News – Announcement for the September 25th, 2018 Meeting

13 09 2018

On September 25th at 7 pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Nance Akerman as their guest speaker for the evening. The Photo Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays every month from September to May. Meetings are held at the MARC 33 Leary Fraser Road. For more information on the guest speakers, field trips and photo contests visit the club’s website at Bridgewaterphotoclub.ca or email us at info@bridgewaterphotoclub.ca. Non-members are welcome to attend; donations towards club activities are gratefully accepted. Weather-related cancellations will be posted on the clubs website.

Nance Ackerman is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. Her visual storytelling is powerful, visceral and authentic. She tells the social issue stories that need to be told, but in collaboration with her subjects. Nance started freelancing at Canada’s National Newspaper, the Globe and Mail and then moved on to the Toronto Star, NYTimes, Canadian Geographic, the Montreal Gazette and in 2005, moved on to documentary filmmaking, often working with The National Film Board of Canada. Her books and photographs have been shown around the world and her documentaries receive global critical acclaim. Her film, Cottonland, three Gemini nominations and her short Fid screened at Cannes. Her international photo workshop Cousins Tours takes students to some of the planet’s most remote communities. In her spontaneous engaging way, she tries to connect people to create a more caring world. She works out of Heartstring Productions, her studio in Sambro NS, with her partner Jamie Alcorn. You can see more of Nance’s work at her website www.nanceackerman.com.

Nance’s talk is titled “Mindful Documentary Photography and Filmmaking”. Her outlook on photography and filmmaking might be a bit different than expected. She often leaves her camera behind and concentrates on the art of seeing, the experience of the moment and the beauty in the day to day. Ackerman will explain Mindful Photography techniques and experiences through her work on assignment all over the world – in war torn Beirut, the Witch Camps in West Africa, Northern Afghanistan and even rural Nova Scotia. She chronicles her documentary work and her latest project, Conviction a collaboration with two other filmmakers and women inside prison. Her casual storytelling approach makes for an educational, entertaining and enlightening look at our obsession with documentation, the loss of ‘experiential’ moments and need for mindfulness. “In photography, mindfulness is looking at something, and truly seeing, feeling and experiencing it. Even thought it may be something you have looked at a thousand times before.”

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Minutes – Tuesday September 11, 2018 Meeting

13 09 2018

BPS Meeting Minutes
Sept 11, 2018

Called to order by Gary at 6:48 hrs. Gary welcomed all new members and Charlene introduced each new member to the group. New members: Ravin; Brenda; Scott; Peter; Alex & his mother, Kimberly & Simone.

Gary thanked the volunteers & reported that > 30% of the membership volunteered in some way with BPS last year making for a productive efficient club.

Board members are:

  • Gary Smith 2nd yr as President
  • Charlene Morton- Vice President
  • John Burnett- Past president
  • Marg Campbell – Treasurer
  • Sara Harley – Secretary (absent for this meeting)

Committees

Competition Committee
Trevor Awalt chair person
Members: Darlene Awalt, Linda Hall, Sue Hutchins, Tammy Mercer, Gilbert van Ryckevorsel
Speaker Committee
Sherry Hudson chair person
Members: Beverley Richardson, Mary Ann Massey
Monthly Field Trips
Charlene Morton Chair person
Members: Patty Winfield, Tiffany Ottaway, Anna Mallin, Linda Hall, Ilze Andzans, Kathryn Price, Nancy Johnston
Projectionist
Mary Ann Massey (new this year)
Host- co hosts
Charlene Morton, Patty Winfield
Refreshments
Gary reported that we need a volunteer for this position. Kathryn took care of this tonight as she did last year but Gary asked that if someone would be able that they might speak to him at break.
Yearbook Editor
Sue Hutchins
Web Master
Trevor Awalt
50/50 Draws
Members: James Campbell, Derek Johnston
Exhibit Committee
Needs volunteers. Expected to have two exhibits this year. One at The Port Grocer and one at Bridgewater Library.

