Volume 1, Number 2
Elizabeth Sanchez, Editor In Chief
Jeffry Booher, Contributing Editor
Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst ― Henri Cartier-Bresson
From the office of the president
As my first quarter as President wraps up, I reflect on the club's accomplishments of the year so far to date
Constitution and ByLaws Changes
The board knew it could not make any changes to the Constitution without the required 3/4th’s majority to vote in favor of a change--something the club has been unsuccessful in getting in the past. Therefore we instituted the proxy system whereby a vote can be cast by the board on behalf of a member who chooses not to vote, thereby ensuring that we get the required number of votes in order to ratify a change.
In my first quarter, we added the office of Secretary to our club’s constitution. It is now affixed into the club’s charter and a permanent addition to our board of directors. Thank you for helping make this very important change!
I would also like to thank Josi Ross for stepping in and recording the minutes of the club’s activities when the club needed critical decisions made on the record and the club had yet to establish the office of secretary.
Thank you, Josi
It has been my goal to ensure that members are fully informed of all club initiatives and activities. In addition to meeting briefs, Jeff has made it easier for members to get information from the Darkroomers web site. This includes more details about upcoming events, galleries of winning images, links to issues of In Focus, competition scores and quarterly competition standings. We also keep many important club documents on the web site such as membership forms, our constitution, bylaws and competition rules.
The club also wanted a change to the Newsletter. You voted to give a name to the Newsletter, In Focus, and, with Jeff's help, the Newsletter has a new face. The Newsletter is now uses free software from Adobe so future editors of the newsletter need not install any special software on their computer in order to take on the role of Newsletter Editor.
The board is working on a budget and looking at ways to reduce our overhead and expenses. We are also looking at how we can supplement our cash reserves by bringing in donations through programs like the Orphaned Fine Art Print Program which was launched last month.
Member participation in our quarterly competition was the highest we have seen since it was rebooted last year and Jeff has really put together a solid year of exciting programs that really makes Darkroomers one of the best photography clubs in San Diego. I think this is really an exciting year for us: the club had its first overnight trip (thanks to Rich, Jeff and Elizabeth for helping me coordinate this) and Larry Vogel for leading a focus stacking workshop--another first for Darkroomers. We held our first ever cross-club workshop with Poly Photo on mounting and matting and we are working on future cross-club workshops and initiatives.
The programs calendar was built based on your feedback but there is a lot of passion from the steering committee and committee chairs to help ensure that the programs we offer are fresh and exciting. Member participation in Darkroomers programs and events is a testament to the quality of our programming.
A new method for image submission to the Monthly SCACC Interclub Competition was designed by Drema to allow the club to be more competitive. Members vote on images which they feel are the strongest and the top 10 are then entered into the Monthly SCACC Interclub Competition--subject to Interclub rules, of course. This has engaged the membership in the competition more intimately and allowed for more diverse member participation which is based on merit.
At the time of this writing we are 42 members strong which, I am told, is the most we have had in many years. The rising popularity of Darkroomers is undoubtedly due to the hard work that the board puts into bringing you quality programs and promoting a competitive environment that fosters growth. But we could not do this without the support of the membership. The club's accomplishments are a result of your guidance, participation, and dedication.
Thank you for making darkroomers great
Weekend Workshop news
The Darkroomers Weekend Workshop Series is in full swing and we had a packed house in April for our Focus Stacking workshop. Darkroomers got fully immersed into the world of super-sharp realities using Helicon Remote and Helicon Focus with instruction by Larry Vogel--who was also on hand to help with lighting setups and to answer questions.
This is the second year that the Darkroomers has held a Focus Stacking workshop and, just like last year, we found ourselves reaching capacity very quickly with 15 participants and 6 workstations for folks to work and practice focus stacking.
The results were some stunning images and more fun than one should be legally allowed to have at a Darkroomers workshop! So, if you missed it, we will probably have it again next year so watch for that announcement and sign up early.
Our next Weekend Workshop will be a hands-on learning experience and total immersion into the mysterious world of Tabletop Reflections and Abstract Lighting with Abstract Lighting expert Rick Wiley.
