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June Club Events

Tuesday, June 19
Class: "Photoshop Elements 3," presented by Art Ramirez, session 4
Fred Granger Learning Center, 9:30 to 11:30 and 1:30 to 3:30

This is the final class session in this series.

Monday, June 25
Showcase: "Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet" presented by Lili Zaenker
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

In October 2017, I went with Road Scholar on a trip to Tibet,Nepal and Bhutan. I thought that I had better do it before I get much older and might not tolerate the elevation in Lhasa of 11.450 ft. As it turned ou,t I managed to get only halfway up the 458 steps to the Potala Palace and found myself so short of breath that I decided to go down with 2 others from the group and walk around it instead. As we were not allowed to take photos inside the palace I was not too disappointed.

The highlight for me was the visit to the Jokhang Temple, one of the most revered among the Tibetan Buddhists. We were lucky to be there on a Wednesday, the day of the week that the Dalai Lama was born, and throngs of Tibetans came from all over the country to pray, burn incense and and circumnavigate around the plaza.

Lhasa itself was disappointing, with lots of high rises for the Chinese who seemed to overwhelm the local population.

We flew in to Kathmandu and boarded a bus to Dhulikel, where we stayed at a beautiful mountain resort famous for its views of the Himalayas, but no view was to be had, just fog. The old towns of Dhulikel and Bhaktapur impressed is with their old buildings and carvings, some of which were destroyed by the earthquakes April and May 2015.

Driving back to Kathmandu, we went to the Swoyambunath Stupa, where I got lost going down the wrong stairs and was rescued by three lovely Nepalese. Their kindness impressed me as they had to go out of their way to get me to our hotel.

The next morning, I had signed up for a flight over the Himalayas. Afterwards we drove to Pashupatinath on the Bagmati River where we witnessed Hindu cremation ceremonies.

A Tibetan refugee camp, the Budanath Stupa, and the Patan Museum were on our schedule, before our flight to Paro, Bhutan, and from there by bus to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The National Memorial Stupa and several arts and crafts museums and training centers were on our itinerary, as well as the beautiful Tashiko Dzong, housing the administrative offices of the government. Most impressive was a trip to the 169 ft.tall Buddha and a demonstration of Nepalese song and dance at the Folk Art Museum. On the last day, the climb to the Taktsang Monastery also called Tiger's Nest was planned—a fitting end to our travel to the mountain kingdoms, Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan

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.

July Club Events

Monday, July 9
Showcase: "Ocean Photography," presented by Dale Kobetich
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 7:00 pm

A description of this presentation will be supplied when it becomes available.

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

Join us on Monday, July 23 in Dining Room 2 of the Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods for a critique of digital images submitted by club members. The evening's judge, Laura Hoffman, will comment on images entered in three categories: Pictorial, Monochrome, and Special Subject: Architecture. Come and view the many outstanding images submitted by our talented members.

Members who wish to submit their work for this critique should do so by 5:00 pm on July 17. Send inages to LHCC Digital Critique. Here are the current rules for image naming, image size, and file size.

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.

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.

2018 Slide Show Competition Results

Fifteen entries were received for year's slide show competiton. Congratulations to the entrants for their originality and creativity. Here are the winners for 2018:

First Place

Jim Graver: "The World of Macro Photography"

Second Place

Pat Wilkinson: "Cats Rule the World"

Third Place

Ken Furuta: "Tennis in the Desert"

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 No Longer Being Supported

The Nik Collection by Google, a set of seven plug-ins for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom and Aperture, is no longer being supported as a product suite by Google as of an annoucement made in early June 2017. Who knows how much longer they will continue work on your computer, so user beware.

This is a wonderful suite of products and their demise is mourned by many devoted users.

List of 2018 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 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.