NPC Outing - November 25th

NPC Outing - Light Trails Photography in Cobourg - Monday, November 25th

At the most general level, photographing light trails involves finding a spot where you’ll see the light trails created by cars, securing your digital camera, setting a long exposure setting on your camera, and shooting at a time when cars will be going by to create the trail of light. 

DATE: Monday, November 25th at 6:00 p.m. Alternate date due to poor weather conditions is Tuesday, November 26th at 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION: We will meet in front of Victoria Hall in Cobourg at 6:00 p.m. for the beginning of this outing. Free parking on Covert Street behind downtown area. We'll stay there for about 30-45 minutes and then head to the Nagle Road bridge over the 401. Follow Division Street north to Densmore Road (stoplights – KIA dealership). Turn right for about 2-3 km (the road changes to Danforth Road). Take a left at Nagle Road and the overpass is just ahead about 300 metres. Park along the shoulder of the road on the far side of the bridge. Afterwards we can stop in for a beverage at Turtle John's. It's a 5 minute drive and we can go together. Follow Nagle to VanLuven Road (4 way stop). Turn left and another left at the corner (Highway 45 South). Turtle John's is about 100 metres on your right.

Things to bring:

*Tripod to avoid camera shake (or a beanbag or something to stabilize your camera).

*Remote, if you have one or know how to set your camera timer so you can avoid camera shake.

*A small portable flashlight to check your camera settings and also to warn cars that there are     photographers in the area.

*Extra camera battery stored in your pocket for warmth.

*Dress according to the weather.

Light trails can also occur when you drink 10 beers within a 2 hour period and try to drive home on the 401.


NPC Outing - November 11th

NPC Outing - November 11th - Remberance Day

We will not be meeting together to take in a Remembrance Day service or parade.  For this outing, please shoot wherever and whenever you please on Remembrance Day.  We look forward to seeing a variety of images from various events and locations.  Some guidance for photographing people on Remembrance Day can be found here.

NPC Outing - November 13th

NPC Outing - November 13th - Cobourg Train Station and Legacy Vintage Building Materials

An NPC outing to the Cobourg Train Station, 563 Division St., and Legacy Vintage Building Materials, 540 Division St. Cobourg, has been planned for Wednesday, Nov. 13th.

Cobourg Train Station provides us with the opportunity to try motion photography; trains in motion, with or without static objects or people; stationary trains and people in motion using slow shutter speeds; photographs of the station building and structures.

Legacy Vintage Buildings Materials is an incredible collection of old building parts and hardware, anything you can imagine and more. Check out this address to see photos of their incredible inventory.


Here there are opportunities galore for all photographic styles - macro, shallow DOF, contemplative, textures, contrasts of all sorts, or try double or multiple exposures.

There is a VIA train due from Toronto at 9.38 am.  We should try to arrive at the station by 9.00 – 9.15 am.  Parking is limited at the station, and Legacy Hardware does not open until 10.00 so you may have to find parking nearby.  UPDATEAlthough freight trains are not on a fixed schedule, they expect one just after 9.00 am and the biggest of the day around 10.30 am.

You can Google "Trains In Motion" and get many ideas and inspirations, however laying down in the middle of the tracks may not be a good idea.  We've included a few of Norm Rae's shots of Legacy Hardware to give you an idea of the subject matter.

The rain date for this outing will be Wednesday, November 20th. 

Please e-mail Sandra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be included in a lunch reservation at Castle John's following the shoot.












NPC Speaker November 4th, 2019

NPC Speaker - November 4th

Joseph Luduc will be the speaker at our November 4th meeting. His presentation will be on Photographing People, a genre he is very passionate about. Wonderful photography and insights to look forward to!

Our Volunteers thank you for bringing your own coffee mug.


NPC Outing - October 17, 2019

Kendall Car Graveyard - Thursday, Oct 17th. (Changed to the 17th due to weather forecast!)


On Thursday October 17th we have the opportunity to shoot at the car graveyard in Kendall - old cars in the woods. 


We will meet at the Toronto Rd. car park at 9 am, travel to Kendall, shoot and then have lunch at  The Snug in Newcastle at 12:30. 


The auto graveyard is at 6400 Newtonville Rd. - just south of the Kendall Community Centre. 


Please contact Sandra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to attend and if you would like to be included in the lunch reservation.




NPC Outing - October 23, 2019

Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area

Where: North of Brighton Hwy#401 to Hwy#30, north to Orland, west to GLCA.
When: Wednesday Oct 23. Rain day Oct 24.
Time: Meet at parking lot @ 9:00 a.m.
What/Why: As a group, a stroll across the meadow, into a cedar woods, and along Cold Creek. 
Terry Self will give tips on capturing images: landscape (lead-in lines, camera angle), 
woods  (selecting centre of interest), and creek (motion in moving object and reflections). 
Other possibilities include fungus (close-up), fall leaves (double or multiple exposure), etc.
Equipment: Different lenses, tripod, cable release, polarizer filter or ND filter. 
This walk will take in only a small portion of the conservation area. 
If you want, bring your snacks and explore the trails for the rest of the day on your own.
Note that school children will be present in their outdoor learning activities.   
Avoid photos of and contact with them, please.




