Club News

Photo Club January Program

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will resume its regular monthly meeting schedule Wednesday evening, January 14, 2015 in the Pinon Room of the Quality Resort. Join us for socializing at 6:00 PM (drinks and appetizers are available for purchase), followed by the program and short business meeting at 6:30 PM.

The January Photography Club program will be presented by Al Olson. Al is a long-time member and past-President of the Club. He will address the eight critical elements that influence the sharpness of an image, where the details assert their individuality and where each detail is separate and distinct. Some elements that can cause lack of sharpness are under direct control of the photographer while others are affected by the quality of equipment. Examples will be used to show how sharpness (as well as depth of field) varies with lens focal length and with changes in aperture. Tips will be provided on how to capture good “Bokeh” (a function of some lenses), and there will be a brief review of lens design and what to look for when purchasing a lens.

Members are encouraged to bring 10 – 15 photographs of recent photo opportunities on a flash drive or CD, for review and discussion following the program, as time permits.

Photo Club Holiday Party

In lieu of our regular second Wednesday meeting the Club will host a Christmas Party for all paid-up members, their spouses, or guest. The party will take place on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the Quality Resort, Highway 160, in the fine dining room. The party will start at 6:00 PM and finish at 8:30 PM and members may come and go as they desire. Food and drinks from the regular Resort menu will be available for purchase by attendees during the party. Appetizers will be furnished by the Club.

The purpose of the party is fun, fellowship, and food, not necessarily in that order. We would like each member to bring a flash drive or CD with 15 of your favorite photos to be shown for the enjoyment of the attendees and not for critique.

In order to make arrangements for the number of members and guests planning to attend please RSVP to Jean Moats jeanmoats2010@centurytel.net ,  no later than Friday, November 28th.

November Photography Club Meeting

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday evening, November 12, 2014 in the Pinon Room of the Quality Resort. Join us for socializing at 6:00 PM (drinks and appetizers are available for purchase), followed by the program and short business meeting at 6:30 PM. The Photography Club will continue to meet the second Wednesday of each month year around at 6:00 PM in the Pinon Room of the Quality Resort.

The November Photography Club meeting will feature a round-table, question and answer format, involving both those with advanced knowledge and those seeking knowledge. Members are encouraged to bring any questions they might have about photographic techniques, equipment, post-processing, and challenging conditions, etc. for discussion and sharing of answers/opinions. No question is too minor. The aim of the meeting is to assist all members to attain their personal goals in Photography.

Members are also encouraged to bring 10 – 15 photographs of recent photo opportunities on a flash drive or CD, for review and discussion, during the meeting.

Photography enthusiasts at all levels of ability are invited to attend Club meetings at no charge for the first meeting. If interested, you are invited to join for annual dues of $25 for individuals, $35 for a family membership, and $10 for a student membership.

Photography Club Exhibit!

Mark the date!!! Saturday, November 22, 2014 will be our Photography Club Fall Exhibit to be held at the Aspen Room of the Quality Resort from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

This day is set aside for you to display your photographs and tell stories through your images. To sell a print would be the “icing on the cake”, however, the real purpose is to expose your talents & mingle with the public. Remember, this is a no cost to you event and a great time to meet and mingle with your friends, the residents of Pagosa Springs, and visitors coming into town for the upcoming holiday.

Tables (20″x70″ &/or 30″x70″) can be supplied, if needed.

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Fall 2014 Club Outings

Save the Dates for these two Photo Club outings.

On Oct 30, we are doing a gallery walk in Durango. We plan to meet for coffee in Durango around 9 AM, and then visit several photography galleries in down town Durango, including Open Shutter, Durango Arts Center (including PSPC member Linda Pampinella’s Fifth Corner gallery), Wildshots, and perhaps one or two more depending on time. Some of us are likely to gather for lunch afterwards.

On November 5, we will visit Bisti Badlands, south of Farmington, weather permitting. In Laurent Martrés’ book on Photographing the Southwest, he calls Bisti’s hoodoos and rock formations “wonderful, whimsical”. We will drive down there in the morning, and spend some time hiking (up to 4-5 miles, relatively easy off-trail hiking). I have hiked there before and have GPS coordinates for some interesting rock formations, including the “egg factory”. The date was selected because it is the day before the full moon, so should permit interesting moonrise landscape opportunities (moonrise is around 4:40 PM; sunset 5:10 PM). Depending on the group, we can either camp that evening (totally primitive camping, no facilities), but it’s also possible to photograph at Bisti, then make the hour drive back to Farmington and spend the night in a motel there. The following morning, one could either make the drive back to Bisti for sunrise, or explore Aztec ruins or other attractions in the Farmington area before returning to Pagosa Springs. Again, if you are interested in this outing, send me an email (abutler@mac.com) to stay informed as we work out the details.

October Meeting, “Lightroom for Landscape Photographers”

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday evening, October 8, 2014 in the Pinon Room of the Quality Resort. Join us for socializing at 6:00 PM (drinks and appetizers are available for purchase), followed by the program and short business meeting at 6:30 PM. The Photography Club will continue to meet the second Wednesday of each month year around at 6:00 PM in the Pinon Room of the Quality Resort.

The October Photography Club meeting will be presented by Doug Coombs. Doug is a photographer from Los Alamos, specializing in landscape and nature photography. He is also a founding member of the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. Doug’s program will be on “Lightroom for Landscape Photographers”. He will discuss the basic controls of the Lightroom Develop module, in Lightroom versions 4 and 5, using examples from his own work and from Michael Frye’s eBook on Lightroom 5. Check out Doug’s work at www.dougsview.com.

Members are also encouraged to bring 10 – 15 photographs of recent photo opportunities on a flash drive or CD, for review and discussion following the program, as time permits.

Photography enthusiasts at all levels of ability are invited to attend Club meetings at no charge for the first meeting. If interested, you are invited to join for annual dues of $25 for individuals, $35 for a family membership, and $10 for a student membership.

—Steve Merchant