December 4 Meeting Wrap-Up


            We had a good turnout for our last meeting of 2018. In addition to the 35 regular members, Marie welcomed three new members and two guests.

            Lewis Parker introduced our guest speaker, Bill Bickle, whose presentation took us on a journey with the grizzlies and spirit bears in the rainforests along British Columbia coastline. For most of us the journey itself would be a once in a lifetime event, but Bill has turned it into an annual passion. His anecdotes about his travels, close encounters, and the habitat and the bears’ behaviour were complemented with an amazing display of photographs. Since the majority of his photos were taken with a long lens from a Zodiac, he emphasized the need for higher ISOs and faster shutter speeds to minimize blur. He concluded his presentation with a stunning slide show of raptors, shot both in the great bear rainforest and locally. To view Bill’s images, visit

            After the break, we viewed the members’ slide show, which once again highlighted the photographic talent of club members. We have witnessed the talents of our members through these monthly slide shows, yet we have witnessed a decline in member’s Theme submissions. Perhaps not everyone has a high-end photo printer or wish to spend the money on commercial prints. Consequently, in January, in addition to prints, we will also accept digital images for our Theme critiques. Separate instructions for uploading will be sent to members by email.

            Next we viewed Andrew Mason’s winning submission for our summer scavenger hunt and Harry presented him with his prize of two Hoselton Canadiana coasters.

            We had 5 members submit eight theme photographs (Christmas) and 6 members submitted ten your choice photos. Lewis Parker and Bill Bickle jointly critiqued these.

            Our next meeting will take place on January 15th. The Theme will be “Winter” Last but not least, Peter Gorski won the 50/50 and went home with $24.00.

            Whatever your religion, have a happy holiday with lots of fun, food, family, and award winning photos.   

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