News & Updates 2015-16 - Sedona Camera Club
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2015-16 Newsletters: 2016 - June \ May \ April \ March \ February \ January
2015 - December \ November \ October \ September \ August \ July \ June

 

2015-16 UPDATES: Club Celebration and Awards (May 5) \ Challenge, Clarkdale and More (Mar 19) \ Mentoring Update and Invitation (Feb 23) \ Mentoring - February Correction and Invitation (Jan 26) \ Upcoming Trips Action Request Update (Jan 13) \ Mentoring - Stephanie's Aperture Ditty (Jan 13) \ January MENTORING Update (Dec 22) \ Proposed By-Laws Update (Dec 15) \ November MENTORING Update (Nov 21) \ November PAINTED Desert Trip and ACCC Update (Nov 15) \ October Mentoring Program Update (Oct 30) \ Sept ACCC Competition Info (Sep 15) \ August Library Exhibit Info (Aug 27)

 

2015-16 REMINDERS: February 23 \ January 24 \ December 12 \ November 27 \ October 23 \ October 18 \ October 13 \ September 24 \ September 20 \ September 10 \ August 26

 

June Newsletter - June 2, 2016

Good afternoon!

I hope your summer started out with a wonderful Memorial weekend. We do have a great deal to remember and be thankful for, don’t we…

Welcome to new members Mark and Sandy Gifford, Robert Peake, Elke Schreiber, Brian Klimowski and Michael and Jessica Mount!!

Welcome Bonnie Miller and Mark Elder to the Board and say a big thanks to Greg Griffin and Steve Moody for their service!!!

It was great to see soooooo many of you at the year-end celebration! That's the largest gathering we've ever had. Very nice... If you missed it, well... I'd suggest you ad it to next years calander now (May 8 or 15). One of the highlights was presenting Pat Heard and Roger Kiel with the "Keys to the Club" and a lifetime membership in thanks for their may years of support and service. What a party!!! And did I mention the **Best of the Year** images??? You'll need to go to the website to find out the details. Needless to say, congratulations to everyone for a great year in images (Gafford, Kincaid, Kenney, Belvin, Griffin... and all the rest)! (http://sedonacameraclub.smugmug.com/Competition-Galleries)

Here’s the latest from the club.

1) We’re Moving

We've outgrown our long-time venue and are upgrading a wee bit. Regular monthly club meetings will continue to be held on the last Monday of each month. Doors are open at 5:45 PM at we now meet at Sedona Christ Lutheran Church, 25 Chapel Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336, this is one roundabout north of where we used to meet.
(View Map)

2) Mentoring

We put up a web page dedicated to our mentoring program. It will hold all of the materials we have for the programs we run. It's accessed by clicking on the Member's Area link on the club's website. Here's a shortcut!
http://www.sedonacameraclub.com/Site-Pages/Mentoring/n-g9GhVB

**Please take a few minutes to read this document!!  The 2016-17 Program - An Overview

The first session is coming up fast - June 6, 2016 - Initial Adobe Track Mentoring Plan - an overview (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!)

The second session is coming up fast - June 13, 2016 - Lightroom Library Module (Lightroom and never lose or destroy an original image and always be able to find it and any processed image quickly!)!

Why Lightroom (Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop)? - Simple, we have a number of members with expertise using these products, and they are the industry standard. As a Club, this is our base. Many members also use other products and plugins, but in the main, this is in addition to these core products.

Stay tuned for more developments. If you are new and would like to get involved with the June 6 session on Lightroom/Adobe Camera Raw, let Roger (rekiel@mac.com) or Stephanie (stephanieb904@gmail.com) know right away (and please read the documents before you come to the session).

3) Becoming an Entity

The Board would like the membership to consider the club becoming a non-profit entity (501c3). More on this as we develop the concept. We hope to have everything in place to put this to a vote on early in the fall. Why change??? Well, we are currently essentially a non-entity. This leaves us exposed and unable to participate with some other members of our community. As I said, more on this as it develops. We just wanted to falg this for future consideration.

4) July Meeting

Bob Coates will be critiquing images submitted by members live and on the fly. This is a fantastic opportunity to see and hear how the professional judges/critiquers carry out this important task. Critiquing is an important skill and can be improved with a combination of practice and education. This is truly an incredible educational highlight for the summer. Remember, critiquing is both a perk and requirement for our advanced members.

5) Club Trips

Watch the website!!! This summer will get busier by the day.

Thanks!

Bill and the Board



Update - May 6, 2016

Good morning!

A few quick items…

1) Thank you!

Fantastic to see so many members of the Club participating in the choosing the images which will hold the title *Best of the Year* for 2016. And you made some great choices. We now have your picks for the digital intermediate and advanced images, as well as the best color, mono and creative prints. Come to the Year End Celebration to find out who the awards go to, and to take part in making the choice for the best “digital” and best “print” image for the year (just to top everything off). You must admit, we've had some amazing images coming into the Club competitions this year.

 

2) Club Year End Celebration and Awards

WOW – it’s nice to see so many folks will be coming to the party on Monday, May 16th. If you are one of the few holding out, we’d love to see you and ask that you please consider being a part of this social event. Call or email Greg Griffin now at x. He’s keeping track of the food, wine and beer budget. Thanks for letting Greg know!!! (fireyogi1@msn.com or 760-220-2605).

 

3) We’ve got a secret…

What do long-time members Pat Heard and Roger Kiel have in common? You’re right, I can’t tell you in an email, and you wouldn’t believe it even if you read it on the internet… Be at the party on the 16th and all will be revealed!!!

 

4) Looking to the Future

Your Board met yesterday and the program for next year is coming together. The speakers and trips look incredible. This goes for events this summer as well. Keep your eyes on the website and your email for more information. If you have ideas for speakers and/or trips, please let us know - send me your suggestions.

Mentoring you ask, Stephanie and Roger will be back with the plan for the coming year shortly... Haven't they done a great job in leading things this year!!

We’ve also been talking about meeting venues. With well over 125 members and a very interested public, we’re outgrowing our current location. Stay tuned as this topic evolves.

 

Last but not least… we look forward to seeing you on the 16th!

Thanks

Bill and the Board



 

May Newsletter - May 1, 2016

Good morning,

Wow, another great meeting and month for the Club! Brian did a fantastic job sharing how he uses his passion for the weather as a tool in his photography, beautiful images and videos. The handout he provided is at - http://test.sedonacameraclub.com/PDFs/WeatherforPhotographers.pdf

 

1) Please Cast Your Vote!

Your getting this note because you haven't done so yet... We want your picks!!!

Here are the links for reviewing the images and for making your selections for the 2016 Sedona Camera Club's *Best of the Year* images. Please take a few moments to select your favorites.

The images can be found at: http://www.sedonacameraclub.com/2016SalonImages

The voting form is located at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCCSalon2016

For those unable to attend last evenings meeting, the worksheet/ballot we handed out at last night is at: http://test.sedonacameraclub.com/PDFs/2016SaolonImages.pdf. You can print it off and use it as you review the images.

Voting closes on Monday, May 2 at 5pm local time. If you have any questions, please email me.

 

2) Salon - Welcome!

Salon, our celebration for a great year (and our last scheduled meeting in the Club year) is Monday, May 16th from 6-745 pm at the Sedona Arts Center (the Barn). We need a count please. If you did not register at last nights meeting, and plan to attend, please contact Greg Griffin - (fireyogi1@msn.com or 760-220-2605). We look forward to seeing you there! Please get in touch with Greg.

 

3) Trips and Events

*Club Photo Trip - May 12-24 (trip date May 12, 13 or 14)
Beginners Day Trip to the Grand Canyon led by Mary Ratner
Please NOTE: Mary's email was listed incorrectly on the website. If you have tried to contact here to tak part in this trip, please do so again (my fault, sorry) - marysden@gmail.com

*Club Photo Workshop - June 8
Photographing The Night Sky led by Jim Peterson

Thank you to Eric Gofreed for leading a second "Raptor Shoot" in April.

Stay tuned for upcoming events. We should have a great summer coming up!

 

4) Election and Your New Board

First, let me thank Greg Griffin and Steve Moody for thier service to the Club. Greg leaves the Board after serving three years as a Board Member, and Steve after two serving as the Print Chair and 3rd VP. Thank you both very much!

Your 2016-17 SCC Board
President - Bill Dahl
Program Chairman, 1st VP - Elaine Belvin
Digital Competition Chair., 2nd VP - Bill Belvin
Print Competition Chair., 3rd VP - Cherie Tolliver
Treasurer - John Gafford
Secretary - Bonnie Miller
Board Member (1 year) - Dave Ellison
Board Member (2 year) - Brad Kincaid
Board Member (3 year) - Mark Elder

A big welcome to Bonnie and Mark!

Thank you and we'll see you at SALON!

 

Bill and the Board



 

April Newsletter - April 19, 2016

Good morning,

1) Welcome

Welcome to new Club members – Sandy and Mike Gifford, Robert Peake and Elke Schreiber! We look forward to having you with us.

 

2) Thank you

To John Murphy for leading a number of workshops on Macro Photography! And to Roger Kiel and Stephanie Brand for organizing the mentoring program and opportunities.

 

3) Upcoming meetings

A. Club Meeting - Monday, April 25, 2016

6:00 PM   Club Selection – Best of the Year

We’ll open the next club meeting by sharing the results from the April competition, and move into the process of you selecting the Best Images submitted into the Club’s competitions over the past year. We have had a great year in terms of competitions! Across the Club, the images have been stunning. To date, 47 members have submitted images this year vs 39 last year.

At the meeting, you will receive a page listing all of the images in this years “Best of the Year” voting. It will include 1st through 3rd place in all of our competition categories: Digital (Advanced and Intermediate) and Print (Color, Mono and Creative). For those unable to attend the meeting, we’ll also provide folks with the ability to cast a vote online. And we do want to have everyone vote!

I encourage everyone to watch the video series of Bob Coates addressing the Club on the topic of Critiquing. In this instance you are only that you pick your favorites, but Bob does a good job in helping you understand what judges are looking for.
http://www.sedonacameraclub.com/Members-Area/Videos/

More on this before the meeting...

7:00 PM   Club Meeting and Election

We’ll be voting on the Club officers for next year. The current ballot put forward by the Nominations Committee is:

Position     2016-17 Candidate    
President     Bill Dahl    
Program Chairman, 1st VP     Elaine Belvin    
Digital Competition Chair., 2nd VP     Bill Belvin    
Print Competition Chair., 3rd VP     Cherie Tolliver    
Treasurer     John Gafford    
Secretary     Bonnie Miller    
Board Member (1 year)     Dave Ellison    
Board Member (2 year)     Brad Kincaid    
Board Member (3 year)     Mark Elder    

Remember, we’ll also take nominations for positions from the floor. Please see the bylaws - http://sedonacameraclub.smugmug.com/Site-Pages/SEDONA-CAMERA-CLUB-BYLAWS/n-qCBV6

7:30 PM   Guest Speaker - Brian Klimowsky, Weather is Your Advantage: Preparation, Forecasting, and Execution of the Dynamic Landscape

 

B. Club Meeting - Monday, May 16, 2016

6:00 - 7:45 PM   ANNUAL SALON & Celebration (POTLUCK) At the Sedona Arts Center (the Barn)

Put this one on your calendar now… This is a social gathering and celebration! We’ve had a very good year with many trips, a big focus on education and mentoring as well as a lively monthly competition scene. Membership is at an all time high, with 125 members. As a Board, we look forward to having everyone there in a much more informal setting.

 

4) Upcoming Trips and Events

Watch the website and listen for new trips and details at the meetings!!! We'll have a summer program up shortly.

*Club Photo Trip - April 28, 2016 -- SECOND OPPORTUNITY – TRIP IS FULL

Raptor Shoot at Arizona’s Raptor Experience led by Eric Gofreed

*Club Photo Trip - May 12-24 (trip date TBD with participants)

Beginners Day Trip to the Grand Canyon led by Mary Ratner

*Club Photo Workshop - June 8

Photographing The Night Sky led by Jim Peterson

 

Thank you for your time - we look forward to seeing everyone on the 25th.

