News – AGM Announcement Apr 27, 2016

1 05 2016

The Bridgewater Photographic Society’s Annual General Meeting will take place as follows:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, beginning at 7:15pm
The M.A.R.C.
  1. Welcome and Confirmation of Quorum
  2. Confirmation and approval of the minutes of the AGM held on May 12, 2015. Minutes can be read here: Minutes from last AGM
  3. President’s Report
  4. Program Director’s Report
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Scorekeeper’s Report
  7. Call for nominations to Executive**
  8. Announcement of Committee/Activity Volunteers 2016-2017**
  9. Additions to the agenda as requested
  10. Adjournment of annual meeting


John Burnett, President

Competition – Survey Results Apr 27, 2016

1 05 2016

Thank you to Sara (past president) for putting the survey together and compiling the results, and to everyone who contributed suggestions. Sara’s text summary follows, and the actual results are attached in PDF format. These suggestions will be taken forward by the Program and Field Trip Committees. Please note that we are still in need of committee members and chair-persons.


There were 24 survey responses from club members, 1 survey completed by a guest (not included in results).
All members thought the meetings are well run, the presentation mix has been good, and that the meetings do not need to be more formal. The majority of members (20) thought that the feature presentations and the breaks were the right length of time. One person thought the meetings should end earlier in the winter. Slightly more than half thought we only need coffee and tea. (13, 1 blank, 10 thought we need snacks) One person commented “Definitely need a lunch for social reasons and interest.”

Interest Level in activities and subject matter for next year’s meetings:

Very interested (20 or more people interested out of 24 responses):
24 – Mini presentations from club members (15 minutes or less)
23 – Field trip slide shows
22 – Image sharing from club members without scoring or evaluations
22 – Images/Photographers from other photo clubs
22 – Exploring a photographic genre
portraits (7), street (7), birds (4), nature (4), floral (2), still life (9), landscape (8), creative (7)
21 – Image evaluation and discussion
20 – Printing and framing

Interested (16-19 people interested out of 24 responses):
19 – post processing (intermediate)
17 – focus stacking
17 – “seeing”, pre-visualizing, composition (non technical aspects of photography)
17 – inspiration and influence
17 – image challenges (ie, treasure hunt)
17 – full presentations from club members (approx 1 hour)

Mild interest (12-15 people interested out of 24 responses):
15 – Travelogue presentations
14 – HDR (high dynamic range)
13 – artificial lighting (studio, portable)
13 – hands on workshops  (suggestions: portraits of each other, portraits, studio lighting, close up/macro(2), still life, anything (I can always learn something), individual cameras and how they work (mentoring)
12 – getting the right exposure
12 – working with focus (understanding lens dynamics)

Lower interest (less than half of club):
11 – post processing basics
11 – panoramas
11 – camera equipment – choosing your next lens
9 – camera equipment – exploring smaller/mirrorless options)

Ideas for meetings next year: (6 people suggested, 18 people left blank)
– a competition “most popular photo” contest with all members voting (2-5) judging each image
– geologist trip re geology formation
– Stephen Patterson
– Ryerson Clarke
– members submit images on a “theme” – non competitive

Field Trip Summary
The majority of members would like to keep Saturday morning field trips (18 yes, 1 no, 5 blank). Slightly more than half (14) would like Sunday field trips. Less than half want weekday field trips (10), longer field trips with more photographic time (11), and full day excursions to further destinations (10).
The most popular field trip activities were:
20 – field trip with up to 5 km of easy walking
18 – hands on workshop with leader
16 – field trip that requires me to pack a lunch, or pub grub
15 – themed outing with a leader, field trip with a modest entry fee
Half (or less) of the respondents were interested in the other suggestions (pairing with a mentor, covering an event, scavenger hunt or challenge, pairing with another club, longer hike, health conscious options for lunch).

Field Trip suggestions: (5 people suggested, 19 people left blank)
– present field trips seem to be excellent – proof is in numbers
– Miners Park – Kentville
– McNabbs Island Tours (Spring & Fall)
– Georges Island (2)
– Middleton Museum
– Greenwood Airforce Museum
– Shubenacadie Wildlife Park (winter)
– Advocate – Cape D’Or
– Blueberry fields in autumn (Cumberland Co)
– Sherbrooke Village
– Cabot Trail
– Rossignal Place – Liverpool
– New Ross Farm
– Kedgie Park
– Miller Point
– York Redoubt

John Burnett

News – April 26, 2016

1 05 2016


View for Free until Math 20th!

A 58min Video called “Nothing On Earth”, an Australian photographer Murray Fredericks’ attempts to capture the stark landscape of the Greenland ice cap. The show is available on British Columbia’s Public Broadcasting Network (Knowledge Network) online view-able until May 20th:

Minutes – April 12, 2016

18 04 2016

Photographing the Night Sky in Nova Scotia

Tuesday, April 12, 2016: The Bridgewater Photographic Society welcomed Barry Burgess to show some of his images and speak about photographing the night sky – including the Northern Lights – from Nova Scotia.

