November 22 2016

64 members and 2 guests attended our November 22nd meeting.

• Chris Jorgensen paid tribute to the late Frank Vadovic by reminding us of his kindness and willingness to help others. After hearing a couple of amusing stories about Frank, we saw a brief slide-show of pictures of him at various photo outings followed by a moment of silence.

• Chad Barry and Keith Blackwell explained How And When To Use Mirror Lock-up, a method of raising your camera’s mirror to avoid camera shake caused by mirror slap. Several of our more experienced members helped those who had never used this feature before.

• The Club was treated to a Travelogue by Bob Allen that featured his photos from a vacation in Portugal. Bob’s shots of the beautiful buildings, local food, coastal scenes, flowers, birds, transportation and cityscapes, put this destination on our list of places to visit. Thanks Bob! Well done!

• The results of the first two CCC Photo Competition were shown.

– The Novice’s Black And White entries were reviewed, with Margaret DeClerk (23 pts), Mary Ellen Plouffe (22 pts) and Rick Aarssen (two marks of 22 pts), attaining the top scores.

– The Intermediate, Advanced and Salon members were judged on their Clouds shots with Reagan Smolders (24 pts), Jim Pollock (24 pts), and Dave Noordhoff (23 pts) leading the way. For their Waves pictures, Tere Deslippe (23 pts), Mike Blazek (23 pts), David Barr (23 pts) and Dave Noordhoff (23 pts) got the most points.

– In the second contest, the Novices were judged on their Clouds images with Pat Beaton (24 pts), Jana Smith (23 pts), Bill Henry (21 pts) and Mary Craig (21 pts) scoring the highest. For the group’s Waves shots, high scores were given to Pat Beaton (23 pts), Bill Henry (21 pts), Mary Craig (21 pts) and Jacqueline Gruska (21 pts).

– The three other divisions were graded on their entries in the Angular category, with Carson Plant (23 pts), Keith Blackwell (23 pts) and Paul Schmoldt (22 pts) achieving the highest results.

Some of the evening’s best photos can be reviewed on our Club Photos page.

Our next Photo Competition will be reviewed on January 24th, 2017 when the Novices will show their Angular pictures and the Intermediate, Advanced and Salon members will display their entries in the Trees category. Competition photos are to be submitted to Gavin Stuart at: by Midnight, Sunday, January 15th

• Many of our members brought in their prints for display and discussion. If you’d like to join the fun, your next opportunity will be on January 24th, 2017.

• Our next meeting will be held on December 13th when Carson Plant and Mike Blazek will lead a workshop on Light Painting. Bring your camera, tripod, remote trigger and an LED flashlight to this meeting and learn this fascinating technique. We’ll have some of these items on-hand if you need one.

• Just a quick reminder to check out our Buy / Sell page to find out what equipment other Club members are looking to purchase or no longer have a need for.


Photography is no more about cameras than mathematics is about calculators.


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In Memory Of Frank Vadovic


We regret to announce the passing of Club member, Frank Vadovic.

Frank was not only a well liked and much respected part of our group, he was a dear friend to many of us who will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.

Retired from Navistar and a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, Frank also formerly belonged to The Chatham Metal Detecting Club where he served as Newsletter Editor.
As a valued member in The Chatham Camera Club, Frank produced a long string of high quality images that were always admired by his peers. He put together several excellent slideshows at our year end meetings that recapped the highlights of that season. Well versed in all types of photography, Frank was a regular participant in Club photo competitions and was always ready to help out at our functions in any way he could. He was also part of an informal group within The Club known as The Viewfinders, who got together for photo outings during the week.

Frank will always be recalled as a generous, kind-hearted man with a great sense of humour. Always willing to give his time and share his knowledge, Frank’s passing leaves a giant hole in The Club and in our hearts.

November 9 2016

A season high 64 members and 3 guests attended our November 8th meeting.

• Our guest speaker was award winning landscape photographer and author Don Komarechka who presented “The Universe At Our Feet”.


Don revealed some of the methods he uses to capture his amazing images of insects and snowflakes by using a macro lens, extension tubes, a ring flash, a tripod, a spray bottle, and a lot of patience. In place of this equipment, we could also use close-up filters, a reversal adaptor or a long telephoto lens.

His advice for emulating his outstanding compositions included:
– Tell a story
– Find lines, shapes and colours
– Avoid all distractions
– Get close to your subject
– Concentrate on the “fascination factor”
– Rotate your images to find the most pleasing orientation

To learn more about this intriguing style of photography, check out Don’s book,
Sky Crystals: Unraveling The Mysteries Of Snowflakes, available at


The Chatham Camera Club thanks Don for his extremely enjoyable tutorial. We learned a lot and had a great time doing it!

• Our next meeting will be held on November 22nd when Chad Barry and Keith Blackwell will explain How And When To Use Mirror Lock-up. Bring your camera to the meeting if you want to learn this simple but effective method.


The more ridiculous you look while taking a photo, the better that photo will probably be.


Have a look at Don Kormarechka’s discussion on photo stacking.

October 25 2016

54 members and 4 guests attended our October 25th meeting.

• Representatives from the Chatham-Kent Public Library explained how we can use apps called Zinio and Flipster to access digital magazines, download movies and take free on-line courses.

• Les McCracken was the featured presenter in What I Shoot, where he entertained the crowd with his stories on why and how he goes about capturing his excellent images. Thanks Les. It’s always a pleasure to hear you speak.

• Several of the large number of prints that were brought in were discussed and admired. The next scheduled print display is November 22nd and we encourage everyone to show us what you’re been shooting.

• Our next meeting will be held on November 8th when our guest speaker, Don Komarechka, will present The Universe At Our Feet.


You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.


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October 11 2016

51 members, including 7 new ones, were joined by 4 guests at our October 11th meeting.

• President Carson Plant introduced our guest speaker for the evening, Russ Salamon. Mr. Salamon, who has been a commercial photographer since 1988, introduced The Club to his light painting technique, which produces very pleasing still life images. To accomplish his results, Russ uses a Canon 5D MkII paired with a Canon 100mm macro lens and employs several different types of flashlights and modifiers such as copper elbows, toothbrush holders, straws and coloured gels. His common settings include ISO 160, f/18 for 10, 15, 20 or 30 seconds and sometimes up to 2 minutes. You can see some of the results that Russ has been able to obtain on his website.

The Chatham Camera Club wishes to thank Russ for his time and his extremely informative and entertaining presentation. Our members are very anxious to try this fascinating type of photography.

There are very few good YouTube videos about light painting with a flashlight, but below is one we managed to find.

• Carson Plant reminded The Club that Herman Giethoorn will present Natural Treasures Of Southwestern Ontario on November 12th at the Jeanne Gordon Hall, 505 King St. in Wallaceburg. For more details, see their website.

• Our next meeting will be held on October 25th when representatives from the Chatham-Kent Library will be on hand to tell us how to access free photo magazines on line. Les McCracken is sure to entertain as our featured speaker, and our first photo competition of the year will be reviewed.


The more passionate you are about photography,
the better your results will be.

When shooting with a medium-quality lens, try to optimize the aperture to create the sharpest photos possible. Many “kit” lenses are typically sharpest from about f8 to f11.