Sincerely,

Bill and the Board



 

UPDATES March 19: Challenge, Clarkdale and More...

Good morning,

Wow, what a month for the club. Mentoring programs, the Moab trip, SCC Spring-roundup and competitions, all topped off by Colleen’s Challenge and her program on the 28th - photography is hot in Sedona! And you are the ones making it so…

1) The 2016 Colleen Miniuk-Sperry Challenge

Each year in March Colleen shares her experiences and knowledge with the club. She’s one of our top speakers and well worth coming to hear. She also always gives us a shooting challenge that will be shared/discussed during the workshop. This year it’s about TRIANGLES IN NATURE.

If you new to the club or hesitant to share your work – get uncomfortable and take the challenge! This is what we’re all about, taking and sharing images. You have until the end of Sunday to get her your images. We want to see your images!

http://test.sedonacameraclub.com/PDFs/2016SedonaCameraClubChallenge.pdf

2) Clarkdale Library Show

Another fantastic opportunity to show your work! Dave needs your titles and information now. He’ll need your images at the meeting on the 28th. He also needs some assistance setting up the show. Please contact him now at cinnamonstix039@yahoo.com (928-634-5236). Take advantage of this great opportunity!!

For more info see the note at
http://www.sedonacameraclub.com/Site-Pages/News-Updates-2015-18/n-8JTnzX#feb23-2016p

3) Trips

Eric Gofreed has arranged for another Bird shoot. This will fill fast. If you are interested see the note on the club calendar and reserve a spot now. Thanks Eric!!! (egofreed@gmail.com)

Brad Kincaid is working for the club, so watch for upcoming trips and short notice shoots as spring continues to explode around us! Sen him your ideas and if you'd like to lead a trip, please step forward. (bradkincaid@gmail.com)

4) End of Year Celebration and Awards

Mark May 16th on your calendar! We have 120+ members and look forward to seeing everyone at the Barn as we have a wee party and honor our members and your images (behind the Sedona Arts Center, 6pm). Eat, drink and celebrate a fantastic year for the club and its members. This will be a mix between a potluck and supplied event. The club will supply beer, wine and soft-drinks. And did I mention door prizes???

Remember, our April workshop will be a lead-in to the event as we celebrate all of the images receiving 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes throughout the year. More importantly, you’ll be helping select the Best of the Year in the Print (color, monochrome and creative) and Digital (advanced and intermediate) images.

5) SCC Spring Roundup

WOW – your peers did well at this event. As a club we entered 80 images and brought home 49 ribbons! Hats off to John Gafford with the “Best of Show” shot and the “Bob Metz Distinguished Monochrome” (among many other ribbons). Bill Belvin received the “Excellence in Landscape Photography” award (also many other ribbons). Our other members taking part and bringing home awards were Elaine Belvin, Stephanie Brand, Greg Griffin, Wayne Johnson, Roger Kiel and Steve Moody. Fantastic showing, congratulations!!!

Have a wonderful weekend and we'll see you all on the 28th! Please get your CLARKDALE SHOW titles and images to Dave, and your CHALLENGE images to Colleen!

Thanks

Bill and the Board



 

March Newsletter - March 1, 2016

Good afternoon,

March, already…

Looking ahead, I’d like to wish a fantastic trip all those heading off Arches and Canyonlands National Parks tomorrow. Happy shooting!

A. Here are a few items following last evenings workshop/meeting.

  • Welcome to new club members Martin Darvick, Judy Komarek, Lynda McEvoy, Scott McFeely, Codie and Toby Moore, Maria Carolina Rozas and Trina Stephenson! We are pleased to have you as part of the club. With 120 members, this is the largest we've ever been. We look forward to having everyone participate and share your photography. We may have to find a new home...
  • Please get involved with this one! The 2016 Challenge from Colleen Mink-Sperry can be found at - http://test.sedonacameraclub.com/PDFs/2016SedonaCameraClubChallenge.pdf
  • If you have nominations for the Board, including self-nominations, please send them to Jim Peterson as Chair of the Nominations Committee at jdp3az@yahoo.com
  • We talked a bit about items on the Club’s Resources page. I’ll add the items provided in the mentoring sessions here shortly - http://www.sedonacameraclub.com/Site-Pages/Resources/n-8s7XV
  • Brad Kincaid spoke of three documents to be used to support informing folks about SCC Trips. Here they are – please read.
    **SCC Photo Trip Information -http://test.sedonacameraclub.com/PDFs/20160301-SCCPhotoTripInfo.pdf
    **SCC Release of Liability Form -http://test.sedonacameraclub.com/PDFs/20160301-SCCRELEASEOFLIABILITY.pdf
    **An Open Letter to Landscape Photographers: Check Your Etiquette -http://petapixel.com/2015/08/21/an-open-letter-to-landscape-photographers-check-your-etiquette/
  • Clarkdale Library Exhibit - Please get in tough with Dabe right away. Here's all the info - http://www.sedonacameraclub.com/Site-Pages/News-Updates-2015-18/n-8JTnzX#feb23-2016p

     

    B. A number of members have shows opening soon, including Bill and Elaine Belvin, John Gafford, Larry Kane and Steve Moody. Please support them if you can - http://www.sedonacameraclub.com/Site-Pages/Members-Showings/n-7dQpQ

    C. Remember, the Mentoring Events for March and please contact Roger Kiel immediately if you haven’t already and plan to attend - rekiel@mac.com. If you are new to the club, please feel free to get involved!

  • Glenn Tamblingson on Landscapes, March 7th
  • John Murphy on Macro Imaging, March 14th, April 4th and April 18th
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    D. Educational Links – Sorry, I dropped the ball on this last month. Thank you to all those who reminded me to put them back in!

  • Real-World Optimization in Lightroom CC 2015 with Tim Grey. A very extensive walk through of what’s in lightroom. If you’re wondering what this program allows you to do, this is a good look at the entire program.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AE3DqybjtU&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs
  • How to mat a print in an archival, conservation-safe manner with Josh Cripps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ShqjjD1B4E
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    E. Enjoy the sun, but remember the best way to improve your photography is to practice, the "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" topic over the next few weeks is Rain – http://sedonacameraclub.smugmug.com/Best-Shot

     

    **UPDATE**
    Two additional items for the newsletter.

    1) If you are interested in attending the Arizona Camera Club Council's Spring Roundup (you'll find all of the info and speakers at - http://bit.ly/1QrEOy1) (Saturday, March 12, 2016, 08:00am - 03:30pm at the Sage Recreation Center 26501 W. Desert Vista Blvd. Buckeye, AZ 85396). You'll need to register by Friday, March 4 if you want to ensure you have a lunch - http://bit.ly/1WUNays

    2) The following weekend, the Arizona Camera Club Council have and event in Prescott, the "Photo Forum under the Pines". Here is a link to the invitation. Please let Joe Webster know if you plan to attend - http://test.sedonacameraclub.com/PDFs/PhotoForum2016Invite.pdf.

    Thanks,

    Bill and the Board



     

     

    Quick Update - February 23, 2016

    Good morning,

    Remember the meeting on Monday! Should be a very interesting session. Amy Horn is a good speaker and a knowledgeable photographer.

    Mentoring Update

    Two more successful mentoring sessions were conducted in February. “Composition” led by Elaine Belvin and “Natural Light” led by Janice Dahl received positive reviews from all attendees.

    The next mentoring session is “Landscapes” and will be led by Glenn Tamblingson from 7 to 9 PM on March 7th at the Center for Creative Living in the Village of Oak Creek. Invitations to attend will be sent to all those who requested this session in our Mentoring Survey. Others interested in attending should contact Roger Kiel, rekiel@mac.com right away.

    On March 14th, April 4th and April 18th, John Murphy will be leading workshops on “Macro and Close-Up” photography. These workshops will be limited to a maximum of 10 participants for each session. Invitations to these workshops will be sent to members based on the dates they submitted their requests to the Mentoring Survey. Again, if others are interested in participating in these workshops, please let Roger know, and he will attempt to find a time for you to attend.

     

    "Hit me with your Best Shot" (for February 15-29) is "Scary Clouds – Amazing Skies"
    Please send your images to billmdahl@gmail.com

     

    Clarkdale Public Library Exhibit

    We have been asked to place an exhibit in the Clarkdale Public Library for the month of April. The exhibit contact person is Dave Ellison, cinnamonstix039@yahoo.com (928-634-5236).

    Dave will need volunteers to assist in putting up the show on Friday, April 1st and take down photos Friday, April 30th, both at 10:00 am when the Library opens.

    A maximum of 5 photographs may be submitted by each paid member. Please keep in mind this is a PUBLIC library and photographs should be appropriate subject matter.

    Dave will begin accepting submissions at our meeting on Monday, February 29th and March 28th. ALL submissions should be delivered to Dave by our meeting on Monday, March 28th. Alternatively, you may bring your prints to the Library on April 1st if you are helping set up (please make sure you've sent in your titles so the card is made up for our display). If you can't get your prints to the club meetings or are unavailable to assist with set up, please contact Dave to make other arrangements.

    The due date for submitting the TITLES and other requested info for your prints is Friday, March 18th. Please send Dave your titles as soon as possible, as it helps in the preparation of the show.

    With each photograph submitted, a 3X5 file card will be printed with the photographer’s name, title of the print and a short statement about the photographer and/or photo (optional). Please also note if your work is for sale. For uniformity, a card will be prepared from this information with the title of the photo and the photographer’s name and placed on the front of the display.

    Those wishing to sell their work may also put contact information on the back of the photograph. Please do not include prices.

    Photographs may be color, monochrome or creative. Sizes, please use our Print standards (Click Here) as a quide. Non-standard sizes up to 20X20 are acceptable.

    All photographs must be mounted and/or matted (no frames). Dave does have room for six framed prints. Contact him for more information. Metal and Canvas images are acceptable but the club assumes no responsibility for the protection of the work (loss or damage). Photos should be mounted on foam core or other stiff material. White mats are encouraged, but not required. Mounted photographs may be shrink wrapped or placed in clear plastic bags for protection of the photo.

    Thanks and we'll see you on Monday!

    Bill & the Board



     

    February Newsletter - February 2, 2016

    Good afternoon,

    Snow??? I hope this note finds you warm! Thank you to Elaine for another wonderful meeting in January (and to Scott as well).

     

    1) Welcome!

    On behalf of the Club and the Board, I’d like to welcome new members Susan Burr, Julia Connoly, Judy Curnow, Ann and Jack Duffy, Jay Hasker, Ryah Ki, Elaine and Frank Lascher, Rebecca Lynn, Dan Otts, Aurora Spuhler, Pam Taylor, and Carrie Winden.

     

    2) Next Club Meeting, February 29

    Amy Horn will be presenting Water Drop Photography from her new water project. Normally, capturing macro images in her studio with off camera flash units and an elaborate trigger system, she will bring this setup and demonstrate the process from capture to post processing on these unique images.

     

    3) Mentoring Program

    If you have yet to fill out the form, please do… Our Mentor Survey has been designed to assist the Club as it tries to find the best way to support our mission - to provide area photographers with an opportunity to improve their photographic skills and knowledge and share what they have learned with others who have the same interest.

    We need/would like your input, please! Remember, this is much more than a mentoring information gathering tool. We are using data to support what we do and we'd really appreciate you taking the time to complete this simple form.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCC-Mentoring

    Sedona Camera Club mentoring program: Composition -- Feb 15, 7-9 pm (Please RSVP to Stephanie stephanieb904@gmail.com)

    Sedona Camera Club mentoring program: Shooting in Natural Light -- Feb 22, 7-9 pm (Please RSVP to Stephanie stephanieb904@gmail.com)

    The Center for Positive Living Sedona
    45 Castle Rock Road #1
    Village of Oak Creek, Sedona

     

    4) Photographic Opportunities

    Watch the website for upcoming club trips! Brad has a number in design. Please let the trip leaders know right away if you plan to attend!

