Presidents Message

  • September 23 – Upcoming events

      

    (TIP!  Click the BLUE box above to scroll through this and ALL my past messages!) Sept 25, 2017 Professional photographer Dave of Freaktography will present many unusual photos and videos of the often strange or unseen parts of our civilization. His show will take us to many “off-limits” locations seeking out the unimaginable and mysterious wonders discovered in his adventurous Urban Explorations. Don’t miss this one!


    Please check our new > 2017-18 PDF Program also available now on our website. Dave Hanson and his team have pulled together another great roster of interesting and diverse speakers and events.  This is a great opportunity to bring a guest.   (Note that a $5 fee applies to non-members on evenings that we have guest speakers)

    Oct 2 – This is our first competition of the Sept 2017 to April 2018 club year. Members will have submitted images, which unlike our “category” competitions (nature, people, creative, landscape, architecture etc ) can be a “Photographer’s Choice” of almost any style or subject matter. We have live judging with comments on many images from the judges, so it all makes for an excellent learning experience and the opportunity to see 3 photos that can be submitted by any of our 135 very talented (and friendly!) members. Many have been travelling the country, and indeed the world, to find “that perfect shot”! (Free)

    Oct 9 – Thanksgiving – no meeting

    Oct 14 – Keep posted on our OUTINGS blog below for our Saturday outing to Mount Nemo

    Oct 16 – Mon:  Our Guest speaker will be Professional Photographer and Social Media expert Pamela Julian who will talk about the trend away from traditional Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras to the new generation of mirrorless cameras. These new style of compact cameras still retain the benefits of removable lens, but with the elimination of the moving mirror and prism, they are not only smaller and lighter, but typically provide more advanced electronic features, including faster focusing and high resolution 4K video capabilities. Don’t miss hearing this Urban and Architecture Photographer who knows how to capture a city like no one else, will no doubt show us many terrific images, and also talk about Social Media.

    Oct 23 –  Mon:   Print Night #1  This is our first of two PRINT competitions of our Sept 2017 to April 2018 club year. Members may bring and submit two prints, which can be of almost any style or subject matter (nature, people, creative, landscape, architecture etc ) in colour or monochrome. We have live judging with comments on many images from the judges, so it all makes for an excellent learning experience and the opportunity to see prints that can be submitted by any of our 135 very talented (and friendly!) members, many who have been travelling the country, and indeed the world, to find “that perfect shot”! Some photographers are pleased to sell their prints, so why not consider enhancing your home with a beautiful original print? (Admission is free)

    Please feel free to email me at >>  John at StevensonTeam.ca (please replace at with @) or call me with any questions you may have.   

     

    Cheers

      
    John Stevenson
    ECC President – 2016-2018
    H/W: 416 233 8657 
     
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  • September 4 – Welcome to our exciting 2017-18 season!
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    We have lined up another terrific year of weekly activities running from September to May 2018. Guests are always welcome to come out and enjoy our Monday evenings on a wide variety of events that will appeal to both new and experienced photographers.
     
    Our full PDF 2017-18 Program Schedule is available using the web link to the right of this message. And the CALENDAR link displays much the same information (or soon will) with occasional last minute updates. (If you use an online calendar you may be able to have this Google calendar feed into your personal online web calendar)
     
    1. Our first Sept 11 guest presenter will be pro-photographer Peter Baumgarten who will speak on  “Astro Photography – Photographing the Night Sky”.  Having previewed his website, I know we will be seeing some phenomenal time-lapse images of stars and Northern Light displays.  Don’t miss this great show! (Note that a $5 guest fee applies for non-members for those evenings when we have a paid guest speaker.  This can be applied towards our annual $80 membership fee if you join our club that evening)
    2. Our schedule shows that we have some great weekend field trip Outings planned throughout the year. There may also be some extra ad-hoc ones from time to time. These are a terrific opportunity for guests and new members to learn more about our club and get some hands-on help from members on camera settings and techniques.
    3. For new and returning members, please check and download our Membership Registration Form available on our website.  Complete the form with CLEAR PRINTING  and bring to our member registry desks along with a cheque.
    4. Once registered you will enjoy all club membership benefits including the ability to enter our competitions. You will also begin receiving my periodic (almost weekly) President’s Update messages which will inform you of many upcoming or last minute special events competitions and many “newsy” tidbits.
    5. Our second “Learning the Ropes”  meeting on September 18 is particularly important for NEW MEMBERS to attend. We will cover a whole range of informative topics such as our Competition Rules, Uploading Competition Images and  “What Judges are Looking For”
    6. I encourage you to keep posted to our various front web page blogs for new and updated posts from our various chairs, especially for last minute outings news.
    7. Be sure to take a look our impressive Photo Galley tab on our website where you can see stunning photos of our members including images of our Competition Awards, Social Events and a gallery showing some of our great Outings.
    8. Please send an email with our website link www.EtobicokeCameraClub.org to anyone who you feel might be interested in joining our fun and friendly club!
    9. Lastly, please feel free to email me at >>  John at StevensonTeam.ca (please replace at with @) or call me with any questions you may have.    H: (416) 233-8657     M: (416) 845-8657

