A season of sharing

Gilding Tree Frog by Tom Jones

The Sun Lakes Camera Club travelled off-site to the Native Bar & Grill in Ahwatukee for our November meeting. Our mentors put together fabulous presentations from nature to photojournalism for our members to discuss and learn. Round tables had seasoned member Wayne Divoky offering his expertise on techniques of black-and-white photography to new members gleaning knowledge about our club and its many affiliates from former president Jon Livoti.

Education: Introduction to Digital Photography and Mastering your Technique will be offered this year. Our course has expanded its availability into two options. Beginners can create a great foundation of knowledge and skill with an introduction as well as those who may be making the transition from film to digital. Your education can continue with mastering your technique and present intermediate photographers the practice to expand their wheelhouse into creative and artistic directions. Contact Dan at [email protected] to sign up or go to sunlakescameraclub.com for registration forms. Classes start in January, 2019, and fill up quickly.

Feature Member Images: Gilding Tree Frog won second place in Open Category, Digital – Class C. Taken by Tom Jones while in Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Tom used his Nikon D850 using a Nikkor 105mm f2.8 lens set to 1/200, f/8 with ISO 200. Using a tripod, Tom was able to gain sharp focus and created this image by stacking twelve images. Memorabilia by Jan Williams received first place in Special Techniques, Digital – Class A. Paying special tribute to her late mother, Jan gathered her mother’s high school photo and personal items arranging them to create this still life in natural light. Camera settings used were a Nikon D7100 set on a tripod with lens at 60mm focal length, f/16, ISO 125 and thirty second shutter speed. Congratulations!

Member/Club News: This month’s meeting is Thursday, December 6, 2018. Our guest speaker will be Dano Grayson, professional photographer and conservationist, owner of The Pond at Elephanthead outside Tuscon, Arizona. Competition Meeting: Thursday, December 20, 2018. Categories are Open, Scapes is Rotating Subject and Night Photography is Special Techniques. Reminder to drop off your prints the afternoon of the competition. Stay connected with updates, news and more at sunlakescameraclub.com. Events: December 2018 – Las Noches de las Luminarias, December 1 to 23 and 26 to 31, Desert Botanical Garden; Christmas in the Rainforest, November 23 to December 28, Butterfly Wonderland.

The Sun Lakes Camera Club (SLCC) meets the first and third Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Navajo Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club from October through April. During the summer, the club meets the first Thursday of each month in the Ceramics Room of the Cottonwood Country Club. For more information about the SLCC and its activities, call SLCC President Jan Ballard at 602-621-3344, Vice President Rob Baldwin at 480-365-9249 or past President Burt Williams at 602-354-0266 and visit our website at sunlakescameraclub.com.