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

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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.


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.

APC October / November Newsletter

The October / November 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 2017 Oct / Nov PDF

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

APC October Meeting – Award winning photographer, Argen Elezi

The Ajax Photography Club is proud to welcome, nature and landscape photographer, Argen Elezi as the guest speaker for our October members meeting.

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

Argen Elezi is a Toronto based photographer who’s passionate about capturing the beauty of nature. From a young age, he loved to draw and paint, and that continues to drive his inspiration with photography today.

After completing his business degree at York University, Argen decided to switch gears and study photography at George Brown College. But it wasn’t until he began to travel and explore unique and scenic locations in Canada and around the world that he was able to find his personal style as a photographer and discovered his passion for nature and landscape photography.

His work has been featured by Canadian Geographic, Lonely Planet, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and The Huffington Post, and he has worked with a number of recognized brands, including Fairmont Hotels, Arc’teryx, and Canon Canada.

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.

6:30 – 7:00: New Members Membership Registration
7:00 – 7:15: Upcoming Event Info
7:15 – 8:00: Part One
8:00 – 8:15: Break 50:50 Ticket Sales
8:15 – 9:00: Part Two along with Q&A
9:00 – 9:30: Adjournment, Closing remarks.

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

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Mara Holdenried

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

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, Mara Holdenried.


Memories of my father always include a camera and photographs. He photographed/documented our family’s life in Latvia, Germany and Canada. I remember him being a member of a camera club in Niagara Falls. His joy in sharing photos and his passion for learning has made a powerful impression on my life. I have inherited that bug for documenting life…. my family’s and my organization, NYAD.

I studied commercial art at OCA (OCAD now) and photography classes were part of the courses. I remember wandering the streets of Toronto… photographing scenes and people, developing film and printing b&w photos. On graduation in 1969, my first job was at a photographer’s studio. A number of years later I achieved a diploma in Early Childhood Education and am still working at NYAD (Not Your Average Daycare) at this time. Since 1979, I have use my photographic abilities to document the children, the teachers and activities taking place in our child care centres. For family and friends I have created photographic books and DVDs of travels and happy times throughout the years.

Joining the Ajax Photography Club has given me the opportunity to learn, to share, and given me the incentive to get out and take photographs of the subjects I love and challenge me… birds and animals.


  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    Through my photography style, I try to tell a story. This is always not through just one photo but through a series of photos, a few or more.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I loved the portraits of Karsh, the landscapes of Ansel Adams and of course the works of Annie Leibovitz. My library is filled with many photographic books of horses and African animals taken by so many fantastic photographers.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    Photography followed naturally on my love for drawing and writing in my younger years. Now, while still working, the camera and nature are my passion and challenge.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera, which I still have, is a little Baby Brownie Special. At OCA I had a Mamiya film camera.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    I have travelled through many parts of beautiful Canada, a little of USA and Europe but my dream trip would be to get back to Africa. I was in Kenya & Tanzania in 2006 and South Africa in 2011. Since childhood Africa has always called to me. I am not sure where I would go now. Several countries call to me and the big cats.

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

Upcoming APC workshops and classes

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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 classes 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: Creative Landscape Photography with Michelle


Rotary Park Pavilion
177 Lake Driveway West, Ajax, ON



This introductory course is designed to improve your skills as a landscape photographer.


This course will explore the world of landscape photography. We will review recommended gear and camera settings to improve our landscape images. We will start with reviewing some basic techniques and then discuss how to handle some special landscape challenges. 


• Camera gear for the landscape photographer
• Common camera settings
• How to choose a location
• Using a polarizing filter
• Shooting panoramas
• Using a neutral density filter
• Composition tips
• Bracketing for increased tonal range
• Special considerations
o Waterfalls
o Mountains
o Snow
o Beach
o Lakes
o Sunny day
o Cloudy day


•  Camera Basics: Participants should be comfortable with the functions of the camera.

• Exposure &  Composition : Participants should have basic knowledge of the Exposure Triangle and Landscape Composition

• EQUIPMENT NEEDED:  Camera (DSLR, Mirrorless or Point and Shoot), Tripod, Shutter Release (if not you can use your 2sec self timer), Filters (Circular Polarizer or Graduated optional), Fresh Batteries and Memory Cards.

• With time permitting we will spend more time on Composition, Trouble shooting, Lenses,  Where to focus?  Hyper-focal distance, Tips and Tricks

APC Class: Creative Landscape HDR & Panoramic Photography Capture & Post

TUESDAY OCTOBER 10TH, 2017 – 6:45 PM

Audley Recreation Centre 
1955 Audley Rd, Ajax, ON, Pickering, ON


Learning How to Capture and Create Basic HDR and Panoramic Landscapes:


Objective: To understand how to expose and create interesting and colourful landscape images,  in camera and in the digital darkroom using Lightroom.

Outline:  Concept, Capture and Create

• Understanding the principles and concepts of High Dynamic Range and Panoramic imaging

• Learning to set and take Bracketing images with Camera

• Learning to expose multiple images in a horizontal plane (and vertical) using a tripod

• Importing images into Lightroom

• Using Lightroom to compile bracketed images into HDR composite images

• Using Lightroom to combine multi-planar imagines into one stitched panoramic image

• Editing these images in Lightroom, ( Photomatix & Aurora HDR)

• Looking at Masters,  Trey Radcliffe – HDR, Lois Conner – panoramic photos,   Ansel Adams,  and Edward Weston

Suggested Prerequisites: Creative Landscape Class, Comfortable with using camera features such as bracketing, Basic Composition, General knowledge of Lightroom

Equipment:  Camera (DSLR, Mirrorless, Point and Shoot)  Tripod, Shutter Release, Memory Cards and fresh Batteries,  Pen and Paper,  Laptops if you have with Lightroom installed

You can download a 30 day trail version of Lightroom from Adobe.com.

We will go for a short walk and practice a few HDR shots, and Panoramic captures, for those that do not have laptops are welcome to follow along with others and take notes.

APC September Meeting – New season and we welcome back, Michael Willems.

The start of the 2017/2018 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. Michael Willems will be presenting his topic, “DEVELOPING YOUR STYLE”

Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd., Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

Michael will be discussing the following;

BASICS: Why style? What is behind your style? Who else has a recognizable style? Being Recognizable. Elements of style

CREATING YOUR STYLE: Knowing the basics. Breaking the rules. Can you choose your style? Defining your style. Refining your style.

AND THEN FINALLY… Squaring the circle: Style, development, and change.

If you’ve ever seen one of Michael’s presentations, you know this is one you don’t want to miss out on.

Please note: Membership signup and renewals will also take place before our guest speaker, so be sure to arrive early.

For more info on Michael’s photography please visit his website at www.michaelwillems.ca

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)