Past Club Activities

  1. Theme
    Back to School, FoolCompleted Oct 7, 2017

    A new season for our club - a new year for students. Try to think beyond a group of kids entering a school and show your creativity. It could be shopping for supplies or waiting for a bus or anything that says it's back to school time. Good luck.

    5 members made a total of 39 comments on 24 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


  2. Meeting

    All camera systems offer a dizzying selection of lenses for their cameras. Our own Eric Massarelli will offer some insights into how to make lens choice part of your creative process.

    Agenda:

    • Talk: Which Lens Shall I Use?
      (Eric Masssarelli)

      All camera systems (cameras with changeable lenses) offer a dizzying selection of lenses for their cameras. These range from fisheyes that give a 180° field of view, to telephoto lenses up to 800mm or more. You’ve got zooms, primes, macro, super telephoto, and of course, tilt-shift lenses as well.  The choice of lens can make a tremendous difference to end result of your shoot.  

      Our own, Eric Massarelli is going to walk us through the implications of different lens choices, and hopefully leave us making more conscious and artful choices the next time we go out with our cameras. 

      Point and shoot users, don’t miss the talk.  Much of what will be covered will apply to the choice of focal length you choose on your super-zoom.

    • ALSO... Top 10 from The Long and Winding Road Theme!

  3. Meeting

    You know he was a championship swimmer. You may know that he is an entrepreneur and motivational speaker.  But did you know that Brent Hayden is also a photographer?  Well, he is, and he is coming to speak to us.

    Agenda:

    • Guest Speaker
      (Brent Hayden)

      Renowned for his international swimming success, Brent  will be speaking to us about his photography.  Hopefully sharing some insights into his love of making images and his road to becoming an exhibited fine art photographer. 

      About Brent Hayden

      Born and raised in Maple Ridge, Brent swam his way to fame as an Olympic medalist and world champion.  After putting his competitive swimming career behind him, Brent has moved on to new endeavours including the entrepreneurial challenges of running swim camps, launching a line of athletic gear and motivational speaking.  As if that wasn’t enough, Brent is also becoming known as a photographer.  Brent has held two successful solo art exhibitions for his photography, the first titled “Nothing Witty” at the Mission Arts Centre in his hometown, and the second at the Cassera – Foot Of Main Gallery in Vancouver.  You can check out his work at: http://www.brenthayden.com/photography.html

  4. Theme
    The Long and Winding RoadCompleted Sep 24, 2017

    This theme seemed fitting for my final month as themes manager. The title is self-explanatory, but remember to look at it from various perpectives: a long and winding road for a semi truck is quite a bit different from a slug's long and winding road. Thanks for participating, and happy shooting! 

    7 members made a total of 84 comments on 51 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Glenn M
  5. Outing
    Burns Bog TourSep 16, 2017

    We will go on an interpretive nature walk and explore the beautiful Delta Nature Reserve - A public park on the border of Burns Bog. We will then continue for a tour of the unique ecosystem that is Burns Bog.

    Learn about:

    • The importance of bogs and peatlands
    • The History of Burns Bog - What a bog really is
    • The story behind the infamous sunken tractor
    • What is capable of surviving the harsh conditions of a bog
    • Adapted flora and fauna First Nations use of the land Threats and Conservation

    Details:

    The tour will be 2.5 hours in length and we will be walking around 3 kms through the reserve.  This is a friendly reminder to make sure you are dressing for the conditions and wearing appropriate footwear.  If you bring a tripod, please stay on the boardwalk to protect the sensitive plants growing in the bog.

    For more information about Burns Bog, visit the Delta Parks & Recreation page.

     

     

     

  6. Meeting

    Welcome new and returning members to another season of photographic fun.

    Agenda:

    • Themes: Top 10

      We had three themes close over the Summer, so will enjoy seeing the top-10 images from:

      • Be Your Self(ie): Creative Self Portraits
      • Places of Worship
      • Numbers
    • Member Sharing: Summer Photographic Adventures

      Keeping with tradition, our first meeting back in September will focus on Member Sharing.

      Share your photographic adventures since our last meeting in June. Members are encouraged to share stories of their photographic challenges, lessons, epiphanies, or questions that arose from a shoot.  Remember, just images from June, July and August.  Hopefully we can get some lively photographic discussion going.


    In Preparation:

    • For: Member Sharing: Summer Photographic Adventures

      Members can share in one of the following ways:

      • up to 3 photos,
      • or a short slideshow (maximum 3 minutes)

       

      Format reminder:  Please resize images to fit the native resolution of our projector: 1920 x 1080.  This is important.  When we don’t resize our images correctly, our hardworking projectionist has to do it.  So, take a moment and get it right.

      You can upload your images using the dropbox for this meeting.

      Deadline:  You must submit your images or slideshow via the Dropbox on the website before 11Ppm on Saturday, September 2.

  7. Theme
    NumbersCompleted Aug 27, 2017

    This month's theme is Numbers. It doesn't matter what else appears in your photo, but there must be at least one number featured prominently. Here's a link to photos to inspire you https://www.theguardian.com/community/gallery/2016/feb/20/it-all-adds-up-readers-photos-on-the-theme-of-numbers 

    7 members made a total of 78 comments on 45 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Glenn M
  8. Outing

    We will be shooting images at the Powell Street Festival around Oppenheimer Park.


    Details:

    The Powell Street festival in the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country and the longest running community arts celebration in Vancouver. This year's extravaganza includes a new interpretive installation entitled "Macro Maki", a special presentation on Japan's Third gender, a panel with two of Haruki Murakami's top translators, and a performance by the dynamic duo George and Noriko - a Japanese blues cowboy and Tsugaru samisen player from Melbourne, Australia.

  9. Theme
    Place(s) of WorshipCompleted Jul 30, 2017

    Place(s) of worship can be a building, an in-home shrine, a spot in the woods, or anywhere else one goes to be religious, spiritual, or merely alone with one's thoughts. There's a lot of flexiblity in this theme. Feel free to include people if you like or focus solely on the place or a part of the place. 

    8 members made a total of 47 comments on 27 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Harry T
    Harry T
  10. Outing

    A chance for members to share their images with the community at large as we host another Gallery Exhibit.


    Details:

    The Exhibit was titled "This City, Our Way: New West Through the Lens" and featured 80 images submitted by 30 members of New Westminster as seen through the eyes and lenses of those members. Indeed an alternate title for the exhibit was: "The Pretty and the Gritty".

    This gallery will commemorate the submissions displayed at the exhibit as well as snapshots of the exhibit itself.

  11. Theme

    This theme is all about you. You can be featured as clearly as you want in the photo or you can be hidden. You must appear in there somewhere, but you don't need to be recognizable. Photos can be manipulated in software or not.

    To get a few ideas on how to approach this theme, check out this link and view some of the samples: https://photography.tutsplus.com/articles/100-seriously-cool-self-portraits-and-tips-to-shoot-your-own--photo-5689.

    If you prefer to be anonymous, feel free to leave your face out of the photo.

    Experiment and have fun with this one!

    4 members made a total of 36 comments on 25 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Garfield J
  12. Outing

    We will start the day by shooting pictures at Shannon Falls and continue to the adjacent Stawamus Chief. We can stay and shoot pictures in the area for 1-1.5 hours and then move to Downtown Squamish to grab a snack or lunch and then continue shooting pictures of the Squamish Docks and surrounding areas.


    Details:

    Shannon Falls in Squamish, BC is located 58 kilometers from Vancouver. The park covers an area of 210 acres, and is the third highest waterfall in BC, where the water falls from a height of 335 metres. The falls are named after William Shannon who first settled the property in 1889 and made bricks in the area. The falls and adjoining woods are commonly used in television and film production.

    Get there using Google Maps

  13. Theme
    Geometric shapesCompleted May 21, 2017

    Circle, square, oval, pyramid, hexagon — there are dozens of geometric shapes on which to base a photo.

    Can't think of any great shapes?
    Here's a list to help you out http://www.math-salamanders.com/list-of-geometric-shapes.html

    8 members made a total of 71 comments on 47 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


  14. Outing

    The NWPC will be meeting up with members of the Bowen Island Photo Club and they will show us around.

    This is a great opportunity to meet other club members.

    Fun fact: Bowen Island was named after Rear Admiral James Bowen by Captain George Henry Richards in 1860.


    Details:

    Please RSVP to outings@nwphoto.org if you are planning on attending this outing.

    Please make sure carpooling arrangements are made ahead of time. Don’t wait until the last minute to find transportation.

  15. Theme
    Arts and CraftsCompleted Apr 23, 2017
    For this theme, submit photos of people making art and/or doing crafts or photos that have some sort of intriguing composition involving arts and crafts. (Note that the theme does not pertain to the Arts and Crafts Movement).

    3 members made a total of 14 comments on 19 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

  16. Outing
    Sakura Daze!Apr 8, 2017

    We are planning for a late afternoon walk around the Sakura Days Japan Fair. We can spend the afternoon taking pictures of the various vendors and demonstrations, then stop for a snack or something for dinner and end the day watching the lights, music and dancing of the Lantern Parade from 630 until the end of the day at 7pm.


    Details:

    The Sakura (Japanese Cherry Blossom) has long been a traditional icon in Japanese culture and is a symbol of spring.

    Soak in the wonderful Japanese festival atmosphere and enjoy delicious Japanese food & sake, cultural performances, arts and crafts, and learn about Japanese culture and business.

    Enjoy Taiko drumming, martial arts, dance and singing performances. Participate in a tea ceremony, or learn about Ikebana (flower arranging), Origami (paper folding), Haiku (Japanese poetry), Calligraphy (decorative writing) Koto (Japanese harp), Getting dressed in an authentic Yukata (Japanese Summer kimono).

  17. Theme
    Architectural photographyCompleted Mar 26, 2017

    Let Rick Hulbert's presentation be the inspiration for this theme. Can't make it to the meeting? Check out his architectural photography at rickhulbertphotography.com.

    11 members made a total of 168 comments on 61 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

  18. Outing

    The Powerhouse at Stave Falls delivers an engaging and exciting experience for all visitors. With an amazing Tesla coil electricity demonstration and many interactive displays, guests can take a walk back through time to see how power has helped build the province. This 100-year old power generating facility is also a National Historic Site of Canada.


    Details:

    The powerhouse is located a short 5 minute walk from Hayward Lake Recreation Area More information is at bchydro.com.

  19. Theme
    Wild coloursCompleted Feb 26, 2017
    After a month of all white, we're going to go in the opposite direction, in wild colours. Think bright and zany, and have fun! Photos can be of colours found naturally in the world or you can go abstract. Whatever it is, colour is key--the more the merrier.

    8 members made a total of 32 comments on 50 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Shona L
    Kathy H
  20. Outing
    Tour De ChinatownFeb 25, 2017
    The Chinatown walking tour describes the architecture and history of Vancouver’s Chinatown with stops at historical buildings and sites. Chinatown is one of the city’s earliest commercial and residential districts, containing a remarkable collection of buildings from Vancouver’s boom years at the turn of the 1900’s.

    Details:
    One tip that was included in the tour information: While on Pender Street, architectural details above street level are difficult to see so make sure you cross the street to look back across. RSVP to outings@nwphoto.org if you plan on attending so I know how many information packages to have available.
  21. Theme
    Everything's all whiteCompleted Jan 29, 2017

    This theme involves having white as the dominant "colour" in the photo. The photo can still include other colours, but white should play a leading role. Check out the entries here for inspiration. https://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Challenge.aspx?ID=4857 Happy shooting! 

    8 members made a total of 120 comments on 37 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Bruce F
  22. Outing

    Happy New Year all!!!

    The first outing for 2017 is at an indoor "behind the scenes" venue due to the recent cold snap, so please join us for a tour of BC Place Stadium. We'll be participating in the "All Access Experience," which provides an enhanced visit to the Hall of Fame and hits the stadium highlights, including the Media Lounge, Premium Suites Area, team locker rooms (when available), access onto the field (when available).

    The All Access Experience begins and ends at the Sports Hall of Fame and allows entry into the Hall on the same day as the tour.

  23. Theme
    VintageCompleted Dec 25, 2016
    Vintage is this month's theme, whether it's a photo of something from the past or a photo treated to make it look like it's from the past. Happy shooting!

    4 members made a total of 37 comments on 38 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Warren B
  24. Outing

    A night photography environment, with the challenge of photographing colourful light displays.

    Enchant is the world’s largest Christmas Light Maze, made up of over 55,000 sq. ft. of brilliantly illuminated sculptures arranged to create the perfect atmosphere for an evening adventure. Along with the maze, Enchant features a market with over 40 local vendors, 12 food trucks and a licensed eating area where guests can enjoy their favourite holiday drink.

  25. Theme
    A Slice of LifeCompleted Nov 27, 2016
    A slice of life is a representation of an everyday experience, such as a kids waiting for a bus stop, someone shopping for groceries, or people chatting in a restaurant. Go out there and capture a bit of what's going on around you.

    16 members made a total of 206 comments on 61 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Eric M
  26. Outing

    This is not a "outing" in the normal sense. This gallery is to allow members to share their creations based on the 2016 Editing Challenge.

    The Editing Challenge is where the members are given photographs that are what might be considered run of the mill snapshots. The challenge is to use your creative digital editing skills to transform ho-hum images into engaging and interesting compositions.
    This is a chance to take the time to learn new post-work techniques.

    At the meeting, the images were discussed, and members told us how they transformed the images they chose.

    We suggest you start the title of your images with the EC image you were editing. (e.g. "EC5 - Hippy Truck" if you edited image EC5).


    Details:

    The images were discussed at our regular meeting on this date but members are encouraged to upload their images to this gallery so that people can see and learn what you did in the future.

    This also allows you to share those images that maybe we did not get time to discuss in the meeting.

    If you have ideas that you would like to try, you can still participate in the editing challenge. Go to the original challenge page to download the original full sized images (you must be logged into your member account to do so) and post your edited versions to this gallery.

    Original challenge page: http://nwphoto.org/special_EditChallenge2016.php

  27. Outing
    Tour de GastownNov 12, 2016
    The Gastown walking tour introduces you to the historic centre of Vancouver.

    Details:

    Once a ragtag settlement, Gastown and adjoining land were incorporated as the City of Vancouver in 1886. During the city’s boom years, it attracted wholesalers and warehouses to its location near the wharves and railway tracks.

    After the 1920’s, Gastown became a quiet backwater of deteriorating buildings. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the public began to appreciate Gastown’s distinctive architecture and role in the city’s history, and undertook to revitalize the area.

    Gastown's rediscovery has been fuelled by tourists from the nearby cruise ship facilities attracted to the area’s shops and restaurants located in renovated buildings like The Landing. The area’s resurgence can also be attributed to the conversion of several warehouse buildings to residential use along Alexander and Water Streets, leading to an increase in the resident population, which bodes well for local businesses but has created tensions with long-term low-income residents.

    For those who want to try this outing tour later, here is a soft copy of the tour document.

  28. Theme
    Out of placeCompleted Oct 23, 2016
    This theme involves looking for something that doesn't quite belong (or staging a shot that has something that is out of place or that doesn't belong). In addition to meeting the theme, remember to compose your shot so that it still meets the (admittedly subjective) requirements of a good photo. Good luck!

    10 members made a total of 78 comments on 33 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


  29. Outing

    The Cranberry Festival is held each year on the Saturday of the Thanksgiving weekend in the heart of historic Fort Langley. They celebrate the harvest and history of the cranberry. We can try to get some great shots around the fort and in the village. We could also plan for a stop for lunch in the village as well before returning home.


    Details:

    Celebrate Cranberry Day at the Fort Langley Historic Site. Experience the popular cranberry stomp and play a host of cranberry and farm related games. Don’t miss the wonderful cranberry-themed market in the village. Pick up some fresh cranberries for your thanksgiving feast and browse over 100 vendors. Festivities go from 800am-500pm starting with a pancake breakfast.

  30. Theme
    Cloud(s)Completed Sep 25, 2016
    Stormy clouds; wispy clouds; big, fat, fluffy clouds. Look up to the sky for inspiration for this month's theme.

