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November Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF
THUNDER MOUNTAIN CAMERA CLUB
November 22, 2016

The regular meeting of Thunder Mountain Camera Club was held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction, Colorado.

President Jeff Stoddart called the meeting to order. Jeff welcomed our visitors.

Old Business

The secretary (finally!) got the September and October meeting minutes finished and posted on the club 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. (Jeff also “fired” Angela, effective at the end of the year!)

Mike Brown is having Photoshop classes on December 7 and January 4 at the Frame Depot (529 Bogart Lane – to the west of Sam’s Club). Please use the north entrance. Class starts at 7:00 p.m. You will need a laptop loaded with Photoshop (not Photoshop Elements). There is instruction and hands on work. If you do not have the textbook yet, e-mail Mike (ph7ham@gmail.com) and he will e-mail it to you for use in the class.

Our banquet is scheduled for January 13, 2017 in our regular meeting room at WCCC from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The club will provide the meat, and members will bring the side dishes and desserts. A sign up sheet is being circulated tonight (if you are not at the meeting, contact Cheryl Sweers or Mel Morris to bring something). Please sign up and come to the banquet – lots of great eats and fun times! We’ll install our new board and hand out our annual recognitions and awards.

Treasurer Debbie Rudd presented the November Treasurer’s report. The ending balance from October was $661.61. There were no deposits and no expenses paid, making the ending balance the same – $661.61. The Treasurer’s report was approved as presented.

Apparently there are again issues with notification e-mails being generated when a post is made to the club web site. Since this is our last meeting of the year, this issue will have to be investigated by the new incoming board.

New Business

Jeff opened up the floor for nominations for board members for 2017. As there was only one nominee presented for each position, rather than elect each position separately, the entire slate of board nominees was presented as follows:

President – Dawn Morrow
Vice President – Jeff Morse
Secretary – Renee Walendowski
Treasurer – Ona Griffiths

A motion was made and seconded to approve the slate of officers as presented. The motion was approved. Congratulations to the new board! They will officially take their positions at the banquet.

Sharon Bradshaw next presented the PSA entries. Unfortunately, there were only six this month so there really was no need to vote. We did view and comment on the images. Those selected were from Bob Peterson, Sarah Miller, Paul Huntington, Sharon Bradshaw, Ona Griffiths and Angela Classen. They will be submitted for the January PSA competition. (Since we don’t have a meeting in December, we must select them in November to meet the deadline.)

Ed Kunzelman then presented the “fall colors” slide show, which was compiled from member images created in this past fall. What an amazing collection of colorful images!

Our next regular meeting is Tuesday, January 24, 2017, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College.

There being no further business to come before the meeting, Jeff adjourned the meeting. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See everyone at banquet!

Dated: December 7, 2016
Angela K. Classen

Secretary
Thunder Mountain Camera Club

October Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF
THUNDER MOUNTAIN CAMERA CLUB
October 25, 2016

The regular meeting of Thunder Mountain Camera Club was held on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction, Colorado.

President Jeff Stoddart called the meeting to order. Jeff welcomed our visitors.

Old Business

The secretary did not get the September meeting minutes completed and suggested that Jeff fire her. Jeff would not. Angela will get the September minutes, as well as the October minutes, published on the web site in time for the November meeting.

Mike Brown is having Photoshop classes on November 2 and 16 at the Frame Depot (529 Bogart Lane – to the west of Sam’s Club). Please use the north entrance. Class starts at 7:00 p.m. You will need a laptop loaded with Photoshop (not Photoshop Elements). There is instruction and hands on work. If you do not have the textbook yet, e-mail Mike (ph7ham@gmail.com) and he will e-mail it to you for use in the class.

The scavenger hunt categories for 2017 are now available. There are printed copies of the list at the front table, or you can find them on the club web site.

Our banquet is scheduled for January 13, 2017 in our regular meeting room at WCCC from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The club will provide the meat, and members will bring the side dishes and desserts. A sign up sheet will be circulated in November.

Hummel Real Estate is hosting TMCC members for First Friday Art Walk on November 4. There is still room. Contact Dawn (dawn@2morrowsmuse.com) if you’re interested in participating. There is no commission. Set up will be the night before, and all artwork must be removed immediately after the event.