Gary reported that one of our members passed away suddenly last year – “Joan McCullough”. A Memorial will be held for Joan Sept 22nd 2-4 in Blockhouse Fire Hall. All members are welcome and if desired may say a few words of Joan. Her husband is donating an old camera to be used as an award for a club member which shall be called a “Smile Award”. A number of Joan’s works will be displayed.

New Business
Attendance Log Book will be used for members to check off their names when they arrive at the BPS meetings. This will help keep count of attendances and show the activity of the club which will be helpful when applying for grants etc. Registration information sheet to be filled out by each member when dues are paid. This will help keep an up to date data base. Info is kept confidential will not be shared. Gary reminded the group that Tom Rogers, who spoke to the group last year is raising monies for research to protect our Hemlock forests from invasive pests. They are looking for photos for a calendar-, Giants of Nova Scotia. This contest closes 14th of Sept. Gary encouraged members to submit a photo – prizes are $50.00 if your photo is one chosen and $100.00 if your photo is chosen for the cover.

Presentation
Gary congratulated Julie Naas who was chosen as the Photographer Of The Year 2017-18. Julie spoke and then showed a slide presentation of her favorite portrait work titled Capturing Moments in Time. This was very well received by the group in attendance.

Gary reported that some club members had brought in photography magazines to share with others.

Slide Shows
Two Field Trip presentations were shown – Tangled Garden and Ross Farm, Gary asked for feedback on the shows as it would be helpful to other making up shows in future.

2018-2019 Program
Gary also discussed the Schedule and Program Overview and also noted that there were paper copies available if anyone wanted one. The Theme this year will be Story Telling with our photos

Sherry Hudson spoke re. a day workshop by Thaddeus Holownia. Thaddeus will speak on Story telling at our Oct 23rd meeting and will present a day long workshop the next day at LaHave Bakery (9:30-3:30). Spaces are limited to 12 people.

Gary said that there have been a few changes to the rules on Photo Competitions and members should be mindful of these changes.

Break

Trevor Awalt gave a very informative talk on “Resizing & Naming Photos for Competition”. A summary of this in PDF Form will be put on the FB pg in the next few days.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:20 pm.
Minutes respectively submitted by Patty Winfield





Training – Resizing and Naming Photos For Competition (version 3)

13 09 2018

Here is a PDF of the topic “Resizing and Naming Photos For Competition” as presented by Trevor Awalt on September 11th, 2018. Click on the following link to download the pdf Resizing and Naming Photos For Competition v3 by Trevor Awalt





News – Announcement for the September 11th, 2018 Meeting

29 08 2018

The first meeting for the 2018-2019 Season of the Bridgewater Photographic Society is Tuesday September 11th, 2018 at the M.A.R.C. 33 Leary Fraser Road in Dayspring starting at 6:45pm.

Please note our new meeting start time for the 2018-2019 season of 6:45pm, which was an agreed change voted by the membership to allow everyone to get home a bit earlier than before.

The Agenda for the first meeting is as follows:
Julie Naas, 2017-2018 Photographer of the Year
Gary Smith, BPS President, Will introduce the 2018-2019 Season Program
Trevor Awalt, Will show you how to Resize, Name, and Title your images submissions for competitions, photo shares, and field trips.

There will also be slide shows for the May 2018 field trip to Ross Farm and the June 2018 field trip to the Tangled Gardens.

The Program Committee has put a lot of effort into this years program which promises to be a great experience for all members. Hope to see you at our first meeting.





Minutes from the May 9, 2017 AGM

30 04 2018

Bridgewater Photo Society
Minutes-Annual General Meeting, May 9, 2017

Meeting Start Time: 7:15
Number of members in attendance: 23
Minutes taken by: Dave Collins, Secretary

1. Welcome by the President

2. Approval of Minutes

a. Minutes of the previous AGM held on May 10, 2016 were reviewed and approved. Minutes can be read at bridgewaterphotographicsociety.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/minutes-agm-may-10-2016.
Motion to accept the Minutes: Sara Harley
Seconded by: Kas Stone
Motion passed

3. President’s Report – submitted by John Burnett

A Message from the President

2016-17 was a challenging year for the club schedule. We began the year with two meetings at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre as the MARC was still under construction for a new staircase and accessibility ramp. Our second meeting at the LCLC was almost cancelled due to a bomb threat hoax! As the year progressed, the weather took its toll causing the cancellation of four meetings, and cancelled or postponed field trips.

