September 2016

Volume 1, Number 6

Jeffry Booher, Editor In Chief

I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs — Wayne Miller
Terri Thompson

From the office of the president

I recently attended the Nikon Landscape Photography Class at George's Camera with Nikon National Training Specialist, Paul Van Allen. As I expected, the presentation was loaded with images from Van Allen's travels and he provided us with good before and after references for comparison.

What I found interesting is that, as a Nikon National Training Specialist, he is not allowed to enhance his presentation images outside of the camera. There are minimal allowances for retouching photos (e.g., acne removal.) He uses the in-camera settings to adjust his images, as we might do if shooting in JPEG format. However, the raw Nikon files are also adjusted by these settings when using ViewNX or Capture NX (Nikon's Image editor software which, coincidentally, was created by Nik) to process them. Seems like a great time-saver. Using Nikon's proprietary software means that you have access to all of the information the camera wrote to the raw file so you can make further post-process adjustments if you want. I would be interested to know how others have found this process to work. There is a Canon counterpart in EOS, but the in-camera processing only produces a JPEG and does not alter the raw file to include any in-camera adjustment. You would need to apply those enhancements in software during post.

Since the Van Allen omits post-processing from his workflow, it makes sense that he depends on his aperture to determine depth of field. A smaller aperture can result in some cool light bursts but it can also result in some distortion, especially around the edges. You can use the Photoshop distortion adjustment for your lens, or omit it from your image altogether by using a larger aperture.

I attended a presentation a while back by landscape photographer, Vincent Versace. His workflow is extremely different and requires post-processing. Versace takes multiple shots, with varying focus on foreground, middle, and background objects at the camera’s prime, or sharpest, aperture. The images are then stacked together in post-processing allowing the more focused objects in each image to be visible and masking out the un-focused portions. This is a technique known as focus-stacking which we workshopped earlier this year. The result is a single, fully-focused, image.

These are examples of two extremely different workflows for two purposes by two different people. What is your landscape photography workflow?



August was a busy month with Weekend Workshops and On Location photo outings a plethora. It was photography overload and there was literally something for everyone so, if you missed it, then you missed out but hopefully you can make up for it in September and October as we have some exciting photowalks coming in which you can take part.


We kicked the month off with a Stephen Burns HDR/Panorama/Stitching workshop and it was a packed Photographic Arts Building. This was an unusual workshop in many ways. First, we had an On Location shoot for the workshop because we needed to actually go out and get some photos to work with. It was a two part workshop so we were out in the field the first day then in the classroom on the second day. And a two-part workshop led by Stephen Burns is a rare event and a Darkroomers exclusive.

2 Thumbs Up!


August 19th has been officially designated as World Photo Day by whoever makes these proclamations. It is an international event held each year led by Korske Ara and its origins date back to the invention of the daguerreotype. It was officially designated to be held on the birthdate of the daguerreotype printing press to celebrate the invention of photography and daguerreotype printing as a means to help promote the passion for photography in our communities.

This year World Photo Day landed on a Friday, and it was a near full moon, so the Darkroomers went out for a bonus On Location shoot in cooperation with Night Photography Lovers and the Best Places to Photograph in San Diego. It was a crowded shoreline on Harbor Island which made for some mild Anguish but the moon did not disappoint and the groaning stopped once that bright orange lunar surface started peaking its head above the buildings.


Finally, The Darkroomers ended the month with a Graffiti and Steel Wool shoot as a special On Location event with Night Photography Lovers. The Steel Wool Special was our 5th Wednesday event and a chance to get out of the office and escape the August heat and talk to some folks who have yet to join Darkroomers. We don't get many 5th Wednesdays and we like to pack as much fun as possible into our programs calendar and the steel wool event was a mega-blast.




Don't forget that the theme for this quarter's Quarterly Competition is Anguish and the competition will be held on October 5th at 7:30pm in the Photographic Arts Building. We will be scheduling our Social Media Events soon for this gala event so it is time to kick it into high gear and get out and get some great photos for the competition.

Anguish is one of those topics that you may want to Google and see what kinds of images others have captured on the subject. Babies crying, people in misery, special camera effects and Photoshop work showing people coming apart from the inside are all good ideas for Anguish. The best subject matter for any photograph, however, is one that puts the viewer in an emotional state so keep that in mind when searching for Anguish to photograph.


Our Quarterly Competition program will also feature the photography of Vivian Maier in the documentary: Finding Vivian Maier. Laurie Rubin from ViewBug will also be stopping by with some fabulous prizes and giveaways for those in attendance.


