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Fall Foto Fest 2016 Contest Winners  

Gina Robertson - Grand Prize Best in Show
                              Prize: Amsterdam Tour with Photo Tour Trekkers
                              Image Title: The Last Alpha Male

David Huffman   - First Prize Landscape
                              Prize: $200.00
                              Image Title: Erieau Sunset

Suzan Johnson  - Honourable Mention
                              Prize: Bayfield Gift Basket
                              Image Title: Green Barn

Yang Jiao   - Honourable Mention 
                      Bayfield Gift Basket
                      Image Title: Ottawa Alexandra Bridge

Lynn Wilbur  - First Prize People
                         Prize: $200.00
                         Image Title: Exhausted

Jacky Brundritt-Schmitt - Honourable Mention
                                            Prize: Bayfield Gift Basket
                                            Image Title: Tea for Two

Angela Smolders - Honourable Mention
                                Prize: Bayfield Gift Basket
                               Image Title: La Tradicion 

Suzanne Southon - First Prize Wildlife
                                 Prize: $200.00
                                 Image Title: Grizzly Bears on Rainy Day Crossing

Zhugang Zheng - Honourable Mention 
                              Bayfield Gift Basket
                              Image Title: Elephants in Love

Jeff Brown - Honourable Mention 
                      Bayfield Gift Basket
                      Image Title: Coyote Road

Zhugang Zheng - People's Choice Award
                              Prize: Bayfield Weekend at The Ashwood
                              Image Title: Eye Window of the Soul

Zachery Siemens - 18 & Under Category 
                                 Prize: Camera Bag from Carmen's Foto Source Sarnia
                                 Image Title: Man in Tunnel

Allison Whitman - 18 & Under Category 
                                       Prize: Day Trip with Photo Tour Trekkers
                                Image Title: Pooping Beetle

Your invitation to join us for a weekend of Workshops & Photography
Thank you to everyone that joined us at Fall Foto Fest 2016 and we look forward to seeing you next year Sept 30th & Oct 1st, 2017.

Photo Tour Trekkers and the Photography Club of Bayfield are pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Bayfield Foto Fest on Saturday October 1st and Sunday October 2nd, 2016.

The Art of Observation - Fall Foto Fest weekend will feature a series of workshops that will help to hone your photographic skills and techniques. This year we are pleased to add three new types of workshops, Raptors and Birds of Prey, a Photo Shoot at Windmill Lake and a bonus Night Photography workshop. Attend on either or both days and enjoy your choice of 9 workshops.

Take part in our Fall Foto Fest Photo contest  - Grand Prize is a tour package for one photographer on Photo Tour Trekkers Holland / Amsterdam Photo Tour in May of 2017.

Registration for Fall Foto Fest 2016 is Now Closed.


The cost of the event is $55.00 for one day or $75.00 for two days. High school / college / university full time students, the fee will be $35.00 for one day or $55.00 for two days. We look forward to you joining us for a fall weekend of photography in beautiful Bayfield. If you choose to add our Raptors and Birds of Pray workshop to your selection it will be an additional $35 for both Adults and Students.

Download a pdf copy of Bayfield Fall Foto Fest Brochure and Photo Contest Details

Weekend Workshops -  " Our 2016 Foto Fest offers a choice of 9 workshops"

Below is a list of our Bayfield Fall Foto Fest 2016 Workshops ... if you are attending one day please select two workshops, if you are attending for both days you may select 4 workshops. Those attending Saturday or both days may also choose to select the Night Photography workshop. Once you have selected your workshops please proceed to the registration page to reserve and pay for your selections. We accept PayPal, M/C and Visa. 

- Raptor Photo Shoot: Learn how to photograph birds of prey in flight


During this hands-on workshop you will work with Trekkers Photographer Len Silvester and the bird trainer from the Raptor Conservancy of Canada as you photograph these amazing birds of prey at rest and in flight. This will be a location shoot. You will need your camera and a wide angle zoom lens like a 18mm-135mm and a telephoto 70mm-200mm or 300mm range. The conservancy will also share information on their work of preserving these birds for generations to come.

 - Field Trip Workshop to Windmill Lake & Eco Park:


A visit to Windmill Lake for a hands-on workshop and photo shoot. Here you will have an opportunity to create landscapes and other interesting photographs with a beautiful Dutch windmill as your backdrop. The Windmill & Eco park is a unique landmark in the Bayfield region and we are pleased to feature this beautiful location as part of Fall Foto Fest.

 - Macro Photography: Close-up photography hands-on workshop


Back by popular demand ... Capturing images up-close is fun and adds a whole new dimension to your photography. This will be a hands-on workshop so bring your camera and tripod. During this workshop we will have photo stations set up for you to try Macro and Close-up photography. You will also learn about reflectors and simple lighting techniques. We have selected a larger venue for our Macro workshop thus allowing for more workspace. Along with the talents of photographer Nancy McRae, we are pleased to have Photography Club of Bayfield member and photographer Mel Diotte join the instruction team for this workshop.

 - Digital Video: Video editing made easy


Now that you have created videos with your digital camera, here’s a workshop that will help you edit them. During the workshop you will learn how to upload, edit, add titles and music. You will need a laptop computer for this workshop. We are pleased to have John Densky multi media journalist and Lambton College instructor present this workshop.

