President Lynn has been busy over the past few months and arranged for two major events for the area.
In conjunction with the Grand Bend Arts Centre the Camera Club is sponsoring a presentation on April 22 by photographer Neil Ever Osborne. This will be open to the public and will be held at the Southcott Pines Clubhouse from 2 – 4 pm. Neil will talk about his photographic journeys in a presentation entitled “People, Planet, & Protected Places”.
To help generate an awareness of photography and engage the unfettered minds of our youngsters the Camera Club is sponsoring an all day workshop for children 8 – 16. The workshop will be presented by a team of trained volunteers working under the banner of Focus on Nature. The kids will be provided with cameras and spend the morning learning about photography and taking pictures. In the afternoon they will be given instruction and equipment to post-process their images. For more information see our website. This will be held on April 28 and pre-registration is required.
Our normal meeting room is unavailable for our next meeting on August 14. We have arranged to use the Community Room at the Grand Bend Community Health Centre, 69 Main Street East, Grand Bend. The meeting will start at its normal time 7:00 pm. Don Martel will be our guest speaker. I hope to see you there.
Our meeting on June 12 will feature local photographer Chris Pepper. His presentation ‘Canada – Coast to Coast’ is most appropriate as our 150th celebrations approach. Meeting time will be 7 pm at the Port Franks Community Centre.
Unfortunately Nancy MacRae has had to cancel her presentation scheduled for May 8. Eugene has kindly offered to fill in with a discussion of HDR. Following the presentation we will have time for a Gear Share. Show us some of your gear and tell us how you use it. We may also have time to do some shooting outside along the nature trail behind the community centre.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at our meeting on Monday. Lynn will be talking about composition, Janette will be discussing how to get great waterfall images, and of course we will review our astrophotography images as well.
We have scheduled our astrophotography night for Monday April 17. Meet at 8:15 at the Klondyke Soccer Field just south of Grand Bend off Highway 21. You can access Klondyke Road from either Highway 21 or from Greenway Road.
Remember to bring your tripod, wide-angle lens, flashlight, and warm clothes.
Set your lens to its widest aperture, set your shutter speed to 20 seconds, and then over a series of test shots adjust the ISO to obtain a good exposure.
Check the focus on your shot by zooming in on the playback review. If the stars appear to be moving then shorten your exposure time and increase the ISO to compensate.
As Sharon and I work to update some of our webpages we have encountered some interesting items from the early days of the club. Here is one item from 2011. I will be posting more of these in the weeks to follow.
For a number of years the club participated in an environmental awareness event called Aquafest. One of the Aquafest events was a photo competition for which members of the club volunteered to organize and oversee. The competition became a major way for camera club members to show their work and a money-making venture for the club.
Thanks to Janette Baillie we have the following picture from the 2011 Aquafest. Co-chair Jennifer Mossop and Minister of the Environment John Wilkinson admiring the photos in the Aquafest Photo Contest hosted by the Port Franks Camera Club, August 5,6, & 7 2011. This event was held at the beautiful Grand Bend Yacht Club.
Due to the prediction on poor travel conditions our meeting tonight is cancelled. The presentations will be rescheduled for another day.
Remember to bring your tripod and macro or zoom lens. We will have a number of still life stations where you can play with composition, lighting, and depth of field.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at our first meeting of 2017. Please bring your camera as we will be learning about, playing with, and practicing focus. Our modern cameras have so many options that sometimes it is easier to just shoot in automatic rather than try to learn the details. This will a good opportunity to learn how your camera works best for you.