If you were not at the meeting last night or even if you were, here is a link to what we will be photographing at Parc Omega on our outing in Montebello, Quebec. from October 26th to the 28th.
I have booked enough rooms for about 10 members and can book more, however, I need to have everyone who is interested, booked by October 2nd so that I can complete organizing. That way I can make sure we have enough rooms booked. If you are interested, the rooms are nice and clean and the breakfast is included. I have booked 3 rooms - a studio with 2 queen beds and kitchen and 2 with one queen bed - in one motel and 2 rooms with 2 queen beds each in another hotel down the road as the first place ran out of rooms. I can book more in the second place, as long as it doesn't get too late. The rates for one night will be approximately between $60 to $80 /person depending on how many people there will be registered as I am averaging it so we all pay the same amount. I would like to collect this amount plus the Omega park entrance fee and the bus, once everyone is registered, (when I will be able to tell you to correct amount) by the mid-month meeting so that I can take care of this myself, and you will only have to pay for the food when we are there, and gas when we get back.
Here is a reminder of what we will be doing at our outing:
I have been planning an outing to Parc Omega in Quebec, from October 26th to the 28th. We will carpool.
Park Omega is an amazing park where there are lots of wildlife like elk, deer, boars, bison, coyotes, foxes, bears, wolves, moose and more.
I have revised this outing to make it for up to 15 members. So register quickly if you are interested, by October 2nd latest. If it is full, and you would like to go, please email me and let me know and I will put you on a waiting list, in case someone can’t make it, or if there are more who would like to go, we could go with 2 vehicles if there is someone who would also like to drive. I have booked some rooms already through Booking.com as there were only a few rooms left at the place. If we need more I may be able to find some more rooms a couple of doors down. At another hotel. However, if you would like to share, the accommodations will be a lot more reasonable. Please register quickly so that I can arrange more rooms and see if we need to adjust something.
Friday, October 26, we will leave at 7 am and pick up or meet depending on where everyone lives and how many are going. I will send an email a few days before we leave to make the arrangements. We will drive towards Montebello, Quebec, stopping when needed. We will stop for lunch just at Kaladar. There are several places near there where we can stop.
After lunch, we will drive around 3 more hours to our accommodations. We should reach there around 4:30 or 5 pm.
Once we have settled in our rooms, we will walk down the street to a restaurant called “Zouk”
After dinner, we will go walk back and relax for a while and get ready for sleep.
Saturday, October 27th, after breakfast, (which we will ask for at 7:30 am) but as Parc Omega will not be open until 10 am, at this time of the year, we will take advantage of the time and walk down the road to see the Manoir Papineau National Historical site, just 15 minute walk from the hotel.
We will leave at 8 am and return at 9:30 am. We probably won’t be able to get inside however, there is a lot of photo ops around the manor.
At 9:30 am, we will walk back and drive to Parc Omega.
we will park by the administration building/store and get to our bus. We will be there, around until we can go to see the wolves and bears being fed which we can photograph outside on the boardwalk above where they are.
Once we are done, at approximately 3:30 or 4pm, we will drive to Plaisance Falls, which is about 15 minutes drive. We may have to pay $6 to enter if anyone is there, but I believe that the office will be closed at this time of year.
We will then return to our rooms to freshen up and go out for dinner. We can again go to the Zouk or to Le Bistro, both places will need to have reservations as they are both very busy places, so we will have to do that the night before.
Sunday, October 28th, we will check out of our room after breakfast, around 8 am and drive to Plaisance National Park
also please see the information Guide for the park. You may print it for your information
We will explore and maybe do a couple of short trails until about noon,
and return to our vehicle and drive towards Ottawa.
Once we cross over to Ottawa, we will stop at Byward Market. There are many restaurants there. One of them being a Mexican which has great reviews, very inexpensive and has gluten-free meals however if you are not into Mexican, there are many restaurants there and also some smaller take-out food places.
After lunch, we will drive back home, and, depending on the time, we may stop if we see a photo op.
I hope that you will join this outing which has many facets of photography from wildlife to nature, to architecture to trails and good food !!
