2020-2021 Program


Click here for revised Program Brochure (PDF).

Until further notice, all meetings will be held online using ZOOM as our video conferencing platform.   ZOOM invite with be sent to members 7-10 days before each meeting.   

Guests are welcome to attend any of the Speaker Presentation; a fee of $10 will be charged for those who are not Trillium or NFRCC members.

For guests and NFRCC members, email [email protected] for ZOOM meeting invite information. 

Note that some events may be cancelled if restrictions to social gathering remain in effect.   

The Program Brochure may not contain the latest information.  Check back from time to time to see what’s new.  Any changes to the Program will be posted on this page immediately.  


Oct 18, 2020

Zoom link and password on Olivia Goldstein’s presentation will be sent on Oct 19, 2020.  If you haven’t received the email, log in as a member on the Trillium website.  Then follow the path Home Page > Program tab > Zoom Meeting Links for 2020-2021.  You will find the information there.

Sep 22, 2020

ZOOM link and password on Jorn Hansen’s presentation sent on Sep 21, 2020.  Please contact Jim Maguire if you haven’t received the email.

Sep 9, 2020.

  • Dec 1 speaker – Speaker Lisa Cuchara replacing Tom Stirr.
  • Dec 8 Print Salon cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.
  • Dec 15 – an evening with Guy Tal added.
  • Jan 19 – Multi-Station Hands-On Workshop cancelled, replaced by speaker George Kourounis.
  • Program Brochure (pdf) revised to reflect these changes.
September 8, 2020 – 7:30 pm – Familiarization Session on using ZOOM

For those who are unfamiliar with Zoom, or who need brushing up, Andy will walk you through the basics.  Sign-in details will follow closer to the date.  

Images due on “What did you do this summer?”

September 15, 2020 – 7:30 pm – Opening Meeting

Club registration, overview of our Club, its activities and Interest Groups, followed by 2019-2020 Year-End A/V Show, members’ A/V shows and presentation of images from “What did you do this summer?”.

Submission of Images on “What did you do this summer?”

We’d like to see your photographs, and we encourage all members to submit images for this slideshow.  Like previous “My Photography” nights, there will be no judging.  This is not a clinic or a critique night, simply an opportunity for people to show their images.  They can be miscellaneous unrelated photos, or a collection of photos with a theme. (e.g., birds of Woodland Cemetery, photo-essay on COVID-19, my new hobby so I won’t go stir-mad, my cute cat’s antics, etc.).  During the Zoom meeting you’ll have the opportunity to introduce or describe your photos, should you wish.  We’re tentatively looking for up to 10 images from each contributor, although we may have to be flexible in case there are too many images to show.  Submission of your photos does not preclude your entering them later in Clinics. 


(1) JPEG images must be sized as for clinics (see the Members’ Handbook on our web site).
(2) Please submit images to Jim Maguire ([email protected]) by midnight September 8.  Jim will acknowledge your submission.
(3) Please number your slides in this fashion:  Jane Doe 01, Jane Doe 02, Jane Doe 03.
(4) Please submit a title for your collection of images if you have one (otherwise, “Miscellaneous” will do).
(5) Jim will prepare a title slide for each contributor that will bear that person’s name and the title of his/her collection of images.

September 22, 2020 – No Meeting.


September 29, 2020 – 7:30 pm – Speaker: Jorn Hansen. Some thoughts about Bird Photography.

Jorn Hansen is a retired Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Toronto where he taught, guided graduate students and conducted research for 33 years. He began bird photography in the early 1980’s, became a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and began competing in International Salons.

In 1983 he placed 13th in the PSA Who’s Who World ranking in Nature Photography based on bird photographs.  Then he stopped bird photography for a number of years; upon retirement in 2008 he returned to this hobby with digital equipment. Rejoined the PSA in 2013 and resumed competing in  International Salons in late 2013. In a little over two years of competition, he received over 800 acceptances in International Salons, receiving Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals as well as many

He placed 3rd in the PSA Who’s Who North America ranking for Nature Photographers.  His acceptances have also led to him earning the PSA 1st to 5th Stars and the 1st to 5th Galaxy in Nature Photography. In May of 2020, he wrote and illustrated an article entitled “On-Camera Flash For Bird Photography” which was published in the PSA Journal.

