August Photo Club Meeting

“Late Afternoon in Monument Valley”, © Dave Anderson.

The August meeting of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 6:30 p.m., at the Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis Street in Pagosa Springs. Our program this month is Major contemporary photographers: John Fielder and Landscape Photography, presented by Dave Anderson. This will be a hybrid meeting, also available on Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to members; others who wish to attend may request the link by email to abulter@mac.com . If attending in person, feel free to arrive any time after 6 p.m.; the actual presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., MST. 

Dave Anderson is a member of the Photography Club and an accomplished landscape photographer. In his presentation, Dave will discuss John Fielder’s work in photography from the point of view of his composition of landscape images. John Fielder is a well known large format photographer, author, teacher, publisher and conservationist who has produced wonderful images of Colorado since the 1970’s, that put him at the apex of landscape photography. 

Club members may bring up to five images to share and discuss with the group following the presentation. If you are attending in person, bring your images on a flash drive; if attending by Zoom, please email them to abutler@mac.com no later than July 12. As a reminder, submitted images should be JPEG (JPG) format. Resize to about 2000 pixels in the longest dimension.

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club promotes educational, social and fun interactions between all who enjoy making and viewing great photography.  The club sponsors educational programs and outings to help photographers hone their skills.  Dues are at $25 per year ($35 family). For more information about the club, and to download a membership application, visit our website at https://pagosaspringsphotoclub.org/about/ .

Smart Phone Image Quality, July 13

Smart phone or dSLR?

The July meeting of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 p.m., at the Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis Street in Pagosa Springs. Our program this month is Have phone cameras finally caught up with big iron in image quality?, presented by Joe Sinclair. This will be a hybrid meeting, also available on Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to members; others who wish to attend may request the link by email to abulter@mac.com . If attending in person, feel free to arrive any time after 6 p.m.; the actual presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., MDT. 

As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you. And for many of us, the one camera that we almost always have along is the one in our smart phone. How do the photos taken with our phone compare to those from a “real” camera? Joe will give a short presentation on the latest expert thinking about smartphone-camera image quality based on a DXOMARK article. DXOMARK is the premier camera/lens testing organization. The presentation will be followed by a facilitated Club member discussion about individual experiences with phone-camera image quality. Just how good are smart phone photos? What’s your experience?

Joe Sinclair has been a member of the Photography Club for several years. In addition, he is a member of the Napa Valley Photographic Society in California. He has been photographing for 60 years and has received numerous awards for his photos. 

Club members may bring up to five images to share and discuss with the group following the presentation. Given our theme this month, consider bringing some of your own smart phone photos. If you are attending in person, bring your images on a flash drive; if attending by Zoom, please email them to abutler@mac.com no later than July 12. As a reminder, submitted images should be JPEG (JPG) format. Resize to about 2000 pixels in the longest dimension.

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club promotes educational, social and fun interactions between all who enjoy making and viewing great photography.  The club sponsors educational programs and outings to help photographers hone their skills.  The Photography Club’s membership year begins in January. For new members, dues are at $25 per year ($35 family). For more information about the club, and to download a membership application, visit our website at https://pagosaspringsphotoclub.org/about/ .

Fifth Annual Digital Photography Contest

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club (PSPC) is pleased to announce our Fifth Annual Digital Photo Contest. The contest is open to all current members of the Club. New members may join at the time they enter the contest. There will be four categories: Landscape, People, Creative, and Nature. Each member may submit two images per category (up to six total), for a flat entry fee of $10. Images should be submitted as digital files, and are due by August 10, 2022. Awards will be presented at the PSPC September meeting and Awards Celebration, which will be held on September 14, 6:30 PM. All entries will be displayed at the Awards Celebration.

For contest guidelines, and instruction on entering your images, go to:  https://pagosaphotoclub.files.wordpress.com/2022/06/2022-contest-guidelines.pdf . The guidelines have instructions on how and where to submit your files. Download a contest entry form here: https://pagosaphotoclub.files.wordpress.com/2022/06/2022-pspc-contest-entry.pdf .

