Volume 1, Number 8
Jeffry Booher, Editor In Chief
A camera, like a guitar, is just a box with a hole in it. Until it is placed in the hands of a true artist, it will not make a music, only noise—Tim Mantoani
From the office of the president
November is here so let us talk about the upcoming Darkroomers election of officers. The first part of our November 30th meeting we will be nominating officers to the club's Board of Directors to serve in 2017. A description of each office and the responsibilities can be found on our website and most of 2016's Board is willing to serve another year but all officers must be nominated whether the officer is running for re-election or not.
Sitting on the Board of Directors is just one way you can give back to the club. All it takes is a one-year commitment and you will be glad you did it. I have been asked by members about some other ways they can give back to the club. Here are some examples:
Sign-up for Photographic Arts Building (PAB) hosting; sign up to bring refreshments; sign up to clean the building, serve a committee, serve on SCACC's board of directors.
SCACC member clubs share the responsibility of hosting the Photographic Arts Building throughout the year when the building's galleries are open to the public. This is a terrific opportunity to engage the public and talk about the club to folks who literally walk in off the street. Darkroomers needs about 6 volunteers a month to fulfill this obligation and, based on our current membership, each member should count on hosting 2-3 times a year--provided all members participate. Look for the 2017-18 sign-up sheet in February.
Another way to contribute to the club is by bringing refreshments to a meeting. In 2017, all members should expect to bring snacks about twice a year but some members do it more often. Look for the 2017 refreshments sign-ups in January.
Serving on a Committee a great way to share your ideas and get involved. Decisions made in committee have a direct effect on club members or processes. This is where you put-up or shut-up. We have several committees which are appointed when necessary: Year End Competition Rules Committee, Programming Committee, etc... Listen up for when we call for committee volunteers at regular club meetings, in e-mail or in the newsletter. We are currently looking for volunteers to sit on the 2017 programming committee. More details can be found later in this newsletter. If you are interested see Jeff or myself.
SCACC meets the first Tuesday of the odd numbered months at 7pm in the Photographic Arts Building. Attending a SCACC meeting and serving on SCACC's Board of Directors is another great way you can give back to Darkroomers. Your representation on the SCACC Board amplifies Darkroomers voice and helps the club get much needed building resources.
I want to encourage you to think about how you can be involved in the club and help make a difference. If you have any questions about the club, the Board of Directors or volunteerism, please free to ask me or any of the other club officers.
ON LOCATION NEWS
just keep walking
Darkroomers hosts two major Photowalks each year: the 500px photowalk and the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk. The 500px walk was already on the books by around mid-September so October was spent wrapping up the Kelby walk.
Despite a police protest in the Park and heavy traffic from the Markers Fair, we had nearly 50 people show up for our annual Scott Kelby Photowalk. We had a special arrangement to with a couple of Light Saber groups to come perform for us and Kim Tiffany gave us a Pixel Stick exhibition that was, unbelievable. Seriously.
bring out your dead
Darkroomers has On Location shoots on the odd months during the year but, this year, our November On Location shoot fell in October because Halloween fell on a Monday. So, The Darkroomers were in Old Town on October 29th for the annual Dia de los Muertos festival.
It was a warm Saturday afternoon in Old Town but, as usual, the spectacle was unprecedented. Drema even came out to enjoy the festivities so you know it was good. We had folks from Meetup and Facebook who joined us plus a surprise visit from our newest member--Ruth Foelber. Best of all, though, none of the photographers in attendance were confused...
OTHER PROGRAM NEWS
The Darkroomers Program Calendar for the 2016 membership year is nearly finished. We still have regular scheduled presentations for November and December and some smaller program outings but our next major programming event will be the Year End Program in January. Our next Weekend Workshop Series Workshop is scheduled for February 2017.
The 2017 Programming Committee is forming now and will be planning the programs calendar for next year. If you would like to participate then send Jeff a note. You will be helping to shape next year's programs which include:
- Weekend Workshops
- On Location Shoots
- Monthly Presentations
- Quarterly Competitions
eye of the tiger
We do have a couple of small outings left this year and, on December 10th, Darkroomers are on Safari so we are heading to the Safari Park. This is a Saturday morning event that will finish out the year and will be our Holiday Extravaganza Event. The festivities begin bright and early--we meet at 8:45am at the gate. We will be coordinating rideshare options, guest passes, parking and lunch at the November 16th meeting.
Underwater Photography expert, Lee Peterson, will be stopping by at our November 2nd meeting to talk about Underwater Photography. Lee will be talking about gear, setups and techniques plus showing a ton of his brilliant work. He even has a book on underwater photography that he will be talking about.
YeAR END PROGRAM NEWS
The Year End Program is in full swing and is coming up fast so start thinking about which images you want to enter for the competition. Remember the rules change this year ratchets down the number of entries per member from fifteen down to ten so you will want to enter your very best work; you also have the affordability of reprinting images--making minor edits considering the judges feedback for the first time ever.
- December 1st -- Call for Entries
- December 31st -- Last day to Enter
- January 4th -- Print submission Entry Date
- January 14th -- Year End Competition
- January 25th -- Year End Awards Ceremony and Dinner
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
The year end program takes about 9 people to run so we need a considerable amount of people to help run the program. We also are cleaning the building the morning of the event so we need a crew to come clean the building to make it look good for the judges.
