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TMCC July Meeting Minutes

July 25, 2017 meeting minutes

  • Dawn opened the meeting – Very little change in the bank balance.
  • Lake Erwin outing – 8:00 am – Thursday, 7/27/17 – Map will be posted on TMCC’s facebook page.
  • The website will be worked on starting Wednesday, 7/28/17. Once all the bugs are worked out, instructions will be given to members.
  • August outing will be a night photography outing around the time of the new moon – Definite details will be announced.
  • A poll was taken for the interest in a weather spotter class. We need at least 10 people interested to get the National Weather Service to do a class for us. It’s a two hour presentation, which will be held at WCCC. Details to be determined and announced.
  • Scavenger Hunt pictures are due in August and the contest will be held in September. The scavenger hunt counts toward the points accumulated for a member’s annual score. The topics and further details are on TMCC’s website.
  • Discussed the possibility of doing a new member mentorship program, which was met with enthusiasm. A program will be worked on.
  • The August competition is a print competition. Entries are due to Ed Kunzelman by July 31st.
  • Jeff will be doing a class on resizing a photograph in August.
  • NASA website shows time when space station can be seen from any location
  • Members will submit pictures for the PSA competition in September, to be judged by PSA in November
  • If any member is looking for gear, send Dawn an email indicating what you’re looking for. She has information on members who are looking to sell some gear.
  • Paul Gana gave us a very information class on shooting the Milky Way and night sky. He covered what type of equipment to use, camera settings and several websites that are useful when planning a night photography outing. Paul’s website is paulscoloradophotography.com. The tutorials that he covered at the TMCC meeting can be found under “About Me” and then “Learn from Me”.

July 2017 club meeting minutes

Meeting Minutes July 25, 2017

Dawn Morrow, President, called the meeting to order.  All other board members were absent.

  • Wildflowers are blooming in the mountains !!  Next outing led by Renee is July 27 meeting at Lake Irwin, near Crested Butte, at 8 am.  Some folks may camp and do night photography as well.
  • Website is being looked at by the Board and a consultant to improve functionality.
  • August outing, TBA, for night sky photography lead by Paul Gana
  • National weather service can provide a class on spotting severe weather, if we have 10 attendees.  A show of hands indicated at least 10 interested members.
  • Scavenger hunt photos should be brought to the August meeting.  details are on the website.
  • Dawn discussed mentorships teaming experienced members with newer members.
  • Print competition will be discussed at the August meeting.   July 31 is the deadline to give your print to Ed Kunzelman.
  • Space station visibilty was discussed, check the Nasa web site for details of locations and times
  • Sharon Bradshaw provided summary of Photographic Society of America results/scores.  Lupe was an Honorable Mention !!  scores were generally good for the club.
  • the next PSA submittal is due in September for the November competition.
  • Paul Gana did a presentation on night sky photography utilizing you-tube videos he had created.  Good information was provided.

Meeting adjourned

Lake Irwin outing

Thursday July 27,  8 am to photograph wildflowers at Lake Irwin.  This is a good 2/12 hour drive from GJ.  Off Kebler pass before you get to Crested Butte.  Meet in parking lot at picnic area.  Bring camera, tripod, water, lunch etc, hat.  There is nice shooting right around this lake and also trails there if you want to hike.

TMCC June Minutes

June 27 meeting minutes

Dawn Morrow opened meeting. Treasurer report: Ona said 789.23 to begin. Expenses were 48.82, Deposits were 65. Balance of 805.41
We have more calendars to sell. The first 2 are at 5.00, then after they are 8.95.
New business: Dale has old cannon Rebel with a lens/bag. Dio took offer.
Ed: Print competition: prints are due 7/31, see the guidelines.
Jeff Morse gave a quick lesson on making sure your camera is fully focused where you want it.
Renee Walendowski presented High mountain wildflower photography locations and gave handout of locations.
Dawn gave results of the portrait competition. Results were:
First place Dawn Morrow, Second place Debbie Rudd, Jamie Hartman took third.

What I learned at the print meeting…

or… how does a tiny branch or twig, smaller in print than the size of a postage stamp, elevate the impact of a picture?

First things first, though. Last night’s print meeting was a lot of fun, and hopefully provided some useful information and new ideas to think about. Attendance was great. No shortage of discussion. Prints were lined up the entire length of the room.  

