Photo In Focus

 

Catherine Dawson

Now retired after over forty years as a registered nurse, Catherine has recently become the Chatham Camera Club’s Welcoming Manager. She first started taking pictures as a child, using her father’s Kodak Brownie camera. As an adult, she found that she was always the one who took her family’s travel pictures. When the digital age came about, Catherine quickly developed a passion for architectural, nature and flower photographs, as well as anything she finds “unusual.” An enthusiastic Club member, Catherine says she has gained photography inspiration from her fellow members and looks forward to our gatherings and walk-abouts. Below are just a few examples of her continually improving photos.

 

Jeff McDonald

After taking pictures for about five years, Jeff joined The Chatham Camera Club in the Fall of 2016. His favourite subjects are his dogs as well as wildlife and landscapes. When time away from his foundation waterproofing business, Detailed Specialties permits, Jeff and his wife Wendy have traveled to the Caribbean, Jamaica and Hawaii in search of interesting things to photograph. A regular contributor to our Club’s photo competitions and print displays, Jeff has continually produced excellent images for us all to enjoy. Here is just a small sample of some of his work.

 

Debby Venne

Debby has always enjoyed other people’s photos and eventually decided to learn more about the craft by taking a course at St. Clair College. Her favourite subjects are landscape, nature and architecture, but not portraits. Now retired from the lab at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, she and her husband enjoy travelling and have visited Panama, Mexico, Poland, Alaska and Hawaii. Joining our Club in 2013, Debby says that she loves what it has to offer and the fact that the veterans are always willing to help the newcomers. As she continues to improve at a steady pace, have a look at what she’s been able to accomplish so far.

 

John St. Pierre

John started shooting nature photos back in the slide days over thirty years ago and has since become a very accomplished photographer. An enthusiastic participant in the CCC’s photo competitions, he especially enjoys macro subjects as well as old buildings and antique cars. In his spare time, John takes a lot of on-line photo courses which he describes as “expensive, but worth it.” Retired from teaching since 2004, John and his wife Theresa are also members of the St. Thomas Camera Club. Here is a small sample of some of his outstanding work.

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Jean DeBruyn

A member of the Chatham Camera Club since 1988, Jean’s beautiful backyard in Blenheim provides her with excellent opportunities to photograph her main interest, nature, especially birds. She has also captured wonderful images during her travels to Europe, British Columbia, Alberta, Newfoundland, Alaska and New York. In 1993 she won an award from the National Association for Photographic Art for her Royal Bank Plaza photo which was chosen as Best Of Show. Over the course of her photographic career she has also won several other ribbons, awards and certificates. When Jean first joined the CCC there were about forty members, which eventually dwindled down to eight. During that time she served as competition chairperson for several years. Despite her busy schedule as a school bus driver, Jean still finds time to take great photos and is always an active participant in Club meetings and activities. Have a look at just a small sample of her excellent work.

 

Gary Black

Garry first joined The Chatham Camera Club in the 1960s and rekindled his interest in photography after retiring from Union Gas sixteen years ago. In the fifty years that Gary has been taking pictures he has developed a keen interest in Travel Photography and has taken photos all over the world. When he dosen’t have a camera in his hand, he also enjoys wood working, boating and golf. Have a quick look at just a few of his excellent images.

 

Kellie Watson

Kellie is one of a handful of professional photographers belonging to The Chatham Camera Club. Located in Wallaceburg, she specialises in wedding and engagement photos, family portraits, professional headshots, business events, as well as commercial and real estate photography. She promotes her business at SnyePhoto.com and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SnyePhoto.

In the 45 years that she has been taking pictures, Kellie has also developed a keen interest in travel photography while visiting France, the Mediterranean and South America as well as across the United States and Canada. Now retired from National Bank Financial, she also finds time to serve as the Photographic Curator for the Wallaceburg And District Council For The Arts. Take a look at just a small sample of her outstanding work.

 

Frank Vadovic

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Taking up photography back in the film days, Frank possessed great technical knowledge as well as a keen eye for composition. He was equally comfortable shooting portraits, nature or scenic photos and his enthusiasm for his hobby was an inspiration to those around him. Here is a very small sample of some his work.

