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September 2020
September 2020
September 2020
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Beacon Hill Park Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip (10:00 AM PDT)
Photoshoot:  Beacon Hill Park After months of not meeting at a specific time or place, today we resume a limited form of group photo shooting.  Covid-19 is not gone.  It may even be re-surging, but now we know how to properly maintain a two meter distance (or wear a mask).  With strict adherence to the rules of social distancing, the field trip committee has arranged three successful Butchart Garden trips, with a fourth is planned, and I see no reason we cannot meet out-of-doors, maintain our distance, and shoot the same location.  Beacon Hill Park is a good choice in that it is huge, with lots of room to spread out, and a great variety of subjects.  Be mindful that there have been some incidents of aggression around the homeless encampments, so it is probably best to avoid those areas.  I am told that recent trips beginning at the petting zoo parking lot were without any problems.  Unfortunately, we still cannot meet for coffee or gather for lunch.  (Half of us are deaf, so two meter distancing at lunch would almost certainly lead to raised voices!)   Members may still choose a different time for their shoot, such as early morning or late evening, should they wish to do so. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required, or even a Covid-19 related cancellation.
First Nature SIG-OCTOBER 7TH (7:00 PM PDT)
The first meeting of the Nature SIG is postponed until October 7th.  Stay tuned for exciting details!
Season Opener and Competition Night (7:30 PM PDT)
Digital Theme: Play Entries Due: September Return of Results:
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Mechanical Marvels (10:00 AM PDT)
Theme: Mechanical Marvels - From wild engines, motors, power plants and machines to wood toys or kinetic art. Anything goes, shoot whole structures or macro details. lDue 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.
New Member Orientation (7:00 PM PDT)
Victoria Camera Club Orientation for New Members Presented by Pam Irvine via Zoom. Welcome New Members! Join me as we  review all aspects of being a member of this wonderful photography club.  This session will provide an overview of each of the program activities offered to club members, such as internal/external competitions, field trips, workshops and special interest groups. In addition, participants will see a demonstration on how to access the various resources available on the VCC website, including how to upload images into a gallery or competition.  Registration for this event opens August 8th at 9 am.
Creative SIG Meeting (7:00 PM PDT)
Theme: Dynamic Symmetry Details: Normand Marcotte will be offering us a presentation on Dynamic Symmetry. Normand writes "Every photographer has heard of the Rule of Thirds used in the composition of images, but who has heard of Dynamic Symmetry? This composition method has been used by many Master Painters in the past and famous photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson alike. Provoking for some, irresistible for others, we will get an introduction to what I call the "Rule of Thirds on Steroids". Don’t forget to have some of your images ready to share with the group. Because this is our first-time sharing images on zoom let’s keep the maximum number to 5 images this time around. The way to share images on zoom is by Sharing Your Screen. Instructions on how to do this will be in reminder email coming soon.
Presenter's Night with Rick Lawrence via ZOOM (7:30 PM PDT)
Abstract and minimalist images from the urban and natural environment with Rick Lawrence Much of my work has explored the relationship between line, shape and colour in which I aim to pare down images into their fundamental or essential elements.  The source for most of my images has come from the urban environment, although following a recent move to Vancouver Island, I have been experimenting with images from the natural environment, looking for inspiration in the forms and colours of the forest, ocean and sky. Rick lives in Mill Bay in the Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
What Makes a Strong Competitive Image; Selecting and Preparing an Image for Competition (7:00 PM PDT)
What Makes a Strong Competitive Image; Selecting and Preparing an Image for Competition Your Presenter:  Rick Shapka If you are new club member, or a more experienced member who is considering entering images into any competition, this workshop may be of interest to you. We will discuss aspects of the selection process you should consider as you review your images prior to a decision on which image to enter. There are many reasons to enter an image to club competition; e.g. to show your work to other club members, or receive feedback from a judge. Similarly there is gratification in having an image chosen by the external competitions committee for entry to a CAPA or PSA competition. This workshop will be most applicable to Novice and Intermediate photographers but members of all levels are welcome. We will discuss: Why enter your image to a club, CAPA or PSA competition? What makes a good photograph to enter? What is the difference between a good image, and