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Trillium Club Program Information

In addition to outings and regular Tuesday night meetings,
Trillium has several special interest groups

2016 - 2017 Printable (pdf) Program Guide

2016 - 2017 Online Program Guide

Last updated: April 30, 2017

Thanks to Toni Browning and the Program Committee for their excellent work.

Note: Non-members may attend our regular Tuesday evening meetings as guests, but there will be guest entry fees for some events as noted below. Non-members may not attend outings or submit images.

7:30 pm. Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016

Opening Meeting of the 2016 - 2017 Club Year

The opening meeting provides an opportunity to renew friendships, socialize with members, get club information and pay membership fees for the 2016 - 2017 club year if you have not already done so.

In addtion, a nature A/V shows will be presented.

Refreshments will be provided by Trillium.

7:30 pm. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

Speaker - Peter Ferguson  "Postcards from the Park"
16 years of photography of Algonquin Park

Peter lives in Fonthill, with his wife Lynda, both are trying hard to relax, slow down and enjoy their “retirement” years. Peter is currently the Competitions Director and vice President of the Welland Camera Club and has been an active member there for the past 9 years. He has recently received the CAPA Maple Leaf award for photographic merit and contributions at the both the club level and beyond.

Peter believes that a successful image is one that is technically sound as well as artistically pleasing. Merging the left-brain desire for technical perfection with the right-brain creative urge is an ongoing process for all photographers - it’s how we grow.

Peter will will highlight many of his most engaging images from Algonquin Park, along with the reasoning behind why some images stand apart from the many. .

Non-members are welcome to attend as Club guests for a fee of $10.00


7:30 pm. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

New Members' Orientation Night

This meeting is intended to provided our newer members with an overview of the Club and its activities. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions.  We encourage all those who would like more information about the club to attend.

                  The following topics will be explained in detail:

    • Website
    • Clinics - What they are and how to participate in the judging process at clinics and competitions
    • Member levels
    • How to earn promotion points and awards
    • Year-end awards
    • The Louise Elder Wildflower Trophy Competition
    • Organizations like CAPA and  GTCCC and our club participation in their competitions
    • The Club Challenge - What to do and how to enter.
    • Outings
    • The Print Salon - what is entails and how to participate.
    • Member Audio Visual Presentations
    • Annual Awards Night
    • Club executive, Constitution and Handbook
    • Interest Groups

    *** Clinic 1 Entries and Critique Night Entries due Friday, Sept. 30 ***

Friday Sept. 30 - Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

The GTCCC, of which the Trillium Club is a member, has a fall retreat scheduled at the Geneva Park Conference Centre in Orillia for the weekend of September 30 - October 2, 2016.

There is a Friday afternoon and evening program for those staying the weekend, a full-day program on Saturday, and a half-day on Sunday.

Those staying overnight will have the opportunity to have early-morning shoots.

The retreat offers three streams - nature, pictorial, and printing - involving both shooting opportunities and clinics. For instance, in the nature stream, they plan a clinic on prepping your nature shots for competitions.

You can see the details here: http://www.gtccc.ca/retreat/

7:30 pm. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

Workshop - Critique Night

Experienced club members will offer constructive commentary on members' images.

This is to be a learning experience, so submit images where you wants answers and not images that might be your best work.

Submit up to a maximum of 5 images of any subject or technique to Jim Maguire no later than Friday, Sept. 30at midnight. Jim's email address will be included in an email to all members prior to the due date. You will receive a confirmation of receipt of the images. The images are to be sized as for clinics and should be numbered followed by your name. I.e., 01 Jane Doe; 02 Jane Doe etc.

The images can be from a prior clinic or intended for a future clinic. We will critique as many as possible for each participant as time allows it.

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016 - NO MEETING

7:00 am. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

Christie Lake Fall Colour Outing

More informaton to follow closer to the event.

