March 2017

Volume 2, Number 3

Joan Everds, Editor in Chief

Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and every thing to do with the way you see them. —Elliott Erwitt

state of the union

Drema Swader

I hope everyone who attended the Matting and Mounting workshop enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed teaching it. I even learned a few new things myself! Kudos to our Program Chair Jeff Booher for setting up, organizing, and managing another successful workshop. It went much smoother and was more organized than last year. I hope you all got something out of it.

Another new development around the club is the new Club Handbook and Guide. It was sent out to all members on Valentines Day, and print copies will be made available to new members when they join. It contains all the information a new member needs to understand the processes and procedures around the club, and contains many things even older members might not know! Jeff and I put the document together with proofreading help from the Recruitment Chair, Joyce Muscat. If you have suggestions and additions you would like to see in the handbook, please let us know and we will discuss the changes.

Coming up is the next big club event: an overnight trip to the Salton Sea. At first I was not all that excited about it, but as I saw the plans coming together, I must say I changed my mind and got a little excited about it. It will be an opportunity to find some of the best places to photograph around the lake, and to photograph and socialize with other photographers in the club. See SALTON SEA below for more information.

I am still looking for a Refreshments Coordinator. It is a simple task, just be in charge of the Snack Signups and to send reminders to clubs members a day or two before the meetings. If you would like to volunteer for this, please let me know. Someone? Anyone?


Last month

Our first meeting in February was host to Lee Peterson who presented his fantastic underwater photographs and beautiful black and white images. Lee demonstrated several camera rigs that he uses for his underwater photography and talked about some of the gear he helped design and build for the task. His work is phenomenal so the packed room collectively held their breath as he took us 30,000 leagues under the sea...

Lee Peterson


Our Weekend Workshop Series kicked off with the annual Mat Cutting exercise--which should have been attended by all of the newcomers to the club... All SCACC club members who plan to enter or mat images for the San Diego County Fair first time were encouraged to attend.

It was a packed house and many of us learned new tricks while teaching old tricks. It was good to see so many new people learn from the experts.


Dave Eichinger

Last Month, Dave Eichinger critiqued our images--discussing why he accepted some images but also explaining how images could be improved. Thank you, Dave.



Darkroomers On Location: Salton Sea is our first overnight trip for the year and is scheduled for the weekend of March 11th. This is a wonderful photographic opportunity. Plans include an early morning sunrise, a sunset and a night shoot. The trip is also scheduled to take place before our first Quarterly Competition so a planned expedition to the deserted railroad in Jamul should present us with some great photo opportunities of rusted out Railroad Cars with interesting lighting. Checkout the complete itinerary and program guide.

Salton Sea Photos


March Meetings

Gene Wild

We are fortunate to have Gene Wild, Director of the International Exhibition of Photography at the San Diego County Fair, as our guest on March 1st. He will be talking about entering into the exhibition and the criteria used for judging. He will also give us an overview of the categories (what is new, different, removed, changed, etc...) Plus answer any questions you might have.

This event has been highly advertised with our Social Media Partners so be sure to get there early and get a good seat



Siobhan Gazur

Siobhan Gazur is our judge for March. Siobhan holds a BFA in photography from Pasadena's Art Center College of Design in California and is a Professor in the Photography Department at San Diego City College. She is a family and fashion photographer and operates a successful photography business.




Our parent organization, The Southern California Association of Camera Clubs, will be holding an Election of Officers at their March meeting which will be held on March 7 at 7pm in the Photographic Arts Building.

There are 5 offices and all are up for re-election: President, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President of Programs and Vice President of Buildings and all 5 are presented for nomination by the nominating committee. Michael Marcus has graciously stepped in to fill the vacancy of Vice President of Buildings, so he will be nominated at the March meeting. If you are interested in any of these offices then submit your nomination to Jeff or Drema no later than March 6.



We are fast preparing for the first SCACC Interclub Competition of the year, which will be held on March 21 at 7:30pm in the Photographic Arts Building. All members are welcome to attend.

The January submissions have been selected and they are as follows:

  • Cholla Garden Sunrise, Drema Swader
  • Nugget Point Lighthouse at Sunrise, Drema Swader
  • Baker Street Irregular, Rick Phillips
  • True Love, John Pryor
  • Mom and Baby Gorilla, Angie Crompton
  • Feeding Time, Terri Thompson
  • Preening, Richard Strobel
  • Pinnacle Poppies, Michael Fairbanks
  • No Lights Over Patricia Lake, Nancy Varga
  • Autumn Leaves, Joan Everds

February images have been submitted and member voting is currently underway to select the ten that will be sent to the Interclub Competition.

The 2016 Interclub Year End competition will take place on Saturday, March 25th at 9am. This is an open event but anyone who had a winning image or Honorable Mention in last year's competition should attend to see how their images do in the competition.


The 2016 Interclub Year End Awards Ceremony is Saturday, April 22 at 9 am in the Photographic Arts Building. The guest speaker is former Darkroomer and Artist in Residence at the Cabrillo National Monument, Bill Griswold. Bill presented his photography of Cabrillo to The Darkroomers back in 2014 but he has compiled his life's work into a book which is set to be published soon. His presentation will cover the photographic works covered in his upcoming book on Cabrillo.

Award recipients need to attend the SCACC INTERCLUB AWARDS ceremony to be honored and have their picture taken for the historical record



Only a few weeks remain for you to get the shot for the theme "Railroad Cars". There are lots of opportunities including the trolley, railroad cars from the Salton Sea trip, the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum in Campo and the National City Depot where you can get a shots of a Lionel Train, and other railroad artifacts. The Downtown Switch Yard is also a great place to get a shot of trains as is the Downtown Trolley Station and many other places where trains frequent at night.


March Photo trivia quiz

  1. What does the Japanese word “Bokeh” translate to?
  2. What does JPEG stand for?
  3. Where might you see barn doors and snoots?

Answers at end of this Newsletter.



Answers to March Quiz: 1. Blur, 2. Joint Photographic Experts Group, 3. Studio lighting set-up.



Photos used in this newsletter from Joan Everds and Bill Rehm are used with permission and may be subject to copy restrictions from the copyright holder. All rights reserved.

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Joan Everds, Editor in Chief

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Drema Swader, President • Jeffry Booher, Vice President • Osia Strasner, Treasurer • Nancy Varga, Secretary

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