Brain Cancer Research – 2017 Cocktails for Cancer Fundraiser

The annual gala fund raiser Cocktails for Cancer was held last Saturday night to raise funds for Brain Cancer research in Ottawa. Cocktails for Cancer traditionally has been the sister event for the South Ottawa Race Day which is held in the fall.  Things are changing this year and South Ottawa Race Day will be replaced with a new event Race for Research. I have had the pleasure of photographing this fun event again this year.  

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These wonderful people came together to help raise money for Brain Cancer research after Brain Cancer effected one of their friends, Heather Geddie. You can learn more about their fund raising, become involved and donate at their website: Race for Research.

Last Night’s Fun

The evening consisted of a silent auction, live auction, raffle, dancing, food and drinks and the presentation of a check representing the amount of money raised by this group.

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Also part of the evening was the introduction of the new race event Race for Research.

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The Volunteers

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Having Fun

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Cocktails for Cancer 2016 Volunteers

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Cocktails for Cancer 2015 Volunteers

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Cocktails for Cancer 2014 Volunteers

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Cocktails for Cancer 2013 Volunteers

Brain Cancer Research – 2016 Cocktails for Cancer Fundraiser

The annual gala fund raiser Cocktails for Cancer was held last night.  This event helps to raise funds for Brain Cancer research.  I have had the pleasure of photographing this fun event for a few years now.  Cocktails for Cancer is the sister event for the South Ottawa Race Day which is held in the fall.  These two events are spear headed by a hand full of dedicated women from our community.

2016 Coctails for Cancer Volunteers

These wonderful people came together to help raise money for Brain Cancer research after Brain Cancer effected one of their friends, Heather Geddie.  You can learn more about their fund raising, become involved and donate at their website: http://www.southottawaraceday.ca.

Last night’s fun

Last night members of the Riverside South community and beyond got together to help raise money through a silent and live auction.

Live Auction for Brain Cancer Research Winner Bidding in the live auction to raise money for brain cancer resaerch Winner of the Tragically Hip tickets

The evening also included some food, drinks and dancing to live music.  I spent the first part of the evening photographing many of the guests on the red carpet as they arrived.

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Later in the evening I recorded some of the fun and fundraising that went on.

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The volunteers

Working hard
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Cocktails for Cancer 2016 Volunteers

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Cocktails for Cancer 2015 Volunteers

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Cocktails for Cancer 2014 Volunteers

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Cocktails for Cancer 2013 Volunteers

Snowy Owls on Wolfe Island 2016

This Valentine’s day the RA Photo Club organized a trip to Wolfe Island (near Kingston).  Nearly twenty of us were up well before dawn and on the road by 0600 for the trip to the ferry.  We spent a very productive morning moving around the western part of the island we saw many snowy owls and stopped to photograph each one.  I lost count of the number of snowy owls we saw.  After stopping for lunch we headed east.  A few of us were separated from the main group and we did not see any more Snowy Owls but we did see some deer and various hawks. Unfortunately neither the deer nor the hawks were as accommodating as the Snowy Owls were from the morning.

Several times during the morning an owl would sit for a while with us taking its picture and then it would fly a short distance away.  We would regroup and it would eventually fly back to its original perch.  A few of the owls did not want anything to do with us and just flew away as soon as we stopped our cars but most of the owls were quite content to watch us watching them.  The weather was very cold but for some reason there was nearly no wind.  That made all the difference, that and the fact that we were very well bundled up meant for as comfortable a winter outing as can be expected.  It was well worth the trip.

The photographers in action

RA Photo Club members watching a Snowy Owl

This is the view form the other side of the Snowy Owl I was photographing.  We sometimes blocked the road but luckily there was very little traffic.  I only had to call “CAR” twice all day.  This is the group photographing the owl sitting in a tree.  We were in the last car and were a bit behind the group so when we caught up the owl had just flown away from the trees and the group followed her to the hydro pole up the road.  We just stayed and watched and sure enough she left her pole and flew back to the trees were we were setup and waiting.

One of the Snowy Owls watching us

Snowy Owl watching the photographers

Snow Geese Fall 2015

I spent a day with some other photographers from the RA Photo Club near St. Isidore Ontario taking pictures of snow geese.  We started our search near the sod farm near the 417 highway.  We watched them fly in overhead but very few snow geese landed on the sod farm.  We could see that the snow geese were coming down near by.  After some scouting around we found them first in a small field north of the sod farm.  After they flushed and left we had a break at the local Tim Horton’s and then headed towards Winchester.  We found another flock of snow geese in a field near the road and spent some time photographing them. Then we found a very large flock of snow geese on the water treatment ponds near Winchester but were not able to get very close.  Later we did find a large flock of snow geese on the water in a near by quarry.   This time we got much closer.  They filled the sky when they flushed!

 

2015 Fall Challenge Competition

Earlier in October the RA Photo Club held its annual Fall Challenge Nature competition.  Each year the challenge is to spend any portion of a single 24hour period at one location and then submit 8 of your best creations to be judged in competition.  This year the location was Lac Ramsay and Trail 56 in the Gatineau Park.  I was in the area from before sun rise until 3pm in the afternoon.  I made 208 compositions with just over 600 frames (some where panoramas, HDR and focus stacking).  Here is my working selection from which I will be choosing my eight best.