Members Potpourri Nov 24, 2015

Members’ Potpourri at the Bridgewater Photo Club

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 – Members from The Bridgewater Photographic Society presented a variety of photographic topics ranging from aerial to underwater photography at their meeting last Tuesday.

The evening began with live judging of the club’s Portrait and Monochrome print competitions, and a review of the previously-judged digital images from those categories. Congratulations to the following members, whose images earned honour awards: Don Barnes, Julie Naas and Karen Parnell-Herrick for Portrait Digital; Darlene Awalt, Dave Collins and Karen Parnell-Herrick for Portrait Print; Darlene Awalt, Julie Naas, Richard Novossiltzeff and Gary Smith for Monochrome Digital; Derek Johnston and Karen Parnell-Herrick for Monochrome Print.

The competitions were followed by a presentation and show from club Vice-President, Gary Smith, featuring images he took during a photography camp at Sherbrooke Village, on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. The four-day workshop, run by renowned Nova Scotia photographer Wally Hayes, offered plenty of instruction and critique, and Sherbrooke Village provided a wealth of interesting subjects, which were wonderfully showcased in Gary’s “sight and sound” photo essay.

Projectionist Dave Collins brought his decades of expertise in photographing auto races to the club via his presentation. Dave showed us the equipment he uses, and how he uses it, including important tips on correct shutter speed (not too fast!) and panning technique to get the most dynamic photos.

Richard Novossiltzeff then took the club to new heights with his presentation on aerial photography. A former pilot, Richard now combines his knowledge of flying with his photographic interest. He showed us images that he’s taken as a passenger in small and ultra-light airplanes, and gave us tips on when (and when not) to go, what camera equipment to bring, and how to use it in an aerial setting.

Gilbert van Ryckevorsel brought us from the wild blue yonder to the fascinating world of underwater photography. Gilbert has been photographing underwater for many years, and his images of the unique ecosystems of our local waterways are shared and admired world-wide. Gilbert also showed us the equipment he uses, and talked about the importance of preparation for diving, even in shallower water.

Guest Speaker Nov 10, 2015

Up Close with the Bridgewater Photo Club

November 10, 2015. The Bridgewater Photo Club welcomed photographer Angela Creaser to give us a glimpse into the “world of the small” through Macro and Micro Photography. Angela is a fine art photographer and exhibiting member of the Viewpoint photographic gallery and cooperative in Halifax. She first became serious about photography during trip to Ireland in 2008. While she continues to enjoy landscape and architectural photography, her real passion is Macro and Micro photography – exploring subjects and details that are difficult or impossible to see without the aid of a magnified view.

Angela’s initial macro interests were flowers and insects. As her skills and technique developed, she explored a variety of subjects, often using a single point of focus and shallow depth of field. During the past few years, she has focused her attention on macro/micro photographs of marbles, and combining focus points to create interesting images. Angela’s presentation introduced us to her images, and also to the tools and techniques that she’s found useful when pursuing macro and micro photography. She showed how she employs the techniques of focus stacking and image stitching to achieve the effect she wants, sometimes combining more than a hundred individual photos to create a single, final image. She has a beautiful and impressive body of work with the marble photos; in 2013 her first solo photo show showcased these unique images.

Guest Speaker Oct 28, 2015

Southwest China Comes to the Bridgewater Photo Club

Tuesday, October 28, 2015 – The Bridgewater Photographic Society hosted photographer Yau Sun Tong for a visual excursion into some areas of China that few westerners get to see. Mr. Tong has traveled and photographed extensively throughout the world, but he is always drawn back to his birthplace and, in particular, the nature and culture found in the more remote areas. The aim of his photography is not simply to document, but to really capture the spirit of the places and cultures he visits, and to bring these experiences to Western audiences. His photos showed the unique attributes and beauty of the diverse landscapes in the southwest, and featured the many different peoples of the region, showing them in everyday life and also during celebrations and festivals. He explained some of the customs, symbols and dress of his subjects during the presentation, and spoke about how he photographs without intruding into people’s lives.

Mr. Tong arranges non-commercial, cultural/photographic excursions into these areas of China. For more information, visit his website: http://photoart.chebucto.org/photonews.html

Minutes – October 13, 2015

Bridgewater Photo Club Minutes
October 13, 2015
Submitted by Julie Naas

Our rainy evening meeting on October 13,2015 opened with our president John, and club announcements.

Nancy Johnson then introduced our guest speaker for the evening, Darryl Robertson, a published photographer for Photo Life magazine. His sight and sound of Birds In My Spruce Tree showed us that things to photograph are right outside our doors. Darryl then spoke on infrared photography, explaining the how-to’s of this beautiful technique.

