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Macauley Point (10:30 AM PDT)
Macauley Point Park is situated in Esquimalt at the foot of Lampson Street.  The site offers excellent, scenic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Penninsula.  Explore the old military installations dating back as far as 1878.  These were still in use during World War 2 and offer some great challenges.  Paths are well marked with interpretive signage.  Meet in the parking lot at 10:00.  Lunch will be at the Gorge Point Pub on Tillicum Road (opposite Esquimalt Gorge Park).  Please register.
Nature SIG Meeting (7:00 PM PDT)
Photographing Fungi.  A presentation by James Holkko showing the diversity and beauty of the 14 major morphological groups of macrofungi. James will show us some photos and has a bit of advice and areas for discussion.
Competition Night (7:30 PM PDT)
Internal Competitions: Digital Theme Category: People at an Event Entries Due for all digital and print images: October 4th  September's competition results will be available at the October 4th Club meeting. External Comps: Eastwood Judges Comments for Advanced will be presented.
PSA Interclub Digital Nature Round 1 (11:30 PM PDT)
Status: Judged
Mary Lake Sanctuary guided tour (10:00 AM PDT)
The Mary Lake Sanctuary is a 67 acre protected forest and riparian area with 7 different ecosystems, that supports biodiversity and wildlife habitat. It is also the home of the “Highlands Nature House” which sits on the water’s edge, within the tranquil natural environment.  Within the sanctuary you will find plenty to photograph, including Mary Lake, beautiful forested landscapes with sections of creek alongside the trails, beaver and skunk cabbage wetlands, a dam, pond and fish ladder and much more.  If were lucky, we may see the first signs of fall colours happening. The sanctuary is open to the public only on days where tours are scheduled, so this is a special access opportunity. We have arranged for a one hour 'Spirit Walks' guided tour to start off the morning, which will be led by Koi Neah or Bob.  Afterwards, members can self-guide along well-defined trails and with park maps.  Please see the following website for more info and images of the Sanctuary and to have a look at the trail map: http://www.marylakeconnections.ca/events/ We will meet and park by the Nature House at Mary Lake Sanctuary at 9:50 am (the gates will be open for us as early as (9:30am). The turnoff for Mary Lake Sanctuary is on the left hand side of Millstream road, about 6-7 minutes of driving up the from Home Depot in the Millstream area. The Spirit Walks tour officially starts at 10am.  A $5 min donation from each person is required for the tour and our access to the sanctuary. You should bring cash to pay our tour guide in person. Please bring snacks and a pack lunch, water and dress warmly with good footwear for walking on trails.  There will be a washroom open for our access in the Nature house. This trip will be weather permitting, so please check your emails the night before for updates or cancellation notices. If anyone needs a ride or you are willing offer rides to others please let us know in advance so we can make arrangements.  We are currently limited to a maximum
Tuesday AM Field Trip - The Hands of Time Sculptures - Oct 9 (10:30 AM PDT)
Theme: The Hands of Time sculptures   - download the map from the link and capture some of these iconic sculptures Hands of Time Map (.pdf) Lunch - noon at The Local 1205 Wharf St. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Capture One 11 - An Alternative to Lightroom Classic (7:00 PM PDT)
Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop are the go-to applications that most photographers use as the cornerstone of their post-processing workflow and digital asset management. As the defacto standard, they are widely supported by both users and educators. For the majority of photographers, considering an alternative makes little sense especially given the cost and learning curve associated with making a change. That said, there is a groundswell of photographers who are unhappy with Adobe, in part based on their decision to replace the stand-alone software with a subscription model and their redeployment of developmental resources away from LR Classic to what it sees as the future, its mobile platform Lightroom CC. Despite efforts to improve the performance of LR Classic some users remain disappointed with what they see as a product based on an aging software platform. Another group, specifically those photographers using the Fuji X Trans sensor, have expressed dissatisfaction with the Adobe RAW file algorithm and the muddiness it can produce when converting some Fuji RAW files. As a result, a number of former Adobe users have sought out alternatives including Capture One and others in an attempt to speed workflow and produce better images in less time. So who would benefit from this workshop? Let’s begin by telling you who would not. If you are a happy LR user then stay with what you know and what works for you. If on the other hand you get frustrated with the lagginess of the adjustment brush after minimal use, the length of time it takes to ingest and build previews, the lack of a layered workflow and having to use 3rd party software to preprocess your Fuji files, then Capture One might be worth a look. The intent of the workshop is not to teach you Capture One but rather to compare some of the basic differences between it and LR Classic, discuss why I switched, the steep often frustrating learning curve and the reasons I won’t go back. You should leave with a good
Creative SIG Meeting - Guest Artist: Mark Ammen (7:00 PM PDT)
Theme: Mark Ammen will talk about personal expression in image making Details: Mark Ammen is focused  on contemporary abstract and landscape imaging. His work reveals the interactions among drawing, photography, printmaking and painting. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and explored art through decades of drawing, design, painting, printmaking, book arts, mixed media, traditional and digital imaging. After the presentation we will have a short social break followed by our show and tell.  Please bring in some images to share with the group.  If you created textures during our meeting in September, we look forward to seeing how you used them. Please limit your images to no more than 10.
