We will meet at the Shoppers Drug Mart in Bright's Grove at 9:00 am on Thursday February 15th. Park near Lakeshore Road. I drive a filthy Blue Ford Edge. We will arrange car pooling at that time. Bring your provincial park pass if you have one. There are no food facilities at Pinery, so bring your lunch and drinks.
After visiting the heated washroom near the entrance, we will go to the parking lot at Beach #9 to take pictures of Chickadees, Nuthatches, Tufted Titmouse(s) and perhaps a red bellied woodpecker if we are lucky. You should bring a zoom lens if you have one. The birds come very close and we will be able to feed them from our hands. Bring bird seed too! There is a toilet at Parking lot #9 but it has no running water or heat.
It is possible to walk to the beach from Parking Lot #9 but there is a lot of snow - deep snow. Snow shoes are a good item to bring to get to the beach or to go on the Heritage Trail. We will go over to the visitor centre and see if there are birds there. It may be possible to hike the Cedar Trail as that trail gets more traffic than Heritage Trail.
The weather looks sunny and fairly warm for Thursday. However, when standing around taking pictures of birds, you need to dress WARMLY. Long underwear, really good warm boots, hats, mittens. Hand warmers are great too.
First of all, I just wanted to remind everyone that I have only 4 spots left for the Raptors outing on April 15th for the morning session when the light should be nice and then lunch in Port Dover, at The Beach House Restaurant, where we can take some photos of the lighthouse and the beach. Register as soon as possible to guarantee a spot for you to take photos of the owls, eagles, hawks and especially the newest raptor at the Raptor Conservancy the Gyr Falcon and more.
I will be collecting the $56.50 from those who have registered for the morning session on the first meeting in March. (March 5th and March 20th.)
Here are the newest outings:
February 22, 2018: London Camera Club presentation Dr. Don Gutoski
This is not really an outing to photograph, however, I am told that Dr. Don Gutoski is a wonderful presenter who is a wildlife photographer.
You may, again, have seen this on the SWOPA facebook page as Dr. Gutoski will be presenting at the London Camera Club on Feb 22nd between 7:30 pm to
Dr. Don Gutoski is a physician at the Urgent Care Centre of St. Joseph's Health Care in London. He is also an active conservationist, naturalist, and an award-winning wildlife photographer. In 2015, he was awarded "World Wildlife Photographer of the Year"
He will discuss "Photographing Wildlife of Botswana, from travel suggestions to equipment and techniques in the field", and, "World Photographer of the year" contest.
Admission is $10 for non-members.
I am planning on going to this presentation, and if you are interested, please register and we can carpool together.
I will be leaving Sarnia at 5:30 pm so that I can find a parking spot.
Please register as soon as possible.
March 17, 2018 - "Wildlife Photographer of the Year " & ROM
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at ROM will be over on March 18, 2018. It is an amazing Exhibition that should not be missed.
As I am very busy from now until March 10th, March 17th seems to be the best date, before it closes. Of course, we are not allowed to photograph this exhibition, however, we can photograph the rest of the exhibitions and galleries in ROM.
If you are interested in this, please register here. To save us time once we get there (so that we don't have to wait in line) we can go online to buy the tickets.
Make sure it is the "ROM + Wildlife" (see below)
Adult ROM + Wildlife $28.00
Child ROM + Wildlife$18.00
Senior ROM + Wildlife$23.00
Student ROM + Wildlife$21.50
Youth ROM + Wildlife$21.50
We will meet at the New Giant Tiger plaza close to London Road and carpool. As it is a 3-hour drive, we will leave at 6:45 am. This should get us there close to 10 am when ROM will be open. After we see the "Wildlife Photographer of the year" exhibition, there is a large cafeteria downstairs and we will have lunch there and go back to see the rest of the exhibitions until about 4:30 pm. We will leave and walk to the Parking garage, or a lot depending on where we have parked, and drive back stopping at Cambridge Onroute for something to eat and then get back on our way home. We should be back by 8:30 or 9:00 pm depending on the traffic.
