Our September monthly meeting will be by Zoom. On Wednesday, September 9, at 7:00, Jim Burkstrand will host the meeting. All are invited, even snowbirds!
We will begin a rerun of the National Geographic "Fundamentals of Photography" series featuring Joel Sartore.
Everyone will get an email from Jim on connecting to the Zoom meeting but here are some technical details:
You will receive an email from my Gmail account on that day about 6:45 pm which will invite you to join my meeting. I will do that by email, as the email will contain both the meeting ID and the password to enter the meeting.
It will look like this (minus the red)
You should read the email on the device you will use to participate in the meeting. When you go to the link specified, please join the meeting with your video. You will then go into a waiting room. I will release you from that room to the meeting room. Be sure to also turn on your audio.
When the meeting starts, I will probably mute everybody.
We will have a Chat function available.
I have only had a few issues arise with a couple of iPads.
Check your junk mail if you don't see my email in a reasonable amount of time.
Please don't use Firefox as a browser to open your email that day. It may have audio problems. Check your device settings and be sure that your camera is turned on.
It will also work the best if you have no other applications open when we do the Zoom meeting.
And it will be faster if you download the Zoom app ahead of time.
We will have our September education meeting on Wed. September 16 via Zoom.
This is from Jim:
In searching for ideas for our next Education meeting, I found one in a pdf article that Ed Gold sent me.
You can view it here.
While it describes a "challenge", I think we can turn it into an education session. And we don't have to travel far. We can define "backyard" as "anywhere in Quail Creek"; or local to wherever you are.
Of course, you may want to challenge yourself by shooting everything on the list. But for the education session select 1-3 of the topics listed by the day. Lots to choose from.
Go and shoot something. Then post process it any way you want. It could be as simple as cropping, or HDR, or converting to B&W, or more complex.
Then send me, as a large jpeg, both the original unprocessed shot and the final shot. Name the shots/files with your name and a number, like Jim original 1 and Jim final 1.
On that Wednesday night, via Zoom, I will show both of them - and you can discuss them. Discuss everything from why you shot what you did and why and how you processed them. If you want, we even could play with the original a bit "live" -- your choice.
I think we all can learn something from each other - how and why we chose to shoot something, and what we did with it to meet what we wanted it to look like.
I will need the jpegs by noon on Weds Sept 16 so I can get them organized.
The forecast is for good weather between and then - so get your camera out and shoot away.
Here is a self-education opportunity that Jeff mentioned in the August meeting. It has to do with AstroPhotography:
I (Denny) went thru this full exercise. I shot many images of the Milky Way one night on Roadrunner 8. I took the images into Photoshop and followed exactly along as Ian describes. The technique involves stacking and aligning several images (I used 10), and separating the stationary foreground from the moving stars. It was fun and took about an hour.
I ended up with a decent enough image but for a truly spectacular image like Ian displayed, I think I would have needed a wider lens. Also, the atmosphere has been compromised lately with haze and smoke from Western fires. And the moon was rising, so that didn't help.
So I am looking forward to trying it again.
Photos from the February field trip to San Xavier del Bac can be seen here.
September Photos of the Month
Photos submitted by club members are shown above as well as on our Flickr web site. Send to jimmsp AT AOL.com
September Photo Contest
You can enter the member’s September Photo Contest now! The theme is Colorful. Any PCQC member can submit up to 3 photos. A photo has to be 3 years old or less.
Please rename each file with the title of the image. Size your image to either 13”x 19” or 16”x 20” and then send all (large) jpg images to (copy and paste address) pcqccontest AT gmail.com
Entry Deadline is midnight - September 30, 2020.
Detailed Rules and Guidelines are here.
For members who like to plan ahead, you can find the list of topics for the 2020 contests here.
August Photo Contest Winners
First Place : Larry Hudson “Owl Closeup”
Second Place: Shari Rodgers “Beauty”
Third Place: Steve Piepmeier “Snooze You Lose”
Congratulations to the winners. Thanks to everyone who entered the August photo contest. All of the entries can be seen on the club Flickr site.
You can see the judge's comments here.
You can see all Contests on the club Flickr site.
You can join the Photography Club of Quail Creek any time during the year. Club Dues are $20.00 per household for 2020.
Current Members can renew at any time.
Print the PCQC Membership Form- fill out- bring to a meeting.
Q3 2020 Photo Challenge
The member’s Quarterly Photo Challenge runs from July 1 to Sept 30, 2020.
The topic is Inanimate Objects. No flowers or pets or people as subjects – but lots of other possible subjects. Animate objects can be in the background
Members may submit any photo of inanimate objects - as long as it is taken during the current quarter.
See this page for a description and rules. Topics for the next challenges are also listed. Submit all photos to jimmsp AT outlook.com
Q2 2020 Photo Challenge Winners
First Place : Monte Hudson “Bobcat at Fountain”
Second Place: Ron Skelton ”Cactus Flower at Sunrise”
Third Place: Shari Rodgers "Got Ya"
The topic was Nature.
All of the challenge photos can be seen on our Flickr site on this page.