Charlene Morton informed us about our up-coming field trip to Lahave Islands and Crousetown dam on Saturday.

The club executive has decided to renew the club’s liability insurance, but without the equipment coverage, which had a $500 deductible per item. This should reduce our premium by around $100 per year.

The executive has decided NOT to change Regulation 13a (competition scoring). Accordingly, our point system will continue to be from 2 to 5, and NOT up to 5.5 as had been previously announced. However, the executive has decided to try allowing half-points in scoring for this season (2.5, 3.5, 4.5).

The executive has decided to change Regulation 8 (re-entry of images in competition). The changed regulation will read as follows:

Any one image can be entered once into print or digital image competitions which contribute to the photographer of the year. Images may be re-used in essay competitions.

Members were asked to follow the image guide lines as sent, rather than refer to Appendix F of the Bylaws. This makes for less work on the part of our projectionist.

Members were encouraged to volunteer to judge our photo competitions.

The upcoming floral competition has 31 entries. The deadline for floral print submissions is Oct. 24/15.

Slide shows of the Eastern Passage field trip and last year’s honour awards finished our meeting .

Next meeting is Tuesday October 27, 2015, at 7:oo p.m. Everyone welcome.

Guest Speaker Sep 22, 2015

At our second meeting of the year, Sep 22, the photo club was treated to an excellent presentation by Kas Stone. Kas is a professional photographer and instructor. Both qualifications were in abundant evidence during her well prepared and well delivered discourse on the judging of photographs for competitive purposes. Club competitions and more specifically, the judging of the images can be daunting and contentious. Kas tackled these issues head on by offering practical strategies for entering and quite possibly winning the various competitions, e.g. nature, floral, portrait, etc.

Kas offered six strategies for the proper preparation for presentation or displays for those photographers who want to have their efforts evaluated in the competitions which will be held at various intervals during the year. She used digital images which received honour awards last year to illustrate her strategies. This approach added visual and dramatic examples of just what the judges expect. Making better photographs is a high priority goal of all club members whether they enter the competitions or not.

In addition to the presentation on photographic strategies, Kas showed the members how to calibrate computer monitors for colour. This presentation explained the use of relatively inexpensive computer equipment designed to be user friendly. The use of such equipment helps eliminate unwelcome surprises when a digital image is displayed.

Both presentations by Kas were well received and most appreciated. There were several announcements at the start of the meeting regarding upcoming events, deadlines, etc. These as well as notes from Kas’s presentation will be sent to the members in the near future.

Lastly, it would be of special interest to our club members that John Burnett and Kas Stone will be featured at the Lunenburg Art Gallery from September 29 to October 25. The title of the exhibition is Un Sensored.

Minutes – September 8, 2015

Bridgewater Photo Club Minutes
September 8, 2015
(submitted by Derek Johnston)

The Bridgewater Photo Club officially started the new year on September 8, 2015.

This year’s President, John Burnett, welcomed everyone back for what promises to be a very enjoyable year. Existing members as well as guests were given a brochure which outlines the coming photographic season. It promises to be an enjoyable year filled with many interesting activities.

John introduced the new executive which is comprised of a number of positions. Although there are some on the executive who are experienced in their respective roles, there are some who are new to the job.

New this year was a sight and sound essay which displayed the photographs of ten members who participated in what was called The Summer Challenge. Each photographer submitted photos which were designed to show various people, places, and things associated with summer.

The president then gave a short summary of what the club does during the year. John explained that competitions, which are voluntary, will be held at different intervals. Examples include nature, flowers, portrait, macro, etc.

There will be presentations by guest photographers as well as in-house photographers.

Field trips to various places are planned for the 2015-2016 season to various places which are suggested by the membership. The trips provide an opportunity for comraderie, the sharing of ideas, photos, and laughter. All trips seem to culminate in a restaurant where more conviviality ensues.

The social aspect of the club is also continued with our Christmas dinner and year-end dinner where various awards are presented to those who won competitions.

John outlined specific things which centre around the competitions. How the judging is to be done. He further made reference to the new categories, such as landscape/seascape. Becoming a better photographer is the main objective of the competitions.

Dave Collins, the club projectionist, also presented further sight and sound essays which centered around field trips. It is safe to say that all were impressed with his efforts.

The evening concluded with a friendly competition. The group was subdivided into smaller groups and trivia questions revolving around photographic history and technique were asked. The winners were given the keys to the bragging compartment.