    CLUB PHOTO SHOOT – TO BE RESCHEDULED
    Half-day, Sun Rise at Devil’s Bridge led by Brad Kincaid

     

    CLUB PHOTO SHOOT – Thursday, February 11, 2016
    An Afternoon at Palatki Ruins led by Brad Kincaid and Bob Kenney

     

    CLUB PHOTO SHOOT - Wednesday March 2 – Sunday March 6, 2016
    5 day, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks led by Bill Belvin

     

    5) Arizona Camera Club Council “Spring Roundup”

    This event will take place on Saturday, March 12th. I'll provide more information regarding the speaker(s) and program in an update later this month. If you’d like to compete in the ACCC digital image and/or print competitions you’ll need to act now.

    You must have “PRINTS” to me by February 10th at 12-noon. There is also a $1 per image entry fee… Please bring these to our home at 30 Northern Shadows Lane in West Sedona on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. John Gafford is going to the Board meeting and will deliver them on our behalf.

    We have an excel worksheet that you’ll need to fill out as part of the process for PRINT submissions. Please send me a note and I’ll get you the sheet. This needs to be done in advance.

    To submit DIGITAL (Projected) images, do so online. There is a $1 entry fee for each image that will be charged at the end of the process: http://grandcanyoncircuit.org/exh-entry/accc/accc-1.php

    Print Image Division categories: Color Open • Color Nature • Monochrome Open • Monochrome Nature • Rotating (RED) • Creative
    Projected Image Division (What we call Digital) categories: Open • Nature • Rotating (RED) • Creative • Monochrome
    For more information, contact me at billmdahl@gmail.com.

     

    6) Hit Me with your Best Shot

    Want an easy way to become involved with your camera and the Club? Hit me with your BEST SHOT is the Club’s bi-monthly (from the 1st - 14th and from the 15th - end of month) photo assignment. Topics are presented and members can submit images based on that topic. A great reason to practice shooting and/or learn more about the software you use to process your images. We look forward to seeing what you’re up to!
    Old VS New (February 1-14), Scary Clouds – Amazing Skies (February 15-28), Rain (March 1-14), Self Portrait (March 15-31), Promote Good Health Living (April 1-14), Crazy eyes (April 15-30), Emotions (May 1-14), with more to come!!! Please submit you ideas to Bill at billmdahl@gmail.com.

    Check out the images coming in at - http://sedonacameraclub.smugmug.com/Best-Shot

     

    7) PhotoFest

    It sounds as if the Art Center is not going to put together another event of this type... more on this later.

     

    Thanks

    Bill and the Board



     

     

    The SCC mentoring activity will continue in Feb with one session on composition and another on shooting in natural light.

    The workshop on composition will be on Feb 15 and will be led by Elaine Belvin. The second workshop will cover shooting in natural light. It will be held on Feb.22 and will be led by Janice Dahl.

    We are planning 2 additional workshops that will be held in March… dates and topics to be announced in February.

    The February workshops will be held from 7 to 9 PM at The Center for Positive Living in the Village of Oak Creek. Invitation emails will be sent to all those who requested mentoring on those topics in our survey from last fall. The address and driving directions for the Center for Positive Living will be included with those invitations.

    Meanwhile, if you did not respond to that survey, or did not ask for mentoring on those topics, but now wish to be invited to one or more of these workshops, please contact Stephanie at stephanieb904@gmail.com. We need to know in advance of the mentoring sessions the number of people who want to attend. Our space is limited.

    Happy learning!

    Stephanie and Roger



     

     

    Good morning!

    Another beautiful day in Sedona! Just a few things along with a reminder…

    Reminder...
    Remember, Club meeting tomorrow night, Monday, January 25th. We hope to see you all there. Our Guest speaker (and workshop) will be Scott Stulberg on Travel Photography. Scott has been kind enough to supply us a few tip sheets and a Travel Check-list. I’ve placed these on our website in the members area (CameraClub) - http://www.sedonacameraclub.com/Members-Area/Judging-Jam-Info.

    A few things
    On behalf of the Club, I’d like to thank a few people for their efforts supporting our mission over the past few months. Stephanie Brand and Roger Kiel have done an outstanding job with a topic that’s been troubling us as a club – mentoring! They've put together a program that allows people to link up to talk photography, and begun a series of workshops that strongly support learning, asking questions and photographer development. Thank you both sooo much!

    In conjunction with the effort noted above, thank you to those who have come forward as leaders in supporting the workshops by handling specific topics – Isabelle Lacey, Stephanie (again), Georgia Michalicek, Peter Gassner and Jim Peterson. I’ve heard fantastic reviews from those attending these informal sessions. Again, thank you!

    I’d also like to thank the trip leaders – Eric Gofreed, Brad Kincaid, Mary Ratner, Greg and Becky Griffin, Isabelle Lacey, Stephanie Brand and Glenn Tamblingson. Great job folks! And if you (yes you) would like to led, Brad is looking for your support for the spring and summer. Please step forward! Brad will tell you more about upcoming trips tomorrow night.

    Have a look at the images coming in from the Raptor shoot last week (http://www.sedonacameraclub.com/Trips), WOW! That trip was led by Eric Gofreed - you can’t find anyone more enthusiastic and willing to share bird shooting expertise! Being led by an expert like Eric is designed to make you want to get out there and shoot!!

    Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening.

    Bill and the Board



     

     

    Aperture - Stephanie's Ditty - January 13, 2016

    A number of people wanted me to write out the song I croaked out last nite. I said you’d put it on the website.

    Here it is along with a bit of explanation:

    The larger the number, the smaller the hole,
    The greater the depth of field, ha ha.

    The smaller the number, the larger the hole,
    The lesser the depth of field, ho ho.

    The song is about APERTURE: that is how much or how little the shutter is open:

    Apertures run from very small numbers (depending on the lens, for example f/2.8, to very large numbers, for example f/22. And the larger the number (e.g. f/22), the smaller the actual opening of the shutter. That small opening results in a picture with a depth of field that is sharp throughout the picture. Foreground subject and background trees or mountains are all quite sharply brought into view.

    The reverse is also true (but is somewhat dependent on sensor size). That is the smaller the number (e.g. f/2.8) the larger the actual opening of the shutter. The very large opening results in a picture with a very narrow depth of field. The subject will be in focus but the background will be blurred. The blur is called bokeh and the extent of the blur is determined by both how large your camera’s sensor is and how small an opening your lens has.

    The reason for this is that when the lens opening is very tiny, the light goes through it fairly slowly. That allows more of the picture to be in focus. Conversely, when the lens opening is very large, the light goes through it very very quickly and less of the picture will be in focus.

    Here’s a link to a short explanation on the internet (it also covers shutter speed). http://www.facethelight.com/aperture.php
    Hope this helps!

    Stephanie



     

     

    ACTION REQUEST - January 13, 2016

    Good morning!

    We have three photo-shoots planned that need your attention if you’d like to attend. Please RSVP now to reserve a spot, and as a courtesy to the trip leaders. Remember/consider, spots may be limited and we'd need to set up an additional trip. This is particularly important with Eric's RAPTOR trip. Thank you!
    Please note: You must be a paid member to participate in club trips.

     

    CLUB PHOTO SHOOT - Monday, January 18, 2016
    Full-day, Raptor Shoot at Arizona’s Raptor Experience led by Eric Gofreed

    Arizona's Raptor Experience operated by Paul and Ann Schnell will provide opportunities to photograph captive owls and hawks in a natural setting including: Barn Owl, Eurasian Eagle-owl, Saw-whet Owl, Harris Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, and a Harris Hawk in flight. This will be an easy shoot as the birds will be perched. Ideally 200 to 400 mm lens on a tripod is preferred to keep photographers a reasonable distance from the birds. Shorter lenses can be accommodated if necessary. For flight shots, check your camera's manual for fast focusing and tracking settings. Eric will help any participants who lack experience shooting birds. 

    Arizona's Raptor Experience is located in Chino Valley and will require about two hours of travel time. Only minimal walking is necessary for this 3-4 hour shoot. A donation of $40 per person is required. Group size is limited to 6, so RSVP to Eric ASAP if you are interested in this trip. A second shoot can be arranged if there is enough interest. If the weather isn’t cooperative, the trip will be postponed for a day or two. Contact Eric Gofreed via email at egofreed@gmail.com or by phone at 928 284 2076 (home) or 928 592 8659 (cell).

     

    CLUB PHOTO SHOOT - Wednesday, January 27, 2016
    Morning Shoot at Devil’s Bridge led by Brad Kincaid

    Devil's Bridge is located on the north side of Capitol Butte (aka Thunder Mtn.) and can be accessed from Dry Creek Road and FR 152 in Sedona. The arch can be photographed from above and below as well as from a couple of vantage points to the north and south. Lenses from extreme wide angle to medium telephoto can be useful. Sunrise at the bridge is a little delayed because of mountains to the east, so we do not need to be there too early. Time permitting, we might also visit Lost Ruin, which is just up the road in a beautiful box canyon. 

    The tentative plan is to meet at the Dry Creek trailhead at 7 am and carpool out FR 152 to the bridge in high clearance vehicles. The hike to Devil’s Bridge is about 3/4 mile with a steep climb to access the top of the arch where there are sheer cliffs. The Lost Ruin is about a ½ mile from FR 152 with moderate elevation gain. An alternate time/date will be considered if the weather is bad. Red Rock or Senior pass required to park at trailhead. Group size is limited to 10. Please contact Brad Kincaid if you are at all interested in this outing so that you receive further information about the trip: bradkincad@gmail.com or 480-861-2450.

     

    CLUB PHOTO SHOOT - Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
    Wednesday March 2 – Sunday March 6, 2016
    5 days, led by Bill Belvin

    The trip is five days four nights. Days will involve hikes of up to four miles occasionally over uneven terrain, however there are other options for those who wish to hike less. Here is a tentative agenda:

    Day 1 – Travel , Delicate Arch at sunset – also shooting it through the nearby window.
    Day 2 – Sunrise – Mesa Arch, Afternoon and Sunset – False Kiva
    Day 3 – Sunrise – The Windows, Turret Arch through the North Window, Sunset – Balanced Rock
    Day 4 –Sunrise - Deadhorse Point, Sunset – Covert Arch or Secret Spire or Delta Pool
    Day 5 - Sunrise - Courthouse Butte Reflection if there’s water or Broken Arch & SandDune Arch, travel home

    Weather permitting night shoots are probable as the moon will not rise until early morning. In addition to the locations above there are many other possibilities: Landscape Arch – sunrise, Double O arch – sunset, Tukhunukivatz Arch – sunset, Corona Arch – sunset, Moses and Zeus – sunset, Fisher Towers – afternoon and sunset, a stop at Monument Valley in either direction, …

    Five days may be too long for some, so the best locations are early in the trip , making it possible for people to leave early if desired. While the trip officially ends on the 6th, Elaine and Bill plan to stay a few days over and explore the more offbeat locations like Covert Arch or Delta Pool. If anyone wants to stay longer they can join Elaine and Bill, but the hikes may be more difficult and the locations may not be of the same quality.

    Bill and Elaine will be staying at the Best Western Plus Greenwell Inn from the 2nd to the 8th. The refundable rate is $90 per night, which includes free breakfast. We highly recommend you book a reservation with free cancellation as weather in Moab can be iffy and you may wish to cancel on short notice. There are many other less expensive or more deluxe lodging choices available in Moab, and tent camping is possible within Arches NP, see http://www.recreation.gov/campsiteCalendar.do?page=matrix&calarvdate=03/01/2016&contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74066 for availability. 

    If you have questions or plan to go please email Bill at wbelvin1@gmail.com, or call him at 928 496-0366. IF you plan to go include the dates you plan to be in Moab, whether you plan to drive or would like to carpool, your cell phone number, and the type of vehicle (4WD or 2WD?) if driving. If you are even thinking of going we suggest you make a cancellable lodging reservation as soon as possible, as March is the beginning of the busy season in Moab and motel rates will go up.

