22 07 2015

July 21, 2015

Sneak Preview: 2015-16 Season
It’s the middle of summer, and the first official meeting of the 2015-2016 season isn’t for another 7 weeks (September 8th). But the committees of the Bridgewater Photographic Society have already been hard at work fleshing out the program for the new season. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the plans.

As usual, our presentations range from the educational (how-to’s, tips and tricks) to the inspirational, to those that take us on a journey to far-away places. A few of the confirmed Presentations:

•What The Judges Look For (a guide to doing better in competitions)
•Monitor Calibration (a quick demonstration of how it’s done)
•Infrared Photography
•Painting with Light
•Macro and Micro Photography
•Photographing Architecture
•Landscape Photography
•Winter Photography
•Southwest China in photographs

Field Trips (a sample):
• Eastern Passage (Tourism Challenge)
• Crousetown Dam and Bell’s Island (Outdoor Portraits)
• The Lighting of the Vessels (Lunenburg Fisheries Museum)
• Western Head and Crosby Garden Centre Sculptures
• Barns, Outbuildings and Shanties
• The Oaklawn Zoo (Aylesford)
• Harbourville, Baxter’s Harbour, Port Williams

Along with the perennial competition categories of Floral, Nature, Silent Essay, Sight & Sound Essay, and New Member competition, the coming season sees the return of the Monochrome category, and the Portrait category (which has an updated category definition). New categories include Macro/Closeup, Landscape/Seascape, and Still Life. The Treasure Hunt competition should be interesting and challenging this year as it focuses on photographic techniques.

This season, the majority of the judging of digital images will be done on-line. Judges will link to a private Flickr album to view the entries, and complete a scoresheet to send to the scorekeepers. The images and scores will be shown at the next meeting, after live judging of the prints from the same category. If you wish to volunteer as a judge, please let me or Karen know.

New This Year – Ask and Answer: Have you ever not asked a question because the timing didn’t seem right, or because you didn’t want to draw attention to yourself? Here’s your chance to ask any question you might have about photography — anonymously. A short answer will be presented at a meeting (10 minutes or less) and posted on our website, or just posted on the website if we can’t find time at a meeting. Send your email queries to, with the subject “Ask and Answer”. No question is too simple, and the identity of the person posing the question will be confidential. What is white balance? What’s an f-stop and where did those numbers come from? Ask, and we’ll do our best to answer.

Yearly membership remains at $35.00 Single, $50 Couple, and $20 for students – quite the bargain considering what’s available to members. Mark our first meeting, September 8th, on your calendar – we’ve got a few surprises in store!

Best regards,
John Burnett (President, 2015-16)

Minutes – May 12, 2015

17 07 2015

Minutes- Annual Meeting, May 12, 2015
Meeting Start Time: 7:15 pm
Number of members in attendance: 22

1. Welcome by the President.

2. Confirm and approve minutes of the AGM held on May 13, 2014. Minutes can be read at:

Motion to accept the minutes – Kas Stone
Seconded by – Derek Johnston
Motion Passed

3. President’s Report – Submitted by Sara Harley

My two year term as President has come to an end, and it has been a privilege to lead such a vibrant group. I joined the club six years ago, and it has been great to see the friendships grow over the years.

A successful club depends on our volunteers, and it is all of you who have made my job easier. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to judge our competitions, to everyone who made instructional presentations to the club, to the people who shared their photographs with us, who brought food in for our social breaks, and who organized field trips.

Over the years, the club changes and evolves. I am proud of a a few things we have achieved over the past couple of years. Almost 3/4 of our presentations were given by our own members this year, with a good balance of instructional presentations and presentations purely for enjoyment. We have a group with a wide variety of talents, and it’s wonderful that we have club members willing to share their interests and their knowledge with us.

This year, our yearbook contains 26 pages that feature photographs from our members….not just from competitions and field trips, but photographs that showed their interests on their own personal pages. I think these pages showcase our club in a better way, and our yearbook now represents all our members who choose to participate.

