Gordon Robertson is presenting on the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club – Area Trails and Wildlife. Gordon is a retired professor from the University of Ottawa and now primarily does nature photography and wildlife tours. He chairs the Education and Publicity Committee of the Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club and volunteers at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden (FWG). Gordon is also treasurer of the Ottawa Duck Club, which allows one access to the Shirley’s Bay Crown Game Preserve – an excellent and relatively undisturbed wildlife area. He frequently gives tours of the FWG and several other areas such as Petrie Island and Mer Bleue; so he is familiar with the many “wild” areas around Ottawa.
Gordon’s interests in wildlife vary considerably from butterflies and birds to wildflowers and ferns. He is also quite handy with analog and digital photography and digital photo editing. Many of his photos are used in textbooks and in Wikipedia (>1200) where he is a “Master Editor”.
You can review Gordon’s excellent presentation here.
Phil’s Tip of the Day on Negative Space Composition
Review of Chosen Photos
Member’s Corner (if time permits)
Announcements and Closing Remarks
Your images for the assignment must be emailed by noon on Friday, February 22nd 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.
The next assignment is Negative Space and pictures from this assignment will be shown at the April 5th meeting.
Robert Allan, a new club member sent along this link about photographing the upcoming total lunar eclipse on Sunday evening January 20th. He also provided a link to this page which shows the local start, maximum and end times.
To plan your photography, remember that The Photographers Ephemeris – available for web, Android, and iOS – will show you moonrise and set azimuths for your location.
If you get any images of the eclipse that you want to share with the club, email them to us here and we’ll put them on the website.
Ko Fung sent a link to this Global news item on the eclipse which includes a time lapse video of a lunar eclipse and explains why this is a super blood wolf moon.
If you are a fan of Edward Burtynsky‘s beautiful large format images be sure to see Anthropocene at the National Gallery Of Canada before it closes February 24, 2019. The show includes over 30 large prints and several photo murals. It also features film installations by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier.
Admission to the gallery is free on Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 pm.
The show catalogue, published by the Art Gallery of Ontario, can be borrowed from the Ottawa Public Library. There is also a Studio book ANTHROPOCENE, featuring reproductions of photographs by Edward Burtynsky which will be released later this month.
which I submitted to the September “Breakin All the Rules” challenge and was shown at the October 5th meeting.
Here are the instructions that will get someone started in panning trees (or other vertical subjects). The head movement is the key. As you can see white birch trees make a nice image however I have done dark trunks against a blue sky and it was awesome.
TV Mode with shutter speed 1/20 -1/30
Adjust tone by overexposing by 1+
If shooting in MANUAL MODE then set your speed then aperture according to meter
The above settings are a starting point. You may have to make adjustments to suit the lighting. Now the technique to shoot !!
Compose your shot then, while camera is still next to your eye, START moving your head up and down. Using a count of 10 this is how it goes:
Compose……Move your head up and down 1-2-3-4-Press shutter button—6-7-8-9-10.
Do not stop head movement to click the camera on 5 . It is a nodding head movement all the way through the count of 10.
The featured speaker at our meeting on November 2nd will be Sandy Sharkey.
Sandy is a former Ottawa radio announcer who is now pursuing her favourite passion: photographing wild horses. She has photographed horses in Mongolia, Costa Rica, and France. In 2018 Sandy embarked on a 67 day road trip to capture images of wild mustangs in the American southwest. She is immensely proud of our Canadian wild horses, having visited Sable Island five times to photograph the iconic horses off the coast of Nova Scotia. In conjunction with Help Alberta Wildies, Sandy documented the magnificent horses living wild and free in Alberta’s Rocky Mountain foothills.
Sandy’s limited edition prints of wild horses can be found in homes and businesses throughout North America, and can be custom ordered at her website. You can also follow Sandy on social media at Facebook, Twitter (@sandysharkey), and Instagram (sandysharkeyphotography).
The 10th annual Geoheritage Day will take place on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at The Pinhey Sand Dunes. To get there, drive south on Woodroffe Avenue, and turn left two blocks south of the Nepean Sportsplex onto Pineland Avenue. Park on the south shoulder beside the signed entry gate near the end of the road (T-junction with Vaan Drive).
You will have the chance to learn how geological processes have shaped the regional landscape, given us a glimpse into past environments and life forms and provided resources for our use.
Volunteers from Carleton University’s Department of Earth Sciences and the Ottawa-Gatineau Geoheritage Project will be on hand to explain what there is to see and how each site fits into the local geological history. The Pinhey Sand Dunes will be on the program.
For more information, please contact Joanne Hakkaku at the Biodiversity Conservancy:
As a follow up to the article I wrote for the club last September Anne Jones and I will be leading a photowalk there on May 18th starting at 9:00am. The article tells you about what you can expect to see there (subject to nature’s whims). It is a great area to learn about, right in our back yard. It is an easy 2k walk around the area on a paved path, with park benches along the way. Please dress in protective shoes and long clothing, if you plan to go down to the water’s edge, as there are wild parsnip plants and mosquitoes. Hopefully it will stop snowing by then, but we will be there, rain or shine. We can often get quite close to the birds, but best to bring your longest lens for great bird photos. We are always happy to help with camera settings and suggestions. We will meet on Emerald Meadows Drive, about 200 meters from Eagleson Road to start our walk. Looking forward to seeing you there.
The feature speaker at our meeting on May 4th is Barbara Adams, a long-time nature photographer who captures dynamic landscapes and intimate interactions with animals.
She is a Master Class Photographer in the Camera Club of Ottawa, an honour she received for her outstanding photography in both film and digital media. She was on the Executive for many years including serving as President. She also served as Chair of the Environment Committee for the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), the first organization ever established for nature photographers. Her photographs have been published in NANPA’s Expressions and Current magazines.
In addition to many local awards Barbara’s photographs have won awards in competitions in the New England Camera Club Council and the Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Club Council. She had participated in many group exhibits around the Ottawa area.