    Other information:
    The drive to Moab is about six hours from VOC. 2WD cars are fine for almost all locations, and car pooling will be available for those locations needing 4WD.

    Expect daily highs near 60 degrees, and lows near 30. Snowfall in Moab in March is unlikely but certainly possible. Sunrise is typically 6:45 AM, and sunset 6:15 PM. Days will be long, especially if we shoot at night also.

    Finally, the book Photographing the Southwest, vol. 1 Southern Utah has a lot of info on Arches NP and Canyonlands and is highly recommended. Make sure you get the third edition. It is available here in both paper and kindle formats:

    http://www.amazon.com/Photographing-Southwest-Vol-1-Southern-Utah/dp/0916189236/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450795402&sr=1-1&keywords=photographing+the+southwest

    It should be in every Sedona landscape photographers library.


     

     

    January Newsletter - January 5, 2016

    Good afternoon,

    Yes, the days are getting longer and spring is just around the corner! I know, it’s a bit early to start thinking this way, but what is with the rain??? We really do need to start thinking about spring and flowers, right.

     

    1) January Club Meeting, January 25

    Scott Stulberg will be speaking and sharing images and ideas on travel photography. This is sure to be an energetic evening!

     

    2) By-laws Update

    Remember, we have a proposed by-laws update to vote on at the January meeting. This involves the transparency of club elections. Please see the note sent to members on December 15 - http://www.sedonacameraclub.com/Site-Pages/News-Updates-2015-18/n-8JTnzX#dec15-2015r

     

    3) Mentoring Program

    Thank you to Stephanie Brand and Roger Kiel for their leadership and for making things happen! They have put together a number of short meetings focused on specific aspects of photography, in particular for the newer members. More advanced themes will be coming, but they were smart and started at the beginning! Also thank you to those leading the talks, the January folks being Georgia Michalicek, Peter Gassner and Jim Peterson. See the website’s News and Updates for more information…

     

    4) Photographic Critiques and Reviews

    Remember, all of the images submitted for Club Competitions are posted online with the critiques provided by the judges for that month. Login to the "Member's Only" area to review what has come in this year (CameraClub)!

     

    5) Photographic Opportunities

    Watch the website for upcoming club trips! As we move into spring they will just pop up (flowers and bugs, OK - and landscapes (with flowers)...).


    CLUB PHOTO SHOOT - Monday, January 18, 2016
    Full-day, Raptor Shoot at Arizona’s Raptor Experience led by Eric Gofreed


    CLUB PHOTO SHOOT - Wednesday, January 27, 2016
    Half-day, Sun Rise at Devil’s Bridge led by Brad Kincaid


    CLUB PHOTO SHOOT - Wednesday March 2 – Sunday March 6, 2016
    5 day, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks led by Bill Belvin

     

    6) Arizona Camera Club Council “Spring Roundup”

    This event will take place on Saturday, March 12th. If you’d like to compete in the ACCC digital image and/or print competitions you’ll need to start thinking about it now. You must have “PRINTS” ready by February 10th.

    We had 10 photographers represent the Sedona Camera Club at the 2015 Fall Roundup, entering 106 images as a team. 59 of the 106 received some type of honor. As a Club, we had the second highest average score across the 14 Clubs that took part in the competition.

     

    7) Hit Me with your Best Shot

    Want an easy way to become involved with your camera and the Club? Hit me with your BEST SHOT is the Club’s bi-monthly (from the 1st - 14th and from the 15th - end of month) photo assignment. Topics are presented and members can submit images based on that topic. A great reason to practice shooting and/or learn more about the software you use to process your images. We look forward to seeing what you’re up to!
    Sticky Stuff (January 1-14), Food Photography (January 15-30), Old VS New (February 1-14), Scary Clouds – Amazing Skies (February 15-28), Rain (March 1-14), Self Portrait (March 15-31), Promote Good Health Living (April 1-14), Crazy eyes (April 15-30), Emotions (May 1-14), with more to come!!! Please submit you ideas to Bill at billmdahl@gmail.com.

    Check out the images coming in at - http://sedonacameraclub.smugmug.com/Best-Shot

     

    8) PhotoFest

    This year’s event has been canceled. More about this at the January meeting.

     

    9) Education Links for the Month

    Need some inspiration to start off the new year? Try these 11 TED talks on photography.

    http://petapixel.com/2016/01/04/11-ted-talks-on-photography-worth-watching/

     

    Thanks, and we’ll see you on the 25th, if not before.

    Bill and the Board



     

     

    January MENTORING UPDATE - December 22, 2015

    Happy New Year,

    The SCC mentoring activity will begin the new-year with the last 3 of 5 workshops covering “basic” information. The first 2 workshops in December reviewed equipment (cameras and lenses). The January workshops will deal with DSLR Basics, RAW vs. JPEG and Exposure. 

    The  first workshop event will be on January 11th and will combine DSLR Basics and RAW vs. JPEG. The leaders for these two subjects are Georgia Michalicek and Peter Gassner. The second workshop event will be on January 18th and will be dedicated to the subject of exposure and led by Jim Peterson. In February the SCC mentoring on more specific and advanced topics will begin. Details for the first of those workshops will be emailed by mid January. 

    The January workshops will be held from 7 to 9 PM at The Center for Positive Living in the Village of Oak Creek. Invitation emails will be sent to all those who requested mentoring in our survey from last fall. The address and driving directions for the Center for Positive Living will be included with those invitations. Meanwhile, if you did not respond to that survey, but now wish to be invited to one or more of these workshops, please contact Roger.

    Happy learning,

    Roger and Stephanie

    Roger Kiel
    rekiel@mac.com
    928-282-6332



     

     

    SCC Proposed By-laws Change - December 15, 2015

    Good morning!

    It was great to see everyone last night. Again, a big thanks to Becky and Greg Griffin for hosting our Holiday Party, and a wonderful event it was. Also thanks to the Sedona Arts Center for the use of the facility.

    The 2015-16 Sedona Camera Club Board propose a slight change to the club by-laws in an effort to make our Officer Nomination and Election process more transparent. This item will be discussed at our January meeting and voted on in February.

    In the past, under our current position, this has been a semi-secret process that just sort of culminated at the April meeting. At this meeting, the announcement of the slate of officers was presented by the President (from a nominating committee appointed by the President/Club in March). There was also a call for nominations from the meeting floor, followed by an immediate vote. Members were given very little time to consider options.


    CURRENT WORDING OF THE BYLAWS
    The president shall appoint a committee of three at the March meeting to serve as a nominating committee, subject to the approval of the general membership.
    The nominating committee shall present a slate of six officers and one director at the April meeting. Nominations may be accepted from the floor. No name shall be presented without the prior consent of the nominee.
    The election of officers shall be held at the April meeting. Installation of officers shall be held at the May meeting.
    Vacancies in office shall be filled for the current year by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

    We’d like to begin the process in February with the announcement of the nominating committee to the membership. The committee will bring the suggested slate of officers to the membership at the March meeting, where nominations from the floor will also be accepted. A vote by Club Members will be taken at the April meeting, including any nominations from the floor at that meeting. What we hope this does is make it clear who is running for office well before the vote, allowing members appropriate time to consider the candidates.

    PROPOSED NEW WORDING OF THE BYLAWS
    The president shall appoint a committee of three at the February meeting to serve as a nominating committee, subject to the approval of the general membership.
    The nominating committee shall present a slate of six officers and one director at the March meeting. Nominations may be accepted from the floor at the March meeting and again at the April meeting. No name shall be presented without the prior consent of the nominee.
    The election of officers shall be held at the April meeting. Installation of officers shall be held at the May meeting.
    Vacancies in office shall be filled for the current year by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

    Thank you for your time and consideration of this item.

    Bill & the Board



     

     

    QUICK REMINDER - December 12, 2015

    Good morning!

    What a beautiful start to the day. Two quick reminders:

    1) Holiday party, we look forward to seeing everyone there. December 14th at the Sedona Art Center Barn (just behind the main building) at 15 Art Barn Road, Sedona, Arizona 86336 – Map (http://www.sedonaartscenter.org/faq.htm)
    Call or text either Greg or Becky Griffin at the numbers provided below if you’ve just decided you can make it. We will add you to the list and collect your $10 at the party. Great people, plus food and drink!
    Greg Griffin, 760-220-2605
    Becky Griffin, 760-221-4470

    2) The Club Print and Digital competitions for January remain open through December 20th. Please bring Prints to the Holiday Party or make other arrangements with Steve. Digital submissions are in the “Member’s Area” on our website. If you’re new to the club, we’d love to have you involved. If you need any assistance or have any questions, please send me a note or give me a call.
    All the very best!

    Bill and the Board



     

    December Newsletter - December 5, 2015

    Good morning,

    Welcome to Tom Wardrup, Steven Wanderman, Lee Otsubo, Neil King, Gary Ishmael, Judy Higelin and Charlie Black, all new members in the Club! To follow is the short versions of what's happening in December, plus the things the Club needs your input on. We wish you all a fantastic holiday season!

     

    1) Were you at the November 30 Club meeting?

    If so, we’d love your feedback, please. We have a simple six-question survey we’d like you to complete, three for the workshop (page 1) and three for the main speaker (page 2). Thank you in advance for your participation!!!

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCC-November

    2) Club Holiday Party

    December 14th at the Sedona Art Center Barn (just behind the main building) at the Sedona Art Center Barn (just behind the main building) at 15 Art Barn Road, Sedona, Arizona 86336 – Map (http://www.sedonaartscenter.org/faq.htm)

    Anyone who was unable to attend Monday's club meeting and still wanting to attend the party, please let us know by December 7th - at the latest. Call or text either Greg or Becky Griffin at the numbers provided below. We will add you to the list and collect your $10 at the party.

    A slide show will be provided featuring your photos from competitions, best shot themes, and trips so far this club year. Please plan to join us!
    Greg Griffin, 760-220-2605
    Becky Griffin, 760-221-4470

    3) Mentoring

    Thank you to Stephanie Brand and Roger Kiel for setting up the first in a series of Mentoring Workshops/Discussions. It was held this past Monday with 11 members in attendance. Stepahnie spoke on concepts to consider when purchasing a camera and Isabelle on concepts to consider when purchasing a lense (or lens). There are a number of sessions to follow. Keep your eye on the web for more details.

    4) Photographic Opportunities

    Club Trips - Watch the website for fall trips! We’ll have this totally updated shortly. Thanks for your patience!

    Dec 9, Half-Day, Merry-Go-Round and/or Cow Pies led by Brad Kincaid. Both are near the top of Schnebly Hill Road. These are very scenic locations with views of Mitten Ridge and Bear Wallow Canyon that can be especially dramatic at sunset and whenever the weather enhances the scene.

    Club Print and Digital competitions for January remain open through December 20th. See the website for details.

    5) Call for Trip Leaders

    Feedback from SCC members indicates that Photo Trips are an important component of SCC experience. These include longer overnight and multiday trips as well as local day trips. Members have expressed interested in all kinds of locations ranging from urban to wilderness and levels of access from our Sedona backyard to hiking and backpacking.

    This fall we have had a good number great photo trips with a few more already scheduled for the future. Now we need to fill up our photo trip schedule for the winter and spring. Do you know of a good photo location near or far that you think others might enjoy for a local day trip or a longer overnight trip? Please consider leading an SCC photo trip to your location.

    Contact Brad Kincaid at bradkincaid@gmail.com with your ideas for photo trips. He will help you as much as possible to organize your photo trip.

    6) Hit Me with your Best Shot

    Want an easy way to become involved with your camera and the Club? Hit me with your BEST SHOT is the Club’s bi-monthly (from the 1st - 14th and from the 15th - end of month) photo assignment. Topics are presented and members can submit images based on that topic. A great reason to practice shooting and/or learn more about the software you use to process your images. We look forward to seeing what you’re up to!
    Wine Country (December 1-14), The art of Nature (December 15-31), Sticky Stuff (January 1-14), Food Photography (January 15-30), Old VS New (February 1-14), Scary Clouds – Amazing Skies (February 15-28), Rain (March 1-14), Self Portrait (March 15-31), Promote Good Health Living (April 1-14), Crazy eyes (April 15-30), Emotions (May 1-14), with more to come!!! Please submit you ideas to Bill at billmdahl@gmail.com.

