Salt  Spring  Island  Photography  Club   Meeting   February  10,  2016  MINUTES

(minutes  written  by  Colleen  Barnes  
​in  Margaret  Benmore's  absence)
Wendy  Rosier,   announced  three 
and   a  tenth  new  members:
- Gary  Blake
- Tom   Shiffman
-Daniel Coopet
 and  Halanna    new  baby  girl... Carter   (  our youngest member by  proxy at  8 days of age)
Guest  speaker  Susan   Huber  -  speaks  to  her  photograph processes  with  platinum palladium
There  was  a  vote  for  the  four  positions:
President,  Vice President,  Secretary  and  Treasurer:
For  President- Wendy  Rosier  was  nominated  and  seconded  by 
​ Curt Firestone
For Vice President -  Bob Rogers  was nominated  and  seconded  by  Curt Firestone
For Secretary  - Margaret  Benmore was nominated ​
and  seconded   by    Anna  McComb
For  Treasurer -  Pat Page  was nominated​, seconded  by  Sylvia Beach
elections  by  acclamation
Education Coordinator - Curt Firestone
Public  Relations -   Maggie  Argiro
Eclectic  Vision -  Jana  Zachariou
Webmaster   -   Peter  Freeman
​Shows - ​
AA  at  HH
Avril  Kirby  and  Anna  McComb  have  a  photography  display  at  Harbour  House.
Jana   Zachariou  won   prize  at  Jury  Show,  Artspring  Salt  Spring  Island
Jana  mentioned  the  art gallery  at  Ladysmith ​The ​
Waterfrount  Ladysmith  Art  Gallery     was  showing    3 D  art  displays
-There  are  other  displays  of  SSI  photography  at  Pemberton  Homes  and  also  at  the  Embe  Bakery
Information  from     Education  Coordinator  Curt  Firestone
1.  Coffee  Monday  AM
- there  was  a  suggestion  for  members  to get  together  and  go  out  to  take  pictures  after  the  Monday  AM  gathering  if  folks  were  inclined.  
-The  idea  is  to  do  photography  together,   share  through  the  experience,  and  inspire  one  another  on  different  aspects  of  photography  such  as  macro  or  landscape  techniques.
-  to  bring  your  camera  to the  Monday  morning  meetings  and network.
-    New  Coffee  Venue   at  Penny's  at  the  Golf  course  as  it  can  accommodate  more  members.
2.  Slide  Show   to  now  have  more  of  an  education  component   as  it  is currently  more  social.  The  idea  is  to  share  ideas  when  the  pictures  are  shown  on  the  screen  to  say   a  word  about  the  picture  and  reveal  some  technical  aspects  of  the  picture.
3.  Education  - group  to  give  suggestions   to  the  education  committee...
-  Ross  McLeod  volunteered.
- perhaps  there  are  ways  to  improve  the  slide  show.
Wendy  has  suggested  to  do  a  work  shop  and  will  call on  members  for  photo's.
Sylvia  wanted  to learn  to  do  a  slide  show / make  DVD  of  your  own  work
-Pat  Page  encouraged  the  group  to  pay  dues  to  the  club.
---Guest  Presenter.....     Susan Huber,   this  is  her  second  invitation to  speak  to the  group. 
 She  has  a wealth  of  knowledge  to  share  as  she  uses  a  large  format  camera.    Her  work  was  judged  best  in  the  SNAP (Saltspring National Art Prize)​  show.   
 She  has  her  own  studio  on  Salt  Spring  Island  and  has  sold  her  work  around  the  world. 
  She  passed  around  various  negatives,  pictures  and  a  book  " In  Celebration  of Trees"   from  a  show  in  Vermont,   to  the  group.
 She  has  a  respect  for  everyone's  ability  to  take  pictures. 
 She  grew  up  in   Northern  California  and  went  to the   West   Coast  School  of  Photography.  
She  would  take  negatives  and  expose  it,  as  she  was  self  taught  to  deal  with  these  negatives.  Now  the  mainstream  is  digital.
Two  years  ago  she  studied  in  the  Netherlands  and  found  more  men  to  be  involved  with  this  process.  They  used  platinum palladium.
Then  she  found  a  women's  group  that  used  big  cameras  with  film  8 X 10  and  then  16 X20  pinhole.
Her  picture  of  the  Wild Horse   Wind 
Farm  print  won  a  prize  in  the  Vermount  show,  this  was  about  wind turbines.
She  felt  one  needed  to  go  out  every  day  to  take  the  time  to  think  about  the  pictures  they  take.  Take  time  to  think  about  the  art  and  how  it  is  done  and  how  one  visualize  the  scene.  Take  what  gives  you  pleasure  so  that  pleasure  stays  with  you.
As  a  chemist  she  developed    her  pictures  to see  it  and  remember  the  pleasure.
  She  talked  about  looking  and  questioning  what  she  sees....  she  works  with  collages  and  what  does  it  mean.....
What  resonates  with the  photographer.    And  she  said  it  is  ok  to fail.  She  is  clear  that   she  knows  what  she  likes  and  works  hard  at  this...... 
 (  it  is  boring  to  be  perfect)    With  passion  you  can  do  it  well   by  looking  and  seeing.....
There  was  a  question  about   light  measurement   and   how  she  deals  with the  chemicals...... (  they  do  not  go  in  the  septic)  
As  for  light  she  uses  a  light  meter  and  reflective  aspects......  400    ASA 
  speed  with  increased  or  decreased  exposure,  bring  up  shadows
- with the  chemicals  she  uses  lots  of  water  and is  very   careful.
  She  talked  about  contact  prints  and  showed  a  book  where  the  negatives  were  directly  on  the  paper.   Some  of  the  paper  for  the  negatives  comes  from  Italy.    Germany   also  makes  a  paper  for  platinum  palladium
  (  There  was  something  about  8X 10  no  longer  exists.)
She  had  different sizes    of  negatives  for  each  camera.
  She  uses  field  manuals  and  records  what  she  has  done  with  each  specific  camera.  Each  camera  has  it  own  field  manual.
One  needs  to  take  time  to  take  pictures....  Each  photographer  has  their  own  style......
  She  has  done  work  on  the    dissappearing  churches  of  the  prairies  through  the  B.C.  arts    program  in  2007.
  She  enjoys  Creekside  Nature  preserve  of  Beddis  road  on  Salt  Spring  Island.  
She  talks  about  how  it  takes  a  long  time  to  get  the  light  to  the  film.   uses  F 22......  and  takes  her  time  to  develop  the  film....
  She  talked  about  the  borders  around  the  negatives  and  how  she  does  the  brush  work  around  the  edges  to  apply  the  platium palladium.....
-  each  negative  needs  a  certain  formula   and  not  too  wet.   She  enjoys  sharing  her  ideas.  Feels  European  artists  learn  from  something  about  being  courious..... and  she  encourages  us  to  be  yourself  with  your  own  vision.    
A  very  interesting  session  with  Susan...

​Next Month's Challenge is MACRO​
​(up close and personal​ - with macro lenses or settings or just plain as-close-as-you-can-get-to-a-subject)

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Comment by Avril Kirby on February 16, 2016 at 2:31pm

Thanks Colleen, well done.

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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