Don’t Visit the Tulips

Tulips by Amy Lo

During the Covid-19 Pandemic you should follow all public health directives and avoid all non-essential travel.  To reduce the spread of Covid-19 we are being encouraged to walk through parks only in our neighbourhood and are being discouraged from stopping along the way to take pictures, including tulips which will be in full bloom shortly.

Please review the following posts from CBC and NCC:

No tiptoeing through the tulips this year as festival goes online

Tulips in the Capital

Monthly Challenge for May

City Light by Amy Lo

With the closure of the Kanata Seniors’ Centre, members of the Camera Club can still submit pictures for the May Monthly Challenge – Night/After Dark. These pictures will be added to our website thanks to Bill Robertson and Catherine Easton.

Your images for the challenge must be emailed by noon on Friday, April 24th to be included in the slideshow. For details on how to submit photos, including formats and titles, go to our Pictures/How to Submit page.

We hope you stay safe and healthy during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

KSC Closure Extended

On Monday April 6th, the City announced that facilities including the Kanata Seniors Centre would not re-open before June 30th. This means that our meetings scheduled for May and June are cancelled.

In spite of the fact that we can’t meet face to face, we can still share our creativity. Our monthly photo challenges for April and May and the corresponding submission deadlines remain in place. Like our March challenge, your results will be posted here on the corresponding meeting dates.

Your executive is busy planning our 2020/2021 season (our 12th). Stay tuned for new monthly photo challenges.

Free Photo Course From Mike Browne

Mike Browne, whose YouTube videos have been featured often at past club meetings, has announced this:

This free twelve week programme of teaching, exercises and competitions will help you appreciate your home environment in a way you would never have believed possible, finding beauty in every angle and shadow.

No one wants Lockdown, but it’s a great opportunity to practise new ways of seeing and photo techniques, whilst keeping yourself and others safe whilst growing your skills and having the opportunity to win free access to my online courses.

I’ll post a free video tutorial every Sunday at 19.00 pm (UK Time) that also sets a challenge for you to enter an image in our weekly Photography Locked Down competition on Facebook.

Winners and runners will be announced ‘Live’ on Youtube the following Sunday by myself – and some superstar guests I promise you won’t want to miss. You’ll get the next free tutorial and photo challenge immediately afterwards.  

This is an amazing opportunity to grow your skills, win free access to online training and keep your mind out of mischief – you literally give it your best shot.

Thanks to Phil Tughan for sharing this tip.

Learn Photoshop Elements

During this period of social isolation due to the COVID-19 virus, why not learn to use Photoshop Elements? You can download a fully functional 30 day trial copy of the latest version of Photoshop Elements here using your Google, Facebook or Apple sign-in or by creating a free Adobe account.

Once you have Photoshop Elements downloaded and installed, take advantage of the free tutorials from Adobe, the many useful YouTube tutorials, and the free instruction on available through the Ottawa Public Library (as described in this earlier blog post).

Until the Centre re-opens, if you need help with any of this and if you are running Windows 10, I’ll be glad to schedule one-on-one remote tutorial sessions. Send an email to to arrange a time.

As always, if you have questions about photography, send them to and we’ll try and find you an answer.

Bill Robertson

Manfred Mueller at SPAO

Dancers by Manfred Mueller

Unfortunate timing, but the A+ Exhibition, at the SPAO Gallery (77 Pamilla St, in Little Italy) opened on Saturday March 14 and runs until April 9th. The gallery is normally open from noon until 5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.

Two of my images are part of this curated exhibition; one print and one digital image. Three highly qualified external curators selected the images that are on display.

Holi Boy by Manfred Mueller

The image of the dancers is one of the prints hanging on the wall and the portrait of the boy is shown on the 75″ screen. This is my first venture into the world of modern fine art photography, so I was pleasantly surprised when these two works were selected.

Manfred Mueller

Kanata Seniors Centre Closed

This afternoon (Friday March 13) the City of Ottawa announced that all recreation and cultural facilities including the Kanata Seniors Centre will be closed from March 16th to April 5th. Our meeting scheduled for April 5 is cancelled.

Any updates to this information will be posted here.

March Camera Club Meeting

Sculpted by Carol Brown

The next Camera Club meeting will be held on March 6th, at 9:15 a.m.

  • Slideshow of Member Images from the Detail Assignment
  • Member’s Travel Videos
    • 2019 Rainbow Mountain by Amy Lo
    • Cuba by Carol Brown
    • This Land of Ours by Frank Knor
    • Yungang Grottoes by Ko Fung
    • Holi by Manfred Mueller
    • Italy, Sicily & Venice by Marg Jackman
    • The Camargue Part 1 by Debbie Pinard
    • Barbados by Valerie Clement
  • Review of Chosen Photos
  • Tip of the Day “How to Get a Better Picture” by Manfred Mueller
  • Concluding Remarks

Your images for the assignment must be emailed by noon on Friday, February 28th to be included in the slideshow. For details on how to submit photos, including formats and titles, go to our Pictures/How to Submit page.

Don’t forget about the 2020 Winter Photo Challenge to “Create a Photography Project”. Images for this challenge must also be submitted by noon on Friday, February 28th.

The next assignment is High/Low/Odd Angles and these images will be shown at the meeting on April 3rd.

See you at the meeting.