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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March Update

A bit of an update.  At our last competition Terry Connelly won the Best in Show with her outstanding interpretation of Night at the Museum.  A lot of work, that was certainly well worth her time, as those of us who were there to see it can attest.  I know I keep saying it, but the quality of images that show up in our competitions is amazing.  It is always a joy to see what members will come up with.  

I want to thank Joel & Trisha for putting on another great field trip, this time to the Sonoma County Bird Rescue.  I had never been there before, and for someone who loves shooting birds this was a real treat to get so close.  After the outing most of us went to a great lunch at Goji Kitchen, where we had an opportunity to swap stories and generally get to know one another.  This is one of the real benefits of the club, the opportunity to share ideas and knowledge with people of similar interests.  

The upcoming competition on March 14th will be an excellent learning opportunity as our judges will be the Silverman’s our newest honorary members and all-around amazing photographers. We can look forward to excellent feedback on our images.  I also want to let you know the club purchased a new calibration device to insure our club laptop is calibrated properly and, hopefully, we can get away from our occasional problem with overexposed images.  I know we all put a lot of work into our images and to see them over exposed is very disappointing.  As soon as I can arrange to get the laptop calibrated and the projector set up properly, we should see a nice difference.  

Hopefully you all received an email about our upcoming program nights.  There is a great deal of information coming our way to help us all improve our photography skills.  You also should have received a save the date email about FotoClave 2019 being held at the Marriot Hotel in Pleasanton October 25-27, 2019.  There are going to be some outstanding speakers and I don’t think you will want to miss it.

Juicy Fruit, essential to survival in all sorts of shooting situations.

Lastly, I wanted to share with you an equipment update on what a well equipped photographer should carry when on a photo expedition.  As you can see Juicy Fruit is essential to survival in all sorts of shooting situations.  Please make sure you always carry yours.   

That is it for now.  I am sure I am forgetting something but I will endeavor to remember for the next update. See you on the 14th.  

Update

I trust you have already submitted your images for our next competition on February 28th.  I am looking forward to seeing you and your work.  Many of us got together last week at a reunion of those who attended the Eastern Sierra field trip.  We had a wonderful evening of socialization and the opportunity to see each other’s images.  Each of us brought 10 images on a thumb drive and had a lot of fun seeing what each of us came up with, we sure have a lot of talent in this club.  A huge thanks to our hosts Dick Weston and Terry Connelly for putting this together.  Dick BBQed a tri tip, it was fabulous, along with the other items, salads, desserts and appetizers the other members brought.  A great deal of fun was had by all.  We even got a good laugh at my wife’s expense.  If you haven’t attended a field trip, I encourage you to do so.  This is really how you get to know the other members and get to chat about our favorite subject photography. 

Speaking of field trips, I hope you all received an email from Dick White about the Bodie trip in June.  This is a great opportunity to stay through sunset and not only get golden hour photos but try out or hone your skills at astrophotography.  I strongly urge you to book your reservations as soon as possible, as rooms are becoming scarce during this peak period of the season.  I already made my reservations and am really looking forward to this trip.     

Eleven of us attended the N4C awards luncheon in Walnut Creek on Sunday.  A great event and one where we got to see the winning print images.  Our club doesn’t do print images so this was another chance to see and examine the art that is being generated by members of the various clubs.  The Santa Rosa Photographic Society was well represented among the winning images.  Our host explained there were about 2000 images that were judged and if you made it to an Honorable Mention up to First place you have really accomplished something.  Two of our members took first place awards, Gustavo Arizmendi took a first place in Pictorial Images and Dick Weston received a first place in Creative. Congratulations to Forrest Booth, Tim Allen, Loujean LaMalfa Prince, Michael Funk, Dan Murray, Sherri Oster, Nancy Goodenough, Joel Brown, Richard White, Greg Pech, Tara Pavis, Bill Stacy and Trisha Brown for their 2nd though Honorable mention awards. 

