THE SALT OF THE EARTH

SALT OF THE EARTH POSTER 3I recently saw a documentary film, The Salt of the Earth, and must encourage everyone to go see it.

It is a story about the amazing Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado.  The photography and cinematography are outstanding! There are emotional highs and lows associated with the subject matter in his photographs.

The Academy Award nominee is playing at various times in April and May 2015, at the Bytowne Cinema. Get showtimes and synopsis: http://www.bytowne.ca/movie/the-salt-of-the-earth.

Peter Locke

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TONY SWEET: THE LEGEND BEHIND THE LENS

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Isolate and simplify

RA Photo Club is proud to present Tony Sweet as the 2015 Focus Series speaker.

PRESENTATION #1
Friday, May 29, 7pm
$35 + HST

Tony Sweet

Tony Sweet

PRESENTATION #2
Saturday, May 30, 9am
$50 + HST

Both presentations, $75 + HST
Non-members, $85 + HST

WORKSHOP
Saturday, May 30, 3pm
Sunday, May 31, 9am
$375 + HST
Non-members, $450 + HST

For details and booking, please click http://www.raphotoclub.ca/focus.

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It’s a panoramic world out there!

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BILL WOODLEY AT THE GALLERIES, APRIL 2015

jake morrisonSAtrium Gallery 101 Centrepointe Drive
20 March – 20 April
Jake Morrison
Tourists: Here Today; Gone Tomorrow



selmaSCanal Gallery Merrickville
21 March – 31 May
Lynn Ball
Selma 1965 
(this one is definitely worth seeing!)


collective visionSCarleton University Art Gallery
St. Patrick’s Bldg, 1125 Colonel By Drive
9-14 April
Work by 4th Year Architectural Students
Collective Visions


spaoSSchool of Photographic Arts of Ottawa (SPAO), 168 Dalhousie
17-30 April
SPAO Diploma Students & Artists in Residence
Exhibition No. 10

DuanSVistek Gallery 499 Bank St.
1 – 30 April
Yueheng Duan
Photo Gallery



For previous month’s showings, click here.

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WINTER WONDERLAND COMPETITION, MARCH 2015

Pond Hockey, Derek Mellon

Pond Hockey, Derek Mellon

“Your image should capture the magical feeling of winter.”

Knowing how much we Canadians love winter, it was a bit of a surprise to learn that the Winter Wonderland Competition had attracted only 89 entries, the lowest showing of the season. And we were deprived of any promotion. Still the average score was a respectable 20.5 points and the competitors garnered a total of 33 ribbons.

The judges: Charles Frost, from the Camera Club of Ottawa; Jim Sutton, one of RAPC’s three Masters; Gord Weber, voted Ottawa Top Photographer three times by the readers of Face Magazine. The MC was John Elliott.

The first-place finishers:
ON TOPIC
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Intermediate, Chak Wong, Thingvellir Park, Iceland, 24 pts
SLIDE
Junior, Derek Mellon, Pond Hockey, 23
Intermediate, Kenneth Hum, I’d Rather Be Dogsledding, 23
Intermediate, John Elliott, Cold Winter Day, 23
Senior, Edwin Lee, A Winter Evening, 25

GENERAL
PRINT
Intermediate, Mike Howarth, Irish Gaol, 23
SLIDE
Junior, Andrew Mostowski, Rows of Hay, 22
Junior, Theresa Johnson, Snowy, 22
Intermediate, Lise Presseault, Iceland Lagoon, 24
Intermediate, Darren Boucher, Caged, 24
Intermediate, Brian Rouble, 75KG of Extra Weight, 24
Senior, Daniel Parent, Violet Sabrewing, 26

The Slide-of-the-Night Award went to Violet Sabrewing (in the General Category) by Daniel Parent, the Birdman of RAPC. ;-)

Violet Sabrewing, Daniel Parent

Violet Sabrewing, Daniel Parent

To experience “the magical feeling of winter”, members click here.

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CANADIAN CAMERA CONFERENCE 2017: YOUR IDEAS PLEASE

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Club members,

Your Club has committed to hosting the Canadian Camera Conference (aka CCC17) here in Ottawa in 2017. We had done it in 1998 and 2003, but in 2017 it will be the 150th Anniversary of Confederation. We hope that we can make CCC17 a big part of the national capital celebrations.

Planning has already begun and now we are looking for program presenter ideas from you all. Please sign into:

http://www.raphotoclub.ca/smf/index.php?topic=3629.0

and help us build a wish list by posting information on speakers or events you’d like to see at the Conference.

Bear in mind that the city and country will be looking at the past, present & future of Canada and try and identify program ideas that resonate with that theme – however loosely. With around 300 Club members we hope to turn up a bunch of new ideas!

Dave Elden
CCC17 Committee Member

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PHOTOLIFE CONTEST WINNER: HEATHER DAWE

WINNER REPLACEMENT IMAGE Photo Life Showtime Contest - Horses - Polo Pony

Polo Ponies

RA Photo Club’s own Heather Dawe, our doyenne of equestrian photography, was one of the successful entrants in Photo Life’s monthly Showtime Competition. The topic was…horses!

The photo, Polo Ponies, was taken at a 2011 charity polo event held on the grounds of the old Nepean Equestrian Park (now known as Wesley Clover Park).

Technical details
EXPOSURE: 1/1000 sec at f4, ISO 200
FOCAL LENGTH: 86 mm
CAMERA: Nikon D300
SHUTTER SETTING: Continuous
LENS: Nikon 70 to 200, f2.8 VR

The horses and riders were galloping past an area with parked cars and tents, so in post-processing Heather had to create an intricate layer mask to remove them from the background, and popped in a cloud image she shot the same day in the same lighting conditions as a new background. She used a radial motion blur on the cloud to enhance the sense of movement.

The image was developed in Adobe Camera RAW initially with a view to creating versions that enhanced various details and tonal differences. Based on the different RAW versions, she used masks to create the base image that was eventually run through NIK Colour Efex Pro, and then through Topaz Adjust.

Heather Dawe

Heather

Heather has several different versions of this image, all processed differently. Some are more documentary in style, while others are more painterly or impressionistic. In fact, she has worked on this image every year following 2011. The polo ball was copied and pasted from another image shot on the same day, as she wanted to highlight the red maple leaf on it.

Hard work pays off. The photo was published in the April/May 2015 edition of Photo Life, Canada’s premiere photography magazine.

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