Club News

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!

Photo Club Slot Canyon Outing

A dozen members o the Pagosa Springs Photography Club hiked and photographed a couple of slot canyons near Echo Amphitheater in Northern New Mexico on April 11. This is a slice of “canyon country” within a couple of hours of Pagosa Springs, hiding several short but sweet slot canyons. We met up at Echo Amphitheater itself and then made our way to the canyons. The morning started off with some amazing skies with scudding clouds, and became more overcast later in the day. We first hiked to Rim Canyon, then did Echo North Slot Canyon. Neither canyon was too difficult, for the most part. Many thanks to John Farley for suggesting and organizing this outing! Below are some sample photographs from Club members Liz Jamison, John Farley, Andy Butler, and Mark Guenin. You can click on the popup caption of any image to view a larger version, and navigate through using the arrow keys on your computer, or by swiping on your mobile device.

April Photo Club Meeting – Masking in Lightroom

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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/ .

Wildlife Photography in the San Juan Mountains

American Pika Exhaling, © Deirdre Rosenberg

The March meeting of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 p.m., at the Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis Street in Pagosa Springs. Our topic this month is Wildlife Photography in the San Juan Mountains, presented by Deirdre Rosenberg. 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. 

Deirdre Rosenberg is a wildlife photographer with a deep passion for the alpine environment. Her work with alpine and subalpine wildlife shines a light on how our changing climate and growing outdoor recreation impacts these beings and the ecosystems they call home. When Deirdre isn’t in the high mountains, she is working closely with red fox to visualize their dynamic family structures  and how they fit into our changing planet. Deirdre resides in the rugged San Juan Mountains with her husband and dog. In her presentation, Deirdre will show and discuss some of her stunning images of the wildlife that make the San Juan Mountains their home, including Pika, Mountain Goats, and Red Fox. To see more of Deirdre’s photography, visit here website at https://www.deirdredenaliphotography.com

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/ .

(This presentation will be rescheduled for later this year!)

Search for the Queen of Sheba

Wild Orchid Man – Search for the Queen of Sheba

The February meeting of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club will be held on Wednesday, February 9, 6:30 p.m., at the Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis Street in Pagosa Springs. 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 abutler@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. 

We are excited this month to feature a screening of the latest movie in the Wild Orchid Man series, by Pagosa Springs resident and Club member Darryl Saffer. Darryl will introduce the film and answer questions about it. Wild Orchid Man – Search for the Queen of Sheba was filmed during two expeditions in Western Australia. Led by Stig Dalström, AKA the Wild Orchid Man, intrepid botanists search for the rare and beautiful Queen of Sheba orchid, found only in a small area of Western Australia. Their search also reveals many other unique and striking orchids, as well as much about the ecology of this little-known part of the world. Darryl brings the story to life with his videography and original music. The film has won a number of awards, including from the Druk International Film Festival, Nature Without Borders Film Festival, and was a finalist at the Swedish International Film Festival. 

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 remain at $25 this year ($35 family). The membership form may be downloaded and mailed in with your payment (instructions are on the form) or brought to a Club meeting.

PSPC Bosque Outing

A group of Photography Club members spent Dec 5-7, 2021 in Socorro, NM on a Photography Club outing. We photographed at nearby Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and at Ladd S Gordon Waterfowl Complex, at Bernardo. Both refuges are well-known as wintering areas for waterfowl, particularly Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes. This year, photography conditions were altered due to drought conditions in the area: some of the ponds where we’ve had success in past years were dry. There were far fewer cranes than seen in prior years. But there were still thousands of birds, good blast-offs at the “Flight Deck”, and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Overall, another fun and productive outing.

Here are a few sample images from Club members Dave Anderson, Andy Butler, and Doug Coombs. Click on the popup caption of any image to view a larger version, navigate through using your arrow keys.

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