Camera Club of
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August Club Events

Monday, August 14
Showcase: "South American Journey," presented by Harvey and Barbara Gershenson
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Join Barbara and Harvey Gershenson on their South America  Journey from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Valparaiso, Chile.

You will see sites in Buenos Aires you have never seen before. From Buenos Aires the cruise continues to Punta Del Este, Uruguay and the fantastic Ralli Museum.  View wildlife on the Peninsula Valdes.  In the Falkland islands see the  King Penguins. The trip sails around Cape Horn and experiences amazing skies. See Ushuaia,  the End of the World Post Office,  the Amalia Glacier, Puerto Montt, and finally, Valparaiso Chile.

This trip offers the opportunity to see amazing places few of us have ever experienced as captured by expert photographers.

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.

Monday, August 28
Showcase: "Blasts from the Past," presented by various Camera Club members
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Join us on Monday, August 28 in Dining Room 2 of the Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods to view a series of short slide shows created by various members of the Camera Club. These shows might have previously been shown in Kara Patterson's slid show production classes or in the Club's annual slide show competition. Come and enjoy the fun!

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, August 29
Class: "Photograph Restoration," presented by Peter Battin
Clubhouse 4 Fred Granger Learning Center, 9:30 to 11:30 am

The Photo Club will be having an interactive workshop where we will assist students in taking an old battered photograph and turning it into a family treasure.  Students will be doing all the work, with an instructor sitting next to them showing you how to do the restoration.

Students should bring to class the photograph or a high quality scan of an image, as well as a thumb (USB) drive.  Some restorations may take longer than the class time so students can complete the job at home or come back to the photo lab, use our computers and print out the finished product in our photo lab.

The class fee is $5.00 for Camera Club members, $10.00 for non-members.  If you would like to become a member, the membership fee is $20.00 and the class will be $5.00. If you join the Camera Club at this time, the fee includes the remainder of this year and the entire year 2018. The first 12 students to register will be accepted and we will confirm your acceptance by email reply.  If registrations exceed 12, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified. 

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

September Club Events

Monday, September 11
Showcase: "Mammoth," presented by Pat Wilkinson
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Mammoth began for our family back in 1965 and the many trips we have made to this incredible mountain hold treasured memories that we will continue to make in the years to come. It’s not just the skiing that we go for, it’s that scenic road trip up and back Highway 395 that makes Mammoth extra special.

That highway takes you through the Mojave Desert and when in bloom, it is breathtaking. My show will take you there along with places like Boron, Randsburg, Manzinar, the Alabama Hills and Lone Pine.  Then there is Little Lake, Tom’s Place, Crawley Lake, Bishop and Convict Lake before we hit the Sherwin Grade taking us in to Mammoth Lakes and the real Eastern Sierras.  We’ll take a look at June Lake also, where there is a delightful ski area that most people forget about!

There are probably few places in the world that can top Mammoth for its awesome ski terrain and natural beauty. The Sierras are a perfect backdrop for 3500 acres of ski trails and it’s doubtful that any have been missed by the Wilkinson’s over the years.  We watched the town grow from ‘down home’ to a little bit ‘over the top’. But thankfully, it has retained the intrinsic charm that its founder, Dave McCoy, instilled into it back in 1953 when he created the ski area with the ‘magic snow’. He realized that it always snowed here. It’s the convection rain/snow that typically gives Mammoth so much more snow pack than that of their western neighbors in Tahoe and Heavenly Valley, and it was the type of snow that skiers love. He was proved right.

We’ll learn about Mammoth Town and what it’s like to spend a few days skiing here. There’s lots going on these days—8,000 people live here now—condo’s, hotels and shopping and oh so many fancy houses!! But the old condos, stores and restaurants are still around too.

You’ll find out what the facilities are all about—what it’s like to go up on a Gondola—to ride a chair lift. What it’s like to ski easy and to ski hard. What it looks like at the top of the mountain—at 11,000’ and you feel like you’re at the top of world and Own It!!

But most of all, I hope I can instill in you a little bit of the beauty of this spectacular part of our state and the excitement and exhilaration of the sport that our family has loved for so many years. Thanks only to husband and father Ron who without his deep and abiding love for ‘skies, boots & poles’ we would not have experienced all the wonders of Mammoth.

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.

Saturday, September 16
Print Critique
Clubhouse 4 Photo Classroom, at 10:00 am

Categories for this critique are Color Pictorial, Monochrome and Special Subject (Water). You may enter up to four (4) photos per category. All entries must be delivered to the Photo Lab no later than noon on Thursday September 14. Matted photos must have a completed entry card filled out for each category and be placed in a trash bag along with photos by category. Complete entry rules are located on the bulletin board in the Mat Room of the Photo Lab and on this website.

Monday, September 25
Digital Projected Image Critique
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Join us on Monday, September 25 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: Cell Phone Photography. 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, September 21.

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.

October Club Events

Monday, October 9
Showcase: "Vietnam: The Hill Tribes and More," presented by Jim & Linda Lenthall
Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Join us as we learn about the activities of the Vietnamese people and their daily lives. Jim and Linda Lenthall have been to Viet Nam twice in the past 12 years. This program will present some of the highlights of those trips.

We will visit several of the colorful ethnic hill tribes to the north along the Chinese and Laos borders. There will be many different ethnic groups seen with their unique outdoor markets and daily activities. We will travel to Hanoi, down the coast through the ancient city of Hue to Hoi An. The southern portion of Viet Nam will feature a visit to Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City and then on to the famous and interesting Mekong Delta. In the delta we will visit several unique and sometimes bizarre markets both on the water and on land.

The program consists of a digital slide show by Jim and a short hi-def video by Linda.

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.

Monday, October 23
Digital Projected Image Critique
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Join us on Monday, October 23 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: Patterns. 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, October 19.

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.