APC February Meeting – Nature and wildlife photographer, David Sweeney

The Ajax Photography Club is proud to welcome Nature and wildlife photographer, David Sweeney as the guest speaker for our February members meeting.

Tuesday, february 27th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd., Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

David Sweeney was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Growing up in the east end of the city. He has always had a love for nature and natural things.

My introduction to nature photography was through my involvement in the Beach Photo Club and a number of weekend outings to Algonquin that I participated on. I was in love with nature, especially water and waterfalls.

In 2004 after meeting my now wife, I was introduced to Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve and the Wolf Centre. My first visit to the wolf centre was a memorable occasion. The pack was strong and large with more than 7 or 8 adults. I quickly took a fond liking to Ebony and Manitou whom were two most impressive wolves.

I have followed the progression of the pack since those year’s, and have been snapping images quietly since that time.

APC members can RSVP to this meeting via our members only Meetup site HERE

Please note: There is a $10.00 guest fee for all non-members attending this event.

(Volunteers to help clean up after the meeting is greatly appreciated)

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Kathie Waterhouse

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well, look no further than the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is APC member and program director – membership, Kathie Waterhouse.

Bio:

I pored over the photos in Look and Life magazines when I was a child. While I don’t remember the stories, I can still recall many of the photos. The ability to capture a moment that speaks to a viewer intrigued me then, and still does today.

For me, photography is a form of relaxation.  I can spend hours wandering around, trying to capture the beauty that surrounds me. On the technical side, I’m learning how to use Lightroom effectively.  Recently, I’ve become interested in Luminar and Aurora. I try to spend a few hours each week dedicated to reading photography books, photographing whatever is around me, experimenting with the post-processing software, and making notes – or as I call it ‘camera school’. The best part is trying to put into practice what I’m learning

 

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    I think my style is best described as ‘evolving’. I started by trying to capture the antics of the birds and squirrels in my garden.  That progressed to photographing the garden itself.  While I still am fond of photographing flowers, especially roses, I’ve spent hours in photographing the wildlife around me wherever I go.  The more I’m out there trying to capture the beauty and power of nature, the more I want to improve.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I’ve learned an incredible amount from the many talented members of the Ajax Photography Club. I’m inspired by the photographers who present each month at the club, especially Christoph Fischer, Don Komarechka, and André Gallant.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I began to take a serious interest in photography when I retired in January 2012.  I joined the APC in 2015.  That was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’ve taken many of the classes and participated in the photo clinics and competitions.  There is always something to learn and keep me interested.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic. I was more fascinated by the flash cubes than by the actual camera. Later I had a Minolta 35mm, which, regrettably, I never learned to use properly.  I don’t think I ever took it off the automatic or program mode. Afterward, I had a few digital point and shoot cameras.  When I got my first DSLR in 2014, I promised myself I would learn to use it properly.  I still struggle with manual mode, but as I practice more, I’m getting better at it.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    There are so many places in the world I want to visit.  South America has always been a dream destination.  A South African safari would definitely be high on my list.  And ever since I studied ancient history in high school, I’ve wanted to visit the ancient sites of Egypt. Later this year, Walter, my husband, and I will be crossing the Panama Canal.  I’m really looking forward to that.

You can view some of Kathie’s work on her Flickr page: HERE

APC January – February Newsletter

The January / February newsletter is now available for download. It has everything you need to keep you up to date on the APC season news and events.
You can download the newsletter from the link below. Feel free to share it with anyone interested.

APC Newsletter 2018 Jan-Feb (PDF)

The APC would like to thank newsletter editor, Laurie Taylor and everyone who contributed for their great work.

APC January Meeting – Explorer, Adventurer & Storm Chaser, George Kourounis

The Ajax Photography Club is proud to welcome global explorer, adventurer and storm chaser, George Kourounis as the guest speaker for our January members meeting.

Tuesday, JANUARY 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd., Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

George Kourounis is a renowned global adventurer, storm chaser, explorer and television presenter. Based in Toronto, his efforts to document nature’s worst weather conditions have taken him all over the globe, into places most normal people are fleeing from. Whether it’s a tornado outbreak in Kansas, a monster hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, forest fires in British Columbia, or even an erupting volcano, he’s usually in the middle of the action with his camera rolling.

His efforts have been seen around the world on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Explorer, BBC-TV, CNN and of course, his own adventure TV program Angry Planet, which has been broadcast in over 100 countries.

