Sunday, September 15, 2013

I didn’t mean to get so deep…..

by Tony Sweet

 ©2013 Tony Sweet Photography, Inc.

Being in the arts since winning my first “talent contest” at the age of 12 as a harmonica player, (believe it or not, I think I still have the plaque somewhere!), the struggle has always been to set ones self apart from the crowd by having a unique creative voice. Musician’s, writers, painters, actors, dancers, photographers, etal, all have the same dilemma. Only a few true originals come to mind: Miles Davis ( I can tell if it’s Miles in about one note), Picasso, Mozart, Bill Evans, there’s more. Photography-wise, there are many great photographers out there producing mind blowing work, but very few are true originals. Ansel Adams, Galen Rowell, Freeman Patterson, David Muench, Pat O’Hara, and JP Caponigro are in the “true original” realm. The work of the great many of us can be traced to being derivative, from one of the aforementioned photographers (or someone of their ilk).

Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being derivative, and there is always room to grow and eventually evolve into one’s unique voice. It’s actually a good practice to imitate artists’ styes on the way to finding one’s own voice, but not a good idea to continue imitating if you want to break away.

Developing the confidence to let go of the past and move into your own way of doing things is not unlike falling off of a cliff. to read more...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

APAC Seminar Early-Bird Registration

Just a reminder that the Early-Bird discount for the 2013 APAC Photo Seminar ends on Aug 31. The price goes up $5 Sept 1. It's not a huge increase, but we'd rather you have the $5 extra for your next gear purchase or photo outing.

Go to APAC Registration to register now.

Also, if you're not receiving APAC's Seminar Newsletter, go here to get on our e-mailing list. The Newsletter keeps you up to date on with Seminar info, and also includes some other great info for photographers.

Tony Sweet image

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Free E-Book!

Ten-FreeHere's a pretty good deal; an e-book called "Ten Ways to Improve Your Craft Without Buying Gear" by David Duchemin. Free!! The site has a limit of 1,000 free downloads a day, so if it doesn't work try again tomorrow. Enjoy!

Ten Ways link

Saturday, August 17, 2013

20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized

Historic Black and  White  Photos Colorized

When we see old photos in black and white, we sometimes forget that life back then was experienced in the same vibrant colours that surround us today. This gallery of talented artists helps us remember that :)

History Colorized


Sunday, August 11, 2013

It's Getting Noisy

Photographic noise was a problem long before the digital age, but it hasn't gone away. Here's an article explaining what noise is, where it comes from, and ways to minimize it. 

Digital Noise

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Seminar Schedule Released

The schedule for the 36th Annual APAC Seminar has been posted on the seminar website! Check it out, as well as bios and topics for the speakers. Just follow the tabs for everything you need to know about Oct 26. You can also register online.

Here's an image from Tony's recent visit to Pt Townsend, WA. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Abbotsford Agrifair Photo Contest: APAC

Abbotsford Agrifair Photo Contest
Now is the time to prepare your entries for the 2013 Agrifair Photo Contest.
You can download the Photo Contest Rules and Photo Entry Form from Agrifair's website at Click on the "Forms" tab and you will see both the Contest Rules and the Entry Form. The Entry Form is an on-line fill able type PDF that you can complete and printout if you wish.  Both the Contest Rules and Entry Form will also available at Lens and Shutter (Abbotsford) in the Sevenoaks Shopping Centre.
This is an opportunity to have your images viewed by thousands of people as well as winning some prize money.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

An Interview with Sandra McMartin :APAC

Here's an excellent article about one of APAC's photographers, Sandra McMartin who happened to win our club's top award for the second year running. It includes some excellent photos as well as insight into one artist's creative vision and process.

Check out the article here

Friday, June 28, 2013

"Fog" Assigned Topic, June 2013: APAC

This months topic was "Fog". Scroll down to the bottom to see the winners. Great entries from everyone.

Foggy Night

Foggy Morning

Eye of the Fog

Good Morning

Coming out of the fog

Under the Willow

Pastel Dawn

Vanishing Power

Waiting for the Train


Fog on the water

Fog and Wires

Morning Mist

Here is 3rd Place.
Bridge in Time

2nd Place,
Fraser Valley Morning

1st Place.
Creeping along the valley floor

Monday, June 24, 2013

Exhibition Night, June 2013: APAC

Here are some of the images from our last exhibition night until after the summer vacation. This months adjudicator was Allen Bargen who is a long time CAPA member, you can read his Bio Here.
 The highest scoring images and "Judges Choice" will follow in another post, these are the  amazing images that DIDN'T quite tickle the adjudicators fancy. Enjoy and remember the top scorers are yet to come!

Blue Sky, Blue Roof

Jumping the Moon

Morning on the Beach
 TO SEE MORE Click Here>>>>>

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

APAC 36th Annual Seminar Newsletter: APAC

Our first Newsletter is out. Click here to find out more or read the info below, but don't forget to sign up to receive the updates directly to your email.

As organizers and hosts of this annual event for the past 35 years, theAbbotsford Photo Arts Club has learned to adapt to change. Early seminars were held in a church basement. We outgrew that as some years have drawn over 500 attendees! We've seen slides go and iPhones come, computers have replaced chemicals. But we've always tried to provide inspirational and instructional events. Here's an update on 2013... 

