Volume 5, Number 4
Jeffry Booher, Editor In Chief
What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time―John Berger
One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, we’ll be able to gather in person again. In the meantime your Darkroomers leadership team is working on ways to keep our club members engaged with social and educational opportunities. We will evolve and adapt so that we can remain relevant, no matter what the future holds.
As we make our way through this strange chapter in history, don’t forget to feed your soul.
- Make time to connect with family and friends. Schedule a virtual happy hour with some of your favorite people.
- Take time to enjoy a creative outlet. Pull out your camera, dig out a coloring book, try your hand at watercolor, and/or do some creative photo editing.
- Learn or develop a skill. Tackle a new photography technique or practice a foreign language in anticipation of future travel.
- Rest when you need it. We all have a lot on our minds these days, and it can be exhausting. It is okay to give yourself permission to unwind.
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a note from the editor
With everything that is going on in the world, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you about the current state of the club, our future, and life in general.
First of all I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. It is important that we all stay healthy so that we can continue our passion for photography. Social isolation may be making for some unique photographic opportunities but we need to heed the advice of smart people and avoid infection at all cost.
While we all sharpen our skills at macro, still life and indoor cat photography, there are a some things you should consider especially as the warmer months approach us. As a Darkroomer we must take care of our gear and a solid working printer is essential to our work. Printing on a regular cadence helps to keep print heads clear but the warm dry weather coming in the summer months plus printing less frequently can lead to print head clogs. It is important that you keep your printer maintained so keep printing...
Hopefully things will get back to normal one day but, until a vaccine for COVID-19 is developed, the new normal will mean that there be no large gatherings for awhile--either by governmental fiat or out of fear for the unseen. Darkroomers (and SCACC) may have have to limit in person meetings for the remainder of the year.
Some of you may have been around long enough to remember the film vs digital debate. Clubs who did not embrace digital died off while those who embraced digital flourished and survived the digital divide. We are at new crossroads in our trajectory as a club where virtual is the new digital.
I am grateful that we have Angela at the helm. I can think of no one better to lead us into the Virtual realm than her. I think the club is positioned to succeed but the club's success is up to you. The board of directors is busy finding ways to adapt to this new reality and we have a number of programs planned to help bridge the gap but we need your input and participation.
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Unfortunately we are under orders from San Diego Parks and Rec to restrict usage of the building so we have to cancel all programs for the foreseeable future. The club is busy retooling for virtual programs which will be announced in short order so watch your mailbox for virtual programming announcements. Social distancing and uncertainty about containment of the COVID-19 virus means that we will most likely be canceling all workshops and trips this year.
If you have yet to hear, the San Diego County Fair 2020 has been cancelled. If you submitted photographs for the exposition then you can ask for a refund or they will hold them until next year. So you have another year to work on them...
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Mount Rushmore by Jeff Booher
The Out of Focus challenge is still on for April 29th but it will be a virtual competition. Please submit your photos via email on or before 8PM April 29th. You can submit up to 2 color and 2 monochrome images and they must have EXIF data which shows them being taken between January 2020 and April 29th.
Because this is a virtual competition, images must be submitted as they were being submitted for interclub: JPEG, 1920x1080 sRGB. You must also title them as Q1_<division>_title_by_<yourname>.jpg (e.g. Q1_Mono_MountRushmore_by_JeffBooher.jpg). Submit up to 4 images via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All entries must be received by 8PM April 29th
Everyone in the club will receive a link to vote for their favorite images April 30th so watch. Voting will be open a little longer than usual in order to accommodate because you may need to wait in line for toilet paper.
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We missed our March exhibition due to COVID-19. We are holding a special April online-virtual exhibition which will be held on Saturday, April 25th at 1PM. Our Judge for our special April exhibition is Larry Vogel.
For this special exhibition, we are limiting each member to submit up to two images for review this month. We will see how things go for next month.
Here's how it works: submit up to 2 photos digitally using interclub guidelines (1920x1080, sRGB) and name the files as such title_by_<yourname>.jpg (e.g. MountRushmore_by_JeffBooher.jpg); Send your images via email to email@example.com
All entries must be received by 12-Noon, Friday April 24th
Then a link to a virtual meeting will go out and Larry will review the exhibition live at 1PM April 25th. We will send out a link to the recording sometime afterwards for those who cannot make the virtual meeting.
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Jeffry Booher, Editor in Chief
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Angela Andrieux, President • Jeffry Booher, Vice President • Lisa Miller, Secretary•Osia Strasner, Treasurer