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August Club Events

Monday, August 12
Showcase: "Totally Texas", presented by Tom Getz
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Join us on August 12, at 7:00 pm, when Tom Getz will present a show covering the entire state of Texas from El Paso to Nacogdoches near the. Louisiana border.  The show will feature the wildlife and scenery of Big Bend National Park and several other Texas state parks such as Lost Maples, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, plus the best of the Texas museums in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and, San Antonio. We will enjoy watching the sights along the River Walk in San Antonio and see the Alamo and La Villita Village.

Also included will be the Texas State Capitol, the Space Center near Houston and Galveston; the architecture of Houston and Dallas; a fabulous arboretum in Dallas, the Unlauf Sculpture Garden in Austin, the Stockyards and Japanese garden in Ft. Worth, the San Antonio Museum of Texan Cultures, the San Antonio Mission, and the Pioneer Museum and Admiral Nimitz Museum of WWII Pacific war history in Fredericksburg.

The show will be accompanied by many familiar Texas songs and live narration.

Refreshments are served from 6:30 to 7:00, with the program beginning at 7:00 pm.

Laguna Woods Village members and guests are welcome. Non-members will be charged $3.00 at the door.

Saturday, August 24
Place: Clubhouse 4 Classroom, 10:00 am
Print Critique

Categories for this critique are Color Pictorial, Monochrome and Special Subject (Fauna/Wildlife). You may enter up to three (3) pictorial, two (2) monochrome, and one (1) special subject (fauna/wildlife). All entries must be delivered to the Photo Lab no later than noon on Wednesday August 21. 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 the Critiques page of this website.

Monday, August 26
Showcase: "Nature Tours in Costa Rica and Ecuador", presented by Mike and Carolyn Bray
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Join us on August 26 for a slideshow that features nature tours of two countries; Costa Rica and Ecuador.  Both countries rank among the world leaders in biodiversity.  Mike and Carolyn's photo tours were guided in both countries, and emphasized the wide variety of birds found in each.  While hummingbirds were a favorite subject, many other animal and plant species captured their interest and imagination.  They saw orchids and waterfalls in mountains of Costa Rica, giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos Islands.  The Andes took their breath away, both literally and figuratively.  The beauty of the landscapes everywhere was stunning.   

Their trip to Costa Rica started in San Jose, then moved on to La Fortuna at the base of Arenal Volcano.  Here, hotels offered hot springs for their guests and views of the volcano were exquisite.  Later stops in Costa Rica included the biological reserve at Bosque de Paz and Quetzal Paradise Lodge at an elevation of over 7,000 feet.  Here they saw the spectacular Fiery-throated hummingbird and the Resplendent Quetzal.

Mike and Carolyn also witnessed the vast diversity in the ecosystems in Ecuador. Their first lodge at Tandayapa was north of Quito, near the equator and at an elevation over 5,000 feet.  This was a great spot to see the White-booted racket-tail hummingbird as well as several other species that frequent the bird feeders on a viewing deck.  Their second stay at Guango Lodge gave Mike and Carolyn a chance to visit Papallacta Pass and the Andes.  This stay was followed by a small ship tour of the Galapagos Islands.  The natural treasures of the Galapagos are renowned.  This unique spot remains foremost for the rarity of the animal and plant life.  Here they swam with turtles and brown pelicans, saw flightless cormorants dive for fish, and marine iguanas waddle in front of us as we hiked on the small islands.

Refreshments are served from 6:30 to 7:00, with the program beginning at 7:00 pm.

Laguna Woods Village members and guests are welcome. Non-members will be charged $3.00 at the door.

September Club Events

Monday, September 9
Showcase: "Peru", presented by San Lagasse
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Join San Lagasse on her 2018 journey to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, Peru.  Armed with a point-and-shoot camera and her cell phone, San has captured the magic of Peru. Highlights of her trip include a visit to the capital city of Lima, where cathedrals and palaces stand tall as reminders of the era of the Spanish Empire.  Lima, a UNESCO world heritage site, is captured in images showing this historic, yet cosmopolitan city.

After Lima, this photo journey will take you to the Sacred Valley nestled in the high Andes Mountains  where the Inca city of Cusco lies at one end of the valley.  At the other end lies the magnificent Machu Picchu rising from the valley floor.

San’s photos unfold the landscape, people, and places from her three-week exploration. In this photographic journey, traverse the following topics:

The journey culminates in the magical unveiling of Machu Picchu from behind a shroud of clouds. Experience the breathtaking views with San Lagasse. 

Refreshments are served from 6:30 to 7:00, with the program beginning at 7:00 pm.

Laguna Woods Village members and guests are welcome. Non-members will be charged $3.00 at the door.

Monday, September 23
Digital Projected Image Critique: Special Subject – Night Photography
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Join us on Monday, September 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: Night Photography. For details, see the Digital Competition Rules (PDF) and the Special Subjects explanation: 2019 Special Subjects for Digital Critiques (PDF). Send your correctly sized digital images as attachments in a single email message to images sent to any other email address may be excluded from the critique. Entries are due by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, September 18.

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.

Camera Club Member Presentations on Channel 6

Did you know that our own Channel 6 has a time-slot set aside each week for the Camera Club to show off the work of its members?  For several months now, we have had the 11:30am time-slot each Wednesday morning for half an hour, allowing our members to show several short shows, or one or two long shows. These shows have been posted on YouTube and enjoy a nice following.  And now, those members living outside of the Village will be able to see the show too!

So, everyone, spend an enjoyable half hour traveling round the world, or enjoying our own Village and its’ environs.  Pat Wilkinson is the liaison between the club members and Paul Ortiz at Channel 6.  She would appreciate hearing from anyone who would like to offer their work for this fun program or, if you have any questions etc. The more you publicize this program, the more our residents will be able to enjoy our shows.  Please get in touch at:

Link to member shows

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.

2019 Slide Show Competition Results

Eleven entries were received for year's slide show competiton. Congratulations to the entrants for their originality and creativity. Here are the winners for 2019:

First Place

Steve Ryang: "Dog Surfing Competition"

Second Place

San Lagasse: "Burano Drink the Rainbow"

Third Place

George Harper: "Bull Jumping"

Slideshow Competition Winners

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.

List of 2019 Special Subjects for Digital Critiques

Here is a list of upcoming special subjects for our 2019 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 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

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, Subject: Education Committee. Please also let us know if you would serve as a training assistant.