Minutes – Nov 27, 2018 Meeting

12 12 2018

 

BPS Meeting Minutes
Nov 27, 2018

President Gary Smith opened the meeting and welcomed our guests.

We watched a slide show called “Resilience”, created with images that were submitted by our members.

Competition Committee Chair Trevor Awalt presented Honour Awards:

Nature Print awards were given to Darlene Awalt, Linda Hall, Julia Naas (absent), Patty Winfield (absent). Monochrome Print awards were given to Anna Mallin (2), Linda Hall, Julia Naas (2) (absent)

The Nature Competition results were announced:
The winner of the Nature Category which included three (3) Digital Images from 11 entrants, plus one (1) Print from 6 entrants, totaling 39 images. This competition was very close and was decided by only 1/2 point between 1st & 2nd place as well as a 1/2 point between 3rd & 4th place.

1st place – Darlene Awalt – 53 points (4 honour Awards)
2nd place – Julia Naas – 53 points (3 Honour Awards)
3rd place – Linda Hall – 43.5 points (2 Honour Awards)

A few announcements followed:
Kathryn Price, Exhibit Committee Chair, announced that we will be having an exhibit at the Margaret Hennigar Public Library in Bridgewater for the month of April 2019.  She provided sign up sheets for committee volunteers, exhibit themes/suggestions, and people interested in exhibiting.

Gary Smith announced that our Christmas Social will be on December 12th at the Wileville Fire Hall (change in venue from last year). If you have not yet responded to the email asking whether or not you will be joining us for the dinner, please respond asap as we have to give the attendance numbers to the hall.

Upcoming deadlines: Scavenger Hunt photos are due Dec 1st. Photo Share images “Looking Back at 2018” are due by Dec 5th. Even if you don’t plan on attending the Christmas social, feel free to share up to five of your images from 2018 for our slide show.

Sherry Hudson, Speaker Chair, announced she will be stepping down at the end of the year. If you are interested in the position for next year, please let Sherry or the Executive know and Sherry will help in the transition.  Sherry introduced Bill Curry, our speaker for the evening.

Bill Curry www.billcurry.ca introduced us to the concept of Conservation Photography. He defined the genre and took us through many examples.

We had a 20 minute social break. Winner of our 50/50 draw was Dave Collins.

Bill Curry resumed his presentation and explained his Dark Skies Conservation Photography project in detail.

The meeting adjourned at approx 8:55. Minutes by Sara Harley.

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News – Announcement for the Nov 27, 2018 Meeting

19 11 2018

Bill Curry to speak at the Bridgewater Photo Club on November 27th, 6:30 pm at the MARC at 33 Leary Fraser Road

BillCurry-MeOn November 27th the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Bill Curry as their guest speaker for the evening. Doors open at 6:30, meeting starts at 6:45. 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 club’s website.

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The first half of the session will be a discussion about Bill’s photographic process and what exactly Conservation Photography is. Participants will learn about the history of Conservation Photography – first as an unrecognized category of nature or wildlife photography, and then about the more formal approaches currently used which began in 2005. Bill Curry has been doing Conservation Photography both informally since the early 1970’s, but more importantly more formally since 2009. Bill will detail his thinking behind every photograph, and will also talk about the role that his work has to put forth images that cause people to think about our environment in a broader sense.
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Bill’s images often show people things in ways they have never seen before, or present images as challenges for people to think about. Bills’ philosophy is that each work is an image of a moment that will never be exactly like any other moment in time. The viewer is encouraged to examine a second in their own lives that will become a memory to be reflected upon again and again. Many images are also a call to action, and present to the viewer a challenge to think about and act upon.
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The second half of the session will be a detailed look at one such Conservation Photography project that Bill undertook – a series of images designed to show people the night sky, and to get people to think about dark skies and the value of preserving, and indeed promoting, such spaces. Bill will detail his 4 year effort to make images that show the beauty and majesty of the night in a truly dark sky area – namely Southwestern Nova Scotia – and walk participants through the details of the work Bill did for the Starlight Foundation, with headquarters in Spain and a UNESCO backed initiative, a group who successfully assisted the Yarmouth County area in becoming the first UNESCO Dark Sky Preserve in North America, and home to the first certified Dark Sky hotel, Trout Point Lodge. Bill will help participants look at what equipment is needed to take dark sky images, and will look at the process involved in creating these images. He will also showcase the images from his solo photography show that was seen across the Province “Starry Nights”.