In the past two years, we have also made big strides in providing feedback for our competitions. This year (in part thanks to the winter weather), seven of our eight digital competitions were judged online and provided feedback as well as scores. It is my belief that feedback helps make us better photographers, whether we like the comments or not. We reviewed the judging process, and we will continue to work to fine tune our competitions.

In closing, I would like to give special thanks to our Past President Derek Johnston, as well as our Vice President John Burnett, for providing advice and support to me over the past year.

As our club continues to evolve, I encourage everyone to get involved. New members…or experienced…we all have something to contribute. Thank you.

Motion to accept the report – Dave Collins
Seconded by – Charlene Morton
Motion Passed

4. Program Director’s Report – Submitted by Nancy Johnston
The program for 2014-2015 consisted of 16 photo club meetings plus our Christmas and closing dinners. The closing awards dinner will be held on May26.
I would like to thank club members for your suggestions, contributions, and presentations this year. Also, your field trip organization and delicious lunches and other volunteer activities have added a great deal to our enjoyment of the club meetings.
We are always receptive to your suggestions and presentations and look forward to sharing many more innovative ideas and learning experiences in the next program.
Thank you. Respectfully submitted, Nancy Johnston

Motion to accept the report – Gary Smith
Seconded by – Richard Novossiltzeff
Motion Passed

5. Treasurer’s Report – Submitted by Marg Campbell



Dues 1475.00
Yearbook 47.76
Petty cash 72.85
50/50 297.50
Interest .76

Misc. 39.77
Insurance 450.00
Gifts 238.27
Awards 36.80
Joint Stock 30.25
Equipment 267.04
Promotions 254.27
Rental 552.00
NET LOSS 22.50


Motion to accept the report – Reg Archibald
Seconded by – Bill Jones
Motion Passed

6. Scorekeeper’s Report – Submitted by Karen Parnell Herrick and Julia Naas
The 2014/15 photography competition year started on Oct 28, 2014 with the Floral competition and ended on April 28, 2015 with the Sight and Sound essays.
Our club added a new category, Monochrome, in which there were 12 participants.
Pictorial was taken out of retirement and 17 participants entered the competition.

The number of competitors for each category were as follows:

Floral — 12
Nature — 16
Pictorial — 17
Travel — 15
Humour — 13
Monochrome — 12
Sight and Sound — 3
Portrait — 7
Creative — 9
Treasure Hunt — 10
Silent Essay — 3
New Members — 3

Our competition entries were very impressive but overall down slightly from last year. Julia and I would like to encourage members to be more proactive in the 2015/16 photo club year and see the number of competitors increase.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the judges who volunteered their time and expertise to the competitions and hope you, as well as others, will consider judging next year.
Our closing dinner at Ko’s Restaurant on May 26th will see eight 1st place trophies awarded. Hope to see you there.

Motion to accept the report – Ralph Cook
Seconded by – Charlene Morton
Motion Passed

7. Discussion of the Following Specific Issues and Motions –
7.1 Proposal to add Regulation 13 (c) to the Bridgewater Photographic Society By-laws and Regulations: Competition Points: The Silent Essay and Audio Visual Essay have a combined weight of no more than 25% of the total competition points to determine the Photographer of the Year Trophy.
Discussion included whether or not we are obliged to have essay competitions. We are not, it’s up to the committee however there are trophies for both essay competitions. This year was the lowest participation, usually there are about five competitors.

Motion to accept the proposal – Dave Collins
Seconded by – Karen Parnell-Hernick
Motion Passed

7.2 Proposal to add Regulation 16 to the Bridgewater Photographic Society By-laws and Regulations: Privacy:
Society membership information including, but not limited to, the email list, is to be used for Society business and educational purposes only. Unless specifically authorized by the Executive in writing, it shall not be used for personal, commercial, or non Society purposes, including solicitation of business, solicitation of donations, sending joke or spam email, or other similar activities. Such membership information, including the email list shall not be released to third parties, or non-members without the express written consent of the Executive and affected Society members.

