The Unlocked Challenge

ECC is now hosting a new and slightly different photo challenge. As announced in “Learning the Ropes”, this will have a somewhat wider scope than the Lockdown Challenge that ran during the summer. The “Unlocked Challenge” (and let's hope it stays that way!) will try to tie in with recent presentations from our Monday night meetings.

Our First Assignment is inspired by last week's presentation by Don Komarechka, the challenge will be Close-up Photography. If you have a macro lens that's great, otherwise get really close, or use a telephoto, or crop. The subject can be anything you choose, and is not restricted to different compositions of the same thing.

Up to three photos can be submitted that have been taken specifically for this challenge.  Please do not upload photos you have taken in the past. The requirement for limited photo editing has also been lifted.  As before, images must be a maximum of 1600 wide by 1200 high (same size as competition) for upload. The photos are to be uploaded to the Smugmug folder by Sunday night, Oct. 4th. 

Also as before, adding your name to the file name is extremely welcome, although certainly not obligatory if you'd prefer to be anonymous.

Snap Away!

Joe Desjardins Presents “Crazy About Wildlife Photography” on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 7pm

The Etobicoke Camera Club presents Joe Desjardins LIVE on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 7pm.

Joe will be presenting Crazy About Wildlife Photography followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Crazy About Wildlife – Joe will discuss what’s in the camera bag along with helpful accessories. He will also talk camera settings and techniques. Maximizing compositions and light will also be explained. Joe will finish things off with tips on perfecting exposure and achieving tack sharp focus. Finding great locations will also be discussed!

Topics that will be covered include:

  • What’s in the camera bag!
  • Settings and techniques
  • Maximizing composition and light
  • Tips on perfecting exposure and focus
  • How to find great locations

You will leave with a better understanding on how to capture the diversity of Canadian Wildlife.

About Joe Desjardins

For nearly three decades, Joe has been immersed in the world of photography. He began his career as a studio photographer in Northern Ontario, Canada. Growing up in this remote area afforded him the opportunity to learn his craft while exploring the outdoors, making nature photography a perfect fit.

Today, Joe works as a professional photographer out of Calgary, Alberta, focusing mainly on wildlife and landscape photography. He loves to share his knowledge and enthusiasm of photography with others through teaching, workshops and speaking engagements.

“There is nothing more rewarding than when a fellow photographer/student comes away with an image they are proud of”.

Joe is an award-winning and nationally published photographer who has earned multiple national accreditations in a variety of disciplines including equine, landscape, nature, wildlife and more. Joe has also garnered the designation of Master Photographer (MPN) in Nature Photography with MPIO, Master Photographers International.

Joe is also a Panasonic/Lumix Ambassador and Lumix Storyteller.

A limited amount of Guest tickets are on sale for $10 click on the link below:

Learning The Ropes Night on September, 21st at 7pm

Learning the Ropes night is coming Monday, September 21, at 7 pm.  This is an important night for new and old members to attend as there are many changes this year because we are completely virtual.  Information about the program, outings, Viewfinder, the new Photo Evaluation Bistro and competitions will discussed.  This is your opportunity to ask questions and be informed. 

The zoom invite can be found under Members Only section under Zoom Meetings or check your emails for the invite link.  Please be aware that this will be a regular zoom meeting with audio & video for all participants. Please log in with your full name.  Do not share the link publicly please!

Hope to see you all online!


Theresa B. moves to Publicity

It is my pleasure to announce we now have the position of Publicity Chair filled.¬† Etobicoke Camera Club is pleased to welcome Theresa Bryson to the Board of Directors. Theresa, as many of you know, has been on the Social committee working behind the scenes making coffee and tea for member nights….now she will be using her skills to advance our social media on Facebook, Instagram and Eventbrite.
On a personal note I beyond thrilled to have my mentor and friend join me and our great team serving  this membership.
Thank you so much Theresa look forward to having you on the board…judy preston (President)


Don Komarechka Presents “The Universe at Our Feet” on Monday, September 14, 2020 at 7pm

The Etobicoke Camera Club has created an exciting lineup of accomplished photographers for their 2020-2021 VIRTUAL program.

First in the ONLINE series, ECC presents Don Komarechka LIVE!

Don Komarechka is a renowned macro photographer, educator and author. His work has been featured by BBC,CBC, NatGeo and Discovery Channel.  He will be presenting The Universe at our Feet followed by an interactive Q&A session.

The Universe at our Feet– Macro photographers play by a different rulebook. The challenges faced from the subject matter, the equipment and even the laws of physics make this a challenging genre of photography. It can be abstract, it can tell stories, and it can spark your imagination. Everything from telling the story of a flower to discovering hidden narratives right in front of us, there is something magical to discover in the things we often ignore as human beings as well as photographers.

A limited amount of Guest tickets are on sale for $10 click on the link below:

Don't miss this great night.  Hope to see you all there!

Etobicoke Camera Club featured on CAPA Website & Facebook Page

Proud to announce that Etobicoke Camera Club has been featured on the Canadian Association for Photographic Art Web Page and Facebook Page.  The article was featured to promote our new online season as well as our response to this year's Covid-19 restrictions.  Please take some time to read the article written by our very own VP Barb Marszalek.

Copy of Full article below:

Etobicoke Camera Club Virtual Presentations

Back in early March, our Board of Directors had growing concerns about this Covid-19 that was beginning to affect Toronto. Our club has a large senior membership and we decided to err on the side of caution for their sakes. We voted to shut down our weekly meetings for a 3 week period and assess the situation at the end of March. By the end of March everything was shut down everywhere. Our Board jumped onto Zoom and started planning out the remaining 6 weeks of the our season in a virtual platform. Our last two competitions were switched from live judging to online judging, our end of season AGM & Townhall meeting were done live on zoom as was our grand finale year end awards.

In order to provide some form of diversion for our many senior members who were self isolating, we began the Lockdown Challenge. A weekly photo challenge using a different subject each week that could easily be found in their own homes and gardens. Our subjects have ranged from, coffee cup, toys, lamp, light, water, blade, book, etc. We are currently still going strong with week 15 Reflections. We also meet every 2 weeks online in the Lockdown Challenge Cafe to discuss the past two weeks entries and connect with each other.

Throughout the summer, our Board which normally would be on hiatus has been meetings regularly to organize our next season. We reached the decision early to run the first half of our program totally virtual online. We have found presenters from across Canada who would work with us virtually. All our competition judging was shifted from live to online. Our program director and president have spoken to other clubs in Ontario and found that many will not be holding a season at all because of the challenges of hosting during this Covid-19 threat. So we decided to offer all our presentations on Eventbrite so that those people could still enjoy attending a photography talk.

Here is a link to our program calendar for this year and competitions calendar as well.

We are hoping that by January 1st we will be able to safely meet in large numbers again at our location. Our plan is to continue to provide weekly meetings live or recorded, as well as our presentations to those who might still be too afraid or at high risk of contracting Covid 19.

It’s been a huge learning curve for our Board and committee members. But I have been so thoroughly proud of how hard all of them have worked to make this upcoming season a go.

Be safe,

Barb Marszalek, Etobicoke Camera Club VP & Program Team Member