Our next On Location excursion will be a day trip to San Juan Capistrano Mission on May 21st. More details will come in the May newsletter so watch for that if you are interested.
If you want to help plan or can carpool or you just want to be more involved with the San Juan Capistrano trip then talk to Terri Thompson or Jeff Booher.
other program news
The Darkroomers Photographic Club is excited to offer a Weekend Workshop Series workshop on focus stacking that will be led by Larry Vogel on April 9th at 9:30am. This is a members only workshop so it is not open to the general public. Leave your friends and neighbors at home because space is limited.
Focus stacking requires patience, tenacity, equipment, software and time so bring something to drink along with the manifest of equipment listed below:
- dSLR and a Macro lens (sorry, no point and shoots: must be fully capable of manual mode)
- Cable Release
- Flash with diffuser (softbox works well)
- Laptop Computer with USB cable or card reader
- Helicon Focus (heliconsoft.com)
Helicon is giving Darkroomers an exclusive discount for this workshop but there is a trial version available if you are not ready to make the commitment. Don't worry, you can buy it later but we are certain you are going to enjoy working with the software that you will want to buy it. So consider the trial a down payment...
Enter code 45K2D47FVV when checking out to get 20% off your purchase
If you do not have all of the stuff you need (or any of the stuff for that matter) you can still come, watch and take notes. This will be an invaluable learning experience and you may want to talk to Larry about taking his Focus Stacking workshop privately at his Oceanside studio.
We will have workstations setup for photographing inanimates with natural side lighting, continuous lighting and flash with softbox setups. We will have reflectors, softboxes and stands for folks to use to get the desired lighting so you do not need to bring your own stands and reflectors.
Larry will not only demonstrate how to use Helicon Focus but he will also demonstrate how to focus stack with just a camera in fully manual mode taking several photos then using Photoshop to blend them together. You will really love how Helicon Focus does it, though...
The workshop ends at 12:30 and we will need you to help cleanup
We will kick off the April 20th meeting with a vote on the changes to the constitution and bylaws which were sent to you on March 2nd and again on March 31st. The constitution change will be a roll-call vote which requires a super-majority (more on this later) to pass. Changes to the bylaws will be cast for each change independently but only require a simple majority to pass so there will be 4 total votes.
We are the only SCACC member club that has a constitution that requires a 3/4th majority, or super majority, of the membership to vote in the affirmative in order to ratify a change. Our founders made it incredibly difficult to make changes to the constitution and our constitution is becoming antiquated so we are asking for your help to modernize the club's charter.
We have scheduled the first of a series of votes to update the club's charter to take place at the April 20th meeting. We did so in hopes that we will have a good showing because it is a critique night. If you cannot make the April 20th meeting then you will need to either vote by e-mail or sign a proxy giving the board the authority to vote on your behalf.
If you want to vote electronically, you may do so by sending an e-mail with the text: "I wish to add Secretary to the list of officers in the constitution" to email@example.com.
There will be more changes that we will be making throughout the year that we will need your help to ratify. Having a proxy on file with the board will allow the board to vote on your behalf in your absence on those future changes to the constitution.
You can submit a proxy electronically by scanning a signed copy of the Darkroomers Proxy Form and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Parent Organization, The Southern California Association of Camera Clubs (SCACC.us), begins a new fiscal year on April 1st and, with it, ushers in a new set of officers including Darkroomer David Poplawski taking over as Vice President in charge of Buildings and SCACC first lady, Mary Anderson, taking over as Vice President in charge of Programs.
On the agenda this year for SCACC is upgrades to the flooring and repainting the interior so watch for news about building improvements in the coming months...
Out with the old...
SCACC held its 2015 Interclub Year End Competition last month and congratulations goes out to Darkroomer Rich Strobel. His image "Scorpius Comes Alive" took Second Place in the overall scoring and will hang in the Foyer Gallery next year. Congratulations Rich!
"Scorpius Comes Alive" by Rich Strobel, 2nd Place SCACC 2016 Interclub award recipient
The SCACC Interclub Year End Awards Ceremony will be Saturday, April 23rd at 9:30am with all competitive clubs providing refreshments. This year will feature a presentation by Rinus Baak and his travels through the Galapagos islands. All club members are invited but those who won should come to accept their award and get their photo taken for the SCACC website.
Mother may i?
We kicked-off the 2016 Interclub year with 5 honorable mentions and 1 award so let's keep it going with more great images.
- "Sandhill Crane Duo" by Richard Strobel, Honorable Mention
- "Root Dreams" by Michael Fairbanks, Honorable Mention
- "Watching..." by Jeff Booher, Honorable Mention
- "Malayan Tiger" by Richard Strobel, Honorable Mention
- "Hamnøy, Norway" by Drema Swader, Honorable Mention
- "Northern Lights At Haukland Beach" by Drema Swader, Blue Ribbon Award
Northern Lights At Haukland Beach by Drema Swader [Blue Ribbon Recipient, 2016 Interclub Competition]