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COVID-19 Update

The RA Photo Club have decided that all scheduled club activities will be cancelled effective IMMEDIATELY due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This includes all general meetings as well as any workshops, Special Interest Group meetings, etc. We have been in contact with all of the other photo clubs in the area and they have suspended their operations as well. The health and safety of our members is important to us and we do not want to put anyone at risk from the COVID-19 virus by having them attend club functions.

The RAPC Executive will continue to monitor the situation and will keep the membership informed. We will be using the email system and the blog on the club website to keep the members informed.

I hope everyone stays well and that we will be able to resume normal club activities in the not too distant future.

Manfred Mueller
Chair, RA Photo Club.

Entries are being accepted for the 2020 Interclub Competition. The topic is "Dusk to Dawn"

Signup and enter here

The rules and guidelines are here

Club Program

Tuesday night meetings.

Andy Mostowski had his first B & W photo lab was in his bathtub in Poland in the early seventies, with a large cutting board across the tub supporting the enlarger.  Today, he shoots many of his stunning digital images in his simple but effective home studio located under a staircase!  Andy will walk us through his set-up and will show various lighting techniques to achieve a desired effect.   


Mike will speak about his novel approach to a regular portrait session with the family’s eight grandchildren.  The history of the project is important and details of how it unfolded will be presented.
The equipment side of the ad hoc basement studio will be discussed.  In addition, suggestions for post-processing and simple compositing will be provided.  The images are, of course, used in ways not central to the project, and a few examples will be shown.
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Definition: Using reflections in photography can lead to some amazing effects and beautiful images. Using water, windows, mirrors or any sort of reflective surface can change an image into a work of art. The wonderful thing about using reflections when taking photos is that they can completely alter the image from something fairly straightforward to something richer or abstract or otherwise more artistic.


** NOTE / BONUS: Smartphone Competition: Although we are not doing a formal “smartphone” competition, the CAPA competition closing on November 30, 2020 is “Smartphone” photography. If you submit images in the Nature or Reflections competitions that you happened to take with a smartphone (iPhone, Android phone or tablet), when you upload your image(s) to the RAPC Competition, please put a title on your image and put “-SP” in the title so that the Competitions Committee will be able to identify it as an image taken with a smartphone. If you normally don’t title your images you don’t have to get fancy, for example, your title can be “Bird-SP” or “Puddle-SP” or “Reflection-SP”, whatever you like as long as “-SP” is in the title. Only put “-SP” if your image was taken with a smartphone.

Images entered into Nature or Reflections competitions do not need to be taken with a smartphone. We are just adding this extra tag for any images that were taken with a smartphone so they may be considered for the CAPA “Club” level Smartphone competition.

External devices attached to a smartphone or tablet are NOT permitted, such as DxO One digital connected camera or similar devices. External lens attached to a smartphone or tablet is permitted. A copy of the original captured images must be preserved and the original image’s metadata (EXIF) is not to be altered. For the potential winners of this competition, the CAPA Director of Competitions may require the entrant to provide the original captured image(s) to confirm that the image(s) were captured on a smartphone or tablet.

If you have any questions on this, please don’t hesitate to contact the Competitions Committee.

Helene Anne Fortin is one of Canada’s leading portrait photographers and a Creativity mentor.  Virtually, she also offers one-on-one Masterclasses for photographers. Through her fascinating eyes, she’ll walk you through what makes her tick and guide you to learn more about yourselves and your art. /

Marianna writes:  I strongly believe that having a personal project unleashes one's creativity and photography skills over time. It gives you a personal voice for a series of images that are meaningful to you. As one image leads to another you develop a creative and personal style that often takes you to where you'd normally never go for a single shot. The journey is challenging, fun, and fulfilling. 
I always have a few series on the go. This past winter/spring I began experimenting with water and milk drop collision photography. It proved so much fun that it sparked creativity I never knew I had and the result is a book on Macro Aliens. I'd love to share how I shot them and my post-processing workflow with you. 
The next series, which is ongoing, is a series of architectural abstractions. It's surprising how a boring highway overpass can become a work of art if you treat it right! I'll show you how. I'm sure it will ignite a spark of creativity in you too. 
Instagram: @marianna_armata
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 The AV Showcase will feature a selection of several AV shows combining still and video images with a soundtrack, produced by club members. The "mini-movies" will run up to six minutes each.



