APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Todd Murrison

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 APC member, Todd Murrison.

Bio:
During the day, I’m a freelance commercial illustrator specializing in TV storyboards working with some really great creative Ad Agency teams across North America! Just over 4 years ago, I purchased my first DSLR, a Canon T3i. And like yourself, I guess you could say, “I got the shutter bug!” After falling victim to a bad case of G.A.S (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), I quickly learned that the gear does not make the picture, and have now focused on education, listening and most importantly; observing!

The fun thing is just trying new directions, honing a style, and hopefully create unique imagery from a frozen moment in time

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    My comfort zone is definitely landscape. However I feel it’s best to try different areas of photography, and integrate or crossover visual aspects from one area to another.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    A LOT of my favourite photographers are no longer with us (Henri Cartier-Brisson, Ansel Adams. Yousef Karsch, Phillipe Halsman & Elliott Erwitt), Some of today’s visionaries I admire are Joe McNally, Evgeni Dinev and Max Rive.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    Back in the 80’s, I used to be an art director, and would hire photographers: It all seemed like magic to me at the time! And I still get a kick out of these cool, digital “magic boxes” today!
  • What was your first camera?
    I remember having a Kodak Pocket Instamatic 10 as a young teenager in the early 1970’s.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    I’d say New Zealand. There’s a reason Trey Ratcliffe lives there 🙂

You can view some of Todd’s work on his Flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitby61/  or 500px: https://500px.com/toddmurrison

APC January Meeting – Award-winning photographer, Rob Stimpson

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The Ajax Photography Club is proud to present internationally published, award-winning photographer, Rob Stimpson as the guest speaker for our January members meeting.

Tuesday, JANUARY 24th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd., Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

Rob Stimpson works in the tourism world; he is an internationally published, award-winning photographer. His working in Basel Switzerland as a photographer’s assistant laid the foundation for his success today. His first commercial break through came from selling images to Canada’s prestigious National Film Board. Rob has photographed for Ontario Tourism, Ontario Parks and Parks Canada for many years. His work has appeared on the covers of Ontario Parks Guides, calendars, magazines and national ads for the province and Canada. He has garnered numerous awards, including a Northern Lights Award from the Canadian Tourism Commission and Best Travel Photography Award from the Ontario Tourism Summit. In October 2012 he was nominated and accepted into the College of Fellows in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Another part of his working life – He teaches photography part time at Fleming College as well as runs workshops throughout Ontario.

He has co-authored An Artists and Photographers Guide to Wild Ontario as well as contributed to numerous books. His work has graced Canadian Geographic, Explore Magazine, Cathay Pacific, Japan Air in-flight magazines.

 

For more info on Rob’s photography & workshops
please visit his website at www.robstimpson.com

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 December / January Newsletter

The December / January 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 December/January Download

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

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Chris Noronha

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 our very own program director – Online, Chris Noronha.

Bio:
I am a Graphic Designer and hobbyist photographer who grew up in Scarborough, but now living Ajax. I enjoy all types of photography, but I especially enjoy taking landscapes and nature images. I am also a self professed long exposure junkie. I try to put my love of the outdoors into my images. I am always looking to learn & improve my photography, which is why I joined the Ajax Photography Club. Really glad I did!

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    It is mostly Landscape and nature themed. I do a lot of long exposures along the waterfront. Although, I also enjoy taking architectural and street shots.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I get inspired by the people around me. We have some very talented photographers in our club that continue to inspire. I would be hard pressed to not mention some of the masters that I have always admired like Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Sebastiao Salgado (just to name a few). Currently I have been fascinated by the work Daniel Kordan.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    From as long as I can remember, I have been interested in photography. I would always be the one taking pictures, even as a kid.
  • What was your first camera?
    My very first camera was a Nikon FG film camera that my aunt gave me. I never really caught the photography bug until I purchased my first DSLR, a Nikon D40X to take on my honeymoon. I’ve been bitten ever since.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    There are so many wonderful places in this world that I would love to see, but currently Patagonia in tops on my list.

You can view some of Chris’ work on his Flickr page HERE or his Instagram @chrisnoronhaphoto.

APC November Meeting – Landscape and wildlife photographer Christoph Fischer

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The Ajax Photography Club is proud to present professional landscape and wildlife photographer, Christoph Fischer as the guest speaker for our November members meeting.

Tuesday, NOVEMBER 29th, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd., Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

“I am a landscape and wildlife photographer based in Montreal, and I specialize in running national and international photography workshops. I love the natural world and I have always felt the need to capture, and freeze in time, any beautiful scenes I bear witness to. The infinite artistic potential of nature is all around us. It is not always easy to see, or capture, but when you do, it will fill you with great joy. Through photography we can experience the world so much more intensively, deeply – it is a wonderful gift. I truly enjoy teaching fellow photographers how best to capture and portray the beauty they see and perceive, and I love sharing with them the amazing landscapes and natural surroundings I am privileged to witness. Photography workshops and tours thus fit naturally into my world.

Now, more than ever, we need to commit to saving our planet, to save that what is so dear to us and more central to our being than we realize. Our world is hurtling towards irreversible damage. We have ONE chance. We squander it, and it will all be gone, forever.”

For more info on Christoph’s photography & workshops
please visit his website at www.beautysurroundsyou.com

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 – John Stafford

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 John Stafford.

Bio:

I am a teacher in Scarborough who has been a DSLR owner for many years who mostly took pictures of my daughters sporting activities. I would get some great shots and some awful shots without really understanding why. When my daughter started university, I realised that I had a great deal more time on my hands and needed to find a hobby that I enjoyed.
I decided to take photography more seriously and I started looking into college courses and was shocked at the prices so I decided to check out camera clubs. I found the Ajax Photography Club about 4 years ago and took all of their introductory courses and finally understood how to use my camera. I have upgraded to a Nikon D800 and fitted myself with a variety of lenses and filters. Through courses and workshops I have learned a tremendous amount and my photography has improved greatly.
  • How would you describe your photographic style?

    I am more of a passive photographer in that I don’t like to stage scenes or do portraits. I enjoy wildlife and landscape photography the most. I’m not sure I have an actual style, but I like pictures that are sharp and have a lot of drama.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I would have to say that Ansel Adams is my biggest inspiration because I was immediately drawn to his work long before I became interested in photography. I do not know or study photographers but that is something I might pursue more in the future.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I have been using a DSLR for over 20 years, but have only taken it seriously for 4 years.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera was a probably a disposable Kodak when I was a kid, but my first real camera was a Nikon D40.
  • What is your dream photo trip?

    My dream trip would be one of the cruises offered by National Geographic. They travel to photographic destinations with National Geographic photographers. I think the trip to the Galapagos would be the preferred one for me.

You can view more of John’s work on our Meetup site.

APC September/ October Newsletter

The September / October 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 September/October Download

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