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Message from the President In Focus Letter to the Editor CAPA 2010 Annual Digital Competition The Art of Photographing Birds Portfolio: Classic Curves Polar Bears And The Landscape of Churchill, Manitoba

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Competition Winners CAPA Card Competition Remembering Judy Daniels CAPA Officers and National Council Members 32 New Members

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Officers & National Council Members Founded in 1968, CAPA is a non-profit organization for photographers, including amateurs, professionals, camera clubs, and anyone interested in photography. The aims of CAPA are to promote good photography as an art form in Canada, and to provide useful information for photographers. CAPA ac­complishes this through interaction with individuals and member camera clubs and by distributing slide sets, evaluating photographs, running competitions, and publishing the quarterly Canadian Camera. CAPA also sponsors Canadian Camera Conference, an annual summer weekend of field trips and seminars held in a different city each year. CAPA is a member of the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP).

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What’s not to love about Spring?

As far as seasons go, it has a lot to offer photographers. Cherry Blossoms are out in full bloom, the Crocuses and Lilies are pushing their heads out of the ground compelled by the warming rays of the sun, and Nature calls back the great flocks of migratory birds to return for a new nesting season. For Nature lovers, this is truly an exciting time. Already, our Bald Eagles are seriously nesting, and the Osprey, never ones to rush the season, have finished their nest building and are now sitting on eggs. This is the time to get out with camera in hand, to renew our excitement with the land and animals. For all of us, it is also a time to get serious about those new cameras, and practise the fine art of photography.

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A reminder that as a CAPA member, you are entitled to request Honours distinctions that indicate to the photographic community that you have achieved a certain level of accomplishment in CAPA. The details of our Honours awards are to be found in the Members Handbook which can be downloaded by going to http://www. and clicking on Membership. Photographic societies across the world use a similar way of classifying their medals, and the letters granted you on approval of your application identify you as an accomplished photographer. Distinctions are free and there is no fee for application. Communication between the organization and CAPA is of paramount importance to us. To keep you informed we need to ensure the accuracy of our database, so if you have moved recently, or changed your email address, please take time today to let us know what has changed. A quick email to will do the

trick and ensure that your magazines and other important information get to you. This way you will avoid missing out on member’s discounts for software, or other special benefits we negotiate for you. Now that we have moved our website to a new host, we have lots of room for new member and club galleries. Why not take advantage of this service and send us your photos for display? Click on Galleries on our website for information on how to format and prepare your images. When ready to send them, please contact the for help. Jacques will ensure they get to the webmaster for posting. The CAPA Judging course continues to be in great demand. At the moment, we are scheduling courses across the country, with five new locations soon to be announced. If you would like information on when the course will be coming to your area, please contact me at for

more details, or check the news box on the website for more information. We will soon be introducing new CAPA medals and certificates. Our temporary Exhibition Standards Chair, Judy Higham has been working hard on the new designs which will make their appearance at CAPA events and International exhibitions this year. I’m certain you will be pleased with the new designs. Clubs hosting major events may apply for medals and certificates by contacting Myrna Sweet, CAPA’s Exhibitions Standard Chair has decided to retire after many years of generous support and service to the organization. Myrna has been a steadfast CAPA supporter for much longer than I have been a member in our organization, and I want to publicly thank her for the outstanding job she has done for us all. The executive and I are very sorry to see her retire, but we do understand that a time comes for all of us, when we feel the need to move on to other

things. God bless you Myrna. We hope your future is filled with wonderful moments, and hope to see you at a CAPA event soon. This means that we are now looking for a replacement for the position of Chair of CAPA Exhibitions standards. If you would like to enquire about this opportunity, or apply for the position, please contact me at president@ Many of you may not know that we have a Forum on our website where you can find information on equipment, message with other photographers who have similar interests, post your images for comment or evaluation and find deals on software. At the moment, I am acting as the Forum moderator but would be pleased to give the title up to someone who has an interest in ensuring that this area becomes a vital and lively place for our members to visit. If you’re interested in this position, please contact me for more details. A special note to all CAPA Club Presidents. Did you know that once

SUBMISSION OF ARTICLES, PORTFOLIOS AND NEWS ITEMS CAPA Members… We need submissions for upcoming issues. Canadian Camera is YOUR magazine! We welcome your articles, news items, portfolios and reviews. We do reserve the right to accept or reject material as we see fit. We will make every effort to achieve a balance of views, subject matter and geographical representation of our members. So please, submit an article about that last photo trip you took or that last nice lens you purchased. You never know, you might just get your name in print.

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annually you may request a CAPA Pewter medal that may be awarded to a person in your club who has provided exceptional support to the club? For example, the Pewter medal could go to the individual who sets up the meeting room, a person who has served on the executive for a number of years or a mentor who generously donates his or her time and experience to other members. And best of all, the medal is provided FREE as part of the Club benefits we provide. To get your CAPA medal, please request the application form from Judy Higham at And finally for this issue, a special thanks to all our volunteers for the great jobs you do. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to excellence in photography and to CAPA. g

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In Focus Sheena Wilkie, Editor-in-chief

HDR - Love it or hate it, it’s everywhere. It's impossible these days to turn a page, click a link, or compete ­without encountering photographs we commonly call HDR. Love it or hate it, it’s everywhere. I noticed photos described as HDR popping up with increasing frequency on the web in 2008. Wikipedia's first entry on HDR dates 2003. The first photo I could find on with the HDR tag appeared in 2005. Both Photoshop and Photomatix appeared on the scene in 2007 with HDR capabilities that made technology accessible to photographers. HDR is a set of techniques that can be used to greatly expand on the natural range of your camera, and present the captured images in a way that more closely represents the way our eyes capture the dynamic range of the world. It's a funny truth that what we usually call HDR is really LDR (low dynamic range)! Real HDR cannot be seen on a monitor or printed page, the images