Jorn’s presentation will share lessons learned in photographing dramatic/interesting bird-behavior involving feeding, aggression, reflections and light using both natural light and flash as well as showing his favourite photographs.



October 6, 2020 – 7:30 pm – Critique Night for all members whether they submit to clinics or not.  

Experienced club members will offer constructive commentary on members’ images.  This is to be a learning experience, so submit images where you want answers and not images that might be your best work.


October 13, 2020 – No Meeting.
October 20, 2020 – 7:30 pm – Clinic No. 1 results. 

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

October 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm – Speaker: Olivia Goldstein. Path to the Perfect Portraiture.

About Olivia Goldstein

Olivia (Ho) Goldstein is a Toronto-based photographer whose passion for photography and attention to the finest detail allows her to produce a unique style of imagery. Although Olivia’s focus is on fashion photography and portraiture, she has a wide variety of experience in other genres as well such as product and advertisement, real estate, fine art, weddings and other events.

Olivia holds a degree from the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Toronto Camera Club and the Canadian Association of Photographic Art,  and has won numerous photographic awards. Olivia’s work has been featured in various publications, including W25, VEUX, Salysé, and Lawyer’s Weekly.

Olivia is currently active in the photographic community. While running her photography business, she serves on the judges’ panel for local photography club competitions, lectures for different groups on a variety of photography topics, and more. 

Whether you are a beginning photographer new to the world of portrait photography, or an experienced shooter looking for some inspiration and helpful pointers, this workshop is designed to show you how to create a creative and professional  portrait for any occasion.

Olivia will aim to cover the following topics:

  1. connecting with your subject and making them feel at ease
  2. posing/composition
  3. lighting: thinks to look out for & home studio set up
  4. props, clothing, and other elements (more than one person, backgrounds, etc.)
  5. Photoshop tips


November 3, 2020 – No Meeting.

Clinic No. 2 Entries due.

Submit A/V presentations, Members’ Challenge and Louise Elder Wildflower Competition.

November 10, 2020 – 7:30 pm – Speaker: Andrew McLachlan.  Ontario & Beyond. Wild Places, Wild faces.

Andrew McLachlan is a freelance photographer / writer from Ontario, Canada. For as long as he can recall, he have been fascinated by the natural world. Andrew’s photography became an extension of that love. If he did not own a camera, he would still be found hiking along dense boreal forest trails, canoeing through wetlands, and observing all that nature has to offer. His extensive travels throughout Ontario have resulted in a large, diverse collection of images that feature landscapes and the flora and fauna of the province. In addition to photographing Ontario’s natural world Andrew also has growing collections of international related photos.

Andrew’s first eBook “A Photographer’s Guide to the Ontario Landscape” is the first ever-comprehensive guide to photographing Ontario’s vast and varied landscape. There are many outstanding photo destinations throughout the province. In this e-book Andrew covers many of the best locations; from the remote Abitibi Canyon to Point Pelee, the Ottawa Valley to the Algoma Highlands and beyond, in an easy-to-read, easy-to-follow guide, complete with driving directions to each destination. Andrew’s second eBook “FOCUS ON FROGS – An Illustrated Guide to Great Photography”  is a comprehensive guide to photographing frogs and toads. In the wild; in the tropics; in home-made terrariums; and in studio set-ups. The book ends with a spectacular Webfoot Gallery to inspire you. Andrew’s newest eBook release – WILD PLACES – Exploring the Creative Process of Landscape Photography”  is not a book about the technical aspects of landscape photography. It is about the thoughts and decisions that were made, in-the-field, to determine what to include or exclude from the frame to convey visual beauty. Slowing down and making conscious decisions to control the visual elements within the environment will assist you in creating photography that entices the minds and emotions of viewers. Wild Places features a collection of 110 photographs accompanied by informative text that will inspire you to explore the artistry of the land.


