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Studio Lighting – Figure Photography (9:00 AM PDT)
Studio Lighting – Figure Photography – Presented by Gregg Eligh 2033 Belmont – former church at the corner of Pembroke in Fernwood This event will be held Sunday, March 31, 2018 - Gregg’s studio in Fernwood Gregg Eligh is once again offering the opportunity to work with studio lighting and models to develop a greater understanding of working with both controlled lighting and talent. There will be 6 two-hour sessions running concurrently but staggered, starting one hour apart. Gregg will be scheduling the two-hour sessions beginning 9:00 am and ending @ 4:00 pm.  Photographers will be working in pairs. No experience is required. Participants can be of any level of experience. Gregg will be there to assist participants to understand how to use the studio lights and offer suggestions, both technical & creative. Participants are encouraged to bring props to enhance the visual ‘message’ that are working to create such as hats, fabric for draping, etc. Gregg will provide studio lighting, backdrops, reflectors and some various tools to assist with the shooting process. The 2 models will be undraped (nude) as a study of the classic figure subject to learn about light, shadow and form. The fees to cover models and studio rental will be $115.00 per participant and payment will be required before the workshop date. Please direct questions and payment to Gregg Eligh. Call/text Gregg @ 250.888.0027.
The Art of Seeing II (4:30 PM PDT)
THE ART OF SEEING II Note: This workshop is held on Mar 31st and April 2nd. Please register for this 1st session only.  Please do not register if you cannot attend both sessions. The purpose of this two part workshop is to help participants see and create more meaningful images.  We will be going through the process of creating an image both in the field and in post processing. During the first session, we will be exploring our surroundings (in the field), identifying scenes that catch our eye.  We will discuss those subjects as a group and try to uncover the images they present. At the end of the field session, participants will be encouraged to work individually, and I will make myself available to help on a one to one basis.   The second session of the workshop will be focused on post-processing our images.  Using Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw, we will learn how to better use the tools available in that software to realize the images we visualized in the field. Audience: This workshop is open to any level of photographer, provided they have a working knowledge of their camera and the required gear and software. Maximum Participants: 8 Minimum Participants: 4 Number of Days: 2 Field Trip Portion:  The field trip portion of this class is scheduled for Sunday, March 31st at East Sooke Regional Park (Aylard Farm Parking Lot).  We will arrive at the park at 4:30 and stay until sunset at 7:30 that evening.  Participants are required to bring a camera and a tripod. This session will not be cancelled for light rain, so please bring appropriate clothes.  There are washrooms at the location.  The Classroom session will be held Tuesday, April 2 @ 7PM in Room #102 at Camosun College Lansdowne Campus, Wilma Thomas Building.  Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop with Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop.  Participants are expected to have a  working knowledge of basic Lightroom processing.
The Finishing Touch(es) (7:00 PM PDT)
The Final Touch(es)II - with Neil Boyle You’ve taken the perfect image, tack sharp, perfectly composed, histogram shot to the right, RAW format, and it’s a wonderful scene never shot before. Or maybe it’s a JPEG that you really like. Possibly even an HEIC selfie from your iPhone. Now what do you do with it? Come and see what a bit of post-processing can do for you images. Bring 2 images you like (RAW if you have it, JPEG will do, maybe even HEIC), on a USB stick, and we’ll display them on the big screen and post-process them. We’ll try by committee, where I implement suggestions from the photographers present, and I’ll do a second version the way I think best. Software used will be Lightroom and Photoshop, and maybe the Nik suite.
