April 29,2019 Underwater Photography

TOPIC : Underwater Photography


SPEAKER : Stuart Seldon, professional photographer
DATE/TIME : Monday, April 29th, 2019 at 7:00 pm
LOCATION  : Humber Valley United Church, Etobiocke
Please join ECC members and guests for an speaker presentation by professional underwater photographer, Stu Seldon. Guest fee of $10.00 for non-members applies … parking is free.
Stuart became a certified diver in 1974, and purchased a Nikonos III later that same summer, at age 17 with a fraudulently obtained bank loan. Over the years he wasted countless rolls of film, but managed to learn a few things about the unique challenges of underwater photography while shooting shipwrecks and critters. His earliest published images were shot in the Cape Anne region of Massachusetts and published in a British newspaper at the age of 22.
Many years, and many cameras later, Stuart moved to a digital system which re-kindled a fading interest. The improving visibility in the Great Lakes opened up new opportunities for wreck photography.
Since then, images have been published in several magazines including Diver, Alert Diver, Sport Diver and Zoomer. His images can be found on many of the area’s dive shop’s websites, several Caribbean resorts and on the BC Dive Industry Association’s promotional material. He has also contributed to e-publications about Belize and British Columbia.
Last fall, Stuart was the subject of an 8 page article in Diver Magazine, where he finally achieved his 15 minutes of fame! Here is Stuart’s official website:


Will take a look at the unique challenges and rewards of underwater photography  –  from the cold Canadian waters to warmer climes and fish.
Please join us for our last official speaker meeting of the 2018/2019 ECC season.
See you there!

Wednesday Walk – Spring Flowers at Bronte Creek Park

With the spring flowers starting to show,  we have two outings planned, one for the weekend, and one for midweek. Hope to see you at one, or both!

Outing # 1 – Crawford Lake Conservation Area

When – Sunday April 28th

Where – Crawford Lake Conservation Area

To reach Crawford Lake, take Highway 401 west to Guelph Line, then south on Guelph Line (called Main Street within Campbellville) 3.8 km’s to Conservation Road. Turn east on Conservation Road to the park entrance. 

Meet in the parking lot at 9:00 AM 

What – Outdoor opportunity for spring flowers and nature photography. Lots of birds too. 

We will follow the Woodland Trail foot trail from the Park towards the Bruce Trail. The trail is well tended but good shoes or boots are recommended. 

The Park also features Crawford Lake, which is a unique eponymous meromictic lake, and a reconstructed Iroquoian Village with seasonal exhibits and three reconstructed longhouses. There is a short trail to a lookout from the Niagara Escarpment.

Map of the Conservation Area: https://www.conservationhalton.ca/hiking

Google Maps coordinates of Crawford Lake: 

Coffee afterwards in Campbellville

Outing # 2 – Bronte Creek Provincial Park

When – Wednesday May 1, 2019 9:30AM

Where – Bronte Creek Provincial Park

What – Spring flowers and nature photography.  

To reach the park, take the Queen Elizabeth Way west to Burloak Drive. Go North 1.6 kms on Burloak to the Day Use park entrance (on the right). After entering the park, take the roadway south and then east towards Spruce Lane Farmhouse, to Parking Lot F.

Meet at the north side of Parking Lot F at 8:30 AM.

We will head for the Trillium Trail, which is the park’s best trail for wild flowers. The path is well maintained and easy to walk – bring good boots in case of rain puddles and mud.

Tripods and macro lenses will be useful.

Map of the park

Map showing the park entrance:


Park fee — $11.25 per vehicle, $9.00 for seniors

Food and coffee options afterwards:

Tim Hortons – Burloak Rd just south of the park entrance

Artisano Bakery Cafe – 3505 Wyecroft Rd (runs east from Burloak, second light south of the QEW, near the Nike Factory Store)

Reminder – Photo Walk Wednesday April 17

Photo Walk Reminder – Colonel Sam Smith Park 8:00 am

We will have another excellent photo walk this Wednesday, April 17 at Colonel Sam Smith Park at Lakeshore and Kipling. Follow Kipling south as far as you can go to Lakeshore. Continue south along Colonel Sam Smith Drive all the way to the end parking lot. Theresa’s phone 416-799-7697 just in case.
Please note the time change 8:00.

