Bonneville Salt Flats Photoshoot CANCELLED

On Saturday, September 26th the club will be on Bonneville Salt Flats for a very unusual photographic opportunity. Called the Bonneville Salt Flats Photoshoot this project draws on the creativity of all participants to produce a huge number of visual delights worthy of great image making. In addition to club photographers, we invite models, dancers, actors, musicians, yoga practitioners and others to be subjects in front of our cameras. All are invited to bring clothing and/or props to support their vision for image-making. Some examples include large picture frames, lawn furniture, a bicycle, a canoe, and miscellaneous statuary. Your imagination should be your guide.

Take all this creative energy and combine it with one of the most unique and visually fascinating landscapes in Utah and expectations are high we’ll make some very cool photographs.



Photography Elevated - Ogden Valley Balloon Festival

Two Big Dates:

Saturday August 15th at 7:30pm Evening Balloon Glow

Sunday August 16th at 5:30am Morning Balloon Launch & Rides

Where: Eden Park: 2100 N 6100 E, Eden, UT

We will meet at the Horse Arena Area (Bicycle parking area). Please let me know via email or text message (801-725-6231) if you are coming so that I can wait for everyone.

Please park in the designated areas, Vehicles parked on roadways will be towed.

The event features approximately 15 hot air balloons which are the focus for 5 launches and one balloon glow throughout the weekend. After the morning launches, the activities shift to Kite displays and demonstrations, Tethered Balloon Rides, Arts & Crafts Booths, Food Booths, Kids Games & Activities and continuous live entertainment with many performers. There are free concerts at Eden Park Friday and Saturday.

For your information:

The following Balloon Festival Tips will help you to enjoy your visit.

NOTE: Balloons only fly in calm air.

  1. Arrive early. Very early. This is an early morning sport. If you arrive before 6:30, you will get to watch the balloon pilots set up and maybe even help!
  2. Watch your feet. Balloonists are thrilled to have you watching, or even helping, as they inflate their balloons, but your shoes on the delicate fabric of the envelope can easily cause damage.
  3. Jump into the action. Many balloonists need extra hands during the inflation process. If you want to help, speak up! They’ll put you to work holding the envelope or weighting the gondola before lift off. (If you plan on helping, bring a pair of gloves!)

Please note, Ogden Valley Balloon Festival will have a photo contest on their website which ends on August 31, 2015. (

What to bring:

Wide Angle Lens, Telephoto lens, Tripod/Monopod


Farmington Bay isn't just for Migrating Birds

Every year hundreds of thousands of waterbirds, songbirds and raptors visit the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area during the migration and nesting seasons. Many birds stay there during the summer and some stay year-round. More than 200 different species have been documented on the management area.

The area is managed by the State of Utah. It is located on the eastern edge of the Great Salt Lake, near the town of Farmington.
What you can expect to see:

Feeding. July and August is food storage time for Wilson's phalaropes. These tiny shorebirds are commonly observed feeding in the shallows to store up energy for their migration to Argentina. Shorebird migration continues into early fall. 






And if you are willing to stay long enough we will also take sunset pictures,


pictures at Blue Hour and



nightfall pictures of the Wasatch Front.


What to bring: Binoculars and spotting scopes can help you get a closer look at birds and animals. Please bring telephoto lenses. 

Meeting Time/Place:              We will meet at the north entrance to Goose Egg Island at 5pm on July 19th (this Sunday). The parking lot gate will be closed so please park out front. 



Why Black and White?

Cole Thompson presents, "Why Black and White." He will recount his journey to black and white, illustrate why he loves the medium and reveal his most important secrets and tips. He will also explain his photographic philosophies including Photographic Celibacy, Simple and Cole's Rule of Thirds.

