Jun 5, 2018

Off Season Events

Off- Season Events

The following are a number of events that you may want to consider over the summer between now and the start of the new club season. I am not formally organizing outings to these events but will consider organizing for some if not all of them. You can email me if you are going and perhaps we can connect.

Thunder of Niagara International Air Show 2018
What: Air Show
When: June 9 – 10, 2018
Where: Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in Niagara Falls, New York
Time: see schedule at www.thunderofniagara.com
Cost: Free
Details: In addition to the amazing USAF Thunderbirds and Canadian Forces Snowbirds, you will see some of the best civilian and military pilots in the world – flying for you. Plus, one of the largest displays of civilian & military aircraft in North America (50+ planes).

Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix 
What: Closed wheel sportscar racing
When: July 5th to July 8th.
Where: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport)
Time: see www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com for schedule
Cost: $40 Saturday and $50 Sunday for single tickets.
Details:

Wings of Western New York
What: Air Show
When: July 14 - 15, 2018
Where: National Warplane Museum – Geneseo, NY
Time: see schedule at www.nationalwarplanemuseum.com/airshow Gates open 7:00 am, Airshow begins 10:00 am
Cost: Pre-sale at any Wegmans locations $20 USD, $25 USD at the gateFree
Details: An exciting aircraft lineup this year offers an exciting variety of World War II era bombers, trainers, fighters and troop carriers including: P-63 King Cobra Built by Bell Aircraft Corp in Buffalo, NY (first time in Geneseo); C-46 Commando Built by Curtiss Aircraft in Buffalo, NY; P-40 Kittyhawk Also built by Curtiss Aircraft in Buffalo, NY; P-51 Mustangs; PBY-5A; 3-B-25’s; 2-C-47s including the Museum’s very own D-Day Veteran Whiskey 7.

Grand River Pow Wow
What: Aboriginal Multicultural Event
When: July 27 – 29, 2018
Where: Chiefswood Tent & Trailer Park 
Time: Gates open 10:00 am
Cost: $10 General Admission; $15.00 weekend pass.
Details: Permissible required to bring Cameras and Lawn Chairs per the website. www.grpowwoow.ca

Superbike Double Header
What: super motorcycle racing
When: August 10th to Aug 12th
Where: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) 
Time:
Cost: $30 for Saturday and $35 for Sunday.
Details: A major race for both Sat.& Sun for points

Walton TransCan GNC Motocross
What: Motocross Nationals racing
When: Aug. 18, 2018
Where: Walton Raceway
Time: see schedule at www.waltontranscan.ca
Cost: not known at this time
Details:

Chevrolet Silveraldo 250
What: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
When: Aug. 24 - 26, 2018
Where: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park ( Mosport )
Time: see www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com for schedule
Cost: see website for pricing schedule ($40 - $80)
Details:

Mississauga’s of the New Credit
What: Three Fires Homecoming Pow Wow
When: Aug. 25-26, 2018
Where: New Credit Indian Reserve; Hagersville, ON
Time: see http://www.newcreditcc.ca/service/pow-wow-schedule-fees/ for schedule
Cost: General Daily $5.00; Parking Free
Details:

May 2, 2018

IR Season is Coming

Prime Infrared season is coming. There is nothing as vibrant as early spring green foliage in Infrared. Within the next 2 to 3 weeks we will be in what I call the prime Infrared Season.



If you attended the recent CanAm Photo Expo in Niagara Falls this past weekend, you may have witnessed some spectacular Infrared Imagery by Tony Sweet among others.



I have 2 LifePixel Infrared converted Nikon D200’s for sale. One is a super colour (590 nm) conversion and the other is a Deep B&W conversion. These are being sold at a reduced price of $550 each firm including battery and charger. When you consider a cost of $525 to send away a camera body that you may have laying around collecting dust for conversion, this is a hassle free steal of a deal that will get you started in Digital IR photography.


One of the great advantages of the D200 is that it is one of the most efficient Nikon bodies in setting a custom White Balance which is absolutely crucial to Digital IR photography.

As a bonus, I will throw in a day workshop of IR shooting and post processing, at no charge to get you on the path to IR magic.
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Lenses are extremely critical for IR photography. I also have available a Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens which is a phenomenal lens for both colour and IR photography.

