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The Kanata Seniors’ Centre Camera Club (KSCCC) normally meets once a month at the Kanata Seniors’ Centre in Kanata, Ontario.  To find out more about the club and how to join click on About Us.

The KSCCC will resume in-person meetings starting Friday, September 9th. Our September 9th meeting will be a special Welcome Back meeting starting at 08:30 a.m. with a Meet and Greet hosted by the Kanata Seniors’ Centre. Our regular club meeting will convene after the Meet and Greet. All other regular club meetings will run from 09:15 a.m to 11:30 a.m.

2022 Russell Township Photography Expo

Open Call for Photographers: 2022 Russell Township Photography Expo!
Submission Deadline: Monday August 22, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Exhibition: Friday September 10, 2022.

We invite hobby, amateur, and professional photographers to submit their images for the Township of Russell Photography Expo!

This year’s theme is “Hometown Future.” Consider where you might imagine our hometown is headed. What has changed, what is changing, and what will forever stay the same? Who is going to be a part of the future of our hometown? How does one visually represent both nostalgia and imagination? Where does history meet progress in theTownship of Russell?

Submissions and participation for this event are free. 5 images for consideration to an independent jury featuring critical curators, professionals in the field, and local arts leaders. One winner from each of the following categories will have their image printed and displayed as outdoor public art in the Township!

The categories include:
Best Youth (ages 18 under)
Best Portrait
Best Landscape
Best Experimental

The Expo of submissions will take place during the Russell Art At Night soirée on September 10, 2022

Anyone from Canada can enter this competition, however all images must have been taken within the Township of Russell boundaries. A map of the Township boundaries can be found at www.russell.ca/maps.

To submit, visit www.russell.ca/photoexpo2022.

The Russell Township Photo Expo is a partnership between the Russell Agricultural Society and the Township of Russell.

For questions please email independent curator Darren Pottie at russellpublicart@gmail.com or the Township of Russell Communications Department at comms@russell.ca.

Bird Photography Contest

Catherine Easton, the dedicated club member who prepares all our slideshows, says:

Hi Everyone:

I am a new volunteer with the Ottawa Wild Bird Care Centre and they are holding a photo contest to select bird photographs for the 2023 CALENDAR.

Each entrant is allowed to submit 5 photographs.   I understand the judges will be Nina & Tony Beck.

I know several of the Executive and some members are fabulous bird photographers – and wondered if this would be of interest.

The DEADLINE IS Sunday August 1st 2022.

Contest details are avaiable here.

Monthly Challenges 2022/23

The list of our Monthly Challenge topics follows:

 

June /July/August – It’s Summer: Get Outside!!  (Around Ottawa/Gatineau and the Ottawa Valley)

For the meeting on September 9th – Submit by September 2nd

  • Summer has finally arrived! It is time to get outside! There are so many things to see and do in and around Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley. Grab your camera and take some photographs of your favourite location, subject, or activity. Perhaps you want to get creative and take a photograph that has a unique perspective or is somewhat ambiguous. Try to stump our club members by having them guess what the photograph actually is about.

 

September – Transportation

For For the meeting on October 14th – Submit by October 7th

  • Transportation is generally defined as the movement of humans, animals, and objects from one location to another. It can be active or implied. Explore different or unique modes of transportation, perhaps employing different points of view, shutter speeds, lenses, or filters.

 

October – Circles

For the meeting on November 4 – Submit by October 28th

  • Circles are powerful universal symbols that can suggest strength and security. Alternatively, circles also be soft and inviting. They occur naturally in geological formations, in ocean and atmospheric currents, and in human-made objects and creations spanning thousands of years of history.
  • Circles are all around us. They can be seen in rocks, swirling water, wheels, household items, fruit and vegetables, patterns, shadows and even circles of friends.

