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 Lesley.Colwell@cityoflonetree.com.

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 (www.haywardphotos.com)

Fee: $95 Resident/$104 Non Resident

To attend, please choose this link: http://www.parkerarts.org/1835/Digital-Arts

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,
games, apps and more. And don’t forget, as a friend, whenever you order $50 or more of any Think Tank gear using my special link you can add yet one more free item to your order, as well as free shipping! To receive your free AppHouse follow the rebate download instructions
on the backpacks’ product pages. [*Note: this special offer does not apply to Perception backpacks.]
To redeem this offer, order through this URL:

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.

Adding New Competitions

In addition to the Colorado Council of Camera Clubs Competitions, the Lone Tree Photo Club is now competing in the Photographic Society of America, PSA, Club competitions. As a current member you are eligible to compete at the club level with other great camera clubs around the world.
The next competitions will start up in October, so start thinking about some images for these categories. When you are out shooting, or even processing and printing, think about the 12 Elements of a Great Image

In the PSA competitions there are many categories to choose from:

  1. Projected Image Division – Anything goes as long as it is digital
  2. Projected Image Division Creative – Put those amazing photoshop skills to the test
  3. Nature Division – Just pure Nature in all its glory
  4. Photojournalism – General or Human Interest
  5. Photo Travel – Get out much?
  6. Pictorial Print – Large and Small prints from Color, Mono, and Creative

You might ask, why should I enter a competition? While we have many talented members in the club, you can vastly increase the number of folks who will have constructive criticism. While I’m sure all of us have friends and relatives that tell us that our work is fantastic, it really does help to have someone who is passionate about the work we produce make suggestions.

Eye of the Camera – Best of Show – Littleton Museum

“LTPC members Charlie Lehman and Mike Berenson will have a show at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup Street, Littleton from April 18th – May 25th. This is for winning the Best of Show at the Eye of the Camera Photography Show last year. Opening Reception is April 17th from 5:30 to 7:00. “

Photo Exhibition by Charlie Lehman

Charlie Lehman will have a photo exhibition opening in Colorado Springs at the Gold Hill Mesa Community Center.  The exhibition runs from Feb 1-Mar 31 2014.  His exhibition is part of the exhibit, “Scenes that make go Ahhh”. His work is great as we’ve all seen at our exhibition nights and from the presentation he has done for our club.  There will be an opening reception Feb 8th from 5 PM to 7 PM.

The address is:

Gold Hill Mesa Community Center&nbsp
142 Raven Mine Drive&nbsp
Colorado Springs, CO 80905&nbsp
Scenes that make you go Ahhh promo

Volunteer Request – Exploring the Light Show

Ever had an urge to help out or find out what it takes to do a photography show?  If so, we have an opportunity for you.

Lone Tree is looking for volunteers to assist with the annual Lone Tree Photo competition, now called Exploring the Light!  If you would like to volunteer your time to assist in taking in artwork, hanging artwork, greeting guests during the opening reception, or greeting guests during the workshop, please click on the link below to find dates and details to sign up.  Lone Tree uses VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Exploring the Light 2014 – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:  http://vols.pt/85mpuM
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
  3. Sign up!  VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.  Easy! Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone.

Thank you for your consideration to assist with this annual event — we hope to see you in April!

January Newsletter

Please enjoy our January Newsletter

JAN_2014 LTPC Newsletter

Make Your Photos Look Great With Lightroom! (or Camera Raw!)

Are you 100% confident that your color correction is all that it could
be? Do you often work on photos with the feeling that you just know
there’s a better photograph in there somewhere, but you’re just not
sure how to achieve it?

Then you need this class! This intensive one-day session on raw image
tonal and color correction is based on George Jardine’s Image
Correction Master Class video series. This is a hands-on class, so you
should plan to bring a laptop with Lightroom 5 and/or Adobe Photoshop
to get the most out of the class. We will be using Adobe Lightroom,
but those using Adobe Camera Raw will find that the controls and
techniques are identical. Please join us!

The Image Correction Master Class is not intended to be an exhaustive
look at every feature in the Lightroom Develop module. But rather this
class will focus on giving you the background you need in the core
image correction controls to make great corrections. (We will cover
the Basic Tone controls, the Tone Curve, and the HSL panel.) If we
have time we will touch on the Detail panel, with a discussion of
Sharpening and Noise Reduction.

Class will be Saturday, November 23, at the Lone Tree Civic Center.

Class fee is $69.95. Click here to register.

Lunch will be provided.

