Minutes – January 13, 2015

21 01 2015

Minutes – January 13, 2015
January 13, 2015 – 7:15pm
25 people in attendance.

Announcements:
•    Snacks are needed for the next three meetings, sign-up sheet will be passed around
•    Christmas card received from Brenda Fitzgerald
•    If you would like to have a page in the club yearbook and have not yet emailed Sara, please add your name to the sign-up sheet or email her ASAP.
•    Charlene discussed the Water Exhibit – first meeting is Wednesday at the Shop on the Corner in Lunenburg.  The Exhibit runs from March 16 – 22, 2015.
•    Field trip on January 24th will be to the BMI junk yard only as Mr. Zwicker is not available.  Details will follow by email.
•    Next meeting will be the Humour competition – two digital images; the caption is important as combined with the image it should be funny.  We will also have the Photo Travel digital competition – one digital image to be submitted.

Competitions:
Pictorial Print – 9 entries, with four receiving honour awards
Travel Print – 9 entries, with one receiving an honour award

Slide Show:
Mahone Bay field trip of November 29, 2014.  This field trip had our highest attendance yet and the images that were shared beautifully captured the Father Christmas Festival.

Treasure Hunt 2015:

Thank you to Joan McCullough for putting our Treasure Hunt Challenge together!

You can enter your photos as an individual, or team of two. (teams must enter 4 photos per person)
Choose eight of the following ten categories, one submission for each. Your photo should be an image that captures the essence of the title (ie, for Mystic River…take a photo of a river, for The Color Purple….take a photo of something purple, etc).  Photos to be taken between January 14 and March 21, 2015. Judging takes place March 24, 2015.  The person/team with the highest score will be presented with our Treasure Hunt Trophy at the year end celebration.

This treasure hunt is a challenge for members to have fun using their cameras and imaginations to find and interpret the following titles:
1.  Mystic River
2.  Shine
3.  The Fisher King
4.  Ordinary People
5.  Gone With the Wind
6.  On The Waterfront
7.  The Shop Around The Corner
8.  A Face In The Crowd
9.  My Left Foot
10. The Color Purple

Presentation:
John Burnett – Monochrome Photography.  John’s presentation included a history of black and white photography noting that historically, it was the only choice whereas in current day photography is more of an artistic choice.  Black and white images can be used to accentuate contrast, tone, texture, drama as well as to de-emphasize things such as distracting colour, lack of colour and colour noise.  There are challenges to monochrome photography; pre-visualizing your image can be difficult.  John also covered post-processing of images into monochrome or black and white going through some pre-sets in Photoshop as well as specialized add-ons including Silver Efex Pro, Perfect B&W, Topaz B&W Effects and B&W Styler.  He also discussed printing options – consumer labs, B & W digital, inkjet printers and inkjet printers with multiple black inks and the longevity of black and white prints compared to colour prints.  Examples of filters and pre-sets in Photoshop Elements were demonstrated and a number of tips provided such as the benefits of boosting contrast in post-processing and using burn and dodge to darken or lighten various elements of the image.  He also cautioned that it’s important to pay attention to your sharpening so images pop.  John recommended that if you are shooting in black and white mode, to shoot both RAW and JPG because RAW will retain all the original information.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.

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