News – Year End Awards Dinner May 25, 2016

8 06 2016

Thank-you to everyone who attended last night’s Awards Dinner. For those who couldn’t make it, here is a summary of our trophy winners. Congratulations!

Floral Trophy (Sylvia Dorey Memorial): Julia Naas
Nature Trophy (Marilyn Morrison Memorial): Darlene Awalt
Digital Projected Image Trophy: Julia Naas
Print Trophy (Fred Hay Memorial): Karen Parnell-Herrick
Silent Essay Trophy: Sara Harley
Sight & Sound Essay Trophy (Gordon McGowan AV): Sara Harley
Treasure Hunt Trophy: Charlene Morton
Photographer of the Year Trophy: Karen Parnell-Herrick

Thank-you to Hope for organizing the dinner, and Hope, Darlene and Nancy for providing desserts. Thanks to Joan, who had our 2015-16 Yearbooks ready.

Best regards,
John Burnett
President





Minutes – AGM – May 10, 2016

11 05 2016

Minutes – Annual Meeting, May 10, 2016

Meeting Start Time: 7:15pm
Number of members in attendance: 20

Minutes taken by Sara Harley.

1. Welcome by the President

2. Confirm and approve minutes of the AGM held on May 12, 2015. Minutes can be read at:
https://bridgewaterphotographicsociety.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/minutes-may-12-2015/
Motion to accept the minutes – Charlene Morton
Seconded by – Derek Johnston
Motion Passed

3. President’s Report – Submitted by John Burnett

A Message from the President

2015-16 was a year to expand on our traditional and successful activities, and to try a few new things as well. We had a full slate of guest presentations that included a travelogue (southwest China), education on photographic genres and techniques (infrared, macro, winter, landscape, the night sky, light painting), and a session that focused on self-evaluation and photographic growth (Sensibility, Series and Signature). Some of the best content, however, came from our own members during the two “potpourri” nights, and the presentation by last year’s photographer of the year, Karen.

Prior to competitions, we explored “what the judges look for”, led by Kas. Then, members challenged themselves with three new competition categories this year – still life, macro & closeup, landscape & seascape – and a treasure hunt based on photographic techniques. The club expanded the number of competitions which were judged on-line, providing members with additional feedback on the images.

Competitions were filled with beautiful and interesting images once again, and the scores were very close. There were just 5 points separating 1st and 2nd place for Photographer of the Year, 3 points in the Floral and Sight & Sound competitions, 2.5 points in the Treasure Hunt, 2 points in Nature, 1.5 points for the Digital Images Trophy, and just 1 point in the Silent Essay Competition.

Our field trip schedule actually began during the summer before the new season began, and will continue into summer 2016. We explored areas ranging from the Keji Seaside Adjunct and Liverpool area to the southwest, to Tancook Island and Eastern Passage to the east, with Windsor and some more local outings for good measure. This summer, we’re scheduled to return to the zoo in Aylesford and explore the North Shore.

None of this happened without significant contributions from a variety of volunteers, of course, and I want to thank you all for your help and dedication. No organization such as ours is successful (or continues to exist) without membership participation. A special thanks to Nancy Johnston who has been our Program Director for many years, but who will be taking a breather next year.

We are a small club, but a vibrant one. We have as many “regular” attendees as some clubs with three times our total membership. We’ve worked hard to provide a balance of education, inspiration and opportunity, and social interaction. With your support and participation we’ll continue to do so.