    11 members made a total of 157 comments on 42 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Shona L
  31. Outing
    Lighthouse ParkSep 17, 2016

    The plan is for an afternoon shoot at Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver, to catch the qualities of photography’s cherished “golden hour(s)”. We can walk through the park passing by the lighthouse and stopping at Point Atkinson along the way. Trail walks can average to be around 2 hours in duration. After the walk, we can meet up again at the iconic Troll’s restaurant in Horseshoe Bay to rest your legs, grab a snack, socialize, and maybe take a few shots near the ferry terminal or in the Horseshoe Bay Village.

    RSVP to outings@nwphoto.org if you plan to attend so we can plan carpooling and make reservations for snacks afterwards.


    Details:

    Lighthouse Park is one of Greater Vancouver’s most beautiful parks located along the shores of West Vancouver. The park boasts some of the largest Douglas Fir trees in Greater Vancouver as well as breathtaking views of the water. There are a variety of trails through the park that take you past old growth Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir trees. The trails are all fairly easy with only a few having a short hill to ascend or descend. Take a look at the park map at the trailhead and plan your route so that you do a circle through the park and end at the lighthouse.

    For those who just want a short walk down towards the lighthouse, follow the wide trail for about 10 minutes. To the right of the picnic tables, a path leads up onto a rocky outcrop giving a view of the lighthouse just over the tree line.

    Another picturesque location is at Starboat Cove. It's a short 15-minute walk east from the lighthouse where there is a sign for a steep path that takes you down to the beach area. At low tide, this is the perfect area to have a picnic and enjoy the view that extends from the Lions Gate Bridge to the University of British Columbia to Vancouver Island on a clear day.

    https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/lighthouse-park/

  32. Theme
    MetalCompleted Aug 28, 2016
    Similar to the "glass" theme, but with metal. (No shots of heavy metal bands, please!)

    7 members made a total of 88 comments on 27 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


  33. Outing
    PhotoCachingAug 20, 2016

    An exercise in creative composition, by putting people in the same location, we see how each person sees the environment differently.


    Details:

    This outing combines the "treasure hunt" aspect of geocaching with the practice of honing your "what do I see here?" composition skills.

    This caching run is about a 4.5km walk over flat streets and mild hills. It can be thought of as two halves: waterfront walk and urban streets. Anticipating an average of 10 minutes shooting at each stop, it should be about a 3 hour event (plus the amount of time we take for eating!), bringing you full loop back to the starting point.

    A couple of segments will be "shooting on the run" -- where the GPS waypoints are not "stops" but rather define a line where you will practice your best guerrilla photography.

    Below are files for the waypoints to be used in this outing. If you don't have a GPS device or GPS enabled smartphone (with data plan?), then make sure you pair up with someone who does when you get to the outing.

    Please use the file/format most convenient for you. There are even more GPS devices than camera models, so we can't give you instructions for every device and app out there. Please take some time to make sure you know how to use the device/app you will be using -- both plugging in the coordinates and being able to navigate to the waypoints.

    The first half of this outing is along the waterfront and not on the streets. Be aware of the "navigation mode" of your app/device -- it may keep suggesting you go back up to the nearest street before going to the next, all points can be reached following the walking areas in a relatively straight line along the waterfront parks. PC-07 and above will take you up onto the main streets.

    Files:

    PC2016.gpx ( Alternate download link for some phones -- preserves file type)
    This is a GPX file which is a route file that can be loaded into some GPS devices and GPS apps. Once loaded you navigate to the first waypoint and once there the app should start to navigate you to the next waypoint (some apps will do this automatically, others require you to click something to head for the next waypoint). The "clues" are included in the file and some apps will display that text as well.


    QRCodes-PC2016-Pt1-PocketMod.pdf
    QRCodes-PC2016-Pt2-PocketMod.pdf
    These are "PocketMods", they contain the locations as QR Codes which can be scanned by an app and usually will tie you into your favourite mapping application (on my phone, that is Google Maps) -- use the mapping app then to navigate to the waypoint. When you're ready to move on, scan the next code.
    There are two, one for each half of the outing: waterfront and streets.
    PocketMods are a single paper sheet that can be folded into a little 8 page booklet.


    Photocaching-2016.pdf
    This guide has the way point locations as their raw GPS decimal (DEC) coordinates (latitude first, then longitude) and also as degrees, minutes, seconds (DMS) -- which coordinate format you use will depend on the device/app where you are entering your coordinates. Google Maps accepts both formats, older GPS devices often will only take the DMS format.

    Apps:

    For smartphone apps, a couple of (Android) possibilities are:

    (I assume there are similar apps for iPhone, but I don't own an iPhone so can't help you there.)

  34. Theme
    GlassCompleted Jul 31, 2016

    No statement for this theme. Interpret it as you will :-)

    8 members made a total of 72 comments on 27 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Garfield J
  35. Outing
    Away to the Races!Jul 24, 2016

    Practice your panning skills as the thoroughbreds thunder down the track! Great people-watching, sleek steeds, jockeys in silks... Capture the drama and atmosphere of the equestrian world in our own backyard. Races run rain or shine. As captivating as the Kentucky Derby or England's famous Ascot event -- and you don't even have to wear a fascinator hat.

    In addition to their time on the track, can you also see the horses up close? Yes! Visit the Paddock located on the east side of the Tarmac. Prior to each race, the horses are mounted and paraded, so it's a great opportunity to capture some intimate images. 


    Details:

    Hastings Racecourse has been capturing the imaginations of Lower Mainland locals and visitors alike since 1889. Featuring live thoroughbred racing, Hastings is a legendary location with spectacular mountain and waterfront racing views. Open for live racing every weekend from April to the end of October (plus Friday nights from June to September and year-round for simulcast racing). An expansive tiered grandstand provides multiple outdoor and indoor viewing options.

    For more info: http://www.hastingsracecourse.com/ or call: 604.254.1631

  36. Theme
    Monochromania!Completed Jun 26, 2016

    This month's theme is Monochromania! Monochrome refers to one colour, so your photo submissions should reflect that.

    Sorry, but no conventional black-and-white photography allowed!

    Our lovely president, Karen, showed some fine examples of monochromatic photos at a recent club meeting, but in case you missed her presentation, here are some other samples to inspire you:

    weburbanist.com/2008/11/30/monotone-monochrome-photography/.

    Have fun! 

    8 members made a total of 108 comments on 36 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Nancy M
    Shona L
  37. Outing

    More than 350 rescued exotic animals covering over 125 species. From sugar gliders to dagus, you're bound to find a face worth capturing with your camera. At the same time, learn just how amazing these creatures are and why they are important to environments around the world.


    Details:

    The Urban Safari Rescue Society is a registered non-profit society dedicated to the rescue and care of exotic animals and to educating the public about animals and their environments and the natural world.

    It was conceived in 2007 by Gary Oliver as an effort to make a difference in the lives of people and animals alike. Gary has dedicated his life to learning about, working with, and rescuing animals; he believes that educating the public will ultimately make a difference in the lives of animals both in captivity and in the wild.

    The mission of the Urban Safari Rescue Society is to:

    • Rescue, care for and maintain the health of rescued exotic and other animals;
    • Educate children and adults about various animal species and the importance of all animals to our environment, the need for conservation, and the responsibilities that come with exotic animal ownership;
    • Provide public awareness of worldwide conservation efforts and encourage people to take an active role in those efforts.

    For more info: http://www.urbansafari.ca/home/

  38. Theme
    Faces in random placesCompleted May 29, 2016
    Facial pareidolia is the name given to the phenomenon of seeing faces in random objects: the front of a car, in the clouds, even in a button. For some ideas, do a Google image search for "faces in funny places." Have fun with this one. Happy face-spotting!

    3 members made a total of 38 comments on 22 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

  39. Outing

    Nature, various kind of birds, landscape, seascape, river bank.


    Details:

    Located just north of Vancouver International Airport, Iona Beach sits where the Fraser River meets the sea, home to a rare community of sand dune plants that sits in the midst of the Pacific Flyway – making it a mecca for thousands of migrating birds.

    To get the best shots, a lot of walking is involved, so rubber boots are recommended. It is almost always windy and cold.

  40. Theme
    Stock it to me, Part 2Completed Apr 24, 2016

    As promised, here is Part 2 of our stock photography set. For this theme, you are trying to create something that can be used for stock photography. Your photo must involve people, but it does not necessarily need to show a face. For example, you could photograph high-fiving hands or legs of a runner. For some ideas, do a Google image search for the following terms: stock photography people.

    Have fun with your captioning as well. Stock photography is often accompanied by unintentionally comical captions such as: "Couple at their new empty apartment," "Asian and caucasian businessman in New York City using tablet pc," and "Summer scene of happy young family taking selfies with her smartphone in the park."

    Have fun with this. For this theme, corny and cliche is also okay!

    Hilarious stock photography

    6 members made a total of 54 comments on 27 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Monica R
    Monica R
    Shona L
  41. Outing

    Poet Kobayashi Issa (b. 1763) said, "There is no stranger under the cherry tree." Whether it's serene and inspiring vistas or close-ups of delicate and ephemeral pink petals, there are plenty of gorgeous photo ops to be had at this time of year. Join us as we explore the wonders of Nitobe Memorial Garden in the spring! This 2.5-acre traditional Japanese garden located at UBC is part of the UBC Botanical Garden and is just a short distance from the main botanical garden.

     


    Details:

    Nitobe is one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America, and honours author, diplomat and educator Nitobe Inazo, who died in Victoria, BC, in 1933. Spring is one of the best times to visit this garden, when new life is burgeoning everywhere and ornamental cherry blossoms abound.

  42. Theme
    ImpressionismCompleted Mar 27, 2016

    At our Jan 26th meeting, photographer Gerry Hiebert impressed us with his impressionistic photos.

    Test out some of his techniques or, better yet, come up with something of your own that expresses your feelings about what you see through your lens.

    You can find some of Gerry's photos to inspire you on his site. The Digital Photography School site has a how-to article on some of the more common impressionistic treatments.

    Happy shooting!

    6 members made a total of 109 comments on 39 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Bruce F
    Milada D
    Bill B
  43. Outing

    Steveston Heritage Fishing Village is a historic site at the mouth of the South Arm of the Fraser, on the SW tip of Lulu Island in Richmond, a portion of which contains Garry Point Park.

    As well as its contemporary shops and restaurants, Steveston's national historic sites (including the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and Britannia Heritage Shipyards), are some of the most visited attractions in BC, recalling the area's fascinating heritage.

    Subjects run the gamut from boats and beaches, to buildings with weather-beaten beauty and character. And LOTS more.


    Details:

    Did you know that salmon-canning was so much a part of the life of early Steveston that it was also known as Salmonopolis? Each summer large numbers of Japanese, Chinese, First Nations and European fishermen and cannery workers descended on the village, joining a growing year-round settlement. The fishery also supported a significant boat- and shipbuilding industry, and sailing ships from around the world visited the harbour to take on cargoes of canned salmon.

    Post-war Steveston developed along with Richmond into a residential suburb for Vancouver as farmland was converted to housing. Since the 1970s the community has developed its heritage character and waterfront. Steveston has often been the site of filming for both movies and television shows, such as The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, Once Upon A Time and Sliders.

    Steveston maintains the character of a quaint, historic fishing village, with over 600 fishing boats (Canada's largest fleet) calling its harbour home.

  44. Theme
    Ain't it foggy outsideCompleted Feb 28, 2016
    Happy New Year! Since we're still in the throes of foggy winter weather (and because this theme was requested—and was a great suggestion), we're going with fog shots. Do with it what you will. Happy shooting!

    7 members made a total of 152 comments on 47 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


  45. Outing

    Rogers Arena is celebrating its 20th anniversary! Come and worship at the site of one of Canada’s most popular pastimes, with a fully guided opportunity to shoot everything from sweeping architecture to intimate close-ups of a well-loved, top-notch sports and entertainment venue.


    Details:

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the premier sports and entertainment facilities in North America. Experience first-hand the “cathedral of hockey” that brings countless fans coming to see the Vancouver Canucks live, and where history was made when the Canadian women's and men's hockey teams marked their moments in history during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

    Tours are first come, first served. No reservations are necessary for small groups of 14 or less. The maximum number of people per tour is approximately 30-35 people.

    http://rogersarena.com/book-the-arena/tours/

  46. Theme
    Stock it to me! (Part 1)Completed Jan 31, 2016
    Apply what you learned at the November Still Life meeting and try your hand at product shots, such as the ones used in stock photography. Have fun! PS Part 2 will be about stock images involving human beings, so save your people shots for that theme!

    6 members made a total of 82 comments on 28 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Glenn M
    Nancy M
    Bruce F
    Milada D
  47. Outing
    Strictly BallroomJan 23, 2016

    Join us at the Vancouver Challenge Cup dance competition! Photographing dancers always provides good challenges, such as effectively capturing both slow and rapid motion in shifting lighting conditions, for starters. Costumes bring great colour and sparkle to your images; check out the flying fringe during the Latin & Rhythm segments! Have a look at these sites in advance for some great tips and guidelines on how to best plan for photographing dancers:

    http://photography.tutsplus.com/tutorials/the-ultimate-guide-to-stunning-dance-photography--photo-687

    http://norvig.com/dance-photography2.html

    https://contrastly.com/dance-photography-101/


    Details:

    The (tentative) daytime competition schedule for Saturday, January 23rd is:

    Doors Open at 8:00 am
    Pro-Am Latin & Rhythm solo routines
    Pro-Am Latin & Rhythm single dance
    Pro-Am Latin & Rhythm multi-dance
    Juvenile, Junior, Youth & U21 Standard
    Juvenile, Junior, Youth & U21 Latin
    Amateur Adult Standard (Newcomer to Gold)
    Senior II & IV Standard (Newcomer to Pre-Champ)
    Senior II & IV Latin (Newcomer to Pre-Champ)

    The Vancouver Challenge Cup believes passionately in spreading the incredible world of ballroom dance to people of all ages and backgrounds. They aspire to create exciting, unique and unforgettable events, which will serve to nurture and develop the artistry and talent of local dancers, as well as delight and motivate audiences to get up out of their seats and dance! Their vision is to bring greater health, happiness and well-being into the lives of people in our community and beyond.

    For more information, visit: http://www.vancouverchallengecup.com/

  48. Theme
    TraditionCompleted Dec 27, 2015
    Traditions are customs or beliefs passed on from generation to generation. They may be based on religion, culture, family, friends, and more. Post photos of your traditions or those of people you know or don't know.

    6 members made a total of 64 comments on 24 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


  49. Theme
    Birds of a featherCompleted Nov 29, 2015

    Take what you learned from the last club meeting and go out and shoot some birds (with your camera, of course!) Didn't attend the last meeting? Here are some tips to photographing birds http://digital-photography-school.com/an-introduction-to-bird-photography/. For this month's theme, submit photos of live birds only, please. Save shots of your Thanksgiving turkey dinner for the next food theme ;-) 

    10 members made a total of 128 comments on 48 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Glenn M
    Brenda F
  50. Outing

    This is not a "outing" in the normal sense. This gallery is to allow members to share their creations based on the 2015 Editing Challenge.

    The Editing Challenge is where the members are given photographs that are what might be considered run of the mill snapshots. The challenge is to use your creative digital editing skills to transform ho-hum images into engaging and interesting compositions.
    This is a chance to take the time to learn new post-work techniques.

    At the meeting, the images were discussed, and members told us how they transformed the images they chose.

    We suggest you start the title of your images with the EC image you were editing. (e.g. "EC5 - Hippy Truck" if you edited image EC5).


    Details:

    The images were discussed at our regular meeting on this date but members are encouraged to upload their images to this gallery so that people can see and learn what you did in the future.

    This also allows you to share those images that maybe we did not get time to discuss in the meeting.

    If you have ideas that you would like to try, you can still participate in the editing challenge. Go to the original challenge page to download the original full sized images (you must be logged into your member account to do so) and post your edited versions to this gallery.

