Newsletter of the Pacific Zone
Welcome to the Pacific Zone News, the quarterly publication, for CAPA members in British Columbia and the Yukon. If you missed our previous edition, the first since the passing of Ursula Easterbrook, you can see it here.
The weather in the Fraser Valley provided great photographic opportunities for winter imagery this year. The banner photo above illustrates the ice storm that encased the eastern part of the valley for several days. Photo by Dennis Ducklow.
News from the Pacific Zone
We have a new Director
Please welcome Lynda Miller as she steps into her new role as Pacific Zone Director, effective January 1, 2018. Lynda’s first real photo experience was at Okanagan Photographic Art Workshops in 2002, That fall, she joined the Central Okanagan Photographic Society. From this beginning, to a few years later, Lynda became the President of COPS. Lynda has made numerous presentations at clubs and workshops in the Okanagan and the Lower-mainland. She recently became a certified CAPA judge.
Dennis Ducklow, previous Director, has stepped down to devote more time to his photographic interests, business and growing family. He remains as District Rep to several lower mainland camera clubs and editor of the Pacific Zone News.
BC Lions: Shot Down in Pixels
In October, several CAPA photographers took advantage of an opportunity to photograph the BC Lions. We were on the field during their pre-game warm up and then enjoyed premium seats for their game against the Ottawa Red Blacks. The Lions dominated the field, (until the final quarter 😪) but for the two dozen CAPA photographers in attendance, it was a great time of photography, sport and camaraderie. Here are a few of our photos.
In July I had the good fortune of taking a trip to Newfoundland with VG Photography Tours. With only 11 in the group we were driven around in two minivans and given the total freedom to say STOP if we saw a photo op on route which happened often.
My girlfriend and I arrived in St. Johns a couple of days early. The weather was sunny and warm so we walked around taking pictures of the Jelly Bean houses. Next day we decided to take a boat tour in Bay Bulls to see whales and puffins. The only whale we saw was a humpback and that was just as we left the dock. I was hoping that this wasn't a sign of how the rest of the tour would go. To my absolute amazement we came to a small island that had Atlantic Puffins, Gulls, Black Guillemots, Double-Crested Cormorants , Razorbills and thousands of Common Murres, just to name a few! I have never seen so many species of birds at one time in one place all clinging to the rocks. Newfoundland is known as the seabird capital of North America now I know why! The boat was a very stable catamaran allowing me to take some great hand held shots using my Nikon D4 with an 80 - 400 lens.
Next day our tour officially started with a trip up to Signal Hill - the fog had rolled in so we could barely see two feet in front of us. In the afternoon we drove to Cape Spear Lighthouse, it is the oldest surviving lighthouse in the province. A drive to Trinity was next where we went on a zodiac to get up close and personal with some icebergs and a whale or two. From there it was off to such places as Bonavista, Knight's Cove, Keels, Tickle Cove, Elliston and Twillingate. At Twillingate we took another iceberg tour, once again we were blessed with sunshine.
Newton was by far my favourite village, it was beautiful and the people were extremely friendly. As I walked around I could see a lovely beach but there seemed to be no way to get to it as houses completely bordered the bay, I passed one that was under renovations and decided to ask the builder if he could help me, he replied "yes my love" come with me and showed me a way down.
We encountered almost every type of weather, including fog, rain, extreme cold to extreme heat, no one complained, it made for some very creative photography. By the way, the food was fantastic and I did get screeched!