Pierre welcomed two new faces; Pat McMahon, a retired architect, has been on the Island for two years and uses her I-phone to take pictures and enjoys manipulating the images with aps. Ellen Vestigal had heard about the Club just hours before the meeting whilst submitting photos for the Fall Fair. She has been on the Island for 8 days and is married to the new minister of the United Church.

Avril is showing photos at Fernwood Café.

Kahsia is showing bird images at the Country Grocer Café.

Pierre is showing pictures at Embe Bakery's sandwich shop.

Jana is looking for volunteers again for a bagging session at Country Grocer on Monday October 7th. This 4 hour work shift divided amongst  8 people brings in around $350 which greatly helps the Photoclub's budget. Last time the work and the money was divided between Photosynthesis and the Photoclub but this time the money will be ours, all ours!

Please let Jana know  (janazachariou@hotmail.ca) if you are available to do a 10.30am - 12.30pm shift or a 12.30pm - 2.30 pm shift. Or you can do the whole 4 hours.

Gwen has a camera bag that used to belong to Bob Rogers that doesn't work for her current cameras and would like to sell it. This initiated a discussion about different ways the club could include a market Place for buying and selling photography equipment. Some ideas that emerged were:

  -  renting a room for a sale and inviting the Island to participate.

  -  having a market place on the website.

  -  Bringing stuff to our monthly meetings.

  -  having a sale annually at the Christmas meeting or in the Spring, or both.

  -  10% - 20% of sales could be donated to the Club.

  -  Amy Melious organised an art and photography equipment sale last year. Someone is going

     to ask her a) how it went and b) if she is planning on doing it again.

The speaker for tonight's meeting introduced himself - Lucas Morton, a 17 year old landscape photographer. His website is: lrmcreative.wixsite.com/lrmcreative and his Instagram presence is: LRMCreative.

He uses a Nikon D3400 camera and a Tokina wide angle 11 - 16mm lens. He also employs a ND filter (made from coloured glass); 10 stops which is full, not gradual.

The photos he chose to show us were all beautiful and he nearly always uses a tripod in order to get long exposures. He manipulates the image afterwards using photoshop and lightroom to get the lighting right and to emphasise the elements in an image he wants to draw attention to.

He is a mindful young man - very aware of his intention when taking a photograph. He likes the idea of showing something that other people have not seen before, whether it's a special hard-to-get-to place or a different take on a familiar scene. He focuses on composition and looks for something (branches, rocks, flowers) to lead the eye to his subject matter.

Avril asked him if he had ideas to attract younger people to the club. He said that most young people interested in photography communicate via Instagram. Facebook, apparently, is just so old school! He mentioned short attention spans and said that hands-on experiences would be more appealing than sitting in a meeting, for example -  a field trip with a mentor to guide people in ways to use their cameras. Vocabulary is important for marketing to young people and he suggested using phrases like a 'Photo Tour' or a 'photo Expedition' - something that sounds dynamic.

Someone suggested sending an invite to the Club to the young people who came first, second and third (in their class) at the Fall Fair Photography exhibit.

 Harbour House had forgotten about our meeting and not set up the room so, as compensation, there was coffee and cake. 

Next months challenge is 'Mindful Landscape'. Avril will host as Pierre will be away on business.

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Comment by Avril Kirby on October 9, 2019 at 4:58pm

Thanks Anna--comprehensive and well-written as ever.

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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