Motion to accept the proposal – Derek Johnston
Seconded by – Reg Archibald
Motion Passed

7.3 Proposal to add Regulation 15 to the Bridgewater Photographic Society By-laws and Regulations: Participation in the Community: The Society and its activities have no political, social, cultural, religious or other affiliation, agenda or purpose outside of photography. The Society may, at the discretion of the Executive, participate in special events organized by the Society, or in conjunction with other photographic groups. The Society shall not partner in, or sponsor, events organized by third parties whose primary purpose or objectives are not photography related. The name of the Society is not to appear in or on any printed material/advertising of any event without the express written permission of the Executive. This in no way limits the ability of the individual members to display or participate in any event they may so choose.

Motion to accept the proposal – Dave Collins
Seconded by – Kas Stone
Motion Passed

8. Call for nominations to the Executive

Motion that nominations cease – Dave Collins
Seconded by – John Burnett

9. Proposal to accept the Executive for 2015-2016 by acclamation:
President – John Burnett
Vice-President – Gary Smith
Past President – Sara Harley
Treasurer – Marg Campbell
Secretary – Cindy Williams
Program Director – Nancy Johnston

Motion to accept the proposal – Kas Stone
Seconded by – Karen parnell-Hernick
Motion Passed

10. Announcement of Committee/Activity Volunteers 2015-2016

Program Committee – Nancy Johnston (chair), Karen Parnell Herrick, John Burnett
Field Trip Committee – Reg Archibald, Charlene Morton
Host – Charlene Morton
Scorekeeping – Karen Parnell Herrick, Julia Naas
Projectionist – Dave Collins
Refreshments – Hope Campbell
Webmaster – Trevor Awalt
Publicity –
Yearbook – Joan McCullough
Photographer for club events/presenters – shared: Reg Archibald, Gary Smith, Richard Novossiltzeff

11. Additions to the agenda as requested
The official meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.
Minutes taken by Cindy Williams.
Refreshments for the break were provided by Trevor and Darlene.
Competition categories for 2015-2016 were introduced. Full details will be emailed to the club before the year end dinner.
A slide show was held showing photos from the April field trip to Riverport & area.
A slide show was held showing all the photos that received Honour Awards during 2014-2015. Thank you to John Burnett for putting the slide shows together.

Informal Meeting:
• Charlene Morton – thank you to Kas, Yvonne, Gilbert for assisting with the water exhibit; there were ten contributors of 45 images, 17 volunteers. Grant has offered to get a Fliker site up and possibly Facebook to promote awareness; will also be attending schools to get more youth involved
• Field trip – May 23 – Keji – email in the next week with more details
• Field trip – June 20 – Windsor – a variety of places to explore, good meal options; can book a private room at Lisa’s
• Gilbert – Rhododendron park in Milton, mid-June is the best time; will make a date announcement about a week before. There is a picnic area (bring your own food)
• Field trip – July 18 – Tancook Island – details to follow

Competitions 2015-2016:

Silent Essay
New Member
Still Life*
Treasure Hunt
Sight & Sound Essays

*Definition changes reviewed and will be provided via email
Trophies all remain the same
Retired categories: creative, photo travel

Meeting adjourned at 9:25 pm.

Minutes – April 28, 2015

30 04 2015

April 28, 2015
26 members, 3 guests


  • our year end dinner will be at Ko’s Restaurant in Bridgewater on May 26th…gathering at 6:00. Buffet for $15.95 plus tax, or order from the menu. If you plan to attend but haven’t signed the sheet, please let us know at the next meeting
  • Gary, Trevor, Darlene, Don, and Dave C will be volunteering to take photographs at Run Nova Scotia’s Riverport race on May 9th. Photos of the racers will be available to purchase through a website set up by Trevor. Any profits will be donated to the photo club…thank you!


We started the evening with our Sight and Sound Competition. Our members were challenged to put a digital slide show together, complete with sound. Charlene L created a show called “Thank You Louis”, which coupled her photographs with the song “It’s a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. Karen PH’s essay contained a collection of stunning portraits wearing old fashioned hats set to the song “My Hat’s on the Side of My Head” by Ray Noble. Our winning essay of the night was created by John B. His show was set to the Lennie Gallant song “Make and Break Harbour” and contained a series of photographs of harbours and fishing boats. John will pick up his trophy at the year end celebration. Thank you to judges Teresa, Ralph, and Kas.


