Developing Our Members’ Skills

Colorado Blue Jay by Linda Davis

Colorado Blue Jay by Linda Davis

Ken Duquaine

We are all looking forward to the distribution of the vaccines that will hopefully put an end to our isolation and allow us to once again meet in person. Meanwhile, the Sun Lakes Camera Club (SLCC) is making very good use of the technology that’s available to us in order to continue to improve the knowledge and photographic skills of our members.

In December, we had an interactive webinar featuring Lisa Langell, a professional wildlife and nature photographer, who did a presentation on abstract photography techniques. In January, we were treated to another informative webinar by Noah Buchanan, on the very popular topic of bird photography. And on March 4, we have a very special program planned for our members that will also be offered to the community. Cindy Marple, an accomplished nature photographer and member of the Phoenix Camera Club and the Desert Rivers Audubon Society, will present a wildlife tour of Costa Rica. Anyone who has ever been to that country or seen nature programs filmed there knows of the incredibly rich and diverse nature of its wildlife. Best of all, anyone in our community who would like to join us for this program may do so by simply emailing our president, Lynn Thompson, at [email protected] and requesting a link with the code to join the Zoom presentation.

Apart from the normal monthly SLCC club competitions that are held, our members have many other opportunities to submit photos to competitions because of the club’s membership in state and national photographic organizations. A fine example of such opportunities is the photo Colorado Blue Jay, which was taken by club member Linda Davis and was awarded an Honorable Mention (HM) in the Photographic Society of America (PSA) Inter-Club Competition for Projected Images. A total of 15 camera clubs entered a total of 147 images in the competition, so Linda’s HM was quite an honor. The image was taken in October in Rocky Mountain National Park, and according to Linda, “He put up a good chase before I was able to get this photo.” Well done, Linda!

Because of the influence of COVID-19 on SLCC’s normal activities, anyone wishing to join the club this year may do so free of charge, as member dues are suspended for the year.

The Sun Lakes Camera Club (SLCC) meets the first and third Thursdays, from 6:30 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 on 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 Lynn Thompson at 480-734-0040, Vice President Judy Daidone at 480-216-3062, or Past President Jan Ballard at 602-621-3344, and visit our website at