OCTOBER 2019 CONTEST

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The Theme for October 2019 is “Mountain Towns”

The Rotating Theme will be “Creative”
…plus the Fun category

Remember to submit your photos for the ECC monthly competition by the Monday before the general meeting at 6 p.m. Sharp (hard deadline). By entering the contest, you agree to allow ECC to use your photo in promoting the club.

Images will be projected on the Fire Department’s Sony projector at 1920 wide by 1200 pixels tall – whatever size you submit will be adjusted to fit on that screen.

Check contest guidelines for further details on submissions.

September 11th General Meeting:
CARY WOLFSON — iPhoneography

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Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 pm (6:30 social time)
Evergreen Fire and Rescue
1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen, CO

Pre-meeting Dinner 5:30 pm at
The Woodceller
1552 Bergen Parkway #101

What’s the best camera? It’s the one you have with you. And often, that’s your smartphone. Cary Wolfson, best known as the award-winning producer of the Blues From the Red Rooster Lounge syndicated radio show and pioneer of KGNU Community Radio, is also an accomplished digital artist and iPhone photographer. Wolfson will highlight his work as Evergreen Camera Club’s guest speaker for the September 11th meeting. Join us at 7:00 pm (come early to socialize or see poster or www.evergreencameraclub.com for dinner details) at the Evergreen Fire & Rescue Building, 1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen.

SEPTEMBER 2019 CONTEST

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The Theme for August 2019 was “Phone Photography” – Images captured with a mobile device

The Rotating Theme was “Wildlife” (wild or captive)

Judging was by Cary Wolfson

Contest results were as follows:
(note all images are copyrighted by their creators – please contact us if you want to use these for any purpose)
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Winner: Phone Category,
Advanced
Lorrie McAllister

Runner Up: Phone Category,
Advanced
Brian Donovan

Runner Up: Phone Category,
Advanced
Loren Winters

 

Winner: Phone Category,
Beginner
Dahl Winters

Runner Up: Phone Category,
Beginner
Andrew Esau

Runner Up: Phone Category,
Beginner
Dahl Winters

 

Winner: Rotating Category (Wildlife),
Ron Pearson

Runner Up: Rotating Category (Wildlife),
Betty Holling

Runner Up: Rotating Category (Wildlife),
Brian Donovan

Runner Up: Rotating Category (Wildlife),
Ellen Nelson

August 14th General Meeting:
TAMMY HAMMOND — PSA REVEALED

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Meeting Report:

by Tom Goldberg
In her presentation, Tammy talked about the PSA organization and her role in the Colorado area. She also explained PSA policies and regional and club benefits. ECC members had a number of questions about the PSA competitions and Tammy passed those on to PSA – here is what they said:
1. Interclub competition entries: Why does the PSA request a file size smaller than a standard 1920×1080 (standard HD resolution of 1080px)?
1400×1050 is the size that PSA has sort of standardized on. The reason is it is a direct multiplier of the old 1024×768, and 1920×1080 is not. If you scale up to 1080, the dimension for both is not easily remembered (1440×1080). 1920×1080 does not fit with most camera formats, and actually favors someone doing a panorama. If you use 1920×1080, most of the time, the height is the determining factor for most camera images.

2. What is the viewing medium used for judging and how are judges able to judge for quality if the resolution is smaller than the viewing medium?
All judging venues should be done on an HD tv, a quality monitor, or HD projector as minimum quality these days. There may still be a few 1024×768 projectors being used, but I believe their days are numbered. (If they are, the images are automatically scaled down.) For this season, I am having all interclubs adopt the wording used for the Host club guidelines, which are these: “For optimum viewing using a projector, the judges should be viewing from 2 to 2 1⁄2 times the distance of the width of a horizontally projected image. (This usually eliminates concerns about seeing actual pixels.) in the early days of projected image judging, clubs would fill a wall with the image, and then the judges would be 3 feet ways from the image, and all they saw were enlarged pixels.

3. What is the expected time frame for receiving Interclub competition results?
Because of meeting schedules, clubs are given one month to complete the judging from closing. But then the results have to be sent to the Director, where the information is checked for accuracy, and disseminated to the clubs, which is usually about one month after closing, but can take longer if problems develop. By the time the winning images are gathered, reduced for web display and sent to the web master to then be posted, it means the images may not appear until 2 months after closing. Most of the time, images will be posted about a month after the closing date.

4. How much time should be allowed for Interclub winning images to appear on the PSA website?
See above.

5. What is the image analysis criteria for the Interclub competition scores? Member comment: “The score number means nothing to me if I don’t receive a critique as to why it was given a specific number, without a critique that explains the rating what is the point of continuing to enter images in the competitions?”
These are run like exhibitions, except the titles are read. In other words, the judges do not have time to provide critiques, which would have to be recorded so that the information was available to clubs. These are just scored, and then sorted for honors. Hopefully, your club allows time when judging or selecting the images originally to provide the critiques. The new Guidelines that will soon be downloadable will briefly explain the scoring system, and the Host Club Guidelines provided to the host club explain what is expected in the 1-5 scoring range. Like any judging experience, the results will vary, depending on the judges used. If a club member needs critiques, I would suggest joining PSA (if not already a member) and joining a PSA study group for feedback (and learning) on their images. This is actually a good selling point for belonging to PSA.