Register fast! Rooms are booked!
I have been asked what the cost of this trip will be.
Accommodations: I have booked 2 rooms with one bed, which come to about $90 including tax per night - we have the option of putting a cot or another bed in one of these rooms to make it shareable which would make it $140 for 2 nights ( $70/per night) approx.
I have also booked 1 room with 2 beds, which comes to about $135 including taxes per night - shared this would be $135 for both nights ($68 per night) approximately. this Hotel is very popular and it is very nice, so this is a great value.
Unfortunately, this was all that was left, which is why I booked them. If there are more people interested to make it 10 people, we can get two more rooms I think in a hotel couple of doors down. but I need to know all this before July 31st! preferably earlier. However, if we only have the van full this will be 6 people, which should work out if people are sharing and we have the right genders.. we will work it out somehow.
admission fees: for Parc Omega adults $27 seniors $25
for Plaisance Falls $6 but we may not need to pay this as the office may not be open.
for Plaisance National Park, $8. but we may not need to pay this either, and if we do, it is only $8
Food- up to you. we will have breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings (free) so 3 lunches and 3 dinners (including Friday)
The gas tank will be filled up before we leave and we will fill the tank up when we get back and add all gas receipts and divide it equally.
My estimation would approximately be,170- 185 per person for accommodations, entry to park and the bus. + what you will pay for food and gas. This is a great deal.
Anyway looking forward to a great trip...Don't miss it!
We will meet at the Shoppers Drug Mart in Bright's Grove at 9:00 am on Thursday February 15th. Park near Lakeshore Road. I drive a filthy Blue Ford Edge. We will arrange car pooling at that time. Bring your provincial park pass if you have one. There are no food facilities at Pinery, so bring your lunch and drinks.
After visiting the heated washroom near the entrance, we will go to the parking lot at Beach #9 to take pictures of Chickadees, Nuthatches, Tufted Titmouse(s) and perhaps a red bellied woodpecker if we are lucky. You should bring a zoom lens if you have one. The birds come very close and we will be able to feed them from our hands. Bring bird seed too! There is a toilet at Parking lot #9 but it has no running water or heat.
It is possible to walk to the beach from Parking Lot #9 but there is a lot of snow - deep snow. Snow shoes are a good item to bring to get to the beach or to go on the Heritage Trail. We will go over to the visitor centre and see if there are birds there. It may be possible to hike the Cedar Trail as that trail gets more traffic than Heritage Trail.
The weather looks sunny and fairly warm for Thursday. However, when standing around taking pictures of birds, you need to dress WARMLY. Long underwear, really good warm boots, hats, mittens. Hand warmers are great too.
First of all, I just wanted to remind everyone that I have only 4 spots left for the Raptors outing on April 15th for the morning session when the light should be nice and then lunch in Port Dover, at The Beach House Restaurant, where we can take some photos of the lighthouse and the beach. Register as soon as possible to guarantee a spot for you to take photos of the owls, eagles, hawks and especially the newest raptor at the Raptor Conservancy the Gyr Falcon and more.
I will be collecting the $56.50 from those who have registered for the morning session on the first meeting in March. (March 5th and March 20th.)
Here are the newest outings:
February 22, 2018: London Camera Club presentation Dr. Don Gutoski
This is not really an outing to photograph, however, I am told that Dr. Don Gutoski is a wonderful presenter who is a wildlife photographer.
You may, again, have seen this on the SWOPA facebook page as Dr. Gutoski will be presenting at the London Camera Club on Feb 22nd between 7:30 pm to
Dr. Don Gutoski is a physician at the Urgent Care Centre of St. Joseph's Health Care in London. He is also an active conservationist, naturalist, and an award-winning wildlife photographer. In 2015, he was awarded "World Wildlife Photographer of the Year"
He will discuss "Photographing Wildlife of Botswana, from travel suggestions to equipment and techniques in the field", and, "World Photographer of the year" contest.
Admission is $10 for non-members.
I am planning on going to this presentation, and if you are interested, please register and we can carpool together.
I will be leaving Sarnia at 5:30 pm so that I can find a parking spot.