    Original challenge page: http://nwphoto.org/special_EditChallenge2015.php

  51. Outing

    Head out to UBC, and join us for a visit to the spectacular Museum of Anthropology. Thanks to the setting of this dramatic building on the cliffs of Point Grey and the varied collections it houses--from towering totems to magnificent masks and more--there will be opportunities both inside and out to practice landscape, art and architecture, and still life photography, while experimenting with techniques best suited to each.

    Some of the more dimly lit galleries offer myriad fascinating objects in cases and drawers, presenting worthwhile practice at capturing images in more challenging lighting conditions.


    Details:

    MOA, Canada’s contemporary museum of world arts and cultures, is a place of extraordinary architectural beauty and exciting exhibitions. Enjoy towering totem poles in the spectacular Great Hall, the "Raven and the First Men” sculpture in the Bill Reid Rotunda, and more than 10,000 objects from around the world housed in various galleries.

    MOA offers visitors endless opportunities to discover and learn about their own and other cultures in an award-winning building designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. Opened in 1976, the concrete and glass structure is based on the post-and-beam structures of northern Northwest Coast First Nations.

    The Museum grounds feature indigenous plants and vistas of mountains and sea. The outdoor sculpture complex includes two Haida Houses and several totem poles by some of the finest contemporary First Nations artists of the Northwest Coast.
    For more information, visit: http://moa.ubc.ca/exhibitions/

  52. Theme
    Waiting . . .Completed Oct 25, 2015
    This month's theme is Waiting. Use your imagination to come up with something you feel meets the theme. Happy shooting, but please don't wait until the deadline to submit your photos!

    9 members made a total of 119 comments on 31 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Glenn M
  53. Outing
    Crazy for CostumesOct 18, 2015

    The Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo is a 4-day festival, running from Thurs to Sunday (Oct 15-18). Our outing will take us to the PARADE event in downtown Vancouver on Sunday, October 18th. Rain or shine, the parade is ON, and promises to provide plenty of crazy and colourful photo ops for one and all.

    Test your skills at capturing moving subjects, including groovy ghouls, zealous zombies and more! Sure to be a fun-filled spectacle. And hey, c'mon... who doesn't love a parade?!


    Details:

    The Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo (Oct 15-18) is billed as the "festival of arts and fantasy." Though of course Sunday's parade is free, note that tickets are required for most of the other events (performances, cosplay, films, makeup, and so on); see the website schedule for more details: http://www.vanhalloween.com/ihc/event/vanhalloween/en-us/menu-expo.php

    The parade begins at 11:00 am on Howe Street at Davie with the route forming a narrow rectangle: Howe Street (Davie to Smithe); Smithe Street (Howe to Granville); Granville Street (Smithe to Drake)  For more info and a PARADE ROUTE MAP, visit: http://www.vanhalloween.com/ihc/event/vanhalloween/en-us/route.php

  54. Theme
    The Writing on the WallCompleted Sep 27, 2015
    Graffiti and street art are what this theme is all about. The "wall" can be a conventional wall, a fence, the side of a train car, you name it. Go out and find art and commentary in obscure (and not so obscure) places.

    5 members made a total of 55 comments on 33 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


  55. Outing

    With almost all of the O.W.L. facility opened to the public for this Fall Open House, visitors will get a behind-the-scenes look at their medical facility, as well as various bird rehabilitation enclosures.


    Details:

    The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society is a non-profit organization whose volunteers are dedicated to public education and the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned birds. The facility specializes in raptors (i.e., eagles, falcons, hawks and owls).

    O.W.L.’s primary goal is to rehabilitate and release sick, injured, and orphaned birds of prey. However, there are some cases where birds suffer permanent injury and cannot survive in the wild. These birds have adjusted well to human contact and remain at O.W.L. as Education Birds, where they are used as “ambassadors” for their species, helping to educate the public about birds of prey and environmental conservation. Over 40 non-releasable birds of prey are permanent residents, some of which assist with fostering orphans.

    There will be an eagle lecture on site at 11:00 am and a bird release at 1:00 pm, so you might want to bring along a snack if you and your camera wish to stay for the release event.

    For more information, visit http://www.owlcanada.org/aboutowl/

  56. Theme
    Keeping cool!Completed Aug 30, 2015
    With heat records being broken all over the province, let's see what folks and animals have been doing to keep cool this summer.

    8 members made a total of 69 comments on 19 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Brenda F
  57. Outing
    Skytrain QuestAug 16, 2015

    We will be reviewing the basics of photography, practicing street photography, and architectural photography through a scavenger's hunt.


    Details:

    A list of things to look for will be provided at meeting time.

    We will be getting on and off the skytrain, so you might want to consider getting an all-day-pass since a single ticket is only good for 90 minutes.

    Those who would like to, can get together again around 12:30 for lunch.

  58. Theme
    YUMMM!!!Completed Jul 26, 2015

    Who hasn't looked in a magazine and found a photo of food that made your mouth water? Most of you have unless you are like my husband who wishes he could take a pill to fuel his furnace, he says, rather that waste time sitting eating - go figure LOL.

    Although professional food photographers use all kinds of tricks to make something look wonderful and most times are not edible, you don't have to go that far. However you go about it, remember that the three most important things to pay attention to when you shoot food are:

    1. Good Lighting 2. Strong Focus 3. No Clutter

    The point of food photography is to draw in the viewer and make his or her stomach growl. Food photography is all about the details. The food you choose to photograph should be perfect, and the lighting just so. Then again, your photo might be interesting with imperfections. 

     Here is a link to a wonderful article on how-to.

    www.http://digital-photography-school.com/food-photography-an-introduction/

    5 members made a total of 30 comments on 31 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Karen J
  59. Outing

    The site is an example of the rounded curves of nature combined with the unnatural straight lines of man-made constructions, blended together in solid granite.

    Great opportunity for nature photography, trees, rocks, and running water, so bring your tripod if you want to do long shutter shots.

    Keep in mind potentially difficult exposure situations due to the dark tunnels, bright exteriors, and dark shadows in the gorge.


    Details:

    Marvelous example of Canadian engineering history.

    In the early 1900s, the Canadian Pacific Railway decided a route was necessary to link the Kootenay Region with the BC coast by rail. The railway was built over three mountain ranges. In the Coquihalla Gorge - the river cut a 300 foot deep channel of solid granite. A straight line of tunnels were built through it which are known now as the Othello Tunnels. There are spectacular viewing opportunities available on the trail, through the tunnels and on the bridges. This park highlights the Kettle Valley Railway grade that passes through the canyon and 5 tunnels which were built in 1914. It contains a 135 hectare land base. It is a popular tourist attraction for the town of Hope and provides viewing, walking, fishing and picnicking opportunities. The hiking trail links to the historic Hope-Nicola Cattle Trail. The engineer Andrew McCullough was an avid reader of Shakespearean literature, and used characters such as Lear, Jessica, Portia, Iago, Romeo & Juliet to name stations of the Coquihalla subdivision.

    The tunnel trail is pretty flat (is the old railroad bed) and is relatively short (about 3 km round trip), so it won't take the whole day to do, even stopping every 5 feet for a shot. Once there, we can decide what other near-by areas might be of interest.

    Note: Park website suggests bringing a flashlight to light the way when walking through the tunnels.

    Some useful information:

  60. Outing
    City ViewsJun 28, 2015

    Views of the mountains, the inlet and the city as well as sculptures and flower gardens. The mountain top is criss-crossed with trails for those wanting to venture into the woods.

    Things to try:

    • Wide angle view shots
    • Panoramics - single frame and multi-frame
    • Flowers - macro and garden style shots
    • Sculptures - find interesting angles and perspectives using a variety of focal lengths
    • Forest view - as you walk along the trails

    Details:

    First logged in 1903, Burnaby Mountain became a popular hiking area in the 1920s. The city dedicated the area for park and recreation use in 1957. Simon Fraser University opened its doors in the mid-1960s; the university transferred 820 acres of its land to Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area in 1995.

    The Centennial Rose Garden features over 900 thorn-decked bushes laden with glorious, wonderfully fragrant buds; and in the summer, Tancho crane eco-sculptures nest in the gardens.

  61. Theme
    Keepin' it Real Y'allCompleted Jun 21, 2015

    Hopefully you caught Karen's talk on street photography and either borrowed or perused the many books on the subject at the last meeting. We learned that it could be photos of either people aware of the camera or spontaneous shots, black and white or colour, streetscapes or inside businesses, people or no people, and can be similar to photojournalism. In all cases, this type of photography is a little slice of life that tells a story whether it be humorous or poignant.

    This challenge is go out and take your own version of life, to take photos not snapshots. Good luck and happy hunting! Here are three links from Karen to help with this challenge.

    https://www.flickr.com/groups/onthestreet/

    https://juanjosereyes.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/three-ways-to-get-better-street-photography-shots/

    http://www.nelsontan.com/tutorialspage/streetphotography.html

    12 members made a total of 214 comments on 39 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

    Sheryl Stendal
    Bruce F
  62. Outing
    PhotoGeocacheMay 31, 2015

    We'll take a walk around the False Creek area, but add the concept of "geocaching" to the event.

    This will be an exercise in exposing photographers to the same location and seeing how they creatively interpret what they see. Many may photograph the same thing, others may surprise you with what they saw.

    While the focus will be on specific locations, we're sure people will be taking photos long the entire length of the walk.


    Details:

    Geocaching is a popular past time for a growing number of people. Almost all smart phones now come with GPS locators, which can be used to navigate to specific co-ordinate.

    Geocaching involves going to a specific location to find a geocache, which is usually a container of some sort containing a log sheet hidden somewhere at the coordinates. When you find the cache you sign the log sheet to prove you were there.

    Geocaching is a fun activity to combine with photography, since the hunt for geocaches (over 6 million world wide and growing) takes you to places you may not have otherwise considered.

    See geocaching.com for more information.

    For our outing, rather than looking for a log sheet to sign, you will "prove" you found the right location by taking photos of what you see at each spot. When shared on the website and at member sharing at meetings, it gives an interesting opportunity to compare and contrast creative visions of different people.

    There are so many apps and devices out there, there is no one format that works with all of them. You will need to know your device/app well enough to enter coordinates. The worst case is you enter them one by one from the text formatted list (most car GPS devices like TomToms will allow you to enter a destination in a latitude/longitude set of coordinates.) GPX files are a format used by a lot of GPS devices, so you can copy the ones below onto your device (e.g. Garmin's BaseCamp application is used to load a GPS waypoint file onto your Garmin navigation device). Some Andoid apps can import a GPX file, but want it in a "track" format (where the waypoints are connected in a certain order). So there are 2 GPX files below, one is just a set of waypoints, the other is a "track".

    GPX Files:

    Paper Options:
    For the options below, you will want to open these links in your browser and print out a copy on paper to bring with you. Trying to flip between GPS apps andyour page reader might be a bit painful.

    Another way to get these coordinates into your device is using geo-location QR codes. If you have a QR scanning app (I use "QR Droid", it's free and capable), then take a paper printout of the waypoint locations and scan a code when you're ready to go to the next waypoint. In QR Droid, when you scan one of these codes it shows you the location on a map, but then hitting your "back" button you can "get directions" which feeds the information into Google Maps (or your preferred mapping app) and you can navigate to the location (remember to set your mode to "walking" and not "car"!).

    The "text list" is the list of coordinates for the waypoints ... in 2 formats: decimal, and DMS (degrees, minutes, seconds). A device that lets you enter coordinates will use one or the other of these formats (or even both).

    Google Maps:

    And finally, if none of the above options work for you, this link will show you the waypoints connected with a track on Google Maps. If you cannot work out how to use your GPS app/device with the above files, then you should be able to eyeball the locations by zooming in on this map: Google Map Route

    One last caveat: The accuracy of GPS apps and devices varies greatly. Also these locations were only recorded with a couple of "sample sessions" (the location recorded several times over a span of time), so there can still be some inaccuracy there. So don't be surprised if you go to "0 meters to target" and find another group is 10 feet (or more!) away. These locations will get you "in the ball park". The first half were recorded near "something interesting" that should stand out. But the second half is more "what do I see here" when there's nothing obvious.
    Also note, you're free to shoot photos at any point along this route!!!

  63. Theme
    Upside DownCompleted May 24, 2015

    Well it seems that "Marsala" was a difficult theme and it's looking like "Into the Sun" will be too, what with all the rain. So I wanted to find a theme that could exploit our weather. I chose "Upside Down". Whether it is a reflection in a puddle or window, an image turned 180 degrees or any other creative idea to portray the idea, this should be, hopefully, a more enjoyable challenge. I have attached two links to websites to help - one explains how to achieve the effect, the other is a gallery of upside down photos. Good luck.

    www.oneslidephotography.com/photography-ideasupside-down-photography/ www.gizmodo.com/5772906/86-upside-down-photos

     

    7 members made a total of 81 comments on 40 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Bruce F
    Sheryl Stendal
  64. Theme
    Into The SunCompleted Apr 26, 2015

    Lens flared, magical, dreamy, or retro feeling photographs are all the rage right now partially fueled by the popularity of Instagram. These images are acquired by shooting towards the sun with your subject being backlit which is a more difficult image to take than silhouettes. The exposure is for your subject with the background slightly or entirely blown out. Following are some tips and websites to give you some tips and ideas. Good luck.

    SOME TIPS TO MAKE BACK LIGHTING WORK FOR YOU by Lisa Holloway • Use a lens hood. A lens hood is cheap and easy to use, and is a great way to reduce haze in your back lit images. • Stand in the shade. By physically planting yourself in a shady location, you eliminate the problems that arise with the sunlight coming directly into your lens. If there is no shade available, try shooting with the sun at a slight angle to your camera. Make sure it is not coming straight into your lens – unless you are shooting to purposefully include haze and sun flare. • Open sky! By open sky, I mean open sky behind you. This allows for adequate lighting to fall on your subject’s face. • Avoid open sky behind your subject. Open sky is great behind YOU, but not so great behind your subject. If you are properly exposing for your subject’s skin tones, that sky will blow out and be nothing but one big, ugly, distracting white blob in your photo that will steal attention from your subject. Remember, our eyes settle on the brightest thing in a photo. You don’t want that to be a blown out sky!

    And here is another couple of links with tips on backlit photography. www.digitalcameraworld.com/2014/05/30/backlighting-subjects-4-advanced-tips-for-producing-dramatic-photos/

     www.photodoto.com/backlit-photography/

    10 members made a total of 102 comments on 44 submissions.

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  65. Outing
    You will be able to shoot various subjects on this outing: architecture, landscape, people, and more, as well as practice long exposure, black and white, or night photography.


    Details:
    The New West Council has been working on a plan to reconnect our community with the Fraser River that most likely will include the deconstruction of the western half of the Front Street parkade between Sixth Avenue and Begbie Street.

    I propose we walk along the parkade and take pictures from that perspective, and then under it.
    Afterwards, we can get some night shots along Columbia Street.
  66. Theme
    Marsala 2015 Color of the YearCompleted Mar 22, 2015

    As photographers we look at the world differently, see things in new ways, and try to document what we see. We should also be aware of trends as they happen. Pantone selects a colour each year to be the colour of the year which designers, trying to be step ahead of the competition, wait for eagerly. Clothing, accessories, and furniture, to name a few, all use Pantone's selection for their next line. Huffington Post, Architectural Digest and House Beautiful all use Pantone's choice in their articles. This month's challenge is to find and interesting image with Marsala being the dominant colour. This won't be easy because it isn't wine or cranberry or any other shade of red. Here is Pantone's and The New York Post's websites to see this colour. Good luck.

     www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21163

    www.nypost.com/2014/12/09/15-fashionable-marsala-items-pantones-2015-color-of-the-year

     

     

     

     

    8 members made a total of 68 comments on 20 submissions.

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  67. Outing
    Spring is hereMar 22, 2015
    Ample options that include weathered rocks, a jade green pond, mystical plants and stunning architecture; plus a flavourful lunch!

    Details:
    Built in 1986, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first full-scale Scholar garden built outside China using traditional techniques. Covered walkways & exquisite architecture make it a delight in any weather or season, with the same relaxing, serene landscape as found in the old, private gardens of China's ancient elite.
    Garden admission is $12, seniors $10. They have public tours as well.
    Visit http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/ for more information.
  68. Theme
    Composition: FramingCompleted Feb 22, 2015

    Placing a frame around the center of interest of an image can be a very effective way of improving an image. The frame serves to help define the center of interest, add depth to an image, and lead the viewer's eye.