Best regards,John Burnett
Motion to accept the report – Kas Stone
Seconded by – Nancy Johnston
Motion Passed

4. Treasurer’s Report – Submitted by Marg Campbell

BRIDGEWATER PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY FINANCIAL REPORT MAY 1, 2016
Starting Balance $3468.47INCOME

Dues $1080.00
Interest 1.85
Donations 108.41
50/50 252.25

TOTAL INCOME $1442.51

EXPENSES

Insurance 353.00
Gifts 206.86
Awards 80.50
Joint Stocks 31.15
Promo 99.65
Rent 448.50
Misc. 20.00

TOTAL EXPENSES $1239.66

Net $202.85
Ending Bank Balance $3671.32

Notes:
– Membership was down a bit this year, but not as low as some years in the past.
– “Donations” were by Trevor Awalt, Darlene Awalt, Gary Smith, Dave Collins, and Don Barnes who were volunteer photographers for the 2015 Osprey 5 km Run. They took photographs of participants and charged a nominal fee to donate to the club.
– “Gifts” were gifts for our guest speakers
– “Promo” was printing costs for brochures

Motion to accept the report – Hope Campbell
Seconded by – Nancy Grant
Motion Passed

5. Scorekeeper’s Report – Submitted by Julia Naas

Prepared by Karen Parnell Herrick and Julia Naas
The 2015/16 photography competition year started on Oct.27th, with the Floral Competition and ended on April 26th with the Sight and Sound essays.

There were three new categories introduced into our competition line-up: Macro, Still Life and Landscape/Seascape.

The number of participants in each category are as follows:
Floral – 11, Portrait – 12, Monochrome – 11, Landscape/Seascape – 7, Still Life – 5, Nature – 6, Pictorial – 11, Macro/Close-Up – 8, Treasure Hunt – 5, Silent Essay – 7, Sight and Sound Essay – 4. The New Members Competition was withheld due to lack of participants.

The competition participation was up this year compared to the previous year. Our entries were impressive, proving the old adage, “small but mighty”.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our competent judges for their time and expertise.

Our closing dinner at Bridgewater Motor Inn will be held Tuesday, May 24th and eight first place trophies will be awarded.

Motion to accept the report – Ralph Cook
Seconded by – James Campbell
Motion Passed

6. Call for nominations to Executive
We still require volunteers to fill positions of Secretary and Program Director. No nominations received.

7. Proposal to accept the Executive for 2016-2017 by acclamation:
President – John Burnett
Vice-President – Gary Smith
Past President – Sara Harley
Treasurer – Marg Campbell
Secretary – Vacant
Program Director – Vacant
Motion to accept the proposal – Nancy Grant
Seconded by – Derek Johnston
Motion Passed

8. Announcement of Committee/Activity Volunteers 2016-2017
Program Committee – John Burnett, Gary Smith, Trevor Awalt, Kas Stone, Sara Harley
Field Trip Committee – Joan McCullough, Ralph Cook
Scorekeeping – Karen Parnell Herrick, Julia Naas
Projectionist – Dave Collins
Refreshments – Brenda Zareski
Webmaster – Trevor Awalt
Publicity – Vacant
Yearbook – Trevor Awalt
Hosts – Charlene Morton, Derek Johnston
50/50 – Derek Johnston

9. Additions to the agenda as requested
No additional items were discussed.

10. Adjournment of annual meeting
The official meeting was adjourned at 7:40pm.

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Items discussed after the formal meeting:

1. Charlene Morton discussed the field trip to the Aylesford Zoo planned for Saturday May 14th. Details were circulated by email. An email will be sent out on Friday evening if the field trip is cancelled due to weather.

Will Brooks, owner of the Fire Museum in Lunenburg, would like to receive photographs of our recent field trip there. Charlene will send him the photos that were submitted for our field trip slide presentation.

A tentative field trip has been set up for Sunday May 22nd – Mahone Bay farm with award winning draft horses. The farmer will give us a wagon ride in exchange for photos of him with his horses. Details will be forwarded by email.

2. There is an article about club member Gilbert van Ryckevorsel in May 11th’s LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin.

