September Calendar

Cowichan Bay Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip

The event will be held on September 5, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

Join us in Photogenic Cowichan Bay to shoot the sea side, boats, docks, shops and history.

We will meet at the Helmcken Road Park & Ride at 9:00am and car pool to Cowichan as parking is tight along Cowichan Bay Road. We will attempt to meet up at The Rock Cod Seafood Resturant, about halfway along Cowichan Bay Road. Where I suggest that we have lunch after the shoot.

Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.


Coordinator: Don Piper
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Nature SIG Meeting

he event will be held on September 6, 2023 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Nature Shared Interest Group will meet via ZOOM on September 6 at 7pm. As always, we welcome participants at all levels of experience and expertise to share their nature images on any topic. Of course, you are most welcome whether you have images to share of not. The sharing of images and ensuring commentary provide a great learning experience about nature in the broadest sense as well as specifics such as photographic locations and logistics, equipment, composition, post processing, etc. Consider sharing and commenting on up to 15 or so of your recent images or some from earlier times. Perhaps the past five months have provided photographic travel opportunities or discoveries close to home. Longer presentations are always welcome as well and we would like to hear your ideas in this regard at . You may share images from your own screen or send them to the coordinators prior to the meeting for sharing while you provide commentary. If you have any questions about the sharing process or other issues please contact us at .  We look forward to seeing you on September 6. The ZOOM link will be posted under “Members Only” on the club website on the day of the meeting. 


ZOOM Meeting – link to be provided

Meetings will take place virtually via the ZOOM tool. The link will be posted under the Members Only tab, the day prior to the event.

Season Opener and Competition Night

The event will be held on September 7, 2023 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

Digital Theme: Black and White
Entries Due: September 7 for PRINTS and September 10 for DIGITAL 


HYBRID: Norway House and ZOOM

Hybrid meetings are held in person at Norway House and include a ZOOM option. The ZOOM link will be provided ahead of the meeting.

Norway House
1110 Hillside Avenue
Victoria, BC V8T 2A7

VCC Website Orientation: Tips, Tricks and Tabs

The event will be held on September 11, 2023 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Workshop Overview

In this approximately one hour Zoom presentation you will learn about the intricacies of Victoria Camera Club’s extensive website. This workshop will allow you to see first-hand and to learn more about the navigational tools and shortcuts, as well as hidden gems of information.  There are approximately 130 pages on the website in total.  Come and learn which are the most valuable to you. This workshop is open to all VCC members, including those new to the Club and to those more experienced, who would enjoy a refresher.Questions are welcome throughout the demonstration.  We’re looking forward to seeing you on September 11th.


This workshop is presented by VCC Website Manager Greg Blaney and VCC Website Assistant Richard Letourneau.

      Greg Blaney       Richard Letourneau

No, no, no – Tuesday AM Field Trip

The event will be held on September 12, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Photoshoot: No, no, no

Theme: Sometimes it seems that the city’s moral views live up to the austere, non-indulgent, zero tolerance morality of historical Victorian times. (How many signs say “No…”?) Use this theme to capture the “no’s” of downtown or to express things that you want to say “no” to, whatever those might be. 

Those interested will meet afterwards for lunch at noon at a downtown patio. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.



Farmhouse Victoria Coffee Shop

The Farmhouse Victoria Coffee Shop in lower Bastion Square is a meeting place for Tuesday Group shoots

No address is available.




Coordinator: Penny Codding
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Creative SIG Meeting

The event will be held on September 13, 2023 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

We will begin this new season with excerpts from an excellent YouTube video on Maggie Taylor. As usual the second half will be our chance to show the results of any Creative Photography projects. All levels and styles are welcomed. Max 8 images please. For those who have not sent their images to me or Normand have your images ready to go using Share Screen. 

We will end the evening with Normand’s Creative Challenge for September!

Maggie Taylor (born 1961 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an artist who works with digital images. She won theSanta Fe Center for Photography’s Project Competition in 2004. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and is represented within the permanent collections of several galleries and museums.

Her work has evolved from black and white urban landscapes to personal and colorful narrative images. The early beginnings of her process consisted of setting up found objects and photographs to create collages that she would photograph in film. This was expensive and required extra consideration as one mistake could ruin the resulting images. Nowadays she produces prints by taking digital photographs and scanning objects into a computer using a flatbed scanner, then layering and manipulating these images using Adobe Photoshop into a surrealistic montage. The flexibility of Photoshop technology allowed her to bypass these issues and shift her process to creating different layers that come together in a single image. The creative director of Adobe first asked Maggie Taylor’s husband at the time, Jerry Uelsmann, to try using the program Photoshop. Uelsmann didn’t like the program, but Taylor was intrigued by its abilities and started to experiment with it more. At first it was just a hobby to play around with photographs, but soon she was using it to create all her artwork. 

After taking photography classes at Yale, she decided to pursue an MFA in photography. She received her masters in 1987 from the University of Florida.