Please register as soon as possible.
March 17, 2018 - "Wildlife Photographer of the Year " & ROM
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at ROM will be over on March 18, 2018. It is an amazing Exhibition that should not be missed.
As I am very busy from now until March 10th, March 17th seems to be the best date, before it closes. Of course, we are not allowed to photograph this exhibition, however, we can photograph the rest of the exhibitions and galleries in ROM.
If you are interested in this, please register here. To save us time once we get there (so that we don't have to wait in line) we can go online to buy the tickets.
Make sure it is the "ROM + Wildlife" (see below)
Adult ROM + Wildlife $28.00
Child ROM + Wildlife$18.00
Senior ROM + Wildlife$23.00
Student ROM + Wildlife$21.50
Youth ROM + Wildlife$21.50
We will meet at the New Giant Tiger plaza close to London Road and carpool. As it is a 3-hour drive, we will leave at 6:45 am. This should get us there close to 10 am when ROM will be open. After we see the "Wildlife Photographer of the year" exhibition, there is a large cafeteria downstairs and we will have lunch there and go back to see the rest of the exhibitions until about 4:30 pm. We will leave and walk to the Parking garage, or a lot depending on where we have parked, and drive back stopping at Cambridge Onroute for something to eat and then get back on our way home. We should be back by 8:30 or 9:00 pm depending on the traffic.
May 9, 2018 - Shooting Warblers (SWOPA Outing):
Windsor Camera Club has organized an outing for SWOPA members on May 9th. You may have seen the flyer for it on the SWOPA and Sarnia Photography Club Facebook pages.
This is on a Wednesday (May 9th). We are to meet at 8 am at Roma Club, 19 Seacliffe Dr. East, Leamington. A bus will take us to Pelee Visitors Centre from there. This is probably the best way to get in as the bus will bypass any of the line up of cars that will start to line up around 6 am as per Graham Brown from the Windsor Club.
The cost is $15. We have to make a reservation with the Windsor Club so please register on the website and then go to the following link and pay your $15 by Paypal.
Gear to bring: your longest lens, tripods optional.
What to wear: Layers. Mornings are cool, but it should be warm by noon.
Lunch will be at 12:30 pm at the Roma Club. Buffet is $12.50 tax included
We will meet at Food Basics parking lot at 5:45 am and carpool to the Roma Club from there. It is about a 2-hour drive which is why so early.
There are only 47 seats in the bus and the earlier the RSVP's the better. (RSVP by paying the $15)
Looking forward to your registration.
Future Outings will be added to the website soon. These are the following:
Toronto and Toronto Island (sunset & night photography of Toronto skyline) June 15-17, 2018
Killbear Park & Franklin Islands - with a stop on Thursday night to do night photography at a dark sky Sept 27-Oct1, 2018
Alexa has set up another workshop for December 13th. Here below are the specifics as they appear on the website. Please register. She will have a number of helpers to help give instruction. Thanks Alexa for opening up your home for this meeting!
Event Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 18:45 to 21:00Organizer: Alexa CouplandEvent Description: Hands on Workshop - learning more about your camera
This workshop takes place at the home of Alexa Coupland, 1819 Wespencer Gate, Sarnia. Located off Blackwell Side Road near Lakeshore Road.
Learn how to shoot action 2 ways - with motion blur and stop action. This will be accomplished with changing the shutter speed.
Learn how to shoot with deep depth of field and shallow depth of field. This will be accomplished with changing the aperture.
Learn how to shoot images with Bokeh using Christmas lights. Learn how to get the star effect around lights. These will be accomplished with changing the aperture.
Learn how changing ISO affects your images. We will take images to explore the difference.
There will be workstations set up in various places around the house. Experienced club members will be at each station to help you adjust your camera settings to achieve the goals. We will be shooting in Manual Mode so you have complete control of your camera.
There will be a follow up meeting in January to review your images if people are interested.
You need to bring camera with lens, the manual for your camera, a tripod attachment and a tripod if you have one. Bring your sense of humour and your enthusiasm. All shooting will be indoors. You may be a model for other photographers.