Walk the walk

If you are having trouble finding Anguish then maybe you should think about coming out and exploring the Park with us at the 500px Photowalk. The Park is a great place to find Anguish and we will be there to cover it as it happens... The walk is Saturday, September 17th at 2pm-5pm with a stop at Panama 66 for drinks and snacks.



This just in...

We just added the Scott Kelby Photowalk to our programs calendar for October. The event takes place October 1st from 6:30-9pm and it is going to be an evening shoot in the Park. The walk will comprise several bridges in what we are calling, Bridges Over Balboa Park, and will take walkers over and under 5 bridges in and around the Park. It is filling up fast and we do want a good contingency of Darkroomers so go sign up today!



Alan Hess

Valley View Casino Center house photographer Alan Hess will be stopping by for our September 7th meeting to talk about What Not to do in Photography. He is a former KelbyOne instructor and is a regular presenter at Photoshop World and, fair warning, you are likely to see some shirtless Justin Bieber photos in his presentation.


Club news

all hands on deck

Thanks to all of the Darkroomers who helped clean the building in August. The good news is is that we have met our obligations for cleaning the building for 2016 so we are done for the year. However, we will be cleaning the building again in January on the morning of our Year End Competition. We want the building to sparkle for the judges. So keep your mops wet...

We will work with SCACC and the San Diego Portrait Club, who is scheduled to clean in January, to defer our remaining assigned 2016 cleaning dates until 2017 so that should give us a lighter schedule next year and hopefully beat the heat.

The Darkroomers even clean the outside of the waste baskets...


Rock the vote

Our September 7th meeting will include a vote on comprehensive changes to the Quarterly Competition Rules and Year End Competition Rules which will finally move all rules for competition into the bylaws. The Year End Competition Rules changes were drafted by the Year End Competition Committee and marked up by the Darkroomers Board for your consideration and include some exciting new additions to this year's competition. The Quarterly Competition Rules changes are a Pro-Forma agreement but one significant change will be that we will no longer allow Quarterly Competition winners to be entered into the Year End Competition without first being juried in a monthly exhibition.




SCACC will be meeting in September to ratify changes to its bylaws which are the culmination of changes to its charter under the leadership of SCACC President, Les Anderson. The meeting takes place on September 6th at 7pm in the Photographic Arts Building.


The Photo Artists Camera Club has been dissolved and will no longer be holding regular monthly meetings in the Photographic Arts Building.



Our next bi-monthly Interclub competition will be held on September 20th at 7:30pm in the Photographic Arts Building. While Darkroomers, Poly and Photonaturalists will be submitting their usual 20 images, Fallbrook will be submitting 40 images because they failed to submit their June/July images on time.


point Standings

  1. Poly Photo: 1390 Points
  2. Photonaturalists: 1377 Points
  3. Darkroomers: 1361 Points
  4. Fallbrook: 865 Points



Checkout the new at-a-glance video for a quick overview what's coming up next month and come back and bookmark our programs calendar so you can easily get to the our upcoming programs at a glance on your mobile device or desktop.




Tim Mantoani

Our Judge for September is San Diego legend, Tim Mantoani. Tim told the story of local San Diegans through his photography in the KPBS miniseries, Snapshot, which aired from March 2014 through September 2014. Tim was the creative force that drove: Behind the Photographs Archiving Photographic Legends where Tim used a 235-pound, five-foot-tall, 20-by-24 Polaroid View Camera to capture the true essence of some of the industry's contemporary masters in photography.

Tim is a graduate of the Brooks Institute and former assistant to legendary photographer, Dean Collins, who taught him not only how to see light; but how to control it. Tim has a studio in Little Italy where he does commercial work for the likes of ESPN, EA Sports and Coca Cola.




Photographer's Magic hour


The Motor Transport Museum, or the Rust Museum as it is affectionately known, is offering photographers from around the county the opportunity to come photograph the golden hour and blue hour, using their famous rusted out vehicles and buildings as a backdrop.

This is your opportunity to capture the magic of the museum's after hours--when the trucks really start talking. It is a unique opportunity to meet other photographers and capture that magic moment, just before sunset, when the ambient light provides brilliant colors with a warm glow. Come photograph the old trucks by the light of a full moon and listen to those beasts come to life as the coyote's howl and scream.

September 18th. 5pm-9pm; Motor Transport Museum; Campo CA. RSVP is required. Contact the museum directly for RSVP instructions.



san diego bayfair

San Diego Bayfair's World Series of Powerboat Racing invites over 23 individual racing classes and over 150 high competition teams to deafen the waters of Mission Bay Park. The boats, some racing at speeds over 225 miles per hour, come every year to San Diego because of the outstanding race course conditions and summer weather.