These are two separate themes, but will be limited to 3 images as per usual - one in the General category, and 2 in Assignment. Therefore, you can enter: 1 image in Creative, 1 in Fine Art, 1 in General. OR, 2 in Creative and 1 in General. OR, 2 in Fine Art and 1 in General.

The RAPC is adopting the CAPA definitions for these themes. For your convenience here is a link to CAPA’s definitions and rules for: Fine Art and Creative. Each page also contains sample images of the theme, which can be very helpful and inspiring.

Definition Fine Art: Using photography as a medium to bring something to life that only lives in the artist’s mind. A portrait, landscape, still-life, nature, wildlife or photo journalism image must have significant artistic changes for it to be accepted into this competition. To be considered for the CAPA “Club” level Fine Art competition, your image must fit into either a monochrome / infrared or colour category:

Monochrome/Infrared – A sepia image is considered a monochrome image. A ‘duo-toned’ image is not considered a monochrome image for the purposes of this competition.

Colour – An image containing all colour elements or only a few elements having colour.

Definition Creative: This involves the manipulation of a photograph both in-camera and post processing, for artistic purposes to create a fictional or conceptual image or photographic art. Any subject is acceptable provided that the original captured image is the work of the photographer and the photographer must have taken all components of the final image. Images may not be constructed entirely within a computer. To be considered for the CAPA “Club” level Creative competition, your image must fall into one of these themes:

Abstract – does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of reality and where colour and form make up the subject of the images rather than it representing tangible objects or people. Examples are – bokeh, double exposure, blurred image, intentional camera movement, panning, patterns, light painting, lines, macro image, oil & water, high-speed water drops, shapes, simplicity, spinning, smoke, texture, etc.

Altered Reality – using real-world environment and elements to create a realistic or unrealistic fictional image. Ideally, the intention is to create an image that conveys a message or tells a story.

Creative – conveys a mood, a feeling, a beautiful arrangement of elements. This could be expressive and can be aesthetically pleasing or promotes an emotional response to shapes, lines and colours. Image should go beyond a pictorial rendering of a scene.

Julie will describe the process she followed from concept to execution of a photographic project; including the behind-the-scene hacks she used to make a still-life studio setting at home, a few lessons learned the hard way, and some pre and post-production tips that allowed the images to lift off the page and maintain a cohesive look.


Curtis will speak about his experience shooting in cold and remote environments. He will tell stories from his time working in the Canadian Arctic, Greenland and the Antarctic. As well, he will discuss tips and techniques to prepare for and shoot in cold/snowy conditions. He will address safety, managing expectations and working with adventure athletes. His presentation will no doubt help motivate folks to get out and enjoy the magical world of ice and snow. 

The RAPC is adopting the CAPA definition for Monochrome: A black and white work ranging from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category. On the other hand, a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category. A sepia image is considered a monochrome image. A ‘duo-toned’ image is not considered a monochrome image for the purposes of this competition. Hand-of-man and infrared is permitted.

Here is a link to CAPA’s Monochrome competition page: Please refer to this link for further detailed instructions and sample images

The RAPC is adopting the CAPA definition for Curves & Lines. For your convenience here is a link to CAPA’s definition and rules for this theme:

Definition: Lines and curves have a significant compositional role that focuses the viewer’s attention on some part of the image and influences the interpretation of the image; they can also add a sense of movement. Examples are:

• Converging Lines

• Curved Lines

• Diagonal Lines

• Horizontal Lines

• Opposing diagonal Lines

• S-Curves

• Vertical Lines

he RAPC is adopting the CAPA definition for Canada, My Country. For your convenience here is a link to CAPA’s detailed definition and rules for this theme:

Definition: Image(s) which symbolize our unique Canadian identity and the beauties and the natural beauty of our country, such as:

• cultural heritage

• geographical uniqueness

• historical events or locations

• iconic landscape/cityscape

• roughness of Canadian landscape

• seasonal uniqueness

• symbols of caring, confidence, courage, encouraging, helping others, nurturing, pride, respect, self-sacrifice and trust

• nature

• wildlife specific to Canada

• Architecture

To be considered for the CAPA “Club” level Canada, My Country competition, the image must have been taken within the last three years and not previously submitted and entered into this competition.

Definition: 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 provided that 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.

This competition is for system testing only