Note to Self Exhibition

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Hi Everyone,

This is a quick note to let you all  know that the APL Camera Club's very own Angela Durante Dukat will have the official opening of  her Note to Self exhibition on Thursday January 14 in the Aurora Public Library.  As part of the exhibition's opening night celebrations some of the people whose portraits are in the collection will read their note to self in the library's "living room" area.

The Note to Self Project is a collection of 100 portraits that takes the viewer on a journey guided by the personal reflections of the sitter and the interpretive work of the photographer.

You are all invited and encouraged to attend the exhibition's opening night reception on Thursday January 14 between 7:00pm and 8:30pm.

Hoping to see you all there.


For more information on the exhibition please visit the following links:

New Art Exhibit:  Opening Reception

Aurora Public Library Art Gallery

The Rock: Newfoundland Wonders

Members' Videos



A group of sunset time lapse

Jan 26 2017 - 12:14am
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Over the past couple of weeks Doug Underwood and I captured some drone footage of the David Dunlap Observatory using our Phantom 3 drones.  Many of the shots were taken by Doug (the more experienced drone pilot) but I was able to contribute some shots as well.  Flying the Phantom 3 is a lot of fun and the video you can get with it is really quite amazing.


Sep 27 2016 - 5:54pm
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This is a Collection of Photos during my past visit to California. After the slide show was made, I composed the music  for it watching the video.

Oct 13 2015 - 9:18pm
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One of my goals this summer was to learn how to do time lapse videos.  I've always loved the aesthetic of this kind of photography and this summer I made it a point to learn how to do it properly.  In the past I did a bit of time lapse (using the cheat method) by speeding up video.  This, however, did not have the aesthetic possibilities (for example dragging the shutter) of taking one photo at a time and then compiling the photos into a video.

I learned a lot over the past month about time lapse photography not the least of which is the fact that it is incredibly time intensive and requires a massive amount of dedication.

This is my second time lapse video of the summer called Aurora and Neighborhood.

Aug 4 2015 - 10:09am
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This short time lapse video was my first attempt at doing time lapse that was based on still images and not simply speeding up video.  Basically it was a test to learn the time lapse workflow.
I did not  use any "drag the shutter" techniques which accounts for the "jumpy" look of the video and people popping in and out of the frame.
Aug 4 2015 - 12:52am
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This was my first visit to the new Ripley's Aquarium.  This was a family visit, so didn't really have a lot of opportunity to do serious photography and videography.  Regardless, I did manage to get some material which I compiled into the following video.

This was a very quick edit using Adobe Premiere CS6.  The camera used to shoot the video was the Panasonic GH1.

I hope you enjoy the result.


Feb 26 2014 - 10:02am
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I put together a short video from the footage and the photos that I took while at the Cheltenham Badlands walkabout.  My goal with this was to give the impression of an unearthly place, perhaps what it would be like to walk on Mars.  The music is The Approaching Light by John Stanford.  It is dramatic and gives the feel of an otherworldly place.

Aug 18 2012 - 7:09pm
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Below you'll find a tutorial presented by William Varela on creating star trails.  The instructions here will enable you to create star trail photographs using a completely free open source application which is available for download from the web.

The first video will walk you through the camera settings and the steps required to shoot the images that will be processed into a star trails photo.

The second video will show you how to set up and install the Startrails program which will merge your individual star images into a single star trails photo.

Finally, you can take a look at at short video above compiled with all the stills.


And thank you William for taking the time to put this all together!

Aug 7 2012 - 11:06am
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This is a bit of a test for the 5d mark ii. The day I filmed this footage was excruciatingly hot! I stayed out for about an hour and it was all I could take.

The settings on the camera are the suggested settings for video. Video seems a bit soft, but that's because the sharpening is all the way down on the camera. Sharpened the video a bit in post production.

Great camera but need to do a bit more learning and testing.

Jul 27 2012 - 5:30pm
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As some of you know Moon came up with a conceptual photo idea based on the novel "The Secret Garden".

On Saturday July 7, 2012, a few members of the APLCC, as well as a couple of volunteers participated in bringing to life Moon's conceptual photo vision.

This video is a musical montage of the event.

To get a closer look at Moon's photos go to her gallery page.

Jul 11 2012 - 8:04pm
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APL Camera Club Then & Now Photos on Exhibition

Glenn Springer's January 29 APLCC Presentation

APLCC on York Region Living

APLCC Tutorials

Mar 20 2012 - 11:06pm
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Being able to read EXIF data is essential for every photographer.

EXIF (Exchangeable Image File Format) are tags embedded in photographs taken by digital cameras.  These tags include information such as camera model and camera make as well as information about the settings used for each photograph.  Things like shuttter speed, focal length, ISO speed and other relevent information is embedded in the image.

As a photographer it's a good idea to be able to access this information.  Many image manipulation programs (for example, Photoshop & Lightroom) have utilities built in which allow access to EXIF data.

If you don't have Photoshop or Lightroom don't despair.  There is a very small (but very effective plugin) for Firefox called FxIF which allows seeing EXIF data.  It's very easy to install and works really well.

The screencast below walks you through some of the details behind EXIF as well as how to install FxIF to Firefox.

Feb 20 2012 - 5:51pm
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Displaying your images on the web requires making your images web friendly.  This means reducing image size to something that won’t eat up bandwidth and choke the web site when being downloaded.  Using images right out of the camera is out of the question.  Even at the lowest quality the originals are way too big to be used online.
This means that your original images will need to be processed to make them web accessible.  The trick is to minimize size while maximizing quality.  There are a number of applications that can do this job.  The most notable (and probably the most expensive) are Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop.  As great as both of these applications are they have some drawbacks.  Notably, both are somewhat difficult to navigate (especially for a person not familiar with the Adobe paradigm) and both are quite expensive.
There are some open-source, free alternatives which will do just as good a job as Adobe.  The simplest and easiest application that I found is PIXresizer by Bluefive Software.
What makes PIXresizer a great option is that resizing images is the only thing that it does.  Unlike some of the more costly alternatives, PIXresizer doesn’t have any other function beyond maximizing image size for the web.
Click below to watch a  short screencast I made that walks you through the process of using PIXresizer.

Feb 18 2012 - 11:45pm
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