If interested please don’t delay because the prime IR Season is around the corner and I have already sold off 2 other bodies in the past week.

You can contact me here if interested in purchasing one of these gems.



May 1, 2018

Spring in the Central Adirondacks

We have organized a Spring Photo Tour to the Central Adirondacks Region. for Thursday May 31 through Sunday June 3, 2018.

We have 6 participants signed up to date. If you are interested in joining us please let me know ASAP was we are just 4 weeks away from the start of our tour.


Subjects will include colourful early and late light landscapes, typical spring wildflowers and classic Adirondacks scenes. The lighting at the edges of the day also tend to be clear and vibrant. Although this time of year does not present the mystical mist and fog that is experienced in late summer through the fall we may get surprised.


The Night Sky is magical in this region however with a Full Moon on May 29 the Milky Way will most likely not be visible. While the Milky Way may not be a prime subject, the stars in the West to North to East skies however will be vivid and abundant and when combined with the influence of the bright moon the astro-landscape promises to be compelling ... clear skies permitting. 

Wildlife subjects that we may encounter could be Bear, Turkey, Deer, Otter and Beaver.

Spring birds will be migrating through the area.

If you are interested in joining us please contact me ASAP.

Dave Lindey
dave.lindey@gmail.com
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Feb 27, 2018

Butterfly Conservatory Outing - REMINDER

Please contact me ASAP if you have not signed up for this event. We need 5 more people or will be forced to cancel the event.

Due to its popularity we have again arranged a visit to the Butterfly Conservatory for Saturday Mar. 3, 2018. 

As in the past, we have been granted exclusive access to the facility from 8:00 am until 10:00 am. During this time we can use our tripods. At 10:00 am the Conservatory opens to the general public and they ask that we put our tripods away. An added bonus is that we are welcome to spend the day at the conservatory after it is opened to the general public. Another bonus as a result of changes to image entry rules, your butterfly photos can be entered in the Nature Category as well as any of the open or special competition categories.

We are committed to have a minimum of 20 participants so the cost is the same as in the past at $20 per person.even though the Niagara Parks Commission have increased then cost. If you intend to participate it is very important that you let me know ASAP via email or by adding your name to the sign-up sheet that will be available at the club meeting.

NOTE: If you have signed up and have not paid please make arrangements to pay John at the welcome desk on Wed. Feb. 28, 2018

On the date of the event, we will meet in behind the main conservatory parking area which is designated as the Buses and Overflow Parking Area at 7:45 am SHARP. Once inside we can store our gear and winter clothing is an area provided for our use by the Conservatory.

Members of other local camera clubs are welcome and we will accommodate as space is available. If you are interested please send me an email with your intentions.

We look forward to you joining us for this fun event.

Nov 23, 2017

NOTL - Shoot Like Richard Martin Outing

On Sat. Nov. 25 please join me for a walk-about in Niagara on the Lake. We will focus on trying to "shoot like Richard Martin". We will concentrate on in-camera image design and the minimalist and abstract style that Richard Martin attempts to capture.

If you are interested in joining us, we will meet at the corner in front of the Prince of Wales Hotel in Niagara on the Lake at 9:00 am. For those interested we can grab a quick lunch at the Harp Irish Pub afterwords in the "Olde Towne".

Hope to see you there.

Dave

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Jun 19, 2017

Welland Motorcycle Club Races

Dan Ritz has been in contact with the folks at the Welland Motorcycle Club to get access to areas of the track not accessible to the public. We are limited to 5 to a maximum of 10 photographers and as such will be offered on a first come first served basis. Please email me if you plan to attend.

This date was chosen to coincide with the longest day of the year to take advantage of longer light.

DATE: Saturday June 24th ( July 1st rain date )
COST: $12 BASIC / $10 Seniors
Gates open to the public at 2:30 pm 
Riders Meeting at 4:45 pm
Practice at 5:00 pm
Kids heat races at 6:00 pm
Main show and regular heat races start at 7:00 pm

Plan to meet there at 4:00 pm, to get trough the gates, sign our waivers and try to attend the drivers meeting. Once at the meeting we can ask if there are any objections in using flash for photography for at least the Pro riders.

Remember this is first come first served to get track access so email me if interested.

