April 8th General Meeting with Ellen Nelson:
BACKYARD WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Special Web Meeting Using ZOOM – NOT AT Evergreen Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, April 8 at 7:00 pm ( – aka social time)

Keep shooting! Even though we are all quarantined, we can still continue to keep busy with our cameras. Take this unusual downtime to grow and enhance your skills. Professional photographer Ellen Nelson will offer some strategies and suggestions to photograph wildlife and nature in your own backyard, wherever your location. She will also offer tips for reviewing your past images to understand what makes a good wildlife photo and separate the zeroes from the heroes. Join Ellen Nelson for Evergreen Camera Club’s first remote meeting via zoom on April 8th at 7:00 pm (join early to socialize).

If you haven’t Zoomed yet, it is free and easy from any phone, tablet or computer. We recommend you start signing on at 6:30 to work out kinks unless you’ve zoomed on your platform. The link to get you started will be in an email sent to all paid members of record. If you didn’t get the invite or want to join as a visitor, please sent a request email to webmaster@evergreencameraclub.com

NOTE: No Competition this month – save your pictures for next month as posted in competitions here.

Future General Meeting with Stephanie McCollister —
Drone Photography

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This meeting has been canceled due to the Coronavirus
and will be rescheduled when possible

Wednesday, April 8 at 7:00 pm (6:30 social time)
Evergreen Fire and Rescue
1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen, CO

Pre-meeting Dinner 5:30 pm at
Wild Game
1802 Bergen Parkway

Stephanie McCollister Cox is a Colorado landscape photographer who also enjoys street photography, astrophotography and fine art photography. In her presentation, she will introduce us to drone photography. She has held a Part 107 pilot certification from the FAA for three years, and, after a little background on how she became interested in capturing aerial images, she will introduce us to her two drones. She’ll talk through some of the considerations for purchasing a drone for photography and discuss regulations and ethics around flying. Her presentation will include examples of the types of images and videos you can capture with a drone and will also introduce some of the challenges of composing and capturing a compelling image from 400 feet in the air.

Her work can be viewed at www.stephclickx.com

Doors open at 6:30 pm for socializing.

Join us for dinner with the speaker and other ECC members. Details and sign up on a separate Meetup posting.

March 11th General Meeting: Deanna Beutler —
The Lives and Habits of Owls in the Wild

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Note: this event was originally scheduled for February 12 but had to be canceled due to snow, a perennial consequence of being in Evergreen

Wednesday, March 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
Wild Game
1802 Bergen Parkway

Deanna Beutler has spent the past 16 years hiking and photographing wildlife. She found her first owl nest in 2004 and the love of owls and photographing them has grown from there, along with her knowledge of owls.

She worked for “Wild Wings Environmental Education” from 2013 to 2018, where she worked with owls, hawks and falcons. While there, she manned informational booths, taught at schools, libraries, retirement centers, camps, special events, fundraisers and photo shoots. The organization’s goal was to teach the public how to protect these birds, their environment and raise money for the care of injured birds of prey.

She has taught classes at nature centers and Audubon Society events on the lives of owls and how to find them. She has served as a wildlife and owl guide for people throughout Colorado and as far away as Japan. Her photos were selected in the “Top 250” in Denver Audubon Society’s “Share the View International” photography contest 5 years in a row and she spoke at the Share the View International Gala. She has won 1st and 2nd place in several local photo contests. She has had 10 of her photos displayed on park signs and others published in magazines and books.
She also helps with the rescue of birds and animals.

Doors open at 6:30 for socializing. Members, guests and students welcome!
Join us for dinner at 5:15 with Deanna (by RSVP only)

January 8th 2020 General Meeting:
Cathy & Gordon Illg: Bosque del Apache

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Wednesday, January 8th at 7:00 pm (6:30 social time)
Evergreen Fire and Rescue
1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen, CO

Pre-meeting Dinner 5:30 pm at:
Find details on this website and Meetup.com

Most nature photographers know that Bosque del Apache is one of the best places in the world for bird photography, especially birds in flight. Bosque, however, is so much more than that. It’s an oasis in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert that attracts a wide range of wildlife, and much of it has become relatively tolerant of visitors. This presentation will cover the birds and other animals that winter here, as well as how to photograph them.

Cathy and Gordon Illg have been full time nature photographers since 2000. Their work is widely published and includes numerous covers of magazines like Backpacker, Defenders, National Geographic Kids, Ranger Rick and National Wildlife. Several of their images decorate the tails of Frontier Airlines’ jets, and they’ve done well in photo contests, the highlight of which was being flown to London to accept awards in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest. They were recognized for their work with endangered species in Canon’s Wildlife As Canon Sees It ad in National Geographic.
Both of their first two books, Dynamic Wildlife Photography and Worshiping With A Camera, have been well received, and for the past 18 years their livelihood has been dependent upon their ability to share the magic of wild things and wild places with other photographers.

Join us for dinner with the speakers and other ECC members. Details and sign up on a separate Meetup posting.

DECEMBER 11th End of Year Party and Competition

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HOLIDAY PARTY AND YEAR END COMPETITION

Join members and guests of Evergreen Camera Club for a festive holiday party and year end competition.

Wednesday December 11th 6:00-9:00 pm.
Arrive at 6:00 to socialize; dinner will be served at 6:30.

The Wild Game in Bergen Park, 1204 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen 80439

Buffet dinner with salad, chicken marsala, mashed potatoes, and green beans at The Wild Game in Bergen Park. Gluten-free and dairy-free options are available. We will also have a cash bar.

You must RSVP and pay by December 2nd.

If you prefer to pay by check, you can RSVP on Meetup and give your payment with your dinner choice to Bill Vogel, Dick Oltman or Lorrie McAllister or mail your check to ECC at 7283 Silverhorn Dr., Evergreen, CO 80439. Payment must be received by 4 pm on 12/2.

COST: Evergreen Camera Club is defraying the cost of the meal, so reservations will be only $30.00, which includes tax and gratuity. Members may bring a guest.


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November 13th General Meeting:
JOSEPH ROYBAL — Off the Beaten Path

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Wednesday, November 13 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

“The path was never there, until someone created it,” professional photographer Joseph Roybal explains in his upcoming presentation, Off the Beaten Path. Join the Evergreen Camera Club on November 13th 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 to understand Joseph’s thoughts and techniques to make his images his own. “The idea of Off the Beaten Path has come to me over the years as I make my journey within the craft both seeing the landscape as others have and putting my twist on the scene.”

Joseph Roybal is a professional fine art landscape photographer based in Denver, Colorado. His passion for photography stems simply from his love of the outdoors. His tagline, Explore.Learn.Share., is based on Joseph’s ability to combine his personal experiences in the field with his developing knowledge of the art, and to educate others who share his love for photography. His imagery is presented in a way that speaks to the importance of protecting natural habitats and is reflected in his involvement in organizations such as Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and Protect Our Winters (POW). Joseph is proud to be represented by several of the industry’s leading companies such as AtlasPacks, ZEAL Optics, Mountain Standard, Peak Design and Breakthrough Filters.

October 9th General Meeting: BOB DEAN — Colorado Mountain Towns

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Wednesday, October 9 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

How well do you know Colorado? We live in a state of awe! Our historic mining towns range from vibrant tourist destinations to ghost towns. Bob Dean, a professional photographer, author, workshop leader and president of the Colorado Urban Wildlife Photo Club, will take us on a journey through over a dozen of these towns, how to get there and the best gear for the shot.

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.

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.

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.

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