May 9, 2018 - Shooting Warblers (SWOPA Outing):
Windsor Camera Club has organized an outing for SWOPA members on May 9th. You may have seen the flyer for it on the SWOPA and Sarnia Photography Club Facebook pages.
This is on a Wednesday (May 9th). We are to meet at 8 am at Roma Club, 19 Seacliffe Dr. East, Leamington. A bus will take us to Pelee Visitors Centre from there. This is probably the best way to get in as the bus will bypass any of the line up of cars that will start to line up around 6 am as per Graham Brown from the Windsor Club.
The cost is $15. We have to make a reservation with the Windsor Club so please register on the website and then go to the following link and pay your $15 by Paypal.
Gear to bring: your longest lens, tripods optional.
What to wear: Layers. Mornings are cool, but it should be warm by noon.
Lunch will be at 12:30 pm at the Roma Club. Buffet is $12.50 tax included
We will meet at Food Basics parking lot at 5:45 am and carpool to the Roma Club from there. It is about a 2-hour drive which is why so early.
There are only 47 seats in the bus and the earlier the RSVP's the better. (RSVP by paying the $15)
Looking forward to your registration.
Future Outings will be added to the website soon. These are the following:
Toronto and Toronto Island (sunset & night photography of Toronto skyline) June 15-17, 2018
Killbear Park & Franklin Islands - with a stop on Thursday night to do night photography at a dark sky Sept 27-Oct1, 2018
Alexa has set up another workshop for December 13th. Here below are the specifics as they appear on the website. Please register. She will have a number of helpers to help give instruction. Thanks Alexa for opening up your home for this meeting!
Event Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 18:45 to 21:00Organizer: Alexa CouplandEvent Description: Hands on Workshop - learning more about your camera
This workshop takes place at the home of Alexa Coupland, 1819 Wespencer Gate, Sarnia. Located off Blackwell Side Road near Lakeshore Road.
Learn how to shoot action 2 ways - with motion blur and stop action. This will be accomplished with changing the shutter speed.
Learn how to shoot with deep depth of field and shallow depth of field. This will be accomplished with changing the aperture.
Learn how to shoot images with Bokeh using Christmas lights. Learn how to get the star effect around lights. These will be accomplished with changing the aperture.
Learn how changing ISO affects your images. We will take images to explore the difference.
There will be workstations set up in various places around the house. Experienced club members will be at each station to help you adjust your camera settings to achieve the goals. We will be shooting in Manual Mode so you have complete control of your camera.
There will be a follow up meeting in January to review your images if people are interested.
You need to bring camera with lens, the manual for your camera, a tripod attachment and a tripod if you have one. Bring your sense of humour and your enthusiasm. All shooting will be indoors. You may be a model for other photographers.
Please arrive at 6:30 - 6:45 pm We will organize small groups of 2-4 people that will rotate through the stations.
This is not really a photography outing but a visit to the London Camera Club on Thursday, November 23rd evening for the Andre Gallant Workshop, from 7:30 - 9:30 pm.
For those who don't know Andre Gallant, see below.
If you are interested in going, there are a few of us going already, let me know and we can go together. $10 admission payable at the door.
Hello members of the Sarnia Photographic Club!
Our next visit to the Raptor Conservancy is on May 20th. Please have your payments of $56.50 for me on the mid month meeting on May 17th or if you can't make the meeting, you may email tsf the amount to me at email@example.com as soon as possible or at least by the 17th.
Here is a link to their website if you have not gone there before. http://www.canadianraptorconservancy.com/ In May , we see baby owls along with the regular parent owls and eagles and even hawks. So it will be another amazing trip.I have been to many of these trips to the CRC and not any two of them are alike...always something new...
As before, we will meet at 6:15 am on May 20th, at the parking lot by the new Giant Tiger on London Road, across from the TD Canada Trust.
Park close to the road to the right of the driveway. We will car pool. If you need a ride, or can give a ride, let me know by emailing me at Jfanceyphotography@gmail.com. I will have room for 5 people.