    Check out the images coming in at - http://sedonacameraclub.smugmug.com/Best-Shot

    7) General Update

    Given Lee Otsubto’s talk on color management I thought it might be a good idea to let everyone know the Club has an older version of “colormunki” display calibrator by x-rite for use by everyone. Please make inquiries for use to me. I’ll check it out and in if you are interested in calibrating your screen.

    8) PhotoFest

    This year’s event has been scheduled for the period May 19-22. The club will again have a juried show at the Sedona Art Center. More to come as this develops, but it is likely to be a much smaller event held totally at the Art Center complex.

     

    Thanks for your time! If appropriate, please complete the survey in 1)> We hope to see you all on the 14th.

    Thanks, Bill and the Board



     

     

    QUICK REMINDER

    Holiday Party - Monday, December 14

    This year's Camera Club holiday party will take place on Monday, December 14th, at 6:00 PM. Like last year, it will be held at the Sedona Arts Center. Everyone interested in attending, please signing up at Monday's Camera Club meeting so we have an accurate count. We will also need to collect $10 from each person planning to attend. Sandwiches will be provided from Wildflower Bread Company. BYOB (and maybe some to share!!), as well as an appetizer, a side dish, or a dessert to share with all.

    Anyone unable to attend Monday's club meeting and still wanting to attend the party must let us know by December 7th - at the latest. Call or text either Greg or Becky Griffin at the numbers provided below. We will add you to the list and then collect your $10 at the party.

    A slide show will be provided featuring your photos from competitions, best shot themes, and trips so far this club year. Please plan to join us!

    Greg Griffin, 760-220-2605
    Becky Griffin, 760-221-4470

    Remember, Coming Up

    MENTORING Update - See the December 3 program - CAMRERA and LENS.

    Club Meeting on Monday, November 30, featuring Bonnie Miller (Using Flash and Lighting in Photography) and Lee Otsubo (Get the Colors You Want: Color Management on the Cheap).

    Thanks, Bill and the Board



     

     

    MENTORING Update - November 21, 2015

    Good morning,

    Those of you who indicated on your mentoring questionnaire that you were interested in learning more about how to choose a camera or how to choose a lens should have received an email from Stephanie Brand with information about the mentoring workshop that has been scheduled on those topics. If you did not receive that email and you are interested in those topics please read and respond to the following:

    The workshop will be held on Thursday, Dec 3, 2015 from 4-6 pm The first hour, from 4-5, will focus on choosing a camera and the second hour will focus on choosing a lens. Stephanie Brand will be running the hour on choosing a camera and Isabelle Lacey will focus on choosing a lens.

    The workshop will be held in a classroom space at:

    The Center for Positive Living Sedona
    45 Castle Rock Road #1
    Village of Oak Creek, Sedona.

    You are welcome to come for either or both hours depending on your interest and schedule.

    Please RSVP to Stephanie (stephanieb904@gmail.com) as soon as possible and let her know if you are coming. Please note that the workshop will be starting and ending promptly as another meeting will follow ours that afternoon in that space. Space is limited.

    Thanks!

    Stephanie



     

     

    TRIP UPDATE plus - November 15, 2015

    Good morning, Two short notes:

    1. PLEASE NOTE: The trip to the Painted Desert has been moved to Wednesday, November 18 due to anticipated poor weather on Monday. Hopefully this may provide you with the opportunity to take part – if so, and you’d like to come, please contact Mary at marysden@gmail.com. The weather will be much better on Wednesday, with temps indicated in the 60’s (vs 30’s on Monday). We hope you can make it!

       

    2. Yesterday was the Arizona Camera Club Council’s (ACCC) Fall Round-UP. We’ll share more on this event at the next meeting. There is a Spring Round-UP early next year if you're inspired by the results for the SCC below…

      One part of the program was the print and digital image competitions. We had 10 photographers represent the Sedona Camera Club, entering 106 images as a team. 59 of the 106 received some type of honor. WOW, great effort! Each of the 10 club members received some type of honor as well! As a Club, we had the second highest average score across the 14 Clubs that took part in the competition. Again, WOW as we had no idea how this worked.

      Congratulations to Elaine Belvin with a first place in the Rotating Theme Color Print category (Swirls of Time); to Stephanie Brand with a second place in the Nature Color Print category (Saved from Poachers); to Janice Dahl with a second place in the Open Color Print category (The Power Is On) (she also received the “Larry Crosby Portrait Photography” award for this print); and to John Gafford with a third place in the Projected Images Creative (digital) category!

      Other participants included Bill Belvin (highest average score for the Club), Charles Gray, Isabelle Lacey, Steve Moody, Glenn Tamblingson and me. Apart from the four awards noted above, the team received 55 honorable mention and ACCC awards combined!

    Thanks for your time!

    Bill and the Board



     

     

     

    November Newsletter - November 2, 2015

    Good morning,

    To start off, I'd like to thank everyone who attended to the Member’s-Only meeting on October 12th. What a nice discussion! You’re input was fantastic and you’ve left the Board with much to consider. We’ll keep the club apprised as we move forward-we meet for the first time since the meeting next week.

    1) Mentoring

    Please take a moment to read the update provided by Stephanie and Roger. And than you to both for the effort they are putting into this program! It’s nice to see the enthusiasm building around this.

    www.sedonacameraclub.com/Site-Pages/News-Updates-2015-18/n-8JTnzX#oct30-2015u

     

    2) Thank you!

    *October was packed with club trips. Thank you to the leaders, Glenn Tamblingson, Stephanie Brand and Isabelle Lacey.

    *Also, thank you to Dave Ellison for managing the Sedona Library exhibit!

    *Last year the club had a trip to Death Valley. One of our members who went wanted to share what happened there last month. This video is impressive enough that probably everyone who's been there recently would like to see it. The video illustrates the damage in Death Valley during the recent rains.

    www.facebook.com/DeathValleyNP/videos/1094230560601225/

     

    3) Upcoming Events

    *Remember, the next club meeting is Monday, November 30th with guest speaker Lee Otsubo, Get the Colors You Want: Color Management on the Cheap. (www.thedigitalphotoguy.com).  This looks to be another great meeting.

    *And yes, Bonnie Miller is running the early-bird workshop starting at 6 pm, Using Flash and Lighting in Photography. (www.bonmiller.com)

    *The Arizona Camera Club Council’s FALL ROUNDUP is Saturday, November 14th. The deadline to register for this event is only 8 days away!!! Registrations close on Friday, November 6.   It’s easy to register. Just go to the ACCC website and sign up - arizonacameraclubcouncil.org/registrations?controller=event&task=options&eventId=14

    For more information on the event, go to - www.arizonacameraclubcouncil.org/events/2015-fall-roundup

    *There is an Arizona Highways Photo Symposium this coming weekend: www.ahpw.org/workshops/2015/Capture-Your-Moment-Symposium-Expo-2015-11-07

     

    4) Library Exhibits

    Cottonwood Public Library is morning, Monday, November 2nd at 10 am: The exhibit will run Monday November 2nd through Monday November 30th.

     

    5) Photographic Opportunities

    Club Trips - Watch the website for fall trips! We suggest you also join the Sedona Camera Club's meetup page for "spur of the moment shooting opportunities - www.meetup.com/Sedona-Camera-Club-Meetup

    **CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER - Chiricahua National Monument and Sulphur Springs Valley led by Jim Peterson This trip will be rescheduled for early in the new year.

    *November 16, 2015 (All Day), Painted Desert led by Mary Ratner (www.nps.gov/pefo/index.htm)

    *December 3-5 3, 4 and 5, 2015 (3 Days), Bosque del Apache led by Greg and Becky Griffin (www.fws.gov/refuge/Bosque_del_Apache)

    The 8th Annual Arizona Highways Photography Contest is now underway (Landscape and Macro images) and runs through November. I’ve had a terrible time getting the page to load properly… See more at: www.arizonahighways.com/photography/photo-contest

     

    6) Hit Me with your Best Shot

    Want an easy way to become involved with your camera and the Club? Hit me with your BEST SHOT is the Club’s bi-monthly (from the 1st - 14th and from the 15th - end of month) photo assignment. Topics are presented and members can submit images based on that topic. A great reason to practice shooting and/or learn more about the software you use to process your images. We look forward to seeing what you’re up to!

    Nuts (November 1-14), Odd Couples (November 15-30), Wine Country (December 1-14), The art of Nature (December 15-31), Sticky Stuff (January 1-14), Food Photography (January 15-30), Old VS New (February 1-14), Scary Clouds – Amazing Skies (February 15-28), Rain (March 1-14), Self Portrait (March 15-31), Promote Good Health Living (April 1-14), Crazy eyes (April 15-30), Emotions (May 1-14), with more to come!!! Please submit you ideas to Bill at billmdahl@gmail.com.

    Check out the images coming in at - www.sedonacameraclub.smugmug.com/Best-Shot

     

    7) General Update

    Club dues for 2015-16 are now due. Please bring them to the September meeting or, if you’d like, you can send them in by mail. Send me an email and I’ll get you the address.

    You may also want to check the SCC website for gear on sale, local events and other things happening in photography in and around Sedona.

     

    8) Education Links for the Month

    Learn Photography: A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide - blog.udemy.com/learn-photography-a-comprehensive-beginners-guide

    My 6 Best Tips to Make Awesome Long Exposure Photographs at Night - https://youtu.be/qu6P0AyuEPo

    An Open Letter to Landscape Photographers: Check Your Etiquette

    petapixel.com/2015/08/21/an-open-letter-to-landscape-photographers-check-your-etiquette

     

    Thanks, and we’ll see you on the 30th, if not before.

    Bill and the Board



     

     

    UPDATE ON MENTORING PROGRAMS - October 30, 2015

    Initial response to the member survey on mentoring was excellent. We quickly received 46 responses.  We expect that more responses will come in, especially as new members join the club.

    Importantly, there was significant interest expressed in being taught in all 35 areas of mentoring proposed. Also, one or more members have offered to teach in every area except one.  Over time, SCC intends to establish teaching and learning events in all these areas.

    We will soon propose specific details on when and how each of these learning areas is to be addressed. Basic skills will be taught first, e.g., how to chose a camera or a lens, DSLR basics, RAW vs JPEG and Exposure. We will begin there so that as many members as possible will soon be able to take advantage of more advanced offerings.

    We will start mentoring in the more sought-after areas, such as composition, light, macro, focus stacking, time-lapse, HDR, etc., as soon as the basic workshops have been completed.

    As many of you know, one of the survey questions asked if you would like to have some of your images critiqued by an Advanced Member. Since that process was one on one, it was started immediately. Early feedback on this is most positive. For those of you involved, please compete this initial mentoring exercise over the next couple of months and give us whatever feedback you have.

    Although detailed plans are not yet available, it is quite probable that [the initial mentoring] some small group workshops will take place at a different time and location than our regular monthly meetings. One location [that] is available at very low cost and the SCC has committed to fund that location for the rest of this club season. It is the Center for Positive Living on Castle Rock Road in VOC.

    We are most excited about the interest indicated by so many members and anticipate that all of us will have a significant opportunity to learn and grow in aspects of our favorite hobby.

    Stephanie & Roger



     

    Camera Club - Four Quick Updates - October 23, 2015

    Good afternoon,

    1) Notice of an Impromptu Shoot tomorrow (Saturday, October 24, 3pm), Dia de Los Muertos Celebration at Tlaquepaque. Contact Isabelle Lacey for more information – scarl@cableone.net

     

    2) Remember Club meeting Monday night, Lear Miller dives into the world of commercial lifestyle and outdoor environmental portraits. – Be there!