we see are the result of tonemapping (compressing the tones of) an HDR file into the limited range that can actually be displayed. It's worth noting that HDR is by no means new, and it all started with film. In the 1850s, Gustave LeGray was manually combining exposures to create seascapes that are thought to be the first HDR photos. Charles Wyckoff created multi-layer film and invented darkroom techniques for tonemapping. These techniques were used to photograph the early atomic bomb tests, photos of which appeared on the cover of Life magazine in the 1940s. Much of what we think is "new" in photography is just the old in a thin disguise. My early experience with HDR was to use it in a commercial application, my

real estate photography, to get a wider range of exposure in my photographs of interiors with ocean views. I’ve since added it to my tool box for landscape photography and am intrigued with the results I can get. I know many of you out there are also experimenting with HDR. I’m inviting you to show us your best HDR photos. In our next issue we’ll devote a section to HDR, how to do it, and what results you can get from this technique. I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve got! If you haven’t tried HDR yet, please take advantage of the 20% discount on Photomatix, a special offer for CAPA members. You can get the discount code by visiting our web forum on the CAPA website. g

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CAPA Canadian Camera Letter to Editor Dec ‘09 Ralph Milton’s “Creative Photography for Seniors” was delightful and full of unapologetic enthusiasm about the photography seniors can do, not miserably moaning about that which we cannot do. As I read it, I cheered him on and remembered a time when I organized a photography outing called Wildflowers and Waterfalls for “The Unfit and Overweight.” I was particularly unfit myself at the time and almost intimidated by brawny, muscular, powerful photographers who climbed tall mountains before breakfast carting forty pounds of gear. But I knew that there are shots to be had beside the highway and images to be made during the middle of the day. The course filled up immediately reinforcing the need. The average age (as I recall) was 78. Everything that could go wrong that week, went wrong; We had cold rain in the mountains all week with two only hours of sunshine; a problem with the motel reservations; film returned from processing having been incorrectly done; a vehicle breakdown and a frail woman fell and stabbed her tripod into her chest with a pace maker! (She was OK!) It was harrowing time for me and Hilary Tarrant who co-led the workshop but boy what a bunch of troopers those senior photographers were. They chipped in to help, they shrugged their shoulders at the problems, they were wonderfully reasonable and all realized it was just one of those jinxed times that make great images and spectacular stories afterwards. Ralph’s article brought it all back! Thanks Ralph. Mufty Mathewson CAPA member since 1978

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Annual Digital Competition Oh my goodness … what is that smell?!

Oka; Blue Cheese; aged Parmesan – well, you get the idea: some of those can be quite smelly, but taste heavenly. Not everything old needs to smell bad though! In fact, a well aged barn can be rustic; a well aged car can be a classic; and a lady or a gentleman well advanced in years can be the ultimate source of wisdom and inspiration. Look around and find those images that convey the passage of time, but ­convey it well. Find the beauty, the source of inspiration, the weathered look that fascinate! The Annual Digital Competition is the only CAPA competition with merchandise prizes. The announcement comes early in the year, to give you time to go out and get your best shot. Yet, if you find later on that you get an even better shot, you can easily submit this new entry in place of a previous one. As in previous years, the first three winners will share the bounty, which will be revealed in the summer edition of Canadian Camera. In addition to our three winners, ten (10) CAPA Honour Award Ribbons will also be awarded. This competition is open to CAPA Individual and Family members only, who are permanent Canadian residents. So, if you belong to one of our many CAPA clubs, we encourage you to join as an Individual or Family member. By taking part in this competition you will have a chance to win one of three fabulous prize packages. Legal Terms: With proper credits to the photographer and a reference to the CAPA 2010 Annual Digital Competition Prize, winners give CAPA, Sony of Canada Ltd. and Adobe Systems Canada Inc. the right to publish their winning photograph in Canadian Camera and on the CAPA Website, and use them at any CAPA, Sony and Adobe exhibition, publication, promotional or educational event. Entry into this competition implies acceptance of the above practice, unless refused in writing

by notifying the Chair of this competition. CAPA recommends that the photographer obtain a model release for presentation and publication purposes, prior to submitting an entry, and have these available if requested. In case of legal challenge, the photographer agrees to hold CAPA, Sony of Canada Ltd. and Adobe Systems Canada Inc. harmless, and assume all liability or injury that may arise from entry into this competition. Photographers retain all creative rights to their art. How to Enter: All entries must be submitted electronically no later than midnight (Pacific Standard Time: GMT-8:00) September 30th, 2010, through our Website at www. If you participated in a previous year, you need not register again; you can use the same login and password. For new participants, all you need to do is register using your CAPA Member Number (i.e. 28999) and a valid e-mail address. Please make note of the password the software will generate for you. All participants will be confirmed as members in good standing and living in Canada against our database, before their entries are accepted and judged at the end of the competition. Your registration will also make it possible for you to change your mind and submit a different entry up to the very last moment! E-mail and regular mail entries

will NOT be accepted, and will NOT be returned. The Rules and Guidelines governing this competition are posted on the CAPA Website and can be downloaded and printed for your convenience. E-mail enquiries should be sent to Jacques@CAPACanada. ca. Following the Contact us… guidelines on the CAPA Website, make sure you include the title of the competition and the word CAPA in the Subject line, or your message may be tagged as spam and not reach its destination. The topic is Well aged…, where your photograph shows the passage of time and its effect on the world that surrounds us, including architecture, transportation, nature, animals and people. Participation is limited to 2 Entries per member, both on topic. You can submit either colour or B&W images. Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop and other software is allowed. Keep in mind though that we are looking for digital photographs and illustrations originating from photographs that have been produced with taste and imagination. Remember, CAPA is all about photographic art. And art should be created with care and love. Judging will be carried out in Ottawa in early October, and the results will be announced on the CAPA Website shortly thereafter. Competition Chair: Jacques S. Mailloux


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By Clive Bryson

The Art of Photographing Birds Mallard

Introduction I have always enjoyed looking at images of birds. My passion however has always been photography but just lately I have combined the two interests and have begun to photograph birds in my local Shuswap area of the BC interior. I quickly learned that taking pictures of birds especially in flight is a very challenging task and that there are many techniques that need to be employed for a successful capture. In this article, I will endeavor to share the techniques I have learned, but firstly I should talk about equipment since its choice is critical.

