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 a Salt Spring calendar, most years with a friend, but in 2008 by myself, and I also use them to make photo cards which I sell at the Saturday market and in various stores. Though I enjoy taking those more popular sorts of shots, I really like to experiment, too, and I have done quite a bit of photo-shopping (different program, though) and am happy to spend hours and hours at it, as my husband can attest. Lately I've worked on a black and white series called "The Monday night poker club", which I enjoyed just as much as the poker, though there were definitely some shots that worked better than others. Looking forward to the next meeting, and thank you all for being so welcoming to people who are not as knowledgeable as yourselves. Avril Kirby

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Comment by Avril Kirby on February 13, 2013 at 9:26am

Whew! I've been waiting 4 years for that!

Comment by Avril Kirby on May 17, 2010 at 11:57pm
You're most welcome--you've got some lovely ones there.
Comment by Curt Firestone on May 17, 2010 at 4:57pm
I am not sure if my thank you got to you so here again THANK YOU for the compliments. I am just starting to share my photos and i certainly appreciate the positive feedback and constructive suggestions. Curt
Comment by Elehna de Sousa on November 20, 2009 at 4:46pm
HI Avril,
Thanks for the comment re: my fall image with the seagull. I'm now in the process of learning Photoshop so that I can enhance some of the images I take. see you soon.

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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