Minutes – Mar 26, 2019 Meeting

6 04 2019

BPS Meeting Minutes
March 26, 2019

President Gary Smith opened the meeting at 6:45 with approximately 26 members present. A few announcements were made:

VP Charlene Morton discussed the upcoming field trip on April 13, which was originally planned for visiting local waterfalls. New plans are being tentatively made for visiting the abandoned satellite station in Charleston with lunch at the Riverbank Cafe. Another alternative was also suggested, however members thought it might be more appropriate for a fall outing due to spring road conditions. Details will be firmed up and communicated to club members.
Deadlines for upcoming photo submissions:
March 30 – Photo Share “Let it Snow”
April 13 – Joan McCullough Memorial Smile Award
Check your emails for details.

Kathryn Price gave us a reminder that our framed photos for the exhibit at the Bridgewater Library are to be dropped off on Monday April 1st at 10:00am. Help would be appreciated to hang the exhibit.

Trevor Awalt asked past trophy winners to bring their trophies to the next club meeting so they can be prepared for this year’s winners. He announced the results from recent competitions:
New Member Competition:
1st – Jock Martin (63.5)
2nd – Douglas Langley (58)
3rd – Don Gorby (52)

Sight & Sound Essay Competition:
1st – Creative Possibilities by Sue Hutchins (253/300)
2nd – Winter in Cottage Country by Linda Hall (238/300)
3rd – Antarctica by Anna Mallin (237/300)

A slide show of the entries for the New Member competition was shown. The Sight & Sounds essays will be shown at a future meeting as part of Kas Stone’s presentation on Effective AV Shows.

Gary Smith gave a short presentation on Photo Books. Samples of photo books from PhotoBook Canada and Blurb Books were set out for club members to view at break. Jock Martin mentioned that Pikto Books is a Canadian company that publishes books.

Jock Martin gave a presentation on printing and demonstrated how he prepares an image for printing. He gave some tips about how to work on image files, and had some printed images on display.

Photo slide shows from two recent field trips were shown – NSCC Kitchen and Cosby Gardens.

Surveys were handed out to club members. All members are encouraged to complete a survey (hard copy or email) in order to help planning for next year’s program.

50/50 winner was Jock Martin, who donated the winnings back to the club.

After the break, Gary Smith discussed the club’s structure and explained the set up of our executive, committees, and volunteer positions. A few people have indicated they are willing to fill roles for the 2019/20 club year:
Competition Committee Co-Chairs: Linda Hall and Tammy Mercer
Exhibit Committee Chair: Jock Martin
Yearbook: Sue Hutchins
Webmaster: Trevor Awalt
Projectionist: Mary Ann Massey
President: Charlene Morton
Past President: Gary Smith
Treasurer: Marg Campbell
Secretary: Sara Harley

Key roles to be filled: Vice President and Program Director, both executive positions. If you are willing to put your name forward for any positions or committees, please email the BPS Executive asap.

Dave Collins presented a slide show “Across Canada 2018”, showing images he captured on a cross country tour over 3 months and 22,000 kilometres.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:05pm.
Minutes by Secretary Sara Harley


Minutes – March 12, 2019 Meeting

15 03 2019

BPS Meeting Minutes
March 12, 2019

President Gary Smith opened the meeting at 6:45 with approximately 33 people in attendance, including 3 visitors. Several announcements were made:

VP Charlene Morton announced that the field trip scheduled for Saturday March 16th may be changed to the following day due to the projected weather forecast of rain. A show of hands revealed that most participants will be able to switch dates.

Tammy Mercer talked about upcoming events at the South Shore Public Libraries. March 28 @ 6pm is a showing of Nunavut Territory turns 20. April 1st @ 2pm Peter Barss will be discussing his images of Iceland. A full schedule is available on their website: southshorepubliclibraries.ca

Yearbook Editor Sue Hutchins asked everyone to send in their information for their personal yearbook page. Please send a brief bio (written in 3rd person), a photo of yourself, and up to 4 images. Each interested member has the opportunity for their own page in the yearbook and all members are encouraged to participate.

