Training – Depth Of Field

29 10 2014

Here is a PDF of the topic “Depth Of Field” as presented by Kas Stone on October 14th, 2014. Click on the following link to download the pdf BPS Kas Stone DOF Handout Oct 2014

Minutes – October 28, 2014

29 10 2014

Minutes – October 28, 2014

On October 28, 2014, the photo club was treated to an excellent presentation entitled An Artistic Approach to Visual Design by Stephen Scott Patterson.

In his opening remarks Stephen mentioned that he started photography in 1993 and was heavily influenced by Sherman Hines, Ernst Haas, and Freeman Patterson.

His presentation began with a sight and sound essay entitled Nature’s Harmony, which included digital images from a wide and diverse variety of places, both international and local. His images covered numerous approaches, from the sharply focused to the abstract. His topics covered landscapes to close-up floral studies.

Stephen likes to photograph what he calls negative space as well as organic shapes with a minimalist approach.  He frequently uses longer shutter speeds, neutral density and polarizing filters to achieve the desired effects.

He had a number of suggestions to enhance our photographic endeavors. These included such things as avoiding showing too much sky, as this detracts from the subject itself. He also suggested trying things like abstract shots using various techniques such as the aforementioned filters, etc. Stephen prefers spring colours to other seasons as he finds them more pleasing to the eye. He further suggested the use of higher f-stops and a lower ISO: 100-200. He looks for contrasts in his images such as combining a straight wall with utter chaos. Further tips included the use of the one-half second panning shots and the search for the unusual locales, namely dumps, old buildings, etc.  The use of the tripod was strongly recommended. Stephen uses modern painters for inspiration for ideas and tips for composition. He had other suggestions too numerous to mention here.  In conclusion, Stephen’s lecture was both informative and most entertaining.

Following the break, our first competition for this year was held. The theme was floral and included images of cultivated and wild flowers. The quality and variety of images were amazing. Honour awards were presented to Joan Mc Cullough, Gary Smith, and Gilbert VanRyckeversel-all with 13. Charlene Lewis, Darlene Awalt, and Charlene Morton posted scores of 12. The competition for our next meeting will include print images for Floral and Nature categories.

The turnout for our meeting continues to be in the 40 plus range. We do invite new members, both amateur and professional. We meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the MARC building in Dayspring. The meetings start at 7:15 and end at 9:45. It should be noted that Wednesday, November 12 will be our next meeting. We respect Remembrance Day. For more information, consult our website:

Minutes – October 14, 2014

29 10 2014

Minutes – October 14, 2014

October 14, 2014 – 7:15pm
Approximately 30 people in attendance, four visitors – one of whom was a club member approximately 10 years ago!

This meeting was hosted by past President, Derek Johnston.

We had three wonderful presentations by club members.  The first, by Kas Stone, covered Depth of Field – what it is, why it is important to your photography, how it is determined and included how to achieve desired results.  Kas also kindly provided a handout which was forwarded to club members by email.

John Burnett presented on ISO, covering what it is, how it affects exposure, limitations of various types of cameras and the end result of images.

Both presentations were very informative and well received.

Refreshments were provided by Yvonne Murray.  Volunteers are still needed to provide refreshments for future meetings.

After the break, Grant Dixon presented Back to Basics – his evolution in photography.  He shared his influences, experiences in art, commercial work – including portraits, products, magazines, events, stock and pro bono.  He also shared  what types of images he enjoys the most and the least.  His images reflected his journey over the years and his stories were both informative and entertaining.

James Campbell provided information about the upcoming field trip on October 18th to Blue Rocks and Stonehurst.  This will include our annual scavenger hunt, the winner(s) of which will receive a trophy at the end of the year.  Members can participate individually or as part of a team.  Lunch will be in Lunnenburg.

Members who wish to participate in the Create an Image exercise received their images from John Burnett.  There are six different images in both raw and jpeg.  Choose the images and format that you want to work with and change them as little or as much as you want.  Further instructions will follow by email.

