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The Vancouver Photography Meetup Group Message Board Messages from the Organizer › Recap - Sept 21, 2006 - Group Meeting, Light and Shadows Lecture

Recap - Sept 21, 2006 - Group Meeting, Light and Shadows Lecture

Hi everyone,

Our first Group meeting on Thursday was well attended with 30 members coming out, with many new members attending their first Meetup event.

Of course we have a wonderful group and the energy in the room was terrific. As planned, we attended to the following business briefly at the start of the meeting:

* We announced a new photo contest with the theme to be "Light and Shadows". Our recent poll indicated a 29% preference for this theme over other themes which garnered 16% support each. The photo contest will not be carried out in the same format as the last contest, but will be judged from 8x10 prints where quality in both the image and printing will be part of the challenge. (Details of the contest will be announced on the message boards shortly, but expect the deadline for entry and judging to be near the 19th October.)

* We have previously discussed and have decided that we, as a group, are particularly interested in participating in ongoing discussions around the controversial issue of personal privacy and photography, specifically with regard to taking pictures of people without their consent. Along this same vein, it has been brought up a few times that we have not yet asked the group for permission to take pictures of the group for the purposes of posting group photos to the Meetup site. At the meeting, therefore, we asked for permission of the group; and, while we were prepared to be given only permission to take pictures from the back of the room, permission was indeed given to take pictures of the group at any time. (If anyone has any reservations around their picture being taken in a group setting for posting on the Meetup site, please contact me directly.)

* We applauded ourselves for accomplishing so much in just 10 weeks!!! I gave notice that I don't have as much time as I did in the summer, and may not be able to devote energy to the group beyond organizing one or two events per month. Others will need to start to think about stepping up to organize events and learning experiences going forward. We handed out forms with a short list of ideas for helping, and a few people handed back the forms filled out offering their help. Thanks everyone for their enthusiasm! (More info to come on the message boards, but for now here's the list of possible organizing/helping tasks from handout:)
- Occasionally organizing and leading a field trip or event of my own design
- A responsible support role for an event as pre-arranged with the organizer
- Behind the scenes communication around policy and group direction
- Tasks during an event, as required on site at the event itself
- Working with local instructors to obtain speaking engagements every other month
- The planning for learning experiences for the entire group
- Planning bi-monthly challenges and leading discussions or critiques
- Teaching small classes myself

The business being complete, our fab feature speaker, Ian McGuffie, gave a very informative talk covering use of natural light and exposure, and the role of reflectors/diffusers; importance of paying attention to shadows and exercising patience; and the merits of keeping notes of ideas and locations. He also gave some pretty exciting examples of use of very early morning and late afternoon light, and that light will only be the same perhaps one or two days in every year, weather permitting! So much information, and Ian's delivery is so easy. He was just great.

Our gracious host, Marc Koegel, offered to follow-up with one of his long exposure pieces as an example. He explained how he envisioned the piece, his approach for the lighting and use of a red filter to accentuate the shadows. I found this particularly helpful, especially after the Silver Landscapes presentation a month ago!

Ten of us ended up at Blenz coffee shop at Richards and Davie and had a nice social end to the evening, very enjoyable.

Thanks so very much to Ian McGuffie for coming out to speak to us (looking forward to seeing you soon at Exposure Gallery!), to Marc Koegel for also speaking to us about light and shadows, and for the great space (good luck on your first week of classes at Vancouver Photo Workshops!) and to all the members who came out to take in the experience, for offering camaraderie and support to each other, and for supporting the group as a whole.

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