Friday, October 30, 2009

Utah Trip Daily Photos are on my Apogee Site

Hi everyone, from sunny Utah! Actually, it has been a bit overcast so far, but very pleasant. Because of the issue I referenced in my prior post (faded colors in photos posted to this site), please check out my Apogee Imaging webiste for a Photo-of-the-day from the trip.  When you mouse over a photo, note the flyout menu with options to view the image at a larger size.

To view the gallery, click here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Utah Trip - Day 1: Valley of Fire

The outbound trip began today at 5:30 EDT with a wake-up call. A quick shower, a drive to the airport, and we were in the air. We arrived at Las Vegas McCarran Airport on schedule at around 9 am local time, picked up the rental car (a Ford Escape 4WD), and then drove about 40 miles northeast, to one of the most interesting, most ancient sites I have ever photographed.

The Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada contains artifacts from civilizations dating back to 2,000 AD. In fact, visitors who are very lucky may find sites there with petroglyphs, pictograms, and even footprints from civilations as much as 1,000 years apart - all in the same space. Let me explain one site (not the site pictured). I have one photo in which you will see an ancient footprint from around 2,000 AD along with carved petroglyphs from around 900 AD. I have to ask myself, what would bring people to an area, over such a long period of time.

We are told the answer is that hunting was (at one time) good in the area where Valley of Fire is located. As you can see in photo above, there is also ample shelter from weather in the many rock formations, overhangs, and cave-like structures in the sandstone. I wish web publishing did not wash out the colors in photos so badly - the posted photo simply does not do justice to the site. Valley of Fire is composed of fiery red sandstone cliffs and outcroppings in an otherwise bland landscape of gray sandstone. Driving in the from the highway, you will come up over a rise, and all at once - wow!

Tomorrow, Escalante, Utah, where I am writing this summary from today. Escalante is the region of southern Utah where you will find Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase National Monument, and many natural slot canyons. Time permitting, I will try to post a photo-a-day from the trip.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Flickr is OPEN for business

OK, the Flickr photo group is open.
I've posted one picture to get us started. Not sure if it will be my final entry in the contest for November.
If you have any questions about using Flickr, I'm no expert, but I can sure get you started.
It's a beautiful day here in Ohio, wonder how Larry's doing on his photo shoot out in Utah??
Regards, Karl

Friday, October 23, 2009

Photo Club pictures

Today I set up an account on FLICKR and sent invites to Larry and Ken. Based upon their response we will complete the FLICKR site and publish more info for all.

October Meeting Highlights (22 October 2009)

Welcome New Members

We are pleased to welcome Earl King, Rob Dreyer, and Dennis McGrath to the club. Earl is an avid photographer recently converted to digital; Rob is an artist and photographer, currently shooting with a point-n-shoot but thinking about moving into a digital SLR camera; Dennis just recently moved from a Nikon D70 to D700 full-frame digital SLR. Welcome guys!

We had a really great session, with some great ideas about re-formatting the club by engaging members via contests, outings, and guest speakers. A full set of meeting notes will be sent to members soon.

November Challenge

The first of our photo contests will be on the theme of "Fall Colors." A valid entry will be any photo that you take with a digital camera, between now and November 16th, that meets the criteria of "fall colors." In order to have your photo reviewed and voted upon, please post it to the club's new photo sharing site on Flickr. The name of the sharing site on Flickr is "the-photography-club." If you do not already have a free Flickr account, please click here to register and obtain access. There is no requirement to make a print of your entry, but we encourage you to bring a print to the November meeting. We will vote on the entries at the meeting, and the winning photo will be featured here in the blog. Good Luck, everyone!

November Meeting Topic: Low Light Photography - basic settings to get you started

Several members shared experiences, mostly bad, with situations where the lighting was too low to get good focus and proper exposure. The discussion next month will feature the experience of Karl Monk and other members who have developed effective techniques in challening lighting situations. The objective of the discussion is to provide members with some of the basic settings for point-n-shoot as well as digital SLR cameras, to start out with when encountering this situation.

Sponsorship Drive

We are actively seeking sponsors for our club meetings. We would like to be able to offer a light dinner prior to the meeting in the Max Training lunch room - pizza or sandwiches, and a drink. Also, we would like to be able to offer a door prize to attending members at each meeting. In exchange, we will feature the sponsor's business prominently in our Blog, meetings, brochures or any materials that we distribute. Please let a member know of anyone who may be interested.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Photography Club Joins the Max Family

We are pleased to announce that we have joined the Max Technical Training family! Max, a premier provider of on-site instructor-led technical training, will begin hosting our monthly meetings in Mason, Ohio, on Thursday evening, October 22, 2009. Our first meeting at Max will begin at 6:00 pm, at 4900 Parkway Dr Suite 160, Mason OH 45040-8429.

For more information about the location, including driving instructions from just about any direction, please click here.

Max has a wonderful setup for club meetings. I'll start with their convenient location, which is less than one mile north of I-275 at the Fields-Ertel exit. Max has a break room with drink machines and snacks, and classrooms with high resolution overhead projection. We'll be able to share tips and tricks in Lightroom, Photoshop, and all of your personal favorite photo processing software.

The October meeting will be a formation meeting, in the sense that our partnership with Max opens up new opportunities for the group. We will talk about what our members most want to do in the coming months - field trips, contests, workshops, street walks - every idea is a good one. We look forward to seeing you at our first Max meeting, on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 6:00 pm. We will continue to meet monthly, on the fourth Thursday of each month. See you there!