Inspire Yourself

It seems to me that modern art museums are more historical collections than aesthetic collections. If so, where do you go today to see really good art (including good photographs)? Galleries whether online or offline are uneven quality. Some good artists but mostly average artists.

Back in the good old days when I was a writer attending digital industry trade shows on a press pass, I was always thrilled to see the annual Adobe collection. Adobe featured about 50 works of digital art (including photographs) at its trade shows, albeit in physical form. The art was stunning. Much more great art in one place than anywhere else I’ve ever seen.

My attempt at art, not from Adobe

Alas, today Adobe charges over $1,000 for entry to its trade shows, and I don’t have a press pass. I don’t know whether they still feature their annual art collection. If they do, it’s almost worth $1,000 to see it.

Fortunately, Adobe recently started Create, an online magazine. It’s wonderful. It’s free. And it’s an inspiration. I’m amazed at the high quality of the art. It’s one of those publications you don’t want to miss viewing.

Think about it. Today the US population is triple what it was 100 years ago. Back then you could know most of the leading artists if you were an art aficionado. Today people have more leisure time. And artists find it easier to stay alive on a small income (although not to live a middle-class life) than ever before.

Today there are simply too many great artists. Even if you’re an aesthete, you just don’t know or have never heard of most of the great artists among us. Our descendants will still be discovering them many decades from now. But what’s a good way to gain some access to some of our great photographers today? I believe Create is one way. Not all the featured artists are great. But enough are in order for the magazine to stretch your imagination.

Winners of 2019 Digital Photography Contest Announced

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club held it’s 2nd annual Digital Photography Contest recently. Eighteen club members entered this year’s contest.  Images were entered in four categories: Landscape, Nature, Creative, and People. Winners were selected by two professional photographers, and the winning images were announced at an Awards Gala on October 9, held at the Elk Park Meadows Lodge. During the evening, members had a chance to view all the images entered in the contest. The top images in each category are shown below. Click on the thumbnails to see a larger version of each image.

In the Landscape category, first place went to Chris Roebuck, for Climb Higher. Andy Butler received Second Place for Deadhorse Dawn, and Third Place was awarded to Bill Milner for Grand Canyon. Pagosa Fall, by Fred Guthrie, received Honorable Mention.

Winner in the Nature category was Dave Anderson, for Sunflower. Chris Roebuck received second for his image Bighorn, and Bill Milner was awarded Third for Rock Wall. Three images were awarded Honorable Mention: Lunch, by Dave Anderson, The Look, by Andy Butler and Pagosa Flower, by Fred Guthrie.

In the category for Creative images, Bill Milner received First Place for his image Rodeo Paint. The Second Place image was Aspen Haze, by Andy Butler and Third was awarded to Bill Milner for Thousand Island Paint. Three images tied for Honorable Mention: Pagosa Fly by Fred Guthrie, Turquoise Crack, by Liz Mockbee and Twilight Ice, by Dave Anderson.

Bill Milner’s image Funny Mbazi was winner in the People class. Second prize was awarded to Liz Mockbee for Slot Canyon Explorer, and Third went to Chris Roebuck for Magic of Fire-Controlled Burn. Bill Milner also received Honorable Mention for his portrait Lachu Maya Rai.

Congratulations to the all the winners! Thanks to everyone who entered the contest, the contest committee, judges and everyone who helped make our 2019 Digital Photo Contest a success!

Digital Photo Contest Awards Party

Photography Club Members: Please join us for the 


Of the 

Pagosa Springs Photography Club

Wednesday, October 9, at 6 PM

At the  Elk Park Lodge 

All Club members and spouses are invited, whether you entered the contest or not.

The Club will provide chicken as a main course,  beverages (non-alcoholic), plates & utensils.

Attending members are asked to bring a pot luck dish to share, as follows: 

Last names beginning with:

A-H – Salad

I-P – Appetizer or vegetable

Q-Z – Dessert

If you would like to drink alcohol with your dinner, please BYOB

All images entered in the contest will be displayed and winners will be announced.

Please RSVP no later than 6 PM October 6 so we can bring enough food for all. We will also send the gate code needed to access the venue to those who RSVP. Let us know if you are coming, and if you are bringing a guest. RSVP to

Directions to Elk Park Lodge: Going west from Pagosa Springs, turn right on Ironwood Dr. This is just across the highway from the large “Happy Camper”  RV Park sign, about 6 miles from the City Market area, and just before you reach Aspen Springs. Enter Elk Park through the gated entrance. Code for the gate will be sent to those who RSVP. Drive up a slight hill; the Lodge is the 2nd left driveway.

2019 Digital Photo Contest

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club (PSPC) is pleased to announce our 2019 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. Images may be submitted as digital files. There will be four categories: Landscape, People, Creative, and Nature. Two images may be submitted per category (up to six total), for a flat fee of $10.  Winners will receive cash prizes of $20 for first, $15 for second and $10 for third place. Submissions are due by September 11, 2019 and will be judged by two independent professional photographers. Awards will be presented at the PSPC October meeting, which will be held on October 9, 6 PM. All entries will be displayed at the awards party.

For contest guidelines, go to:

To download an entry form, click: . The guidelines and entry form have instructions on how and where to submit your files.

If you are not currently a 2019 paid member, you may join or renew when submitting your images. A membership form can be downloaded here: .

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!

Digital Photo Competition Winners

At the Photography Club awards party on  September 12, winners of the 2018 Pagosa Springs Digital Photography Competition were announced. The contest received entries from 21 club members in three categories: Landscape, People and Nature. In total, 117 photos were entered. The images in each category were independently judged by two professional photographers on the basis of composition, impact and technical quality. Scores from both judges were added together to determine the top images. The contest was quite competitive, with several ties.

In the Nature category, winners were Chris Roebuck, for Female Falcon & Food and Andy Butler, for Halloween Pennant (tied for 1st). Third place in Nature was Chris Roebuck, for The Wild Mustang. Two images received honorable mention. These were by Kristine Rubish, for Predator-Prey, and Andy Butler, for Pagosa Buck.

Winners in the People category were Chris Roebuck, for Shy Russian and Fred Guthrie, for Lincoln Durham (tied for 1st). Third place in the People category was awarded to Fred Guthrie, for Riverboat Captain. Receiving honorable mention were Bob Green, for Street of Flowers and Liz Mockbee, for Mountain Photographer.

Judging of the Landscape category resulted in a three-way tie for first place. The winning images were Chimney Rock Milky Way, by Dave Minkel, Mount Hitchcock, by Andy Butler, and Courthouse Rock Sunset, by Andy Butler. Honorable mention in the Landscape group was presented to Liz Mockbee, for Kualoa Ranch, and Dave Minkel, for Yavapai Point.

Chris Roebuck’s photo Shy Russian was also selected as Grand Champion.

Congratulations to the winners! Thanks to all who entered the contest, the contest committee, judges and everyone who helped make our Awards party a success!

Photography Club Awards Party

Photography Club Members: Please join us for the 


Of the 

Pagosa Springs Photography Club

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018, at 6 PM

At the PLPOA Club House

230 Port Ave (off Vista Blvd)

The Club will provide Pizza, Salad, Dessert & Beverages

All Club members and spouses are invited, whether you entered the contest or not.

All contest entries will be displayed and winners will be announced.

Please RSVP no later than Sept 5 so we can bring enough goodies for all

Let us know if you are coming, and if you are bringing a guest



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