Sunshine Coast Camera Club

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February 1, 2022 meeting: Macro and Floral Photography with guest speaker Kasandra Sproson

In Search of the Perfect Flower Photograph

Creating the perfect flower image has become an endless journey for me.   I try to portray the essence, the soul, of my subjects, often linking my own emotions with the process.  In this presentation I will share how and why I choose a subject and which style will best suit the story I want to tell.

Topics we will discuss include techniques and tools I use to create in camera images (SOOC) or to prepare for those that I will process into artwork in Photoshop.  These days adding textures and creative backgrounds to floral images is extremely popular.  While they can be purchased, creating your own is very rewarding and can be created quite easily.  I will conclude my presentation with a basic demonstration of how these can be applied in Photoshop to create your own masterpieces.

I look forward to sharing my journey with you.


Kasandra has always had a special fascination with flowers and after retiring she began using photography to explore their world intimately.  Her fine art imagery is a visual expression of her spiritual and emotional connection with the world, created through artistic photographic techniques and digital enhancements that often reflect a dreamlike or ethereal quality. Some become one of a kind mixed media art works.

Her work has been recognized nationally and locally, receiving numerous awards.  Some of her images have been spotlighted in “Beautiful British Columbia” and chosen for cover pages for the Arts Council of Surrey’s “Spotlight” and CAPA’s” Canadian Camera” magazines which also featured her written article and images on macro photography.

Kasandra has been active in the photographic community and was recognized by CAPA with Associate Fellowship Honours.  She enjoys teaching photography and has held popular two day in person workshops on macro / floral photography and has done instructional presentations on various photographic techniques (ICM, Multiple Exposure, Macro, Flower Photography) to photography clubs in the Greater Vancouver area.  She is honoured to have been asked by renowned flower photographer, Jackie Kramer, to be one of the group of international instructors for Phlorography Online 2022, a year long workshop presented to participants from around the world.  She will be sharing the process she developed for her unique Through the Soji Screen Project images.

A self taught artist in other media, Kasandra’s photographic and creative skills have been influenced by studies with some outstanding photographers, notably Freeman Patterson, Andre Gallant, Denise Ippolito, Jackie Kramer, Kathleen Clemons,  Andrea Guilichx, and Hélena Adelmann.  She is always searching for new and innovative ways to express her love of floral photography.

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October 5, 2021 meeting: Abstract Photography with guest speaker Ursula Abresch

Ursula Abresch is an art photographer based close to New Denver/Silverton, on Slocan Lake, in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

She was born in Argentina, and raised in Chile and Argentina. She moved to the USA to attend university, and eventually moved permanently to Canada. 

She has been an active art photographer for the last 15 years. Her work is represented by Pacific Art Group out of Oakland, California. She has had gallery showings locally In Trail, New Denver, and Nakusp, and internationally in California, Denmark, Switzerland, and Kuwait. Her work has sold to collectors and individuals worldwide. She has been featured in various art publications, and recently been on the cover of the ArtDotCom trade magazine.

Ursula and her husband, Ron, are “retired”. When not hiking or camping/backpacking, Ursula dedicates most of her time to her art.

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From Sunshine Coast to Sunshine Coast

Over the last few weeks, the Sunshine Coast Camera Club has been in discussion with the Caloundra Camera Group (from Australia) to arrange a Zoom joint club meeting to bring together our respective Sunshine Coasts!  The purpose of this meeting is to share photos of our respective communities with the possibility of future joint meetings.

While not all SCCC members have participated in the Sunshine Coast Camera Club Zoom meetings, most have attended one or more meetings.  The club plans to continue to use Zoom technology until pandemic regulations permit the club to resume in-person meetings.  The use of Zoom could allow us to develop a “Twin Club” or “Sister Club” relationship with another camera club.  The meeting of the two Sunshine Coast camera clubs provide a perfect opportunity.

A first meeting, scheduled for Thursday evening, April 22nd (Pacific time) will allow each club to share a slide show of approximately 20 photos to reflect our respective communities. The slides should represent a wide range of topics that could include local schools, business, land/seascapes, local folks, environment, etc. The photographer responsible for each slide will be given up to one minutes to describe what the image represents. An opportunity for informal conversation will follow.

