Dusty and I just returned from the Red Rock Canyon State Park trip; it was good getting out and shooting again. Red Rock was pretty darn hard to shoot. We really had to work hard in order to make some good images. I remembered what Jim Akers had said while he was struggling during a shoot "Come on Jim, work your craft!" That statement really proved true on this trip. After checking out possible sites to shoot Thursday afternoon, Dusty said "We are going to have to learn how to shoot this place instead of how we want to shoot it."
We'll show some photos at the June meeting.
Saturday May 7th is our annual Spring Print Competition, this year, being held at the Santa Clarita Methodist Church 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. The deadline is Tuesday May 3rd at 5 pm. We begin judging at 9 am Saturday. Judging this year's contest is Dan Holmes, Sharon Lobel and Michael Collins. Dusty will be videotaping the competition again and it will be up on the website in June.
After last month's meeting, I had a few photos I needed to download. When I turned on my MacBook Pro, my screen was all scrambled and I couldn't get it to stop. It turns out my hard drive was fried! Fortunately I have all my photos backed up on several different hard drives. My laptop was also backed up via the cloud; the only file I lost was the meeting slides of April's meeting. I can redo all of those as all the photos were on the different hard drives. If you don't have a backup system in place, do yourself a favor and do it soon. It's not a matter of if your hard drive will crash, but when!
Our speaker this month is Renee Bowen, a Senior Portrait and Wedding photographer, and in June, Steve McCrank who is a photojournalist working for the Daily Breeze in Torrance, California. July's speaker is Tom Pavia who specializes in night photography, then in August we have our folio competition so get your entries ready.
Dusty is currently working on field trips for the coming year. This summer we are hoping to go up north a few times, The Bodie Foundation is keeping the park open until 10 pm again this summer, a Lee Vining/Mono Lake trip and a possible return to the Bristlecone Forest to shoot the Milky Way. In the fall we will make our annual fall colors trip. I will keep you all posted on the details when they become available. If you have any suggestions please let either Dusty or I know. We'd love your input on this.
Details and Announcements
The Judging Videos of the 2016 Spring Print Competition are now available.
Theme of the Month - Members only
Please ensure you email your images to Kevin by 5pm the Friday before the meeting. For example, May's Photojournalism images should be emailed by 5pm June 10th.
June- Photojournalism images taken in May
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, June 14th
Guest Speaker - Steve McCrank, photojournalist for the Daily Breeze
Monthly Meeting, July 12th
Guest Speaker - Tom Pavia, night photographer specialist
2016 Folio Competition, August 9th
Competition Events in 2016
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. Rules
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
August 9 - Folio Competition
November 8 - Fall Digital Image Competition