If you are not currently a member of the Photography Club, you may join or renew at the time you submit your images. A membership form can be downloaded here: https://pagosaphotoclub.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/pspc-memberappliciation-2022.pdf  .

Our goal with this contest is not only to recognize members for their talent, but also to encourage everyone to share their best work with the rest of the group. So pick your images and send them in!

Nightscape Photography

Star trails over Bullet Canyon

The June meeting of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 p.m., at the Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis Street in Pagosa Springs. Our program this month is Nightscape Photography, presented by Andy Butler. This will be a hybrid meeting, also available on Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to members; others who wish to attend may request the link by email to abulter@mac.com . If attending in person, feel free to arrive any time after 6 p.m.; the meeting and presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., MST. 

It’s hard not to feel a sense of awe when you look at the stars on a clear, dark night. Modern digital cameras are able to produce high quality images from long exposures of weak starlight. This allows photographers to extend landscape photography into the night, producing stunning “nightscape” images, in which both the land and the sky are important compositional elements. In this presentation, Andy will discuss planning and taking nightscape photos featuring the Moon, Milky Way, star trails, and other features of the night sky. Topics will include planning for nightscape photos, discussion of camera and lens choices, focusing and exposure considerations, and use of both natural and artificial light to illuminate the foreground.  

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club promotes educational, social and fun interactions between all who enjoy making and viewing great photography.  The club sponsors educational programs and outings to help photographers hone their skills.  The Photography Club’s membership year begins in January. For new members, dues are at $25 per year ($35 family). For more information about the club, and to download a membership application, visit our website at https://pagosaspringsphotoclub.org/about/ .

Appreciation of Member’s Work, May 11

The May meeting of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club will be held on May 11 at 6:30 pm at the Community United Methodist Church on Lewis Street.  This meeting will be dedicated to an appreciation of members’ work. Each member may bring up to 10 images to share and discuss with the group. These may be on any topic, but consider showing 10 photos on a theme, or that tell a story when taken together. You may bring the images to the meeting on a flash drive. These 10 images /person will be in lieu of the usual “image share”.  This meeting will also be available on Zoom, members will receive the Zoom link by email. If you plan to attend by Zoom, please email your images prior to the day of the meeting to Herb Grover at groverh@icloud.com . Herb will be running the meeting this month, as Andy will be traveling. Thanks Herb!

April Photo Club Meeting – Masking in Lightroom

Plains Zebras
Looking Your Way, © Doug Coombs. This image was processed using the Lightroom masking tool, with three separate masks (subject AI, gradient, and brush).

The April meeting of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 p.m., at the Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis Street in Pagosa Springs. Our speaker this month is Doug Coombs, who will demonstrate and discuss use of the new masking tools in Lightroom This will be a hybrid meeting, also available on Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to members; others who wish to attend may request the link by email to abulter@mac.com . If attending in person, feel free to arrive any time after 6 p.m.; the actual presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., MST. 

Doug Coombs is the co-founder of the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group in New Mexico. He is primarily a landscape and nature photographer, with an affinity for birds and wildlife. Doug now splits his time between Los Alamos and Pagosa Springs, with a generous amount of travel to photogenic destinations.

Doug will talk about and demonstrate the new masking tool in Lightroom. He will show how to make selections for targeted adjustments. This includes selections of the sky and selections of the subject as calculated by Lightroom, something that has been in Photoshop for a couple of years now. It also includes radial filters, gradient filters, and brushes all of which can be limited by luminosity (brightness) and color. This new tool is extremely powerful and adds a new level of capability to the brushes and filters that Lightroom has had for many years. Watching this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGkYu2hLSDg&t=129s first on Youtube provides an excellent overview.

Following the presentation, members may share up to five of their recent images with the group. If attending by Zoom, please submit these by Tuesday, March 8. They may be emailed to abutler@mac.com. If attending in person, images may be brought on a flash drive.

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club promotes educational, social and fun interactions between all who enjoy making and viewing great photography.  The club sponsors educational programs and outings to help photographers hone their skills.  The Photography Club’s membership year begins in January. For new members, dues are at $25 per year ($35 family). For more information about the club, and to download a membership application, visit our website at https://pagosaspringsphotoclub.org/about/ .

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