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

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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

 





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