Daybreak in the Torrance Barrens, Torrance, Ontario, Canada


Georgian Bay at sunset, Parry Sound, Ontario


November 17, 2020 – Clinic No. 2 Results.

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

November 24, 2020 – Members’ Evening. 

Presentation of A/V show, Members’ Challenge and Louise Elder Wildflower Competition Results.

December 1, 2020 – 7:30 pm – Speaker: Lisa Cuchara on Wabi Sabi.

This program will explore the beauty of imperfect and/or unconventional subjects.

As nature photographers we often seek out the flowers, leaves and such that are perfect, with no blemishes or defects. This program highlights subjects that are not perfect, such as flowers that have character, double headed flowers, decaying fall leaves, the deformed coneflower that stands out as flawed and hence different and beautiful, rust as it creates abstract patterns amidst the decay, etc. We will also explore the concept of slowing down and appreciating the beauty of everyday life, things that might be overlooked. As purveyors of rust and decay we appreciate the perseverance and beauty of “life after humans” as cars and equipment falls apart and succumbs to oxidation and decay.

Wabi-Sabi teaches us to find beauty in everyday life. It is a kind of anti-aesthetic, an alternative to the dominating discriminatory ideas we hold about beauty. “Wabi means a beauty of elegant imperfection. Sabi means aloneness. Together, they suggest the beauty of ‘the withered, weathered, tarnished, scarred, intimate, coarse, earthly, evanescent, tentative, ephemeral.’ ~ Crispin Sartwell, Six Names of Beauty. It is a way of honoring that everything is impermanent, and we are always in a state of both becoming and falling away. It is used to describe a particular philosophy that beauty can be found in the old, the everyday, the imperfect. Wabi Sabi applies to more than nature and the seasons of change and decay, but it also to the “Life after Humans” arena or UrbEx (urban exploration).

As a side note, the term Wabi Sabi can also be part of the social movement of embracing imperfection of your physical traits as a human being, especially with respect to self-perception and celebrating imperfection in a society that encourages people to be perfect and pressures people to be flawless.



Lisa Cuchara, PhD, Master Craftsman (PPA), Master of Photography (M. Photog.) HonNEC, is very passionate about photography and she enjoys both being behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. She loves to photograph nature but finds many subjects equally intriguing. From birds and flowers to babies and UrbEx/HDR, she appreciates the world around her and embraces the challenge of interpreting what her eyes see and her heart feel via her photographs. Lisa says that photography allows her to pay attention to the details, to be mindful, to slow down and appreciate all of the beauty, details and nuances of everyday life. Lisa met her husband Tom thru photography, and they are both very active in many local, national, and international photography organizations. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions, their work has been accepted into many juried exhibitions and their images have won awards at the local, state, national, and international levels. Their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars and on calendar covers, and on the cover of a fictional paperback novel. Lisa has also had images accepted into the PPA (Professional Photographers Association) loan collection and has earned three Bronze image competition cases.

They have published two books with Amherst Media: “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things” is about their HDR and light painted images (Amazon http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex and also available at brick and mortar bookstores like Barnes & Noble) and their second book “The Frog Whisperer” http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-frogs is about macro photography, using frogs as subjects. Lisa & Tom have been photographing people professionally for over 16 years and have their own Photography Studio in Hamden CT. Their portrait philosophy is based on “We do not remember days, we remember Moments”. Lisa & Tom love to teach, inspire and share. They have presented a wide variety of motivational and instructional programs and workshops (Photoshop, Digital Workflow, HDR, RAW processing, Macro photography, Travel photography) at many photography groups, conventions, and organizations.

Check out their photo and editing classes, their photo tours and workshops, and view their photographs at www.PhotographyByLisaAndTom.com. Get Tips & Tricks about photo ops, post-processing, creativity, gear, etc. and learn more about their photography classes and workshops by joining their email list http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-photolist.



December 8, 2020 – 7:30 pm – Print Salon. Cancelled.
December 15, 2020 – CLINIC No. 3 ENTRIES DUE.
December 15, 2020 – 7:30 pm.  An evening with Guy Tal.

