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The Kamloops Photographic Arts Club (KPAC) is all about sharing images, being inspired by each other and learning from each other. When the club enters a competition such as the Canadian Association for Photographic Arts (CAPA) Around B.C.
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The Kamloops Photographic Arts Club (KPAC) is all about sharing images, being inspired by each other and learning from each other.

When the club enters a competition such as the Canadian Association for Photographic Arts (CAPA) Around B.C. theme competition, members present their images that evening and all get to vote on the entries.

Submissions are rated on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 scoring highest for a truly outstanding image) and are screened three times before score cards are collected and tallied.

Several Kamloops members consistently have top scoring images, but are allowed only one submission per competition.

The top five, six or 10 images are then sent via the Internet to the host club doing the adjudicating, after being checked by the KPAC competition director for correct sizing, labelling and theme criteria.

This particular competition involved only clubs in B.C and the Yukon as the selection was to showcase images of B.C. for the 2015 CAPA Photo Expo held at University of British Columbia and hosted by B.C. for the national organization.

Having the submissions judged by four clubs was a different twist. Acting competition director Robert Nowland explained the process for judging: 

“The images were sent to the four clubs — Kelowna, Cowichan, Prince George and Lions Gate — to be scored on a scale of 1 to 10.

“The top images, including those selected, had scores from 2 to 10, while the CAPA scoring, with three judges, gave a number between 3 and 30.

“By location, KPAC’s scoring was 17 to 21, 15 to 20, 18 to 22 and 17 to 23.”

Congratulations were given to Kamloops’ club members Bonnie Pryce and Brian Mitchell for each receiving honourable mention for their images.

The Kamloops club placed 11th overall. 

With 18 photo clubs participating, the top scores were closely contested.

The North Shore Photographic Society took gold with 429 points, West Vancouver Seniors Photo Club earned silver with 427 points and Delta garnered bronze with 425 points. Kamloops had 386 points.

This image was taken on a foggy September morning out the front door of Pryce’s cabin on Heffley Lake. It was gloomy and grey, but the fog over the water was so interesting and ethereal that Pryce had to get out to photograph it. She said this is her favourite picture of Heffley Lake.

The image itself was taken in colour and was beautiful as it was. However, Pryce said she just felt the mood lent itself to black and white.

“When I converted it in Adobe Lightroom, I realized that I was right,” she said. “It enhanced the mysterious quality of the image.

A paediatric physiotherapist of 35 years, Pryce worked with special-needs children and their families.

Having recently retired, Pryce has become increasingly connected to photography, having more time in which to indulge her passion.

She particularly enjoys capturing her visions of the natural world, especially at night, as well as travel and cultural photography.  She also enjoys many other styles of photography, each with their various challenges and differences inherent within each particular genre.

The quote, “Photography is not what you look at, but what you see,” is, for Pryce, the essence of photography. 

As she began developing her skills in photography, becoming more passionate about it, Pryce realized it wasn’t just about seeing the light and lines, the textures, shapes and colours — it was about the feeling and mood that an image portrays.

For Pryce, a picture really is worth more than a thousand words.

It can capture emotion and make the world stand still for a single moment.

Dave Eagles’ comments: “Great composition and  excellent decision to convert to greyscale. The ethereal quality of side lit or backlit light can be a powerful element within an image. It’s reminiscent of the floating mountains scene in the James Cameron movie, Avatar.”

Mitchell joined the Kamloops Photo Arts Club in 2008, serving as treasurer for the past three years. 

During that time, he has learned a great deal about photography.

“In all honesty, I could not have taken this picture prior to 2008,” he said. 

Mitchell said his fellow club members are more than willing to share their knowledge and expertise with others.

Mitchell took this image last November at Cox Bay near Tofino. 

Mitchell recalled the weather had been uncooperative all day but, just before sunset, the skies partially cleared, which allowed him to snap this photo.  

“It’s moments like these that photographers live for,” he said. “You have to be at the right place at the right time.”

“I have had other moments, but they don’t come that often.”

Dave Eagles’ comments:

“There is something about a sunrise and sunset that appeals to most everyone. Perhaps, it’s because they’re the framework for both day and night — marking the transition between darkness and light.

“Mitchell’s image is well-composed, using the rule-of-thirds to anchor the walkers on the beach within the photo. The addition of the dark vignette effect is a nice touch — it helps to direct the eye into the scene on the beach.

“Picture perfect.”

The KPAC has a number of members who live a distance away in places like the Salmon Arm area, Logan Lake, Lac Le Jeune and the Shuswap.

Ted Linden lives at Blind Bay and captured this gorgeous image from his deck.

Linden said the KPAC is the best club he has ever belonged to and, although he is unable to attend many meetings, he keeps in touch with club activities through its online newsletter, The KPAC Snapshot, regular emails and the club’s website.

Dave Eagles’ comments: “Whether or not you’re strengthening your image in-camera [polarizing filter] or during post-processing, this type of image benefits from incorporating the right amount of contrast.

“The reflection of clouds in the lake appear to resemble icebergs floating in the water, adding a sense of the mystical. The snow scattered amongst the hills is a small, yet important, detail in adding to the strength of this high-impact image.

“Well done.”

As a member of the KPAC for the past 10 years, Dolina Moon said she has enjoyed learning and celebrating the art of photography.

With her attempt at creating this image, she edited the photo by converting it to black and white and then increased the image’s contrast.

“I think it created a mood of gravitas, with the derelict church being bypassed by the wheels of commerce,” she said. “The leading lines of the railway appear to carry the viewer swiftly, past the old church.”

Dave Eagles’ comments: “As Moon states above, this image evokes a seriousness and weight, reinforced by the position of the aging church itself, tilting away from the train tracks. It appears to be sinking into the earth. For me, this image portrays a sense of sadness and loss.

“The chapel, the brooding clouds and the predominance of dark tones along the tracks, work together to create a sullen mood.

“Although the railway line appears to be the main subject, I see the church to be more central to the photo.

“Great use of several elements to articulate a strong historical mood.”