Thetis Lake Regional Park Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip (10:00 AM PDT)
This 834-hectare park is in View Royal:  take 6 Mile Road off the Island Highway, pass under the Trans-Canada Highway, and park in the main parking lot of the park.  This was Canada's first nature sanctuary, in 1958.  With wild flowers (fawn lilies and shooting stars) and a lake trail, you can make it a long hike around the lake, or just search out flora and fauna close at hand.  Lunch will be at the 6 Mile Pub. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
The Art of Seeing II (7:00 PM PDT)
THE ART OF SEEING II Note: This workshop is held on Mar 31st and April 2nd. Please register for this 1st session only.  Please do not register if you cannot attend both sessions. The purpose of this two part workshop is to help participants see and create more meaningful images.  We will be going through the process of creating an image both in the field and in post processing. During the first session, we will be exploring our surroundings (in the field), identifying scenes that catch our eye.  We will discuss those subjects as a group and try to uncover the images they present. At the end of the field session, participants will be encouraged to work individually, and I will make myself available to help on a one to one basis.   The second session of the workshop will be focused on post-processing our images.  Using Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw, we will learn how to better use the tools available in that software to realize the images we visualized in the field. Audience: This workshop is open to any level of photographer, provided they have a working knowledge of their camera and the required gear and software. Maximum Participants: 8 Minimum Participants: 4 Number of Days: 2 Field Trip Portion:  The field trip portion of this class is scheduled for Sunday, March 31st at East Sooke Regional Park (Aylard Farm Parking Lot).  We will arrive at the park at 4:30 and stay until sunset at 7:30 that evening.  Participants are required to bring a camera and a tripod. This session will not be cancelled for light rain, so please bring appropriate clothes.  There are washrooms at the location.  The Classroom session will be held Tuesday, April 2 @ 7PM in Room #101 at Camosun College Lansdowne Campus, Wilma Thomas Building.  Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop with Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop.  Participants are expected to have a  working knowledge of basic Lightroom processing.
Nature SIG Meeting - The Mystery of Clouds Revealed (7:00 PM PDT)
Join us and our guest presenter, Jim Gardner, for the Nature SIG on April 3rd at 7:00 pm.  In Jim's world travels he has recorded and revealed the mystery and stories clouds tell.  The past ten years of traveling and teaching in various parts of the world has enabled Jim to accumulate a collections of cloud photos.  Jim will include a few simple tips in taking cloud photos and a description of the messages that clouds convey. PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW LOCATION AT CAMOSUN COLLEGE (LANSDOWNE) IS ROOM 206 IN THE FISHER BUILDING.
Competition Night (7:30 PM PDT)
Entries Due: There are no regular internal competitions in April.  Prints that have previously won placements from September 2018 - March 2019 should be brought to Norway House for the Year-End competition. Return of Results: March competition results will be available at this April 4th Club meeting
PSA Interclub Digital Nature Round 3 (11:30 PM PDT)
Status: Judged
Primary Portrait Lighting Styles (9:30 AM PDT)
Primary Portrait Lighting Styles – Presented by Gregg Eligh Participants will be given the opportunity to see and capture various portrait lighting plans. Models will be available with various lighting examples for each person attending to shoot to create a record of lighting directions.   ** Please note, a $4.00 fee will be required from each participant for the model.  Please arrange to forward this to me prior to the workshop. My contact information is below. This can be of assistance to anyone, at any level, who would like to develop a solid understanding of primary portrait lighting styles. Space will be limited to allow for each person to have the opportunity to get their shots. Please bring your camera and tripod to the workshop. Registration is required for this event.