    I look forward to another exciting year and hope to see you this Monday, Sept 11 at 7pm. 76 Anglesey Blvd, Etobicoke (near Islington and Rathburn)
    Cheers
     

    John Stevenson
    President 2016-2018
    Etobicoke Camera Club

    Direct 416.233.8657 Cell 416.845.8657
     
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  • February 27th update
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    Feb 27 7PM – Club Meeting:  “Landscape” Competition – a Free Event! … 

    Want to see some great landscape images? Many have been taken in idyllic locations around the world. Guests are welcome to come out and enjoy our LANDSCAPE competition (no charge). 179 images will be judged by a panel of accredited GTA judges who will give helpful comments on many images. We meet at 7pm most Mondays at the Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd (Islington/Rathburn area). See our Annual Program and Calendar on the RIGHT panel of our front page.


    2)  Our last judging event for “Creative” images was held on January 30th

    Check out our ECC Photo Gallery where our past competition images may be viewed. Congratulations to all award recipients!


    3) Upcoming Events 

    • February 27 – Landscape Judging
    • March 5 –  Sunday outing is in planning – keep posted in our OUTINGS blog on our website. Guests are welcome to join us.
    • March 6   Pro-photographer Steve Silverman shown on our printed program has now been rescheduled to next fall. See next item.
    • March 6 – Pro-Photographer Robert Shechter will present a show “Toronto as I See It”  Keep posted on Dave Hanson’s Programs Blog on our website. See  RobertPhoto.ca  
    • March 13 Landscape Awards Salon – learn how the award recipients created their stunning images.
    • March 20 – Judging of Photographers Choice #2 – Members may submit any images that don’t quite fit our restricted categories such as Nature, Landscape, Architecture or People
    • March 27Print Competition – members submit two prints for judging.
    • April 3Awards Salon for PC#2 and Prints competitions. Awards given and you can learn how the top award recipients created their stunning images.   
    • April 10 – Guest Speaker Pro Photographer  Galen Brown of  3004 Studios will talk about Nature and Landscape Photography
    • April 22 – Evening  GTCCC will hold its 28th Annual Awards Gala in Thornhill at the LeParc Conference Centre
    • April 22 – Daytime GTCCC will have daytime seminars. Featuring keynote speaker Michelle Valberg on “Nature and Landscape” 
    • May 1 – Mark your calendars for our Annual Year End Banquet!


     
    4)  Did you know?  

    • If you click on  the THE BLUE BOX HEADER above each blog, you will see ALL the past postings since “whenever”, not just the 2 or 3 recent ones. Give it a try here!  This gives you a handy “archive” of happenings over the past many months.   
    • We meet at 7pm most Mondays at the Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd (north of Rathburn and east of Islington). See our Annual Program and Calendar on the RIGHT panel of our front page.
    • New members can join in the second half of our 2016/2017 season for only half of our regular $80/year fee. Feel free to enquire at 416 233 8657
     

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

  • ECC February 13th update
    Learn how the top "Creative" images were created, followed by a "Landscape" Critique

    Feb 13 – LEARNING OPPORTUNITY! Public and members are all encouraged to come out at 7pm Monday night to enjoy our Awards Salon for our recent CREATIVE competition. Learn the story and tips from Gold and Silver winner’s as to how they captured and then created their "altered reality" images in processing. Following this, there will be a preview and "critique" of images for our upcoming Landscape Competition on February 27.  Time permitting, there may be a few member “short shows” on various themes. 

    This is a great night for LEARNING from the best as to what goes into making a great image. Free for public guests. A $5 fee applies only when we have a Guest Speaker. We meet at 7pm at the Humber Valley United Church. Details in our Program and Calendar on the RIGHT panel >>>


    1) On Feb 6: Ray and Mary Ann Anderson gave us a terrific presentation. Traveling over 30 years to more than 40 countries, photography has always been part of this couple’s itinerary.  Their 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. 

    We were spellbound by many glorious photos encompassing landscape, architecture, nature and people.

     

    You can see a brief video titled Wonders of Asia by Ray and Mary Ann Anderson  hosted by Facebook on The Toronto Camera Club where they are both members.


     2)  Creative Judging was held on January 30th

    Creative Images with award designations may be seen in our ECC Photo Gallery  Congratulations to all award recipients!


    3) HVUC Bruce Trail Presentation – February 12, 2017

    18 ECC members attended this 130 seat sold-out "dinner and a show" event held in the sanctuary of our ECC club host, the Humber Valley United Church

    After dinner we saw a wonderful presentation with excellent narrative and 200+ terrific photos taken by the Rev. Mark Winger during his 3 month trek along the Bruce Trail, ranging from Niagara up to Tobermory. Due to weight and space limitations, all were taken with an iPhone, but with surprising clarity, exposure and excellent composition!  Well done Mark.  

