February 1st update

On Monday, Feb 6,  we will have a Travelogue show by renowned photographers Ray and Mary Ann Anderson. Guests are always welcome to enjoy our fabulous guest speakers presentations. A guest fee of $5 PP helps to defray costs. We meet  at HVUC, 76 Anglesey Blvd in central Etobicoke, at 7 – 9:15 PM most Monday nights. See our calendar.
Traveling for over 30 years, photography has always been part of this couple’s itinerary.  The pair has visited over 40 countries.  They are particularly attracted to independent travel and exploring less traveled parts of the world — areas that have not yet been spoiled by tourism.  Their curiosity is about the landscape and the culture of each country they visit.  They extend their interest in people to learning about their religious practices and participating in their festivals and celebrations.  
Ray and Mary Ann have been members of the Toronto Camera Club since 1993 and are also actively involved in a photo essay group.  For the past 20 years, they have been producing multimedia presentations of their journeys and are frequently asked to present at camera clubs and various venues throughout the GTA and other parts of Ontario. 
Ray and Mary Ann’s catalogue of photographic and video travelogues include countries such as India, Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Tibet,  Bhutan, Ladakh, Nepal, Indonesia, China, Turkey, Peru, Guatemala and Western Europe including Iceland. 

1) Last week, we had a great presentation from Spencer Wynn, an experienced journalist photographer who provided us with many gorgeous images and interesting stories from around the world.

Excerpts from his website...

A story teller at heart, Spencer’s career has taken him to extremes. Using his skills as a visual journalist, designer and photographer, Wynn has lived the stories he tells saying, “ One can only truly tell a story of a people or culture if you have lived with the people or in the culture”.

His two-year documentary work on the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster in India is one such example. Every day was spent with the survivors, eating with them, sitting with them as they break down into tears, and even living in the slums with them – all to appreciate the essence of the story.

He has also lived with Inuit in the Canadian Arctic, joining an Inuit hunting party on the polar ice. He has eaten raw seal, fresh from the ice when it was killed to feed several families and cloth the children. In the same polar region, he has sailed up the west coast of Greenland and into the Northwest Passage while documenting fishing villages, nature and lay on his stomach, inching slowly towards a large herd walrus to photograph them.

His 10 trips to China have taken him to all regions of the vast country, living in caves, yurts, deserts and at high altitude. The ethnic diversity of China is a fascination for Wynn and a constant draw, luring him back.

Spencer is a creative person, always looking to push himself and his skills in order to stay current with technology and learn more about the diversity around him.

Judging by the crowd around him afterwards answering many questions about his destinations, gear, techniques and more. He certainly held a totally captivated audience throughout the evening! Be sure to check out his website with many beautiful images at  SpencerWynn.com 


2) A special invitation to our members from the Humber Valley United Church
Mark your calendars for February 12 at 5:30 PM –  Tickets available only until Feb 8th

This promises to be a very nice "dinner and a show" evening in the sanctuary of our HVUC.  
Their invitation follows…

Dear Etobicoke Camera Club, Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd, Etobicoke               

ECC members are especially invited to attend a special event being held here at Humber Valley United Church on Sunday, February 12 at 5:30 p.m This is a fundraiser for the Bruce Trail Conservancy

Our minister, Rev. Mark Winger, has just returned from a three-month sabbatical during which time he hiked the entire length of the Bruce Trail. The presentation will be held in the Sanctuary.  

Mark is an avid photographer and, after the dinner, he will be taking us on a guided photographic tour of the Bruce Trail with accompanying commentary.  

Also a special guest, Beth Gilhespy, CEO of the Bruce Trail Conservancy will be speaking as well. We know many of your members will find the whole presentation a delight. 

Tickets for the dinner and presentation are $20 apiece ($5 for children under 12). 

  • They are available from the main office at Humber Valley,  Cheryl Drake: 416-231-2263. 
  • Tickets will not be available at the door.
Already 80 tickets have been sold. Don’t miss out!

3) Rotary Youth Impact Awards
As mentioned last week, I am an active member in the Rotary Club of Toronto West. We held our 18th Annual Youth Impact Awards Gala this past Friday. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Canada’s first female astronaut, Dr Roberta Bondar who has inspired countless youth to better understand the diversity of species in our ecosystem. 

You can check out my Photo Gallery of the event at  www.RTWPhotographs.com  Look for Public Events, then the top left "Youth Impact Awards"

Dr. Bondar is also a very accomplished  photographer using some very serious gear! She has published several outstanding books on nature, landscapes and our earth. Reasonably priced – check them out here. (I will be ordering some!)

4) Upcoming:

February 6: Next week:  Ray and Mary Ann Anderson  will show us some gorgeous visuals from their travels around the world. This too promises to be an exceptional presentation by two very accomplished photographers.  (A modest $5 Fee applies to Guests)
Also –  Enter Landscape Images for Critique the following week

February 12   Dinner and a Show – Bruce Trail – see item 2 above 

February 13 Awards salon for Creative; Image Critique for Landscape
February 20 -Family Day – no meeting

5) Our recent Competition results can be seen at our  ECC Competition Photo Gallery  

6) Do you have some USED gear! –  The Photographic Historical Society of Canada  is holding a Consignment Auction for all vintage and modern camera equipment on March 19,2017 at the Canadian Legion#101 – 3850 Lake Shore Blvd.  I have never been, but it sounds like a great place to unload some of your better used gear. Check this and their other events at www.PHSC.ca   And also check our front table – there may be some PHSC leaflets on it. 

Of course we are always happy to accept any used or new gear you may wish to donate to our club. Bring it in for our "auction table" any night.  New "unofficial" policy on trial:   If it sells for over $100 we can make an arrangement where you can receive 25% of the proceeds. (Negotiable – see me!) All proceeds go to help keep our club our fees LOW! 

7) Past President and avid bird enthusiast Bruce Lewis gave us a good site to check:   www.AllAboutBirds.org and their Guide to Bird Seeds  He also cautioned that Point Pelee may be closed at various times due to some "culling" going on by local indigenous peoples. Better check first before heading out. 

Please don’t get shot at.  It’s not worth the "shot!"

Direct 416.233.8657 Cell 416.845.8657
John Stevenson
President 2016-2018
Etobicoke Camera Club