I will have some information for those who have not been to there yet. We will stop at Tim Horton's about 15 minutes from the Conservancy to freshen up etc. first and get there by 9am. Normally we are able to take some photos of the Eagles at their perches when we first get there until everyone is there.
After the session, we will go to Port Dover, and have lunch at the Beach House Restaurant, before returning home.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 519-466-2512
Dear members of the Sarnia Photographic Club,
I have been talking about this outing for a while so before the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition is over on March 19th, 2017, we should go.
I have called the ROM and they do have a special rate if we have over 20 people in our group. (below) and although we can not take photos of the wildlife photography, we are allowed to take photos of the regular collections in the ROM.
+Wildlife Photographer of the Year
On display until March 19, 2017
(Minimum of 20 paid guests)
Adult $16.00 $22.50
Senior (65+)* $13.50 $18.50
Student (15-25)* $12.50 $17.00
Child (4-14) $11.00 $14.50
(Minimum of 10 paid guests)
Adult $18.00 $25.00
Senior (65+)* $15.50 $21.00
Student (15-25)* $14.00 $19.50
Child (4-14) $12.50 $16.00
UNDER 10 guests:
Ticket Type ROM Experience
ROM Member FREE! Become a ROM Member for unlimited admission and more
Child (4 - 14) $18.00
Senior (65+)* $23.00
Student (with valid student card) $21.50
Youth (15 - 19) $21.50
Infant (0-3) Free
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We can go with a coach bus with 47 seats, and if we can fill all 47 seats, it would be $40 per person, however if we do not have 47 members filling those seats, the price may double or more.and This price is for a 12 hour trip, therefore if we leave at 6am , we have to be back in Sarnia by 6pm. This means if there is no traffic on the way to Toronto,(which there always is) it could take 7 hours to go there and back, so that would leave us 5 hours for the ROM, inlcuding lunch.
OR we can car pool, which is probably a more economical way to get there. We can share gas and parking. and we can stay a little longer and maybe even visit other places in Toronto.
If people are interested, and we are not going with the bus, we can even go to the Distillery District which is a very historic area of Toronto if we are done at the ROM early enough.
here is a link:
Please let me know if you would be interested in this also. or just want to do the ROM. Also if you would be willing to drive to Toronto or will need a ride .
PLease: if you are interested in this outing to ROM, register on the website.You may let me know in your interest by replying to this email or emailing me at email@example.com
Hello members of Sarnia Photographic Club,
Saturday February 18, 2017 looks like a great day for an outing! My weather network app says sunny and 12 celcius.
I recently found out about an abandoned house which is very photo worthy on Talbot Trail, about an hour from Sarnia. It would be great if we could take photos there in the morning and then go to Rondeau Provincial Park as it is very close to it.
We will meet at 7:30am at Food Basics on Indian Road. If you need a ride let me know we will have room for 3 more people. And if you can give a ride, let me know also.
We will drive to the Abandoned house. We should get there by around 8:30 or a little after. We will take photos for as long as we like. It is all farmland there so we may venture to see if there are any other photo ops near there. At around 10:30am, we can drive towards Rondeau. We will be right by the water, just after Morpeth.
We can take some photos there and make our way to Rondeau Provincial Park. There is an eatery called Rondeau Joe's Pub just before the park entrance. We will have lunch there and then go into the park. Please register as soon as you can so I can have the numbers for lunch so that I can reserve a table for us. I am not sure if the free park pass includes Rondeau. I will check but if it doesn't here is a link to the fees for day use. If it does include Rondeau, then we can go in for free as we have a free pass in the car.
Rondeau is a premiere birding destination providing bird watchers with a world-class experience. 334 species of birds have been recorded in the park and 134 of these have been recorded breeding. Some, like the endangered Prothonotary Warbler, are found in only a few places in Canada.