    Special guest, Beth Gilhespy, CEO of the Bruce Trail Conservancy  spoke of the important role played by the BTC to protect and maintain the unique natural diversity of the Niagara Escarpment. To date over 10,000 acres of Escarpment land have been procured and preserved by the BTC. Over 9,100 acres of this preserved land are cared for by volunteers. Each year the BTC spends from $1 to $2 million on land purchases, preserving hundreds of acres of Escarpment landscape and the Bruce Trail corridor forever. Funding is almost completely raised by donations from private sources.

    The presentation generated a lot of interest from many now inspired to explore this beautiful national treasure so close to us.  Proceeds from this HVUC event were donated to the Bruce Trail Conservancy

                
       
           

    Above images: Mark Winger’s photos on the trail, sold-out dinner before the show, Mark receiving the Bruce trail "End to End"  certificate from Beth recognizing his successful trek.  

    ECC Members Janusz S and his wife Anna attended as they were anxious to hear Mark’s story. They too are now planning to hike the Bruce trail this summer. Both are avid long distance hikers who have made several treks in Europe.  E.g. 1000 km France to Spain over the Pyrenees taken in the fall, and also 600 km across Portugal. A return trip to the Pyrenees is also being planned, next time to capture the spring flowers!

    Great way to take some awesome photos and keep fit! Below, Janusz with Mark – Janusz also won a door prize!

       


    4) Upcoming Events 

    • February 20 – Family Day – no meeting
    • February 27 – Landscape Judging
    • March 5 –  Sunday outing is in planning – keep posted in our OUTINGS section below
    • March 6 TBA   (Sorry – Pro-photographer Steve Silverman is being rescheduled to a future date)
    • April 10 – Guest Speaker Pro Photographer  Galen Brown of  3004 Studios will talk about Nature and Landscape Photography
    • April 22 – Evening  GTCCC will hold its 28th Annual Awards Gala in Thornhill at the LeParc Conference Centre
    • April 22 – Daytime GTCCC will have daytime seminars. Featuring keynote speaker Michelle Valberg on "Nature and Landscape"  
    • May 1 – Mark your calendars for our Annual Banquet!


     
    5)  Did you know   ….   About our front page Blogs?
    These website front page panels provide a:
    • President’s Message  – which you are reading now
    • Program events – Primarily about our upcoming guest speakers – guests welcome 
    • Outings being planned in and around Toronto – guests welcome
    • Announcements from our CAPA and GTCCC representatives

    Ok! But did you ALSO KNOW…..

    If you click on  the THE BLUE BOX HEADER above each blog, you will see ALL the past postings since "whenever", not just the 2 or 3 recent ones. Give it a try here!  This gives you a handy "archive" of happenings over the past many months.   


     
    6) For those asking for more cute funnies!   >>  Dog wants a Kitty  (36 million views!)   
     

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

  • 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.
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    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. 
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    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!"

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

  • Jan 23 Mid winter update!
    Hard to believe we’re about halfway to spring!

    We have had a pretty easy winter so far, with a nice bit of snow before Christmas, and warm weather over the past week or two. Keeping fingers crossed for easy weather ahead.

    1) Upcoming:
    Don’t miss tonight’s presentation!  Check out  “Our Program”  blog on our front page
    Spencer Wynn
    , Pro Photographer is sure to dazzle us with his stunning photos from around the world! Preview his website here.  ( A $5 guest fee applies)

    Next week:
    We will be Judging Creative – always entertaining. Deadline is tomorrow morning 8 AM for submissions!  ( No guest fee applies)

    In two weeks: Another great presentation lined up by David H: the global travelling duo Ray and Mary Ann Anderson
     of the Hamilton Camera Club will show us some gorgeous visuals  from around the world.  ( A $5 guest fee applies)
     


    2) Outing last Sunday Jan 15th – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall.

    John Roias has uploaded some great images that he took around City Hall to our Gallery.   Envious of his talent to “see the shots”. Quite amazing! Check them out here 


    Did you know…  That you can see John Roias’ own gallery and other ECC member’s terrific galleries on our website?  The link which is under our PHOTO GALLERY top link on our website takes you THERE
     


    3) Last Monday’s  Architecture Awards Salon.   Congrats again to all the award winners – and great to learn from the silver and gold winners “how I did that”.
     


    4) Big thanks to all who attended last week’s 60th Anniversary celebration of ECC, founded in 1957, complete with some tasty cake!  

    And a huge thanks to Bruce Lewis for creating a display of the first 12 year’s history of our club and then had it signed on the back by no less that five ECC presidents!    
          



