Category Archives: Announcements

Announcements: the catch-all category for member posts to the website.

May Meeting Cancelation

Good morning everyone,

I come with news of a cancelation of our May meeting. After a discussion with the board and learning that the WCCC campus is currently closed, we felt we would need to cancel this meeting. From what I understand, starting tomorrow, groups of 50 are allowed to group, as long as masks are worn, cleaning protocols and social distancing is followed.
We are hoping to attempt our June meeting,  barring any changes in our ability to assemble and verification that the school will be open.
I understand that there are members on both political sides of this circumstance, but we want to abide by the current guidelines for legal purposes as a club. We also want all members to remain healthy.
Our competition schedule continues as is and results will be reviewed once we are able to assemble. Please feel free to use the website or the Facebook page to let us know what you are shooting during the quarantine, whether it be backyard birds or monument sheep. I hope you are getting out and plan to share photos of those excursions.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please enjoy the holiday and remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.
If you have any questions,  suggestions or concerns, please email me at
Hope to see you in June
Dawn M.
TMCC president

Utah Life Magazine, call for submissions

I’m sure some of you are familiar with Colorado life magazine, but Josh, has started Utah life magazine as well, and they have sent out specific calls for entries, take a look and see if you have images you’d be interested in submitting. You may also want to request to be added to his email inquiries, for both magazines. I’ve been published a couple times in his magazine. Take a gander at his most recent request and see if you might have entries that may apply. (I was also paid when an image was selected)

Dawn M.

Re: Utah Life Magazine Photo Requests

On Fri, May 1, 2020, 5:44 PM Joshua Hardin <> wrote:
This is Joshua Hardin, photo editor at Utah Life Magazine. We hope you are well in these unprecedented times! Like many of you, our staff is working at home. But, we are still very busy planning future magazine stories. We like to keep our contributing photographers informed about the images we’re seeking through occasional emails sent once every couple of months or so. If you are receiving this it is because you have expressed an interest in contributing to the magazine or have published with us before. Below are photos we’re searching for upcoming issues. If you have these topics covered in photos you’ve taken, we’d love to see your work:

We’re looking for submissions for a story about Utah’s State Symbols. These include the state animal: elk; bird: sea gull; tree: quaking aspen; dinosaur: Utahraptor and many more. A list is here: and we can use any photos that picture these subjects. The deadline to submit for this story is May 11, 2020.
We’re also looking for photos to accompany a story about Old Ephraim. Old Ephraim was a legendary grizzly bear who was buried in the Wasatch Range near Logan. A stone memorial to Ephraim exists along a long hiking and OHV trail. If you have existing photos from this trail or the memorial we’d love to see them. Also, any images from across Utah depicting bears, bear road or business signs, or other grizzly bear lore, will be appreciated and considered.

  1. More info is here: The deadline to submit for this story is May 11, 2020.
    Hanksville’s Critter Garden will be the subject of a short story in an upcoming edition. This is a park near a closed motel that features art from scrap metal shaped into the forms of animals, dinosaurs and other critters. If you have existing images from Critter Garden, show them to us. The deadline to submit for this story is May 11, 2020.

We are printing a story about the Spiral Jetty. We welcome any photos of this Great Salt Lake landmark, including any unique views from lake level or aerials. The deadline to submit for this story is June 1, 2020.
Finally, we are looking at photos for our 2021 Exploring Utah Calendar and the Monumental Exposures photo department in every issue of the magazine. We usually print photos of Utah landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife or events in these sections. We keep previously-submitted work on file, but if you have new work to show us, we’d love to see it. Colorful photos taken in beautiful light, dramatic weather or interesting interactions between animals always get more attention. The deadline for these sections is continuous, though we hope to make our first selections for the calendar by June 1, 2020.

To submit, please send low-resolution preview images (about 700-1,000 pixels long) to me by email or by file sharing site like Dropbox/WeTransfer/Google Drive for review purposes. Links to online galleries will be accepted, though galleries which have the ability to download low res images in bulk, such as in a zip file, are preferred. If you have any questions about delivery methods, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If chosen for the magazine, we’ll ask for high resolution digital copies of images for publication. We pay for any images used. Please visit: for our rates and terms if you wish to know more.

As always, if you have suggestions for stories that Utah Life Magazine should cover, or ideas for projects that you would like to photograph for us, we’d love to hear your story queries and pitches. Thank you once again and we look forward to seeing your photos!