Cameras Let’s talk about cameras. While many of the newer point & shoot “super zooms” are an excellent choice for static bird photography, they are less than ideal for capturing birds in flight. This class of camera simply does not respond fast enough because the delay time between when you press the shutter button and the time the image is actually recorded on the card is simply too long and often results in your bird not entirely in the frame. Some photographers have been successful with this type of camera by predicting and aiming the camera at the position where the bird might be. I strongly recommend using a camera 8 - CANADIAN CAMERA

whose lag or delay time is virtually zero. If you don’t already own a DSLR and are planning on purchasing one, I recommend that you do the research before you buy.

Lenses Lenses are the eye of the camera and are not all created equal. The maxim “you get what you pay for” often holds true and one should research carefully before committing to buy. If you have the resources to buy the best right now, it’s probably better than the “upgrade later” route which will result in inferior images and dissatisfaction until you finally upgrade. For most bird photography

you will be using a telephoto lens, either zoom or prime (fixed focal length). Talk of focal lengths leads to much confusion unless you happen to have a camera with a full frame sensor, in which case the magnification ratio is 1x. In my case, the 4/3 Olympus sensor has a 2x magnification factor, so my 12-60mm zoom is the same as a 24-120mm film lens. Better then to talk about focal lengths in film terms so you can translate it back to a focal length for your chosen system. So what do you need? I use a zoom lens that effectively gives me 100-400mm and has a speed of f2.8-3.5. I would suggest you need a lens in this range or better. A less powerful lens will result in the need for cropping and the attendant loss of sharpness. It’s always a plus if you can buy a faster lens, say an f2 but you will pay a weight and price penalty.

Memory cards Unlike lenses, bigger is not necessarily better. What I mean is bigger capacity carries risks associated with that capacity.

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argue that a tripod is unnecessary. I do believe however that under certain circumstances, a monopod can be an asset. Having said that, I think it is true to say that more than 75% of my birds in flight images are shot hand held. Remember that speed is of the essence in bird photography and quick reflexes are a definite asset. If you are going to be doing any static bird photography in low light, a monopod can be of benefit or even a “window pod” for those occasions when you shoot from inside your car.


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I don’t use a card bigger than 8GB and mostly use 4GB, simply because if that card becomes corrupt or you loose it somewhere, you only have lost half or a quarter as many images as a 16GB card would hold; not to mention the cost of the card. Pertaining to your ability to capture images of birds in flight in rapid sequence at say five frames per second, a more critical component of the card is its transfer rate-the faster the better.


Assuming your camera to be compatible, I suggest you use a card with a transfer rate of at least 30mbs/s which is a 200x or better still 45mbs/s which is 300x.

Camera support I find having to setup and adjust a tripod and ball head is simply too time consuming and robs me of freedom and speed. In fact I would

Flash can definitely add a new dimension to your bird photography, especially if you use a powerful flash and some kind of light focusing device (snoot) that can be attached to your flash. The ability of the flash to freeze motion independent of the shutter speed has great potential and can introduce a “ghostly” quality due to the secondary image. This technique can imply motion and results in a more


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artistic rendition to in flight images of birds or any other moving creatures.

100. ISOs above 800 can introduce some digital noise which is not always objectionable. Autofocus should be set to single point continuous in the centre of the frame. If the lens you are using does not have a focus limiter, it is a good idea to set your camera to CAF+Manual so you can initially manually focus to get in range and then let the CAF take over. Exposure metering is tricky because usually the background dominates the image and changes as you pan. Generally, I use spot metering as this tends to give you an accurate exposure so long as you are on target. Unlike film, it is better to err on the side of overexposure. The reason for this is if you adjust the exposure (make it darker) in post processing, you will not increase digital noise, conversely if you brighten an under exposed image, you will increase digital noise. Shooting RAW is better for post processing exposure adjustment but RAW files take a little longer to process in camera. So if you are looking for the absolute fastest way to shoot, shoot JPEG. Image stabilization (IS or VR) is a mixed blessing, sometimes it helps, and sometimes it doesn’t. Look at it this way, the purpose of IS is to make your camera think it’s on a tripod. The IS system will apply micro counter actions to compensate for unintended camera movement. You twitch up, it twitches down. You twitch to the

Batteries Don’t go cheap by buying no name or off brand batteries as you will regret it. Buy genuine batteries. They will last longer in the camera, give you more charging cycles and will be reliable. For in flight photography of birds where focus speed is critical, make sure your batter y is fully charged—it makes a difference. Better yet, buy a vertical grip that will take two batteries which will make your autofocus even faster.

Settings The shutter speed is the prime setting for freezing motion which should generally be around 1/1000 s for birds in flight and much less for static shots or slow moving birds. If you want wing tip blur you should decrease shutter speed-experiment. Aperture should be large (small f number) to minimize depth of field and so reduce distracting background clutter. Generally around f2.8-5.6. Float your ISO to achieve the desired shutter and f/stop parameters, but remember the higher the ISO, the more the digital noise. Ideally, use the native ISO (light permitting) for the very best noise free image. The native ISO of most digital SLRs is 10 - CANADIAN CAMERA

right, it twitches to the left. So if you are panning, it thinks you are twitching and will attempt to apply a counter action which will result in blur. The only time you can use this to your advantage is if your camera allows you to turn the IS y axis off, assuming the bird to be flying horizontally. What this does is to image stabilize any unintentional twitches in the vertical direction but blocks any attempted IS in the horizontal direction that would result in softness. Generally though, I turn the IS off, as it is of limited benefit when you are using shutter speeds of around 1/1000s. Recently, I photographed a mallard that was beating its wings to dry them off after emerging from underwater. This is a rapid beat and I wanted to be sure to get the wings at maximum spread, so I set my camera to its highest frame rate which is 5 frames per second. I fired off about 5 frames, one of which gave we what I wantedwings spread out. So always have your camera set to its highest frame rate as you never know what a bird might do in a split second.