Treasurer Debbie Rudd was not present so Jeff presented the October Treasurer’s report. The ending balance from September was $791.61. There was one deposit of $15. A rent check for $100.00 and a check to PSA for our club membership for $45.00 was written, making the ending balance $661.61. The Treasurer’s report was approved as presented.

New Business

There will be a PSA competition in November. Submit one image per member, open theme to: contests@thundermountaincameraclub.org by midnight, November 20.

Jeff reminded everyone that elections are scheduled for November. Members should start thinking about serving as either a board member or chairperson. Copies of the board and chair job descriptions are available at the front table tonight, but they are also contained on the club web site. If you are interested or have questions about a position, e-mail a current board member.

Sharon Bradshaw announced that a long time club member, David Cooper, had passed away on September 20 in California. He was killed in a tragic car accident.

Some club members plan to meet on Saturday, October 29, to shoot the kids trick or treating downtown. If you’d like to attend, meet at the chrome buffalo (Chrome on the Range) at 3:30.

Jeff would like all members to bring up to 12 of their favorite fall images from 2016 to the November meeting. Bring them on a flash drive (no CD’s) or e-mail them to Ed: ed@edwardkunzelman.com by November 20. Members can also bring a couple of prints if they prefer.

Jeff next presented the “Year in Review” slideshow with the members’ personal favorite photos from 2016. These photos were very diverse and showcased the talent and creativity our members have!

Sheila Johnson next presented our October competition, which was themed “Imagination,” including discussion of the judge’s comments. Photos placed as follows:

1. Paint Horse – Dawn Morrow
2. Exercise your Imagination – Read a Book – Ed Kunzelman
3. Ice Mask – Ona Griffiths
4. Trapped – Cheryl Sweers
5. They Moved in Herds – Jamie Zartman

Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 22, 2016, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College. Tony Harber will provide the snacks, and Jamie Zartman will provide the drinks.

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

Dated: November 14, 2016
Angela K. Classen

Secretary
Thunder Mountain Camera Club

September Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF
THUNDER MOUNTAIN CAMERA CLUB
September 27, 2016

The regular meeting of Thunder Mountain Camera Club was held on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction, Colorado.

President Jeff Stoddart called the meeting to order. We had no visitors.

Old Business

The minutes of the August 23, 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.

Jeff reminded everyone that elections are scheduled for November. Members should start thinking about serving as either a board member or chairperson. Copies of the board and chair job descriptions are available at the front table tonight, but they are also contained on the club web site. If you are interested or have questions about a position, e-mail a current board member.

Mike Brown is having Photoshop classes on October 5 and 19 at the Frame Depot (529 Bogart Lane – to the west of Sam’s Club). Please use the north entrance. Class starts at 7:00 p.m. You will need a laptop loaded with Photoshop (not Photoshop Elements). There is instruction and hands on work.

Our banquet is scheduled for January 13, 2017 in our regular meeting room at WCCC from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The club will provide the meat, and members will bring the side dishes and desserts. A sign up sheet will be circulated in November.

Several members (Donna, Ona, Dawn and Joan) will have images on display at the October First Friday Art Walk at Hummel Real Estate. Hummel will host a display for TMCC members on November 4. Contact Dawn (dawn@2morrowsmuse.com) if you’re interested in participating. There is no commission. Set up will be the night before, and all artwork must be removed immediately after the event.

Treasurer Debbie Rudd presented the September Treasurer’s report. The ending balance from August was $891.61. There were no deposits. A rent check for $100.00 was written, making the ending balance $791.61. The Treasurer’s report was approved as presented.

New Business

Ona Griffiths, the new scavenger hunt chair, presented the scavenger hunt categories for 2017:

1. Face-less self portrait
2. Scene (seen) from a window
3. Street lights
4. Angelic
5. Smoke
6. Minimal
7. Wood
8. Two of a kind
9. Sign(s)
10. Handwriting
11. Art
12. A pop of color

Now you have no excuse not to get started on shooting photos for scavenger hunt!

Jeff asked that all members send in up to 5 of their personal favorite photos taken in 2016 so far to put together a “Year in Review” slide show for October. E-mail your photos to Jeff, any size, at: jeff@jeffstoddart.com, by midnight on October 22. Also please indicate your order of preference in case the number of submissions has to be cut down due to time limitations.