Looking for creative inspiration during this stressful time of COVID?  Join us for an interactive evening with artist, photographer and author, Guy Tal.  Guy will host an evening of Q&A, taking questions on and discussing the creative process and artistic expression.  Members should submit questions to Orchid Fung before December 1, 2020 about creativity, art, visual expression, composition and experiences in making images etc.  This session will not deal with technical aspects of camera settings or how to process images.   Guy will customize a slideshow addressing our questions, illustrated with his images along with discussions of these aspects.  This will follow by a 15-30 minutes live, interactive, Q&A.  


I’m reluctant to refer to myself strictly as a landscape photographer, although it is perhaps the label most may know me by. There are many reasons and many ways to photograph landscapes, the most common of which is to portray beautiful feats of natural light and/or geography. That, however, is not my goal. I use the medium of photography and elements of landscapes that are personally meaningful to me in the hope of creating expressive art—images meant to express emotions, to imply sensations, to inspire moods, and to elevate the spirit. My photographs are not meant to be pictures of things; they are meant to be pictures about things.

My writings and photographs are not intended as just flowery prose, or as pretty pictures of pretty things; they are my best attempts at sharing with the world what I’ve learned in the course of decades in which I came to know some places as more than just places, studied and explored the expressive powers of natural aesthetics and the extent of my ability to employ them in creative ways and toward some desired effect (the quality that Alfred Stieglitz dubbed “equivalence”). My goal in making photographs is not to just chance upon beautiful things and make beautiful records of them, but to employ the aesthetics of places that have become meaningful and important to me, to articulate something of that meaning and importance.

More about Guy Tal’s background and portfolio can be found on his website: www.guytal.com.



Liberated by Light

December 22, 2020 – No Meeting.
December 29, 2020 – No Meeting.
January 5, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Speaker: Kas Stone. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.

Presenter Bio

Kas Stone  is a professional photographic artist based on Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast,where she is inspired by the wild scenery and moody weather right outside her door. Kas has a long history of teaching and writing about photography, with articles and images published in Canadian and British magazines. Her most recent book is called Pictures vs Words: A Photographer’s Approach to Titles and Other Useful Text. Visit Kas and learn more at www.kasstone.ca.

About This Presentation

We all know the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Words and images are two different ways of telling stories and expressing our feelings about a subject. One appeals visually, the other linguistically, to different areas of our brains to get their message across. However when words and images are used effectively together – pairing a compelling photograph with a clever title or interesting backstory – their impact can be truly inspiring.

In this thought-provoking presentation, professional photographer and author Kas Stone explores the connection between words and images, the arguments for and against using them together, and she will offer tips and exercises to help you create effective titles for your images.

January 12, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Clinic No. 3 results. 

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

January 19, 2021 – 7:30 pm – George Kourounis. Documenting Earth’s Extremes: Getting The Shot & Staying Alive.

Explorer & photographer George Kourounis shares hair-raising tales from his many worldwide expeditions to photograph storms, volcanoes and other natural disasters. He’ll also give you tips on how to use bad weather to your advantage, how to protect your gear, and how to stay safe in the worst conditions imaginable.
George Kourounis is an award winning explorer, global storm chaser, television presenter, and Explorer In Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He specializes in capturing Mother Nature’s temper tantrums on camera and in the process he’s traveled to 75 countries on all 7 continents, hosted 50 episodes of the “Angry Planet” TV show, climbed mountains in North Korea, and earned Guinness World Record while leading a National Geographic expedition to Turkmenistan. When not travelling the world, George calls Toronto home where he is the Chair of The Explorers Club Canadian Chapter. 

Here is a recent article from the Daily Mail, UK


George’s website is : http://www.stormchaser.ca/Stormchaser.html

January 26, 2021 – No Meeting.


February 2, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Speaker: Bob Fisher. Street Photography.

Submit images for Members’ Evening: Emulating a famous painting or a famous artist.