     

    3) Photography improves just as much as you practice. With that noted, please submit your digital and print images to this months competitions. The links are up in the Member’s area of our website. Please let me know if you need the password.

     

    4) Trips are going well! A big THANKS to Glenn Tamblingson and Stephanie Brand for leading the Grand Canyon and Bearizona trips this week! View the images coming in at - http://sedonacameraclub.smugmug.com/Trips

    Coming up fast are the trips to:

    *Sedona Bird Shoot led by Wayne Johnson and Eric Gofreed, October 31
    *Chiricahua National Monument and Sulphur Springs Valley led by Jim Peterson, November 3-5
    *Painted Desert led by Mary Ratner, November 17
    *Bosque del Apache led by Greg and Becky Griffin, December 3-5

    And watch our website, and the Sedona Camera Club’s MeetUp page for shoots that just pop up! - http://www.meetup.com/Sedona-Camera-Club-Meetup/

     

    Thank's for your time!

    Bill and the Board



     

    Camera Club - Three Quick Updates - October 18, 2015

    Good morning,

    It was nice to see a bit more rain come through overnight. A few quick updates:

    1) As many of you know, the Bearizona trip has been rescheduled for this coming Friday, the 23rd of October. Fancy having to cancel a trip due to rain, wind, lightening and thunder in Arizona…

    Please let Stephanie know if you’d like to be a part of this trip. It should be a fantastic day of photography - stephanieb904@gmail.com

    For full details go to - http://www.sedonacameraclub.com/Site-Pages/Club-Calendar/n-WMXbC

     

    2) Grand Canyon – Glenn Tamblingson’s trip is heading out on Tuesday, the 20th of October. This was rated as one of last year’s best trip and looks to be the same this year. Make it if you can!

    Please let Glenn know if you’d like to be a part of this trip - glenn@gktphotos.com

     

    3) We are now accepting images online for both the NOVEMBER Digital and Print competitions. Go to the members area on our website to submit your images. This month, we look forward to seeing images from everyone!

     

    FYI - If you are considering taking part in Jay's Bird Barn's Digiscoping Workshop with Clay Taylor, a Sworovski Representative, on October 30th from 7:00-10:00 AM, there has been a change. You need to register to hold a spot - 928-203-5700

    Thank's for your time!

    Bill and the Board



     

    Camera Club - Two Quick Updates - October 13, 2015

    Good morning,

    1.) Thank you to everyone who attended last nights meeting, it was good to have everyone on hand discussing ideas for enhancing the club. If you couldn’t make it, we missed you!

    2) BEARIZONA – the trip is this Friday. If you’re new to the club/photography and looking to make some connections, this is a great place to start! It’s a nice venue for practicing shooting live subjects (mostly animals) and a great way to spend a day working your camera. Plus, there will be folks there who can hopefully answer any questions you might have.

    We will leave Sedona, from behind the far back of the parking lot behind the Art Barn at the Sedona Arts Center between 10 and 10:30 (exact time TBD). That should put us in Williams—in time to get lunch at a place to be announced later. We should arrive at Bearizona with plenty of time to both walk around and do the raptor show as well as the open-air bus tour. Doing the bus tour gives us the best chance possible of seeing the Bison, Black Bear, Dall Sheep, Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goat, Arctic Wolf and Gray Wolf. 

    This year at Bearizona there are new babies: there are baby buffalo (including a white buffalo), baby longhorns, baby dal sheep and, of course, young bears. 

    Admission fee will be dependent on how many people go and how many cars we take. The most admission (without the bus ride) can cost is the basic adult fare of $20/pp (seniors 62+ are $18/pp + tax). I am inquiring about a group fee and other possible accommodations for a group. 

    Please contact Stephanie Brand if you are going and if you can be a driver. Please include your cell phone number and email. Email her at stephanieb904@gmail.com

    Pictures from our 2013 trip - http://www.sedonacameraclub.com/Trips/20130511/

    Kathleen Reeder’s handout “10 Tips for Mastering the Art of Wildlife Photography” - http://images.sedonacameraclub.com/PDFs/201509-KReeder.pdf

    Be sure and check out all of the upcoming Club trips at: http://sedonacameraclub.smugmug.com/Site-Pages/Club-Calendar/n-WMXbC

    *Grand Canyon led by Glenn Tamblingson, October 20, 2015 (All Day)
    *Sedona Bird Shoot led by Wayne Johnson and Eric Gofreed, October 31, 2015 (Half Day)
    *Chiricahua National Monument and Sulphur Springs Valley led by Jim Peterson, November 3, 4 and 5, 2015 (4 Days)

    Thank's for your time!

    Bill and the Board



     

     

     

    October Newsletter - October 5, 2015

    Good evening,

    It was nice to see so many of you back in Sedona at the meeting last week! If you haven't done so yet, check out the Club's display in the Sedona Library. It's looking good.

    1) Were you at last weeks meeting?

    If so, now that you’ve had some time to think about it, we really want to know what your thoughts are! Please take two minutes to complete the questionnaire located at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/scc-sept

     

    2) Thank you!

    The September meeting was well attended and packed with information. A big THANK YOU to Elaine Belvin, John Gafford, Greg Griffin and  Glenn Tamblingson -  Sharing Our Digital Processing and Workflow. I think everyone went away with new knowledge and ideas.

    We’d also like to thank Chris Williams for his years of service to the club as a Board member as he steps off to concentrate on work. Thanks Chris!

    We welcome Brad Kincaid to the Board, replacing Chris as Trip Chair-person. Welcome Brad!

     

    3) Upcoming Events

    *SPECIAL Member Meeting - Monday, October 12, 2015

    This meeting is designed to look at all aspects of the Club, meetings, competitions, library and other exhibits, relationships with other Clubs, Salon, PhotoFest… We’d like to ensure the Club is reaching it’s potential as it strives to meet it’s mission of “to provide area photographers with an opportunity to improve their photographic skills and knowledge and share what they have learned with others who have the same interest.”

    *Club Meeting - Monday, October 26, 2015, Guest Speaker 7:30, Lear Miller

    Commercial lifestyle and destination wedding photographer Lear Miller will dive into the world of commercial lifestyle and outdoor environmental. Lear is a Commercial Lifestyle and Destination Wedding photographer, specializing in adventure and environmental portraiture. Having lived in the southwest his whole life, he knows the bright difficult light and how to work with it any time of day to create flattering portraits. 

    Lear will also run the 6pm workshop, walking through his latest tourism shoot for OH Advertising and the City of Sedona. From location scouting and directing to lens choices and lighting, this workshop is a great overview of capturing outdoor lifestyle portraiture at a commercial level.

    *The Arizona Camera Club Council Fall Round-up 

    Saturday, November 14 and will be hosted by the Phoenix Camera Club. All the info can be found at http://arizonacameraclubcouncil.org/events/2015-fall-roundup.

    As we are a member organization of the ACCC, you are eligible to enter two Digital and/or two Print images for each of the categories in to the Fall Round-up competition. Details can be found at: http://arizonacameraclubcouncil.org/competitions; with the competition rules at http://arizonacameraclubcouncil.org/images/ACCC-Competition-Entry-Rules-2014-12-Rev-X2.pdf.

    Digital images must be submitted online by Friday, October 9th.
    Print Images – you need to get your titles to Stephanie Brand (stephanieb904@gmail.com) by Wednesday morning, October 7th and you MUST make arrangements with her to get your prints to her by Friday morning, October 9th.

     

    4) Photographic Opportunities

    There is plenty going on in October!!!

    *CLUB PHOTO SHOOT (Friday), October 16, 2015 - Full-day, Bearizona led by Stephanie Brand

    *CLUB PHOTO SHOOT October 20, 2015 (All Day)
    Grand Canyon led by Glenn Tamblingson

    *CLUB PHOTO SHOOT October 31, 2015 (Half Day)
    Sedona Bird Shoot led by Wayne Johnson and Eric Gofreed

    *CLUB PHOTO SHOOT November 3, 4 and 5, 2015 (4 Days)
    Chiricahua National Monument and Sulphur Springs Valley led by Jim Peterson

     

    5) Hit Me with your Best Shot

    Want an easy way to become involved with your camera and the Club? Hit me with your BEST SHOT is the Club’s bi-monthly (from the 1st - 14th and from the 15th - end of month) photo assignment. Topics are presented and members can submit images based on that topic. A great reason to practice shooting and/or learn more about the software you use to process your images. We look forward to seeing what you’re up to!

    Disappearing Technologies (October 1-14) | Celebrations (October 15-31) | Nuts (November 1-14) | Odd Couples (November 15-30) Please submit your ideas to Bill at billmdahl@gmail.com

    Check out the images coming in at - http://sedonacameraclub.smugmug.com/Best-Shot

     

    6) General Update

    Club dues for 2015-16 are now due. Please bring them to the November meeting or, if you’d like, you can send them in by mail. Send me an email (billmdahl@gmail.com) and I’ll get you the address. Remember, you need to be a paid member to participate in Club competitions and some events.

    Check the SCC website for gear on sale, local events and other things happening in photography in and around Sedona.

     

    7) Education Links for the Month

    Eileen Rafferty, Seeing in Black and White
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8Hh8S-Z68s

    How to Add Metadata to Photos in Lightroom
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOpyNARJgDk

     

    An Open Letter to Landscape Photographers: Check Your Etiquette
    http://petapixel.com/2015/08/21/an-open-letter-to-landscape-photographers-check-your-etiquette/

    Thanks, and we’ll see you on the 26th, if not before.
    Bill and the Board



     

    Camera Club - Digital and Print Images - September 28, 2015

    Good morning,

    Two quick reminders and a shoot note:

    1. We’d love to see your images as part of the Club’s program! Please take the plunge and submit your images for the digital competition. See the Club website to submit.
    2. Print images are due tonight, but you can make arrangements with Steve if need be. Remember, the best way to get better at taking and processing pictures is to practice, practice, practice! Our competitions are a nice and simple place to do so.

    3. Kathleen Reader speaks on Wildlife Photography tonight. Meeting starts at 6 with a workshop. We’re planning to be done by about 8:30.
    4. Kathleen shares her secrets to photographing wildlife highlighted in her book Capturing the Moment, The Art & Science of Photographing Wild Animals, and will be signing (and selling) copies during the break and after the meeting.

      See a copy of her flyer at:

      http://images.sedonacameraclub.com/PDFs/201509-KReeder.pdf

    There will be an impromptu shoot tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday, September 28th. A group is forming to head up to the Flagstaff area to shoot fall colors. We’ll leave Sedona about 1pm. Please let me know if you are interested in being involved – billmdahl@gmail.com.

    Thanks - Bill

     



     

    Camera Club - A Few Quick Reminders - September 24, 2015

    Good morning!

    Quick reminders:

    1) Club Meeting next Monday, the 28th. Kathleen Reader speaking on Wildlife Photography, plus a great workshop featuring Elaine Belvin, John Gafford, Greg Griffin and Glenn Tamblingson - Sharing Our Digital Processing and Workflow

    Bring a Friend!

    We'd like to encourage everyone (you) to take part in the exhibits noted below. Yes, the first few time are daunting if you haven't done this before, but both exhibits are good opportunities to share your work and gain some experience in doing so. Having your work exhibited is great for the club as well.

    2) Sedona Library Exhibit - please send Dave your titles TODAY (Friday) so he can print the labels and arrange for the show - cinnamonstix039@yahoo.com

    See the instructions note at: www.sedonacameraclub.com/Site-Pages/News-Updates-2015-18/n-8JTnzX#august27-2015n

    3) 2015 - Arizona Camera Club Council FALL ROUNDUP print and digital competitions, please email me your "print titles" by Monday so I can set up the spreadsheet to complete the process for the Club - billmdahl@gmail.com

    For more information go to www.sedonacameraclub.com/Site-Pages/News-Updates-2015-18/n-8JTnzX#acccru

    We look forward to seeing you on Monday! Please email me if you have any questions.