    Define: When used properly, the frame provides details that help to define the center of interest. Essentially, the frame puts the center of interest into context by showing some of the environment in which the center of interest exists.

    Depth: The frame provides a foreground that adds depth to an image.

    Lead: The frame also serves to lead the viewer's eye to the center of interest. The frame essentially focuses the attention.

    -Ron Bigelow

    I might add that framing is also useful for scenic or city shots when the gray skies add nothing to the photo. Here are two websites with examples:

    http://expertphotography.com/frame-within-a-frame-depth-contex/

    http://www.gizmodo.in/science/20-Photos-of-Creative-Frames-Within-Frames/articleshow/19155927.cms

    11 members made a total of 115 comments on 28 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

  69. Outing
    Under WaterFeb 22, 2015
    Over 90,000 living creatures from all around the globe.
    Inside, you will be treated to live shows featuring sea lions, beluga whales and dolphins. You can also watch sea otter feedings and daring shark dives in addition to viewing the aquarium’s 30,000 species of native and exotic fish! Plus the park itself.

    Details:
    The Vancouver Aquarium is located in beautiful Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver.
    Pay Parking is available ($2.25/hr or $6/day), and you can get there by transit as well.
    General Admission is $29, Seniors $20.
    More info at: http://www.vanaqua.org/
  70. Theme
    Festive in Green, White, and RedCompleted Jan 25, 2015

    Webster's New World Dictionary states that "festive" is an adjective meaning joyous or merry. This challenge is to find a picture during these holiday weeks that puts a smile on your face, something that depicts the joy you feel. The twist is that this photo should predominantly show the colours green, white, and red. Good luck and may you have a wonderful holiday season.

    10 members made a total of 163 comments on 46 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Nancy M
    Nancy M
  71. Outing

    You name it, you can probably find it there: lots of colour, architecture, activity, people shots, bridges, boats and other marine activity, great views of the city... plus the amazing new Vancouver Biennale "Giants" murals on Ocean Concrete's massive silos.


    Details:

    More info, including the Island's history and heritage and site maps, at: (<ahref="http://granvilleisland.com/">http://granvilleisland.com/.
    http://granvilleisland.com/how-find-us#businfo (If taking the Skytrain from New West, get off at Granville Station; any bus that heads south on Granville Street and crosses the Granville Bridge will take you within easy walking distance.)

  72. Theme
    Architectural PatternsCompleted Dec 21, 2014

    Look for color, shape, strong graphic elements, and good lighting. Textures and patterns are all around us, in our homes, at our work, in our town or city. Go out with an open imaginative mind, be aware and observant, look for the interesting and unique patterns and textures in your everyday world, and experiment with what you find. This theme challenge focuses on the patterns you see in architecture only.

    9 members made a total of 97 comments on 36 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


  73. Theme

    I think I am safe in saying that most of us joined the photography club to not only socialize with other photographers but to learn and grow our craft. This month's challenge fits the bill in that it will be difficult to just scroll through our files to find photos we have taken to enter into the monthly theme. To be honest, I have fallen into that routine and so saying that, this is a big challenge. To those who attended our last meeting we were fortunate to learn something about this technique from Bruce Fairman. Here is a website with tips on how to accomplish this with artists who do this technique.

    http://digital-photography-school.com/intentional-camera-movement-landscape/

    Wikipedia suggest these other photographers: Douglas Barkley, Alexey Titarenko and Ernst Haas. There are several different ICM methods so lets stick to handheld landscape shots. As  both Bruce and the article states, be prepared to take lots and lots of shots before finding one that pleases you and have fun!

    8 members made a total of 118 comments on 29 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

    Milada D
  74. Outing
    FrequenciesNov 16, 2014
    Primarily, capturing subject details/shooting macro photography.
    Chilly, damp November weather can often make an indoor outing more attractive.
    With both this and our Oct 28th meeting guest speaker on Macro in mind, we've planned a visit to the SPARC Museum, run by the members and volunteers of the Society for the Preservation of Antique Radio in Canada (http://www3.telus.net/radiomuseum/index.html).


    Details:
    Open to the public on Sundays from 10:00 to 4:00, this museum is tucked away on the Riverview grounds in Coquitlam (who knew?).
    The site is sprawling and hosts a number of buildings, so here's some help finding the one containing SPARC.

    There are two main entry points to Riverview off the Lougheed Hwy (#7) between the Cape Horn interchange and Coquitlam Centre:
    one at Colony Farm Road and one at Orchid Drive.

    SPARC is located in a light-yellow-beige metal-clad, flat-roof building on Kerria Road, roughly in the north-south centre of the grounds, up the hillside from the red-brick East Lawn building and south of the white-and-blue North Lawn building.
    Map here: http://www3.telus.net/radiomuseum/visit/index.html. Parking is plentiful and free.

    (No entry fee is mentioned, so it's most likely free -- or perhaps they will ask for a nominal donation in lieu of.)

  75. Theme
    POV - Low AngleCompleted Oct 26, 2014

    I found a challenge on the Digital Photography School website that I thought might interest our club. The challenge is to take low angle shots, not just looking up at tall subjects but by getting down and dirty and taking shots from the ground level. What is needed for this type of photography is some kind of tarp, plastic, or material to lie down on to keep both clean and dry. Since our weather should be holding for several more weeks this should be doable and can produce some surprising results.

    Following is an article with tips for this type of photography: http://digital-photography-school.com/7-tips-for-great-low-angle-shots/

    12 members made a total of 156 comments on 36 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

    David L
  76. Outing
    Great fall colour, form and texture abound on a crisp October day! Who doesn't get (at least a bit) nostalgic at the sight of gorgeous plump pumpkins en masse -- harkening back to Halloweens past and the bounty of a beautiful season... Plus hay wagons and live entertainment! What's not to like?

    Details:
    Richmond Country Farms is located at 12900 Steveston Highway in Richmond.
    Take the Steveston Hwy exit from Highway 99, on the Richmond side of the Massey Tunnel, 6 km from the south end of the Oak Street Bridge. The Pumpkin Patch at Richmond Country Farms is on the Southeast corner, right beside the freeway.

    The Pumpkin Patch webpage: http://www.countryfarms.ca/#!the-nursery/c1se.

  77. Theme
    Composition 101: The Rule of OddsCompleted Sep 21, 2014

    1.Rule of Odds states that having an odd number of objects in an image will be more interesting and therefore pleasing. In case there is an even number of objects, your brain would have an easy time "organizing" the objects into pairs and therefore bringing in symmetry and dullness. If you have one main object, accompany it with two supporting objects, not one. This way, one of them will be a middle one. We can find a parallel from the art of writing, where rule of three states remember that lists of three examples are the most efficient in carrying forward the presented idea.

    2.Human eye tends to wander to the center of a group. With even number of objects, eye will end up at the negative space in center. The rule becomes important when trying to achieve a visually pleasing composition of several objects. A common form of usage is having three objects in frame, they always form either a line or a triangle, both are considered pleasurable shapes. The rule will not matter with larger groups though, few people will feel any different if there are 36 or 37 fish in the sea. The amount translates to "plenty" in brain either way.

    3.You should strive to apply the rule when including a "group of" objects as an important element of your photo. E.g. five flowers in a vase will be more pleasing than four or six. Implied from the rule is that you should have an even number of objects if the paired relationship or dullness is what you want to express (for example, a shot of students sitting in pairs would carry the idea of a dull long lesson, while adding a teacher would turn it around into a photo of educational interaction).

    So that being said, this month's theme should have a photograph of three - people, flowers, animals, shapes, etc.

    9 members made a total of 118 comments on 32 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

    Tim S
  78. Outing
    TrainspottingSep 20, 2014

    Well, trains, obviously! But of a historical nature. Trains are subjects that offer almost endless variations on a theme, and this particular venue offers opportunities to photograph locomotives, a miniature railway, passenger and freight "rolling stock" and MORE!


    Details:

    The museum features 90 pieces of heritage railway rolling stock, plus a significant collection of railway related artifacts. The oldest pieces are the business car British Columbia (1890) and a rare Canadian Pacific Colonist sleeping car (1905). The collection represents the major railways which have served British Columbia - Canadian Pacific, Canadian National, Pacific Great Eastern, BC Electric and Great Northern. We will meet at the area where tickets are purchased at 10:30 a.m. Not sure if food is available on site -- pack a lunch!

  79. Theme
    Abandoned SitesCompleted Aug 24, 2014
    At one time or another we have either stumbled upon or deliberately found a deserted building, neighbourhood, or town. As photographers we are fascinated with the textures, juxtapositions of every day things tangled with debris and nature, and the mood of the place. Use caution in some areas - they are slated for demolition for a reason. Look at the following photographer's photos but I am not condoning his way of obtaining these. They are just for ideas only! http://www.slrlounge.com/urban-photography-abandoned-buildings-dan-marbaix

    9 members made a total of 115 comments on 38 submissions.

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  80. Outing
    Night Market MagicAug 23, 2014
    Canada Line will take you within easy walking distance of the Richmond Night Market, where zillions of zany and colourful photo ops abound -- plus a multicultural food section to score some tasty dinner.

    Details:
    Richmond Night Market is at: 8351 River Road, Richmond (a 5-minute walk from Canada Line's Bridgeport Station) http://www.richmondnightmarket.com/maps.html Regular admission is $2.25, free for children 10 and under and seniors aged 60 and up. Being on time is IMPORTANT, as we'll be going in without delay and can't wait for stragglers. Please plan to meet us at 6:45-- especially If you want to get your very own "Night Market Magic" Challenge Sheet!
  81. Outing

    A fun opportunity for those looking for an "abandoned structures" fix.


    Details:

    Photo op time by the shipyard will be followed by a wander along nearby South Dyke Road... to photograph the boats, sheds and other relics of an (almost) bygone era of fishing mixed with more modern river activity. It makes for a relaxing and interesting stroll with very little traffic. We could stop in at Frankie G's on Ewen Avenue afterwards for some refreshment, and those who wish to could stay on for a casual pub dinner. Ahoy!

  82. Theme
    Need for WeedsCompleted Jul 20, 2014
    “A weed is but an unloved flower.” ― Ella Wheeler Wilcox “Don't let the tall weeds cast a shadow on the beautiful flowers in your garden.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free Maligned or not, weeds are everywhere. Most of us loathe dandelions yet in other parts of the world the young leaves are prized for salads. Your challenge this month is to elevate these "unwanted" plants and create art around them.

    7 members made a total of 61 comments on 24 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

    Milada D
    Glenn M
  83. Theme
    FootwearCompleted Jun 22, 2014
    "The history of shoes began more than 40,000 years ago with man's need to protect his feet from harm. Our ancestors required sturdy shoes to shield their feet from rocks, sand and harsh weather conditions. But shoe history does not begin and end with the desire for protective foot coverings alone. From medieval aristocrats wearing decorative shoes to denote nobility to our current obsession with celebrity shoe designers, shoes have and will forever be an integral part of our ability to express our fashion sense and individuality." by Mimi Abney - eHow contributor This month let's look down at people's feet, in the malls, at the beach, etc. and capture the diversity of footwear in an artistic way. A sure way to get funny looks from people but then we are all use to that, aren't we? Have fun!

    8 members made a total of 87 comments on 30 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

    Mark Kinnee
    Nancy M
  84. Outing
    Lots to choose from: architectural photography, machinery, equipment, displays, and nature. And then find a place to enjoy lunch!

    Details:
    Museum admission is $25. The Museum site itself is an exhibit - from historical machinery to heritage buildings, there is plenty to see and do. From mucking machines, to ore carts and our working Lime Tank, come explore some of the equipment that once made Britannia great. They also house permanent exhibits that offer an insight into the social history of the Britannia Mines and mining history of BC. visit http://www.britanniaminemuseum.ca/ for more information.
  85. Theme
    April ShowersCompleted May 25, 2014
    Shooting in the rain can provide opportunities to capture dramatic or romantic atmospheres. Be careful with protecting yourself and equipment and you can find some images that you would not find on a clear day. Try using the rain as the main focus of your image, then as an accessory to enhance the photo, shooting outside and looking into a rainy window, shooting inside looking out, and macro shots of droplets on plants are just some ideas. Check out this link for some more ideas: http://digital-photography-school.com/rainy-day-image/

    10 members made a total of 116 comments on 25 submissions.

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  86. Outing
    Nature, people, black and white

    Details:
    After a morning of shooting, will enjoy lunch at the Quay. For more information regarding the place, please visit their web site http://www.lonsdalequay.com/
  87. Theme
    Silhouette StoryCompleted Apr 20, 2014
    Although, the original silhouettes were usually in profile it now means any dark shape seen against a light background. Silhouettes remove all the distractions and clutter in a scene and distill the image down to its most basic, this is why the story is so important. Create powerful silhouettes by telling a story. Here is a link with tips on taking this type of photograph. http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-silhouettes

    10 members made a total of 146 comments on 39 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

    Nancy M
    Barb A
  88. Outing

    Massive Douglas firs, plus fascinating plants and features abound, including a beautiful woodsy walk through the Asian Garden—plus Alpine, Food and Physic Gardens and much more. Even an amphitheatre!

    If you haven’t been there before, UBC Botanical Garden is a worthwhile discovery, with something to offer in every season. The garden’s renowned collection of magnolias should be in full swing by the time we visit, making for some truly gorgeous shots.


    Details:

    The UBC Botanical Garden is located at 6804 SW Marine Drive in Vancouver.

    For more info visit the garden's website: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/
    Get directions using Google Maps

  89. Theme
    Comical Pet PortraitCompleted Mar 23, 2014
    We have all seen our pets or friend's pets act crazy, look zany, and goofy. Here is your chance to capture that portrait showing their funny character and charm. If you do not have a pet then see if you can borrow someone else's or tag along on a walk or even go to a dog park and watch the antics. Cats, dogs, birds, or any other pet can be subjects for this theme. If you care to dress them up then check out William Wegman's photography who has based almost his entire reputation on dressing up his Weimaraner dogs.

    10 members made a total of 112 comments on 32 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

    Jennifer Wolowic
    Barb A
  90. Outing

    A great opportunity to get additional pictures for the upcoming Fraser Valley Invitational theme: "Industrial -- The Process: How, Where, Who" -- plus enjoy some beer!


    Details:
    The tour includes a 25-minute tour through the facility, followed by three 4 oz taster glasses of Central City's excellent beer.

    The whole event usually takes about an hour. Their regular tour size is 12 people, but they can accommodate larger groups with advance notice. The tour will take us right through the brewery, and we will be able to get up close to the various equipment. (The tour guides might be able to bring us to any area we would like to see/photograph.)

    For more information, you can visit their website - centralcitybrewing.com)

  91. Theme
    NW ChroniclerCompleted Feb 23, 2014
    Chronicle - v. to record, document, put on record an historical event, place, or time. This past year we witnessed the heart-breaking destruction of an historical area in New Westminster during the fire on Columbia Street. If it wasn't for the photographers of the past we would not have had a visual reference to our memories. This month let us chronicle old New Westminster. The buildings, bridges, streets, houses, schools, and businesses that were built before 1950 which is the benchmark used by the Historical Preservation Society. This will give us a chance to try sepia or black and white, but not strictly, to give an old world feel to our photos.

    9 members made a total of 126 comments on 37 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

    Mark Kinnee
    Simon Goulet
    Cathy S
  92. Outing

    A great opportunity for vibrant colours, crowd images, and more (plus some delicious lunch)!


    Details:

    The "Year of the Horse Spring Festival Parade" begins at 11:00 a.m. For a map of the parade route, visit www.cbavancouver.ca

  93. Theme
    Bottoms Up!Completed Jan 26, 2014
    Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, bubbly, eggnog, soda, milk - whatever quaff strikes your fancy. Take your best shot of your favourite drink, at a restaurant or bar, home with the family, or celebrating, as long as the beverage is the star. Experiment with shallow depths of field, backgrounds and textures but be careful of your white balance. Try for natural indirect light by a window, compensate the white balance in camera, or adjust with software. Cheers!