 

November – Contrast

For the meeting on December 2nd – Submit by November 25th

  • Contrast is key element of photography. From a photographic perspective, it refers to differences, specifically differences between tones and colours that make up an image. It is the degree of difference between lights and darks or the difference between two or more colours in an image.
  • However, contrast can also be interpreted in a more general way, such as contrasting perspectives, opinions, or emotions. Get out of your comfort zone and explore creative ways of interrupting contrast.

 

December – Portrait Without a Person

For the meeting on January 6th- Submit by December 30th

  • This is a form of still life photography where you try to tell a story about a person (including yourself) by photographing items that the person is identified with.  Family, work, hobbies, accomplishments all make for elements that you can add to your story.  While this is primarily a still-life image, having a beloved pet in the scene can be part of your story.  People can be included, but only in an indirect way, for instance a picture of the person could be part of the story.
  • You don’t have to tell everything about the person in a single image; you can “specialize”.  If the person likes to cook or bake, you can do a portrait without the person just on this topic.  You can build separate stories about yourself, your spouse, children, parents, friends, etc.  A very poignant approach can be the memories of someone who is no longer alive as this can be a legacy that anyone who knew this person would appreciate.

 

January – Hands (old ones, new ones idle hands, busy hands, hands at work, at play or at rest)

For the meeting on February 3rd – Submit by January 27th

  • Hands reveal aspects of an individual’s personality. Hands can be busy or idle; they can be at play or at work.  Our hands can tell us much about life experience, age, and even occupation. Think of the skilled hands of a surgeon, the deft hands of a pianist, or the calloused hands of a labourer.
  • Renowned Ottawa photographer Yousuf Karsh was a master of incorporating the hands of his subjects to reveal character in his portraits.
  • This photo challenge asks that you think of how you can use the topic of “hands” in your photography to tell a person’s story.  Alternatively, you could interpret the topic “hands” in other ways, such as the “hands” of a clock, or of “lending a hand“ in helping a neighbour

 

February – Still Life

For the meeting on March 3rd – Submit by February 24th

  • Still life photography is a genre of photography used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects arranged on an interesting background.  Similar to still life painting, it is the application of photography to the still life artistic style.  Tabletop photography is a sub-genre of still life photography, and one commonly found in amateur photography.  Food can be an interesting subject in still-life work.
  • Working indoors during bad weather when you don’t want to wander outdoors can be a great time to work on your still-life skills. 
  • For a full description of still life photography, see the Manfred Muellier’s Presentation, Still Life Photography – An Overview

 

March – Animals, Pets

For the meeting on April 14th – Submit by April 7th

  • There are approximately 17 million cat photos and 8 million dog photos on Instagram. Why are we so fascinated with photos of pets? Is it possible to take a photograph of your pet that is somehow unique? Rather than a pet, how about an animal that may not be quite so lovable and cuddly?

 

April – Out of Place, Outliers (what does not belong), Unexpected

For the meeting on May 5th- Submit by April 28th

  • Have you ever noticed something that seemed to be out of place, something that attracted your attention because it just didn’t seem to belong? Perhaps in your photography you intentionally placed something in the picture frame to draw the viewer’s attention to that particular object. Look for or place unexpected elements in your picture frame that catch and hold the viewer’s attention.

 

May – Pareidolia

For the meeting on June 2nd- Submit by May 26th

  • Merriam-Webster dictionary defines this as “the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern”.
  • This happens when you can “see” a representation that looks like something, usually a face or an animal shape in a something random like a tree or a cloud or a rock formation. It can be naturally occurring or man-made, like in a building. So, look around, use your imagination and your mind’s eye to spot some examples. To spur imagination, just Google pareidolia and click images to see lots of examples.

Ron in Newfoundland

Ron Pierce has been wandering around northern Newfoundland and sent us this report:

Here are a few photos of northern Newfoundland. All photos (except the iceberg) were taken with my cell phone. No post-processing except for resizing for email.

