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October update

Hello everyone,

It has been awhile since I last wrote so here goes with some information.  First, I want to congratulate Liz Lawson and Ronnie Rosenbach for their Best in Show images in our last two competitions.  Outstanding work by excellent photographers.  It is always a pleasure to see all the images submitted to our competitions.

Our annual banquet is coming December 12th.  Social hour begins at 6PM.  Plan to bring an appetizer or dessert.  The cost of this year’s event will be $25.00 per person.  For this incredible value you will get to see winning projected images, have a wonderful Mediterranean dinner along with everyone’s appetizers and desserts.  Oh, and don’t forget the best part, socializing with like-minded people who share your love of photography!   I want to thank Elizabeth Springs for taking charge of this event.  She will be posting sign-ups and will have more information at our next meeting. Our next meeting by the way, will be at the reception for our exhibition “Our World Through Many Lenses” at the Finley Community Center on October 24th from 5-7 PM, I hope you all can make it.  If you have any question about the banquet or want to lend a hand please contact Elizabeth at eldsprings@gmail.com.

If you were at our last meeting you know I mentioned I was contacted by Hunt’s Photo and Video.  This is a company that competes with Adorama and B&H.  Hunt’s is the primary vendor at all the PSA conferences.  They come highly recommended by Joan Field of N4C.  I encourage you to check out their website www.huntsphoto.com.  They offer free shipping on all orders over $50. If you have any questions, please contact our representative for Hunt’s, Noah Buchanan.  His direct number is 781-462-2356 and his email address is nbuchanan@huntsphoto.com.  

It is time to begin looking through your images from the 2019 field trips.  You should have received the list of the field trips we have taken as it was sent out by Trisha in the last day or so. Tara will be opening up the field trip competition soon so keep an eye out for her announcement.  

Lastly, Tara won’t be able to be our Competition Chair next year and we need someone to take her place.  This is a vital position in our club and one we need filled if we are to continue with our competitions.  Please, if you want to see our club continue with competitions consider volunteering for competition chair.  If you have any questions about this, please contact Tara for all the information necessary.   

That is it for now, I will keep you updated on our membership vote on the changes to our bylaws and rules regarding advancement to Masters Candidate. 

Mike

August update

Hi Everyone,

I can’t believe it has been over a month since my last update as to what is happening at SRPS.  With this in mind, I have a lot to bring you up to date on.  The Board met last Friday to discuss a number of issues that are important to all of us.  Unfortunately we didn’t have time to address the entire agenda, though here are the highlights of items discussed.  

1.  We are in need of a new Competition Chair, as Tara will not be able to continue in the position next year.  This is a vital position in the club, and will be a member of the Board of Directors.  Below are the general duties of the Competition Chair, and if you are interested I encourage you to contact me.  Most of what we do as a club revolves around competitions, so you can see we can not let this position go unfilled.  

Competition Chair – Organizes the monthly and Endof-Year competitions. Appoints 

and serves on the Review Committee. Has the authority to disqualify images from a competition if they do not conform to the guidelines for the category(ies) entered. Oversees tabulation and publishing to the membership of competition results; maintains competition records for five (5) years; orders ribbons and trophies as needed; prepares annual Awards Dinner program; submits an annual budget request and all expenses to the Treasurer. Also serves on the Advancement Committee and keeps the Vice-President informed concerning members who meet the requirements for advancement. (See Competition Rules, Section 4.0.) May be appointed to serve on the Board. (See Board of Directors, Constitution and Bylaws.) 

2.  It was brought to the Board’s attention we are primarily a club of amateur photographers.  Members who become professional photographers after being in the club can continue to compete and advance per the competition rules.  We recently had two professional photographers join the club.  Due to the excellence of their work, it has created an uneven playing field for those who have participated in competitions for years, trying to move from AA to Master level.  The Board discussed this at length due to the impact on other members.  It was decided to form a committee of four to come up with an alternate path to Master level for these professional photographers.  The idea of “professional Affiliate” was discussed and the committee will present options to the board and ultimately to the membership for a potential rule change.  If you have any thoughts on this matter please contact one of the committee members so they can hear your ideas.  The members of the committee are Greg Pech, Tony Reynes, Tara Pavis and Nancy Goodenough.  