Presenter's Night (7:30 PM PDT)
Guest Speaker: Cim MacDonald, FCAPA Topic: Cim's Story of Publishing Photography Books Website: https://www.cimmacdonald.ca/ [*Photograph used by permission of Chemainus Festival of Murals Society] Details: Author, Photographer, Painter, Teacher - Cim MacDonald is the Curator of the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society. She is a signature member of the Professional Photographers of Canada, the Northwest Watercolor Society, and an Associate Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Painting accolades include awards of excellence and merit since 1985. MacDonald was the recipient of the BC Arts and Cultural Award in 1999, the Ted Mason Memorial Award in 2000.  Cim is a long time member of the Victoria Camera Club, as well as the CAPA district representative for the Cowichan Valley area. Her most recent article in Canadian Camera (Fall 2017) is about photographing sailing regattas. MacDonald's photographic honours include a silver medal for Best in Nature in 2001 and a gold medal in 2010 for the Best in Theme category from CAPA. In 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014 she was awarded trophies from the PPOC. In 2009 she won "Best in Show" for a photograph titled 'Clematis' at the Sooke Fine Art show. In 2011 her photograph, 'Reluctant Bride' won "Best in Show" for works on paper at the Sidney Fine Art Show. Books Cim is the author of two books, the Unexpected Birder and Chemainus Gardens. She is working on a third book which includes consultation with First Nations people. Cim will discuss her books, the reasons for doing the books and the photography included with the books.    "As part of that job I spent many long hours repairing and repainting large murals. After a day on the “wall” more painting was the last thing I wanted to do so I would grab my camera and head out to the beach or a local park RV park. Birds seemed to be plentiful in both places and I liked catching them in their own habitat ..." - The Unexpected Birder - Chemainus Gardens
Tofino: Bears, Rain Forests and Winter Storms
This falls “Bears, Rain Forests and Winter Storms” field trips to Tofino are now confirmed. We have run these trips for several years and they’ve been very popular. We stay at the EcoLodge at the Tofino Botanical Gardens (tbgf.org/ecolodge). The format is we provide the guidance, you choose where and when to shoot. All participants will be provided with a multi-page guide to shooting locations and other relevant information. The opportunity to shoot bears is at the Thornton Creek Fish Hatchery which has a protected viewing area. We have two weekends booked for us: October 12-15 and October 19-22 (Friday to Monday). The Lodge rooms are fully booked for both weekends. There are 3 additional rooms in Botanical House that have to be rented as an entity (or the cost shared by the occupants). Botanical House is $330 (for all three rooms) plus taxes (16% in Tofino) per night and does not include meals except a continental breakfast (unlike our Hornby trips which are per person and include all meals). *Please note that if 3 people register for a Botanical house room, the cost is $110 per person, per night.  If two register, then $165 per person, per night. To be waitlisted for a Botanical House room please indicate your date preference, and wish to drive vs. carpool. If you have no preferences, please indicate that. Register by e-mail to Richard James (rich@rjassociates.ca). You will automatically be wait-listed for a Lodge room if one becomes available. Date and room preferences will be assigned based on the order in which your registration was received.
Downtown Victoria After Dark: Night Photography with Neil Boyle (6:15 PM PDT)
This field trip will focus on night photography during blue hour and onwards through our picturesque downtown core. There are plenty of character buildings, fanciful alleyways, colourful signage and lighting, and waterfront vistas to capture our interest. We will meet in Centennial Square by the Fountain. From there we can decide to split off into pairs or small groups as people may feel more comfortable having company on the street at night time.  We will head to various different locations around the downtown core.  Groups or pairs could be decided based on what people are most interested in photographing or whether there is need for some tips or guidance from a more experienced night photographer.  Neil Boyle is our group leader and he can provide some instruction to those who are new to night photography.  So be sure to let him know if you are a newbie and you can stick with him for the evening. We will focus on the following general area and points of interest: -Fan Tan Alley (should be open on Saturday till 9pm) -China town and Gates of Harmonious Interest -The new Blue Bridge (several good vantage points for photographing on either side) -Market Square and Lower Johnson street -Waddington Alley We will meet at the Centennial Square Fountain at 6:15pm.  Sunset is at 6:27pm so there should be enough time to scout out compositions and get set up before the blue hour starts. This trip will be weather permitting, so please check your inboxes for updates on the day of the outing.  If Saturday gets rained out, Sunday Oct 14th will be the backup day.