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Herman Giethoorn

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A Chatham Camera Club member since 1970, Herman started taking pictures over fifty years ago to augment his passion for nature and wildlife. As his interest in photography grew, he opened a part-time wedding photo business in Wallaceburg. An active member of several nature and photography clubs, Herman signed with a stock photo agency in the early ’70s and has had his images published in many field guides, calendars and children’s books. Now retired from a career as an industrial machinist, he continues to produce excellent work and is an enthusiastic participant in CCC photo competitions.

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Linda Pepper

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Linda started out taking pictures of her daughter in dance class about ten years ago and quickly developed an interest in photography. Having traveled to both polar regions, her favourite subjects are Nature, Wildlife and Landscapes. Employed at the Chatham-Kent P.U.C., Linda manages to find time to participate in Club competitions where she competes near the top of the Intermediate group. We look forward to seeing more of her outstanding photos, but for now, have a look at some of her recent work.

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Glen Spooner

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Glen acquired a passion for photography when he bought his first good film camera in 1992. Making the jump to digital in 2000, he joined The Chatham Camera Club in 2002 for a five year stay. Rejoining in 2014, Glen now uses a Canon 5D Mark III and says he enjoys shooting “Everything except people.” Since retiring from Navistar nearly twenty years ago, he has had the opportunity to travel and take pictures across Europe and the U.S. Have a look at just a few of the fine images from his collection.

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Jana Smith

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A recent addition to The Chatham Camera Club, Jana uses her lifelong experience as an artist and painter to bolster her outstanding composition skills. Having taken up photography once the digital age came about, Jana says she shies away from shooting people and instead prefers old cars, machinery and buildings. Now retired from a career in medical research, she has become a very accomplished photographer in the nine years since taking up the hobby and we look forward to seeing more of her outstanding work.

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Steven Taylor

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One of two professional photographers in The Club, Steven Taylor is a former graphic designer who has now turned his full time attention to Wedding, Child, Maternity and Family photography, displaying his images at ChathamFamilyPhotography.com, StevenTaylor.Photography and ChathamWeddingPhotography.com. Using natural light and surroundings, Steven says he strives to create emotive images that tell stories of individual connections, warmth and love. In his leisure hours he enjoys creating YouTube videos like this with his family, using Green Screen technology. He has shown his remarkable talent in several of The Club’s competitions and we look forward to the day he shares some of his methods. Here’s a brief sample of some his fine work.

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Jacquilne Gruszka

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Coming to Canada from Germany at the age of twelve, Jacquilne now describes herself as “a hockey mom”, and loves to photograph her son Ryan, who plays for The Kingsville Kings Jr. A Hockey Club. Employed by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, she also enjoys taking pictures of architecture, especially urban decay. Photographing people is also high on her list of preferred subjects, with her teenage daughter and her friends dressing up to serve as models. A regular contributor to The Club’s competitions, Jacquilne continues to improve with each entry. Here are just a few examples of her fine work.

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Margaret Chrysler

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The last hold-out in The Club for shooting film, Margaret’s knowledge and experience allowed her to make beautiful images without the use of post-processing software. She and her husband, Bob, traveled all over North America, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Gallipolis Islands and Portugal and brought back photos which allowed us a glimpse of portions of the world that we might not otherwise have seen. She was equally at ease shooting Nature, People and Landscapes in unique and interesting ways. A kind and caring woman, Margaret, who was a Club member for over forty-five years, is remembered by most of us as The Club’s Welcoming Manager, a duty which she carried out faithfully each and every meeting for several years. She also served as Club President in the late seventies, Nature Competition Chair, Colour Competition Chair, Lunch Convenor and several stints as Monthly Bulletin Editor. Over the years Margaret entertained us with many slide shows and travelogues which we always enjoyed and looked forward to. At one point, she won an award from the National Geographic Society. In his thoughtful eulogy, Les McCracken may has summed it up best when he said, “The members of the Chatham Camera Club have considered it an honour, a privilege and a very great pleasure to have been able to call Margaret one of us!”

Take a look at just a few of her inspiring photographs.

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