oceanside photographers

always something to learn

Jack Harynuk and Lorene Kimura joined Inge Riis McDonald and Brad Powell with another group of Nanaimo photographers to see the Chinese New Year’s Day Parade in Vancouver.  We all survived a very cold then snowy blizzard day.  These are some of Jack’s images, the others are welcome to send some along.  It was a pretty good day after all.

We are always interested in receiving photos from any of your journeys. If there are any panorama styled shots in your archives, send them along for another display soon.  If any member has some images they would like to share in the next round of changes, please email them to technical.opc@gmail.com


The club membership consists of over 120 photographers from novice to professional and everything in between. Our members live, work and play in a photographer’s paradise, the east coast of Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.



We meet once a month in Qualicum Beach, with half the meeting devoted to education, and the other half covering club business. We also have a dedicated education meeting, optional assignments and one field trip each month, tying into special events in the area as much as possible.

The goal of the club is to promote learning, sharing and the enjoyment of photography in a convivial atmosphere. We welcome new members whether beginners or more experienced photographers. We encourage all members to share their knowledge with each other whether photography or use of their camera and equipment.

Membership is $36 per person per year (May to April incl.) plus a club name badge for a total of $50 and is open to anyone interested in photography. The membership fee is prorated between June and April.  Please contact the membership director for details – membership.opc@gmail.com.

Guests are allowed to come to two meetings at no charge; after which they must pay a membership fee in order to continue attending. Members are required to sign a membership form.



To look at what has happened in our previous meetings click this link or the LookBack.


April Meeting
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our speaker for this month is TJ Watt , an award-winning nature and conservation photographer from Victoria, BC. He combines his passion for rainforest conservation with professional photography, TJ sheds light on BC’s endangered old-growth forests in an effort to help see them saved.  A self-described ‘big-tree hunter’, he can often be found driving rough backroads and exploring remote regions of Vancouver Island in search of the last old-growth giants. TJ is also a co-founder, campaigner, and photographer with the Ancient Forest Alliance, a non-profit organization that works to protect BC’s old-growth forests and ensure a sustainable second-growth forest industry.

TJ will present an overview of the ecology and politics of BC’s endangered old-growth growth forests and the role conservation photography plays in the fight to protect them. He will include photographs from across Vancouver Island and BC, including the spectacular Great Bear Rainforest.  Click here for TJ’s website.  Click here for the Ancient Forest Alliance.

We will show the slideshows from our field trip in Nanaimo, the texture assignment and our March favuorites.

There will be coffee and tea at $1!

loonie for coffee