Past Club Activities

  1. Theme
    Mona LisaCompleted Apr 7, 2019

    As Nat King Cole sings, “Are you warm, are you real, Mona Lisa?
    Or just a cold and lonely lovely work of art?”

    This one is about portraiture and all we’ve learned from Eric Stewart, his presentation can be found in our presentations archive under "Guest Speaker Presentations" (members must be logged into their accounts to access some of these materials).

    Ask the big picture questions: What...Who...Why...Who....Where, When and How?

    Space, Lighting and Model to set the Mood and Tone. Experiment and explore and tell us what you see in an image. 


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    10 members made a total of 97 comments on 39 submissions.

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  2. Meeting

    Photographer Jason Kazuta will come and talk to us about wildlife photography, just in time for spring. Come, be inspired and learn some tips and tricks to improve your images of wildlife and birds.

    Agenda:

    • (Jason Kazuta)
      About Jason Kazuta

      "The start of my interest in wildlife photography started in 1995, when I went to Banff with family and encountered the Elk, Golden Mantle Ground Squirrel, Chipmunks, and bears...I was hooked!  By then, I had a decent SLR in the Minolta 7xi and a few lenses. My interest was mostly a casual one until I bought my first DSLR, a Minolta 7D in 2005 and my first true telephoto lens. This enabled me to photograph what became my passion: Bald Eagles and other birds of prey. In addition to birds of prey, my other passion is bears. I have completed the CAPA Judging Course, and have been a judge in numerous photography competitions.  In addition to judging, I have given talks on my wildlife photography to many of the local camera/photography clubs and other events, most recently in Kitimat, BC for the Northwest Photofest in August last year." Jason Kazuta

  3. Outing

    This "outing" gallery is to let members share images they created during the workshop meeting on "light painting".

     

  4. Meeting

    Bring your camera and a tripod (if you have one) and come prepared to shoot some cool and abstract nighttime images using light in creative ways!

    Agenda:

    • Light Painting - Hands on Workshop

      Club member Eric Massarelli will lead us through a hands on evening of creativity with a variety of light sources and techniques. 

      Bring your camera, a tripod, and light sources (flashlights, Christmas lights, any other lights you think might be interesting. 

      Dress for the weather, as we will be heading outside to the area near the band shelter (just across the street from the meeting space) to experiment with light.



    Links:


    In Preparation:

    • For:

      It's possible it will rain on Tuesday evening.  There is the band shell across from Centinnial Lodge where we could still shoot outdoors, but we can also set up indoors and try out some light painting techniques.

      Bring your gear (camera, tripod) and any interesting light sources you may have (glow sticks, Christmas lights, flashlights, etc) and we will go with whatever Mother Nature throws our way!

      Check out the "links" tab for a few videos to get your creative juices flowing!

  5. Outing

    Let's check out the new cars and accessories for 2019.

    Taking pictures of all the chrome and shine under bright lights can be challenging so this will be a great opportunity to try some techniques like closeups, reflections, low shots, symmetry, etc. 


    Details:

    Let's assemble at the welcome centre information booth (looks like a giant Canada flag) outside the east side of the convention centre at 0900am. This will give you some time to take some shots around the area before we go inside when the show opens at 10am. 

    Anyone not coming down early to walk the waterfront, we can assemble at the Thurlow (west side) entrance to the convention centre at 950am. This entrance is across from the Cactus Club restaurant and next to the olympic cauldron. 

     


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  6. Theme
    TimeCompleted Mar 7, 2019

    Not about clocks or watches but about things associated with Time.
    We all have time related activities, coffee time, bed time, happy hour, in the blink of an eye etc.
    To borrow from a well known song, how do you measure a year?:
    In daylights, in sunsets
    In midnights, in cups of coffee
    In inches, in miles
    In laughter, in strife
    I would suggest that the title should really fit the photo and it is only limtited by your imagination, be creative and have fun with it.  This theme will work well with so many types of photography, time to go!


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    7 members made a total of 45 comments on 39 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

    Kate L
    Nancy M
    Rick L
  7. Outing

    Members may post their portraits made during this workshop meeting.

  8. Meeting

    Eric Stewart will be back to help us put the information we learned on February 26th to use! We will have several stations with lighting gear, and some models to photograph.  Bring your cameras!

    Agenda:

    • (Eric Stewart)
      About Eric Stewart

      Eric is the department chair and a Professional Photography Program instructor at Langara College in Vancouver. With both teaching and photography experience, he draws on his diverse background to provide students with the skills, support and direction they need to enter the photographic industry. Outside his teaching role, Eric is a photographer, assistant and retoucher at Kalem Photography. He is also a contributor to PhotoNews Magazine.


    In Preparation:

    • For:

      Please bring your cameras!  

      If you have friends or family who would be interested in volunteering as models, please let Kathy know ASAP (kharms@moebius8.ca)

      Eric Stewart, and our own Eric Massarelli will be on hand to help make sure it's a great learning experience, and everyone gets a chance to practice photographing portraits!

  9. Meeting

    Are you curious to learn how to take better  photos of people? Join guest speaker Eric Stewart as he takes us through the basics of taking great images of people.

     

     

    Agenda:

    • (Eric Stewart)
      About Eric Stewart

      Eric is the Department Chair and a Professional Photography Program instructor at Langara College in Vancouver. With both teaching and photography experience, he draws on his diverse background to provide students with the skills, support and direction they need to enter the photographic industry. Outside his teaching role, Eric is a photographer, assistant, and retoucher at Kalem Photography. He is also a contributer to PhotoNews Magazine.

  10. Outing

    **UPDATE FEB 22, 2019 - DUE TO THE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS,  THIS OUTING WILL BE POSTPONED**

    We will take a morning walk through the Shaughnessy neighborhood in Vancouver. 

    The tour will take close to two hours to complete. Once finished, we can find a restaurant closeby or move over to the Broadway area (about a 10 minute walk) to make a stop for coffee or a snack. 


    Details:

    This walking tour will introduce you to Shaughnessy's history and architecture. 

    The Shaughnessy neighborhood was created by the Canadian Pacific Railway. 

    More info to come.....

  11. Theme
    Just My ImaginationCompleted Feb 7, 2019

    Timed to coincide with the annual editing challenge this theme is about composite images. Whether creating composites in your editing program or using multiple exposure done in your camera, this theme is about using multiple images to create something new.  
    At least one image in each composite should be your own and imagination is the key. 
    There are several links provided to help with your creation.


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    13 members made a total of 114 comments on 27 submissions.

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  12. Outing

    This gallery is to display member submissions for the Editing Challenge, 2019.  The images here are some of those reviewed at the Feb 5th meeting. Member can submit images here that we did not have time to review, or if anyone wants to try their hand at the challenge at a later date.  See the links below to access the original images. 

  13. Meeting

    The Editing Challenge – Back by popular demand.  For those who weren’t with us for previous challenges, the Challenge is to take 1 or 2 of  8 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. 

    See the links below for where to get the source images and link to dropbox to submit your edits for projection.

    Agenda:

    • Edit Challenge 2019 Image Review


    Links:


    In Preparation:

    • For: Edit Challenge 2019 Image Review

      1. Getting the Images

      Get the images from the link above which has 8 images for you to choose from.  You may do more if you wish, but as I repeat below, there may not be time to discuss more than two images at the meeting. 

      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.  The TIFF files are the largest (80+ megabytes). Expect them to take a minute or more to download.   

      2. Editing the Images - The Sky is the Limit

      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 using all of your creative filters and other tools. 

      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

      3. Sharing Your Creations

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

      Submitting Your Creations: To submit your images, go to the Member Uploads, Dropbox tab and choose the Editing Challenge 2019 Dropbox.

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

       --

      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].

  14. Meeting

    For our first meeting of 2019, we have member sharing, with a twist.  At this meeting we are going to have a Show & Tell.  Everyone is encouraged to bring anything "physical" you have created with one of your photographs, from a framed print to greeting cards; books of all formats; any novelty item or décor.  Share with everyone how you share your photos.  Hopefully we will all be inspired to take some time to get our photos off the screen and into the world.

    (NO MEETING on Tues, January 1st - New Year's Day)

    Agenda:

    • Top 10 Themes

      We will share the top-10 results for the Themes that have closed since the last December meeting.

    • Non-Digital Creations - Member Show & Tell

      With much of photography’s attention being devoted to the sole creation of the image, and more recently the virtual and instant sharing of those images, the art and practice of physically producing prints is becoming less of a requirement than in the past.   But is this a good thing?  How many of us have GBs of images languishing on our hard drives, and nothing more?

      Many commentators will tell you that printing your work can help you grow as a photographer.  Printing photographs can ground your work and forces you to take time to be with and work with the image. Sharing your images in a physical form also brings value to your work and are also a more special means for sharing your images with others than viewing them on an LCD screen.

      The most usual way to “print” your images is on a flat piece of photo paper for framing and hanging on the wall, or a collection of images in a book.  Printing technology makes this easier and cheaper with each passing day.  That technology also offers us other media on which to print.  A quick scan of various online printers discloses that you can print on almost anything, including:

      • Mugs
      • Calendars
      • T-shirts
      • Pillows & blankets
      • Cases for electronics
      • Placemats
      • Ornaments
      • Tiles
      • Coasters
      • Piggy banks

       

      Well, you get the idea

      At this meeting we are going to have a Show & Tell.  Everyone is encouraged to bring anything you have created with one of your photographs, from a framed print to greeting cards; books of all formats; any novelty item or décor.  Share with everyone how you share your photos.  Hopefully we will all be inspired to take some time to get our photos off the screen and into the world.


    In Preparation:

    • For: Non-Digital Creations - Member Show & Tell

      Pick a one or two or a few things you have created with your photos and bring them to share.

  15. Outing

    Happy New Year all.   We will start out 2019 with a nautical theme for the first outing of the year.  

    We will check out the many exhibits of the Vancouver Maritime Museum. As an additional treat, we will use the False Creek Ferry water taxi as a mini sightseeing cruise  to show a different perspective while travelling to the museum. We will walk the museum for 1.5-2 hours. Once a month, the museum holds a behind-the-scenes tour, of one of the engine rooms, and we will be able to take advantage of this tour while we are there.  Once we are done at the museum, we can take the water taxi back to Granville Island for a lunch stop. 

    **The museum has asked that flash not be used and no backpacks are to be worn while viewing the exhibits.  Backpacks can be checked at the front desk.  Tripods can be used but they cannot interfere with the exhibits and other customers visiting the museum** Thanks in advance with this.


    Details:

    Located at 1905 Odgen Avenue in Vanier Park in Vancouver. 

    The hours of the museum is 10am-5pm

    Some of the exhibits available for viewing:

    • The Franklin Exploration
    • St. Roch National Historic Site
    • The Lost Fleet Exhibition

     


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    • Theme
      The 12 Days of ChristmasCompleted Jan 7, 2019

      Have some fun with this one.
      It might be hard to find eight maids a milking or ten lords a leaping so let your creative juices flow and see where it takes you.
      Mix and match, if you need to make your own: 7 crows a crowing, 5 kids a crying , I could go on.
      Although inspired by a Christmas song, it does not need to include any seasonal elements.

      Twelve drummers drumming
      Eleven pipers piping
      Ten lords a-leaping
      Nine ladies dancing
      Eight maids a-milking
      Seven swans a-laying
      Six geese a-laying
      Five gold rings
      Four colly birds
      Three french hens
      Two turtle doves
      And a partridge in a pear tree.



      10 members made a total of 117 comments on 35 submissions.

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    • Theme
      The Circle GameCompleted Dec 7, 2018

      There are circles everywhere, in nature, the sky, water, manufacturing and architecture just to name a few.
      Show us what you find interesting and share your circles, whether literal or implied.
      There are many ideas on Google but perhaps it's best just to find your own inspiration.
      Get creative and have fun.



      12 members made a total of 233 comments on 57 submissions.

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    • Meeting

      Our Seasonal Pot Luck Dinner, Silent Auction & Entertainment Night! 

      In true pot luck style, there’s no pre-set food list – bring an appetizer, main or veggie dish, salad or dessert… whatever you like! (Cutlery, serving utensils, plates, bowls, napkins, tablecloths, beverages and ice all are provided, so unless your food item requires a special serving tool, we’ve got it covered.)

      Please note that things do get going earlier than usual that particular evening. If you're able to help with set-up, please arrive between 5:00 and  5:30 pm. Any and all assistance is much appreciated. 

      If NOT coming early for set-up, folks are asked to please arrive by 6:15 pm, in time to put out their various dishes before dinner, which starts at 6:30.

      Along with any and all donations for the silent auction, members are always invited to bring guests to this gathering. Hope you will join us for a fun and relaxing evening with your co-photographers.

      (Note: no meetings after this evening until Tuesday, January 22nd, as our usual first Tuesday of the month falls on New Year's Day.


          

    • Meeting

      Judging and moderated commentary from the judges as well as Club members on your submitted images. This is a great opportunity to receive feedback on your work within the comfort of the club meeting.

      Agenda:

      • Black & White Competition

        We will judge and review our member submissions.


      Links:


      In Preparation:

      • For: Black & White Competition

        Members must submit their Black & White images for the competition no later than November 24th, 11PM PDT.

        See the competition entry for more information on submissions.

        Images should be sized for our projector, maximum dimensions: 1920x1080 pixels.

         

    • Theme
      Dream WeaverCompleted Nov 6, 2018

      Autumn colours work perfectly with a dreamy soft focus.
      Looking for wide open aperature with rich bokeh.
      Follow the links below for some helpful tips.


      Links:



      9 members made a total of 71 comments on 49 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Bill B
    • Outing

      These images were taken at the Nov 6th meeting where members practiced table-top photography.

    • Meeting

      A hands on workshop to practice table top still-life and lighting, well in time to make images you can use for Christmas cards, or other holiday festivities! 

      Agenda:

      • Workshop: Christmas Tabletop Still-Life Workshop

        Have you ever received a handmade Christmas card and taken a moment to appreciate the time and thought that went into making it? Here is your chance to make images you can use to make Christmas cards, or other festive crafts for others to appreciate that same way!

        We will set up stations and bring  holiday-themed props, lights and other odds and ends for creating festive still-life vingettes for you to photograph.

        Volunteers will be on hand to assist with ideas, lighting technical questions etc.



      In Preparation:

      • For: Workshop: Christmas Tabletop Still-Life Workshop

        If you have props, decorations, backgrounds or lights that would be helpful, please do bring them. 

        If you don't wish to shoot Christmas themed items, but still want to practice still-life photography, please bring items you would like to photograph — perhaps other seasonal props of interest to you?

      • For:

        We will have some object for you to photograph, and some basic lighting and backdrops. Please bring seasonal items you think might be interesting to photogragh, and if you have lighting, backdrops, lightboxes etc, please do bring those as well!

    • Outing

      We will make a morning stop at the George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary. Please assemble in the parking lot at 0830am.

      We can take some early shots before it opens and then walk the grounds for 1.5-2 hours. We can then make a stop at the nearby Angel Estate Winery for a snack and wine samples, find a local restaurant in Delta or Ladner, or head over to the Tsawwassen Mills mall for lunch. 


      Details:

      Come prepared for the weather.  Dress appropriate for walking outdoors on gravel and grassy trails. 

      The George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary is one of 92 Federal Migratory Sanctuaries in Canada. The sanctuary consists of 300 hectares (850 acres) of managed wetlands, natural marshes, and low dykes in the heart of the Fraser River Estuary. 

       

       

    • Meeting

      Sharon Tenenbaum is an internationally acclaimed fine art photographer. 

      Sharon has a body of work that spans from sharp and crisp black and white photography to colourful hand painted multi-media images.  She teaches photography workshops around the world as well as courses at Langara College in Vancouver, BC.

      Agenda:

      • Fine Art Photography
        (Sharon Tetenbaum)

      Links:

    • Outing

      Will the third time be the charm?? We will try for an early morning long exposure photowalk with club member Glenn Marcus. We will be walking through False Creek trying out the techniques that Glenn discussed during his previous talk.


      Details:

      Tips from Glenn on what to bring with you:

      • Any camera that has the manual setting for Bulb. 
      • Any lens that you enjoy using for landscape pictures. But you can experiment and bring any other lens you feel comfortable working with.
      • A tripod. You must have a tripod to shoot long exposure.
      • A shutter release with timer.  If you have the shutter release with no timer, then have a watch with a second hand etc.
      • The eyepiece cover that came with your camera.  If you do not have the cover for the eyepiece, bring some black tape.  If you have mirrorless, then you will use your back View Panel.  

      If you have ND filters, bring them. Glenn will have a set available depending on lens sizes that people bring with them.

    • Theme

      Let's work on some dramatic high contrast black and white images and conversions.
      Whether you are editing in Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik Silver Efex or another photo editor try to get the most out of your B&W images by first reviewing some great tips:
      - shoot in RAW (or RAW & jpg) and convert your colour images to get the most control from the conversion.
      - use monochrome view on your camera when possible to "see" the contrast in your image.
      - look for contrast, shape and texture
      - use filters 
      - explore the colour sliders in the B&W converter to see how the different colours can be changed to add contrast.
      - add some dodging and burning to accentuate the contrast in post processing

      For those who would like to explore an excellent 3+ hour course offered free via Lynda.com (accessible via most local libraries) please check out Ben Long at: Foundations of Black and White Photography


      Let's see some drama and contrast.

    • Meeting

      We invite members to share their favourite locations that are within a 3 hr drive/ferry ride with the group.

      Agenda:

      • Top 10 Theme Presentation: "Hot Town, Summer in the City"

      • Member Sharing: Favorite Locations

        We all have locations that have become our favorites. Maybe they are dynamic, changing with the weather or season, or maybe there are fabulous lines or light, or maybe it's just a little magic that draws you back!  

        This is your chance to share the magic with other members!


      Links:


      In Preparation:

      • For: Member Sharing: Favorite Locations
        Members are invited to share up to 3 images, or a short (under 3 minutes) slideshow, and be prepared to give a short talk about your location. 
         
        Let us know a few details like:
        • How do you get there, ie, is the location accessible by transit?
        • What’s the best time of day/season to go?
        • Is there an admission or other fee?
        • Any other details that might be interesting or important 
         
        Just a reminder:  Your images should fit inside a box that is not more than 1920 pixels wide and 1080 pixels tall for best projection.
    • Meeting

      Ian, an Official Fujifilm X Photographer and educator living in Vancouver B.C., will be sharing his photographic journey and discussing growth as an artist. Of course, his presentation will be chock full of his amazing images!

      Agenda:

      • (Ian MacDonald)
        About Ian MacDonald

        Ian MacDonald is an Official Fuji X Photographer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His work is candid and documentary in nature, with a focus on street, travel and wedding photography. A university trained educator, Ian has been teaching for over twenty years and currently offers group street photography workshops, private one on one photography workshops and photography education online with students from around the world. Collaborating with others and building relationships within the photography community are central themes for Ian. He loves the process of photography as much as he does the work that he creates.


      Links:

    • Outing

      I was able to secure a very limited amount of tickets for a tour of the Orpheum Theatre. 

    • Theme
      Hot Town, Summer in the City.Completed Sep 7, 2018

      Summer in the City:
      Street Festivals, Parades, Music Festivals, Water Parks, Urban Parks, Baseball games, lets see what you can come up with while getting out and exploring your city while the weather is good and hopefully hot.


      Links:



      11 members made a total of 76 comments on 45 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Brenda F
      Deanna T
    • Meeting

      Welcome new and returning members to another season of photographic fun. We launch the season with the Top 10 results from the Summer themes, and member sharing.

      We are counting down to the start of a new season!