Mount Wells Wildflowers (9:00 AM PDT)
Mount Wells is in bloom! This Sunday hike will be led by Richard James to the top of Mount Wells.  You will have the chance to photograph several different types of wildflowers.  If you bring a bird lens, there is the possibility of shooting raptors from above or finding Ruffed Grouse.  Meet Point: 9am at the Humpback Resevoir Access has changed: *** Irwin Road is closed, access from Westshore Parkway/Amy Road/Humpback Road (the old route next to the Pub). Hiking info: This trip is rated *DIFFICULT* due to elevation gain and uneven terrain.  It is a steep rocky trial with loose crushed rock and exposed polished rock on  trail. One section has fixed rope for traverse.  Hiking time approximately 40 min up/30 down with a lighter pack.  The best flowers are a bit further at the 2nd (true)  summit (+10 min).  Participants need to be able to bend hip and knee 90 deg and lift weight on that leg. Footwear: good ankle support and wet-traction soles required, bring  wind-proof jacket even if sunny, water and energy snacks. Please email Richard James directly if you are planning to attend, so he can be in touch via email in case there are any changes to the plan or it gets rained out
Depth of Field Workshop II (7:00 PM PDT)
This is a 2 evening workshop.  Please only register if you can attend both and only register for the April 8th evening.  Thank you! Session 1 April 8 Concepts -       50 minutes Break 15 minutes Classroom hands on shooting -   55 minutes Session 2 April 9 Hyperfocal distance concepts -   20 minutes Android and Iphone apps -   10 minutes Classroom hands on shooting -   30 minutes Break 15 minutes Classroom hands on shooting -   30 minutes Concluding remarks/discussion -  15 minutes This workshop is targeted to Novice and Intermediate photographers.  You must bring a camera, a zoom lens and a tripod.  As this class can only accommodate 10 people, please register only if you have these items available.  Thank you!
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Texture / Patterns - April 9th (10:30 AM PDT)
Theme: Texture / Patterns - You should almost be able to feel the texture of the image or the rhythm the patterns.  Lunch at the Canoe Brew Pub, 450 Swift St (off Store St) Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Depth of Field Workshop II (7:00 PM PDT)
This is a 2 evening workshop.  Please register for the April 8th event and only if you can attend both sessions.  Thank you! Session 1 April 8 Concepts -       50 minutes Break 15 minutes Classroom hands on shooting -   55 minutes Session 2 April 9 Hyperfocal distance concepts -   20 minutes Android and Iphone apps -   10 minutes Classroom hands on shooting -   30 minutes Break 15 minutes Classroom hands on shooting -   30 minutes Concluding remarks/discussion -  15 minutes This workshop is targeted to Novice and Intermediate photographers.  You must bring a camera, a zoom lens and a tripod.  As this class can only accommodate 10 people, please register only if you have these items available.  Thank you!
Creative SIG Meeting - Guest artist : Lois Burton (7:00 PM PDT)
Theme: Guest Artist Lois Burton plus sharing images and works of art that inspire you Details: Lois Burton is our guest artist for April. Lois first became interested in photography in 2009 when she joined the Victoria Camera Club. In addition to photography Lois enjoys travel and visual art, and photography is the thread that weaves these interests all together.  Many areas of photography interest Lois. She also likes to use photography as a form of artistic expression by combining traditional photography with digital technology to create artistic images.  Lois experiments trying different methods and techniques; sometimes with a goal of creating something that is less digital and more artistic or impressionistic in nature.  In addition to sharing some of her work, Lois will explain some of the methods and techniques behind her images. After Lois's presentation, we look forward to viewing and discussing the creative images of participants, including creative self-portraits, if available. We also invite participants to bring along an image of a work of art that inspires your own creative impulses. Please limit your contributions to 10 or fewer images. This will be our last Sig meeting of the 2018-19 club year. We welcome any suggestions for programs/topics/guests for the meetings in the next year. NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: Effective Monday, March 18th, all VCC Workshops and SIGS will be held in the FISHER BUIlDING, Room #206 (see building #8 on the map below). The ground floor of the Fisher Building has the Cafe in it.
