Avril Kirby's Blog (14)

August meeting minutes

August 2019 minutes

Pierre was off gallivanting around the world somewhere so Avril opened the meeting in his absence. No new members but some old faces attended. Trudy  Sloan stayed…


Added by Avril Kirby on August 19, 2019 at 12:33pm — 2 Comments

January 2019 Minutes

January 2019 minutes

Newish member, Shauna Ringquist, joined us for the second time, having come to the Christmas party. She has jumped in with both feet, having two photos up in the…


Added by Avril Kirby on January 14, 2019 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

October meeting minutes

Minutes of Oct. 12th Meeting

In Wendy's absence the meeting was ably chaired by Bob Rogers. He welcomed new members Mindy Heppner (does she sing, I wonder?) and Kahsia Hartwell.

Ongoing and upcoming…


Added by Avril Kirby on October 16, 2016 at 10:21am — 7 Comments

Field Trip?

Anyone up for a field trip to the BC Museum in Victoria and the "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" exhibition that's running until April 6?   We can add lunch and a side bar of some photography of our own, maybe walking the Galloping Goose trail or ...?

Added by Avril Kirby on January 29, 2015 at 7:51am — 13 Comments

Minutes of January 8th meeting

There were over 30 members attending the January meeting, with several new faces in the crowd (none of whose names I got. Welcome anyway!)

Chris Dixon ably chaired the meeting in his new post as Vice President, in Curt's absence.

Avril Kirby shared the results of the first meeting of the Eclectic Visions 2014 committee.  Some points she covered:

1.  This annual club show in the Artspring Galleries will run from Thurs. June 26 to Monday July 7, over 2 weekends, including…


Added by Avril Kirby on January 9, 2014 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Minutes of October 8th Meeting

Curt is away in Italy so Bob Rogers ably chaired the meeting.

According to the vote taken on-site re change of meeting days, Bob says, with an extremely marginal difference, our meetings days stay at status quo, every second Wednesday. 31 members voted.

Peter Paul Harnisch has posted a forum on the idea of separate photo critiqeing sessions and we will wait till he can present it in person at a meeting to hear what he has in mind and how he sees it working. It sounds like a…


Added by Avril Kirby on October 12, 2013 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Tennis shoot

SSTA members:  Have a look at some of the best of the pictures the SSPC took during our combined and memorable photo shoot.  

If you see any you would like to have made into cards (Christmas, birthday, blank, Happy Hannukah, Sorry-I-beat-you-in-the-tournament, Congratulations-you-lucky-skunk, etc.) place your order with Avril at avek@telus.net.  Please make sure you include the order number, number ordered, your name and phone number.  FYI--  Images have been resized for this format…


Added by Avril Kirby on July 22, 2013 at 11:01pm — 1 Comment

A tongue-in-cheek look at the way we document our world

If I can find this funny when I have at least 50,000 images on my computer and hard drive, I'm assuming you all will, too.


Added by Avril Kirby on May 30, 2013 at 1:27pm — 3 Comments

Instructor needed for 12 year old

A lovely nurse at Greenwoods has a 12 year old son who does not do well in school but loves photography. She is willing to pay for some lessons in the basics to support him in his interest. Is anyone interested?

If so, you can contact me at avek@telus.net and I'll be go-between.

Added by Avril Kirby on March 26, 2013 at 8:42am — 2 Comments

Minutes of November 14 meeting

Opening remarks:  Bob Rogers chaired the meeting ably in Curt's absence. He led a discussion on how members chose to approach Jonesie's challenge to try something out of their comfort zone. Quite a number expressed discomfort at shooting people. (I know Margaret would have interjected something here but I'm not going to.)

Old Business:  There is information now posted on site about the Miksang workshop running Jan. 12 and 13. All members interested in attending need to give a deposit…


Added by Avril Kirby on November 16, 2012 at 8:59am — 3 Comments

A Day in the Life of the Photo Club (and Salt Spring)

An opportunity to take part in one of Salt Spring's best-loved photo shoots has been offered to us all this year. Gail Sjuberg, of Driftwood fame, has asked if anyone would like to participate in "A Day in the Life of Salt Spring" which, this year, has been thrown open to us commoners.

The rules are as follows:

Thanks for your interest in the Driftwood’s 2012 Day in the Life of Salt Spring Island project.

The idea behind the DIL publication is to depict island…


Added by Avril Kirby on May 31, 2012 at 12:55pm — 3 Comments


I was thinking on the way home from the meeting last night about ways to attract new members to the group, or just to get people to read my info sheet, and decided that some interesting statistics could help. What I need to know is;

How many are in the club now?

How old is our oldest member....and on the other end of the spectrum, how old are you, James?

How many years have you each been involved with photography, and as a really rough estimate,…


Added by Avril Kirby on April 29, 2010 at 1:40pm — 2 Comments


Not exactly a photography subject but I'm planning on upgrading and taking RAW images, so imagine I will need more ram on my computer. Anyone know whether it's easy to install yourself, or know of someone good that can do it for me? How much more space does RAW take, anyway, than JPEG? Also, any suggestions on a good camera that I can grow into? Thinking about the Nikon D300. And what would be good lenses to start off with if I do go with that one?

Added by Avril Kirby on November 14, 2009 at 4:40pm — 3 Comments

Newbie, introducing myself.

Hello fellow photographers. I attended my first meeting of the club this month and really appreciated the format, how informal it was and what sort of comments were made on the photos that were being critiqued. Though I'm not very knowledgeable on the technical side I have an interest in learning all that stuff, with a view to getting an SLR camera and using it well. I learnt about the club on the Salt Spring community list (bless it!). For the last 5 years I've been using my photos to put out… Continue

Added by Avril Kirby on October 21, 2009 at 10:44pm — 4 Comments

August minutes

Pierre introduced the new team who will help shape the Club in the future.

Simon Henson

Larry Citra

Maggie Vancik

Roger Brooks

Maureen Milburn

Ellen Vesterdal

Justene Tedder

Plus returning executive members:

Pat Page

Kahsia Hartwell

Wendy Rosier

Anna McColm

This group will infuse some new energy and direction into the Club. Feedback from club members indicates that people would like more interactive educational activities (workshops, classes, small field trips etc.) and maybe a schedule of educational opportunities ahead of time so that people can plan to attend.

The Victoria Camera Club has an external speaker every month and are willing to share their list of speakers so we can participate, at a cost of $5 a person. The club has funds to cover this at the moment. This would require using the  Zoom format (which has worked so well during this Pandemic).

Club meetings will resume in October, giving this new group time to work out their ideas for new directions.

Some people are cautious about in person meetings (because of health issues) and others are ready and able to jump back in. Maybe in person meetings and Zoom meetings can co-exist. Something to talk about.

Maureen has offered to look into a monthly newsletter with, possibly, more coverage than the website offers such as emails, using facebook etc.

Avril would like to see an improved use of the website: more posts, more comments, more helpful critiquing. We might need a refresher course to remind us how to give constructive feedback.

Doug has a show about Covid in September at the library -  in the Community Program Room. He will give a talk on September 7th at Noon. This will be previously unseen material, not the triptychs we have seen on the website.

Photosynthesis has a virtual show coming up, starting on August 31st. Some club members also belong to this photography group.

There is no theme yet for the photography challenge in October but when that is decided it will be communicated to everyone.


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