 - Studio and Portrait Lighting Photography that won't break the budget:


Lighting is an important part of portrait photography but can be a very expensive venture. During this workshop we will demonstrate ways to light your subject with your flash unit and items you have around the house. Once you have the right light, making your subject comfortable is what creates the perfect portrait. Working with your subject and making them feel at ease combined with the right light makes the perfect shot. Hands-on workshop. We are pleased to have photo journalist, Photo Tour Trekkers Host and Lambton College photography instructor Dave Chidley present this workshop.

 - Adobe Photoshop Elements 101: Morning session for Elements Users 


Adobe Elements is a popular post-processing photo program. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to learn the tools Elements has to offer. Then move on to crop, straighten and resize an image. We will also try some creative techniques that will help enhance your images. Please bring your laptop with Adobe Elements installed. This is a hands on workshop.

 - Adobe Photoshop 201: Afternoon session for Adobe Photoshop Users


A more advanced look at Adobe Photoshop and all the features it offers the digital photographer. This workshop will help you with actions, plug-ins, retouching, and using RAW conversion. During this workshop we will work on a couple of projects that will help you better understand the use of layers and a photo restoration project.  We will also demonstrate how the program works in partnership with Adobe Lightroom. This is a hands-on workshop, please bring your laptop with Adobe Photoshop software installed.

 - Photography 101 : Understanding the elements of a great photograph


This session will cover getting to know and understand the basics of your camera and the art of photography. Framing, composition and which lenses do what, are all important parts of the learning process. Weather permitting, we will go out and take a few images based on what we have learned. Bring a sample of your photography either in print or on a memory stick and if time permits we will be happy to review them in class.


- Night Photography : Bonus 9th Workshop


We are pleased to offer this Saturday Night Only workshop on Night Photography. The workshop is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. Participants will have opportunity to learn more about time exposures, painting with light and weather permitting pinwheel photography. This is a hands on workshop, you will require a tripod, and if possible a cable release. If you have a flash unit bring it too.

Download a PDF copy of Fall Foto Fest 2016 Weekend Schedule 




 Enter Fall Foto Fest Photography Contest - Entry Deadline Sept 16, 2016


Our Workshop Instructors:
Len_Silvester.jpg Len Silvester - Barrie, ON
Len is Photo Tour Trekkers newest Photography Host who joined our team in the Spring of 2016. Len will be hosting the Fall Foto Fest Raptors and Birds of Prey Workshops. Len's passion for wildlife photography and talents to capture the action coupled with his teaching skills will make for an amazing workshop. Len recently hosted our Gannets and More Tour to Percé, Quebec home of 55,000 nesting gannets. Len will be hosting a series of upcoming Canadian Wildlife and Birding tours.

 JohnDensky.jpg John Densky - London, ON

John is a freelance multimedia journalist from Sarnia, ON. John has covered the Middle East and West Africa for media outlets such as Time, The Guardian UK, Foreign Affairs, and the New York Time. At home John teaches Digital Cinema at Lambton College. John is a Fuji X Ambassador and continues to exhibit and lecture internationally.

NancyMcRae.jpg Nancy McRae - Sarnia, ON

Nancy McRae is an avid photographer who has embraced her work with a very creative eye. She realized the importance of post processing in the digital world and began to work with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop which streamlined the process. Taking her images to an all new level of creativity, Nancy began using Corel Paint and her work took on a whole new dimension. Nancy will be sharing her creative techniques during our Macro workshops. Nancy is a nursing educator at Lambton College and an active traveller with Photo Tour Trekkers.

Debh.jpg Billh.jpg  Deb and Bill Hall - Kitchener, ON

Bill and Deb Hall are both Photo Tour Trekker Photographer hosts and have spent many years sharing their photography skills through workshops, presentations and travel. Collectively they share more years than they want to mention in photography. In previous years Deb and Bill operated their own Wedding and Portrait Photography business and now enjoy sharing their experiences with other photographers through workshops, AV presentations and travel. Deb and Bill will be hosting a Photo Tour Trekkers to the Yukon in August of 2016. Welcome back for your fourth year with Foto Fest. 

dave.jpg Dave Chidley - Petrolia, ON

Photo Journalist, College Instructor and Photo Tour Trekkers Photographer Host Dave Chidley is probably one of the most experienced professional photographer you will ever meet with an energy like no other. Dave has worked for the Calgary Sun, London Free Press, Canadian Press, Toronto Star and currently is teaching photography at Lambton College in Sarnia and Conestoga College in Kitchener. Dave has travelled with Photo Tour Trekkers over the past 11 years sharing his passion for photography and his unique way of getting you excited about capturing images. We are pleased to have Dave back with us at Fall Foto Fest this year hosting our Studio Lighting workshop.

james.jpg James Cowie - London, ON

James has over 30 years experience in photography and carries the profession of photography into the 3rd generation. James hosts photography tours all over the world, working with his photographer guests to achieve the ultimate images. During 2016 has hosted photographers in Guatemala, New Zealand, the Galapagos Islands, Chicago. In the October he will be returning to Galapagos Islands then on to Thailand and Burma. During Fall Foto Fest he will be teaming up with Tammy Beveridge for our Photoshop Elements 101 and Adobe Photoshop 201 workshops. 


If you are planning on joining us for the weekend we are pleased to offer special rates for the weekend at Ashwood Inn which is only a 3 minute drive from the Town Hall. Please mention you are attending Foto Fest to receive the special rate. Please book early as rooms with the Ashwood are booking fast.


The Ashwood - 34777 Bayfield River Road, Bayfield ON. 519-565-4444

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