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February Meeting
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


We are going to have an exciting evening.  Wally Chinn and his wife Alison will be offering his photo-travelogue presentation on exploring the polar bear domain in the Churchill, Manitoba region.

As the marquis animal or symbol for Canada’s northern wildlife, the Polar Bear has little rival. As the largest land carnivore in the world, Canada is home to more than 60% of the world’s polar bears, an animal species that has attracted much interest, curiosity and concern.  Wally & Alison have made a few presentations to the OPS in the past, and through another of their narrated photo presentations, they will focus on their recent experiences in northern Manitoba.  As opposed to their previous presentations that were directed at distant lands such as Africa, Antarctica or the Galapagos Islands, this showing will be directed somewhat closer to home, examining wildlife and geography with a particularly Canadian perspective, including the realities of polar bear life and some of the lighter sides of their behaviour.

The club business will get underway first and we will review the Table Top assignment, the field trip to Rathtrevor and our January favourites.

March Meeting
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our speaker for March is Bryn Tassell from Ladysmith. Bryn is planning on sharing and talking about the images he has captured on various trips, some of the challenges along with some tips and tricks he has learned along the way.

Bryn Tassell is a photographer who been pursuing a passion of documenting nature for 10 years. He has combined his passion for out door adventure with capturing the natural beauty of the locations he visits. His passion has taken him to remote areas on Vancouver Island to tropical jungles and desolate landscapes of Iceland. More info about his work can be found on his web site at www.BrynTassell.ca

We will have slideshows for the assignment, the field trip to Milner Gardens and the February favourites.

Be certain to bring a loonie for a coffee, can’t get a better deal than this…

loonie for coffee

April Meeting
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our speaker for April is Larry Breitkreutz, his topic for his presentation is Creating Compelling Compositions.  Larry has been an avid photo enthusiast for over 30 years. He enjoys the inspiration and challenge of all types of artistic images, whether created with the camera, with software, or with brush and paint. With his camera and computer software he creates impressionistic images of a world often overlooked by the casual observer.

Larry is a Certified CAPA Judge and is called upon frequently to critique and judge images in various competitions, both local as well as international. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for photography and teaches Level One and Level Two Photography Courses for the City of Surrey, Parks and Recreation.

He has been honoured with the CAPA Fellowship (FCAPA) designation, and is actively involved in promoting photography throughout the region. He serves the photographic community as the President of the Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA).

Larry is visiting with his wife Hazel who is an accomplished artist and photographer.  You can view a recent article they wrote for the CAPA Magazine (here).

Following our regular business for the meeting we will have the slideshows from the Wildlife assignment, the March favourites and the field trip to the North Island Wildlife Centre.

Bring that loonie for the coffee break –

loonie for coffee

May Meeting – Annual General
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Annual General Meeting night is on Monday May 1st; there was a scheduling issue with the the Civic Centre and the day was changed.

Elections for our new management team will be held at this meeting. Ed will offer his final message and we will hear from each of the management team. Our slideshows from the month of April will be run and then Ed will announce our photographer of the year and conduct the elections.

Remember that all positions are open, we are all volunteers on the board and we all welcome the opportunity for new members to join us and bring their new ideas.  Once the new team has been voted in,  announced and introduced we will have a social evening.

As a BC Society, we are required to review the rules under which we operate (check here). Take this opportunity to meet with the new group and discuss any changes that you think would offer improvements to any aspect of the club’s activities.

June Meeting
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our speaker this month is member Brad Powell; the topic for his talk is “Sunset To Sunrise”

Brad  is a Nanaimo photographer and a member of the Oceanside Photography Society and the Harbour City Photography Club. He really became interested in photography when he bought his first digitial camera in 1999. It was a 2mp Kodak DC280, and he got it for for the sweet sweet price of $750! But what really got him excited was the free version of Photoshop that came with his new camera! One thing lead to another and Brad soon realized that he loved photography and that he needed to learn more if he was going to get any better at it. So he joined the Harbour City Photography Club in 2001 when it had about 30 members and was meeting at the tiny Kin Hut. Brad took full advantage of all the benefits you can get from belonging to a photography club. He took a lot of inspiration from such talented photographers in the Club as Wayne Buhr and Kelli Etheridge. But probably the most important person in Brad’s photographic life at that time was his photographic mentor, the late Bob Goerzen. Bob Goerzen was an experienced photographer and was teaching photographic workshops and working as a newspaper photographer at the time. Bob was the first person to convince Brad to take his camera off the “P” setting and onto Aperture. But more importantly, Bob introduced Brad to night photography one fateful October night in downtown Nanaimo. Brad’s love of photographing in the dark hours started that night in 2002 and continues to this day! 