Follow through Not really a setting, but a technique; it is important to follow through when you are panning with any moving object. Don’t stop panning the instant you have fired the last shot, but follow through.

Clive Bryson


About the birds Bird photography is not all about photography, but in part about the natural history of birds. I have learnt a lot about bird identification & bird behavior. You need to be able to identify the species, sub-species and gender of the birds. Secondly, learn about the behavior of that bird you have identified. When does it arrive and depart from your area? What does it feed on? How does it fly? What kind of trees does it like to roost in? How & when does it mate? Who are its predators? How do the colors change? You might want to investigate the use of small camouflaged bird blind so you can freely photograph your subjects without disturbing them.

Aesthetic issues You can get the best equipment possible, and apply all the optimum settings, and still finish up with a boring image. Why is that? Simple; you not only have to be a technician, but also a bit of an artist. This applies to taking the picture and the post processing with such tools as cropping and contrast adjustment. Let’s go back to our mallard duck as an example. The male of this species has wonderful colorful plumage with unbelievable iridescence. But as it sits in the water, it’s still just a mallard duck. So what can you do to make it interesting? Capture it as it surfaces with the water

rolling off its back, as it flaps its wings to shed the water, or as it takes flight or lands on the water. All birds have unique behaviors that are worth capturing. The osprey clutching a fish approaching its nest, the swallow as it skims over the water after flying insects, the grebe as it glides over the lake surface surrounded by the reflections of spring foliage, the heron as is majestically flies over the lake surface, the gulls as they gang together.

Some reading material Read your camera manual and a good bird identification book. I recommend Sibley’s field guides as well as his book “Guide to Bird Life & Behavior”. If you really want to see a feast of images, buy or borrow “On Feathered Wings-Birds in Flight” by Richard Ettlinger. There is not a lot of “how to” information in this book but there are sure are lot of fantastic images.

A note for film users Much of the preceding information applies to film cameras which I know still has a strong following, and with good reason. The benefits of digital are numerous apart from the instant gratification factor; the ability to change ISO on the fly is the strongest advantage and is key in bird photography. Film still produces a sharper image and can yield amazing enlargements before the

Clive is a retired engineering technologist who lives with his wife June in Salmon Arm, located in the interior of BC. Originally from the UK, Clive came out to Canada in 1970 where he resided in Ontario for a couple of years but subsequently moved to BC where his roots have been ever since. Clive’s hobby and passion has always been photography and he has recently embraced the digital world after being a film user for well over 50 years. His recent foray into the world of bird photography has opened up new horizons and challenges to his skills as a photographer. Clive is an active member of the Shuswap Naturalists and some of his bird photography can be seen on their website. He is also a CAPA member and a former president of the Shuswap Photo Arts Club based in Salmon Arm. He can be reached by email at g

image breaks down. It is only a question of time though before digital equals or even surpasses those wonderful qualities of film.

Questions This subject is simply too big to cover in a short article like this so I’m willing to answer questions or hear your tips that you have developed from your own experience. My email address is . Have fun. g CANADIAN CAMERA - 11


Classic Curves • By Valerie Ellis

I bought my first camera, a Kodak Brownie, when I was 14 years old. I have been photographing since. In the last few years, I have gone digital with a Canon 20D. I am passionate about photographing the world around me. One of my photographic passions is capturing images of classic cars. There is something about the beautidul chrome curves of the bumper and grills that I love to capture with my camera. I am not sure why I am so drawn to these cars. I know the owners have spent so many hours restoring these vintage vehicles. Perhaps it is nostalgia that drives me. I hope you enjoy my images. g 12 - CANADIAN CAMERA


Classic Curves • By Valerie Ellis


Polar Bears And The Landscape Of Churchill, Manitoba Article by: Len Suchan and Jim Barnsley, with photography by Len Suchan

LOCATION: Churchill, Manitoba and the Wapusk National Park are located in northern Manitoba along the western side of the Hudson Bay. Churchill is considered the Polar Bear Capital of the World. Churchill is also the Beluga Whale Capital of the World during July and August. We had the opportunity to travel to Churchill in early November, 2009 to experience the vast rugged beauty of the north. This great experience gave us an opportunity to photograph Polar Bears and the Landscape of this isolated area. It also provided us with an educational experience to view and learn about these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. When we arrived in Churchill there was not a lot of snow. Temperatures were warmer than normal. Since a real winter had not set in, we were able to access the various roads thorough out the region. This provided us with many great Seascape and Landscape images.


The University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon has been providing educational and photographic experiences to Churchill, MB for many years. Each year educational tours are provided from late October through the beginning of November. Being aware of these trips Jim and I got serious about joining the University for such a trip. Our planning started about a year and a half prior to us leaving. During that time we attended a number of the University’s preparation and informational meetings with Dr. Susan Blum, Melanie Elliot and Leslie Tuchek. We choose the beginning of November tour and found it to be the best time for us to photograph Polar Bears. The cost for our trip was $1965. which included travel, accommodations and meals for 10 days. For those who may be interested in such a trip, the University is offering 2 tours in 2010. The University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK can be contacted at (306) 966-5539.



A group of eight enthusiastic participants and our workshop leader left Saskatoon, SK at 8:30 am on Tuesday November 03, 2009. We travelled by car to The Pas, MB. Along the way a stop was made at the historical Northern Manitoba boundary to search for fossils. Osprey nests in this area could also be seen. Our group arrived at The Pas, MB at about 6:00 pm to enjoy supper and a short shut eye. At 1:30 am Wednesday November 04, it was time to proceed to the train station in The Pas, MB to board the Via Rail Train for Churchill. This mode of transportation was chosen over air travel, giving us a chance to experience the remoteness and the challenges of living in the north where there are no roads to transport goods. For us arriving in Churchill, MB at 8:00 am Thursday November 05, concluded 29 hours of train travel.


