Author Archives: Darryl Robertson

Seminar 3: Travel with Mark Wolfson, Monday, October 22

Mark Wolfson, retired Vice President of Henry’s, Canada’s largest independent camera retailer is a graduate of Ryerson University Photographic Arts. In his near half century in the photographic business Mark has witnessed extraordinary changes to the equipment, materials and processes that once defined photography. Mark is a passionate photographer who has traveled extensively through many parts of North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa. His photographs hang in homes and businesses across Canada and the USA. Mark has lectured at York University’s Glendon College, Ryerson University, George Brown College, Photographic Clubs and Organizations across Canada.

In Mark’s presentation “Travel” he will tell us how he prepares for a shoot, the wear and gear he takes along, how he photographs people in foreign lands. He will supply us with tips and tricks, take us to some of his special photographic destinations and entertain us with stories of his adventures.

Please note on Monday night we will be meeting in the Museum Boardroom (entrance by the guard station) instead of the auditorium.

You can see some of his work here.

Macro Photography Field Trip, Saturday, October 20, 2018

As you noticed, we did move the macro field trip from the usual September date to October – the reason is simple, Maria and I were away from home most of September. So, this year’s Macro Photography Field Trip is at 3:00 pm on Saturday, 20th October. Location: the gardens around our home in the Fall River area.

Please send me an e-mail if you are planning to come. I will send my home address and directions to you upon receiving your e-mail. This field trip will be limited to our PGNS membership only.

The weather forecast shows 19 degrees with partially cloudy sky. Light overcast is perfect for macro shooting, so the weather looks promising.

It’ll be an exciting afternoon, with some introduction to macro shooting, the tools, and techniques. Then we will have an acre of gardens to practice on. This includes the following different gardening styles: front yard flower garden, moss garden, rock gardens, woodland. Although the peak of the garden over, you will have a plethora of subjects for your enjoyment. We have dozens of species of plants flowering and in total you have over 450 species of plants to choose from, not to mention all those ants, bees, grasshoppers, spiders and other insects…

If you have not been at our place here are a few pictures. These images were taken just a few days ago: Image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4, image 5, image 6, image 7

You can see more images from our garden using these links to the albums:
Macro images 2018, Our Garden 2018, Our Garden 2017, Our Garden 2016
If you prefer viewing them in a slideshow, follow the links, then click on the full screen icon in the right bottom corner.

Here is an image of the backyard, I captured it a couple of days ago. This is only part of the gardens – there are lots of plants to shoot in the front yard, in the moss garden, in the west side garden and in the woodland area as well.

Please bring your camera, macro lens, extension tubes, flash, reflector and tripod.

Although the start time is set to 3:00 pm, if you want to, you can come as early as 1:00 pm to become familiar with the plants. The introduction and a ProShow show will be at 3:00 pm, then we will keep shooting until your time, or the darkness will chase you away.

I would suggest to posting some of the images to our PGNS Flickr group (Flickr account is free). Darryl will need one or two of your images for our website gallery.

Hope to see you here!

Website Security

The Guild’s server has had a security update and Alan, at WHATASITE, has installed a top level security and anti-hacking package called iTheme Security Pro. At no cost to us!

The email bugs, which blocked any email forwarding and prevented the contact us form from working, have been fixed. Once the current competition uploads are finished, I will upgrade our PHP software to the latest version.

Last season I had to disable the post notification plugin because the address SQL table was hacked. It was being used as a spam email database, with hundreds of email addresses added every week. Now that we have new security and anti-hacking code I have installed a different, and very simple, post notification plugin.

At the bottom of the website side panel there is a Subscribe widget where you can enter your email address. Any time a new post is published you will be sent a notification email. The email will come from “” so you might want to make sure those emails don’t end up in your spam folder.

This is a simple function, and you won’t get any more than a few emails a month, but it is the best way to not miss a website post. And you can always ask me to unsubscribe you.

PGNS President/Webmaster