    Past Presidents Judy Griffin, Bruce Barton, John Stevenson (current), Bruce Lewis and Richard Morency.

    This historical document will be reformatted and posted under our website RESOURCES before too long!
     


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


    6) 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!”

    See you tonight…. 

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

     

     

  • Jan 13, 2017 Update – Happy Anniversary!
     

    We celebrate our club’s 60th Anniversary!

    A brief history of our Club …

    It was 60 years ago on January 17th in 1957 that 15 people gathered in a meeting, chaired by Wilf Aston, to form the Etobicoke Camera Club. The meeting was held in the Humbertown Plaza in Surdin’s Photographic Centre which in more recent years was occupied by Blacks Camera. 

    Hand written minutes were taken by the Club Secretary Margaret Rose. They make for some interesting reading and you can view them along with a 50 year timeline HERE. This PDF, kindly provided by our Honorary Member Mark Bargent, will also be made available on our Club Website under the Resources tab in the next day or so.

    The annual membership fee was set at $5 per year and meetings were to be held twice monthly on Mondays. Mr. Surdin generously provided the space and coffee for free. Members were split between their interest in Black and White versus Colour media. Not unlike today, members were interested in guest speakers who spoke on innovative products and techniques, such as the various models of 35mm Voightlander cameras, or from a General Electric representative discussing Flash Photography. Slides seemed to be the trending method of display. Wouldn’t they be amazed at what we use now! 

    Within two years the club had grown to 100 members.

    We can be thankful to those motivated members that started and grew the club so that it continues on to this day, providing a friendly and communal forum to learn and pursue our passion and fascination in the art of photography. 

    Please join us on Monday January 16th 2017, to celebrate our 60th Anniversary and enjoy some celebration cake!  Guests welcome.


    1) GTCCC  – A HUGE thanks to all those who submitted their best images for this annual competition. Our GTCCC Rep Jocelyn Ubaldino reports that over 500 images were uploaded, which is WAY MORE than last year’s 200 images. This will put us in a great position to place well against the other 23 clubs in this GTA wide competition. The awards will be presented on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the 2017 GTCCC Capturing Light and Shadows Educational Day and Awards Gala. You can register here if you would like to attend the seminars and /or the Awards Gala .


    2) Outing this Sunday Jan 15th at 4pm – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall.
    Last Sunday was pretty cold and while some shots were taken by those hardy persevering types, the local Tim Horton’s seemed to be the more popular place for shooting “the breeze!”

    Hoping for warmer weather,  the outing will be repeated this Sunday at 3 PM,  Current weather prediction is a more tolerable -2 to -4 Deg C 

    See John Roias’ PDF invitation here and check out the terrific images he took here 


    3) Monday Jan 16 Awards Salon.   We will have our Awards Salon for Architecture, where you will hear our award winners explain how their images came about,  followed by an IMAGE CRITIQUE for our upcoming Creative Competition (images for Creative must be submitted by January 23 – I.e. 8 am on the following morning).  If time allows, we may have a short Members Show.  
    And we will celebrate our 60th Anniversary with some cake!  Guests welcome!   m@4@5 l@4@11@9@11@9@5 xe”> 
     


    4) Recent Competition results can be seen in our  ECC Competition Photo Gallery  



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    5) This past Monday, Guest Speaker Juraj Donlanjski from the Hamilton Camera Club gave a terrific presentation on the wonders and techniques of macro photography which was well received by a large and very inspired audience of over 110 members and guests! Many have asked for a copy of his presentation, which will be posted in the Resources page of our website in the next day or so.  
     


     

     See you on Monday night…. 

     Cheers
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    John Stevenson
    President 2016-2018
    Etobicoke Camera Club

     416.233.8657

     

     

  • John’s Dec 12 Update

    Christmas Trios Competition and Social tonight – December 12


    Wow! How time flies.  We are already at the end of the first half of our club year and holidays are soon to start.  The overnight snowfall adds some welcome charm (and better photo opportunities) for the festive days ahead.
     
    I am looking forward to tonight’s Christmas Trios and Social evening, starting at 7pm. Please note that our weekly meetings will continue in the New Year on January 2 with Judging of our Architectural submissions. Upload deadline is December 27th at 8am.
     
    And on January 9th, our guest speaker will be Juraj Dolanski of the Hamilton Camera Club who will share with us his “Holy Macro” presentation on close-up photography.  

    Looking back, it has been a great season, what with the enjoyable fall weather, many new members joining our club, several outstanding guest speakers, well attended outings and three superb competitions with an exceptional number of submissions. All a clear indication of the enthusiasm of our club membership.

    The holiday season is always an important time for us to reflect on our good fortune that we live in a wonderful country and city, and belong to such a friendly and harmonious camera club.  

    1) Our Architectural Image Critique scheduled last week was unfortunately cancelled at the last minute as the full image presentation was on a memory stick in our presenters possession and his car developed a flat tire while on the way to our meeting!  

