This week our guest speaker is Jeff Day. Until he began running, Jeff discovered that he had never truly seen the beauty of our cities. During his last five years spent running in and around the Edmonton area and Western Canada, he realized that his passion of photography and running can and do go hand in hand. He felt compelled to capture it. Jeff has coined his work as “Runtography”; a labor of love as he has run over 9,500 kilometres with a camera in tow.
This Wednesday, Jeff will provide us with an overview of some of his favourite imagery that he has captured during his runs. It will be a treat to see what he has lined up for us! Jeff can be found online at his website, through Instagram, and via his Flickr account.
Our April guest speaker was Vancouver’s Rick Hulbert. He was a dynamic speaker who intertwined humour with education. His discussion on architectural photography was not just entertaining, but very insightful as he shared tips and perceptions from his background as an architect as it relates to his photography. Rick commented in his discussion that there are commonalities between architecture and photography. Architects look at spaces first, then edges (lines), and finally light, whereas photographers see the same but just in a different order. Photographers look at light, then edges (lines), and finally spaces.
When approaching an image, Rick was sure to emphasize that vertical edges need to be portrayed as vertical, so when composing your image, ensure that the top of your vertical line is directly above the bottom; the best way to do so is to keep your camera level. He says that if you can keep your verticals vertical, everything else will fall into place. Rick also commented on creating edges that breathe. He suggested that no two edges of any element or object should align exactly in order to keep the image appearing as natural as possible.
Rick provided tons of examples and encouragement for us to get to the point where we love our photography just as he does his own. He was full of encouragement, and was truly enjoyable to listen to. It is with much appreciation to Images Camera Club that we were collectively able to bring such a dynamic speaker to our club.
Rick Hulbert provides workshops, and has some amazing content on his website so please be sure to check him out.
On 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.
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!
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.
Edmonton Lightpainters Group
LightPainting Brushes Tips and Tricks
DNA of Light
Thank you, Richard, for coming out and sharing your knowledge and passion with the group. It was a great evening!
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: http://stalbertphotoclub.com/blog/sapcgalleries
1st place: Italo Pino
2nd place: Italo Pino
3rd place: Cory Brenneis
1st place: Brent Bromilow
2nd place: HQ Ly (twice, for two prints)
3rd place: Brent Bromilow
1st place: Jay Mann
2nd place: Brent Bromilow, Italo Pino
3rd place: Hedy Bach
1st place: Al Popil
2nd place: Brent Bromilow, HQ Ly
3rd place: Mary Wagner, Sylvia Labelle, Al Popil
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!
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!
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 http://stalbertphotoclub.com/submissions2.html. For the upcoming months, the themes are:
- January: Pattern
- February: Minimalistic
- March: Line
- April: Ice
- May: Industrial