Wow! What a great July meeting! We started off by giving Ted Dayton the Lifetime Membership Award presented by Mel Carll, who did an admirable job.
Jim Mahan-Soto showed us an impressive 10-in-10 about the beauty of the Arizona desert. I look forward to seeing more of Jim’s work throughout the year.
Dan Holmes was great! What else can be said? I was really amazed by his presentation. His treatment of color in his photographs is excellent and his friendly demeanor made everyone feel welcome. I wished we had had more time to spend with Dan, as I think we could have taken the meeting even longer into the evening. I would like to thank Mike at Santa Clarita Camera for letting us stay longer than we normally do.
It was especially nice to see so many members in attendance this month.
There are a few important events that I didn't have a chance to mention, first of all the Citrus Balloon Festival on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26. We plan to gather at a Heritage Park (corner of Newhall Ranch Rd & McBean Pkwy), 5pm, so that we can all carpool together to Santa Paula for the Friday Night Glow. This is always a very cool event. The hot-air pilots set up their balloons just before sunset, then illuminate the balloons with propane flame burners before going aloft for a (tethered) flight. The colors of the balloons really stand out once the sun has set. If you plan to attend, please let me know so I can coordinate the meeting place, time of departure and number of drivers we will need on Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning the pilots prepare their balloons for flight at sunrise. If you have never seen a launch, then this is the place to be. Photographic opportunities are always plentiful. I promise you will have a good time.
Another event will take place at William S. Hart Park in Newhall: the Santa Clarita Valley World’s Fair on Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. fun event is likely to make for some good pictures. It is sponsored by the Santa Clarita Valley Latino Chamber of Commerce and the Filipino American Association of Santa Clarita. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be hosting a Folio Workshop for those interested in entering the 2014 Folio Competition which will be held at the Tuesday, Aug. 12 meeting. The workshop will be held at Dwight Blemker’s house, 28750 Winterdale Road in Canyon Country; (661) 252-9280 on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon with a potluck barbecue afterwards. Leading the workshop will be Dwight, Ted Dayton and Dusty Stiles. Please let me know if you are attending so we can get a count of members who plan to participate. We will also have a list of what you can bring to the BBQ.
We announced the new theme for next month: “Hot August Nights.” It will be fun to see what everyone can come up with on the theme and we will view everyone's efforts at the September meeting. Photographs for July's theme, “Red, White and Blue,” will be shown at the beginning of the August meeting, then we will start the Folio Competition with Ed Freeman judging.
Have a great month and we’ll see you in August. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to contact me at email@example.com or at (661) 810-4249.
Our next photo trip will be to the 2014 Citrus Classic Balloon Festival on Friday evening, July 25. If you haven’t shot this, this is one you don’t want to miss. Friday night is “Glow Night”---they set up their hot-air balloons and do tethered flights, weather permitting. When they light up those burners you can get some pretty amazing pictures. Early Saturday morning July 26 there will be a balloon launch, and this is a sight to be seen. All the balloons heading aloft together make for some great photography. We will probably carpool to Santa Paula on Friday afternoon. The meeting place and time will be determined soon. So get your tickets before Sunday, June 15 as prices will go up like balloons after that. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketderby.com/eo/?id=1186.
Websites of the Month
The Gibbon Conservation Center here in Santa Clarita offers unique photo opportunities. It's open on Saturday and Sundays from 9:30am until Noon. There is an admisstion charge. See the website for details.
Antelope Valley Fair
The Antelope Valley Fair will be held from August 15 to August 24. As part of the fair, there will be a judged photo exhibition with ribbons awarded. The theme of this year's fair is "Poultry in Motion." (No fowl jokes, please. this could be an eggsellent opportunity.) There will be a workshop titled "How to Enter the AV Fair Photography Exhibit" offered on June 14 and June 24. For more information see the sources below.
Videos of the 2014 print competition