May 19, 2017

McLeans Auto Museum Invitation

I received the following message from Pat VanHell:
 
The Port Colborne Camera Club has arranged an outing to McLeans Auto Wreckers in Rockwood and would like to invite members of the Welland club to join us.
 
Date: Sat June 3, 2017

Time: Opens at 10 AM, closes at 4 PM
 
Cost: $10 donation per person.

Outing Address: 12584 Fourth Line Nassagaweya, Rockwood

Street or field parking. No washrooms.  Good sturdy footwear recommended.
 
Please email pccameraclub@gmail.com by May 31 to register.
 
Rain date TBD.
 
Thanks
Pat VanHell

If you are interesting in joining the Pt. Colborne members please send an email to Pat.

Dave Lindey
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Apr 27, 2017

Spring Wildflowers Weekend

The Niagara spring wildflowers are well on their way.

This weekend we will attempt to capture these spring beauties as well as some waterfall action. You are welcome to join me in search of what Nature shares with us this weekend in 2 popular locations. The subject matter we hope to capture will add to your Nature-Botany and Nature-General portfolios.

I look forward to you joining me.

Saturday April 29, 2017 – Louth Conservation Area. Meet at the Staff Rd. Parking Lot at 8:00 am. The flowers are well along and we will also check out water scenes along Sixteen Mile Creek. Depending on conditions we may try creating a time lapse sequence for those interested.

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.1216
Longitude -79.3512

Sunday April 30, 2017 - Shorthills Provincial Park. Meet at the Wylie Rd. entrance at 8:00 am. Time permitting we will also swing over to the Rolland Rd. entranceAlways a great spot for early spring wildflowers and of course water scenes.

GPS Co-ordinates

Wiley Rd. Entrance
Latitude 43.103752
Longitude -79.272317



Rolland Rd. Entrance
Latitude 43.09079
Longitude -79.304928

Mar 8, 2017

Outing - Vermeer's Garden Centre

Once again, Brenda Dennis has arranged for us to visit Vermeer's Garden Centre at 684 S Pelham Rd, Welland.

There will be many interesting opportunities BUT please remember this is a business – respecting their ‘wares’ and the customers is very important.

Bring your gear, tripods, creativity and enthusiasm.The outing is scheduled for Saturday March 25th beginning at  9:00 a.m. and you can stay as long as you like.

Thank you Brenda!

See you then.

Feb 8, 2017

Bruce Peninsula – Tobermory Photo Tour

Once again this year we are planning our annual excursion to experience one of Ontario’s photographic gems. We are changing the timing of our visit this year to the weekday’s vs. an extended weekend. This is being done to avoid the increase in crowds that we’ve been experiencing. 

We have planned our visit to Tobermory, ON for Monday June 5 through Friday June 9 inclusive, 2017. This trip will provide opportunities to expand your nature image portfolio. Some of the subject material that can be expected are sunrise/sunsets, grand scenic land/seascapes, wild flowers (several varieties of Orchids, Lakeside Daisies, Indian Paintbrush, Columbine, etc.), lighthouses and old stuff. 

Among the usual techniques we will attempt timelapse sequences, landscape focus staking, panoramas, long exposures, and photographing the night sky. The moon phase will be moving from First Quarter (Jun. 1) through to Full (Jun. 9). Even with the influence of moonlight in the Night Sky, we will still have opportunity for some interesting nightscapes.

As in the past I’ll have a couple of Nikon IR-Converted bodies with me for loan if you want to try your hand at digital IR.

As always this will be an unguided tour however several of the participants have visited the area many times in previous years so there will be plenty of experience to draw upon to plan each day’s agenda.

If interested, please sign-up using the sign-up sheet or send me an email by April 26, 2017. I have blocked out 20 rooms at the Coach House Inn so that we can make your own arrangements. Ruth, the proprietor of the Coach House has again offered a rate of $55.00 per night single or double occupancy. We can also arrange carpooling to offset costs and consider conservation.

I will provide the usual sunrise/sunset data and weather forecast info as the date draws near.

Base of Operations:

Coach House Inn
7189 HWY 6
Tobermory, ON
N0H 2R0
(519) 596-2361


This is a popular outing so please don’t delay in letting me know if you are interested.


