Tony Sweet

Tony Sweet

The RA Photo Club is hosting once again its Focus Series which offers two lectures and a workshop on May 29, 30 and 31st. This year our speaker / instructor will be the renown photographer and author Tony Sweet.  You can visit his website at www.tonysweet.com to learn more about Tony’s photography.

The Tony Sweet lectures will be on Friday evening, May 29 and Saturday morning, May 30, at the RA Centre.

The workshop takes place on Saturday afternoon, May 30 and Sunday, May  31.

Please circle your calendars now for these special events! Details regarding the full program and registration process will be posted on our website over the next few weeks. The two lectures are open to the general public. The workshop has only 12 places. Priority is given to Club members, but will be opened to the public pending availability.

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Bugaboo and Snowpatch Spires by Moonlight,  2013, 20 by 30 pigment print

Bugaboo and Snowpatch Spires by Moonlight, 2013, 20″ by 30″ pigment print

BLOG: Congratulations, Jim, for winning the 2014 People Choice Award.

JIM: Thank you.

BLOG: According to the records, this is your fourth People Choice win. Unprecedented! 2005, 2006, 2010 and now 2014. The 2010 Award was “shared” with Peter Juranka. But how did that come about? You both have the same number of votes?

JIM: Yes, that year we both got the same number of votes.

BLOG: There must be a secret to winning 4 times in 10 years. What is it?

JIM: No magic sauce. Part of it may be a lot of time spent trying to take quite specific photographs; and apparently my aesthetic is similar to that of many people (which may or may not be a good thing actually). [laugh]

BLOG: I first joined the Club in November 2010. It was during that month, that you were given a whole Tuesday night to yourself because you had just won promotion to Master. At that time I didn’t know what a rarity that was, for since then we haven’t had another such evening. Are you surprised?

JIM: Not particularly, though there are several superb photographers in the club who have been very close for some years now. The way RA competitions are run and scored, it takes a lot of persistence and some luck with the judging to reach the master level. That’s why there have been only three so far in the club’s history. I think many people’s lives take them away from competing and maybe even from photography before it happens.

Mountain Ridge and Peak, 2009, 24" by 16" pigment print

Mountain Ridge and Peak, 2009, 24″ by 16″ pigment print

Competition is only one way to share and try to improve our photography. It can be fun and a useful prompt to try harder, but art is fundamentally not competitive in my opinion, or at least at most only a competition with oneself. Perhaps the most important, and hardest lesson of competing for me has been the realization that people’s reactions vary. They can make us stronger and more aware, but ultimately our personal reactions are what matter and keep us striving to do better.

BLOG: In the 2010 interview with Dave Eldon, you said that when you took photographs, you had the print in mind as the end product, because prints impose the least technology between photo and the viewer. You still think so?

JIM: Absolutely. More than ever. With prints the only technology required is a reasonably good light source. All sorts of obscure factors alter the appearance of images on monitors. Just try viewing the same image file on two monitors side by side from different manufacturers, say a budget Dell and an Apple monitor. Even if both are calibrated and profiled they will almost certainly look quite different.

Prints also allow much larger high quality display. Panorama and mountain photography, for example, both benefit from large prints.

BLOG: Let’s get back to this year winner, Bugaboo and Snowpatch Spires by Moonlight. How you got up the Bugaboos and from where did you start…from which base camp?
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Bill Woodley: At The Galleries, December 2014

If you would like to ensure your upcoming photo show is included here, please advise Bill Woodley at woodleycw@aol.com. Please note that this information is also available and archived every month on the RA Photo Club Blog under “Columns”.

New Listings 

Lebreton Flats Fire, 1900

Archives Gallery – Lebreton Flats Fire, 1900

Archives Gallery 112, 100 Tallwood Drive
Until 21 March 2015
City of Ottawa Archives
Ashes – A City Shaped by Fire

Petite Mort - Meaghan Haughian

Petite Mort – Meaghan Haughian

La Petite Mort Gallery, 306 Cumberland Street
December 5, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Meaghan Haughian
Ebb and Flow (mixed media on vintage found photos of her mother, and photos of  flowers)
Vernissage Friday December 5 , 7pm  – 10pm.

National Gallery - Clocks for Seeing - Photography, Time and Motion

National Gallery – Horse in Motion

National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive
20 December 2014 – 3 May 2015
Clocks for Seeing: Photography, Time and Motion


Vistek - Danny Turcotte

Vistek – Danny Turcotte


Vistek Gallery, 499 Bank Street
1 December 2014 – 2 January 2015
Danny Turcotte



Shows Continuing from Previous Months

5 Ralph Nevins

Trinity Gallery A, Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd, Orleans
27 November 2014 – 6 January 2015
Ralph Nevins
Timeslice – abstract representations & linear panoramic images – not manipulated creations



National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
8 September – 1 March 2015
Gallery A102a
Taking It All In The Photographic Panorama and Canadian Cities


November 2014 Silhouettes Competition Results

November 2014 Silhouettes Competition

The November competition saw two promotions. Congratulations to Jeanne Laux, who has advanced to the Intermediate level, and to Daniel Parent, who has joined the Senior ranks.

Additionally, we had both a Print of the Night and a Slide of the Night!

