Last Meeting of the Season – Gear Swap

Wow. It’s almost gone already, our 60th season! Who would’ve thought back in September of 1956 that this little ole photography club would still be around. And our last meeting of the season is fast approaching – Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Just a reminder to members that we will have a gear swap from 6:30 till 7 at the next meeting. Bring in your un-wanted, no-longer-needed photography equipment and see what you can get for it. Members looking to score some gear are encouraged to bring a full wallet.

The Twilight Zone – A Guest Post by Julian Delf

As our next assignment is “Dusk to Dawn” I thought it might be interesting to look at dusk and dawn and how they relate to sunset, sunrise, twilight and the golden and blue hours. We will look specifically at dusk, dawn is just the reverse.

So, we might think dusk is some time around sunset to when it gets dark, but there is a precise scientific definition of what it is. Contrary to what we might think dusk isn’t actually a period of time, it is a point in time. To make things slightly more complex there is more than one level of dusk. In looking at the definition we need to consider events related to the “true horizon”. At many locations the true horizon is obscured by trees, buildings, mountains, etc., and the resulting intersection of earth and sky is called the “visible horizon”.

So, the first event to consider is sunset, this is the time at which the trailing edge of the Sun crosses the true horizon. When the Sun is low to the horizon the atmosphere refracts the light, which means the Sun may still appear to be on the horizon when it has actually already set. After sunset we enter “Civil Twilight”. This continues until the centre of the Sun is 6º below the true horizon and this is the point of “Civil Dusk”. From this point on we are in “Nautical Twilight” until the centre of the Sun is 12º below the true horizon and this is the point of “Nautical Dusk”. After this we move into “Astronomical Twilight” and that continues until the centre of the Sun is 18º below the true horizon and this is the point of “Astronomical Dusk”. After this point we are in Night, this continues until the Sun has risen to 18º below true horizon and this is the point of “Astronomical Dawn” and we follow the same steps e.g. “Astronomical Twilight” to “Nautical Dawn”, etc.

When we look at the times these events occur and how long they last, it gets a bit tricky as the path of the Sun depends on our Latitude and the time of the year as these change the angle the Sun rises and sets. If we look at our next meeting (6th June) we have :

Sunset 21:05, Civil Twilight length 37min, Civil Dusk 21:42, Nautical Twilight length 48min, Nautical Dusk 22:30 Astronomical Twilight length 60min, Astronomical Dusk 23:30 – start of Night

There are many websites that show these times over the year, a good one is :

The changes in the position and path of Sun also affect the photographic Golden Hour and Blue Hour. As well as the Sun’s position these hours are also dependent on the local weather and atmospheric conditions. Unlike the descriptions above these don’t have precise technical description and there are a few different interpretations of how to calculate them.

The Golden Hour, or Magic Hour, relates to a period sometime before sunset till sunset, or just after sunset. If we use the information from the site then it is taken as the time the Sun is 6º above the horizon till sunset. A different site uses an end point of the Sun being 4º below the horizon. Looking at the timings for 6th June we have :

Evening Golden Hour Starts (6º above the horizon) 20:21, ends (sunset) 21:05, duration 44mins. The Blue Hour relates to a period where the golden light has ceased and the light is mainly blue. In this example it is taken from near the end of Civil Twilight to near the end of Nautical Twilight, a good site for Blue Hour information is Looking at the timings here for the 6th June we have :

Night Blue Hour Starts 21:27, ends 22:17, duration 50mins

However other sites may give different timings based on different calculations. There is a matching “hours” in the morning. Below is a graphic that shows all the above points.


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Allison Arnold’s Work at Chicory Common

OSCC member Allison Arnold will have some of her work on display at Chicory Common Natural Foods and Cafe during the month of June.bowl of fruit

Allison is not just a photographer but a painter as well. She uses her photography as inspiration for her painting. “I paint by looking at the photo,” says Allison, “various angles of the subject and extrapolating various pieces of information into one piece of artwork.”

The Chicory Common is nestled in the heart of West Grey at 110 Garafraxa Street North in Durham ON at the junction of County Rd 4. They’re open from Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 6pm (9am to 5pm on Saturdays). For more information about the cafe, you can visit their Facebook Page.


A Podcast Appearance

OSCC member and Past President Greg McMillan was a recent guest on the Tiny Shutter Podcast, a show about iPhoneography. He was interviewed by the show’s hosts where they asked him about how he got started in iPhone photography and his 365 projects. They talked about a few different apps, some news about RAW images on Android phones, the Tiny Shutter Weekly Photo Challenge, accessories, and an update to the new Live Photos feature found on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

You can listen to the episode online at the Tiny Shutter website (or download it and listen later) where there are links to all the things discussed on the show.

Our September Meeting

Well, I hate to say it but the summer is coming to a close sooner than we all would like. But, with the closing of summer comes the opening of a new season for the Owen Sound Camera Club!

Our meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of the month from September to June at the New Life Centre, 210 4th Avenue West in Owen Sound. This year, our first meeting would be almost a week before Labour Day, but we know how much our members want to enjoy the last week of summer without the worry of getting to a meeting so we’ve rescheduled the September meeting to Wednesday the 9th.