6. If PSA is for all levels of photographers, amateur and professional, how can an amateur realistically compete against professionals in the Interclub competitions?
From my many years of experience, professionals do not really have an advantage over avid amateurs. We have had both, as well as beginners, in my local club, and there is no big advantage for pros. During my years of running PID Interclub, I saw a couple of “super” clubs compete, whose members were all big ROPA winners, and even those did not always come out on top.

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Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00 pm (6:30 social time)
Evergreen Fire and Rescue
1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen, CO

Pre-meeting Dinner 5:30 pm at
The Woodceller
1552 Bergen Parkway #101

Are you a PSA member? PSA, or Photographic Society of America (not to be confused with public service announcement, or prostate specific antigen), has numerous member benefits for clubs and individuals. Evergreen Camera Club has an organizational PSA membership. PSA Colorado Membership Director Tammy Hammond will untangle and examine all of the invaluable details needed to utilize the ECC membership or join PSA as an individual at our August 14th meeting at 7:00 pm (come early to socialize or see poster or www.evergreencameraclub.com for new dinner location details) at the Evergreen Fire & Rescue Building, 1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen.

AUGUST 2019 CONTEST

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The Theme for August 2019 was “Wildflowers”

The Rotating Theme was “Landscapes”

Judging was by Tammy Hammond

Contest results were as follows:
(note all images are copyrighted by their creators – please contact us if you want to use these for any purpose)
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Winner: Wildflower Category,
Advanced
Lorrie McAllister

Runner Up: Wildflower Category,
Advanced
Tom Goldberg

Winner: Wildflower Category,
Beginner/Intermediate
Loren Winters

Runner Up: Wildflower Category,
Beginner/Intermediate
Loren Winters

Winner: Rotating Category (Landscape),
Ellen Nelson

Runner Up: Rotating Category (Landscape),
Ellen Nelson

Urban Wildlife Photo Invitation

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Evergreen Camera Club has been contacted by Bob Dean, President of the Colorado Urban Wildlife Photo Club asking for help from photo clubs across Colorado:


The UWPC has undertaken a project to inform and educate folks about urban wildlife. We think it’s going to be a lot of fun and will provide folks with an opportunity to display their images and creative writing at http://oururbanwildlife.org/.

  • We need images (the internet is, above all, a visual medium)
  • We need blog posts – The general topics are listed on the website. Feel free to interpret those topics in any way you choose
  • We’d like longer form articles
  • In order to bring viewers back to the site, it must continually provide fresh content
  • Look at the site as an opportunity to promote your own work – photographic and written

Click Here to download a pdf with more info.

If there are questions, please get back to me.
Thanks and regards,
Bob Dean
President
Colorado Urban Wildlife Photo Club
PO Box 270501
Louisville, CO 80027-0501
Website: http://www.couwpc.com
Email: uwpc@comcast.net

July 10th 2019 General Meeting:
Member’s Show & Tell

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This is the month to let members shine! Short presentations by 4-6 members will cover a gamut of topics and showcase local talent. This promises to be an interesting and informative meeting!

Doors open at 6:30 pm for social time. Presentations begin at 7:00 pm. Members, guests, and students welcome!

There is NO pre-meeting dinner this month.

The Nature of Photography with Jeff Johnson

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The Nature of Photography with Jeff Johnson

July 23rd, 25th, 30th and August 1st – 6 pm – 9 pm
The Nature of Photography Series
Instructor – Jeff Johnson (Colorado Master Photographer)

Join Colorado Master photographer Jeff Johnson for a series of four classes that will cover so many questions and issues that most beginning photographers face in their quest to be a better photographer. Take 1, 2, 3 or all 4 classes and learn more than you thought you could. Each class is $49. Take all four and save, ONLY $175!

July 23rd 6 pm – 9 pm
The Nature of Photography I
Learn Your Camera & Best Shooting Practices

July 25th 6 pm – 9 pm
The Nature of Photography II
Composition & Seeing the Light

July 30th 6 pm – 9 pm
The Nature of Photography III
Making the Best of Situations

August 1st 6 pm – 9 pm
The Nature of Photography IV
Simple Post Processing

Go Here to read details and sign up for classes: https://squareup.com/store/roxborough-arts-gallery/

JULY 2019 CONTEST

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The Theme for July 2019 was “Water”

The Rotating Theme was “Open” …plus the Fun category

Judging was by Ellen Nelson.

Contest results were as follows:
(note all images are copyrighted by their creators – please contact us if you want to use these for any purpose)
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Winner: Water Category,
Advanced
Brian Donoavn

Runner Up: Water Category,
Advanced
Joe Kechter

Winner: Water Category,
Beginner/Intermediate
Ann Kechter

Runner Up: Water Category,
Beginner/Intermediate
Ann Kechter

Winner: Rotating Category (Creative),
Brian Donovan

PSA – Photographic Society of America

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Evergreen Camera Club is a member of the Photographic Society of America and participates in their interclub competitions. Visit the PSA website at https://psa-photo.org/ and the Colorado State Membership Home Page at https://psa-photo.org/index.php?colorado.

Download the Summer 2019 Newsletter from PSA Colorado by Clicking Here

Download the Spring 2019 Newsletter from PSA Colorado by Clicking Here

Download the Winter 2019 Newsletter from PSA Colorado by Clicking Here

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