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      Agenda:

      • Themes - Top Ten

        We had three themes close over the Summer, so will enjoy seeing the top-10 images from:

        • Sixty is the New Forty
        • Posing with Statues
        • The Sands of Time

         

         

      • Your Summer Photographic Journey - Member Sharing

        Keeping with tradition, our first meeting back in September will focus on Member Sharing.

        Share your photographic adventures since our last meeting in June; submit images that you shot in June, July and August. Members are encouraged to share stories of their photographic challenges, lessons, epiphanies, or questions that arose from a shoot.  Hopefully we can get some lively photographic discussion going.

        Members are invited to share up to 3 images, or a short (under 3 minutes) slideshow.  Just a reminder:  Your images should fit inside a box that is not more than 1920 pixels wide and 1080 pixels tall for best projection.


      Links:


      In Preparation:

      • For: Your Summer Photographic Journey - Member Sharing

        Members should submit their images to the meeting dropbox (see link above) before 11PM Sept 1.

    • Outing

      We will make a stop at the Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park before stopping at the Hell's Gate Airtram.


      Details:

      Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park is a small park centred around the site of the original Cariboo Wagon Road bridge over the Fraser River. The park was established in 1984. It provides both a rest stop and picnic facilities for travelers. This site has been a natural stop-over and crossing of the Fraser River since the area was first populated.   You can access the historic bridge from a trail through the day-use area.


      Links:

    • Theme
      The Sands of TimeCompleted Aug 7, 2018

      The challenge this month is to find an art photograph of sand and its patterns. We are fortunate to have beaches near by so this subject should be easy to find.

      I you can have a look at Sheen Watkins' article on "3 Essential Tips on How to Create Gorgeous Photographs with Sand" to get your creative juices flowing.

       

       



      10 members made a total of 97 comments on 37 submissions.

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    • Outing

      We will be attending the 6th annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival.

      This festival is the largest one-day food truck fest in Canada featuring 150 vendors, 6 beer gardens, and live music along Columbia Street in historic Downtown New West.

    • Outing

      This is not an official outing, but I will be attending the New West Grand Prix. 


      Details:

      The New West Grand Prix is a member of BC Superweek, one of the most prestigious cycling events in North America. 


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    • Theme
      Posing with StatuesCompleted Jul 7, 2018

      With warm weather coming, the playfulness in us all comes out. This month be creative posing with a statue. Yes - it has been done numerous times and posted online but there is always more room for laughter in our lives.

      A couple of links below to give you some ideas.


      Links:



      13 members made a total of 98 comments on 16 submissions.

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    • Outing

      We will be attending the 2018 BC HIghland Games and Scottish Festival.

      The Games that take place at Percy Perry Stadium in 2018 is the continuation of a 100+ year tradition that originated with the original Scottish settlers in the Vancouver area. The Scots were not only the earliest immigrants, but also one of the most influential to the city and region as it grew. Despite wars and changing demographics, BC has continued to be a hotbed of Scottish culture throught piping, drumming, pipe bands and highland dancing, supported by the descendants of those early settlers and the many new arrivals and `Scottish Canadians`who come to the Games to celebrate their heritage. BC continues to produce world class Scottish pipers, dancers and championship pipe bands.


      Details:

      So what makes a highland games different than any other cultural celebration?

      Highland Games originated among the Scots' ancestors in the "old country" and became a customary part of their life. Tossing the caber, putting the stone, throwing the hammer and competition in bagpiping and Highland dancing formed the core of the Games, pitting the best musicians, dancers and athletes against each other to determine the best.  A full day of competition, some great music, dancing and maybe a bit of Scottish whisky made for a great day in the highlands.  As economic times changed in Scotland, emigration dispersed the Highland Games idea and brought it to North America where they have flourished throughout Canada and the US.

      In Canada, a Highland Society was first organized in Ontario in 1819 but lapsed after many successful gatherings. More permanent games were established in 1838 by the Caledonian Club of PEI. Similar games followed in Lancaster, Toronto, Montréal and Zorra, and by Canadian confederation in 1867, in Halifax, Antigonish, Chatham, Ottawa and Vancouver. 

      Today the local Games are run by the BC Highland Games Organizing Committee under the auspices of The United Scottish Cultural Society.


      Links:


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    • Theme
      60 is the new 40Completed Jun 7, 2018

      It is a people theme this month. As boomers age they have embraced life and can be seen doing almost everything they did when they were younger. Try to find images of 60+ year young men and women in activities that show that they still have the energy and abilities to enjoy life and are striving for a healthy lifestyle. Have fun with  this.



      4 members made a total of 50 comments on 29 submissions.

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    • Outing

      An evening walk around White Rock and the pier. 

       

    • Theme

      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.


      Links:



      9 members made a total of 66 comments on 30 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

    • Outing

      This is not a "outing" in the normal sense. This gallery is to allow members to share their creations based on the 2018 Editing Challenge.

      The Editing Challenge is where the members are given photographs that are what might be considered run of the mill snapshots. The challenge is to use your creative digital editing skills to transform ho-hum images into engaging and interesting compositions.
      This is a chance to take the time to learn new post-work techniques.

      At the meeting, the images were discussed, and members told us how they transformed the images they chose.

      We suggest you start the title of your images with the EC image you were editing. (e.g. "EC5 - Hippy Truck" if you edited image EC5).


      Details:

      The images were discussed at our regular meeting on this date but members are encouraged to upload their images to this gallery so that people in the future can see and learn what you did.

      This also allows you to share those images that maybe we did not get time to discuss in the meeting.

      If you have ideas that you would like to try, you can still participate in the editing challenge. Go to the original challenge page to download the original full sized images (you must be logged into your member account to do so) and post your edited versions to this gallery.

      You can access the images on the 2018 challenge page.


      Links:

    • 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 


      Details:

      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.

       


      Links:

    • Theme
      Watery ReflectionsCompleted Apr 7, 2018

      This month's theme asks you to submit up to three images of reflections in water - a river, lake, ocean, puddle, glass of water - any watery reflection. It could be abstract, mirrored, or a distorted image.

      Our rainy weather should help with ideas. Good luck,



      7 members made a total of 81 comments on 55 submissions.

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    • Outing

      We will be walking  a portion of the  "South Pitt River"  section of the Traboulay Trail in Port Coquitlam.  The total trail is a 25.3 kilometer route that encircles the community.  The trail is flat and suitable for exploring at any time of the year.  We will assemble in the parking lot on Argue Street (just south of the Mary Hill Bypass and Shaughnessy Street.).   

      This section of the Traboulay Poco Trail winds past the CPR freight and repair yard, Pitt River Bridge, and other river-based industry.  Peace Park and the Citadel Landing boardwalk are other features of this stretch of trail, which offer scenic views of the river and Douglas Island as well as the resident birds and plantlife.

       


      Details:

      The foundation for Port Coquitlam’s trail network is the Traboulay PoCo Trail, a 25.3 kilometre route that encircles the community. This flat walking and cycling trail is suitable for exploring at any time of the year.

      The trail traverses a varied landscape that includes forest and creek, meadow and marsh, riverfront and urban development:

      • Downtown: This paved section winds through areas where local residents live, play and work. It’s well used by recreational users as well as bicycle commuters.
      • Colony Farm: Walk or cycle through serene and historic Colony Farm, which features more than 150 bird species and is one of the most biodiverse parts of the region.
      • South Pitt River: The trail winds past the Citadel Landing boardwalk, Peace Park and river-based industry, while offering views of the river and Douglas Island.
      • Deboville Slough and north Pitt River: Featuring splendid views of farmland and the mountains.
      • Coquitlam River and Hyde Creek: Enjoy the cool shade from the tall trees along the Coquitlam River and Hyde Creek sections – particularly refreshing on a hot day.
    • Theme
      Conceptual Photography - LOVECompleted Mar 7, 2018

      Conceptual photography is the art of getting your idea or "concept" across the mind of the viewer using just the contents of your photograph. It is one of the least technically demanding types of photography to get into as it is the emphasis on the concept rather than F-stops or exposure that is important. Valentines Day is around the corner so this month's challenge is to come up with images that portray "LOVE". This could be with lighting, colour, or subject.

      Concepts are looked for constantly by advertising agenices  so Stock Image sites are always  wanting new and different images. Check out Shutterstock, IStock, Dreamstime, and others to see some ideas.

      February is a short month so don't delay. Good luck.



      6 members made a total of 36 comments on 26 submissions.

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    • Outing

      This is a gallery to allow our members to share their images taken at our "Up Close and Personal" workshop meeting.


      Details:

      The workshop provided an evening to allow members to learn and practice close-up photography.

    • Theme
      Composition: TrianglesCompleted Feb 7, 2018

      One of the first things in photography you learn is composition so we are going back to basics to start off the new year - triangles in your composition. In construction, triangles are one of the strongest shapes because any force is evenly spread throughout all three sides. Subconsciously our brains associate triangles with strength. When presented base down they give an impression of stability and upended, an impression of instability.

      This month's challenge is to submit up to three images that best show triangles in your composition - either showing strength and stability or instability. I have included a couple of articles to explain triangular composition and examples.

      https://expertphotography.com/triangles-improve-your-composition/

      http://photographycourse.net/use-triangles-improve-composition/

       



      10 members made a total of 162 comments on 43 submissions.

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      Shona L
      Nancy M
    • Theme
      Favourite Christmas SongCompleted Jan 14, 2018

      Happy Holiday greetings to everyone. Hard to believe that Christmas is a few weeks away but here it is. This month's challenge is to find an image that portrays either a title or part of your favourite Christmas song. It could be classic like "White Christmas" or a newer song such as "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". Hopefully you will have fun with this one.

      In case you are stumped for a song, here is a list of popular Christmas songs.

      https://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/music0_christmas.html

       



      10 members made a total of 90 comments on 29 submissions.

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    • Outing

      Experience Vancouver in a whole new light in this celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive lanterns, amazing performances, storytelling, food trucks, and a marketplace. 


      Details:

      This festival is the largest of its kind in Canada and features 35 illuminated displays transferring over 14 acres of Hastings Park into an explosion of light and colours. 

    • Outing

      This outing will bring us some Christmas cheer before the hustle and bustle of the holidays set in.  We can walk the park in search of some great festive night shots, some even greater reflections off the lake, and if you are fast enough, we might see good Ole Saint Nick himself.


      Details:

      Located at 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. Lights @ LaFarge will feature a display of over 100,000 lights. Visitors can walk through a dazzling 1.2 kilometres of trails with multiple themed zones.  Based on last year's information, the zones will be: (Subject to change)

      • Winter Lights Gate– The entrance off Trevor Wingrove Way features lighted trees that will set the stage for the magical light display to follow.
      • Caterpillar– Walk through the lighted 90-foot framed caterpillar – a seasonal favourite!
      • O Canada– As an ode to everything Canadian on the eve of Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, the banks along the northeast side of the lake will be aglow with illuminated maple leafs.
      • Walk on the Wild Side– Look out on the north end of lake for woodland creatures and illuminated flowers guiding the way.
      • Arbour Walk– Meander the lighted archways along the lake’s west side and enjoy their reflection off the water below.
      • Fantasy Forest– This display includes curious creatures and an elfin tree house.
      • Rendezvous at the Pier– The pier will feature a dining table brightened by a chandelier.
      • Woodland Garden– Illuminated by overhead starbursts, enjoy an illuminated garden of more than 500 tulip lights created by community members.
      • Bright Reflections– Home of the Welcome Tent, which will host numerous Park Spark activities.

       

    • Theme
      Stormy WeatherCompleted Dec 7, 2017

      This is the time of year when we get incredible storms on the coast. High winds, dark skies, massive rain clouds and colourful sunrises. This theme may be a little intimidating being outside but by being creative, beautful photos can be taken. Through windows, under bridges, or anywhere else safe from the elements. I have added a link with lots of info on how to take this kind of image. Good luck.

      www.improvephotography.com/39588/weather-photography

       



      11 members made a total of 167 comments on 51 submissions.

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      Shona L
    • Theme
      Simply AutumnCompleted Nov 6, 2017

      I got the inspiration for October's theme from the recent very interesting talk given by Brent Hayden. Although we don't all have the luxury of his equipment to do long exposures, we do have the equipment to do minimalistic imagery. This month's theme is to find an autumn landscape in all its glorious colours and shoot a simple, pared down image.

      I have inserted a web link from a photographer who gives instructions and examples, and here is a PDF from another, and of course, for those who attended the meeting last night, we have the information given to us by Brent.

      Click here for the weblink: www.outdoorphotographer.com/tips-techniques/nature-landscapes/minimalist-landscapes

       



      15 members made a total of 198 comments on 64 submissions.

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    • Outing
      Fort Langley 2.0Nov 5, 2017

      Here we go again..... This will be the club's second attempt to do an outing to Fort Langley.  Last year's attempt was prevented by the power outage and poor weather during the Cranberry Festival.  This time around, we will be taking advantage of the Parks Canada Discovery Pass which gives free admission to all Parks Canada locations for the entire year of 2017 for the Canada 150th anniversary celebrations.


      Details:

      Located at 23433 Mavis Avenue in Fort Langley, you can drive to the Fort by using Highway 1 and get off at the 232nd Street exit going North.  Follow the “beaver” signs along 232nd Street until you reach the stop sign at Glover Road.  Turn right and continue into the village of Fort Langley.  Turn right on Mavis Avenue at the flashing lights, just before the railway tracks.  The parking lot is at the end of the street.  We can meet at the entrance to the fort between 0930-1000.  The fort opens at 10am.

      Anybody who has not previously signed up to attend this outing and wishes to attend, please RSVP to outings@nwphoto.org so I know how many walking tour kits to bring with me.

      Transit Users:  From New Westminster Station, board an Eastbound SkyTrain to King George no later than 0800am.  Get off at Surrey Central Station and board the “503 Aldergrove” bus from Bay 6.  Ride the bus all the way to Langley Centre.  At Langley Centre, transfer to the “C62 Walnut Grove” bus from Bay 6 and get off at 96ave and Glover Road.  It is a short walk to the fort.

    • Outing

      Images taken by members at our evening Light Painting workshop.

    • Outing

      We will participate in a tour of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery to take advantage of the Parks Canada Pass that gives a reduced price during 2017 for the Canada 150 celebration.


      Details:

      We can shoot at the cannery for 1.5 to 2 hours.  The tour will be approximately 45 minutes to an hour.  We can then go and grab some fish and chips or something along the waterfront for lunch and then continue to shoot around the Steveston village area before returning home. 

    • Theme
      Back to School, FoolCompleted Oct 7, 2017

      A new season for our club - a new year for students. Try to think beyond a group of kids entering a school and show your creativity. It could be shopping for supplies or waiting for a bus or anything that says it's back to school time. Good luck.



      5 members made a total of 39 comments on 24 submissions.

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    • Theme
      The Long and Winding RoadCompleted Sep 24, 2017

      This theme seemed fitting for my final month as themes manager. The title is self-explanatory, but remember to look at it from various perpectives: a long and winding road for a semi truck is quite a bit different from a slug's long and winding road. Thanks for participating, and happy shooting! 



      7 members made a total of 84 comments on 51 submissions.

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      Glenn M
    • Outing
      Burns Bog TourSep 16, 2017

      We will go on an interpretive nature walk and explore the beautiful Delta Nature Reserve - A public park on the border of Burns Bog. We will then continue for a tour of the unique ecosystem that is Burns Bog.

      Learn about:

      • The importance of bogs and peatlands
      • The History of Burns Bog - What a bog really is
      • The story behind the infamous sunken tractor
      • What is capable of surviving the harsh conditions of a bog
      • Adapted flora and fauna First Nations use of the land Threats and Conservation

      Details:

      The tour will be 2.5 hours in length and we will be walking around 3 kms through the reserve.  This is a friendly reminder to make sure you are dressing for the conditions and wearing appropriate footwear.  If you bring a tripod, please stay on the boardwalk to protect the sensitive plants growing in the bog.

      For more information about Burns Bog, visit the Delta Parks & Recreation page.

       

       

       

    • Theme
      NumbersCompleted Aug 27, 2017

      This month's theme is Numbers. It doesn't matter what else appears in your photo, but there must be at least one number featured prominently. Here's a link to photos to inspire you https://www.theguardian.com/community/gallery/2016/feb/20/it-all-adds-up-readers-photos-on-the-theme-of-numbers 



      7 members made a total of 78 comments on 45 submissions.

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      Glenn M
    • Outing

      We will be shooting images at the Powell Street Festival around Oppenheimer Park.


      Details:

      The Powell Street festival in the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country and the longest running community arts celebration in Vancouver. This year's extravaganza includes a new interpretive installation entitled "Macro Maki", a special presentation on Japan's Third gender, a panel with two of Haruki Murakami's top translators, and a performance by the dynamic duo George and Noriko - a Japanese blues cowboy and Tsugaru samisen player from Melbourne, Australia.

    • Theme
      Place(s) of WorshipCompleted Jul 30, 2017

      Place(s) of worship can be a building, an in-home shrine, a spot in the woods, or anywhere else one goes to be religious, spiritual, or merely alone with one's thoughts. There's a lot of flexiblity in this theme. Feel free to include people if you like or focus solely on the place or a part of the place. 



      8 members made a total of 47 comments on 27 submissions.

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      Harry T
      Harry T
    • Outing

      A chance for members to share their images with the community at large as we host another Gallery Exhibit.


      Details:

      The Exhibit was titled "This City, Our Way: New West Through the Lens" and featured 80 images submitted by 30 members of New Westminster as seen through the eyes and lenses of those members. Indeed an alternate title for the exhibit was: "The Pretty and the Gritty".

      This gallery will commemorate the submissions displayed at the exhibit as well as snapshots of the exhibit itself.

    • Theme

      This theme is all about you. You can be featured as clearly as you want in the photo or you can be hidden. You must appear in there somewhere, but you don't need to be recognizable. Photos can be manipulated in software or not.

      To get a few ideas on how to approach this theme, check out this link and view some of the samples: https://photography.tutsplus.com/articles/100-seriously-cool-self-portraits-and-tips-to-shoot-your-own--photo-5689.

      If you prefer to be anonymous, feel free to leave your face out of the photo.

      Experiment and have fun with this one!



      4 members made a total of 36 comments on 25 submissions.

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      Garfield J
    • Outing

      We will start the day by shooting pictures at Shannon Falls and continue to the adjacent Stawamus Chief. We can stay and shoot pictures in the area for 1-1.5 hours and then move to Downtown Squamish to grab a snack or lunch and then continue shooting pictures of the Squamish Docks and surrounding areas.


      Details:

      Shannon Falls in Squamish, BC is located 58 kilometers from Vancouver. The park covers an area of 210 acres, and is the third highest waterfall in BC, where the water falls from a height of 335 metres. The falls are named after William Shannon who first settled the property in 1889 and made bricks in the area. The falls and adjoining woods are commonly used in television and film production.

      Get there using Google Maps

    • Theme
      Geometric shapesCompleted May 21, 2017

      Circle, square, oval, pyramid, hexagon — there are dozens of geometric shapes on which to base a photo.

      Can't think of any great shapes?
      Here's a list to help you out http://www.math-salamanders.com/list-of-geometric-shapes.html



      8 members made a total of 71 comments on 47 submissions.

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    • Outing

      The NWPC will be meeting up with members of the Bowen Island Photo Club and they will show us around.

      This is a great opportunity to meet other club members.

      Fun fact: Bowen Island was named after Rear Admiral James Bowen by Captain George Henry Richards in 1860.


      Details:

      Please RSVP to outings@nwphoto.org if you are planning on attending this outing.

      Please make sure carpooling arrangements are made ahead of time. Don’t wait until the last minute to find transportation.

    • Theme
      Arts and CraftsCompleted Apr 23, 2017
      For this theme, submit photos of people making art and/or doing crafts or photos that have some sort of intriguing composition involving arts and crafts. (Note that the theme does not pertain to the Arts and Crafts Movement).


