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Basic Photoshop Skills with Lois Burton, Session 4 of 4 (7:00 PM PST)
Basic Photoshop Skills Workshop presented by Lois Burton … Over four consecutive weeks (2-hour sessions) Lois will introduce you to the basics of Adobe Photoshop. This workshop will provide knowledge about how this software can be used to edit and enhance any of your images. (Photoshop has been available for many years, and is different than but complementary to Lightroom). The workshop will include how to: Understand the “Photoshop Interface” including the menu bar, options bar, arranging panels, control of the workspace, and choice of screen modes. Setting up your Photoshop “Preferences”. Opening image files in Photoshop from Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom etc. Saving image files, with an appropriate file format, such as JPEG, PSD or TIFF.  Tools and Tool selections. Making Selections. Keyboard shortcuts. Image cropping, sizing, orientation, and colour workspace basics. Make colour and tonal adjustments. Make layer adjustments (one of the most important aspects of Photoshop). Change the opacity of a layer adjustment; copying, deleting, moving & renaming layers If you have wondered “what a non-destructive layer” is, or what changing a “blend mode” does, you will learn this with Lois. Lois will provide a handout to participants. You will need to have at least CS6, and preferably latest Creative Cloud edition of Photoshop running on your laptop to take this class. You can download a trial version of this Adobe software from their website. * Registration is required. Please sign up for the November 5th date and you will be registered for all four sessions *
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Sepia - Nov 27 (10:30 AM PST)
Theme: Sepia  - Monochrome with warm tones. Your choice of subject though challenge yourself to find scenes that lend themselves to post process in sepia tones. Nik software is a free download if you do not have it already - https://nik-collection.en.uptodown.com/windows Lunch at Frankie's Modern Diner - 910 Government Street. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
PSA Interclub Digital Creative Round 1 (11:30 PM PST)
Status: Judged
Saturna Island Day Trip + SEATALK presentation (8:00 AM PST)
Andree Fredette will be leading a full day trip to beautiful Saturna Island.  The itinerary for the day will be as follows:  Board the 8:15am Ferry at Swartz Bay - the Ferry has been upgraded to the Salish Orca with a Coastal Cafe (breakfast options).  We suggest that the group can meet up on the Ferry in the Cafe area Arrive on Saturna Island at 9:45am to meet your group leader, Andree Fredette at the Pub Parking lot beside the ferry terminal. 9:45am -2:45pm: Photographing the following 2 locations: East Point, Gulf Islands National Park:  This park has interesting rock formations, open ocean views, with birds and sea lions on nearby Boiling Reef (longer lenses necessary). It can be a good viewing spot for harbour porpoises and humpback whales on occasion. Tour of the Fog Alarm Building (FAB) may be possible. (Facilities on site) Mount Warburton Pike: This viewpoint is a 15 minute drive up a dirt road, from the main intersection at the General Store. The ridge offers high open views over the islands, as far as distant mountains on Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula on a clear day. Possible feral goat interaction and great photo ops. (no washroom facility at this location) If time allows: We may descend on the other side of the mountain, down to the vineyard where there would be nice landscape photo ops, with a rural feel. From 3pm onwards: SEATALKS presentation about the Double Crested Cormorant roost at Winter Cove with local naturalist and GVRD park planner, Bev Ramey.  $10 Admission for the talk More than 200 Double crested cormorants roost in the evergreen trees at Winter Cove. These prehistoric looking birds fly in from every direction at twilight and settle into the branches squaking and vocalizing a primal drumming sound. Bev will tell us about double crested cormorant biology, characteristics, winter roosting, breeding, and why they are labelled “The most hated bird in the world and the Eastern U.S.” This talk will be followed by
Lighted Truck Parade and Christmas in the Inner Harbour (4:30 PM PST)
This will be a fun Christmas themed night photography field trip.  It is the darkest time of year, so this is a great time to enjoy and capture all the dazzling displays of colourful lights that Victoria has to offer. We will meet at Ogden Point Breakwater beside the Breakwater Cafe (near back door entrance facing the parking area) for the blue hour, at 4:30 pm.  Look for the group holding gear and tripods.  All the lighted trucks will be parked at Ogden Point before the parade begins, so this can be a good opportunity to get some shots while they are still standing still, with nice blue hour lighting.  A zoom lens option is recommended as there is some fencing around where the trucks are parked, so we can't walk right up to them.  The parade officially starts at Dallas road (from Ogden Point) at 5:45pm, we recommend looking for good vantage points and claiming a spot somewhere along Dallas road before the parade begins. Lots of different options in the area, we don't all need to stand in the same place.   After that we propose moving to a second location – the section of road in front of the Empress Hotel in the Inner Harbour.  