August ECC Members Summer Party

DATE: Saturday, August 10th, 10 am to 6pm
LOCATION: Evergreen Highlands Barn, 2 miles east of Marshdale circle on North Turkey Creek Road. Look for signs and balloons.
WHO’S COMING: Everyone – family’s -kids – aunts & uncles. We will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks. BYOB if you so desire.
WHAT TO BRING:
• This will be a good ole’ fashion potluck, so please bring your favorite picnic side dish.
• Your own folding lawn chairs.
• BYOB. We will provide water and soft drinks.
• Your competitive spirit! We will have lots of games to play! Horseshoes, corn hole, basketball, volleyball are all available. If anyone wants to play pickleball or tennis, make sure that Barbara or Bill plays with you because you must have a neighborhood member with you. Games for kids too!
Tables & chairs are provided for in barn use in case of rain or to eat indoors. There are a few picnic tables outside.

Please RSVP by emailing your confirmation to RSVP@evergreencameraclub.com

June 12th General Meeting: Seasons of Our Mountains 2025 Calendar Voting

Seasons of our Mountains Calendar 2025 Contest Voting
(Zoom only)

Have a say to narrow the 150+ photo entries down to the 25 finalists for the iconic Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice 2025 calendar! Only Evergreen Camera Club members and all 2021-2024 calendar finalists* can join us in the anonymous vote to select this year’s 25 finalists! Now is an ideal time to renew or join our club. See all of the images submitted by our community and make your opinion count.
* Mount Evans HHC&H Employees are also invited to vote

We have set the voting date to June 12th – Images will be displayed on Zoom only for best image quality (the fire station projector is not up to the task). Only club members who have signed in via zoom can vote: voting will be done using Google Forms as described below.

    Contest entry deadline is midnight on June 7th, so enter your best local photos – CLICK HERE to upload your entries, you still have time to enter your best local photos!

Links to the Zoom and Voting form will be emailed to ECC members and past winners prior to the meeting.

THIS EVENT IS MEMBERS-ONLY (and past winners).

2025 CALENDAR FINALISTS VOTE
Wednesday, June 12
on Zoom only
social time at 6:30 pm, voting at 7:00 pm

The Calendar Voting and Judging Process

Voting to select 25 finalists from the calendar entries will be judged by the membership of the ECC club and past winners, out of whomever participates either in-person or on the Zoom call for our June meeting.

Each image will get a score from 1 to 5, averaged from all votes cast to determine the 25 finalists. The finalists will then be voted on by the general public using the voting website tool used for last year’s competition (that link will be posted when the finalists have been uploaded).

As the calendar competition is open to everyone, and many ECC members and past winners have and are expected to enter, certainly those individuals will be voting on their own images along with everyone else. The artist names will not be disclosed so at most, voters will recognize only a few of the images out of however many we get (we expect 100-200). Thus we feel there will be minimal bias in this process.

Our intent is that this will yield an impartially-judged set of 12 images plus a cover image to comprise our final calendar, however, if we end up with some kind of imbalance, there is an editorial committee comprised of Mount Evans and ECC volunteers who may make minor adjustments to ensure a good end product (i.e. if 4 images of elk were to get the best scores, we may only include one or two). The remaining 12 images will be recognized as runners-up in the calendar.

Each year we enlist the aid of a guest photographer as a Judge to pick the Best of Show, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from the winning 13 images selected at this event. This year our Judge will be TBD.

If you have any questions about this process, please send and email to webmaster@evergreencameraclub.org.

Voting Instructions: Important!!!

Display of submitted images and voting will begin at 7:00PM on Wednesday June 12th. Setup and testing will be from 6:30 to 7:00, be sure to get on-line in time to work out any kinks you may have with the links or the process.

There will be 4 different groups of images, divided by season. We will run through each group quickly so you can preview them and then go back more slowly with each photo title for the voting step.

Voting will be done using Google Forms – a “forms.gle” link (type-in) or QR code (scan) will be provided to get your browser to the voting sheet.

For those voting in-person – you should bring a smartphone, tablet, or laptop device for voting at the event.

For those voting by Zoom – you should Zoom using whatever device you have with the best display so you can see the entries clearly. You can use a separate device (such as your smartphone) to go to the Google Forms link so you can have a separate screen to make your voting selections. Alternately, you can use a browser and Zoom on the same device if you can manage the two windows.

Links to the Zoom and Voting form will be emailed to ECC members and past winners prior to the meeting.