Tofino: Bears, Rain Forests and Winter Storms
This falls “Bears, Rain Forests and Winter Storms” field trips to Tofino are now confirmed. We have run these trips for several years and they’ve been very popular. We stay at the EcoLodge at the Tofino Botanical Gardens (tbgf.org/ecolodge). The format is we provide the guidance, you choose where and when to shoot. All participants will be provided with a multi-page guide to shooting locations and other relevant information. The opportunity to shoot bears is at the Thornton Creek Fish Hatchery which has a protected viewing area. We have two weekends booked for us: October 12-15 and October 19-22 (Friday to Monday). The Lodge rooms are fully booked for both weekends. There are 3 additional rooms in Botanical House that have to be rented as an entity (or the cost shared by the occupants). Botanical House is $330 (for all three rooms) plus taxes (16% in Tofino) per night and does not include meals except a continental breakfast (unlike our Hornby trips which are per person and include all meals). *Please note that if 3 people register for a Botanical house room, the cost is $110 per person, per night.  If two register, then $165 per person, per night. To be waitlisted for a Botanical House room please indicate your date preference, and wish to drive vs. carpool. If you have no preferences, please indicate that. Register by e-mail to Richard James (rich@rjassociates.ca). You will automatically be wait-listed for a Lodge room if one becomes available. Date and room preferences will be assigned based on the order in which your registration was received.
Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip - Goldstream Provincial Park (10:00 AM PDT)
Catch the changing of the season and the colours of autumn with vistas for both landscape and close-up enthusiasts.  Ancient fir, big-leaf maple, waterfalls and streams abound.  With luck the chum salmon will have started their fall spawning.  The eagles will know. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
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.
CAPA Digital Fine Art (11:30 PM PDT)
Status: Closed Closed: Thursday, October 18, 2018 11:30 PM Member Voting is now Closed.
CAPA Digital Nature (11:30 PM PDT)
Status: Closed Closed: Thursday, October 18, 2018 11:30 PM
PSA Interclub Digital Open Round 1 (11:30 PM PDT)
Status: Closed Closed: Thursday, October 18, 2018 11:30 PM
Tofino: Bears, Rainforests and Winter Storms
This falls “Bears, Rain Forests and Winter Storms” field trips to Tofino are now confirmed. We have run these trips for several years and they’ve been very popular. We stay at the EcoLodge at the Tofino Botanical Gardens (tbgf.org/ecolodge). The format is we provide the guidance, you choose where and when to shoot. All participants will be provided with a multi-page guide to shooting locations and other relevant information. The opportunity to shoot bears is at the Thornton Creek Fish Hatchery which has a protected viewing area. We have two weekends booked for us: October 12-15 and October 19-22 (Friday to Monday). The Lodge rooms are fully booked for both weekends. There are 3 additional rooms in Botanical House that have to be rented as an entity (or the cost shared by the occupants). Botanical House is $330 (for all three rooms) plus taxes (16% in Tofino) per night and does not include meals except a continental breakfast (unlike our Hornby trips which are per person and include all meals). *If 3 people register for a Botanical house room, the cost is $110 per person, per night.  If two register, then $165 per person, per night. To be waitlisted for a Botanical House room please indicate your date preference, and wish to drive vs. carpool. If you have no preferences, please indicate that. Register by e-mail to Richard James (rich@rjassociates.ca). You will automatically be wait-listed for a Lodge room if one becomes available. Date and room preferences will be assigned based on the order in which your registration was received.
Goldstream Park Fall Colours (8:00 AM PDT)
Join us for a morning in beautiful Goldstream Provincial Park.  At this time of year the park will be blazing in every shade of yellow, gold and orange.  It’s the perfect time 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.  To get ahead of the crowds we'll leave early.  We will meet at the Helmcken park and ride at 8am.  Please dress warmly, bring footwear suitable for trails.  Pack a snack or a lunch. 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 is Karl Schoepp *This trip is weather permitting, please check your emails the night before in case of any updates or cancellation.  The Sunday will be our tentative backup plan in case the weather does not cooperate.
