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Aug 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

We have had to change our location due to a rock concert at McLean Mill this weekend, Sorry for the short notice but this should be fun
New location is: Little River Nature park – Comox
1300 Wilkinson Road near the Little River ferry terminal
(detailed directions in a comment below)
At this time of year the water has lots of lily pads in it and draws, frogs, dragon flies, lots of plants and flowers and even some possible wildlife. I am sure you will find lots to photograph.
The parking lot is right beside the water and trail, You can walk around the pond or stay on one side for great photo ops
Lunch is at the Royston Pub
4000 Island Highway Royston BC. (on the old highway going back towards Parksville/Qualicum,

September Meeting
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our speaker this month is member Brad Powell.  Brad has been doing a lot of night photography over the summer and will talk to us about his adventures.  He has some amazing shots and great stories to share.

There have been questions on voting for images and Jack Harynuk will review how that is handled.

We will be showing our Favourites from August, our field trip outing and the Abstract assignment.

Bring your loonie for a coffee.

loonie for coffee

September Field Trip
Sep 15 @ 10:15 am – 11:45 am


Come and join with us as we find photographic treasures at Demxx on the Alberni Highway.

This month we are going to add to our usual photographic event by inviting you to take part in our scavenger hunt.

Each person will be given a list of items or item styles that they can go and look for on site and then take a photo of it as creative as you would like

You don’t have to take part in the scavenger hunt but I think it will add an extra fun twist to our day


Lunch will be at Trees Restaurant  on the Alberni Highway (across from the Coop gas station) at noon


Demxx has asked that we don’t have an excessive amount of cars to leave room for customers as well as us.  If you could car pool that would be great

Hope to see you all there

October Meeting
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our speaker this month is Nanaimo photographer, Judy Hancock-Holland.  Judy has presented to the club previously and we received excellent feedback about her spiritual approach to her photography.  Judy has a new presentation and we are looking forward to her visit.  Visit Judy’s website here.

We will be showing our Favourites from September, our field trip outing and the “Fall is in the Air” assignment.

Bring your loonie for a coffee.

loonie for coffee

October Field Trip
Oct 14 @ 10:15 am – 11:45 am




Fall has come to the Stamp River Falls.   Come and join with us as we watch the power of falls and maybe fish climbing up to spawn. Wonderful colors that will be in the area and just so much more to see and photograph.  If we are real lucky we may even get to see a black bear fishing

Lunch will be at the Clam Bucket – 4479 Victoria Quay, Port Alberni, at noon

I know many of you have been waiting for this event so bring an friend and I hope to see many of you there

November Meeting
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every photograph tells a story; capturing a moment in time in order to preserve and honour it.  A photograph can be a tangible connection to our past, to our family, and to our own unique experience. Dirk Heydemann, our November speaker, is a successful Nanaimo based photographer who specializes in family and corporate photography.

His talk will be going over his family portrait business, from planning, consolations, shooting and presentations and pricing of the art work that is created. Since he took on this approach to his family portrait sessions, his sales had substantial increases in value.

We will be showing our Favourites from October, our field trip outing to Stamp Falls and the “Anything Orange” assignment.

Bring your loonie for a coffee.

loonie for coffee

December Meeting
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our December meeting will have Olivia Mah from London Drugs in Nanaimo coming to our club and hosting a mini trade show.   We plan to set up four stations for people to visit. One showcasing the Premium Compacts such as the Nikon P1000 and Sony RX100MKVI;  one with long lenses such as the Sigma 150-600mm, Nikon 200-500mm; one with some equipment from Fujifilm and some of the Instax products. Our Photo Lab will also be present showcasing some of the large format and Fine Art products we carry. There will also be a number of different photo accessories to demonstrate as well.

Bring a guest, it’s the time for Christmas shoppers,  You can never have too many gadgets!!!

More details will be added as the club’s management reviews the plans for the evening.

We will be showing our ‘Best of 2018’ images and the results of our field trip, assignment and November favourites.

December Field Trip
Dec 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 am


Many of you have been asking to go to Art Knapp in Courtenay for several months now and this is your chance

With the unpredictable weather of December we will be going inside but will have lots of styles to photograph.   There are Christmas items for those who like Christmas, flowers for the nature and macro photographers, home décor for the still life lovers, and people for those who like to take action or portraits plus so much more.

Lunch will be at the White Spot 2299 Cliff Ave  Courtenay at noon

To add an extra twist for our outing we will be doing some night photography in Parkville to take Christmas lights at 6pm,

It will start on Morrison street  Parksville  More directions to follow by Dec 4th.  Hope to see you there

January Meeting – Slideshow Night
Jan 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

slideshownightSlideshow Night – The new year meeting is going to be quite exciting with slideshows from many of our members.  This past year our members have traveled and will be sharing their memories.  The last slideshow night was a huge success.

So far, we’ve heard from Wayne Buhr (Street Photography), Ed Dunnett (Asia Trip), Jack Harynuk (Swing), Vivienne Bearder (Art in Rome), Rick Horte  and Brad Powell.  It

If you are planning to add a slideshow, please contact Jack Harynuk – technical.opc@gmail.com

You can bring your slideshow to the meeting or send it in using wetransfer.com

To submit a slideshow, you pick the + sign to locate the file, fill in the fields and click Transfer.  It can take up to 10 minutes to send the show, depending on its size and your upload speed to the Internet.

Before the show gets going, we’ll get the club business out of the way, then see the results of the assignment, the field trip and our favourite shots from December.

There will be coffee and tea at $1 but bring your own popcorn!

loonie for coffee

January Field Trip
Jan 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am


With the rain still falling we will be doing an inside event for January.   We will be going to the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre which is sure to be a fun time.  There is so much to see here from fossils to history of the Comox Valley and the island.  There are two floors for you to explore and photograph.  I did see several areas where you can also find the collections assignment opportunities.  If you are familiar with Courtenay this is in the old Post Office.

If you would like to car pool please let me know and we can try and help you out.

Lunch will be at the Union Street Grill at noon

477- 5 st  Courtenay (only a few blocks from the museum)