3. Sara Harley presented a promotional idea to the club. She will create Business Cards or Postcards with photos submitted by club members. Postcards will be one sided and will include a photograph with the photographer’s name as well as basic information about the club. Business Cards will be two sided with the photo and photographer’s name on one side, and basic info about the club on the back. Cost to participate will be $15 and cards can be distributed however the participants want to do it. This should increase awareness in the community about our club, generate more interest with a wider range of images, and increase club participation in getting the word out. Thirteen people have expressed an interest in participating so far. Sara will contact participants over the summer to get their photos. Cards will be distributed and payment will be collected in September.

4. A slide show of images from April’s field trip to the Fire Hall Museum in Lunenburg was presented.

5. After the break, the club divided into two groups to start planning the program and field trips for next year.

That concludes our meetings for the year. Our year end Awards Dinner will be held on May 24th.





News – AGM Announcement Apr 27, 2016

1 05 2016

The Bridgewater Photographic Society’s Annual General Meeting will take place as follows:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, beginning at 7:15pm
The M.A.R.C.
AGENDA
  1. Welcome and Confirmation of Quorum
  2. Confirmation and approval of the minutes of the AGM held on May 12, 2015. Minutes can be read here: Minutes from last AGM
  3. President’s Report
  4. Program Director’s Report
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Scorekeeper’s Report
  7. Call for nominations to Executive**
  8. Announcement of Committee/Activity Volunteers 2016-2017**
  9. Additions to the agenda as requested
  10. Adjournment of annual meeting

 

John Burnett, President





Competition – Survey Results Apr 27, 2016

1 05 2016

Thank you to Sara (past president) for putting the survey together and compiling the results, and to everyone who contributed suggestions. Sara’s text summary follows, and the actual results are attached in PDF format. These suggestions will be taken forward by the Program and Field Trip Committees. Please note that we are still in need of committee members and chair-persons.


Summary:

There were 24 survey responses from club members, 1 survey completed by a guest (not included in results).
All members thought the meetings are well run, the presentation mix has been good, and that the meetings do not need to be more formal. The majority of members (20) thought that the feature presentations and the breaks were the right length of time. One person thought the meetings should end earlier in the winter. Slightly more than half thought we only need coffee and tea. (13, 1 blank, 10 thought we need snacks) One person commented “Definitely need a lunch for social reasons and interest.”

Interest Level in activities and subject matter for next year’s meetings:

Very interested (20 or more people interested out of 24 responses):
24 – Mini presentations from club members (15 minutes or less)
23 – Field trip slide shows
22 – Image sharing from club members without scoring or evaluations
22 – Images/Photographers from other photo clubs
22 – Exploring a photographic genre
portraits (7), street (7), birds (4), nature (4), floral (2), still life (9), landscape (8), creative (7)
21 – Image evaluation and discussion
20 – Printing and framing

Interested (16-19 people interested out of 24 responses):
19 – post processing (intermediate)
17 – focus stacking
17 – “seeing”, pre-visualizing, composition (non technical aspects of photography)
17 – inspiration and influence
17 – image challenges (ie, treasure hunt)
17 – full presentations from club members (approx 1 hour)

Mild interest (12-15 people interested out of 24 responses):
15 – Travelogue presentations
14 – HDR (high dynamic range)
13 – artificial lighting (studio, portable)
13 – hands on workshops  (suggestions: portraits of each other, portraits, studio lighting, close up/macro(2), still life, anything (I can always learn something), individual cameras and how they work (mentoring)
12 – getting the right exposure
12 – working with focus (understanding lens dynamics)

Lower interest (less than half of club):
11 – post processing basics
11 – panoramas
11 – camera equipment – choosing your next lens
9 – camera equipment – exploring smaller/mirrorless options)

Ideas for meetings next year: (6 people suggested, 18 people left blank)
– a competition “most popular photo” contest with all members voting (2-5) judging each image
– geologist trip re geology formation
– Stephen Patterson
– Ryerson Clarke
– members submit images on a “theme” – non competitive

Field Trip Summary
The majority of members would like to keep Saturday morning field trips (18 yes, 1 no, 5 blank). Slightly more than half (14) would like Sunday field trips. Less than half want weekday field trips (10), longer field trips with more photographic time (11), and full day excursions to further destinations (10).
The most popular field trip activities were:
20 – field trip with up to 5 km of easy walking
18 – hands on workshop with leader
16 – field trip that requires me to pack a lunch, or pub grub
15 – themed outing with a leader, field trip with a modest entry fee
Half (or less) of the respondents were interested in the other suggestions (pairing with a mentor, covering an event, scavenger hunt or challenge, pairing with another club, longer hike, health conscious options for lunch).