Dave Lindey
outings@wellandcameraclub.com

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Feb 6, 2017

Butterfly Conservatory Outing

Due to its popularity we have again arranged a visit to the Butterfly Conservatory for Saturday Mar. 4, 2017. As in the past, we have been granted exclusive access to the facility from 8:00 am until 10:00 am. During this time we can use our tripods. At 10:00 am the Conservatory opens to the general public and they ask that we put our tripods away. An added bonus is that we are welcome to spend the day at the conservatory after it is opened to the general public. Another bonus as a result of changes to image entry rules, your butterfly photos can be entered in the Nature Category as well as any of the open or special competition categories.

We are committed to have a minimum of 20 participants so the cost is the same as in the past at $20 per person. If you intend to participate it is very important that you let me know ASAP via email or by adding your name to the sign-up sheet that will be available at the Feb. 8, 2017, club meeting.

On the date of the event, we will meet in behind the main conservatory parking area which is designated as the Buses and Overflow Parking Area at 7:45 am SHARP. Once inside we can store our gear and winter clothing is an area provided for our use by the Conservatory.

Members of other local camera clubs are welcome and we will accommodate as space is available. If you are interested please send me an email with your intentions.

We look forward to you joining us for this fun event.


Dave Lindey


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Nov 30, 2016

NOTL XMAS Photo Walk - Dec. 10, 2016

Niagara-on-the-Lake XMAS Photo Walk
Sat. Dec. 10, 2016
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Meet at corner of Picton & King (Across from the Prince of Wales Hotel). NOTE: Parking has traditionally been free in NOTL during the month of December.

The task is to spend 2 to 3 hours touring anywhere within the Olde Town. As you tour about, attempt to make at least one image for each of the following subjects:

Architecture
Lines
Doors
Something Festive
Patterns
Ice
Multiple Exposure
Animal
Transportation
The colour "Red"

The XMAS Parade is on later in the morning and will present many more opportunities.

I will be on location at 8:30 for those wanting to get started early

If you are interested we can grab lunch at the Harp Irish Pub after we’ve exhausted our creative

Please send me a note if you are planning to attend.

The “Olde Towne” is a fascinating location. Enjoy your day!

Dave Lindey
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Nov 23, 2016

Abandoned Aqueduct/Subway Outing

Hi Folks:

I realize this is short notice however I have arranged an amazing opportunity to visit an Abandoned Aqueduct in Rochester NY on Saturday Nov. 26. The outing is being guided by an local who has visited many times. The cost for our group is $200 US and there will be a maximum of 10 photographers who will share in the cost. If you are interested please let me know ASAP otherwise I will postpone the outing to another time.

We will meet our guide for 1:00 pm and have 3 to 3-1/2 hours underground. After we are done photographing there is a very good BBQ restaurant nearby within walking distance for dinner for those interested 

The space is very dark and HDR will likely be the technique you use along with some gentle light painting using small flashlights.

Check out this link for examples of what you can expect to shoot. 


Here is a list of prep items:
  1. Wear hiking boots.  Waterproof Boots might be good in certain areas.  Not required.
  2. Tripods are a must.
  3. No flash but small power flashlights are a must.
  4. Dress warm since it is not heated and basically.... like ....we are outside
  5. Our guide will teach people how to light paint if they need it.
  6. HDR is a preferred method in some areas
  7. Expect to spend 3 hours there.



After I have an idea who is committed we’ll talk about carpooling.



Sep 15, 2016

SHORTHILLS AND NIAGARA ESCARPMENT WEEKLY FALL PHOTO WALKS


 
Once again Leigh Dayboll will be leading Nature Hikes in the Niagara Region. Read on for more.

Shorthills and the surrounding Niagara Escarpment are beautiful to photograph this time of the year!  I am once again going to be running a (mostly) twice-weekly photo meet-up and walk in the various scenic areas around Shorthills Provincial Park and the Niagara Escarpment during the Fall 2015 photography season.  We will be offering a wide range of tours this year, from easy to strenuous (but never life threatening).   We will be shooting beautiful fall landscapes, wildlife and, hopefully, lots of colour.  I guarantee that you will discover many interesting spots and subjects that you would never otherwise find on your own.  
 