Double-Header is a GO!

Rain is forecast for Sunday but it looks like it'll start about 10am.  The sunrise benefit shoot should be nice.  Give donations to me.  At 10, we'll meet at the Spadina entrance to Graffiti Alley no matter what.  I'd suggest an umbrella.  If we're lucky we'll get some reflection shots in the alley.
…posted by farnk j

Sunday April 14,2019 Double Header

Saturday evening 8pm go/nogo will be posted here.
Everyone was sent an info email about this so I'll just put the summary here:
05:45 arrive at Sheldon Lookout at the west end of the Humber Ped Bridge
06:20 sunrise shoot to benefit Cambodian Children's Fund
07:30 breakfast at Sunset Grill nearby
10:00 Graffiti Alley Challenge starts. meet on Spadina just south of Queen
11:00 Challenge finished
11:30 lunch/coffee at Loblaws at Portland and Queen.
11:45 Jpgs collected by frank j
12:00 outing is over.  casual walkabout as u wish

Monday, April 15-The Challenges (and Rewards) of Travel Photography by Guest Presenter Rob Stimpson

Tonight's talk will be a light hearted look as well as some technical aspects of the challenges of travel photography. From travelling in polar climates as well as Europe, North America, Central and South America – lots of tips and images that can help you with your next adventure.

Guest fee of $10.00 for non-members applies … parking is free.

Rob Stimpson works in the tourism world; he is an internationally published, award-winning photographer. He teaches photography part time at Fleming College as well as runs workshops throughout Ontario. His working in Basle Switzerland as a photographer’s assistant laid the foundation for his success today. His first commercial break through came from selling images to Canada’s prestigious National Film Board. Rob has photographed for Ontario Tourism, Ontario Parks and Parks Canada for many years. His work has appeared on the covers of Ontario Parks Guides, calendars, magazines and national ads for the province and Canada. He has garnered numerous awards, including a Northern Lights Award from the Canadian Tourism Commission and Best Travel Photography Award from the Ontario Tourism Summit. In October 2012 he was nominated and accepted into the College of Fellows in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

See you there!

Sunday, April 14 Big Outing Day

This Sunday, April 14,2019, we have a big day planned. A sunrise shoot benefiting the Cambodian Children's Fund and another “film” challenge in Graffiti Alley.

First the sunrise shoot. We will meet at Sheldon Lookout which is just at the west end of the Humber Pedestrian bridge. We usually park on Marine Parade Drive. As sunrise is at 6:20, get there early. The group will be setup along the water. I will be accepting your donations and giving them to the Host, Alicia at breakfast. Suggested donation amount is $10

Breakfast will be at Sunset Grill located in the Metro shopping mall at Parklawn and Lakeshore.

After this, we will make our way to Graffiti Alley, meeting at the East end on Spadina just 20 feet South of Queen. Parking is free on city streets till 1pm. Don't be leaving any tempting goodies visible in your car if you park on the street. That area is not getting better.

The “film” challenge this time will be themed. Shadows and Lines. B&W preferred. Again 24 consecutive shots. Jpgs will be collected when we finish at Loblaws at Portland and Queen. We'll have coffee inside. As before, participation is optional and I will produce a slideshow. Each person's 5 best shots will be in the show.

Continuing this marathon outing, several of us will be doing a bit of a walkabout up Spadina for an hour or two. All are welcome to join.

So, to summarize:

05:45 arrive at Sheldon Lookout

06:20 sunrise

07:30 breakfast

10:00 Graffiti Alley Challenge starts

11:00 Challenge finished

11:30 Jpgs collected by frank j

12:00 outing is over. casual walkabout as u wish

frank j