Field Trip suggestions: (5 people suggested, 19 people left blank)
– present field trips seem to be excellent – proof is in numbers
– Miners Park – Kentville
– McNabbs Island Tours (Spring & Fall)
– Georges Island (2)
– Middleton Museum
– Greenwood Airforce Museum
– Shubenacadie Wildlife Park (winter)
– Advocate – Cape D’Or
– Blueberry fields in autumn (Cumberland Co)
– Sherbrooke Village
– Cabot Trail
– Rossignal Place – Liverpool
– New Ross Farm
– Kedgie Park
– Miller Point
– York Redoubt

John Burnett
President




News – April 26, 2016

1 05 2016

 

View for Free until Math 20th!

A 58min Video called “Nothing On Earth”, an Australian photographer Murray Fredericks’ attempts to capture the stark landscape of the Greenland ice cap. The show is available on British Columbia’s Public Broadcasting Network (Knowledge Network) online view-able until May 20th: https://www.knowledge.ca/program/nothing-earth





Minutes – April 12, 2016

18 04 2016

Photographing the Night Sky in Nova Scotia

Tuesday, April 12, 2016: The Bridgewater Photographic Society welcomed Barry Burgess to show some of his images and speak about photographing the night sky – including the Northern Lights – from Nova Scotia.

Barry has been photographing the night sky for many years – with film, and now with his digital cameras. Digital technology has been a boon to his hobby, making certain operations easier, and opening up new areas of exploration. Barry showed some lovely time-lapse series of the Northern Lights and the night sky that he captured using an intervalometer with his digital camera. For night-sky photography, he recommends using a wide to ultra-wide angle lens with an aperture of f/2.8 for best results. He gave a rule of thumb for choosing a shutter speed that won’t result in “star-trails”, and told us how he manually focuses his lens by doing test shots of the brightest star he can find, taken at the camera’s highest ISO. He also told us about an important accessory that astro-photographers should consider if they want to photograph over extended periods of the night – the electric dew heater, which keeps dew from forming on the lens. “Without one,” he says, “you’re done for the night as soon as the dew forms. You can’t just wipe it off, because it will be back in no time”.

© Barry Burgess

© Barry Burgess

Barry uses “apps” for getting predictions on the best nights and locations for shooting the Northern Lights, meteor showers, and other night-sky attractions. And he uses some post-shot digital processing to bring out the colour, brightness and contrast of his shots. Yet, his best known photograph was taken on film. His 2001 shot of a Leonid fireball was used on the cover of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s publication of its Observer’s Guide (2003).

Members also got to see photos from a recent field trip to Cosby’s Garden Centre in Liverpool, and the Western Head lighthouse. The garden centre features the “concrete creations” of Nova Scotia artist and sculptor, Ivan Higgins. After touring through the sculpture garden, club members got to meet and chat with Ivan about his art, and watch him work on his latest creation.





News – March 25, 2016

13 04 2016

A Google Announcement

Today we’re making the NIK Collection available to everyone, for free. Get the NIK Collection

Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the NNIK Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the NIK Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

The NIK Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

Starting March 24, 2016, the latest NIK Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the NIK Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.

We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now.

Some Alternate Viewpoints to the Google Announcement…

“My understanding is that Google isn’t supporting the Nik Collection anymore, so it is essentially abandonware. It may work today, but it may not work with the next OS update…”
“Windows 10 isn’t even officially supported if you look closely…”

A comprehensive video explaining Nik features

 








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