Geyser & Hot Spring Photography, May 8

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Giant Geyser, Yellowstone NP, © Bill Johnson

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will hold Its next meeting on Wednesday May 8, at The Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis Street.

Join us for socializing at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and our presentation at 6:30 p.m. The Photography Club welcomes all who have an interest in photography, whether beginner or expert. 

The presentation at the May Club meeting will be by Bill Johnson, on Geyser and Hot Spring Photography. Bill will cover various topics, emphasizing the geysers of Yellowstone and how best to go about photographing them, but extending to geyser fields world-wide.  

Bill Johnson is a retired nuclear scientist who lives part-time in Pagosa Springs and part-time in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He holds a Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry and spent most of his career at Los Alamos National Laboratory in arms control, nuclear nonproliferation, and counterterrorism.  His fundamental research interests were diverse and ranged from cosmic-ray physics to the geosciences to computer chess. Since his retirement, his volunteer activities include serving as “shopkeeper” for the Geyser Observation and Study Association (www.geyserstudy.org), an organization, “devoted to the collection and dissemination of information about geysers and other geothermal phenomena in Yellowstone National Park and elsewhere.”

Geyser photography at Yellowstone is a timely topic, not just because the national park is opening for the year, but also because several rarely seen but spectacular geysers are in an active state at this time. Steamboat Geyser, the world’s tallest, which after decades of near-dormancy, has been exceptionally active for the last year. Bill will be giving some tips on how best to position oneself for a chance to photograph Steamboat, other Yellowstone thermal features, and some of the world’s most famous geysers.

Club members may bring up to 10 photos on a thumb drive to share with the group after the presentation.

Processing Milky Way Images in Lightroom, April 10

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Milky Way over Great Sand Dunes National Park © Doug Coombs

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will hold Its April meeting on Wednesday the 10th, at The Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis Street.

Join us for socializing at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and presentation at 6:30 p.m.. Anyone interested in improving their photography is invited to attend, whether a novice or experienced photographer. 

The April 10 presentation will be given by Doug Coombs, on Processing Milky Way Images in Lightroom.

Doug is the chair and co-founder of the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group in New Mexico and also former chair of the Los Alamos Photography Club for nearly a decade. He has been doing photography since high school, worked as a photographer and dark room tech in college, and fell in love with digital photography in 2003. As a software engineer/developer for Los Alamos National Laboratory, post processing on a computer instead of in a darkroom came naturally. He finds the depth of digital photography and what can be done with post processing fascinating and enjoys learning about it and sharing his knowledge with others.

In his presentation, Doug will use a raw file from a Milky Way photo shoot taken in October 2018 at Great Sand Dunes National Park to go through a number of post processing steps in Adobe Lightroom. Time permitting he will show the same photo developed using Photoshop as the main tool and explain why at this point in his learning Milky Way post processing, he prefers to start in Lightroom but add Photoshop into the workflow for certain tasks.

Club members may bring up to 10 photos on a thumb drive to share with the group after the presentation, if time permits. 

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club promotes educational, social and fun interactions between all who enjoy making and viewing great photography. The Photography Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted) at the Community United Methodist Church at 434 Lewis Street in downtown Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Come at 6 p.m. for socializing; presentations begin at 6:30 p/m.. Members may share digital or print images following our guest speakers. Membership is just $25/calendar year for individuals and $35 for families. To join or renew, fill in the application form and mail it with a check for your dues to the address shown on the form, or bring it to one of our meetings.

All about Matting and Framing

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will hold Its July meeting on Wednesday the 11th, at The Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis Street.

Join us for socializing at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Long time photographers and those just starting out are welcome.

The Photography Club normally meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the fellowship room of the Methodist Church.

The July Photography Club Meeting will feature Susanne Russell. She is a long time resident of Pagosa Springs and is the owner of the Art and Framing Center  near City Market. Susanne has been a member of the club since its inception and is currently the club treasurer. Her presentation will be on matting, framing and all things pertaining to displaying one’s photos.

All photographers will want to attend in order to open their eyes on different ways to present their photos.

Everyone is invited to bring up to 10 images on a flash drive, with one or two for critiquing.

If you have questions or concerns, visit our website pagosaspringsphotoclub.org.

By Gregg Heid

June 13 Photography Club Presentation

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will hold its June meeting on Wednesday, June 13, at the Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis St.  Join us for socializing at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Experienced photographers and those just starting out are welcome to attend

Our June  meeting will feature Randy McCormick. He is a lifelong victim of curiosity with a master’s degree in environmental education. Now semi-retired, he works six months a year as an interpretive naturalist, boat captain and backcountry tour guide at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, Fla. The rest of the time he calls the “greater metropolitan Pagosa Springs area” his home range. 

His presentation is titled, “Sea to Summit — We’re All Connected.” 

This program involves a photographic journey to the western Everglades on the southwest coast of Florida. So, how can this possibly be connected to Pagosa Springs, Colo.? If we look closely, we can see that many of the fundamental characteristics that underlie intact natural ecosystems are similar and can be experienced everywhere. The Everglades and the Continental Divide seem about as disparate as any two places on earth, until you learn to perceive it as different pieces of the same planet. 

Photography can be a useful tool that allows us to “see” that which is often obscure. John Muir said it best: “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” This presentation is an attempt at visual/conceptual macramé. 

Members are encouraged to bring up to 10 images to share with the group. This month, in honor of our recent field trip to the Cumbres & Toltec rail yard, and the Pagosa Springs car show, consider bringing photos on the topic “Planes, trains and automobiles.”

October, 2017 Program: Bringing your photos to life in a video with music

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The Andes and Lago Nahuel Huapi from the top of the Cerro Catedral ski area, near Bariloche, Argentina. Photo Courtesy of John E.Farley

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will hold Its October meeting on Wednesday the 11th, at The Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis Street.

Join us for socializing at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting at 6:30 p.m. The Photography Club normally meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the fellowship room of the Methodist Church.

The October Photography Club Meeting will feature long time member, John Farley as our speaker. John will give a talk and demonstration on how to bring photos to life in a video with music. He will begin with a video compilation set to music of his weather photos from 2014 through 2016. He will then demonstrate how to make a video of your photos set to music with the free Microsoft Photo Story 3 software. He will finish with a walk through the process of getting your pictures into Photo Story and setting them to music using photos he took last year on a trip to Argentina.

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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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