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COVID-19 Update – November 2020

The RA Photo Club (RAPC) has been operating as an online club since September, holding our weekly meetings via the internet.  Guest speakers, competitions and member presentations have been held online.   It was also announced that anyone who was a member in March 2020, when the RAPC was no longer able to hold physical meetings, would continue to be able participate in all online events, even if they have not renewed their RAPC membership.

In late October the RA Centre announced that the RAPC was officially open again.  Late last week, they gave the go-ahead to reopen the RAPC Studio.  They are also accepting membership renewals from club members, either in person at the RA Centre front desk or by phone at (613)733-5100.  The RA Centre is crediting the time the club was closed to the end of the membership renewals, i.e. anyone who renews, their membership will renew for 18 months.  The RA Centre requires that anyone renewing agree to a COVID-19 liability waiver as part of the renewal process.  I would encourage members to renew, as memberships dues are used to fund club activities.  Studio members will be contacted by Rick Harris, the Studio Manager, regarding the new booking and safety protocols for studio use.


From a practical standpoint, we will continue to deliver many of the club services remotely, but we can now also organize club outings and use the studio again.  These types of activities will be subject to any physical distancing and other COVID-19 harm mitigation activities including contact tracing.  Only fully paid-up RAPC club members will be allowed to participate in these activities where people get together in person.  You must sign up for these activities on the RAPC Events signup page if you wish to participate in any club outings.

Manfred Mueller
Chair, RA Photo Club. 

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

The entry deadline has been extended to midnight December 31, 2020. The results will be presented in April 2021.

Signup and enter here

The rules and guidelines are here


Club Program

Tuesday night meetings.

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.

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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. 

In 2015 Saguy left behind a successful career as a high-tech entrepreneur in order to focus on his lifelong passion for photography. He attended a number of prestigious workshops and studied photojournalism at Santa Monica College in order to perfect his craft.

Dotan now teaches street photography and documentary workshops for Leica Akademie and Momenta Workshops. His award winning photographs have been published by National Geographic, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times and many others. He has also given webinars for DxO Labs on Silver Efex and a couple of talks on B&H Event Space on “finding your style” and the importance of doing projects.

In 2018, Dotan's first monograph about the endangered culture of Venice Beach, CA was published by famed German publisher Kehrer Verlag and was awarded Bronze by the prestigious Deutscher Fotobuchpreis. His second monograph was released by Kehrer Verlag in September 2020. This new body of work documents the everyday life of a family of vehicle dwellers with their three young children on the streets of Los Angeles.

Dotan will do a presentation about his journey as a photographer from amateur to professional with all its twists and turns, and include some of the favourite teachings he picked-up along the way, along with some the images he has made.

His website is https://www.dotansaguy.com

A four minute clip about him and his photography can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86L-th8yT1M 
 

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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: https://capacanada.ca/2021-monochrome/. 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: https://capacanada.ca/2021-lines-and-curves-lignes-et-courbes/.

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: https://capacanada.ca/2021-canada-my-country-mon-pays/.

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