July 2016 President’s Message
A friend of mine was over the other day looking at the images I have hanging on the walls in my office and said to me, “You know my wife is a pretty good photographer, I only wish I could get her to shoot more.” I told him about the club and how we have photo trips every month and that she was welcome to come join us to see if that was something she would be interested in. I then showed him a couple of the field trips we have planned over the next few months and asked if he thought she’d like to join us on a few.
After talking to her she told me she liked shooting flowers, but only because she didn't know what else to shoot. That got me thinking, “How many of us feel the same way?” I know for me, when I feel like I’m in a rut, it’s because I’m not shooting enough. Back in my days as photo editor at the Signal Newspaper, I was shooting every day. I was doing my best photography because of the diversity of subjects I was assigned to shoot. I know that when I get out there three and four times a week and shoot I do a lot better than when I shoot something every other week or so.
So how do we figure out “What to shoot?” There are lots of things we can photograph if we open our eyes, talk a walk around the block, shoot the different mailboxes around your neighborhood, take your children or grandchildren to the park and shoot them playing on the playground. Go out every night for a week and shoot the sunset, or wake up early everyday for a week and shoot the sunrise. Those are just a few of the things you can photograph. Luckily for us, Cathy does a great job on listing things to shoot on our website. In the first two weeks of the month there are over ten different events we can go out and photograph. Every Friday evening there is the Jazz and Blues Festival at the Town Center, this Sunday is First Sunday Open house at the Santa Paula Airport where pilots open their hangers and allow visitors access to their aircraft to photograph, you can even photograph planes taking off and landing. We have the Fourth of July Parade and fireworks on Monday. Thursday there is the Jam Sessions and Concert in Downtown Newhall. Concerts in the Parks, etc, etc, etc. Check out the list of activities that Cathy has listed if you are wondering what there is to shoot.
On Saturday July 16, 2016 Dusty is leading a field trip to the Los Angeles River starting at 9 am in Chatsworth at Owensmouth and Basset. Dusty will have more details available as we get closer to the 16th.
Our speaker this month is Tom Paiva. He photographs the urban and industrial landscape. His long-term passion is night photography and he loves to create images of the man-made environment in the twilight and dark hours when the rest of the world is at rest. Check out Tom’s website at www.tompaiva.com
At the end of the month we are headed north to Bridgeport to photograph Bodie Ghost Town at night. On Saturday July 30, 2016 the park stays open until 10 pm. If you didn't get a chance to attend last year, I highly recommend you come on this trip. Bodie is pretty neat at night. I am going to go up early, most likely on Wednesday July 27th, to set up camp at the Buckeye Campground which is about 3.5 miles from Bridgeport. This is a first come, first serve campground. I am planning on shooting the milky way overlooking Mono Lake on Thursday evening, then at the Masonic Ghost Town Friday night, Bodie on Saturday and then home on Sunday. I will also shoot sunrise as well but just haven’t planned that out yet. There are several campgrounds and hotels in Bridgeport, Lee Vining and more campgrounds on highway 120 towards Yosemite. I hope many of you can make it, it is sure to be a fun weekend.
Details and Announcements
The 2016 Folio Competition will be held during the August 9th meeting, Ed Freeman will be our judge. The rules are now posted so please review them.
- Folio competition is open to members only.
- Your Folio must be presented in an 8X8 photobook from Shutterfly.
- The photobook can contain up to 20 pages, in any layout, any number of images that are less than 5 years old.
- Coupons for free printing are available from board members, you will pay tax and shipping only which will be generally lower than the cost of printing your images. The coupon expires June 26th. (This early ordering will allow sufficient time for shipping.)
Use your imagination, check your image files for a fabulous theme and start putting together your entry.
Theme of the Month - Members only
Please ensure you email your images to Kevin by 5pm the Friday before the meeting. For example, June's Storytelling images should be emailed by 5pm July 8th.
July- Storytelling multi images
Many local and regional photo opportunities are listed on the Event Calendar, highlighted in light brown. Upcoming SCVPA member activities are listed here and on the Event Calendar.
The SCVPA Board is requesting that members & guests sign up for field trips and classes so we can prepare for the correct number of participants. Sign-ups are done by clicking on the registration button and then selecting the Sign-Up options.
Monthly Meeting, July 12th
Guest Speaker - Tom Pavia, night photographer specialist
Upper LA River Field Trip, July 16th
Meet at the beginning of the LA River in Chatsworth and explore different locations down to the Sepulveda Basin.
Bodie Ghost Town Field Trip, July 29 thru 31
See the magnificent night sky, explore the fascinating Brodie Ghost Town and shoot amazing photos
Monthly Meeting, August 9th
2016 Folio Competition
Guest Speaker and Judge - Ed Freeman, fine art photographer
Griffith Observatory, August 13th
The view from the Observatory at night of Los Angeles to the ocean is fantastic!
Bristlecone Pine Forest, Sept 2nd through 4th
Truly special place among trees that are older than the Redwoods!
Monthly Meeting, Sept 13th
Guest Speaker - TBD
Competition Events in 2016
November 8 - Fall Digital Image Competition
August 9 - Folio Competition
Submit at August 9th meeting between 6pm and 6:30pm
Please read the rules carefully as there have been changes from last year.
A “folio” is a collection of images that are unified around a theme. The theme is about something: a place, a person, a mood or feeling, or something else that ties the images together. Purely technical or descriptive themes like “My Best Black & White Images” are not permitted.
Rules and Entry
May 7 - Spring Print Competition
Submit by May 3
Photos within 1 year
Categories: Animals, Architecture, Digital Manipulation, Freestyle & Fine Art, Event & Editorial, Landscape, Macro & Close-up, Nature, Photojournalism, and Portrait
Rules & Entry Form
View the results of our 2016 Spring Print Competition, May 7th
Judges - Dan Holmes, Sharon Lobel and Michael Collins
February 9 – Winter Digital Image Competition
Submit by February 1
Photos within 2 years
Categories: Portrait, Event and Editorial, Landscape, Macro and Closeup, Digital Manipulation, Freestyle and Fine Art.
Note: Read Carefully! The definitions of categories and the rules of submission have changed. This is not you grandfather's image competition.