      3 members made a total of 14 comments on 19 submissions.

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    • Outing
      Sakura Daze!Apr 8, 2017

      We are planning for a late afternoon walk around the Sakura Days Japan Fair. We can spend the afternoon taking pictures of the various vendors and demonstrations, then stop for a snack or something for dinner and end the day watching the lights, music and dancing of the Lantern Parade from 630 until the end of the day at 7pm.


      Details:

      The Sakura (Japanese Cherry Blossom) has long been a traditional icon in Japanese culture and is a symbol of spring.

      Soak in the wonderful Japanese festival atmosphere and enjoy delicious Japanese food & sake, cultural performances, arts and crafts, and learn about Japanese culture and business.

      Enjoy Taiko drumming, martial arts, dance and singing performances. Participate in a tea ceremony, or learn about Ikebana (flower arranging), Origami (paper folding), Haiku (Japanese poetry), Calligraphy (decorative writing) Koto (Japanese harp), Getting dressed in an authentic Yukata (Japanese Summer kimono).

    • Theme
      Architectural photographyCompleted Mar 26, 2017

      Let Rick Hulbert's presentation be the inspiration for this theme. Can't make it to the meeting? Check out his architectural photography at rickhulbertphotography.com.



      11 members made a total of 168 comments on 61 submissions.

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      Warren Bandzmer
    • Outing

      The Powerhouse at Stave Falls delivers an engaging and exciting experience for all visitors. With an amazing Tesla coil electricity demonstration and many interactive displays, guests can take a walk back through time to see how power has helped build the province. This 100-year old power generating facility is also a National Historic Site of Canada.


      Details:

      The powerhouse is located a short 5 minute walk from Hayward Lake Recreation Area More information is at bchydro.com.

    • Theme
      Wild coloursCompleted Feb 26, 2017
      After a month of all white, we're going to go in the opposite direction, in wild colours. Think bright and zany, and have fun! Photos can be of colours found naturally in the world or you can go abstract. Whatever it is, colour is key--the more the merrier.


      8 members made a total of 32 comments on 50 submissions.

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      Shona L
      Kathy H
    • Outing
      Tour De ChinatownFeb 25, 2017

      The Chinatown walking tour describes the architecture and history of Vancouver’s Chinatown with stops at historical buildings and sites. Chinatown is one of the city’s earliest commercial and residential districts, containing a remarkable collection of buildings from Vancouver’s boom years at the turn of the 1900’s.


      Details:

      One tip that was included in the tour information: While on Pender Street, architectural details above street level are difficult to see so make sure you cross the street to look back across. RSVP to outings@nwphoto.org if you plan on attending so I know how many information packages to have available.

    • Theme
      Everything's all whiteCompleted Jan 29, 2017

      This theme involves having white as the dominant "colour" in the photo. The photo can still include other colours, but white should play a leading role. Check out the entries here for inspiration. https://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Challenge.aspx?ID=4857 Happy shooting! 



      8 members made a total of 120 comments on 37 submissions.

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      Bruce F
    • Outing

      Happy New Year all!!!

      The first outing for 2017 is at an indoor "behind the scenes" venue due to the recent cold snap, so please join us for a tour of BC Place Stadium. We'll be participating in the "All Access Experience," which provides an enhanced visit to the Hall of Fame and hits the stadium highlights, including the Media Lounge, Premium Suites Area, team locker rooms (when available), access onto the field (when available).

      The All Access Experience begins and ends at the Sports Hall of Fame and allows entry into the Hall on the same day as the tour.

    • Theme
      VintageCompleted Dec 25, 2016
      Vintage is this month's theme, whether it's a photo of something from the past or a photo treated to make it look like it's from the past. Happy shooting!


      4 members made a total of 37 comments on 38 submissions.

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      Warren Bandzmer
    • Outing

      A night photography environment, with the challenge of photographing colourful light displays.

      Enchant is the world’s largest Christmas Light Maze, made up of over 55,000 sq. ft. of brilliantly illuminated sculptures arranged to create the perfect atmosphere for an evening adventure. Along with the maze, Enchant features a market with over 40 local vendors, 12 food trucks and a licensed eating area where guests can enjoy their favourite holiday drink.

    • Theme
      A Slice of LifeCompleted Nov 27, 2016
      A slice of life is a representation of an everyday experience, such as a kids waiting for a bus stop, someone shopping for groceries, or people chatting in a restaurant. Go out there and capture a bit of what's going on around you.


      16 members made a total of 198 comments on 58 submissions.

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      Eric M
    • Outing

      This is not a "outing" in the normal sense. This gallery is to allow members to share their creations based on the 2016 Editing Challenge.

      The Editing Challenge is where the members are given photographs that are what might be considered run of the mill snapshots. The challenge is to use your creative digital editing skills to transform ho-hum images into engaging and interesting compositions.
      This is a chance to take the time to learn new post-work techniques.

      At the meeting, the images were discussed, and members told us how they transformed the images they chose.

      We suggest you start the title of your images with the EC image you were editing. (e.g. "EC5 - Hippy Truck" if you edited image EC5).


      Details:

      The images were discussed at our regular meeting on this date but members are encouraged to upload their images to this gallery so that people can see and learn what you did in the future.

      This also allows you to share those images that maybe we did not get time to discuss in the meeting.

      If you have ideas that you would like to try, you can still participate in the editing challenge. Go to the original challenge page to download the original full sized images (you must be logged into your member account to do so) and post your edited versions to this gallery.

      Original challenge page: http://nwphoto.org/special_EditChallenge2016.php

    • Outing
      Tour de GastownNov 12, 2016

      The Gastown walking tour introduces you to the historic centre of Vancouver.


      Details:

      Once a ragtag settlement, Gastown and adjoining land were incorporated as the City of Vancouver in 1886. During the city’s boom years, it attracted wholesalers and warehouses to its location near the wharves and railway tracks.

      After the 1920’s, Gastown became a quiet backwater of deteriorating buildings. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the public began to appreciate Gastown’s distinctive architecture and role in the city’s history, and undertook to revitalize the area.

      Gastown's rediscovery has been fuelled by tourists from the nearby cruise ship facilities attracted to the area’s shops and restaurants located in renovated buildings like The Landing. The area’s resurgence can also be attributed to the conversion of several warehouse buildings to residential use along Alexander and Water Streets, leading to an increase in the resident population, which bodes well for local businesses but has created tensions with long-term low-income residents.

      For those who want to try this outing tour later, here is a soft copy of the tour document.

    • Theme
      Out of placeCompleted Oct 23, 2016
      This theme involves looking for something that doesn't quite belong (or staging a shot that has something that is out of place or that doesn't belong). In addition to meeting the theme, remember to compose your shot so that it still meets the (admittedly subjective) requirements of a good photo. Good luck!


      10 members made a total of 78 comments on 33 submissions.

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      David Peto
    • Outing

      The Cranberry Festival is held each year on the Saturday of the Thanksgiving weekend in the heart of historic Fort Langley. They celebrate the harvest and history of the cranberry. We can try to get some great shots around the fort and in the village. We could also plan for a stop for lunch in the village as well before returning home.


      Details:

      Celebrate Cranberry Day at the Fort Langley Historic Site. Experience the popular cranberry stomp and play a host of cranberry and farm related games. Don’t miss the wonderful cranberry-themed market in the village. Pick up some fresh cranberries for your thanksgiving feast and browse over 100 vendors. Festivities go from 800am-500pm starting with a pancake breakfast.

    • Theme
      Cloud(s)Completed Sep 25, 2016
      Stormy clouds; wispy clouds; big, fat, fluffy clouds. Look up to the sky for inspiration for this month's theme.


      11 members made a total of 157 comments on 42 submissions.

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      Shona L
    • Outing
      Lighthouse ParkSep 17, 2016

      The plan is for an afternoon shoot at Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver, to catch the qualities of photography’s cherished “golden hour(s)”. We can walk through the park passing by the lighthouse and stopping at Point Atkinson along the way. Trail walks can average to be around 2 hours in duration. After the walk, we can meet up again at the iconic Troll’s restaurant in Horseshoe Bay to rest your legs, grab a snack, socialize, and maybe take a few shots near the ferry terminal or in the Horseshoe Bay Village.

      RSVP to outings@nwphoto.org if you plan to attend so we can plan carpooling and make reservations for snacks afterwards.


      Details:

      Lighthouse Park is one of Greater Vancouver’s most beautiful parks located along the shores of West Vancouver. The park boasts some of the largest Douglas Fir trees in Greater Vancouver as well as breathtaking views of the water. There are a variety of trails through the park that take you past old growth Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir trees. The trails are all fairly easy with only a few having a short hill to ascend or descend. Take a look at the park map at the trailhead and plan your route so that you do a circle through the park and end at the lighthouse.

      For those who just want a short walk down towards the lighthouse, follow the wide trail for about 10 minutes. To the right of the picnic tables, a path leads up onto a rocky outcrop giving a view of the lighthouse just over the tree line.

      Another picturesque location is at Starboat Cove. It's a short 15-minute walk east from the lighthouse where there is a sign for a steep path that takes you down to the beach area. At low tide, this is the perfect area to have a picnic and enjoy the view that extends from the Lions Gate Bridge to the University of British Columbia to Vancouver Island on a clear day.

      https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/lighthouse-park/

    • Theme
      MetalCompleted Aug 28, 2016
      Similar to the "glass" theme, but with metal. (No shots of heavy metal bands, please!)


      7 members made a total of 88 comments on 27 submissions.

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      Christina Ostenstad
      Bruce F
      Bruce F
    • Outing
      PhotoCachingAug 20, 2016

      An exercise in creative composition, by putting people in the same location, we see how each person sees the environment differently.


      Details:

      This outing combines the "treasure hunt" aspect of geocaching with the practice of honing your "what do I see here?" composition skills.

      This caching run is about a 4.5km walk over flat streets and mild hills. It can be thought of as two halves: waterfront walk and urban streets. Anticipating an average of 10 minutes shooting at each stop, it should be about a 3 hour event (plus the amount of time we take for eating!), bringing you full loop back to the starting point.

      A couple of segments will be "shooting on the run" -- where the GPS waypoints are not "stops" but rather define a line where you will practice your best guerrilla photography.

      Below are files for the waypoints to be used in this outing. If you don't have a GPS device or GPS enabled smartphone (with data plan?), then make sure you pair up with someone who does when you get to the outing.

      Please use the file/format most convenient for you. There are even more GPS devices than camera models, so we can't give you instructions for every device and app out there. Please take some time to make sure you know how to use the device/app you will be using -- both plugging in the coordinates and being able to navigate to the waypoints.

      The first half of this outing is along the waterfront and not on the streets. Be aware of the "navigation mode" of your app/device -- it may keep suggesting you go back up to the nearest street before going to the next, all points can be reached following the walking areas in a relatively straight line along the waterfront parks. PC-07 and above will take you up onto the main streets.

      Files:

      PC2016.gpx ( Alternate download link for some phones -- preserves file type)
      This is a GPX file which is a route file that can be loaded into some GPS devices and GPS apps. Once loaded you navigate to the first waypoint and once there the app should start to navigate you to the next waypoint (some apps will do this automatically, others require you to click something to head for the next waypoint). The "clues" are included in the file and some apps will display that text as well.

       

      QRCodes-PC2016-Pt1-PocketMod.pdf
      QRCodes-PC2016-Pt2-PocketMod.pdf
      These are "PocketMods", they contain the locations as QR Codes which can be scanned by an app and usually will tie you into your favourite mapping application (on my phone, that is Google Maps) -- use the mapping app then to navigate to the waypoint. When you're ready to move on, scan the next code.
      There are two, one for each half of the outing: waterfront and streets.
      PocketMods are a single paper sheet that can be folded into a little 8 page booklet.

       

      Photocaching-2016.pdf
      This guide has the way point locations as their raw GPS decimal (DEC) coordinates (latitude first, then longitude) and also as degrees, minutes, seconds (DMS) -- which coordinate format you use will depend on the device/app where you are entering your coordinates. Google Maps accepts both formats, older GPS devices often will only take the DMS format.

      Apps:

      For smartphone apps, a couple of (Android) possibilities are:

      (I assume there are similar apps for iPhone, but I don't own an iPhone so can't help you there.)

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      GlassCompleted Jul 31, 2016

      No statement for this theme. Interpret it as you will :-)



      8 members made a total of 72 comments on 27 submissions.

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      Garfield J
    • Outing
      Away to the Races!Jul 24, 2016

      Practice your panning skills as the thoroughbreds thunder down the track! Great people-watching, sleek steeds, jockeys in silks... Capture the drama and atmosphere of the equestrian world in our own backyard. Races run rain or shine. As captivating as the Kentucky Derby or England's famous Ascot event -- and you don't even have to wear a fascinator hat.

      In addition to their time on the track, can you also see the horses up close? Yes! Visit the Paddock located on the east side of the Tarmac. Prior to each race, the horses are mounted and paraded, so it's a great opportunity to capture some intimate images. 


      Details:

      Hastings Racecourse has been capturing the imaginations of Lower Mainland locals and visitors alike since 1889. Featuring live thoroughbred racing, Hastings is a legendary location with spectacular mountain and waterfront racing views. Open for live racing every weekend from April to the end of October (plus Friday nights from June to September and year-round for simulcast racing). An expansive tiered grandstand provides multiple outdoor and indoor viewing options.

      For more info: http://www.hastingsracecourse.com/ or call: 604.254.1631

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      Monochromania!Completed Jun 26, 2016

      This month's theme is Monochromania! Monochrome refers to one colour, so your photo submissions should reflect that.

      Sorry, but no conventional black-and-white photography allowed!

      Our lovely president, Karen, showed some fine examples of monochromatic photos at a recent club meeting, but in case you missed her presentation, here are some other samples to inspire you:

      weburbanist.com/2008/11/30/monotone-monochrome-photography/.

      Have fun! 



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      Nancy M
      Shona L
    • Outing

      More than 350 rescued exotic animals covering over 125 species. From sugar gliders to dagus, you're bound to find a face worth capturing with your camera. At the same time, learn just how amazing these creatures are and why they are important to environments around the world.


      Details:

      The Urban Safari Rescue Society is a registered non-profit society dedicated to the rescue and care of exotic animals and to educating the public about animals and their environments and the natural world.

      It was conceived in 2007 by Gary Oliver as an effort to make a difference in the lives of people and animals alike. Gary has dedicated his life to learning about, working with, and rescuing animals; he believes that educating the public will ultimately make a difference in the lives of animals both in captivity and in the wild.

      The mission of the Urban Safari Rescue Society is to:

      • Rescue, care for and maintain the health of rescued exotic and other animals;
      • Educate children and adults about various animal species and the importance of all animals to our environment, the need for conservation, and the responsibilities that come with exotic animal ownership;
      • Provide public awareness of worldwide conservation efforts and encourage people to take an active role in those efforts.

      For more info: http://www.urbansafari.ca/home/

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      Faces in random placesCompleted May 29, 2016
      Facial pareidolia is the name given to the phenomenon of seeing faces in random objects: the front of a car, in the clouds, even in a button. For some ideas, do a Google image search for "faces in funny places." Have fun with this one. Happy face-spotting!


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    • Outing

      Nature, various kind of birds, landscape, seascape, river bank.


      Details:

      Located just north of Vancouver International Airport, Iona Beach sits where the Fraser River meets the sea, home to a rare community of sand dune plants that sits in the midst of the Pacific Flyway – making it a mecca for thousands of migrating birds.

      To get the best shots, a lot of walking is involved, so rubber boots are recommended. It is almost always windy and cold.

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      Stock it to me, Part 2Completed Apr 24, 2016

      As promised, here is Part 2 of our stock photography set. For this theme, you are trying to create something that can be used for stock photography. Your photo must involve people, but it does not necessarily need to show a face. For example, you could photograph high-fiving hands or legs of a runner. For some ideas, do a Google image search for the following terms: stock photography people.

      Have fun with your captioning as well. Stock photography is often accompanied by unintentionally comical captions such as: "Couple at their new empty apartment," "Asian and caucasian businessman in New York City using tablet pc," and "Summer scene of happy young family taking selfies with her smartphone in the park."

      Have fun with this. For this theme, corny and cliche is also okay!

      Hilarious stock photography



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      Monica R
      Monica R
      Shona L
    • Outing

      Poet Kobayashi Issa (b. 1763) said, "There is no stranger under the cherry tree." Whether it's serene and inspiring vistas or close-ups of delicate and ephemeral pink petals, there are plenty of gorgeous photo ops to be had at this time of year. Join us as we explore the wonders of Nitobe Memorial Garden in the spring! This 2.5-acre traditional Japanese garden located at UBC is part of the UBC Botanical Garden and is just a short distance from the main botanical garden.

       


      Details:

      Nitobe is one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America, and honours author, diplomat and educator Nitobe Inazo, who died in Victoria, BC, in 1933. Spring is one of the best times to visit this garden, when new life is burgeoning everywhere and ornamental cherry blossoms abound.

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      ImpressionismCompleted Mar 27, 2016

      At our Jan 26th meeting, photographer Gerry Hiebert impressed us with his impressionistic photos.

      Test out some of his techniques or, better yet, come up with something of your own that expresses your feelings about what you see through your lens.

      You can find some of Gerry's photos to inspire you on his site. The Digital Photography School site has a how-to article on some of the more common impressionistic treatments.

      Happy shooting!



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      Bruce F
      Milada D
      Bill Boyd
    • Outing

      Steveston Heritage Fishing Village is a historic site at the mouth of the South Arm of the Fraser, on the SW tip of Lulu Island in Richmond, a portion of which contains Garry Point Park.

      As well as its contemporary shops and restaurants, Steveston's national historic sites (including the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and Britannia Heritage Shipyards), are some of the most visited attractions in BC, recalling the area's fascinating heritage.

      Subjects run the gamut from boats and beaches, to buildings with weather-beaten beauty and character. And LOTS more.


      Details:

      Did you know that salmon-canning was so much a part of the life of early Steveston that it was also known as Salmonopolis? Each summer large numbers of Japanese, Chinese, First Nations and European fishermen and cannery workers descended on the village, joining a growing year-round settlement. The fishery also supported a significant boat- and shipbuilding industry, and sailing ships from around the world visited the harbour to take on cargoes of canned salmon.

      Post-war Steveston developed along with Richmond into a residential suburb for Vancouver as farmland was converted to housing. Since the 1970s the community has developed its heritage character and waterfront. Steveston has often been the site of filming for both movies and television shows, such as The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, Once Upon A Time and Sliders.

      Steveston maintains the character of a quaint, historic fishing village, with over 600 fishing boats (Canada's largest fleet) calling its harbour home.

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      Ain't it foggy outsideCompleted Feb 28, 2016
      Happy New Year! Since we're still in the throes of foggy winter weather (and because this theme was requested—and was a great suggestion), we're going with fog shots. Do with it what you will. Happy shooting!


      7 members made a total of 143 comments on 44 submissions.

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    • Outing

      Rogers Arena is celebrating its 20th anniversary! Come and worship at the site of one of Canada’s most popular pastimes, with a fully guided opportunity to shoot everything from sweeping architecture to intimate close-ups of a well-loved, top-notch sports and entertainment venue.


      Details:

      Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the premier sports and entertainment facilities in North America. Experience first-hand the “cathedral of hockey” that brings countless fans coming to see the Vancouver Canucks live, and where history was made when the Canadian women's and men's hockey teams marked their moments in history during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

      Tours are first come, first served. No reservations are necessary for small groups of 14 or less. The maximum number of people per tour is approximately 30-35 people.

      http://rogersarena.com/book-the-arena/tours/

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      Stock it to me! (Part 1)Completed Jan 31, 2016
      Apply what you learned at the November Still Life meeting and try your hand at product shots, such as the ones used in stock photography. Have fun! PS Part 2 will be about stock images involving human beings, so save your people shots for that theme!