All the best,
Joshua Hardin
Photo Editor

Address: PO Box 77, Provo, UT 84601

Phone: 801-921-4585

Direct: 970-691-9011



Facebook: @utahlifemag

Competition Deadline Extended

The deadline fo submitting one of your amazing photos to the current TMCC club competition (theme: OPEN) is extended until May 10 midnight.

Also, Ed K. is providing discussions on the PSA entries and judging and editing.  thank you Ed for your time and voice.  It is very interesting.  Please click on the “Join the Discussion” tab on the TMCC website.  If you login, you can make a comment and add to the discussion.  Contact Bob if you need a new login password.

Posting Comments to the TMCC Website and Receiving Notifications

I’ve had a few replies from club members unable to post their comment to the competition discussion. The first thing you have to do is log in to the website (scroll to the lower right corner).  Anyone on the planet can view the discussion, but you have to be a member of the club and registered user with password in order to post a comment.

If you don’t remember your user name and password, you’ll need to contact myself or Bob Peterson and one of us will reset it for you.

Once you log in to the website, you’ll see “Leave A Reply” with a comments box at the bottom of each discussion thread. This is important though…. the comments box only appears at the bottom of the individual discussion for each picture that I’ve numbered #1, #2 and so on. The comments box does not appear in the master thread under “Join The Discussion” where the stream of ALL discussions is shown.  You have to click on the heading (or Comment) for one of the individual discussions to post a comment.

If you’re not receiving email notifications from the club, check to see in your profile that you’re set up for having them sent to you. Here’s how: After you log in to the website, navigate to the upper left corner, above the TMCC logo, where Thunder Mountain Camera Club appears. Click that for a drop-down menu which says “Dashboard.”

Click “Dashboard” and then click on Profile > Your Profile and you’ll see all of your settings.

The username is set automatically and can’t be changed. However, you can reset your password.

At the bottom, you’ll see the checkbox for Receive Notifications.”

If you have any questions, contact me, Ed Kunzelman, at

PSA Competition Discussion

Hi everyone! My name is Ed Kunzelman… a club member for about seven years. I’ve seen many of the ups and downs, but never a time like this with meetings and events pretty well shut down. The part of the meetings that I like best are the discussions, and so I thought we could carry on using an online forum to talk about our photographs. Our website is constructed with WordPress software, which is great for conducting an online conversation. All you need to do is log in, hit the reply button, and throw in your two cents.

I saw the PDF that Sharon created for PSA submissions and thought it would be a perfect opportunity to get the discussion rolling. So in my next website post, I’ll take one of the images and show the judges’ comments, add a few more comments of my own, include a few Photoshop tips, and show a reworked picture. Of course, it’s only my opinion… there is no such thing as definitively better or worse. It’s entirely up to the photographer to make that decision. Let’s get a discussion going… it’s the only way to have one these days. If it works well and people show some interest, I’ll post another picture from the batch of PSA submissions tomorrow or the next day, until we’ve discussed all 13 entries.

club activities update

The April club meeting has been cancelled but the competition schedule remains.

The next club competition, Open Theme, submittals are due end of the day May 1.

Submit to

The scavenger hunt subjects can be found on the website, scavenger hunt tab.

Check out the Facebook page for challenges or photos of club member adventures.

Be safe out there.  Follow the guidelines, keep people around you safe and this will end sooner rather than later.

Club minutes for Feb 25, 2020

President Dawn called the meeting to order at 7pm.  one new guest and member: Nathan Bailey

Up-coming competitions and outings were reviewed: PSA due March 1; Club competition themed long exposure due April 1; Outing March 7 530 pm at Sharon’s for burning of steel wool and other night shooting.  Address is 2845 C1/2 Rd.  Blue house south side of the road, north of the river.

Treasurer report: $555 deposited.  $515.76 remaining.  meeting room was paid through November.

Photographer Chris Eaton, Pinyon Ridge Photography, presented his evolution into night and dark sky photography and recent publications for the CO Monument.

Sharon reviewed the judging for the PSA #2 competition.  The 6 selected photographs were from Marina S., Amy H., Robert Pratt, Paul G, Sharon B. and Debbie T.  The website will be updated.

The members divided into 3 groups to review and comment on about 5 photos provided by anonymous club members.

The meeting ended about 9:15 pm.