3.  Fund Raising:  You may or may not know we are one of many groups that meet at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center.  As one of the participants we have been asked to raise $5000 as our part of an improvement project at the facility.  Painting, carpeting and other updates that will enhance the experience of the facility for  us and others.  We have started to do this with the 50-50 drawing.  The 50-50 has proven to be popular and we will continue do it at each of our meetings.  This will only get us so far though.  We also have a simple way you can donate to the club via PayPal or Credit Card on our website to make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation.  Go to our website  www.santarosaphotographicsociety.org and click on the member tab.  Scroll past the membership renewal tab and at the bottom of the page you will see a tab to enable you to donate to the club.  Remember this is TAX DEDUCTIBLE.  Your help is appreciated.  

Additionally, we will be holding a used equipment sale in November at our end of year competition.  If you have equipment you no longer use or need, and are willing to donate it to the club to be sold, let  us know.  We will use these funds to raise our portion of the improvement project costs.  

4.  We are examining our options when it comes to our insurance.  We have coverage for our members and the facility. We are examining any way possible to save money on our premium costs.  Greg Pech is looking into this.  When the Directors of the LBAGC meet in September we will find out exactly what is required, so we only pay for what is necessary.  

5.  Student Affiliates:  The Board also discussed student affiliates  as a way to encourage later membership and promote the art of photography, and our club.  This will also provide us with another reason to maintain our tax deductible status.  Items discussed were no entry into competitions, ability to attend field trips and meetings to learn the art of photography.  The affiliate would also have to be 18 years or older.  If you have any other thoughts please let me know.

6.  Don’t forget to get  your photo information to Tim Allen for the exhibition at the Finley Community Center.  Our October program meeting will be attendance at the reception for the exhibition.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyones work.  Don’t forget, get in touch with Tim if you have any questions, time is running short.  

I’m sure I am forgetting something but will send out another update at a later time.  

Be well,

Mike

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Update

Hi Everyone,

I trust you are all having a wonderful summer and taking advantage of our beautiful weather, to get out and enjoy yourselves.  I have seen a few images on Facebook that appear to have been taken on our clubs recent field trip to the coast.  Always a great place to visit and take photographs.  

I want to congratulate Adrian Mendoza for his Best in Show image from our last competition. His view of a meeting between then Sheriff Giordano and a fire survivor on a Day of Remembrance was truly a strong and compelling view of a very sad time.  

I want to also congratulate our members who entered images in the Four Seasons of Sonoma County Photography contest.  Timothy Allen, Lucy Aron, Guy Miller, Steve Muench and Ronnie Rosenbach.  If I missed someone’s name I truly apologize.  The images selected will be displayed on screens during the playing of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, performed by the Santa Rosa Symphony at the Green Music Center.  Congratulations to all of you.  

Please don’t forget, Phil Hann and Dick Weston will begin presenting an Introduction to Photoshop Layers at our next program night on July 25th.  The presentation will take place from 5-6 PM just prior to our regular program night.  No laptop is required, just bring yourself.  The program night is Jak Wonderly presenting on Developing Portfolios. If you are not familiar with Mr. Wonderly’s work please visit his website www.jakwonderly.com  and you will see what an amazing photographer he is.  

On Monday evening I had the opportunity to attend the Marin Photo Club’s print competition with Marv Siegel.  I hadn’t been to a print competition before, so as a member of a club who doesn’t do print competition, I was eager to see how it went.  The following is from the Marin Photo Club website:

“Creating a print image presents a new and more complex challenge to the photographer. The digital image now needs to be translated onto a photographic paper, where small flaws which may escape the eye on a projected image are now noticeable.  Choice of paper, calibration between monitor and printer, and the maker’s choice of mounting and presentation are all factors in the success of the print.  Winning prints from this competition move on to the monthly competition of the Northern California Council of Camera Clubs (N4C).”