Minutes – May 12, 2015

Minutes- Annual Meeting, May 12, 2015
Meeting Start Time: 7:15 pm
Number of members in attendance: 22

1. Welcome by the President.

2. Confirm and approve minutes of the AGM held on May 13, 2014. Minutes can be read at: https://bridgewaterphotographicsociety.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/minutes-may-13-2014/

Motion to accept the minutes – Kas Stone
Seconded by – Derek Johnston
Motion Passed

3. President’s Report – Submitted by Sara Harley

My two year term as President has come to an end, and it has been a privilege to lead such a vibrant group. I joined the club six years ago, and it has been great to see the friendships grow over the years.

A successful club depends on our volunteers, and it is all of you who have made my job easier. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to judge our competitions, to everyone who made instructional presentations to the club, to the people who shared their photographs with us, who brought food in for our social breaks, and who organized field trips.

Over the years, the club changes and evolves. I am proud of a a few things we have achieved over the past couple of years. Almost 3/4 of our presentations were given by our own members this year, with a good balance of instructional presentations and presentations purely for enjoyment. We have a group with a wide variety of talents, and it’s wonderful that we have club members willing to share their interests and their knowledge with us.

This year, our yearbook contains 26 pages that feature photographs from our members….not just from competitions and field trips, but photographs that showed their interests on their own personal pages. I think these pages showcase our club in a better way, and our yearbook now represents all our members who choose to participate.

In the past two years, we have also made big strides in providing feedback for our competitions. This year (in part thanks to the winter weather), seven of our eight digital competitions were judged online and provided feedback as well as scores. It is my belief that feedback helps make us better photographers, whether we like the comments or not. We reviewed the judging process, and we will continue to work to fine tune our competitions.

In closing, I would like to give special thanks to our Past President Derek Johnston, as well as our Vice President John Burnett, for providing advice and support to me over the past year.

As our club continues to evolve, I encourage everyone to get involved. New members…or experienced…we all have something to contribute. Thank you.

Motion to accept the report – Dave Collins
Seconded by – Charlene Morton
Motion Passed

4. Program Director’s Report – Submitted by Nancy Johnston
The program for 2014-2015 consisted of 16 photo club meetings plus our Christmas and closing dinners. The closing awards dinner will be held on May26.
I would like to thank club members for your suggestions, contributions, and presentations this year. Also, your field trip organization and delicious lunches and other volunteer activities have added a great deal to our enjoyment of the club meetings.
We are always receptive to your suggestions and presentations and look forward to sharing many more innovative ideas and learning experiences in the next program.
Thank you. Respectfully submitted, Nancy Johnston

Motion to accept the report – Gary Smith
Seconded by – Richard Novossiltzeff
Motion Passed

5. Treasurer’s Report – Submitted by Marg Campbell

BRIDGEWATER PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY FINANCIAL REPORT MAY 1 2015

STARTING BALANCE 3443.00
PETTY CASH 47.97

INCOME
Dues 1475.00
Yearbook 47.76
Petty cash 72.85
50/50 297.50
Interest .76
TOTAL INCOME 1893.87

EXPENSES
Misc. 39.77
Insurance 450.00
Gifts 238.27
Awards 36.80
Joint Stock 30.25
Equipment 267.04
Promotions 254.27
Rental 552.00
TOTAL EXPENSES 1868.40
NET LOSS 22.50

ENDING BANK BALANCE 3468.47

Motion to accept the report – Reg Archibald
Seconded by – Bill Jones
Motion Passed

6. Scorekeeper’s Report – Submitted by Karen Parnell Herrick and Julia Naas
The 2014/15 photography competition year started on Oct 28, 2014 with the Floral competition and ended on April 28, 2015 with the Sight and Sound essays.
Our club added a new category, Monochrome, in which there were 12 participants.
Pictorial was taken out of retirement and 17 participants entered the competition.

The number of competitors for each category were as follows:

Floral — 12
Nature — 16
Pictorial — 17
Travel — 15
Humour — 13
Monochrome — 12
Sight and Sound — 3
Portrait — 7
Creative — 9
Treasure Hunt — 10
Silent Essay — 3
New Members — 3

Our competition entries were very impressive but overall down slightly from last year. Julia and I would like to encourage members to be more proactive in the 2015/16 photo club year and see the number of competitors increase.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the judges who volunteered their time and expertise to the competitions and hope you, as well as others, will consider judging next year.
Our closing dinner at Ko’s Restaurant on May 26th will see eight 1st place trophies awarded. Hope to see you there.