Members were reminded of upcoming due dates: March 16th is the due date for the Sight & Sound and New Member competitions. Photo Share “Let it Snow” images are due by the end of the month.

Sara Harley introduced our speaker for the evening, Carl Snyder. Carl’s presentation was Panoramic Photography. He talked about his own background and mentioned that he always takes a photograph with the making of a print in mind. He encouraged us to think about this and get our images off our computers. Carl discussed the history of panoramic art and photography and then described his own journey with panoramic photography, including the challenges of both creating the images as well as printing and exhibiting them. Carl’s bio is available on the Visual Arts Nova Scotia website: visualarts.ns.ca/carl-snyder-artist-profile

After our break, VP Charlene Morton introduced the possibility of a new location for our club. Several venues were considered, and the possibilities have been narrowed down to 3 locations: MARC (our current location), Bridgewater Curling Club, and the Mahone Bay Centre. Members will be asked to indicate their preference on our annual survey. Here is a breakdown of the pros/cons of each location:

M.A.R.C. (current venue) – Pros: Just outside Bridgewater, known to members, good parking, washrooms in room, reasonably priced ($17 per hour), room is set up for us. Cons: small when we have a larger audience or workshops, poles obstruct view, can be noisy depending on occupants of upstairs location, storage no longer available.

Bridgewater Curling Club – Pros: In Bridgewater, much bigger room than MARC, slightly more comfortable chairs, washroom and kitchen facilities handy. Cons: no screen, run power from kitchen, window blinds not the best, some reports room can be cold, more expensive than MARC ($25 per hour). Unknowns: parking when rink is busy, unknown if there is storage available, may have to set up room ourselves.

Mahone Bay Centre – Pros: Much bigger room than MARC, more comfortable chairs, large screen, good blackout blinds. Cons: not in Bridgewater, need direction signs in building, washrooms and kitchen not close by, no storage. Unknowns: parking is ok unless another major event is being held, cost has not yet been determined (full cost $40 per hour), may have to set up room ourselves.

Trevor Awalt recommended that we research whether or not WiFi is available at the alternate venues, as this would increase our programming abilities.

President Gary Smith made a presentation on “Playing with your Textures”. He started playing with textures when our competition committee introduced the new rule that all images in competitions had to be our own creation (including textures). Gary frequently photographs things like sand, rocks, tree bark, etc to create his own textures. He showed several examples of images that he wanted to improve by using background textures to isolate his subject and/or replace cluttered backgrounds.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:10 pm.
Minutes by Secretary Sara Harley

Minutes – Feb 26, 2019 Meeting

11 03 2019

BPS Meeting Minutes
February 26, 2019

President Gary Smith opened the meeting with a few announcements:
1. Deadlines: field trip photos from NSCC are due on Sat March 2nd, entries for the New Members and Sight & Sound essay competitions (our final competitions for the year) are due by March 16.

2. A thank you gift was presented to the MARC caretaker, Carl. Carl goes above and beyond his required duties working in the background to help ensure our meetings are a success.

3. The DesBrisay Museum will be holding an Engage & Explore Series, one hour presentations every Saturday to encourage community involvement. President Gary Smith and VP Charlene Morton will be making a presentation about our photo club at one of the sessions.

An Extraordinary Meeting of the Bridgewater Photographic Society was officially called to order at 6:55pm to review an amendment of our club by-laws. The club previously had one document that contained the By-Laws and Regulations. The document has been revised and split out into three documents: By-Laws, Regulation, and Volunteer Guidelines. Gary reviewed the changing to our By-Laws, which are now contained in document BPS-01 Rev 00 – 1 Mar 2019. A motion to accept the By-Laws BPS-01 as presented was made by Linda Hall and seconded by Anna Mallin. Motion passed.

Kathryn Price reviewed last year’s financial statements and provided recommendations for a few changes. She will be auditing this year’s financial statements as well.