Presenters Night (7:30 PM PDT)
Guest Speaker:Tony Puerzer Topic:Capturing the Universe: An Introduction to Astro Photography Website:http://www.brightideaphotography.com/ Details:Tony is a professional photographer based in Nanaimo. Tony has had an interest in Astro Photography for a long time. He has re-kindled that interest with his current image making and writing/publishing 'how to articles' about this genre of photography. Please check out this website link from Tony for a sample of his photography and presentation (http://brightideaphotography.com/astrophotography/). Solar Eclipse, Tony Puerzer - Photo by Andrei Godoroja
How to Use Lightroom’s Split Toning and Range Mask Features (7:00 PM PDT)
How to Use Lightroom’s Split Toning and Range Mask Features Presenter – Cindy Stephenson Split Toning – Split Toning is likely one of the least used panels in Lightroom. However, it’ easy to use, and is something you might want to consider adding to your toolkit. The results can be subtle or very dramatic – depending on your intent. At its core, split toning involves adding a colour cast to your highlights and/or shadows. It doesn’t affect the overall brightness of your image or the amount of shadows and whites. We’ll look at examples of split toned images, how to do this in Lightroom, and if you have a look you like, how to save it as a preset. Range Masks – The Range Mask feature is available to Lightroom cloud based subscribers, and allows you to mask areas of your image based on luminance (brightness) and hue (colour). It’s very precise and quick. Once an area is masked you have access to the same sliders as you do with the adjustment brush. Workshop Format - The first half of this workshop will be lecture format, and the second half will be hands on. Bring your laptop with Lightroom installed for the hands on portion.  Participants will receive 3-4 images in advance via email to upload to Lightroom for the hands-on portion. Number of Participants – 12 Questions – cindystephenson@telus.net
Playfair Park and King's Pond Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip (10:00 AM PDT)
Access to Playfair is at 1198 Rock Street, off Quadra, 1 block north of Tattersall Drive.  This 3.71-hectare park has mature rhododendrons and azaleas.  It also has a restored garry oak meadow, with fields of camas lilies, shooting stars, and, if you look closely at the base of the oak trees, chocolate lilies.  As well, or instead, if you prefer, King's Pond is nearby:  take Queensbury Avenue east off of Blenkinsop Road.  Wood ducks are a favourite here.  Lunch at the Phoenix Bar and Grill at 3944 Quadra. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Members' Night and AGM
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.
2019 Canada: My Country (11:30 PM PDT)
Status: Closed Closed: Thursday, April 18, 2019 11:30 PM Competition Type: CAPA Digital
PSA Interclub Digital Creative Round 3 (11:30 PM PDT)
Status: Closed Closed: Thursday, April 18, 2019 11:30 PM
PSA Interclub Digital Open Round 4 (11:30 PM PDT)
Status: Closed Closed: Thursday, April 18, 2019 11:30 PM
[new date] Mystic Beach Sunset Hike *shortcut access* (3:15 PM PDT)
Join us for a late afternoon/evening hike down to the Beautiful Mystic Beach, located along the Juan De Fuca Trail!  This is one of the most spectacular attractions on the Southwest side of Vancouver Island with a stunning sand beach with large smooth boulders strewn about, sandstone cliffs, a waterfall and sea caves.  A perfect spot for wide seascape shots, as well as other nature and wildlife photography. We will visit during the low tide, so we’ll have the best opportunity to explore the full expanse of the beach.  We hope to be able to photograph the sunset and blue hour down at Mystic and then hike out safely as a group in the dark.  Bring your flashlights and headlamps! Trail description: The hike-in through the rainforest and is quite rugged (lots of roots, rocks and obstacles along the trail, plus muddy or slippery sections).  Mostly downhill on the way in and uphill the entire way out.  We will go in via a shortcut, so total hike distance down to the beach is 1.1 km and this takes approx. 26 minutes at an average pace.  We are classifying this hike as *DIFFICULT* due to distance, elevation gain and uneven terrain.  We expect attendees will be from a range of fitness levels, so we suggest to take your time and don’t push yourself.  Slower hikers can group together and the faster ones can go ahead at their own pace. Please dress appropriately for hiking with warm removable layers and sturdy/waterproof hiking boots.  Bring a packed meal, snacks and enough water to sustain yourself for several hours. We will meet at the Helmcken park and ride at 3:15pm. We can organize carpooling, for those who are interested.  We will plan to stop in at the China Beach/Mystic Beach Trailhead parking area first, to use bathrooms and consolidate to fewer cars.  The location and parking for the short cut access is along the shoulder of West Coast road near Pete Woolfe Creek, just 1 km up the road from the China Beach trail head. Your group new group leaders are Teri VanWe