      6 members made a total of 73 comments on 25 submissions.

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      Glenn M
      Nancy M
      Bruce F
      Milada D
    • Outing
      Strictly BallroomJan 23, 2016

      Join us at the Vancouver Challenge Cup dance competition! Photographing dancers always provides good challenges, such as effectively capturing both slow and rapid motion in shifting lighting conditions, for starters. Costumes bring great colour and sparkle to your images; check out the flying fringe during the Latin & Rhythm segments! Have a look at these sites in advance for some great tips and guidelines on how to best plan for photographing dancers:

      http://photography.tutsplus.com/tutorials/the-ultimate-guide-to-stunning-dance-photography--photo-687

      http://norvig.com/dance-photography2.html

      https://contrastly.com/dance-photography-101/


      Details:

      The (tentative) daytime competition schedule for Saturday, January 23rd is:

      Doors Open at 8:00 am
      Pro-Am Latin & Rhythm solo routines
      Pro-Am Latin & Rhythm single dance
      Pro-Am Latin & Rhythm multi-dance
      Juvenile, Junior, Youth & U21 Standard
      Juvenile, Junior, Youth & U21 Latin
      Amateur Adult Standard (Newcomer to Gold)
      Senior II & IV Standard (Newcomer to Pre-Champ)
      Senior II & IV Latin (Newcomer to Pre-Champ)

      The Vancouver Challenge Cup believes passionately in spreading the incredible world of ballroom dance to people of all ages and backgrounds. They aspire to create exciting, unique and unforgettable events, which will serve to nurture and develop the artistry and talent of local dancers, as well as delight and motivate audiences to get up out of their seats and dance! Their vision is to bring greater health, happiness and well-being into the lives of people in our community and beyond.

      For more information, visit: http://www.vancouverchallengecup.com/

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      TraditionCompleted Dec 27, 2015
      Traditions are customs or beliefs passed on from generation to generation. They may be based on religion, culture, family, friends, and more. Post photos of your traditions or those of people you know or don't know.


      6 members made a total of 64 comments on 24 submissions.

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      Birds of a featherCompleted Nov 29, 2015

      Take what you learned from the last club meeting and go out and shoot some birds (with your camera, of course!) Didn't attend the last meeting? Here are some tips to photographing birds http://digital-photography-school.com/an-introduction-to-bird-photography/. For this month's theme, submit photos of live birds only, please. Save shots of your Thanksgiving turkey dinner for the next food theme ;-) 



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      Glenn M
      Brenda F
    • Outing

      This is not a "outing" in the normal sense. This gallery is to allow members to share their creations based on the 2015 Editing Challenge.

      The Editing Challenge is where the members are given photographs that are what might be considered run of the mill snapshots. The challenge is to use your creative digital editing skills to transform ho-hum images into engaging and interesting compositions.
      This is a chance to take the time to learn new post-work techniques.

      At the meeting, the images were discussed, and members told us how they transformed the images they chose.

      We suggest you start the title of your images with the EC image you were editing. (e.g. "EC5 - Hippy Truck" if you edited image EC5).


      Details:

      The images were discussed at our regular meeting on this date but members are encouraged to upload their images to this gallery so that people can see and learn what you did in the future.

      This also allows you to share those images that maybe we did not get time to discuss in the meeting.

      If you have ideas that you would like to try, you can still participate in the editing challenge. Go to the original challenge page to download the original full sized images (you must be logged into your member account to do so) and post your edited versions to this gallery.

      Original challenge page: http://nwphoto.org/special_EditChallenge2015.php

    • Outing

      Head out to UBC, and join us for a visit to the spectacular Museum of Anthropology. Thanks to the setting of this dramatic building on the cliffs of Point Grey and the varied collections it houses--from towering totems to magnificent masks and more--there will be opportunities both inside and out to practice landscape, art and architecture, and still life photography, while experimenting with techniques best suited to each.

      Some of the more dimly lit galleries offer myriad fascinating objects in cases and drawers, presenting worthwhile practice at capturing images in more challenging lighting conditions.


      Details:

      MOA, Canada’s contemporary museum of world arts and cultures, is a place of extraordinary architectural beauty and exciting exhibitions. Enjoy towering totem poles in the spectacular Great Hall, the "Raven and the First Men” sculpture in the Bill Reid Rotunda, and more than 10,000 objects from around the world housed in various galleries.

      MOA offers visitors endless opportunities to discover and learn about their own and other cultures in an award-winning building designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. Opened in 1976, the concrete and glass structure is based on the post-and-beam structures of northern Northwest Coast First Nations.

      The Museum grounds feature indigenous plants and vistas of mountains and sea. The outdoor sculpture complex includes two Haida Houses and several totem poles by some of the finest contemporary First Nations artists of the Northwest Coast.
      For more information, visit: http://moa.ubc.ca/exhibitions/

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      Waiting . . .Completed Oct 25, 2015
      This month's theme is Waiting. Use your imagination to come up with something you feel meets the theme. Happy shooting, but please don't wait until the deadline to submit your photos!


      9 members made a total of 109 comments on 28 submissions.

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      Glenn M
    • Outing
      Crazy for CostumesOct 18, 2015

      The Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo is a 4-day festival, running from Thurs to Sunday (Oct 15-18). Our outing will take us to the PARADE event in downtown Vancouver on Sunday, October 18th. Rain or shine, the parade is ON, and promises to provide plenty of crazy and colourful photo ops for one and all.

      Test your skills at capturing moving subjects, including groovy ghouls, zealous zombies and more! Sure to be a fun-filled spectacle. And hey, c'mon... who doesn't love a parade?!


      Details:

      The Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo (Oct 15-18) is billed as the "festival of arts and fantasy." Though of course Sunday's parade is free, note that tickets are required for most of the other events (performances, cosplay, films, makeup, and so on); see the website schedule for more details: http://www.vanhalloween.com/ihc/event/vanhalloween/en-us/menu-expo.php

      The parade begins at 11:00 am on Howe Street at Davie with the route forming a narrow rectangle: Howe Street (Davie to Smithe); Smithe Street (Howe to Granville); Granville Street (Smithe to Drake)  For more info and a PARADE ROUTE MAP, visit: http://www.vanhalloween.com/ihc/event/vanhalloween/en-us/route.php

    • Theme
      The Writing on the WallCompleted Sep 27, 2015
      Graffiti and street art are what this theme is all about. The "wall" can be a conventional wall, a fence, the side of a train car, you name it. Go out and find art and commentary in obscure (and not so obscure) places.


      5 members made a total of 50 comments on 30 submissions.

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    • Outing

      With almost all of the O.W.L. facility opened to the public for this Fall Open House, visitors will get a behind-the-scenes look at their medical facility, as well as various bird rehabilitation enclosures.


      Details:

      The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society is a non-profit organization whose volunteers are dedicated to public education and the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned birds. The facility specializes in raptors (i.e., eagles, falcons, hawks and owls).

      O.W.L.’s primary goal is to rehabilitate and release sick, injured, and orphaned birds of prey. However, there are some cases where birds suffer permanent injury and cannot survive in the wild. These birds have adjusted well to human contact and remain at O.W.L. as Education Birds, where they are used as “ambassadors” for their species, helping to educate the public about birds of prey and environmental conservation. Over 40 non-releasable birds of prey are permanent residents, some of which assist with fostering orphans.

      There will be an eagle lecture on site at 11:00 am and a bird release at 1:00 pm, so you might want to bring along a snack if you and your camera wish to stay for the release event.

      For more information, visit http://www.owlcanada.org/aboutowl/

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      Keeping cool!Completed Aug 30, 2015
      With heat records being broken all over the province, let's see what folks and animals have been doing to keep cool this summer.


      8 members made a total of 56 comments on 16 submissions.

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      Brenda F
    • Outing
      Skytrain QuestAug 16, 2015

      We will be reviewing the basics of photography, practicing street photography, and architectural photography through a scavenger's hunt.


      Details:

      A list of things to look for will be provided at meeting time.

      We will be getting on and off the skytrain, so you might want to consider getting an all-day-pass since a single ticket is only good for 90 minutes.

      Those who would like to, can get together again around 12:30 for lunch.

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      YUMMM!!!Completed Jul 26, 2015

      Who hasn't looked in a magazine and found a photo of food that made your mouth water? Most of you have unless you are like my husband who wishes he could take a pill to fuel his furnace, he says, rather that waste time sitting eating - go figure LOL.

      Although professional food photographers use all kinds of tricks to make something look wonderful and most times are not edible, you don't have to go that far. However you go about it, remember that the three most important things to pay attention to when you shoot food are:

      1. Good Lighting 2. Strong Focus 3. No Clutter

      The point of food photography is to draw in the viewer and make his or her stomach growl. Food photography is all about the details. The food you choose to photograph should be perfect, and the lighting just so. Then again, your photo might be interesting with imperfections. 

       Here is a link to a wonderful article on how-to.

      www.http://digital-photography-school.com/food-photography-an-introduction/



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    • Outing

      The site is an example of the rounded curves of nature combined with the unnatural straight lines of man-made constructions, blended together in solid granite.

      Great opportunity for nature photography, trees, rocks, and running water, so bring your tripod if you want to do long shutter shots.

      Keep in mind potentially difficult exposure situations due to the dark tunnels, bright exteriors, and dark shadows in the gorge.


      Details:

      Marvelous example of Canadian engineering history.

      In the early 1900s, the Canadian Pacific Railway decided a route was necessary to link the Kootenay Region with the BC coast by rail. The railway was built over three mountain ranges. In the Coquihalla Gorge - the river cut a 300 foot deep channel of solid granite. A straight line of tunnels were built through it which are known now as the Othello Tunnels. There are spectacular viewing opportunities available on the trail, through the tunnels and on the bridges. This park highlights the Kettle Valley Railway grade that passes through the canyon and 5 tunnels which were built in 1914. It contains a 135 hectare land base. It is a popular tourist attraction for the town of Hope and provides viewing, walking, fishing and picnicking opportunities. The hiking trail links to the historic Hope-Nicola Cattle Trail. The engineer Andrew McCullough was an avid reader of Shakespearean literature, and used characters such as Lear, Jessica, Portia, Iago, Romeo & Juliet to name stations of the Coquihalla subdivision.

      The tunnel trail is pretty flat (is the old railroad bed) and is relatively short (about 3 km round trip), so it won't take the whole day to do, even stopping every 5 feet for a shot. Once there, we can decide what other near-by areas might be of interest.

      Note: Park website suggests bringing a flashlight to light the way when walking through the tunnels.

      Some useful information:

    • Outing
      City ViewsJun 28, 2015

      Views of the mountains, the inlet and the city as well as sculptures and flower gardens. The mountain top is criss-crossed with trails for those wanting to venture into the woods.

      Things to try:

      • Wide angle view shots
      • Panoramics - single frame and multi-frame
      • Flowers - macro and garden style shots
      • Sculptures - find interesting angles and perspectives using a variety of focal lengths
      • Forest view - as you walk along the trails

      Details:

      First logged in 1903, Burnaby Mountain became a popular hiking area in the 1920s. The city dedicated the area for park and recreation use in 1957. Simon Fraser University opened its doors in the mid-1960s; the university transferred 820 acres of its land to Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area in 1995.

      The Centennial Rose Garden features over 900 thorn-decked bushes laden with glorious, wonderfully fragrant buds; and in the summer, Tancho crane eco-sculptures nest in the gardens.

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      Keepin' it Real Y'allCompleted Jun 21, 2015

      Hopefully you caught Karen's talk on street photography and either borrowed or perused the many books on the subject at the last meeting. We learned that it could be photos of either people aware of the camera or spontaneous shots, black and white or colour, streetscapes or inside businesses, people or no people, and can be similar to photojournalism. In all cases, this type of photography is a little slice of life that tells a story whether it be humorous or poignant.

      This challenge is go out and take your own version of life, to take photos not snapshots. Good luck and happy hunting! Here are three links from Karen to help with this challenge.

      https://www.flickr.com/groups/onthestreet/

      https://juanjosereyes.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/three-ways-to-get-better-street-photography-shots/

      http://www.nelsontan.com/tutorialspage/streetphotography.html



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      Sheryl Stendal
      Bruce F
    • Outing
      PhotoGeocacheMay 31, 2015

      We'll take a walk around the False Creek area, but add the concept of "geocaching" to the event.

      This will be an exercise in exposing photographers to the same location and seeing how they creatively interpret what they see. Many may photograph the same thing, others may surprise you with what they saw.

      While the focus will be on specific locations, we're sure people will be taking photos long the entire length of the walk.


      Details:

      Geocaching is a popular past time for a growing number of people. Almost all smart phones now come with GPS locators, which can be used to navigate to specific co-ordinate.

      Geocaching involves going to a specific location to find a geocache, which is usually a container of some sort containing a log sheet hidden somewhere at the coordinates. When you find the cache you sign the log sheet to prove you were there.

      Geocaching is a fun activity to combine with photography, since the hunt for geocaches (over 6 million world wide and growing) takes you to places you may not have otherwise considered.

      See geocaching.com for more information.

      For our outing, rather than looking for a log sheet to sign, you will "prove" you found the right location by taking photos of what you see at each spot. When shared on the website and at member sharing at meetings, it gives an interesting opportunity to compare and contrast creative visions of different people.

      There are so many apps and devices out there, there is no one format that works with all of them. You will need to know your device/app well enough to enter coordinates. The worst case is you enter them one by one from the text formatted list (most car GPS devices like TomToms will allow you to enter a destination in a latitude/longitude set of coordinates.) GPX files are a format used by a lot of GPS devices, so you can copy the ones below onto your device (e.g. Garmin's BaseCamp application is used to load a GPS waypoint file onto your Garmin navigation device). Some Andoid apps can import a GPX file, but want it in a "track" format (where the waypoints are connected in a certain order). So there are 2 GPX files below, one is just a set of waypoints, the other is a "track".

      GPX Files:

      Paper Options:
      For the options below, you will want to open these links in your browser and print out a copy on paper to bring with you. Trying to flip between GPS apps andyour page reader might be a bit painful.

      Another way to get these coordinates into your device is using geo-location QR codes. If you have a QR scanning app (I use "QR Droid", it's free and capable), then take a paper printout of the waypoint locations and scan a code when you're ready to go to the next waypoint. In QR Droid, when you scan one of these codes it shows you the location on a map, but then hitting your "back" button you can "get directions" which feeds the information into Google Maps (or your preferred mapping app) and you can navigate to the location (remember to set your mode to "walking" and not "car"!).

      The "text list" is the list of coordinates for the waypoints ... in 2 formats: decimal, and DMS (degrees, minutes, seconds). A device that lets you enter coordinates will use one or the other of these formats (or even both).

      Google Maps:

      And finally, if none of the above options work for you, this link will show you the waypoints connected with a track on Google Maps. If you cannot work out how to use your GPS app/device with the above files, then you should be able to eyeball the locations by zooming in on this map: Google Map Route

      One last caveat: The accuracy of GPS apps and devices varies greatly. Also these locations were only recorded with a couple of "sample sessions" (the location recorded several times over a span of time), so there can still be some inaccuracy there. So don't be surprised if you go to "0 meters to target" and find another group is 10 feet (or more!) away. These locations will get you "in the ball park". The first half were recorded near "something interesting" that should stand out. But the second half is more "what do I see here" when there's nothing obvious.
      Also note, you're free to shoot photos at any point along this route!!!

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      Upside DownCompleted May 24, 2015

      Well it seems that "Marsala" was a difficult theme and it's looking like "Into the Sun" will be too, what with all the rain. So I wanted to find a theme that could exploit our weather. I chose "Upside Down". Whether it is a reflection in a puddle or window, an image turned 180 degrees or any other creative idea to portray the idea, this should be, hopefully, a more enjoyable challenge. I have attached two links to websites to help - one explains how to achieve the effect, the other is a gallery of upside down photos. Good luck.

      www.oneslidephotography.com/photography-ideasupside-down-photography/ www.gizmodo.com/5772906/86-upside-down-photos

       



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      Into The SunCompleted Apr 26, 2015

      Lens flared, magical, dreamy, or retro feeling photographs are all the rage right now partially fueled by the popularity of Instagram. These images are acquired by shooting towards the sun with your subject being backlit which is a more difficult image to take than silhouettes. The exposure is for your subject with the background slightly or entirely blown out. Following are some tips and websites to give you some tips and ideas. Good luck.

      SOME TIPS TO MAKE BACK LIGHTING WORK FOR YOU by Lisa Holloway • Use a lens hood. A lens hood is cheap and easy to use, and is a great way to reduce haze in your back lit images. • Stand in the shade. By physically planting yourself in a shady location, you eliminate the problems that arise with the sunlight coming directly into your lens. If there is no shade available, try shooting with the sun at a slight angle to your camera. Make sure it is not coming straight into your lens – unless you are shooting to purposefully include haze and sun flare. • Open sky! By open sky, I mean open sky behind you. This allows for adequate lighting to fall on your subject’s face. • Avoid open sky behind your subject. Open sky is great behind YOU, but not so great behind your subject. If you are properly exposing for your subject’s skin tones, that sky will blow out and be nothing but one big, ugly, distracting white blob in your photo that will steal attention from your subject. Remember, our eyes settle on the brightest thing in a photo. You don’t want that to be a blown out sky!

      And here is another couple of links with tips on backlit photography. www.digitalcameraworld.com/2014/05/30/backlighting-subjects-4-advanced-tips-for-producing-dramatic-photos/

       www.photodoto.com/backlit-photography/



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    • Outing

      You will be able to shoot various subjects on this outing: architecture, landscape, people, and more, as well as practice long exposure, black and white, or night photography.


      Details:

      The New West Council has been working on a plan to reconnect our community with the Fraser River that most likely will include the deconstruction of the western half of the Front Street parkade between Sixth Avenue and Begbie Street. I propose we walk along the parkade and take pictures from that perspective, and then under it.
      Afterwards, we can get some night shots along Columbia Street.

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      Marsala 2015 Color of the YearCompleted Mar 22, 2015

      As photographers we look at the world differently, see things in new ways, and try to document what we see. We should also be aware of trends as they happen. Pantone selects a colour each year to be the colour of the year which designers, trying to be step ahead of the competition, wait for eagerly. Clothing, accessories, and furniture, to name a few, all use Pantone's selection for their next line. Huffington Post, Architectural Digest and House Beautiful all use Pantone's choice in their articles. This month's challenge is to find and interesting image with Marsala being the dominant colour. This won't be easy because it isn't wine or cranberry or any other shade of red. Here is Pantone's and The New York Post's websites to see this colour. Good luck.

       www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21163

      www.nypost.com/2014/12/09/15-fashionable-marsala-items-pantones-2015-color-of-the-year

       

       

       

       



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      Spring is hereMar 22, 2015

      Ample options that include weathered rocks, a jade green pond, mystical plants and stunning architecture; plus a flavourful lunch!


      Details:

      Built in 1986, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first full-scale Scholar garden built outside China using traditional techniques. Covered walkways & exquisite architecture make it a delight in any weather or season, with the same relaxing, serene landscape as found in the old, private gardens of China's ancient elite.
      Garden admission is $12, seniors $10. They have public tours as well.
      Visit http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/ for more information.

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      Composition: FramingCompleted Feb 22, 2015

      Placing a frame around the center of interest of an image can be a very effective way of improving an image. The frame serves to help define the center of interest, add depth to an image, and lead the viewer's eye.

      Define: When used properly, the frame provides details that help to define the center of interest. Essentially, the frame puts the center of interest into context by showing some of the environment in which the center of interest exists.

