Composition Tips

We are lucky to have photography as our hobby.  During this difficult time we still can use our cameras to express ourselves by capturing images we see in our minds.  Composition plays a big role in making our photos most appealing.  This video gives a great summary of some major composition forms. May you enjoy it as I do.  Be safe.

Frank Knor

While Walking Though Beaverbrook

On our daily walks in our  neighbourhood , we find stones some residents painted and distributed along paths…

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… to thank health care workers …

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… to cheer you up …

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… to make sure you do not feel alone …

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… to make you feel strong …

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 … to make you happy.  

Peter von Moos

Photo Exhibitions

Sandy Sharkey, who presented her brilliant images of wild horses at our club in November 2018, has an exhibition at the LaLande + Doyle exhibition space in the lower lobby area at Shenkman Arts Centre until February 23rd. You can meet Sandy there on Sunday afternoon February 16 from 1-3 pm. More information here.

The School of Photographic Arts of Ottawa is showing Meditations on Black Lake by internationally acclaimed Montreal-based artist Nadia Myre at their gallery located at 77 Pamilla Street just east of Preston Street. This exhibition continues Monday-Saturday 12-5 until March 6. More information here.

Congratulations to Debbie Pinard

Congratulations to Kanata Seniors Centre Camera Club member Debbie Pinard whose image:

Anticipation by Debbie Pinard

was selected by flicker as a nominee in the Your Best Shot 2019 competition.

In addition to the images Debbie has submitted to our club, you can see more her work in her flickr albums. Debbie has also submitted a couple of slideshows which will be show at our March meeting.

Freeman Keats on Project Photography

The featured presenter at our January 3rd meeting will be Freeman Keats speaking on “Project Photography”.

Freeman Keats is a photographer living in Carp, Ontario, Canada.

Freeman has studied at Algonquin College, graduated from the New York Institute of Photography, and has participated in the Master Class offerings at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa.

Freeman did teach photography classes through the City Of Ottawa and his work has appeared in several local newspapers and magazines.

Freeman is a member of Studio Zone V –  a group of seven retired former executives who have now recreated themselves as fine art photographers.

His work has been exhibited at the Ottawa International Airport, The Balderson Gallery,  a number of Canada’s Embassies,  as well as several business establishments in the Ottawa area.

Freeman’s photographs have been shown in a solo exhibition at Trinity Gallery, Shenkman Centre, Ottawa, and also in Studio Zone V group exhibits at Spiral Gallery, Centrepointe Gallery,  Atrium Gallery, and Exposure Gallery, in Ottawa and as part of Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival in Toronto in May, 2017 and 2018.

His work has been purchased by the City Of Ottawa, and these have been exhibited in a number of group exhibitions at the Karsh-Masson Gallery in Ottawa’s City Hall.

Freeman is also an active member of  the West Carleton Arts Society and regularly participates in the group’s exhibitions as well as curating the artwork for one of its exhibition locations.

To see some of his work, check out his website, his instagram page or his almay page.

You can contact Freeman at:

  • freeman@freemankeatsphotography
  • 613-266-6416

Henry Fernando on Contemplative Photography

The featured presenter at our December 6th meeting will be Henry Fernando speaking on “Contemplative Photography”.

From Henry’s website:

Henry Fernando is a photographer based in Ottawa, Canada. His two great passions in life are travel and photography. He believes that travel helps him discover a lot about himself. It provides him with a whole new perspective and understanding of this phenomenal world that we live in. Travel provides him not only with a sense of adventure, but it also opens doors to culture that do not revolve around fast food and social media.

Though originally trained in Biochemistry and later as an IT manager, he was always interested in photography. He experienced a renewed enthusiasm and appreciation for photography after taking a workshop in Contemplative Photography. The workshop opened his eyes to the rich and vivid colour and texture of the world around us.

Henry is trained in Contemplative Photography and studied Zen, Miksang, and Tao contemplative photography.

For more on Henry be sure to check out his website, his facebook page, and his latest eBook You Are Here: A Mindfulness Guide to Travel and Photography.

Added December 6

After Henry’s excellent presentation, he offered us free access to his eBook “Vision 365” available here.

“On Creativity” by Manfred Mueller

The featured speaker at our meeting on November 1st will be club member Manfred Mueller. His presentation will be on creativity.

Manfred Mueller

Manfred is an award-winning Kanata based photographer.  In addition to being a member of the KSCCC executive, he is currently the Chair of the RA Photo Club. He teaches at various Ottawa photo clubs and has been a guest speaker at Ottawa’s La Cité Community College photography program for the past few years. 

He has studied photography at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Algonquin College and the School of Photographic Arts – Ottawa (SPAO). He is a member of Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA) and the Photographic Society of America (PSA).  His work has been published in Canadian Geographic and the Ottawa Business Journal.  Manfred is a photographic judge and has recently completed his national level CAPA certification requirements. 

As an avid travel photographer and has visited almost 60 different countries, often in very remote or challenging locations.  When he is not on the road, he shoots local landscapes, urban scenes and people.  He works in the photo studio and uses studio lighting during on-location shoots.

Manfred is a retired professional engineer who spent several decades leading design teams in Canada and abroad.  While most people will not see the work that engineers, architects and industrial designers as art, creativity is a critical factor in ensuring their projects are successful.  In his talk will demonstrate how a workflow that is commonly used by design professionals translates into successful photographic projects.  A project can be as simple as a KSCCC Monthly Challenge to planning and executing a shoot in challenging and exotic locations around the world.

Manfred Mueller celebrating Holi