Just a quick reminder that the next meeting of the APL Camera Club is scheduled for Thursday April 30, 2015 between 7-9pm in the Lebovic Room of the Aurora Public Library.
The following is on the agenda:
Photographer of the Month -- William Eggleston
The Photo Triangle & Group Activity
Monthly Challenge Critique -- Fill the Frame or Clouds
Composition Tips -- Steve McCurry
The Wonders of XnView
Overview of Topaz Impression
The challenge for April is simple -- "Fill the Frame" or "Clouds" and the Monthly Challenge Gallery is ready to accept your images. Since there are only 9 days left before the meeting, please upload your Monthly Challenge images ASAP.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the 30th of April.
If anyone is interested, Garry Conway, a local nature photographer is leading a photo walk this coming Saturday in Happy Valley. Since I don't know Garry Conway personally and have never been on any of his walks, I can't guarantee what this will be like, but it does sound like fun, and there's a good chance that I'll be there. Here are the details directly from his website:
Photo-hike in Happy Valley
Meet at the King Township Museum
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 1 pm
The King Township Museum
(2920 King Road, King Township, Ontario)
We will leave the Museum at 1:30 pm. You will receive driving directions to the hike starting location which is about a 10 minute drive from the Museum. The photo-hike duration will be about 1 1/2 hours.
We will hike a kilometer into the beautiful hardwood forest of Happy Valley. I will provide instruction on forest and plant photography .
After the leaves have fallen in the Fall and just before they come out in the Spring is a great time to photograph forests. The forests are open and light shines through to the forest floor creating interesting highlight and shadow effects. On dull days, fog or evaporation from the forest floor can create unusual effects . While it is still early in the season we will likely see signs of emerging woodland plants and perhaps capture one or two migrating birds.
Just a reminder that the next meeting of the APL Camera Club is scheduled for Thursday March 26, 2015 between 7-9pm in the Lebovic Room of the Aurora Public Library.
The following items are on the agenda:
Photographer of the Month – Fred Herzog
The Photo Triangle Explained & Group Exercise – CameraSim
Facebook Initiative (Announcement)
Camera Club & Culture Days (Announcement)
Message to Self Project (Angela Durante Dukat)
Monthly Challenge Critique – One Thing, Three Interpretations
Composition Tips – Steve McCurry
Photo Exchange -- Doug Underwood, Ian Beck, William Varela, Rick Armstrong, Claire D'Aurore, James Hellard, Shannon Underwood, Rafael Payan, Ronen Grunberg, Barry Bridgeford
Louie Schwartzberg – Spring Inspiration
The challenge for March is entitled "One Thing, Three Interpretations". The idea, essentially, is to find an object (it can be anything that you like) and interpret your object in three different ways. By interpretation I mean shoot the object from three different angles or perspectives so that you create a different sense of the object from each of the perspectives. You are perfectly free to accentuate and highlight your interpretations by cropping as well as applying digital post processing (i.e. use Photoshop or similar application) on your images.
There is just over a week left before the next meeting, so please submit your Monthly Challenge images ASAP.
My apologies for taking so long to write to you about this month's photo challenge, but unfortunately I came down with the most miserable cold (and then Laryngitis) and have just been struggling to just make it through the day. In any event, I'm on the mend and feeling much better.
The challenge for March is entitled "One Thing, Three Interpretations". The idea, essentially, is to find an object (it can be anything that you like) and interpret your object in three different ways. By interpretation I mean shoot the object from three different angles or perspectives so that you create a different sense of the object from each of the perspectives. You are perfectly free to accentuate and highlight your interpretations by applying digital post processing (i.e. use Photoshop or similar application) on your images.
As of this moment, only four people uploaded images to the Monthly Challenge Gallery. There is still time to upload your images. This month's challenge is Macro/Closeup/Abstract/Silhouette. Remember, your images can contain any one of the elements or a couple of the elements. For this challenge you are also allowed to use older photographs from your library so your submissions do not have to be brand-new images.
At the last meeting, we weren't able to get through Glenn Springer's entire PowerPoint presentation, so he was kind enough to make it available as a download. It's highly recommended as it contains lots of good information as well as a really enjoyable 5 minute slideshow presentation highlighting some of Glenn's excellent images. The PowerPoint is about 75MB and is available from the following link:
Also, don't forget to sign up for Glenn Springer's blog. It is very enjoyable and well written, and for signing up you will be entitled to a free Ebook.
FEBRUARY MONTHLY CHALLENGE
The following is the monthly challenge for February and it caters to an indoor esthetic:
You can do any one of the above, or you can mix and match. For example, you can do a close up, which is also abstract and a silhouette. So your images can reflect any one of the above, or can be a mixture of any one of the above elements.
Monthly Challenge Critique -- Vivian Maier Inspired or Favourite 3 Photos of 2014
The Monthly Challenge for the upcoming meeting is Vivian Maier Inspired or Favourite 3 Photos of 2014, or a mix of the two. The Monthly Challenge Gallery is ready for your images, so please upload at your leisure.
Now that the hardest and coldest months of the winter have descended, it is difficult for most of us to get inspired to go out and shoot, despite the fact that the winter months can yield some of the most interesting and creative images. Here are a few links and videos to inspire your winter creativity:
I just want to thank all of you who came to the December 18 meeting for making the holiday get together so successful. Thanks to all who contributed to the snack table, it was very much appreciated. Thank you Deborah Barley for the fun Photo Puzzle Activity. Also, someone left behind a Cuisinart knife. So if it belongs to you, please let me know and I'll get it to you.
Just a heads up on the Monthly Challenge for January. Since we watched the film on Vivian Maier, this challenge is inspired by her work.
An important thing about Vivian Maier's images is that they focus on everyday life. Her street photography shows how fascinated she was with everyday things, (street scenes, portraits of people, interesting architecture, self-portraits, as well as random objects in the streets). She captured the ordinary moments of day-to-day life. As expressed by John Maloof, the director, curator, and primary caretaker of Maier's oeuvre “Vivian saw details that pass us by in everyday life.”
So the challenge for this month is "Everyday Moments" --- things that would generally pass unnoticed.
Here are some things to consider in creating an image:
If you can, bring a little something to snack on. If everyone brings something small, there'll be plenty to go around.
Also, if you can find the time, upload an image or two to the Monthly Challenge Gallery. As of this moment there aren't many images there. Given that this is a very busy time of year, it is perfectly acceptable to upload either recent photographs or ones that were taken in the past.
I want to wish those of you who will not be able to make it to this month's meeting a joyous holiday season and a wonderful new year.