      Depth: The frame provides a foreground that adds depth to an image.

      Lead: The frame also serves to lead the viewer's eye to the center of interest. The frame essentially focuses the attention.

      -Ron Bigelow

      I might add that framing is also useful for scenic or city shots when the gray skies add nothing to the photo. Here are two websites with examples:

      http://expertphotography.com/frame-within-a-frame-depth-contex/

      http://www.gizmodo.in/science/20-Photos-of-Creative-Frames-Within-Frames/articleshow/19155927.cms



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    • Outing
      Under WaterFeb 22, 2015

      Over 90,000 living creatures from all around the globe.
      Inside, you will be treated to live shows featuring sea lions, beluga whales and dolphins. You can also watch sea otter feedings and daring shark dives in addition to viewing the aquarium’s 30,000 species of native and exotic fish! Plus the park itself.


      Details:

      The Vancouver Aquarium is located in beautiful Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver.
      Pay Parking is available ($2.25/hr or $6/day), and you can get there by transit as well.
      General Admission is $29, Seniors $20.
      More info at: http://www.vanaqua.org/

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      Festive in Green, White, and RedCompleted Jan 25, 2015

      Webster's New World Dictionary states that "festive" is an adjective meaning joyous or merry. This challenge is to find a picture during these holiday weeks that puts a smile on your face, something that depicts the joy you feel. The twist is that this photo should predominantly show the colours green, white, and red. Good luck and may you have a wonderful holiday season.



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    • Outing

      You name it, you can probably find it there: lots of colour, architecture, activity, people shots, bridges, boats and other marine activity, great views of the city... plus the amazing new Vancouver Biennale "Giants" murals on Ocean Concrete's massive silos.


      Details:

      More info, including the Island's history and heritage and site maps, at: (<ahref="http://granvilleisland.com/">http://granvilleisland.com/.
      http://granvilleisland.com/how-find-us#businfo (If taking the Skytrain from New West, get off at Granville Station; any bus that heads south on Granville Street and crosses the Granville Bridge will take you within easy walking distance.)

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      Architectural PatternsCompleted Dec 21, 2014

      Look for color, shape, strong graphic elements, and good lighting. Textures and patterns are all around us, in our homes, at our work, in our town or city. Go out with an open imaginative mind, be aware and observant, look for the interesting and unique patterns and textures in your everyday world, and experiment with what you find. This theme challenge focuses on the patterns you see in architecture only.



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      I think I am safe in saying that most of us joined the photography club to not only socialize with other photographers but to learn and grow our craft. This month's challenge fits the bill in that it will be difficult to just scroll through our files to find photos we have taken to enter into the monthly theme. To be honest, I have fallen into that routine and so saying that, this is a big challenge. To those who attended our last meeting we were fortunate to learn something about this technique from Bruce Fairman. Here is a website with tips on how to accomplish this with artists who do this technique.

      http://digital-photography-school.com/intentional-camera-movement-landscape/

      Wikipedia suggest these other photographers: Douglas Barkley, Alexey Titarenko and Ernst Haas. There are several different ICM methods so lets stick to handheld landscape shots. As  both Bruce and the article states, be prepared to take lots and lots of shots before finding one that pleases you and have fun!



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    • Outing
      FrequenciesNov 16, 2014

      Primarily, capturing subject details/shooting macro photography.
      Chilly, damp November weather can often make an indoor outing more attractive.
      With both this and our Oct 28th meeting guest speaker on Macro in mind, we've planned a visit to the SPARC Museum, run by the members and volunteers of the Society for the Preservation of Antique Radio in Canada (http://www3.telus.net/radiomuseum/index.html).


      Details:

      Open to the public on Sundays from 10:00 to 4:00, this museum is tucked away on the Riverview grounds in Coquitlam (who knew?).
      The site is sprawling and hosts a number of buildings, so here's some help finding the one containing SPARC.

      There are two main entry points to Riverview off the Lougheed Hwy (#7) between the Cape Horn interchange and Coquitlam Centre:
      one at Colony Farm Road and one at Orchid Drive.

      SPARC is located in a light-yellow-beige metal-clad, flat-roof building on Kerria Road, roughly in the north-south centre of the grounds, up the hillside from the red-brick East Lawn building and south of the white-and-blue North Lawn building.
      Map here: http://www3.telus.net/radiomuseum/visit/index.html. Parking is plentiful and free.

      (No entry fee is mentioned, so it's most likely free -- or perhaps they will ask for a nominal donation in lieu of.)

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      POV - Low AngleCompleted Oct 26, 2014

      I found a challenge on the Digital Photography School website that I thought might interest our club. The challenge is to take low angle shots, not just looking up at tall subjects but by getting down and dirty and taking shots from the ground level. What is needed for this type of photography is some kind of tarp, plastic, or material to lie down on to keep both clean and dry. Since our weather should be holding for several more weeks this should be doable and can produce some surprising results.

      Following is an article with tips for this type of photography: http://digital-photography-school.com/7-tips-for-great-low-angle-shots/



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    • Outing

      Great fall colour, form and texture abound on a crisp October day! Who doesn't get (at least a bit) nostalgic at the sight of gorgeous plump pumpkins en masse -- harkening back to Halloweens past and the bounty of a beautiful season... Plus hay wagons and live entertainment! What's not to like?


      Details:

      Richmond Country Farms is located at 12900 Steveston Highway in Richmond.
      Take the Steveston Hwy exit from Highway 99, on the Richmond side of the Massey Tunnel, 6 km from the south end of the Oak Street Bridge. The Pumpkin Patch at Richmond Country Farms is on the Southeast corner, right beside the freeway.

      The Pumpkin Patch webpage: http://www.countryfarms.ca/#!the-nursery/c1se.

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      Composition 101: The Rule of OddsCompleted Sep 21, 2014

      1.Rule of Odds states that having an odd number of objects in an image will be more interesting and therefore pleasing. In case there is an even number of objects, your brain would have an easy time "organizing" the objects into pairs and therefore bringing in symmetry and dullness. If you have one main object, accompany it with two supporting objects, not one. This way, one of them will be a middle one. We can find a parallel from the art of writing, where rule of three states remember that lists of three examples are the most efficient in carrying forward the presented idea.

      2.Human eye tends to wander to the center of a group. With even number of objects, eye will end up at the negative space in center. The rule becomes important when trying to achieve a visually pleasing composition of several objects. A common form of usage is having three objects in frame, they always form either a line or a triangle, both are considered pleasurable shapes. The rule will not matter with larger groups though, few people will feel any different if there are 36 or 37 fish in the sea. The amount translates to "plenty" in brain either way.

      3.You should strive to apply the rule when including a "group of" objects as an important element of your photo. E.g. five flowers in a vase will be more pleasing than four or six. Implied from the rule is that you should have an even number of objects if the paired relationship or dullness is what you want to express (for example, a shot of students sitting in pairs would carry the idea of a dull long lesson, while adding a teacher would turn it around into a photo of educational interaction).

      So that being said, this month's theme should have a photograph of three - people, flowers, animals, shapes, etc.



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    • Outing
      TrainspottingSep 20, 2014

      Well, trains, obviously! But of a historical nature. Trains are subjects that offer almost endless variations on a theme, and this particular venue offers opportunities to photograph locomotives, a miniature railway, passenger and freight "rolling stock" and MORE!


      Details:

      The museum features 90 pieces of heritage railway rolling stock, plus a significant collection of railway related artifacts. The oldest pieces are the business car British Columbia (1890) and a rare Canadian Pacific Colonist sleeping car (1905). The collection represents the major railways which have served British Columbia - Canadian Pacific, Canadian National, Pacific Great Eastern, BC Electric and Great Northern. We will meet at the area where tickets are purchased at 10:30 a.m. Not sure if food is available on site -- pack a lunch!

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      Abandoned SitesCompleted Aug 24, 2014
      At one time or another we have either stumbled upon or deliberately found a deserted building, neighbourhood, or town. As photographers we are fascinated with the textures, juxtapositions of every day things tangled with debris and nature, and the mood of the place. Use caution in some areas - they are slated for demolition for a reason. Look at the following photographer's photos but I am not condoning his way of obtaining these. They are just for ideas only! http://www.slrlounge.com/urban-photography-abandoned-buildings-dan-marbaix


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    • Outing
      Night Market MagicAug 23, 2014

      Canada Line will take you within easy walking distance of the Richmond Night Market, where zillions of zany and colourful photo ops abound -- plus a multicultural food section to score some tasty dinner.


      Details:

      Richmond Night Market is at: 8351 River Road, Richmond (a 5-minute walk from Canada Line's Bridgeport Station) http://www.richmondnightmarket.com/maps.html Regular admission is $2.25, free for children 10 and under and seniors aged 60 and up. Being on time is IMPORTANT, as we'll be going in without delay and can't wait for stragglers. Please plan to meet us at 6:45-- especially If you want to get your very own "Night Market Magic" Challenge Sheet!

    • Outing

      A fun opportunity for those looking for an "abandoned structures" fix.


      Details:

      Photo op time by the shipyard will be followed by a wander along nearby South Dyke Road... to photograph the boats, sheds and other relics of an (almost) bygone era of fishing mixed with more modern river activity. It makes for a relaxing and interesting stroll with very little traffic. We could stop in at Frankie G's on Ewen Avenue afterwards for some refreshment, and those who wish to could stay on for a casual pub dinner. Ahoy!

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      Need for WeedsCompleted Jul 20, 2014
      “A weed is but an unloved flower.” ― Ella Wheeler Wilcox “Don't let the tall weeds cast a shadow on the beautiful flowers in your garden.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free Maligned or not, weeds are everywhere. Most of us loathe dandelions yet in other parts of the world the young leaves are prized for salads. Your challenge this month is to elevate these "unwanted" plants and create art around them.


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      Milada D
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      FootwearCompleted Jun 22, 2014
      "The history of shoes began more than 40,000 years ago with man's need to protect his feet from harm. Our ancestors required sturdy shoes to shield their feet from rocks, sand and harsh weather conditions. But shoe history does not begin and end with the desire for protective foot coverings alone. From medieval aristocrats wearing decorative shoes to denote nobility to our current obsession with celebrity shoe designers, shoes have and will forever be an integral part of our ability to express our fashion sense and individuality." by Mimi Abney - eHow contributor This month let's look down at people's feet, in the malls, at the beach, etc. and capture the diversity of footwear in an artistic way. A sure way to get funny looks from people but then we are all use to that, aren't we? Have fun!


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    • Outing

      Lots to choose from: architectural photography, machinery, equipment, displays, and nature. And then find a place to enjoy lunch!


      Details:

      Museum admission is $25. The Museum site itself is an exhibit - from historical machinery to heritage buildings, there is plenty to see and do. From mucking machines, to ore carts and our working Lime Tank, come explore some of the equipment that once made Britannia great. They also house permanent exhibits that offer an insight into the social history of the Britannia Mines and mining history of BC. visit http://www.britanniaminemuseum.ca/ for more information.

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      April ShowersCompleted May 25, 2014
      Shooting in the rain can provide opportunities to capture dramatic or romantic atmospheres. Be careful with protecting yourself and equipment and you can find some images that you would not find on a clear day. Try using the rain as the main focus of your image, then as an accessory to enhance the photo, shooting outside and looking into a rainy window, shooting inside looking out, and macro shots of droplets on plants are just some ideas. Check out this link for some more ideas: http://digital-photography-school.com/rainy-day-image/


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    • Outing

      Nature, people, black and white


      Details:

      After a morning of shooting, will enjoy lunch at the Quay. For more information regarding the place, please visit their web site http://www.lonsdalequay.com/

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      Silhouette StoryCompleted Apr 20, 2014
      Although, the original silhouettes were usually in profile it now means any dark shape seen against a light background. Silhouettes remove all the distractions and clutter in a scene and distill the image down to its most basic, this is why the story is so important. Create powerful silhouettes by telling a story. Here is a link with tips on taking this type of photograph. http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-silhouettes


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      Nancy M
    • Outing

      Massive Douglas firs, plus fascinating plants and features abound, including a beautiful woodsy walk through the Asian Garden—plus Alpine, Food and Physic Gardens and much more. Even an amphitheatre!

      If you haven’t been there before, UBC Botanical Garden is a worthwhile discovery, with something to offer in every season. The garden’s renowned collection of magnolias should be in full swing by the time we visit, making for some truly gorgeous shots.


      Details:

      The UBC Botanical Garden is located at 6804 SW Marine Drive in Vancouver.

      For more info visit the garden's website: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/
      Get directions using Google Maps

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      Comical Pet PortraitCompleted Mar 23, 2014
      We have all seen our pets or friend's pets act crazy, look zany, and goofy. Here is your chance to capture that portrait showing their funny character and charm. If you do not have a pet then see if you can borrow someone else's or tag along on a walk or even go to a dog park and watch the antics. Cats, dogs, birds, or any other pet can be subjects for this theme. If you care to dress them up then check out William Wegman's photography who has based almost his entire reputation on dressing up his Weimaraner dogs.


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    • Outing

      A great opportunity to get additional pictures for the upcoming Fraser Valley Invitational theme: "Industrial -- The Process: How, Where, Who" -- plus enjoy some beer!


      Details:

      The tour includes a 25-minute tour through the facility, followed by three 4 oz taster glasses of Central City's excellent beer.

      The whole event usually takes about an hour. Their regular tour size is 12 people, but they can accommodate larger groups with advance notice. The tour will take us right through the brewery, and we will be able to get up close to the various equipment. (The tour guides might be able to bring us to any area we would like to see/photograph.)

      For more information, you can visit their website - centralcitybrewing.com)

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      NW ChroniclerCompleted Feb 23, 2014
      Chronicle - v. to record, document, put on record an historical event, place, or time. This past year we witnessed the heart-breaking destruction of an historical area in New Westminster during the fire on Columbia Street. If it wasn't for the photographers of the past we would not have had a visual reference to our memories. This month let us chronicle old New Westminster. The buildings, bridges, streets, houses, schools, and businesses that were built before 1950 which is the benchmark used by the Historical Preservation Society. This will give us a chance to try sepia or black and white, but not strictly, to give an old world feel to our photos.


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    • Outing

      A great opportunity for vibrant colours, crowd images, and more (plus some delicious lunch)!


      Details:

      The "Year of the Horse Spring Festival Parade" begins at 11:00 a.m. For a map of the parade route, visit www.cbavancouver.ca

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      Bottoms Up!Completed Jan 26, 2014
      Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, bubbly, eggnog, soda, milk - whatever quaff strikes your fancy. Take your best shot of your favourite drink, at a restaurant or bar, home with the family, or celebrating, as long as the beverage is the star. Experiment with shallow depths of field, backgrounds and textures but be careful of your white balance. Try for natural indirect light by a window, compensate the white balance in camera, or adjust with software. Cheers!


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      Sense of MovementCompleted Dec 22, 2013
      Motion-blur photographs often happened by accident but when certain techniques and lots of practise is applied some wonderful photos can occur. Purposely shaking the camera, panning, zooming in or out as you depress the shutter, slow shutter, and slow sync flash are ways of creating these type of photographs. Check out the following link to get some pointers on how to do this: www.digital-photography-school.com/how-to-capture-motion-blur-in-photography


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      Mark Kinnee
    • Outing
      Christmas LightsDec 14, 2013

      Our December photo outing is to the Burnaby Village Museum, for the Heritage Christmas. There are many good photo opportunities; the shimmering lights, the new snowfall display, a new display with 400 sound-reactive lights at the bandstand that twinkle and change colours in response to sound, new decoratively lit and beautifully adorned transformed eco-sculptures. There’s lots to see and do. There’ll be a great variety of good subjects to photograph and opportunities to try your hand at capturing coloured lights. We hope to see you there.

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      EerieCompleted Nov 24, 2013
      With the foggy season and Halloween around the corner it is the perfect time of year to take some eerie shots. This can be accomplished with low light, light painting, black and white, and long exposures amongst other techniques. Our outing at the cemetery should provide ample opportunities to take this kind of photograph and if not, the various neighbourhoods on Halloween or foggy mornings along the Fraser. Check out this link for tips on taking "eerie" shots. www.stepbystep-photography.com/lessons/13-photographic-techniques-spooky-halloween-photos


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      In the airportNov 16, 2013

      Architectural photography, open spaces and crowd images, public art displays.

      For a list of major art displays in the terminals, see this YVR page.

       


      Details:

      Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is Canada’s second busiest airport, serving approximately 17 million passengers annually (2011 data) and handling more than 258,000 aircraft landings and take-offs on its runways.

      For many visitors, YVR provides the first and last impression of British Columbia with art and architecture reflective of the province’s diverse landscape and people. YVR currently houses the largest collection of Northwest Coast Native art in the world.

      While thousands of tourists take photos of the airport every day, photographers should be aware of the nature of this environment:

      • areas occupied by the Airport Authority and its partners – airline ticket counters, shops, restaurants, government agencies, etc. – are private areas and photography of them technically requires approval by both the Airport Authority and the business partner
      • filming of pre-boarding security screening points is not permitted under any circumstances
      • If you're shooting hand held, there should be no problem. But if you set up tripods or start using large flashes, you may draw the attention of security personnel who may think you are doing commercial filming (which requires permission from the Airport Authority). Explain your situation (your photoclub is doing an outing).
      • If asked to stop shooting in an area by airport security, please respect their wishes. While it may be considered a public space, the Airport is private property -- and due to security concerns, airport staff may appear over-protective, but they are just doing their job.
      • Be aware if you are photographing people, that while you are in a public space, not everyone may want to be photographed. And due to the international environment, not everyone you encounter may be fluent in English.

      If you’re looking to film aircraft taking off or landing, here are a few great spots:

      • Flight Path Park, Russ Baker Way, for views of the South Runway
      • Public Viewing Platform, Airport South, for views of the South Runway
      • Airport South for views of business aircraft and float planes
      • Templeton Road, near the Canada Line, for views of the North Runway
      • Public Observation Area, Domestic Terminal, for views of the domestic gates, aprons and taxiways

      To avoid expensive Airport Parking fees, consider taking Translink to YVR

      Transit: If you are taking the Canada Line, just a heads-up re the $5 Canada Line YVR AddFare, which is applicable to travel departing from any of the stations on Sea Island, including YVR-Airport, destined for Bridgeport Station or points beyond. The ticket machines at the airport station are programmed to charge the additional YVR AddFare automatically on applicable transactions. Customers who buy their fare zone ticket from a machine using cash, debit or credit card must pay the $5 YVR AddFare. This includes Concession (seniors and student) fares.

      Exemptions: Customers who use prepaid fares such as DayPasses, Monthly FareCards, FareSavers, 28-day passes, U-Passes, Employer Passes and Gov Bus Passes are exempt from the YVR AddFare.

       

    • Outing

      Here is our chance to practice ghost effects, strobe lighting, painting with light or whatever you like, within reason, with a night outing to a local cemetery.


      Details:

      Bring lighting equipment you might have, including a flashlight, flash, gels, any props you would like to use, etc. Some shots may require group cooperation to shield subjects from the city lights, so the more the merrier.

      Try to have in mind something you would like to do. You can paint the trees, gravestones or paths with light from a flashlight while your camera sits on a tripod. (Maybe a red rose on a grave lit by a red light?) You could have someone walk through your scene or stand there briefly. You could try "dragging the shutter" where you set off a flash but keep the shutter open for a while longer to catch some ambient light. You could keep your shutter open while you shoot off flashes all over the place.

      As Shona said, teamwork might be good here, so come with some ideas! This will be fun.

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      Magical MistakesCompleted Oct 20, 2013
      Before even lifting the camera to our eye, we, as photographers, have considered a multitude of aspects before the photograph is taken - depth of field, direction of light, composition, shutter speed etc. We strive to capture our ideas and stories by balancing these actions but sometimes what comes out is a "magical mistake". Before deleting it, something about it captures our attention. It may be blurry, too dark, or not on the thirds line but it is an interesting shot nevertheless. This month's theme features these "mistakes".


