APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Malyar Nahil

Ajax Photography Club

With the start of the new APC season in full swing, we are excited for the return of our Featured Photographer of the Month.

Every month we select a member to be featured and showcase their work. It’s a great way to display the talent of our ever growing club.

This month, our featured photographer is Malyar Nahil.

Bio:
Photography is one of my great passions; I have a home studio where I play with a variety of lighting and backgrounds, to create unique portraits.
I also enjoy travel photography and have photographed weddings. The APC and it’s guest speakers are a great source of learning for me.

  • How would you describe your photography style?
    Anything in what I find “Beauty” and how I can communicate this view to others.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I don’t have a specific photographer who inspires me, I am fascinated by all beauties.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I was interested to photography for ever; my family remind me that I was trying to build a camera with a cardboard box and a Loop… when I was very young.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera was a “Canon point & Shoot” and 1st SLR was “Canon Rebel G”, a film Camera that I had in Montreal.
  • What  is  your  dream  photo  trip?
    My dream photo trip would be somewhere like China, India…etc. Where all is different and also I dream about visiting Canada’s Banff National Park.

You can view some of Malyar’s work at https://www.flickr.com/photos/nurlight/

Upcoming APC workshops and classes – October

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The APC continues to provided great educational and creative workshops/events to take your photography to the next level. The following is a list of upcoming workshops available to our APC members.

For more info or to RSVP, please click visit the corresponding links below. All links will direct you to our members only Meetup site .

APC Class: Fundamentals: Buttons & Dials Part One: What do they do?

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3RD, 2016 – 7:00 PM
ROTARY PARK PAVILLION,
177 LAKE DRIVEWAY WEST, Ajax, ON

(Part one) Buttons & Dials:

Objective: For new camera owners, to experienced shooters to learn together. What do all these buttons do?

• Learning the top ten buttons and dials

• Where are they?

• What do they do?  Function?

• Effects? Results?

• Bring your cameras  (DSLR, Mirrorless and Point & Shoot)

APC Class: Fundamentals: Buttons & Dials Part Two: What do they do?

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4TH, 2016 – 7:00 PM
Riddim Fitness Wellness Centre & Fitness Studio,
845 Westney Road South, Unit #7, Ajax, ON

(Part two) Buttons & Dials:

Objective: For new camera owners, to experienced shooters to learn together. What do all these buttons do?

• Learning the top ten buttons and dials

• Where are they?

• What do they do?  Function?

• Effects? Results?

• Bring your cameras  (DSLR, Mirrorless and Point & Shoot)

Car Junk Yard Photography

Saturday, October 15, 2016 – 7:00 PM
McLean’s Auto Wreckers
12584 Fourth Line Nassagaweya, Rockwood/Acton/Campbellville, ON

McLean’s is an active auto wreckers with a few twists. The collection of VERY old cars in the lot is unparalleled anywhere and the setting of the cars, truck and buses in the trees and lanes makes for some great shots. You can pretty much find any kind of vehicle here, from Edsel’s to Ford’s, School buses and old delivery trucks.

NOTE: This is a member run Meetup

Be sure to frequent our website and Meetup page to keep up to date on all the latest APC events.

APC September Meeting – “Mad Scientist Photography – Pushing Limits and Exploring Light” with Don Komarechka

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The start of the 2016/2017 APC season is just around the corner, and we are excited to have one of our favourite presenters back to kick off the new season. Don will be presenting his keynote “Mad Scientist Photography – Pushing Limits and Exploring Light”.

Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd., Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

“Mad Scientist Photography – Pushing Limits and Exploring Light”

Photographers have always pushed limits with their equipment. In any era, the best images pushed limits – creatively, technically, and technologically. We dive into how we can push limits with our own camera gear, how we can explore the world dierently, and what the result of insatiable photographic curiosity can create. Explore beyond the impossible, because the impossible is a rolling target that gets farther away each day.

About our presenter:

Don Komarechka is a nature, macro and landscape photographer located in Barrie, Ontario. From auroras to pollen, insects to infrared, much of Don’s photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how the universe works. Exploring the world that we cannot see with our own eyes has been a common thread in Don’s career as a professional photographer.

To see more of Don’s photography, please visit his website at donkom.ca

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

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

APC June Newsletter

The June newsletter is now available for download. It is the last newsletter until the new season starts up again in September.

You can download the newsletter from the link below. Feel free to share it with anyone interested.

APC Newsletter June 2016

The APC would like to thank newsletter editor, Laurie Taylor for her great work.