The 6 days spent in Churchill, MB entailed the following. Day 1: Thursday November 05, Upon arriving in Churchill, MB we were provided with a 15 passenger van from the Churchill Northern Studies Centre to accommodate our group. Our home base was the Churchill Northern Studies Centre; located 20 km east of the town of Churchill. The Studies Centre is located on the historic Churchill Research Range. This site was once of international scientific significance as a missle launch centre for upper atmospheric research, surface to air missile testing and studies of the Auroa Borealis. Today the Churchill Northern Studies Centre is an independent, nonprofit research and education

facility providing support to scientific researchers working on a diverse range of topics of interest to northern science. While at the Studies Centre, we met people from all over the world, all eager to experience the north, learn and photograph Polar Bears. Our first Polar Bears sighting was a mom and juvenille in the area of the train station. Conservation Officers were on duty chasing it out of that area. That afternoon we witnessed a Polar Bear Lift. Polar Bears that enter ‘bear-free zones’ around Churchill or who are a threat to safety, are captured and taken to a specially built holding compound. Some of these Polar Bears are sedated and air lifted by helicopter 50 km away from this area. Along with us, a film crew had arrived by helicopter to record and photograph this event. At the end of the day we had a fabulous supper at the Study Centre, followed by a lecture on Sea Ice with Dr. James Halfpenny. Day 2: Friday November 06, Parks Canada provided us with a historical presentation of the area and the first settlers. Within the train station there were exhibits depicting the local Dene People, Inuit Nation, Explorers and a Polar Bear Maternity Den with a mother and two clubs. Our group then viewed a film on the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). A drive into the country found a number of Dog Sled compounds


Polar Bears And The Landscape Of Churchi with many dogs ready for sledding. We observed the location and a monument erected in memory and honour of the Sayisi Dene People. Disease and a failed relocation program by the Canadian Government almost wiped out the once proud Nation who during their darkest hours resided at the “Dene Village”. Over 1/3 of the population died tragically during the years 1956 – 1973. Largely by their own initiative, the Sayisi Dene relocated themselves back to ‘the land’ at Tadoule Lake where they built homes and a school for their people. The “Weir Project” and Observation Tower provided a unique experience to view vast open areas. An afternoon break at Gypsy’s Bakery, pastry and coffee shop provided some neat delicacies. After our break we came upon a Red Fox which, however, was black in colour. Our last stop of the day was the local garbage compound/recycle centre that replaced the open pit dump in 2005. In the evening our workshop leader had an introduction to our Buggy Day and what to watch for in Polar Bear mannerisms. At mid-night we were entertained by a Polar Bear at our bedroom window. Even though our windows were barred, this could have been very dangerous. With the help of the local watch dog and Study Centre staff, the Bear was scared off by the use of loud bear bangers fired from a shotgun.

Day 3: Saturday November 07, was the day we were all waiting for. The entire day would be spent on a Tundra Buggy® travelling the Tundra to photograph Polar Bears and other arctic wildlife. During our full day on the Tundra Buggy our group sited 34 Polar Bears. This was exciting and a rewarding experience to be photographing Polar Bears. During our Tundra Buggy® experience we came upon a kill of a Ringed Seal that had got caught in an ice jamb. Three Polar Bears were trying to share in the kill. However the dominant Polar Bear got the largest portion, while the other two were left with the scraps. This made for some prize winning images. To round out the day we all got a chance to drive the Tundra Buggy®. After dinner Micheal Goodyear Executive Director of CNSC gave us a presentation about the new centre that is under constuction next to the existing one. It was interesting to learn that he has been in Churchill 10 years. Day 4: Sunday November 08, was the day that the Olympic Torch arrived in Churchill. The Olympic Torch Relay travelled across Canada prior to the Vancouver, BC 2010 Olympic Winter Games. We joined in the festivities which included The Torch Run, Speeches, Native Drummers, Group Circle Dancing, photos with the Torch Bearers and a BBQ. In the afternoon photos were taken of the tide splashing up against the shore line. We toured the historic Anglican Church and saw the stained glass window bequeathed by Eleanor Franklin in tribute to all of the people who searched for her husband, explorer Sir John Franklin. The window was shipped from England and to York Factory, MB and later relocated to Churchill. A trip to the historic Cape Merry Battery with more photo opportunities of a defense fortress and the Prince of Wales Fort across the Churchill River. Our day concluded with “Miss Piggy”, an airplane bedded in a rock formation. The story of “Miss Piggy” is that it was over loaded and failed an adequate take off. The pilot attempted to return to the airport but could only land the aircraft safely on this bed of rocks short of the run way, with no casualties. A spectacular Sunset at 4:00 pm concluded the day. That evening the Scientific Coordinator for CNSC, Dr Leeann Fishback spoke about how the centre works with, and for many scientific projects around the world. Day 5: Monday November 09, would be a full day of viewing. The morning began with a nice bright sun light glowing on a blanket of frost. We again accessed the Tundra to travel to the location of an abandoned freighter called the “MV Ithaca” that ran aground in the Hudson Bay in 1960. A number of Bear Paw prints were recorded in the snow as the Bears were moving about. Many interesting lichen formations were


ill, Manitoba found on the rocks in the area. Pounding waves at the beach sprayed us a little and made for dramatic shots. It was also time to do some Group Photos and photos near a replica of the Black Brandt Rocket, the first rocket designed and built in Canada. It was tested and first launched at the Churchill Research Range. A visit to Churchill would not have been complete with out the Port of Churchill Grain Terminal. More spectacular Sunsets were again provided to end our day. Day 6: Tuesday November 10, Our last day for viewing before our trip home. That morning we were to have a lecture by Kim Daley, but she was busy trying to foster

an abandoned Polar Bear Cub and was not available. In her place our workshop leader Leslie Tuchek did a presentation on summer in Churchill with Beluga Whales. This day we again found a number of Polar Bears on the move. In the 6 days that we spent in Churchill, MB we sited 70 Polar Bears of which 34 of these were on the Tundra BuggyÂŽ. The Conservation Officers were on duty non-stop patrolling for Polar Bears. Polar Bear alert signs, warning of the presence of bears, are posted throughout the town of Churchill. The Eskimo Museum established by the Oblate Fathers housed many local artifacts. Stunted Flag Trees were found through out the Tundra. The trees demonstrate the Krumholz effect which have a basal rosette of full branches protected by the snow at their base and a lack of branches on their north side, stripped from various degrees of severe wind and ice crystal abrasion. The Churchill area in the transition zone between forest and tundra known as Taiga. Trees that are 200 years old are only 10 feet in height or less.


