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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!

February “Friends” Submissions Night

February’s submissions night gave us the opportunity to hear from John Vanveen about the interesting lenses he uses. We also got to meet three more club members, Chelsea, HQ, and Sylvia, who gave us a little insight into their photography interests.

See all the winning photos here, as they get posted:

Theme Print
1st place: Italo Pino
2nd place: Italo Pino
3rd place: Cory Brenneis

Open Print
1st place: Brent Bromilow
2nd place: HQ Ly (twice, for two prints)
3rd place: Brent Bromilow

Theme Digital
1st place: Jay Mann
2nd place: Brent Bromilow, Italo Pino
3rd place: Hedy Bach

Open Digital
1st place: Al Popil
2nd place:  Brent Bromilow, HQ Ly
3rd place: Mary Wagner, Sylvia Labelle, Al Popil

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!

Submissions Night coming soon

Our Submissions Night runs on the fourth Wednesday of most months, so the next one is on Wed. January 25, 2017. Come and share your work with others in a setting that allows for supportive and insightful critique for both new and seasoned photographers. You can also receive no critique at all, if you prefer!

All the details are available at For the upcoming months, the themes are:

  • January: Pattern
  • February: Minimalistic
  • March: Line
  • April: Ice
  • May: Industrial