    13 members made a total of 191 comments on 28 submissions.

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  94. Theme
    Sense of MovementCompleted Dec 22, 2013
    Motion-blur photographs often happened by accident but when certain techniques and lots of practise is applied some wonderful photos can occur. Purposely shaking the camera, panning, zooming in or out as you depress the shutter, slow shutter, and slow sync flash are ways of creating these type of photographs. Check out the following link to get some pointers on how to do this: www.digital-photography-school.com/how-to-capture-motion-blur-in-photography

    11 members made a total of 174 comments on 29 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

    Mark Kinnee
  95. Outing
    Christmas LightsDec 14, 2013

    Our December photo outing is to the Burnaby Village Museum, for the Heritage Christmas. There are many good photo opportunities; the shimmering lights, the new snowfall display, a new display with 400 sound-reactive lights at the bandstand that twinkle and change colours in response to sound, new decoratively lit and beautifully adorned transformed eco-sculptures. There’s lots to see and do. There’ll be a great variety of good subjects to photograph and opportunities to try your hand at capturing coloured lights. We hope to see you there.

  96. Theme
    EerieCompleted Nov 24, 2013
    With the foggy season and Halloween around the corner it is the perfect time of year to take some eerie shots. This can be accomplished with low light, light painting, black and white, and long exposures amongst other techniques. Our outing at the cemetery should provide ample opportunities to take this kind of photograph and if not, the various neighbourhoods on Halloween or foggy mornings along the Fraser. Check out this link for tips on taking "eerie" shots. www.stepbystep-photography.com/lessons/13-photographic-techniques-spooky-halloween-photos

    11 members made a total of 119 comments on 31 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

  97. Outing
    In the airportNov 16, 2013

    Architectural photography, open spaces and crowd images, public art displays.

    For a list of major art displays in the terminals, see this YVR page.


    Details:

    Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is Canada’s second busiest airport, serving approximately 17 million passengers annually (2011 data) and handling more than 258,000 aircraft landings and take-offs on its runways.

    For many visitors, YVR provides the first and last impression of British Columbia with art and architecture reflective of the province’s diverse landscape and people. YVR currently houses the largest collection of Northwest Coast Native art in the world.

    While thousands of tourists take photos of the airport every day, photographers should be aware of the nature of this environment:

    • areas occupied by the Airport Authority and its partners – airline ticket counters, shops, restaurants, government agencies, etc. – are private areas and photography of them technically requires approval by both the Airport Authority and the business partner
    • filming of pre-boarding security screening points is not permitted under any circumstances
    • If you're shooting hand held, there should be no problem. But if you set up tripods or start using large flashes, you may draw the attention of security personnel who may think you are doing commercial filming (which requires permission from the Airport Authority). Explain your situation (your photoclub is doing an outing).
    • If asked to stop shooting in an area by airport security, please respect their wishes. While it may be considered a public space, the Airport is private property -- and due to security concerns, airport staff may appear over-protective, but they are just doing their job.
    • Be aware if you are photographing people, that while you are in a public space, not everyone may want to be photographed. And due to the international environment, not everyone you encounter may be fluent in English.

    If you’re looking to film aircraft taking off or landing, here are a few great spots:

    • Flight Path Park, Russ Baker Way, for views of the South Runway
    • Public Viewing Platform, Airport South, for views of the South Runway
    • Airport South for views of business aircraft and float planes
    • Templeton Road, near the Canada Line, for views of the North Runway
    • Public Observation Area, Domestic Terminal, for views of the domestic gates, aprons and taxiways

    To avoid expensive Airport Parking fees, consider taking Translink to YVR

    Transit: If you are taking the Canada Line, just a heads-up re the $5 Canada Line YVR AddFare, which is applicable to travel departing from any of the stations on Sea Island, including YVR-Airport, destined for Bridgeport Station or points beyond. The ticket machines at the airport station are programmed to charge the additional YVR AddFare automatically on applicable transactions. Customers who buy their fare zone ticket from a machine using cash, debit or credit card must pay the $5 YVR AddFare. This includes Concession (seniors and student) fares.

    Exemptions: Customers who use prepaid fares such as DayPasses, Monthly FareCards, FareSavers, 28-day passes, U-Passes, Employer Passes and Gov Bus Passes are exempt from the YVR AddFare.


  98. Outing

    Here is our chance to practice ghost effects, strobe lighting, painting with light or whatever you like, within reason, with a night outing to a local cemetery.


    Details:

    Bring lighting equipment you might have, including a flashlight, flash, gels, any props you would like to use, etc. Some shots may require group cooperation to shield subjects from the city lights, so the more the merrier.

    Try to have in mind something you would like to do. You can paint the trees, gravestones or paths with light from a flashlight while your camera sits on a tripod. (Maybe a red rose on a grave lit by a red light?) You could have someone walk through your scene or stand there briefly. You could try "dragging the shutter" where you set off a flash but keep the shutter open for a while longer to catch some ambient light. You could keep your shutter open while you shoot off flashes all over the place.

    As Shona said, teamwork might be good here, so come with some ideas! This will be fun.

  99. Theme
    Magical MistakesCompleted Oct 20, 2013
    Before even lifting the camera to our eye, we, as photographers, have considered a multitude of aspects before the photograph is taken - depth of field, direction of light, composition, shutter speed etc. We strive to capture our ideas and stories by balancing these actions but sometimes what comes out is a "magical mistake". Before deleting it, something about it captures our attention. It may be blurry, too dark, or not on the thirds line but it is an interesting shot nevertheless. This month's theme features these "mistakes".

    8 members made a total of 78 comments on 28 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Karen J
    Shona L
  100. Theme
    S-CurvesCompleted Sep 22, 2013

    Quite often diagonal lines are used to draw the viewer's eye into a photograph. S-Curves are another component of composition which could also lead to a focal point or create a feeling of motion. Found in nature, macro, or urban environments, S-Curves can elevate a photograph from a snapshot to a compelling image.

    11 members made a total of 142 comments on 39 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    David L
  101. Outing
    Meadows MazeSep 21, 2013

    An opportunity to practice the techniques discussed by Derek on April, as well as macro photography.


    Details:

    Here you will find one of the largest corn mazes on the area, a petting zoo, bee observatory, Lions "Goat" Bridge, hay wagon rides, and a couple of trains, Barrel Train and Corny's Maze Train. For more information you can visit their website meadowsmaze.com

  102. Theme
    Urban NatureCompleted Aug 25, 2013
    As our world is increasingly affected by our activities, the flora and fauna that will thrive best is that which can adapt to life in towns and cities. Try to capture the tenacity of nature by looking for juxtapositions of natural forms against man-made structures. For example dandelions growing through a crack in a concrete sidewalk, wild animals in the city, etc.
    Check out this photographer's work to get some ideas: www.paulraphaelson.com

    11 members made a total of 131 comments on 38 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Nancy M
  103. Outing
    Finn SloughAug 25, 2013

    Marine/dyke environment, a chance to photograph wildlife as well as structures in various states of repair, so opportunities for architectural images as well as interesting texture shots.


    Details:

    Come join us Sunday morning for a walk around this tidal community. www.finnslough.com

  104. Theme
    Look UpCompleted Jul 21, 2013
    Most people only see what is straight ahead or to the side of them and rarely notice what is beneath them or above. As photographers we try to look at everything, from all angles, so this theme is about looking upwards, in the sky, on buildings, in the trees, or your ceiling for example.

    7 members made a total of 45 comments on 26 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Monica R
  105. Outing
    Minter GardensJul 21, 2013

    Here is our first summer outing, those of you who cannot make it Sunday, maybe can go a day earlier, and share your photos.


    Details:

    There is an event going on this date, the 11th Classic Car Show, from 9am to 4pm, for more details, visit their webpage: www.mintergardens.com

  106. Theme
    CentreCompleted May 26, 2013
    Of course you may interpret this as a noun or verb.

    6 members made a total of 52 comments on 29 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


  107. Theme
    VegetablesCompleted Apr 21, 2013
    You know, those good for you things that we know as vegetables, not fruit. Let's not get into the "what is fruit" argument. No apples, oranges, bananas, etc. Carrots, broccoli, lettuce - you know, veggies! Put them on pizza if you want. Be as creative as you like.

    9 members made a total of 91 comments on 26 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Shona L
    Brenda F
  108. Outing
    Architecture PlusApr 21, 2013

    Practice some of the tips from the Architecture presentation at the last club meeting. If you missed the meeting, come anyway!


    Details:

    The now well-known architect, Arthur Erickson, designed SFU. Although the harmony of the buildings with the landscape is evident, you will have to decide if the weathered concrete enhances or detracts. No towers of glass here, but the levels, angles and inside/outside spaces make for fascinating photography. A good exercise in seeing.

  109. Theme
    GlassCompleted Mar 24, 2013
    In any of its many forms. Try to show the quality of the material.

    12 members made a total of 145 comments on 34 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

    Nancy M
  110. Outing

    An "unofficial" (thanks to Nathan and Karen) outing to The Royal BC Museum in Victoria, to see Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2012) exhibit from London’s Natural History Museum. The exhibit features the winning entries from this year's worldwide competition and is comprised of 100 large-scale, back-lit photographs chosen from more than 48,000 international entries.

  111. Outing

    Put on your walking shoes and join us for a photo hunt in Vancouver and Yaletown.


    Details:

    You will be provided with a route and clues to photographs to find on the way.

  112. Theme
    StripesCompleted Feb 24, 2013
    Since these are so . . everywhere . . . no hints are necessary. And if someone enters painted zebras, we'll all know who . . .

    12 members made a total of 241 comments on 44 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


  113. Outing
    Take FlightFeb 17, 2013

    Exercise creativity in going beyond the obvious. Record some history.


    Details:

    An informal tour of the museum's many aircraft and supporting displays. The museum has some rare aircraft so let's see some creative work with lenses, angles and effects to do these beauties justice.

  114. Theme
    Night LightsCompleted Jan 20, 2013
    This can be a busy season for everyone, so here's an absolutely easy giveaway. Whether you photograph a downtown street, your neighbour's Christmas display or one sole street light in the fog, you just need one or more lights and some darkness. Both are easy to come by in December.

    11 members made a total of 157 comments on 35 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


  115. Outing
    Ice and the CityJan 12, 2013

    An opportunity to practice motion/action photography, people, architecture and lots more.


    Details:

    We'll start with some photos of skaters on the Robson Square ice rink. Rent skates if you like, or watch from the rails or the stairs. Lots of swirling colours to play with abstracts or panning. Collect your photo hunt sheet and look around the area and down Granville Street a ways to complete the photo hunt before returning to New West in time for supper.

  116. Theme
    Two roadsCompleted Dec 23, 2012
    Two freeway lanes don't count, people.

    8 members made a total of 76 comments on 26 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

    Peter E
    Bruce F
  117. Theme
    Breaking the rulesCompleted Nov 25, 2012
    No blatant law breaking please!

    10 members made a total of 112 comments on 26 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

    Nancy M
    Peter E
  118. Outing

    Practice macro and nature photography in the shelter of the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park. Even for non-floral lovers, the roof, the architecture and even the view are worth the visit. There are over 100 birds inside, tall trees and lots of colour and texture from the diverse plant materials. 


    Details:

    Vancouver’s Bloedel Conservatory is a year-round indoor tropical garden in Queen Elizabeth Park.

    This “park within a park” is an enclosed triodetic dome filled with 500 different exotic plants and flowers, koi fish, and more than 100 free-flying birds. Note, apparently the birds are most active in the morning, which is when we are visiting.

    The Conservatory sits beside the beautiful Quarry Gardens and has a panoramic view of the city's skyline and mountain backdrop.

    If the inside looks strangely familiar to first time visitors, it is because the garden and surrounding QE park have been used in movies and TV shows such as Stargate SG-1, Battlestar Galactica, Andromeda and many others.

    Winter hours of operation are 10 to 5 every day.  We are arriving as early as possible to beat the crowds,

  119. Theme
    DreamsCompleted Oct 21, 2012
    Some themes just need no explanation, right? A club survey suggestion. This might be fun for the filter lovers.

    8 members made a total of 123 comments on 22 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Monica R
  120. Outing
    After darkOct 13, 2012

    Groove with the spirits with a night outing to a local cemetery to practice ghost effects, strobe lighting, painting with light or whatever you like. (within reason. Let's show some respect. Although maybe the deceased are up for a laugh?)

    This outing was canceled due to a bad weather forecast. The bad weather didn't materialize, and one member who didn't get the cancelation notice showed up to shoot.


    Details:

    Bring lighting equipment you might have, including a flashlight, flash, gels, any any props you would like to use, etc. Some shots may require group cooperation to shield subjects from the city lights, so the more the merrier.

    Try to have in mind something you would like to do. You can paint the trees, gravestones or paths with light from a flashlight while your camera sits on a tripod. (Maybe a red rose on a grave lit by a red light?) You could have someone walk through your scene or stand there briefly. You could try "dragging the shutter" where you set off a flash but keep the shutter open for a while longer to catch some ambient light. You could keep your shutter open while you shoot off flashes all over the place.

    As I said, teamwork might be good here, so come with some ideas! This will be fun.

  121. Theme
    Past, present, futureCompleted Sep 23, 2012
    Future is a tricky one but "futuristic" would qualify. Any TWO of these must be in the image. Go on, challenge yourself!

    10 members made a total of 86 comments on 20 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


  122. Outing
    New eyesSep 22, 2012

    A meet and greet photo hunt to refresh your memory of some of the photo techniques you may not use on a regular basis.


    Details:

    This venue may be new to some or a daily walk for others, but every day provides changes in light and subject. You will be provided with a list of subjects or techniques (or maybe subjects that need certain techniques, both photographic and otherwise).

    You may use a point and shoot or a full SLR with all the bells and whistles. Each will present its own challenges.

  123. Theme
    SunglassesCompleted Aug 20, 2012
    Let's have some fun with this! It's summer. Play a little.

    7 members made a total of 41 comments on 10 submissions.

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    Top Ranked Images

    David Emery
    Karen J
    David L
  124. Theme
    EncounterCompleted Jul 22, 2012
    There are so many possible interpretations, I know I don't need to give you any hints. Try to be creative, and have fun.

    7 members made a total of 55 comments on 19 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Vincent Singh
  125. Theme
    MechanicalCompleted Jun 17, 2012
    From car shows to tractor museums to egg beaters, mechanical items are everywhere. Find something. Make three good photographs. Enter them. See, wasn't that easy?

    3 members made a total of 23 comments on 15 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Jim Furey
    Jim Furey
    Vincent Singh
  126. Theme
    Fraser RiverCompleted May 20, 2012
    New Westminster, Maple Ridge and Lillooet members alike will be able to shoot this one without going too far. (You Burnaby people may have to travel a bit). The river must be a significant part of the photo. Yes, those night shots of the bridges are allowed, but try to do something that hasn't been done before.

    8 members made a total of 66 comments on 28 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Michael Garson
    Shona L
    Vincent Singh
  127. Outing

    To give participants the learning experience of preparing for, choosing and hanging prints and manning a gallery over a weekend.

    And having a laugh and buzz of an opening night. Jackets and ties please!


    Details:

    Participants will at 7:45pm Friday, draw from a hat a 2 hour shift to man the gallery between the hours of 12 noon to 8pm Saturday and Sunday. This is your gallery, your business and it comes with full bragging rights. You will be expected to sell prints, framed prints etc. Cash only. 7-11 has an ATM. Cash sent to the artist at the end, and the print/frame to the buyer (if included with price).

  128. Theme
    Wheel(s)Completed Apr 29, 2012
    Wagons, mags, bikes... one or more wheels. Not "wheels" meaning your mode of transport - this time we're looking for the round things that roll on the ground. Let's aim for something creative.

    5 members made a total of 48 comments on 31 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Jim Furey
    Shona L
  129. Theme
    Look downCompleted Mar 18, 2012
    Any shot taken from below camera level, from the view from the Harbour Centre tower to a shot of a penny dropped on the sidewalk.

