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Next APLCC Meeting -- December 18

Just a quick reminder that the next APL Camera Club will be held on December 18 instead of the last Thursday of the month.

This meeting will be more of a holiday celebration.  We’ll take some time to chat so we can get to know each other a little better.  Everyone is invited to bring a little something to snack on (thanks to all of you who've already signed up to bring something).  Remember, you don't have to bring a lot since we don't want to have stuff left over. 

Here's the plan for the evening:

  • Casual conversation -- 1/2 hour to 40 minutes
  • Monthly Challenge -- 20 to 25 minutes.  The monthly challenge for this month is very simple: A Winter Sight or Holiday Lights
  • For the last part of the meeting we'll watch the award-winning documentary Finding Vivian Maier

Please remember to upload an image or images to the Monthly Challenge Gallery.  Any fun winter holiday scene (A Winter Sight) or a photograph celebrating the holiday with lights (Holiday Lights) will do.  For this particular month the image(s) that you upload can be recent or from the past.

Looking forward to seeing you all on December 18.




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APLCC November 27 Meeting Reminder

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick reminder that the next meeting of the APL Camera Club will be held on the 27th of November.

We are fortunate to have Dr. Ron Goodlin do a presentation on Wildlife Photography.  Ron Goodlin is an amazing wildlife photographer so I'm sure that you're in for a real treat.

Please upload your images for the November monthly challenge to the gallery.  This month's challenge gives you lots of options.  Here are the possibilities:

  • Ambiguous
  • Sight
  • Open Spaces
  • Photography
  • Relationships

With so many options, no one should have a problem finding at least one image to upload.  smiley

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 27th of November.


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APLCC First Meeting Reminder 2014 - 2015 Season

Hi Everyone,

This is a reminder that the first meeting of the APL Camera Club  2014-2015 season will be held on Thursday October 30 in the Lubovic Room of the Aurora Public Library.  The following are some of the items that will be covered:

  • Sally Mann
  • Monthly Challenge Critique -- Summer fun & Autumn Images
  • Ambiguous Photos
  • Photoscape
  • Painting Light Patterns
  • Finding Vivian Maier

If you haven't uploaded images for the monthly challenge, please do so before Thursday.  As a reminder, the monthly challenge is "Summer Fun", which basically means any image that you like that was taken during the summer.  Here are some possible themes that you might consider:

  • Campsite
  • Churches
  • Clouds
  • Farm Animals
  • Gardens
  • Leaves
  • Night Lights
  • Vacation

Since we didn't have a meeting in the Fall, I'm going to make a modification and add Autumn Images to this month's challenge.  So you can upload images having to do with Summer Fun or Autumn or both.

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First Meeting of 2014-2015 Season

Hi Everyone,

The first meeting of the APLCC 2014-2015 season will be held on October 30th between 7and 9pm in the Lubovic Room of the Aurora Public Library.  The monthly challenge for the first meeting is entitled "Summer Fun".  You can upload image on any of the following:

  • Churches
  • Clouds
  • Farm Animals
  • Gardens
  • Leaves
  • Night lights
  • Vacation

If the photos you took do not correspond to any of the above, but reflect the idea of "Summer Fun", upload them anyway.  smiley

Looking forward to seeing you on the 30th.


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Evergreen Brickworks Walkabout -- August 9, 2014

Hi Everyone,

The next APL Camera Club walkabout will be to the the Evergreen Brickworks and will take place on August 9.  Here's a brief description of the site from their website:

Open year-round, Evergreen Brick Works is a community environmental centre that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably. Transformed from a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings into a global showcase for green design and urban sustainability, Evergreen Brick Works is both a stage and incubator for Evergreen’s programs. A dynamic public space in the heart of Toronto’s Don Valley, the site engages visitors through interactive workshops and community festivals, and offers a full suite of programs combining ecology, design, technology and the arts in a hands-on, multi-sensory educational experience. In 2010, Evergreen Brick Works was named one of the top 10 geotourism destinations in the world by National Geographic.

We will meet at 9:00 am at the usual Tim Horton's on Wellington (304 Wellington Street East), next to St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic School.  We will drive to the Brickworks from there.

This walkabout is limited to a total of  five people.  This will make it possible for us to take one car.

If you wish to attend this outing please sign up here.  This is first come, first serve.  You will not be able to sign up once the five person quotient is filled.


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Summer Walkabouts 2014

Hi Everyone,


Three walkabouts are scheduled for this summer:

The signup for the first walkabout (Kensington Market) is here.  All members interested in this outing must signup by July 5th.  It is essential to use the official signup since I need to know how many people are going to be involved a few days before the outing.

I will post signup pages for Evergreen Brick Works and Graffiti Alley after the Kensington Market walkabout.


There are many photographic opportunities in the summer months.  Since we won't be meeting again "officially" until October 2014 I've decided to provide a wide range of challenges, all of them summer-related.  As usual, you can upload three images, either on a single theme or from three different categories.  When uploading your images, place them under the category "Summer Fun 2014."  Here are your options:

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APL Camera Club Meeting Reminder for May 29, 2014

Hi Everyone,

This is a reminder that the last APL Camera Club meeting for this season will be held on Thursday May 29 between 7-9pm at the Aurora Public Library's Lubovic Room.  The following items are on the agenda:

  • —Philip – Lorca diCorcia (20 minutes)
  • —Monthly Challenge Critique – Lines, Shape, Form, Essence...photography in the style of Edward Weston (20 minutes)
  • —Principles of  exposure – focus on aperture/shutter speed (15 minutes)
  • —Photographers at Work (25 minutes)
  • McKenzie Marsh 5d Mark II...Bad to Good...
  • Virtual Photographer...Photoshop Plugin (32bit)
  • WireWorm...Photoshop Plugin (32bit)
  • OnOne Perfect Effects 4 & 8 Free...

For those of you who have not yet done so, there is still time to upload a photograph for the monthly challenge.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the meeting.


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APL Camera Club Monthly Challenge Reminder

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick reminder that the APL Camera Club will hold its last meeting for this season on May 29.

The  Monthly Challenge for the upcoming meeting is based on Edward Weston.  The challenge is to create a photograph in the style of Edward Weston where you focus on form and lines in order to capture the essence of the object.  The following are the two options for the challenge:

  • Essential Veggie...focus on form, lines, essence using a vegetable of your choice.
  • Quintessential Something...focus on form, lines, essence...except you can work with any object you want.

At this point in time only a few images have been submitted, so go out there and find an object or a vegetable (remember, Weston was very fond of peppers) to inspire your photographic creations.  Remember that you don't need to imitate Weston, but rather use his style as an inspiration for your own creation.

You can go here to get more information and to view a PowerPoint on Edward Weston's ideas.

Looking forward to seeing all your images.


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Hillary House Art at the Manor Exhibition Opening May 10, 2014

Hi Everyone,

The grand opening of the Hillary House Art at the Manor Exhibition will be this Saturday May 10th.  This exhibition is a collaboration between the APL Camera Club and Hillary House.  The exhibition will consist of photographs created by APL Camera Club members which creatively interpret Hillary House.  The following people were involved in this initiative:

  • William Varela
  • Rick Armstrong
  • Rhodri Ford
  • Rafael Payan
  • Ian Beck
  • Holly Thomas
  • Doug Underwood
  • Claire D'Aurore
  • Angela Durante Dukat
  • Ronen Grunberg

Here's the official poster for the two official Hillary House exhibitions opening this Saturday:  Art at the Manor 2014 and Highlights from the Hillary House Archives...

All members are encouraged to drop by on Saturday to have a look.

Hoping to see you there.



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