    While this unforeseeable occurrence was no doubt difficult for the presenter and disappointing for members, it was testament to the understanding and friendly nature of our club that I did not hear a single grumble or complaint afterwards.  I understand that measures will be taken to ensure a duplicate copy of such critical data will be available by a secondary alternative delivery method to avoid this pitfall.

    In place of the Architecture Critiques and Tips, we were all well entertained by six excellent member “slide show” presentations provided by Bob Walling, John Rois and former member Tony Paine.  Beautiful work – kudos to all.


    2) Images from the recent Nature Competition appear in our ECC Competition Photo Gallery  which showcases the many beautiful award winning images. Many thanks to Jamie L for uploading these beautiful images and of course the work done by the entire Image Evaluation team.   

    3)   Tonight’s Christmas Trios and Social evening should be fun.
    • There will be 17 TRIO presentations of images that in sequence “Tell a Story” It’s always an interesting event. Guests are welcome.
    • Members, please remember to bring a plate of goodies for this Social Evening. We all share and share alike and it makes for some delicious nibbling!   
    • You can view images of our previous Christmas Social Events HERE including snaps of some scrumptious food plates.
    • As I have done for several years now, I will be making the rounds and taking some snapshots of this festive evening, something which I always enjoy doing as it gives me a chance to chat with everyone. 
     
    A big thanks to ALL our club members for your support and participation. 

    Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season. 

     
    PS: This will make you laugh! >> Enjoy! 

    Cheers

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

     
           

     

  • John’s Nov 28 Update

    1) Nov 28 – Lori Whelan’s presentation on Urban and Architectural Photography.  Details are in our Program Chair’s Blog section lower down on our front page. Guests are always welcome! A $5 guest fee will apply for this “Guest Speaker” presentation.
     
    Meetings start at 7 PM sharp on most Mondays at Humber Valley United Church. View our Etobicoke Calendar Club calendar and program on the right>>>

    2) Nov 21 –  Our Nature Competition images have now been uploaded to the ECC Competition Photo Gallery  which showcases our award winning images including a gallery with ALL member images that were accepted for judging.
     
    Nature: Kingfisher by John M – Gold and Gold of the Month Award
     
    3) Nov 13  We had a great turnout of over 15 avid photographers at our outing in downtown Toronto. It was a beautiful sunny fall day, and we found lots of sights to shoot, once you slow down and look for them!  A Toronto historian guide was excellent in pointing out interesting facts and details of the history and architecture for many buildings, both new and old between Jarvis and Union Station. View some of the images taken at our  Front Street OUTINGS Gallery  
     
     
     

     
    4)  NEXT Monday Dec 5: We will have our Awards Salon for NATURE in which makers of Gold and Silver awards explain how they took and prepared their images. This is followed by an IMAGE CRITIQUE for Architecture during which a panel comments on images before makers submit for competition. This is a great “learning experience” with last minute tips for improving an image for making better scores. A free evening of learning and enjoying for guests.
     
    5) December 12 Christmas Social Friendly Competition night. Members can submit a TRIO of three sequential images that “tell a story”  Ideally humorous, these images may include text or “bubble” notes to enhance the story.  This fun judging event is followed by a 50-50 draw, and then we “party-on” around tables loaded with Christmas Goodies and a splash of wine! Seasonal festive attire is always a fun addition!  Guests of members are welcome. A$5 guest fee may apply.

         

     
    New visitors to this site: Be sure to check out our Photo Gallery. If you join our amazing club, you too could be submitting images like these before too long! 
    View our Etobicoke Calendar Club calendar and program on the Right>>>
     

    Cheers
     
    Direct 416.233.8657 Cell 416.845.8657
    John Stevenson
    President 2016-2018
    Etobicoke Camera Club
     
     
    Email:   John at StevensonTeam.ca
        

      

  • John’s Nov 13 Update

    1) Nov 14 – Andrew McLachan On Landscape Photography! 

    Please be sure to read our Program Chair’s Blog section on our front page.

    Guests are always welcome!  Meetings start at 7Pm sharp on most Mondays at Humber Valley United Church. View our Etobicoke Calendar Club calendar and program on the Right>>>
    A $5 guest fee will apply for this “Guest Speaker” presentation.


    2) Nov 13  We had a great turnout of over 15 avid photographers at our outing in downtown Toronto. Sunny, and lots of sights to shoot, once you slow down and look for them!  The Toronto historian guide was excellent in pointing out interesting facts and details of the history and architecture for many buildings, new and old, between Jarvis and Union Station. Seven of us had a lively “bite and beer” lunch afterwards at the local Fircon restaurant in the iconic Flatiron building. Thanks to John Roias for organizing another terrific outing. 
     