In 1996 and 2001 she received State of Florida Individual Artist’s Fellowships

Here is the link to Maggie Taylor’s video we will be watching excerpts from and discussing on the 13th.

Hope to see you on Zoom,

Kevin and Normand

Presenter’s Night, Rick Hulbert: The Impacts of AI on Photography

The event will be held on September 14, 2023 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

The Impacts of Artificial Intelligence on Photography: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Rick Hulbert is a familiar educator to us all. His talks are always both informative and entertaining.

Join us this evening for a very informative talk that summarizes Rick’s own experimentation with AI for photography.

About the Talk

The impacts of Artificial Intelligence on Photography have emerged as the hottest and most controversial topics of 2023.

Rick’s presentation takes a relatively quick look at both the upsides and downsides of AI technology from a photographer’s perspective as well as from a beholder’s or viewer’s impression.

This 90 – 120 minute presentation will provide a taste of his evolving thoughts on AI’s impact on the art of photography.



The following 3 opinions highlight the controversy:

  • Cole Haddon writes, “AI – as artists currently discuss it —  is not genuinely artificial intelligence. It’s not sentient . . . All it can do is take your prompts, pillage public domain and copyrighted material from across the Internet, and then piece it together in what appears to be original ways, but is, in fact, wide-scale theft.”
  •  Deepak Chopra writes, “AI’s role is to make access to infinite possibilities a universal gift, through vast computing ability, machine learning, and superhuman speed. . . But it takes human intelligence to actually have the experience, to want it, to benefit from it personally. . . The future belongs to users who can sort out potential deception and dismantle it.”
  •  Antti Karppinen writes,  “It’s a blessing and a curse in one nifty package.”


About Rick

Rick Hulbert’s photography is informed from his 4-decade background as a Professional Architect and Urban Designer.

He is a “Life Member” of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and a “Fellow” of The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Rick is currently an instructor of photography at Simon Fraser University and has lectured and taught at Langara College and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and has led multi-day photo-workshops throughout Europe and North America.

His teachings reflect his knowledge of the History of the 2-Dimensional Arts of Drawing and Painting along with the Sciences of Human Vision.

He was one of only 2 photographers from North America invited to attend and display his Fine Art images at the World Art Games held in Bratislava, Slovakia where he also addressed the global group of artists that participated.

To learn more about Rick and his photography, consider viewing his website: https://www.rickhulbertphotography.com

Consider listening to a recent podcast covering Rick’s philosophy of teaching and life: 



Intermediate/Advanced Image Review – Nature Images

The event will be held on September 18, 2023 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

About This Workshop

Kathryn and Nick Delany will be running a new series of image reviews (three in total) for our Intermediate and Advanced members in 2023-24. We have invited three guest reviewers to join us and we will review approximately 12 images per session. Each submission will get three opinions on how the image could be improved. We also provide a simulated competition score to indicate how the image may be judged for internal or external competitions. This will help members self evaluate their images moving forward.

VCC members at all levels are welcome and can learn from attending each session. You must register to receive the Zoom invitation, which is sent to you on the day of the workshop.

Please note that the format for the review has changed slightly for 2023-24. This year each of the three review sessions will be targeted to a specific category of images:

  • September 18, 2023 – Nature category, guest reviewer Jim Fowler
  • November 21, 2023 – Monochrome (open) category, guest reviewer Steve Barber
  • January 23, 2024 – Open Colour category, guest reviewer Steve Lustig.

How to Submit Images for Review

Intermediate and Advanced members should send one image to Kathryn when they receive the email request for submission, usually 2 weeks prior to the review session.

Please include the following information in your image submission email: 

About Kathryn and Nick Delany

Kathryn and Nick Delany joined VCC in late 2019. During the Covid lock down they decided to educate themselves on how to post process their images and take their photography to the next level. They have both earned the QPSA (Qualified Photographic Society of America) status in the Nature, Colour and Black and White categories. Nick and Kathryn participate in the monthly VCC internal and external competitions and are members of CAPA and PSA. Kathryn and Nick ran the Advanced/Intermediate Review workshop in the 2022-23 season.  Kathryn has provided the VCC Creative SIG with several presentations about art, the creative process and how to edit images using an iPad, as well as a VCC workshop on Colour and Design Theory. Nick will be giving a VCC workshop in 2024 on Black and White photography and Kathryn will be doing a workshop on Visual Design.

Charlies Trail Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip

The event will be held on September 19, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Royal Roads University. We will meet in the lower “pay parking” lot then go up Charlie’s Trail from the beach. Fall colours should be happening and we may find some mushrooms if we are lucky. We could stop at the Habitat Café on University Drive for lunch. It’s a cafeteria.

Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.



Coordinator: Don Piper
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Bird Photography 101 Workshop with Liron Gertsman

The event will be held on September 19, 2023 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Photo Credits: Liron Gertsman

Workshop Overview

Join Vancouver-based, award-winning professional wildlife photographer Liron Gertsman for an in-depth bird photography workshop, featuring tips, tricks and techniques for bird photography that can be applied regardless of your camera of choice. The program will also include an overview of post-processing techniques to help make your bird photos shine. Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Some familiarity with Adobe Lightroom will be helpful, but is not required to enjoy this workshop.