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      Karen J
      Shona L
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      S-CurvesCompleted Sep 22, 2013

      Quite often diagonal lines are used to draw the viewer's eye into a photograph. S-Curves are another component of composition which could also lead to a focal point or create a feeling of motion. Found in nature, macro, or urban environments, S-Curves can elevate a photograph from a snapshot to a compelling image.



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      David L
    • Outing
      Meadows MazeSep 21, 2013

      An opportunity to practice the techniques discussed by Derek on April, as well as macro photography.


      Details:

      Here you will find one of the largest corn mazes on the area, a petting zoo, bee observatory, Lions "Goat" Bridge, hay wagon rides, and a couple of trains, Barrel Train and Corny's Maze Train. For more information you can visit their website meadowsmaze.com

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      Urban NatureCompleted Aug 25, 2013
      As our world is increasingly affected by our activities, the flora and fauna that will thrive best is that which can adapt to life in towns and cities. Try to capture the tenacity of nature by looking for juxtapositions of natural forms against man-made structures. For example dandelions growing through a crack in a concrete sidewalk, wild animals in the city, etc.
      Check out this photographer's work to get some ideas: www.paulraphaelson.com


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      Nancy M
    • Outing
      Finn SloughAug 25, 2013

      Marine/dyke environment, a chance to photograph wildlife as well as structures in various states of repair, so opportunities for architectural images as well as interesting texture shots.


      Details:

      Come join us Sunday morning for a walk around this tidal community. www.finnslough.com

    • Theme
      Look UpCompleted Jul 21, 2013
      Most people only see what is straight ahead or to the side of them and rarely notice what is beneath them or above. As photographers we try to look at everything, from all angles, so this theme is about looking upwards, in the sky, on buildings, in the trees, or your ceiling for example.


      7 members made a total of 45 comments on 26 submissions.

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      Monica R
    • Outing
      Minter GardensJul 21, 2013

      Here is our first summer outing, those of you who cannot make it Sunday, maybe can go a day earlier, and share your photos.


      Details:

      There is an event going on this date, the 11th Classic Car Show, from 9am to 4pm, for more details, visit their webpage: www.mintergardens.com

    • Theme
      CentreCompleted May 26, 2013
      Of course you may interpret this as a noun or verb.


      6 members made a total of 52 comments on 29 submissions.

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    • Theme
      VegetablesCompleted Apr 21, 2013
      You know, those good for you things that we know as vegetables, not fruit. Let's not get into the "what is fruit" argument. No apples, oranges, bananas, etc. Carrots, broccoli, lettuce - you know, veggies! Put them on pizza if you want. Be as creative as you like.


      9 members made a total of 91 comments on 26 submissions.

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      Shona L
      Brenda F
    • Outing
      Architecture PlusApr 21, 2013

      Practice some of the tips from the Architecture presentation at the last club meeting. If you missed the meeting, come anyway!


      Details:

      The now well-known architect, Arthur Erickson, designed SFU. Although the harmony of the buildings with the landscape is evident, you will have to decide if the weathered concrete enhances or detracts. No towers of glass here, but the levels, angles and inside/outside spaces make for fascinating photography. A good exercise in seeing.

    • Theme
      GlassCompleted Mar 24, 2013
      In any of its many forms. Try to show the quality of the material.


      12 members made a total of 145 comments on 34 submissions.

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      Nancy M
    • Outing

      An "unofficial" (thanks to Nathan and Karen) outing to The Royal BC Museum in Victoria, to see Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2012) exhibit from London’s Natural History Museum. The exhibit features the winning entries from this year's worldwide competition and is comprised of 100 large-scale, back-lit photographs chosen from more than 48,000 international entries.

    • Outing

      Put on your walking shoes and join us for a photo hunt in Vancouver and Yaletown.


      Details:

      You will be provided with a route and clues to photographs to find on the way.

    • Theme
      StripesCompleted Feb 24, 2013
      Since these are so . . everywhere . . . no hints are necessary. And if someone enters painted zebras, we'll all know who . . .


      12 members made a total of 241 comments on 44 submissions.

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    • Outing
      Take FlightFeb 17, 2013

      Exercise creativity in going beyond the obvious. Record some history.


      Details:

      An informal tour of the museum's many aircraft and supporting displays. The museum has some rare aircraft so let's see some creative work with lenses, angles and effects to do these beauties justice.

    • Theme
      Night LightsCompleted Jan 20, 2013
      This can be a busy season for everyone, so here's an absolutely easy giveaway. Whether you photograph a downtown street, your neighbour's Christmas display or one sole street light in the fog, you just need one or more lights and some darkness. Both are easy to come by in December.


      11 members made a total of 157 comments on 35 submissions.

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    • Outing
      Ice and the CityJan 12, 2013

      An opportunity to practice motion/action photography, people, architecture and lots more.


      Details:

      We'll start with some photos of skaters on the Robson Square ice rink. Rent skates if you like, or watch from the rails or the stairs. Lots of swirling colours to play with abstracts or panning. Collect your photo hunt sheet and look around the area and down Granville Street a ways to complete the photo hunt before returning to New West in time for supper.

    • Theme
      Two roadsCompleted Dec 23, 2012
      Two freeway lanes don't count, people.


      8 members made a total of 76 comments on 26 submissions.

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      Peter E
      Bruce F
    • Theme
      Breaking the rulesCompleted Nov 25, 2012
      No blatant law breaking please!


      10 members made a total of 112 comments on 26 submissions.

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      Nancy M
      Peter E
    • Outing

      Practice macro and nature photography in the shelter of the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park. Even for non-floral lovers, the roof, the architecture and even the view are worth the visit. There are over 100 birds inside, tall trees and lots of colour and texture from the diverse plant materials. 


      Details:

      Vancouver’s Bloedel Conservatory is a year-round indoor tropical garden in Queen Elizabeth Park.

      This “park within a park” is an enclosed triodetic dome filled with 500 different exotic plants and flowers, koi fish, and more than 100 free-flying birds. Note, apparently the birds are most active in the morning, which is when we are visiting.

      The Conservatory sits beside the beautiful Quarry Gardens and has a panoramic view of the city's skyline and mountain backdrop.

      If the inside looks strangely familiar to first time visitors, it is because the garden and surrounding QE park have been used in movies and TV shows such as Stargate SG-1, Battlestar Galactica, Andromeda and many others.

      Winter hours of operation are 10 to 5 every day.  We are arriving as early as possible to beat the crowds,

    • Theme
      DreamsCompleted Oct 21, 2012
      Some themes just need no explanation, right? A club survey suggestion. This might be fun for the filter lovers.


      8 members made a total of 123 comments on 22 submissions.

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      Monica R
    • Outing
      After darkOct 13, 2012

      Groove with the spirits with a night outing to a local cemetery to practice ghost effects, strobe lighting, painting with light or whatever you like. (within reason. Let's show some respect. Although maybe the deceased are up for a laugh?)

      This outing was canceled due to a bad weather forecast. The bad weather didn't materialize, and one member who didn't get the cancelation notice showed up to shoot.


      Details:

      Bring lighting equipment you might have, including a flashlight, flash, gels, any any props you would like to use, etc. Some shots may require group cooperation to shield subjects from the city lights, so the more the merrier.

      Try to have in mind something you would like to do. You can paint the trees, gravestones or paths with light from a flashlight while your camera sits on a tripod. (Maybe a red rose on a grave lit by a red light?) You could have someone walk through your scene or stand there briefly. You could try "dragging the shutter" where you set off a flash but keep the shutter open for a while longer to catch some ambient light. You could keep your shutter open while you shoot off flashes all over the place.

      As I said, teamwork might be good here, so come with some ideas! This will be fun.

    • Theme
      Past, present, futureCompleted Sep 23, 2012
      Future is a tricky one but "futuristic" would qualify. Any TWO of these must be in the image. Go on, challenge yourself!


      10 members made a total of 86 comments on 20 submissions.

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    • Outing
      New eyesSep 22, 2012

      A meet and greet photo hunt to refresh your memory of some of the photo techniques you may not use on a regular basis.


      Details:

      This venue may be new to some or a daily walk for others, but every day provides changes in light and subject. You will be provided with a list of subjects or techniques (or maybe subjects that need certain techniques, both photographic and otherwise).

      You may use a point and shoot or a full SLR with all the bells and whistles. Each will present its own challenges.

    • Theme
      SunglassesCompleted Aug 20, 2012
      Let's have some fun with this! It's summer. Play a little.


      7 members made a total of 41 comments on 10 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      David Emery
      Karen J
      David L
    • Theme
      EncounterCompleted Jul 22, 2012
      There are so many possible interpretations, I know I don't need to give you any hints. Try to be creative, and have fun.


      7 members made a total of 55 comments on 19 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Vincent Singh
    • Theme
      MechanicalCompleted Jun 17, 2012
      From car shows to tractor museums to egg beaters, mechanical items are everywhere. Find something. Make three good photographs. Enter them. See, wasn't that easy?


      3 members made a total of 23 comments on 15 submissions.

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      Jim Furey
      Jim Furey
      Vincent Singh
    • Theme
      Fraser RiverCompleted May 20, 2012
      New Westminster, Maple Ridge and Lillooet members alike will be able to shoot this one without going too far. (You Burnaby people may have to travel a bit). The river must be a significant part of the photo. Yes, those night shots of the bridges are allowed, but try to do something that hasn't been done before.


      8 members made a total of 66 comments on 28 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Michael Garson
      Shona L
      Vincent Singh
    • Outing

      To give participants the learning experience of preparing for, choosing and hanging prints and manning a gallery over a weekend.

      And having a laugh and buzz of an opening night. Jackets and ties please!


      Details:

      Participants will at 7:45pm Friday, draw from a hat a 2 hour shift to man the gallery between the hours of 12 noon to 8pm Saturday and Sunday. This is your gallery, your business and it comes with full bragging rights. You will be expected to sell prints, framed prints etc. Cash only. 7-11 has an ATM. Cash sent to the artist at the end, and the print/frame to the buyer (if included with price).

    • Theme
      Wheel(s)Completed Apr 29, 2012
      Wagons, mags, bikes... one or more wheels. Not "wheels" meaning your mode of transport - this time we're looking for the round things that roll on the ground. Let's aim for something creative.


      5 members made a total of 48 comments on 31 submissions.

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      Jim Furey
      Shona L
    • Theme
      Look downCompleted Mar 18, 2012
      Any shot taken from below camera level, from the view from the Harbour Centre tower to a shot of a penny dropped on the sidewalk.


      9 members made a total of 89 comments on 27 submissions.

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    • Outing
      RepositoryMar 18, 2012

      You are being given the oportunity to use a repository of technology, hopes and machinery. You will use tripods, flash, hot lights and use selective focus techniques. It is dingy, dark in places, flickering florecent lights and sometimes tight quaters. It is like nothing else you have shot before. You are being asked to use your skills to make a bit of product photography. You are doing photojournalism. You are doing documentary work.

    • Theme
      BluesCompleted Feb 19, 2012
      Colour, mood or music. Lots to work with here.


      9 members made a total of 106 comments on 28 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Natassia Aladka
    • Theme
      Boke(h)Completed Jan 22, 2012

      Although the majority of definitions suggest "aesthetics of out of focus areas of a photograph", many interpret this word as the quality of those lovely out of focus circles of light in the background of a photograph. Google for some examples and see what you can come up with during this perfect season for coloured lights... Here's a link to get you started, submitted by Barb (you may have to cut and paste into your browser): http://www.photozz.com/fizz/22820403.aspx

       



      8 members made a total of 74 comments on 19 submissions.

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      Karen J
      Shona L
    • Theme
      DecoratedCompleted Jan 15, 2012
      With two holidays falling during this period, this theme, suitable for both, is such a dead easy giveaway for this busy time of year. But as always, sometimes the most obvious are the most challenging to turn into an award winning photograph.


      8 members made a total of 72 comments on 21 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Peter E
    • Theme
      Film noirCompleted Nov 20, 2011

      This one is a huge challenge. Similar to Justin's "almost famous", this one may well have to be set up. A double month entry to give you time for interpretation, think 40s and 50s black and white, but NO images allowed from the femme fatale we captured in the Pin-up almost famous.



      4 members made a total of 59 comments on 22 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Nancy M
      Vincent Singh
      Jim Furey
    • Theme
      On the WallCompleted Nov 12, 2011
      Peeling paint, ivy, graffiti, 99 bottles of beer ... you get the idea. Must be a photo of something touching a wall. Note this one runs for a slightly shorter period to allow theme completion and viewing at the last November meeting.


      5 members made a total of 58 comments on 18 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Jim Furey
    • Outing
      All Star WrestlingOct 21, 2011

      How to shoot a fast moving indoor sports event


      Details:

      Any camera will provide results

      You will learn more from your failures than from success.

    • Theme
      Fool me onceCompleted Sep 25, 2011

      From the traditional photo of someone "holding up" the Leaning Tower of Pisa to multiple exposures, "ghost images" or any composite of elements you cut and paste, we are looking for visual surprises.  Jerry Uelsmann used up to 10 enlargers for his incredible images; you may use your computer. Or just your imagination. Clip art, CGI images and the like may not comprise more than approx. 1/4 of the frame.   You have almost 3 months to come up with and execute your ideas.  Imagination counts here, as does skill.  Possibilities are endless, but can you fool the audience?    

      Theme suggestion credit to Derek Carlin.



      6 members made a total of 40 comments on 15 submissions.

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    • Theme
      Lined upCompleted Sep 18, 2011
      This could be an exercise in depth of field and perspective. We want more than 2 people or things lined up, all in a row. Make or find.


      8 members made a total of 100 comments on 24 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Nancy M
      Keith Griffiths
    • Outing
      Foot and mouthSep 17, 2011

      The intent of this outing is to provide practice in photojournalism by offering a variety of locations on a long walk, and to offer multiple chances of practicing food/product photography.

    • Theme
      Places to sitCompleted Aug 21, 2011
      NO, repeat, NO photos of rear ends, human or otherwise! This is about chairs, benches, stairs, logs... wherever you might sit. People sitting might be an attractive option, espsecially where the sitting on thing is not clear. Be creative! Make these works of art, not grab shots. You might find this is harder than you expect.


      6 members made a total of 46 comments on 15 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Keith Griffiths
    • Theme
      Foot or feetCompleted Jul 31, 2011

      Any interpretation of what a person, creature or thing stands on or rests on, or any dictionary definition you care to interpret.



      8 members made a total of 69 comments on 17 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Keith Griffiths
    • Theme
      ReflectionCompleted Jun 26, 2011
      Inspired by a West Coast Animatography theme, there is more than one meaning to explore in this theme.


      5 members made a total of 29 comments on 20 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      David Emery
      Keith Griffiths
      Keith Griffiths
      Peter E
      Michael Garson
      Jim Furey
    • Theme
      Puddles, pools or pondsCompleted May 29, 2011
      April showers? Even if the weather is dry, you should be able to find a pond. (no rivers, lakes or oceans allowed) And yes, this one is due on a long weekend, but if you're going to the cottage, shoot this one in the prior 6-7 weeks.


      5 members made a total of 52 comments on 18 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      David Emery
      Shona L
      Karen J
    • Outing

      A road trip that starts in New West, proceeds to Squamish for lunch, Pemberton for afternoon tea at "The Ho" and on to Lillouette for luxurious barracks accomodation.

      There is a shooting guide and prize that is based completely on participation.

      Arise the next morning and visit jumping Boston Bar, Alexandria Bridge, ghost hamlets and tunnels. Return to New West about 5-ish

    • Theme
      AbandonedCompleted Apr 24, 2011
      No shortage of subject possibilities but try to think "artistic" rather than "snapshot".


      8 members made a total of 56 comments on 18 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Michael Garson
      Jim Furey
    • Theme
      DreamsCompleted Mar 27, 2011
      Have fun with this one...


      5 members made a total of 36 comments on 14 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Jim Furey
      Karen J
    • Outing

      The intent of this outing is to teach you, and let you practice the following:

      • setting a simple set of props and/or back drops. positioning and directing and communicating in a proffesional way with a model.
      • overcoming embarrasment and dealing with a subject and achieving an objective.
      • Using a single hot light and a reflector (if you have one)

      You must come prepared with sketches, set ups, light positions on body, samples of what you'd like to do. There will be no time to dither- others need to set up and shoot and models are expensive and it's hot under those lights! And draughty.

    • Theme
      FlightCompleted Feb 27, 2011
      Any dictionary definition you wish to interpret.


      11 members made a total of 115 comments on 29 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Jim Furey
    • Theme
      TraditionCompleted Jan 30, 2011
      There is so much obvious tradition around Christmas that this should be an easy one to complete while you struggle with the still life that's due at the very start of the New Year.


      8 members made a total of 82 comments on 19 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Keith Griffiths
      David Emery
    • Outing
      Almost Famous 4Jan 18, 2011

      Over the last 5 years we have done a number of outing/assignments. Eash of these asked a group of photographers to combine studio shooting techniques such as finding/choosing models, props, costumes, available or created lighting, and some imagination, to create a photograph of a person, place or thing that happened or may have happened. Look back through the outings for ideas. 50's pinups was a blast.

      This years assignment asks randomly formed groups (you can join a group at the second meeting if you missed the first meeting), to create the front and back cover of an old fasioned LP, of a group of musicians. Each of the group members must be on the cover somewhere. You can do a sleeve as well, and song title etc.

      Think of any LP with a group of musicians and you'll get the idea: Abbey Road, Irish Rovers, Jimi Hendrix, a string quartet...you get the idea.

    • Theme
      Still LifeCompleted Jan 9, 2011
      Because November can be dark and dreary, here's your chance to play inside. You don't have to do any kind of traditional bowl of fruit or vase on a draped cloth (although you are welcome to if you wish). This is for any kind of arrangement of objects (NOT found objects - you must arrange them), but that's your only restriction. Light and treat as you wish. Oh, and no abstracts. OK, that's two restrictions. Note, to avoid a due date around Christmas, this theme ends on January 2, 2011. That should give some extra time over the busy holiday season.


      6 members made a total of 39 comments on 13 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Keith Griffiths
      Jim Furey
    • Theme
      Red!!Completed Nov 28, 2010
      From fall colour to tail lights, this primary colour shouts. Find a good photo that contains more red than just a red canoe. All shades from crimson to scarlet, but no pinks, purples or oranges. Sometimes just a bit of red has a lot of power, but the viewers should think "red" when they see it.


      7 members made a total of 83 comments on 31 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Keith Griffiths
      Shona L
    • Outing
      Redneck FeverNov 19, 2010

      Sports photography and photojournalism


      Details:

      All Star Wrestling at Carpenter's Hall, New Westminster.

    • Outing

      Street photography, architecture, historic documentation.

    • Theme
      TextureCompleted Oct 30, 2010
      It's everywhere, but you might find this is harder than you expect it to be. To capture texture visually, light is everything. And we still expect some subject interest.


      5 members made a total of 92 comments on 28 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Keith Griffiths
      Tony van Straubenzee
      Jim Furey
      Keith Griffiths
      David Emery
    • Theme
      RepetitionCompleted Oct 2, 2010
      I am thinking of more than one similar or almost similar thing, like a row of telephone poles (OK, now you can't use that really good idea) or repeating shapes... but you can interpret this as you wish.


      7 members made a total of 95 comments on 28 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Keith Griffiths
      Nancy M
    • Outing
      Photo HuntSep 11, 2010

      Our first outing of the year will be a photo hunt which will test or refresh your photo skills - but don't worry - it will be fun too (photo hunts are always fun).


