Jim Cumming helps Grassroot Grannies

At the November meeting we enjoyed a wonderful slide show of nature photographer Jim Cumming’s photos.  Following the meeting, Martha Bohm contacted him to see if he would consider allowing her to use 5 of his photos for cards her group, The Grassroot Grannies, sell in support of the Grandmothers’ Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.  He replied that he would be honoured to do so, and these 5 images were chosen:

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These cards have been extremely popular, and the Grassroot Grannies are very grateful for his generosity.

If you would like to purchase cards, please contact Martha by email.

Photography Cartoon Strip

Aaron Johnson publishes an almost daily cartoon strip making fun of photography called What The Duck featuring a duck who’s also a photographer. As you may have inferred from the title, it can sometimes be a little NSFW (Not Suitable For Work) but compared to Marg’s jokes it’s pretty tame.

Alternate Free Photo Editors

If you’re looking for a photo editor for your desktop (Windows, chromebook, or Mac), tablet (android or iPad) or smart phone (android or iPhone) you might want to try pix PIXLR. The desktop version runs in a web browser and has a lot of the capabilities of Photoshop Elements including layers. The tablet and phone apps are less capable.

If you’re looking for an online editor that can process RAW files try POLARR. It has lots of capabilities but its user interface is quite different from Photoshop Elements.

Henry’s Kanata

Thank you to Alex and Jamie from Henry’s Kanata

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for their great presentations on:

  • flash card ratings
  • using WiFi with your camera
  • advantages and disadvantages of mirrorless camera
  • different camera sensor sizes
  • some new longer telephoto lenses from Sigma and Tamron

Alex also explained that Henry’s offers a 10% discount on what she called “soft goods” (batteries, ink, bags …) to club members with a Kanata Seniors Centre membership card.

Photography at National Gallery

On Friday, Scotiabank announced a $10 million gift to the National Gallery to create the Canadian Photography Institute.

This article in the Ottawa Citizen and the Gallery’s CPI web page give more details.

Hopefully this means more gallery shows of photography, missing since the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography closed its Rideau Street location.

Shoot a deer?

Inspired by Jim Cummings’ presentation at the November 6th KSC Camera Club meeting, Barrie Thomas checked out the NCC Old Quarry Trail southeast of the intersection of Hazeldean and Eagleson (map).

Here are some notes he sent us:

Eve and I decided to get up really early one morning and try it out. Well, we could have kicked ourselves for having such an excellent wildlife area right in the middle of Kanata. We have been back five or six times since looking for a buck as we found a number of does, along with wild turkeys. If there are does, then somewhere there is a buck. Although during rutting season, it may not be a great idea to get too close.

We got rather lucky as we were trailing this buck off the main trail through the bush, and had given up hope of finding him again when I came past this big bush and looked left, and there he was, 20 feet away from me! I said “oh my God”, brought the camera up very quickly and snapped of a couple of quick shots to ensure I got something before he bolted. I always do this and don’t worry about settings until I have taken those first couple of shots. In this instance, he just stood there and posed for us.

Having a slow 80-400 zoom in this environment does not help as I had set it up with a high ISO of about 2000 and compensation exposure of about 3. Shooting with a lens this long into the woods requires those settings, but this guy was out into an open spot in the woods; therefore the images below are not smooth but have some pixelation in them. Nevertheless, not bad shots.

and a note from Louise Robert:

We access the Green Belt from the other end. I included 2 shots of the our buck taken from our bedroom window.

Thank you both for shring your great photos.

Fluke Photography – Travel Photographer’s Tips

Frank Knor was written a really interesting piece on what he calls “Fluke Photography”. It’s full of trips for getting travel photographs one might otherwise miss. Here’s his introduction:

Fluke can mean many things, however in this context and in accordance with the Webster dictionary
it should be taken to mean “something produced by a stroke of luck, an unexpected benefit or advantage
resulting from an uncertain course of events.” When applied to photography then a great fluke photograph is
one taken quickly in difficult situation which turns out to be a success. For a travel photographer when it
comes to fluke photography one can do a number of things to improve the odds of you having that stroke of
luck on occasion. Many of history’s great photographs are really flukes, not carefully planned photos.

Click here to see Frank’s whole article including his example photographs.

Thanks to Frank for contributing this article.