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July 2019
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Heritage Acres Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip (10:00 AM PDT)
Photoshoot: "Heritage Acres".  This wonderful resource beside the Pat Bay Highway is full of farming, industrial and domestic artifacts.  If it is raining, there are multiple buildings open to the public.  In nice weather, the vehicles and machinery scattered about make interesting subjects for outdoor compositions.  You can't see it all from the highway:  you have to explore this site.  Donations are requested by the Society.  Pay at the main warehouse.  Lunch afterward at the Prairie Inn in Saanichton.   Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Friendly Shoot Out - July 9th (10:30 AM PDT)
Theme: Friendly Shoot Out – themes drawn from the Summer Shoot Out Hat Lunch - noon at Garrick's Head Pub,  66 Bastion Square Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Long Exposure Seascapes: Breakthrough Photography Filters Session (6:00 PM PDT)
Would you like to learn how to create captivating long exposure images (cloud streaks, smooth water, etc.) ... during the day with no color cast while retaining incredible detail?  This VCC field outing, led by professional nature photographer Dave Hutchison, will demonstrate hands-on how Breakthrough Photography Filters are used to create long exposure images.  You can also observe for yourself the claim that Breakthrough makes the "world's sharpest and most color neutral ND filter".  Demonstration filters and basic instruction on how to use them will be offered + a few giveaway promo items.  He will have a total of 8 Breakthrough filters (combo of 72 and 82mm) on hand for people to try out and 5 step up rings to cover lens thread sizes from 62 to 82mm (58-72mm step up is on order).  If you have a another thread size, please bring a step up ring to use with a 72mm or 82mm filter.  Bring your own ND filters too, in case you would like to compare results with the Breakthrough Filters. We will meet at 5:45 pm at the Ardmore Golf Course parking lot in North Saanich (for carpooling), then head down to a beach location from there. If you have any specific questions for Dave before attending the session, you can reach him at:   cell/text: 250-655-1105 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you would like to check out Dave's photography or learn more about his future workshop offerings outside the club, please check out his website:  Dave Hutchison Images. Breakthrough Photography Filters can be purcahsed through his website, shipping is free and he can offer a 5% rebate after purchase: Featured Image: "Reach For the Sky" By Dave Hutchison - PPOC National Image Salon
Beaver Lake ponds Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip (10:00 AM PDT)
Photoshoot: "Beaver Lake ponds" beside the Beaver Lake Equestrian Centre parking lot.  Take Beaver Lake Road into the Park from the Pat Bay Highway.  Go past Beaver Beach, past the filter ponds, until you see the entrance to the Equestrian Centre on your right.  Drive in to the parking lot.  (You can also come in from West Saanich Road.)  This area is full of dragonflies and damselflies in summer.  Look for reptilian heads poking up through the green algae.  You might want some mosquito spray.  Or walk the forest trails if the ponds are too "buggy" for you.  Lunch will be at the Med Grill on Royal Oak. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Sidney Spit: Gulf Island National Park (9:15 AM PDT)
This park is found at the North end of Sidney Island, and reachable by passenger ferry in the summer months. The spit is a 1 kilometer long sandy, narrow strip of land that stretches out into the sea and is flanked by tidal flats and salt marshes.  You could walk the whole length during low tide or check out some of the other trails on the island.  Maximum low tide occurs around 1:30pm.  This outing could be great for spotting birds or capturing some seascape shots for the fall competition theme ‘At The Beach’.  We will meet at the Pier at the end of Beacon Avenue at 9:15 am to purchase boat tickets.  Boat departure time is at 10 am.  It is up to you how long you would like to stay on the spit and which return ferry you take home.  The 2019 Ferry schedule is posted HERE  Costs:  $19 for Adults, $16 for Seniors.  Bring a pack lunch and enough water and snacks for the day.   Your group leader is Rilla Ballantyne - you can reach her at 250-381-4399  For more info on the park check the Sidney Spit website
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Friendly Shoot Out - July 23rd (10:30 AM PDT)
Theme: Friendly Shoot Out – themes drawn from the Summer Shoot Out Hat Lunch: Yates Street Tap House 759 Yates Street (250-590-5253)  @ 12:00 Noon Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Oak Bay Collector Car Festival (8:00 AM PDT)
The Victoria Camera Club has been asked photograph the 20th anniversary of this exciting event.  There will be as many as 300 cars, from antiques to exotics, on display on 5 blocks of Oak Bay Avenue in the village.  The event is sponsored by Oak Bay Tourism and runs from 8am to 3:30 pm.  We will be the official photographers for the event and will be issued press passes for full access. Bob Law will be the group leader (250-888-3049, If you are interested, please register and email Bob to indicate which group you'd prefer to be in: Group 1. The morning shift (8am to noon) Group 2.  The afternoon shift  (noon to 3:30pm).  Meet Point is Oak Bay Municipal Hall, on the Oak Bay Avenue Side Some experience in photographing cars would be preferable.  A wide-angle lens will really be an asset as you may have to get close to the cars for a clear shot due to the number of people (about 15,000) who attend. Oak Bay Tourism would also like to have some general shots of the village.  They want to have the right to publish all photos for publicity purposes.  Photos from the field trip section of the Galleries will be selected and sent on to Oak Bay Tourism.  A small watermark is OK. We have room for no more than  5-6 photographers for the morning shift and 5-6 photographers for the afternoon shift.
Unsworth Vineyards: Good Food, wine and photography! (9:00 AM PDT)
The 32 acre Unsworth Vineyards property provides for a variety of photo opportunities including the 12 beautiful acres of developed vineyard, the winery building that houses tanks, barrels and more.  The landscaped grounds and pond are wonderful backdrops to the buildings and people shots, and good subjects themselves.  The restaurant is located in the turn-of-the-century farmhouse, and much of the original wood and stained glass was preserved while creating a contemporary feel.  There are plenty of opportunities for people shots at the winery, of visitors around the grounds  and on the patios as well as workers around the property. This field trip will include lunch in the Unsworth Restaurant and a wine tasting at a modest fee, redeemable upon purchase, both at the participants’ expense.  Time and schedules permitting, we hope to arrange a personalized wine tour by the owner, Tim Turyk.  See more about the winery at  We will meet at the Helmcken Road Park and Ride at 9:00 am on July 28th. As always, carpooling can be arranged from the park and ride. From the park and ride the drive is approximately a 35-minute drive to Unsworth, depending on traffic.    We will have from arrival at 10:00 am til noon for our first shooting.  If a tour by Tim is available, we will do it during this time to allow for you to acquaint yourselves with the property.  The lunch reservation will be for noon. During the afternoon we can continue shooting and have the wine tasting.   We are arranging for as much access to all areas as is possible without hindering the work.  Your Group Leader will be Jill Turyk

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