a compelling one? Why isn’t every image a winning image? Selecting your images for a competition. Preparing your images for a competition. What does an experienced (CAPA certified) judge look for when evaluating an image? Are judges objective and non-biased? How will you use feedback from the judge? Are different genres of photography judged similarly? E.g. is a landscape photograph evaluated similarly to a photo journalistic photograph? Rick Shapka has been a CAPA certified judge since 2011, who is active as a judge both in BC and Canadian camera clubs. He has a photography diploma from Focal Point (Vancouver) and art history diploma from UBC. He has taken a number of master photographer workshops in Canada and the USA. Rick is a member of the external competition committee. Some of his images can be seen at ( Registration for this workshop will open August 22nd at 9am. ZOOM link for the workshop tonight:
Introduction to Astrophotography (7:00 PM PDT)
Introduction to Astrophotography Workshop A Zoom Presentation & Follow-Up by W. John McDonald. The night sky contains a vast collection of photographic subjects. These include stars, star clusters, planets, bright and dark nebulae, galaxies, comets and more. Capturing them has its challenges but can be intensely rewarding. Getting started is not difficult and some surprisingly beautiful images can be captured with just a camera and tripod. This two part workshop is designed to get anyone with an interest in astrophotography off to a good start. No prerequisite knowledge is required other than how to operate your camera manually. Equipment needed will be a camera (preferably one that has manual settings and capability to capture raw images) and a tripod. In addition, a red light will be needed. These are available locally (search for dual beam flashlight) or can be made using a flashlight and transparent red foil. An interval meter can be useful but is not essential. Useful software - a planetarium program such as the free Stellarium will be helpful for finding targets. Processing software such as Photoshop is useful but any photo enhancement software such as that which came with your camera is fine for getting started. Registration Information: This Zoom workshop will be capped at 20 participants. A minimum of 10 is required. Please note that registration includes both sessions. Interested participants are asked to only register if they can attend both the dates identified below. Following Session I, participants are encouraged to either individually, or in small groups, visit local dark sites to capture images. Suggestions will be made for possible local dark sites. Club members are reminded that appropriate social distancing measures should be taken at all times. Session I, September 15: 6:40 - 9 p.m. (a break will be provided). The workshop will start with an overview of the different techniques a
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.
My Photo, Your Edit (6:40 PM PDT)
MY PHOTO/YOUR EDIT - a ZOOM Meeting To Join the Meeting: Members will receive an email with a link and password before noon the day of the event. Meeting door will open at 6:40pm Meeting will start at 7:00 pm WHAT IS THIS EVENT? Using supplied RAW images, members are asked to do their own editing.  See Guidelines below. REGISTRATION IS OPEN For those wishing to actively participate in the event, here is the download link for the 4 candidate images: [The download link has expired. If you still want the starter images, contact] This fun event is open to all members: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced. Guidelines for Preparing 'My Photo, Your Edit" Submit only ONE image, give it a TITLE To open the large unedited (RAW) files: after download, right click on the image name and choose ‘Open With…', then 'Other' - then choose your program of choice, eg, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop 2020 etc. Interpret and edit the image as you see fit using any software tools at your disposal You may create a composite using any components of these 4 images You MAY USE ONE of your own images in the processing of your final image Kevin Keliher, our meeting Host, will encourage participants to make comments on their processing techniques during the live Zoom event Participants may request constructive feedback if they wish Submit your final image before DEADLINE: September 20th via (Free) to Any questions? Kindly contact Kevin Keliher  Phone: 250-384-7850.
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Arches, Alleyways, Laneways (10:00 AM PDT)
Theme: Arches, Alleyways, Laneways- This is an interesting and creative theme that includes, but is not limited to, architecture and street photography. Also this is the VCC Oct Internal Competition Theme lDue 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.
***CANCELLED***Butchart Gardens (round 4) (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: 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
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 a few days before the scheduled session.
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 ( 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 (7:30 PM PDT)
Digital Theme: Arches, Alleyways, Laneways Entries Due: October Return of Results: September

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