Motion to adjourn the Extraordinary Meeting was made by Beverley Richardson and seconded by John Burnett. Meeting adjourned.

Our regular meeting continued with Competition Committee Chair Trevor Awalt presenting the results from recent competitions. The Creative competition had 14 images (7 participants). Top marks, and two honour awards, were awarded to Sue Hutchins.

The Macro/Close Up competition had 12 images (6 participants). Top marks went to Linda Hall with two honour awards. Sue Hutchins also received two honour awards, and one honour award went to Anna Mallin.

There were four entries in our Silent Essay competition. This is the first year that the Silent Essays were judged online, which allowed the judges time to provide comments on all the sections used for scoring the essays. The winner of the Silent Essay Trophy is Sue Hutchins for her essay “The Ghats Varanasi India”.

Slide shows were shown with all the entries from the Creative and Macro competitions, and the four Silent Essays were also shown.

Anna Mallin introduced the field trip slide show from the club outing to the Sailloft on Second Peninsula. VP Charlene Morton suggested that the Sailloft would love to have some of the images and encouraged field trip participants to email them to the Sailloft.

A Photo Share slide show of Contemplative images was viewed.

Sue Hutchins requested that members send their yearbook information to her (brief bio written in 3rd person, and up to 4 images).

Linda Hall discussed the next field trip, which will be held on March 16th and will start at Cosby’s in Liverpool. Full details will be sent out by email.

After our break, Beverley Richardson made a presentation on editing for phone photography. She first reviewed the features on an iphone camera, and then reviewed two editing programs that are available for all phones, Snapseed (free) and Re-Touch (very low cost).

The meeting was adjourned at 9:10pm.

Minutes by Sara Harley

Minutes – Jan 22, 2019 Meeting

23 01 2019

BPS Meeting Minutes
January 22, 2019

Vice President Charlene Morton opened the meeting with 24 members and made a few announcements:
– The recent field trip to the Sailloft (stevenssailloft.ca) was well attended. February 2nd is the submission date to send in photos from the field trip. Submission details will be sent to club members shortly.
– Next field trip is February 16 at NSCC.
– Next photo share theme is “Contemplative” and photos are due by February 9th. Details will be sent out shortly.
– Upcoming digital competitions are Macro/Close Up and Creative, as well as the Silent Essay (max 12 slides)

50/50 winner was Sara Harley.

Exhibit Chair Kathryn Price announced the theme for the upcoming exhibit at the library will be “Story Telling”. If you are interested in participating in the exhibit, please let Kathryn know asap. Also, if you have any ideas for the “public participation” part of the exhibit, let her know and the committee will finalize exhibit details.

Slide shows of the recently judged digital competitions were shown. The Humanity category had 9 participants, and 18 images. Honour award winners were Charlene Morton, Linda Hall, Sue Hutchins, and Brenda Bancroft. The Way We Live had 10 participants and 20 images. Honour award winners were Linda Hall, Sue Hutchins, Jock Martin, and Brenda Bancroft. The honour awards were presented by Competition Committee Chair Trevor Awalt.

A slide show of the Scavenger Hunt results was shown. There were three teams involved in the challenge held in Lunenburg in November. The Car Chargers (Mary Ann Massey, Reg Archibald, Kathryn Price), That’s Complicated (Patty Winfield, Joanne Roy, Jock Martin), and Luney Snaps (Charlene Morton, Tiffany Ottaway, Linda Hall). Thank you to Tiffany and Patty for organizing the hunt, and judges Tom Rogers, Gary Smith, and Sara Harley. Winner of the Scavenger Hunt Trophy is the Luney Snaps team.

Our club member “pot pourri” consisted of two travelogue presentations. Mary Ann Massey toured us through the U.K., and Linda Hall showed us the sights of Spain.

After the break we saw a photo share of “Graffiti” images.

