Utah Wilderness 50 Exhibit Presentation

Join us on November 5th for a presentation at the Natural History Museum of Utah. The museum is currently hosting an exhibit of 50 photographs in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. On hand to lead our ’tour’ of these images will be renowned photographer and writer Stephen Trimble (who was also one of the judges for the contest), exhibit designer and curator Tim Lee, and Jeff Clay, the Coordinator of the exhibit.

Steve will focus on what it took to be selected as one of the 50 winning images. He will discuss photographic concepts such as composition, subject matter, and emotional impact. Tim will describe how to put together an exhibit that leads the viewer through a storyline. Jeff will talk about the genesis and significance of the exhibit and provide insights on the image selection process. Also, hopefully at least a few of the club photographers that were fortunate to place in the exhibit will also be on hand to personally discuss their images.

Where: Natural History Museum of Utah. Purchase your museum tickets and then meet in the Canyon, the large open space on the first floor up from the ticket counter. If you arrive late, proceed directly to the Sky Gallery on the 5th floor.

When: November 5th, 6:30-9pm  

Museum Cost: Adult, $13; 65+, $11; Free to members.

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Starry Starry Night on Mirror Lake: CLOSED FOR REGISTRATION

Very quickly we have surpassed expectations in the number of people who have signed up for this fieldtrip. Therefore we have closed the registration. Considering how popluar night time photography has become, it is likely that another one will be on the Bulletin sometime in the future! 

Join us on Saturday, October 25th, for a Milky Way shoot at  Mirror Lake Recreation area. That evening we will capture the Milky Way reflecting in several beautiful little lakes. For anyone that has never photographed the stars there will be a "how to" session before we head out. This could be great learning experience you have never done this kind of shooting.

This field trip will be on a "go/no go" basis just in case the weather doesn't cooperate and the skies are overcast. Check on the website the Friday before to see if the fieldtrip has been canceled. There will also be an email sent out on Friday the 24th to everyone that registers, letting everyone know if the trip is still on or not (weather permitting).

What to bring: Widest angle lens you own. The best lens is about 14-24mm for full frame bodies and 8-16mm for compact sensor bodies. Tripod and cable release if you own one. Flashlight, best kind are the multi-color headlamp flashlight. Bring WARM clothes including gloves and warm cap for your head, it could be very chilly up there since Mirror Lake area is above 10,000 ft elevation and it is late October. 

Where and When: We will meet that evening at 6 PM at the Mirror Lake campground parking area at the picnic sites and boat launch (see map). For anyone that would like to carpool meet at the UTA Park & Ride at 4PM and carpool (3498 E 3900 S). We will plan to start shooting at around 8:30 and finish by midnight, though if you want to leave earlier or later, that is fine as well.

Tips for shooting: Please read Royce Bair site for tips on shooting the Milky Way.

Take a High Road to China

When Yi Huang, a WCC member, proposed a photography trip to her native China, we weren't sure if there would be many takers. Yet, two club members joined her for a trip to China for very special trip that included Yi’s home city of Guiyang, located Southwest part of China. Tibet was also part of this adventure.

We'll see their best images and hear their stories.

Thursday, October 16, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

City Library, 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, Conf. Rm. B






2014 Bonneville Salt Flats Photoshoot CANCELLED

Sadly, we have elected to cancel the Bonneville Salt Flats Photoshop due to weather-related causes. Recent storms and cool weather have left the Flats with standing water. Based largely on information from the Bureau of Land Management it appears the Flats will not have time to dry out before October 11th.  This is the second year the club has had to cancel the event, but we are not alone. This year's Speed Week has had to reschedule it's events twice.

The Leadership Committee is working a smaller, similar photo opportunity and we will announce it when details are finalized. Otherwise, we'll see you on the Flats in 2015.    

Astro-, Infrared-, Time-Lapse Photography Workshop

Clarence Spencer will conduct an information-rich workshop on astro- and star photography, infrared photography and time-lapse photography. Clarence is the owner of Spencer’s Camera & Photo of Alpine, UT. He specializes in camera and photographic equipment repair, infrared and astronomy camera modifications and forensic camera modifications.  His work has been used by virtually every US federal agency including NASA.  One of his custom astromodified cameras was completed for NASA Astronaut Don Pettit for use onboard the International Space Station and is currently still in flight.  Clarence has experience in Infrared Photography, Astrophotography and Time-lapse photography and regularly teaches one-on-one classes regarding each method.  Almost every weekend he can be found in the west desert or high mountain clear air of Utah photographing everything on and above the earth. He will bring gear and equipment and will focus on the 'how-to' aspects of this fascinating areas of photography.   

When: 23-September 6:30-9pm
Where: SLC Downtown Library

Infrared Timelapse - B&W and Color IR - I from Spencer's Camera & Photo on Vimeo.

The Language of Light Exhibit Comes to the JCC

We're pleased to announce that the Language of Light exhibit is going to be presented once more, this time at the Jewish Community Center. Space limitations will reduce the number of images to around 80, but the upside is that all of the image categories will have representation at one location. So, if you couldn't make it to some of the library branches to see a category, here is your opportunity.

We will have a reception on Sunday, September 7th from 4 to 6 p.m. and everyone is invited. It's a great time to discuss the images and meet with other photographers. Please come out and support your fellow club members!

Exhibit Details:

  • Tuesday, September 2 - Tuesday September 30, 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Monday - Thursday 5 a.m - 10 p.m., Friday 5 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday - Sunday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed: Labor Day and September 14
  • Salt Lake Jewish Community Center, 2 N Medical Dr, Salt Lake City

Annual Competition Awards Announced

The winners of the club's yearlong competition were announced during the End of Year meeting held Thursday, August 21. This competiton year was the first to use the new Internet-based system that has improved our efficiency tremendously and been popular with our judges as well.

The coveted Photographer of the Year was awarded to Sterling Sanders who outscored all competitors in the Masters ranking. Sterling has been a long-time competitor who won the Altered Reality division with some striking images. 

Here is the complete list of the 2013-2014 Winners:

  Authentic Altered Reality
1st Place Keith Hill Sterling Sanders
2nd Place Terry Madsen Keith Hill
3rd Place Jim Berneike Terry Madsen
1st Place Eric Vaughan Gregg Beukelman
2nd Place Chris Miller Chris Miller
3rd Place Shayne Shaw Shayne Shaw
1st Place Jason Hutchison Lloyd Blackburn
2nd Place Josh Allred Josh Allred
3rd Place Gretchen Faulk Melody Oliphant
3rd Place Gretchen Faulk Melody Oliphant
1st Place Lin Cheong Lin Cheong
2nd Place Larry Hardwick Larry Hardwick
3rd Place Jim Clark  

If you are a new member, or are considering participating, Competitions are an invaluable way to grow in the craft of photography. Participants will have outside judges rank and critique their images in a constructive manner to provide insights for better image making. Additionally, competitions promote creativity through the "Assigned" categories, where photographers work to illustrate a predetermined theme or concept. Check out the Competition Rules and Guidelines for more detailed information.

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