Images from the September 20th field trip are to be submitted by October 25th; instructions have already been sent out.

The October 28th meeting will be our first competition – Floral.  Please submit three digital images by Saturday, October 25th.  Instructions will be sent out by email.

The meeting adjourned at 9:30pm.

Minutes – September 23, 2014

29 10 2014

Minutes – September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014 – 7:15pm
Approximately 35 people in attendance, three visitors

John Burnett – club member and Photographer of the Year in the 2013-2014 year presented his journey in photography taking us through his experiences beginning 41 years ago when he first began exploring photography as a creative outlet.  He shared a variety of wonderful images that he has created through the years, with both film and digital, that expressed his interests in architecture, portraiture, composition – especially with lines and colour blocks as well as post-processing.

Refreshments were provided by Hope and James Campbell.  Volunteers are still needed to provide refreshments for future meetings, please check the sign-up sheet for a week that would work for you.

Approximately 25 members submitted digital images as a way of introducing themselves to club members.  The images were varied and entertaining, depicting members’ interests and/or how they spent their summer.

A big thank you was given to Hope and James Campbell for arranging the September 20th field trip to Bear River, Digby, Smugglers Cove and Church Point where 11 participants were fortunate to view and photograph three historical churches.  Images from this trip will be shared by the participants at the October 28th meeting.

Grant Dixon provided information about the Scott Kelby Photowalk to take place in Lunenburg on October 11th from 3 – 5 pm.  Those interested can sign up at the Kelby World Photowalk website.

Karen Parnell-Herrick advised that Allan Swim, a local painter, is interested in creating paintings from some of our photographs.  An email will follow with details however, images can be submitted to Karen, he will choose the ones he would like to do and paint over the winter.  He will also be one of our guest speakers next year.  An email with further details will follow.

Kas Stone has two photo exhibitions that people might wish to attend during the month of October.  One at LaHave Bakery Gallery from October 7 – 13, 2014 and the other at The Corridor Gallery in Halifax from October 2-30, 2014.

Sara Harley also has an image on display at the Viewpoint Gallery.

The meeting adjourned at 9:30pm.

Minutes – September 9, 2014

17 09 2014

September 9, 2014, 7:15pm
Approximately 30 people in attendance, one new member and one visitor.

Guest Speaker – Eric Boutilier-Brown presented “Evolving Beauty – Travel”. Eric discussed travel photography versus fine art photography while traveling. He told us how he prepares for a trip and showed us many beautiful examples of fine art photography that he has created over the years while traveling in England, Scotland and Ireland.

Refreshments were supplied by Joan and Yvonne. Volunteers are asked to sign up to bring refreshments to our future meetings.

Results from our Summer Photo Challenge were shown. Photos were submitted by Joanne, Yvonne, and John B. Many thanks to John for putting the sight and sound show together.

Program Introduction – programs were sent out by email last week. Hard copies will be available at our meetings for anyone who wants one.
Many thanks to the people who worked over the summer to pull the program together: Nancy, Karen, Charlene M. Our field trip list was created by James, Reg, Dave, and Charlene M. Grant created the program in a printable format.

James Campbell talked about our first field trip – September 20. We will be going to Bear River, Digby, and Church Point. We will also visit Smuggler’s Cove if time permits. Details will be sent out by email.

Sara Harley made a presentation on the club’s trophies and competitions for the coming year. Instructions on how to prepare your digital and print files for competition will also be emailed to everyone before our competitions.

Yearbook information:
– Charlene Morton made arrangements with the library to have all our yearbooks available for sign out. If you don’t have a copy of our 30 year history, or copies of the yearbooks from the past 4 years, you can sign them out at the library.
– changes to yearbook layout – in past years, the yearbooks have contained images from our field trips and from our competitions. However, the books were not “all inclusive” if club members did not participate in competitions and field trips. For this year, everyone will have their own “page” in the yearbook. Participation is voluntary. Members will be asked to provide a photo of themselves, a very brief bio, and up to 4 photographs of their choosing to be published in the yearbook (photographs to be taken during the time period June 2014 to March 2015) . All the information will be sent to Sara Harley, who is in charge of putting the yearbook together.

