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March Guest Speaker

Jim Fly231On Wednesday, March 14th, we will have the pleasure of listening to Jim Cochrane as he takes the spotlight for our March guest speaker night. Jim has had a unique and undoubtedly exciting career in photography.
As a photographer for the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Forces for 24 years, Jim spent the last 15 years of that time with Public Relations. His experiences are rich, having participated in NATO tours in France and Germany, and in United Nations Peacekeeping in Cyprus. In addition, he had also participated in Search and Rescue, and was a photographer for the infamous Snowbirds as some of the highlights of his photography career with the Canadian Forces.

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Upon his retirement, he joined the Edmonton Journal for another two decades as a photographer, then as the Chief Photographer. Jim has since retired from the Journal, and now spends his time travelling and keeping up with his photography.

Please join us on Wednesday evening for an undoubtedly interesting and unique perspective on photography with Jim!

Lightpainting by Richard Gagne

On Wednesday, February 21st, we had the pleasure of having Richard Gagne come out to the group. He gave us a breakdown on the basics of lightpainting, the equipment, and demonstrated some techniques live during the evening.
Richard is a former member of the club, and it was a pleasure to have him out to speak. His energy and passion for lightpainting was evident and infectious! It was interesting to see the number of different items that he uses for creating effects in his images. Richard clearly has great insight and imagination as many of the props he uses have been custom made out of ordinary, easily accessible items.

Richard has provided us with a list of lightpainting groups, both locally and abroad.
If you’re interested, check out these links that he has provided!  Richard is one of the founders of the Edmonton Lightpainters Group.

Facebook groups:
Edmonton Lightpainters Group
Fiberoptic Lightpainting
LightPainting Brushes Tips and Tricks
Eric Pare
Lightpainters United
DNA of Light

Thank you, Richard, for coming out and sharing your knowledge and passion with the group.  It was a great evening!

January Guest Speaker – Catherine Page


Welcome back!  I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday break.  It will be good to come back to routine, and I am thrilled that this week we will have our own Catherine Page as our guest speaker!  Not only is Catherine one of our active members, she is also heavily involved as a volunteer with our club, and for that we are all grateful.

Catherine has always been found with a camera in hand, but it wasn’t until she retired from her careers as an Occupational Therapist and a Piano Teacher did she have the real opportunity to focus on her photography passion.  With her newfound time, Catherine attended the Burwell School of Photography and received her Diploma in Portrait Photography last year, and her Diploma in Nature Photography the year before.  She also has the flexibility to travel, which is another one of her interests.  She spends both time away with family and on focused photography trips, but in the generous way that Catherine lives her life, she also travels and gives her time to Habitat for Humanity.  This provides plenty of opportunities for Catherine to capture the people and locations that bring her photographic stories to life.

During her travels, she has had plenty of opportunity to consider not just the ethical, but also the legal implications of photography at home and abroad.  During her presentation, Travel Photography – Photographing While You Travel or Travelling to Photograph, she will discuss some of the things that she has learned that assist her in capturing the images that give her that great satisfaction while travelling in foreign countries and experiencing new cultures.

Please join us on Wednesday evening for Catherine’s informative and enjoyable presentation.  We look forward to seeing you there!

December Guest Speaker

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Our guest speaker this month is one of our very own members.  Jeff Wallace has recently taken his photography to the next level, moving into the world of professional photography.  Jeff has made himself known for his cityscapes, landscapes, and especially night photography.  His images of the aurora borealis are amazing, as we have all seen.

For this week’s meeting, Jeff will give us a lesson first, then the opportunity to try out some of our skills!  Please remember to bring your camera and tripod.  In order to get full benefit of the evening, make sure you are familiar with your live view function.  Don’t forget your gloves!

Jeff can be found on facebook at Jeff Wallace Photography and on Instagram and Twitter  @wherezjeff

We are looking forward to seeing everyone there on Wednesday evening!



This month, our guest speaker is Jens Gaethje.  He comes to us with a wealth of knowledge, skill, and talent.  He was born in Germany, but came to Canada when he was 34.  By this time, he had experienced a condition that rendered him visually handicapped.  While this halted his future as a graphic designer, it ultimately led him to explore his creativity in other methods, including music and dance.  Through determination, and later, technological advancements, he was able to find ways around his visual disability and discovered ways to pursue his visual arts and fine art photography.  This week he will speak about “The Creative Spark – seeing the world differently”.

Please join us on Wednesday evening to hear more from this talented artist and photographer. For more information, please visit his website:  He can also be found on Facebook and Instagram: JensGaethjePhotography.


October Guest Speaker Spotlight

I am pleased to welcome Mr. Bert Crowfoot as our guest speaker this week.

He is highly respected in many areas, and has graciously provided us with a brief biography:

Bert Crowfoot

Bert Crowfoot has two Indian names. His Siksika name is “Kiyo Sta’ ah” or Bear Ghost and his Kwakwaka ‘wakw name is “Gayutalas” or Always Giving. He was adopted by the Kwakwaka ‘wakw  at a potlatch in 2008, by Chief Adam Dick.

 Bert is a photographer with an intuitive eye developed over the past 30 years. Known for recording Aboriginal events and cultural knowledge through out North America, his travels always take him to new levels of perception. Most of Bert’s work is for sale with the exception of spiritual imagery.

Bert’s Siksika/Saulteaux cultural roots give him the inspiration to record and to preserve many spiritual practices with different nations. His images are taken with a highly respectful and sacred awareness of the protocols, sanctity and supernatural forces that are present in Indigenous spiritual rituals, nature and life. As part of this awareness, he believes these spiritual images are gifts to be shared with present and future generations to bear witness of the power of the Indigenous ways of life. Spiritual images cannot be sold.

 He is founder and CEO of the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (AMMSA), General Manager of CFWE-FM, an Alberta-wide Aboriginal radio network and the Publisher of several publications including Windspeaker and Alberta Sweetgrass. AMMSA is Canada’s largest publisher of Aboriginal news and information and a recognized leader in Aboriginal communications in North America.

 Bert’s many honors over the years that include: a Lifetime Achievement Award from the province of Alberta; Venture Magazine’s “50 Most Influential Individuals in Alberta” (2004); Venture Magazines “100 Entrepreneurs who built Alberta” (2005); nominated to CBC’s Alberta 100 list (2005) and inducted into the Aboriginal Walk of Honor in Edmonton (2006). He is the great great grandson of Chief Crowfoot who signed Treaty 7.

Please come join us on Wednesday evening to hear more from this accomplished individual and learn a little bit more about his work and the culture that surrounds us here in Alberta and across the continent.

Please Welcome our First Guest Speaker for 2017/2018

Hello all, and welcome back after the summer break! We have rearranged September’s schedule a bit, and this week we will have Alexis Marie Chute joining us as a guest speaker! I am sure that we will have a wonderful evening as she speaks about the evolution of her photography practice over the past 15 years.

Alexis Marie Chute Expert Artist Author Photographer Infocus web

Ms. Chute has a wide educational experience, having traveled the world during her studies to institutions near and far. She is an experienced writer and photographer, having received a number of awards for her work, such as the 2015 John Poole Promotion of the Arts Award in Edmonton, and the 2014 winner for The Ultimate Photo Composition competition by Method Art Gallery. Ms. Chute was also cited in the 2013 Top 40 Under 40 in Avenue Magazine.

She is also the curator for the 2018 InFocus Photo Exhibit, which is currently accepting submissions until October 29th.

Please plan to join us for an enjoyable evening!  We are looking forward to seeing you there!