Winter Steam Festival Field Trip - Sunday, Dec-28

Long-time club member Lloyd Blackburn will be hosting a December field trip to Golden Spike National Historic Site for a peek back into our nation's history.

This field trip will allow us some unique opportunities on special Engine House tours with the locomotive crew.  Visitors will also be able take some unique images, participate in ranger programs, and ride on the site's handcar and speeder (weather permitting).  Due to mandatory maintenance and safety checks of the engines,  this year will NOT offer the experience of seeing the locomotives run and produce steam in cold temperatures.

Meetup and car-pool location will be at the Woods Cross Kmart parking lot near the 2600 S exit from I-15 at 7:45 am.  From here the drive to Golden Spike NHS is approximately 1.5 hours.  There will be a tour of the engine service facility beginning at 10:00 am, and a second at 1:00 pm.  You may want to consider bringing lunch with you.  We plan to be back at the Kmart parking lot around 3:30 - 4:00.

Fee information: $5.00 per vehicle (another good reason to car-pool!)

For more information on Golden Spike National Historic Site and location see the NPS website.

Please RSVP to: Lloyd Blackburn at  his email, or questions 801-403-5280

Wildlife Photography Workshop on Monday 17-Nov

On Monday, November 17th, local photographer Rob Daugherty will be presenting a workshop on wildlife photography.

Rob takes frequent trips to our nation’s most picturesque National Parks include Yellowstone, the Tetons, Arches, Zion, Canyonlands, Bryce, and Capitol Reef, as well as numerous state parks, wildlife refuges and bird sanctuaries to capture fantastic portrait and environmental shots of our nation's wildlife. He leads in-field workshops to most of these areas also.

Rob will share technical information as well as give you the low-down on what lenses to use, when to shoot, how to find wildlife, where to go, what to look for, and what not to do. He will also, of course, be sharing some of his gorgeous photography!

Join us at 6:30 on Monday, 17-November at the downtown SLC Library. Due to popular demand, we have moved the workshop to Conference Room 4 (on 4th Floor)!

To read more about Rob and see his portfolio check out his website.

Don't let this one get away from you!





Utah Wilderness 50 Exhibit Presentation

Join us on November 5th for a presentation at the Natural History Museum of Utah. The museum is currently hosting an exhibit of 50 photographs in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. On hand to lead our ’tour’ of these images will be renowned photographer and writer Stephen Trimble (who was also one of the judges for the contest), exhibit designer and curator Tim Lee, and Jeff Clay, the Coordinator of the exhibit.

Steve will focus on what it took to be selected as one of the 50 winning images. He will discuss photographic concepts such as composition, subject matter, and emotional impact. Tim will describe how to put together an exhibit that leads the viewer through a storyline. Jeff will talk about the genesis and significance of the exhibit and provide insights on the image selection process. Also, hopefully at least a few of the club photographers that were fortunate to place in the exhibit will also be on hand to personally discuss their images.

Where: Natural History Museum of Utah. Purchase your museum tickets and then meet in the Canyon, the large open space on the first floor up from the ticket counter. If you arrive late, proceed directly to the Sky Gallery on the 5th floor.

When: November 5th, 6:30-9pm  

Museum Cost: Adult, $13; 65+, $11; Free to members.

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Starry Starry Night on Mirror Lake: CLOSED FOR REGISTRATION

Very quickly we have surpassed expectations in the number of people who have signed up for this fieldtrip. Therefore we have closed the registration. Considering how popluar night time photography has become, it is likely that another one will be on the Bulletin sometime in the future! 

Join us on Saturday, October 25th, for a Milky Way shoot at  Mirror Lake Recreation area. That evening we will capture the Milky Way reflecting in several beautiful little lakes. For anyone that has never photographed the stars there will be a "how to" session before we head out. This could be great learning experience you have never done this kind of shooting.

This field trip will be on a "go/no go" basis just in case the weather doesn't cooperate and the skies are overcast. Check on the website the Friday before to see if the fieldtrip has been canceled. There will also be an email sent out on Friday the 24th to everyone that registers, letting everyone know if the trip is still on or not (weather permitting).

What to bring: Widest angle lens you own. The best lens is about 14-24mm for full frame bodies and 8-16mm for compact sensor bodies. Tripod and cable release if you own one. Flashlight, best kind are the multi-color headlamp flashlight. Bring WARM clothes including gloves and warm cap for your head, it could be very chilly up there since Mirror Lake area is above 10,000 ft elevation and it is late October. 

Where and When: We will meet that evening at 6 PM at the Mirror Lake campground parking area at the picnic sites and boat launch (see map). For anyone that would like to carpool meet at the UTA Park & Ride at 4PM and carpool (3498 E 3900 S). We will plan to start shooting at around 8:30 and finish by midnight, though if you want to leave earlier or later, that is fine as well.

Tips for shooting: Please read Royce Bair site for tips on shooting the Milky Way.

Take a High Road to China

When Yi Huang, a WCC member, proposed a photography trip to her native China, we weren't sure if there would be many takers. Yet, two club members joined her for a trip to China for very special trip that included Yi’s home city of Guiyang, located Southwest part of China. Tibet was also part of this adventure.

We'll see their best images and hear their stories.

Thursday, October 16, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

City Library, 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, Conf. Rm. B






2014 Bonneville Salt Flats Photoshoot CANCELLED

Sadly, we have elected to cancel the Bonneville Salt Flats Photoshop due to weather-related causes. Recent storms and cool weather have left the Flats with standing water. Based largely on information from the Bureau of Land Management it appears the Flats will not have time to dry out before October 11th.  This is the second year the club has had to cancel the event, but we are not alone. This year's Speed Week has had to reschedule it's events twice.

The Leadership Committee is working a smaller, similar photo opportunity and we will announce it when details are finalized. Otherwise, we'll see you on the Flats in 2015.    

Astro-, Infrared-, Time-Lapse Photography Workshop

Clarence Spencer will conduct an information-rich workshop on astro- and star photography, infrared photography and time-lapse photography. Clarence is the owner of Spencer’s Camera & Photo of Alpine, UT. He specializes in camera and photographic equipment repair, infrared and astronomy camera modifications and forensic camera modifications.  His work has been used by virtually every US federal agency including NASA.  One of his custom astromodified cameras was completed for NASA Astronaut Don Pettit for use onboard the International Space Station and is currently still in flight.  Clarence has experience in Infrared Photography, Astrophotography and Time-lapse photography and regularly teaches one-on-one classes regarding each method.  Almost every weekend he can be found in the west desert or high mountain clear air of Utah photographing everything on and above the earth. He will bring gear and equipment and will focus on the 'how-to' aspects of this fascinating areas of photography.   

When: 23-September 6:30-9pm
Where: SLC Downtown Library

Infrared Timelapse - B&W and Color IR - I from Spencer's Camera & Photo on Vimeo.

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