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)




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