Love is in the photograph

Ann Posiviata

There is plenty to do this coming February. The shortest month of the year is jammed packed with events to attend and photograph. Subject matter is vast, from majestic Arabian horses, athletes of golf and baseball, to festivals offering stunning artistry like hoop dancing and the Chinese culture, along with a chocolate lover’s dream. Street photography will be widespread for opportunities for entry in an upcoming competition in photojournalism. So, keep your eye out.

Photography Tips and Tricks: Take advantage of burst mode on your camera. This can capture a variety of expressions in portrait photography; a myriad of action shots for athletes and can capture animals with a touch of humor or emotion in the shot. Some that photographers such as Olga Topchii (you can see her portfolio at enjoy using burst mode to capture a range of human emotions during events she has covered. Her work might inspire you to embrace burst mode more. Another advantage using burst mode is by getting low so a “jump shot” can appear higher. Burst mode can also provide a series of shots used for a stunning triptych.

Featured Images: Jon Berghoff captured Mabry Mill while heading south on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which straddles the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. This stunning image was taken with his cellphone, garnering first place, Rotating-Prints, Class A. Herman Dirks took his first place, Special Techniques-Digital, Class B, The Eye Has It, at the Phoenix Zoo using a Sony A65V with a 100 – 300mm Minolta lens. Misaligned, by Faith Dragoon, is the Las Vegas Cleveland Clinic, a building by Frank Gehry, which received first place, Open-Digital, Class C. Congratulations to you all on your winning images!

Events: February 2018 – Waste Management Phoenix Open begins January 29 and continues through Sunday, February 4, 2018; 63rd annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is February 15 through 25, 2018, at WestWorld,; Glendale Chocolate Affaire, February 9-11, 2018; Lost Dutchman Days are February 23-25, 2018; Attend D-Backs Fan Fest on February 17 at Chase Field, free; Phoenix Chinese Week Celebration is February 16-18, 2018; World Championship Hoop Dance Contest held at the Heard Museum, February 10 and 11, 2018.

Member/Club News: Club meeting is Thursday, February 1, 2018. We will have a Competition Night to be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Rotating Subject is Repetition and Special Techniques is Light Painting; both start at 6:30 p.m. in the Navajo Room. Look for updates and details at and via email. The next meeting is Thursday, March 1, 2018.

The Sun Lakes Camera Club (SLCC) meets the first and third Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 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 Burt Williams at 602-354-0266, Vice President Jan Ballard at 602-621-3344 or past President John Livoti at 480-895-6880 or visit our website at