The coastal scenery of northern Newfoundland is spectacular. We have visited some of the scenes in these photos several times during our many times in Newfoundland. They still take our breath away.

We have had incredible weather during the past two weeks. It has been unseasonably warm and sunny, with a high fire risk. Today is the first of probably several rainy days, so maybe a chance to get some photos of “rain, drizzle and fog”.

If you’d like to share a few of your summer images, please send them along with a note on what you’ve been up to, to contact@ksccc.ca

In-Camera Extreme Perspective, Worm’s Eye View Images

Look Up by Marilyn Martin

Click here to see the gallery of images that members submitted in response to our In-Camera Extreme Perspective, Worm’s Eye View challenge.

Because we’re still meeting online in June, we are sharing the slideshow of these images.

In order to view the slideshow full screen, please click on the Play icon (above) then on the word YouTube or click here.

Thanks to all members for sharing their images and to Catherine Easton for creating this slideshow.

In-Camera Black and White, Exposure Creativity, Embrace the Grain Images

The Guitar by Amy Lo

Click here to see the gallery of images that members submitted in response to our In-Camera Black and White (or monotone), Exposure Creativity, Embrace the Grain challenge.

Because we’re still meeting online in June, we are sharing the slideshow of these images.

In order to view the slideshow full screen, please click on the Play icon (above) then on the word YouTube or click here.

Thanks to all members for sharing their images and to Catherine Easton for creating this slideshow.

Wall Art / Building Decorations / Graffiti Images Now Online

Beautiful Carp by Catherine Easton

The gallery from our Wall Art/Building Decorations/Graffiti challenge is now online here.

Because we’re still meeting online in June, we are sharing the slideshow of images from our May Wall Art/Building Decorations/Graffiti challenge online.

In order to view the slideshow full screen, please click on the Play icon (above) then on the word YouTube or click on this link.

Thanks to all members for sharing their images and to Catherine Easton for creating this slideshow.

Link for June Meeting

Click here to join our June Meeting

The dial-in link is (CA) +1 289-949-1930‬ PIN: ‪600 167 295‬#. Long distance charges may apply.

The Google Meet “room” will be opened shortly after 8:45 a.m. on Friday morning if you need to check your equipment and 9:00 a.m. to sign in for the meeting which starts at 9:15 a.m.

During the online meeting, the presenter will show a presentation to all members. To review instructions on how to view a presentation full-screen click here.

If you have any issues email us at contact@ksccc.ca and we’ll try to help

MONTHLY CHALLENGES FOR 2022/23—A Sneak Peek

With our current season winding down, we are busy planning for our new 2022/23 season. Thank you to all our club members who identified interesting and ambitious topics for our monthly challenges.

Results from our 2022 Members’ Survey indicate that you would like to extend the time for taking photographs to 12 months. Of course, if you are unable to take photographs in this time, please use photographs from your archive that relate to the monthly challenge.

We are hoping to reconvene in-person monthly meetings at the Kanata Seniors Centre starting in September 2022.

We thought that members would like to get a “sneak peek” at the topics for our monthly challenges for the new season.

So, for those photographers who like to get a jump start on their photography, here is the list of topics. Keep an eye on our website for a full listing of topic descriptions and due dates that will be posted shortly after our June meeting.

Summer Challenge

It’s summer: get outside!!  (Around Ottawa/Gatineau and the Ottawa Valley)

  • Summer has finally arrived! It is time to get outside! There are so many things to see and do in and around Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley. Grab your camera and take some photographs of your favourite location, subject or activity. Perhaps you want to get creative and take a photograph that has a unique perspective or is somewhat ambiguous. Try to stump our club members by having them guess what the photograph actually is about.

Monthly Challenges

  • Animals, Pets
  • Circles
  • Contrast
  • Hands
  • Out of Place, Outliers (what does not belong), Unexpected
  • Pareidolia
  • Still Life
  • Self-Portrait without Self (without your face)
  • Transportation

Ron Pierce