January 2019

Volume 4, Number 1

Jeffry Booher, Editor In Chief

I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs―Wayne Miller

this just in...

Jeffry Booher

Some of you may have noticed that I have been slow with getting the January 2019 newsletter out the door. I think it is important that we all resolve our resolutions for the new year and, for me, this means shooting more. I only submitted three photos to Darkroomers exhibitions last year, and one of those photos was from a shoot I did in 2017. I have decided that 2019 is going to be a comeback year for me photographically so I am trying to shoot more often.

Focusing more of my time on photography undoubtedly means that I will need to give up some of my obligations to the club. Many of you are aware that I have bequeathed the programming responsibilities to Rich Strobel for 2019, and Interclub will now be the purview of Terri Thompson. A short sabbatical from my desk job to focus on photography, compounded with the Year End Competition, pushed the priority of writing this month's edition of In Focus to the bottom of my stack. The new year also brought me a nasty cold―which sucked because we have had some killer sunsets and sunrises.

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2019 will be my final year as club president. It is vital that we maintain continuity of government so the search for my replacement begins today.

How can you help contribute?

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La Jolla Sunset by Richard Strobel

Congratulations to Rich Strobel. His image, La Jolla Sunset, was awarded Best in Show the past weekend. Rich's image will hang in the Grand Foyer Gallery next year and will go on to compete for the Nelson Award in March at the SCACC Interclub Year End Competition.

If you did not attend the annual Darkroomers event, and judging by the attendance, you did not, then you might want to head over to the website and see if you were a winner.

Winning photos from the competition will hang in Darkroomers Gallery until mid March but honorable mentions will only hang as long as space permits.

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We only hang the images of those who membership with the club

December's exhibition will hang in the gallery for those who have continued their membership in 2019.

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For those members who will not be returning in 2019, your prints must be removed from the building by January 31st. Any photos entered into Darkroomers Year End Competition can be picked up the January 30th meeting. Unclaimed images may be subject to destruction.

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Food for thought

While the competition as a whole ran very smooth this year, some of you submitted prints which had not-so-sturdy backings. Those prints started to warped. This made them difficult to hang in our gallery but, more importantly, the judges were not at all lenient. Take this into consideration in your mounting moving forward. If you find that you have prints that are buckling or warping then you should consider a more sturdy backing for your prints.

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taco wednesday

While Darkroomers is a competitive and prestigious photography club, in its core, it is a social club. We all joined to make friends, learn and laugh.

The Year End Banquet is when we let our hair down, turn off our cameras, pump up the jam, laugh, and sing songs with each other. The tequila will be flowing and the tacos will be twirling (presumably once you have had enough tequila) on January 23rd.

There is still time to RSVP at the January 16th meeting. It is $40 per person, $80 if you want to bring a guest but, more importantly, it's a great way to relax, share the night with friends, and reminisce about the year we spent together. We also have hundreds of dollars in giveaways from Adobe, Nelson Photo, and others... Come share a taco and a laugh with your clubmates. Everybody wins!

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quarterly update

We were doing things a little differently this year. The Programming Committee has drawn all 4 quarters worth of themes so that programs can be designed to support the quarterly competitions.

Here are the dates and themes for the quarters―the rules state, however, that you must shoot the photo for each theme during the quarter in which the theme is assigned.

  • 4/3/2019 Quarterly Competition: Motion Blur
  • 7/31/2019 Quarterly Competition: City Street Scenes
  • 10/2/2019 Quarterly Competition: Windows
  • 12/4/2019 Quarterly Competition: Still Life

Programs are being planned for each of the themes so stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, Motion Blur is the theme. 2019 is going to be a fun year!

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Tanya had a change of heart and will continue on as secretary. Thank you so much for staying on, Tanya!

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renew and refresh

The club is still accepting membership applications for the 2019 membership year. The good news is, dues will remain at $45 and we have the application online for you to fill in, print, sign and bring to a meeting along with your check for $45 (payable to Darkroomers).

One thing that you might find that is new is that we are asking all members to obtain a gmail account so that we can share documents with you more easily. Many of you already use gmail or have a gmail account so this is nothing new but, for those of you who have yet to do it, it will allow us to share google documents with you and allow you to collaborate with us on key functions of the club. This is not a necessary step for you to take to become a member but we are requiring those of you in leadership positions to have a gmail account and we would like for all members to have a gmail account so that we may share our document library with you. We strive for transparency. We love google. We admit it.


Rich has yet to flesh out the programs calendar for the year but we can tell you that this year is going to be different in many ways. One of the things you can do as members is ask yourself what kinds of programs you want and forward that information to Rich Strobel. He has a Darkroomers email address rich@darkroomers.com. Let him know what you want to do this year! He is ready for your feedback...

For the new members, Tanya Solorio will be leading a photowalk and new member orientation on January 30th. If you are interested in attending the walk, then send her a note at tssapphire1@gmail.com. If you find yourself a little overwhelmed by all the things we do around here then you will certainly want to come to the January 30th meeting as veterans from the club will explain the various competitions, exhibitions and events that we hold throughout the year.

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scacc news

SCACC has started the process of looking for nominees for officers for the 2019-2020 calendar year. If you have what it takes to fix the plumbing, turn on the heat, and patch the roof, then consider yourself nominated.

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Ellyn Norris

Our Judge for January is Ellyn Norris. Ellyn is an assistant professor in the photography program for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and leads photography adventures to Iceland and Nepal a couple times a year.

I enjoy the balance between photography and education assignments along with her travels to photograph obscure and inspiring landscapes

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

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Jeffry Booher, Editor in Chief

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Jeffry Booher, President • David Poplawski, Vice President • Terri Thompson, Treasurer • Tanya Solorio, Secretary



Richard Strobel

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