New this year: This year, the mid-week hikes will occur on "non-camera-club-Wednesdays" (meaning every Wednesday except the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month).  That way, every Wednesday this fall can be devoted to improving your photography skills.  The Saturday hikes will usually take about 2-1/2 hours and the Wednesday hikes generally take around 1-1/4 hours. We have some special mid-October dates planned in and around Niagara on the two most likely colour weekends in mid-October, so those tours may be a bit longer in length .  Hopefully, we will see some members up from the other local clubs for some friendly, competitive shooting. 
 
Come and join in on the fun!  Tentatively, hikes will be held on the three listed Wednesdays as long as the light is good and it is not pouring rain, and each Saturday morning (until Nov 19th) commencing at 9:00 am sharp as long as it is not pouring rain.  Don't let cloudy or stormy weather be a deterrent.  Those are often the best days to shoot fall colours and waterfalls. 
 
Here is my tentative calendar of events (be sure to check the Welland Camera Club Events Blog each week as dates draw near, since weather conditions and last minute changes are inevitable:
 
Saturday Hikes
 
Date            Time          Activity                         Rating                   Meeting Spot
 
Sep 17         9:00am        Old locks/Secord Trail   moderate                Old Lakeview Cemetery, Townline Road, Thorold (west of the Walker Bros quarry yard)
Sep 24         9:00am        Louth Falls Gorge          moderate                Louth Conservation Area Entrance, Staff Road, Jordan
Oct 01         9:00am        Rockway Falls Gorge    advanced                Rockway Community Centre Lot, 8th Avenue, Jordan
Oct 08         9:00am        Decew Falls challenge    advanced                Morningstar Mill parking lot, Decew Road, St. Catharines 
Oct 15         9:00am        Secret Fall Waterfalls     moderate                Shorthills, Wiley Road Entrance, Thorold
Oct 22         9:00am        The Pipeline                   advanced                Lions Club Parking Lot, Hwy 20, Fonthill 
Oct 29         9:00am        Final Fall Colours I        advanced                St. John's Outdoor Centre, Holland Road, Thorold 
Nov 05        9:00am        Final Fall Colours II       moderate                Shorthills, Eller Road Entrance, Thorold 
Nov 12        9:00am        Niagara Glen trails         advanced                Glen trails parking lot, (Niagara Parkway lot by spiral staircase), Niagara Falls 
Nov 19        9:00am        Woodend Cliffs             moderate                Woodend Conservation Area, Taylor Road, Niagara Falls 
 
Wednesday Hikes
 
Date            Time          Activity                         Rating                   Meeting Spot
 
Sep 21         6:00pm       Woodend ponds            easy/moderate       Woodend Conservation Area (outer entrance), Taylor Road, Niagara Falls
Oct 05         5:45pm       Canal Sunset                  easy                       Welland Canal access road and Holland Road, north of Allanburg bridge on Hwy20, Thorold
Oct 19         5:30pm       Lake Gibson Sunset       easy                       Morningstar Mill parking lot, Decew Road , St. Catharines
 
 
As always (especially for the moderate and advanced hikes) good water-resistant hiking boots are a must.  It is always advisable to carry a small backpack with a drink, a snack, spare socks/gloves, and a few first aid items. 
 
Feel free to email me anytime at jld-law@xplornet.com to receive any updated information and intel.   
 
I hope to see everyone out to at least a  few sessions!  
 
J. LEIGH DABOLL

Jul 20, 2016

Adirondacks Fall Photo Tour 2016

We are planning a Fall Photo Tour to the Adirondack Park for Oct. 14, 15, 16, 2016. The peak fall colours will be slightly past prime at this time however the Tamarack population should be at their peak in displaying vibrant Golden colours. The lighting at the edges of the day also tends to be vibrant and further enhanced by mystical mist and fog at this time of the year.

The Night Sky is also magical in this region however with a Full Moon on Oct. 16 the Milky Way will most likely not be visible. While the Milky Way may not be a prime subject, the stars in the West to North to East skies however will be vivid and abundant and when combined with the influence of the bright moon the astro-landscape promises to be compelling ... clear skies permitting. 


Wildlife subjects that we may encounter could be Bear, Turkey, Deer, Otter and Beaver.

To help with planning and recommending accommodation options, please send an email to Dave Lindey stating your interest in attending. One of the options will be to rent housekeeping cottages however not for co-ed habitation if you get my drift!

Please contact me by August 13, 2016, if you are interested in joining us.

Thanks

Dave Lindey
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