What I learned begins with an idea I’ve heard many times before. I’ve been told a million times that a picture should stand on its own. The artist shouldn’t have to explain it. After all, if we had to talk about our pictures, we’d be writers instead of photographers. However, it’s not quite that simple. Ansel Adams, famous for a multitude of quotes, responded when asked why he never included people in his pictures by saying: “There are always two people in every picture, the photographer and the viewer.” I don’t know if he ever discussed that idea to any greater degree… I can’t imagine he didn’t, but I’m gonna take a leap and imagine what he might have been thinking. I think he meant that there’s a human element in every photograph, even if it’s a landscape picture. The human element is the connection between the two people he mentions. And the greater the understanding of the ways and thoughts of the photographer by the viewer, the greater the impact of the picture. But is it a big deal for the photographer to express his thoughts verbally, or just depend on the viewer to respond entirely to the image, however he wishes, without verbal or written influence? Ahh… the great debate. Ansel Adams was an outgoing person. His early involvement with the Sierra Club led to numerous contacts with people who loved his pictures. Undoubtedly he spoke with great passion about his pictures to whoever cared to look and listen. That sort of passion followed him all the way to New York and Washington DC where he became famous for his environmental protection work. That didn’t happen without his speaking out about his pictures. So are his pictures perceived to be much greater than those made by anyone else of his era simply because they’re better pictures, or did he make the most out of it from his passionate and expressive personality? 

Which brings me back to the print meeting last night. One of the photos shown last night was made by Annette Collier – a simple image of a stream with a small patch of grass and flowers in it. Nothing particularly unusual, although I really liked the tranquility of the image, and the delicate colors of the grass and flowers. My first reaction though was to point at the isolated elements around the outside of the picture. Those sort of things that many competition judges would deem to be “distractions.” And we all know that’s not good. Right? I even joked a bit with Jeff about Annette’s rock cut off at the edge of the picture, reflecting on a picture I had submitted a few years ago which competition judges had hammered me on for exactly the same issue. And then I pointed at the tiny twig or branch protruding into the scene from the lower right… normally a no-no of traditional composition wisdom.  

But a strange thing happened along the path of improving that picture. Annette started talking about the picture. And she talked about her choices to delete something another in the opposite corner, and leave the rock and the twig in. She talked about every element in that picture. And the whole time she’s talking, I’m thinking, wow, she really put her heart into that picture. Who am I to tell her she should clone out that twig? The object itself wasn’t overwhelming. The branch was just quietly speaking next to the rush of the water… “hey, slow down and notice me!” Don’t we all feel that way? And by midnight, soaking in the quiet of my hot tub at home, I’m thinking that twig was the best idea I’d seen in a picture in a long time. I know some competition judge citing some rule or another is gonna say that Annette should clone out the rock, get rid of the twig, or crop her picture some way or another. However, just as the rock in my own picture is still sitting there split right down the middle – because that’s the way I want it – I suggest to everyone at the meeting last night who was hearing all sorts of feedback on their pictures, to go with what’s in your heart. After all, it’s your picture and an expression of what you see. And as for the other person in the picture (the viewer), I suggest that you try and understand the image from the perspective of the artist, and if you do, there will be communication between the two people in every picture. In other words, try and listen to what the photographer is saying, rather than what you’re wanting to hear.

I’ll tell you another story that sort of relates to the subject at hand. Last week I was meeting with the General Manager of a hotel in Aspen about placing some of my photographs there. There was no question that he liked the images. But not long into the conversation he said: “So tell me about yourself.” Uh-oh… hadn’t really planned on that. So I stammered a bit… something to the effect that I like making pictures. Of course, duh… no kidding. He went on to explain that if Paula was gonna buy it, she’d want to know something about the artist. People don’t spend a lot of money for just a picture… they buy a piece of the artist. So they like to know what they’re getting. Or so I was told. At that point I’m curious about who this Paula is that he kept referring to. Well, he said, “Paula… Paula Crown.” Sorry, I don’t recognize the name. “Oh, the Crown family owns the Aspen Skiing Company, which owns this hotel.” Great, I’m thinking, I get this wonderful opportunity and can’t think of a damn thing to say about myself or my work that would possibly make a difference. So when somebody claims that the picture should do all the talking, remember that in the real world, people want to connect with other people in some way or another, and communication comes in many different forms. If you don’t think talking about yourself makes a difference in the way your pictures are perceived, think again. And, Annette, if you’re crazy enough to still be reading this, I hope you leave your picture exactly as it is.

Don’t Forget… Tonight’s Print Meeting

Bring a print or two or three, or just come and be part of the discussion. These sort of informal meetings are really fun. It’s hard to predict what you’ll see or hear. Sort of like a box of chocolates… some things you’ll like, and some you’ll want to pass off to the dog lying under the table. Anyway, the meeting starts at 7:00 tonight (July 13th) at the regular Community College meeting room.

Print Meeting, July 13th at 7:00pm

Bring a print or two or three for discussion next Thursday night, July 13th 7:00pm, at the usual Community College club meeting location. Any size is okay. Have questions about print making or the upcoming print competition? Bring them too. This is a great opportunity to share our images and discuss all things photography on an informal level among friends.