If you like abstract lighting and tabletop inanimate reflections or both, and we know you do, then our Abstract Lighting and Tabletop Reflections workshop is for you. You will learn some crazy abstract lighting techniques with this workshop. You will also have an opportunity to experiment with different kinds of lighting applications. But, most of all, you are going to have a lot of fun.
We are going to have 8 workstations with different lighting effects for you to play with including a fun portrait lighting setup that will be special and different.
Equipment you will need to bring:
- Remote Shutter Release
- Macro Lens or Medium telephoto
- Speed light and Diffuser (optional)
This limited seating workshop takes place on Saturday, June 11th at 9:30am in the Photographic Arts Building and is open to both Poly Photo and Darkroomers members in good standing. This is going to be a popular event and will fill up quickly so you must sign-up online in order to attend. We are also asking participants to stay after and help cleanup.
other program news
Our program in May will include a presentation on May 4th entitled, The Art of Fine Art Photography, presented by San Diego City College Professor, N. David King. If you want to better understand the technical and the compulsory concepts of what differentiates a Snapshot from Fine Art then you will want to come listen to what Professor King has to say. There will be a portraiture aspect to the program and he will be engaging new technology to give us his take on what the future brings for the world of Fine Art.
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The Darkroomers are once again On Location in May--this time in San Juan Capistrano for a Day at the Mission on May 21st.
We will meet and carpool from the Old Town Transit Center at 7:30am and travel up to the Mission. We will make a second stop at the Park and Ride at the 5 and Carmel Valley Road for for those living north of the city. For those that want to drive straight to the Mission, we will meet as a group at the Starbucks across from the Mission at 8:45am and then head over at 9am. The Mission opens at 9am so we will be able to get right on to the grounds and photograph the mission while there are few people there. Lunch will be promptly at 1pm and we will head over to the Historic San Juan Capistrano Train Depot after lunch. We will shoot around the train depot and and the surrounding areas and then meet for dinner at 5pm. After dinner we will drive to the San Clemente Pier and catch the sunset then depart for San Diego around 8pm.
Itineraries will be sent to those who sign up online or at the May 4th or May 18th meetings. If you'd still like to go on the trip but didn't sign up please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org so we know that you will be attending.
Hail to the chief
This will be my final issue as Newsletter Editor. It was not that long ago that I volunteered to take over the Newsletter. I thought it would be a great way of finding out what was going on around San Diego: Photo Opportunities, Events, Museum Exhibits, Competitions and other Events around town.
It became clear, after a few issues, that writing the newsletter was my creative outlet for helping members of the club. I enjoyed writing about upcoming events and learning about the upcoming judges but I think I liked the in-depth writing about the workshops and field trips the most.
Stepping down from Editor in Chief of the Newsletter will allow me to go to more workshops and learn about new software programs such as Lightroom, Helicon and Photoshop. But I will be spending the coming months traveling to Puerto Rico and Massachusetts attending to family matters--taking pictures along the way.
state of the secretary
Last month we passed much needed legislation to add a new officer to the club's charter to fulfill the duties of secretary and the club affirmed Nancy Varga to the post. Nancy has served as the club's secretary since she was confirmed by the membership in February but in a non-voting board member capacity. Nancy has served the office well and the addition of Secretary to the club's charter will designate her extraordinary and plenipotentiary. Congratulations Nancy!
May is Darkroomer's month to clean the Photographic Arts Building and, as usual, we need all hands on deck--that means you need to come help clean the building. Our May cleaning event is Sunday, May 15th at 9am so come and help your fellow Darkroomers make the building shine.
The Board of Directors met to discuss the next round of changes to the club's governing documents and changes to competition and exhibition rules are next in line to be reviewed and amended. Watch for changes to hit your mailboxes soon.
The Board also discussed penning a budget and forming committees to do things for the club such as finding new ways to hang the galleries.
The Quarterly Themed competition series kicked off in April and saw huge success with 13 members submitting 23 images; 6 of which were monochrome entries.
It was great to see new-comers Joyce Muscat and Osia Strasner jump right in and compete but it was a huge surprise when long time member Angie Crompton submitted an image to the quarterly competition for the very first time and placed second in the Color Division.