NPC Outing - October 8th

NPC Outing - Cranberry Farm in Bala - October 8th

Check out the link to Johnson’s Cranberry Farm to see if you are interested in this outing on Tuesday, October 8th.  We will be away for the entire day.  We will meet to carpool at the Toronto Road car park in Port Hope at 7: 30 am and will probably return after dark.  There are picnic facilities at the farm and their café will be open for lunch.  The farm opens at 10 am.  If the weather co-operates, we will spend the remainder of our day photographing the fall Muskoka colours, have dinner and then head home.  The cranberry farm is free, but if you wish to walk the trails the cost is $5 and if you plan to take part in the cranberry plunge at 1 pm the cost is $15 and must be reserved ahead of time.  The wagon rides are at 11 am, 1pm and 3pm.  Please let Sandra know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to take part in this outing and/or the cranberry plunge.


October 7th - Dave of Freaktography Presents!

NPC Guest Speaker - October 7th - Dave of Freaktography!

Dave of Freaktography will be presenting Urban Decay Part 2. If you saw his first presentation you know how interesting and entertaining it was! If you missed it, it will be a great opportunity to see Dave's very unique perspective on urban decay.

Here is the link to Dave's website:

It would be great if you could bring your coffee mug to help reduce our volunteers' workload. Thank you!


NPC Outing - Sept. 24, 2019

NPC Outing - Sept. 24th - Salmon in the Ganny!!

The last outing for this month involves photographing the numerous salmon and fishermen in the Ganaraska River in Port Hope.  On Tuesday, September 24th meet at 2 p.m. on the banks of the river behind the Port Hope Library.  We will begin by taking photos from above (sidewalks and bridges) and then follow a gentle ramp to go down by the stream.  About 3 p.m. we will move on to the fish ladder/dam, shoot for about an hour, and then go to Tim's at Hwy 28/401 for refreshments and some social time.  Sandra will be out of town that day and will not be there to greet those participating.



September 2019 NPC Outings

Sept. 14th and 17th -  Two NPC Outings

On Saturday, September14th, an outing has been planned to the Port Hope Fair.  We will not meet formally as a group for this outing.  If you cannot get to the fair on Saturday but are there on Friday or Sunday, please still submit your photos to Outings.  Included is a link to the Port Hope Fair and also an article about photographing midway rides. We look forward to seeing many creative submisssions from the fair.

Another September outing is a Natural Light Portrait Shoot to be held at Elisabeth LaFontaine's home in Grafton.  We are looking for a few volunteer models.  If you know of someone (male or female) who would be willing to pose for us, please let us know.  No experience necessary.  They will get a selection of photos for their efforts and hopefully will enjoy the afternoon.  Elisabeth has arranged to have a vintage Pierce Arrow car arrive as a prop for this shoot.  Please e-mail Sandra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to attend and also if you are able to bring a model.  Please see below for more details about this event.

Fun Portrait Shoot with Some Instruction on Lighting and Posing in a Garden Setting 
Date: Tuesday, September 17th
Time: 12:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Place: 412 Barnum House Road North, Grafton. (Directions: B.H. Road is off Hwy 2 on the west side of
Grafton, next to the Barnum House Museum.)  Please park on the road facing south, leaving the driveway entrance free.

Each photographer will agree to give three photos of each model to Sandra, for the model, after the shoots, in lieu of payment. Submission of photos within two weeks of the shoot.

Organization of the afternoon

12:15 p.m.  The models and our team will arrive. Terry will lead the team around to all the locations and give possible poses, etc. so our team is familiar with the location and possibilities for images.

The locations will be as follows: pond, car, shed.

The models will then be ready and instructions will be given to them, and taken to their one location, as the model stays there for the entire time.

This gives the photographers a chance to capture images of each model.

12:45  The photographers arrive, sign in, and are then assigned to one of the three groups. (Equal numbers in a group from 1 to 5 people.)

The groups will be Group A, Group B, Group C.

!:00    The groups move to their first assigned location: Group A-car, Group B-pond, Group C-shed

1:30   The groups will go to their next location: Group A-pond, Group B-shed, Group C-car

2:00   The groups will go to their next location: Group A-shed, Group B-car, Group C-pond

2:30   Everyone will meet on the front lawn and the models and photographers will pose and photograph groups.

3:00    The session ends.

Note:  Terry will give information to the photographers about basic lighting, posing the model, other lighting forms….at the shed location, to each group.

EQUIPMENT: Whatever you have including: camera, batteries, cards, etc.
Lens in the range of 85 mm, 70-200 mm, or 24-120 etc.
Tripod, cable release, reflector if you have one. NOTES: The house will be closed throughout the shoot unless there is an emergency.
Water and cold drinks will be available in the “Mosquito Tent”. Please bring a cup.