John Croft will continue to monitor the club’s library. If anyone has photography magazines or books that they would like to donate to the club’s library, please let John know.
Volunteers are needed:
- We need someone to take photographs for our yearbook during our meetings throughout the year. We just need a photo of our speaker, and maybe our judges for the competitions, and various things. Please talk to Sara if you are willing to take this on.

- Frank Fawson (Councillor, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg) is looking for someone who is willing to photograph the events of a book launch on Sept 20th from 1-4pm at the Michelin Social Club. The book is called “Firefighters of Lunenburg County”…1856 books have been printed…approx 540 will be sold by the 27 fire departments in Lunenburg County as a fundraiser for them. Please let Sara know if you are interested.

- John Burnett has been volunteering at the DesBrisay Museum and is looking for someone to take this over. If you are willing to photograph the museum’s artifacts one day (or two half days) a week, please let John know.
Nametags – if you would like a personalized name tag – send a photo to Sara (photo should have some “room” for your name. Sara will add your name to your photo and print up a tag for you.

Assignment for next meeting – We’d like everyone to get to know each other! “Introduce” yourself to the club – submit five photographs of your choice:
1. photos that reflect your photographic interests 

2. photos that show what you “captured” over the summer months

Meeting adjourned 9:35pm

Competition 2014-2015

2 09 2014

October 28 – Competition: Digital – Floral (3)

November 12 (Wed) – Competition: Print (1 each) – Floral, Nature

November 25 – Competition: Digital – Nature (3), Pictorial (1)

December 9 – Competition: Print (1 each) – Pictorial, Photo Travel

January 27 – Competition: Digital – Photo Travel (1), Humour (2)

February 10 – Competition: Print – Monochrome (1), Portrait (1)

February 24 – Competition: Digital – Monochrome (1), Portrait (1), Creative (2)

March 10 – Competition: Silent Essay

March 24 –Competition: Digital – Treasure HuntApril 14 – Competition: Digital – New Members (6)

April 28 – Competition: Sight & Sound Essay

Minutes – May 13, 2014

12 06 2014

Minutes- Annual Meeting, May 13, 2014

Meeting Start Time: 7:18pm
Number of members in attendance: 31

1.     Welcome by the President.

Slide show of the recent club field trip to Ross Farm.

3.     Confirm and approve minutes of the AGM held on May 14, 2013. Minutes can be read at:

Motion to accept the minutes – Kas Stone
Seconded by – Debbie Black
Motion Passed

4.     President’s Report – Submitted by Sara Harley
It has been a wonderful year at the Bridgewater Photographic Society. It’s a good indication that we have a vibrant membership when one of my biggest challenges is to get everyone to stop socializing and sit down for a meeting!

Our membership grew to over 50 active members this year, which I believe is a club record. A successful club year is achieved due to the work of many people. I want to thank our Executive as well as all our Committee Members and volunteers. Without them, we wouldn’t have the success we do. I would like to give special recognition to Elizabeth Klaas and Elizabeth Nash who have written excellent newspaper articles over the past two years, which helped raise community awareness of our club. I also want to give special recognition to John Burnett, who has conducted many presentations throughout the year as well as created countless sight and sound shows of field trips and challenges.

I’m proud of the meetings we held this year. We held an additional meeting early in the year for our newer members. John Burnett gave a presentation packed with advice for new members and beginner photographers. Two thirds of our meetings this year were given by our own members…the first time we’ve achieved that since I joined the club over five years ago. Many thanks to Trevor Awalt, John Burnett, Richard Novossiltzeff and Teresa Alexander-Arab who gave in depth instructional presentations to the club, and to Nancy Johnston, Gilbert Van Ryckevorsel, Peter Stuempel and John Croft for sharing their photographs with us.

