There are as many styles of photography as there are photographers and an exhibition showcasing the work of shutterbugs in the area has begun at the Gallery at Qualicum Art Supply in Qualicum Beach.
There are stark black and white images, as well as bursts of colour and the 75 pieces of digital art that were captured by 22 members of the Oceanside Photographers Club will be on display until November 11.
The show not only allows people to appreciate the remarkable images, it also gives the photographers a forum to exhibit and sell their work.
The last time there was a photography exhibition at the gallery, Randy Hall was so inspired by what he saw, he decided to join the club and he is now the president of the group of over 70 photographers of all levels.
He said while he has dabbled in photography for 30 years it has only been the last few years he has taken it more seriously. He said scenics are his favourite thing to photograph and he has four prints on canvas wrap hanging at the gallery, all of them taken on Vancouver Island.
Capturing the world through photography is what inspires Lynn Bieber-Weis who has been with club for about five years now.
She said she will photograph just about anything but for this show she is exhibiting three scenic pieces.
Sue Mohan also enjoys the educational component of the local photography club. She has been doing photography for several years and jumps at the opportunity to learn new techniques.
“I really enjoy being with the group because we are constantly learning. We have an educational meeting once a month,” said Mohan.
Her work is mostly macro. She does close ups of insects and flowers and said her favourite winged subject is the bumble bee.
Ed Dunnett is relatively new to photography and is drawn to the vast range and creativity that photography allows. Although he has been with club for five years he has never exhibited his work before.
“It’s a first for me. You never know what the reaction is going to be but I think you have to try and see what happens,” he admitted.
He enjoys shooting landscapes in really nice lighting conditions which he said are usually late in the evening or early in the morning.
“I don’t mind getting up before daylight and shooting the nice light in the morning.”
His submission in the exhibition is of Brice Canyon in the United States. He said it was shot right at dawn and he admitted the secret to a good photo is quality of light.
If you would like to check out the work presented by some very talented photographers, the Gallery is located at 206 First Avenue West in Qualicum Beach and the Fall Show runs until November 11.