By sharing these adventures with the world, George hopes that he can inspire people to break out of their routines and do something that they consider
a little bit scary.

APC members can RSVP to this meeting via our members only Meetup site HERE

Please note: There is a $10.00 guest fee for all non-members attending this event.

(Volunteers to help clean up after the meeting is greatly appreciated)

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Sharad Tembe

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well, look no further than the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is APC member, Sharad Tembe.

Bio:

I live in Whitby and retired in 2008 from 33 years of teaching Science in the Durham region. My interest in photography goes back to my teen years!! I pursued my photography skills early in my teaching career by purchasing my own Pentax MX camera. As a Chemistry teacher, I taught students the “Chemistry of Developing B/W Film” in the school “Dark Room”. I also enjoyed taking candid shots of students at school events as well as School Clubs/Teams for the School Yearbook.

I have been a member of the Oshawa Camera Club since 2010 and have been serving for the past year and a half on the OCC Executive as the Program & Education Director. I am an avid gardener and have a passion for photographing Landscapes, Macro, Architecture & Wildlife. I enjoy being active at the Gym, gardening and love to travel, hike and perfect my photographic skills. On the road in our “Alto” Travel-Trailer, my wife and I have toured the Rockies, Maritimes and US South-West. In addition we’ve been to India, UK, Namibia & Europe. Next summer, we are both looking forward to camping in our favorite Provincial Parks in Ontario and exploring Newfoundland.

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    This is a difficult question. I try to capture scenes that are unique and often will return to the same location to photograph under different conditions. Besides capturing Landscapes, I enjoy taking images out of my “Comfort zone”. In the end, I am inspired when my friends or other photographers enjoy my work.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    When I started using a DSLR a few years ago, I was inspired by work of other club members. My Participation in workshops led by Michael Bertelson, André Gallant, Don Komarechka, Andrew Collett, Rob Stimpson & Christoph Fischer has allowed me to continue to develop my own unique style.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I developed an interest in Photography as a teen, however, given more time in retirement I’ve become a more passionate photographer in the past 5 years.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera was a “Polaroid Swinger” I received on my 16 th Birthday. My father later gave me his Pentax Spotmatic to take pics at ALL family events.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    I really enjoyed my recent photo tour to Namibia and love to photograph Waterfalls – anywhere!! I still have many destinations on my “Bucket list”: Iceland, Ireland & Hawaii.

You can view more of Sharad’s work on his Flickr page, HERE

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Jennifer Lalla

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well, look no further than the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is APC member, Jennifer Lalla.

Bio:

Photography has always been an interest of mine, and has developed even more since digital cameras came on the market.  While I was growing up, my family always had a camera and taking photos was regular occurrence.

My first digital camera was a Lumix purchased back in 2010, which introduced me to selective focus – I was hooked!  My DSLR was purchased in 2014, but I was in the middle of my professional designation program and didn’t have time to learn to use it in any mode except auto.

In early 2016, my designation program was ending, so I decided to join the Ajax Photography Club to be around like-minded people and to learn more about photography.  Since joining the club, I have learned that there is so much more than landscape photography!  Learning new styles and skills has transformed the way I look at the world – now I see potential photos everywhere I look.

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    I definitely fall under the “work in progress” level of photography and am still defining my style.  Currently I would describe my style as Big – as in I like to take macro shots to make small things look big, and I love using my ultra wide-angle lens to take big photos of landscapes.  This will likely evolve as I continue to learn new skills and enjoy new techniques.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    This is a tough question.  I don’t follow a lot of photographers, but I do enjoy discovering those who present at the Ajax Photo Club meetings.  One of the more influential photographers for me has been Don Komarechka because he piqued my interest in macro photography enough that I bought a proper lens and gave up the extension tubes.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I’ve been interested in photography since I was a teenager, but I would honestly say that it never really became a true interest until late 2014.  Having the proper equipment makes a big difference.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera was a little point and shoot 35 mm that I received as a Christmas gift in my early teens.  I spent a lot of money buying and developing film.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    I have two dream photo trips that I would like to take – New Zealand and Africa.  However, I would also love to re-visit some previous destinations and re-take photos with my new skills.  Sometimes I look back at photos and think “if only I had used this setting, or framed the shot in this way”.

You can view more of Jennifer’s work on our Meetup site HERE