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Do You Macro? An Introduction to Macro Photography (Session 1 of 2) (7:00 PM PDT)
Presented by Lorna Zaback. Register for October 28 and you will automatically be registered for November 4. The Objectives of the workshops are to explore the basics of macro and/or close-up photography, including some hands-on practice and gentle critique. Although Lorna will do some exploration of focus, depth of field, lighting, etc., this will not be an advanced technical workshop. Audience:  Novice or intermediate, this workshop is not intended for advanced photographers or those who have a lot of experience with macro photography.  Capacity:  Min #: 4 - Max #: 10 2  Part Series:    Series 1 will be part lecture and part hands-on practice (indoors). There will be a simple assignment for participants to prepare for the 2nd session.   Series 2 will be a review of participant’s assignments with some feedback/gentle critique. Equipment:   Series 1 will require a camera, a tripod is essential and LiveView would be helpful.  No macro lens is required but a long focal length lens would be helpful (100 mm is sufficient).  Participant’s cameras should have enough pixels to allow for significant cropping.   Knowledge:   Familiar with camera operations, including manual focus, preferably in LiveView.   Not essential but helpful:   a) Knowledge of depth of field  b) How to import photos into a post-processing program. This workshop does not cover how to use post-processing software. Registration opens September 28th at 9am.
Basic Digital Photography Session 2 (7:00 PM PDT)
Basic Digital Photography Session 2 Presented by Pam Irvine. The event is held on October 29, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  (NOTE Change from Oct 22) 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. Aperture Priority setting on camera.   In depth look at the factors controlling depth of field.   Brief in-class experiments with cameras. Shutter Priority setting on camera.  Some in-depth fun with slow shutter speeds. Registration opens Sept 21st at 9am.
Charters River Bear Viewing - Group 2 with Tania Veitch (7:30 AM PDT)
Join us for a day out to Sooke looking for bears fishing for salmon along the Charters River near the Interpretive Centre.  If time allows we can head to the Sooke Potholes area, there are additional bear viewing spots there plus some great waterfalls (Todd Creek and Mary-Vine Falls) and scenic sections of river.  The section of river near the 1st parking lot right before the main gate at the Potholes, as well as Todd Creek can be other good bear viewing spots to check out. If no bears are present at Charters River first thing in the morning then we can check these other spots, or look for other interesting things to photograph for a few hours and then stop back in at Charters Creek on the way out. There's plenty to see in the area!  Long lenses of minimum 300mm focal length or higher are recommended for wildlife photography, and do bring other lens options for landscapes, nature, macro if you have them.  The locations we will check out are not far from parking areas, (with pit toilet bathrooms). Some of the trails at the Potholes can be steep, including some rock stairs down to a viewpoint that are very steep. Also, caution should be used when walking out onto any rocks near the river as the rocks are often slippery from being wet and the risk of falling and injury yourself is always possible. We will meet at the Helmcken park and ride at 7:30 am and will head out to seek from there.  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 the centre is limited. Please dress warmly, bring footwear suitable for trails.  Pack a snack or a lunch and plenty of water for the day.  Please be advised there is no cellphone reception around parts of Sooke, including the Potholes area.  *This trip is weather permitting, please check your emails the night before in cas
Charters River Bear viewing - Group 1 with Christine and Suzanne (7:30 AM PST)
Join us for a day out to Sooke looking for bears fishing for salmon along the Charters River near the Interpretive Centre.  If time allows we can head to the Sooke Potholes area, there are additional bear viewing spots there plus some great waterfalls (Todd Creek and Mary-Vine Falls) and scenic sections of river.  The section of river near the 1st parking lot right before the main gate at the Potholes, as well as Todd Creek can be other good bear viewing spots to check out. If no bears are present at Charters River first thing in the morning then we can check these other spots, or look for other interesting things to photograph for a few hours and then stop back in at Charters Creek on the way out. There's plenty to see in the area!  Long lenses of minimum 300mm focal length or higher are recommended for wildlife photography, and do bring other lens options for landscapes, nature, macro if you have them.  The locations we will check out are not far from parking areas, (with pit toilet bathrooms).  Some of the trails at the  Potholes can be steep, including some rock stairs down to a viewpoint that are very steep. Also, caution should be used when walking out onto any rocks near the river as the rocks are often slippery from being wet and the risk of falling and injury yourself is always possible. We will meet at the Helmcken park and ride at 7:30 am.  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 the centre is limited.  *This trip is weather permitting, please check your emails the night before in case of any updates or postponement If for any reason you need to reach the group leader or coordinator on short notice, here's our contact info: Christine Hutchins Gall
