News – Margaret Hennigar Library Exhibit

4 04 2018

Passion, Perception, and Focus Exhibit by the Bridgewater Photographic Club at the Margaret Hennigar Library now open, April 3rd until April 30th!

Our exhibitors Reg Archibald, Trevor Awalt, Brenda Bancroft, Don Barnes, Dave Collins, Madeleine DeWolfe, Linda Hall, Sara Harley, Sherry Hudson, Derek Johnston, Mary Ann Massey, Anne Matthews, George Matthews, Tiffany Ottaway, Karen Parnell-Herrick, Kathryn Price, Gary Smith and Kas Stone

Exhibit Statement: The Bridgewater Photographic Society is a club filled with passionate people, with unique perspectives, who focus on a diverse range of subjects in the expression of their art. You will see in this exhibit a wide range of skills from the novice to the professional. This exhibit will give you only a glimpse into the world of possibilities that photography offers to those wanting to creatively express themselves visually. Read the individual storyboards to discover stories being told by the artists. You will no doubt hear their passion for their work as they endeavor to verbally express what they have selected to focus on through the lens of their cameras.

We are inviting YOU to join our exhibitors and share your passion! What unique perspective can you share? What would you choose to focus on? Bring photos of your passions and unique perspectives to the Margaret Hennigar Library from April 3 to April 21 and we’ll mount them on our wall. Three images per person, 4″x6″ size, with your name and phone number on the back. Sorry, photos cannot be returned. The earlier you drop them off, the longer they’ll be on display!

Here are some of the works you will see at the Exhibit.

Derek Johnston – White Hearts – A neighbour found this white bleeding heart growing in our compost pile. We successfully transplanted it in our cottage garden. This plant has a mesmerizing quality to it for us. What you see is an attempt to capture the mood and the beauty.

Mary Ann Massey – Early Bird – My original intention that day was to capture the fox family who had a den in one of the large dunes on Crescent Beach. While I was waiting for the fox pups to make an appearance, I turned around to see how much time I had before the sun actually rose above the horizon. I was so captivated by the warm glow of the sun on the sea grass that I quickly recomposed the shot as the sun broke above the trees. I’m glad I remembered the advice of one of my instructors who said to always check what’s going on behind you.

Kas Stone – The Road Not Taken – The title for my image comes from the 1915 poem by Robert Frost. I remember studying it in high school. In those days I interpreted it through the lens of youthful optimism. Now, four decades and many roads later (not to mention a few dead ends), the poem feels more ambiguous. My optimism is tempered now by wistfulness about all those other roads, the ones I didn’t choose. So, during a stroll in Sackville’s Waterfowl Park last December, a misty curve in the boardwalk inspired me to create this visual tribute to the poem.

Karen Parnell-Herrick – Teardrops on Dogwood – Legend of the Dogwood: Once mighty as the oak, the Dogwood tree stood strong and tall. Thus, its wood chosen as the timber for the cross of Jesus Christ.?Being used for such a cruel purpose distressed the dogwood. While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed its despair and said, “Never again a cross, no longer will you be strong and straight. You will grow bent, and twisted, your blossoms in the form of a cross, stained brown with blood. Your petals will have nail prints and your centers, a thorny crown. All who see you, will remember me”.

 

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News – March 30, 2018 – Announcement for the April 10th Meeting

30 03 2018

Paul Newton to Speak at Bridgewater Photo Club a talk entitled “Focus Stacking the Devil is in the Details” on April 10th at 7pm, MARC at 33 Leary Fraser Road.

Paul Newton is a professional photographer based in the South Shore of Nova Scotia. His passion is capturing the abundant beauty of the province and sharing it in vivid fine art prints. Images in his collection include sites close to home, local gardens and those captured during his many treks into the wilderness throughout the province. He is constantly searching for little known or undiscovered locations to reveal these gems of our natural world.

Paul Newton has been using focus stacking in his photographic arsenal for the past 5 years since a young lichenologist/photographer introduced him to the technique. He uses it to increase depth of field with detailed macro shots of plants and bugs as well as enhancing depth of field detail with his super wide-angle landscape photography. You can see some of his work at  www.pxnewton.wordpress.com

 

In this presentation at the Bridgewater Photographic Society Paul will discus the advantages of focus stacking and share the different tips and techniques he has learned to create these shots. In camera automatic settings, using a macro focus rail and manual focus adjustments for in the field image capture will be discussed. He will then review the various methods of blending images using Lightroom, Photoshop and third party plug-in apps. He will demonstrate the processing on a couple of manual focus stacks brought to the presentation. Finally he will showcase some of his final images to demonstrate the exciting possibilities this technique can afford.





News – March 14 – 2018

14 03 2018

Charles Blackhall to Speak at Bridgewater Photo Club a talk entitled “The Mindful Eye – The Art of Fresh Perception” on March 27th at 7pm, MARC at 33 Leary Fraser Road.

On March 27th at 7 pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Charles Blackhall as their guest speaker for the evening. The Photo Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays every month from September to May. Meetings are held at the MARC 33 Leary Fraser Road. For more information on the guest speakers, field trips and photo contests visit the club’s website at Bridgewaterphotoclub.ca or email us at info@bridgewaterphotoclub.ca. Non-members are welcome to attend; donations towards club activities are gratefully accepted.

This talk will address what the obstacles are to seeing clearly and introduce a practice that cultivates a way into direct perception. This is a simple, available creative process that requires only a curious mind and a camera that can tune us into the magic of everyday life. How to use our photographs to communicate the magical nature of what we see, hear and touch. This practice cultivates not only our ability to see but also to express the awakened nature of our heart and mind.