There was discussion about doing some type of Halloween outing. There might be a zombie prom on October 22 someplace downtown.

Annette Collier next made her “Seinfeld presentation” about “absolutely nothing.” She threw out a few photographic topics and some questions and answers were discussed.

The October competition will be our last for the year and is themed “Imagination.” Submit your photos to: contests@thundermountaincameraclub.com by October 16.

The 2016 scavenger hunt chair, Sheila Johnson, presented the scavenger hunt winners as voted by the club members and awarded the prizes (which Jesie Bair helped obtain):

1. Day in the Life – Bob Peterson – Quick strap
2. Au Natural – Bob Pratt – Dust patrol sensor cleaner
3. Opposites – Bob Pratt – Headlamp
4. Memories – Dawn Morrow – Journal book with camera pattern
5. Broken glass – Bob Pratt – Reflector
6. Abandoned – Paul Huntington – Flash drive
7. Horizon – Bob Pratt – Bubble level
8. Mayberry – Debbie Rudd – Photo frame
9. Creative Angles – Paul Huntington – Cell phone macro lens
10. Bad habits – Dawn Morrow – Lens mug
11. Film noir – Bob Pratt – Coffee mug
12. The elements – Cheryls Sweers – Camera rain gear

Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you, Sheila and Jesie, for doing an awesome job with this event!

Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 25, 2016, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College. Dio and Alice Musquiz will provide the snacks, and Scott Warren will provide the drinks.

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

Dated: November 14, 2016
Angela K. Classen

Secretary
Thunder Mountain Camera Club

August Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF

THUNDER MOUNTAIN CAMERA CLUB

August 23, 2016

The regular meeting of Thunder Mountain Camera Club was held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction, Colorado.

President Jeff Stoddart called the meeting to order.  We had one visitor, who Jeff welcomed.

Old Business

The minutes of the July 26, 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.

The August print talk was a small gathering but those who attended enjoyed seeing prints and discussing.

The outing to Grand Mesa was also small.  Dawn and Ona stayed until nightfall and got lucky enough to capture some lightning from an incoming storm off Lands End.

Elections are scheduled for November.  Members should start thinking about serving as either a board member or chairperson.  Jeff brought the board and chair job descriptions tonight, but they are also contained on the club web site.  If you are interested or have questions about a position, e-mail a current board member.

Treasurer Debbie Rudd presented the August Treasurer’s report.  The ending balance from July was $891.61.  There were no deposits.  A rent check for $50.00 was written, making the ending balance $841.61.  The Treasurer’s report was approved as presented.

New Business

Jeff made a last call for scavenger hunt photos.  Sheila was present to collect them, and will get them ready for presentation and voting at our September meeting.  Be sure to be there to see what creative ideas everyone came up with!

Jeff next appointed Ona Griffiths as the scavenger hunt chairperson for next year.  Hopefully Ona will have the categories lined up for next month’s meeting so we can have a full year to fill the list.

The banquet chairs, Melanie Morris and Cheryl Sweers, have been busy checking out locations for our banquet.  Unfortunately, due to our budget, we won’t be able to use any of nicer venues they checked into (such as the Avalon, Redlands Community Center or Residence Inn).  We will plan on doing the banquet at the regular meeting room at WCCC, potluck style.  If anyone has “connections” that could get us use of a nicer venue for cheap (or even better, free), please let the board know.

Dawn Morrow discussed possible “mystery/history” tours.  There is one at Glenwood Springs which would cost $12/per person if there is a group of 20.  If there are fewer than 20, the cost would be $15/per person.  There is another cemetery “ghost walk” in Glenwood which would cost $18/per person (tickets go on sale October 1).  It is a strenuous 20 minute hike and participants carry lanterns to light the way.

Mike Brown is having Photoshop classes on September 7 and 21.  The venue has changed to Frame Depot (529 Bogart Lane – to the west of Sam’s Club).  Please use the north entrance.  Class starts at 7:00 p.m.  You will need a laptop loaded with Photoshop (not Photoshop Elements).  There is instruction and hands on work.  Thanks to member James Payne for getting permission to use the space at Frame Depot!

