Sunshine Coast Camera Club

Supporting the photographic arts on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.

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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!

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.

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.

SCCC Meetings Canceled due to Coronavirus

Given the general health concerns raised by the Provincial Medical Health Officer and in the media, we will regretfully cancel the next two meetings (March 17 & April 7). We tentatively plan on resuming our meetings on April 21.

Over the next month we will continue to be advised by the Provincial Medical Health Officer in making the decision to resume meetings.

We will re-evaluate our club meeting schedule and planned activities as we move forward. Stay tuned for updates.

Stay well, everyone!

March 3rd Meeting – Composites with Jim Hatch

Jim Hatch, a professional photographer from Surrey, began his photographic journey at a very young age when he did his own processing in a dark room and printed his own photos.  He enjoys photographing sporting events, portraits, and many other genres of photography, but is mostly known for his creative photography composites. (hence his mantra “Rather than a Photographer, I consider myself more of an Artist with a Camera “

Jim joined the Langley Camera Club in 2001 and in 2003 joined CAPA (Canadian Association of Photographic Arts). He has won numerous awards and medals through competitions and national contests. He has been published in the Canadian Camera Magazine and the Surrey Arts magazine and has displayed his photos in art shows at the Surrey Cultural Centre and ABC Art Gallery.

His photos can be viewed at:


Fine Art America,


Jim can be reached at:  email:; cell: 604-258-8070

February 4th meeting – Guest Speaker Andy Clark

(John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Andy Clark has spent the last 45 years travelling extensively around the globe photographing famines, disasters, world summits, major sporting events, the first Gulf War and conflicts in the Balkans. His honours include twice being named the Canadian Photojournalist of the Year.

As a photojournalist, Andy will be sharing his knowledge, insights and experience at taking photographs from this perspective.  The nature of Andy’s work is to capture dramatic images, in both black & white as well as colour.  During his presentation, Andy will also share with us some of his current work in the form of short slide shows.

Rick Hulbert Presentation: The Complexity of Colour and the Lure of Luminance

Please join SCCC on

Tuesday, December 03 at 7 p.m.

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Rick Hulbert Photography

The Complexity of Colour and The Lure of Luminance

My presentation is designed to appeal to all levels of photographic experience and expertise, including beholders of images relative to their perception and appreciation of photographs.

I will highlight why colour is the most “relative” of mediumsalong with the complexities of how to interpret what your eyes and brain are telling you.

I hope to give you my take on why black and white photography can sometimes be so compelling. Spoiler alert: it is not because B&W is timeless or because some think it results in “Fine Art.”

Rick Hulbert

Rick Hulbert is a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Rick currently teaches photography at Simon Fraser University and conducts workshops throughout Europe and North America. He was one of only two photographers from North America invited to participate in the World Art Games held in Bratislava, Slovakia.