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June Club Events

Monday, June 14 at 6:30 pm
Digital Slideshow Competition

The Twelfth Annual Digital Slideshow Competition will be presented on Zoom on Monday June 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm. Entries must be submitted by 6pm on June 1st.

Camera Club members are invited to create slideshows to submit for consideration. Selection of the best edited images to produce a themed show of no longer than 5 minutes will be required to win this competition. The attending members will be the judges. Results will be tallied, and winners announced immediately following the series of shows.

Up to 14 shows will be accepted for inclusion in the Competition. The complete rules have been emailed to all Club members and are at tinyurl.com/lwccssrules.

Monday, June 28 at 7:00 pm
Showcase: "Portugal and a Bit of Spain," presented by Joel Goldstein

Explore this fascinating country by land and river. The journey starts in historic Lisbon, and proceeds to the beautiful and quirky castle in Sintra, visit the shrine of Fatima, and see Porto. From here we travel the Douro River stopping for several excursions until the Spanish border. Then by bus to Salamanca Spain and a flamenco lunch. The return on the Douro includes more unusual excursions including the Mateus estate and even a visit to a cork factory before returning to Porto and Lisbon. See exquisite tile work and art, scenic river views, urban and rural landscapes, and lots of glorious wine country. It's all accompanied by Portuguese string music. 

This is a Zoom presentation. A link to the meeting will be sent to club members by email prior to the show.

July Club Events

Monday, July 12 at 7:00 pm
Showcase: "Ancient Tribes of the Omo River Valley in Ethiopia," presented by George Harper

The ancient African tribes that live in the lower Omo Valley are believed to be the most unusual tribal people in the world.  They practice some of the same traditions that their ancestors did centuries ago living in this same remote and inhospitable area.

Some of the ethnic groups have resisted the modern world more than others.  We found that the most remote groups retained more of their traditional ways.

Some tribes practice scarification, polygamy and female circumcision.  There are still reports of battles between groups.  Which are more deadly now that they have Kalashnikov rifles?   

To learn more of their way of life would have taken much longer than the two weeks we had there.  Our purpose was to photograph these fascinating people in their own surroundings with their traditional dress and decorations.

A bonus feature of the presentation will be photos by our guide Tim Vollmer and Linda Berman.  Tim is well known photographer who leads tours all over the world.  He says this trip is his favorite.  Linda is a long-time member of our camera club and a fabulous photographer.

Members will receive the link by email; others may request it by writing cameraclublh@gmail.com with Subject Harper.

Monday, July 26 at 6:30 pm
Digital Critique

Please join us for this Zoom event beginning at 6:30 pm. As usual, an email message with the link for the meeting will be sent to members in advance.

You may submit images in the following categories: color pictorial (2), monochrome (1), artistic expression (1), and the special subject Abstract (1). For details about image content, naming, sizing, and eligibility refer to the 2021 Digital Competition Rules on this website.

Submit your entries by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, July 21 to the following address:

lhccdigital@gmail.com

Clubhouse 4 Photo Lab Reopens

Now that the Village is beginning to reopen, the Camera Club’s bulk film scanner is again available to all residents of Laguna Woods Village. Any resident can easily digitize - for free - those boxes and carousels of slides you never look at any more, store them on a thumb drive and share them via Email, Facebook or other social media.

For Laguna Woods residents only, we also have 2 large professional quality, large-format printers, a portrait studio, an over-head camera stand, a classroom, a mounting & matting room, 4 computers for adjusting your shots with Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, etc. A supervisor will assist you to get the finest results.

Please use ActiveNet to reserve your spot! Look for Clubhouse 4/ Photo Lab. We’re available Tuesday thru Friday from 1pm to 3:30. Just let us know you are coming.

(BTW, Costco recently closed their in-store photo department.)

Year-End Members Pictures Slide Show

Here is the link to the members pictures slide show that was presented at the December 8 virtual meeting on Zoom:

https://youtu.be/QOwWTh8MbJw 

Erin Manning June Presentation on Travel Photography

The excellent Showcase/lesson on travel photography by Erin Manning held on June 22nd is available online. If you missed it or want to watch it again go to tinyurl.com/ManningLWCC. You may access her informative instructional videos at bit.ly/erinDP101. The following link details the tips in Erin's presentation: bit.ly/TravelPhotoBasics 

Camera Club Member Presentations on Channel 6

Did you know that our own Village TV has a time-slot set aside each week for the Camera Club to show off the work of its members?  We have had the 11:30 am time-slot each Wednesday morning for half an hour, and from 10:30 to 11:00 on Saturday mornings. These time periods allow our members to show several short shows, or one or two long shows. These shows are often posted on YouTube and enjoy a nice following and allow those living outside of the Village see them also.