First, what's staying the same
  • The APAC Photo Seminar will continue to  feature world renowned speakers. We're very excited to have Tony Sweet as our keynote speaker for 2013! More about Tony below...
  • Workshops will continue to be a vital part of the 36th Seminar, although for this year there will be fewer than last year. However, our workshop presenters will be the best of the best!  
  • Bang for your buck! The APAC seminar has always been a great deal, and we'll continue to keep it affordable.
And some changes
  • For this year at least, it's a one-day event. To be totally honest, our committee is burned out and we needed to scale back or quit completely. And we're not going to quit!
  • NO MORE ROCK HARD BLEACHERS!! We heard the many complaints about the seating in our previous venue, and we've responded by moving to the plush environs of the Michael J Fox Theater in Burnaby, BC (a suburb of Vancouver). Click here to take the virtual tour.  
  • Again, for this year there will be no Photo Contest. We're taking some time to look at this and other aspects of past seminars to make some changes before we bring it back in the future. 
 Tony Sweet

Tony's Bio
After successful careers as a jazz musician and educator, and professional magician, Tony settled on photography as his chosen means for personal expression. Beginning as a film photographer, he reluctantly moved to the digital age. Probably one of the last of his peers to "go digital," Tony has become facile in imaging software, specializing in plugins. As a charter Nik Team member, Tony teaches and lectures throughout the United States and Canada on the creative use of plugins. For more...
Tony's Work
One of the reasons we pursued Tony was that he's current with modern technology and techniques, and he's familiar with the West Coast. Take a look at his Victoria, BC and Whidbey Island, WA folios. We'll tell you more in upcoming Seminar Newsletters.

 When, Where & How? 
When: Saturday, October 26, 2013 

Where: Michael J Fox Theatre, Burnaby, BC

Registration: Registration will open July 1. You'll be notified if it opens sooner.
Seminar Newsletter   

We'll send this newsletter out with regular updates about the workshops, more info about Tony Sweet, and other news relevant to the 2013 APAC Photo Seminar. We'll also include articles and links that will be of interest to all photographers, so please forward this letter (link below) to your photographer friends and encourage them to sign up here!

Thank you, and see you on Oct 26th!

"The more you carry, the less you shoot." 
Jay Maisel 

Monday, May 27, 2013

"Trees" Assigned Topic, May 2013: APAC

Here are some more of the entries for the assigned topic "trees" in May, 2013. You can view the winners here

Don't sit under the Apple Tree with anyone else but me

Fire Ravaged

All Lit Up

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Exhibition Night, May 2013: APAC

This months adjudicator was Lynn Kelman (see Bio here), a CAPA trained Judge. For those who missed the evening here are the assigned winners and high scorers in each level. For those who want to be a part of the Club visit our APAC website, or if you want to learn more about this years annual Seminar and our guest speaker Tony Sweet, sign up here

Best in Show went to Sandra Fiedler.
Urban/ Rural, "A Minter Scene", Score 9 (level 2)
The Assigned topic was Trees and 1st place was awarded to Phil Dyer. Assigned topics are scored out of 30.
"Look Ma, No Leaves", Score 25 out of 30

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Tony Sweet. 36th Annual Seminar: APAC

A recent post from this years Keynote Speaker at the 36th Annual Seminar in Burnaby at the Michael J Fox Theatre.
Sign Up Here for emails regarding the Seminar.

See Tony's Post here

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Exhibition Night, April 2013: APAC

This months adjudicator was Wes Bergen from the Lions Gate Camera Club. The assigned topic was "after the rain".
Top Scorer was Bob Friesen, Score 25 out of 30
Assigned 1st Place, "spring showers", score 25

2nd and 3rd place were Jeremy Wedel & Phil Dyer respectively.
"Puddle Jumper", score 24  & "Liquid Gold", score 24
To see the winning category images Please click READ MORE.

Monday, April 8, 2013

"Slipping Away" by Sandra McMartin: APAC

One of our own Club members, Sandra McMartin has a Gallery showing with the Mission Arts Council. We hope you can all come and enjoy her work.

"I am captivated by graffiti artists. Most art is about leaving a legacy, something permanent, to give voice to an inner vision that you want to share and be remembered by. Graffiti is more akin to digital photography, transient unless transferred to a more permanent medium. Most art is protected by copyright, but graffiti is interactive. Someone paints something, someone adds something else, maybe things peel away and a new image is born. It is never stagnant. The art is the process, not the finished product."

I hope you can join me at the Mission Art Gallery on May 4th, 2013 from 1-4pm. I would welcome the opportunity to share with you my love of graffiti and photography. If you are interested in viewing more of my work please visit my web-site at"     -Sandra McMartin

Sunday, April 7, 2013

When Depth of Field is Never Enough: APAC

February's program night was an excellent presentation of  "focus stacking" by one of our own members, Eb Mueller.
Check out his presentation notes here and view more of his work here

36th Annual APAC Seminar, October 26th, 2013: APAC

This years APAC Seminar Key Note speaker is the amazingly talented Tony Sweet. Book now!