But all was not lost. We had presentations on travel photography (Shari Tucker), sports/action photography (Wally Hayes) and a landscape photography workshop from Paul Newton and Sherry Hudson. Sherry also conducted a visual literacy workshop and Kas Stone followed up with a photo critique workshop. We learned about printing and framing and camera care. Our members’ potpourri included Kathryn Price (Ireland), Charlene Morton (contemplative photography), and Reg Archibald’s pictorial tour of the Lunenburg barque Picton Castle. Trevor Awalt finished off the regular season with his photos of Newfoundland’s landscape, lighthouses, icebergs, puffins and gannets. Thank you to VP Gary Smith and the program committee group for organizing the year.

We had several new members join the club and some of those participated in our competitions, and volunteered their time to the club. Once again, many of our competitions were judged online, rather than live at a meeting, which enabled our judges to comment on the images as well as score them. Thank you to our scorekeepers Karen Parnell-Herrick and Julie Naas, and our projectionist Dave Collins for all their work.

Charlene Morton and the field trip committee kept us on track, plus fed and watered, as we ventured to Truro and Victoria Park, Kejimkujik National Park, Apron and Sinkspout Falls, Windhorse Farm, and Port Medway. The Bridgewater and environs field trip proved that you don’t have to travel far to find interesting things to photograph.

Next week, the club exhibits South Shore Stories at the Margaret Hennigar Library at the LCLC. Thank you to Sherry Hudson for getting that ball rolling, and to the Exhibit Committee of Sara Harley, Gary Smith, Charlene Morton, Brenda Zareski, Karen Parnell-Herrick and Kas Stone for seeing it through. Gary and the committee are working with the DesBrisay for a special exhibit at the end of the summer.

We now have a club Facebook presence. Thanks to Trevor Awalt for getting that started, and also for putting together the 2016-17 yearbook. The yearbooks are a wonderful memento, and a testament to the skill and creativity of our members.

This is the second and last year of my presidency, and I now transition to the Past President role. I want to thank all those who stepped up in so many ways to keep the club running during my term as club president. Next season is a special one – the 35th anniversary of the photo club. I want to remind everyone of the need to continue contributing in whatever ways you can, in order to keep the club vibrant and interesting. I know it can be a challenge to find the time, but it is certainly a rewarding experience.

Best regards,
John Burnett

Motion to accept the Report: Karen Herrick
Seconded by: Derek Johnson
Motion Passed

4. Treasurers Report – submitted by Marg Campbell

Bridgewater Photographic Society Financial Report May 1, 2017

Starting Balance $3671.32
Income
Dues $1315.00
Interest $1.71
50/50 $$215.90
Total Income $1532.61
Expenses
Insurance $450.00
Misc. $67.01 Copies, survey printing, library postcards
Awards $49.45
AGM Snack $30.72
Joint Stocks $31.51
Room Rent LCLC $138.00
Room Rent MARC $448.50
Gifts $61.25
Total Expenses $1276.44
Net $256.17
Ending Balance $3927.49

Motion to accept the Report: Hope Campbell
Seconded by: Ralph Cook
Motion Passed

5. Scorekeepers Report – submitted by Karen Herrick

Scorekeepers Report May 9, 2017

Submitted by Karen Parnell -Herrick and Julia Naas

The 2016/17 competition year commenced on Oct. 25, 2017, with the Treasure Hunt competition and ended on April 25, 2017, with the Sight and Sound essay. There were two categories retired from our previous year; Portrait, and Macro. In their place, Humanity and Creative were added.