7:30 pm. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Speaker: Michael Fraser
The Past, Present and Future of Street Photography:
Finding Meaning in the Mundane

Michael is a photographer, cancer researcher, father, and husband. See more information at http://www.mfphotography.ca

The following is an excerpt from Novella Magazine January 2015 http://novellamag.com/profile-photographer-michaelfraser/

Fraser is a Toronto-based street photographer who captures intimate yet revealing photographs of not only human interaction but also the way human beings interact with the city they live in.

Fraser mainly works with the traditional colour and black & white film illustrating the various aspects of light, composition and shadow through his breathtaking photography.

Though he loves photographing the streets of Toronto, including Kensington Market and the Eaton Centre’s downtown core, his passion for travel has inspired many of his notable works. He has photographed various cities including Paris, London, San Francisco, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, and Beijing but one special place he always loves to photograph is New York. In 2014, his work was selected to appear in the Contact Photography Festival in the Junction with his titled exhibit "From Here to There"

Non-members are welcome to attend as Club guests for a fee of $10.00




Saturday, Oct. 22, 2015

Outing: Vineyards of Niagara

Led by Jim Hamilton This outing will take us to some of the wineries of Niagara in the Vineland area, to explore their promising photographic opportunities, patterns, architecture interiors and landscape. Lunch at a winery will be ‘on the agenda’ at one of the area wineries!! More detailed information will be distributed nearer the actual time.


7:30 pm. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Clinic One Results

All entries will be shown.  Images, scores and awards will be identified.  Comments on some of the images will be provided.


Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 - NO MEETING

*** Clinic 2 Entries due Friday, Nov. 4 ***

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016

Speaker: Richard Martin
"Spontaneous and Reactive Photography"

"In situations which are constantly changing, there is often one instant when all the elements come together. Chance or good fortune may play a role in capturing that critical moment, but typically it is a matter of passion, sensitivity, and quick reaction. Developing the required skills for reactive photography involves practicing the craft of photography to the point where it becomes second nature. This presentation will address the most important aspects, including managing equipment, perceptive and well-developed observation, effective picture design, and an appreciation of the vastly important role that instinct and intuition plays.

"My photography is a celebration of the visual world. It originates straight from the heart, honest and direct. Inspired by colour, texture and light, I make photographs to express feelings surrounding my experiences, searching for visual equivalents to those feelings.

"Moving beyond literal representation, I view line and shape in a highly graphic manner, with a fascination for the dramatic effects of light and shadow on form. One of the unique properties of photography that excites me is its spontaneity, its ability to capture a transient moment. A moment of discovery becomes a moment of rediscovery when the subject is viewed through the lens. In this way photography becomes a simultaneous act of intuition, feeling and recording. The quality of light plays an important role in my image making, with its capacity to transform the commonplace into the poetic and render the real as mystical and surreal. My approach to photography is simple. I value the unexpected and remain open to new ideas and exploring new directions. The process of making photographs and afterwards translating the image to print has always been an act of transformation from the literal to the imagined, and from the seen to the felt."

-Richard Martin - www.richardmartinphoto.com/

A long-time contributor to Photo Life magazine, Richard pursues photography as a medium of visual expression. He is best known for his unique vision with a personal style characterized by a strong sense of composition, colour and the use of light. His work combines an architectural love of geometry, pattern and texture with a painter's sensitivity to colour, light and composition. Well known for sharing his enthusiasm, creative vision and passion for the medium, Richard continues to inspire participants with his annual photography and visual design workshops in his native Kingston, Ontario since 1990. He also conducts workshops, tours, and seminars around the world, including Cuba, Mexico, Sicily, Venice, Tuscany, Provence, Ireland, and Morocco.

Non-members are welcome to attend as Club guests for a fee of $10.00




Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016

Outing - Royal Ontario Museum
Chihuly Exhibition

This outing has been CANCELLED

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 - NO MEETING

7:30 pm. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Clinic Two Results

All entries will be shown.  Images, scores and awards will be identified.  Comments on some of the images will be provided.

7:30 pm. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

Philip Sun - "Work the Light"

Philip Sun is a renown photographer and teacher whose lectures and workshops have been enthusiastically received by photo clubs across the country.

