Field Trip 9: Macro Photography
Saturday, June 18, 2022 3:00 PM

This year’s Macro Photography Field Trip is at 3:00 pm on Saturday, 18th June.
Location: the gardens around our home in the Fall River area.

There are plenty of reasons for attending this field trip:

  • This will be this season’s last PGNS field trip
  • 2022 is the Year of the Garden in Canada
  • June 18, 2022 is the National Garden Day
  • June 18 is recognized as Garden Day in HRM as a legacy of Canada’s Year of the Garden 2022
  • “Gardens in HRM” is the theme of this year’s HRM Trophy competition.

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.

I will need the signed Field Trip Waiver e-mailed me the day before the field trip. Here is the link to the waiver. I prefer the emailed copy to save some trees, but if your preference is different, you can print out the waiver and bring it with you. Please do not forget about this, as you would not be able to join the group without this waiver. 
If you do not feel well for any reason, please do not attend the field trip.

The weather forecast shows it’ll be cloudy, 18 degrees with some chances of rain. Optimal for macro shooting. It’ll be an exciting afternoon, you will have an acre of gardens for practicing your macro or close-up photography skills. We have the front yard flower garden, moss garden, rock gardens, woodland. Many of the 67 rhododendron bushes are still flowering. We have lots of other flowering plants and in total you have over 450 species of plants to choose from, not to mention all those ants, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, spiders and other insects – especially mosquitoes, if you shoot in the woodland area…

If you have not been at our place here are a few pictures. These images were taken earlier this week: backyard, front yard, Azalea flower, rhododendron stigma macro, Iris, Thyme macro
, Geranium flower macro.

Please bring your camera, macro lens, extension tubes, flash, reflector, and tripod. Do not worry if you don’t have a macro lens – there are plenty of larger subjects to shoot…

Although the start time is set to 3:00 pm, if you want to, you can come as early as 1:00 pm. 
We will keep shooting until your time, the darkness or the mosquitoes 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!

Wildlife Panoranimals
Monday, June 13, 2022 7:30 PM

Ron Pitts will be presenting his process for creating the wildlife composite art that he calls “Panoranimals”

Ron’s professional career was in computer animation – four decades of animating and directing, that began in 1980.

Ron moved to Canada midway through that timeline after Nelvana Studios, Toronto, acquired Windlight Studios, Minneapolis, a company that Ron and several colleagues had built to do long-format animation.  Nelvana produces animated series for children’s television such as Miss Spider, Care Bears, and Handy Manny.  Ron was one of the directors of the Nelvana/Disney two-time Emmy Award winning series, Rolie Polie Olie.

His wildlife photography began in 2004. Ron had moved to a home in the Ontario countryside overlooking an acre pond. The water feature attracted an inordinate amount of animals and birds – more than 70 species at one count. After a few frustrating years of seeing all the potential wildlife art that was slipping by, Ron made the leap from point and shoot to big lens photography. 

Ron travelled Canada and the US looking for wildlife photo opportunities and eventually settled in Nova Scotia after retiring in 2018.

WebEx Link on the members only page.