If you have problems uploading or questions about the contest, please email webmaster@evergreencameraclub.org

July 10 General Meeting: Wildlife Respect and Awareness through the Lens with Jeff and Wendy

Jeff and Wendy
Promoting Respect and Awareness for Wildlife Through the Lens of a Camera

Jeff Torquemada and Wendy Sparks are passionate about preserving all things wild. They have been shooting together for over 40 years and spend hours each week photographing and studying the art of photography, striving to capture images that tell a story and evoke emotion. Jeff and Wendy are always observing and waiting to capture animals in their natural habitat in that perfect light! They do not bait nor risk compromising the welfare of an animal just to capture an image. Jeff and Wendy were awarded Community Active Wildlife Stewards of the Year in 2022 and helped establish the River Otter Ambassador program to educate the public on how to appreciate and coexist with urban wildlife such as the river otter.

Join Jeff and Wendy and the Evergreen Camera Club in person in the auditorium at the Evergreen Fire and Rescue Station (1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen) on Wednesday, July 10th for 6:30 pm social time, brief announcements at 7:00 pm with their presentation to follow. There will also be a Zoom option.

New members, students and guests are welcome.

Join us at the fire station:
Wednesday, July 10th at 7:00 pm (6:30 social time)
Evergreen Fire and Rescue
1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen, CO

Or by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrdemvpzwsH93JIpG7DvODhqiK0NpQ0-bG

May 22nd 2024 Tips and Techniques: Field Trip to a local Alpaca Farm

Thanks for being patient waiting for the details for this rare opportunity to photograph alpacas. The logistics were complicated!

Come to an alpaca farm with five delightful alpacas, ducks and chickens. This will be a great photo opportunity. Please note: Alpacas are curious but shy, ask the ranch owner before touching them, they can be skittish.

You must RSVP for this field trip. Limit 10, we do not want to stress out the alpacas. RSVP at RSVP@evergreencameraclub.com. This is a member-only field trip.

Meet at 6:00 pm on Pleasant Lane, next to Fire Station 7 on Highway 65 just south of I-70. Bring your camera and medium-to-wide focal length lenses, please no tripods. Wear old clothes and comfortable shoes. You may get spit on or step in something!

ECC Field Trip: Belmar Park Outing

ECC Field Trip: Belmar Park Outing

Join other members of Evergreen Camera Club to photograph the birds at Belmar Park.

Kountze Lake, in the middle of the park, often has a variety of waterbirds. Hooded Merganser, Wood Duck, and other uncommon species are usually present. Also look for a variety of heron and egret species as well as breeding American Avocet during the warmer months.

We will meet Monday, May 20th at 6:15 AM at the Belmar Library parking lot and walk into the park from there. The park is located at 801 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80226

Please RSVP by emailing your confirmation to RSVP@evergreencameraclub.com

August 14 2024 General Meeting: Sports Photography 101 with Margaret Bowles


MARGARET BOWLES
Sports Photography 101

Evergreen Camera Club has never hosted a sports photographer! That is about to change. Margaret Bowles has photographed sports world-wide and she is coming to Evergreen.

Margaret will discuss the business and art of sports photography, the current barriers of entry into the field, and the future of sports photography. She will explain the keys to successful action photography and the equipment required for quality action shots. Margaret will also showcase her amazing images of various sports action featuring college and NFL football, snow sports, the Olympics, baseball, and miscellaneous other sports.

Join Margaret and the Evergreen Camera Club in person in the auditorium at the Evergreen Fire and Rescue Station (1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen) on Wednesday, August 14th for 6:30 pm social time, brief announcements at 7:00 pm with Margaret’s presentation to follow. There will also be a Zoom option.

New members, students and guests are welcome.

Join us at the fire station:
Wednesday, August 14th at 7:00 pm (6:30 social time)
Evergreen Fire and Rescue
1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen, CO

Or by Zoom: (check for link closer to event)

May 8th 2024 General Meeting: The Image Critique Show!

by Ellen Nelson

The Image Critique Show
Enter photos to get “more better”

Learn from the best and have fun! Jeff Johnson and Rick Avalos have a monthly photo critique show aptly named “The Image Critique Show” (theimagecritiqueshow.com) and they are bringing the show on the road to Evergreen! Submit an image of your choice on the ECC website and watch and listen how it can become “More Better.”

CLICK HERE to enter this special event, limit 1 submission per person, 25 total images, ECC members have priority

“If you have never submitted a photo before, this is the best way to do it!” Jeff explained. This is also a great time to get feedback on a photo you are considering for the Mount Evans Home Health Care and Hospice’s Seasons of our Mountains calendar contest, coming up in May.