This presentation will help club members better understand the concepts of light, and train their visual senses towards seeing the light. Once you master the technique on how and where to look for the light, you will start to see a lot of interesting subjects that you normally might have passed up.

The show has four segments. In the first segment, Philip will discuss how and where to look for the light. In the second segment, he will talk about the different aspects of light. In the third segment, he will talk about how to make use of nature's elements to help enhance the quality of your images.

Non-members are welcome to attend as Club guests for a fee of $10.00

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 - NO MEETING

7:30 pm. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Annual Print Salon
An Exhibition of Members' Prints
Christmas Social Evening

This will be our eighth annual exhibition of prints. Detailed entry instructions will be distributed closer to the date and all members are encouraged to participate.

During the exhibition, there will be ample time for members and their guests to socialize and enjoy an amazing array of Christmas treats. Everyone is encouraged to bring family and friends to help us celebrate and enjoy the images and treats made by our many talented Club Members.

Dec. 14, 2016 to Jan. 9, 2017

Seasonal Break

But note: *** Clinic Three Entries Due Fri. Jan. 6, 2017 ***


This meeting has been rescheduled to Jan. 17, 2017

7:30 pm. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

Clara Parsons

My Approach to Photography. What elements make up an image and should be considered? When do all of the elements come together and - Bingo - that's it! An evening to discuss the elements, where to get them and what to do with them.

Non-members are welcome to attend as Club guests for a fee of $10.00

7:30 pm. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

Clinic Three Results

All entries will be shown.  Images, scores and awards will be identified.  Comments on some of the images will be provided.

***NOTE: Clinic Four Entries Due Friday, Jan. 27***

7:30 pm. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

Swap Meet and Workshop

Workshop - Gunta Straumanis and Don Corby "Still Life"

Bring your camera, tripod and macro lens for the workshop

Details have beeen provided to all members by e-mail

(Members Only)

7:30 pm. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

Speaker: Cathie Coward - Photojournalist, Hamilton Spectator
"170 Years of Photojournalism at the Hamilton Spectator"

How photojournalism has changed and why it is still relevant

Non-members are welcome to attend as Club guests for a fee of $10.00

7:30 pm. Tuesday, Feb, 14, 2017

Clinic Four Results

All entries will be shown.  Images, scores and awards will be identified.  Comments on some of the images will be provided.

*** NOTE: Clinic Five Entries Due Friday, Feb. 17 ***

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 - NO MEETING

7:30 pm. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

Workshop "How Did You Do That"  


7:30 pm. Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - *** Louise Elder and Member A/V Shows Entries Due ***

Clinic Five Results

All entries will be shown.  Images, scores and awards will be identified.  Comments on some of the images will be provided.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m Saturday, March 11, 2017

Annual Three Club Show

Burlington Seniors Centre
2285 New St, Burlington

The Trillium Photographic Club joins with the Latow Photographers Guild and the Hamilton Camera Club for a joint print and audio‑visual exhibition this year to be held at the Burlington Seniors Centre on Saturday, March 11, 2015. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

There will be print show and refreshments from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in one auditorium followed by an A/V show in the adjacent auditorium from 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Refreshments will be provided Members are encouraged to come and invite guests.

ADVANCE TICKETS will be on sale at the membership desk at all meetings between January 10 and March 7. Ticket prices to be announced closer to the event.

7:30 pm. Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Speaker - Michael Willem

Cancelled due to weather

Rescheduled to April 18


Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - NO MEETING

7:30 pm. Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - *** Year End Competition Entries Due *** - Details Here

Members Presentations

Trillium members present short A/V programs
Details to follow closer to the event.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - NO MEETING

7:30 pm. Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - *** Members' Challenge Entries Due April 12***

Speaker - Mary Lou Frost

A Nik Plug-in Workshop

Google has recently made the Nik Software collection (which used to retail for about $450) available for free. At that price, it should be part of every photographer's arsenal. It includes an excellent HDR plug-in as well as plug-ins for sharpening, noise reduction, black-and-white conversion and other effects. The software suite can be used via plug-ins for PhotoShop, Photoshop Elements, LightRoom and Aperture to provide an easy workflow.

