Photographing Wildlife in Colorado by Dawn Wilson September 19, 2016 @ 7:00 PM Lone Tree Civic Center


Dawn will discuss the following

“- Techniques for finding wildlife: thinking like a hunter
– Tips for successful photographs of wildlife: from camera settings to creative ideas
– Preparing for a successful wildlife photo shoot: the right gear, equipment and research”

Dawn Wilson is a professional and award-winning nature photographer who specializes in photographing wildlife of high altitudes and high latitudes of the Rocky Mountains and Alaska. She started with photography as a child, photographing any event she attended. After obtaining a communications degree from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, a computer graphics certificate from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and an MBA in marketing from Temple University, she moved to Colorado. Here she discovered the beauty of the outdoors and her passion for photographing the large and small mammals of the high country. After several tragedies in her life, she quit her corporate job of 20 years in 2013 to pursue photography and writing full-time. Life was too short to pursue her passions. She currently travels throughout the U.S. in a 39′ RV photographing wildlife and telling the stories about the amazing places she visits. Dawn also volunteers as a Master Naturalist with the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department, writes two monthly columns for the Fort Collins “Coloradoan” and is a trained Leave No Trace steward. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, calendars and campaigns, including “Outdoor Photographer”, “Natures Best”, “Wyoming Wildlife”, and “Colorado Outdoors.”

Lone Tree Civic Center

8527 Lone Tree Pkwy, Lone Tree, CO

Creativity, Art & Expression in Landscape Photography with Doug Bennett August 15th 7:00 PM @ Lone Tree Civic Center

Over the last few years, Doug has been pursuing the Art & Expression side of landscape photography. Additionally, Doug has learned much about the role of creativity — learning how to put oneself into the right zone for creativity. As some of you are aware, Doug and his wife Laura have aggressively competed in the Professional Photographers of America’s (PPA) International Print Competition which has taught them much about art and expression.


Doug has been shooting the landscape since 2001. From the outset, Doug has always looked to improving his photography by attending photography meetings and other avenues such as print competition. In continuing this pursuit, Doug joined PPA five years ago and in that time has earned his Master Photography Degree and Craftsman Degree from PPA. From PPA Print Competition, in 2013 he was a Platinum Photographer of the Year and has been Diamond Photographer of the Year in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, Doug earned the PPA Imaging Excellence Award, a much coveted award among PPA members. Lastly, in 2015 Doug finished 2nd to Peter Lik in PPA’s Grand Imaging Awards in the Landscape Category.

Brad McDowell’s Cherry Creek State Park Special Map 2016

This is a map that Brad has marked up to show some great spots for taking sunrise photos etc.

See below:

Cherry Creek State Park Photo Guide final (1)

14th Annual Lone Tree Photography Show **CALL FOR ENTRIES!** DEADLINE MARCH 25TH

You can help with the show!  We need volunteers for the following:

April 26th – Images Delivered (9:00 am to 11:30 am) Receiving images

April 27th Help in hanging the images (time to be determined)

Saturday, April 30th – Opening Reception (4:30 pm – 6:30 pm) Check in the artists

May 31st – Images picked up by artists and buyers (9:00 am – 11:30 am) assist with the check out process

If you would like to help Click here to volunteer


George Jardine will be this years judge 


Exploring the Light 2016

Exploring the Light will run from April 27th, 2016 – May 29th, 2016 at the Lone Tree Arts Center and is presented by the Lone Tree Arts Commission and the Lone Tree Photo Club, with support from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).


Viewing hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday and two hours before productions at The Lone Tree Arts Center.

All images are available for purchase through the Lone Tree Arts Center Box Office.

Exploring the Light Opening Cocktail Reception
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street
Music, appetizers and fun.

2016 Categories include:
Human Interest
People in Sports

February 24th – Call for Entry Opens
March 25th – Application Deadline/Entry Closed
April 1st – Notification of Acceptance
April 26th – Images Delivered (9:00 am to 11:30 am)
April 27th – May 29th – Photo Show Dates
Saturday, April 30th – Opening Reception (4:30 pm – 6:30 pm)
May 31st – Images picked up by artists and buyers (9:00 am – 11:30 am)

Total Cash awards are estimated at $3,000. Best of Show and first place winners in each category will be awarded gallery space for approximately 2 weeks at the Lone Tree Arts Center following the photo show. Awards include, first, second and third place in every category, Best of Show and People’s Choice.

