Galleries

The club has monthly photo “assignments” and occasional “photowalks”. Members’ photos are shown and discussed at the monthly meetings and are posted online.

Click here for the most recent gallery.

Click here to see all galleries (albums) sorted and grouped by year.

Click here to see all galleries (albums) in chronological order.

Our galleries are hosted on flickr and can be viewed on any computer with a web browser or using the flickr app for android or iOS. Set up a free flickr account for enhanced viewing. The EXIF data can be displayed so you can discover details of how the photograph was shot including the f-stop, aperture, shutter speed, focal length, …

Members are encouraged to submit images based on the following topics but failing that they can submit a topic of their own choosing.

2018/2019 Monthly Topics


Summertime Favourites/Tabletop Photography

  • For the meeting on August 31st
  • Submit by noon on August 24th
  • My favourite summer place
  • My favourite summer activity
  • My most unusual summer photograph
  • Keeping in mind the Table Top Photography demonstration at the June 2018 meeting of the KSCCC, practice various photographic techniques using different subjects and lighting arrangements.


Breakin” All The Rules

  • For the meeting on October 5th
  • Submit by noon on September 28th
  • We all know about the “Rules” of photography. However, what would happen if we did not follow the rules? Can we still create interesting photographs? Create photographs that ignore the “Rules” of photography. For example, ignore the Rule of Thirds, forget about focus, cut off parts of the main subject.


Dominant Colours

  • For the meeting on November 2nd
  • Submit by noon on October 26th
  • Our visual world is dominated by colour. How we select subjects, take photographs and view the resulting images are driven, at least initially, by our emotional response to colour. Photographs with strong primary colours (e.g. red, yellow, blue) can evoke very different emotional responses than photographs that have more muted secondary colours (e.g. orange, violet). Experiment by taking photographs that have one of more primary or secondary colours that become the driving force behind the photograph.


Wet

  • For the meeting on December 7th
  • Submit by noon on November 30th
  • Contrast, texture, colour, and optical illusions can all be created or enhanced by photographing subjects that are wet. Make photographs where the subjects are wet or that can be artificially made wet.


Kitchen Abstraction

  • For the meeting on January 4th
  • Submit by noon on December 28th
  • Photograph kitchen objects in unique ways so as to create abstract images. Examples include extreme close-ups, reflections, light and shadows, polarization, or composite images.


What Is It?

  • For the meeting on February 1st
  • Submit by noon on January 25th
  • Photographs of common items or subjects that, when taken at different angles or in unique light or at extreme close-up, force the viewer to try and determine what the items actually are.


Monochrome

  • For the meeting on March 1st
  • Submit by noon on February 22nd
  • There is a common misconception that “monochrome” means “black and white”. Black and white photographs are created with varying shades of grey. However, other single colours can also form powerful images. Experiment by making photographs with varying shades of one colour (for example, photographs using varying shades of red, blue or yellow).


Negative Space

  • For the meeting on April 5th
  • Submit by noon on March 29th
  • The space around the main subject in a photograph is as important as the subject itself. The main subject and the so-called “Negative Space” must balance in order to make an interesting photograph. Experiment with taking photographs while paying particular attention to the main subject and the space around that subject. For example, take a photograph where the horizon occupies only 10% of the picture space and the sky 90%. Or where the subject occupies a small part of the picture.


Solitude

  • For the meeting on May 3rd
  • Submit by noon on April 26th
  • Photographs that portray solitude, aloneness. Photographs that set a mood, either pleasant or mournful.


Bridges

  • For the meeting on June 7th
  • Submit by noon on May 31st
  • Photographs of bridges, whether large or small, that include leading lines and perspective. Examples include the Portage Bridge, the Wakefield covered bridge, the Minto bridges, foot bridges, rope bridges, homemade bridges at the cottage.

2017/2018 Monthly Topics


Canada 150

  • For the meeting on September 1st
  • Submit by noon on August 25th
  • Photographs of any activity, whether large-scale, community or small, private family affairs that celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary. Not necessary to photograph only on July 1st

It’s a Small World

  • For the meeting on October 6th
  • Submit by noon on September 29th
  • Macro or small-scale photography of any subject.