Do You Macro? An Introduction to Macro Photography (Session 2 of 2) (7:00 PM PST)
Do You Macro?   An Introduction to Macro Photography (Session 2 of 2) Presented by Lorna Zaback. Register for October 28 and you will automatically be registered for November 4. The Objectives of the workshops are to explore the basics of macro and/or close-up photography, including some hands-on practice and gentle critique. Although Lorna will do some exploration of focus, depth of field, lighting, etc., this will not be an advanced technical workshop. Audience:  Novice or intermediate, this workshop is not intended for advanced photographers or those who have a lot of experience with macro photography.  Capacity:  Min #: 4 - Max #: 10 2  Part Series:    Series 1 will be part lecture and part hands-on practice (indoors). There will be a simple assignment for participants to prepare for the 2nd session.   Series 2 will be a review of participant’s assignments with some feedback/gentle critique. Equipment:   Series 1 will require a camera, a tripod is essential and LiveView would be helpful.  No macro lens is required but a long focal length lens would be helpful (100 mm is sufficient).  Participant’s cameras should have enough pixels to allow for significant cropping.   Knowledge:   Familiar with camera operations, including manual focus, preferably in LiveView.   Not essential but helpful:   a) Knowledge of depth of field  b) How to import photos into a post-processing program. This workshop does not cover how to use post-processing software. Registration opens September 28th at 9am.
Goldstream Park Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip (10:00 AM PST)
Photoshoot:   Goldstream Park.  Meet in the main parking lot.  Hopefully there will be some fall leaves still, and with any luck, some salmon.  There is the possibility that the park will be closed due to bears.  If that happens, members will be notified if there is time.  Check your email the night before.  Lunch at Ma Miller's Pub, 2903 Sooke Lake Road. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Intermediate Image Review (7:00 PM PST)
This is an opportunity for members at the intermediate level to get some constructive and thoughtful feedback on their images.  A panel of experienced photographers will give their views about the image.  The panel will be Rick Shapka, Mike Murchison and Normand Marcotte.  We are asking the reviewers to be forthright and constructive, with an emphasis on improving image impact.  It is assumed that those who submit images for review are serious about improvement and are open to opinions of the panel.  If you are an intermediate level photographer, you understand that opinions about images are subjective, but that constructive thoughtful feedback can provide an opportunity to learn about improving an image.  While any club members may attend, we ask our novice members not to submit photographs for review.  There is a separate monthly Novice Image Review. Please bring up to 3 images to the review on a memory stick, or you can email the images to Rick Shapka at <> , Normand Marcotte at <> and Mike Murchison at <> at least a day before the scheduled session.  Not all photos submitted will be reviewed:  The reviewers will choose those photos they think will be most instructive, subject to the time available.
Nature SIG-It’s A Double Header with Rick Shapka & Mike Wooding! (7:00 PM PST)
Hummingbirds at the Bull River Ranch – A Presentation by Rick Shapka Where does one find 3 species (Rufous, Blackchinned, Calliope) of Hummingbird in BC to photograph? Where can one learn something about these hummingbird’s habits and using of flash to obtain interesting flight images? Come to learn about the hummingbirds, the flash ‘set ups’ and the great hospitality at the Bull River Ranch, about 40 minutes from Cranbrook BC. Rick Shapka and Donna Christie have made two trips to the ranch including May 2019. The spectacular scenery has not changed with the birds returning from Mexico and Southern USA to breed in the spring yearly at the base of the western Rocky Mountains. AND Preserving Images and Memories – A Presentation by Mike Wooding “I would like to have a discussion how I preserve my images, and equally if not more important, the memories, of my experiences with wildlife photography. I believe that in this digital world it is critical that if we want a record of our work we need to create something that lasts, and in my opinion nothing accomplishes that better than a book. A book not only saves the images, but the accompanying text can also preserve the memories that are associated with the experience of getting the images. I have produced three books so far, the latest being on my recent trip to the Khutzeymateen. “    Mike Wooding.  Mike’s talk will be supported by a Power Point presentation with material from all three that will demonstrate why he believes so strongly in making a book. After the two presentations we will take a short social break followed by a show and tell.  Feel free to bring some images to share but please limit them to no more than 10.