Our club was active in the community as well. Three of our members headed to a tree farm in New Ross to take photographs for The Nova Scotia Christmas Tree Growers Co-Op website. Eleven members contributed their photos for the creation of a photo book for Saint Patrick’s Church in Halifax. Twelve members answered the call of organizer Charlene Morton to display photographs at the “Our Water” Exhibit in Lunenburg.

As I write this, we are preparing for our Year End Awards Night. It has been another year of very close competitions! The winners will receive their trophies at the end of May, but in my mind we are all winners…we have made new friendships, viewed spectacular photography, and learned a few things along the way!

Motion to accept the report – Peter Stuempel
Seconded by – Dave Collins
Motion Passed

5.     Program Director’s Report – Submitted by Nancy Johnston

The program for 2013-2014 consisted of 16 photo club meetings plus our Christmas dinner and the closing dinner on May27 when the awards for the season will be dispersed.

I would like to thank Sara and John Burnett for their contributions to the program and for the input from club members-both suggestions and presentations, field trips, and workshops during the year.

We are always receptive to your ideas, offerings, and suggestions. The field trips have increased in popularity and number, thanks to you.

I also wish to acknowledge the ongoing presentations by the members of the Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia-over many years, they have willingly come to Bridgewater to our club meetings and presented their photographic talents in the form of shows, workshops, teaching and judging our club competitions.

Thank you.

Respectfully submitted, Nancy Johnston

Motion to accept the report – Derek Johnston
Seconded by – Deborah Croft
Motion Passed

6.     Treasurer’s Report – Submitted by Marg Campbell

Bridgewater Photographic Society Financial Report May 1 2014

Starting balance 3554.20 Bank balance 3443.00

Petty cash 47.97 Petty cash 47.97

INCOME Total 3490.97

Yearbooks 35.07

Dues 1620.00

Interest 1.12

Donations 53.00

50/50 359.00

Uncashed cheques 185.09



Room Rental 276.00

Misc. 91.77

Insurance 450.00

Gifts 112.88

Awards 107.53

Joint Stock Companies 30.25

Computer and software 1122.17

Promo 173.88


Net Loss 111.20

Motion to accept the report – Derek Johnston
Seconded by – Bill Jones
Motion Passed

Scorekeeper’s Report – Submitted by James Campbell
The 2013-14 photo club competitions started on Nov 12 with nature, both digital and print, and ended April 22 with the new member competition, having 5 entries. The most popular contest was the photo travel with 22 entries,next to the floral with 17.

Other contests were:

silent essay with 5 entries,
sight and sound with 6
creative with 10
humor with 9
portrait with 12, and
photojournalism with 8 entries

Scores in the all print category showed a tie in second place, while the floral contest had a 3 way tie in third place. In 3 different categories, only 1 point separated second place from first place. The new member category, with 5 entries were stunning. If this is any indication of the quality picture taking, next year should be a nail-biter.

On May 27, the club will be having their closing dinner and awards banquet,when trophies for the 9, first place winners will be handed out.

Motion to accept the report – Gary Smith
Seconded by – Karen Parnell Herrick
Motion Passed

Discussion of the Following Specific Issues and Motions -

Proposal to change meeting time to 7:00 from 7:15

Motion to accept the proposal – Dave Collins
Seconded by – Cindy Williams
Motion Defeated (meeting start time will remain at 7:15)
Proposal to accept the amended By-laws submitted by the By-Law Review Committee

Motion to accept the proposal – Dave Collins
Seconded by – Peter Stuempel
Motion Passed
Proposal to amend Regulation 8 (page 14 Amended Bylaws & Regulations)
“Re-entry of Image Into Competition”
“Any one image or a very similar one can only be entered once into competition in each category for which it is appropriate.” The By-Law Review Committee recommended removal of the phrase “or a very similar one.”
Proposal put forward to retain the clause “or a very similar one” rather than remove it.