Exploring the Light – 2016 Photo Show Book for Purchase
With photographer’s permission, the Lone Tree Photo Club will compose a book with accepted entries representing Exploring the Light 2016. Accepted images will be printed with the photographer’s name and information about the image such as location, camera and the story behind the photo. Exploring the Light will be available for viewing and purchase online after the close of the show in June 2016.

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked page.  If you need further assistance contact Events Manager, Allissa Dailey, or 720-509-1011.

ThinkTank Trifecta

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just released two new backpacks designed to allow you three different ways to get at your three “workhorse” lenses.  The Trifecta 10 is designed for DSLR systems, and the Trifecta 8 is designed for mirrorless systems. These innovative backpacks sling for side access from both the left and right. They are the perfect carrying solution for when you are on the move and don’t want to have to take off your backpack to access your gear. The rear panel opening offers complete access to gear.  And don’t forget that when you use my link you receive free gear with your order as well as free shipping.

ThinkTank Trifecta

ThinkTank Trifecta

August Meeting preview

Join us August 17th for Dale Ralph’s presentation: “Bringing Your Ideas To Life”.

Dale will cover:

  • Idea generation
  • Selecting a Model
  • Shooting
  • Putting it together with a few simple photoshop tools


2015 Exploring the Light Book Published

If you missed the Exploring the Light show this year, or would like to look back on the show,  we now have a photo book published for it.

Exploring the Light Book

Lone Tree Creative Photographic Art Workshop – Saturday, May 16, 2015

Today, more than ever before, a photographic image having a lasting and timeless quality must demonstrate both a mastery of photographic craft and technique, and mastery of vision and expression.

Join Rick Avalos and Doug Bennett at the Lone Tree Civic Offices on May 16th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm as they share from their extensive experience and knowledge essential techniques of craft and art. Not only will this program be informative and useful for accomplished photographers, but also beginners and those who simply wish to take better photographs during their travels and of people of character.

Offering a vast breadth of experience and photographic skill, Rick Avalos is one of today’s premier portrait artists. Not only earning a Master of Photography Degree, Craftsman Degree, and being a Certified Professional Photographer, Rick is also an approved International Print Juror. His presentation ”Heart and Soul” will open your eyes to the beauty and challenges of life and how they are captured.

Being one of PPA’s newest Master Photographers, Doug Bennett, in addition to focusing on some key craft and techniques of shooting the landscape, will principally focus on how to improve your images by examining techniques of vision and art that can help you become more expressive in your landscape imagery. Ansel Adams had it right when he said, “Photograph not only what you see, but also what you feel.” Great landscape photography is about making images that connect with your viewers by communicating your emotions and artistic vision. Doug’s program will provide you extensive insights to make your images communicate more.

For more information contact Lesley Colwell at

Photographing from the Edge of Life

Photographing From the Edge of Life is a photography workshop that includes a presentation, seminar, offsite photo shoot, and photo critique session. The presentation centers on how we as photographers are recording life around us, yet we record life mostly from the sidelines… from the Edge of Life,and how we work with light, our subjects and with our life experiences. In the seminar, we’ll discuss the quality of light, the art of observation and a photographer’s sense of place. During the off-site photo shoot, we’ll greet the sun while photographing in the Foothills region, and then return to PACE to download, edit and adjust our digital photographs. Finally, we’ll end the workshop with time to share our photographs with the other participants in a supportive, relaxed and enjoyable group critique session.

Instructor: Dan Hayward (

Fee: $95 Resident/$104 Non Resident

To attend, please choose this link:

Schedule Details: Saturday, May 23 Presentation and Seminar (1 hour break for lunch) 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 24, Photo Shoot 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. & Critique 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For ages 16 and above.

Think Tank Photo Premium for Lone Tree Photo Club Members

Great news from our partners at Think Tank Photo. For the month of February, whenever you order one of their rugged, multifunction, and secure backpacks* they will give you for free your choice of one of their popular AppHouse 8 or AppHouse 10 tablet cases. Their backpacks range from the field-oriented StreetWalker backpacks to their transportation-oriented Airport backpacks, as well as their expandable Shape Shifter and their “long glass” backpacks. The AppHouse shoulder/belt-mounted tablet bags are a great way to carry a digital portfolio or presentation, transmit images, or access your music,
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AppHouse 8

AppHouse 8

Personally I have multiple ThinkTank bags, but my gear usually lives in my StreetWalker Pro.  It’s a nice durable bag that’s comfortable to hike with.  And it’s very light, so if you travel internationally, the carry on baggage checks are easier to pass.