Bonneville Salt Flats Photoshoot Proves a Success

Everyone brings a different set of expectations and a dose of uncertainty to this event. We worry about weather, having the right equipment, and whether we’ll have enough talented folks to fill our frames. Happily, all concerns were washed away with a very successful event on Saturday, September 29th.

In some ways, it boggles the mind with all the photo opportunities the Salt Flats shoot presented. On site were a large inventory of props that included everything from religious statues, a girls’ bicycle, picture frames, a door, luggage, furniture and even a canoe. Add to that twenty or more models, dancers, other performers and the remarkable backdrop of the Salt Flats and there were more subjects to shoot than time to shoot them.

As hoped, we were able to capture the rising full moon in many of our images as shown nearby. Using flash on the subjects was a challenge, but the results were truly spectacular.

Based on positive sentiment expressed this year, we’ll definitely be putting another Bonneville Salt Flats Photoshoot on the calendar for next.


As always, thanks to all of the club’s directors who put it together, especially, Chris Miller and Jim Berneike. Great job.




Introduction-to-Intermediate Lightroom Workshop

Photo courtesy John BallardJoin us Tuesday, October 9th for our Introduction-to-Intermediate Lightroom Workshop. John Ballard will cover a number of topics:

  • What is Lightroom?
  • What is new in LR 4?
  • Importing from your camera
  • Photo organization
  • Editing images
  • Exporting images
  • Modules: Map, Book, Slideshow, Print, Web
  • Metadata
  • Filtering



Whether you are novice Lightroom user or an old hand at it, there will be something for you at this workshop. Bring your laptop and follow along.

Where: SLC Downtown Library, Conference Room B

When: Tuesday, October 9th

Shooting Off-Camera Flash Workshop: Part Deux

September 12th, Wednesday evening, starting at 6pm, Doug Pizac will direct us in a follow-up to his earlier "Shooting Off-Camera Flash Workshop." This session will be hands-on, so bring your cameras and flash units, if you have any. We will meet outside on the west plaza of Salt Lake's main library.

Challenging us will be strong light and long shadows (the sun will be setting at 7:40) and distracting passers-by. That's okay as this is a working session. You will also get practice in directing the models (that will be us).

Join us for the 2012 Bonneville Salt Flats Photoshoot

The Bonneville Salt Flats are perhaps one of the most visually striking landscapes in Utah. The bright white salt playa and mountain ranges beyond offer photographers a rare canvas upon which to create epic images. You will have this opportunity on September 29th!

Interested? Want more details? 

Read on...



Photographer of the Year Named, Others Advance

Welcome to the club’s New Year. While there are no party hats, we were quite successful last year and if you missed my in-depth e-mail you can read it here.

One of the most productive accomplishments during the last year was our successful series of competitions. Participants of all skill levels received many benefits that stretched well beyond taking first, second or third. Everyone in attendance gained by hearing the critiques of images by knowledgeable third party judges and that feedback is critical in bettering our photographs. We also grew by having deadlines that made us get out and shoot and then work up our best shots for entry. Needless to say competitions have made a difference in the quality of our work.

Early Morning Alpine Scenery at Lake Mary Fieldtrip

Join the Wasatch Camera Club members for a morning hike to Lake Mary within the Brighton Lakes trail system at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. We will take advantage of the early morning light around both Lake Mary and Dog Lake, both of which should offer interesting mountain scenery and landscapes (and perhaps some wildlife and cooler temperatures).

WHEN/WHERE: Meet at 6:30 AM, Saturday, August 25 in the parking area immediately next to the Brighton Center building (look for ski map signs and signboards). Directions: Go up Big Cottonwood Canyon to the end where Brighton Ski resort is located. Pass the Brighton store and follow the one way road around to the right until you see the large parking area for Brighton ski area/center.

***ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking shoes/boots are recommended, as well as water and snack and clothes for range of temperatures. This hike is approximately 1 mile (one way) and climbs 800 feet, beginning at an elevation of 8,700 feet.  Your most powerful Zoom and telephoto lens will be helpful.  Wide-angle lenses and tripods will also be useful. The trail is reasonably well maintained, but somewhat steep and slippery at some points. Toilets are located at the Recreation area center, just past the Brighton Store on the right side of the road (as well as at the Brighton store itself). Sunrise is at 6:48am.


Composition Module & Workshop: Creating Maximum Visual & Emotional Impact

Have you wondered why some pictures are more appealing than others?  Have you wondered why some photographers consistently win the praises of judges and critics? In many cases it is because of excellent composition. This workshop is all about successful composition.

Our own Skip Weeks will present 15 elements of photographic composition that will make your images more dramatic, engaging, and appealing. Skip will lay the foundation for your understanding of the power of composition by discussing such basics as the Rule of Thirds, then move on to touch upon framing, cropping, symmetry and many other elements of good composition. If you are in the Wasatch Camera Club Mentoring program you won’t want to miss this as it is one of the modules. But, we are also presenting it as a Workshop so all members are invited to attend.

Date/time: August 7, 7-9pm

Location: SLC Main Library

RSVP:  workshops(AT)wasatchcameraclub(dot)com




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