The OSCC F-Stop is Now Online

Last year, club President Randy O’Hara introduced us to F-Stop, the Owen Sound Camera Club’s monthly newsletter. Also last year, only those who attended the meetings were able to receive it as a handout. This year, we are pleased to tell you that it is now available to everyone, members and non-members alike, right here on our website.

Just look up to the top of the page and in the navigation bar you’ll see the link to the F-Stop page where you can read it online, download it for later, and there is a print friendly version for those who like the tactile feel of paper in hand while you read.

If you like the F-Stop, or maybe you don’t, we’d love to hear your feedback on it, and if there is something you’d like to see in the F-Stop, by all means let us know. Simply go to the Contact page and send us a note.

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New Season Starts September 5

Wow! Summer has flown by so fast. With the weather we’ve had over the past few months it’s like we went from Spring to Fall. But with Fall comes a new season for the Owen Sound Camera Club.

2017-2018 marks our 61st year as the longest running photography club north of Toronto! We sure must be doing something right! These are exciting times for the OSCC because since we’ve grown so much over the past few years, we’ve been really trying to come up with something of interest for people of all levels of photographic experience.

If you’re interested in the club or are already an existing member, we are always open to new ideas that will make the club more interesting and appealing to everyone. Come to our first meeting of the new season Tuesday September 5 at the New Life Centre, located at 199 4th Avenue West in Owen Sound. There’s a handy map off to the right of this page to show you where we are. The membership fee is $30 and the doors open at 6:30 pm for a half hour of social time before the meeting gets underway at 7:00. Hope to see you there!

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 :

https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/canada/owen-sound

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 http://www.golden-hour.com/ 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 http://www.bluehoursite.com/. 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.

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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!