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PSA Digital Nature Round 3
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Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip (10:00 AM PDT)
Tuesday, April 3rd:  Government House This is the residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.  The manicured grounds of this property contain many interesting gardens each with a different theme.  If you like Macro, you will love this shoot.  On the 'Terraces' experience the view of the Fairfield neighbourhood, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains.  As Tuesday is a work day morning for volunteers, expect to see them at work in various parts of the garden.  Suggest parking in the Lower Parking Lot adjacent to the Stables.  The gathering place is the Porte Cochere (entrance to the House) at 10:00 am.  Lunch at the Beagle Pub at Cook and Oxford Sts. delete
Nature SIG Meeting (7:00 PM PDT)
The Nature SIG is very pleased to announce that our guest speaker for the meeting on April 4th is Suzanne Huot. Suzanne is a very accomplished nature photographer.  She has traveled to locations around the world in search of wildlife images. Suzanne's presentation is titled  "Africa: The next generation".  Not only will we see Suzanne's stunning images but she will tell us the story behind the images.   It promises to be a very entertaining and informative evening. You are also welcome to bring your own images to share with the group after the presentation but would ask that you limit them to no more than twelve. Come early for great seats and we look forward to seeing you there. Dan, Gail & Rea delete
Competition Night (7:30 PM PDT)
View results and images from the March 2018 competitions. There are no internal competitions for April. delete
Mount Wells - Wildflowers (9:00 AM PDT)
Sunday, April 8, 9 AM to noon. This date may be changed at short notice, if your phone number is not on the membership list please e-mail it to Richard (rich@rjassociates.ca) so that we can contact you if required. Meet at the Helmeken park-and-ride at 9 AM for carpooling and a briefing. Registration required, limited to a maximum of 10 people. If you have not signed the liability waiver please do so and email it to membership@victoriacameraclub.ca before the trip. Mount Wells is a hike, you need sturdy shoes with ankle support and appropriate clothing for changeable weather conditions. The trail is fairly steep with little improvement, forest floor with exposed roots and rock, followed by open slopes with rock and loose gravel on the trail. There is one steep section which requires care negotiating. Estimated time to the first summit, 45 minutes. The Satinflowers are out, there are some Easter Lilies at lower levels, and a few Shooting Stars. Also Saxifrage, Mimulus, Spring Gold, Blue-eyed Mary and more. There are a few fungi and lichens out including “Witches Butter”. The best Satinflowers are around the second summit. Recommended equipment: macro and wider angle lenses, tripod that will get you low to the ground, a plastic sheet to lie on (the ground is saturated), reflector, polarizing filters etc. Driving directions: please note that Google Maps does not show the correct route! Humpback Road is closed at the E&N Railway crossing so you cannot access it from the TransCanada Highway. Take Millstream Road (Veterans Memorial Pkwy.) and turn onto Langford Parkway. Follow Langford Parkway across Jacklin Road and proceed through several roundabouts until you come to the Westshore Pkwy. roundabout which is a “T” configuration. Turn left and immediately turn right onto Meridian, then immediately turn left onto Irwin Road. Eventually, at the stop sign proceed ahead and park in the second parking lot on the right at the Humpback Reservoir (by the washroom). delete
Introducion to DarkTable Workshop with Neil Schemenauer (7:00 PM PDT)
Workshop: Introduction to Darkable ================================== What is Darktable? ------------------ Darktable is an open source photography workflow application and raw developer. It is a virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them. Although the functionality is similar to Adobe Lightroom, Darktable is not a clone. The latest version of Darktable supports Windows, MacOS, Linux and other Unix systems. To process high resolution photos, a powerful computer is suggested. It should have at least 4 GB of RAM memory. To learn more, visit the web site of the project:    https://www.darktable.org/ Why use Darktable? ------------------ While cost is often suggested as a good reason to use open source software, in this case, it is a poor one. Compared to the cost of camera equipment, the cost of commerical photography software is low. So, for most people, commerical software is a good choice. Commerical software will generally have a more refined user interface and be easier to use. That said, Darktable has some advantages over other software. Because it is open source, you are free to install it on as many systems as you wish. You are free to install it on your friend's computers, for example. Also, you can always download, save and install older versions. That is important if you have a large body of photos stored in the system and prefer to run an older version for some reason. The development team for Darktable is quite small, about 30 people do most of the work. However, the developers are photography enthusiasts (originally Darktable was developed for their own use) and they tend to be researchers in image processing. Behind the scenes, Darktable uses state-of-the-art image processing algorithms and it has some features not found in other software. Some of the f delete
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Shadows (10:30 AM PDT)
Theme:  Shadows - You cannot have light, without also having darkness or shadows. So an image with no shadows (or deep dark blacks) is flat and lifeless, it feels two dimensional. Use shadows to help create dramatic images.  Coffee at 10 am Bay Center Food Court - Lunch at noon - Swan's Pub, 506 Pandora St Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required. delete
