Upcoming Club Activities

  1. Outing

    Early Morning access to the Abbotsford Tulip Festival. 

    Arrive at the festival at 7am so we have access before the public arrives at 9am 


    Peter Warmerdam and his family immigrated from the Netherlands and settled in the Fraser Valley in 1950. Peter proudly brought his Dutch heritage, horticultural knowledge and farming experience to the Bradner area – here he would grow a few acres of daffodil flowers.

    In 1974, Peter purchased land in Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie, where he began growing gladiolus. Not long after, the family farm expanded their crops to include outdoor tulips, daffodils, and peonies along with greenhouse tulips and daffodils.

    Peter’s passion for all things flowers was one that the entire Warmerdam family shared.  So it wasn’t much of a surprise when Alexis, Peter’s granddaughter, came up with the idea for the Bloom Tulip Festival – so locals and tourists alike could stroll through their tulip fields and enjoy the breathtaking display of color, along with other eye-catching activities in the field.




    Early morning Admission Rates:

    $30.00 at the gate

    $25.00 purchased online.  Go to their website (below) and click on the "Buy Tickets" button.  Cut off to purchase online tickets is midnight on April 27th

    Please remember to dress for the conditions.  Check the weather before starting out. We will be there early in the morning, so it may be chilly.  The Bloom Tulip Festival is on a working farm so wearing boots might be recommended. 

    Located at 36737 North Parallel Road, driving directions posted on their website are as follows:

    From Highway #1:

    Travel East on Highway #1, take Exit 104 for Number 3 Road, keep left at the fork (follow signs for Number 3 Road W), turn Left onto Number 3 Road W, turn Left onto North Parallel Road, continue onto Atkinson Road, turn Left on Eldridge Road, continue onto North Parallel Road, Bloom will be on your right.  

    Transit Users:  Sorry, but there aren’t any convenient transit options available for such an early outing. This is where arrangements should be made amongst the photo club members to carpool out to the venue.  My car fills up fast, so please don’t wait until the last minute to find transportation.  If anyone who is attending has some extra seats, it would be great to offer them up and make arrangements with someone who needs a seat.  With such an early start, it is recommended to be on the road by no later than 6am since it takes around 45 minutes to an hour to get to the venue.   


  2. Theme
    It's A Small Small World (Kitchen)Submissions due Apr 30, 2018

    Now that we have a taste of how macro photography works due the past presentations and workshops I thought we should give it a whirl as a theme. But it is a large large world out there so let's narrow it down to finding images in our kitchens.

    For those who do not have dedicated macro lens you can try zooming in closely and cropping or any of the other techniques shown us. Check out Presentations  under the Resources tab to see Nancy's handout on macro and macro-like photography. You can submit up to three 1920x1080 images in each month's theme.

  3. Meeting

    Back by popular request – The Editing Challenge.

    For those who weren’t with us in previous years, the Challenge is to take 1 or 2 of six pre-selected, not-so-wonderful shots, and use your editing skills to turn them into something better, or different altogether, and then share your techniques with the rest of the group.  So, warm up your favourite editing tools and your imagination.



    • Editing Challenge


    In Preparation:

    • For: Editing Challenge
      Getting the Images

       This link, http://nwphoto.org/special_EditChallenge2018.php, will take you to a private page with 6 images for you to choose from.  

      PLEASE NOTE: The different file types will have different download times.  The JPGs are the smallest files and will download fastest.  The DNG are larger and will take 15 – 30 seconds to download and give you the most flexibility in editing.  The TIFF files are completely uncompressed and are huge. Expect them to take a minute or more to download.   

      Editing the Images

       There are no limits on what you can do.  Consider everything from basic edits to make the image better, (e.g. straightening horizons, correcting brightness, contrast, clarity, white balance, or saturation etc.) to full-fledged artistic creations.  Challenge yourself to learn a new editing technique. 

      However, there is one RULE to the challenge.  At the meeting when we share the images, you must be able to tell us what you did to create your final image.  So, please, make notes, and be prepared to share:

      1. What software packages you used;
      2. What editing steps you used, using what tools within the software packages
      3. What your intention was for the edits. What features did you want to highlight? What story did you want to tell? In short, why did you do what you did?


      Sharing Your Creations

       The results, of this challenge, will be shown at the meeting on Tuesday, May 1.  At that meeting we will view the creations, and each artist will tell us how they changed the image, and why.  This is great opportunity for us to learn more editing techniques from each other.

      You are invited to submit your 2 favourite images before 11:00 PM on Saturday April 28th, so Nathan has time to organize them for the meeting.  This is a hard deadline, people.

      Sharing the Inspiration:

      On the day after the meeting, an "Outing" gallery called Editing Challenge 2018 will open for submissions. You are strongly encouraged to upload your images to that gallery and use the artist comments to describe what you did to the image

      Naming and File Size:

      So that Nathan’s computer can sort the images for projection, there is a very specific naming protocol. Please name your files as follows:

       <download image #>-<artist name>-<priority #>

      For example:  EC1-NancyMatheson-p1

      (i.e. this image is my 1st priority of the three I sent)

      Of course, your final image files should be resized for our projector, 1920x1080. [The width no more than 1920 and the height no more than 1080].

    Meeting Location:

    May 1, 2018 at 7:30 PM
    Centennial Lodge in Queens Park
    New Westminster
    Enter from McBride or 1st St at 3rd Ave
    (Google Maps, New Westminster Queen's Park Map)
  4. Theme
    New Theme OpensOpens May 1, 2018
    Details announced when theme opens
  5. Competition

    The Fraser Valley Invitational, hosted by the Langley Camera Club, is one of the most popular photo club competitions held in the lower mainland. Our club is a regular particiapant each year in this event.

    The FVI is a themed competition, and this year's theme is: "Connections - relationships in which a person, thing, or idea is linked with something else."


    Member submissions for this competition closed on Mar 24, 2018.



  6. Outing

    We will be going for an evening walk around White Rock and the pier.  We will be assembling at the pier at 7pm.






    Transit Users:  From New Westminster Station, board an Eastbound "Expo Line to King George" train by no later than 5pm.  Ride the train and get off at Surrey Central Station.  Tranfer to the "321 White Rock Centre" bus from Bay #10.  The bus leaves the station at 527pm.  Get off at White Rock Centre and transfer to the "362 Seaside" bus from Bay #8.  The bus leaves at 630pm and get off at the terminus of Marine Drive and Martin.  The pier should be a short walk from the terminus. 

  7. Meeting

    Programming for the evening TBA.

    Meeting Location:

    May 22, 2018 at 7:30 PM
    Centennial Lodge in Queens Park
    New Westminster
    Enter from McBride or 1st St at 3rd Ave
    (Google Maps, New Westminster Queen's Park Map)
  8. Theme
    New Theme OpensOpens Jun 1, 2018
    Details announced when theme opens
  9. Meeting

    Meeting Location:

    Jun 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM
    Centennial Lodge in Queens Park
    New Westminster
    Enter from McBride or 1st St at 3rd Ave
    (Google Maps, New Westminster Queen's Park Map)
  10. Outing






  11. Theme
    New Theme OpensOpens Jul 1, 2018
    Details announced when theme opens
  12. Theme
    New Theme OpensOpens Aug 1, 2018
    Details announced when theme opens
  13. Theme
    New Theme OpensOpens Sep 1, 2018
    Details announced when theme opens

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