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2021 Outings - Cobourg Christmas Lights and Parade - Sat, Oct 4

 

For our next NPC outing we will be photographing the Cobourg Christmas lights and parade on Saturday December 4th. This year the parade will be held at night for the first time ever. It will start near the library at King and Ontario streets, proceed along King Street, and end at Victoria Park. It is scheduled from 6pm to 7.30pm. 

Those who wish can join us at 5.00pm in Cobourg, on the boardwalk south of the skating rink, north of the marina. We will take a group photo and share some ideas and tips for photographing Christmas lights and parades. Since I cannot be there, Donna has offered to take a group shot and help answer questions if she can.

A Tripod is almost essential for taking night shots, it is hard to find a spot for a tripod on the parade route, a monopod could be used, but I think you will be okay hand-holding your camera. I’d recommend Auto ISO (but keep an eye on it, keeping it as close to base Iso of 100/200 as possible), either M mode or S/Tv mode, shutter speed and aperture will depend on your camera and the focal length of your lens. The longer your focal length the faster your shutter speed needs to be to minimize camera shake. An aperture of f5.6 or f8 should be good for most shots. On a tripod, taking lights, try a small aperture setting of f22, this will give you starburst effect from the lights. An Incandescent/Tungsten White Balance seems to work well for shooting lights at night, but sometimes loses some intensity with LED lights. Take a few test shots to see which settings work for you.

The links below give advice on shooting Christmas lights and parades.

 Have fun. 

Norm Rae

 

 https://improvephotography.com/51193/photograph-christmas-lights-like-pro/

https://www.picmonkey.com/blog/christmas-light-photography

http://www.boostyourphotography.com/2013/12/holiday-lights.html

https://www.camerahouse.com.au/blog/camera-settings-for-christmas-lights/

https://allears.net/2016/12/09/photographing-the-christmas-parade-in-the-magic-kingdom/

 

 

2021 Outings - The Water Buffalo Company (Stirling) - Tues, Nov 16th

 

Hi folks, our next NPC Outing to the Ontario Water Buffalo Company was scheduled for 10:30 am tomorrow morning. Given the sogginess of the current weather, and after consultation with the outings committee, the date is being moved to Tuesday, November 16th also at 10:30 am. 

As has been already communicated, the farm is located on Hwy 14 between Stirling and Marmora and is approximately a one hour drive from Cobourg (3346 Stirling-Marmora Rd Stirling, ON, Canada K0K 3E0). We would like to confirm if we have any members that plan to attend could you email Jeannie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We will have a chance to take our time on a self guided tour.  We will see the milking parlour, the basking pool, the tweens’ pen, the baby barn (We may cuddle the babies), the moms to be and the water buffalo in the fields.  This has now been arranged for TuesdayNovember 16th, if necessary.  Their farm store will be open for anyone wishing to purchase water buffalo meat or cheese.

We will meet at the farm at 10:30 am.  To get to the farm I plan to follow the 401 east to the Glen Miller exit and take Hwy 33 north, crossing the Trent River at Frankford, to Carmel Rd.  From there I will go east to Stirling and then north on the 14 to the farm, #3346.  This will take approximately one hour (from Port Hope).  Any members, unable to join us next week, but able to get to the farm on another day, are welcome to submit their photos to the Outings slideshow.  Contact Clare at 613 395 1342.

https://www.ontariowaterbuffalo.ca/our-story

https://www.harvesthastings.ca/listing/ontario-water-buffalo-company/

 

 

2021 Outings - Scavenger Hunt - Sat, Nov 6th

Our first November Outing will be a Scavenger Hunt on Saturday November 6th! 

Meet at the bandshell at Memorial Park in Port Hope at  10:00 am. to receive the list of things to shoot during the day.

 

 

2021 Outings - 'Tis the season for Spooky (Halloween) Photography! - Any day of the month

It has been suggested that we do some seasonal (ie Halloween) photography as an Outing. 

This will not be a planned, meet together outing but there will be an Outing theme of Spooky. 

These images will be submitted in November (not October 25th).

 

 

2021 Outings - Sunrise shoot at Wicklow Beach (Mon, October 25th)

UPDATE (10/23/21) - At this point in time rain is forecast for Monday and Tuesday.  We have scheduled a sunrise shoot at Wicklow Beach for Monday.  If it is raining in the early morning on Monday, we will try for Tuesday and then Wednesday if both Monday and Tuesday mornings are wet.  I plan to bring bubbles for everyone to this outing.  You should be at Wicklow and ready to shoot by 7:30.  Sunrise is supposed to be 7:42 am. 

Our final October Outing will be a sunrise shoot at Wicklow Beach on Monday, October 25th.  Sunrise is scheduled for 7:42 a.m.  You should be there and set up ready to shoot by 7:30.  If it  turns out to be  a rainy morning we will go on Tuesday, September 26th.  Wicklow Beach Road can be accessed from Hwy 2 east of Grafton.