    3) For those who attended today’s Nov 13 FRONT STREET OUTING, PLEASE consider sharing a few images that show the spirit and subject matter of this walk!  It is VERY easy!  You don’t need to show your “best”-  save them for competition!

    In particular, any photos of us “in action” taking photographs are always fun. 

    Just click on the upload link sent out in my recent email.   The images can be seen at this link>>  Front Street OUTINGS Gallery  (I have “seeded” the gallery with a some of my decent shots. I will remove some as more are added by participants!)


    4) Previous Image Upload Requests
    I am still hoping we can get a few more images of the Recent Oct 24 Print 1 Competition. Just click on the upload link sent out in my recent email.  Your images appear on this new 
    ECC Print 1 Gallery for the event.


    5) Nature Judging coming up NEXT Monday Nov 21  Always an exciting night, not only for nature enthusiasts. Guests are welcome! No guest fee applies.


    6)  Members:  Start Planning for our Christmas Social Friendly Competition night.  Put together 3 images which “Tell a Story”. You can use “Bubble Captions” if you like. Detailed rules are available in the Member’s Only section under the 2016-2017 competitions … XMAS FRIENDLY upload panel.  This fun judging event is followed by a 50-50 draw, and then we “party-on” around tables loaded with Christmas Goodies and a splash of wine! Seasonal festive attire is always welcome!
    7) New visitors to this site: Be sure to check out our Photo Gallery. You too could be submitting images like these before too long! 


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

     
    Email:   John at StevensonTeam.ca

     

        

     

     

     
     

  • John’s Sunday Nov 6 Update
    1) Nov 7 – LEARNING OPPORTUNITY! Public and members are all encouraged to come out at 7pm Monday night to enjoy our Awards Salon for our two recent competitions: Photographer’s Choice and Print. Learn the story and tips from Gold and Silver winner’s as to how they captured their images and then processed them. This will be followed by 2-3 member “short shows” on various themes. Finally we will review images submitted for a preview CRITIQUE before they submit next week (Nov 14) for our upcoming Nature Competition. This is a great night for LEARNING from the best as to what goes into making a great image. Free for public guests. A $5 fee applies only when we have a Guest Speaker. We meet at 7pm at the Humber Valley United Church details in our Program and Calendar on the RIGHT panel  >>>
     
    2) Oct 31 Last week, Pro-Photographer Randall Romano gave an excellent presentation on EFFECTUAL PHOTOGRAPHY. If you missed this impressive speaker, be sure to check out his terrific website at  http://www.RandallRomano.com/
     
    3) Nov 13  Don’t miss our outing in downtown Toronto  Guided Tour starts at Front and Jarvis and proceeds west to Union Station. Lot’s to shoot for our upcoming Architecture Competition due Dec 31! Details on our ECC Front Page OUTING Blog.  (Fee applies. Weather permitting)
     
    4) Our “Nostalgia and Vintage” Silent Auction last week raised another $66 to boost our club funds for operating expenses.  Five lucky bidders came away with some choice vintage equipment at great prices well below eBay rates!
     

     

    5) Start Planning for our Christmas Social Friendly Competition night.  Put together 3 images which “Tell a Story”. You can use “Bubble Captions” if you like. Detailed rules are available in the Member’s Only section under the 2016-2017 competitions … XMAS FRIENDLY upload panel.  This fun judging event is followed by a 50-50 draw, and then we “party-on” around tables loaded with Christmas Goodies and a splash of wine! Seasonal festive attire is always welcome!
     
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    John Stevenson – President 2016-2017

    Email:   John at StevensonTeam.ca

    H: (416) 233-8657 C (416) 845-8657 

     
     
     
  • President John’s October 30 Update
    Reminders and Notes:
     
    1) Oct 31 Halloween Night: always a fun show, but many dedicated photographers may likely prefer to hear our guest presenter Randall Romano speak on EFFECTUAL LANDSCAPES. Read more in Dave’s PROGRAMS blog below….  
     
    2) Oct 31  Don’t forget to submit you nature images by Tuesday 8 am for Nature Image Critique  if you want some feedback tips on how to improve your proposed images. Final Submission deadline for Nature judging is Nov 14 
     
    3) Nov 7 Awards Salon for PC1 and Prints, followed by Image Critique, then some Presentation shows prepared by members
     
    4) Last week’s Print Competition was great with over 50 prints submitted. There is an “enduring” aspect of creating a print that can be beautifully displayed and quietly enjoyed in a manner and experience totally different from viewing screen images in the fleeting, pervasive and often over-loaded “digital” realm. 
     
    For those who would like to share their print images in our Photo Gallery, I have created a new PRINT GALLERY. Just click the upload link provided in my recent email to all members (or call/email me) and then drag your 1-2 images into the box. Your image will immediately appear on this new Print Gallery for the event and shared with others.
     