Bob’s Bio

At his core, Fisher is a storyteller. Whether it is through a single image, a series of images, or his documentary films, Fisher wants to tell stories that, he hopes, will engage the viewer. In his client work as an architecture and infrastructure photographer, his job is to tell the stories of his client’s projects. With his street photography, Fisher tries to show the interesting in the mundane of everyday. Sometimes there will be humour. Sometimes the subject-matter will be very serious. Sometimes a photo will piss people off. Sometimes a picture will bring back a memory. In all these cases an emotion will be evoked in the viewer. That is the key. Fisher’s objective is to try to make photos that matter. Fisher is an award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows and has been a CONTACT exhibitor. He is also the author of four books on photography, three through publishing houses and one self-published.

Presentation description

Street photography is about telling stories. What you shoot is vastly more important than what you shoot it with. In that vein, Fisher’s presentation on street photography concentrates on the mindset, approach, philosophy and history of street photography rather than any technical, or technological aspects of photography. Often asked what he uses to shoot his street photography, his answer is: a camera. The presentation is a culmination of 20 years of street photography and is based on a blog essay series he wrote in 2016.


February 9, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Clinic No. 4 results.

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

February 16, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Members’ Evening.  Emulate a Famous Painting or a Famous Artist.
February 23, 2021 – No meeting.
March 2, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Speaker: Jeff Vogan. Sports Photography.  


Jeff Vogan received his first camera as a graduation present in 1987.  His passion for sports photography started when his young son started playing sports. It wasn’t long before other parents, other teams, clubs and leagues started requesting photos.  He started shooting for some of the industry’s premier photography companies.  Jeff started SPORTDAD Sports Photography and in 2016 became a full-time sports photographer.  In the presentation Jeff will talk about his journey, experiences and the lessons learned along the way.  It won’t be simply a slideshow of sports photos, but will focus on technique and workflow that will be helpful to photographers of any genre.

March 9, 2021 –  7:30 pm – Movie night arranged by Patrick Mohide.

This evening Patrick will show movies about the Great Canadian Photographers.  Group discussions after the movies.

March 16, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Clinic No. 5 results.

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

March 23, 2021 – No Meeting.
March 30, 2021 – No Meeting.


April 6, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Speaker: Marilyn Cornwall. From Snapshot to Great Shot in Garden and Flower Photography.

Marilyn’s Bio

Marilyn is a gardener and photographer living in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula with its vineyards and orchards.  Photography became a full-time endeavour just over ten years ago.  Her working life was spent in information management, business design and organizational performance improvement.

Marilyn considers herself an opportunistic photographer.  Exploration, discovery and surprise are part of her artistic process, and spontaneity is a key aspect of the experience.  She is drawn to shapes and patterns in the world of colour.  She looks for something new to discover in the ordinary.  Most of her work involves flowers and gardens:  She is a lifelong gardener and appreciator of the living world.  She is also attracted to opportunities for abstract images and find these in the dumpsters, rust and decay in the urban environment.  With a background in IT,  she enjoys manipulating and transforming images in post-processing software and filters.   She will be share her top techniques with you in her presentation.

Here are the links to her fulfillment site at Fine Art America and to the marilyncornwell website.


From Snapshot to Great Shot in Garden and Flower Photography

Find out the tips and techniques of floral and garden photography and enjoy photographs of beautiful flowers and wonderful gardens along the way.  Learn how to tell a story with your floral and garden images. Included is Marilyn’s own garden story with her Toronto garden’s antique conservatory greenhouse shown through the seasons.  The emphasis is on the techniques for great floral and garden compositions rather than technical aspects of cameras and equipment.  You will learn the techniques by touring public and private gardens that are designed well.  In these gardens a good image becomes much clearer to the average person.   Gardens include Longwood,  Royal Botanical Gardens, and private properties.


April 13, 2021 – No Meeting.
April 20, 2021 – 2nd Critique Night for Images.

Experienced club members will offer constructive commentary on members’ images.  This is to be a learning experience, so submit images where you want answers and not images that might be your best work.

April 27, 2021 – No Meeting.
May 4, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Annual General Meeting. Election of Officers, CAPA Results, followed by Speaker Detective Constable Scott Kennedy on Police Forensic Photography.
May 11, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Annual Awards Night. Dessert, Coffee and Tea.