 

 

2021 Outings - A Day in the County (Prince Edward County) - Sat, Oct 16th

Our second outing on Saturday October 16th will be A Day in the County (Prince Edward County).  We will meet together at 10:30 pm at the Oeno Sculpture Gallery near Bloomfield.  Following this members are free to explore the wineries, small towns and backroads of the County on their own.  Wellington is having a giant pumpkin weigh off that day.  The beach at Wellington is also worth a visit.  The dunes at Sandbanks Provincial Park are always fun to explore.  Check out the numerous varieties of pumpkins and squash at Honey Wagon Farm just south of the Waring House on Sandy Hook Rd in Picton.  From Picton it is a short jaunt to the Glenora Ferry, Lake on the Mountain, Waupoos etc.  It is so easy to fill a day in the County.
 
 
 
 

2021 Outings - Peter's Woods - Wed, Oct 13, 2021

Our first October outing will be a walk in the woods - Peter's Woods on Wednesday, October 13th at 1 p.m.  Hopefully, we will find a variety of mushrooms and fungi.  If the day is nice and time permits we may also travel to Proctor Park Conservation Area in Brighton.  At this time the weather forecast is favourable, but if it does turn out to be too rainy for photography on the 13th, please visit either of these spots another day at your convenience.  There is no rain date scheduled.

 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Events

Presentations - Denise Ippolito, October 17th & 18th 2020; and Kristian Bogner, June 29, 2020

The Ontario Council of Camera Clubs (O3C) has provided us with information on two photography presenters.

Spend two half days with world renowned, award winning photographer, Denise Ippolito. Denise has travelled the world to unique locations to shoot nature and landscapes to create some of the best visually inspiring images.
Denise shares her creative talents with us to show you her full workflow from subject approach, equipment and shoot and to the final post processing to create astounding works of art.
If you want to take your photography to the next level, you do not want to miss this event!

This is an online presentation. To view the presentation and to participate in the chat, members will need an internet connection and use of a web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari). The presentation will also be recorded and be available for viewing till October 22nd.

As part of the revised presentation format, Denise is offering a onetime discount of 30% off on her e-books from October 17-22. Discount Code will be given at the presentation. There will also be one lucky door prize winner who will have a 30 minute one-on-one online session with Denise.

Registration is open at: https://o3c.ca/gtccc-home-page/speakers-day/di-day2020/
Note: Registration open till July 31st or until all extra spots are sold out. Cost is $50.00 CAD

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You are invited to a live online Video Zoom meeting with Kristian Bogner.
Kristian will be available to answer your photographic related questions and share his insight into making compelling images.
When: Jun 29, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Watch the link for Kristian’s seminar that was recorded for the 2020 Online Contact Festival, and then come to the live online Q&A to ask any questions of Kristian.
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysqeZ4XIHP0

 

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Photography Projects During Covid-19

Projects For The Innings & Outings Monthly Slideshow

As it will be a while before we can get together for NPC outings, the Outings Committee has come up with a few projects to keep you engaged and keep us connected during these unsettled times. Hopefully you will find something each month that interests you and you will submit your creations to the Innings and Outings Slideshow.

April

1. Images of Spring Awakening

2. Change an image from colour to black and white

I am including a few videos that you may find helpful regarding editing and thinking in terms of black and white.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU0zTGk0mZA (Photoshop)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCoacQIodhU (Lightroom)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPp6JGClOcE (Tips for black and white photography - the guy is slow to get started)

3. The World As I See It Today - document the times (safely)

4. Create a photo that somewhat imitates a work of art. Show an image of the original piece and your creation. You do not need to limit yourself to using just 3 items and, of course, post processing is acceptable.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-asking-people-remake-famous-artworks-with-hous ehold-items-180974546/

May

1. Playing With Abstracts (refer to Alasdair Gillespie's article in the Monitor April 2020)

2. Light Painting (Donna Edmonds will provide direction on this topic)

3.The World As I See it Today - continue to document the times

4. Still Life Photography – create a still life using objects from the kitchen or whatever else you set up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6Kz62IEjyw

5. Creative Self Portraits - you may want to google some famous photographers and look at their self portraits for inspiration eg. Cecil Beaton

https://expertphotography.com/21-creative-self-portrait-photography-ideas/

June

1. Playing With Shadows

2. Forced Perspective (Donna Edmonds will provide direction on this topic)

3. Garden Delights – capture your garden or a garden that impresses you

4. Minimalist Photography

https://photography.tutsplus.com/articles/less-is-more-50-examples-of-minimalist-photography--photo-3914

Two images from past outings may also be submitted to the slideshows. 

Looking forward to normal times,

Sandra Peters and the Outings Committee

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Notice to NPC Members

Notice to NPC Members

Dear Members,  

The news reports regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus are raising questions about the implications for our membership meetings.   In the face of the outbreak, our executive has made the decision to cancel our April 6th meeting.  Most activities in our province have been cancelled on every level for the safety of the population. Since we have a large number of attendees and the demographic of the majority of our membership is considered high risk, we are following the lead of our local health authority to observe "social distancing".  This situation will continue to be monitored and further actions may be taken as necessary.  This, of course, means that our speaker and camera cleaner, Doug Banks, will have to be rescheduled to a later time.
 
Not all is bad news for photographers though.  This would be a great time to edit photos, get outside and take pictures, or write an article for The Monitor.
  
Keep well,
Janet Taylor
NPC President
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