    Some “Fine Print” notes:   1) If you make a mistake or want it edited/changed or removed, pop an email to me (John at Stevensonteam.ca )and I will manually edit titles or delete as soon as I can.  2) Before uploading it is best to RENAME the image name to be something like   >   TREES by John Smith.JPG <  I can then manually edit the title under the photo to read  >  TREES on one line and   John Smith on the second line as per other gallery formats. Any Image size is acceptable – 1600 x 1200 is fine.  3) or you can simply send your details by email and I will change the titles  4)  Once I obtain scores and award results from Lesley Kinch I can then indicate the titles and awards and sequence them in the order of scores. 5) as always, images are shown in fairly low resolution so they cannot be screen captured with any decent detail. 6) Please upload ONLY the Prints that were actually judged in the last event. 7) As I don’t monitor this gallery constantly, best to send me an email alert if you need an update or correction made quickly.
     
    I look forward to seeing lots of uploads so that your beautiful work can be shared with others. 
     
    5) Our “Captured Moments” Print Exhibition at the Neilson Park Creative Centre ended on Oct 23rd.  Big thanks to Bruce Barton for organizing this terrific event to showcase our work and to the NPCC for hosting it. The exhibition was popular with members and participation was excellent. All our prints exhibited can be seen under COMMUNITY EVENTS on our ECC Photo Gallery > http://etobicokecameraclub.smugmug.com/
     
    There was also good public exposure and much positive feedback.  We established a very good relationship with NPCC and hopefully we will be re-invited again in the future. More NPCC details HERE.
     

     

     
    6) The Front Table Silent Auction held last week was a great success, and it allowed a) Fair access with more time for more members to bid on items and b) $66 to be raised for club use to help with operating expenses.   All members should check the front table upon arrival and before the break ends. “Bid early and bid strong” to win! More items will be available this week, including a great tripod and some donated “nostalgia and vintage” camera equipment.
     

     

    7) Keep Posted – These messages will hopefully help to minimize introductory discussion at the beginning of our weekly meetings!
     
     
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    John Stevenson – President 2016-2017

    Email:   John at StevensonTeam.ca

    H: (416) 233-8657 C (416) 845-8657 

     
     
     
  • President John’s October 12 Update
    Our Oct 4th Reception at our “Captured Moments” Print Exhibition located at the Neilson Park Creative Centre was a big hit, with about 50 members and guests coming out to enjoy a convivial evening of chatting, reviewing the prints and enjoying some light refreshments arranged by our “Social Heroes” Helen S. And June W.  Big thanks to Bruce Barton for organizing this terrific event to showcase our work, to Frank and many others for their support and event participation and of course to the NPCC for hosting it.
     

     

     

    The award images of our PC1 Competition are now posted on our Awards Photo Gallery along with a general gallery showing ALL images that were judged. This feature provides a great way to review ALL the entries once again, and show off your images to your friends and family! 

    Big thanks to Jamie Leite for recently offering to take over from me the task of uploading competition images onto our Awards Gallery. From start to finish, there is a whole background team effort involved in the complex process of arranging and displaying these competitions, and their efforts are very much appreciated.

    Reminders:

    1)  Our Print Exhibition continues through to Sunday Oct 23rd, 2016. Try not to miss it! Details below and  More NPCC Exhibition details HERE.
    2)  Oct 16 Check out the OUTINGS Section below and our calendar for the upcoming outing to Rockwood Conservation Area

    4)  Oct 17 Don’t miss Montreal photographer Patrick Rochon talking about “Creative Light Painting” See details in the PROGRAMS – News section below. A $5 guest fee applies to non-members.

    4)  Oct 24 Start prepping for the upcoming Print Judging night. Check the Print Competition Rules, then bring your prints in that evening, along with binoculars to help in viewing them! 

     
     

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    John Stevenson – President 2016-2017

    H: (416) 233-8657 C (416) 845-8657 

     
  • President John’s October 4 Update
    

    We had a full house last night for our first competition night Photographers Choice # 1  with over 236 images submitted and judged, many with helpful Judge’s Comments.

    This number of submissions was up by 22% compared to last year, which bodes well for another vibrant, stimulating and entertaining club year ahead!

    PS: Apologies to all for running quite late last night! Our next Judging Night will be “tightened up”

    Reminders:

    1)  Tonight, Oct 4 from 7-9 PM is our OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION at the Neilson Park Creative Centre  for our “Captured Moments” Print Exhibition being held through to Oct 23rd, 2016. Our prints will be featured in the front Hallway Gallery, and an “OSA 2016 Emerging Artists Art Exhibit” is also starting in the Main Gallery. So come out for an interesting evening of Images and Art, and enjoy some light refreshments.See our INVITATION below. And  More Exhibition details HERE.
    2)  Oct 10 is Thanksgiving – No meeting. Happy Thanksgiving.  We have much to be thankful for!