I was amazed at the excellent quality of the prints submitted by all levels of photographer. The prints are submitted on mats with a minimum size mat being 11×14 and the maximum size 16×20.  The prints can also be presented mounted directly on to foam core.  The images are placed on an easel with a light directed on the image to enable proper viewing.  The same categories we have are in place for the print competition.  I noticed immediately the judge went right up to each image and got a very close look.  Not something we do with projected images.  During a break I went and looked at some of the images and I can see why the close look is necessary.  The amount of detail in most of the images was incredible.  I truly enjoyed my visit and time at this print competition.  

One other item about the Marin Club and something that perhaps we can discuss for our club. In addition to each of the competition categories we submit, they have an alternate subject.  This night it was “Wheels.”  The images don’t get forwarded to N4C but they are good for club points.  There is a different alternate topic each month.  For more information on Print or Alternate image presentation please contact Marv Siegel when you see him at our meetings. He is a member of both clubs. Thank you Marv for bringing me along.

During my tenure as a member of SRPS I have seen many judges both good and not so good.  With this in mind I want to tell you about the judge for this print competition.  Her name is Ouliana Panova Ph. D.  She is a new judge for N4C and just finished the judges’ course.  What impressed me with this judge was the enthusiasm she brought to each and every image she judged.  I can only describe her comments by comparing her remarks about an image to the manner in which Chef Gordan Ramsey describes each food item as a thing of beauty as he uses them in a dish he prepares.  Her comments were on point, she took her time, and when there was a flaw or problem, she felt detracted from the image, she addressed it in such a way so everyone could learn and not feel slighted in anyway.  If we ever have the opportunity to have her judge our competition, I am certain you will be amazed at what she brings to the table.  

OK, I know I was a bit wordy today, but I am off to the Midwest and the East coast for a couple of weeks and won’t be at the next meeting.  

Be well and keep shooting,

Mike

Brief update

Hi Everyone,

It has been awhile since my last update, so here we go.  I was fortunate enough to attend the Bodie field trip along with about 18 other club members and guests.  A wonderful weekend filled with great photographic opportunities. The weather was great, clear and not too hot.  We had the chance to do some socialization at dinner on Saturday evening at the Whoa Nelli Deli on the corner of Hwy 395 and Hwy 120 where you begin the Tioga pass. I was a bit skeptical, however my concerns were allayed as soon as I saw the food being produced.  An excellent choice.  On Sunday evening we had dinner at the Virginia Creek Settlement.  This proved to be another winner, and no one left there hungry, that is for sure.  Thank you Rick White for putting this trip together it was a fantastic weekend. 

Our last meeting was a presentation on Street Photography, that I was honored to have been asked to present.  I want to thank the many members who came out and participated in the discussion.  I know the debates were taking place and your attendance was indeed appreciated.  

At our last competition Loujean LaMalfa came in with top honors for Best in Show with her portrait of a Vietnam War survivor.  Great job Loujean.

A reminder we have several field trips coming up, Leaderless: Fireworks, a Sonoma Coast photo safari being led by Francyne Kunckel and lastly the Rivertown Revival in Petaluma.  You will have an opportunity to catch some photos of great costumes and enjoy the entertainment.  Please refer to the email recently sent out by Trisha Brown.  

Our next competition is July 11th, so please have your entries in by July 5th.   Don’t forget to register for Fotoclave if you plan on attending, as the number of participants is limited.

That’s about it, see you soon, and keep shooting.   

Mike

June update

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to bring you all up to date on the club workings since my last email. The board of directors met on 5/29/2019 to discuss a number of issues of importance to all of us.  First of all, our financial health is stable and looking a bit better than last year.  If we continue to monitor our expenses as the year goes on, we should have a surplus to carry over into next year.  We are looking at a ways to save additional funds by shopping around for our liability insurance. Our insurance is a major expense, which we haven’t shopped around for in a very long time.  Greg Pech volunteered to get us some additional quotes to see if we can do better.  