Jeff announced that the recurring e-mail issues might be caused because the web site program had not been updated.  They are working on these issues and hope to have resolved soon.

Exhibit chair Dawn Morrow announced that Hummel Real Estate will be hosting First Friday events the remainder of the year.  Several members will again be displaying in September.  Hang up will be on Thursday before the event, and tear down is immediately after on Friday.  The November display may be a display for the entire club.  If anyone is interested in other months, contact Dawn.  The United Way will also host club images September through November, with drop off scheduled for September 7 and pick up scheduled for December 7.  There is space for around 12-15 photos.  All must have a wire hanger.  There is no commission.  A diverse group goes through there every month so it is a nice opportunity to hang there.  Contact Dawn if you are interested in participating.

Jeff would like to do a fall color outing on Grand Mesa, probably the week immediately after Color Sunday weekend.

Jesie Bair next gave a presentation on shooting fall colors.  She had a slideshow with some fall images, and went through a number of “Pro Tips for Photographing Fall.”  She will post a link to the article on the web site.

Sharon Bradshaw presented images for the PSA competition.  There were 13 images submitted for consideration (six need to be selected).  Images were voted on by all members and those that will be sent on to PSA are as follows:

  1. Bee – Lu Kunzelman
  2. Moose with Twins – Sharon Bradshaw
  3. Western Tiger Swallowtail – Robert Pratt
  4. Fall Canopy – Dawn Morrow
  5. Land of True Grit – Paul Huntington
  6. American Basin Wildflowers – Jeff Stoddart

Our next meeting is Tuesday, September 27, 2016, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College.  Robert Pratt will provide the snacks, and Ona Griffiths will provide the drinks.

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

Dated: September 6, 2016

Angela K. Classen

Secretary

Thunder Mountain Camera Club

 

 

July Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF
THUNDER MOUNTAIN CAMERA CLUB
July 26, 2016

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

President Jeff Stoddart called the meeting to order. There were no visitors.

Old Business

The minutes of the June 28, 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.

The “Splash Class” held on July 14 was a success. Cheryl, Ona and Annette each had a different station set up with different types of water shots and people could try whichever ones they wanted. Annette’s was especially popular with water drops splashing down into a pan and she changed out the backgrounds/reflections for different looks.

There was also an outing to Farmers Market on July 21 for street photography.

Member Jeff Morse volunteered to lead the club outing up to Grand Mesa on August 6. Meet at the City Market on Orchard Mesa near the gas station at 9:00 a.m. The group will proceed up Lands End Road. Night photography might be a possibility depending on the weather.

Elections will happen in November. Members should start thinking about serving as either a board member or chairperson. Job descriptions are contained on the club web site. If you have questions about a position, e-mail a current board member.

Jeff will appoint next year’s Scavenger Hunt chair in August. If anyone is interested, send him or any board member an e-mail.

Scavenger Hunt turn in will be at the August meeting. Sheila will collect the photos and get them mounted on poster board so members can view and vote at the September meeting. Prizes will be awarded! Full contest rules are located on the club’s web site.

Treasurer Debbie Rudd presented the July Treasurer’s report. The ending balance from June was $846.61. There were deposits of $15.00. The ending balance is $861.61. The Treasurer’s report was approved as presented.

New Business

Ed will do a print talk on August 11 from 7:00 to 9:00 in our regular meeting room. Bring several prints, any type (paper, metal, acrylic, etc.), any size, or you can come without any prints. No competition or critique, just discussion.

Mike Brown is having Photoshop classes on August 3 and August 17 at the Hilltop building located at 29 Road and North Avenue (building 3). Class starts at 7:00 p.m. You will need a laptop loaded with Photoshop (not Photoshop Elements). There is instruction and hands on work.

No members had any announcements concerning upcoming shows, etc. Sarah Miller said she was hoping to make it to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

Exhibit chair Dawn Morrow announced that Hummel Real Estate will be hosting First Friday events the remainder of the year. Dawn, Joni Beckner, Annette, Joan Robinson and Ona will be displaying in August. If anyone is interested in other months, contact Dawn. The United Way will also host club images September through November. There is space for around 12-15 photos. All must have a wire hanger. There is no commission. A diverse group goes through there every month so it is a nice opportunity to hang there. Contact Dawn if you are interested in participating.

