Guild/PSA Competition 1, Monday, September 10, 2018

I know this might seem a bit ridiculous, but here we are, at the beginning of the 2018-19 season already! I won’t ask where the summer went, because I know you don’t know either….😕

Wednesday the 5th is the Guild Opener, followed by the 1st Competition on the 10th…with an upload deadline of Sept 3rd. I encourage everyone to enter the digital categories listed for this competition, as well as the Print Categories.

The highest scoring images, in each of the categories from this Guild/PSA Competition, will be sent as our Club entry to INTERCLUB Competitions at other PSA Clubs across North America and the UK. I am looking forward to uploading our images again this season on the Guild’s behalf…. We are well known and respected for our entries!!! If anyone is interested in helping with Club Rep duties please contact me…

“Happy Image Making to All”….
Viki Gaul, PSA Club Rep for PGNS

Open (any subject), Nature, Photojournalism, Photo Travel (see the rules or ask by return email), Creative (see the rules – can be done ‘in camera’ or by use of layers in post processing)

Small Colour, Small Mono (max 8×12 inches)
Large Colour, Large Mono (max 16×20 inches)

Rules – or see the Blue Book in the Members Only section of the website.

Each digital image should be submitted in the following format:

  • Images must be submitted as JPEGs.
  • Use maximum image quality. (12 in Photoshop)
  • Convert files to sRGB colour space if required.
  • Images must be in the proper orientation for viewing when projected.
  • The maximum image size is 1400 x 1050, (width x height). Vertical images can have a maximum height of 1050 pixels tall.
  • Image file names are required…like – Arctic Fox on the Run
  • And photos should not have the author’s name on the image.
  • Please read the Upload Guidelines PDF

Hope this is helpful…please feel free to ask questions by sending an email to any one of the executive team listed on the PGNS Website. Please do so well in advance of the upload deadline!


Wine and Cheese, Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Hello to everyone!

The Photo Guild’s Wine and Cheese ‘season opening event’ will be held on Wednesday, September 5th, at our usual meeting place – at 7:30 pm at the Museum of Natural History.

Please bring up to 10 images or combination of images and video clips to show us what did you do last Summer (time limit is 5 minutes per member). Get your set ready…still time to take photos and create memories!

It is now membership renewal time too – you can renew your membership (or you can join if you are not yet a member) during the evening – or if you prefer using online services, you can pay the membership fee on PGNS website. Just visit the membership page, scroll down, select the membership type and pay using PayPal. And of course you can fill out the membership form and mail it to our Treasurer if that is what you prefer.

Hope to see you at our Wine & Cheese night – it’ll be fun!

Sincerely, Laszlo

Field Trip to Atlantic Motorsport Park, Sunday, August 26

Guild Members,

This is an invitation to an unscheduled/impromptu PGNS Field Trip to Atlantic Motorsport Park this Sunday, August 26th. Atlantic Region Motor Sports (ARMS) has organized several car races for the day. Here are the details which are about the same as the information for prior field trips to see the motorbike races. Rule #8 is new and was provided by ARMS.

Please see the ARMS site for the schedule of the car races located at the bottom of their web page.

See you there!

Car Racing
(Please note: The race schedule will be subject to change and delays due to weather/wrecks/etc.)
10:00am Arrive at Atlantic Motorsport Park – Meet in parking lot to the right, inside the main gate. Entry fee is $10 per person. The trip takes 50-60 minutes from Halifax.
10:15am Parking Lot – Orientation, Safety and Rules as per racetrack officials instructions *MANDATORY*
10:30am Enjoy the races!


  1. DO NOT wear Yellow or Red jackets, t-shirts, etc. You will not be allowed track side. The riders can easily misinterpret a yellow t-shirt or jacket as a caution flag and may slow causing a hazard on the track. Red is worse as a red flag means the track is blocked by a hazard and stop immediately.
  2. ALWAYS listen to the marshals. If you hear a whistle, stop immediately and look around. This usually means you have walked somewhere you are not allowed to be for safety/security reasons. If the marshal is yelling at you to back-up, do it immediately or you will be ejected from the track area.
  3. You are welcome to talk to the pit crews and drivers throughout the pit area. However, only pit crews are allowed on Pit Lane. DO NOT walk along Pit Lane. It is very active and a driver can very quickly exit the track and drive down Pit Lane for any number of reasons.
  4. Tower Area. Everyone is welcome to view the racing from the bottom level of the tower. To access the tower, you need to cross Pit Lane. You can only do this at the entrance to Pit Lane and only after exercising EXTREME caution looking for hazards first.
  5. NEVER, cross the race track. The only access to the inner track area is via the tunnel under Turn 1.
  6. NO ONE is allowed anywhere on an inside or outside corner unless behind a safety barrier and the marshal knows you are there and says it is okay. Some marshals will be more easy-going than others. It is ALWAYS better to ask first rather than hear a whistle and be told to move.
  7. NO CHAIRS are allowed track side. If you bring one, you can only use it in specific areas behind safety barriers.
  8. NEVER turn your back to an oncoming car. Have a spotter if you are not able to look through the lens and watch for cars at the same time, safety is paramount for everyone on site.
  9. Accidents happen and you must be able to react instantly to move out of the way. If a marshal thinks you are a hazard you will be removed. No questions or discussion.


  1. Atlantic Motorsport Park is located about 15 minutes from Shubenacadie and 50-60 minutes from Halifax.

    • Take Exit 10 off Highway 102, and head into Shubenacadie (2.3km)
    • At the stop sign, turn hard right onto West Indian Road (watch for the sign: Indian Brook / Mill Village / McPhee’s Corner)
    • Drive 2.6km, keep right (Look for the Motorsport Park sign)
    • Drive 2km, turn right (Look for the North Salem / Atlantic Motorsport Park sign)
    • After 2.6km, the road will change to gravel. Drive on gravel road for another 2.2km
    • Turn Right just before the farm (Look for the Atlantic Motorsport Park sign)
    • Follow this road (1.2km) until you reach the Atlantic Motorsport Park gates


  2. Recommended attire – Wear sturdy (maybe waterproof) footwear and prepare for wet and dry weather. The field trip will take place regardless of the weather. Sunscreen and insect repellent are also recommended. Ticks have been reported at the track so protect yourself accordingly.
  3. Lunch and snacks – bring your own. There may be limited “canteen type” food onsite located next to the registration building. There will be approximately an hour for lunch. Take lots of water.
  4. Washrooms are located at the outfield between Turn 10 and 11. Vehicles are strongly discouraged from pit road, so you will need to plan any trips to the washroom / tower / pit road area.
  5. During orientation, I will collect field trip waiver forms which are required for access to the track.
  6. Be prepared to walk. The track is 2.5km long and consists of 11 challenging turns and varying elevations. The infield area is also challenging to walk and covers a very large area – about 300+ acres.


  1. Depending on what you hope to achieve, a dSLR is highly recommended. A fast lens is not necessary, but will significantly improve your chance of capturing a good image.
  2. You will likely want at least 100mm and the longer the lens you have, the better, especially if you plan to take close photographs of the drivers. I use a 100-400mm lens for bike races and most of my images are shot at 200mm. As for shooting cars at AMP, I’m not quite sure what the average length will be as I haven’t photographed any of the car races there…yet! You will want a shorter lens for photos in the pit area.

Atlantic Motorsport Park
Atlantic Region Motor Sports Inc.
PGNS Field Trip Waiver Forms