APC May Meeting – Sports, music and portrait photographer, Jon Blacker

The Ajax Photography Club is proud to present sports, music and portrait photographer, Jon Blacker.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 7pm
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd, Ajax, ON  L1S 4S4
Doors open at 6:30pm

Best known for his sports, music and portrait work, award-winning Toronto based visual storyteller Jon Blacker is ready to go where you need him, when you need him to get you the still and moving images you need, bringing his gear and his experience working with editorial, commercial and corporate clients in Canada, the United States and overseas.

Among others, Jon has worked with; Major League Baseball Photos, The Canadian Press, Reuters, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Nikon Canada,  and directly with a wide range of bands.

Jon is also the author of Musical Ink, a book of black and white infrared portraits of musicians and their tattoos.  Musical Ink was released through Schiffer Publishing in 2013.

APC members can RSVP to this event on our Meetup site HERE

APC April Meeting – An Evening with APC talent

Enjoy an Evening where we celebrate the talent of the APC.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd., Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

We are excited to announce that for our April members meeting will be showcasing the work of our very own talented members. The evening will consist of slideshows and presentations from fellow APC members. Slideshows will be on a variety of topics such as nature, travel, wildlife, and much more. Come out and support your fellow APC members. Bring a family member or friend and enjoy the incredible talent in our club.

This is one you don’t want to miss!

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

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

APC March – April Newsletter

The March / April 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 Mar-Apr (PDF)

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

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