- November Meeting - Joe and Velda share stories and photographs
NOTE: DIFFERENT LOCATION - Culver City Senior Center at 4095 Overland (across the street to the north of the Veterans Memorial Building). Joe Doherty and Velda Ruddock share stories and photographs from their most recent travels in the West "We spent five days at the end of September in Sonoma County developing our skills photographing vineyards, harvest, and crush, under the guidance of Jerry Dodrill. Our goal was to learn how to "tell the story of the wine" with photographs, in preparation for a long-term project photographing winemakers in Santa Barbara and the Central Coast. We then drove to Southwest Colorado to photograph Fall Colors. We will discuss the challenges and surprises we found at locations we visited, and the differences and similarities of the San Juan Mountains and the Eastern Sierra. After the aspens were past-peak and more leaves were on the ground than in the trees, we visited two very different ranches near Steamboat Springs and Grand Junction. The first is a working ranch with cattle, horses, and chickens, where the "circle of life" is a daily reality. The second is an historically significant ranch on the Colorado River that recently entered into a conservation agreement with a local land trust. They each presented very different opportunities for visual storytelling." About the speakers: Joe Doherty and Velda Ruddock are mostly-retired from their careers in academia and advertising, and spend as much time as possible in their Four-Wheel Camper photographing the landscapes and people of the West. They are active members of the Camera Committee. The meeting is free and open to interested parties. Please Note: The pre-meeting Meet-and-Greet dinner will be held at 6pm at the Overland Cafe, 3601 Overland Ave, Los Angeles CA[masked]http://www.overlandcafe.com
- Photo walk – Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos
Rating O-1, easy walking, about two miles, group size limited. Day of the dead is an event is pre-Columbian, Aztec, Mayan celebration of life, to honor the deceased loved ones and there spirits. It is a 9 day festival in historic Olvera Street with colorful costumes, museums*, altars, workshops, face painting, music, dance and entertainment.There is a nightly Procession at 7PM. Easy walking, maybe a couple of miles depending on group. Have cell phones to stay in contact, we will meet at the fire Station a few steps south of the Plaza/stage. Public Parking nearby and at Union Station, you can also take the Metro to Union Station and is directly across from Olvera Street Plaza. There are no restrictions to photography and tripods are allowed, but be mindful of pedestrian traffic and there will be another camera group shooting that day. A mono pod may be more appropriate. You should also ask when photographing people not performing, some merchants get paid for using their props. We plan to shoot into the night hours using available light, flash may be useful but not always welcomed for street photography. Use faster or large aperture lenses like f:2.8 to f:1.2 if you can, and use higher ISO. Ask questions here before the event, I can also help on the day of the event, but I don't know the operation of other brands/models of cameras. Bring your manuals if needed, I shot Fuji and Nikon. *Avila Adobe, Plaza Firehouse, Chinese American Museum, Gateway to Nature Center, Photographic Exhibit "Finding Shelter", and more. Info. links: https://www.elpueblo.lacity.org https://www.olveraevents.com/day-of-the-dead-olvera-street Union Station Parking: https://www.unionstationla.com/visit LA Metro: https://www.metro.net
- White Mtns/Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Photo Exploration (Night Photos)
Join the Camera Committee's Jeremy Evans*, Allan Der, and John Nilsson for a car camp and photo exploration in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest and the surrounding White Mountains above Bishop with an emphasis on night photography. This is a new moon weekend and the dark sky presents special opportunities for stunning image-making including the Milky Way.** From our base in Grandview Campground, we’ll look for scenic locations in the Bristlecone Forest and up White Mountain Road. There will be hiking opportunities and some driving exploration. We expect to set up for nighttime photo sessions on Friday and Saturday nights. Jeremy* is well-versed in low-light photography and has produced many stunning Milky Way and starscape photos with natural and painted foregrounds and features. He will explain the principles of night photography and guide novices in capturing some great frames. What to know before you reserve: • This is a high-elevation outing. Grandview Campground sits at about 8000 feet. All photo locations are higher. The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center in the Schulman Grove is about 9000 feet; Patriarch Grove, over 10,000 feet. The drive up White Mountain Road will allow views down on Patriarch Grove. • Grandview Campground is nearly 18 miles up winding, sometimes narrow White Mountain Road and Highway 168 from Big Pine on Highway 395. • This is strictly a car camp based in a remote location. No lodging options available. You need to bring everything you need for two nights in a dry campground when you leave Big Pine. • There will be some hiking and for photo sessions you will carry your own camera gear with a tripod over rough terrain. Appropriate boots or shoes as well as a pack that will comfortably accommodate your gear is essential. • It's almost October at elevation and you will out in the night. Be prepared to be warm at the photo sessions and in your tent. • Participants are responsible for all camping elements (i.e. tent or vehicle shelter with appropriate bedding for cold nights, cooking gear, food and water, chair, clothing for cold nights in the open). Grandview Campsites have picnic tables, reasonably flat tent pads and parking areas. No water is available in the campground. Vault toilets are nearby. Campsite fee is a suggested $5 donation per night. • There is $3 per person (maximum $6 per car) use fee for the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Interagency Passes and Senior Access passes are accepted. Donations are happily accepted, too. • All participants must sign the Sierra Club liability waiver to join this outing. Special notes: * About Jeremy: There is a chance that Jeremy (a freelance photographer and cinematographer) will be called for a job with little notice. This may cause a trip cancellation or, at the very least, would mean a downgraded experience. ** Milky Way Disclosure: Late September is the shoulder of Milky Way viewing/photography season. We will not see the full glory of a wide, intense Milky Way high over us. Instead, we should have good views of the Milky Way closer to the horizon, early in the evening (a few hours after sunset). And, of course, everything depends on weather. But you knew that already, right? How to Reserve. • To create a premium photo experience, our group is limited to 8 participants (plus leaders). Reserve early to secure your spot. To reserve, send an email to [masked] with your name, email address, home and cell numbers, and a zip code to facilitate car-pool arrangements. If you are in the first 8 respondents, we’ll contact you about sending a reservation fee. We’ll create a waiting list if the demand is high. • Reservation Fee: $25 per person deliverable via check payable to Sierra Club Camera Committee. Your check will be refunded at the first assembly or upon 5 day advance cancellation notice. If this trip is cancelled by the Camera Committee, your check will be returned.
