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:
Juergen Trotz currently has a selection of images in the Full Spectrum Gallery (located in the back of Foto Art).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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).
Many topics were discussed and we’ve gathered a few of the resources that came up for your viewing pleasure below.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!