This month, we are in the East hall at the Civic Centre.

Slideshows from the Action shots assignment, the field trip to Little Qualicum will be shown. And remember to bring your loonie for coffee!

loonie for coffee

July Meeting
Jul 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our speaker for our July meeting is Judy Holland. 

Artist Statement – Photography, for me, is a spiritual practice, a way of drinking in and celebrating the everyday miracles to be found in the mundane. I travel very little, but rather focus on a deep appreciation of the everyday beauty that my life on Vancouver Island brings me. No matter where I am, I enjoy making photos to delight the eye and move the heart.

I am located in Nanaimo on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC, and am also available for photography teaching and one-on-one coaching.

– 1st place Canadian Association for Photographic Art gold medal, Harbour City Photography Club Photo Salon 2016, View Gallery at Vancouver Island University, May 2016.

– numerous 1st place awards at club competitions, Harbour City Photography Club, 2014-2016.
– “Voluptueux” published in PhotoNEWS Canada, fall 2016.

– Judy Hancock Holland

Slideshows from our assignment, the field trip and favourites will be shown. And remember to bring your loonie for coffee!

loonie for coffee

August Meeting
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our speaker this month is Cim McDonald who is coming up from Chemainus where she is the Curator of the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society. She is a fine art photographer and artist who has won many awards. Her topic for our meeting is the relationship of line and colour to art. For more information about Cim visit her website cimmacdonald.ca here.

Following the business of the meeting, we will show our slideshows from the Deep Bay field trip, the July favourites and the Canada 150 assignment.


Remember to bring your loonie for coffee at the break.

loonie for coffee

If you would like to spend more time reviewing the images, go to the Galleries in the menu above.

September Meeting
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


September is much like the start of a new year and we’re preparing for our new year. Richard is leading a discussion for everyone

Discussion Points

1. We have no Director of Exhibits. Does this mean Society members do not see the value in exhibiting work in the community? If so how should we promote our work in the community?

2. Online presence for selling photographs. Explore club options. Smugmug etc.

3. Photography competitions – club and open competitions like Lions Gate.

4. Use of technology for exhibiting photography. Liaise with Shaw cable and Lefty’s etc. to show images through their facilities.

5. Should we have a Director of Communications / Public Relations? Is someone willing to step forward?

Lions Gate Nature Competition

Jack will take us through the new approach that we’re following for our participation in the club this year.

Interclub Photo Competition

Jack will introduce selected aspects of an invitational photo competition to be held early in the new year.  The theme, categories and judging aspects are all open for discussion.  Assistance with the planning activities is needed.

Following the coffee break, we will be showing the Lions Gate 2016 show.

Bring your loonie for a coffee.

loonie for coffee



October Meeting
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our speaker this month is portrait photographer Lisa Graham.  Her interest in fashion and lifestyle photography on land slipped into the underwater realm where few photographers venture. She specializes in the niche market of underwater fine art portraits and she loves how water adds a surreal touch to everyday elements

Lisa is going to share her some images from her “Impossible Worlds” collection and talk about some of the aspects of an underwater photo shoot.

You can check Lisa’s website on this link

We will be showing our Favourites from September, our field trip outing and the Inspirational assignment

Bring your loonie for a coffee.

loonie for coffee



November Meeting
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Our speaker for November is Gordon Howe.  His presentation is “From Sea to Sky- A natural history journey from British Columbia to the high deserts of the American southwest.

Gordon is a prize-winning photographer who has lived all over British Columbia. He currently resides near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

He attended the School of Modern Photography and has worked professionally as a Portrait and Wedding Photographer. Throughout his life Gordon has always had a camera in hand but his love of photography was shared with a love of horticulture and landscape design. Both of these disciplines share a need for a comprehensive understanding of light, colour and composition. Training in both fields has served to complement each other.

We will be showing our Favourites from October, our field trip outing to the Raptor Centre and the Fall Colours assignment

Bring your loonie for a coffee.

loonie for coffee