We wish everyone a safe and photography filled summer. See you all back in September.

APC June Meeting – Outdoor photographer, Ethan Meleg

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The APC is proud to present outdoor photographer, Ethan Meleg as the guest speaker for our June members meeting.

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 at 6:30 PM
St. Francis Centre for Community,
Arts and Culture

78 Church St SOUTH, Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:00 PM

Confessions of a Crazed Photographer:
As an outdoor photographer, Ethan Meleg has crawled through mud, kayaked deep into swamps, endured -30 degree temperatures and hiked for miles in total darkness (often with 40 pounds of camera gear on his back) to capture spectacular photos of nature. In this presentation, Ethan shares his insight into the inspiration, passion and knowledge that drives great nature photography. Illustrated by his favourite photos and stories, this light-hearted and humorous presentation will entertain and inspire!

Evening Agenda:
This will also be our Annual General Meeting. There will be Elections for the Board of Directors and brief overview of the club financials, as well as plans for the future.

There will also be photo essays and the results of the last Photo Clinic (Slide-show).

At the end of the night we will have food and drinks along with some time to socialize. There will be a live band preforming.

Let’s celebrate the end of another great season of the APC!

To see more of Ethan’s photography and workshops, please visit his website at ethanmeleg.com

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

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

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Ron Pereux

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well look no further then 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 past APC President, Ron Pereux.

Bio:

I am from a small pulp and paper community north of Winnipeg called Pine Falls.  Lived near a french community in the area called St.George, on a small hobby farm.  My father is a retired accountant and small craft commercial pilot. Spent much of my younger life in bush planes, and training horses. Attended University of Winnipeg, and Red River Community college.  Worked as an Animal Health Technologist, then continued education as Medical Radiation Technologist. After graduation moved to Toronto, worked in Diagnostic Imaging at Women’s College Hospital, now at Rouge Valley Health System.

For 26 years I have been taking photos inside the body, now enjoy photography outside the body. I joined the Ajax Photography Club 6 years ago when it started, was asked to take on the role of Vice- President, then moved into the President’s Chair for 3 years. I am beyond proud how the club has evolved, my photography has evolved with it. I continue assisting in programs and education roles with the club. It was not achieved alone, the amazing executive team and members have made the APC today.

  • How would you describe your photography style?
    Style evolves with time and experience.  I like images that have impact and captures emotion.  Looking at images from history that make them famous…why? I like all areas of photography especially music concert photography and black & white photography.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    For portraiture I like Yousuf Karsh… a Canadian Armenian photographer that captured some of the most famous people in history.  To see impact and emotion look at his image of Winston Churchill.  Read about how he captured it.  For photography of musicians,  I really enjoy the stoic images of Herman Leonard.  The smoky jazz clubs of famous icon musicians like Billie Holiday. For inspiration, I look to David du Chemin and Joe McNally.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    Ever since I was a kid in grade 9. We had a small photography group with our science teacher.  We experienced the chemical marvels of the classic photo darkroom.
  • What was your first camera?
    It was an older Brownie Camera that took 135mm rolled film.
  • What  is  your  dream  photo  trip?
    So many on my Bucket List….it would be someplace that has diverse topographical geography.  New Zealand or Tanzania.You can view more of Ron’s work on our Meetup site.

Note: The APC Featured photographer of the month will return in September. Enjoy your summer. Don’t forget your camera!

APC May Meeting – Print competition results, awards and Birds of Prey with Peter Gatt

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The APC is proud to present nature photographer and educator, Peter Gatt as the guest speaker for our May members meeting.

Tuesday, MAY 24th, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd., Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

Peter’s BIO:

I was born in Gzira, Malta. (Don’t worry, most people have never heard of it.)
My Family moved to Toronto when I was just 2 years old. I grew up here in Toronto and have always enjoyed watching and being in nature. I always wanted to have a career were I could be in nature all day. I first got a taste of Photography in High School. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to go to Humber College to pursue it as a career.

In 2000, I was asked to create and teach classes at the Henry’s School of Imaging. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching and In 2002 I started teaching night classes at Alexander Mackenzie High School. On June 27th 2006, I decide to start my own school, and the School of Photography was born.

Peter will present his ‘Birds of Prey’ slide show and Q&A session.

We will also have our Print Competition submissions on display and present awards to all the respective winners. We wish to thank Bob Wilson and  Frans Grootveld  for all their hard work organizing this competition.

To see more of Peter’s photography or to learn about some of his upcoming classes, please visit his website at www.petergatt.com

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

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