    9 members made a total of 89 comments on 27 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


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  130. Outing
    RepositoryMar 18, 2012

    You are being given the oportunity to use a repository of technology, hopes and machinery. You will use tripods, flash, hot lights and use selective focus techniques. It is dingy, dark in places, flickering florecent lights and sometimes tight quaters. It is like nothing else you have shot before. You are being asked to use your skills to make a bit of product photography. You are doing photojournalism. You are doing documentary work.

  131. Theme
    BluesCompleted Feb 19, 2012
    Colour, mood or music. Lots to work with here.

    9 members made a total of 106 comments on 28 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Natassia Aladka
  132. Theme
    Boke(h)Completed Jan 22, 2012

    Although the majority of definitions suggest "aesthetics of out of focus areas of a photograph", many interpret this word as the quality of those lovely out of focus circles of light in the background of a photograph. Google for some examples and see what you can come up with during this perfect season for coloured lights... Here's a link to get you started, submitted by Barb (you may have to cut and paste into your browser): http://www.photozz.com/fizz/22820403.aspx

     

    8 members made a total of 74 comments on 19 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Karen J
    Shona L
  133. Theme
    DecoratedCompleted Jan 15, 2012
    With two holidays falling during this period, this theme, suitable for both, is such a dead easy giveaway for this busy time of year. But as always, sometimes the most obvious are the most challenging to turn into an award winning photograph.

    8 members made a total of 72 comments on 21 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Peter E
  134. Theme
    Film noirCompleted Nov 20, 2011

    This one is a huge challenge. Similar to Justin's "almost famous", this one may well have to be set up. A double month entry to give you time for interpretation, think 40s and 50s black and white, but NO images allowed from the femme fatale we captured in the Pin-up almost famous.

    4 members made a total of 59 comments on 22 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Nancy M
    Vincent Singh
    Jim Furey
  135. Theme
    On the WallCompleted Nov 12, 2011
    Peeling paint, ivy, graffiti, 99 bottles of beer ... you get the idea. Must be a photo of something touching a wall. Note this one runs for a slightly shorter period to allow theme completion and viewing at the last November meeting.

    5 members made a total of 58 comments on 18 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Jim Furey
  136. Outing
    All Star WrestlingOct 21, 2011

    How to shoot a fast moving indoor sports event


    Details:

    Any camera will provide results

    You will learn more from your failures than from success.

  137. Theme
    Fool me onceCompleted Sep 25, 2011

    From the traditional photo of someone "holding up" the Leaning Tower of Pisa to multiple exposures, "ghost images" or any composite of elements you cut and paste, we are looking for visual surprises.  Jerry Uelsmann used up to 10 enlargers for his incredible images; you may use your computer. Or just your imagination. Clip art, CGI images and the like may not comprise more than approx. 1/4 of the frame.   You have almost 3 months to come up with and execute your ideas.  Imagination counts here, as does skill.  Possibilities are endless, but can you fool the audience?    

    Theme suggestion credit to Derek Carlin.

    6 members made a total of 40 comments on 15 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


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  138. Theme
    Lined upCompleted Sep 18, 2011
    This could be an exercise in depth of field and perspective. We want more than 2 people or things lined up, all in a row. Make or find.

    8 members made a total of 100 comments on 24 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Nancy M
  139. Outing
    Foot and mouthSep 17, 2011

    The intent of this outing is to provide practice in photojournalism by offering a variety of locations on a long walk, and to offer multiple chances of practicing food/product photography.

  140. Theme
    Places to sitCompleted Aug 21, 2011
    NO, repeat, NO photos of rear ends, human or otherwise! This is about chairs, benches, stairs, logs... wherever you might sit. People sitting might be an attractive option, espsecially where the sitting on thing is not clear. Be creative! Make these works of art, not grab shots. You might find this is harder than you expect.

    6 members made a total of 46 comments on 15 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


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  141. Theme
    Foot or feetCompleted Jul 31, 2011

    Any interpretation of what a person, creature or thing stands on or rests on, or any dictionary definition you care to interpret.

    8 members made a total of 69 comments on 17 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

  142. Theme
    ReflectionCompleted Jun 26, 2011
    Inspired by a West Coast Animatography theme, there is more than one meaning to explore in this theme.

    5 members made a total of 29 comments on 20 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    David Emery
    Peter E
    Michael Garson
    Jim Furey
  143. Theme
    Puddles, pools or pondsCompleted May 29, 2011
    April showers? Even if the weather is dry, you should be able to find a pond. (no rivers, lakes or oceans allowed) And yes, this one is due on a long weekend, but if you're going to the cottage, shoot this one in the prior 6-7 weeks.

    5 members made a total of 52 comments on 18 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    David Emery
    Shona L
    Karen J
  144. Outing

    A road trip that starts in New West, proceeds to Squamish for lunch, Pemberton for afternoon tea at "The Ho" and on to Lillouette for luxurious barracks accomodation.

    There is a shooting guide and prize that is based completely on participation.

    Arise the next morning and visit jumping Boston Bar, Alexandria Bridge, ghost hamlets and tunnels. Return to New West about 5-ish

  145. Theme
    AbandonedCompleted Apr 24, 2011
    No shortage of subject possibilities but try to think "artistic" rather than "snapshot".

    8 members made a total of 56 comments on 18 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Michael Garson
    Jim Furey
  146. Theme
    DreamsCompleted Mar 27, 2011
    Have fun with this one...

    5 members made a total of 36 comments on 14 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Jim Furey
    Karen J
  147. Outing

    The intent of this outing is to teach you, and let you practice the following:

    • setting a simple set of props and/or back drops. positioning and directing and communicating in a proffesional way with a model.
    • overcoming embarrasment and dealing with a subject and achieving an objective.
    • Using a single hot light and a reflector (if you have one)

    You must come prepared with sketches, set ups, light positions on body, samples of what you'd like to do. There will be no time to dither- others need to set up and shoot and models are expensive and it's hot under those lights! And draughty.

  148. Theme
    FlightCompleted Feb 27, 2011
    Any dictionary definition you wish to interpret.

    11 members made a total of 115 comments on 29 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Jim Furey
  149. Theme
    TraditionCompleted Jan 30, 2011
    There is so much obvious tradition around Christmas that this should be an easy one to complete while you struggle with the still life that's due at the very start of the New Year.

    8 members made a total of 82 comments on 19 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    David Emery
  150. Outing
    Almost Famous 4Jan 18, 2011

    Over the last 5 years we have done a number of outing/assignments. Eash of these asked a group of photographers to combine studio shooting techniques such as finding/choosing models, props, costumes, available or created lighting, and some imagination, to create a photograph of a person, place or thing that happened or may have happened. Look back through the outings for ideas. 50's pinups was a blast.

    This years assignment asks randomly formed groups (you can join a group at the second meeting if you missed the first meeting), to create the front and back cover of an old fasioned LP, of a group of musicians. Each of the group members must be on the cover somewhere. You can do a sleeve as well, and song title etc.

    Think of any LP with a group of musicians and you'll get the idea: Abbey Road, Irish Rovers, Jimi Hendrix, a string quartet...you get the idea.

  151. Theme
    Still LifeCompleted Jan 9, 2011
    Because November can be dark and dreary, here's your chance to play inside. You don't have to do any kind of traditional bowl of fruit or vase on a draped cloth (although you are welcome to if you wish). This is for any kind of arrangement of objects (NOT found objects - you must arrange them), but that's your only restriction. Light and treat as you wish. Oh, and no abstracts. OK, that's two restrictions. Note, to avoid a due date around Christmas, this theme ends on January 2, 2011. That should give some extra time over the busy holiday season.

    6 members made a total of 39 comments on 13 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Keith G
    Jim Furey
  152. Theme
    Red!!Completed Nov 28, 2010
    From fall colour to tail lights, this primary colour shouts. Find a good photo that contains more red than just a red canoe. All shades from crimson to scarlet, but no pinks, purples or oranges. Sometimes just a bit of red has a lot of power, but the viewers should think "red" when they see it.

    7 members made a total of 83 comments on 31 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Keith G
    Shona L
  153. Outing
    Redneck FeverNov 19, 2010

    Sports photography and photojournalism


    Details:

    All Star Wrestling at Carpenter's Hall, New Westminster.

  154. Outing

    Street photography, architecture, historic documentation.

  155. Theme
    TextureCompleted Oct 30, 2010
    It's everywhere, but you might find this is harder than you expect it to be. To capture texture visually, light is everything. And we still expect some subject interest.

    5 members made a total of 92 comments on 28 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Keith G
    Tony van Straubenzee
    Jim Furey
    Keith G
    David Emery
  156. Theme
    RepetitionCompleted Oct 2, 2010
    I am thinking of more than one similar or almost similar thing, like a row of telephone poles (OK, now you can't use that really good idea) or repeating shapes... but you can interpret this as you wish.

    7 members made a total of 95 comments on 28 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Keith G
    Nancy M
  157. Outing
    Photo HuntSep 11, 2010

    Our first outing of the year will be a photo hunt which will test or refresh your photo skills - but don't worry - it will be fun too (photo hunts are always fun).


    Details:
    You will get a list of photos to hunt down. There are only 7 topics, so the time it takes is up to you. Happy hunting! (Note this is not an outing sanctioned by our creative Outings Director, Justin. However, he is off motorcycling in Europe right now so...)
  158. Theme
    ShoreCompleted Aug 28, 2010
    The land along the edge of a sea, lake or wide river. Beaches, shops, canoe rentals... whatever you find near the water. Another great summer theme with lots of scope. Go to the beach, have an ice cream cone and look around.

    5 members made a total of 60 comments on 18 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


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  159. Theme
    CarsCompleted Jul 31, 2010
    All, part or many. You are sure to find some show 'n shines, museums, streets or parking lots between now and the closing date. Try to go beyond straight forward recording to seek out creative aproaches. Simple, summer fun.

    9 members made a total of 77 comments on 20 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Keith G
    David L
  160. Theme
    Self-portraitCompleted Jun 26, 2010

    Before you go "NO WAY" and run from the room... think about how much fun you could have with this... mirrors, shadows, digital manipulation galore... Or put on a costume and stage yourself in a "movie" scene or ....   (Um, some fantasies are best left unpublished, if you get my drift).

    You do not have to be recognizable, but you have to be "in" the picture.  Somewhere.  But more than just in spirit.

     (You may get assistance,  in the form of someone else pushing the shutter only, but you must "direct" and own the negative.)  

    This one will take some thought, so don't leave it for the last minute!  This is a great opportunity to work with one or more fellow members.

    6 members made a total of 46 comments on 19 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Shona L
    Justin Ball
  161. Theme
    GreenCompleted May 29, 2010

    The colour or the trendy help the earth stuff, like a hybrid car or windmill (or any other intepretation you want). Try to make the whole image say "GREEN".

    4 members made a total of 39 comments on 19 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Shona L
    Michael Garson
  162. Theme
    PanoramaCompleted May 1, 2010
    We would prefer a non-traditional, skinny (tall or wide) image here, but you can interpret "panorama" any way you like. Just give us the feeling of width, height or ... far.

    7 members made a total of 55 comments on 21 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    David Emery
    Keith G
    Tony van Straubenzee
  163. Outing

    This was not an outing, it was a workshop held at our meeting (see past meeting information). The intent was to practice some common "table top" subjects


    Details:

    We had 3 stations at which photographers could practice:

    • Mylar: photos taken in conjunction with sheets of reflective mylar, often rolled into a tube
    • Corn Syrup: shot on glass, often in macro mode, you have interesting plays of colour through this medium with a high refractive index
    • black light: constructed subjects with interesting saturations and hues coming from the florescing of colours under ultraviolet light
  164. Outing

    The flowers, plants and landscape of this unique garden.

    Cynthia is arranging for a model dressed in traditional Japanese attire for us to photograph in the gardens.


    Details:

    Waterfall - Photo by June WestFor more information, see the garden's website.

    The Nitobe Memorial Garden is a 2 1/2 acre (one hectare) traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia, just outside the city limits of Vancouver. It is part of the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research.

    One of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America[1], it honours Japanese author, educator, diplomat, and politician Nitobe Inazō (1862-1933), who died in Victoria, British Columbia (now the sister city of Nitobe's home town Morioka), and whose goal was "to become a bridge across the Pacific."

    BridgeThe garden has been the subject of more than fifteen years' study by a UBC professor, who believes that its construction hides a number of impressive features, including references to Japanese philosophy and mythology, shadow bridges visible only at certain times of year, and positioning of a lantern that is filled with light at the exact date and time of Nitobe's death each year. The garden is behind the university's Asian Centre, which is built from steel girders from Japan's exhibit at Osaka Expo[1].

    Google Map directions to the garden, starting from our usual carpooling location:


    View Larger Map

  165. Theme
    Get activeCompleted Mar 26, 2010
    From the Olympics to cycling on the Seawall, find photos of people and their activities for this transitional west coast winter/spring period. It doesn't have to be sports. Walking the dog is fine.

    5 members made a total of 52 comments on 17 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    David Emery
    Matti J. Lagerbom
    Keith G
  166. Theme
    FluidCompleted Feb 27, 2010
    NOT restricted to water.

    6 members made a total of 92 comments on 26 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Shona L
    Joan Greaves
  167. Outing

    To experience and photograph the Olympics through official Celebration sites including LiveCity Downtown, 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion and the Robson Square Celebration site.


    Details:
    LiveCity Downtown:

    An urban gathering place in the heart of the city at Georgia and Cambie, LiveCity Downtown is all about the spirit of the sport and competition. Catch exciting, live coverage of the Olympics and Paralympics Winter Games as they unfold on the giant screen. Enjoy the best in local food and drink and cheer our athletes on to gold.

    2010 Aboriginal Pavilion:

    Authentic Aboriginal art, music and entertainment from across Canada, Aboriginal cuisine and official Vancouver 2010 licensed merchandise.

    British Columbia’s Robson Square Celebration Site:

    During the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics Winter Games, the landmark public space is serving as the Province of British Columbia’s signature celebration site. Every day of the 2010 Winter Games, there’s free public skating at the GE Plaza in the square — Vancouver’s only outdoor ice rink.

    Robson Square is also hosting live entertainment from now through the Games. During the Games, the square will feature live entertainment, sport demonstrations, light shows, video displays, and fun for the whole family. Located at Georgia and Howe Street, Visitors to Robson Square will be able to keep track of the various sporting events and ceremonies on large screens.

  168. Theme
    GlowCompleted Jan 30, 2010
    You need a clue for "glow"? Christmas is a big clue... so are long nights...

    8 members made a total of 106 comments on 29 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    David Emery
    Lou Misshula
  169. Outing

    The people, infrastructure, art and architecture of our busy international airport offer many opportunities for expanding our photographic techniques.  There is also a free public observation area located on the upper floor in the public, pre-security area of the Domestic Terminal.   There we will be able to photograph the airplane and ground activities that are not usually seen when we rush to catch our flights.

    To make our photographic outing experience a little different, we suggest that you choose to go either long or wide.  That is, choose either the longest or the widest lens or zoom that your camera supports and shot all you photos with that setting.


    Details:

    The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, The Jade Canoe, by Bill Reid, is one of Canada’s most recognizable sculptures. Located in the centre of YVR’s International Terminal, at six metres long and four meters high, its presence is hard to miss. With tiered benches all around the sculpture, the Haida Gwaii is a natural gathering and meeting point. Learn more about the Haida Gwaii and other art at YVR

  170. Theme
    Places of WorshipCompleted Dec 26, 2009
    Churches, temples, shrines... inside, outside or small details... day or night... Please respect the worshippers.

    4 members made a total of 20 comments on 22 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Matti J. Lagerbom
    Matti J. Lagerbom
  171. Theme
    StairsCompleted Nov 28, 2009
    This one doesn't need much explanation. Up, down, around... whatever you like.

    7 members made a total of 80 comments on 34 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Shona L
  172. Outing
    Granville IslandNov 21, 2009

    Photo Outing to Granville Island Public Market and Other Island Sites on November 21, 2009

    Subjects: To quote from the Granville Island website: “It’s impossible to talk about Granville Island without mentioning the food! The centre of our gastronomic delight, and in fact, the centrepiece of the Island’s shopping experience is the Public Market.” But while great food makes for great photography, do not limit yourself to only the market as there are many other subjects available. Granville Island has artisans of every kind with their creative works on display. Remember the island was an industrial area with many of the buildings providing unique views of False Creek and the downtown area of Vancouver. Your photography is limited only by your imagination.