James Payne presented the competition photos with the theme “Shapes and Leading Lines” and led the discussion, including some of the judge’s remarks. There were 13 images submitted. Images placed as follows:

1. The Break – Ed Kunzelman
2. (tie) Retired – Sharon Bradshaw
(tie) Round Barn Roof Interior – Angela Classen
3. (tie) Moravian Stars – Jesie Bair
(tie) Alien Dusk – Paul Huntington
4. Rustic Tough – Madeline Robinson

Ed next presented a short slide show of some of the images that were created at the July Splash Class.

Last, Ed presented a short slide show of his composition tips for shooting at the Colorado National Monument.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 23, 2016, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College. Darcy Johnson will provide the snacks, and Sarah Miller will provide the drinks.

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

Dated: August 16, 2016
Angela K. Classen

Secretary
Thunder Mountain Camera Club

June Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF
THUNDER MOUNTAIN CAMERA CLUB
June 28, 2016

The regular meeting of Thunder Mountain Camera Club was held on Tuesday, June 28, 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

A “print talk” was held on June 7. Although it had small attendance, the discussion was good according to Ed Kunzelman. He is planning to do another one on August 11 at our regular meeting room, 7:00 p.m. He emphasized you can bring a couple of prints (any size), but you don’t have to. You can still take part in the discussion without a print. Birthday gifts for Ed are optional.

A recap of the annual picnic was given. The venue was nice, just the right size and the picnic was fun, but bugs were pesky. The club provided chicken and everyone brought side dishes and desserts (if anyone left hungry, it was their own fault!) Several members took advantage of the beautiful surroundings and shot a few photos while there.

Dawn Morrow gave a report about the “Take Part in Art Expo” that was held at the Lincoln Park barn. Dawn and Ona Griffiths manned the booth with help from a couple others. The booth was no charge to the club. They had photos on display and provided information about the club. Dawn indicated 10 to 15 people had expressed interest in coming to future club meetings and learning more about us.

Mike Brown’s Photoshop classes have started. The next ones are set for July 6 and July 20 at the Hilltop building located at 29 Road and North Avenue (building 3). Class starts at 7:00 p.m. You will need a laptop loaded with Photoshop (not Photoshop Elements). There is instruction and hands on work.

Dawn gave a report on the upcoming First Friday event for the club. Club members can take part and display several images for sale at Hummel Real Estate (316 Main Street) on July 1 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Set up will be on June 30 from 6:30 – 8:00 and members can use the back door labeled “linen shelf” to help avoid the Farmers Market crowd. Members will need to tear down and take their artwork with them after Friday unless prior arrangements are made. There is still room so let Dawn know if you’re interested. There is no commission on any sales.

Treasurer Debbie Rudd presented the June Treasurer’s report. The ending balance from May was $1,145.89. There were no deposits and expenses of $299.28 (picnic expenses and rent for several months). The ending balance is $846.61. The Treasurer’s report was approved as presented.

The minutes of the May 24, 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.

New Business

Jeff announced several outings were being planned.

A “Splash” class will be held on July 14 at our regular meeting room at 7:00 p.m. Ona Griffiths, Annette Collier and Cheryl Sweers will lead the class. There will be three different techniques/stations to try out. One of them will be for water droplets, which look like a lot of fun. Bring your cameras, tripods and be open to learn something new.

We will do street photography on July 21 at Farmers Market, 7:00 p.m. Annette and Joni will lead the group. Meet at Chrome on the Range (the chrome buffalo at Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street) and the group will proceed from there. Annette said she would post a video on the club’s Facebook page with some ideas for street photography.

We will plan an outing to the Grand Mesa on August 6. Some wildflowers may still be blooming, but if not, the trek up Land’s End Road will furnish something to shoot at (chipmunks at the observatory, Raber Cow Camp, etc.) More details on meeting location and time will be furnished soon.

As detailed earlier, another print talk is scheduled for August 11.

Jeff said we are trying to come up with a fall color outing somewhere. The board will keep working on that and let us know when something is firmed up.