Composition: Basic Digital Photog. Session 3 (7:00 PM PST)
Basic Digital Photography Session 3 Composition - Open to all members Presented by Pam Irvine. The event is held on Thursday November 7, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  (Date has been changed - Nov 7th - Date confirmed) Please register for each session that you wish to attend.  The most important session!  Composition – what make a photo good (or great)?   This class is for any novice photographer - regardless of the type of camera. Great technical knowledge will not help a poorly composed photo. Learn the basics of composition and design.  You will not need your camera this evening.  You do not need to have taken the first two Basic DIgital Photography Workshops. Registration opens Sept 28th at 9am.
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Muse (10:30 AM PST)
Theme: Muse - to think, ruminate on, dream, ponder, contemplate. Catch someone in a state of abstraction or find something that is inspirational or has a creative influence. The definition of a muse is a spirit or source that inspires an artist. Lunch at noon at  Yates Street 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.
Introduction to ProShow Gold - Creating a Simple Slideshow (Session 1 of 2) (7:00 PM PST)
Presented by Jill Turyk The event will be held on Tuesday, November 12th and Tuesday, November 19th  from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Registration is required. Please sign up for the November 12th date and you will be registered for both sessions. ProShow Gold is a software program from Photodex Corporation that enables you to create slideshows, using your own images and music.  It provides for a variety of effects and animations that bring your photos to life.   ProShow Gold was designed for PC’s and  does not have a version for Mac’s.  If you have windows compatible software on your Mac, you may be able to use it.  See the Photodex website if this is of interest to you.   This workshop is designed for those who have never used ProShow Gold.  It is an introduction to the basic components of the program, and does not go beyond the rudimentary applications.  There is no need to own the program or to bring your laptop as there is no hands-on portion to this workshop. Over the two two-hour sessions, Jill will cover the following topics: Adding (and deleting) images to your shows Changing slide times Changing transition times between slides Adding music Previewing your shows Choosing your transition effects Adding basic effects to your images Publishing the final product for viewing Other tips  Rather than doing hands-on work individually, Jill will lead the group through creating one or two short slideshows.   The design decisions will be made by the group, and the final show will be viewed.   This workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for those interested in the software, but may not yet committed to the download. You will also receive written material taken from the introductory portion of the ProShow Gold User Guide.   Please direct questions to Jill Turyk. Contact info: jturyk@telus.net or 250 213-6624 Registration opens October 12th at 9am.
Creative SIG Meeting, guest artist Shona Collison NOTE room CHANGE to 268 Fisher Building (7:00 PM PST)
Theme: Guest artist Shona Collison, creative challenge, image and editing sharing  Details: Shona Collison will be the guest speaker at the November Creative SIG meeting. Shona will present her art and talk about the importance of the creative process, as well as engaging the group in an exercise to foster our creativity.  Shona received an undergraduate degree in Visual Arts from UVIC, graduating with honours and distinction in 2003. She studied Art Therapy under Kay Collis at the BC School of Art Therapy and became a Registered Art Therapist in 2007. Shona works with the Urban Indigenous Community here on Coast Salish Territory. The group continues the Creative Challenge this month. We select a saying and challenge ourselves to create images that respond to the saying either  (1) by using images already in our catalogues or  (2) by photographing a scene that we create. The saying for November is The Writing is on the Wall.  We hope to see lots of images as a result of the challenge. We also invite you to bring other creative images that you wish to share. Bring them on a USB/memory stick as as jpegs or as layered .psd or .tif files. Also bring your work in progress if you want comments or help with your creative process.
Competition Night (7:30 PM PST)
Theme Entries: Sports - Due November 7th ALL Digital Entries Due: November 7th  Return of Results: October  Prints are to be brought to Norway House on November 14th.
