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.

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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

 





News – Margaret Hennigar Library Exhibit

4 04 2018

Passion, Perception, and Focus Exhibit by the Bridgewater Photographic Club at the Margaret Hennigar Library now open, April 3rd until April 30th!

Our exhibitors Reg Archibald, Trevor Awalt, Brenda Bancroft, Don Barnes, Dave Collins, Madeleine DeWolfe, Linda Hall, Sara Harley, Sherry Hudson, Derek Johnston, Mary Ann Massey, Anne Matthews, George Matthews, Tiffany Ottaway, Karen Parnell-Herrick, Kathryn Price, Gary Smith and Kas Stone

Exhibit Statement: The Bridgewater Photographic Society is a club filled with passionate people, with unique perspectives, who focus on a diverse range of subjects in the expression of their art. You will see in this exhibit a wide range of skills from the novice to the professional. This exhibit will give you only a glimpse into the world of possibilities that photography offers to those wanting to creatively express themselves visually. Read the individual storyboards to discover stories being told by the artists. You will no doubt hear their passion for their work as they endeavor to verbally express what they have selected to focus on through the lens of their cameras.

We are inviting YOU to join our exhibitors and share your passion! What unique perspective can you share? What would you choose to focus on? Bring photos of your passions and unique perspectives to the Margaret Hennigar Library from April 3 to April 21 and we’ll mount them on our wall. Three images per person, 4″x6″ size, with your name and phone number on the back. Sorry, photos cannot be returned. The earlier you drop them off, the longer they’ll be on display!

Here are some of the works you will see at the Exhibit.

Derek Johnston – White Hearts – A neighbour found this white bleeding heart growing in our compost pile. We successfully transplanted it in our cottage garden. This plant has a mesmerizing quality to it for us. What you see is an attempt to capture the mood and the beauty.

Mary Ann Massey – Early Bird – My original intention that day was to capture the fox family who had a den in one of the large dunes on Crescent Beach. While I was waiting for the fox pups to make an appearance, I turned around to see how much time I had before the sun actually rose above the horizon. I was so captivated by the warm glow of the sun on the sea grass that I quickly recomposed the shot as the sun broke above the trees. I’m glad I remembered the advice of one of my instructors who said to always check what’s going on behind you.

Kas Stone – The Road Not Taken – The title for my image comes from the 1915 poem by Robert Frost. I remember studying it in high school. In those days I interpreted it through the lens of youthful optimism. Now, four decades and many roads later (not to mention a few dead ends), the poem feels more ambiguous. My optimism is tempered now by wistfulness about all those other roads, the ones I didn’t choose. So, during a stroll in Sackville’s Waterfowl Park last December, a misty curve in the boardwalk inspired me to create this visual tribute to the poem.

Karen Parnell-Herrick – Teardrops on Dogwood – Legend of the Dogwood: Once mighty as the oak, the Dogwood tree stood strong and tall. Thus, its wood chosen as the timber for the cross of Jesus Christ.?Being used for such a cruel purpose distressed the dogwood. While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed its despair and said, “Never again a cross, no longer will you be strong and straight. You will grow bent, and twisted, your blossoms in the form of a cross, stained brown with blood. Your petals will have nail prints and your centers, a thorny crown. All who see you, will remember me”.

 





News – March 30, 2018 – Announcement for the April 10th Meeting

30 03 2018

Paul Newton to Speak at Bridgewater Photo Club a talk entitled “Focus Stacking the Devil is in the Details” on April 10th at 7pm, MARC at 33 Leary Fraser Road.

Paul Newton is a professional photographer based in the South Shore of Nova Scotia. His passion is capturing the abundant beauty of the province and sharing it in vivid fine art prints. Images in his collection include sites close to home, local gardens and those captured during his many treks into the wilderness throughout the province. He is constantly searching for little known or undiscovered locations to reveal these gems of our natural world.

Paul Newton has been using focus stacking in his photographic arsenal for the past 5 years since a young lichenologist/photographer introduced him to the technique. He uses it to increase depth of field with detailed macro shots of plants and bugs as well as enhancing depth of field detail with his super wide-angle landscape photography. You can see some of his work at  www.pxnewton.wordpress.com

 

In this presentation at the Bridgewater Photographic Society Paul will discus the advantages of focus stacking and share the different tips and techniques he has learned to create these shots. In camera automatic settings, using a macro focus rail and manual focus adjustments for in the field image capture will be discussed. He will then review the various methods of blending images using Lightroom, Photoshop and third party plug-in apps. He will demonstrate the processing on a couple of manual focus stacks brought to the presentation. Finally he will showcase some of his final images to demonstrate the exciting possibilities this technique can afford.





News – March 14 – 2018

14 03 2018

Charles Blackhall to Speak at Bridgewater Photo Club a talk entitled “The Mindful Eye – The Art of Fresh Perception” on March 27th at 7pm, MARC at 33 Leary Fraser Road.

On March 27th at 7 pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Charles Blackhall 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.

This talk will address what the obstacles are to seeing clearly and introduce a practice that cultivates a way into direct perception. This is a simple, available creative process that requires only a curious mind and a camera that can tune us into the magic of everyday life. How to use our photographs to communicate the magical nature of what we see, hear and touch. This practice cultivates not only our ability to see but also to express the awakened nature of our heart and mind.

Charles Blackhall has been a photographer for the past 40 years. He has studied in Victoria at the West Coast Institute of the Arts, and Simon Fraser University. His work has been shown in exhibits at the Secession Photography Gallery in Victoria, the Arts Alliance in Courtenay B.C. as well as Marin County, California.

Charles has studied with Michael Wood and others who developed the Contemplative Photography curriculum and has studied and taught Shambhala Contemplative Arts. He has also taught Contemplative Photography workshops on the east and west coasts of Canada and the U.S. He considers himself a beginner and is passionate about art of life and how developing clear perception can open our hearts, minds and eyes to what is already there.





News – March 13, 2018 – Meeting Cancelled

13 03 2018

Unfortunately the Photo Club meeting for tonight, Mar 13th, is CANCELLED.

Even though I have yet to see snow I’m calling it early as all of the weather forecast models say that we are in for a nasty night. It certainly does not sound like it will be very good driving on the roads.

stay safe!

Gary Smith
President
Bridgewater Photographic Society





News – March 6, 2018

6 03 2018

Valarie Leduc to Speak at Bridgewater Photo Club a talk entitled “Creating a Meaningful Portrait” on March 13th at 7pm, MARC at 33 Leary Fraser Road

On March 13th at 7 pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Valarie Leduc from OhSugar Photography 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.

After completing a degree in finance and working for ten years for big companies such as Bombardier, Valarie had a dream. She wanted to explore her creative side. She wanted to have more time for her family and become her own boss. So she made the decision to develop her passion for photography into a career. She got back behind the school desk (and camera), and received her degree in Commercial Photography from the respected Marsan College in Montreal in 2010. With her diploma in hand, she started her own studio in Laval, QC and gained experience with different types of photography. She explored commercial photography, weddings and children but quickly discovered a passion for Glamour photography, making people happy and confident in themselves is a real pleasure. She is now now the proud owner of Oh Sugar Photography on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, visit her web site at ohsugarphoto.com

Valarie’s presentation will explore why she is passionate about creating meaningful portraits and share her thinking behind her photography. She will discuss the how to’s of portrait photography, share her methods of connecting with her clients and the tools she uses to capture each client’s unique glamour. The presentation will include mature subject matter. Attendee discretion is advised.