This should be a fun and interesting evening for both clubs’ members.  Who knew that a pandemic could result in a unique international relationship between two camera clubs!

Additional BC Camera Club Collaborative Zoom Sessions

After two highly successful sessions with photographic masters, Richard Martin and Jeffrey Wu (al the way from the Serengeti), the BC-Yukon Collaborative Zoom sessions continue to provide high-value educational information to camera club members here on the coast during the pandemic.

The collaboration will host an additional two speakers this spring. Upcoming sessions include:

March 26, 2021 Laura Letinsky A proposition, or, the lure of photography

May 14, 2021 George Barr Topic to be determined

These sessions are only available to camera club members through the collaborative. Members will be expected to register for the session ahead of time. Registration links will be forwarded by the clubs.

If you would like to become a Sunshine Coast Camera Club Member, please contact us via our website contact page.

BC Camera Clubs Host High Profile Photographers

Due to the Covid Pandemic, BC camera clubs are not meeting in person. A number are meeting virtually via Zoom, while others are not meeting at all. To support club members, with the financial and organizational support of the Canadian Association of the Photographic Arts (CAPA), BC clubs have banded together to share the costs of hosting high profile and world class photographers on Zoom webinars and to provide access to these Zoom sessions to all member clubs’ members. This allows smaller clubs to have access to speakers who normally would not be available to them.

The BC Camera Club collaboration will host a series of four speakers. They will be held in November, January, February/March and later in the Spring. The first two sessions have been announced, with SCCC hosting the January session with Jeffrey Wu.

November 23, 2020 Richard MartinLines and Curves”

January 8, 2021 Jeffrey Wu, “Wildlife Photography“.

Members will be expected to register for each session ahead of time. Registration links will be forwarded to members by the clubs.

Additionally, a number of larger clubs are opening up their educational Zoom sessions to members of other camera clubs. SCC members have the opportunity to register for:

November 2, 2020 Adam Gibbs “Simplicity in Chaos

November 30th, 2020 Lisa Langell, “The New Nature Photography: Trends for the Future”

Registration links will be sent to SCCC members by the club.

Astro – Photography Session November 3, 2020

On November 3, 2020 the Sunshine Coast Camera Club will have Michael Bradley as our speaker regarding Astro-Photography. Michael is the Sunshine Coast Astronomy Club’s resident expert on the subject. Below is his Bio.

Michael Bradley was educated in the U.K., and is a passionate believer in trying to bring understanding to complex environmental and ecological challenges. Before retiring, he was responsible for the Technology & Sustainability activities of a major Canadian pulp, paper and forest products producer for over two decades.

Since retiring he has remained active in a number of scientific societies, sustainability programs and the local Astronomy Club. He is also a member of the Sunshine Coast Elder College program and frequently facilitates and presents for them.

His hobbies include microscopy, astronomy,  silversmithing & electronics.

He has lived in Roberts Creek for the past 15 years where his small observatory is ringed by trees.

Barry J. Brady, August 4th Speaker on Street Photography

Barry is a Fine Art Landscape and commercial photographer based in Vancouver, BC. He has photographed international hotels across Canada, as Far East as St Johns, Nova Scotia and pretty much in every province between there and British Columbia. Some of his clients include Sandman Hotels, Moxies, Dennys, Sutton Place Hotels, Best Western and Hilton Hotels. He as also photographed for Aston Martin International and was the official photographer when Prince Edward visited Vancouver. He is an addicted traveller and loves travelling to far off places and capturing their essence. 

Barry is an entertaining and experienced photography teacher and public speaker. He loves nothing more than being behind his camera or showing other photographers how to get the most out of their camera. To see more of his work, visit his site at You can also read his photography writing on Digital Photography school here:

He runs regular Photography Workshops (Which will resume once normal travel is possible) You can also join Barry on a photography workshop in Canada (Shooting the Northern Lights in the Yukon) and is planning some International photography workshop destinations (Morocco and Namibia are in the works). 

To see his work, click HERE.