Maureen Elliott’s Display at the Full Spectrum Gallery

There is still a week left to visit the Full Spectrum Gallery (located in the back of Foto Art) and see Maureen Elliott’s “Mountain” collection.

An avid camper and traveler, Maureen takes us through some of her favourite scenes from our western Canadian National Parks and a winter excursion south across the border to Yellowstone. With an eye for colour and composition, she’s captured the rugged western landscapes and brought them back to Owen Sound. The surreal cyans of Banff’s pristine mountain lakes are a sight to behold as they are faithfully represented with quiet tranquility.

Contrasting this stillness are a few raging waterfalls, a theme Maureen often visits, exploring the interplay of rushing water and resisting rock. Scenes of cool and refreshing snow provide a welcome relief from our hot summer days. Be sure to stop in and cool off before the end of June!

You can find more of Maureen’s work online on her gallery page, her Facebook page, ArtPal, Flickr, and of course at our monthly Camera Club meetings (resuming in the fall).

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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!

Mobile Workshop

Just a reminder, late as it is, that Greg McMillan is hosting a workshop on Mobile Photography tomorrow at the New Life Centre, 199 4th Ave W in Owen Sound. The event starts at 1:00pm and will go until around 3 or 4. Coffe and tea will be available.

Greg has been an experienced iPhone photographer for a few years now and has been shooting exclusively with his iPhone since selling his Canon DSLR equipment a couple of years ago. Last fall he was added to the crew of the Tiny Shutter Podcast, the only podcast out there about iPhone photography. But don’t worry if you don’t own an iPhone,  the information in this workshop will be good for iPhone and Android phones alike.

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

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.

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!