Join the Evergreen Camera Club in person in the auditorium at the Evergreen Fire and Rescue Station (1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen) on Wednesday, May 8th for 6:30 pm social time, brief announcements at 7:00 pm with Jeff and Rick’s Zoom presentation to follow. There will also be a Zoom option.

New members, students and guests are welcome.

Join us at the fire station:
Wednesday, May 8 at 7:00 pm (6:30 social time)
Evergreen Fire and Rescue
1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen, CO

The Image Critique Show & The Evergreen Camera Club is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Wednesday, May 8 at 7pm
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82107276105?pwd=K1VhUHdBeGRhbEd0TW5qRjB0MURzUT09

Meeting ID: 821 0727 6105
Passcode: 866036

Thanks for tuning in,
Jeff & Rick
TheImageCritiqueShow.com

April 2024 Tips & Techniques: Lightroom Tricks with Kathy Snead

by Kathy Snead


KATHY SNEAD
Lightroom Tricks
How to take a photo from ho hum to WOW using only Lightroom

Kathy Snead has been on the cutting edge of floral post-processing for years! Her flower images, along with her wildlife and landscapes, are always stunning. And many of her techniques are done exclusively in Lightroom!

Want to know how she does it? Join Kathy and the Evergreen Camera Club via Zoom only on Wednesday, April 24th for 6:30 pm social time, brief announcements at 7:00 pm with Kathy’s presentation to follow.

New members, students and guests are welcome.

Evergreen Camera Club via Zoom:
Wednesday, April 24th
6:30 pm social time and announcements
7:00 pm start of presentation

Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclduGhqDIqG9xTM6y3X6wpTr-ZwuohKLbC

Special Event: BUY – SELL – TRADE New & Used Photo Equipment

by Tina Disorbio

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL CAMERA SHOW
Sponsored by the COLORADO CAMERA COLECTORS CLUB
BUY – SELL- TRADE- NEW & USED PHOTO / OPTICAL EQUIPMENT & COLLECTIBLES

SUNDAY, May 19, 2024 – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Jefferson County Fair Grounds

8 ft. Display Tables First 2 @ $55/each
Additional tables @ $40/each

UPDATE: The Camera Club will NOT be doing a table this year due to lack of interest, feel free to go on your own

For Evergreen Camera Club members only, we will buy a table (two if enough people want to participate). If you have items to sell, we will charge $15 per person to help pay for the table and you will need to help out at the table for a period of time. Note: non members can sign up for their own table at http://coloradocameracollectors.org/schedule.htm.

If you would like to participate or would like more information, contact us at RSVP=@evergreencameraclub.org
Deadline to sign up is April 26th.

May 2024: Join us at Bisti Badlands/De-na-zin Wilderness

by Tina Disorbio


The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is a 45,000-acre wilderness area located in San Juan County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. There are a few of us from the camera club that are planning to go to shoot hoodoos and welcome anyone else interested to join us there.

We’ll provide a list of who is going for possible carpooling.

THIS TRIP HAS BEEN DELAYED – PLEASE CHECK BACK THIS FALL FOR A RESCHEDULED DATE

DATE: May 30th to June 4th (or whenever the individuals want to leave)

LOCATION: Bisti Badlands/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is located about 30 miles south of Farmington, NM
Aztec Ruins National Monument is located in Aztec, New Mexico and is about 10 miles northeast of Farmington. I plan on stopping there for about an hour, on the way to Farmington.

HOTEL: Stay in Farmington, New Mexico. Best Western Inn + 4 Corners Inn, Farmington NM, 855-516-1090

ATTRACTION: Hoodoos, search “Bisti Badlands” for info & videos. The last person informed me that he was there shooting for a week and did not see any snakes or lizards.

OUR PLAN: We plan to leave early morning on the 30th, stop at Aztec Ruins on the way, and stay in Farmington. Leave early the next morning after an early breakfast, to arrive at the 2nd (7 miles past the 1st entrance) west entrance in time for some good morning light. In that there are no trails and easy to get lost, it is recommended to have a GPS or a compass. There is also an east entrance which has more dramatic hoodoos which I plan on seeing toward the end of the trip. Also, just south of Bisti is Chaco Cultural Historic Park for those who want to spend additional days in the area.

DRESS: There are thistles in the are so high hiking boots are recommended, backpack with plenty of water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, and bug spray.

DESCRIPTION: Wilderness area, plenty of hiking, no trails. Suggest bringing wide angle to short telephoto lens to capture the hoodoos.

RSVP: Required to join our group – please send an email to RSVP@evergreencameraclub.com to reserve your spot or if you have questions.

Evergreen Camera Club