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June Club Events

Monday June 12
Eighth Annual Digital Slide Show Competition
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

The Camera Club of Laguna Woods announces the eighth annual Digital Slide Show Competition, to be held in CH3, Dining Room 2 on Monday, June 12th at 6:30 p.m. The evening will feature up to 12 six-minute shows from the club’s most innovative photographers, each taking their best hotographs and creating a digital slide show using the latest software techniques. Camera Club members are invited to create slide shows to submit for consideration.  Good photos are only the beginning.  Selection of the best edited images to produce a themed show of only six minutes, and creating an entertaining and unique show will be required to win this competition.

The attending audience will be the judges. Results will be tallied immediately following the series of shows.  The winners will be announced following the tallying.

Competition rules are available; see the Camera Club web site:  www.lhcameraclub.com, or contact Tom Getz at 949-559-5219​, ​or email tandcgetz@gmail.com​ ,​or email Mike Bray at mikebray1@cox.net, with Slide Show Competition as the subject.

This event is for for Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests. A $3.00 donation will be collected at the door for non-members who attend this event.

Tuesday, June 13
Class: "Vacation Photography," presented by Mike Bray
Clubhouse 4 Photography Classroom, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Well, it's that time of the year, vacation time. Some of us are visiting old friends or family, and some of us are about to take that long planned trip of a lifetime. The problem is that once we return it's over. Our vacation photos will help us revisit those special times and places, and the better the photos, the easier it will be to revisit and share with our friends.

Mike Bray, one of our veteran globe trotting members, will be sharing his techniques for  stunning vacation photographs. His instruction will work no matter if you are shooting with a camera phone or the newest and most sophisticated models offered. Landscape, architecture, groups, and selfies,  what ever you shoot we will make them better!  Who knows your pictures will be so much better you might want to sign up for our slideshow class in September!

The class fee is $5.00 for Camera Club members, and $10.00 for non-members. If you would like to become a member, the membership fee is $15.00 and the class will be $5.00. 

To register, send an email to cameraclublh@gmail.com with the subject line "Vacation." Include your name and whether or not you are a Camera Club member and a Laguna Woods Village resident.

Monday, June 22
Showcase: "Cruising European Rivers: The Rhine, Moselle, and Seing
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

This Showcase by Don and Mary Yenche shows river cruising to Antwerp, Belgium and continues along the Rhine to Cologne, Germany, and culminates in Basel, Switzerland. The most scenic portion of this cruse is along the Moselle river viewing and visiting wineries and quaint villages.

The second half is along the Seine in France, beginning in Paris and heading North, stopping off to view Monet's canvas gardens, and on to Normandy. Upon returning to Paris, we change cruise boats and proceeded South visiting many wineries. The cruise culminates in the Mediterranean city of Marseilles.

Come and see the spectacular scenery and learn about river cruising. A Q&A period follows.

This event is for Laguna Woods Village residents and guests only. All are welcome, but a $3.00 donation for non-members will be collected at the door.

July Club Events

Monday, July 10
Showcase: "My Favorite National Parks and Scenic Locations," presented by Ken Furuta
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

This program is a compilation of Ken’s multi-media shows covering visits to his favorite destinations in the United States.

The presentation will include the following locations:

This event is for Laguna Woods Village residents and guests only. All are welcome, but a $3.00 donation for non-members will be collected at the door.

Tuesday, July 18
Class: "Ways to Share Your Photos," presented by Joel Goldstein
Clubhouse 4 Photography Classroom, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

The class fee is $5.00 for Club members, $10.00 for non-members.  If you become a member, the membership fee is $15.00 and the class is $5.00.  To register send name & phone number to joelwgold@gmail.com, subject: Sharing.

Here is a link to the class flyer with additional information.

Monday, July 24
Digital Projected Image Critique
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Join us on Monday, July 24 in Dining Room 2 of the Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods to view projected images submitted by members and critiqued by a professional judge. Categories are Pictorial, Monochrome, and Special Subject: Glass. For details, see the Digital Competition Rules (PDF)and 2017 Special Subjects explanation (PDF). Send your correctly sized digital images as attachments in a single email message to lhccdigital@gmail.com. images sent to any other email address may be excluded from the critique. Entries are due by 5:00 pm, July 20.

This event is for for Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests. A $3.00 donation will be collected at the door for non-members who attend this event.

2017 Slide Show Competition Results

Eleven entries were received for year's slide show competiton, and the final voting by the audience resulted in two ties, for first and second place, respectively. Congratulations to the entrants for their originality and creativity.

First Place (Tie)

George Harper: "I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Pat Wilkinson: "Meeting Missy"

Second Place (Tie)

Mike Bray: "Australia, a Land Called OZ"
Dee Tucker: "One Word Essay"

Third Place

Tom Getz: "Ethiopia's Struggle for Water"

Larry Cunningham Wins Award for Bristlecone Pine Night Photo

Larry Cunningham has won First Place in the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce photo contest and will be the featured photographer in their Welcome Booklet. He was also awarded a cash prize. To see Larry's winning photo of a bristlecone pine and the milky way as well as related images, go to his Facebook site.

The Nik Collection by Google Is Now Free

The Nik Collection by Google, a set of seven plug-ins for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom and Aperture, is now being offered as a product suite by Google. These plug-ins are a very useful addition to your toolbox, so be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity.

https://www.google.com/nikcollection/

List of 2017 Special Subjects for Digital Critiques

Here is a list of upcoming special subjects for our 2017 digital critiques:

Past Digital Critique Results

If you missed the past Digital Critiques, you can view the PowerPoint presentations of all the entered images that is stored in our Winning Images Archive. Each time that the club has a critique, we make a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation captioned with the name of the image and the photographer. It might take awhile for the presentation to load on your computer, because the file is very large.The Winning Images Archive also has copies of the scoresheets from each critique.

Digital Lab Resources Available for Members

Camera Club members have new and updated resources available for use. For details, see the Resources page.

Volunteer Opportunities

Digital Critique Team Needs Backup Members

One of the major functions of your Camera Club is to hold professional evaluations of your digital photos at least 5 times a year.  This activity requires that a team of members are trained to perform the following tasks:

The Digital Critique is one of the few Camera Club activities that almost everyone likes to participate in, and we feel the need for an additional team of substitutes who can step in as needed. Training will be made available.

Would you like to be part of this process and work behind the scenes so that the club can continue to make these evenings as productive and interesting as possible?

Please send an email message to the Education Committee at lhcameraclub@comline.com if you would like to join in this activity or want further information.

Digital Lab Substitutes

Your Camera Club Digital Photo Lab at Clubhouse 4 has opportunities available and we would like to add your name to the list of Substitutes who fill in when Supervisors have appointments, vacations or are feeling under the weather.

This is a great opportunity for you to use your Digital Photo Lab computers to edit your photos, create photo prints on one of the high quality printers, scan your slides and negatives to digital images or scan and repair treasured photos to create digital images.

Please contact the Third Vice President at lhcc@lhcameraclub.com

Education Committee

This volunteer committee reviews and approves training curriculum, evaluates training presenters and schedules training classes and workshops. The committee operates under the guidance of and is appointed by the Camera Club of Laguna Woods Fourth Vice President. If you have experience in developing or presenting training classes, have already developed training classes that you would like to offer to club members or have developed a workshop of approximately one and one half to two hours that you would like to present at a workshop, please email lhcameraclub@comline.com, Subject: Education Committee. Please also let us know if you would serve as a training assistant.