Sherry Hudson made a presentation on Story Telling with images. She showed us several examples of photographs that told stories. We should think about our intention when taking a picture. Sometimes other people see something different when looking at our images because they are using their own life filters. Look for details in the images to give clues about the story. We then broke out into four groups to view photographs and talk about what story the images told.

Past President John Burnett announced that the presenter for the next meeting will be Valerie Leduc with “Glamour and Portraits”.

Minutes by Sara Harley.

Minutes – Nov 27, 2018 Meeting

12 12 2018


BPS Meeting Minutes
Nov 27, 2018

President Gary Smith opened the meeting and welcomed our guests.

We watched a slide show called “Resilience”, created with images that were submitted by our members.

Competition Committee Chair Trevor Awalt presented Honour Awards:

Nature Print awards were given to Darlene Awalt, Linda Hall, Julia Naas (absent), Patty Winfield (absent). Monochrome Print awards were given to Anna Mallin (2), Linda Hall, Julia Naas (2) (absent)

The Nature Competition results were announced:
The winner of the Nature Category which included three (3) Digital Images from 11 entrants, plus one (1) Print from 6 entrants, totaling 39 images. This competition was very close and was decided by only 1/2 point between 1st & 2nd place as well as a 1/2 point between 3rd & 4th place.

1st place – Darlene Awalt – 53 points (4 honour Awards)
2nd place – Julia Naas – 53 points (3 Honour Awards)
3rd place – Linda Hall – 43.5 points (2 Honour Awards)

A few announcements followed:
Kathryn Price, Exhibit Committee Chair, announced that we will be having an exhibit at the Margaret Hennigar Public Library in Bridgewater for the month of April 2019.  She provided sign up sheets for committee volunteers, exhibit themes/suggestions, and people interested in exhibiting.

Gary Smith announced that our Christmas Social will be on December 12th at the Wileville Fire Hall (change in venue from last year). If you have not yet responded to the email asking whether or not you will be joining us for the dinner, please respond asap as we have to give the attendance numbers to the hall.

Upcoming deadlines: Scavenger Hunt photos are due Dec 1st. Photo Share images “Looking Back at 2018” are due by Dec 5th. Even if you don’t plan on attending the Christmas social, feel free to share up to five of your images from 2018 for our slide show.

Sherry Hudson, Speaker Chair, announced she will be stepping down at the end of the year. If you are interested in the position for next year, please let Sherry or the Executive know and Sherry will help in the transition.  Sherry introduced Bill Curry, our speaker for the evening.

Bill Curry www.billcurry.ca introduced us to the concept of Conservation Photography. He defined the genre and took us through many examples.

We had a 20 minute social break. Winner of our 50/50 draw was Dave Collins.

Bill Curry resumed his presentation and explained his Dark Skies Conservation Photography project in detail.

The meeting adjourned at approx 8:55. Minutes by Sara Harley.

Minutes – Nov 13, 2018 Meeting

15 11 2018

BPS Meeting Minutes
Nov 13, 2018

President Gary Smith opened the meeting with a few announcements:
1. The club booth at the Senior’s Expo at the LCLC on November 1st went well with lots of people stopping by.
2. Kathryn Price has volunteered to chair the Exhibit Committee. Committee members are Ralph Cook, Anna Mallin, Don Barnes and Linda Hall. More members are welcome. Most committee work will be done by email. They will be working on an exhibit at the Bridgewater Library, likely to be held in April 2019.
3. Our Christmas Social will be held at a different location than planned, as a caterer is not available for the Italy Cross Fire Hall. Our new location will likely be the Wileville Fire Hall. Details will be confirmed shortly.
4. Field trip on Sunday November 18th will be a Scavenger Hunt. Check your emails or our Facebook page for details.
5. Our next photo share is “Resilience” – a topic that is open to your interpretation. Images are due Sat Nov 17th.
6. Welcome to new members Jeff Cotter and Greg Warbanski.

Competition Committee Chair Trevor Awalt made several announcements and presentations:
1. Treasure Hunt: 5 members participated, with 39 images entered.

