NCC considering overnight closures of Gatineau Park parkways

This post submitted by Rick Strong 

Would closing the Gatineau Park roads at night (and early morning) have a deleterious effect on nature photography in our region? Much would depend on the specific hours of closure, I expect. You can have your say in an NCC survey.

Driving through Gatineau Park could come with a curfew in the future, as the National Capital Commission considers closing down the parkways at night.

Changes considered as part of master plan for the park (from CBC News · Posted: Nov 21, 2018 4:00 AM ET):

Driving through Gatineau Park could come with a curfew in the future, as the National Capital Commission considers updating its master plan.

The NCC launched a survey on Tuesday to consult the public on a number of ideas, including possible changes to Camp Fortune, putting some restrictions on large events in the park and closing its parkways at night. More:

The survey is available on the NCC’s website and will remain open until Dec. 10. NCC website link here:

Survey link here, also on the NCC website :


Article about Gordon Parks, Life Magazine Photographer

This post submitted by Rick Strong.

The New York Times, Lens section, has published an article about a new book on Gordon Parks. The article may be something of interest to the Urban Group and perhaps people of a certain age who devoured LIFE magazine regularly! It also has some great Gordon Parks photos.

The article states, “At the beginning of the 1940s, Gordon Parks was a self-taught fashion and portrait photographer documenting daily life in both St. Paul and Chicago. By the end of the decade he was photographing for Life magazine. While his career has been examined closely, both in his own words and by others, this formative decade has attracted less attention than his experiences as the first black staff photographer at Life, and later as a groundbreaking Hollywood filmmaker.

A new book, “Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940-1950,” published by the National Gallery of Art, The Gordon Parks Foundation and Steidl, examines this transformation. It is timed to accompany the exhibit of the same name at the National Gallery from Nov. 4, 2018, to Feb. 18, 2019. The exhibit was curated by Philip Brookman, who is also the book’s author. The book features photographs that have never before been published.”

To read more and to check out the photos, the article can be found here:



Photographing Fall Foliage

This post submitted by Rick Strong.

Although our Fall colours may be covered in a bit of snow, this article from CBS News might still interesting for RAPC landscape photographers:

“Each autumn, as the weather cools and the leaves turn colors, the country lanes and lakes of New England turn into tourist hotspots. Around $3 billion are spent over the course of a typical New England fall, as visitors from all around the world head off in search of the most beautiful yellows and oranges and reds.

Knowing exactly WHERE to go can be a challenge. But it’s an obsession for one colorful character.

Jeff’s last name is really Folger, but he goes by “Jeff Foliage.” And he REALLY loves leaves. “My niche in life is the fall colors,” he told Conor Knighton. “It’s such a little present. It’s like Christmas for me. And I love unwrapping my presents! And I’m running around New England finding all these wonderful colors out here.””

At the end of the article there are some links that might be inspirational for photographers. Mr. Folger’s links to find covered bridges and other scenic spots are intriguing.

The full article can be found here:



The old-world charm of India’s portrait studios

RAPC blog readers, particularly studio group members, might be interested in this photo story about India’s portrait studios on the BBC website.

In 2014, Ketaki Sheth, an award-winning Indian photographer, began shooting portraits of visitors to the Jagdish Photo Studio in Manori, a coastal village in the western state of Maharashtra.

She says she stumbled across it – “wedged between a hardware store and a grain depot” – by chance. “I poked my head in and saw a bright blue stool against a diaphanous cascading red backdrop,” she told the BBC by email. “That was it. I was hooked.”

To read more, visit the BBC website at:

This post was submitted by Rick Strong.


Jessie Parker’s Exhibition at Voix Visuelle

Le Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle is having an exhibition, Spasme Temporal / Time Spasm, from November 9 to December 11, 2018. The exhibition includes 62 pieces from 43 artists from around the world. Last Tuesday’s presenter at the club, Jessie Parker, is one of those talented artists in the exhibition!

The exhibition presents the artwork of many artists expressing what everyday life would look like in a social and cultural context where habits would be altered by increased speed and time excess.

For more information, check out the Voix Visuelle website.

International Digital Miniprint Exhibition 13 — Time Spasm

Voix Visuelle Gallery

67 Beechwood Ave.
tel:  (613) 748-6594
Opening : Thursday, November 15, 5:00 pm 

November 9 to December 11, 2018
Curator : Henriette Ethier

This post was suggested by Anna Nitoslawska.


Adobe Lightroom October 2018 New Versions

By Reda Sedki

Recently, I had a few discussions with my photo friends and club members about the recent announcements of Adobe during their MAX conference in Los Angeles in October 2018. Adobe made major changes and upgrades in their Photography Plan that we pay a monthly subscription fee to use, for Photoshop and Lightroom.

The upgrades to Photoshop and Lightroom Classic also included a new version of Lightroom CC. The upgrades introduced a major upgrade in “Camera Raw” software, the engine for both of these two principal photo post processing softwares. Adobe also included  several mobile Apps for phones and tablets in the Photo Plan.

Our discussions centered on the use of the new Lightroom CC 2018, Version 2, that was created to be used on desktops, mobile phones and tablets. Some were not aware of the upgrade, some hesitated to install it out of caution, and others had installed it and are using the Classic version but not the not Lightroom CC 2018.

Personally, I installed the updated version of LR 2018 and PS 2019 on my desktop, my Android telephone and my Android tablet. I am currently enjoying the new features of the upgrade. After a few weeks  of use I can state my personal opinions of my experience:

* Features on all devices include importing; global and local editing; creating albums (Collections); capturing photos and sharing them on the web; and creating your website.

* LR CC editing tools are available and almost identical on all the devices. I am currently using LR CC much more than the LR Classic. The editing controls are easier to use. The control sliders are sensitive and its effect is immediately viewed on the screen. I edit full versions of RAW photos on any of my devices and it is automatically synchronized to all of the devices without any problems.

* Library recognizes people and other content in your photos and then applies searchable keywords automatically. It is magic.

* Images are auto backed up to the cloud up to 20 GB and up to one Terabyte as part of the plan (for extra cost}.

I have not yet tried the new Photoshop 2019 or some of the free mobile apps that complement Lightroom. I am currently seriously engaged in preparing for the Education Committee two session workshop. The workshop will include detailed presentation, workflow, use and comparison of the different versions of Lightroom. The workshop is mainly oriented to new and intermediate users of Lightroom.

I also recommend to my friends who are hesitant to try and experience the more advanced, easy-to-use new versions that you are currently paying for. You can also come and join our first session of the workshop on November 17.


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