Anthropocene

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Lithium Mines #1 Salt Flats, Atacama Desert, Chile, 2017 by Edward Burtynsky

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.

The documentary film Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is currently being shown at the ByTowne theatre.

Burtynsky talks about his technique in this interview from 2017.

 

 

How I Got The Shot

I was asked how I took this photo:

Young Birch trees by Shirley LeClair
Young Birch Trees by Shirley LeClair

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
  • ISO 200-400
  • Autofocus
  • 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.

Move 1-2-3-4 ”CLICK” 6-7-8-9-10.

Ask Anne Jones or Marg Jackman to demonstrate.

Have fun with it .

Shirley LeClair

Sandy Sharkey

The featured speaker at our meeting on November 2nd will be Sandy Sharkey.

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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).

 

10th Annual Geoheritage Day

Ottawa Sand Dune

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:

hakkakuj@biodiversityconservancy.org

613-825-5492

 

Photowalk at the Monahan Ponds in Bridlewood

Phil Tughan head shotAs 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.

Phil Tughan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Adams Presenting in May

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.

Courses at the School of Photographic Arts, Algonquin College, Rocky Mountain School of Photography and the Maine Media Workshop plus various photographer lead travel tours have helped round out her photography skills.

In addition to her photographic work and extensive travel Barbara is on the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Valley Bird Care Centre. She does must of their photography.
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Barbara says that “Most of the presentation will be nature and I could talk a little bit about HDR and multiple exposures if we have time.”

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You can see more of her work on her flickr page, and on her Facebook page.