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 March Meeting – Landscape and wildlife photographer, Andrew McLachlan

The Ajax Photography Club is proud to welcome landscape and wildlife photographer, Andrew McLachlan as the guest speaker for our March members meeting.

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

Andrew McLachlan is a freelance photographer / writer from Ontario, Canada. For as long as he can recall, he has been fascinated by the natural world. His photography became an extension of that love. If he did not own a camera, he would still be found hiking along dense boreal forest trails, canoeing through wetlands, and observing all nature has to offer. His extensive travels throughout Ontario have resulted in a large, diverse collection of images that feature landscapes and the flora and fauna of the province. In addition to photographing Ontario’s natural world his adventures have taken him throughout the Caribbean and most recently the Amazonian rainforest of Peru. Andrew is also skilled at creating artistic renditions using a combination of in-camera techniques and Photoshop plug-ins to achieve desired results.\

Andrew’s first eBook A Photographer’s Guide to the Ontario Landscape is the first ever-comprehensive guide to photographing Ontario’s vast and varied landscape. There are many outstanding photo destinations throughout the province. In this e-book he has covered many of the best locations; from the remote Abitibi Canyon to Point Pelee, the Ottawa Valley to the Algoma Highlands and beyond, in an easy-to-read, easy-to-follow guide, complete with driving directions to each destination. When he first began photographing the province’s landscape he wished that there had been a resource such as this available at the time. Having spent countless hours searching the internet, studying road maps, and meandering down backroads in hopes of finding inspiring landscapes to photograph, Andrew chose to write this guide to simplify the process for other photographers. While this eBook is about photographing the Ontario landscape, it also has dozens of tips scattered throughout that will guide you to creating stunning landscape imagery of your own, wherever you may live. Andrew has offered this eBook to APC members at a special discount rate of $20. (Cash only, please)

Please note: We will also have results of the March Photo Clinic after the presentation. (approx. 25 mins)

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 – 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 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)