Another idea is to not have the end of year banquet catered as we have in the past.  We normally have much more food than necessary.  The idea of a potluck was suggested with a $10.00 charge for admission to the banquet to cover decorations and other necessities.  Speaking of the banquet, we will be needing a banquet coordinator, someone to coordinate potluck food, invite judges, take care of arranging the setup, decorations and cleanup.  Additionally, we will need to make sure the slide show and awards preparation are done. If you are interested in helping out, please let me know.  We have time, but don’t want to wait until the end of the year to find a person to coordinate the event.   Please volunteer.  

The Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center is in need of maintenance.  We pay only $1500 for the 23 meetings we hold there. As we are “member-owners” and have non-profit status, we are being asked to donate along with the other groups that utilize the facility on a regular basis. The goal is to raise the $50,000 needed to bring the facility up to the standard it should be.  We will be setting up a simple way to donate to this cause by using PayPal on our website, similar to how we pay our dues.  Your donations will be tax deductible due to our 501 (c) (3) status.  Additionally, we will be starting a 50-50 raffle at our meetings to assist in this fundraising effort.  We hope to have some raffle prizes in addition to the 50% winnings.  

The board members are all concerned about the problems we have had getting our computer to work properly at our competitions.  We are working on this problem, part of which has been the computer auto updating as we begin the competition.  We have also had a couple of members step up to help be alternate projectionists.  An additional issue is the software used is only compatible with PCs and our most recent projectionist is a Mac user.  I don’t know about you, but I switched to Mac a number of years ago and I can’t remember much when it comes to operating a PC.  We are going to try to get the judges to preview the images beforehand to save time.  We also may do away with the preview at the beginning of each category.  Rest assured we are working on this issue.  Suggestions are certainly welcome.  

Kevin Schirado is stepping down from the board and his position as the N4C representative.  Bill Stacy and Jennifer Marano have volunteered to fill this role.  I have asked Bill Stacy to take Kevin’s position as a director and he has accepted.  Thank you, Kevin, for all your help and contributions.

The board also discussed ways to attract new members.  One idea is to have a Student Participation Program.  Trisha has written a draft proposal which is included at the end of this update.  If you have any comments, concerns or suggestions please let us know.  

Lastly don’t forget to attend our next two meetings, the first, a competition on June 13thbeing judged by Charlie Ginsburg, and our program meeting on June 27th.  The program this month is on Street Photography and I will be presenting.   I will look forward to seeing you at our upcoming meetings.  Be safe and keep shooting.  

Mike

Santa Rosa Photographic Society

Photography Student Participation Program

Goals:

  • Expose student photographers to a local club for amateur photographers without requiring them to use their limited resources to join the club
  • Provide photography students the opportunity to learn photographic techniques from more experienced photographers
  • Help student photographers improve their image capture and post-processing techniques
  • Increase the potential to attract new members to the club
  • Accomplish the club’s public benefit mandate as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization

Proposal:

Santa Rosa Photographic Society will permit students, 18 years of age and older, who are enrolled in college-level photography courses to attend meetings and field trips without being required to join as members of the club. Students will not be permitted to participate in club competitions, including in the non-compete category.

These photography students will be required to sign the club’s Statement of Understanding prior to participating in club activities:

Participant’s Statement of Understanding:  

I understand that I am responsible for my own health and safety at all SRPS meetings and events. I further understand that SRPS does not insure me and has no liability should any health problem, mishap, accident, loss, or damage occur to me, or my property, during my participation in SRPS meetings and events.

Signature: ______________________________________________          Date: ____________________

May update

Hi Everyone,

It is that time to bring you up to date on club activities and inner workings. First off, if you weren’t at the last competition you missed some amazing images by Tamara Krautkramer. Tamara’s sequence of the Pilgrims in Ethiopia won the Best in Show for the night.  Certainly gives us something to aspire to.  Great Job Tamara. 

This Friday is the field trip to Heritage Salvage, and if you haven’t been there it is worth your time.  There is so much to see and photograph.  You shouldn’t be wanting for any more texture photos when you leave there, hopefully with your memory card full.  Once again Trisha and Joel have come up with another great excursion. 

