We are gearing up for the Winter Digital Image Competition. This is the first competition of the year, our lone returning judge is George DeLoache - PPC Judge, PPC Member, PPLAC Member and PPA Kodak Award winner. New to the competition are judges Jim Palings - PPC President for 2015, PPC Judge, Member of CIPPA (Channel Islands Professional Photographers Association) and a Master Photographer, and Ellen Close - PPC Judge and President of AVPP (All Valley Professional Photographers). We will begin promptly at 6:30 pm on February 9, 2016 at the Saugus Train Station. This contest is open to members only however, the public is welcome to attend. The categories are Portrait, Event and Editorial, Landscape, Macro and Closeup, Digital Manipulation, Freestyle and Fine Art.
Our local photo outing is to the Pasadena Bridges on February 13th, details will follow in an email to members by next week. Our weekend trip is to Joshua Tree National Park February 26 - 28, 2016. We have reserved group campsites at the Indian Cove Campground which is in close proximity to Highway 62 and gives easy access to the shops and restaurants in the nearby towns of Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms. Those wishing to stay in a hotel, these two towns would be the closest. The Indian Cove Campground is home to some of Joshua Tree’s most impressive geology. To get to the campground take Highway 62 to Indian Cove Road, the Ranger station is just inside the park; follow the signs from there to the campground.
At our March meeting our Lightroom tip will be “Understanding the Radial Filter in Lightroom”.
We will feature photographs from Milt Carlson — “Thursday’s On Main Street” that he shot over the summer and fall months. We will also show photographs from the Death Valley Field Trip and theme of the month photos “Close-up and Macro”.
Our guest speaker will be Sharon Lobel. Sharon is a landscape, nature and wildlife photographer and has recently begun photographing surfers and the ocean. She is 1st VP for PPLAC and was named the 2011 Overall Photographer of the Year. In 2014, she was named the PPLAC Nature Photographer of the Year, Open Photographer of the Year and she also received the Judge’s Choice Award.
Sharon is a member of PPA - Professional Photographers of America and was named an International Silver Medalist winner during PPA’s 2013 International Photographic Competition. She was honored at PPA’s annual convention, “Imaging USA” in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 2014 & 2015 she served as the State Secretary for PPC - Professional Photographers of California. She has several award winning images with PPC. Sharon is also a PPC Qualified Photographic Judge.
Sharon is also a photography educational & motivational speaker on “PMS”…”Passion, Motivation & Suitcase for Success”> She will dig deep into your passion and encourage you to find out what motivates you! Her “Suitcase for Success” is full of ideas from photographing insects to mountains and sharing her best tools and tricks while in the field traveling locally and abroad.
I hope you will join us for our Winter Digital Image Competition on February 9th and in March for Sharon’s presentation