    3)  Oct 16 Check out the OUTINGS Section below and our calendar for the upcoming outing to Rockwood Conservation Area. Last week’s ROM architectural walk and the previous Collingwood Outing were both very well attended. Stay tuned for the best images taken in upcoming “competitions”! 

    4)  Oct 17 Don’t miss Montreal photographer Patrick Rochon talking about “Creative Light Painting” A $5 guest fee applies to non-members.

    5)  Oct 24 Start prepping for the upcoming Print Judging night. Bring your prints in, along with binoculars! 

    6)     Dave Hanson has a plentiful supply of ECC Programs 2016-17. Ask Dave if you can help distribute small quantities at unique locations which might interest photographers. And take a couple of spares for your acquaintances – referrals are the best way of introducing our Club.

    7)    Check out our Awards Photo Gallery for shooting ideas and you will soon find yourself thinking “I could do that!”  Go for it! 

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

     
  • September 17 update
     

    It was great to see about 100 members and guests out to our first meeting and enjoy the terrific STREET PHOTOGRAPHY presentation by Juris Kornets.

    Reminders:

    1)    Don’t miss Photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur this Monday talking about her many adventures with animals and more. A $5 guest fee applies to non-members.

    2)    Check out the OUTINGS Section below for tomorrow’s Sept 18 outing to Collingwood. Perhaps find someone to share a ride.

    3)    For those who can’t make it to Collingwood, our “landlord” since 1969, the  Humber Valley United Church, is holding a Community Carnival and BBQ following tomorrow’s 10:30 am morning service (guests welcome). The invitation for the 11:30 – 1:30 PM event shows “Fun Food, Games, Bubble Soccer and Prizes”.  It’s free, although donations are gladly accepted, and showing support for our very accommodating landlord helps everyone.

    4)    If you have not yet applied for membership, please download an APPLICATION FORM from the NEW MEMBERS or RESOURCES tab. Completing it in advance will save time at our registration desk. Applications can only be submitted with a cheque. After September 30th, only registered members can enter competitions, access the Members Only web section, avoid paying the $5 guest presentation fee and many other benefits. Membership cards will be issued in late September. Use your old card in the meantime.

    5)    Dave Hanson has a plentiful supply of ECC Programs 2016-17. Ask Dave if you can help distribute small quantities at unique locations which might interest photographers. And take a couple of spares for your acquaintances – referrals are the best way of introducing our Club.

    6)    Tip: Looking for ideas or stimulation on what to shoot or submit for competition? Check out our Awards Photo Gallery and you will soon find yourself thinking “I could do that!”  Go for it! 

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

  • Welcome to our exciting 2016-17 season!

    It is hoped this and future President’s Messages will provide timely alerts to keep you abreast of news, tips and upcoming events. It will also hopefully minimize the time I will need to spend on routine announcements at the beginning of each meeting, allowing more time for presentations!
     
    Highlight Notes – UPCOMING meeting on Monday Sept 12, 2016
    1. Our first Sept 12 guest presenter will be pro-photographer, tour organizer and coach Juris Kornets.  I had the pleasure of joining him on a excellent and rewarding 10 day workshop he ran in Cuba last spring. I encourage you to come out and even bring a friend to hear his talk on the Art of Street Photography. ($5 guest fee applies when we have a guest speaker) 
    2. Note that there is an Outing at High Park this Sunday Sept 11. Should be a great way to reunite and catch some great shots. Bring a friend – it’s free!
    3. All members – please be prepared to sign up at our member registry desk and bring a blank cheque (new membership fees now apply) After September 30th, only registered members can enter competitions, access the Members Only web section, and avoid paying the $5 guest presentation fee. Membership cards will be issued in late September. Use your old card in the meantime.
    4. The new printed Program Brochure is now available and is also online. Perhaps email our website link to someone who might be interested in joining our club
    5. I encourage you to keep posted to our updated website for new and updated posts from our various chairs, especially for last minute outings. (Website is still under ongoing development)
    6. Our Photo Galley includes images of Competition Awards as well as club Social Events and a gallery for Outings. Participants are invited by email to upload a few of their own outing images directly, so everyone can can show off their pics online if they wish.  
    7. Hope you caught my August President’s Welcome Letter emailed out and which can also be seen in the Newsletter tab. Special thanks to our editor, Catherine Roe for another interesting issue. She expects to issue 5-6 more this season. 
    8. We are in the process of expanding our Social Media presence, starting with Facebook. Please FOLLOW US on www.Facebook.com/etobcc and LIKE our posts! It all helps us to gain momentum with public awareness.
    9. Lastly, please feel free to email or call me with any questions, concerns, or recommendations you may have. I am always interested in feedback on how we can improve your ECC experience!   Mail:  John@Stevensonteam.ca      H: (416) 233-8657     M: (416) 845-8657

    Looking forward to another exciting year and to seeing you all this Monday.  Stay posted!

    John Stevenson – President 2016-2017