A brief bio:
Bill Curry is an award winning professional Conservation Photographer – a Master Photographer specializing in Fine Arts as a Nature Photographer, Wildlife Photographer and Landscape Photographer. Those seeking images that celebrate the outdoors find that Bill’s work stirs their imagination, reminding them of time spent in our shared environment. Seeking to capture a moment in time, Bill’s images are of spaces and places that are changing, whether human impacted or the fleeting hues of a sunset or the shape of a breaking wave. For more images by Bill visit his website at www.billcurry.ca.


Bill’s work is backed up by his credentials as he has studied with a number of noted photographers, and obtained certifications in photographic concepts from the New York Institute of Photography and the Museum of Modern Art, both in New York, New York. Recognized as a Master Photographer in Fine Art from the Master Photographers International, he is also accredited in Nature Photography by the Professional Photographers of Canada. His work has been seen in the New York Times, the Boston Herald, Outdoor Canada, Field and Stream and many other local, regional and national publications, and his photographs have also been used commercially by a growing number of businesses.

Bill owns his own Gallery and Studio in Port Maitland, NS, and is a member of the Yarmouth Waterfront Gallery. Bill’s work is on display at the Teichert Gallery at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, in Halifax, NS and at a number of gift shops across the Province. His work is held in public and private collections around the globe.





Minutes – Nov 13, 2018 Meeting

15 11 2018

BPS Meeting Minutes
Nov 13, 2018

President Gary Smith opened the meeting with a few announcements:
1. The club booth at the Senior’s Expo at the LCLC on November 1st went well with lots of people stopping by.
2. Kathryn Price has volunteered to chair the Exhibit Committee. Committee members are Ralph Cook, Anna Mallin, Don Barnes and Linda Hall. More members are welcome. Most committee work will be done by email. They will be working on an exhibit at the Bridgewater Library, likely to be held in April 2019.
3. Our Christmas Social will be held at a different location than planned, as a caterer is not available for the Italy Cross Fire Hall. Our new location will likely be the Wileville Fire Hall. Details will be confirmed shortly.
4. Field trip on Sunday November 18th will be a Scavenger Hunt. Check your emails or our Facebook page for details.
5. Our next photo share is “Resilience” – a topic that is open to your interpretation. Images are due Sat Nov 17th.
6. Welcome to new members Jeff Cotter and Greg Warbanski.

Competition Committee Chair Trevor Awalt made several announcements and presentations:
1. Treasure Hunt: 5 members participated, with 39 images entered.

1st place – Linda Hall – 94.5 points, with 5 Honour Awards
2nd place – Tiffany Ottaway – 81.5 points, with 2 Honour Awards
3rd place – Dave Collins – 81.0 points, with 2 Honour Awards

Honour awards for the Treasure Hunt were presented to: Charlene Morton (1), Dave Collins (2), Tiffany Ottaway (2) and Linda Hall (5).
2. Nature Digital: 11 members participated with 33 images submitted.
11 Honour Awards were given out:

Beverley Richardson (1), Brenda Bancroft (2), Charlene Morton (1), Darlene Awalt (3), Gilbert van Ryckevorsel (1), Julia Naas (2), and Linda Hall (1)
3. Judging was held for two live competitions: Nature (Print) and Monochrome (Print)
Honour awards will be handed out at our next meeting. Thank you to judges James Campbell, Gilbert van Ryckevorsel, and Ralph Cook.

4. Slide show for the Treasure Hunt was shown.

Sara Harley made a 15 minute presentation on “Finding Inspiration”. Copies of Uppercase Magazine (for the Creative and Curious), Issue 36 were given out to everyone with many thanks to Editor Janine Vangool. Any members who wish to subscribe to this Canadian magazine can use the discount code saraharley15 for $15 CAD off UPPERCASE subscriptions, gift subscriptions and renewals.
shop.uppercasemagazine/discount Please note that Sara is not benefiting from this offer in any way.

50/50 Draw winner was Sherry Hudson.

A draw was held for photo books donated by Ken Kanten. Books went to Reg Archibald, Tiffany Ottaway, and Trevor Awalt.

A slide show of our field trip to the Valley Wineries was shown.

John Burnett made a 45 minute presentation on Lightroom. A quick review of the asset management tool was done, and a more detailed demonstration of the Develop Module was given.

Meeting adjourned at 9:20. Minutes by Sara Harley.

Sara Harley





Minutes – Tuesday Oct 23, 2018 Meeting

25 10 2018

BPS Meeting Minutes
October 23, 2018

President Gary Smith opened the meeting with a few announcements. We had a packed house and a warm welcome was extended to all the visitors.

Our club has 43 paid members to date.

More volunteers are needed for the club’s booth at the Senior’s Expo on November 1st. Email Gary (bpsexecutive@gmail.com) if you can help out at a two hour shift.