Our presenter, Mary Lou Frost, will demonstrate the capabilities of this software by using one of the plug-ins, Silver Efex Pro, as a starting point because it introduces the interface quite well. It also offers the opportunity to evaluate the tonal range of monochrome images. (A lack of good tonal range is one of the weaknesses of many monochrome images.) She will then move to Color Efex Pro and Dfine, and if time permits, touch on HDR Efex Pro.

Mary Lou Frost is a photographer based in Western New York. Her images have been exhibited at the Buffalo Museum of Science, The Amherst Center for Senior Services, Hospice Life Transition Center, and The Campos Group.

She has received recognition in many competitions including receiving the Kodak Award for Photographic Excellence from the Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs, the Dorothy Ralph Essay Trophy from the Science Museum Camera Club, and the E.Thomas Smith trophy in Nature Competition from the Science Museum Camera Club and had the color print of the year in the same year. She is currently past-president of the Science Museum Camera Club where she has made presentations on the techniques of digital photography.

She has presented workshops on Photoshop Techniques for the NFRCC Annual Convention. She is an instructor in photography for the Mountains and Plains Institute in Colorado. These have been held at the Mountain Campus of Colorado State University and within Rocky Mountain National Park. and presents workshops in digital photography at various sites in Western New York.

The images below show an example of using Silver Efex Pro to convert a colour image to monochrome.

Non-Members are welcome to attend as Club guests for a fee of $10.00

7:30 pm. Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017

Speaker - Michael Willem

In this presentation. Michael Willems talks about, and illustrates, the most important principles of composition. He also covers lens choices for the right composition, as well as the complexities of light. Michael illustrates the talk with photos, and gives practical, hands-on advice for improving your photographic composition.


7:30 pm. Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Speaker - Hilarie Mcneil-Smith
“Creative Craziness and Other Stuff”
showing the use and results of several popular filters, textures
and creative manipulations.

Hillarie has always been creative in some way. Whether it was the scrap paper collection in her toybox, the hobby fair in junior High, or an honours diploma from college in Fashion Design, Hilarie had a need to be artistic in her endeavours. But her talents never came to the forefront until she won a digital camera and acquired Photoshop to look at and edit her pictures.

Camera clubs in Toronto and surrounding areas, and associations from the CAPA conference in Toronto to the Windsor International Photo seminar have enjoyed a taste of Hilarie’s 'pixel painting' techniques. More recently, she was a speaker at the Photographic Society of South Africa conference and has also presented in Banff.

Her work has been published in the British painter magazine as well as travel magazines, several websites and brochures. She has been the recipient of numerous photographic awards.

Digital painting has given Hilarie the freedom to transform photographs into memories to be treasured and she is well-known for her creative AV shows and tutorials.


Sunday, April 30, 2017 (Date subject to confirmation)

Outing - Paris to Ancaster Bike Race



7:30 pm. Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers, CAPA Results, Louise Elder Wildflower Results, Club Challenge Results

Sunday May 7, 2017

Outing: Beverly Swamp

An opportunity to take macro photos of spring flowers

Details to follow by e-mail closer to the event

Hepatica by Don Corby

7:30 pm. Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Annual Award Night
Awards Presentations, Desserts, Coffee & Tea

This is a special evening with desserts, tea and coffee provided for members and guests. Tables are set up in Peart Hall for you to enjoy the snacks and beverages.

After some socializing, the Annual Awards will be presented.

• Year - End Awards: Images winning awards in the Year End Competition will be shown.

• Club Awards: Proficiency awards for each level: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Masters along with Photographer of the Year. (Refer to the Members' Handbook to see how awards are calculated).

An Audio Visual Show concludes the evening. This consists of a selection of the images that were submitted to the Year-End competition.


Members are very welcome to bring guests to the Awards night.

This is the final meeting until September