This is one of the best vantage points for photographing all the trucks in a line (and coming in at a nice angle) down the street. See the following link for examples of this from 2016: http://www.victoriabuzz.com/2016/11/ieoa-truck-light-convoy-and-food-drive/?fbclid=IwAR2wb2vqPLdS9NYifkMjO5SgIiitMqaANc5GtSjGE5Gq45g-kmcSYQNi5yY. They are moving slowly and often pause for a few seconds at time so you can capture them without blur or light trails if you shoot with a wider aperture and your ISO cranked up high to keep the shutter speed as quick as possible.  It can be fun to also try some creative long exposures, which can produce some very colourful light trails (for this I recommend ISO 100, f/14 and 3-5 seconds in Bulb mode as a good starting point).   The trucks typically arrive in the Inner Harbour by 7pm. The parade goes all the
Image Transformations (7:00 PM PST)
This will be a presentation style workshop starting with some image transformation examples followed by an explanation of the process. Written notes will be provided. The intention of this workshop is to show a number of ways in which images can be geometrically modified to create an alternative interpretation of a scene. The focus of the workshop will be on the first three items. All these transformations require software that can handle layers and various other functions. Photoshop is recommended. We will explore a number of transformations including: Compression/expansion Polar coordinate transforms (based on the material presented by Jim Swift in 2015, with his permission) Adding the original back into the image Mirror transformations Spherical transformations Multiple rotations Droste effect (mise en abîme, M C Escher) Fractal images (this is worth a whole workshop on its own…)
Butterfly Gardens (Alt Tuesday field trip) (10:00 AM PST)
Meet in the lobby in Butterfly Gardens.  Escape the cold and wet outdoors and enjoy the warm and humid indoor climate teeming with butterflies and other insects, birds, fish, reptiles and tropical plants.  Leave your coat on the rack:  it is very warm inside.  Keep your camera warm because water will condense on cold surfaces.  I like a 300mm lens for the butterflies.  If we have 10 or more paying entries, we will enjoy a special rate of $13.65 for adults and only $8.93 for seniors.  The group leader must collect the cash to enjoy the group fee.  Lunch after is across the street at Sassy's Restaurant.  Yes, it is licensed. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes.
Xmas Pot Luck Night (6:00 PM PST)
Xmas Pot Luck Party
The Magic of Christmas at the Butchart Gardens (4:00 PM PST)
This night photography field trip will focus on the beautiful holiday lights displays at the Butchart Gardens.  Come prepared with your shutter remote or cable release, a tripod and backup battery (long night shoots tend to use up battery power fast!).  Dress warmly for outdoor shooting in cold weather. Other points of interest on offer at the Gardens include a Festive Brass Band and Traditional Carolers, the skating rink, indoor carousel, and 12 Days of Christmas displays throughout.  Entrance to the Gardens will cost $27.40 for Adults, unless you are a Season's Pass Holder. We will meet inside the main Coffee Shop at 4:00pm and take some time to socialize and have a warm beverage or snack before getting started.  Sunset is at 4:18pm so blue hour will follow shortly after. You group leader is Jacqui Ferguson.  She is a new member to the Victoria Camera Club and former president of the Saskatoon camera club.  Be sure to say hello and help her feel welcome. If anyone misses the meet time or can’t find the group, you can give Jacqui a call 306-361-6530 **This trip will be weather permitting**  Please check your email the day of the trip.  In the event of rain or extreme weather conditions, we will reschedule the trip.
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Tradition - Dec 11 (10:30 AM PST)
Theme: Tradition – This could include one of the many cultural and religious traditions in our area as well as personal traditions.  This is the VCC   February   Competition Theme Lunch at noon at Yates st Taphouse, 759 Yates St Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
PSA Interclub Digital Open Round 2 (11:30 PM PST)
Status: Closed Closed: Friday, December 14, 2018 11:30 PM
Esquimalt Lagoon (Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip) (10:00 AM PST)
Photoshoot:   This world-famous location is visited by a wide variety of bird species, and birders from all over the world stop here.  It is a migratory bird sanctuary managed by Canada Wildlife.  The website lists 16 key bird species, but additional visitors are frequent.  Bring your best birder lens, or shoot the wide open landscape with the lagoon on one side and the ocean on the other.  Don't forget the many bird sculptures and driftwood on the ocean beach side.  Lunch at the 328 Taphouse and Grill. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Nature SIG Meeting (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.
CAPA Digital Altered Reality (11:30 PM PST)
Status: Open Closes: Thursday, January 3, 2019 11:30 PM
PSA Interclub Digital Nature Round 1 (11:30 PM PST)
Status: Open Closes: Thursday, January 3, 2019 11:30 PM
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 January 5th date, 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 wide angle


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