Our group leader Leslie Tuchek and all staff at the CNSC taught us to be alert for Polar Bears at all times. We were to observe, stay close together, look in all directions before proceeding and stay close to our van.


The evening of Tuesday November 10, we again boarded the Via Rail Train back to The Pas, MB arriving Wednesday November 11, for an over night stay. Thursday November 12, was our final journey home by car. Our cohesive group had a most rewarding and enjoyable trip.


For Aboriginal peoples in the north, polar bears hold spiritual significance; the name Wapusk is a Cree word for White Bear. Wapusk National Park safeguards one of the world’s largest known Polar Bear Denning grounds. Research conducted by the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Churchill, MB helps in a worldwide effort to understand and protect the bears that live at the top of the world.


The Polar Bear faces a treat that will rob it of food and the ability to have young. Climate warming will result in the ice on the Bay forming later and melting earlier. As the seal hunting season shortens, Polar Bears in the Hudson Bay area may not have enough time to store the fat needed to survive their summer fast. Females without sufficient fat will not produce cubs. Polar Bears can not protect themselves from this threat. g


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Digital Nature Club Competition


30 October 2009 Host: RA Photo Club, Ottawa ON

a. Certificate of Merit 1st Peter Ferguson, Welland Camera Club "The Frog Prince"

Gold Certificate - Victoria Camera Club, Victoria BC Silver Certificate - Lions Gate Camera Club, Vancouver BC Bronze Certificate - Welland Camera Club, St Catharines ON Certificates of Merit 1st Peter Ferguson, Welland Camera Club, St Catharines ON "The Frog Prince" 2nd Ernest Barczak, Windsor Camera Club, Windsor ON "Praying Mantis" 3rd Earl Reinick, Welland Camera Club, St Catharines ON "Close Encounter" Botany Certificate

Jeremy Wedel, Abbotsford Photo Arts Club "Salmon Berry Bloom"

Ann Alimi, Chair Digital Nature Competition 18 - CANADIAN CAMERA

b. Certificate of Merit 2nd Ernest Barczak, Windsor Camera Club "Praying Mantis" c. Certificate of Merit 3rd Earl Reinink, Welland Camera Club "Close Encounter" d. Botany Jeremy Wedel, Abbotsford Photo Arts Club "Salmon Berry Bloom" e. Mike Wooding, Victoria Camera Club, "Bumble Bee" f. Randy Findlay, Lions Gate Camera Club "Elk Rutting Season"

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Digital Nature Individual Competition


30 October 2009 Host: Kimberley Camera Club, Kimberley BC

a. Gold Murray O'Neill, Coquitlam BC "Bald Eagle in a Snowstorm"

Gold Medal - Murray O'Neill, Coquitlam BC Silver Medal - Linda Anne Baker, Victoria BC Bronze Medal - Eb Mueller, Chilliwack BC Certificates of Merit 1st Ernie Einarsson, Cowichan Bay BC "Pussywillows in the Rain" 2nd Eb Mueller, Chilliwack BC "Trumpeter Quartet Preening" 3rd Tom Ritchie, Ottawa ON "Red & White 2" Botany Certificate Eb Mueller, Chilliwack BC "Wild Geranium"

b. Silver Linda Anne Baker, Victoria BC “American Widgeon in Flight” c. Bronze & Certificate of Merit 2nd Eb Mueller, Chilliwack BC "Trumpeter Quartet Preening" d. Certificate of Merit 1st Ernie Einarsson, Cowichan Bay BC "Pussywillows in the Rain" e. Botany Eb Mueller, Chilliwack BC "Wild Geranium" f. Tom Ritchie, Ottawa ON "Red & White 2"


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Digital Open Club Competition


30 October 2009 Host: St. Thomas Photo Guild, St Thomas ON

a. Certificate of Merit 1st Diane Sawatzky, Etobicoke Camera Club "Blue Eyes"

Gold Certificate - Lions Gate Camera Club, Vancouver BC Silver Certificate - Etobicoke Camera Club, Etobicoke ON Bronze Certificate - Victoria Camera Club, Victoria BC Certificates of Merit 1st Diane Sawatzky, Etobicoke Camera Club, Etobicoke ON, "Blue Eyes" 2nd Earl Reinink, Welland Camera Club, St. Catharines ON, "Rough Legged Hawk" 3rd John Lowman, Lions Gate Camera Club, Vancouver BC, "Angel of Death"

b. Certificate of Merit 2nd Earl Reinink, Welland Camera Club "Rough Legged Hawk" c. Certificate of Merit 3rd John Lowman, Lions Gate Camera Club "Angel of Death" d. Margarita Huang, Victoria Camera Club, "Great Horned Owl" e. Fern Thompson, Cowichan Valley Camera Club "The Man at the Harbour" f. Walter Swerhun, Scarborough Camera Club "Neanderthal Man"


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Digital Open Individual Competition


30 October 2009 Host: North Shore Photographic Society, West Vancouver BC

a. Gold & Certificate of Merit 1st “Tamahi Creek in Winter” Eb Mueller, Chilliwack BC

