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!)

before-and-after
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:

Camera

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

Smart Previews & Location Workflows With Lightroom 5 ~ George Jardine

Fogrise ~ George Jardine

Fogrise ~ George Jardine

Come explore the new major new Library feature for Lightroom 5: Smart Previews. Lightroom now allows you to take your catalog on location, leaving your large photo library hard drives behind, and still work on your photos in Develop! The new Smart Previews feature opens up an entirely new workflow for traveling photographers.

In this 4-hour workshop, we will also touch on basic strategies for basic photo library structure, that makes backup, recovery and archiving as painless as these necessary chores can possibly be.

Date:  September 21, 2013

Instructor: George Jardine

Time:  Class 9:00- 1:00 ~ Bringing your computer? Come early to set up, registration opens at 8:30

Fee: $29.95 (rsvp on Front Range Photography Meetup

Location: Lone Tree Civic Center, 8427 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (Downstairs in Room A.  Elevator available)

What others think of George Jardine’s Workshops:

George is a great instructor!  He is very thorough in his presentations and I have learned a lot from his classes.  He is also very personable and very good about answering questions.”  Liz, Meetup member

“As a long-time Lightroom user, I began before I knew how to use it properly.  I only wish I could have had the opportunity to learn from George back then.  If so my data base of images would be in perfect shape! George has a distinct teaching style, I find his lessons relevant to my issues and easy to understand.  He’s really taken the mystery out of this robust tool.”
Kristal Kraft

 

 

Hawk Quest – July 13

Front Range Photography Meetup is sponsoring a special photo shoot with Hawk Quest. We will have a total of 6-Birds of Prey in a natural setting to photograph.  The birds will include a Bald Eagle, Falcon, Owls and a few surprise birds.

We are limiting this session to 20 participates in order to give everyone the opportunity to capture the best photos.  (A well-known photo store offers this shoot to 50 people or more!)

Kin Quitugua, is a master falconer and long time environmental educator.  Kin knows how to handle the birds and will instruct us as to what his is doing, how the bird will fly in order for us to be able to capture that “money-shot.”

We will create small groups to photograph the various birds in separate areas of the park.  After a period of time, the group will move on to another location, rotating throughout the morning.

The final setup will be shooting a bird in flight.  All of us will gather at the location, the bird will fly in front of us.  Typically this is done multiple times to allow us a few practice shots!

If you would like to read more about Hawk Quest please visit their website.

Schedule:

7:30 – 8:00 for introductions and to gear up.  Hawk Quest requires each person to sign a waiver.
8:00 Begin Shooting at assigned station

11:00 end of session

11:00-11:30 Hawk Quest offers a table of various items for sale, T-shirts, books, etc. to help support their non-profit efforts.  You might want to do a little shopping so bring extra cash!

Location:

Bear Creek Lake Park ~ Map

This is a City of Lakewood Park, there is an admission fee of $7.  Carpooling is suggested.

After the Event – Brunch

Immediately following our shot, let’s meet at the Blue Cow Restaurant in Morrison for brunch.  It will be fun to hangout and chat about the morning and perhaps show our images!

Since we are keeping this group small, we need 20 people to fund the event.  There will be no refunds unless there is someone on the waiting list willing to take your spot.  Typically this event fills up fast, so don’t delay.

Registration is being taken on the Front Range Photography Meetup site.  You must be a member of Meetup to join the Front Range Photography group. (it’s free to join)

Preparing Your Images for Output: Understanding Resolution, Sizing, & Sharpening for Web & Print

George Jardine ~ Photographer

George Jardine

Back by popular demand, we welcome George Jardine on June 1 & June 8.  George will be presenting a brand new workshop offering a soup-to-nuts look at image preparation for output.  He will be doing a deep dive on several techniques for sizing, sharpening and compression for web output, as well as for printing to ink jet printers.

Lightroom 4 Library DVD Included

Lightroom 4 Library DVD Included

This new class will be four hours in length, from 9 AM – 1 PM, on Saturday, June 1 (class full)  June 8 (space available).  The workshop is limited to 20 participants.  Please come prepared to follow along on your computer.  If you do not own a copy of Lightroom, you can download a trial version from Adobe.

As a special bonus George will be providing each participant with a copy of his Lightroom Library 4 DVD.

 

 

 Date: Saturday, June 1 (full!)  Saturday, June 8 (space available)
Cost: $29.95
Space is limited to the first 20!

To Reserve your seat, visit the Front Range Meetup site and pay via Paypal

(You must be a member of Front Range Photography Meetup to register, it’s free to join!)

Time: 9:00- 1:00 (8:30 registration begins)

Location: Lone Tree Civic Center

Room A, downstairs (elevator available)

8527 Lone Tree Parkway

Lone Tree, CO 80124

What Others are Saying about George Jardine’s Workshops:

 

I have nothing but praises for George Jardine and his Lightroom workshop. Having just purchased the Lightroom software, I was totally in the dark at the beginning of the class.  George was so easy to follow and his presentation was excellent.  I learned so much and look forward to taking another one of his modules. ~ Emelyn Morris-Sayre

I love George Jardine, not only is great photographer, but an awesome teacher as well! At his last Lightroom workshop, I learned so much that helped my work flow process, and the information he shared with us gave a boost to my Stock Photography business! His workshops are fun and entertaining, and shares his stash of yummy treats! George is FANTASTIC! ~ Teri Virbickis

“Last fall I took George’s Lightroom workshops covering the modules of Lightroom 4.  I could not believe there was so much to learn in the library module on how to catalogue photos, key wording, etc.  I will have to go back and review the DVD’s that were given and the one’s that I also bought so that I could further gain from his great instruction.  I have been using Lightroom since it was initially introduced but found that there were many things I did not use that were there for me the whole time.  I am now able to use the develop module to further enhance my photos to get the results that I want to get.  Truthfully, I wasn’t getting the results that I wanted, and when I made the changes that were taught in class it made such a big difference!  There are certain things I do now, after this class, in the Develop module that I never did prior to taking the class.  Conversely there are things that I was doing that I would never do now!  I highly recommend taking all modules that George teaches.” ~Nona Radin

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