News – January 30, 2018

30 01 2018

Peter Barss to Speak at the Bridgewater Photo Club, a talk entitled “Developing a Style and Theme” on February 13th at 7pm, MARC on Leary Fraser Road. Keep an eye on the website for weather related cancellations, we usually post by 4pm if there is a cancellation.

On Tuesday, February 13th from 7-10pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Peter Barss 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.

Peter Barss, a former high school English teacher, turned his long-term hobby, photography, into a profession when he moved to Nova Scotia to avoid being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. Three books of his work have been published and his work has appeared in many publications and collections in Canada and the United States. He is currently working on a long-term photographic project on Iceland. For more information on Peter or to see his images visit peterbarss.com.

Peter’s talk is entitled Developing a Style and Theme and will focus on pictures he took of the landscape in Iceland. After spending close to two years working out a theme and style that he felt expressed his relationship with Nature he spent five weeks traveling in Iceland.

Peter believes that nature photography is heavily weighted toward “pretty” images—sunsets, rainbows, colourful fall foliage, and so on. That emphasis is not the full truth. In addition to the pretty quality we find in Nature the world around us is also always a threat. It is that dichotomy of light and dark that Peter reflects in his photography. Iceland is pretty, very pretty but there are few places on earth where Nature is so clearly a constant threat- an island sitting on top a volcano. Peter’s pictures of Iceland intrigue viewers, but the more they look the more they see and feel an underlying danger.

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News – January 23, 2017 – Meeting Cancelled

23 01 2018

Although air temperature is still rising and roads are free of ice and snow except on dirt roads, there is a lot of water. There will be more to come with melting snow and steady rain starting at 6 pm. I am particularly concerned about the forecast for fog. Conditions are perfect for fog.

Given that our guest speaker would like to present to most of our membership and we have a space in our program for him in April, I have decided to cancel tonight’s meeting. Sherry, Trevor, and I will look after notices about cancellation.

Stay tuned in the coming days for more details by email about upcoming competitions and exhibits. Thanks to all who shared their rsvp notices and road observations.

Charlene
Vice President
Bridgewater Photographic Soceity





News – January 10, 2018

16 01 2018

Raoul Manuel Schnell to Speak at Bridgewater Photo Club on January 23rd at 7pm, MARC on Leary Fraser Road

On Tuesday, January 23rd 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.

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 – December 29, 2017

29 12 2017

Gary Brinton to Speak at Bridgewater Photo Club on January 9th at 7pm, MARC on Leary Fraser Road

On Tuesday, January 9th from 7-10pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Gary Brinton 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.

Gary Brinton is owner and lead photographer at Brinton Photography, specializing in interior/exterior design, drone and landscape photography. Gary has worked with large clients including Bell Canada, Parks Canada and IKEA. His work has also been published in several magazine, billboards and websites such as Huffington Post, Canadian Geographic, Refined and Unilad. He has also created a short film called “The Highlands” featuring drone photography of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park which has been viewed over 2 million times.

Gary’s presentation will feature examples of his work and an overview of his methods in drone photography, film-making and landscape photography. Samples of his work can be found on his web site www.brinton photography.ca.





News – Oct 31, 2017

31 10 2017

Arthur Marshall to Give a Talk on “It’s Ok To Play” – November 14th at the Bridgewater Photo Club

On Tuesday, November 14th from 7-10 pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Arthur Marshall 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.

Arthur Marshall has been taking photographs for some time, at least long enough to remember the smell of D-76 and the hours and hours spent in a dark room making prints. Having now endured hours and hours and hours of editing with Photoshop, he realizes he would rather spend his time with the camera. This and a love of abstraction help explain his current obsession with multiple exposure and other in-camera techniques. More of Arthur’s images can be seen via Arthur Marshall on Flickr.

We all want our photography to be creative, yet we all tend to fall back on what has worked in the past. Arthur will cover a number of basic options to shake up your photography and then touch on the more generalized techniques of intentional camera motion and multiple exposures.





News – Oct 21, 2017

21 10 2017

On Tuesday, October 24th from 7-10pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Mike McCarthy 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.

Mike has been a photographer since he picked up his first Pentax K1000 in junior high school. Mike has covered major sporting events from the Canada Games to NASCAR races for major news outlets around the world. He is the track photographer at SCOTIA SPEEDWORLD and travels with the Maritime Pro Stock racing series as their official photographer. More information on Mike and his work can be found at mccarthyphotographic.com

Mike will discuss everything you need to know about shooting a sporting event, From preparing and packing, media credentials to staying hydrated to site access and even getting the shot. We will talk about the technical aspects and the all-important story behind the images. Our discussion will include lots of sample photos, details and discussion with room for lots of your questions as well.

 





News – October 4, 2017

4 10 2017

On Tuesday, October 10 from 7-10pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Alejandro Molina 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.

Alejandro was born in Veracruz, Mexico and at the tender age of 21 he began to travel the world falling in love with nature, humanity and photography. Through his work he earned a 1-year mentorship with leading Canadian Photographer Dave Brosha and was a keynote speaker at Brooke Shaden’s Promoting Passion Convention in 2016. He is also the house photographer for Camp Laughing Child International. More information on his work can be found on his web site amolinaphoto.com.

“I run an annual event called “Land and See” that brings together some of the most talented speakers that I stumble across and a whole horde of passionate photographers who want nothing more than to be inspired. Alejandro Molina was nothing short of the event’s ‘show-stopper’. He left everyone, the experienced speakers included, breathless, and a collective chill went across the audience every time he took the stage.” – Dave Brosha

Alejandro’s talk will be a narrative experience in his quest to find his voice as a photographer. It will be a conversation about the integration of the self and our body of work. He will also give a technical explanation on the execution of his ongoing portrait series and discuss his work at Camp Laughing Child, a therapeutic adventure camp for children living with HIV/Aids.