    Thanks

    Bill and the Board

     



     

    SCC Sedona Library Exhibit - September 20, 2015

    Good afternoon,

    A quick reminder - We'd love to see your work displayed at this years SCC Sedona Library Exhibit! This is a great community event for the club.

    Please get your image titles to Dave by Friday, September 25. He'd like to have all of the labels for the show printed as soon as possible.

    Please send your list of titles (up to 10 per person) to Dave at - cinnamonstix039@yahoo.com

    For more info on the exhibit, go to - www.sedonacameraclub.com/Site-Pages/News-Updates-2015-18/n-8JTnzX#august27-2015n

    Thanks!

     



     

    Shoot Reminder - September 10, 2015

    Good afternoon,

    A quick note reminding folks of the following:

    1) Club Photo Shoot

    Photo Shoot on Saturday morning, September 12, Slide Rock starting at 8am. We may move on to events at Tlaquepaque after this… Please check the website for the most up-to-date details. Please also let me know if you are planning to attend – billmdahl@gmail.com

     

    2) Sedona Library Show

    We look forward to having your work on display! Remember, Dave will collect images at the September meeting. He’s trying to judge space, can you please let him know if you are planning to place images in the show, and if so, how many – cinnamonstix039@yahoo.com. All of the information for the exhibit can be found on our website (Click Here).

     

    3) Arizona Camera Club Council "ROUND-UP" Print and Digital Competitions

    As previously noted, we are now members of the Arizona Camera Club Council. The two big events for the ACCC are their Spring and Fall Round-ups.

    The ACC Fall Round-up is Saturday, November 14 and will be hosted by the Phoenix Camera Club, including, Stephen Johnson as guest speaker. All the info can be found athttp://arizonacameraclubcouncil.org/events/2015-fall-roundup. You are invited to attend!

    As we are a member organization of the ACCC, you are eligible to enter two images in "each category" of the Projected Image Division and the Print Image Division for the the Fall Round-up. An entry fee of $1 per image is required. Details can be found at: http://arizonacameraclubcouncil.org/competitions; with the competition rules at http://arizonacameraclubcouncil.org/images/ACCC-Competition-Entry-Rules-2014-12-Rev-X2.pdf.

    Please bring your Print images and entry fees, ready to submit (including ACCC labels), to the September 28th meeting. Please send your titles to billmdahl@gmail.com by September 28th.

    The Projected Image Division (Digital) link is Projected Image Entry Form.

    Print Image Division categories: Color Open • Color Nature • Monochrome Open • Monochrome Nature • Rotating (Pattern) • Creative

    Projected Image Division (What we call Digital) categories: Open • Nature • Rotating (Pattern) • Creative • Monochrome

    For more information, contact me at billmdahl@gmail.com.

    Thanks!

    Bill and the Board

     



    September Newsletter - September 4, 2015

    Good afternoon,

    Yikes, autumn is upon us, sort of… I'm sure I can see the light changing? Anyway, we look forward to having most members back in Sedona as we get our 2015-16 program underway.

    1) Club Survey #2

    Please take a moment to complete the survey designed to inform the October 12th “Members Only” meeting. Thanks in advance for your participation!
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CameraClub-2

     

    2) Thank you!

    The August meeting was well attended and packed with information. A big THANK YOU to Bill Belvin, Peter Gassner, Bonnie Miller and Jim Peterson for participating as a panel and leading us though a very informative discussion. I think everyone went away with new knowledge and ideas. The slides from the presentation can be found on the SCC website at: http://images.sedonacameraclub.com/PDFs/20150831PanelDiscussion.pdf.

     

    3) Upcoming Events

    Remember, the next club meeting is Monday, September 28th with guest speaker Professional Wildlife Photographer, Instructor, Speaker and Author, Kathleen Reeder (http://www.kathleenreeder.com).  This looks to be a great meeting. Her photography is stunning! Our workshop will include Elaine Belvin, John Gafford, Greg Griffin and Glenn Tamblingson taking an image from the camera as a raw file and sharing the process they use to produce a final image for display.

     

    4) Library Exhibits

    Dave Ellison  has set this year’s library exhibit dates. They are:

    Sedona Public Library: Thursday October 1st through Saturday October 31st.

    Cottonwood Public Library: Monday November 2nd through Monday November 30th.

    This is a big event for the club and Sedona. Each member may submit up to 10 images for the Sedona exhibit. Images need to be submitted to Dave by the September 28th meeting or as you have otherwise arranged with him. Please see the details on our website (Click Here).

     

    5) Photographic Opportunities

    * Club Trips - Watch the website for fall trips! We’ll have this totally updated shortly. Thanks for your patience!

    ** October 20th All Day - Grand Canyon, led by Glenn Tamblingson. We’ll meet with Glenn in Flagstaff and finalize transportation from there. Glenn is happy to drive his van. We’ll need to cover gas and park access, estimated at roughly $40. If you are interested in making this trip, please let Glenn know right away at glenn@gktphotos.com

    *** JAY”S BIRD BARN annual bird photo contest is going on all month. They aren’t looking for anything fancy, just an 8x10 from your printer or Walgreens will work just fine. If you can, please support this fun annual event. If you have any questions, Greg Griffin is a past winner! - http://www.jaysbirdbarn.com/photo-contest

    **** As previously noted, we are now members of the Arizona Camera Club Council.

    The ACC Fall Round-up is Saturday, November 14 and will be hosted by the Phoenix Camera Club. All the info can be found at http://arizonacameraclubcouncil.org/events/2015-fall-roundup.

    As we are a member organization of the ACCC, you are eligible to enter three Digital and/or three Print images in to their Fall Round-up competition. Details can be found at: http://arizonacameraclubcouncil.org/competitions; with the competition rules at http://arizonacameraclubcouncil.org/images/ACCC-Competition-Entry-Rules-2014-12-Rev-X2.pdf. Please bring your images, ready to submit, to the September meeting.

     

    6) Hit Me with your Best Shot

    Want an easy way to become involved with your camera and the Club? Hit me with your BEST SHOT is the Club’s bi-monthly (from the 1st - 14th and from the 15th - end of month) photo assignment. Topics are presented and members can submit images based on that topic. A great reason to practice shooting and/or learn more about the software you use to process your images. We look forward to seeing what you’re up to!

    Pictures in Pictures (September 1-14) | Glamour ( September 15-30) | Disappearing Technologies (October 1-14) | Celebrations (October 15-31) | Nuts (November 1-14) | Odd Couples (November 15-30) Please submit your ideas to Bill at billmdahl@gmail.com

    Check out the images coming in at - http://sedonacameraclub.smugmug.com/Best-Shot

     

    7) General Update

    Club dues for 2015-16 are now due. Please bring them to the September meeting or, if you’d like, you can send them in by mail. Send me an email (billmdahl@gmail.com) and I’ll get you the address.

    You may also want to check the SCC website for gear on sale, local events and other things happening in photography in and around Sedona.

     

    8) Education Links for the Month

    John Paul Caponigro’s Blog - http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/

    David du Chemin’s Blog - http://davidduchemin.com/

    An Open Letter to Landscape Photographers: Check Your Etiquette
    http://petapixel.com/2015/08/21/an-open-letter-to-landscape-photographers-check-your-etiquette/

     

    Thanks, and we’ll see you on the 28th, if not before.

    Bill and the Board

     




    Meeting Reminder - August 28, 2015

    Good morning,

    A quick note reminding folks of the following:

    Remember, we have a Club Meeting this coming Monday, August 31st. Doors are open at 5:45 PM at Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road. Change of plans, we will be in our usual spot. Guest Speakers for a Sedona Camera Club Panel Discussion will be Bill Belvin, Peter Gassner, Bonnie Miller and Jim Peterson. This will be a great discussion for the beginner/newer members looking to learn a bit more on a number of short subjects (check the web for details). We hope to see you there!

    Print Images are due to Steve for the September competition at the meeting, unless you've made other arrangements with him.

    Digital Images are being accepted online in the Member’s Area of the SCC website through August 31st. Password for the Member’s Area is CameraClub. This is a great way to build your skills and learn about your camera as well as more about the art of photography - if your new to entering competitions, please don't be shy, we all start at the same place.

    I/we encourage everyone to take part in the print and digital competitions!

    Dave now has information online outlining the process for the Sedona Library Exhibit in October and the Cottonwood Exhibit in November. Please take the time to have a look. We’d love to have some of your images in the shows!

    There will be a second member survey coming out shortly. Please take the time to participate, as these will form the basis of information for our Members Only meeting on October 12th.

    Please send me/us an email if you have any questions of we can be of any assistance. Thanks for your time and we’ll see you on Monday evening!

    Bill and the Board

     




    Club Update - August 27, 2015

    Good morning,

    A quick update from Dave Ellison re the upcoming SCC Public Library Exhibits

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE LIBRARY EXHIBITS


    SEDONA PUBLIC LIBRARY EXHIBITS - OCTOBER 2015

    The 2014 Sedona Library Exhibit will run through the month of October. The exhibit contact person is Dave Ellison, cinnamonstix039@yahoo.com (928-634-5236).

    We will need volunteers to put up the show on Thursday, October 1st and take down photos Saturday, October 31st both at 10:00 am when the Library opens.

    A maximum of 10 photographs may be submitted by each paid member. Please keep in mind this is a PUBLIC library and photographs should be appropriate subject matter.

    Dave will begin accepting submissions at our meeting on Monday, August 31st. ALL submissions should be delivered to Dave by our meeting on Monday, September 31st. Alternatively, you may bring your prints to the Library on October 1st if you are helping set up (please make sure you've sent in your titles so the card is made up for our display). If you can't get your prints to the club meetings or are unavailable to assist with set up, please contact Dave to make other arrangements.

    The due date for submitting the TITLES and other requested info for your prints is Friday, September 25th. Please send Dave your titles as soon as possible, as it helps in the preparation of the show.

    With each photograph submitted, a 3X5 file card will be printed with the photographer’s name, title of the print and a short statement about the photographer and/or photo (optional). Please also note if your work is for sale. For uniformity, a card will be prepared from this information with the title of the photo and the photographer’s name and placed on the front of the display.

    Those wishing to sell their work may also put contact information on the back of the photograph. Please do not include prices.

    Photographs may be color, monochrome or creative. Sizes, please use our Print standards (Click Here) as a quide. Non-standard sizes up to 20X20 are acceptable.

    All photographs must be mounted and/or matted (no frames). Large photos should be mounted on foam core or other stiff material. White mats are encouraged, but not required. Mounted photographs may be shrink wrapped or placed in clear plastic bags for protection of the photo.


    COTTONWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY EXHIBITS

    The Cottonwood Library Exhibit will run through the month of November. Up to 60 of the photographs in the Sedona Library show will be selected for inclusion in this show. These selections to be determined later.

    Volunteers helping to take down in Sedona hopefully can assist with the November Cottonwood setup. Cottonwood setup exact dated yet to be determined, probably Saturday November 1st or Monday November 2nd.

    Your support is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Dave

     



    August Newsletter - August 6, 2015

    Good morning,

    I hope this note finds you continuing to enjoy what has been a great summer here in Sedona. What a great place to live and explore photography!


    1) Thank you!

    A big THANK YOU to Bob Coates for presenting Image Competition & Judging as our first meeting of the summer. Bob provided a great overview of what’s needed when submitting images to competitions, coupled with what it takes to critique/judge in a manner that serves everyone well. He was impressed that the club had moved forward with critiquing/judging internally and pointed out how important taking on this challenging area was to his development as a photographer.

    If you missed Bob’s talk, we can help… Thanks to club member Leslie McCandless, we have the meeting on video and have placed it (in four parts) in the "Club Video" section in the Member’s Area on our website.


    2a) Upcoming Events

    » The next club meeting is Monday, August 31st. Our hosts, the United Methodist Church, have asked us to try a new venue for our meeting, moving into their main building. They’d like to save on setup, time and heating over the winter if we can make this space work for us. The seating and viewing seem to be much better than where we are now. Let’s see how it works! For AUGUST, let's please meet in the main building. We'll make sure it is marked and the directions are clear.