Charles Blackhall has been a photographer for the past 40 years. He has studied in Victoria at the West Coast Institute of the Arts, and Simon Fraser University. His work has been shown in exhibits at the Secession Photography Gallery in Victoria, the Arts Alliance in Courtenay B.C. as well as Marin County, California.

Charles has studied with Michael Wood and others who developed the Contemplative Photography curriculum and has studied and taught Shambhala Contemplative Arts. He has also taught Contemplative Photography workshops on the east and west coasts of Canada and the U.S. He considers himself a beginner and is passionate about art of life and how developing clear perception can open our hearts, minds and eyes to what is already there.





News – March 13, 2018 – Meeting Cancelled

13 03 2018

Unfortunately the Photo Club meeting for tonight, Mar 13th, is CANCELLED.

Even though I have yet to see snow I’m calling it early as all of the weather forecast models say that we are in for a nasty night. It certainly does not sound like it will be very good driving on the roads.

stay safe!

Gary Smith
President
Bridgewater Photographic Society





News – March 6, 2018

6 03 2018

Valarie Leduc to Speak at Bridgewater Photo Club a talk entitled “Creating a Meaningful Portrait” on March 13th at 7pm, MARC at 33 Leary Fraser Road

On March 13th at 7 pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Valarie Leduc from OhSugar Photography as their guest speaker for the evening. The Photo Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays every month from September to May. Meetings are held at the MARC, 33 Leary Fraser Road. For more information on the guest speakers, field trips and photo contests visit the club’s website at Bridgewaterphotoclub.ca or email us at info@bridgewaterphotoclub.ca. Non members are welcome to attend, donations towards club activities are gratefully accepted.

After completing a degree in finance and working for ten years for big companies such as Bombardier, Valarie had a dream. She wanted to explore her creative side. She wanted to have more time for her family and become her own boss. So she made the decision to develop her passion for photography into a career. She got back behind the school desk (and camera), and received her degree in Commercial Photography from the respected Marsan College in Montreal in 2010. With her diploma in hand, she started her own studio in Laval, QC and gained experience with different types of photography. She explored commercial photography, weddings and children but quickly discovered a passion for Glamour photography, making people happy and confident in themselves is a real pleasure. She is now now the proud owner of Oh Sugar Photography on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, visit her web site at ohsugarphoto.com

Valarie’s presentation will explore why she is passionate about creating meaningful portraits and share her thinking behind her photography. She will discuss the how to’s of portrait photography, share her methods of connecting with her clients and the tools she uses to capture each client’s unique glamour. The presentation will include mature subject matter. Attendee discretion is advised.





News – February 20, 2018

20 02 2018

Kas Stone to Speak at Bridgewater Photo Club, a talk entitled “Beyond Technique: Artistry, Creativity, Meaning and Personal Style” on February 27th at 7pm, at the MARC – 33 Leary Fraser Road

You’ve been photographing for a while. You have all the gear. You are comfortable with camera technique and rules of composition. You’ve mastered basic photo editing at the computer. And you can put it all together to make good images most of the time. But you feel that you are missing something; you think there must be more.

Join professional photographic artist Kas Stone for a journey Beyond Technique. This exploration of artistry, creativity, meaning and personal style will challenge you to dig deeper – and reward you with a fresh perspective that will help you make better images than ever before.

Kas Stone is based in Dublin Shore, Lunenburg County, where she runs a studio gallery and leads workshops in digital imaging. She is active in the photographic community as a presenter and competition judge. Her portfolio includes an extensive list of publications, exhibitions and national awards, with two wilderness guidebooks published by The Boston Mills Press and a feature profile in Outdoor Photography Canada magazine. Visit Kas and learn more at kasstone.ca.

 





News – January 30, 2018

30 01 2018

Peter Barss to Speak at the Bridgewater Photo Club, a talk entitled “Developing a Style and Theme” on February 13th at 7pm, MARC on Leary Fraser Road. Keep an eye on the website for weather related cancellations, we usually post by 4pm if there is a cancellation.

On Tuesday, February 13th from 7-10pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Peter Barss as their guest speaker for the evening. The Photo Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays every month from September to May. Meetings are held at the MARC on Leary Fraser Road. For more information on the guest speakers, field trips and photo contests visit the club’s website at Bridgewaterphotoclub.ca or email us at info@bridgewaterphotoclub.ca.

Peter Barss, a former high school English teacher, turned his long-term hobby, photography, into a profession when he moved to Nova Scotia to avoid being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. Three books of his work have been published and his work has appeared in many publications and collections in Canada and the United States. He is currently working on a long-term photographic project on Iceland. For more information on Peter or to see his images visit peterbarss.com.

Peter’s talk is entitled Developing a Style and Theme and will focus on pictures he took of the landscape in Iceland. After spending close to two years working out a theme and style that he felt expressed his relationship with Nature he spent five weeks traveling in Iceland.

Peter believes that nature photography is heavily weighted toward “pretty” images—sunsets, rainbows, colourful fall foliage, and so on. That emphasis is not the full truth. In addition to the pretty quality we find in Nature the world around us is also always a threat. It is that dichotomy of light and dark that Peter reflects in his photography. Iceland is pretty, very pretty but there are few places on earth where Nature is so clearly a constant threat- an island sitting on top a volcano. Peter’s pictures of Iceland intrigue viewers, but the more they look the more they see and feel an underlying danger.