Creative SIG Meeting (7:00 PM PDT)
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CAPA Canada: My Country
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Presenters Night (7:30 PM PDT)
Guest Speaker: Sherrill Miller Topic: The Gift of Change Website: Details: Courtney Milne, a Saskatchewan landscape photography, with his partner  Sherrill Miller, received international recognition for his work in capturing the spirit of the land. He travelled the world photographing sacred places. Sherrrill uses his photos to relate to changes in lifestyle created by traumatic events. delete
Workshop: Fundamentals of Black and White Photography with Ed Moniz, Session 1 (9:00 AM PDT)
Fundamentals of Black and White Photography With Workshop Leader Ed Moniz This will be three classroom sessions, including a shooting assignment, to take place on Saturdays April 14, 21, & 28. The sessions will be 3 hours each. Please be able to attend all 3 sessions before you make a commitment to register. This workshop is for members who want to take their photography to the next level.  Learning how to produce a great black and white image will require you to truly understand all the fundamentals. Black and White photography has been at the core of photography since its inception and an understanding of it will enhance your colour photography. Creating an excellent black and white image will challenge your skills because it requires a specific focus, beginning with the visualization of the image, taking the image and finally editing to a final print. In this workshop we will cover the following topics: 1. How to see in monochrome 2. Exposure for good data captures 3. Tone mapping for monochrome 4. What images work best in monochrome 5. Raw Conversion of monochrome images 6. Editing techniques for monochrome 7. Preparing an image for printing This workshop will be presented as a lecture series with participants expected to complete assigned homework. In class demonstrations will include RAW conversion in Lightroom and final editing in Photoshop. There will be no laptop necessary to bring to this workshop. Session one will include a photo session (outdoors, rain or shine) so please bring your camera. Our goal will be for each participant to produce a black and white print. Printing will not be done in class, but we will make arrangements with Terry Zlot to print your image. You will need to take/send your image to Terry's shop and pay the associated cost. This is not mandatory but will be a good exercise to increase your confidence and skill. Printing an image is the truest way to evaluate your skill level. delete
CAPA Digital Close up Competition
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PSA Digital Open Round 4
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Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip (10:00 AM PDT)
Photoshoot: Downtown Chemainus, sometimes known as "Mural Town" because of the forty or so murals spread around this quaint Island community.  The murals depict the history of the region and some of the buildings date back to the late 19th/early 20th Century.  VCC Photographer/Artist Cim McDonald, a resident and a restorer of the murals will be joining us.  Craft shops and artist studios abound and walking is easy.  There is a large parking lot on Willow St. and a museum where we will meet at 10 a.m.  Lunch will be at the Willow Street Cafe, 9749 Willow St.  Registration is required for lunch. Chemainus is approximately an hour and twenty minutes from Victoria. delete
Lighting SIG Meeting (7:00 PM PDT)
Bring your images from the two Gregg Eligh workshops in March - advanced portraits and the figure workshop - to show to the group.. delete
Members' Night and AGM (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. delete
Mill Hill Wildflowers (9:00 AM PDT)
Mill Hill is one of the better locations in Greater Victoria with masses of Shooting  stars, Easter lilies, and Camas as well as Mimulus, Spring gold, and, in  a couple of weeks time, chocolate lilies, larkspur and more. Whilst the Easter lilies here are probably past their peak you can be  selective and still find shootable flowers. Today (Saturday) I stopped  counting when I reached 10 for 2-flowered Easter lilies and came across  a patch which and had at least 10 more. Unfortunately I couldn't find a  three-flowered lily! The main trail to the top (Auburn trail) is a wide gravel trail of  moderate steepness. The alternative dissent from the summit, the Calypso  trail, is steeper with some bedrock exposed. Registration is not required for this trip but is recommended so that we  can contact you if the schedule is changed due to weather etc. Meet at the trailhead at 9 AM. Access is from Atkins Road starting from  Six Mile Rd., or Millstream Road. The park access is immediately  adjacent to the CRD parks office access. Lunch at the Six Mile Pub afterwards. delete
Fundamentals of Black and White Photography With Workshop Leader Ed Moniz: Session 2 (9:00 AM PDT)
