Travel Photography in Alaska

Mount Denali, © Herb Grover

The November Pagosa Springs Photography Club meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 10 at 6:30 PM, MST. This will be a hybrid meeting, held both in person at the Community United Methodist Church, or by Zoom for those who can’t be present in person. If attending in person, feel free to arrive at any time after 6 PM for socializing. 

Our featured speaker this month will be Herb Grover, speaking about Travel Photography in Alaska.  Herb is a retired professor of biology from Wayland Baptist University in Texas, and now resides in Pagosa Springs.  He has been a member of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club for about five years.

Herb and his wife Linda were able to visit Alaska this past June, caravanning with their family in rental RVs.  Their itinerary included Denali National Park; Eagle River Nature Center; an all-day boat tour out of Seward to view wildlife and glaciers; a visit to the Alaska Sea Life Center; a hike to Exit Glacier; and various stops in between.  Clear weather during their visit to Denali National Park afforded them spectacular views of Denali.  Herb will be sharing the best of his landscape and wildlife photos taken at each of these sites, along with tips and tricks for visiting Alaska post-COVID.

Club members will receive an email with the Zoom link. Others who are interested in watching may contact Andy Butler at abutler@mac.com  for the link. 

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. Membership is just $25/calendar year for individuals and $35 for families. Non-members are invited to attend a meeting to learn more about the club. For membership information visit our website at https://pagosaspringsphotoclub.org/about/ .

Photo Club Outing: Chama Train Chase

Members of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club traveled to Chama, NM on Oct 4. After a quick stop at the train yard in Chama, we headed out to photograph the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Rail Road steam train as it chugged its way up the mountain from Chama to Cumbres Pass (and a little beyond). The strategy was shoot photos, rush to the next good opportunity, and repeat. With fine weather and great Autumn foliage, it was a terrific outing. Here is a sample of member’s photos from the day, from Kathie Disner, Andy Butler, and Liz Jamison.

Antarctica-May 13 Presentation

The May program of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club will be held on Wednesday the 13th at 6:15 p.m, Mountain Daylight Time. This will be a virtual meeting, live on-line, using Zoom video-conferencing, consistent with Colorado’s current “safer at home” rules. You will be able to participate in the program from the comfort and safety of your own home. Our speaker will be Frank Comisar, whose topic is Expedition to Antarctica. Frank will show photos and videos of the wildlife and amazing scenery of Antarctica, taken on a recent cruise to the ice continent. Further, he will explain the logistics and daily routines of his trip, and considerations involved in planning for a cruise to Antarctica. Photography Club members will receive a Club email containing a Zoom weblink to participate in Frank’s presentation. Others who are interested in taking part may contact Club president Andy Butler for information, at abutler@mac.com. 

Frank Comisar is the founder of Scenic Aperture Gallery in Durango, and is a well-known wildlife and nature photographer. Frank travels throughout North America making beautiful photographs for his Durango gallery and leading small group photography workshops emphasizing landscape and nature photography.

Influenced by a previous career in Architecture, Frank’s images are well known for artistically depicting our three-dimensional world in a two dimensional medium. Frank learned early in his architecture career that “. . . the creative process is not a destination but a journey. It is a journey that includes research, planning, timing, technical skills, creative judgment, and a bit of good luck.” Frank’s success as a photographer is founded on these principles.

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club promotes educational, social and fun interactions between any and all who enjoy making and viewing great photography.  The club sponsors educational programs and outings to help photographers hone their skills, whether novices or enthusiasts. Non-members are invited to attend a meeting to learn more about the club. For membership information visit our website at https://pagosaspringsphotoclub.org/about/ .

Photo Club Moab Outing

In mid-February, fourteen Photography Club members spent a few days in the Moab area, enjoying the magnificent red rock landscape. The group photographed in Arches National Park and  other nearby sites. We were lucky to have fair weather (though chilly mornings) and good light for most of our photo shoots. The trip was a really fun four days in a fantastically photogenic area. Here is a gallery of images from several Club members who were on  the trip. (Click on any image to view the photos full screen.)

Travel Photography: Iceland, Aug 14

Öxarárfoss  waterfall
Öxarárfoss waterfall, in Þingvellir National Park, © Andy Butler

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will meet at 6 PM, August 14, at The Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis Street. Our speaker this month will be Andy Butler, with a presentation on Travel Photography: Iceland.

Join us for socializing at 6 PM, followed by a brief business meeting and presentation at 6:30 PM. Anyone interested in improving their photography is invited to attend, whether a novice or experienced photographer.  Club members are encouraged to bring up to 10 photos on a thumb drive to share with the group after the presentation, if time permits. 

For the August presentation, Photography Club president Andy Butler will use images from a trip to Iceland to illustrate various aspects of travel photography. Topics will include planning, tips for creating more compelling travel photos, choosing your gear, and keeping your images safe while traveling. Andy’s major photographic interests include landscape, nature and travel photography.

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club promotes educational, social and fun interactions between all who enjoy making and viewing great photography.  Membership is just $25/calendar year for individuals and $35 for families. To join or renew, fill in the member 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.

“Wild Orchid Man” Screening for July Photography Club Meeting

Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian Devil, © Darryl Saffer

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will meet at 6 pm, July 10, at The Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis Street. Our speaker this month will be Darryl Saffer, presenting his film The Wild Orchid Man In The Devil’s Realm . 

Join us for socializing at 6 pm, followed by a brief business meeting and presentation at 6:30 pm. Anyone interested in improving their photography is invited to attend, whether a novice or experienced photographer.  Club members may bring up to 10 photos on a thumb drive to share with the group after the presentation, if time permits. 

The Wild Orchid Man In The Devil’s Realm is the fifth film in the Wild Orchid Man series. The series is sponsored by the Sarasota Orchid Society as part of their education program. The films are travelogues focusing on the flora and fauna in the ecosystems that support rare and exotic orchids.  Locations for the films have ranged from the swamps of Florida to the tundra of Manitoba and from the Peruvian Andes to the island of Tasmania.

In making The Wild Orchid Man In The Devil’s Realm, world renowned orchid taxonomist and artist Stig Dalström and award-winning filmmaker and composer Darryl Saffer traveled to the Australian island of Tasmania seeking the strange plants and legendary animals that inhabit this land. While stunningly beautiful, this land has a dark and tortured past. It is now striving towards a more enlightened cultural and environmental future.

Darryl Saffer is a filmmaker/photographer/composer and was the audio/video producer for Mind Magic Productions (RMC Interactive). There, he composed the soundtrack and edited the video (live action and animation) for the Jane  Goodall environmental adventure CD-ROM Jubilee’s Journey. Darryl studied and taught classical composition with the goal of composing film music. He became so interested in the process of filmmaking the he began shooting his own films of his favorite subject – nature.

His camera has focused on such diverse subjects as orcas off the coast of Vancouver Island, public housing in Florida and cosmic theory. Darryl documented a botanical expedition in the cloud forest of Venezuela, produced the CD-ROM Tales Of Titans – The Amorphophallus titanum in North America and his film, Myakka River State Park is part of the permanent exhibit at the South Florida Museum.  Saffer produced, photographed and edited the Education Channel’s award-winning programs for the Florida Field Journal and is now shooting and editing episodes of The Field Journal in Colorado. 

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club promotes educational, social and fun interactions between all who enjoy making and viewing great photography.  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. For more information about the club, see our website at pagosaspringsphotoclub.org.