After a break for snacking and socializing, Kas gave the club a presentation called “Digital Manipulation – the Great “Reality” Debate”. How much post processing of our digital photographs is “allowed”? When does a photograph change from being a photograph to being art? Is a photographer an artist who uses images as “ingredients”? Or is it “cheating” to create a photograph using elements from two or more photos? The answers to these questions depend on who you ask!

Community Recognition

A few of our club members were recently recognized at Bridgewater’s Volunteer Ceremony and Reception. Long time club member Nancy J was recognized for her years of arranging a well balanced and enjoyable program for our club. Nancy has lots of contacts at other clubs, and makes sure everything is organized to ensure there is something of interest throughout the year for all levels of ability at our club. John B has only been a member for a couple of years, but is one of our most dedicated volunteers. Along with being our VP and projectionist, he creates digital slide shows that highlight the photography of all our club members. He has also led many instructional sessions at the club, and has volunteered his photography to the community at the DesBrisay Museum and the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. Gary S was also recognized for his volunteer work photographing exhibits at the DesBrisay Museum.

Next Meeting

Our Annual Meeting will wrap up our club meetings on May 12th at the MARC. In addition to our formal meeting, we’ll be showing all the honour award winning photographs from the year and a slide show from a recent field trip to Riverport and surrounding area. Time permitting, we’ll also show the member pages from the yearbook. It’s your last chance to join us before we break for the summer!

Training – Introduction to Time-lapse Photography April 14, 2015

16 04 2015

Here is a PDF of the topic “Introduction to Time-lapse Photography” as presented by Trevor Awalt on April 14th, 2015. Click on the following link to download the pdf Introduction To Time-Lapse Photography v1.2 April 14-2015 Trevor Awalt

Minutes – April 14, 2015

16 04 2015

Minutes – April 14, 2015 – 7:15pm
31 club members were present


– 15 club surveys have been sent in with ideas for our Program Committee to use in creating next year’s program.
– Our field trip on Saturday April 20th has been changed. Kegi Park was the original destination, but the facilities will not be open until next month. We will take a tour of Riverport and nearby wharves, ending with lunch at the Knot Pub in Lunenburg. Meet at 9am, Tim Horton’s in Bridgewater.
– Yearbooks will be $35 this year and payment to Sara is required no later than April 28th. (cash or etransfer) If you want a yearbook and have not signed the list, email Sara. The yearbook order will be submitted no later than April 30 to take advantage of a 20% discount offer.
– Club members Nancy Johnston and John Burnett will be recognized at the Bridgewater Volunteer Ceremony and Reception for their contributions to the Photo Club. Gary Smith will also be recognized for his volunteer work at the DesBrisay Museum. Congrats to all!
– Karen and Yvonne presented the club with options for the year end dinner. Some locations were not available on the night we need, so the majority of the club voted to have the dinner at Ko’s Restaurant.
– Gary asked for volunteers to photograph the 5k run in Riverport on May 7th. Trevor, Darlene, Dave and Gary have volunteered.


Club member Trevor Awalt gave a presentation on Time Lapse Photography.  Time Lapse photography involves some special equipment, and there are lots of things to think about when putting a show together. Short set ups spanning hours can be created by taking photos of moving clouds, longer set ups spanning days can be used to show a growing flower, and even longer set ups spanning months can condense a building project into a show that lasts only tens of seconds! Our minds were boggled with lots of samples of formulas and calculations, but thankfully Trevor created notes for us so we didn’t have to depend on our memories (a pdf file will be available on our website shortly). Trevor’s presentation ended with a seriously cute time lapse video of a squirrel collecting seeds set to the tune “Taking Care of Business”.