Simplicity

  • For the meeting on November 3rd
  • Submit by noon on October 27th
  • Photographs that are as simple as possible (i.e. as few visual elements as possible) but still tell a story. Examples include a single rose lying on a table, an empty chair leaning against a wall, an opened newspaper lying on the street


Stormy Weather

  • For the meeting on December 1st
  • Submit by noon on November 24th
  • Forget about “fair-weather” photography. Get out and photograph rain, snow, wind, storm clouds, dust storms, fog, etc.


Pictures that Tell a Story

  • For the meeting on January 5th
  • Submit by noon on December 29th
  • Images, composition, or special techniques in a photo that tells a compelling story. Examples include a pair of hands holding an old cross or medal, a person sitting on a park bench looking at kids playing.


 Just the Three of Us

  • For the meeting on February 2nd
  • Submit by noon on January 26th
  • Photographs that have three, related items. For example, photographs of three people, three trees, three stones in a stream


Man-Made Abstracts

  • For the meeting on March 2nd
  • Submit by noon on February 23rd
  • Photographs that show “abstract shapes” that have been manufactured by people. Examples include iron or steel structures, parts of buildings, unique sculptures, window or door frames


Old Photographs

  • For the meeting on April 6th
  • Submit by noon on March 30th
  • This assignment could be an editing exercise where you take a colour photo and make it look like an old photograph that maybe your grandparents took (e.g. black and white, sepia, faded, bent and scratched). HOWEVER, the trick is to shoot your original photograph of a scene that has NO modern items (e.g photos of old cars in Havana, old buildings, old farm equipment, furniture).


Spring

  • For the meeting on May 4th
  • Submit by noon on April 27th
  • Photos that show the beginning of the new spring season.  These could include melting ice and snow, baby birds, spring flowers, return of hibernating animals, rain showers, trees blossoming, or anything that makes you happy that the warmer weather is here.


The 3 As: Aged, Antiqued or Abandoned

  • For the meeting on June 1st
  • Submit by noon on May 25th
  • Photographs of old things, old people. Photographs of abandoned or discarded items

How To Submit Photos

The purpose of our monthly challenges is to encourage everyone to get out and take more pictures. So, instead of digging thru your old pictures, try and get out and shoot something during the month of the challenge! Members are encouraged to submit their photos by following  this procedure:

    1. Shoot your pictures at the largest resolution that your camera is capable of producing. Some members may be tempted to dial back the resolution because “you can get more pictures on the card” – BUT they are of lower quality.
    2. Use an email program and “Attach” your image directly. Sending images by any other mechanism can result in a severely downsized image that looks “fuzzy” when projected. Do not use your web based image sharing mechanism – and there are lots of them – to send in images. They often produce small sized images and fuzzy picture results. Some of these websites require someone to sign up as a member before you can access these “shared images”. And all of them require somebody to figure them out and know how to get at the picture, download it, etc. Too much time!
    3. Send your images to cameraclub@kanataseniors.ca
    4. If you want your pictures included in our Photo Gallery  you MUST include your name as part of the image name:
      • Shot As:
        • IMG0912.jpg (straight out of camera)
      • Renamed to:
        • Snowy beach by John Williamson.jpg
    5. Only photos renamed as above will be included in the online gallery
    6. Indicate in your email if you want one of your photos included in the review portion of the meeting.
    7. Photos MUST be submitted by noon on the Friday one week before the camera club meeting.
    8. Photos MUST be submitted as jpeg files.

The real story – we ask you to send the pictures the same size and resolution as you capture them. The reason for this is that for many club members, this is the easiest way of handling the pictures – no processing, no resizing, etc. For some of the new cameras on the market, this can lead to very large jpg files being emailed.

Do we need them that big? Not really. The optimum resolution given the club’s projection facilities and most of our monitors is 1920×1080. If you’re comfortable reducing the resolution of your images, go ahead but please don’t reduce them to less than this. In a few years when we all have 4K monitors (3840×2160) we may increase the recommended minimum.

You can also experiment with reducing what Adobe calls “Quality” when you save the jpeg file. Values of 6-8 are adequate for projection or display on a monitor and will result in much smaller file sizes than jpeg’s saved with quality set to 10 or 12 (the maximum). Low quality values (0-4) can result in poor colour fidelity.

If you can, please leave the EXIF data intact so that other club members can examine it and learn how you captured your image.

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