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,
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:
  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!