The number of participants in each category are as follows:
Treasure Hunt-7
Floral- 9
Still Life- 8
Nature- 7
Landscape/Seascape- 9
Prints-4
Humanity- 3
Creative- 3
Silent Essay- 7
New Members- 3
Sight and Sound- 1

Thank you to all our judges for their time and expertise.
Our closing dinner will be at the Italy Cross Firehall, May 24, where the first place trophies will be awarded.

Motion to accept the Report: Charlene Morton
Seconded by: Sara Harley
Motion Passed

6. Field Trip Report – submitted by Charlene Morton

Field Trip Report 2016-2017
Charlene Morton (Coordinator), Ralph Cook, & Joan McCullough
“Member-at-large”: Nancy Grant

To date, as part of the 2016-2017 season, we enjoyed six field trips with our last one organized for May 20th. Two of these trips were postponed and two other organized adventures (a sleigh ride in December and an April trip to Chebucto Head) were cancelled. As in the past, all field trips were scheduled for Saturday mornings with most participants meeting to carpool at Tim Hortons, East Plaza, Bridgewater, as early as 8 AM and as late as 9:30 PM.

September 17, 2016
Rath Eastlink Community Centre and Victoria Park, Truro
October 15
Kejimkujik National Park (entrance fee) and McGowan Lake Fish Hatchery, Calendonia
November 19 (postponed due to weather)
December 3 Apron Falls and Sink Spout Falls, North River, Lunenburg Co.
Dec 3rd original plan for a Sleigh Ride, Ross Farm cancelled because of Nov 19th postponement and no snow
January 21, 2017
Windhorse Farm, New Canada, Lunenburg County (donation)
February 25 (postponed from Feb 18 because of winter storm)
Port Medway, Queens County
March 18
Miller Point Peace Park and Bridgewater area
April 22 (cancelled because of weather, low turnout)
Chebucto Head and York Redoubt, HMR
May 20 Oaklawn Farm Zoo, Aylesford (entrance fee)

Two supplementary trips are planned for the summer:
June 3 Doors Open Festival, Halifax 10 AM – 4 PM (free)
July 15 AM: Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens (entrance fee)
PM Annapolis River Festival, Bridgetown (free)
People are encouraged to attend the Canada 150 events in Lunenburg August when the Tall Ships will be in the Town of Lunenburg (August 11-12) along with Folk Harbour Festival activities (August 10-13).

This year’s trips offered a mix of themes and locations: inland, shoreline, nature, urban, recreational, heritage, and fish and wildlife. The FT Committee encourages members to come forward at any time with both ideas for and preliminary details about their favourite or must-see destinations. We need indoor as well as outdoor destinations.

Lunch together is an important social time for any outing. This year, we enjoyed both “pub-grub” and “bean-sprout” eateries: Bistro 22 (Truro), the Hollow Log (Caledonia), twice at the River Pub (Bridgewater), the Turkey Burger (Cookville), and Port Grocer (Port Medway). Something to consider for next year is the fact that, in the BPS 2017 Survey, members expressed a willingness to pack a lunch.

Going out into the community and sharing our photos is an important outreach component of BPS that helps promote our club, maintain or increase our membership numbers, and provide opportunities to give something back to local communities. We have met many community members who are keen to provide us with information for future outings. Janice Rand, for example, Director of Parks and Recreation Director for MODL, gave me enough hike destinations in Lunenburg County to keep us going for years. Also, within our club membership, we have strong community connections that offer many outreach possibilities. For example, Gary Smith, through his volunteer work with DesBrisay Museum, suggested we could help the Museum update their heritage-home photo collection. For our March FT, he prepared maps of the listed heritage homes and collected all the updated images from us to give to the Museum Director.

The Committee would like to thank Dave Collins, the BPS projectionist, for compiling hundreds of photos for our BPS post-field trip slide shows. He also forwarded our photos to Windhorse Farm, which was interested in seeing how we “saw” the Farm. We thank Trevor Awalt as well for reviving the BPS Facebook page which is proving to be very helpful to get the word out about field trips.

