SSI Photography Club


April 13th 2016


Call to order: Wendy


Introduction of guests, new and former members:

            Tom Shiffman – new; first meeting

            Harold Bailey – returning

            Greg Beatty – considering membership.

            Michael Morse - new


Ongoing shows:

            Maureen Milburn and Sam Lightman: Images of Hawaii, ArtSpring till April 30


            Maggie Argiro and Margaret Benmore: Up, Down, In, Out and Through ..., at Harbour House             Hotel, till April 30th


            Avril Kirby: SSI Roasting company, till April 30th.


Eclectic Visions: Jana reports 28 participants, plus one very talented GISS student, Ryo                             Sakamoto. Further information will be posted on website. Dates June 9th to 22nd.


Slide show assignment for next month’s meeting: Long narrow “mastheads”... i.e.   photos in a               ratio of approximately 2 x 10.


Chris Dixon: Presentation on matting and framing

            Remarks presented in context of preparation for Eclectic Visions

            Basic precept: Do No Harm!

            Mats prevent image from contacting the glass; double mats and non glare glass                                       can, however, slightly reduce crispness of image

            Width of mat should generally be equal on sides and top, slightly wider at bottom

            Black frames preferable

            Small, dark images can lose detail if matted in large mats, especially when mat is                               bright white. Better to use off white or grey mat to minimize “reflection”

            A professional framer, using high quality materials, will offer better value to the                                buyer than cheaply constructed Ikea type frames. The quality (or lack thereof) in a                          finished piece should be reflected in the way the work is  priced. (i.e. if you pay more to

               get it done right then you must charge more for the framed photo)

            High quality printing by a professional will also give better results. .  

            If signing name directly on the photo, sign further in than 5/8 inch from border so                               signature is not hidden by the mat.

            Use of colored mats is fine

            If printing on canvas, will need a protective spray coating as well.

            Taping of image onto mat backing: Use two points of tape rather than just one,                                   suspending image from the top; use only art grade tape (acid free, leaves                                     no adhesive residue, and lasts)

            Images destined for a child’s bedroom should use plexiglass in lieu of glass to                                     reduce risks of accidental breakage

            Quality matting and framing is expensive, and wall space in most photographer’s homes                        is limited. Chris predicts there will be a trend in future to creating slide shows of images                  shown on large, high quality home monitors


          Backing up images: One should always have three sets of back-up images, in two                                  different formats (eg on a disc, back-up hard drive, or memory card), with                                  one back up located off site (eg in a safety deposit vault). Important to                                 minimize exposure to  humidity.  


Colton Preston: reported on a project he took on to document a marriage proposal.    Beautifully              executed, including two days of post-proposal shots in various sites on SSI, in addition to                (secretly) capturing the moment of the actual proposal in a canoe on Cusheon Lake.  Bravo!


Slideshow of sunrises and sunsets: Great images. Simon suggests:

            Shooting with WB on  “cloudy” or “overcast” to enhance the intensity of  color

            Shooting at a high f-stop to get a “starburst” effect from the sun.

            Point of interest is often in the foreground rather than the sun itself.

            Jana typically shoots with tripod and using her neutral density filter to enhance                            the color          


Respectfully submitted

Gwen McDonald

Acting secretary.




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Comment by timothy gibbon on April 21, 2016 at 7:59pm

thanks. especially as I couldn't be there.

Comment by Margaret C. Benmore on April 19, 2016 at 9:22pm

Thanks Gwen for stepping in for me... you did a beautiful job...  

Comment by Avril Kirby on April 16, 2016 at 7:54pm

Great, Gwen.

Comment by Patricia Page on April 15, 2016 at 8:36am

It reads well, Gwen!  Thanks for stepping up.

Comment by Gwen McDonald on April 14, 2016 at 9:30pm

sorry about the formatting. It wouldn't "hold" the formattng I did, changing instead to a helter skelter most undisciplined style. Hope you can all still figure it out.


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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