San Diego Bayfair attracts more powerboat racing classes than any other site in the world, and is known as the hallmark event in the nation. The different classes of boats will race on the famed Bill Muncey Memorial Race Course, in honor of the sport's greatest unlimited driver with 62 unlimited wins. The Bill Muncey race course is the fastest race course in the world.

September 16 - 18, East Mission Bay; $20 General Admission.



Miramar Air Show

"Blue Angels over Miramar" by Michael Fairbanks

Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar is once again hosting the largest military Air Show in the country! This year's theme is Celebrating 100 Years of the Marine Corps Reserves.

MCAS Miramar is honored to host an amazing lineup of military and civilian performers and is pleased to welcome back the world famous Blue Angels for what is sure to be another thrilling performance. Civilian Breitling L-39 Jet Team will be performing along with U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, U.S. Army Golden Nights and the amazing Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF).

The flight line will be transformed to accommodate more than 100 military and civilian aircraft, simulation rides, fun for the kids, ride and drives, and a variety of delicious food and beverage offerings for the annual event. September 23-25; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar; Parking and General Admission are Free but Preferred Seating is available for a nominal fee.



The Race at the Base

Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival is Fleet Week San Diego’s marquee event. The event features fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts of all ages at one of the most distinctive race track locations — Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, the birthplace of Naval Aviation. Nowhere else can you see a variety of cars racing on a live runway used by the U.S. Navy. And check out the car show adjacent to the track during the down time to see some really beautiful fast cars.

September 17th & 18th; NAS North Island. General Admission Pricing is $25 in advance, $35 day of. VIP and Winners Circle Passes are available for a nominal fee.


NOTE: This event does take place on an active military installation and has enhanced security restrictions. Make sure that you will be able to get a security clearance to enter before purchasing a ticket online




Each year the San Diego Maritime Museum opens its doors and lets down its sails so that the general public may enjoy the boats in an annual event it calls The Festival of Sail. Oh and several tall schooners from around the world make their way out into the harbor to participate in the biggest tall sailing ship parade on the West Coast. Bring a long lens, sunblock and comfortable shoes. Seven Dollars. Seniors get in for Five.

If you plan to go into the submarines you may want to carry less equipment as walkways and portholes are quite narrow

Labor Day Weekend at the Embarcadero. Get there early as heavy crowds are expected and parking will be a challenge. The Parade of Sail takes place on Friday, September 2nd at 11:30am.



14th annual Vista Viking Festival

If you have ever wondered what it was like to live in Scandinavia in the old times then this festival might be for you. This is a family event so if you have offensive tattoos or cannot resist dressing inappropriately then you probably will want to stay home but if you like jousting and non-drunken Viking singing then you might as well attend. Eight dollars.

September 24th and 25th, Vista Fairgrounds, 2006 E Vista Way, 92084 Vista



julian apple festival

As part of Julian's Apple Days Celebration, a two-day Apple Days Festival will be held September 24 and 25 at Menghini Winery featuring apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children's games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests, and, of course, apple pie. The event runs from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5.



Pacific islander festival

2 days of cultural dance by beautiful local Pacific Islanders and food booths. September 24 and 25. Ski Beach, Mission Bay.



Pirates and mermaids

Oceanside Harbor Days doesn't look like a hugely exciting event but this year it will feature an unlikely pairing of Pirates and Mermaids together in their own village for kids and adults of all ages to enjoy.

September 24th and 25th Oceanside Harbor Beach



The art of brick

Venus de Milo, Augustus and David. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.

Named one of CNN's Top Ten Global Must-See Exhibitions, The Art of the Brick is a critically acclaimed collection of inspiring artworks made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world: the LEGO® brick. Contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya transforms a child's toy into sophisticated art and beyond, in the world's largest display of LEGO art ever.

  • Walk under a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton made out of LEGO bricks.
  • See a re-imagined version of Van Gogh's Starry Night.
  • Create your own LEGO art at the Fit-A-Brick Building Zone.

Get up-close and in-person with the fan favorite, Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cascading from the cavity. At The Art of the Brick, you'll enjoy re-imagined versions of the world's most famous art masterpieces, like Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, as well as a gallery showcasing an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick-infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West.

The Art of the Brick makes its Southern California premiere at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on Friday, September 30, 2016. It will be open daily at 10 a.m. through January 29, 2017. Don't miss it!




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