- Monthly Meeting: Tin Man Lee - Nature Photography At Its Finest
This meeting and all Camera Committee meetings are free and open to the public. Tin Man Lee is an award winning nature photographer and a popular photography instructor. A dynamic and fun presenter with a huge stockpile of stunning images, he is assembling something special for the Camera Committee. For more specific information on this program, please check this page in a week or so ahead of the meeting. In the meantime, check out Mr. Lee's website and video channel: https://tinmanlee.com/about/ or see what he's been up to lately on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tinmanlee/
- West LA Mtg: Death Valley Nat'l Park: Magnitude & Mystery by Michael E. Gordon
Veterans Memorial Park
This cross-posting for West LA group will interest CamCo members for sure! Join professional photographic artist Michael E. Gordon for a presentation featuring images and stories from Death Valley National Park, the largest and most awe-inspiring National Park in the lower 48. Michael is a California native and resident who has been exploring, hiking, studying, photographing and loving Death Valley for more than 25 years. His passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge of this fascinating and magical landscape will turn you into a Death Valley lover, too. He is intimately familiar with the land, its moods, its light, and its natural and human history. More about Michael's photography: http://www.michael-gordon.com/ Michael's Death Valley Tours: http://www.deathvalleyphototours.com/ Michael is bringing his books, "American Desert" and "Immense, Silent, and Sacred" for sale and signing. This free educational event is sponsored by the West Los Angeles Group of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. Event details: Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7pm at Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden room, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230. Plenty of free lighted parking. Feel free to bring a friend; all meetings are open to both members and non-members of the Sierra Club.
- Monthly Meeting: Town Hall re The Future of the Camera Committee
With Chairman Bob Beresh moving to Colorado Springs, settling in and growing his business there, the Camera Committee is at a crossroads. Bob and the Committee's outings leaders and managers have been exploring options for the operation of the Committee going forward. They will present those options at this Town Hall but before any decisions are made, they want to hear what you have to say about it. Currently the Committee is looking at two options: + Continue as an Angeles Chapter Committee with the same mission to serve the Chapter and the Sierra Club but change the way we operate to revitalize the group, recruit new members and find a chairman and possibly a program coordinator. If you like the CamCo but have issues or ideas you'd like to see addressed, this is the time to express yourself. + Merge with another Angeles Chapter group or section, giving up our independent status and the management requirements associated with autonomy in exchange for access to a larger membership group and more outings leaders. West Los Angeles Group is interested in absorbing the Committee. If you are active in a group that might be a good fit, tell us about it. All suggestions and comments will be heard and given consideration. Please come to voice your opinion. If you cannot attend, consider sending a message to Bob Beresh and [masked] or contact any of the outings leaders and managers listed in Focal Points and on our webpage https://www.sierraclub.org/angeles/camera-committee/about-us.
- Member Show and Social Hour - June Meeting
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS: Put together 10 (no more than 10) of your best shots and place them on a thumb drive. It's best if your shots are the only thing on the drive as it makes it easier for the projector operator to find them. Give your thumb drive to the projector operator no later than 7:15 the night of the meeting. Be prepared to briefly moderate your presentation to the group. All Photos must be formatted as .JPG with a resolution of 2000 pixels on the longest side. Or ... you can bring prints of your work, or a book, or what have you. We will set up tables for those who prefer to present in this fashion. This is great fun that allows everyone to get their photos out to the world! Please Note: Because there will be no speaker for this meeting, we will not be having our normal Meet and Greet.
- Milky Way Photography - May Meeting
A Night of Learning - Milky Way Photography with Photog Adventures' Brendan Porter & Aaron King Aaron King & Brendon Porter created Photog Adventures back in 2016 to have a platform to share Milky Way Photography and Landscape Photography adventures with a Podcast & YouTube audience. "We share our recent adventures out there with our cameras, what went well and what could have gone better along with interviews with inspiring photographers in the industry that helps spread our Mission Statement to Get Out There and Have a Photog Adventure of Your Own!" How to Plan with tools like PhotoPills Correct Settings and Exposure Balanced Composition & Gear