Sampling of the Seasons at Roxborough State Park ~ Fall

Roxborough State Park is often referred to as one of the crown jewels of the Colorado State Parks, and deservedly so.  Photographers and tourists alike can’t help but marvel at the towering rock formations and the opportunities to walk among wildlife that is quite comfortable with humans in their midst.  From spectacular panoramic views to small birds and mammals rustling in the underbrush of the oak islands at the base of the rocks, the photo ops seem to be everywhere.  And no two days in the Park are the same!

(Image is one of the winning photos for the 2014 calendar)

The Friends of Roxborough State Park sponsor an annual photo contest and calendar featuring photos taken in Roxborough State Park. The contest opened to the public in 2013 and the photos in the 2014 calendar provide a sample of the photographic opportunities available in the Park.

Sessions will start in the early morning for optimal light and color and last about two hours (any earlier and the sunlight will not have reached over the foothills into the park). Your $7 entry fee is good for 24 hours. You can stay all day or leave and return later in the day.

This Session is the 2nd in a Series of 4!

Duration:  3+ hours per session beginning at the Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m.

Registration Limit:  15 per session

Cost: Cost: $28 per single session or $100 for all four. No refunds. All proceeds go to support the educational and interpretive mission of Roxborough State Park. Spouses not carrying cameras  may join the group for a $10.fee  Registrations are being taken on the Front Range Photography Group Meetup site.

All proceeds go to support the educational and interpretive mission of Roxborough State Park. 

Note: In addition a Colorado State Parks Pass or a $7 day fee is required for admittance to the Park.

Focus: This series consists of four two-hour sessions (sampling the seasons) walking the trails with a seasoned naturalist and a photographer who knows the Park from a winning photographer’s point of view. Sessions will provide insight into locations within the park for great photos of the geology, weather phenomenon, spring wildflowers, birds, bears and other fauna. The purpose is to familiarize participants with the opportunities available in the Park during different seasons, with the assumption that you will return on your own as often as you can when the time and conditions are just right!  Maybe one of your photos will make it into the annual Friends of Roxborough State Park calendar.

Recommended Gear:


Dress in layers appropriate for the season and check the weather forecasts: Mornings tend to be windy and cooler than you might expect

Comfortable shoes for walking 2-3 miles on sandy gravel trails

Bring your own snacks and water.

Who Should Sign Up?

Anyone who wants to learn more about the seasonal photo opportunities available in one of the most beautiful state parks in Colorado.  If you are interested in submitting photos for the 2015 contest, you will learn about the philosophy o purposeful photography that drives the selection of photos for the annual calendar, and the value of photos that intrigue and tell a story through the flora, fauna, geology and other natural and historic features in the Park.

How to get there:  Google Roxborough State Park. Bring cash and give yourself time to pay the $7 parking fee (cash only – at the self-service kiosk by the park entrance) if you don’t have an annual pass. Parking is limited so car-pooling is advised.

Do not confuse Roxborough State Park with the Roxborough Park housing development. The State Park entrance gate is just past the fire station and you will soon find yourself on a dirt road. Mule deer and bluebirds provide wonderful photo opportunities along the entrance road. We will meet in front of the Visitor Center on the patio near the bathrooms.

From Wadsworth

Take Wadsworth south past Chatfield State Park. Turn left on Waterton Road (just before the entrance to Lockheed Martin.) Continue on Waterton Road—crossing the South Platte River, until it ends at North Rampart Range Road (1.6 miles) Turn right (south) on North Rampart Range Road. Continue south past Roxborough Village and the Foothills Water Treatment Plant. (2.3 miles) At the intersection of North Rampart Range Road and Roxborough Park Road (just before the entrance to Arrowhead golf course), turn left onto Roxborough Park Road. Take the next right on East Roxborough Drive(about 50 yards away) to enter the park.

From Santa Fe

Head south on Santa Fe (Highway 85) to Titan Road. (4.2 miles south of C-470 intersection) Turn right (west) on Titan Road. Continue heading west on Titan Road. It will curve and begin to head south—becoming North Rampart Range Road (3 miles). Continue south on North Rampart Range Road past Roxborough Village and the Foothills Water Treatment Plant (3.5 miles). At the intersection of North Rampart Range Road and Roxborough Park Road, turn left onto Roxborough Park Road. Take the next right on East Roxborough Drive(about 50 yards away) to enter the park.

Park Contact Information:

Park hours vary by season.

The gate opens at 8:00 a.m. from September through April. The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Phone: 303-973-3959