Way to go, Pierre Gauthier, for your on-topic print Urban Densification, and props to Daniel Parent, for your general slide Getting the Image.

 On-Topic First Place Ribbons – Slides

(click on the thumbnails to see full-size images)

Junior: Jay-Dee Purdie

Sunrise Seagulls

Jay-Dee Purdie – Sunrise Seagulls

Intermediate:  Daniel Parent

Getting the Image

Daniel Parent – Getting the Image

Intermediate: David Burt 

Crossing the U Bein Bridge

David Burt – Crossing the U Bein Bridge

Intermediate: Dina MacLeod

Flying Fish

Dina MacLeod – Flying Fish

Senior: Robert Matyas


Robert Matyas – Sunset

On-Topic First Place Ribbons – Prints

Intermediate: Pierre Gauthier

Urban Densification

Pierre Gauthier – Urban Densification

General First Place Ribbons – Slides

Junior:   Lise Presseault


Lise Pressault – Wheatland

Intermediate:   Daniel Parent

Target in Sight

Daniel Parent – Target in Sight

General First Place Ribbons – Slides

Junior: lena monteiro

The Great Wall

lena monteiro – The Great Wall

Intermediate: Celso Brennan

Stopping By

Celso Brennan – Stopping By

 Breakdown of Entries

On-topic slides     52
On-topic prints       8
General slides        46
General prints        10
Total  entries        116

No disqualifications



Karol Kovacs, J. David Andrews, Ed Shapiro

Our judges for the evening were Karol Kovacs, J. David Andrews and Ed Shapiro.

Karol Kovacs is the Secretary-Treasurer of the RAPC. She has also judged for other Ottawa photo clubs. Karol has a degree in fine art, and a long career as a secondary school art teacher. In addition to her interest in photography, Karol is also a keen gardener.

J. David Andrews is a commercial photographer specializing in natural history, landscape, travel and outdoor recreation themes.  His photographs have been widely published throughout the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.  David has published two photography books, Gatineau Park: An Intimate Portrait and The Forests of Canada.

Ed Shapiro is the owner of the Hintonburg Studio, and has been a professional photographer for over 50 years.  He is a Master Photographer, a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, and holds a degree in Photographic Chemistry and Applied Photography from The Rochester Institute of Photography. Most of his current work is in the field of corporate portraiture and commercial and industrial photography.


Tutorials and Videos On Night Shooting

Here are some useful articles and videos to support the December 1 Nature presentation on night shooting. (See previous blog posting for details.)

Resources for Night Shooting
Everything you always wanted to know about night photography but were afraid to ask! Compiled here you will find tips and tricks to better night photography, interviews with noted night photographers, links to interesting sites, and all about the moon and its phases.

Must-Read Night Urban Photography Tips
With the days growing shorter, there are great opportunities for night photography in the city.

How to Get Outstanding Urban Night Photographs
Within most city centres, there is a wealth of photographic opportunities just waiting to be discovered, all using available light.

Photographing the Night Sky
In this tutorial, you will learn how to hunt for a dark sky, choose the right equipment, discover 500 rule, and take awesome photos.

Photographing the Night Sky with your DSLR Camera
Photographing the night sky requires nothing more than a digital single lens reflex (DSLR ) camera and a tripod. You can use almost any lens though it is easier to start with a normal (50 mm) or wide angle lens and set it to its widest aperture.


A Beginning Photographer’s Guide to Photographing The Northern Lights
Aside from the rare few in our club, most of us are beginners when it comes to photographing the Northern Lights.

Photographing the Northern Lights
This article provides ten suggestions that should improve your odds of achieving some exceptional images of the aurora.

Astrophotography 101: A Lesson Series on Photographing the Milky Way
Astrophotography 101 is currently a work in progress; however, a number of lessons have already been published, including:

Milky Way

Milky Way

How to Photograph the Milky Way
Here is a guide to help you understand the basics of photographing the night sky and the Milky Way.

10 Tips for Photographing Meteor Showers
Photographing a meteor shower is more like photographing a time-lapse than traditional still photos. You can never anticipate where or when a meteor is going to streak across the sky. In order to catch them you have to set up and take as many photos as you can throughout the night with a wide angle lens on the camera. If you leave the camera in the same position you can use the resulting images for a short time-lapse clip in addition to the still images you can capture.

Star Trails

Star Trails

Capturing Star Trails
Short and to-the-point article on shooting star trails, with a bit of post-processing advice thrown in.

 Photographing Star Trails
This article includes a star trails checklist is divided into two sections, for lens settings and camera settings for selected Nikon and Canon cameras.

From Prep Work to Post-Processing: An In-Depth Star Photography Tutorial
Tips for taking amazing shots of the Milky Way and night sky, along with post-processing advice.

Boosting the Milky Way: Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW Tutorial
A basic tutorial covering how to boost your Milky Way shots and how to get the colours in the galactic core to really pop. Although the tutorial only mentions Lightroom, the same techniques can be used in Adobe Camera RAW.

Milky Way Post Processing: Colour Correction
A general approach to processing night sky images

Basics of Post-Processing Night Sky Images
Discusses image stacking and dark-frame subtraction

Nine Secrets to Using a Tripod Like a Pro
How to correctly use that darn piece of equipment that is so necessary to night photography