If we consider that the camera is a tool for expression and that photographs are made, then the right camera is the one you have with you. Camera phones remove much of the technical control of making a photograph and are fun to use because we spend time on the most important part of photography, which is the composition and the message.
Above: Trapped In The Wake Of A Dream by Dionysios Psychas
Here we are not concerned with image quality. We are concerned with composing with what we have; how to best use the capabilities of the camera to express our ideas. As always, slow down, scan, be mellow, be attentive to your surroundings and happenings, interact, and move around to find that "a-ha" moment when the subject is framed in a meaningful way to you.
Above: People avoid me by Dionysios Psychas
Mt Pleasant is quirky, has low architecture, poor hipsters, deviant art, colorful walls, an alternative feel, smells often of pot, is young, light industrial, partly messy and partly kempt, growing in deliciousness and it's being gentrified. I think we can find some interesting frames here.
Above: I like watching her chasing me down my lane by Dionysios Psychas
Bring your phone with a very easy to use camera application installed; one without exposure controls, like Instagram or Lomo Camera.
We'll explore Mt-Pleasant. We'll meet at the bow of Gene Café (see map) at the intersection of Main and Kingsway at 13:00, make introductions, ask questions about the topic and composition, and then set ourselves loose to have fun and make photographs.
We can make a couple of loops. The first will be essentially along 8th, Quebec, 11th, Watson, Kingsway and back to start. We'll regroup at our starting point at 14:00. From there we'll make our second loop, essentially along Main, 4th, Scotia and back to start. Or you can scatter in that area, between 4th, Scotia, Quebec and 11th.
We will end the Meetup at 15:00 back at the Starting point. From there we'll make our way to Bean Around the World Coffee (2528 Main St, between Broadway and 10th) where we can catch up for a cup and conversations.
NB: Bring just a camera phone! No P&S! No DSLR! And this event will go on shine or rain, because we can easily carry an umbrella.
The function of the group is to learn and practice the techniques of photography. This involves learning photography not only from your guides but also by sharing knowledge with your group-mates. The intention is also to organize and get to know new people. The attendant size of the meets will be small so participants can have the opportunity to get to know all their group-mates and spend time with a guide. If you select to attend a meet and then cannot make it, please be courteous to others in the group and change your RSVP status as soon as possible to allow others the chance to participate.
Please feel comfortable in posting your photographs and advising others; critical appraisal is helpful. What will also be appreciated are ratings and, especially, comments to individual meets and the group dynamic as a whole. This is important because it will ultimately add value to our meetings and improve our experience.