July 12 2016 Walk-About

Our second Summer Walk-About was held at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham and featured group lessons on How To Take Better Out-door Portraits. Assisted by five models provided by Patricia M Productions, our gathering of about thirty members split into groups and received instruction on How To Pose Couples by Mike Blazek, Getting Proper Exposure by Dave Noordhoff, Getting The Most Of A Reflector and Using Off-Camera Flash by Jim Pollock. Several of those in attendance commented that the event was very informative and worthwhile and we look forward to hosting a similar event next year. You can see some of the photos from that night taken by Chris Jorgensen.

June 11 2016 Walk-About

Our first Summer Walk-About was held at RM Auto Restoration, who hosted an event they call “Cars And Coffee.” Fifteen Chatham Camera Club members showed up to shoot classic, antique and vintage cars which were on display both outside and inside RM’s facility. Have a look at just a few of the photos taken at the Cars and Coffee event.

Plans for our second Walk-About are still in the works, and members will be notified by e-mail when the details are complete.

May 10 2016

Our final meeting of the season was attended by 43 members.

• Outgoing Club President Vince Gagnier thanked last year’s executive group for all that they have done for us this past season, including: Vice-Presidents Tere Deslippe and Gavin Stuart, Secretary Barb Ferren, Treasurer Carson Plant, Executive Assistants Shannon L’Ecuyer, Reagan Smolders, and Chad Barry and Immediate Past President Dave Noordhoff. We are also indebted to Welcoming Manager Kathy Gagnier, Print Manager Les McCracken, Facebook Page Co-ordinator Kathryn Parent, Competition Manager Gavin Stuart, Archivist and Alternate Web Co-ordinator Paul Schmoldt and Web Co-ordinator Jim Pollock. Vince also acknowledged the help he received from Chris Jorgensen and Dennis Myers.

• Mike Blazek invited everyone to attend the opening of the Imaginarium exhibition at the Thames Art Gallery on Friday, May 13 at 7 PM to view the contributions made by the Chatham Camera Club. Our pictures will be on display between May 13 and June 10 2016.

• Tere Deslippe, Gavin Stuart and Vince Gagnier presented certificates of achievement for this year’s CCC Photo Competitions.

Honourable Mentions (for scores of 23 or better)
Lorie Cooper – 1
Melanie Denis – 1
Bill Henry – 1
Larry Kearns – 1
Paul Schmoldt – 1
Dave Stewart – 1
Steven Taylor – 1
Kellie Watson – 1
Catherine Dawson – 2
Jean DeBruyn – 2
Debbie Venn – 2
Jana Smith – 4

Novice Division
3rd place plus 1 Honourable Mention – Danielle Gagnier
2nd place plus 1 Honourable Mention – Barb Ferren
1st place plus 1 Honourable Mention – Bob Miller

Intermediate Division
3rd place – tie between Patricia Kral and Angel Webster
2nd place plus 2 Honourable Mentions – Linda Pepper
1st place plus 2 Honourable Mentions – John St. Pierre

Advanced Division
3rd place plus 2 Honourable Mentions – Gavin Stuart
2nd place plus 3 Honourable Mentions – Tere Deslippe
1st place plus 3 Honourable Mentions – Chad Barry

Salon Council
2nd place tie plus 1 Honourable Mention – Carson Plant
2nd place tie plus 3 Honourable Mentions – Mike Blazek
1st place plus 4 Honourable Mentions – Jim Pollock

Most Improved Photographer (according to last year’s vs this year’s scores)
Barb Ferren

Best Photo Of The Year
Chad Barry
ChadBarry PicOfTheYear2016

Thanks to all who participated in the photo competitions this year. We hope it was a valuable learning experience and one which helped you grow as a photographer.

Pictures of the Awards Presentations are now available on our Club Photos page.

• Club members were treated to slideshows of the top scoring pictures from this past season as well as the best of Twelve Photos A Year Is A Great Crop.

• In recognition of his years of service to The Club, Vince Gagnier presented Dave Noordhoff with an Honorary Lifetime Membership. Congratulations Dave! You earned it. Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for your leadership, your wonderful tutorials and your organizational skills. The Club is a far better group with you in it and we’re very glad you’re here.
Dave Noordhoff
Dave Noordhoff

• Club officers for the 2016 – 2017 season were announced as:
– President: Carson Plant
– Vice-Presidents: Tere Deslippe and Gavin Stuart
– Treasurer: Reagan Smolders
– Secretary: Barb Ferren
– Executive Assistants: Shannon L’Ecuyer, Mary Craig and Jim Pollock
– Competition Manager: Gavin Stuart
– Welcoming Manager: Dave Noordhoff
– Facebook Page Co-ordinator: Kathryn Parent
– Web Co-ordinator: Jim Pollock
– Alternate Web Co-ordinator: Dave Noordhoff
Carson Plant
Club President Carson Plant

• Club members would like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing President Vince Gagnier for his dedication and hard work. We all sincerely appreciate your efforts. You did a great job!
Vince Gagnier
Vince Gagnier

• The Chatham Camera Club is currently organizing some group outings we call Summer Walk-Abouts. Members will be notified by e-mail or check our Meeting Schedule page for details.

