Sep 24/19 Introductions and Composition

Deciding the content for this Fall’s session of the CALL Digital Photography interest group has involved a challenge to ensure we provide new material for past participants, while at the same time meeting the needs of new members.

During the last few courses, we practiced specific aspects of photography such as: depth of field, action, macro, portrait and product photography — all under different lighting conditions. Last year, we held two special sessions on Christmas photography.

We also spent time discussing manual camera controls, in-camera composition, and how to use software programs to dramatically enhance your photographs. This session, we will do so again for the benefit of our beginners.

At the same time, we want to give the more-experienced members a challenge. One idea is for the more advanced members to challenge everyone in our group with specific assignments that could be completed in the two-week period between meetings. The results could then be reviewed in the next meeting. Our “boomerartist” website is an excellent platform for the exchange of ideas and images between meetings.

Jim and I would appreciate your input, so please consider what you would like to do during the Fall session before next Tuesday’s meeting. We’ll record your preferences in order to establish a format for the following sessions.

CALL’s Digital Photography group is about having fun capturing images that interest you and discussing and comparing them with others.


  • Welcome – Jim and Henri introduce themselves and give a quick overview of how our group operates.
  • Member introductions and a short description of area of photography interest.
  • Q & A for new members –
    • Do you have any expectations, and what would you like to get out of these sessions
    • How well do you know your camera – are you familiar with Manual controls.
    • Have you used Photo Editing software, if so what brand name
    • What type of photography if any are you interested in
  • Henri to provide a description of our website and its importance with respect to submitting images and interacting with other CALL DP members.
  • Short website demonstration of how to operate the menus and how to upload images.
  • A sample review of submitted images from the Photo Challenge.
  • Henri to provide an overview of typical 2nd hour activities and the props we use
  • Jim to discuss basic camera controls and the importance of having the appropriate pages of the manual ready to refer to.
  • Introduction to in camera composition.
  • Walk along Crescent Road weather permitting.

I hope you enjoyed this session’s walk about, and I am looking forward to see your images. If you are not comfortable resizing your images to 800 pixels wide send them to Henri via email. The CALL group email I just sent out has my email address and links to this web page.

20 Responses to Sep 24/19 Introductions and Composition

  1. Paul Fesko says:

    1/400s f5.6 ISO200
    190mm using a 70-200mm lens on a full frame camera

  2. Paul Fesko says:

    Graphic on the side of waste receptacle
    1/1250s f5.6 ISO200
    160mm using a 70-200mm lens on a full frame camera

  3. Paul Fesko says:

    Tree in full fall colours
    1/640s f7.1 ISO200
    135mm using a 70-200mm lens on a full frame camera

  4. Henri says:

    I liked this porch. Cropped the image to get rid of distracting elements.

  5. Henri says:

    Here is a porch with a more abstract quality. I even think the red mail box is in balance with the dark purple door.

  6. Henri says:

    Nice fall colours framing a house. Did some creative cloning to get rid of an ugly yellow street sign.

  7. Karen says:

    I am trying to stretch my landscape skills so I was fascinated by these reflections on the city buildings across the river. Cropped only. Taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Tamron 18-400 mm zoom. Aperture Priority: F9, Shutter 1/2000, Auto WB, Centre Weighted, 86 mm zoom. ISO 800

    • Henri says:

      Lovely image Karen. I love how the residential tower stands out against the reflected building in the glass. Love the colours. Nicely cropped.

  8. Owen Tobert says:

    Hard to look south from Crescent Road and not see the downtown core of office buildings.

    • Henri says:

      Lovely image Owen. Love what you have done with the sky and the colour cast on the buildings. Wonderful contrast with the greens and golds.

  9. Owen Tobert says:

    I cheated a little bit and took some photos of the larch trees in Confederation Park behind my home

  10. Carla says:

    Composition in thirds.

  11. Carla says:

    Diagonal path and balance.

  12. Paul Fesko says:

    1/1000 s, f5.6, ISO 200
    78mm on a 70-200mm f2.8 lens on a full frame camera
    Cropped, b&w clipping, grad filter for exposure adjustment on the foreground, cropping and exporting in LR.

  13. Beth Hetherington says:

    Liked the spots on the leaves. Practicing short depth of field.

  14. Carla Bolen Anderson says:

    I love this one, Beth.

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