The Rondeau peninsula is an important stopover for migrating passerines (known as perching or sometimes song birds) and waterfowl in the spring and fall. During these times the park is filled with numerous species of warblers, thrushes, flycatchers and other song birds. Rondeau Bay hosts thousands of ducks and Tundra Swans in the spring and fall.
Rarities including Townsend’s Solitaire, Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue Grosbeak and Painted Bunting often show up on the peninsula during migration.
We can see what birds and trees we can find in these trails below.
Spice Bush Trail - 1.5km loop, 1 hour, easy
The Spicebush Trail winds through a southern hardwood forest of old growth Tulip Tree, American Beech, and maple. In spring, the forest floor is carpeted in wildflowers making the trail a botanists delight. The trail explores the transition between Carolinian forest and marsh and is an excellent site for bird watching.
Black Oak Trail: 1.4 km loop, 1 hour, easy
The Black Oak Trail winds through a narrow strip of Pine-Oak Savanna. Several meadows along the trail bloom with brilliant Wood Lily, Wild Columbine, and Woodland Sunflower. This is an excellent trail for bird watching.
Tulip Tree Trail – 1.2 km loop, 1 hour, easy
This barrier-free trail travels through a mature Carolinian forest with the majority of the trail being boardwalk for handicap accessibility. Hikers will have an opportunity to see examples of Carolinian trees that are rare in Ontario such tulip trees, sassafras, and Shagbark Hickory. During May, this is also the best trail to see the endangered Prothonotary Warbler. (An all-terrain wheelchair is available for use from the Visitor Centre)
After the Rondeau Park, we can drive back to the abandoned house, and (depending on whether there is a sun out or not ) stop for some golden light photos of the house for another half hour. It always looks different depending on the light.
We will then drive back home and should be home by around 6pm latest.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Full Day Pinery outing October 30th,2016
There will be an outing to Pinery Provincial Park on October 30th. We will leave early (6:00am) to catch a sunrise at the Pinery which will be at 8am. leaving early will give us time to get there and find a place to set up our equipment. Make sure you have had breakfast or bring bars or snacks to eat as we will not go for breakfast so that we can get some nice light in the morning.
One of the places is the Old Ausable Channel near Riverside area 3. or we could go to the beach also to photograph the sunrise. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
After sunrise, we can go on the Bittersweet Trail (1.5km), where we can search for mammal signs along the Old Ausable Channel.Since most mammals are nocturnal, the best time to take this walk is in the early morning or late evening.
After that, we can go on the Riverside Trail (1km). We can shoot until lunch time.(noon or 1pm, depending on how hungry we are)
We can go out to MacPherson's for lunch ( https://www.macphersonsrestaurant.ca/) please see menu below:
After lunch, we can go back to do one more trail, maybe feed the chikadees and then to the beach. near sunset time(6:21pm).Hopefully we will get a nice sunset.
If it is a cold day we may cut the day short, we will take a vote.. :)
If you are interested in this outing, please register. Again, if you can give a ride, or need a ride please let me know so we can carpool..It will be cheaper to get into the park if we fill up the cars.
WINTER WHEAT IN SPARTA Saturday October 22nd, 2016
It has been a while since we have gone to Winter wheat in Sparta, so we will have an outing to go there on October 22nd. We will meet at the Giant Tiger Plaza Parking lot on London Road, across from TD Canada Trust at 7:00 am. We will carpool from there and drive to Sparta with a stop at Port Stanley to have some breakfast at That Breakfast Place. I have had breakfast here before and it is pretty good and reasonable.
Across from the restaurant there is a nice scenic harbour, with boats and a park there, so when we are done we can spend a half hour there taking photos.
Then we will drive to Winter Wheat in Sparta, which will be about 10 minutes from the restaurant.
Winter Wheat's Hours are 10-5pm every day and so we should be there by 10 am. We can spend 2 hours or so there and then drive to Pinecroft Tea house for lunch and then spend another 1.5 hours photographing the nature around pinecroft here.
If you are interested in this fun outing, please register on the Website.If you need a ride, or if you would like to give a ride, please let me know by emailing on the website or to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org