Motion to retain the clause as put forward by the By-Law Review Committee – Kas Stone
Seconded by – Trevor Awalt
Motion Passed (Regulation 8 will read “Any one image can only be entered once into competition in each category for which it is appropriate.”)
Proposal to amend Responsibilities of Publicity Chairperson (page 21 Amended Bylaws & Regulations)

The By-Law Review Committee proposed to change the Responsibility to read
“…make sure it arrives at relevant publications before noon on the Thursday
immediately following the meeting.”

Proposal forwarded to change this clause to: “…make sure it arrives at relevant publications in a timely manner to meet their publishing deadlines.”

Motion to accept the proposal – Dave Collins
Seconded by – Derek Johnston
Motion Passed
Proposal to amend Appendix F (page 33 Amended Bylaws & Regulations)

The By-Law Review Committee proposed to change the Regulation to Submitting Digital Images
“2.  Rename your images in the following format: “

Proposal put forward to change this clause to: “You must rename your images in the following format:”

Motion to retain the wording as submitted by the By-Law Review Committee – Dave Collins
Seconded by – Peter Stuempel
Motion Passed
Proposal to amend Appendix G, H, I (pages 34, 35, 36 Amended Bylaws & Regulations)

The By-Law Review Committee proposed to delete Appendices G, H, I

Proposal forwarded to keep the pages rather than delete them:
Appendix G (Past Presidents), H (Honorary Members), and I (In Memoriam)

Motion to accept the proposal – Gary Smith
Seconded by – Reg Archibald
Motion Passed
Call for nominations to Executive – no further names put forward
Proposal to accept the Executive for 2014-2015 by acclamation:

President – Sara Harley
Vice-President – John Burnett
Past President – Derek Johnston
Treasurer – Marg Campbell
Secretary – Cindy Williams
Program Director – Nancy Johnston

Motion to accept the proposal –  Dave Collins
Seconded by – Elizabeth Nash
Motion Passed

9.  Additions to the agenda as requested:

Motion to permit the Executive Committee to use their best judgement to source and purchase a replacement projector if required. – Cindy Williams
Seconded by – Derek Johston
Motion Passed
Announcement of Committee/Activity Volunteers 2014-2015
Program Committee – Nancy Johnston (chair), Charlene Morton, Karen Parnell Herrick
Field Trip Committee – James Campbell (chair), Dave Collins, Charlene Morton, Reg Archibald
Hosts- Charlene Morton, Teresa Alexander-Arab
Scorekeeping – Karen Parnell Herrick, Julia Naas
Projectionist – John Burnett
Refreshments – Joan McCullough
Webmaster – Trevor Awalt
Publicity – Cindy Williams
Yearbook – Sara Harley
Competitions 2014-2015 – were announced during our meeting of April 22nd. Competition categories will be circulated by email and posted to the club’s website.
Summer Challenge – will be sent out by email after our Year End Awards Dinner
Charlene Morton suggested that the club should look into what other clubs do to historically track past presidents, honorary members, in memormium, etc. She will look into this next year.
Derek Johnston raised the concern that people who wanted changes weren’t present to explain the rationale behind the proposed changes. The suggestion was made that things should not be added to the agenda unless the person who raised the issue is present to discuss it. It was decided that this would not become a by-law or regulation, but the President should try to enforce this for future annual meetings.
Dave Collins expressed thanks to the Executive on behalf of the club members.
The official meeting was adjourned at 8:42pm.
Minutes taken by Cindy Williams.

Refreshments for the break were provided by Karen Parnell Herrick, complements of the club.

A slide show was held showing the results of our “Four Season Challenge”. Entries were submitted by Deborah Croft, Debbie Black, and Elizabeth Klaas.

A slide show was held showing all the photos that received Honour Awards during 2013-2014.  Thank you to John Burnett for putting the slide show together.



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