation. We will meet at the Helmcken Park and ride at 8 am. Carpool can be arranged there for anyone that needs it. Your group leader is former Sooke local, Mary-Lee Sampson We have limited spaces on this trip since there is not a lot of room for a huge number of photographers to shoot at Mary Vine Falls at the same time.   TRAIL RATING – we classify the Mary Vine Falls
Introduction to Lightroom 3 of 5 (7:00 PM PST)
Introduction to Lightroom – Presented by Cindy Stephenson Lightroom is a software program from Adobe that enables you to organize your images, create virtual collections of images along specific topics (travel, events, types of photography, etc.) quickly search for images that match specific criteria, and make non-destructive edits and enhancements to your images. Before using Lightroom, you should have a good understanding of where your images are stored on your computer, and ideally, have them set up in a folder structure that makes sense to you. Being fairly comfortable with files and folders and computers, in general, helps as well. Over five two-hour sessions, Cindy will cover the following topics: File and Folder Management: organizing your images, folders versus collections, how Lightroom works as a Catalog, your ideal folder and collection structure, backing up your images and Lightroom Catalog Getting Started: bringing images into Lightroom from your computer and from your camera Lightroom’s Library Module: organizing images into folders and collections, evaluating your images, searching for images, applying keywords, and exporting images  Editing Your Images: making global and local adjustments, sample digital workflow, how Lightroom works with other programs such as Photoshop, or NIK. Image Review: participants will submit two images they have edited using some of the techniques covered in class Registration is required. Please sign up for the January 14th date and you will be registered for all five sessions. Each session will build on information provided in previous sessions, and for that reason, it is important that participants be able to attend all five prior to registering. FYI – Subject to interest from club members, this workshop will be offered again later this spring. Based on feedback from the last time we ran this course, the classes will be taught as a lecture style, rather than hands on. You will also receive written mate
North Shore Challenge (11:30 PM PST)
Status: Open Closes: Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:30 PM Competition Type: North Shore Photographic Society


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