Fundamentals of Black and White Photography With Workshop Leader Ed Moniz This will be three classroom sessions, including a shooting assignment, to take place on Saturdays April 14, 21, & 28. The sessions will be 3 hours each. Please be able to attend all 3 sessions before you make a commitment to register. This workshop is for members who want to take their photography to the next level.  Learning how to produce a great black and white image will require you to truly understand all the fundamentals. Black and White photography has been at the core of photography since its inception and an understanding of it will enhance your colour photography. Creating an excellent black and white image will challenge your skills because it requires a specific focus, beginning with the visualization of the image, taking the image and finally editing to a final print. In this workshop we will cover the following topics: 1. How to see in monochrome 2. Exposure for good data captures 3. Tone mapping for monochrome 4. What images work best in monochrome 5. Raw Conversion of monochrome images 6. Editing techniques for monochrome 7. Preparing an image for printing This workshop will be presented as a lecture series with participants expected to complete assigned homework. In class demonstrations will include RAW conversion in Lightroom and final editing in Photoshop. There will be no laptop necessary to bring to this workshop. Session one will include a photo session (outdoors, rain or shine) so please bring your camera. Our goal will be for each participant to produce a black and white print. Printing will not be done in class, but we will make arrangements with Terry Zlot to print your image. You will need to take/send your image to Terry's shop and pay the associated cost. This is not mandatory but will be a good exercise to increase your confidence and skill. Printing an image is the truest way to evaluate your skill level. delete
Hornby Flowers and Landscapes
This field trip is a 3 night/4 day stay on Hornby Island and the accommodations are at the Hornby Dive Lodge (http://hornbyislanddiving.com) The cost is $457 per person which includes meals (and they are really good!). Rooms are twin or queen beds, one room is a double and one has a queen + single bed. We currently have a few spaces available. If there is sufficient interest, we may take a boat out to Flora Islet which is a great flower location (extra cost, min 8 max 12 people). This is a “beach landing” and subject to weather conditions. The trip will be organised in a similar way to the Tofino trips. We will provide general guidance on locations etc. Limited guidance on photographic issues will also be available, but this is not a workshop. Car-pooling will be facilitated. Cancellation policy: as this trip will be confirmed within the Dive Lodge’s 60-day cancellation period the cost is NOT refundable, but you can substitute another member. delete
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Crop (10:30 AM PDT)
Theme: Crop – Compose an image and capture a series of  4-5 frames, walking closer to your subject thus cropping out part of the background each frame , with the final photo focusing one or part of an item. Come early for coffee, we will start shooting at 10:30 Lunch at 12:00  at Garrick's Head Pub - 1140 Government St/Bastion Sq Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required. delete
Workshop: Basic Photoshop Skills with Lois Burton (7:00 PM PDT)
Basic Photoshop Skills with Lois Burton This workshop will be 4 consecutive Tuesday evening sessions of 2 hours. You should have Adobe CS6 or the current version of Photoshop running on your PC or Mac. Bring your laptop to the workshop. Over 4 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 complimentary 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 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 email to participants, prior to each class the notes. 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. If you are registered for the first session, you are considered registered for all 4 sessions. delete
Workshop: Wildlife of the B C Coast with Dave Hutchison (7:00 PM PDT)
About Dave “My aim is simple – awaken your inner creativity through peace, calm, and clarity.  In other words, I love to share my passion for nature photography with everyone around me in a simple, easy to understand manner.  I have been a professional photographer for 10 years and am just as excited about nature photography today as I was 12 years ago when I first went to Yellowstone NP.I have been told by others that I am very easy to get along with and care about my customers needs. I consider myself fortunate to have ventured into places that many others don’t get to visit. The Great Bear Rainforest in the North Central Coast of BC has called him back several times with the lure of the elusive Spirit Bear. Shots from these trips have been published in Outdoor Photography Canada, Westworld (BCAA), Canadian Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, and BC Magazine. I have lived in Sidney, BC Canada (on Vancouver Island) for over 15 years and have an excellent knowledge for my “local” area.  I am also very well connected to the other parts of BC for both wildlife and nature.” delete
Cowichan Valley Wildflowers (9:00 AM PDT)
Join Richard James for an exploration of the beautiful Cowichan Valley during peak wildflower bloom.  Destinations may include Mount Tzouhalem ER, Someneos Lake Garry Oak preserve, Sutton Creek ER (Honeymoon Bay) and possibly Mount Prevost. Target flowers will be pink lilies, chocolate lilies, yellow avalanche  lily, montane yellow violet, balsam root, cancer root and blue and white  (death) Camas. *Please note the hiking/walking will not be too difficult for the two mountain locations: Mt. Tzouhalem - just several hundred meters along an old logging road. Mt. Prevost - we drive the logging road to near summit, then 5-15 min walk up old roadbed, but fairly steep in sections. Registration is required for this field trip as we are limited to a maximum of nine people in a group in the ecological reserves. If there is a wait-list a second trip may be scheduled. We will meet at the Helmcken Road park-and-ride at 9 AM for carpooling.  Estimated return time 5 PM. Bring a pack lunch, snacks and drinks as we will not stop for lunch on this trip.  Wear appropriate footwear for hiking.   As always, this trip will be weather permitting. Please check your email the night before for updates. delete
Fundamentals of Black and White Photography with Ed Moniz, Session 3 (9:00 AM PDT)
