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

APC November Meeting – Award winning photographer, André Gallant

The Ajax Photography Club is proud to welcome back award-winning photographer, André Gallant as the guest speaker for our November members meeting.

Tuesday, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd., Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

Join us for Andre’s presentation of 30 years plus years of travel photography. With images, audiovisuals and commentary, you will see the world through Andre’s unique perspective.

André Gallant, a freelance photographer, travels the world over, taking expressive photographs. He is the author of Innovation, Inspiration, Expressionism, Destinations, Dreamscapes and, Photographing People at Home and Around the World, and, was the photographer for the illustrated books Winter, The Great Lakes, and Seacoasts, all written by Pierre Berton.

He lectures throughout Canada, the US as well as internationally. André is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards for his photography. He resides in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Many of André’s books will be available for purchase.

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.

After the presentation, we will also present the results of our latest Photo Clinic.

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

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Michelle Cleland

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, Michelle Cleland.

Bio:

Last year I made an important decision to join the Ajax Photography Club. Becoming a member of this group has had such a positive impact on my photography in many ways. I have enjoyed learning about many different styles of photography from so many of the talented members. The speakers at our monthly meetings have been so inspirational and the weekly educational sessions have been outstanding. I have a deeper understanding of exposure techniques, composition, and developing my own photographic style.

I am a nurse and I currently work part-time in an intensive care unit. My other love is teaching. Twenty years ago I started a nursing education company and it is still going strong. I have a passion for teaching and I love learning and sharing what I have learned with others.

This year my two passions of teaching and photography came together for the first time. I was asked by the APC executive to facilitate a class on landscape photography. I had so much fun sharing what I have learned over the years of chasing the sun’s golden hour in an attempt to take that perfect landscape image. I have not achieved the perfect image yet but I have had lots of fun trying.

Photography is my meditation. It forces me to slow down and focus on what is literally in front of me. When I can become quiet in the moment my creative side can come out and play. I begin to see the scene in a new way. This allows me to capture images in ways that I might not have taken if I had not taken the time to slow down and be present in the moment. Photography has been great therapy for me. It heals my soul.

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    If I could sum up my style in one statement I would say “I am drawn to capturing the beauty of this world.” This could be a beautiful sunset, a grand landscape, a waterfall, a beautiful animal or a small flower. I enjoy both capturing the moment with my camera as well as enhancing the beauty of the image with post processing methods. Looking at my portfolio I see that I have mostly landscape images with a few pictures of animals from the zoo included in the group. I post process my images by adding contrast and enhancing the colour of the scene. I like images that are bright, bold and colourful.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    Ansel Adams is, of course, a master of masters in the field of landscape photography. His tremendous eye for composition in the natural world is inspiring. For more contemporary inspiration I use Instagram for daily motivation. My Instagram feed is filled with many talented photographers that artfully capture beauty in nature. My two favourite Instagram photographers are Johan Lolos (@johanlolos) from Belgium and Argen Elezi (@argenel) from Toronto. APC was very lucky to have Argen come speak to us about his photography at our October meeting. His style of photography really speaks to me.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I purchased my first point and shoot digital camera in 2004. I wanted to capture some memories on our first big trip to Hawaii. I am so grateful that my first opportunity to take pictures happened to be in one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is hard not to take a good picture in Hawaii. The beaches, palm trees, volcanoes, luscious vegetation and beautiful sunsets were awe-inspiring and I could not stop trying to capture it all with my camera. I was hooked.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first DSLR was a Nikon D90. I was at first intimidated with all of the functions of the camera. I initially stayed in automatic mode on the camera for more than a year until I felt a little more adventurous. I studied photography books and videos and eventually the technical side of photography began to sink in. I became more willing to take risks and learn new things.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    I would love to travel to Africa to go on a safari. To capture many of the animals in their natural habitats would be a dream come true for me. I have travelled and photographed all across Canada from the east to the west coasts. To complete the experience I would like to travel to northern Canada and photograph the northern lights.

You can view more of Michelle’s work at https://500px.com/michellecleland and https://pictureserenity.smugmug.com/Art-Photos.