Tofino: Bears, Rainforests and Winter Storms
This falls “Bears, Rain Forests and Winter Storms” field trips to Tofino are now confirmed. We have run these trips for several years and they’ve been very popular. We stay at the EcoLodge at the Tofino Botanical Gardens (tbgf.org/ecolodge). The format is we provide the guidance, you choose where and when to shoot. All participants will be provided with a multi-page guide to shooting locations and other relevant information. The opportunity to shoot bears is at the Thornton Creek Fish Hatchery which has a protected viewing area. We have two weekends booked for us: October 12-15 and October 19-22 (Friday to Monday). The Lodge rooms are fully booked for both weekends. There are 3 additional rooms in Botanical House that have to be rented as an entity (or the cost shared by the occupants). Botanical House is $330 (for all three rooms) plus taxes (16% in Tofino) per night and does not include meals except a continental breakfast (unlike our Hornby trips which are per person and include all meals). *If 3 people register for a Botanical house room, the cost is $110 per person, per night.  If two register, then $165 per person, per night. To be waitlisted for a Botanical House room please indicate your date preference, and wish to drive vs. carpool. If you have no preferences, please indicate that. Register by e-mail to Richard James (rich@rjassociates.ca). You will automatically be wait-listed for a Lodge room if one becomes available. Date and room preferences will be assigned based on the order in which your registration was received.
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Rule of Thirds - Oct 23 (10:30 AM PDT)
Theme: Rule of Thirds - The rule of thirds is the first compositional rule most photographers learn. Compose your photos with this in mind. Lunch at 12 at The Flying Otter, 950 Wharf St, Located on the Harbour Air Seaplane docks Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
** 2ND WORKSHOP ADDED** Fall Mushroom Photography at Royal Roads: Workshop and field trip (9:00 AM PDT)
The event will be held on Thursday October 25, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. PLEASE SEE THE CLUB CALAENDAR OCTOBER 27TH FOR ADDITIONAL INFO Rich Mably is a local mushroom affionado and an experienced and published mushroom photographer.  He is offering his time to lead and instruct this combined mushroom photography workshop and field trip to the Royal Roads campus, at no cost to participants.  This workshop will be geared towards those who are comfortable switching into some of the manual settings on their camera, as we will be going beyond the automatic or programmable modes. Rich would like participants to know the following: -No dogs, please.  -We won’t be collecting mushrooms, only photographing them and observing them closely. You are welcome to bring guide books for mushrooms. -Bring your camera and macro lens. We could practice using any of the following that you might have: tripod, cable release, wireless remote control, gray card, Expodisc or equivalent, L bracket, reflector, polarising filter. -Note that I will not be discussing the use of flash. -If you have a pad for kneeling on wet ground (as for gardening), or rain pants, it is recommended to bring it. If you don’t have them, even a plastic shopping bag or a garbage bag might be useful to help keep you clean and dry.  We will meet at the Royal Roads tennis courts parking lot at 9 AM.  It will be a session of three hours, at most. People should bring footwear for walking in the (wet) woods, warm clothing and water.   *This trip will be weather dependent, so if it is pouring rain we will reschedule for Sunday October 28th.  Please check your inboxes for notifications the night before. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  If anyone has any interest in knowing more about wild mush
Fall Mushroom Photography at Royal Roads: Workshop and field trip (9:00 AM PDT)
Rich Mably is a local mushroom affionado and an experienced and published mushroom photographer.  He is offering his time to lead and instruct this combined mushroom photography workshop and field trip to the Royal Roads campus, at no cost to participants.  This workshop will be geared towards those who are comfortable switching into some of the manual settings on their camera, as we will be going beyond the automatic or programmable modes. Rich would like participants to know the following: -No dogs, please.  -We won’t be collecting mushrooms, only photographing them and observing them closely. You are welcome to bring guide books for mushrooms. -Bring your camera and macro lens. We could practice using any of the following that you might have: tripod, cable release, wireless remote control, gray card, Expodisc or equivalent, L bracket, reflector, polarising filter. -Note that I will not be discussing the use of flash. -If you have a pad for kneeling on wet ground (as for gardening), or rain pants, it is recommended to bring it. If you don’t have them, even a plastic shopping bag or a garbage bag might be useful to help keep you clean and dry.  We will meet at the Royal Roads tennis courts parking lot at 9 AM.  It will be a session of three hours, at most. People should bring footwear for walking in the (wet) woods, warm clothing and water. We can go for lunch at the 6 Mile Pub afterwards.  Please register on the website, our group size will be limited to 8 people. If you need a ride please let us know by email after registration. Your group leaders are Rich Malby and Gita McCormick. *This trip will be weather dependent, so if it is pouring rain we will reschedule for Sunday October 28th.  Please check your inboxes for notifications the night before. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Competition Night (7:30 PM PDT)
Digital Theme Category: Urban Wildlife Entries Due for all digital and print images: November1st Return of Results: October's competition results will be available at the November 1st Club meeting.
Lions Gate Celebration of Nature (11:30 PM PDT)
Status: Open Closes: Thursday, November 1, 2018 11:30 PM


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