- 9am Cleaning Crew Arrives to clean the building. Donuts and Coffee are provided. We need 5 volunteers to help clean.
- 11am Year end Crew Briefing.
- 12pm Welcome reception for judges. Drinks and a lunch platter is provided for the crew and judges
- 1-4pm Year end competition
positions to fill
- 2 Curators (the guys that wear the white gloves to show the work)
- 1 Technical Scorer (the guy that reads back the score from entered by the judges into the computer)
- 2 Scorekeepers - 2 people write down the score for each entry
- 1 Referee - someone who oversees the event and challenges any discrepancies in the scoring.
- 1 Runner
- 1 Scoring Assistant
- 1 Score Reviewer
If you are interested in manning a post for the year-end competition then see Jeff otherwise you may get drafted into service.
The categories this year for the year-end competition have some new additions added to its stable of categories for competition.
- Landscape -- see Drema if you need more information...
- Seascapes -- must clearly be sea or ocean themed; lakes, streams, waterfalls, creeks rivers are not seascapes unless they flow into a sea or ocean.
- Monochrome -- in other words, the stuff mentioned in the first section of this newsletter...
- Insects & Wildlife -- this used to be called nature
- People (Studio Indoor) -- studio indoor portrait model
- People (Studio Outdoor) -- studio outdoor portrait model
- People (Other) -- street photography, action, sports
- Other -- composites, still-life, photo-manipulations, abstracts, astrophotography, macrophotography, and anything else that doesn't fit in the other 7 categories listed above.
The Board of Directors had their final meeting for the 2016 membership year to discuss what we should do about the dues for 2017 and the board decided to keep the dues at $45 for another year.
Hail to the chief
November is when we call for nominations for club officers so October is a good time to get to know your clubmates and start thinking about who you would like to lead the club into the 21st century--or lead us into 2018 anyway. The call for nominations will be on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016. This is a 5th Wednesday meeting. It is also a quarterly competition night.
current club officers
- President: Terri Thompson
- Vice-President: Jeffry Booher
- Treasurer: Drema Swader
- Secretary: Nancy Varga
- Program Chair: Jeffry Booher
- Newsletter Editor: Jeffry Booher
- Webmaster: Jeffry Booher
- Recruitment Chair: Antonio Croft
- Meeting Room Display Chair: Michael Fairbanks
- Interclub Competition Chair: Drema Swader
If you are interested in one of these offices then get a fellow club member to nominate you.
Terri Thompson and Antonio Croft are resigning their posts at the end of the 2016 membership year so we need nominees to fill their offices for 2017. If there is someone you would like to nominate then bring their name forward at the November 30th meeting. As many of you already know, Michael Fairbanks is retiring to the tropical paradise of Buffalo, New York later in the year. His office will be appointed by the next president when he retires.
Membership Applications and dues for the 2017 membership year will be accepted starting at the November 2nd meeting. For those members who wish to serve on the Board of Directors, dues must be paid on or before the December 7th meeting or your name will be withdrawn.
Tales from the SCRIPT
Two photos submitted by Darkroomer, Dick Hodgman, to the North County Photographic Society's 2016 Members' Show won recognition: Bonobo won Nature - 3rd Place and Osprey won Nature - Honorable Mention. Both photos also received nods in Darkroomers 2015 Year End Competition.
image critique is one of the most valuable things a Darkroomers membership provides
Dick notes that his image, Osprey, was refused the first time it was entered into exhibition at Darkroomers but he took the critique to heart, reworked it and made it into an award winning image. Congratulations Dick!
New gallery lighting has been installed throughout and it looks tremendous! Just a valiant effort by SCACC and special thanks to Les Anderson, Mary Anderson and Dave Poplawski for making it happen! As a result, new track was added to extend the lighting to cover areas that had previously not been lit and moved outside of the fans to reduce the strobe effect in the Darkroomers gallery.
Demolition is set to begin to the backroom to remove the asbestos flooring on Tuesday, November 1st--at which time the bathrooms may be inaccessible. The nearest bathrooms open at night are in the Prado. This is just in time for our November 2nd meeting. Remediation is scheduled to be completed around November 19th so hopefully the inconvenience will be kept to a minimum.
The contractors will be moving through the building, remediating the flooring, but the schedule and process has yet to be determined.
The SCACC Board of Directors met in October and approved a spending measure to replace all of the fixtures in the bathrooms, including a new vanity. No timeline was given on when the fixtures will be installed.
The next Interclub Competition will be held on November 15th at 7:30pm in the Photographic Arts Building. This will be the last competition for the year so this is our last chance to get some winning photos in and bring home the points.
We still have a shot at second place!
- Poly Photo: 1863 Points
- Photonaturalists: 1817 Points
- Darkroomers: 1794 Points
- Fallbrook: 1750 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.
This quarter's competition brought in the largest crowd that we had ever seen. Many of our visitors came from the 500px and Kelby walks but most of our visitors had images that were showing in our walk exhibition. 8 members submitted 13 images--5 of which were Monochrome. There were 32 guests in attendance and 29 ballots were counted.
The theme for the quarter was Anguish and some folks found it rather difficult to find subject matter that was, well, anguishing.