Please arrive at 6:30 - 6:45 pm We will organize small groups of 2-4 people that will rotate through the stations.
This is not really a photography outing but a visit to the London Camera Club on Thursday, November 23rd evening for the Andre Gallant Workshop, from 7:30 - 9:30 pm.
For those who don't know Andre Gallant, see below.
If you are interested in going, there are a few of us going already, let me know and we can go together. $10 admission payable at the door.
Hello members of the Sarnia Photographic Club!
Our next visit to the Raptor Conservancy is on May 20th. Please have your payments of $56.50 for me on the mid month meeting on May 17th or if you can't make the meeting, you may email tsf the amount to me at email@example.com as soon as possible or at least by the 17th.
Here is a link to their website if you have not gone there before. http://www.canadianraptorconservancy.com/ In May , we see baby owls along with the regular parent owls and eagles and even hawks. So it will be another amazing trip.I have been to many of these trips to the CRC and not any two of them are alike...always something new...
As before, we will meet at 6:15 am on May 20th, at the parking lot by the new Giant Tiger on London Road, across from the TD Canada Trust.
Park close to the road to the right of the driveway. We will car pool. If you need a ride, or can give a ride, let me know by emailing me at Jfanceyphotography@gmail.com. I will have room for 5 people.
I will have some information for those who have not been to there yet. We will stop at Tim Horton's about 15 minutes from the Conservancy to freshen up etc. first and get there by 9am. Normally we are able to take some photos of the Eagles at their perches when we first get there until everyone is there.
After the session, we will go to Port Dover, and have lunch at the Beach House Restaurant, before returning home.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 519-466-2512
Dear members of the Sarnia Photographic Club,
I have been talking about this outing for a while so before the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition is over on March 19th, 2017, we should go.
I have called the ROM and they do have a special rate if we have over 20 people in our group. (below) and although we can not take photos of the wildlife photography, we are allowed to take photos of the regular collections in the ROM.
+Wildlife Photographer of the Year
On display until March 19, 2017
(Minimum of 20 paid guests)
Adult $16.00 $22.50
Senior (65+)* $13.50 $18.50
Student (15-25)* $12.50 $17.00
Child (4-14) $11.00 $14.50
(Minimum of 10 paid guests)
Adult $18.00 $25.00
Senior (65+)* $15.50 $21.00
Student (15-25)* $14.00 $19.50
Child (4-14) $12.50 $16.00
UNDER 10 guests:
Ticket Type ROM Experience
ROM Member FREE! Become a ROM Member for unlimited admission and more
Child (4 - 14) $18.00
Senior (65+)* $23.00
Student (with valid student card) $21.50
Youth (15 - 19) $21.50
Infant (0-3) Free
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We can go with a coach bus with 47 seats, and if we can fill all 47 seats, it would be $40 per person, however if we do not have 47 members filling those seats, the price may double or more.and This price is for a 12 hour trip, therefore if we leave at 6am , we have to be back in Sarnia by 6pm. This means if there is no traffic on the way to Toronto,(which there always is) it could take 7 hours to go there and back, so that would leave us 5 hours for the ROM, inlcuding lunch.
OR we can car pool, which is probably a more economical way to get there. We can share gas and parking. and we can stay a little longer and maybe even visit other places in Toronto.
If people are interested, and we are not going with the bus, we can even go to the Distillery District which is a very historic area of Toronto if we are done at the ROM early enough.
here is a link:
Please let me know if you would be interested in this also. or just want to do the ROM. Also if you would be willing to drive to Toronto or will need a ride .
PLease: if you are interested in this outing to ROM, register on the website.You may let me know in your interest by replying to this email or emailing me at email@example.com
Hello members of Sarnia Photographic Club,
Saturday February 18, 2017 looks like a great day for an outing! My weather network app says sunny and 12 celcius.
I recently found out about an abandoned house which is very photo worthy on Talbot Trail, about an hour from Sarnia. It would be great if we could take photos there in the morning and then go to Rondeau Provincial Park as it is very close to it.