The FT Committee has a couple of recommendations:

  1. Transportation for some members is an ongoing problem and can be a problem for any of us on bad-car days. The FT Committee believes we should try to make a better effort reaching out to members needing transportation assistance.
  2. On more than one occasion, members coming from east or west of Bridgewater showed up at a FT destination when the trip had been cancelled or postponed. This problem could be avoided with some quick phone calls. One suggestion is that the BPS e-mail—sent to everyone before each trip—include at least one cell phone number and perhaps a landline phone number. This would allow better communication for those who do not have the benefit of meeting and leaving with members from the usual Tim Horton’s carpool location. Similarly, we should be sharing cell numbers while on location, not simply to keep us on schedule but for safety reasons as well.
  3. Our field trip notices can go out sooner rather than later now that we have a BPS Facebook page. The Events feature can be used to signal details about our trips and can act as a good record of our outings.

The 2017 BPS Survey reveals a few recommendations of its own: First, it seems we should stick with Saturday morning outings as much as weather allows, as this remains the preferred time and length for a field trip. Second, most members are willing to hike up to 5 km on easy terrain but not 10 km or on difficult terrain. Third, after reintroducing some mentoring opportunities during our March outing, many members expressed an interest in more opportunities to do this. Similarly, there seems to be a healthy interest in a themed outing with a photographic mentor/leader.

Thanks to everyone who helped organize and participated in our outings, making our field trips fun as well as educational for fellow “trippers” as well as all members who then enjoy the results during the FT slide shows. The lessons are many when taking and sharing images from the same locations.

Submitted by Charlene Morton
Motion to accept the Report: Kathryn Price
Seconded by: Trevor Awalt
Motion Passed

7. Call for Nominations to the Executive (Officers)

A slate of officers was presented as follows:
President: Gary Smith

Vice President: Charlene Morton

Past President: Sara Harley

Treasurer: Marg Campbell

Secretary: Dave Collins

Program: vacant

Peter Zwicker offered to serve as Program Director

Motion to close Nominations: Derek Johnson
Seconded by: Sara Harley
Motion Passed

8. Proposal to accept the Executive (Officers) for 2017/2018 by acclamation:

President: Gary Smith

Vice President: Charlene Morton

Past President: Sara Harley

Treasurer: Marg Campbell

Secretary: Dave Collins

Program: Peter Zwicker

Motion to accept the Proposal: Kas Stone
Seconded by: Karen Herrick
Motion Passed

9. Other Positions, Committees, and Volunteers:

John Burnett reviewed the other positions, as follows:
• Field Trip Committee Chair: Vacant
• Projectionist: Dave Collins
• Scorekeeping: Karen Parnell-Herrick & Julia Naas
• Webmaster: Trevor Awalt
• Yearbook: Vacant
• Refreshments Coordinators: Kathryn Price, Joan McCullough
• Hosts: Vacant
• 50/50 Draw: Derek Johnston
• Publicity: Vacant

Kathryn Price volunteered for Field Trip Committee Chair
Host: Gary Smith suggested a “Buddy System” where several members would accept to accompany “visitors” to a meeting
Publicity Committee: Sherry Hudson and John Burnett agreed to handle this.
Trevor Awalt commented on the need for input/information for the webpage if we are to keep it current.
The members will break into groups following the AGM to discuss Program and Field Trip ideas for the coming year

10. Other Business:

• Projector: John indicated there had been a previous motion from 2 years ago to purchase a new projector. This was not acted on as Kas donated a projector she had.
After some discussion, it was proposed that a new projector be purchased. The Executive will determine the amount, giving consideration to keeping adequate financial reserves and any grants which may be available

Motion to accept the Proposal: Gary Smith
Seconded by: Kas Stone
Motion Passed

• Bylaws Committee: The need for a review of the bylaws was discussed. A committee consisting of Dave Collins, Gary Smith, and Trevor Awalt was formed to review this and make recommendations.