So, everyone, spend an enjoyable half hour traveling round the world, or enjoying our own Village and its’ environs. Joel Goldstein is the liaison between the club members and Village TV. He would appreciate hearing from anyone who would like to offer their work for this fun program or to answer any questions. Please get in touch at: Joelwgold@gmail.com.

June Presentation: The Horse Show

The June show is by Tom Getz and features actual horses and artistic representations of them from around the world. Prepare to be amazed at these stunning images of horses at work, in the wild, at play, in sport, and rendered in various media to enliven our lives. It took Tom many years of far-flung travel to be able to create this amazing show.

May Presentation: European River Cruise

The Club video this month on Village TV, Channel 406, is Ken Furuta’s spectacular European River Cruise. It is shown Wednesdays at 11:30 am and Saturdays at 10:30am.

You can also view this presentation at https://tinyurl.com/Furutarivers.

April Presentation: African Safari

The April Village TV program is an African Safari by Louise Stuart. This beautiful video is available on YouTube at: youtu.be/GqzsYPiouoQ

March Presentation: Motorcycle Adventure through Mexico

David Dearing takes us on a colorful, musical motorcycle adventure from Mexico City to Cancun with stops in Cuetzalan, Oaxaca, Chichen Itza, and Manahual.

This presentation is available on YouTube at: tinyurl.com/DearingMexico

February Presentation: Death Valley and The Wedge

Let George and Bette Harper take you on visits to two amazing places, The Wedge, and Death Valley, accompanied by stirring music.

This presentation is available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/iehDl28xlqg

January Presentation: Laguna Woods Scenes, Huntington Library and Gardens, and the Clown College

In January the Camera Club’s Village TV program will feature Pat Wilson’s video of Laguna Woods scenes, the Huntington Library and Gardens, and the Clown College. Pat compiled this beautiful – and zany when you get to the clowns – video from her own photography and that of other Camera Club members.

This presentation is available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/iPe8qWUElnQ

December Presentation: Along the Alaska Highway

Known as The Last Frontier, famous for vast wilderness, oil, hunting, fishing, wildlife, glaciers and harsh conditions, the people of Alaska pride themselves on rugged individualism. Most tourists visit Alaska by air or sea, but a few (fool?)-hardy souls drive the Alaska Highway to experience Alaska’s Interior.

Louise Stuart and her husband Craig covered 15,000 miles in their motorhome, over a 4-month period, to fulfill Craig’s retirement dream and explore The Land of the Midnight Sun.  See a land perhaps far different from that you’ve seen or imagined.

This presentation is available on YouTube at: tinyurl.com/RVLouise.

November Presentation: C&O Canal

In November enjoy the C&O Canal which runs from Washington DC to Cumberland, Maryland. Along the way it passes through historic Harper’s Ferry WV. This video, by Joel Goldstein, features many scenes in brilliant Fall colors and appropriate, stirring music. Take yourself on a relaxing, beautiful trip!

The presentation is also available on YouTube at: youtu.be/70MU7MYYfTI

September Presentation: African Image

The September Camera Club Village TV video is David Dearing's motorcycle journey through South Africa, African Image. He and his friends travel from Johannesburg to Cape Town and explore sights along the way. The video is accompanied by South African music. A real treat.

It is now on Youtube at:  https://youtu.be/4am-qPoF0xw.

August Presentation: Larry Cunningham Videos

The August Club show on Village TV is a compilation of 7 of Larry Cunningham’s videos. Six of these wonderfully photographed and produced videos show Western natural beauty set to enriching music. A bonus video of “marching ants” is one you’ll want to share with kids—and adults. During August the videos will be shown on Wednesdays at 11:30 am and on Saturdays at 10:30 am on Channel 406.

The Show is available on Youtube at  tinyurl.com/LarryLWCC7.

July Presentation: Inca Peru

Camera Club member San Lagasse has returned from Peru where she used her outstanding photographic skills to capture the beauty and wonders of the land and of the people. In the high Andes, the Sacred Valley rests with the spectacular remains of the Inca empire. See  a Cusco Christmas, explore Inca ruins, meet a shaiman, visit the Chincherro weavers, and hike the wonders of Machu Picchu.

This presentation is also on YouTube at tinyurl.com/PeruIncas.

Laurent Martres Guide to Photographing Zion National Park

One of the Club's professional presenters, Laurent Martres, has just put together a wonderful smart phone guide to photographing Zion National Park. It is filled with tips and amazing images, to make your trip more enjoyable. Click this link for more information and to purchase it:

Guide to Photographing Zion National Park

Erin Manning's Recommended Smart Phone Apps for Photographers

Here is a PDF from travel photographer Erin Manning that lists smart phone apps for photography, video, and travelling.

List of 2021 Special Subjects for Digital Critiques

Here is a list of upcoming special subjects for our 2021 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.