RA Photo Club Blog

Club Program

Tuesday night meetings.

Club Meeting

A Journey Around Iran with Homayoun Rastan

Homayoun will take us on a tour around Iran, through Mountains, Desserts, Lakes, the Caspian Sea and introduce us to some of the distinctive ethnic groups in the country.


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Michael Tardioli on Total Portraiture

Michael Tardioli is the Director of Education at SPAO, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa

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International Travel Night

The Club members sharing their travel stories and photos are:

  • Joy McDonell - Scotland & ireland
  • Vlast Pojman - to be decided
  • Reda Sedki - Eygpt
  • Allan Cameron - to be decided
  • Glenn Bloodworth - Norway
  • Rod Windover - Havana
  • Jamie Johnson - Israel
  • Corry Berghout - The Netherlands

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Open your Eyes! The Art of Photographing the Everyday with Linda Ruthenburg

We walk though our lives deep in our thoughts, often preoccupied.  Even as photographers we only look for images when we go out on a shoot.  But the beauty of the everyday is extraordinary.  The light, the texture, the atmosphere - all combined, create a shot which we will never see again in the same way.  We need to be looking all the time.
Linda introduces you to her street work, talks about time and timing and the importance of being mindful of the world around us.  Seize the moment! 


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Stephen Thorne: Inspiration and Technique - Reflections of a Photojournalist

Stephen has been shooting for almost 50 years, starting in 35mm film and darkroom, through the digital revolution.  His talk will focus on the inspiration he brings to and takes from his photography, and some of the techniques he applies to the various genres that make up his portfolio.
Born in Halifax, he is an award-winning writer, photographer, editor and broadcaster.  He has reported extensively from war fronts in Kosovo and Afghanistan.  His stories and photographs have been published worldwide and his Afghanistan work anchored a major exhibition at the Canadian War Museum.  In over 36 years in journalism, his awards include three National Newspaper Awards, four RTNDA broadcast awards, two Canadian Press Stories of the Year, the first-ever Ross Munro Media Award for excellence in defense reporting.  In 2012, he received a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his "contributions to Canada".

Competition Results

Nature - Slice of Light

We will use the CAPA 2008 Nature Competition Rules with a small modification. These rules will are posted Competitions Forum. CAPA 2008 Nature rules We will allow the following modification: Images of animals in captivity are permitted providing the hand of man is not evident.

You may enter up to two entries into the assignment category.

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Frontiers of Photography with Jessie Parker

Jessie will discuss her development as an artist.  She will review types of photo-based imagery which have influenced her evolution to photo-based art today and her continued exploration of this genre.   The second part of her presentation will be about how “Lightscapes” were invented and how she's incorporated them into her art techniques: imagery that consists entirely of light, what the camera can see but the eye cannot. This will be illustrated with examples of her work.


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The four members who are presenting their photo project are:

  • Eden Bromfield - Artistic effects with vintage lenses: Portraiture, Fungi and Flora.
  • Manfred Mueller - Cultures and Cultural Practices that are Disappearing
  • Suliman Chadirji - Nature's Harmony
  • Dave Elden - Bridges 


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The Artwork and Evolution of Christine Fitzgerald's Photography

Christine Fitzgerald is an award-winning fine art photographer from Ottawa. Much of her artwork deals with the natural environment with underlying themes of identity, loss and the transience of life. Her images are produced intuitively using digital and vintage large format camera and lenses, often integrating historical and modern photographic tools and processes. She recently completed an artist residency at the Ottawa School of Art, was a visiting artist in print media at the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University and completed the diploma program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. Her complete bio and samples of her work can be found on her website atwww.christinefitzgeraldphotography.com.



Competition Results

Playing with Time

Your image must incorporate the topic.

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Life in the Knife: Two years living North of the 60th Parallel with Dyanne Wilson


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Multiple Exposure

Your image must incorporate multiple exposure, whether in camera or composited in post.

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Embracing the Sun

Your image subject must embrace the topic.

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Your image must make use of panning.

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Faces & Figures - Authentic Moment

Topic: Faces & Figures
A photographic portrait which is a representation of a living person, especially the face, OR a photograph in which the subject, the human body, is the primary interest.
Entries are limited to POSED photographs of one or more human beings. The backgrounds may include statues or paintings of people, providing these are NOT the primary subject.
Pet and animal portraits are excluded.
There are no restrictions on location (indoors or outdoors) nor on lighting (ambient or artificial) however both must be CONSIDERED and CONTROLLED.

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Bruce Wilson Competition


The Bruce Wilson Competition is a major competition event held annually.  It is a Black and White print competition.  

An entry consist of five black and white prints that are related to each other in some way or as a sequence with a story line.
Participants submit 5 prints that are related either as a “series” connected to each other in some way or as a “sequence” with a story line.   Registration is limited to 15 members and completed through the EVENTS tab on our website. The lead for the Bruce Wilson is the Chair of the Competitions Committee.

Get a head start and start preparing your prints as early as possible. Maximum 20 inches x 24 inches including mount and a minimum size of 8 inches 10 inches. See detailed guidelines on our website under Documents/Competitions/Bruce Wilson.