Catching the Moment

At the April 1st meeting Suzanne Warren Powell will talk to us about Miksang Contemplative Photography:

Miksang is a Tibetan word meaning “good eye.” It represents a form of contemplative photography based on Dharma Art teachings, in which the eye is in synchronization with the contemplative mind. The result of this particular perception of the world, combined with photography, produces a peculiar and open way of seeing the world. Miksang pictures tend to bring the observer back into the original contemplation state of the author of the picture. The pictures can bring one back to a purer perception of reality that is often neglected. Miksang involves nothing fancy, no special setup; only a visual capture, in the proper state of mind, of everyday’s reality. (wikipedia)


Suzanne has degrees in the Arts and Education and been teaching Fine Art and mentoring in Creativity since 1985.

Her love of nature and a Zen approach to life and creativity has led Suzanne into the arts and culture of the Far East. She practices Miksang photography, a form of meditative Tibetan Dharma art and writes Haiku poetry. Suzanne lives on a large rural property, which features trails through meadows, woods and wetlands. This untamed landscape renews her artistic vision every day.

Two Photographers

One of the best sources of inspiration is to look at art and in particular to look at other photographer’s work. The same building that houses the Kanata Seniors Centre also houses the Kanata Civic Gallery which displays the excellent work of many local artists (including camera club member and Mentor Ann Williams). Two of the artists are photographers.

Karen Bell


Karen is new to the gallery and has 3 large pieces hanging in the show currently on display. To see more of her work, go to her personal web site.

RicharD Murphy


RicharD is a resident of Beaverbrook and participates in the Kanata Artists Studio tour to be held April 30th and May 1st. To see more of RicharD’s work go to his personal web site.


Old Quarry Trail by Ian Buchanan

If you enjoyed the beautiful images in the album Ian Buchanan showed off at the February 5th Camera Club meeting, you can see more by going to his web site. Hopefully they’ll inspire you to come out to the Old Quarry Trail club “shoot out” later in February. Stay tuned here for the date and time (and a map).

The Big Picture

About once a week, the photo editors at the Boston Globe put together a collection of brilliant images from around the world that they call The Big Picture.

Sometimes they focus on a single story for example: Perseid meteor shower. Sometimes the images are a collection like this story: 2015 Year in Pictures: Animals. Often they cover news events like: Paris attacks.

If you’re looking for inspiration take a look at this blog.


Play with your Camera

Come to the Centre Wednesday afternoon January 13th from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Program Room. Bring your camera, its manual, and your tripod (if you have one).

Visit our several “learning stations” where¬† you’ll be able¬† to experiment with:

  • aperture priority
  • shutter priority
  • manually fix focus
  • lighting
  • portraits
  • spot metering
  • exposure compensation
  • using a soft box