His presentation is 75 minutes long and he’ll showing lots of images, telling lots of stories (some of which are even true) and talking about a lot of things including:

  • Vision
  • Passion
  • Why B&W Appeals to Me
  • What I Look for in a B&W Image
  • My Conversion from Photographer to Artist
  • Copying Ansel Adams
  • My Vision Epiphany
  • What is Fine Art?
  • The Role of Equipment and Processes
  • Listening to Other’s Advice
  • Asking Others for Advice
  • Simplify
  • Photographic Rules
  • How Long do Projects Take?
  • Some Before and After Images
  • My Six Photoshop Tools
  • Always Stop!
  • Comparing and Competing
  • How I Choose a Project
  • Be Open to New Possibilities
  • How I Found My Vision
  • Why do I create?
  • How to Make Money From Your Photography
  • And Many Stories From My Portfolios.

Whew…all this in 75 minutes!

And at the end, he’ll be giving away three prints.

When: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, July 16th

Where: City Library, Conference Room B, Salt Lake City

Field Trip to Zion National Park Announced

The Wasatch Camera Club is pleased to announce another exciting overnight field trip opportunity for its members. Join us October 22-25 for a photographic expedition through Zion National Park. This field trip is open to all levels of photographers who are looking to capture some of the most dramatic landscape scenes to be found in North America.

During this field trip we will have the pleasure of being guided for one day by the famed professional landscape photographer, David West. David resides in the local town of Springdale with his family and has enjoyed many years of accomplished success as a professional with his workshops in Zion and his beautiful gallery in Springdale. View some of David’s fine work at

The precise itinerary for this trip is yet to be determined but we will start on Friday morning with our daylong tour with David.  Additional shooting locations will be generally easily accessed by a short walk from parking areas and shuttle stops, but we may include a moderate 2-3 mile hike.  Locations may include the famous bridge over the Virgin River at sunset, the exquisite morning light that filters through the colorful foliage along the valley floor, the misty waterfalls poring over the cliffs at Emerald Pools or the mysterious rock formations of the Checkerboard Mesa.

Participation will be limited to 12 members, to be selected by lottery.  This trip, like all other overnight field trips, will be rain or shine!  Expenses to consider include $150 per person for the guide service, travel to and from Zion NP, lodging (a block of rooms has been held at a Springdale hotel), food, and beverages.  Registration is now CLOSED. We will close registration on June 16th.   WCC will then select participants by lottery.  The lucky lottery winners will be required to pay a $50 deposit to hold a spot, which will be credited toward the guide expense.  Clear your calendar and stay tuned!

Shoot for the Stars Workshop

Presented by our own Shayne Shaw, this workshop will focus on how to photograph the night skies. In particular you will learn how to capture the beauty and majesty of the Milky Way.
Topics covered include...
  • Best lenses and equipment for shooting at night
  • Proper camera settings
  • How to find and forecast the position of the Milky Way
  • How to compose and focus at night
  • How to properly light paint foreground landscape features 

In Shayne's words: I love just about every type of photography ... nightscapes in particular have become a strong passion of mine. Shooting almost any subject at night can add mystery, intrigue and a special beauty that shooting the same subject during the daylight can't match. I honestly believe that there are things in this world that nobody will ever see if some photographer doesn't take a photo of it. That especially holds true at night. I love teaching the night photography techniques I have learned to others with the hope that it will help them become better photographers. 

When: June 9, 6:30-9pm
Where: SLC Downtown Library, Conference Room B

Popular Ten in Ten Meeting Scheduled

 Last February the club put together an innovative new program format to allow members to share their work in a brisk and orderly fashion that proved to be very popular. The new “Ten in Ten” meeting has participating photographers to have ten minutes to present ten images and provide the background as they see fit. These ten images can have any theme you wish: your best from 2014, a short visual travelogue, or a project you are working on. Also, we’ve added two minutes at the end of each Ten segment for questions. Think of it as Ten in Ten + Two.

If you want to share Ten in Ten sign up here. We will take the first ten who sign up and you will be notified if you are selected. If so, bring your images on a USB storage device to the meeting. Please use the competition format for the images. (Digital images should be in sRGB, JPEG format (.jpg) at a maximum size of 1920 pixels on the long side and at a resolution of 300 ppi.)

When: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, May 21st

Where: City Library, Conference Room B, Salt Lake City

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