11. Motion to Adjourn

Motion to accept the Proposal: Karen Herrick
Motion Passed





News – Announcement for the April 24th Meeting

12 04 2018

Raoul Manuel Schnell to Speak at Bridgewater Photo Club on April 24th at 7pm, MARC on Leary Fraser Road

On Tuesday, April 24th from 7-10pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Raoul Manuel Schnell as their guest speaker for the evening. The Photo Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays every month from September to May. Meetings are held at the MARC on Leary Fraser Road. For more information on the guest speakers, field trips and photo contests visit the club’s website at Bridgewaterphotoclub.ca or email us at info@bridgewaterphotoclub.ca. Non-members are welcome to the presentation for a small donation. Information about weather related cancellations can be found on the club web site after 4pm on the date of the talk.

The world of the arts dominated Raoul Manuel Schnell’s life early, so it was no surprise that he attended the College of Art and Design in Lugano, Switzerland. There, he found his calling when he set foot into a darkroom for the first time.

Raoul Manuel Schnell specialized in still life and ran a studio with extensive custom made lighting installations in order to perfectly effectuate the play of light and shadow in a picture. He photographed the most challenging objects but then, after more than 20 years spent in a black studio it was time for a fresh start.

In 2004 his career changed radically as he moved to Canada. Instead of fully resuming his work in advertisement he began to focus on the artistic side in photography. After being used to work in colour for so long, he now found beauty in black and white photography. He rediscovered his love for food as subject matter and found a new one: people. But some things never change. Raoul Manuel Schnell’s focus on light was and still is a central part of his images but now he abandoned the studio with its elaborate technologies and uses natural light whenever possible. More of Raoul’s work can be seen on his web site at raoulmanuelschnell.com

Raoul’s talk will focus on the creation of unique and memorable portraits. He will discuss the use of black and white photography techniques and explain how to create a safe environment for subjects. He will explore the use of position, facial expression, light and shadow to tell a story in a portrait.





News – Interesting Photo Web Sites PDF

9 04 2018

On Tuesday April 10th Trevor Awalt is providing a PDF about Interesting Photo Web Sites, which is really a list of resources on where to learn photography on the internet. Due to time constraints Trevor will briefly show how each section is laid out and answer any questions.

The PDF Interesting Photo Web Sites v1.3 is a list of resources and general descriptions, and not intended to be a complete comprehensive list.

Some of the resources are free and some are paid, as subscriptions or pay per product.

Photography training is a huge industry and can provide additional income for professionals (retoucher, photographer, business strategy/manager, etc.). The training can be in many forms; streaming video, podcasts, DVD, eBooks, apps and tools.

Free doesn’t necessarily mean mediocre and paid isn’t always of the highest quality. You must read reviews and ask opinions of similar skilled photographers who have taken the particular training you are interested in. Do your home work so you spend your money wisely.

Each bit of training you invest in, whether it be your time and/or money, provides many methods, suggestions and recommendations which are not always industry best practices and/or may contradict. Take the information and methods presented that best suits your photography, then evaluate and adopt them based on your results.

Your photography will evolve over time which may require you to revisit and re-evaluate what you have learned, remember learning is a process.

Question: How long or how many hours does it take to become a competent photographer?
Answer: Some suggest 10,000 hours or 10 years, similar to many other professional discipline. It really depends on how much work you put in and how much you practice whether it be on assignment or personal projects.

If photography is your hobby, then your assignments are the goal of the day which you establish for yourself and all or most of your work is personal projects.

If photography is your business then you also have to concern yourself with the relationships, networking, business aspects as well as the photography. Much more than just technique and creativity.

Here is a link of just one opinion. https://fstoppers.com/business/three-stages-becoming-prosperous-photographer-how-long-does-it-take-176977

Remember training and practice go hand in hand, doing either without the other can make the journey longer or more difficult.

Things to remember:
– manage your investment
– get out and shoot
– and enjoy the journey