The public is certainly welcome to join us as members will be submitting their two favourite photos from summer for the slideshow. If you aren’t a member, it’s only $25 to join for the season and we always welcome new faces.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for social time and the meeting starts at 7. See you on the 9th!

Another Season in the Books

On Tuesday, June 2 the Owen Sound Camera Club had their final meeting of the 2014-15 season. With just over 30 people in attendance, OSCC President Greg McMillan presented the club with member submissions of their two favourite photos of the season dating back to July 2014, and with 52 images, this was the largest collection of submissions for any theme all season.

Greg started a new tradition for the club with regard to pictures submitted throughout the season called “President’s Choice”. He went through all of the submissions for all of the themes and selected his favourite image, the one image that he felt best fit the theme it was in and was a great image overall.

After much deliberation, the first President’s Choice image is Michelle Galbraith’s high key submission from last September’s “High Key Low Key” theme where high key is an overall bright image and low key is a darker image. Congratulations Michelle!

Greg gave a speech about what he learned in his two years as president and what changes he observed in the club. The following is a transcript of his speech:

I will soon complete my second tenure as President of the Owen Sound Camera Club. It’s a position that I am proud to have held for the past two seasons as well as during the club’s 50th anniversary season in 2006-07. Next season will be my tenth as a member and in a mere ten years I’ve witnessed a lot of change. When I joined, film was still widely used by many of the members but the digital era was well on its way and it was coming fast. 

I don’t profess to be a natural leader but two years ago when Lynn made the decision to step down after spending a few years in this seat, I was willing to take on the leadership role and do my best. Recently, the OSCC has enjoyed a great amount of growth in a rather short period of time, so much so that we had to move from our cozy comfort of Foto Art to the more spacious New Life Centre. With this growth comes growing pains, and I willingly admit I’ve had my share of these pains, and maybe even caused a few.

I wanted to be a good presenter and make it look like I knew what I was doing while chairing the meetings because quite frankly, I’m not a great speaker; I mean look at me, I have to read everything I say. I thought the best way to do that would be to put together some really cool presentations and make everything look as professional as I could. The feedback has been quite positive so I am thankful for that and I can honestly say I was glad to do it. I just hope I was able to camouflage my rough edges a little bit in the process.

Part of the growing pains for the club was to find ways to better organize the structure of the Executive. This club has an incredible team of people who all share a common desire to make it the best camera club around. They come from different walks of life and all possess different traits of experience, in life as well as photography, and I can’t thank them enough for all the support they’ve given me over the last two years. 

There were some bumps in the road, I won’t deny that. Leading the Executive has taught me a number of things from sharing responsibilities to making better decisions. I feel I’ve become a better OSCC member and in some ways, a better person.

The club will be celebrating their 60th anniversary next season and that’s exciting. As near as I can tell, we’re the longest running photography club north of Toronto. The club has seen countless changes over the years, be it in technology, members, or the way things work in its culture, and I’m sure we’ll see a number of changes going forward. I hope to see the culture of the club evolve to one that continues to attract new people as well as satisfy the needs of those who are here now. There are times when it will seem like a tall order, but I have a lot of confidence in the membership body.

I will continue to support this fine club, and help out when and in any way I can. I will continue to learn from this club because it’s always been my belief that learning about photography is what makes up the foundation of any camera club. But what stands out to me as the biggest take away from being part of this club is the friendships I’ve fostered over the years.

When I stepped into my first OSCC meeting, I was a little late arriving, but Bert Reket greeted at the door with a smile. I honestly don’t remember how we grew closer, but I’m a man and we don’t remember stuff like that. In any case, we got to know each other, and I got to know Lynn and a lot of other folks too who share my interest in photography. Randy and I have been friends for over thirty years now, but that don’t make us old… just sayin. We’ve also shared an interest in photography – on and off – over those thirty years. I was so glad to see him join the club because he has a great deal of experience in a club oriented culture and brings with him some very fresh ideas. 

I would like to close by once again thanking the Executive for all their support and to the whole membership body for sharing their wonderful images, knowledge, and experience with the club. I know we will continue to grow, hopefully in numbers, but at least in experience in the years to come. Photography is a continuously changing medium and that gives us a perpetual opportunity to learn new things along the way.

I read an anonymous quote recently that said, “I always thought good photos were like jokes – if you had to explain it, it just isn’t that good.” I can honestly say the photos I’ve seen from members of the Owen Sound Camera Club haven’t required much explanation. Thanks.

This was Greg’s last meeting as President and going forward, Randy O’Hara will take the wheel and steer the club into the future. As Greg mentioned in his speech, Randy has a lot of experience from his involvement in a variety of clubs and is a very motivated guy with a lot of fresh, new ideas. Next season should be an exciting one for sure.

Summer is fast approaching and with summer comes travelling, vacations, and just enjoying the great outdoors. It also brings many photo opportunities. The Owen Sound Camera Club would like to wish you a safe summer and look forward to seeing those vacation snapshots. Feel free to post them on our Facebook Page and to our Flickr Group.

See you in September!

March 3rd Meeting

Tonight’s meeting will go ahead as planned. I know the weather and road conditions may be less than favourable tonight so if you are from outside the city of Owen Sound please be careful. If you’re not sure about the conditions, by all means, do not risk driving in. We do not want anyone to put themselves or others in danger. Thank you.

Greg McMillan

Presedent, OSCC