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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


December Meeting
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

santa1This month is our Christmas social evening. We are repeating last year’s approach and assisting the Food Bank. 

You know that we are trying to be more connected to the community and with that in mind we are asking that you, if you are able, bring a donation for the Food Bank.  The Food Bank prefers receiving money and they have excellent buyers.  Nick Bosma will have a collection box for cash and cheques.  Please make cheques to the Food Bank.



The club is providing coffee, tea and snacks.

We do not have a speaker and will have a short business review followed by slideshows of the field trip to the Bowser Antique Yard, the Emotion assignment. We will also show the Best of 2017 images that our members have sent in.


January Meeting – Slideshow Night
Jan 3 @ 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.

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

You can send your slideshow 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

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

Our speaker this month is photographer Rick Leche. 

Rick has been an active photographer since the inception of digital photography from digital point & shoots to DSLR’s to mirrorless to iPhones. He is an advanced Photoshop and other digital darkroom tools user to develop photos and to satisfy his keen interest in producing digital/photographic art.

His membership and active participation in camera clubs has afforded Rick the opportunity to observe and learn from both good and not so good judges what distinguishes quality photographic images. He is always ready and excited to be able to provide constructive and learning feedback to photographers.  Click on the image or this link to view a sample of his images

Items of Note:

  • A trained and qualified CAPA judge
  • Past President of the Langley Camera Club
  • A Member of the Comox Valley Photographic Society
  • This year the Chair of the CVPS Imagefest 2018
  • CAPA regional rep for Vancouver Island North including Powell River

We will be showing our Favourites from January, our field trip outing and the Every Day assignment

Bring your loonie for a coffee.

loonie for coffee



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

Our speaker for March is Stan Novotny. Stan is a Vancouver Island-based photographer who is in love with nature and the peacefulness it brings. He has had a camera in his hands from a very young age questioning how it worked, but not really understanding the creative influence it would have on my future. Over time, his interests took him to attending workshops with some of North Americas best photographers and he has become a mentor to other photographers as he has learned and mastered his own techniques. Check Stan’s website at this location.

We will be showing our Favourites from February, our field trip outing to Cumberland and the Broken assignment.

Bring your loonie for a coffee.

loonie for coffee