Hopefully you have seen the email from Kevin announcing that we are in need of a representative to N4C.  This job entails attending one meeting a month in San Leandro, so we have representation at the N4C level where many of the decisions about how we operate are formed. If you help out the club, and want to meet photographers from other clubs, this is a great opportunity. Please let me, Kevin or Bill Stacy know if you are interested.  

Our upcoming competition in June is being judged by Charlie Ginsburgh.  I don’t know Mr. Ginsburgh but I visited his website after Loujean sent out an email advising us he will judge our next competition.  He is an amazing photographer.  If you ever wanted to see water drop photography, please take a look at his site you will get more ideas than you could ever want or need.   There are many other subjects he has photographed and a visit to his site is worth your while.  If you don’t have the address here it is again: Charlie-g.smugmug.com    

There has been a recent update to the Bodie trip, disappointing, but certainly not enough of an issue to have you cancel you trip.  Bodie will still be open, but we will have to do astrophotography from some other location.  I am still going as are many others.  Mono lake and the surrounding area is a great place to take photos of the stars. 

The board will be meeting May 29thto discuss a number of issues.  If you have anything you would like to bring up please let me know so we can address it.  Ok, on to the fun stuff.  In my last update I included a photograph of a motorcycle in the air and asked for members to work their magic to see what they could do with this image.  I received ten images in response, and I will attach them to this email update.  

Until next time, keep shooting,

Mike

Just another update

Hi Everyone,

What a great weekend to get out and take photographs.  I don’t know about you, but I occasionally get in a rut photographing the same area over and over.  For me, it is in and around Petaluma.  So on Friday I went to San Francisco with my wife to get out and walk around.  We took the ferry over and if you are over 65 the fare is only $6.00 each way, with parking only $2.00.  What a deal! It was so refreshing to explore within walking distance of the Ferry Building and work on Street and Architectural photography.  I’ll be going back soon. I’ll also be getting out into wine country more often now due to our winning image of the night at our last competition.    

Steve Gibbs won the Best in Show for the evening with his Vineyard Sunrise image.  A wonderful image that you should be seeing soon on our website and our Facebook page. Hard work pays off, and Steve certainly deserved the best of the night photo.  Great job Steve.  

Our next program night will be on April 25thwhen Lucy Beck will use a light box as a blank palette.  She will show us how to choose and arrange flowers to make artistic arrangements.  She will then show us how to photograph them and using Photoshop she will show us how to process them to make them look like a painterly like picture.  I had seen Lucy’s presentation at last year’s FotoClave and was enthralled by what she does. More than worth a couple of hours of your time. You may even find a new type of photography to begin learning. 

On April 28thwe will be going to Half Moon Bay on another field trip set up by Trisha and Joel.  Here is the information from our website.  Join us for what the organizers bill as “A uniquely spectacular showcase of motorized mechanical marvels from throughout the 20th and 21st centuries…More than 2000 ultra cool antique, vintage, classic, custom and exotic machines of all kinds on display for public viewing.” There will be motorcycle stunt shows at 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30 pm. Tickets are $15 to $50. Website is miramarevents.com/dreammachines. Hope you can join us.

I will be meeting with the board as soon as I can arrange a time to discuss a number of items pertaining to our club.  If you have something you would like brought up please let me know or keep an eye out for the date so you can join us.  

That’s it for now, until next time, keep shooting. 

Mike

Update

Hi Everyone,

Last Thursday Nick Allen did a presentation on lighting.  If you weren’t able to attend, you missed an excellent program.  Nick has a stellar background in film and lighting and put together a very informative program that enhanced every attendee’s knowledge of lighting, its properties and uses. Thank you, Nick, for taking the time to put together such an interesting and well thought out program.  