 ImJustSaying2

Photography is the easiest medium with which to be merely competent. Almost anybody can be competent. It’s the hardest medium in which to have some sort of personal vision and to have a signature style.

QuickTip
Photographing the same scene in both portrait and landscape formats will increase your chances of finding the best composition.

April 26 2016

 

Our April 26th meeting was attended by 41 members and 3 guests.

• President Vince Gagnier reminded us of the Year End Lunch slated for May 14th at Smitty’s Restaurant, 307 Grand Ave W. Chatham from noon until 2. If you plan to attend, please let Vince know by e-mail at vgagnier@teksavvy.com

• The Club is still seeking nominations for President and Executive Assistant. If you’d like to see our organization continue in its present form, why not consider stepping into one of the open positions? If you’re interested or would like to nominate someone who is, let Chris Jorgensen know at chrisj@mnsi.net

• We are also in need of someone to complete a year-end audit of our financial books. If you can spare a few minutes of your time, contact Carson Plant at whiterock@sympatico.ca

• A list of local events that may provide some interesting Summer photo opportunities has been added to the bottom of The Club’s Meeting Schedule page. If you can add an event to the list, kindly send it to Jim at jim@jamespollock.com

• Dave Noordhoff presented Travels In The Southwest, a brief look at his photographs from Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Texas and New Mexico. Dave’s collection of desert scenes, sunrises, sunsets, clouds and cactus provided us with some incentive to venture into this beautiful region of the United States. Thanks Dave! We loved your pictures.

• Keith Blackwell and Mike Blazek reviewed the prints that were brought in for display and discussion and made several interesting observations and comments. If you have a picture that you’d like to share with the rest of us, Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart on St. Clair St do an excellent job at reasonable prices. This is an area that we don’t want to see come to an end and we look forward to more participation next season. Prince may have died, but we hope prints haven’t.

• Our final CCC photo competitions were reviewed with the Novice group competing in Fill The Frame and the Intermediate, Advanced and Salon members showing their Black And White photos. Top marks for the Novices went to Kellie Watson (24 and 23), Bill Henry (23), Debby Venne (23) and Danielle Gagnier (22). In the Intermediate, Advanced and Salon group, high scores were given to Jim Pollock (25 and 23), Gavin Stuart (23), Mike Blazek (23 and 23), Patricia Kral (23), Chad Barry (23 and 21), Paul Schmoldt (22), Linda Pepper (22) and Larry Kearns (22).

• Wendy Beasley was featured in What I Shoot where she showed us some pictures of her two main interests, Family and Travel. Her working vacations around the world have enabled her to capture beautiful scenic shots in far away lands as well as the local people and their customs. Club members were thoroughly entertained by her memorable photos. Thanks Wendy!

• Those in attendance were also treated to Twelve Photos In A Year Is A Great Crop by Frank Vadovic, where we saw a brief collection of his outstanding bird pictures.

• Our final meeting of the season will be held on May 10th when our new executive will be introduced and the winners of our photo competitions will be announced. A summery of the year’s best photos will also be shown, making this a meeting you don’t want to miss.

ImJustSaying2

What I like about black and white photographs is that they’re more like reading the book than seeing the movie.

QuickTip

Always challenge yourself with new styles of photography, new equipment, or new subjects. Sometimes, the challenge of something new on the horizon can help a photographer find motivation and see subjects in a fresh way.

 

April 12 2016

Our April 12th meeting was attended by 48 members and 4 guests.

• President Vince Gagnier reminded us of the Year End Lunch slated for May 14th at Smitty’s Restaurant, 307 Grand Ave W. Chatham from noon until 2. If you plan to attend, please let Vince know by e-mail at vgagnier@teksavvy.com

• The Club is still seeking nominations for officers, including President. If you’d like to see our organization continue in its present form, why not consider stepping into one of the open positions? If you’re interested or would like to nominate someone who is, let Chris Jorgensen know at chrisj@mnsi.net

• Our guest speaker, pro photographer and author William Cornies spoke to us about long exposure photography. His comprehensive tutorial taught many of us how this fascinating method is accomplished and the samples of his own work inspires us to give it a try. We’d like to thank William for making the trip to Chatham and sharing his knowledge with us.

For a review, see this video on using a Neutral Density Filter

Check out William Cornies video called “Slices Of Time Compressed”.

• Our next meeting will be held on April 26th when the Novices will compete in Fill The Frame and the Intermediate, Advanced and Salon groups will show their Black And White entries. Wendy Beasly will be featured in What I Shoot and Frank Vadovic will present Twelve Photos A Year Is A Great Crop. We also encourage everyone to bring in a print of any size, any subject for display and discussion. You know you want to.

 ImJustSaying2

Cameras don’t take great pictures any more than typewriters write great novels.

QuickTip

Costly equipment does not necessarily equate to better photographs. Know your existing gear like the back of your hand so you’ll be ready when an interesting photo-op presents itself.