Waterfowl Shooting: Farmington Bay Early Morning Field Trip

Waterfowl on Farmington Bay (Saturday, April 21, 2012)

It’s a morning on Farmington Bay to photograph a variety of migrating and resident waterfowl at the wildlife management area and adjacent Great Salt Lake Nature Center. We anticipate starting the morning by taking advantage of early light at the nature center ponds and then moving over to explore the management area with the possibility of special access to some of the management area dikes (normally closed during nesting season). We thank Nature Center volunteer, and avid birder and club member, Deedee O’Brien who will serve as our host.

WHEN/WHERE: Meet at 7:30 AM, Saturday, April 21 at the parking area next to the gate for the Nature center road on Glover Lane (1700 W 925 S). Directions: The Glover Lane parking area is just west of the intersection of Glover Lane and 1525 S, west of I-15 and Legacy Highway in Farmington (click on “driving directions” on the Center's site). 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Your most powerful zoom and telephoto lens will be most helpful. Easy short to moderate hiking on flat dirt roads. If you are a new member and haven’t completed your application, please do so before attending. The waiver in the application must be signed.

COST: Free Please RSVP to fieldtrip@wasatchcameraclub.com.

CONTACT: Chris Miller (801-389-2500

Photographers Urged to Make Emotional Connection

Top landscape photographer David Muench pushed past the technical side of photography to make the case for an “emotional connection” with landscape subjects.  While he has made the leap to digital image making the important point in his lecture was be open to the changing conditions in outdoor settings and respond with your feelings to what you see. David presented numerous vivid examples of his approach and was particularly enthusiastic about his recent Bristlecone work.  

David attributed his “near-far” approach to his father who also employed the technique. The challenge of keeping everything sharp has changed from large format cameras that afforded swings and tilts. Now wide angle lenses and occasional image stacking make sharp images possible.

Roughly 150 photographers attended David’s presentation, the camera club’s second PhotoOp effort. Over sixty of the people who registered for the event selected the “instant membership” option. The instant members pushed the club’s total membership to over 230.

Salt Lake photo equipment retailer Pictureline and Canon sponsored the event and the club appreciates their continuing support.

Antelope Island Sunrise Field Trip

Photograph Antelope Island’s beautiful “lakescapes” and landscapes along with any available wildlife on the the surrounding Great Salt Lake shoreline. Sunrise occurs at 7:35am, and we hope to take advantage of the early light.

WHEN/WHERE: We will meet at 7am Saturday, Mar. 17th in the parking area on the south side of the road just before the entrance booth for the state park (if you reach the booth, you can do a u-turn and double back to the parking area), to discuss carpooling/options. The park itself opens at 7am. Directions: Take Exit 332 off Interstate 15 in Layton, then drive west on Antelope Drive for 7 miles to the park entrance booth.  The island itself is another 7 miles across a causeway. http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/antelope-island

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wear appropriate clothing/footwear for light to moderate hiking along shorelines and bluffs. Weather conditions may vary considerably at this time of year. Wider lenses will be useful – but a variety of lenses may come in handy.  Bathrooms available. Photo exhibit by Keith Vaught is showing in the visitor center.

COST: Park entry fee is $9 per car ($6 for senior)

Please RSVP to fieldtrip@wasatchcameraclub.com.

CONTACT: Chris Miller (801-389-2500 cell)

Landscape Photographer David Muench Coming to Salt Lake City

The Wasatch Camera Club is pleased to announce that David Muench will be visiting Utah and making presentations at the club’s PhotoOp 12 on Saturday, March 24.  Muench is acknowledged by many to be one of the top ten landscape photographers in the world today.

Mr. Muench will giving presentations entitled "Plateau Light" and "Bristlecone 50,” as well as giving a lecture named "Composition, Lighting, Location/Subject Selection, Natural Connection, Timeless Moments, Ancient Connections and the Greater Spirit."

For club members he will finish the day by critiquing members' photographs. This is a rare opportunity to gain feedback from our of the acknowledged landscape masters.

For more details and reserving your attendance, see this page.



Nikon Parts Issue

Club member, Dave Sanders recently forwarded an e-mail raising a concern about Nikon and their decision to stop selling parts to camera repair shops. If the plan they outlined comes to fruition Nikon users will only be able to have their cameras repaired at Nikon repair venues. Some fear this will result in a degradation of repair services and are working to get a petition signed to persuade Nikon to change their approach and continue parts sales to regular repair shops.

For non-Nikon users this could also be a concern because your brand may choose to go this way too.

The camera club is neutral, but we do think you may want to read the petition's introduction that does a good job of outlining the concerns pertaining to this issue. You can sign the petition on the same page if you choose.

The Leonardo Museum Fieldtrip: Saturday, Feb 18th

Please join the Wasatch Camera Club for a field trip to The Leonardo, a fascinating and colorful museum that is a fusion of art, science, and technology.  Of course the museum is camera friendly, although no tripods or flashes.  

In addition to their permanent exhibits there is also a travelling exhibit:  “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement” a photo documentation of some of the most telling images of the civil rights era.  This exhibit will be at The Leonardo through May 2012.

There is a $14 admission fee ($12 for 65 and over) into the museum, so we’d recommend setting aside some time on this day so that you can make the most of your visit.  Saturday hours are from 11am to 7pm.

The museum is not brightly lit from corner to corner, so it may present some lighting challenges depending on what you’re trying to capture.  Recommended would be your best high ISO performance camera, a variety of focal lengths and fast lenses, and a clever attitude for holding still the shot that you’d like to capture.

The museum is located just south across the plaza from SLC’s main library, at 209 East, 500 South.  Plan on meeting just inside the doors of the main entrance in the ticket lobby at 11am.  Being next door to the library, you may also want to visit that facility as well – if the roof is open there may be additional possibilities.

February Meeting: Members Photo Critique

You know the feeling, you’ve been to the club’s competitions and felt like you’d like to add your own two cents to the critique, so, in that vein the Wasatch Camera Club is re-introducing Member Photo Critiques.

This is an opportunity to show and discuss your work whilst also receiving suggestions from your fellow members. Bring 3 - 6 images on a memory stick and time permitting we'll have a good exchange of views about how to improve and learn about various techniques as well.

Critiquing others photos and having your own critiqued in a positive and lively social setting amongst your peers is a wonderful means to better understanding the way you feel about an image. We all have some type of visceral emotional reaction to an image, whether good, bad, or neutral – listening to other’s reactions is good exercise.

If you have an opinion on the images that you see, then you have a voice that is worth hearing. Even if you don’t have much experience in critiquing, you can learn to do it, and the effect it will have on your understanding of an image can be very valuable.

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