      Details:

      You will get a list of photos to hunt down. There are only 7 topics, so the time it takes is up to you. Happy hunting! (Note this is not an outing sanctioned by our creative Outings Director, Justin. However, he is off motorcycling in Europe right now so...)

    • Theme
      ShoreCompleted Aug 28, 2010
      The land along the edge of a sea, lake or wide river. Beaches, shops, canoe rentals... whatever you find near the water. Another great summer theme with lots of scope. Go to the beach, have an ice cream cone and look around.


      5 members made a total of 60 comments on 18 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Keith Griffiths
      Keith Griffiths
      Keith Griffiths
    • Theme
      CarsCompleted Jul 31, 2010
      All, part or many. You are sure to find some show 'n shines, museums, streets or parking lots between now and the closing date. Try to go beyond straight forward recording to seek out creative aproaches. Simple, summer fun.


      9 members made a total of 77 comments on 20 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Keith Griffiths
      David L
    • Theme
      Self-portraitCompleted Jun 26, 2010

      Before you go "NO WAY" and run from the room... think about how much fun you could have with this... mirrors, shadows, digital manipulation galore... Or put on a costume and stage yourself in a "movie" scene or ....   (Um, some fantasies are best left unpublished, if you get my drift).

      You do not have to be recognizable, but you have to be "in" the picture.  Somewhere.  But more than just in spirit.

       (You may get assistance,  in the form of someone else pushing the shutter only, but you must "direct" and own the negative.)  

      This one will take some thought, so don't leave it for the last minute!  This is a great opportunity to work with one or more fellow members.



      6 members made a total of 46 comments on 19 submissions.

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      Shona L
      Keith Griffiths
      Justin Ball
    • Theme
      GreenCompleted May 29, 2010

      The colour or the trendy help the earth stuff, like a hybrid car or windmill (or any other intepretation you want). Try to make the whole image say "GREEN".



      4 members made a total of 39 comments on 19 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Shona L
      Michael Garson
    • Theme
      PanoramaCompleted May 1, 2010
      We would prefer a non-traditional, skinny (tall or wide) image here, but you can interpret "panorama" any way you like. Just give us the feeling of width, height or ... far.


      7 members made a total of 55 comments on 21 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      David Emery
      Keith Griffiths
      Tony van Straubenzee
    • Outing

      This was not an outing, it was a workshop held at our meeting. The intent was to practice some common "table top" subjects


      Details:

      We had 3 stations at which photographers could practice:

      • Mylar: photos taken in conjunction with sheets of reflective mylar, often rolled into a tube
      • Corn Syrup: shot on glass, often in macro mode, you have interesting plays of colour through this medium with a high refractive index
      • black light: constructed subjects with interesting saturations and hues coming from the florescing of colours under ultraviolet light
    • Outing

      The flowers, plants and landscape of this unique garden.

      Cynthia is arranging for a model dressed in traditional Japanese attire for us to photograph in the gardens.


      Details:

      For more information, see the garden's website.

      The Nitobe Memorial Garden is a 2 1/2 acre (one hectare) traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia, just outside the city limits of Vancouver. It is part of the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research.

      One of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America[1], it honours Japanese author, educator, diplomat, and politician Nitobe Inazō (1862-1933), who died in Victoria, British Columbia (now the sister city of Nitobe's home town Morioka), and whose goal was "to become a bridge across the Pacific."

      The garden has been the subject of more than fifteen years' study by a UBC professor, who believes that its construction hides a number of impressive features, including references to Japanese philosophy and mythology, shadow bridges visible only at certain times of year, and positioning of a lantern that is filled with light at the exact date and time of Nitobe's death each year. The garden is behind the university's Asian Centre, which is built from steel girders from Japan's exhibit at Osaka Expo[1].

      Google Map directions to the garden, starting from our usual carpooling location:

    • Theme
      Get activeCompleted Mar 26, 2010
      From the Olympics to cycling on the Seawall, find photos of people and their activities for this transitional west coast winter/spring period. It doesn't have to be sports. Walking the dog is fine.


      5 members made a total of 52 comments on 17 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      David Emery
      Matti J. Lagerbom
      Keith Griffiths
    • Theme
      FluidCompleted Feb 27, 2010
      NOT restricted to water.


      6 members made a total of 92 comments on 26 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      Shona L
      Joan Greaves
    • Outing

      To experience and photograph the Olympics through official Celebration sites including LiveCity Downtown, 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion and the Robson Square Celebration site.


      Details:
      LiveCity Downtown:

      An urban gathering place in the heart of the city at Georgia and Cambie, LiveCity Downtown is all about the spirit of the sport and competition. Catch exciting, live coverage of the Olympics and Paralympics Winter Games as they unfold on the giant screen. Enjoy the best in local food and drink and cheer our athletes on to gold.

      2010 Aboriginal Pavilion:

      Authentic Aboriginal art, music and entertainment from across Canada, Aboriginal cuisine and official Vancouver 2010 licensed merchandise.

      British Columbia’s Robson Square Celebration Site:

      During the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics Winter Games, the landmark public space is serving as the Province of British Columbia’s signature celebration site. Every day of the 2010 Winter Games, there’s free public skating at the GE Plaza in the square — Vancouver’s only outdoor ice rink.

      Robson Square is also hosting live entertainment from now through the Games. During the Games, the square will feature live entertainment, sport demonstrations, light shows, video displays, and fun for the whole family. Located at Georgia and Howe Street, Visitors to Robson Square will be able to keep track of the various sporting events and ceremonies on large screens.

    • Theme
      GlowCompleted Jan 30, 2010
      You need a clue for "glow"? Christmas is a big clue... so are long nights...


      8 members made a total of 106 comments on 29 submissions.

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      Top Ranked Images

      David Emery
      Lou Misshula
    • Outing

      The people, infrastructure, art and architecture of our busy international airport offer many opportunities for expanding our photographic techniques.  There is also a free public observation area located on the upper floor in the public, pre-security area of the Domestic Terminal.   There we will be able to photograph the airplane and ground activities that are not usually seen when we rush to catch our flights.

      To make our photographic outing experience a little different, we suggest that you choose to go either long or wide.  That is, choose either the longest or the widest lens or zoom that your camera supports and shot all you photos with that setting.


      Details:

      The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, The Jade Canoe, by Bill Reid, is one of Canada’s most recognizable sculptures. Located in the centre of YVR’s International Terminal, at six metres long and four meters high, its presence is hard to miss. With tiered benches all around the sculpture, the Haida Gwaii is a natural gathering and meeting point. Learn more about the Haida Gwaii and other art at YVR

    • Theme
      Places of WorshipCompleted Dec 26, 2009
      Churches, temples, shrines... inside, outside or small details... day or night... Please respect the worshippers.


      4 members made a total of 20 comments on 22 submissions.

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      Matti J. Lagerbom
      Matti J. Lagerbom
    • Theme
      StairsCompleted Nov 28, 2009
      This one doesn't need much explanation. Up, down, around... whatever you like.


      7 members made a total of 80 comments on 34 submissions.

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      Shona L
      Keith Griffiths
    • Outing
      Granville IslandNov 21, 2009

      Photo Outing to Granville Island Public Market and Other Island Sites on November 21, 2009

      Subjects: To quote from the Granville Island website: “It’s impossible to talk about Granville Island without mentioning the food! The centre of our gastronomic delight, and in fact, the centrepiece of the Island’s shopping experience is the Public Market.” But while great food makes for great photography, do not limit yourself to only the market as there are many other subjects available. Granville Island has artisans of every kind with their creative works on display. Remember the island was an industrial area with many of the buildings providing unique views of False Creek and the downtown area of Vancouver. Your photography is limited only by your imagination.


      Details:

      After you have roamed the area and recorded the many fascinating sites, let’s meet back at our starting point at 3:30PM to share our experiences and maybe some of the food and drink. For those who prefer a beer or some wine, we can mosey over to Bridges Bistro only about 100 feet from the market.

      For your convenience, see the Map of Granville Island

    • Theme
      RelationshipsCompleted Oct 30, 2009
      People qualify here, of course, and there are lots of possibilities, but if you prefer objects, many things have a relationship to other things. (Salt and pepper, horse and carriage...) Try not to be as cliche as my examples.


      7 members made a total of 71 comments on 24 submissions.

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      Cynthia Wong
      Keith Griffiths
    • Outing

      To go to Vancouver’s China-town and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens and capture the unique atmosphere with monochrome Photos


      Details:

      "In the past, Chinatown was regarded as nothing more than a ghetto site. It still bears some traces of its ghetto history but much has changed over the years. Chinese immigrant families who flocked towards the eastside of Downtown since the 1850’s, have established a town filled with colourful and exotic Chinese architecture."

      With this in mind this outing will be a Black and White (monochrome) outing. Try to capture the feeling of days gone by, a time when things were done differently. Chinatown offers all sorts of photographic subjects from the old buildings (such as the Chinese Freemasons Building and the Wing Sang Building) to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens and even the people (if they consent to the photos of course)

    • Theme
      Out of PlaceCompleted Sep 26, 2009
      "One of these things is not like the others; One of these things just doesn't belong" (remember Sesame Street?)... Find something "out of place" or that "doesn't belong" and capture it in a photograph. It doesn't have to be a pattern. Show why it doesn't belong. Litter on the lawn will qualify, but try to be a little more creative! Endless possibilities!


      2 members made a total of 6 comments on 3 submissions.

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    • Outing

      To go to Queen Elizabeth Park to photograph the Conservatory and surrounding gardens.


      Details:

      The Conservatory is home to exotic plants, tropical flowers, colourful fish and eye catching birds. All that you can ask for in a photographic outing! The cost to explore the conservatory is approximately $5. We can explore the conservatory until 5pm when it closes for the evening. There are also beautiful gardens around the park as well as a large fountain with 70 jets to keep you busy photographing as long as you like.

      http://vancouver.ca/parks/parks/queenelizabeth/attractions.htm

    • Theme
      Hot!Completed Aug 29, 2009

      This is typically the warmest period of summer weather, so find something that says "hot" to you: a colour, pavement, the desert, a car, something on the BBQ, fireworks, beach umbrellas...  Um, leave the suggestive shots on the beach, guys... we've already been over that road..



      4 members made a total of 30 comments on 13 submissions.

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      Peter E
      David L
      Joan Greaves
    • Theme
      The Owl and the PussycatCompleted Jul 25, 2009

      The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
          In a beautiful pea green boat,
      They took some honey, and plenty of money,
          Wrapped up in a five pound note.
      The Owl looked up to the stars above,
          And sang to a small guitar....

      It's summer, and a time for fantasy, romance and just plain sillyness... so for this theme, take any noun or phrase from the excerpt of Edward Lear's poem above and interpret it in a photograph.  For example, an owl, a boat leaving port ("went to sea"), the "stars above"... etc.  You can be as literal or whimsical as you want.  Have fun.



      4 members made a total of 19 comments on 8 submissions.

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    • Theme
      Colour WheelCompleted Jun 27, 2009

      This theme is called "Colour Wheel". It's spring, so there is colour appearing everywhere. Find a Colour Wheel (Google can help or you can buy them inexpensively in most art supply stores). To avoid having to take an art course, we will set the theme to two uses of the colour wheel: (1) Complementary - those colours opposite each other on the wheel.  Most of us do this already - bright orange colours against a blue sky, for example, make each of the colours pop out.  See if you can shoot a good example of this...  or (2) Analogous - using colours adjacent to each other on the colour wheel.  This creates a very harmonious colour scheme.  Colour is everywhere and you can use any subject.  This is just to challenge you to keep your colour scheme simple.  It might be harder than it looks, especially if you stay out of gardens  (really, you can show florals if you want!)  Have fun.



      5 members made a total of 34 comments on 19 submissions.

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      Matti J. Lagerbom
      Matti J. Lagerbom
      Keith Griffiths
    • Outing
      Golden Ears BridgeJun 14, 2009

      Golden Ears Bridge


      Details:

      The Grand opening of the Golden Ears Bridge is being held. There will be entertainment and you will be able to walk over the bridge deck and take wonderful photos (because that is all we take!)

    • Theme
      ShadowsCompleted May 23, 2009
      This theme leaves lots of room for creativity, and can be interpreted inside or outside. Artificial light sources are acceptable, indoors or out. The only "rules" are that the main subject or focus of your image is shadow/s and that you capture the image within the theme dates.


      7 members made a total of 41 comments on 18 submissions.

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      Keith Griffiths
    • Outing

      The horses, racing and outdoor facilities of our local harness racing track


      Details:

      We have been given permission to photograph the activities in all public areas at the track, but we cannot take pictures in the casino or use flash photography when there are horses present as they are easily spooked by the lights.

      Betting at the racetrack and gambling at the casino is up to each individual (but I am a partner with all the winners).

      Reservations have been made for ten for the buffet dinner. Please let me know who plans to attend as we have complementary dinner tickets for six and we can share the balance of the bill. If more than ten plan to come for dinner, I must call to change our reservation.

    • Theme
      AnglesCompleted Apr 25, 2009

      This theme topic is intended to complement the "architecture" program during this period, but you may use any interpretation you like. It doesn't have to be buildings or any part of them (it could be an abstract or any subject), but your photograph must show one or more "angles". Think creatively and please capture the image within the date range of the theme.



      4 members made a total of 31 comments on 25 submissions.

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      Keith Griffiths
      Tony van Straubenzee
      Keith Griffiths
    • Outing

      University of British Columbia Varsity Baseball – Pre-game and game activities - The players, coaches, fans, field, and the stadium with all of its fixtures.

      ;For those of you who are not die-heart sports fans and do not want sit through a game and watch young men try to hit a round ball with a round stick, immediately adjacent to Nat Bailey Stadium is the new Olympic curling facility and Queen Elisabeth Park.


      Details:

      Spend about 1-1/2 hours before the game photographing the players, and coaches preparing for the competition.
      We will be allowed on the field but be VERY aware of flying baseballs, players, and equipment. When the game starts, find a seat and enjoy the game or get your action shots from beside the rail birds or from behind home plate.

      Click here even more details

    • Theme
      On the moveCompleted Mar 28, 2009

      We have a February 17 workshop on travel photography, but since most of you won't have the chance to travel during the 7 week theme period, we are looking for anything that suggests travel, such as photographs of planes, trains, automobiles, taxis, luggage, brochures..... you get the idea.
      And as an added bonus, you can interpret "on the move" any other way you like!

      Please try to capture your photographs within the theme dates.



      4 members made a total of 23 comments on 25 submissions.

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      Keith Griffiths
      Nancy M
      Keith Griffiths
      Tony van Straubenzee
    • Outing
      Hastings Street Mar 7, 2009

      Hastings Street, Burnaby from Alpha Avenue to Boundary Road

        Subjects:  The food, people and architecture of this unique multicultural area of Burnaby


      Details:

      Spend about two hours walking up and down Hastings Street and see some of the very interesting sites. There are many places to eat or nosh and peruse the offerings on the street. Be sure to stop at Coggs Vintage Antiques, 4353 E. Hastings Street where we have been invited inside to photograph many treasures. Your browser may not support display of this image.

      A great half way point is the Dolce 67 Coffee Shop, 3790 E. Hasting Street, one block east of Boundary Road. If you have a sweet tooth, (like Lou), try their delicious gelato.

      When you have completed your photographic journey, we will meet at 4:00pm at Vita Bella Ristorante, 4544 Hastings Street, one-half block east of Willingdon Avenue where Valarie and Leo Moschetti will allow us to photograph their restaurant and their preparation of the delicious food. For those who care to stay for an early dinner or snack, they will prepare one or more of their pasta dishes, (the exact choices to be determined). May I suggest the Linguine Chef Leonardo with roasted chicken breast, oven roasted tomatoes, kalamata olives, goat cheese and extra virgin olive oil. Other choices on their menu can be found at: http://www.vitabellaristorante.ca/dinner

    • Outing

      Capture the colour and energy of Chinese New Year in Vancouver's Chinatown.

    • Theme
      AbstractCompleted Dec 26, 2008

      Although specifically intended as an exercise to complement the night photography program and Vandusen Gardens Christmas light outing, we are looking for any image that has an "abstract" feel to it. This is usually something that is not recognizable... part of the whole. So think about some techniques, such as zooming... or camera motion... or move in on some lights, or shoot just part of a neon sign... If you prefer to stay out of the dark and cold this time of year, you may also set something up on your dining room table... It should just say "abstract" to the viewers.
      Please create your photographs between the theme opening and closing dates.



      11 members made a total of 97 comments on 24 submissions.

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      Matti J. Lagerbom
      Laurie O'Brien
    • Outing

      A night shoot at the Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver to work on how to capture the magic of the lights.


      Details:

      Check out the website for more details.

      Click for Van Dusen's Festival of Light info

    • Theme
      Flora and faunaCompleted Dec 1, 2008

      This is a broad topic to harmonize with our zoo and bird sanctuary outings on October 11 and November 22, respectively
      For for those of you not into "fur and feathers", you may enter any kind of plant life, but try to keep it within the theme of "nature" (ie no "cultivated" plants. We know that can be a challenge, especially if you travel, but generally, nothing from the flower garden).
      If you don't attend either outing (or don't get any good shots from either, or got the perfect wildlife shot on your way out of town before either outing started...), you may also enter "wild" bird or "wild" animal shots but no domestic cats or dogs or other pets like goldfish...
      Please try to keep within the intention of our themes by capturing your images between the opening and closing date of the theme.



      13 members made a total of 216 comments on 38 submissions.

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      Keith Griffiths
      Shona L
    • Outing

      Riefel Bird Sanctuary to see the visiting Snow Geese.

      If you have never been this is a wonderful wildlife refuge in the heart of Delta.


      Details:

      www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com/

      Cost is $4.00 entrance fee. Bird Seed is available for sale at the entrance to the park. Please go to

      the website for more details and map.

      If you have a tripod this will be a great opportunity to use it! As well as those long telephoto lenses. - having said that - there are all sorts of birds and small creatures here and point and shoot cameras work well here as well.

    • Theme
      LinesCompleted Nov 3, 2008

      Lines are basic compositional elements, but, (bonus!), they are everywhere. This is a summer theme so try to resist digging through the archives for this one. Get out into the nice weather and look for lines. Hint: they don't have to be straight lines but a strong theme will say "lines" to the viewer.



      11 members made a total of 100 comments on 44 submissions.

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      Marcotte, Daniel
      Derek Carlin
      Derek Carlin
    • Outing
      Halloween PartyOct 21, 2008

      Club parties are a chance for members to relax, let their hair down, and discuss their favorite photographic subjects.


      Details:

      This is shown as an "outing" so we have a gallery for it.

    • Outing

      To learn to shoot animals in a habitat that is close to what you would find in the wild.

      The Greater Vancouver Zoo was once a game farm, therefore, the "pens" that the animals are housed in are slightly larger than your standard zoo.  We hope to be able to capture some of the wildlife in their "natural" surrondings.  A great time to practice using your tripods.

    • Theme
      How I spent my summerCompleted Sep 27, 2008

      Photos for this theme must be taken from June 1 to the closing date. Show us part of your summer. Were you travelling? Visiting a festival? Back yard BBQ? Gardening? Bird watching? The photos don't have to include you and they don't necessarily have to say "summer". Note that this theme is open for the whole summer so you can post your 3 images whenever you wish.



      12 members made a total of 125 comments on 29 submissions.

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      Keith Griffiths
      Desmond Chen
    • Outing

      This outing is being designed as a Photographic Scavenger Hunt.

      To have participants interpret written clues using your camera to capture proof.

      Participants may work in teams or by themselves.

      All work submitted will be scored (not for artisitc merit but for the clue interpertation) and a Grand Prize will be awarded.


      Details:

      For more information about the ferries, go to their website.