Gold Medal Eb Mueller, Chilliwack BC Silver Medal Howard Sandler, Ottawa ON Bronze Medal Pamela Joe McFarlane, North Vancouver BC Certificates of Merit 1st Eb Mueller, Chilliwack BC "Tamahi Creek in Winter" 2nd Tina Dorrans, Waterloo ON "AGO Staircase" 3rd Judy Griffin, Etobicoke ON "Leader of the Pack"

b. Silver Howard Sandler, Ottawa ON, "Farmland" Howard Sandler c. Bronze Pamela "Slow Down" Joe McFarlane, North Vancouver BC d. Certificate of Merit 2nd "AGO Staircase" Tina Dorrans, Waterloo ON e. Certificate of Merit 3rd "Leader of the Pack" Judy Griffin, Etobicoke ON f. Gordon Schmidt, Scarborough ON "The Cathedral" CANADIAN CAMERA - 21

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CAPA Film Nature Club Competition


30th October 2009 Host: Kimberley Camera Club, Kimberley BC

a. Certificate of Merit 1st Eugene Mio, PGNS, "Rocks Ashore"

Gold Certificate Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia (PGNS), Halifax, NS Botany Ribbon Eugene Mio, PGNS,HalifaxNS - Colours of Fall Certificates of Merit 1st Eugene Mio, PGNS, Halifax NS - Rocks Ashore 2nd Eugene Mio, PGNS, Halifax NS - Colours of Fall 3rd Keith Vaughan,PGNS, Halifax NS - Evening Light Algarve Note: Due to the low participation of clubs, only one Medal Certificate was awarded in this competition.

b. Certificate of Merit 2nd Eugene Mio, PGNS, "Colours of Fall" c. Certificate of Merit 3rd Keith Vaughan, PGNS, "Evening Light Algarve" d. KeithVaughan, PGNS, "Scabiosa Columbaria" e. Joyce SK Chew, PGNS, "Reindeer Lichen" f. Joyce SK Chew, PGNS, "Lichen on Rocks"


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Film Nature Individual Competition


30th October 2009 Host: Kimberley Camera Club, Kimberley BC

a. Barbara McCoy, London ON "Spider with Fly"

Gold Medal - Barbara McCoy, London ON Silver Medal - Myles Clough, Kamloops BC Bronze Medal - Julia Clough, Kamloops

b. Myles Clough, Kamloops BC "Mountain King"

Certificates of Merit

c. Julia Clough, Kamloops BC "Swallowtail"

1st Barbara McCoy, London ON "Wild Lily" 2nd Myles Clough, Kamloops BC "Sea Lion" 3rd Julia Clough, Kamloops BC "Killdeer"

d. Certificate of Merit 1st Barbara McCoy, LondonON "Wild Lily"

Botany Certificate Myles Clough Kamloops BC "NZ Fern"

e. Certificate of Merit 2nd Myles Clough, Kamloops BC "Sea Lion" f. Certificate of Merit 3rd Julia Clough, Kamloops BC "Killdeer"


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Film Open Club Competition


30 October 2009 Host: PhotoFredericton, Fredericton NB

a. Certificate of Merit 1st Eugene Mio, PGNS, Halifax NS "Wonders of Bryce Canyon"

Gold Certificate - Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia (PGNS), Halifax NS Silver Certificate - Atlantic Lighthouse, Halifax NS Due to the low participation, only two medal certificates were awarded. Certificates of Merit 1st Eugene Mio, PGNS, Halifax NS "Wonders of Bryce Canyon" 2nd Joyce S. K. Chew, PGNS, Halifax NS, “Friedrichswerdsche Kirche” 3rd Keith Vaughan, Atlantic Lighthouse, Halifax NS, "Color of Burano"

b. Certificate of Merit 2nd Joyce SK Chew, PGNS, "Friedrichswerdsche Kirche" c. Certificate of Merit 3rd Keith Vaughan, Atlantic Lighthouse "Color of Burano" d. Hubert Boudreau, PGNS "Winter At the Frog Pond" e. Keith Vaughan, PGNS "Traditional Algarve Fishing Boat" f. Keith Vaughan, PGNS "Algarve Seascape"


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Film Open Individual Competition


30 October 2009 Host: PhotoFredericton, Fredericton, NB

a. Certificate of Merit 1st Julia Clough, Kamloops BC "Cordoba Mosque"

Gold Medal - Myles Clough, Kamloops BC Silver Medal - Julia Clough, Kamloops BC Bronze Medal - Barbara McCoy, London ON Certificates of Merit 1st Julia Clough, Kamloops BC "Cordoba Mosque" 2nd Myles Clough, Kamloops BC "Pisa" 3rd Julia Clough, Kamloops BC "The Golden Roof"

b. Certificate of Merit 2nd Myles Clough, Kamloops BC "Pisa" c. Certificate of Merit 3rd Julia Clough, Kamloops BC "The Golden Roof" d. Barbara McCoy, London ON "Sunflower through Glass" e. Myles Clough, Kamloops BC "Arizona Evening" f. Barbara McCoy, London ON "Textures in Wood"


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Prints Open Club Competition


30 October 2009 Host: Windsor Photo Guild, Windsor ON

a. Certificate of Merit 1st Peter Brewer, Brampton Photo Group "Pisa Sidestreet"

Gold Certificate - Brampton Photo Group, Brampton ON Silver Certificate - London Camera Club, London ON Bronze Certificate - Abbotsford Photo Arts Club, Abbotsford BC Certificates of Merit 1st Peter Brewer, Brampton Photo Group, Brampton ON "Pisa Sidestreet" 2nd Bill Boswell, London Camera Club, London ON "Anvil" 3rd Jim Hatch, Langley Camera Club, Langley BC "Paris at Dusk"

b. Certificate of Merit 2nd Bill Boswell, London Camera Club "Anvil" c. Certificate of Merit 3rd Jim Hatch, Langley Camera Club "Paris at Dusk" d. Wally Kurth, Abbotsford Photo Arts Club, "Dahlia Frog" e. Kobus Roose, North Shore Photographic Society "Dusky Grouse" f. Rob Hopkins, Langley Camera Club "Unknown Pioneers"


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Prints Open Individual Competition


30 October 2009 Host: Windsor Photo Guild, Windsor ON

a. Certificate of Merit 1st, Zbigniew Gortel "Journey Never Finished"