It will soon be time to elect new leadership for the club. Now is a great time to think about serving on the board in some capacity, either as an officer (president, vice president, treasurer or secretary) or as a chairperson.

Jeff advised we still need a volunteer to bring drinks for the August meeting. Sarah Miller graciously volunteered. Thank you, Sarah!

The scavenger hunt is coming up fast. The list of categories is posted on the club web site along with the details of how to submit. Photos will need to be turned in at the August meeting. Get out there and start shooting! Jeff also advised the board had talked about appointing a new scavenger hunt chair in August to give the chair time to put together a category list and have it in place sooner than we have in the past (normally it isn’t announced until after the new board is in place, sometime in February or even later). After some discussion, the members agreed that was a good idea to get a head start. The board will consider any volunteers so if you’re interested, let a board member know so they can make a decision.

There were no announcements.

The July competition will be run by James Payne. The theme is “Shapes and Leading Lines.” Submit one image to: contests@thundermountaincameraclub.org by July 19.

Jeff introduced our guest speaker, Bob Ingelhart. Bob spoke to us about “stock photography” shared some of his favorite and best-selling images, offered some advice, and answered questions.

Sharon Bradshaw presented the competition photos and led the discussion, including some of the judge’s remarks. There were 19 images submitted. Images placed as follows:

1. Sitting at the Pond – Paul Huntington
2. Where Did the Time Go? – Ed Kunzelman
3. Fisher Towers and La Sals – Robert Pratt
4. Reminders of the Day – Marina Schultz

Honorable Mentions:

New Shoes – Gary Phillips
Morning Fog – Julie Bellitt
Painted Lady – Ona Griffiths

Our next meeting is Tuesday, July 26, 2016, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College. Renee Walendowski will provide the snacks, and Dawn Morrow will provide the drinks.

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

Dated: July 18, 2016
Angela K. Classen

Secretary
Thunder Mountain Camera Club

May Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF
THUNDER MOUNTAIN CAMERA CLUB
MAY 24, 2016

The regular meeting of Thunder Mountain Camera Club was held on Tuesday, May 24, 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 April 26, 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.

DUES ARE NOW PAST DUE! Please get your renewal forms and money in as soon as possible. If you do not pay your dues, you will not be allowed to participate in competitions.

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. 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. A sign up sheet was passed around to bring side items and desserts. The club will provide fried chicken.

Treasurer Debbie Rudd presented the May Treasurer’s report. The ending balance from April was $1,099.96. There were deposits of $125.00 and expenses of $79.07 (postage and Secretary of State renewal fees). The ending balance is $1,145.89. The Treasurer’s report was approved as presented.

New Business

Mike Brown is starting the Photoshop class cycle over again on June 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Classes will be held at the Hilltop facility 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.

Dawn Morrow announced the club has an opportunity to exhibit at First Friday in July. The space is being provided by Hummel Real Estate on Main Street (next to Dream Café). Bring 1 to 3 items per member. There is no commission and no insurance. If large pieces are being shown, floor easels will need to be provided (Rhonda does not have any for us.) Members interested in participating should let Dawn know by June 17 so they can be included.

Bob Ingelhart will be our guest speaker at the June 28 meeting. He will be speaking about stock photography.

Due to popularity of the first meeting, Ed Kunzelman has arranged another meeting to talk about prints. It will be held on June 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hilltop facility at 29 Road and North Avenue, Building 3. Bring any size print, any format, for discussion. Discussion only – not a competition.

The June competition is being presented by Sharon Bradshaw. It is open theme – anything goes (just keep it family friendly). Submit one image per member to: contests@thundermountaincameraclub.org.

Jeff announced that several club members had photos accepted into the 2017 Colorado National Monument calendar, and member Jamie Zartman made the cover! Congratulations to Jamie, and to Chris Eaton, Donna Fullerton and Angela Classen.

We still need a volunteer to bring snacks for the July meeting. Renee graciously volunteered. Thanks Renee!

Jeff asked if anyone was going anyplace special or had any announcements. Paul Huntington and Renee Walendowski are signed up for a photography workshop in the Tetons soon, and Renee had a photo selected for Colorado Life Magazine’s 2017 calendar. Congratulations!