      This outing is rain or shine so come prepared for the weather. If you are susceptible to seasickness please take some Gravol before you arrive as the water can be choppy.

      Don't forget to upload your photos for entry for the Grand Prize!

    • Theme
      ContrastCompleted May 30, 2008

      Any two or more items that contrast in any way. Contrasts are relatively easy to find, but executing them is more challenging. We know you don't need those old trite examples. Find something that says "contrast". Once you start looking, you will see them everywhere. Have fun.



      6 members made a total of 16 comments on 18 submissions.

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      David Emery
      Derek Carlin
      Tony van Straubenzee
      Keith Griffiths
      Susan McMaster
    • Outing
      Seven Deadly SinsMay 10, 2008

      This outing will be a photo hunt to challenge you to observe, interpret and capture seven images that define the seven deadly sins (one sin for each photo - you don't have to get all 7 in one, but bonus points if you do).

      If you don't remember what they are, you will have to look them up (any version - Google makes that an easy challenge).   You may take as many photos as you like.

      We considered adding the seven heavenly virtues to the list also, but what are the chances of finding those in this date and age?


      Details:

      We encourage you to break up into small groups so that not everyone turns in the same shot. You will upload your images to the club outings site afterwards. There might be some prizes...

    • Theme
      WaitingCompleted Apr 26, 2008

      Waiting. That's it. No clues.



      8 members made a total of 19 comments on 14 submissions.

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      Tony van Straubenzee
      Matti J. Lagerbom
      Alyssa Greene
    • Outing
      Spring FlingApr 26, 2008

      Since CAPA cancelled the originally scheduled April 13 date due to the cool weather, this will be the main date.

      Few things are more colourful in BC's springtime than the blooming of the spring flowers. Members and guests can spend a few hours roaming the gorgeous colours of Agassiz tulip farms.


      Details:
      map to tulip fields

      http://www.capapac.org/outings.htm for a map and some information.

      From Highway #1 take exit 135 and head towards Agassiz. Once over the Agassiz/Rosedale bridge stay on the bypass past Agassiz. Turn left at the Seabird Cafe and follow Chowat Road West. You will see the fields on your right about a kilometer down Chowat Road.

    • Theme
      CircularCompleted Mar 29, 2008

      The more picky members may attack the semantics here. We could say "circles" but circles have a wider meaning (eg "circle of friends"). We're looking for geometric circles, all points equidistant from the centre, two dimensions (well, photos are kind of 2D anyway... except for those stereo shots). And circular just sounds more interesting.

      However, so that we don't end up with a bunch of curves, there must be at least one complete circle in the frame - but it's OK if it's distorted by angle or perspective. And of course there can be more than one.

      Yes, they are everywhere, large and small. Challenge yourself to find them. (And you may also set up anything you want - this does not have to be a "found" shot.)



      12 members made a total of 98 comments on 40 submissions.

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      Jonathan Mwenifumbo
      Jonathan Mwenifumbo
      David Emery
      Susan McMaster
      Matti J. Lagerbom
      Tony van Straubenzee
      Tony van Straubenzee
      Marilyn Jackson
    • Outing
      Sea to SkyMar 15, 2008

      Photograph oceans and mountain views and the village of Deep Cove on this outing that celebrates the diversity of our region.


      Details:

      This is not the "Sea to Sky" highway to Squamish and Whistler.    This is a little exploration on the other end of the North Shore...  We will go straight to Deep Cove (while there is still some parking) for seascapes and whatever we find, and maybe a coffee, then up to Mount Seymour for some city and mountain views, weather permitting.  If you need more ocean, you can stop at Cates Park on the return.  There should be opportunities for sea and mountain scenics, nature, snow... (maybe lots of snow - you're not sick of it, are you?) and a little seaside village architecture.

    • Theme
      In the kitchenCompleted Mar 1, 2008

      We are looking for anything that might be found in a traditional kitchen (you know, where you prepare food) ... pots, pans, knives, food, the can opener, the chef...

      The subject or subjects do not have to be arranged as they would naturally be found; in other words, "still life" arrangements or posed shots are acceptable.

      Even if you don't cook, you probably have something in your kitchen that could be used to cook with, right? Or borrow someone else's kitchen.

      Any technique is allowable here, so stretch your creativity!



      8 members made a total of 60 comments on 25 submissions.

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      David Emery
    • Outing
      50's GlamourFeb 23, 2008

      A studio photography workshop with a theme - imitate/re-create 40-50's film/glamour and "Vargas girl"/"pin-up" style shots, from posing to props to lighting.


      Details:

      Jim Britton (some of you will remember his excellent workshop on portraiture) has kindly offered the use of his studio, and will provide assistance/instruction on set-up, posing, etc.   We will also have two or three  models, lighting, etc.   We will provide costumes and props.

      If you have something in mind that does not fall into the scenarios you can vote on (see Logistics above), send an email to outings@nwphoto.org with a photo and we can discuss.

      Payment will be 2 8X10 photos to each of the models and one to our makeup artist.

    • Theme
      RainCompleted Jan 26, 2008

      It's the rainy season.... Let's try to jinx it by looking for photographs that say "rain". That might guarantee six weeks of sunshine (yeah, right).

      We are looking for anything that says "rain"... (not snow, not hail): think puddles, raindrops, wet umbrellas, wet dogs... you get the idea. And can you show us rain in a new way?

      Those who were on the November 17 outing already have a good idea of possibilities (unfortunately, you can't use those photos though; you may have to go get wet again.) However, if you can give us a photograph that says "rain" without going outside (stage it in the shower, that sort of thing) that's OK too.

      Look for drama, small details, human interest.... There can be beauty and impact in rain. Really. Find it and show us.



      9 members made a total of 55 comments on 21 submissions.

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      Derek Carlin
      Keith Griffiths
      Matti J. Lagerbom
      David Emery
      Keith Griffiths
    • Outing
      Almost at SeaJan 20, 2008

      We will visit the Vancouver Maritime Museum to extract from this treasury of west coast maritime history photographs ranging from representational to interpretive to abstract.


      Details:

      Our outings are usually Saturdays, but for this Sunday, and one day in March, the museum is offering tours of the engine room of the St. Roch, an area usually off-limits to the public. They also have "Treasures from the Vault", an exhibit of artifacts usually not on display. (As you may know, this museum, like many others, has a serious shortage of exhibit area)

      The museum has exhibits inside and out. and the nearby Vanier Park, Vancouver Museum and Planetarium, also offer options for "people on the beach" shots, skyline views, public art, architecture and so on.

    • Theme
      Night shots (outside)Completed Dec 31, 2007

      This is such a giveaway. The only hard part is getting outside in the dark. But it's dark almost all the time this time of year, right? So anything from Christmas lights to suspicious looking characters lurking under street lamps goes for this assignment.

      The photograph must be taken at night, outside, but light sources do not necessarily have to be visible.

      So, go out with a tripod and take a night shot. There are so many choices! Have fun.

      Photographs to be taken between November 1 and December 24 please.



      7 members made a total of 39 comments on 17 submissions.

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      Lou Misshula
      Keith Griffiths
    • Outing

      This is the night of the winter solstice, and a few days before Christmas. Christmas is a time for tradition, so we're going to play with some "traditional" and creative "in-camera" techniques for photograhing some local river views, street views, colours, graphics and abstracts.


      Details:

      Get away from the crowds, shopping and stress for a couple of hours, for a look around at the lights and views of New Westminster.

      It's the winter solstice, the longest night of the year.

      We will have hot coffee and cookies, a variety of filters for you to play with and some suggestions for other creative techniques to try. There are great views of the river, bridges, quay and city streets.

      HINT: As an extra added bonus, this will be your perfect and last chance for photos for the "Night Shots" theme that closes Christmas Eve!

    • Theme
      People at WorkCompleted Dec 1, 2007

      People at work are all around us, but we often don't notice them. This will be an exercise in seeing the people who keep our world running... window washers, mechanics, flag people, librarians... It doesn't have to be "paid employment" but it should be "work". A person, or people, or parts (perhaps their hands...as long as it shows them doing the work) should be the primary subject(s). Their equipment or tools should be secondary (no pictures of a giant crane with a teeny little person, see, right there...)

      Please do show respect for your subject(s) during the photography and in selection of the final images.



      9 members made a total of 98 comments on 28 submissions.

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      Lou Misshula
      Justin Ball
      Shona L
    • Outing

      An $8 transit day-pass (this is a "green" outing) will be a requirement for this photo hunt, where your team will be challenged to solve the clues (it's OK; some are dead easy) and interpet the assigned subjects at each stop to prove you have been there.

      Creativity in interpreting the assignments will be the goal.


      Details:

      You will draw your team, route and photo assignments at the start and, armed with a treasure map of routes and clues, will set off to seek out specific photos. Teams will start with different routes but may have the opportunity to meet at some stops. Most of the route will be on transit, with some wandering off here and there. Your team will work together to interpret the clues and locate the assigned topics.


      The photos that were taken as part of the photo hunt are titled according to team, the skytrain line they started on, and the subject/clue they are interpreting. So a team 2 shot (who started on Millenium line), taking the #7 clue at Sapperton would start their title with "2M7". Each team had the same subjects, but did them in a different order. The table below will help you understand the title numbers. You can see the original sheets with all the clue material by following these document links: Expo Teams, Millenium Teams)

      Team Subject #’s

      Station

      Subject / clue

      Expo

      Millenium

      1
      1
      Any
      Vertical Art
      2
      2
      Any
      Discarded
      3
      3
      Any
      Waiting
      4
      4
      Any
      Aerial view
      5
      5
      Any
      Tracks
      6
      6
      Any
      Bicycle(s) or cyclist(s)
      29
      7
      Sapperton
      Symmetry
      27
      8
      Lougheed
      Where have all the fishies gone?
      28
      9
      Lougheed
      Can you get the point?
      26
      10
      Production Way
      Repetition with colour
      10
      11
      Broadway
      Commercial
      One side of commercial
      11
      12
      Broadway
      Commercial
      The other side of commercial
      12
      13
      Broadway
      Commercial
      The flowers
      7 27 22nd Street (construction zone) water or signs of water
      8 28 22nd Street (construction zone) something orange
      9 29 22nd Street (construction zone) Transportation
      13
      14
      Main St.
      Science World
      Leaves/Fruit of an ancient tree
      14
      15
      Main St.
      Science World
      Any dome
      15
      16
      Main St.
      Science World
      Water transportation (real or fantasy)
      16
      17
      Main St.
      Science World
      Something to climb
      17
      18
      Burrard
      Really, really wet staircase
      18
      19
      Burrard
      A reflection
      19
      20
      Burrard
      Part of Marine Building
      20
      21
      Waterfront
      Arches and light
      21
      22
      Seabus
      Containers
      22
      23
      Seabus
      Skyline (either one)
      23
      24
      Seabus
      Motion
      24
      25
      Lonsdale Quay
      Hull
      25
      26
      Lonsdale Quay
      Something starting with “S”
    • Theme
      A blast from the pastCompleted Oct 27, 2007

      For the "October" topic (please limit to images captured between Sept. 1 and the closing date) we are looking for any image with an historical, heritage or "old" connection. This could be vintage cars, old buildings, any staged or manipulated image with an appearance of age... How about Burnaby Village Museum, Langley's "Cruise-in" car show, your travels to any old city (or place....), antique furniture, rust or peeling paint...

      How old is old? Well, if you think "vintage" or "old" when you look at it, it's old enough. This topic is very non-specific so you have lots of room for interpretation, but try to present the old things in a new way.



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      Peter E
      Shona L
      Shona L
    • Outing

      Creative, abstract, historic (including architecture) and scenic photography.


      Details:

      This is an authentic 1912 generating station that produced electricity for the Mission and Maple Ridge areas for over 90 years.

      In the Generator Hall you can walk alongside (and photograph of course) the original turbines and generators and view the beautiful architectural details. You can play at creating electricity in the "Electrica" Gallery (creative and abstract photo ops). Outside, the penstocks are interesting subjects. There are exhibits and photo murals showing the history of power generation in the area.

      Afterwards, we might meet somewhere for lunch.

      More information about the Stave Falls Powerhouse can be found at the BC Hydro Site.

    • Theme
      What I Did Last SummerCompleted Sep 29, 2007

      For our first ever online "theme" competition, we are looking for variations of that first day of school mini-essay "How I spent my summer vacation". Show us what you did this past summer. Find images that capture the playfulness of "school's out" and the dramatic ranges in light and mood that summer brings. Show us your travels, adventures or observations.

      For this first theme, we will accept images captured from the official start of summer 2007 until the closing date of the theme.



      12 members made a total of 132 comments on 33 submissions.

      See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


      Top Ranked Images

      Keith Griffiths
      David Emery
      Tony Van Straubenzee
      Jason Hollister
      Jason Hollister
      Shona L
      David Emery
      Keith Griffiths
      Joan Greaves
      Genoveva Regehr
    • Outing
      Streets of SeattleSep 15, 2007

      architecture, alleys, flowers, food, textures, art, neon, people, history, LIFE!


      Details:

      Our first "official" outing for 07/08 will be a day trip (you're welcome to stay longer, but you'll have to make your own arrangements with whomever you carpool) to Seattle. We wish we could cover the whole city, but it's a day trip, so we'll stay within one area (walking distance) to take in architecture, Pioneer Square, waterfront, the busy and colourful Pike Street market, galleries, etc.

    • Outing

      nature photography, trees, rocks, running water (tripod for long shutter shots), potentially difficult exposure situations (dark tunnels, bright exteriors, dark shadows in the gorge depending on lighting and time of day).


      Details:

      Note: this is an "unofficial" outing during the club's summer hiatus.

      Background: In the early 1900s, the Canadian Pacific Railway decided a route was necessary to link the Kootenay Region with the BC coast by rail. The railway was built over three mountain ranges. In the Coquihalla Gorge - the river cut a 300 foot deep channel of solid granite. A straight line of tunnels were built through it which are known now as the Othello Tunnels. There are spectacular viewing opportunities available on the trail, through the tunnels and on the bridges. This park highlights the Kettle Valley Railway grade that passes through the canyon and 5 tunnels which were built in 1914. It contains a 135 hectare land base. It is a popular tourist attraction for the town of Hope and provides viewing, walking, fishing and picnicking opportunities. The hiking trail links to the historic Hope-Nicola Cattle Trail. The engineer Andrew McCullough was an avid reader of Shakespearean literature, and used characters such as Lear, Jessica, Portia, Iago, Romeo & Juliet to name stations of the Coquihalla subdivision.

      The tunnel trail is pretty flat (is the old railroad bed) and is relatively short (about 3 km round trip), so it won't take the whole day to do, even stopping every 5 feet for a shot. Once there, we can decide what other near-by areas might be of interest.

      Note: Park website suggests bringing a flashlight to light the way when walking through the tunnels.

      Some useful information:

    • Outing
      NanaimoJun 9, 2007

      A day trip to Nanaimo - includes a car ride, a sea journey, an easy march (1.8 km), or a short bus ride.

      The best grouping of bookstores I've seen in a while, a fort (of sorts) 2 museums, old and new architecture, flora and fauna, Fred Hertzog-like material, walking tours, etc.


      Details:

      Note: This outing pre-dates our outing archival system, so we don't have all the original details. Please enjoy the photos taken by our members and guests on this outing.

    • Outing
      Russian SoldiersApr 14, 2007

      "Team" Photography -- can you work with a team to compose your shots?


      Details:

      In the early months of the first world war, the Russian army was large, but very poorly equipped. Soldiers were formed into groups of three, with one rifle and 5 cartridges. When the first soldier fell, the remaining 2 would take up the rifle and continue, until the next fell.

      Participants will be put in pairs, issued with one camera, and a list of “targets” to shoot. Work together to spot and shoot, and don’t waste your shots!

      This is a full day outing, starting at the New West Skytrain station and ending with dinner at Lougheed Mall where processed prints will be judged and compared. Bring your usual gear, and money. Shoot your own photos with your own camera, but only those from the supplied equipment will be judged. Will challenge the eye, mind and skill of all photographers

    • Outing
      FlowersMar 31, 2007

      A morning outing to try our skills and info gleaned from Leona Isaacs program of March 27th.

    • Outing
      Almost Famous (2)Feb 10, 2007

      To practice "period photography" by trying to recreate famous photographs or other scenes from history.


      Details:

      Find your partners and props now to create a person, place, thing or event that has happened, or may have happened.

    • Outing
      Remember ChinatownNov 11, 2006

      Ceremonies, pagentry, mixed with cultures within culture.


      Details:

      November is often gray, wet, depressing.

      This outing will take participants to the Vancouver cenotaph for Remembrance Day, and then to Chinatown and surrounding areas.

      Bright lights, street produce markets, cleaver wielding butchers, ethnic foods and bright produce will hopefully chase some of the November cold away. Bring raingear, flash, tripod, lunch money (you HAVE to try the pastries- so much whipped cream.)

      Bring the usual bits, and wear a poppy.

    • Outing
      Death FestOct 14, 2006

      An autumn outing to photograph elements of the dying year.


      Details:

      October contains the fall and Halloween, the month of the dying of the year. Trees lose their leaves, salmon spawn and die, people shuffle off their mortal coil, once lively rural centers are passed over and forgotten, great routes of transport are superceded and forgotten.

      This outing will include visiting a creepy family cemetery, salmon spawning streams (you should see the colours), a forgotten country general store, a trip along a forgotten highway, and lots of colourful flora.

      Stops on this outing include:

    • Outing

      A double feature, car races and dark skies.

      Practice panning, crowd shots, sports action as well as long exposures and low light(!) photography


      Details:

      Saturday Night Double-feature

      Car-racing at Agassiz speedway, and /or photographing star-trails at Manning Park.

      Tripods seriously recommended.

      First stop, Agassiz Speedway (www.agassizspeedway.com), for lots of action pics of high-energy car racing.

      Cool down at the Lookout at Manning Park, photographing star trails.

      It should be quite a night!

    • Outing

      For architecture and machinery, also flora and fauna, you choose your subjects.


      Details:

      You can get info about the park on their website.

    • Outing
      Beyond Hope 1Feb 26, 2006

      Wide variety of photographic opportunities away in the small communities nestled in the Coastal Mountains.


      Details:

      Note: this outing predates our new outing archival system, so we only have our member photos without any comments from this outing. Please enjoy their submissions.

    • Outing
      Almost Famous (1)Jan 21, 2006

      To use photography to reproduce famous movie scenes or famous photographs. To create a "period" photograph.


      Details:

      Note: this outing predates our new outing archive system, so details are limited.

    • Outing
      Manning ParkMay 28, 2005

      Generally an outdoor, "nature" outing. Manning Park has a wide variety of subject matter to choose from, including nature trails, landscape views, flowers, animals of all sorts, and also man-made subjects to be found in the lakeside facilities.


      Details:

      Some links with further information as well as access to maps on how to get there.

    • Outing
      Minter GardensApr 2, 2005

      Garden photography, opportunities for both landscape and macro photography, brilliant colours and interesting lighting.


      Details:

      Note: this outing predates our outing archival system -- so details available are limited.

    • Outing
      Maplewood FarmFeb 27, 2005

      Photos of a rural/farm environment. Buildings, plants, animals.


      Details:

      This outing predates our outings archive system, so details on this outing are limited.

    • Outing

      Photography of aircraft, related machinery and architecture.

      You can find out more about the museum at their web site: www.canadianflight.org


      Details:

      Note: this outing predates our current outings archive system, so we don't have all the details.

    • Outing
      Vancouver At NightApr 17, 2004

      Night shots of city life in Vancouver.

    • Outing

      Many photographers seem to really like saturated reds. What better place to find red than at a cranberry harvest! Opportunities for lots of striking colour contrasts and fall/harvest imagery.


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