Wave by William C. Lewis
Our national parks are celebrating 100 years. Arizona is home to ome of the grandest of them all, the Grand Canyon National Park. This behemoth of a natural wonder is just a few hours’ drive from Phoenix. Did you also know that this area of the state is home to much, much more? Panoramic views can be seen from vistas as far west as Kingman to the city of Page on the northern border with Utah.
Now in photography this would be some image! Arizona’s northwestern area is packed full of parks, wilderness areas and historic sites. A photographer could get lost for some time traveling historic Route 66 or visiting Monument Valley and the Vermillion Cliffs to name a few. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities this year by visiting your own backyard. Better yet, join the Sun Lakes Camera Club and participate in a trip with fellow members to Horseshoe Bend or Antelope Canyon. Find out more by visiting sunlakecameraclub.com.
Our first featured image, Wave, is by William C. Lewis. The Wave is one particular formation in the wilderness area known as North Coyote Buttes, which is a portion of the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. This area requires permits yet worth the wait as entry into a lottery is required; recommendations are visiting in a group of at least two and a guide. If you’re looking for a guide for The Wave, which is recommended as the path can be quite dangerous, visit The Wave Arizona dreamland tours who will give you the best experience of the cliffs. Camera settings were: ISO 200, f22, 1/40 second using a Nikon D200 and 18-200 zoom lens. Our next image, The Dark and Winding Road by Raul Lopez, won first place, Digital – Black and White, at the Arizona Camera Club Council’s Spring Round Up March 2016. This image was shot while driving through the majestic Redwood forests of Northern California. Originally shot in color, Raul’s technical proficient eye determined it best rendered in black and white. The judges agreed; congratulations on your recognition!
May brings us to the start of our summer months with the Camera Club. Thus, our meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month only, starting May 5, albeit July. They will be held in the Ceramics Room of the Cottonwood Country Club; start time 6:30 p.m. Contact Burt Williams at 602-354-0266 with any questions.
The Sun Lakes Camera Club (SLCC) meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Navajo Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club starting in October through April. In the summer months, the club meets the first Thursday of each month in the Ceramics Room at the Cottonwood Country Club, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
For more information about the SLCC, please contact President John Livoti at 480-895-6880; Vice President Burt Williams at 602-354-0266; past President Fred Giese at 480-220-4394; or visit us at sunlakescameraclub.com.