    Details:

    After you have roamed the area and recorded the many fascinating sites, let’s meet back at our starting point at 3:30PM to share our experiences and maybe some of the food and drink. For those who prefer a beer or some wine, we can mosey over to Bridges Bistro only about 100 feet from the market.

    For your convenience, see the Map of Granville Island

  173. Theme
    RelationshipsCompleted Oct 30, 2009
    People qualify here, of course, and there are lots of possibilities, but if you prefer objects, many things have a relationship to other things. (Salt and pepper, horse and carriage...) Try not to be as cliche as my examples.

    7 members made a total of 71 comments on 24 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Cynthia Wong
  174. Outing

    To go to Vancouver’s China-town and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens and capture the unique atmosphere with monochrome Photos


    Details:

    "In the past, Chinatown was regarded as nothing more than a ghetto site. It still bears some traces of its ghetto history but much has changed over the years. Chinese immigrant families who flocked towards the eastside of Downtown since the 1850’s, have established a town filled with colourful and exotic Chinese architecture."

    With this in mind this outing will be a Black and White (monochrome) outing. Try to capture the feeling of days gone by, a time when things were done differently. Chinatown offers all sorts of photographic subjects from the old buildings (such as the Chinese Freemasons Building and the Wing Sang Building) to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens and even the people (if they consent to the photos of course)

  175. Theme
    Out of PlaceCompleted Sep 26, 2009
    "One of these things is not like the others; One of these things just doesn't belong" (remember Sesame Street?)... Find something "out of place" or that "doesn't belong" and capture it in a photograph. It doesn't have to be a pattern. Show why it doesn't belong. Litter on the lawn will qualify, but try to be a little more creative! Endless possibilities!

    2 members made a total of 6 comments on 3 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


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  176. Outing

    To go to Queen Elizabeth Park to photograph the Conservatory and surrounding gardens.


    Details:

    The Conservatory is home to exotic plants, tropical flowers, colourful fish and eye catching birds. All that you can ask for in a photographic outing! The cost to explore the conservatory is approximately $5. We can explore the conservatory until 5pm when it closes for the evening. There are also beautiful gardens around the park as well as a large fountain with 70 jets to keep you busy photographing as long as you like.

    http://vancouver.ca/parks/parks/queenelizabeth/attractions.htm

  177. Theme
    Hot!Completed Aug 29, 2009

    This is typically the warmest period of summer weather, so find something that says "hot" to you: a colour, pavement, the desert, a car, something on the BBQ, fireworks, beach umbrellas...  Um, leave the suggestive shots on the beach, guys... we've already been over that road..

    4 members made a total of 30 comments on 13 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Peter E
    David L
    Joan Greaves
  178. Theme
    The Owl and the PussycatCompleted Jul 25, 2009

    The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
        In a beautiful pea green boat,
    They took some honey, and plenty of money,
        Wrapped up in a five pound note.
    The Owl looked up to the stars above,
        And sang to a small guitar....

    It's summer, and a time for fantasy, romance and just plain sillyness... so for this theme, take any noun or phrase from the excerpt of Edward Lear's poem above and interpret it in a photograph.  For example, an owl, a boat leaving port ("went to sea"), the "stars above"... etc.  You can be as literal or whimsical as you want.  Have fun.

    4 members made a total of 19 comments on 8 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


  179. Theme
    Colour WheelCompleted Jun 27, 2009

    This theme is called "Colour Wheel". It's spring, so there is colour appearing everywhere. Find a Colour Wheel (Google can help or you can buy them inexpensively in most art supply stores). To avoid having to take an art course, we will set the theme to two uses of the colour wheel: (1) Complementary - those colours opposite each other on the wheel.  Most of us do this already - bright orange colours against a blue sky, for example, make each of the colours pop out.  See if you can shoot a good example of this...  or (2) Analogous - using colours adjacent to each other on the colour wheel.  This creates a very harmonious colour scheme.  Colour is everywhere and you can use any subject.  This is just to challenge you to keep your colour scheme simple.  It might be harder than it looks, especially if you stay out of gardens  (really, you can show florals if you want!)  Have fun.

    5 members made a total of 34 comments on 19 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Matti J. Lagerbom
    Matti J. Lagerbom
  180. Outing
    Golden Ears BridgeJun 14, 2009
    Golden Ears Bridge

    Details:
    The Grand opening of the Golden Ears Bridge is being held. There will be entertainment and you will be able to walk over the bridge deck and take wonderful photos (because that is all we take!)
  181. Theme
    ShadowsCompleted May 23, 2009
    This theme leaves lots of room for creativity, and can be interpreted inside or outside. Artificial light sources are acceptable, indoors or out. The only "rules" are that the main subject or focus of your image is shadow/s and that you capture the image within the theme dates.

    7 members made a total of 41 comments on 18 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Keith G
  182. Outing

    The horses, racing and outdoor facilities of our local harness racing track


    Details:

    We have been given permission to photograph the activities in all public areas at the track, but we cannot take pictures in the casino or use flash photography when there are horses present as they are easily spooked by the lights.

    Betting at the racetrack and gambling at the casino is up to each individual (but I am a partner with all the winners).

    Reservations have been made for ten for the buffet dinner. Please let me know who plans to attend as we have complementary dinner tickets for six and we can share the balance of the bill. If more than ten plan to come for dinner, I must call to change our reservation.

  183. Theme
    AnglesCompleted Apr 25, 2009

    This theme topic is intended to complement the "architecture" program during this period, but you may use any interpretation you like. It doesn't have to be buildings or any part of them (it could be an abstract or any subject), but your photograph must show one or more "angles". Think creatively and please capture the image within the date range of the theme.

    4 members made a total of 31 comments on 25 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Keith G
    Tony van Straubenzee
    Keith G
  184. Outing

    University of British Columbia Varsity Baseball – Pre-game and game activities - The players, coaches, fans, field, and the stadium with all of its fixtures.

    ;For those of you who are not die-heart sports fans and do not want sit through a game and watch young men try to hit a round ball with a round stick, immediately adjacent to Nat Bailey Stadium is the new Olympic curling facility and Queen Elisabeth Park.


    Details:

    Spend about 1-1/2 hours before the game photographing the players, and coaches preparing for the competition.
    We will be allowed on the field but be VERY aware of flying baseballs, players, and equipment. When the game starts, find a seat and enjoy the game or get your action shots from beside the rail birds or from behind home plate.

    Click here even more details

  185. Theme
    On the moveCompleted Mar 28, 2009

    We have a February 17 workshop on travel photography, but since most of you won't have the chance to travel during the 7 week theme period, we are looking for anything that suggests travel, such as photographs of planes, trains, automobiles, taxis, luggage, brochures..... you get the idea.
    And as an added bonus, you can interpret "on the move" any other way you like!

    Please try to capture your photographs within the theme dates.

    4 members made a total of 23 comments on 25 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Nancy M
    Keith G
    Tony van Straubenzee
  186. Outing
    Hastings Street Mar 7, 2009

    Hastings Street, Burnaby from Alpha Avenue to Boundary Road

      Subjects:  The food, people and architecture of this unique multicultural area of Burnaby


    Details:

    Spend about two hours walking up and down Hastings Street and see some of the very interesting sites. There are many places to eat or nosh and peruse the offerings on the street. Be sure to stop at Coggs Vintage Antiques, 4353 E. Hastings Street where we have been invited inside to photograph many treasures. Your browser may not support display of this image.

    A great half way point is the Dolce 67 Coffee Shop, 3790 E. Hasting Street, one block east of Boundary Road. If you have a sweet tooth, (like Lou), try their delicious gelato.

    When you have completed your photographic journey, we will meet at 4:00pm at Vita Bella Ristorante, 4544 Hastings Street, one-half block east of Willingdon Avenue where Valarie and Leo Moschetti will allow us to photograph their restaurant and their preparation of the delicious food. For those who care to stay for an early dinner or snack, they will prepare one or more of their pasta dishes, (the exact choices to be determined). May I suggest the Linguine Chef Leonardo with roasted chicken breast, oven roasted tomatoes, kalamata olives, goat cheese and extra virgin olive oil. Other choices on their menu can be found at: http://www.vitabellaristorante.ca/dinner

  187. Outing

    Capture the colour and energy of Chinese New Year in Vancouver's Chinatown.

  188. Theme
    AbstractCompleted Dec 26, 2008

    Although specifically intended as an exercise to complement the night photography program and Vandusen Gardens Christmas light outing, we are looking for any image that has an "abstract" feel to it. This is usually something that is not recognizable... part of the whole. So think about some techniques, such as zooming... or camera motion... or move in on some lights, or shoot just part of a neon sign... If you prefer to stay out of the dark and cold this time of year, you may also set something up on your dining room table... It should just say "abstract" to the viewers.
    Please create your photographs between the theme opening and closing dates.

    11 members made a total of 97 comments on 24 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Matti J. Lagerbom
    Laurie O'Brien
  189. Outing

    A night shoot at the Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver to work on how to capture the magic of the lights.


    Details:

    Check out the website for more details.

    Click for Van Dusen's Festival of Light info

  190. Theme
    Flora and faunaCompleted Dec 1, 2008

    This is a broad topic to harmonize with our zoo and bird sanctuary outings on October 11 and November 22, respectively
    For for those of you not into "fur and feathers", you may enter any kind of plant life, but try to keep it within the theme of "nature" (ie no "cultivated" plants. We know that can be a challenge, especially if you travel, but generally, nothing from the flower garden).
    If you don't attend either outing (or don't get any good shots from either, or got the perfect wildlife shot on your way out of town before either outing started...), you may also enter "wild" bird or "wild" animal shots but no domestic cats or dogs or other pets like goldfish...
    Please try to keep within the intention of our themes by capturing your images between the opening and closing date of the theme.

    13 members made a total of 216 comments on 38 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Shona L
  191. Outing

    Riefel Bird Sanctuary to see the visiting Snow Geese.

    If you have never been this is a wonderful wildlife refuge in the heart of Delta.


    Details:

    www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com/

    Cost is $4.00 entrance fee. Bird Seed is available for sale at the entrance to the park. Please go to

    the website for more details and map.

    If you have a tripod this will be a great opportunity to use it! As well as those long telephoto lenses. - having said that - there are all sorts of birds and small creatures here and point and shoot cameras work well here as well.

  192. Theme
    LinesCompleted Nov 3, 2008

    Lines are basic compositional elements, but, (bonus!), they are everywhere. This is a summer theme so try to resist digging through the archives for this one. Get out into the nice weather and look for lines. Hint: they don't have to be straight lines but a strong theme will say "lines" to the viewer.

    11 members made a total of 100 comments on 44 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Marcotte, Daniel
    Derek Carlin
    Derek Carlin
  193. Outing
    Halloween PartyOct 21, 2008

    Club parties are a chance for members to relax, let their hair down, and discuss their favorite photographic subjects.


    Details:

    This is shown as an "outing" so we have a gallery for it.

  194. Outing

    To learn to shoot animals in a habitat that is close to what you would find in the wild.

    The Greater Vancouver Zoo was once a game farm, therefore, the "pens" that the animals are housed in are slightly larger than your standard zoo.  We hope to be able to capture some of the wildlife in their "natural" surrondings.  A great time to practice using your tripods.

  195. Theme
    How I spent my summerCompleted Sep 27, 2008

    Photos for this theme must be taken from June 1 to the closing date. Show us part of your summer. Were you travelling? Visiting a festival? Back yard BBQ? Gardening? Bird watching? The photos don't have to include you and they don't necessarily have to say "summer". Note that this theme is open for the whole summer so you can post your 3 images whenever you wish.

    12 members made a total of 125 comments on 29 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Desmond Chen
  196. Outing

    This outing is being designed as a Photographic Scavenger Hunt.

    To have participants interpret written clues using your camera to capture proof.

    Participants may work in teams or by themselves.

    All work submitted will be scored (not for artisitc merit but for the clue interpertation) and a Grand Prize will be awarded.


    Details:

    For more information about the ferries, go to their website.

    This outing is rain or shine so come prepared for the weather. If you are susceptible to seasickness please take some Gravol before you arrive as the water can be choppy.

    Don't forget to upload your photos for entry for the Grand Prize!

  197. Theme
    ContrastCompleted May 30, 2008

    Any two or more items that contrast in any way. Contrasts are relatively easy to find, but executing them is more challenging. We know you don't need those old trite examples. Find something that says "contrast". Once you start looking, you will see them everywhere. Have fun.

    6 members made a total of 16 comments on 18 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    David Emery
    Derek Carlin
    Tony van Straubenzee
    Susan McMaster
  198. Outing
    Seven Deadly SinsMay 10, 2008

    This outing will be a photo hunt to challenge you to observe, interpret and capture seven images that define the seven deadly sins (one sin for each photo - you don't have to get all 7 in one, but bonus points if you do).

    If you don't remember what they are, you will have to look them up (any version - Google makes that an easy challenge).   You may take as many photos as you like.

    We considered adding the seven heavenly virtues to the list also, but what are the chances of finding those in this date and age?


    Details:

    We encourage you to break up into small groups so that not everyone turns in the same shot. You will upload your images to the club outings site afterwards. There might be some prizes...

  199. Theme
    WaitingCompleted Apr 26, 2008

    Waiting. That's it. No clues.

    8 members made a total of 19 comments on 14 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Tony van Straubenzee
    Matti J. Lagerbom
    Alyssa Greene
  200. Outing
    Spring FlingApr 26, 2008

    Since CAPA cancelled the originally scheduled April 13 date due to the cool weather, this will be the main date.

    Few things are more colourful in BC's springtime than the blooming of the spring flowers. Members and guests can spend a few hours roaming the gorgeous colours of Agassiz tulip farms.


    Details:
    map to tulip fields

    http://www.capapac.org/outings.htm for a map and some information.

    From Highway #1 take exit 135 and head towards Agassiz. Once over the Agassiz/Rosedale bridge stay on the bypass past Agassiz. Turn left at the Seabird Cafe and follow Chowat Road West. You will see the fields on your right about a kilometer down Chowat Road.

  201. Theme
    CircularCompleted Mar 29, 2008

    The more picky members may attack the semantics here. We could say "circles" but circles have a wider meaning (eg "circle of friends"). We're looking for geometric circles, all points equidistant from the centre, two dimensions (well, photos are kind of 2D anyway... except for those stereo shots). And circular just sounds more interesting.

    However, so that we don't end up with a bunch of curves, there must be at least one complete circle in the frame - but it's OK if it's distorted by angle or perspective. And of course there can be more than one.

    Yes, they are everywhere, large and small. Challenge yourself to find them. (And you may also set up anything you want - this does not have to be a "found" shot.)

    12 members made a total of 98 comments on 40 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Jonathan Mwenifumbo
    Jonathan Mwenifumbo
    David Emery
    Susan McMaster
    Matti J. Lagerbom
    Tony van Straubenzee
    Tony van Straubenzee
    Marilyn Jackson
  202. Outing
    Sea to SkyMar 15, 2008

    Photograph oceans and mountain views and the village of Deep Cove on this outing that celebrates the diversity of our region.


    Details:

    This is not the "Sea to Sky" highway to Squamish and Whistler.    This is a little exploration on the other end of the North Shore...  We will go straight to Deep Cove (while there is still some parking) for seascapes and whatever we find, and maybe a coffee, then up to Mount Seymour for some city and mountain views, weather permitting.  If you need more ocean, you can stop at Cates Park on the return.  There should be opportunities for sea and mountain scenics, nature, snow... (maybe lots of snow - you're not sick of it, are you?) and a little seaside village architecture.

  203. Theme
    In the kitchenCompleted Mar 1, 2008

    We are looking for anything that might be found in a traditional kitchen (you know, where you prepare food) ... pots, pans, knives, food, the can opener, the chef...

