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Next Club Meeting
Meetings normally run the second and fourth Monday each month from September to May.
The next meeting will be Monday, Dec. 9at 7 p.m. at the Seniors' Fifth Avenue Activity Centre at 170 5th Ave SE in Salmon Arm. Note our new meeting location on by clicking on the following link, click Get Directions and with your left mouse button, pull the map down to show road access from Highway 1 at Shuswap Street.
To see the next agenda and future themes, under Club Info - Agenda - Current, click here.
CAPA Pacific Zone News
Exploring Night Photography
By: Kevin McElheran The light at night is amazing especially when the only natural light is from the stars, moon, or just a small flashlight. Other forms of light also add character, deepen shadows and increase visual interest such as light from cars passing by, light pollution from nearby cities and towns that reflect from the clouds, or maybe it’s a single light on a pole in a farmyard several hundred feet away. Light is light whether you can see it or not, and if you're shooting with a decent DSLR with good glass, the camera’s sensor will record it. If you’re wanting to take your photos to the next level or raise the bar, mastering night photography will certainly do it. The learning curve is a great ride and the end results are amazing!
There are several challenges to shooting at night but a little planning and forethought will help. I like to travel away from the city where it’s dark and quiet. Often times I’m alone so I make sure I tell my wife and family where I’m going and provide an approximate time when I’ll be back. During late fall and winter, it gets dark early so I’m usually out the door at around 5pm and will get back home around 7am. The deeper we go into winter, the darker and cleaner the skies are, resulting in stunning milky way galaxy shots. That being said, there are a few challenges you must overcome for night photography:
By: Julya Hajnoczky You’ve probably already heard a million times that the word “photography” is derived from the Greek words for writing (‘grapso’) with light (‘phos’). The great thing with photography though, is that you don’t need to be Greek or have the math skills of Archimedes to have your own Eureka moment. I still remember the shot I took that made me decide that I wanted to be a photographer; it was part happy accident and part light painting (something I became so enamoured with that I made up a whole new word for it)! I was taking pictures of Christmas lights with a little point-and-shoot. The combination of a long shutter speed and a photographer who had no idea what a shutter speed was, let alone why you’d want a tripod, resulted in an amazing abstract image filled with glowing streaks that captivated me immediately. I stayed out shooting that winter night till I couldn’t feel my fingers anymore.
Photographers are creative and artistic people, and whether we approach our work from a very technical standpoint or adopt a more fluid intuitive process, we can still make magic happen. In fact, I think that one of the coolest and most surprising things about photography is that it is a craft that can be learned and enjoyed by very technical and scientific people just as much as by very right-brained artistic people. Light painting is the perfect example of how this works.
Light-painting can be roughly broken down into two categories... Continue Reading