2018 Art Banner Winners

The Owen Sound Art Banner Project has announced the selections for 2018. Congratulations to our Camera Club members whose work will be hanging along the Owen Sound harbour this summer:

  • Patty Marr
  • Norm Bell
  • Maureen Elliott
  • Lesley Smith
  • David Knipe
  • Brian Robin

You can see this year’s winners at the Art Banners new and improved website. The site also has the banners from previous years, which have featured many more Camera Club members.

Full disclosure: I’m on the list above, so I just congratulated myself.

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“Owen Sound Harbour – A Photographic History” April 23rd Presentation by Rob Cotton

Camera club member Rob Cotton has published a new book, Owen Sound Harbour – A Photographic History. Using images from a variety of sources, primarily the Grey Bruce Image Archives, Rob has assembled a narrative of the nautical activities that helped shape Owen Sound and Ontario. A must-have book for anyone with an interest in local history, shipping, or even just old photographs. Available for $35 at Foto Art, pick one up while you can.

Congratulations Rob! It’s a beautiful production.

Rob will be giving a presentation at the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library, Monday April 23rd, about some of the harbour’s history and the creation of the book. Admission is free, doors open at 6:45 pm. Copies of the book will be available, and Rob will have his signing pen handy!

At the back of the Library’s auditorium you can also find large prints of some of the historic images from the book as well as a few of Rob’s wonderful modern black and white photos of the Owen Sound harbour.

Here are some of the images, you’ll find more information in the book:

Owen Sound Dry Dock. Photo courtesy of Grey Roots Archival Collection.
Troops returning from the North-West Rebellion, 1885. Photo courtesy of the Grey Bruce Image Archives.
Side-wheeler, ‘City of Toronto’, 1895. Photo courtesy of Owen Sound Marine & Rail Museum.

Juergen Trotz in Full Spectrum Gallery

Juergen Trotz currently has a selection of images in the Full Spectrum Gallery (located in the back of Foto Art).

A Gray Jay drawn to Juergen’s charisma.

Juergen has been a Camera Club member for several years, where we’ve enjoyed his cheerful company and watched him grow as a photographer. It’s not just his skill that has grown, but also the size of his prints!

“Go Big or Go Home” has become his motto, and it’s realization is on display at the Full Spectrum Gallery until the end of April. The hall is filled with prints too large for your screen to contain – an inspiration for us all to push our printing to greater heights (and widths!).

Ranging from local scenery, to wildlife, to nature, to scenes from his travels, this is a great exhibition of some of Juergen’s favorite works over the years.

 

Mt Rainier, and a little snowman.
The Bridge – there’s a print in the Full Spectrum and a LARGE canvas in the front of Foto Art.

You can find more of Juergen’s work on his Facebook Page, his flickr page, and his gallery page here. Nothing beats the print though, so be sure to drop in at the Full Spectrum Gallery and check out a few other locations with his work, including Tilly’s by the Bay (in Meaford) and The Georgian Artisan Shop in Thornbury.

You can see this deer on a large canvas at the Rockford Family Restaurant and dine on some Schnitzel while thinking of Juergen.

Great work, Juergen!

John Hlynialuk speaking at Grey Roots, March 10th & 24th.

John Hlynialuk

John Hlynialuk, a member of the Bluewater Astronomical Society and avid stargazer, is one of the newer members of the Camera Club. In just a few meetings, we’ve already seen his insights on the phenomena that happen over our heads and some of his astrophotography. Even ‘restricting’ him to using a mobile phone did not stop him from photographing the moon or star trails!

In March, he’s presenting two astronomy talks at the Grey Roots Museum featuring his photos plus those of other BAS members. These should be intriguing for any photographers interested in the night sky. They are free to Grey Roots Museum members, otherwise, it is the cost of admission to the museum. Click the links below for more details at the Grey Roots website.

The Beauty of a Total Solar Eclipse, March 10, 2018, 2-3pm.

“You HAVE to see it! This lively presentation will explain the science behind the natural phenomena of solar eclipses and where and how to experience them over the next 5 – 6 years.”

Aug 21st, 2017 Solar Eclipse (© John Hlynialuk)

The Beautiful Northern Lights, March 24, 2018, 2-3pm.

“The second most beautiful phenomena in Astronomy! Join John […] as he discusses what these phenomena are and how to be in the right place at the right time to see one of these stunning light shows.”

Northern Lights (© John Hlynialuk)

Bob Farla’s Work in Full Spectrum Gallery

Bob

For January and February, Bob Farla has a selection of images in the Full Spectrum Gallery (located in the back of Foto Art).