Gold Medal - Ellie Schartner, Mt. Lehman BC Silver Medal - Zbigniew Gortel, Edmonton AB Bronze Medal - James Miekle, Brampton ON Certificates of Merit 1st Zbigniew Gortel, Edmonton AB "Journey Never Finished" 2nd Ellie Schartner, Mt. Lehman BC "Tulip Serenade 3rd Ellie Schartner, Mt. Lehman BC "Shooting the Poser"

b. Certificate of Merit 2nd, Ellie Schartner "Tulip Serenade" c. Certificate of Merit 3rd, Ellie Schartner "Shooting the Poser" d. James Meikle, Brampton ON "Phalaenopsis" e. Paul Sharpe, Surrey BC "Vancouver Ship Yards" f. David Hook, Mississauga ON "Bluenose II"


CAPA Card Competition - Individual/Family Members - 1 Dec 2009 Three judges on Friday December 18th: Larry Breitkreutz, Hazel Breitkreutz and Val Davison presided. The greeting cards were laid out on the table and judged, choosing a winner and 5 Honour Awards. The greeting cards were removed and replaced with the note cards. A winner was chosen along with 5 Honour Awards. From the winner of the Greeting Cards and the winner of the Note Cards, a Best of Show was chosen. The Best of Show won first prize, the runner up (the winner of the other competition) won second prize. And of course there are 5 Honour Awards in each competition.

1ST PRIZE: The Wonder of It All, Oregon Coast - Les Raskewicz

And the Winners are… Best of Show: Les Raskewicz, Maple Ridge, BC Note Card “The Wonder of It All - Oregon Coast” Prize: Corel Painter 4 Essentials 2nd Prize: Adina Shore, Delta BC Greeting Card “Thinking of You” Prize: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Many thanks to the Corel Corporation for providing these wonderful software prizes. Both recipients are delighted with their prizes.

2ND PRIZE: Thinking of You - Adina Shore

Honour Award Certificates - Greeting Cards: Birthday Wishes, Adina Shore, Delta BC Opposites Attract, Jane Appleby, Burnaby BC Winter’s Peace, Jane Appleby, Burnaby BC Spirit of the Season, Joy Gerow, Langley BC Sights & Sounds of Christmas, Deb Hall, Woodstock ON Honour Award Certificates - Note Cards: The Algonquin Lakeside Inn, Gerda Grice, Toronto ON Books are the quietest…friends, Adina Shore, Delta BC Kaslo Bay Reflections, Les Otterbein, Trail BC Into the Mist, Les Otterbein, Trail BC Ready to Go, Carol Coleman, North Vancouver BC

HONOUR AWARDS: Sights & Sounds of Christmas - Deb Hall

The cards will be scanned and a CAPA proshow will be created, available from Joyce DeMeester, CAPA Librarian for download via YouSendIt or Pando later in January. Congratulations to all who entered the competition. The quality and presentation of the cards is fabulous! Judy Higham, Director CAPA Competitions

HONOUR AWARDS: Opposites Attract - Jane Appleby


Digital Theme Competition 20 January 2011 The theme for 2010/2011 will be

“Footwear” Members are asked to submit images as close to this theme subject as possible. Bruce Gunion, Digital Chair Open, Theme, Altered Reality

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Remembering Judy Daniels The photographic community in Canada has lost a consummate colleague and friend. Judy Daniels, who had been an active member of the Langley Camera Club for ten years, came to the end of her courageous 18-month battle with cancer on December 20, 2009. She is mourned by her daughters, Kelly and Lisa, and her son, Dan, and five grandchildren as well as countless friends and fellow photographers. Going Home - Judith Daniels

Judy was born in England and grew up in Vancouver. Her interest in photography began with a gift from her Dad of a Brownie Hawkeye camera on her 9th birthday. She began to seriously pursue photography in 1998 and it quickly became her raison d’être. In addition to being an active member of the Langley Camera Club, she also was a member of the Lions Gate Camera Club and Canadian Association for Photographic Art. Judy has been recognized for her photographic excellence with countless awards and had her work published in magazines and sold to collectors. Even though she was an accomplished photographer, Judy was never content to rest. She strove to continually push her capabilities by participating in a major photographic workshop or tour at least once each year, which included workshops with Freeman Paterson and trips to Tuscany, England, South America, Churchill, Newfoundland and, of course, her annual pilgrimage to BC’s Great Bear


Rainforest. After every trip, her friends and club members knew that a series of awe-¬inspiring photographs would soon appear on the hallways of her home or in camera club competitions. Judy gave back to our community as much as she received. As well as volunteering for many positions within her clubs, she also served as a certified judge. Her comments were knowledgeable, encouraging and instructional. Many of us would send her images privately for a personal critique and she always took considerable time to offer a thorough and helpful review. Judy also mentored other photographers in the art of judging. While Judy’s legacy of photographic work will continue to inspire and set a standard for the rest of us, she will also be remembered for her wit and sense of humor. She was quick to offer an opinion (whether wanted or not!) and we always knew where we stood with Judy. If that meant she stepped on someone’s toe, she was right there to recognize that and make amends. She greatly valued the people

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around her and thrived on learning about photography with others. Her love and appreciation for her friends and family is evident in the excerpt below from a letter she sent in January 2009 after surgery. The next time a friend needs support and a hug (actual or virtual), I will always remember how your amazing, unconditional, generous, friendship and caring made a huge difference to keeping my attitude positive and my hopefulness alive, and I will always do everything in my power to pay that forward. What a precious and rare gift a true friend is!! We all lead such busy lives, full of responsibilities and commitments, that we often tend to overlook the simple things that are the most important of all - friendship, love, and all the positive, wonderful things that you all have given to me in the past few months. All of us who knew Judy are privileged that our paths overlapped for a time. g Dennis Ducklow Langley Camera Club

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Canadian Camera Magazine Spring 2010  
Canadian Camera Magazine Spring 2010  

One of the most important vehicles for keeping members informed and connected is CAPA's quarterly magazine, Canadian Camera. Our 40-plus pag...