First MJCC Annual Retreat Recap

abbey and birdhouseIf you were unable to attend the Moose Jaw Camera Club’s First Annual Retreat you missed a great time. Our venue was St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster, our instructor John Perret came from Saskatoon.

Here are a few images to share our busy weekend with sunrise and sunset shoots, time in the classroom with Photoshop and a tour of the Abbey.

We gathered on Friday afternoon and were soon on our way to explore the Abbey.

getting ready for the tourgroup tour of abbeymonks dining roomstained glass windowdining room artroot cellarFrom the root cellar 17′ under ground and all dug by hand a hundred years ago… we soon took the elevator to the highest look out point at the top of the glass elevator.

collegeImmediately after dinner we made our way to explore the surrounding fields to get as much of the sunset as the fast moving clouds allowed…

Brenda in Canola Canola with weather clouds

…followed by an excursion of the Abbey’s farm yard.

texture and colourrusty partRusty machinery to chickens and rooster…

rooster and chickens

AlpacaA face only a mother can love…

goats…to nosy goats!

chicken shed chicken shed insideleading lines…and architectural lines and textures – this farm had something for everyone.

love sunrise 1Saturday morning started at 4 am. A quick cup of coffee and we were off to capture the dramatic sunrise.

Sunday sunrise Struday sunrise 2Followed by thunder and lighting in the distance.

Sat sunrise lightingWith rain and overcast skies we didn’t mind the time in the classroom. John had a full agenda and by the end of the day we were ready for another sunset shoot after dinner.

IMG_8157 IMG_8158

But first we stopped into St. Peter’s Cathedral, erected in 1910 with paintings by Berthold Imhoff.

St. Peter's Cathedral_outside

St. Peter's inside

The clouds were constantly changing and were soon gathered by the side of the gravel road north and west of the Abbey.

the groupclouds 2 clouds 1faint rainbowThe storm chasers in the group were watching the clouds carefully!

thunder head cloudBut all ended well with a blood red sun setting in the west.

IMG_8160Sunday morning’s sunset shoot with the same enthusiastic group…IMG_8163…but bundled up to keep the chill out!

Sunday sunriseSunrise in the east…

sunrise 2…reflected in the west.

morning dewKneeling along the roadside (in the mud) we managed to avoid the strong breeze and manage a few macro morning dew shots.

morning dew 2We had plenty of time before breakfast and visited St. Gregor, just east of Muenster.

St. Gregor ChurchWhen the weather is not so great and the sun is hiding behind the clouds one can always find a church and a graveyard to explore…

lichen encrusted crossA little tired from the early mornings we forgot to make a group photo… sorry!

Check out everyone’s Facebook pages for more images. If you were unable to attend the retreat this year let us know if you are interested in 2017! We are busy getting the club year organized and programming in place. Email Rob <> or Anna <> with your ideas, suggestions and expectations regarding activities and venue.

This entry was written by annahergert and published on July 25, 2016 at 6:14 pm. It’s filed under Annual Retreat, Club News, Fieldtrips, Landscape Photography, Macro photography, Moose Jaw Camera Club, Photography, Photography Seminar and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “First MJCC Annual Retreat Recap

  1. on said:

    Loved your pictures. Was jealous hope you have another one and that I will be able to attend Thanks for sharing.

    Sent from my iPhone



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