Motion to accept the report – Ralph Cook
Seconded by – Charlene Morton
Motion Passed

7. Discussion of the Following Specific Issues and Motions –
7.1 Proposal to add Regulation 13 (c) to the Bridgewater Photographic Society By-laws and Regulations: Competition Points: The Silent Essay and Audio Visual Essay have a combined weight of no more than 25% of the total competition points to determine the Photographer of the Year Trophy.
Discussion included whether or not we are obliged to have essay competitions. We are not, it’s up to the committee however there are trophies for both essay competitions. This year was the lowest participation, usually there are about five competitors.

Motion to accept the proposal – Dave Collins
Seconded by – Karen Parnell-Hernick
Motion Passed

7.2 Proposal to add Regulation 16 to the Bridgewater Photographic Society By-laws and Regulations: Privacy:
Society membership information including, but not limited to, the email list, is to be used for Society business and educational purposes only. Unless specifically authorized by the Executive in writing, it shall not be used for personal, commercial, or non Society purposes, including solicitation of business, solicitation of donations, sending joke or spam email, or other similar activities. Such membership information, including the email list shall not be released to third parties, or non-members without the express written consent of the Executive and affected Society members.

Motion to accept the proposal – Derek Johnston
Seconded by – Reg Archibald
Motion Passed

7.3 Proposal to add Regulation 15 to the Bridgewater Photographic Society By-laws and Regulations: Participation in the Community: The Society and its activities have no political, social, cultural, religious or other affiliation, agenda or purpose outside of photography. The Society may, at the discretion of the Executive, participate in special events organized by the Society, or in conjunction with other photographic groups. The Society shall not partner in, or sponsor, events organized by third parties whose primary purpose or objectives are not photography related. The name of the Society is not to appear in or on any printed material/advertising of any event without the express written permission of the Executive. This in no way limits the ability of the individual members to display or participate in any event they may so choose.

Motion to accept the proposal – Dave Collins
Seconded by – Kas Stone
Motion Passed

8. Call for nominations to the Executive

Motion that nominations cease – Dave Collins
Seconded by – John Burnett

9. Proposal to accept the Executive for 2015-2016 by acclamation:
President – John Burnett
Vice-President – Gary Smith
Past President – Sara Harley
Treasurer – Marg Campbell
Secretary – Cindy Williams
Program Director – Nancy Johnston

Motion to accept the proposal – Kas Stone
Seconded by – Karen parnell-Hernick
Motion Passed

10. Announcement of Committee/Activity Volunteers 2015-2016

Program Committee – Nancy Johnston (chair), Karen Parnell Herrick, John Burnett
Field Trip Committee – Reg Archibald, Charlene Morton
Host – Charlene Morton
Scorekeeping – Karen Parnell Herrick, Julia Naas
Projectionist – Dave Collins
Refreshments – Hope Campbell
Webmaster – Trevor Awalt
Publicity –
Yearbook – Joan McCullough
Photographer for club events/presenters – shared: Reg Archibald, Gary Smith, Richard Novossiltzeff

11. Additions to the agenda as requested
The official meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.
Minutes taken by Cindy Williams.
Refreshments for the break were provided by Trevor and Darlene.
Competition categories for 2015-2016 were introduced. Full details will be emailed to the club before the year end dinner.
A slide show was held showing photos from the April field trip to Riverport & area.
A slide show was held showing all the photos that received Honour Awards during 2014-2015. Thank you to John Burnett for putting the slide shows together.

Informal Meeting:
Announcements:
• Charlene Morton – thank you to Kas, Yvonne, Gilbert for assisting with the water exhibit; there were ten contributors of 45 images, 17 volunteers. Grant has offered to get a Fliker site up and possibly Facebook to promote awareness; will also be attending schools to get more youth involved
• Field trip – May 23 – Keji – email in the next week with more details
• Field trip – June 20 – Windsor – a variety of places to explore, good meal options; can book a private room at Lisa’s
• Gilbert – Rhododendron park in Milton, mid-June is the best time; will make a date announcement about a week before. There is a picnic area (bring your own food)
• Field trip – July 18 – Tancook Island – details to follow

Competitions 2015-2016:

Floral
Nature*
Silent Essay
Land/Seascape*
New Member
Still Life*
Macro/Close-up*
Pictorial
Treasure Hunt
Monochrome
Portrait
Sight & Sound Essays

*Definition changes reviewed and will be provided via email
Trophies all remain the same
Retired categories: creative, photo travel

Meeting adjourned at 9:25 pm.