Fraser Delta Birds: Reifel Refuge + other locations (7:00 AM PST)
Take part in a full day trip over to Reifel refuge to photograph snow geese and a great variety of other birds, including birds of prey.  Thousands of birds arrive in the Fraser Delta at this time of year, so there's a lots on offer for wildlife photography enthusiasts.  Additional locations may include Brunswick Point and Boundary Bay. Long lenses of min 300 mm focal length recommended.  Meet on the 7am Ferry in the Cafeteria, drivers need reservations! Sunset is 4:30pm so we need to reserve on the 7pm ferry return. This field trip will be hosted by Richard James.  Registration is required, please contact Richard by e-mail to sign up:  rich@rjassociates.ca Carpooling will be facilitated, for those who are interested.  Please indicate if you wish to be a driver (and take X number of passengers) or if you need a ride.  Cost of ferry, reservation and gas will be shared equally by all participants in each carpool grouping. We have worked out the approx. costs which will vary depending on how many people are in each vehicle (includes cost of reservation + vehicle + passenger fares): 1 car, 2 passengers: $110.25 each + gas contribution 1 car, 3 passengers:  $85.13 + gas contribution 1 car, 4 passengers: $72.57 each plus + gas contribution Please dress warmly, with good waterproof footwear.  Pack a lunch and enough snacks and water for a full day trip. *This trip is weather dependent, please check your emails for updates and cancellation notices the night before.
Skutz Falls and Mill Bay Stone Bridge (8:00 AM PST)
*This field trip was originally scheduled for Nov 9th (postponed due to weather) and has been assigned a new date - Sunday, November 17th* Join us in exploring Skutz Falls and the Cowichan River Provincial Park. Along with photographing the falls we hopefully will see salmon running the river and the beautiful forested landscape with a range of flora and fauna. Following that, we will stop in at the Mill Bay Stone Bridge, a lesser known and very charming hidden attraction; it features a beautiful arched stone bridge with tiered waterfall foreground and is accessed via a very short and convenient detour off the Highway. The access to Skutz Falls is fairly easy via a gravel road/path off of the parking lot. Once down the path there is the creek bed and the fish ladder structure  to walk out on. There could be slippery areas depending on the height of the water. There is an elevated spot along the trail, looking up the falls, that photos can be taken from. There are toilets in the upper parking lot at the trail head. We recommend the Mill Bay Stone Bridge location only to those who are sure-footed, as there is a somewhat steep and often slippery riverbank that people must go down to get pictures of  the bridge, so your mobility level must be good.   Having boots with a good tread will be essential.  The area for setting up cameras and tripods is limited so sharing the space will be necessary. For those that are really adventurous there is another path that goes down to the bottom of the falls but it is also somewhat steep. We will meet at the Helmcken park and ride at 8:00 am.  Please dress warmly, bring footwear suitable for trails.  Pack a lunch and snacks. 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 at the Mill Bay Stone Bridge is limited. There is ple
Butterfly Gardens Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip (10:00 AM PST)
Photoshoot:  Butterfly Gardens in Brentwood Bay.  This event is rain or shine, since we will be indoors.  In addition to butterflies there are tropical birds and insects, so macros and long lenses are useful.  Be ready to shed your outer jacket:  it is warm and humid inside.  Try to keep your camera warm.  A cold camera will be covered in condensation in seconds.  There are camera dryers inside.  Lunch will be at Sassy's Restaurant across the street.  There is a fee for entry.  Meet your group leader in the parking lot for a group rate. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Introduction to ProShow Gold - Creating a Simple Slideshow (Session 2 of 2) (7:00 PM PST)
Introduction to ProShow Gold - Creating a Simple Slideshow (Session 2 of 2) Presented by Jill Turyk The event will be held on Tuesday, November 12th and Tuesday, November 19th  from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Registration is required. Please sign up for the November 12th date and you will be registered for both sessions. ProShow Gold is a software program from Photodex Corporation that enables you to create slideshows, using your own images and music.  It provides for a variety of effects and animations that bring your photos to life.   ProShow Gold was designed for PC’s and is does not have a version for Mac’s.  If you have windows compatible software on your Mac, you may be able to use it.  See the Photodex website if this is of interest to you.   This workshop is designed for those who have never used ProShow Gold.  It is an introduction to the basic components of the program, and does not go beyond the rudimentary applications.  There is no need to own the program or to bring your laptop as there is no hands-on portion to this workshop. Over the two two-hour sessions, Jill will cover the following topics: Adding (and deleting) images to your shows Changing slide times Changing transition times between slides Adding music Previewing your shows Choosing your transition effects Adding basic effects to your images Publishing the final product for viewing Other tips  Rather than doing hands-on work individually, Jill will lead the group through creating one or two short slideshows.   The design decisions will be made by the group, and the final show will be viewed.   This workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for those interested in the software, but may not yet committed to the download. You will also receive written material taken from the introductory portion of the ProShow Gold User Guide.   Please direct questions to Jill Turyk. Contact info: jturyk@telus.net or 250 213-6624 Registration opens October 12th
Presenters Night with David Ellingsen / Environmental Artist (7:30 PM PST)
Join us for an evening with a very creative, conceptual and environmental photographer and artist. David Ellingsen is a Canadian photographer creating images that speak to the relationship between humans and the natural world. His work lives within the sphere of advocacy and activism, engaging with photography’s dominant role in these areas.  Ellingsen’s photographs are exhibited internationally and are part of the permanent collections of the Chinese Museum of Photography, South Korea's Datz Museum of Art and Canada's Beaty Biodiversity Museum. They have been shortlisted for Photolucida's Critical Mass Book Award, appeared in National Geographic, and awarded First Place at the Prix de la Photographie Paris.  Ellingsen lives and makes his work in Canada’s Pacific Northwest, moving between the city of Victoria and the remote island of Cortes where he was raised. His next exhibitions appear at the Campbell River Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose, California.