    The subject or subjects do not have to be arranged as they would naturally be found; in other words, "still life" arrangements or posed shots are acceptable.

    Even if you don't cook, you probably have something in your kitchen that could be used to cook with, right? Or borrow someone else's kitchen.

    Any technique is allowable here, so stretch your creativity!

    8 members made a total of 60 comments on 25 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    David Emery
  204. Outing
    50's GlamourFeb 23, 2008

    A studio photography workshop with a theme - imitate/re-create 40-50's film/glamour and "Vargas girl"/"pin-up" style shots, from posing to props to lighting.


    Details:

    Jim Britton (some of you will remember his excellent workshop on portraiture) has kindly offered the use of his studio, and will provide assistance/instruction on set-up, posing, etc.   We will also have two or three  models, lighting, etc.   We will provide costumes and props.

    If you have something in mind that does not fall into the scenarios you can vote on (see Logistics above), send an email to outings@nwphoto.org with a photo and we can discuss.

    Payment will be 2 8X10 photos to each of the models and one to our makeup artist.

  205. Theme
    RainCompleted Jan 26, 2008

    It's the rainy season.... Let's try to jinx it by looking for photographs that say "rain". That might guarantee six weeks of sunshine (yeah, right).

    We are looking for anything that says "rain"... (not snow, not hail): think puddles, raindrops, wet umbrellas, wet dogs... you get the idea. And can you show us rain in a new way?

    Those who were on the November 17 outing already have a good idea of possibilities (unfortunately, you can't use those photos though; you may have to go get wet again.) However, if you can give us a photograph that says "rain" without going outside (stage it in the shower, that sort of thing) that's OK too.

    Look for drama, small details, human interest.... There can be beauty and impact in rain. Really. Find it and show us.

    9 members made a total of 55 comments on 21 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Derek Carlin
    Matti J. Lagerbom
    David Emery
    Keith G
  206. Outing
    Almost at SeaJan 20, 2008

    We will visit the Vancouver Maritime Museum to extract from this treasury of west coast maritime history photographs ranging from representational to interpretive to abstract.


    Details:

    Our outings are usually Saturdays, but for this Sunday, and one day in March, the museum is offering tours of the engine room of the St. Roch, an area usually off-limits to the public. They also have "Treasures from the Vault", an exhibit of artifacts usually not on display. (As you may know, this museum, like many others, has a serious shortage of exhibit area)

    The museum has exhibits inside and out. and the nearby Vanier Park, Vancouver Museum and Planetarium, also offer options for "people on the beach" shots, skyline views, public art, architecture and so on.

  207. Theme
    Night shots (outside)Completed Dec 31, 2007

    This is such a giveaway. The only hard part is getting outside in the dark. But it's dark almost all the time this time of year, right? So anything from Christmas lights to suspicious looking characters lurking under street lamps goes for this assignment.

    The photograph must be taken at night, outside, but light sources do not necessarily have to be visible.

    So, go out with a tripod and take a night shot. There are so many choices! Have fun.

    Photographs to be taken between November 1 and December 24 please.

    7 members made a total of 39 comments on 17 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Lou Misshula
  208. Outing

    This is the night of the winter solstice, and a few days before Christmas. Christmas is a time for tradition, so we're going to play with some "traditional" and creative "in-camera" techniques for photograhing some local river views, street views, colours, graphics and abstracts.


    Details:

    Get away from the crowds, shopping and stress for a couple of hours, for a look around at the lights and views of New Westminster.

    It's the winter solstice, the longest night of the year.

    We will have hot coffee and cookies, a variety of filters for you to play with and some suggestions for other creative techniques to try. There are great views of the river, bridges, quay and city streets.

    HINT: As an extra added bonus, this will be your perfect and last chance for photos for the "Night Shots" theme that closes Christmas Eve!

  209. Theme
    People at WorkCompleted Dec 1, 2007

    People at work are all around us, but we often don't notice them. This will be an exercise in seeing the people who keep our world running... window washers, mechanics, flag people, librarians... It doesn't have to be "paid employment" but it should be "work". A person, or people, or parts (perhaps their hands...as long as it shows them doing the work) should be the primary subject(s). Their equipment or tools should be secondary (no pictures of a giant crane with a teeny little person, see, right there...)

    Please do show respect for your subject(s) during the photography and in selection of the final images.

    9 members made a total of 98 comments on 28 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Lou Misshula
    Justin Ball
    Shona L
  210. Outing

    An $8 transit day-pass (this is a "green" outing) will be a requirement for this photo hunt, where your team will be challenged to solve the clues (it's OK; some are dead easy) and interpet the assigned subjects at each stop to prove you have been there.

    Creativity in interpreting the assignments will be the goal.


    Details:

    You will draw your team, route and photo assignments at the start and, armed with a treasure map of routes and clues, will set off to seek out specific photos. Teams will start with different routes but may have the opportunity to meet at some stops. Most of the route will be on transit, with some wandering off here and there. Your team will work together to interpret the clues and locate the assigned topics.


    The photos that were taken as part of the photo hunt are titled according to team, the skytrain line they started on, and the subject/clue they are interpreting. So a team 2 shot (who started on Millenium line), taking the #7 clue at Sapperton would start their title with "2M7". Each team had the same subjects, but did them in a different order. The table below will help you understand the title numbers. You can see the original sheets with all the clue material by following these document links: Expo Teams, Millenium Teams)

    Team Subject #’s

    Station

    Subject / clue

    Expo

    Millenium

    1
    1
    Any
    Vertical Art
    2
    2
    Any
    Discarded
    3
    3
    Any
    Waiting
    4
    4
    Any
    Aerial view
    5
    5
    Any
    Tracks
    6
    6
    Any
    Bicycle(s) or cyclist(s)
    29
    7
    Sapperton
    Symmetry
    27
    8
    Lougheed
    Where have all the fishies gone?
    28
    9
    Lougheed
    Can you get the point?
    26
    10
    Production Way
    Repetition with colour
    10
    11
    Broadway
    Commercial
    One side of commercial
    11
    12
    Broadway
    Commercial
    The other side of commercial
    12
    13
    Broadway
    Commercial
    The flowers
    7 27 22nd Street (construction zone) water or signs of water
    8 28 22nd Street (construction zone) something orange
    9 29 22nd Street (construction zone) Transportation
    13
    14
    Main St.
    Science World
    Leaves/Fruit of an ancient tree
    14
    15
    Main St.
    Science World
    Any dome
    15
    16
    Main St.
    Science World
    Water transportation (real or fantasy)
    16
    17
    Main St.
    Science World
    Something to climb
    17
    18
    Burrard
    Really, really wet staircase
    18
    19
    Burrard
    A reflection
    19
    20
    Burrard
    Part of Marine Building
    20
    21
    Waterfront
    Arches and light
    21
    22
    Seabus
    Containers
    22
    23
    Seabus
    Skyline (either one)
    23
    24
    Seabus
    Motion
    24
    25
    Lonsdale Quay
    Hull
    25
    26
    Lonsdale Quay
    Something starting with “S”

  211. Theme
    A blast from the pastCompleted Oct 27, 2007

    For the "October" topic (please limit to images captured between Sept. 1 and the closing date) we are looking for any image with an historical, heritage or "old" connection. This could be vintage cars, old buildings, any staged or manipulated image with an appearance of age... How about Burnaby Village Museum, Langley's "Cruise-in" car show, your travels to any old city (or place....), antique furniture, rust or peeling paint...

    How old is old? Well, if you think "vintage" or "old" when you look at it, it's old enough. This topic is very non-specific so you have lots of room for interpretation, but try to present the old things in a new way.

    13 members made a total of 107 comments on 41 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    Peter E
    Shona L
    Shona L
  212. Outing

    Creative, abstract, historic (including architecture) and scenic photography.


    Details:

    This is an authentic 1912 generating station that produced electricity for the Mission and Maple Ridge areas for over 90 years.

    In the Generator Hall you can walk alongside (and photograph of course) the original turbines and generators and view the beautiful architectural details. You can play at creating electricity in the "Electrica" Gallery (creative and abstract photo ops). Outside, the penstocks are interesting subjects. There are exhibits and photo murals showing the history of power generation in the area.

    Afterwards, we might meet somewhere for lunch.

    More information about the Stave Falls Powerhouse can be found at the BC Hydro Site.

  213. Theme
    What I Did Last SummerCompleted Sep 29, 2007

    For our first ever online "theme" competition, we are looking for variations of that first day of school mini-essay "How I spent my summer vacation". Show us what you did this past summer. Find images that capture the playfulness of "school's out" and the dramatic ranges in light and mood that summer brings. Show us your travels, adventures or observations.

    For this first theme, we will accept images captured from the official start of summer 2007 until the closing date of the theme.

    12 members made a total of 132 comments on 33 submissions.

    See the Theme's gallery comment view for more information.


    Top Ranked Images

    David Emery
    Tony Van Straubenzee
    Jason Hollister
    Jason Hollister
    Shona L
    David Emery
    Joan Greaves
    Genoveva Regehr
  214. Outing
    Streets of SeattleSep 15, 2007

    architecture, alleys, flowers, food, textures, art, neon, people, history, LIFE!


    Details:

    Our first "official" outing for 07/08 will be a day trip (you're welcome to stay longer, but you'll have to make your own arrangements with whomever you carpool) to Seattle. We wish we could cover the whole city, but it's a day trip, so we'll stay within one area (walking distance) to take in architecture, Pioneer Square, waterfront, the busy and colourful Pike Street market, galleries, etc.

  215. Outing

    nature photography, trees, rocks, running water (tripod for long shutter shots), potentially difficult exposure situations (dark tunnels, bright exteriors, dark shadows in the gorge depending on lighting and time of day).


    Details:

    Note: this is an "unofficial" outing during the club's summer hiatus.

    Background: In the early 1900s, the Canadian Pacific Railway decided a route was necessary to link the Kootenay Region with the BC coast by rail. The railway was built over three mountain ranges. In the Coquihalla Gorge - the river cut a 300 foot deep channel of solid granite. A straight line of tunnels were built through it which are known now as the Othello Tunnels. There are spectacular viewing opportunities available on the trail, through the tunnels and on the bridges. This park highlights the Kettle Valley Railway grade that passes through the canyon and 5 tunnels which were built in 1914. It contains a 135 hectare land base. It is a popular tourist attraction for the town of Hope and provides viewing, walking, fishing and picnicking opportunities. The hiking trail links to the historic Hope-Nicola Cattle Trail. The engineer Andrew McCullough was an avid reader of Shakespearean literature, and used characters such as Lear, Jessica, Portia, Iago, Romeo & Juliet to name stations of the Coquihalla subdivision.

    The tunnel trail is pretty flat (is the old railroad bed) and is relatively short (about 3 km round trip), so it won't take the whole day to do, even stopping every 5 feet for a shot. Once there, we can decide what other near-by areas might be of interest.

    Note: Park website suggests bringing a flashlight to light the way when walking through the tunnels.

    Some useful information:

  216. Outing
    NanaimoJun 9, 2007

    A day trip to Nanaimo - includes a car ride, a sea journey, an easy march (1.8 km), or a short bus ride.

    The best grouping of bookstores I've seen in a while, a fort (of sorts) 2 museums, old and new architecture, flora and fauna, Fred Hertzog-like material, walking tours, etc.


    Details:

    Note: This outing pre-dates our outing archival system, so we don't have all the original details. Please enjoy the photos taken by our members and guests on this outing.

  217. Outing
    Russian SoldiersApr 14, 2007

    "Team" Photography -- can you work with a team to compose your shots?


    Details:

    In the early months of the first world war, the Russian army was large, but very poorly equipped. Soldiers were formed into groups of three, with one rifle and 5 cartridges. When the first soldier fell, the remaining 2 would take up the rifle and continue, until the next fell.

    Participants will be put in pairs, issued with one camera, and a list of “targets” to shoot. Work together to spot and shoot, and don’t waste your shots!

    This is a full day outing, starting at the New West Skytrain station and ending with dinner at Lougheed Mall where processed prints will be judged and compared. Bring your usual gear, and money. Shoot your own photos with your own camera, but only those from the supplied equipment will be judged. Will challenge the eye, mind and skill of all photographers

  218. Outing
    FlowersMar 31, 2007
    A morning outing to try our skills and info gleaned from Leona Isaacs program of March 27th.
  219. Outing
    Almost Famous (2)Feb 10, 2007

    To practice "period photography" by trying to recreate famous photographs or other scenes from history.


    Details:

    Find your partners and props now to create a person, place, thing or event that has happened, or may have happened.

  220. Outing
    Remember ChinatownNov 11, 2006

    Ceremonies, pagentry, mixed with cultures within culture.


    Details:

    November is often gray, wet, depressing.

    This outing will take participants to the Vancouver cenotaph for Remembrance Day, and then to Chinatown and surrounding areas.

    Bright lights, street produce markets, cleaver wielding butchers, ethnic foods and bright produce will hopefully chase some of the November cold away. Bring raingear, flash, tripod, lunch money (you HAVE to try the pastries- so much whipped cream.)

    Bring the usual bits, and wear a poppy.

  221. Outing
    Death FestOct 14, 2006

    An autumn outing to photograph elements of the dying year.


    Details:

    October contains the fall and Halloween, the month of the dying of the year. Trees lose their leaves, salmon spawn and die, people shuffle off their mortal coil, once lively rural centers are passed over and forgotten, great routes of transport are superceded and forgotten.

    This outing will include visiting a creepy family cemetery, salmon spawning streams (you should see the colours), a forgotten country general store, a trip along a forgotten highway, and lots of colourful flora.

    Stops on this outing include:

  222. Outing

    A double feature, car races and dark skies.

    Practice panning, crowd shots, sports action as well as long exposures and low light(!) photography


    Details:

    Saturday Night Double-feature

    Car-racing at Agassiz speedway, and /or photographing star-trails at Manning Park.

    Tripods seriously recommended.

    First stop, Agassiz Speedway (www.agassizspeedway.com), for lots of action pics of high-energy car racing.

    Cool down at the Lookout at Manning Park, photographing star trails.

    It should be quite a night!

  223. Outing
    For architecture and machinery, also flora and fauna, you choose your subjects.

    Details:
    You can get info about the park on their website.
  224. Outing
    Beyond Hope 1Feb 26, 2006

    Wide variety of photographic opportunities away in the small communities nestled in the Coastal Mountains.


    Details:

    Note: this outing predates our new outing archival system, so we only have our member photos without any comments from this outing. Please enjoy their submissions.

  225. Outing
    Almost Famous (1)Jan 21, 2006

    To use photography to reproduce famous movie scenes or famous photographs. To create a "period" photograph.


    Details:

    Note: this outing predates our new outing archive system, so details are limited.

  226. Outing
    Manning ParkMay 28, 2005

    Generally an outdoor, "nature" outing. Manning Park has a wide variety of subject matter to choose from, including nature trails, landscape views, flowers, animals of all sorts, and also man-made subjects to be found in the lakeside facilities.


    Details:

    Some links with further information as well as access to maps on how to get there.

  227. Outing
    Minter GardensApr 2, 2005

    Garden photography, opportunities for both landscape and macro photography, brilliant colours and interesting lighting.


    Details:

    Note: this outing predates our outing archival system -- so details available are limited.

  228. Outing
    Maplewood FarmFeb 27, 2005

    Photos of a rural/farm environment. Buildings, plants, animals.


    Details:

    This outing predates our outings archive system, so details on this outing are limited.

  229. Outing

    Photography of aircraft, related machinery and architecture.

    You can find out more about the museum at their web site: www.canadianflight.org


    Details:

    Note: this outing predates our current outings archive system, so we don't have all the details.

  230. Outing
    Vancouver At NightApr 17, 2004

    Night shots of city life in Vancouver.

  231. Outing

    Many photographers seem to really like saturated reds. What better place to find red than at a cranberry harvest! Opportunities for lots of striking colour contrasts and fall/harvest imagery.


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NWPC is a group of people who are keen to improve their photographic skills. Most of our members are from the greater Metro Vancouver area, British Columbia, Canada.

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Join a really fun group! Details here.

Next Meeting

See our Meetings page for info about upcoming meetings.