Volunteers are still needed to create an exhibit committee. Two locations would like to have the club exhibit again early in 2019.

Club members are reminded of upcoming deadlines for competitions and photo sharing:
Nov 3 – Nature and Treasure Hunt digital submission deadline
Nov 10 – Nature and Monochrome print submission deadline
Nov 17 – photo sharing for “Resilience” deadline

Our next field trip is scheduled for Nov 18th and will be a Scavenger Hunt. Location to be announced…likely to be the Bridgewater area.

Honour Awards were handed out. Linda Hall presented Anna Mallin with an honour award for the Landscape/Seascape print competition. Two awards were obtained in the Floral digital category by Ravin Murugan (not present at the meeting).

Competition Committee Chair Trevor Awalt announced the results for the Floral Trophy. The winner was Linda Hall (42 points). Runners up were Katherine Price (41.5 points) and Julia Naas (40.5 points).

Kas Stone introduced our guest speaker, Thaddeus Holownia. Thaddeus spoke to the club about “Living a Creative Life” for most of the meeting. He discussed many of his projects, and the importance of printing our work in either print or book format. He advised us to keep our eyes and mind in tune to extract images from the world. Light and time is fleeting, so we should take advantage of situations as they arise. Bodies of work take time to create. His projects takes 2, 3, and sometimes 10 years to turn into a book or exhibit. Members can find more out about Thaddeus by visiting his web sites: holownia.com and anchoragepress.ca or his Facebook page facebook.com/thaddeus.holownia

Our meeting wrapped up with a slide show from the Brier Island field trip.
Minutes prepared by Sara Harley





News – Announcement for the October 23rd, 2018 Meeting

11 10 2018

On October 23rd at 6:45 pm, doors open at 6:30pm, the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Thaddeus Holownia 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.

Join Thaddeus as he shares of lifetime of documenting the complex and often deteriorating relationship between man and his environment. Using the unique combination his visual artist, teaching, letterpress printing and publishing skills he has told stories that capture our world in a deep and meaningful way. “The meaning that resides in my bodies of work goes beyond visual description; they stand as a history of the play between human intervention and the landscape. The result is both an anecdote of an ordinary place and a metaphor for our relationship to place and environment. What emerges is a sense of vulnerability and the inexorable force of time.” To see his work visit holownia.com and anchoragepress.ca.

Thaddeus Holownia, is a visual artist, letterpress printer and publisher. He serves as a Research Professor in the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University in Sackville New Brunswick.

Holownia’s work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions solo and group, including in 2017, The Nature of Nature a 40 year survey of his work curated by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. His 1998 mid career retrospective exhibition Extended Vision was toured by the National Gallery of Canada across Canada and to Mexico. His photographs have been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Monet’s Legacy: Series, Order and Obsession at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany and Car Culture at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington NY.

Holownia is a Fulbright Fellow and elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy. Recent awards include the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for High Achievement in the Visual Arts from artsNB and the Order of New Brunswick

Professor Holownia will also be doing a one day session on October 24th the description is below. Interested parties should contact Sherry Hudson at BPSconnections@gmail.com

Living the Creative Life, a Conversation with Thaddeus Holownia

Beyond the f-stops and ISO’s there is a place where the photographs we take begin to develop new meaning, something personal. They begin to tell stories about who we are and how we fit in the world around us. Letting go and listening to the voice inside that entices us on this journey is a leap of faith and a step towards exploring our unique creativity.

Join us for a day with Thaddeus Holownia as he shares his personal creative journey through world renowned exhibits and thought provoking books. Learn from a master the art of storytelling through a single image and in the lifelong pursuit of a creative life.

Participants in this unique conversation should come prepared to engage in a discussion about their own work and the work of others. Each participant is encouraged to bring up to three prints of their own work that represents the unique way they see the world. Thaddeus encourages participants to consider how the size and format of their print supports the intention of the work.





Minutes – Tuesday October 9, 2018 Meeting

11 10 2018

A warm welcome was given to new members Doug Langley and Margot Janes.

President Gary Smith opened the meeting with a few announcements. The club will be participating in the Seniors Expo on November 1st. A table will be set up with running digital presentations. It is a one day show, running from 10am to 6pm. Volunteers are requested to work shifts throughout the day. Gary, Charlene, and John will be present from the Exec. Linda Hall, Anna Mallin and Kathryn Price have volunteered to help. Further details will be sent by email and more volunteers would be appreciated.

We still need volunteers for an Exhibit Committee Chair and committee members. Potential exhibit locations are the Bridgewater Library and The Port Grocer (Port Medway)…both locations waiting for confirmation from our club.