    The meeting will include a panel discussion led by Elaine Belvin, with Bill Belvin, Peter Gassner, Bonnie Miller and Jim Peterson on the panel. This will be a great meeting for newer members wanting to learn more about: Full Frame vs Cropped Sensor Cameras; Pros and cons of shooting JPG vs Raw; Shooting in Program Mode, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, or Manual; What is a Histogram and how do I use it?; Focus (How to determine what f stop to use, Where to focus, Back button focus, Manual vs. auto focus – how they work and when to use each one, Focus Stacking); Image Stabilization – what is it and when to use it; Filters (Polarizer, UV, Neutral Density, Split Neutral Density, Workflow (Photo storage, Image manipulation); What is Chromatic Aberration and how to get rid of it; Lens Flare and how to avoid it; and HDR and Panoramas in Lightroom.


    2b) September Print and Digital Club Competitions

    The club has proud tradition of using competitions as a learning tool, going back to inception in 1952. We’ve always viewed this as a great way for members to participate in the club and to learn more about thier cameras and photography. Be a part of the learning process! Enter a few DIGITAL and PRINT images in the September Club Competitions! The ctiteria and process is located on the upper right corner of the Competition Galleries page on our website (http://sedonacameraclub.smugmug.com/Competition-Galleries)

    » DIGITAL IMAGES are now being accepted for the September Digital Competition. Please go to the Member's Area on the Club website to access the online submision form. Digital Images are due on August 31st unless you've made other arrangements with Bill Belvin, Digital Competition Chair (Wbelvin1@gmail.com).

    » Please bring your PRINT IMAGES for the September Print Competition to the August meeting for Steve Moody, Print Competition Chair. Prints are due at the meeting unless you've made other arrangements with Steve (moodyste100@suddenlink.net). And please remember to submit a digital copy of your print images, going to the Member's Area on the Club website to access the online submission form. This is part of the entry process for PRINT IMAGES and must be completed.

    » This year’s library exhibit dates have been set. They are:
    * Sedona Public Library: Thursday October 1st through Saturday October 31st.
    * Cottonwood Public Library: Monday November 2nd through Monday November 30th.


    3) General Update

    » Remember, a bit later this month we’ll send out a survey noted in the June newsletter “General Update” requesting your thoughts on club competitions. This follows on from the request at our April meeting re the discussion of print size. As stated, the Club will hold a Special Members Meeting on October 12th.  We’ll also look to discuss competitions in general, club trips and any other items of importance to the membership.

    The beauty about the art of photography today is that we have so many options in expressing our art form, and as a club it’s important we consider how best to serve our mission. We look forward to you participation and ideas! (P.S., in our last survey we had a response rate of over 50%. Lets see if we can beat that! 85% Advanced, 35% Intermediate and 65% of the Beginners responded. Beginners and Intermediate members, the club needs to hear from more of you, please. Your thoughts and input are important! You are the future of the club.)

    » The club has joined the Arizona Camera Club Council (http://www.arizonacameraclubcouncil.org/) at a cost of $20. This allows our members to take part in ACCC activities/competitions, and will hopefully build our relationships around the state. More on this as things develop.

    » Club dues for 2015-16 are now due. Please bring them to the August meeting if you can.


    4) Photographic Opportunities

    » As noted, the response to the trip survey was very good. Chris is in the process of putting everything together and we’ll be back with you shortly.

    Club Trips - Watch the website for upcoming trips! Milkyway and Hummingbirds sometime next week/weekend... Great opportunities for beginners to pick up some expereince.

    » You may also want to check there for gear on sale, local events and other things happening in photography around Sedona.


    5) Hit Me with your Best Shot

    Want an easy way to become involved with your camera and the Club? Hit me with your BEST SHOT is the Club’s bi-monthly (from the 1st - 14th and from the 15th - end of month) photo assignment. Topics are presented and members can submit images based on that topic. A great reason to practice shooting and/or learn more about the software you use to process your images. We look forward to seeing what you’re up to!

    ZigZags, August 1-14  |   Vegetables (August 15-31) | Pictures in Pictures (September 1-14) | Glamour ( September 15-30) | Disappearing Technologies (October 1-14) | Celebrations (October 15-31) | Nuts (November 1-14) | Odd Couples (November 15-30) Please submit your ideas to Bill at billmdahl@gmail.com

    Check out the images coming in at - http://sedonacameraclub.smugmug.com/Best-Shot


    6) Education Links for the Month

    » This month’s top pick has to be Bob Coates talking to the club. You’ll find it in the Members Area on the SCC website.

    How about a few gadgets...
    » A powerful iPhone app called PhotoPills (about $10) has the following features: a planner with map and satellite images, info or sun, moon, and milky way, augmented reality to understand the path of these celestial bodies, exposure calculators (including adjustments for filters), depth of field calculator, and time lapse calculator. As with The Photographer’s Ephremis, the mapping feature can be hard to read on the smaller screen of my iPhone 5. An iPad mini or larger would be better. Unfortunately Photopills is not available on Android devices. Unlike The Photographer’s Ephremis, there is no desktop version of Photopills.

    Photopills does have some good, brief tutorials at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/photopills

    » TriggerTrap is available for both Android and iOS mobile devices. TriggerTrap is sort of an intravoltmeter with extended features, ease of use, and lower cost. It does not require a larger tablet screen although can use a tablet with this app. Its functions include: timer, settings for timelapse, HDR (changing shutter speed), star trails, and bramping (changing settings for sunrises and sunsets.) Shuttertrap can’t change focus. But this app can use the facility of smart phone to respond to sound, light, even faces. Some of the applications are more gimmicks whose appeal might fade quickly, but the core features are very good at a reasonable price. For anyone with an ios or Android mobile device, there is a free app that covers most of the above features. Connections to the mobile device cost about $35. A holder on the camera hotshoe can hold an iphone for about $22.

    ShutterTrap has posted some quick, introductory tutorials on line at the following: https://www.youtube.com/user/TriggertrapTutorials

    Please contact us if we can be of any assistance or answer any questions. See you on the 31st!

    Bill and the Board

     



     

    July Newsletter - July 6, 2015

    Good morning,

    I hope this note finds you well, having had a great 4th of July weekend.

     

    1) Thank you!

    To begin, on behalf of the Club and your Board, we’d like to thank all those who took the time to respond to the Trip Survey! We had well over 50% of the club taking part and have more than enough information to put together a great year. In response to your comments, we’ll work to put in a number of short events designed to support beginning and intermediate members with both photography and software use. More on these as the plan develops.

     

    2) Upcoming Events

    SCC Club Meeting - July 27, 6pm at the Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road. Bob Coates will be the speaker, focusing on critiquing and scoring images. He’ll look back over our efforts and make suggestions for improving how we tackle this important role. Elaine Belvin will be heading the meeting. We hope to see you all there!

    The Club Calendar is filling up. Please note the meeting dates so you don’t miss a thing!

    Club Calendar

    http://sedonacameraclub.smugmug.com/Site-Pages/Club-Calendar/n-WMXbC

     

    3) Club Member Jim Peterson Receives Honor

    Read all about it!

    http://www.sedonacameraclub.com/Site-Pages/Members-Showings/n-7dQpQ

     

    4) Photographic Opportunities

    Please watch the Club website. We are in the process of completing the Trips calendar for the coming year and hope to have trips starting soon. Also, a number of you signed up to be on an email list announcing “quick trips”, events that present themselves on short notice. We’ll also feature these on the Club’s home page as they happen.

    Home Page - http://www.sedonacameraclub.com/

     

    5) Hit Me with your Best Shot

    Want an easy way to become involved with your camera and the Club? Hit me with your BEST SHOT is the Club’s bi-monthly (from the 1st - 14th and from the 15th - end of month) photo assignment. Topics are presented and members can submit images based on that topic. A great reason to practice shooting and/or learn more about the software you use to process your images. We look forward to seeing what you’re up to!

    HOT, July 1-14

    Bad Weather, July 15-31

    ZigZags, August 1-14

    http://sedonacameraclub.smugmug.com/Best-Shot

     

    6) Education Links for the Month

    Why Metadata Is Important! Why And How To Use It
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDi3too4R14

    The Advantages of the DNG File Format
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ljbo6aL3Jc

    Long Exposure Photography
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iygugm-xNGs

    Thanks!

     

    Bill and the Board

     



     

    June Newsletter - June 9, 2015


    Good morning,

    I hope this note finds you well as we head into our warm season. I’m aware this note is a wee bit long, but please bear with me. The next ones will be shorter, I promise. This is simply a place to start things off…


    1) Thank you!

    To begin, on behalf of the Club and your Board, we’d like to thank Ric Cisson for his five years of service on the Board and for his role as the September judge for both the digital and print competitions over that period.

    We’d also like to thank Al Brown for his combined 12+ years service on the Board, in addition to being our treasurer last year!

    Al and Ric are stepping off of the Board. We thank both for the countless tasks they’ve performed for the club; from managing PhotoFest through to the printing of the club’s name badges, the list is extensive and has made the club a great place for everyone – Thank you!

    Also, a big thanks to Stephanie Brand for her service last year as 1st VP Programs. She is also stepping off the Board, but I’m pleased to note Stephanie won’t be going far, and will be working with Roger Kiel (and others as time goes on) to restructure our mentoring program. They will likely share a number of changes at our September meeting.

    And of course a big thanks to Judy Lovelett for her service as President for the past two-years (and two-years as 1st VP for Programs before that). Fortunately, Judy will continue to help guide the Club at Board level from her position as Past-president!

    Also stepping down from important roles is: James Young, as Library Exhibit Chairperson; and Elizabeth Dean, Irene Martinez and Betty Morgan as the refreshment team. We never had it so good! Thank you so much for your time and effort!


    2) General Update

    Following on from the request at our April meeting, the Club will hold a Special Members Meeting in October. One of the topics will be our Print Competition and the form the Club might like this to take in the future. We’ll also look to discuss a number of other items of importance to the membership. More on this as we move through the summer. We’ll likely have a couple of surveys looking for your input on future directions. Remember, this is your club, please take the time to participate.


    3) Upcoming Events

    SCC Club Meeting - July 27, 6pm at the Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road, Bob Coates will be the speaker, focusing on critiquing and scoring images. He’ll look back over our efforts and make suggestions for improving how we tackle this important role.

    Advanced Members, this program is in part a review of our critiquing/scoring over the last year and is designed to help us learn and grow from the experience. You are strongly encouraged to participate. Last year we moved away from professional judges to teams of advanced members for both the digital and print monthly competitions. We'll continue to provide opportunities and information to improve this important skill.


    4) Photographic Opportunities

    Club Trip - Watch the website for summer trips!


    5) Hit Me with your Best Shot

    Want an easy way to become involved with your camera (and the Club)? Hit me with your BEST SHOT is the Club’s bi-monthly (from the 1st - 14th and from the 15th - end of month) photo assignment. Topics are presented and members can submit images based on that topic. A great reason to practice shooting and/or learn more about the software you use to process your images. We look forward to seeing what you’re up to!
    Something Small, June 1-14
    Roses, June 15-30
    HOT, July 1-14
    http://sedonacameraclub.smugmug.com/Best-Shot/


    6) Education Links for the Month

    As a Board, we’d like to add a few educational links to this email each month, but where to start??? There is soooo much available online for learning, it’s overwhelming to try and find a single place to start, but we’ll try. Like most things, it’s more about doing and practicing than trying to be perfect. So here goes.

    New to your camera and wondering what all of the setting are? 10 Questions Answered: Camera Settings - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf7Zb5iU_PE

    Are you a more advanced Photoshop user? Check out the free tutorials on PHLearn.com - http://phlearn.com/free-tutorials
    Aaron Nace does a fantastic job teaching how to use Photoshop in ways you can't even imagine.

    Improving Travel Shots - http://www.ephotozine.com/article/top-travel-photography-lessons-to-learn-before-you-fly-25528

    Thanks!

    Bill and the Board

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