Bob’s been a member of the Camera Club for over 5 years and has brought a unique and often unconventional viewpoint to the Club’s monthly themes.

An excellent eye for shape, texture, and form, he’s able to pull strong graphic images out of otherwise complex scenes as shown in this collection. Our local trails are filled with examples of trees interacting with their environments from which Bob has carefully isolated thought-provoking images and rendered them in strong black and white tones. Each photograph is titled to reflect the artist’s insight and it’s worth taking the time to consider how your own interpretations may line up with Bob’s intent.

It’s a beautiful and contemplative glimpse into how Bob sees our wilderness. Be sure to pay a visit!

Sentinel
Fractured
Solitude

Greg McMillan a Regular Podcaster

If you’ve been in the Camera Club for long, you’ll know at least two things about Greg McMillan – he uses an iPhone for his photographic endeavors and he is enthusiastic about sharing his ample iPhone photography know-how. He’s been a guest several times on the weekly podcast “Tiny Shutter“, an online community devoted to iPhone photography, but has recently been upgraded to a show regular with Co-host status!

Photo by Bert Reket and Greg’s iPhone

A big congratulations go out to Greg, his commitment to sharing information and enthusiasm are earning him a slice of fame doing what he loves!

You can catch the podcasts live on Mixlr Thursday nights, download past episodes at the Tiny Shutter website, participate in their Facebook Group, or on Instagram.

Greg in action at the Grotto (Photo by Bert Reket)

Find out more about Greg by coming to our monthly meetings or checking out his website Red Door Photos. Be sure to scroll through Greg’s Instagram feed to see some of the photos he was taking while being threatened by large emerald waves at the Grotto!

 

 

Second Annual Aperture Photography Show, Nov. 1 – 30, 2017

 

The Second Annual Aperture Photography Show has opened at in the Legacy Gallery at Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op (942 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, ON). Running from November 1st to the 30th, there is an opening reception on Sunday November 5th from 2pm to 4pm where you have a chance to meet the artists.

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A juried exhibition featuring the work of ten local photographers and four students, it features three of our regular Camera Club attendees – Lynn Reket, Cindie Fearnall, and Julian Delf. We’ve seen their work many times through the projector at club meetings, but the proof is in the print, and the proof is excellent!

Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open leading up to the reception, so be sure to drop in early!

Learning By Doing Resource Roundup

A week ago, Saturday, Jan. 21st, the OSCC hosted a “Learning By Doing” workshop with an emphasis of computer editing software. Members brought in their laptops, photos to edit, and picked each others brains on a variety of topics – software packages, photo organization, specific editing techniques, and much more.

One-on-one, peer-to-peer instruction at it's best! Photo by Rob Cotton
One-on-one, peer-to-peer instruction at it’s best! Photo by Rob Cotton

A big thanks to all the participants and the organizers for make it a success. A special thanks to Juergen for being the driving force behind the event, and also for bringing power for our computers (by way of his extension cord collection) and power for the participants (by way of his chocolate collection).

Julian demonstrating B & W conversion methods on his now famous manufactured pastoral scene. Photo by Greg McMillan.
Julian demonstrating B & W conversion methods on his now famous manufactured pastoral scene. Photo by Greg McMillan.

Many topics were discussed and we’ve gathered a few of the resources that came up for your viewing pleasure below.

Lightroom

A demo of this popular software is available from Adobe. You will need to sign up for an Adobe ID (this is free). Denise has supplied a few of her favorite Lightroom resources:

Adobe Online Help tutorials.

Adobe’s official Lightroom You Tube channel

Julieanne Kost – Lightroom and Photoshop tutorials. Covers older versions of LR as well… scroll down.

Photoshop Tutorials by PHLEARN

Windows Live Photo Gallery

An organizer with basic editing capabilities. An older version is freely available from Microsoft, and here’s a basic introduction to the software. The latest version was a part of the Windows Essentials 2012 suite, which is no longer available for download and is no longer supported.

Focus Stacking

A couple programs were shown, the freeware CombineZP (links to Internet Archive, the software authors site is nonfunctional) and the pay program Zerene Stacker. Another options is Helicon Focus. The full Photoshop also has built in stacking tools. Both Zerene and Helicon have free 30-day trials.

General Resources

There is a free digital photography course available on ALISON. It may be the same as this course by Dan Armendariz from the Harvard Extension School, which has video lessons available on YouTube (no sign up).

Members of the Bruce County Library system will have free access to Lynda.com, which boasts over 1700 instructional photography videos. You can sign in using your library credentials  by following the link at the Library website.