Jeff next introduced our guest speaker, Christopher Eaton. Chris spoke about the challenges of shooting in slot canyons and showed us examples of what to do in his slide show entitled “Slot Canyons – Beyond the Classic View.” After the presentation, he announced he had his book, “This is Slot Canyons” available for purchase for $10 each, and he was donating 20% of each book sale back to the club. Thank you, Chris!

Paul Huntington presented the competition photos and led the discussion, including some of the judge’s remarks. There were only 9 images received this month. Images placed as follows:

1. Bad Boy – Renee Walendowski
2. (tie) Rule No. 1 – Play Nice – Ed Kunzelman
2. (tie) Jail Yard Beauty – Bob Peterson
3. Sensational Sunset – Robert Pratt
4. Look Maw, No Hands – Sharon Bradshaw

Our next meeting is Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College. Dawn Morrow will provide the snacks, and Wayne Hopper will provide the drinks.

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

Dated: June 10, 2016
Angela K. Classen

Secretary
Thunder Mountain Camera Club

April Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF

THUNDER MOUNTAIN CAMERA CLUB

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

Secretary

Thunder Mountain Camera Club

March 2016 Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THUNDER MOUNTAIN CAMERA CLUB

MARCH 22, 2016

The regular meeting of Thunder Mountain Camera Club was held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction, Colorado.

President Jeff Stoddart was not present.  However, he had a good excuse so we’ll give him a pass this time – he and his wife Sara welcomed their first child, Hudson Ray Stoddart, into the world on March 12!  Mom and baby are doing well. Congratulations to Jeff and Sara! In Jeff’s absence, Vice President Annette Collier called the meeting to order.  Visitors were welcomed.

Old Business

The minutes of the February 23, 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.

Dio Musquiz gave a quick recap of the Gateway/Hanging Flume outing.  A small group was in attendance but everyone had a great time exploring and seeing things they didn’t know were there.  Another outing is planned for this Saturday, March 26, to the Fisher Towers area near Moab.  Meet at the Visitor’s Center at Fruita at 9:00 a.m. and we will proceed from there.

Mike Brown is going to continue the Photoshop classes, with the next ones being on April 6 and 20.  Beginning with the May 4 class, he will start the cycle over again from the beginning so if you’re wanting to learn some Photoshop skills, this would be the perfect time to start.  Classes are free for members.

Dues for 2016 are due.  If you plan to attend any club outings, you must sign the waiver and release form.

The request to reserve the picnic area at the Monument was approved.  The picnic will be on June 11.  Car pooling will be available for those who do not have a park pass.  More details will follow later on the web site.

Treasurer Debbie Rudd presented the March Treasurer’s report.  The ending balance from February was $940.91.  There were deposits of $245.00 (dues) and expenses of $265.95 (web site fee and room rent for March and April).  The ending balance is $919.96.  The February 23, 2016 minutes contained the February Treasurer’s report.  A motion was made and seconded to approve both the February and March Treasurer’s reports, and they were approved.

New Business

A club outing has been planned to Goblin Valley in Utah on April 23.  We will meet at the Visitor’s Center in Fruita at 9:00 a.m.

We will have a PSA competition at April’s meeting.  Submit one image, open theme, no larger than 1024 X 768 to:  contests@thundermountaincameraclub.org.  Please note the PSA e-mail address has been eliminated.  All competition photos will now be sent to this e-mail address.

Annette announced that Angela had received first place in the color landscape category at the juried show at Gallery at Studio j in Denver for her Dead Horse Point image.

Annette introduced our guest speaker, Ken Redding.  Ken is a professional commercial photographer with more than 25 years experience.  Ken talked about how photography has changed during that time, especially as to digital imaging.  He answered numerous questions and touched on a number of topics while showing some of his incredible images.

Dawn Morrow did our competition presentation and led the discussion and critique of the 19 images that were submitted, including some of the judges’ remarks.  This month’s competition was themed “Water” with interpretation left up to the photographers.  Images placed as follows:

  1. Morning Dew Drops – Ona Griffiths
  2. Water – Angela Classen
  3. Evening Bliss – Jeff Stoddart
  4. Tranquil Envy – Jesie Bair
  5. Honorable Mentions – Capsized Shadow (Jamie Zartman) and H2O (Annette Collier)

Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 26, 2016, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College.  Dio and Alice Musquiz will provide the snacks and drinks for this meeting.