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Transportation - April 23rd (10:30 AM PDT)
Theme: Transportation – Planes, buses, automobiles, wheels or feet. Capture any way we travel to our destination.  Panning, motion blur, angles, shapes or details –the options are endless. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Hornby Island Spring Wildflowers *Multi-day trip*
Don Peterson and Richard James will be leading the annual Hornby Island Spring Flower field trip for 2019. This is an unforgettable 4 day field trip to Hornby Island that is timed to try and hit the peak of spring flowering on the island. There may also be some interesting wildlife (sea birds, sea lions, whales, eagles, etc.) around. This includes a very observable Bald Eagle nest on Denman Island, you are shooting down into the nest. In 2018 they raised two chicks to fledging. The Island is a photographer’s paradise. Club member Don Peterson lives on the island and will be our guide. Don will show us all the island has to offer and those hidden gems. There will be an article on Hornby Island in the February Close-Up. The lodging will be the same as before at the Hornby Island Dive lodge and did I mention the food?? It is all included (3 meals a day…) and is absolutely fabulous. The dates are Monday April 29 to Thursday May 2nd 2019. The draft itinerary would be as follows: Day One - travel from Victoria to Hornby Island to arrive at the lodge around 3-4 PM. Orientation, social and dinner at the Lodge. A short evening shoot around Ford’s Cove. Day Two and Three - Over the two days we will: • Take at least one boat tour of about 3 hours to Flora Islet, a wildflower paradise. (This is dependent on weather and the level of interest in the group) • Visit land-based areas to shoot the spring flowers, landscapes and seascapes • Have free time to explore Hornby on your own or in small groups. Day Four - a morning shoot and then return to Victoria either directly or to take in other interesting stops along the way. (The best time to shoot the Denman Eagles is in the morning.) Costs will be approximately $475.00 pp including taxes, lodging and all meals (did I mention the food??). [Note this is per person, not per room as with Tofino.] Transportation is at your cost, car-pooling will be facilitated. The boat trip is weather dependent and would be an extr
Year-End Competition and Award Night (7:30 PM PDT)
Return of Results: Year-End Frank Turner Award Presentation
Ancient Forest Expedition: Conservation Photojournalism *rescheduled* (10:00 AM PDT)
*New Date* We have rescheduled this field trip to May 4th (originally scheduled for March 30th) due to current ice and snow conditions in Port Renfrew that may be unsafe for hiking Ancient Forest Expedition: Conservation Photojournalism  This full day trip will appeal to the nature loving photographers in the club, with the specific mission and intent to produce images for the purpose of conveying a conservation message.  We will capture images that highlight the distinctive beauty of the flora and fauna of Vancouver Island’s ancient forests, but also attempt to document the devastating and destructive impact of deforestation practices.  We will head to the Port Renfrew area with Josh DeLeenheer, our group leader and guide, and will stop in at a number of different locations as time allows. Target locations: Avatar Grove – An incredible grove of giant and very gnarly trees.  This grove was recently protected through the conservation efforts of the Ancient Forest Alliance with boardwalk and stairs installed for easy access. The Big Lonely Doug – This is Canada’s second largest Fir tree, which sits alone within a massive cut block.  It was saved from being cut down in 2011 by a logger named Dennis Cronin and it quickly became a symbol for conservationists to draw attention to the dwindling stands of old-growth forests on our Island.  It can be accessed via a short hike down a steep and rugged bank. Fairy Lake – A favorite stop point for photographers and home to the iconic and bonsai-like Fairy Lake tree, which grows out of an old log in the middle of the lake.  There is a 2 km loop trail to explore the forest and lakeshore. We will meet Josh DeLeenheer at 10am in Port Renfrew (meet point t.b.a, check back for details closer to the trip date).  We will consolidate into fewer cars from that parking area, as one of our locations will not have a lot of parking room. What to bring:  Please come prepared with waterproof hiking footwear and expect very rugg


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