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 of $25 towards the $50 entry fee to Pat Page before December 15.

                    Information is also posted on site about the lobby show at Artspring that will run throughout January. Anyone interested in participating should send their label information to Bob Rogers by Dec. 17. Please read the blogs for further information.

                    Wendy Rosier is compiling winter and festive photos for the ongoing slide shows at Lady Minto, Harbour House and the cinema. The deadline for contributions is Nov. 28. Dropbox is available to use if you have a lot to send to her or you can email her directly at wrosier@gmail.com to send just a few or for information on how to use Dropbox.  

                     Avril Kirby would like to invite club members to the opening of her show, "A Part, Apart" at Harbour House on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. The exhibition will be running in the lobby and restaurant from Nov. 30 to Jan. 1.

                     Current shows: Jen Holmes at Barb's Buns, Nirmal Dryden at Penny's Pantry, Gregor Alan at TJ Beans, Doug McMillin and Avril Kirby at Embe Bakery.

New Business:  A discussion was held on Jonesie's idea to use the Crofton Room at Harbour House for our meetings. The cost of $50 would be defrayed by members eating at the restaurant and keeping their receipts to show at the time of meeting. The advantages over using the portable are that chairs would not have to be hauled about, coffee and tea would be available, at a charge, there is climate control and a permanent photo display might be possible, on a rotating basis.

                     Wendy Rosier made the motion to try out the Harbour House location in December to ascertain the feasibility of using it on a permanent monthly basis. Seconded by Sylvia Beech. Voted on, passed. SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS!

Presentation:  After a bit of technical wrangling with computers and projectors, Jonesie's slide show on stepping out of your comfort zone was shown on a laptop screen. "Get closer" was an appropriate message, but it referred to our subjects, not the screen. Maybe we'll get the chance to see the show full size at a later date. Thanks, Jonesie.

Slide Show:  44 images on the subject of "Adventurous Photography" were shown.  This month it would have been difficult in some cases to guess who took what, which made it all the more interesting. Members discussed how they came to decide what to photograph or, in some cases, how to manipulate the images afterwards.

                 We were shown everything from mammary squashes to photographs taken by a dog who, I'm sure, has not paid his club dues yet, to skinny dipping sun saluters and eerie doll faces. The variety was wonderful and everyone stepped up to the plate to challenge themselves. Thanks, Doug, for handling the show every month for us.

Next Month:  A presentation on critiquing will be given at the December meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12.  In light of that, the slide show theme will be--

                              "Images you would like to have critiqued."

This can include bad photos that you wonder if there is any hope for, photos you know you like for some reason but can't get quite right, or photos that you're proud of and you want to see if other people agree. So more or less anything goes, but be prepared to have your photos looked at objectively and to be open to some hopefully helpful suggestions.

                See you at the Crofton room at Harbour House next month.

Please feel free to add any corrections or additions in the comment boxes.

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Comment by Curt Firestone on November 21, 2012 at 6:40am

Even in Africa, i am so happy to read that all is well.  

Comment by Margaret C. Benmore on November 17, 2012 at 9:11pm

Well done on the Minutes Avril.... thanks for covering.... now you have an alternative job...

Cheers... MCB 

Comment by timothy gibbon on November 16, 2012 at 10:55am

appreciate the write up, Avril. 

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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