You should have received an email looking for a volunteer to help Kevin as the Judges chair.  As you know one of the main priorities of our club is competition night and we are always in search of judges to critique our images.  This doesn’t happen automatically, someone has to contact a judge and set up a date for them to review our images.  It doesn’t take much work, but it does take a little bit of time to locate and contact a judge and set up a date for their appearance.  Please contact me or Kevin if you can assist with this very important part of our club activity.  

Speaking of competition, we have a committee that reviews all the images that are submitted in a competition.  The committee members review the image to insure they meet the standards for the specific category.  We occasionally miss something, but we try to insure the image is in the correct category and has only the amount of post processing that is allowed in that specific category.  In Pictorial pretty much anything goes, but for the other categories, such as Journalism and Nature, there are very specific rules.  Please review these rules before you upload an image into the competition.  I have made the mistake myself and need to check the rules again and again.  Please help us out and save our volunteer members time so they don’t have to contact you to ask what you did to an image or ask you to move it to another category.  

Before I go, we do need another volunteer to be a back up projectionist. We want to make sure that if our projectionist wants to take a vacation and go out of town there is someone to take his/her place.  We need to make sure someone is available every month for the competition nights.   If you can help us out here please let me know. The club doesn’t operate automatically, it takes members to make things work.  This is yourclub, please take part to continue to make it a club we can all be proud of belonging to.  

Lastly, I have attached a chart to the end of this message so you can see the participation in each competition category.  As you will see Pictorial always had the largest number of images submitted.  The other categories can be challenging but we don’t learn if we don’t do.  So, challenge yourself to learn to take Journalism, Creative and Nature images.  Then enter them into the competition to get feedback on how to improve your photography.  That is why we are all here.  That is it for now, go out and start shooting.  

Mike

Another UPdate

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder we have a great field trip planned by Joel and Trisha to the Legion of Honor on March 30th.  The group will meet up at 9:30 AM in the parking lot.  There should be no shortage of photographic opportunities for you.  I look forward to seeing the images you come back with.  Another field trip reminder is the Bodie trip in June, don’t forget to make lodging reservations soon, as the towns around there fill up quickly at that time of year.  

Dick Weston and Phil Hann have volunteered to put on 4-6 classes on working with Layers in Photoshop.  When I asked at the last meeting if anyone was interested in learning Layers, there was a very positive response.  I know I can certainly use any Photoshop learning opportunity.  The lessons will most likely be held prior to our regular meetings, and more information on that will be forthcoming as Dick and Phil finalize their presentation.  We are looking to start this in May.  Dick and Phil have done these in the past and have been very well received.  

Our last competition with the Silverman’s as our judges was a great deal of fun. If you attended, you may have very well walked away with one of the many raffle prizes they brought for our members. As usual, the suggestions given on our images were spot on, and occasionally a comment brought a good laugh. I always look forward to their commentary.  I was fortunate to have won the Best in Show competition at the end of the evening with my Fisherman at Sunrise image.  Thank you very much Susan and Neil.  In addition to the raffle prizes they gave out, they also donated a Datacolor Spyder Express monitor calibration device to the club.  As the club had recently purchased a new Datacolor device for our computer, this one may very well be a prize at the end of the year.  The Board will get together to decide the best way to utilize this very generous donation to our club. If you have an idea for how we best utilize this device, please let me know and I will pass your suggestion on to the board.  

I don’t know about you, but I like to learn with visual lessons.  I have attended several photographic workshops but most of the time I learn from various YouTube photographic channels.    I learned Lightroom from Anthony Morganti and several others.  If you are a Canon shooter and like to photograph birds Tim Boyer has an excellent channel.  I find that Jamie Windsor really gives me something to think about when I watch his channel.  There are probably 15 YouTubers I follow that specialize in photography.  If you have a favorite channel let me know so I can share it with our members.  

Lastly, if you have an idea, or something we can all learn from, please share it with us.  I know we have members that share various programs or shows they have linked to our Facebook page.  There is so much wonderful content out there and we can’t all possibly see it or remember it all.  Please send me a link, or an article and I will see it gets shared with our members. At the end of the day we are all in this for enjoyment and learning.  So, get out there and take some shots.  

Mike

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