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

Dated: March 25, 2016

Angela K. Classen

Secretary

Thunder Mountain Camera Club

 

 

Minutes of February 23, 2016 Meeting

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF
THUNDER MOUNTAIN CAMERA CLUB
FEBRUARY 23, 2016

The regular meeting of Thunder Mountain Camera Club was held on Tuesday, February 23, 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 and asked to sign the visitor list.

Old Business

The minutes of the January 26, 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.

Dues for 2016 are due.  Angela has applications tonight and money can be turned in to her since Debbie is not here. The applications are also on the club’s web site. If you plan to attend any club outings, you must sign the waiver and release form. If a member brings a guest (who is not a member) to any outing, we need to have the guest sign the waiver and release form before they can attend. They do not have to join, but must sign the waiver.

Debbie Rudd was not present but did e-mail the Treasurer’s report to the Board. Both Jeff and Angela forgot to bring it to the meeting so it was announced the report would be included in the minutes and acceptance of the report deferred to next month’s meeting. The ending balance from January was $477.74. There were deposits of $605.00 (dues) and expenses of $141.83 ($100.00 February room rent and $41.83 awards reimbursement). The ending balance is $940.91.

New Business

The Ask a Photographer event was held on February 11.  Although not well attended, members who showed up had a good time visiting and talking gear, especially about tripods. Jeff won the “tripod war” as he showed up with the most tripods. Jeff would like to schedule another Ask a Photographer, probably in early fall.

Ken Redding will be our guest presenter for the March meeting. Ken specializes in commercial photography. He does not want to just “stand and lecture” so Jeff wants the members to visit Ken’s web site (www.kenreddingphotography.com) and create some questions to ask and be engaged in the presentation.

Renee Walendowski, picnic co-chair, announced she had found a nice location for the picnic up at the Monument, in the campground area. The cost to reserve the shelter house is $50 and she has already reserved it (without payment) and requested approval to pay. The Board is meeting on February 29 and will approve it at that time. Renee indicated there should be ample parking and said obviously a lot of great photo shots are nearby. The picnic is scheduled for June 11.

Dio and Alice Musquiz, the activities co-chairs, have several outings lined up already! The first is to Gateway and the Hanging Flume on March 12. The second is to the Castle Valley/Fisher Towers area in Utah. Full details of times and meeting places can be found on the club’s Facebook page and web site.

Jeff asked members if they had been going any place, doing anything fun lately, or displaying photos anywhere. Dawn Morrow and Ona Griffiths had just returned from a quick trip to Death Valley, which was primed for a “super bloom” of wildflowers. Dawn said they saw several varieties blooming and there were quite a few blooms. Someone announced that John Fielder is having a workship via a raft trip and a few spots were still open. If anyone is interested, check out John Fielder’s web site. Angela announced she had four images accepted into a juried show at Gallery at Studio j in Denver which will run the month of March. She thanked James Payne and Frame Depot for doing an awesome job on the framing of two of her pieces.

A volunteer to bring drinks for the month of April is still needed. See Angela during the break if you can do this.

We will have a regular photo competition in March and Dawn is leading the discussion. She announced it will be a themed competition. The theme is “water” and its interpretation is up to the photographer. She plans to have three judges – a lay person, an artist and a photographer. Please submit your digital image by March 15 to: contests@thundermountaincameraclub.org.

The next portion of the meeting was dedicated to discussion of the images being submitted for PSA competition. Ed Kunzelman lead the lively discussion about the 19 images that were submitted. Voting was conducted via ballot, with selected photos being ranked from 1 to 6 in order of number of votes received. The final selections were as follows:

1. Seeds for the Future – Cheryl Sweers
2. Owl Creek Clouds – Bob Pratt
3. October Bee – Ona Griffiths
4. A Storm is a Brewin’ – Julie Bellitt
(tie) 5. Society Today – Jeff Stoddart; Old Miner’s Tools – Scott Warren

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 22, 2016, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College. Joan Robinson will provide the snacks and drinks for this meeting.

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

Dated: March 1, 2016

Angela K. Classen

Secretary
Thunder Mountain Camera Club