Barry has been photographing the night sky for many years – with film, and now with his digital cameras. Digital technology has been a boon to his hobby, making certain operations easier, and opening up new areas of exploration. Barry showed some lovely time-lapse series of the Northern Lights and the night sky that he captured using an intervalometer with his digital camera. For night-sky photography, he recommends using a wide to ultra-wide angle lens with an aperture of f/2.8 for best results. He gave a rule of thumb for choosing a shutter speed that won’t result in “star-trails”, and told us how he manually focuses his lens by doing test shots of the brightest star he can find, taken at the camera’s highest ISO. He also told us about an important accessory that astro-photographers should consider if they want to photograph over extended periods of the night – the electric dew heater, which keeps dew from forming on the lens. “Without one,” he says, “you’re done for the night as soon as the dew forms. You can’t just wipe it off, because it will be back in no time”.

© Barry Burgess

© Barry Burgess

Barry uses “apps” for getting predictions on the best nights and locations for shooting the Northern Lights, meteor showers, and other night-sky attractions. And he uses some post-shot digital processing to bring out the colour, brightness and contrast of his shots. Yet, his best known photograph was taken on film. His 2001 shot of a Leonid fireball was used on the cover of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s publication of its Observer’s Guide (2003).

Members also got to see photos from a recent field trip to Cosby’s Garden Centre in Liverpool, and the Western Head lighthouse. The garden centre features the “concrete creations” of Nova Scotia artist and sculptor, Ivan Higgins. After touring through the sculpture garden, club members got to meet and chat with Ivan about his art, and watch him work on his latest creation.

News – March 25, 2016

13 04 2016

A Google Announcement

Today we’re making the NIK Collection available to everyone, for free. Get the NIK Collection

Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the NNIK Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the NIK Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

The NIK Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

Starting March 24, 2016, the latest NIK Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the NIK Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.

We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now.

Some Alternate Viewpoints to the Google Announcement…

“My understanding is that Google isn’t supporting the Nik Collection anymore, so it is essentially abandonware. It may work today, but it may not work with the next OS update…”
“Windows 10 isn’t even officially supported if you look closely…”

A comprehensive video explaining Nik features


Minutes March 22, 2016

13 04 2016

Members’ Potpourri at the Bridgewater Photo Club

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – The Bridgewater Photographic Society held their second Members’ Potpourri night at the M.A.R.C last Tuesday. There were two competitions and three shows of images from club members.

The evening began with the club’s Silent Essay competition; entries are comprised of 12 theme-related images. This year’s winner was Sara Harley, whose whimsical essay depicted the courtship, marriage, child and family life of a couple of gourds. In second place was Darlene Awalt with her essay on “The Making of a Yellow Birch Hat”. Richard Novossiltzeff placed third with “Mystras”.

Copyright Charlene Morton Treasure Hunt 2016-1

© Charlene Morton

Copyright Charlene Morton Treasure Hunt 2016-2

© Charlene Morton

The second competition was the club’s Treasure Hunt. Competitors entered 6 images, chosen from a dozen categories that demonstrate a photographic technique or style. Charlene Morton was our winner, followed by Dave Collins and Elizabeth Klaas. Winners from the Silent Essay and Treasure Hunt will be presented with trophies at the club’s Year-end Awards Dinner in May.

After a short break, James Campbell showed pictures from a trip to Alberta last summer to attend his son’s wedding, and to see the local sights. His presentation featured a few wedding pics (including the Campbell boys in kilts), scenes from Calgary and Banff, and the majestic Rocky Mountains. James spoke about the things that caught his eye, and (of course) where he and his family had been served a good meal.

Club VP Gary Smith then took us to Alabama with a presentation based on his six-week winter vacation there. He managed to be up for sunrise every day, and showed a collection of images featuring beautiful skies, waves, and the beach in the early morning light. The beach and trails also provided him with opportunities to capture local birds, and interesting “contemplative” scenes with his camera. Gary’s visit to an alligator farm and the local Mardi-Gras gave us a glimpse of regional wildlife and some local colour.

Kas Stone ended the evening with a fascinating presentation on Lake Superior, from an unusual perspective – geology. When living in Ontario, Kas “vacationed” in the region most years for more than a decade; vacations typically meant hiking or canoeing in remote areas, often accompanied only by her dog and her camera. Kas gave us some background on the geological history of the area and explained some of the similarities between the Lake Superior region and Nova Scotia. Her “sight and sound” show featured the geology through sweeping landscape photographs, and more detailed pictures of geological formations.

News – March 21, 2016 (Camera and Cell Phone Battery Restrictions on Aircraft)

13 04 2016

“Lithium” batteries on board aircraft are considered a “Restricted” item, please refer to the Air Canada web site for the detailed regulations by using the following link: Restricted and prohibited items – Lithium metal or lithium ion cells and batteries