1st place – Linda Hall – 94.5 points, with 5 Honour Awards
2nd place – Tiffany Ottaway – 81.5 points, with 2 Honour Awards
3rd place – Dave Collins – 81.0 points, with 2 Honour Awards

Honour awards for the Treasure Hunt were presented to: Charlene Morton (1), Dave Collins (2), Tiffany Ottaway (2) and Linda Hall (5).
2. Nature Digital: 11 members participated with 33 images submitted.
11 Honour Awards were given out:

Beverley Richardson (1), Brenda Bancroft (2), Charlene Morton (1), Darlene Awalt (3), Gilbert van Ryckevorsel (1), Julia Naas (2), and Linda Hall (1)
3. Judging was held for two live competitions: Nature (Print) and Monochrome (Print)
Honour awards will be handed out at our next meeting. Thank you to judges James Campbell, Gilbert van Ryckevorsel, and Ralph Cook.

4. Slide show for the Treasure Hunt was shown.

Sara Harley made a 15 minute presentation on “Finding Inspiration”. Copies of Uppercase Magazine (for the Creative and Curious), Issue 36 were given out to everyone with many thanks to Editor Janine Vangool. Any members who wish to subscribe to this Canadian magazine can use the discount code saraharley15 for $15 CAD off UPPERCASE subscriptions, gift subscriptions and renewals.
shop.uppercasemagazine/discount Please note that Sara is not benefiting from this offer in any way.

50/50 Draw winner was Sherry Hudson.

A draw was held for photo books donated by Ken Kanten. Books went to Reg Archibald, Tiffany Ottaway, and Trevor Awalt.

A slide show of our field trip to the Valley Wineries was shown.

John Burnett made a 45 minute presentation on Lightroom. A quick review of the asset management tool was done, and a more detailed demonstration of the Develop Module was given.

Meeting adjourned at 9:20. Minutes by Sara Harley.

Sara Harley

Minutes – Tuesday Oct 23, 2018 Meeting

25 10 2018

BPS Meeting Minutes
October 23, 2018

President Gary Smith opened the meeting with a few announcements. We had a packed house and a warm welcome was extended to all the visitors.

Our club has 43 paid members to date.

More volunteers are needed for the club’s booth at the Senior’s Expo on November 1st. Email Gary (bpsexecutive@gmail.com) if you can help out at a two hour shift.

Volunteers are still needed to create an exhibit committee. Two locations would like to have the club exhibit again early in 2019.

Club members are reminded of upcoming deadlines for competitions and photo sharing:
Nov 3 – Nature and Treasure Hunt digital submission deadline
Nov 10 – Nature and Monochrome print submission deadline
Nov 17 – photo sharing for “Resilience” deadline

Our next field trip is scheduled for Nov 18th and will be a Scavenger Hunt. Location to be announced…likely to be the Bridgewater area.

Honour Awards were handed out. Linda Hall presented Anna Mallin with an honour award for the Landscape/Seascape print competition. Two awards were obtained in the Floral digital category by Ravin Murugan (not present at the meeting).

Competition Committee Chair Trevor Awalt announced the results for the Floral Trophy. The winner was Linda Hall (42 points). Runners up were Katherine Price (41.5 points) and Julia Naas (40.5 points).

Kas Stone introduced our guest speaker, Thaddeus Holownia. Thaddeus spoke to the club about “Living a Creative Life” for most of the meeting. He discussed many of his projects, and the importance of printing our work in either print or book format. He advised us to keep our eyes and mind in tune to extract images from the world. Light and time is fleeting, so we should take advantage of situations as they arise. Bodies of work take time to create. His projects takes 2, 3, and sometimes 10 years to turn into a book or exhibit. Members can find more out about Thaddeus by visiting his web sites: holownia.com and anchoragepress.ca or his Facebook page facebook.com/thaddeus.holownia

Our meeting wrapped up with a slide show from the Brier Island field trip.
Minutes prepared by Sara Harley