About Liron Gertsman

You may have seen him on CBC’s “The National,” heard his voice on CBC Radio One, or seen his work in Canadian Geographic magazine, The Guardian, and GEO magazine. Liron Gertsman’s work has been experienced by millions in some of the largest museums across the world, including the Natural History Museum in London and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. Liron uses his photos to educate on the importance of preserving the natural world for the continued health and existence of all who live on our planet. As a naturalist and photographer, he feels it is his duty to show people the essence of Earth by thinking outside the box to create eye-catching images that connect people with the environment. Liron’s work has been widely recognized and awarded, sweeping the professional category of the 2022 Audubon Photography Awards, winning the grand prize of the 2023 Audubon Photography Awards, and earning a highly commended designation in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Liron has a biology degree from the University of British Columbia, which he uses to enhance his passion for art and visual storytelling, providing a scientific background to inform his understanding of the natural world.

Novice Image Review with Pam Irvine

The event will be held on September 25, 2023 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Workshop Overview

This is an opportunity for Novice members to get a few of their images reviewed by some of the more experienced members of the club.  This is NOT a competition.    You can be anonymous if you wish, but our intention to is create a safe place to honestly discuss your images and help you to improve your photography.

Your images will be viewed and discussed by the reviewers and simple suggested edits will be performed live with Lightroom giving the participants a chance to see before and after recommendations and to learn some Lightroom techniques and tricks. You are welcome to attend to learn from the discussions even if you do not have an image being reviewed.  

Please email 1 – 3 images to Pam Irvine at  at least one day before the scheduled session.  Images sent at the last minute (less than an hour before) will not be able to be downloaded and reviewed. Images can be raw or jpgs.   If you have problems sending your images email or phone Pam at 250-479-8152.

Minimum 4, Maximum 20 participants

About Pam Irvine

Pam Irvine has been a member of the Victoria Camera Club since 2010 and over the years has served on the board of directors in various positions including president.  Pam is currently working on the Internal Competitions committee and involved in workshops for novice members.  She enjoys black & white, macro and abstract photography.  Pam has taken the CAPA judging course a few times and is working towards getting CAPA judging certification.

Forgotten – Tuesday AM Field Trip

The event will be held on September 26, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Photoshoot: Forgotten

Theme: Forgotten can be deserted, vacant, abandoned, neglected, derelict, to name a few possibilities. Thanks to the pandemic there are many more examples in the downtown core. Capture the emotion of such places or items, are they wretched or merely empty waiting for new life?

Those interested will meet afterwards at noon for lunch in a downtown location. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.



Farmhouse Victoria Coffee Shop

The Farmhouse Victoria Coffee Shop in lower Bastion Square is a meeting place for Tuesday Group shoots

No address is available.

“Where Do Your Photos Live?” Printing Workshop with Steve Austin

The event will be held on September 26, 2023 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.



Photo Credit: Steve Austin

Workshop Overview

Topics Covered:

  • Why Print your photography?
  • Preparing your Images for Print
  • Choosing the right Printer and Paper
  • The Printing Process

Number of Participants

  • Minimum = 6
  • Maximum = 30

About Steve Austin, Master Photographer in Fine Art

Steve Austin has 20+ years of experience as a professional photographer — though his interest in the medium dates back nearly as far as he can recall, Austin was 10 years old when he used his first camera an old polaroid instamatic he received as a gift and from there knew was hooked.  “I remember as a kid looking through the National Geographic magazines and Beautiful British Columbia magazines,” says Austin. “They were so inspiring to me, those images were like candy, I could not get enough, all I knew was I wanted to do that and go there more than anything.”

Austin grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and studied fine arts at the Alberta College of Art and then moved his education to the New York Institute of Photography to refine his skills. He is now based in British Columbia’s picturesque Okanagan Valley where he has his focus on capturing fine art landscape and still life, often featuring environmentally sensitive habitats.  “When you’re in that moment of time where you blend into the tapestry of your surroundings and you just become part of the scene, where you able to capture that fleeting moment of time where it will never be the same ever again it is spiritual to me.”  “Part of the magic is in the setup, the intention and dreaming up projects I have in my mind.”  Austin’s camera techniques, his methodology and the environment he seeks out separates him from other photographers.

Interest in his work has been growing steadily, both locally in Canada and internationally, Steve has received the designation of MASTER PHOTOGRAPHER in FINE ART and has opened his own gallery located in Kelowna, British Columbia in December of 2020.

Having grown up in and inspired by nature, Steve has a deep desire to bring attention to the sensitivity of nature and how truly dependent we are on it, “conserving our natural resources is our priority to create a balance.”  Steve has partnered with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and The David Suzuki Foundation in which he donates a portion of his print sales to help keep the Canadian landscape in its natural state so he can continue photographing this prize resource.

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