APC June AGM and Year End Gala with photographer, Richard Martin

The APC is excited to have world-renowned photographer, Richard Martin as guest speaker for our June year-end gala..

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
St. Francis Centre for Community,
Arts and Culture
78 Church St SOUTH, Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

Welcome, all APC members and photo friends for a fun-filled photo evening with food and refreshments. Our June year end AGM and Photo Gala will be held Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 at 7:00 PM at St Francis Community for the Arts and Culture. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Agenda for the evening:

• 6:30 pm Doors open – Lobby Year end print contest display and
slideshow in the main theatre
• Announcements & Exec Election
• Guest Speaker Richard Martin
• 3rd Photo Clinic Results Slideshow
• Social time with fellow memebers.

Richard Martin Bio:

A long-time contributor to Photo Life magazine, Richard pursues photography as a medium of visual expression. He is best known for his unique vision with a personal style characterized by a strong sense of composition, colour and the use of light. His work combines an architectural love of geometry, pattern, and texture with a painter’s sensitivity to colour, light and composition.

Well known for sharing his enthusiasm, creative vision and passion for the medium, Richard continues to inspire participants with his annual photography and visual design workshops in his native Kingston, Ontario since 1990. He also conducts workshops, tours, and seminars around the world, including Cuba, Mexico, Sicily, Venice, Tuscany, Provence, Ireland, and Morocco.

Thank you to all the executive team, volutners and all who helped make this year a great success. Let’s celebrate another amazing year of The Ajax Photography Club.

To see more info on Richard’s photography and workshops, please visit his website at www.richardmartinphoto.com

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

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

Upcoming APC workshops and classes

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The APC continues to provide 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: Off Camera Flash with Fencing Athletes

TUESDAY, June 5th, 2018 – 6:45 PM

Rotary Park Pavilion
177 Lake Driveway West, Ajax, ON

COST: $15.00 / PER PERSON

Fun with Off Camera Flash Technical and Demonstrations: Subject Model: Fencing Duels with two members of the Ajax Fencing Club. Two Backgrounds will be set up for static posing of the Athletes, all using your Canon, Nikon, Godox and Youngou flashes:

What you will Learn:

  • Manual Settings, adjusting power
  • Using Lightstands & Modifiers
  • playing with softboxes, gels, diffusers
  • Using Remotes: pocket wizards, generic remotes
  • Putting on light stands and flash attachments
  • Using Umbrella Diffusers and other Modifiers
  • Rapid Repeat Multi-Exposure.
  • Demo: Rapid exposure to freeze subject arms moving
  • Will make a checklist so all can participate

Skill Level: Intermediate, Must be comfortable with features on the camera and speed light. Please bring your camera, external flash, fresh batteries, formatted memory cards, remotes, light stands and umbrellas if you have some.


Workshop: Capture Intent 5_Summary session

TUESDAY, June 12th, 2018 – 6:45 PM

Chartwell Parkway
1645 Pickering Parkway · Pickering, ON

COST: $15.00 / PER PERSON

This workshop is focused on the first steps, the capture stage of making an image. This is for photographers who wish to more strongly Capture their Intent. Your Intent is what you want your photo to speak to people as they are viewing the image.

The topic is Summary for all of the 4 Intent topics.

Content: The workshop will be Light on lecture and Heavy on Photo examples and healthy discussion. “All us are smarter than any of us, So the value all goes up when you share.” – Seth Godin. Group discussion will be interactive and provide strong learning opportunities for seeing each of the elements at work within the photos.

Benefit: Members will recognize how and Why the use of the Elements in photos is strong and will be able to compare strengths and weaknesses of these elements in photos. Members will be comfortable applying these elements in their photos to capture their intent more strongly.

Levels: Advanced/ Intermediate/ Novice, the workshop is applicable for all levels. Michael & Roy will lead the sessions. No specific equipment is needed.

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Bryan Vandenburg

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 member, Bryan Vandenburg.

Bio:

I was 12 years old when I bought a raffle ticket from a school mate and won a camera. That was the beginning of my interest in and love of photography. I remembered spending hours in the darkroom, it was amazing watching the gradual development of an image on photo paper as it was immersed in developer. Years later, after many film camera upgrades, digital cameras arrived and immediately spoiled all the darkroom fun. Nevertheless, I have no regrets. It was the switch to digital that made it easy for me to be the photographer for the International Cricket Council-Americas (ICC) for over twenty years. I traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Central & South America, and most of the Caribbean Islands dozens of times to shoot cricket tournaments for ICC. Traveling with about seventy pounds of photo gear & accessories, and working for sixteen hours daily, are no easy tasks but I do get lucky once in a while. Last summer (2017) the tournaments were held in Ontario, forty-five minutes from my home.

  • How would you describe your photography style?
    I do not have a dominant photographic style. I normally shoot the good, the bad and the beautiful, anything that is challenging:- things that are large and things that are small, subjects that move very fast and subjects that cannot move at all – I enjoy shooting sports and sports celebrities. I do not like street photography and taking pictures in the cold. (For me, “cold” is anything below 80 degrees Fahrenheit.)
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    No “one” photographer inspires me. I admire and (while a student of New York Institute of Photography) had to study the works of many famous photographers. In addition, the portrait work of Annie Leibovitz; the Pulitzer Prize winners Nick Ut and Kevin Carter for their work as photo journalists are all very interesting. However, I also admire the work of our very own Angela McMullen and Michael Nelson.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I became interested in photography when I was twelve years old.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera was an Instamatic (film).
  • What  is  your  dream  photo  trip?
    My dream photography trip is an aerial photo shoot of the National Parks in South Africa.

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

*Our Featured Photographer post will return in October. Enjoy your summer!

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 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 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 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 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