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!

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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.

Some Helpful Resources

Sometimes we get requests from folks to share links to their websites and recently we received an email about an article that may be helpful to people, members and non-members alike.

You will notice a new link in the Links section down the right side of the page to a site dedicated to helping people solve tech problems related to photography. The information in the article is for those using Mac and Windows, and is for all levels of expertise.

Disclaimer: The Owen Sound Camera Club is sharing this link as an act of kindness and camaraderie to fellow photography enthusiasts. Since the information on the site we’re sharing with you is not from the writers and contributors from the club, the OSCC will not be responsible for any issues that may arise related to the acquisition and/or use of the products or information contained within the site. There shouldn’t be any issues, but we felt we had to add that.

The site is called AnySoftwareTools and you can get there by going to http://www.anysoftwaretools.com/photographer-toolbox/.

Lynn Reket’s Work at Full Spectrum Gallery

Small Wonders

A new exhibit is up at the Full Spectrum Gallery (located in the back of Foto Art). During the months of May and June the Gallery features the work of long-time Camera Club member Lynn Reket. Titled “Small Wonders,” Lynn takes us on a tour of some of the amazing little things found in regular backyards.

Many gardeners view visiting insects with some suspicion, but Lynn views them as photographic opportunities. With a keen eye for wee scenes, you can almost sense her joy at finding a photogenic bug (or bud) and the welcome excuse it gives to drop the trowel and grab the camera.


Should you chase away that dragonfly that’s interfering with your wine or take a few minutes to appreciate its intricate form? Lynn gives us inspiration to take the latter path with any insect encounter, and has shown there’s a beauty in anything if you’re willing to look for it. And yes, this even applies to the slimiest of snails or freakishly alien-like jet-black parasitic wasps!

You can find more of Lynn’s work on her gallery page, Flickr, or her Note-ables by Lynn Facebook page. However, the proof is in the print, so head to the Full Spectrum Gallery to see the finished pieces!

Congratulations on a great display Lynn!

Julian’s Work at the Full Spectrum Gallery

Julian Delf
Julian Delf

The Full Spectrum Gallery, located at the back entrance of Foto Art, is a rotating display of the artwork of local photographers which has featured several of our Club members. From March until the end of April you can find the work of Julian Delf, who joined us last spring.

We have seen a few of Julian’s matted prints at the Club’s meetings, and it’s a great pleasure to browse his gallery and share his view of the world. He covers a range of subjects, but there is a feeling of cohesion in the execution – I never would have picked out the visual similarities between a “Pile of Kittens” and raging water until I saw them side by side!

“The Derelict Fisherman’s Hut”

With this year’s emphasis on printing, framing, and hanging, this is a great inspiration for any photographer. The small digital samples shared in this post will never do justice to the polished framed prints – be sure to head to the Full Spectrum Gallery and check it out!

Great work, Julian!

“Water To Ice”

Monthly Themes for the 2015/16 Season

We’ve had some great submissions for our monthly slideshow assignments so far!

To give members more time to build inspiration and get out with their cameras, the monthly themes were handed out at the start of the season. For convenience and electronic posterity, here they are again.

Month Assignment
October Unsuspecting Subject
November Odd Couples
December Panning
January Classic Still Life
February Up Close & Personal
March Winter Curves
April Wet
May Architecture
June Like a Painting

If you’re interested in seeing some of the club members past work, you can check out our Theme Videos (on YouTube), or visit our Flickr Pool, or stop by our Member’s Gallery.

Happy shooting!