August 2016 President’s Message
I just got back from Bridgeport where Robert Mance and I photographed the Chemung mine, the Sliverado mill site and the Milky Way from Mono Lake that included a brilliant rainbow which seemed to last for an hour. In fact, it only went away when the sun went down. We also did a bunch of 4x4 trails that followed along a river in Nevada and a mine at about 9000' where the road ended on the side of the mountain because of a massive landslide. It was a good trip, I wish more of you could have joined us.
This month, Ed Freeman joins us at our August 9th meeting to judge our Folio Competition and talk about his "Homeless Project”. We will show photographs from the Sand Fire which several member contributed. Photographs from the Los Angeles River field trip and from the “Theme of the Month” which was water, will be shown.
Next month, we are going to change things up a little bit and have a photo equipment workshop. If you have questions about gear, cameras, lenses, flashes, tripods etc. we will try tp answer them. We are also going to have a gear swap meet. So if you have any gear that you would like to sell, bring it along and see if there are anyone who is willing to buy it.
We have put the rules for the Fall Digital Image Competition (FDIC) on the webpage, it is under the documents section. The FDIC will be held in November and is only three months away. Over the next few meetings, we will spend a few minutes on how to use the website, where items are located etc.
If you get a chance, check out the SCVPA Facebook page. We are making changes and hopefully you will find useful information about the club, including photo opportunities, photo discussions etc.
I hope everyone has a good month!
Details and Announcements
Our Featured Speaker for October - Tin Man Lee - has a special limited time offer on his website. Tin Man Lee
When you sign up for his weekly email newsletter, where he shares even more techniques and behind the scene stories of how he takes his photos, you will receive a pdf book of his 5 secret elements to create images with powerful visual impact.
Submission Deadline - September 1st
The City of Santa Clarita Arts and Events Office (AEO) and the Santa Clarita Arts Commission (SCAC) are seeking artists or artist teams to design and display art exhibits of various types at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Art Space. This is a great opportunity for you to display your work.
Please read the instructions carefully.
Sand and Sage Fire First Responders Thank you and Benefit Event:
Santa Clarita Valley residents will have an opportunity to thank local first responders for their work on the Sand fire this month at the Local Fire and Sheriff Thank you and Benefit Event.
Rather than accepting gifts, first responders requested that any donations be made to Sand fire victims through the SCV Disaster Coalition, which will collect money and gift cards at the event.
Residents can show appreciation by providing refreshments for first responders. Anyone who wants to provide refreshments should first contact Adele MacPherson at 661-298-1220.
The event will be hosted by the city of Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County and the SCV Disaster Coalition. It is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Aug. 27 at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road in Santa Clarita.
2016 Folio Competition
1st Place Zee-Tails by Bob Driver
2nd Place Wine by Mel Carll
3rd Place Mainly Blue by Michael Bowman
Watch for the video to be posted soon!
Theme of the Month - Members only
Please ensure you email your images to Kevin by 5pm Friday September 9th.
August - Reflections
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 workshops 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.
If there are no registered participants by the Wednesday before the field trip or workshop, the event will be canceled.
Speaker Blog Links
Many of our speakers have Blogs or websites you will find interesting.
Additional links are posted on the "Useful Links" page.
SCVPA Upcoming Activities
Bristlecone Pine Forest, Sept 2nd through 4th
Truly special place among trees that are older than the Redwoods!
Monthly Meeting, Sept 13th
Photo Equipment Workshop and Gear Swap Meet
Malibu Creek State Park, Sept 17th
Beautiful wide open spaces, movie sets and more.
Monthly Meeting, Oct 11th
Guest Speaker - Tin Man Lee, wildlife photographer
The Getty Center, Oct 15th
Come, explore, photograph gardens, architecture, views and more.
Yosemite and Mono Lake trip, weekend of Oct 21st or 28th
A fantastic trip for fall colors, wildlife, night photography and incredible landscapes.
The date will be determined by the beginning of October, depends on weather, so register now so we know how many to plan for.
Competition Events in 2016
November 8 - Fall Digital Image Competition
Submit by October 31st, 5pm
Photos within 2 years
Categories:Animals, Architectural, Landscape, Nature and Photojournalism.
August 9 - Portfolio 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
View the results of our 2016 Spring Print Competition, May 7th
Rules & Entry Form
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.