APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Eileen Nixon

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Look no further then the current members of the APC. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, our featured photographer is APC Secretary, Eileen Nixon.

Bio:

I Grew up in Montreal. Started taking pictures in grade 6. I was always an outdoor person.. Loved camping any chance i could get. Love to travel and take pictures.

  • How would you describe your photography style?
    I have no style. I have a bad memory, so i take a lot of pictures to remember what i did for the day. I do love to caputre nature and caves are my most favorite. Also any sports action shots.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I have to say my older brother Michael. I took photograhy as his picrtures were always perfect in the camera… and thought it would be easy to do. oh boy was i wrong…. photography is the most fun, but very hard for me..
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    Over 40 years with the Kodak camera then moved to Minolta series when they came out. Now i use the Sony a7R II… Love it!
  • What  is  your  dream  photo  trip?
    Anything with caves, and over the last few years, I have done Ireland, Milan, Africa, New Zealand.

You can view some of Eileen’s work on our Meetup site.

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Richard Cousineau

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Look no further then the current members of the APC. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, our featured photographer is APC Program Director – Contests and Clinics, Richard Cousineau C.E.T.

Bio:

I grew up in Northern Ontario and still love the outdoors. During the last 30yrs as our kids grew up we traveled to most of the popular Ontario Provincial Parks in the summer for many fun camping weeks capturing many photographic memories along the way.

I have always been interested in photography as far back as I can remember playing with cameras and anything mechanical or electrical which always intrigued me. When I was in grade 9, I set up my new High School dark room as well as one at home. In the film days I used to buy bulk 35mm and load my own film cans to over capacity.

When I first started to work after college I was fortunate to get to travel to many remote and isolated locations of Canada to repair Microwave communications antennas as well as climbing some microwave towers up to 500 ft and experienced a bird’s eye view of landscapes seldom seen except from that those vantage points.

  • How would you describe your photography style?
    I enjoy capturing photos of landscape, macro and wildlife photography as well as being an avid hiker and love to capture the story along the way.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I do not follow or been inspired by any photographer, I subscribed to many publications in the last 35-40 years and basically made a note of something of interest that is well photographed and reflected on if I would ever like to experience this for myself and capture it in my own way.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I have always been interested in photography as far back as I can remember playing with cameras and anything mechanical or electrical which always intrigued me.
  • What was your first camera?
    Not sure, Ricoh XR series, Minolta X-700, and my first auto focus: Maxxum 7000 when I found out that I needed prescription glasses to capture in focus photos for some reason.
  • What  is  your  dream  photo  trip?
    During the last 3 years my wife and I have experienced spectacular views from many mountain tops like Mt Washington, Kilimanjaro and the bottom of the Grand Canyon capturing these views with my camera gear in my backpack.

You can view some of Richard’s work at https://www.flickr.com/photos/13458776@N00/albums

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Carol Painter

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 , Carol Painter.

Bio:

Carol has been a member of the Ajax Photography Club since 2014. She is very active in the club and has also voluteered her time co-organizing our fall retreat to Sumac.

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    I really don’t have a style per say, I enjoy spending time with Nature and my camera. I like to be creative with nature.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I don’t have a specific photograher. I do get a lot of inspiration from fellow club members as well as from members from my other photography group.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I have always enjoyed photography, especially when I had children. I have tons of photos of my kids growing up, but they are just pictures. I really started getting more into photography about 8 years ago. I still have a long way to go and lots to learn.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera was a film Instamatic, when it broke I didn’t have one for years. When I met my husband he had a Canon film 35mm, which I took over. I then got a Canon Power-shot which was pretty good. But as I grew I knew I wanted more so I purchased a Canon T2i and grew to a Canon 70d.  Still waiting for my dream camera, but all in time.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    My dream trip would definitely be to Alaska or Iceland.

You can view more of Carol’s work on our Meetup page.

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 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 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.