February 2020

Volume 5, Number 2

Jeffry Booher, Editor In Chief

When you’re through learning, you’re through―Will Rogers

executive time

Angela Andrieux

Imposter Syndrome is a pervasive feeling of self-doubt, insecurity, or fraudulence despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. It is extremely prevalent among artists, especially when we start putting our artwork out into the world beyond the safety of family and close friends.

I believe it goes hand in hand with the four stages of learning:

  1. Unconscious Incompetence
  2. Conscious Incompetence
  3. Conscious Competence
  4. Unconscious Competence

Imposter syndrome tends to hit somewhere between the second and third stage when you realize you are a small fish in a big pond, and that there is so much more that you can learn about your craft. The best way I have found to keep Imposter Syndrome at bay is to never stop being a student in the art and craft of photography.

If you are new to Darkroomers, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed at the talent in the group. Trust me, none of us became good overnight. The veteran members have worked for years to improve their art. They are still here because they recognize that even though they are good, there is always room for improvement.

The beauty of a group like Darkroomers is that you have the opportunity to put your work out there in a supportive environment, get critiques from professionals, and training from your peers and professionals who come to present at our meetings and workshops.

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Up Up Away by David Poplawski

The 2019 Year End Competition is officially in the books and this year it is a bigger book. The competition was completed in record-time―especially considering it had 4 more categories than it did in previous years. There were some 119 entries which is almost 40 more images than last year. The judges did their thing while the images just sat there looking pretty.

Shout out to David Poplawski who walked away the big winner this year with his Monochrome rendition Up Up Away. This is Dave's second appearance at the top of the pyramid as his image, Side View, took home top honors just a few years ago. It was newcomer Shyamsundar Pal China, however, who walked away with the most wins. Shyam not only won 3-First Place nods but he got 2-Second Place finishes, and 2=Honorable Mentions. Congratulations Shyam!

Fairy Tail Pony by Angie Crompton

Veteran award winner, Angie Crompton, walked away with the first ever sponsor award which comes with a bunch of money... The judges also gave a nod to Dave Poplawski for his image, Up Up Away, which the awarded Best in Show. Up Up Away moves on to the SCACC year end competition to compete for the Nelson Award.

Checkout the complete gallery of winners on our website. You may be a winner...

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fun time

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We roll with the punches in February and kick off the Weekend Workshop Series with our annual matting workshop Saturday, February 8th. You must be a member to attend this workshop as it is a hands-on event and space will be limited. The workshop begins at 9am in the Photographic Arts Building but get there early so you can help out and get set up. Bring an image that you would like to mat as a practice piece and a small donation to cover the cost of materials. This is a great opportunity to learn how to mat your photos even if you are not planning on doing your own matting right away.

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the streets of san diego

Dana Levine

Our program for February is an in depth look at Street Photography by Brooklyn native, Dana Levine.

Dana spent her professional years as a science educator in the New York metropolitan area but she retired to San Diego where she became an artist, photographer, and art lecturer.

Dana drew much of her inspiration from her cousin and San Diego resident photojournalist, Arthur Lavine, whom she met after retiring in San Diego. Collectively, their photojournalistic work spans several decades but they have a remarkably similar style.

Dana's contemporary street photographs have been featured in galleries around the world. The subject matter, compositional elements, and emotional content help us see life in a different way and we are excited to have Dana come present her work and talk about the history and techniques of Street Photography.

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Teddy Bear by Jeff Booher

Each year we take two overnight trips. These are major productions. Planning takes a lot of effort by volunteers who plan the trips. These folks do everything from planning meals to getting deals and arranging guided tours. This is one of the benefits of your membership.

This year our Spring Spectacular is a trip to Joshua Tree National Park during the month of March. You can expect great weather with some interesting clouds for sunsets and winter water for reflections. You can trust that the schedule will be action packed and brutal as the days are short but we plan for fun and great photos. The fun starts on March 11th but you need to start booking your hotel rooms now. This is a 4 day off-road adventure so let Angela or Jeff know if you plan to attend so your name can be added to the list.

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on safari

Hang Time by Jeff Booher

Darkroomers will be driving the motorcade through the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Monday, February 17th. Meet at the front entrance at 8:45A

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Mount Rushmore by Jeff Booher

We begin 2020 with the First Quarter totally Out of Focus. Most of us take at least one out of focus photo a day and now is your chance to make good use of it and we think you will all be winners... But, in case you are just so good that your photos always have sharp, critical focus, there is the camera blur feature in Photoshop or you can just setup for a long exposure, click the shutter and toss your camera onto the bed and see what happens...

Out of Focus is the theme and the competition takes place on April 29th at 7P.

Photos you enter into the Quarterly Competitions must have been taken during the quarter they were entered. This means they must have EXIF data that shows they were taken during 2020...

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john's ladder

John Weigel

John Weigel will be stepping in as Vice President of Buildings in 2020 so if the building is too hot or too cold, please see John. His first order of business, however, will be to fix the lights in Darkroomers' gallery. Thank you John!

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shot in the park

Every year SCACC has been a sponsor of the California State Parks Juried Exhibition, A Shot in the Park. This is a highly coveted event with prizes and winning photos will hang in the California State Parks' Liberty Station Art Gallery. The gallery is located in the California State Parks office at Liberty Station―Barracks 26.

The deadline for submission is Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 11:59pm. The show will open on Friday, May 1, 2020 in conjunction with First Friday and run through the summer. Prizes for Best in Show and People's Choice will be awarded.

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Greg Klamt

Greg Klamt is our judge for the month of February. Greg has spent his life creating and combining media—images, words, and sound—to tell stories and help others tell theirs, to engage, inform, and inspire audiences through Art, Design, Music, Photography, Animation, Performance, and more. He thrives equally well in the realms of artistry and creativity, technical problem solving, and project management.

I make things that are Beautiful, Meaningful, and Useful


  • Won numerous awards in Fine Art & Photography Exhibitions
  • Composed & recorded music CD’s with Spotted Peccary Music
  • Performed in 12 theatrical shows in San Diego, including my original songs
  • Created multi-media projections for theatre
  • Wrote articles for several books and gave presentations on Digital Art and Design, including the Photoshop Wow Book, Secrets of Award Winning Digital Artists, etc.
  • Judge for photography and fine art at the International Exhibition of Photography, Darkroomers, Poly Photo, Offtrack Gallery, etc.
  • Public Speaking & Leadership, Toastmasters: Advanced Communicator Bronze, Advanced Leader Bronze

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Jeffry Booher, Editor in Chief

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Jeff Booher, Angie Crompton, David Poplawski