April Meeting Minutes



APRIL 26, 2016

The regular meeting of Thunder Mountain Camera Club was held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction, Colorado.

President Jeff Stoddart called the meeting to order.  Visitors were welcomed.

Old Business

The minutes of the March 22, 2016, meeting were previously published on the club’s web site.  A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes and as there was no discussion or corrections, the minutes were approved as published.

As yet another reminder – DUES ARE DUE!  Please get your renewal forms and money in as soon as possible.

Jeff and Dio Musquiz gave a quick recap of the Goblin Valley outing.  A small group was in attendance (Dio, Alice, Jeff and Angela) but everyone had a blast (although they got sandblasted by the wind).  After meandering around the weird little goblins at the park, and eating picnic lunch together, they headed over to Little Wild Horse Canyon, saw a group of antelope on the way, and hiked partway up the canyon.  All really enjoyed visiting the goblins and exploring a beautiful, easily accessible slot canyon.

The annual picnic will be on June 11 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Monument, at a shelter house located near the Saddlehorn campground.  Directions will be provided closer to the event.  For those who do not have a park pass, please get with a member who does and hitch a ride so you don’t have to pay.  Many members have passes so don’t let that be an excuse not to attend.

Treasurer Debbie Rudd was not present so Jeff presented the April Treasurer’s report.  The ending balance from March was $919.96.  There were deposits of $180.00 and zero expenses.  The ending balance is $1,099.96.

New Business

Annette Collier announced the Maverick Classic cycling crit is being held this Saturday, April 30, in the downtown area.  It will be a great opportunity to shoot action and panning shots.  Members should meet outside Main Street Bagels at 2:30 p.m.

Jackson Trappett will lead a bird walk outing on Saturday, May 7, beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Meet at the Albertson’s on Power Road and the walk will proceed from there.  Jackson is very knowledgeable about the many different birds that are likely to be seen and will have lots of tips how to best shoot them.

Mike Brown is starting the Photoshop class cycle over again on May 18.  Classes are held at 29 Road and North Avenue, Building 3.  Classes are free to members.  Members need to have a laptop loaded with Photoshop in order to participate as the classes are hands on.

Chris Eaton will be our guest speaker at the May 24 meeting.  He will be speaking about shooting in slot canyons.

Dawn Morrow announced there may be an opportunity for the club to exhibit as a group at the June First Friday Art Walk.  She is going to get more details and let us know what is going on.

Ed Kunzelman asked if anyone would be interested in getting together to talk prints.  There was enough interest so May 12 was chosen as a date.  This will take place at our usual meeting room here at WCCC from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Bring a couple prints, any size, any format, for discussion.  This is not a competition – discussion only.

The May competition is being presented by Paul Huntington.  He has selected the theme of “Breaking the Law.”  Interpretation of this theme is up to you so have fun!  Submit one image per member to:  contests@thundermountaincameraclub.org.  All competition photos (PSA and regular) will now be sent to this e-mail address.

Jeff next introduced our guest speaker, Casey Dittmer, of Legacy Photography.  Casey spoke generally about portrait photography, how the business has changed in the digital age, and brought a few beautiful large prints of her work.

Sharon Bradshaw presented the PSA competition.  She first showed the club’s entries from the last couple of rounds and the resulting scores received.  Some discussion was held regarding what could be done to the images to improve the scores, and what we need to look for in the future to choose technically superior images.  There were 14 images submitted for this competition, and the following members’ images were chosen by vote of the members:

Stephanie Hyrup

Scott Warren

Sharon Bradshaw

Bob Peterson

Paul Huntington

Ed Kunzelman

Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 24, 2016, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College.  Snacks will be provided by Ona Griffiths and drinks will be provided by Darcy Johnson.

There being no further business to come before the meeting, Jeff adjourned the meeting.

Dated: May 1, 2016

Angela K. Classen


Thunder Mountain Camera Club

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