Message from the President – John Greening

As we move toward our final two competition meetings for 2015 here are a some of reminders.

1) The October Digital Deadline is Friday, Oct 2nd.

2) We have done really well this year on the digital file naming and resizing of entries. Please remind your members to keep it up. Sometimes the summer vacation brings fall errors.

3) Except for a little flurry early in the year, we have not had many make-ups. This is great and eases the work of the Division Chairs. Since there is no competition that follows the November meeting the Oct. meeting is the last meeting where make-ups can be accepted.

4) Remember that the End of the Year digital and print entries will be due the weekend of the November meeting. Details at the October meeting.

As this is my last year as President, I would like to start the process of determining who will be serving as officers and in the appointed positions for 2016. I know that some of you are interested in different offices. So if you are currently serving as an officer or an appointee and are looking for a change, or know someone who would be willing to serve, please let me know.

President (Lame Duck)

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I’m Back!

Back from vacation and the entries received so far for October have been processed and confirmed.


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September Workshop – Projector?

Anyone going to the September Workshop in Fresno that would be willing to transport the Projector? I will be on vacation and leave this coming Saturday, so we would need to meet up either Thursday or Friday Afternoon or Saturday Morning somewhere to hand it over to you.

If you can take it to the meeting, please contact me ASAP the usual ways.


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September Workshop

Just a reminder there is no competition in September, it will be our annual workshop and this time we have someone coming in to present it.

Sunday, September 13th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Ramada Inn, 324 E Shaw Avenue in Fresno

This two part workshop will focus on all the things that happen before and after that wonderful trip you took to get all those fabulous photos. Gary will discuss subject selection, location research, and planning on the pre-shoot side of the equation. For after a shoot, he will show how he handles his own professional work-flow regarding bringing images into the computer for editing and processing in Photoshop. He will also touch on how he gets his images ready for distributing to his various stock agents around the globe.

Gary specializes in scenic landscapes, travel destinations and imagery of California and the Western United States. After graduation from Humboldt State University, Gary managed the stock department of Galen Rowell’s mountain light Studio for nine years. He has worked with many of the world’s best advertising agencies, magazines and publishers. He is the author of seven books. The most recent is “Photographing California: Volume 1—North.

More about Gary, including examples of his work, is at En-lightened Images (

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Ever have trouble ID’ing a bird?

I recently found a website via a YouTube channel that helps ID birds (North American). You enter a picture of the bird, click a few points on the bird and it compares it to it’s database. I have tried it with a few pictures and now know the pretty blue bird I took a picture of is a Grosbeak! It can take a while sometimes but it has hit the right name 4 out of 5 attempts.

Check it out here:


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June Entries Confirmed to date.

All entries received by me as at 7:30 PM June 5th are now confirmed. If you do not have an email from me or your name is not listed here please resend ASAP.


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