What a strange couple of days! It seems like the whole town is on lockdown! Which is probably a good thing at this point. I know the younger crowd isn’t as prone to really getting sick with the COVID-19, but those over 60 are the ones we really need too look out for. Many of the City of Santa Clarita’s events have been cancelled, which means fewer photo opportunities for us photogs! The SCVPA is still going on with planned activities but if you don’t feel comfortable, please stay home! We have a group of members at the Valley of Fire in Nevada as I am writing this…hopefully its not raining too hard on them!
I thought both Tom Spanos and Bob Driver did an excellent job Tuesday giving their presentation on the LA County Air Show. Which, if you haven’t heard, has been cancelled due to the virus. I really feel bad for Bob and his whole team as they have worked extremely hard putting together what would have been a great show.
I also feel bad for all the high school senior athletes who have now lost their last season. Baseball, track, volleyball, softball, proms, etc., have all been cancelled! Strange times indeed!
As I mentioned at the meeting, we have postponed our Spring Print Competition. Not because of the COVID-19 virus, but because of a shortage of qualified judges. I know we are not an affiliate of PPA or PPC (Professional Photographers of America/California) but our members are accustomed to PPA/PPC qualified judges and I don’t feel comfortable getting just anyone off the street to judge our member’s work. So we are going to postpone the print competition and combine it with the Digital Image Competition in November. We will be making adjustments to the rules very soon and getting them posted on the website as soon as possible. Our next competition will be “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” in August with Ed Freeman judging.
I am looking forward to next month’s meeting as Sharon Lobel is coming back and will do a presentation on “Travel Photography”. Sharon is a former member of the club and is an awesome photographer!
So please, everyone, stay calm, stay safe, look after each other. Let’s all ride this thing out and hopefully sooner, rather than later, this virus will pass and we will get back to our normal lives.