Fraser Delta Birds: Owls, Harriers & Eagles (7:00 AM PST)
This is a full day trip to the Fraser Delta area and will focus on capturing owls, harriers, eagles.  The locations will be Boundary Bay and airport area with a second location at Brunswick point. If we don't see many birds at one location, we will move on to another.  A long lens with a minimum of 300mm focal length is recommended for this trip.  Snow geese should be present at many of these locations by this time of year, so we'll be able to spend time capturing those as well. Your group leader is Suzanne Huot, an experienced bird photographer. We will need to work out carpooling closer to November, as this helps cut down on the cost of the ferry.  You are welcome to drive out on your own if that is your preference, just let us know. For those who wish to carpool, let us know the following in advance:   1) If you want to be a driver (and how many you can take in your vehicle) OR whether you prefer to get a ride. 2)  Please also indicate the area of town in which you live, as that makes it easier for the coordinator to match people up.  3) If you have already coordinated your own carpool grouping with friends, then just let Rilla (field trip coordinator) know who is in your grouping. We have worked out the approx. cost for the ferry for a return trip, which will vary depending on how many people are in each vehicle (includes cost of reservation + vehicle + passenger fares): 1 car, 2 passengers: $110.25 each + gas contribution 1 car, 3 passengers:  $85.13 gas contribution 1 car, 4 passengers: $72.57 each plus + gas contribution You can work out the exact cost with your driver on the day of the event, be sure to ask what a fair contribution towards gas will be. We will depart on the 7am ferry to cross over to Tswassen and then plan to return on the 5pm ferry.  Participants can meet each other on the Ferry at the main Cafeteria for breakfast and beverages.  If it is a large group, this can be a good opportunity for the carpool groupings to d
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Leading Lines (10:30 AM PST)
Theme: Leading Lines - This is a VCC January Competition theme. Leading lines are one of the most useful elements in photography. They can be used to create powerful images with a strong visual impact. Leading lines help draw the eye into the image and focus the viewer’s attention on the main subject. They’re also an excellent means of creating depth and symmetry. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Photographing Pets/Equine (7:00 PM PST)
Pet and Equine (Horse) Photography  Presented by Irene Morden This workshop is designed for members interested in pet and equine photography. Pets and horses can be difficult to photograph as they can constantly move, and generally don't want to sit for that portrait!   Irene will share tips and tricks for capturing that image!    Irene will be using her own images to demonstrate both action shots and natural poses.  Before and after images will be reviewed describing simple editing techniques used by Photoshop and/or Light Room editing software. This class will be taught as a lecture style, rather than hands on.  No equipment is required. Prior Knowledge:  Basic understanding of your camera and editing software. Registration for this event will open October 26th at 9am.
Novice Image Review (7:00 PM PST)
Novice Image Review Fall 2019 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.  Registration is not required. Please bring up to 5 images to the review on a memory stick or you can email the images to Pam Irvine at pam.irvine@shaw.ca at least a day before the scheduled session. Registration opens Oct 26th at 9am.
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.


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