Help with a book

At the Seniors Centre open house held on September 7, Marianne Wilkinson approached the club for help:

I’m in the process of completing a book about Kanata.  Its title is “The Kanata Concept” and the subheading is “how the community created an award-winning city”.   I’m presently looking for photos or maps that will illustrate parts of the book, particularly ones showing the community in its early years, historic sites/buildings that still exist, and some of the terrain.

If any member of the camera club has photos that would be suitable I’d like to see them and if they are used give credit to the photographer.  If others are willing to take some now of sites that I’d provide I’d do the same, giving credit in the book.

If you want to help out, you can reach Marianne at:

September Camera Club Meeting

Relaxation by Paula Brown

The KSCCC will resume in-person meetings on Friday, September 9th starting with a Meet and Greet at 8:30 a.m. The regular meeting will start at 9:15 a.m.

The agenda for the meeting is:

  • Meet and Greet Hosted by Janet Baigent, Kanata Seniors’ Centre
  • Opening Remarks
  • Presentation by The Four Valley Friends on Surviving COVID with Photography
  • Training Session by Ross Laing on Smoke Photography
  • Summer Challenge Slideshow – It’s Summer : Get Outside!!
  • In-Camera Project Challenge – Light Painting Slideshow
  • Photo Review
  • Concluding Remarks
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Meetings for 2022/23

We will resume in-person meetings at the Kanata Seniors’ Centre on Friday, September 9th. The Kanata Seniors’ Centre is hosting a Meet and Greet starting at 8:30 with the regular meeting following at 9:15 a.m. Sanitizer will be available at the meeting and masks are voluntary.

Monthly meetings are usually held on the first Friday of the month. However, the following are two other exceptions: Friday, October 14th and Friday, April 14th.

The camera club will be at the Kanata Seniors’ Centre Open House on September 7th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The Open House will include a free pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This Open House will be an opportunity for all seniors to find out more about our camera club and the Seniors’ Centre. Refer to the Seniors’ Scoop Newsletter for more information.

You may have to renew your membership at the Kanata Seniors’ Centre. To avoid the rush, you may want to do this before September 9th.

Four Valley Friends Presenting in September

Four Valley Friends

Our first meeting of the new season will be held at the Kanata Seniors’ Centre on Friday, September 9th, starting at 8:30 a.m., with a Meet and Greet hosted by the Kanata Seniors’ Centre.

Following the Meet and Greet, members of the Kanata Seniors Centre Camera Club, namely Paul Lamoureux, Gary Hollingworth, Ian Bartlett and Barrie Nichols, will be presenting Surviving COVID with Photography. Find out how they coped during the COVID pandemic while improving their photography skills.

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

To submit, visit

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 or the Township of Russell Communications Department at

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.

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 and we’ll try to help