Fundamentals of Black and White Photography With Workshop Leader Ed Moniz This will be three classroom sessions, including a shooting assignment, to take place on Saturdays April 14, 21, & 28. The sessions will be 3 hours each. Please be able to attend all 3 sessions before you make a commitment to register. This workshop is for members who want to take their photography to the next level.  Learning how to produce a great black and white image will require you to truly understand all the fundamentals. Black and White photography has been at the core of photography since its inception and an understanding of it will enhance your colour photography. Creating an excellent black and white image will challenge your skills because it requires a specific focus, beginning with the visualization of the image, taking the image and finally editing to a final print. In this workshop we will cover the following topics: 1. How to see in monochrome 2. Exposure for good data captures 3. Tone mapping for monochrome 4. What images work best in monochrome 5. Raw Conversion of monochrome images 6. Editing techniques for monochrome 7. Preparing an image for printing This workshop will be presented as a lecture series with participants expected to complete assigned homework. In class demonstrations will include RAW conversion in Lightroom and final editing in Photoshop. There will be no laptop necessary to bring to this workshop. Session one will include a photo session (outdoors, rain or shine) so please bring your camera. Our goal will be for each participant to produce a black and white print. Printing will not be done in class, but we will make arrangements with Terry Zlot to print your image. You will need to take/send your image to Terry's shop and pay the associated cost. This is not mandatory but will be a good exercise to increase your confidence and skill. Printing an image is the truest way to evaluate your skill level. delete
Workshop: Saving Money Buying and Selling Used Camera Equipment with Graham Budd (7:00 PM PDT)
For many years two camera manufacturers dominated the DSLR marketplace and many photographers invested heavily in their equipment. Used sales were driven primarily by upgrades and a few users with big budgets who switched systems despite the high cost to do so. The recent popularity of mirrorless systems has changed everything, as more photographers are selling off some or all of their traditional gear and migrating to something smaller and lighter. Even within the mirrorless space itself, we are seeing users move between micro 4/3, APS-C and full frame systems resulting in more quality used equipment for sale than ever before. Used equipment in good condition can save buyer and seller money and time, with little or no down side if done effectively. This workshop will cover various options for selling or purchasing used equipment including where to buy or sell, costs involved, pricing of gear, payment and shipping options, avoiding scams and rip offs and many other related topics. As a bonus you will also get a few tips on saving money when buying new equipment as well. There is a lot to cover so the presenter will provide attendees with a PDF note package to keep things moving. delete
Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip (10:00 AM PDT)
Photoshoot: Sooke Pot Holes.  If you like rugged scenery and landscape photography, you will want to join us for an outing at Sooke Potholes.  This area is truly spectacular with adequate, free parking and well marked trails.  Deep pools, waterfalls, polished boulders and the verdant forest awaits you and your camera.  Approximately one hour's drive from the city.  Exit to the right just prior to the bridge over the Sooke River and follow the roadway to the park.  Lunch at the 17 Mile House Pub.  Jim Fowler will be the lead person for this outing. delete
Basic Photoshop Skills with Lois Burton (7:00 PM PDT)
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 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 email a handout to participants, prior to each class session. 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. delete
Nature SIG Meeting (7:00 PM PDT)
Theme: Details: As always, nature images on any topic are welcome to be shown at our meetings, that's the way we can learn from one another. For more information contact the coordinators. delete
Year-End Competition & Club Awards Night (7:30 PM PDT)
In celebration of our Volunteers, President's Awards will be presented followed by the presentation of the Frank Turner Award. The meeting will then turn to the presentation of our Annual Photographic Awards, including: Distinguished Photographer of the Year Awards, and Return of Results:  Year-End Competition. We look forward to seeing you there at the season's wind up celebration! delete
Salt Spring Island (9:00 AM PDT)
Salt Spring Island is truly a nature lovers' paradise with spectacular coastal and pastoral scenery and a moderate climate. Ruckle Provincial Park on the island is one of the most beautiful parks in the southern Gulf Islands with its 7 km of shoreline, rocky headlands and tiny coves and bays. A mixture of forest, field and shore habitats makes it one of the most productive wildlife viewing areas.  We will start our day trip to Salt Spring Island on the 9 am ferry from Swartz Bay. When we arrive on the island we will make our way to Ruckle Provincial Park where we will be met with our field trip leader and island resident Simon Henson. Simon will spend the morning showing us around the park. From the park, we will head over to Ganges where we will have lunch (spot to be determined) and then you can decide where you'd like to go. There is a market that you might like to explore as well as the boardwalk around the waterfront where you will find the marina and old buildings. You could also head over to Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park where there are heritage barns, a coastal trail, and open meadow landscapes. We will meet back up at the Fulford Ferry terminal at 4:30 pm for the 5:50 pm ferry where you will have some time to explore other photographic opportunities. delete


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