Our new website is up and running now.  Please take the time to look at it.  What a huge improvement and a site we can certainly be proud of.  Many thanks to Nick Allen for all his hard work, along with Tara Pavis who did a poll to find out what our concerns were and how to improve the site.  Nick has plans to teach those of us who will be entering information on how to accomplish this.  Once this happens, we should be fully functional.  Check it out!

More to follow after our next meeting.  See you then.

Mike

January Updates

I recently sent out two votes for your consideration. One dealt with membership. Currently our membership is year-to-year, January to December. The new wording was proposed as; Membership is annual and starts the first of the month a new member joins. Membership must be current in order to enter the club competitions.  This change came about from feedback given by guests and members. Prospective members were not joining the club in the latter half of the year due to the fact they would have to pay an entire year at the time they joined, and then again shortly thereafter. This change was approved by a vote of 30 yes to 2 no votes.

The second vote was to make the Silverman’s, currently associate members who judge and do presentations to our club, honorary members due to their long-term service to our membership. This vote passed unanimously 34 to 0. I have written to them and advised them of their new status.

One of the items this board is working on to assist our members in improving their photography skills is a mentorship program involving our members who have progressed to the Master level. We are currently in the process of soliciting feedback from our Master level members both current and past. Terry Connolly is taking a lead on this project with the assistance of Nancy Goodenough and Liz Lawson. I will update you as we obtain the various ideas presented and look forward to taking advantage of the great opportunity and experience available from these Master level photographers.

It never ceases to amaze me the talent pool we have in the membership of this club. When I watch the competitions and view the various submissions from every category from “B” up to Master level and listen to the comments from the judges I learn something every time. One of the ways we improve our photography is to challenge ourselves and do something new or different. Recently our competition chair Tara, reviewed and put together charts showing the various levels of competition in the various categories that we compete in, Pictorial, Creative, Nature, Journalism and Monochrome.  The most entered category is Pictorial which isn’t surprising. When you start entering the other categories you will force yourself to look at things differently and expand your knowledge base.  I will attach the charts to this email. 

Passing Through – Oculus Transportation Center, World Trade Center, NY City

Tim Allen was the winner of Best in Show this last competition with the photo to the left.  Tim is a very talented photographer and is also our Exhibition Coordinator. You will be hearing from Tim before long about an upcoming exhibition, I hope you will take part in it.   Exhibitions are a lot of fun and you may even sell an image.  

Our next program is Studio/Portrait lighting and will take place February 28th.  Other upcoming programs are Flash Photography and Light Box photography. I could go on but won’t keep you.  In the next several days I will be sending out another vote as we now have a volunteer to be our secretary.  Thanks to everyone who voted on the last two subjects.  Till next time, keep shooting.

Mike

Club Happenings

Hello Everyone,

A quick note to let you know what you missed if you didn’t attend the last competition and the outing to the Phoenix Theatre. We had 18 people attend the outing at the Phoenix. It was a very interesting location with no shortage of colorful subjects to photograph. It was challenging however, in that the light levels were low, and it you didn’t bring a tripod you had to become creative. Many of us were taking photos of the skateboarders, which proved to be extremely challenging due to fast movement, low light and low shutter speeds. Many went out to dinner afterwards and from what I know a good time was had by all. Many thanks to Trisha and Joel for setting this outing up.

Our latest competition reminded me of how many very talented photographers we have in our club at all levels. The Best in Show image went to James Radford who did a self-portrait of sorts using an app called Photospiralysis. You cansee for yourself how it turned out.


Our judge for this competition was Stephen Hinchey, the President of N4C. He did an excellent job of keeping things moving and providing excellent feedback on the images submitted.

Thanks again to all of you that attended and a special thanks to our members who provide the delicious snacks that I tend to eat too many of. See you at the next competition. Remember we have two this month.

Lastly, I am in the process of setting up our first board meeting of the year. I would appreciate it if you email me any ideas you would like brought to the boards attention, or any thoughts you have on what we can do to improve our club for its members.