Minutes – January 12, 2016

24 01 2016

Viki Gaul at the Bridgewater Photo Club

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 – The Bridgewater Photographic Society welcomed the new year with a presentation by Nova Scotia photographer Viki Gaul. Viki has the distinction of having won Photographer of the Year at the Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia (PGNS) for the last four consecutive years! She is also very active in the Photographic Society of America (PSA). She is the PSA club rep for the Photo Guild, and Membership Director for the Maritimes and Quebec. She has received the PSA’s APSA honour award for her contributions to that organization, as well as the PPSA proficiency distinction for her exhibition acceptances.

Despite her many accomplishments, Viki continues to be a warm and down-to-earth personality. She began by showing us a picture of her very first camera (a Kodak film camera, which she still owns) and some of the first pictures that she took with it. She learned “the technical craft” of photography with a manual film SLR, and finally turned to digital. While the digital world opened up new opportunities, she quickly discovered how valuable her experience with the film camera continued to be.

Viki’s presentation featured many of her award-winning photographs and other competition entries from the 2014-15 season. Her images span the gamut of competition categories including Nature, Pictorial, Portrait, Travel, Photojournalism and “Creative”. She also showed us her entries in the Silent Photo Essay competition – The Lawrencetown Wild ‘n’ Woolie Sheep Rodeo – and her Sight & Sound Essay on the Wharf Rat Rally in Digby.

Along the way, Viki gave our members a glimpse at some the post-shot processing that she used, as well as some practical advice on how to practice photographing birds in flight, or approach gnarly (or not-so-gnarly) “bikers” with a camera. She completed her presentation with a tutorial on how to produce fascinating pictorial “orbs” using Photoshop.

Dave Collins also showed images from the club’s field trip to Lunenburg’s Lighting of the Vessels, last November. The evening concluded with a show and discussion of the Bridgewater club’s 2016 Treasure Hunt competition categories. Members are invited to submit six photos from among the twelve assigned categories, in order to compete for this year’s trophy.

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