After a quick break for socializing, we watched our New Member Competition. Nancy Grant, Janice Kenefick and Don Barnes each submitted six images with a wide variety of subjects for the club to enjoy. Judging was done online before the meeting by previous winners of the New Member Trophy – Dave Collins, James Campbell, and Gary Smith. The winner of this year’s trophy was Don Barnes.

Certificates were also given out to Karen Parnell Herrick, the winner of our Silent Essay Competition, and John Burnett, who won the Treasure Hunt Competition. Trophies for all our competitions will be awarded at our year end dinner in May.

Field Trip:

To wrap up the evening, the club enjoyed a show of digital slides from our recent field trip to the Maplewood Maple Syrup Farm.

At our next meeting, Kas Stone will be presenting “Digital Manipulation – the Great Reality Debate” which will likely stir up some lively conversations! We’ll also have our last competition for the year – Sight and Sound.

Minutes – March 24, 2015

16 04 2015

Minutes – March 24, 2015 – 7:15pm
(33 members present, and 2 guests)


– The photos that our club members submitted to the South Shore Council of Canadians Water Week exhibit will be moved to the Art Happening location in Bridgewater for several weeks.
– our field trip to the Maplewood Maple Syrup Farm will be Sat March 28th.
– this year’s club survey will be sent out by email. Surveys are used to create next year’s program, so please send your ideas
– we are looking for a Program Director for next year. Nancy J will continue to be on the program committee, but would like someone to take over as Director (this is an exec position).
– photographs for the New Members Competition are due on Saturday March 28th


Our first presentation was by long time club member John Croft, who showed the club a presentation on “Lobster Dump Day”. His facts and photographs gave us an appreciation for the hard work and cold conditions in the lives of lobster fishermen. What makes a better lobster trap? Wood or metal? Both types of traps make excellent photographs!

From sea to sky….our next presentation was “Winging It – Capturing Birds on the Fly” by club member Elizabeth Klaas. Elizabeth gave us tips on how to prepare for capturing bird photos while we are out and about and “on the fly”. Tips at home include setting up a branch near bird feeders. The birds will land on the branch while waiting for the feeder,
allowing the photographer a great chance for a photo without including the feeder in the frame. Other ideas were to plant hostas or beebalm (hummingbird favourites) in a pot, and move the pot around to remove clutter from the background of your photos. If you spot a bird photo opportunity when traveling, make sure you pull over and park safely (sometimes a challenge on our narrow country roads). Use the car, or maybe a nearby sign post, to steady your arms and reduce camera shake when taking your photos if you don’t have time to pull out a tripod. Elizabeth has captured hundreds of stunning photographs of many different birds on her local travels.


Club members Kas Stone and Richard Novossiltzeff, and guest photographer John Webb from the Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia were the judges for our two photo competitions. The first competition of the night was the “Silent Essay”, a compilation of 12 photographs that tell a story. The club enjoyed three essays; “If Life Gives You Lemons” by Karen Parnell Herrick, “Beachcombing” by John Burnett, and “Rain, Rain Go Away” by Joan McCullough.

Our final competition of the evening was the annual “Treasure Hunt”. Club members were challenged to capture photographs that represented various movie titles. Eight members and one two person team entered the competition and rose to the challenge to capture images of “Gone With The Wind”, “Shine”, and “My Left Foot”…a few of the 10 categories. Thanks to Joan McCullough for putting this fun challenge together. For this competition, the judges tested out using an additional “half point” system to increase the range of possible marks to 7. (2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5) If the judge wanted to add a half point to their score, they held up a finger. Judges thought the additional option of a half point was a good tool, but it was difficult for the scorekeepers to see their raised fingers. Cards will be made up for future competitions if the half point system is used.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday April 14th, 7:15pm at the M.A.R.C. We invite all photography lovers to come out and visit before we break for the summer. Amateur or professional…everyone is welcome!

Training – Sight & Sound AV Shows

3 03 2015

Here is a PDF of the topic “Sight & Sound AV Shows” as presented by Kas Stone on February 24th, 2015. Click on the following link to download the pdf Sight & Sound AV Show Creation Feb 24-2015 by Kas Stone


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