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Cameraphone : Mt Pleasant

  • Jan 26, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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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.

The Walk-about
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 Aim
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.

The Après-Meet
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. 

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  • Shannon L.

    Hey, I found this in the Vancity Buzz today:

    "The Hipster: Low maintenance yet trendy in an unintentional way, the Hipster stereotypically drinks beer, wears plaid, sports oversized glasses (sometimes without an actual prescription) and rides a bike. Seemingly friendly, easy going, creative and artsy, Hipsters often congregate in the following areas of town: Main Street, Commercial Drive, Gastown, Chinatown and Kits.

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • Photo S.

    So hi everybody, I uploaded some pics. It was a wonderful event, I had a good time and I learned what is hipsters. aiting for the next meetup. Erez.

    January 27, 2014

  • Carissa

    Interesting photos!

    January 26, 2014

  • Dionysios

    Yesss! That was a lot of fun folks. Thank you for coming out to play and trying something new that can help develop our photographic eye. So show us your stuff, upload up to 8 images. Tell us something about them or ask us questions. À la prochaine!

    January 26, 2014

  • Gary T

    Thank you for a FUN meetup!

    January 26, 2014

  • Chris O.

    Great location. Great idea to change the way we think. The added commentary about the neighbourhood was just right.

    January 26, 2014

  • julian

    Another great meetup. Thanks for organizing, Dionysios

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • John M.

    Great day! Interesting theme.

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Pamela B.

    Thanks for a lovely time! I'll definitely be coming to another....photos up soon,

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • John M.

    Thanks for another excellent day. Have to run for now.

    January 26, 2014

  • Doris F.

    I didn't realize that instagram was such a big part of this event today. It appears that only certain phones can do it, mine isn't one of them.

    January 26, 2014

    • Dionysios

      Instagram isn't part of our event and you don't need to use it or post to it. You can use any camera phone of course. We'll share our images in our VCFCP album of course.

      January 26, 2014

  • Marcelo G.

    Have to finish school stuff. Till next time.

    January 26, 2014

  • Dionysios

    Hi folks,

    the day feels good. We were treated with fog the last couple of days and we have some today, which means good opportunities for interesting photographs. I'll have some instagram images on an ipad to show you and you will see what can be done with something as simple as a cameraphone.

    Cheers and see you soon.

    January 26, 2014

  • Dionysios

    Hi folks,

    Our event is almost here. Are you all excited?

    If your plans change please be courteous to your fellow VCFCP members and change you RSVP accordingly.

    January 24, 2014

  • Carissa

    Will there be a #hashtag for the twitter & instagram peeps?

    January 22, 2014

    • Dionysios

      Thanks, yes now that you mention it. I'll have to think of one though.

      January 24, 2014

    • Dionysios

      I think for an instagram #tag we'll use #vancity )so more people can find the images), #vancityfreecapture, #cameraphone and #mtpleasant.

      1 · January 24, 2014

  • Darrell M.

    Since I was able to get a spot on the Barnet Marine Park shoot I have to cancel out on this camera-phone walk. Have to spend some time with the family.

    January 15, 2014

  • Dionysios

    Hi folks,
    who has a spare phone with camera or a tablet that we can lend to one of our members during the even? I promise it's a someone I trust with gear.

    January 8, 2014

    • Ala

      Sure. iPhone 5.

      January 12, 2014

    • Dionysios

      Thank you Ala. It's much appreciated.

      January 12, 2014

  • Dionysios

    Hi folks, although there is still some time to go, I would hope y'all are excited about this event.

    So, bring a phone or a tablet with a camera and with a simple camera app, not with an app that has exposure controls.

    And absolutely no use of DSLRs, SLRs, Point&Shoots or tripods.

    1 · January 7, 2014

    • John M.

      Good, no tripods!!!! Dragging a tripod was aggravating me anyway...... Lol

      January 7, 2014

    • Dionysios

      Yep, just phone in one hand and maybe an umbrella in the other. Or we could be hip and carry a tall decaf Ethiopian no foam soy latte and keep our hair dry with a red wool tuque.

      3 · January 8, 2014

  • Sebastien P.

    nice!

    January 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great i will go!

    January 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      ohh…so bad!

      January 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks for tell me!

      January 2, 2014

  • Rome

    I would love to attend but I work on Sundays so I'm out.

    December 31, 2013

  • Pamela B.

    Sounds like a fun group...love your intro about Mt. Pleasant! Nailed it!

    December 31, 2013

  • Photo S.

    he he he ...... look who's talking ...... the man who shoots film is doing a camera phone meetup..... OMG. 8-)
    I don't have a camera phone, can I still join ?
    I promise to use my camera on "P" only, No manual and no Av Tv. Erez.

    December 31, 2013

    • Dionysios

      I know! But seriously, I've been cameraphone-ing since July, which is when I had the composition and smartphone event, and I've been Instagram-ing since Halloween and I'm hooked because it's a such a fun medium. I like playing with different cameras and it's fun to see what one can do with them. I'll see if I can find you a phone.

      December 31, 2013

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