VP Charlene Morton introduced guest Ken Kanten. Ken presented Pres Gary Smith with a $500 cheque to set up an award in memory of his wife Joan McCullough. The Smile Award will be set up as a photo share with members sharing images of things that make them smile. All contributor names will be put into a draw and $20 will be given to the winner to “give themselves a treat”. Ken also gave $20 cash for Karen Parnell-Herrick who created the image “Oh Those Egg Heads” which made Joan McCullough smile and is the image that inspired the Smile Award.

Sue Hutchins hosted the main event for the evening. Six stations were set up presenting photographic challenges to practice on with coaches to give guidance – Macro (Gary Smith), Depth of Field (Sherry Hudson), Composition, Head Shots (Julie Naas), Motion (Dave Collins), and Metering (John Burnett). Club members were free to visit whatever stations they wished, or use their cameras to record the event. Participation was enthusiastic during the 50 minute workshop. Big thanks to Sue Hutchins for putting it all together.

A short break was held. 50/50 draw winner was Dave Collins.

Additional draws were made for 3 copies of the current issue of PhotoEd Magazine. Magazines went to Anna Mallin, Kathryn Price, and Linda Hall. Discount subscription offers were given out to all club members. Thanks to PhotoEd Magazine Editor Rita Godlevskis, who sent the promotions to Secretary Sara Harley to share with the club. http://www.photoed.ca discount code special6 for members who were not at the meeting.

Live judging was done for Floral and Landscape/Seascape. Judges were Charlene Morton, John Burnett, and Sara Harley. One honour award was given to Anna Mallin for her entry in the Landscape/Seascape category.

A slide show of the results for the digital Floral competition was held. Judges for the online competition were Chris Stackhouse (Blandford), John Burnett (Bridgewater), and Sandra Parlow (Manitoba). Two honour awards went to Ravin Murugan. Results with judge’s comments will be posted online at a private link for all members to view on Flickr. Details to follow by email.

Competition Committee Chair Trevor Awalt discussed some issues regarding submissions for competitions. Please ensure all submissions are sent on or before the deadline date. Some leeway has been given since this is the beginning of the year but deadlines will be adhered to in future. Ensure you are using the correct email address to send your competition submissions. A confirmation email will be sent to you when your entries are received. If you don’t receive a confirmation email, it means your submission was not sent correctly.

A photo share slide show “The Way We Live” was shown, followed by a slide show of the McNabs Island field trip from June 2018.

Beverley Richardson took a poll from club members about what kind of cell phone they have in preparation for her presentation in February.

Membership cards were distributed to paid members. If you have paid but have not yet received your card please see Sara Harley at a future meeting.

Minutes prepared by Sara Harley





Minutes – Tuesday September 25, 2018 Meeting

27 09 2018

BPS Meeting Minutes
Sept 25, 2018

Attendance: 35 members, 6 guests

President Gary Smith opened the meeting with brief comments:

1. A reminder was made for everyone to sign the attendance sheets when they arrive. This applies to members as well as guests.
2. Three club members will have their images published in the Giants of Nova Scotia fundraising calendars. The calendars are a fundraiser for the Mersey Tobeatic Research Centre and will help support research for invasive species. Congratulations to Linda Hall, Paul Newton, and Sara Harley.

Guest speaker Nance Ackerman spoke to the club for 90 minutes about Mindful Documentary Photography & Filmmaking. She spoke about her adventures in photojournalism that have taken her all over the world since 1984 when she began her career with the Globe & Mail. Some of the concepts she discussed were:

  • be aware of your surroundings: light, shapes, patterns
  • be patient: wait and appreciate the experience you are photographing
  • offer to help your subject to build rapport before you start shooting
  • listen to the sounds around you
  • turn around and look behind you
  • people watch without your camera: note habits and rituals of people
  • put your camera away for a time and just experience, then bring your camera out and limit your shots
  • Websites for more information: convictiondocumentary.com, cousinsphototours.com, nanceackerman.com

The meeting closed with a few announcements:

1. Next meeting will be hosted by club member Sue Hutchins. Bring your camera gear for this active/interactive session. Stations will be set up, each with a different challenge to photograph. More details to follow.
2. Trevor Awalt made a couple of quick announcements about competitions. Notifications will be sent out 3 weeks prior to each competition deadline, with a reminder sent out 1 week before the deadline. New this year: Silent Essays and Sight & Sound Essays will be judged online. This means that feedback will be given for all essays, which hasn’t happened in the past.
3. Ilze Andzans talked about the upcoming field trip on October 20 at Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards. RSVP will be required. Cost is $15 for the tour, or $34 for the tour and a light luncheon. More details to follow.

Meeting closed at 9:13pm.
Minutes by Sara Harley