We will meet at 7:30am at Food Basics on Indian Road. If you need a ride let me know we will have room for 3 more people. And if you can give a ride, let me know also.
We will drive to the Abandoned house. We should get there by around 8:30 or a little after. We will take photos for as long as we like. It is all farmland there so we may venture to see if there are any other photo ops near there. At around 10:30am, we can drive towards Rondeau. We will be right by the water, just after Morpeth.
We can take some photos there and make our way to Rondeau Provincial Park. There is an eatery called Rondeau Joe's Pub just before the park entrance. We will have lunch there and then go into the park. Please register as soon as you can so I can have the numbers for lunch so that I can reserve a table for us. I am not sure if the free park pass includes Rondeau. I will check but if it doesn't here is a link to the fees for day use. If it does include Rondeau, then we can go in for free as we have a free pass in the car.
Rondeau is a premiere birding destination providing bird watchers with a world-class experience. 334 species of birds have been recorded in the park and 134 of these have been recorded breeding. Some, like the endangered Prothonotary Warbler, are found in only a few places in Canada.
The Rondeau peninsula is an important stopover for migrating passerines (known as perching or sometimes song birds) and waterfowl in the spring and fall. During these times the park is filled with numerous species of warblers, thrushes, flycatchers and other song birds. Rondeau Bay hosts thousands of ducks and Tundra Swans in the spring and fall.
Rarities including Townsend’s Solitaire, Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue Grosbeak and Painted Bunting often show up on the peninsula during migration.
We can see what birds and trees we can find in these trails below.
Spice Bush Trail - 1.5km loop, 1 hour, easy
The Spicebush Trail winds through a southern hardwood forest of old growth Tulip Tree, American Beech, and maple. In spring, the forest floor is carpeted in wildflowers making the trail a botanists delight. The trail explores the transition between Carolinian forest and marsh and is an excellent site for bird watching.
Black Oak Trail: 1.4 km loop, 1 hour, easy
The Black Oak Trail winds through a narrow strip of Pine-Oak Savanna. Several meadows along the trail bloom with brilliant Wood Lily, Wild Columbine, and Woodland Sunflower. This is an excellent trail for bird watching.
Tulip Tree Trail – 1.2 km loop, 1 hour, easy
This barrier-free trail travels through a mature Carolinian forest with the majority of the trail being boardwalk for handicap accessibility. Hikers will have an opportunity to see examples of Carolinian trees that are rare in Ontario such tulip trees, sassafras, and Shagbark Hickory. During May, this is also the best trail to see the endangered Prothonotary Warbler. (An all-terrain wheelchair is available for use from the Visitor Centre)
After the Rondeau Park, we can drive back to the abandoned house, and (depending on whether there is a sun out or not ) stop for some golden light photos of the house for another half hour. It always looks different depending on the light.
We will then drive back home and should be home by around 6pm latest.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Full Day Pinery outing October 30th,2016
There will be an outing to Pinery Provincial Park on October 30th. We will leave early (6:00am) to catch a sunrise at the Pinery which will be at 8am. leaving early will give us time to get there and find a place to set up our equipment. Make sure you have had breakfast or bring bars or snacks to eat as we will not go for breakfast so that we can get some nice light in the morning.
One of the places is the Old Ausable Channel near Riverside area 3. or we could go to the beach also to photograph the sunrise. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
After sunrise, we can go on the Bittersweet Trail (1.5km), where we can search for mammal signs along the Old Ausable Channel.Since most mammals are nocturnal, the best time to take this walk is in the early morning or late evening.
After that, we can go on the Riverside Trail (1km). We can shoot until lunch time.(noon or 1pm, depending on how hungry we are)
We can go out to MacPherson's for lunch ( https://www.macphersonsrestaurant.ca/) please see menu below:
After lunch, we can go back to do one more trail, maybe feed the chikadees and then to the beach. near sunset time(6:21pm).Hopefully we will get a nice sunset.
If it is a cold day we may cut the day short, we will take a vote.. :)
If you are interested in this outing, please register. Again, if you can give a ride, or need a ride please let me know so we can carpool..It will be cheaper to get into the park if we fill up the cars.