Our next meeting will be at the Pin & Cue Bowling Alley in Whitefish, MT. at 6:30PM Thursday, Dec 8th 2005. This is our Christmas gift exchange meeting.
Rosella Mosteller gave us a wonderful program on How to mat your prints. She made the job of matting look so easy I'm sure we will all be bringing beautifully matted prints to our meetings. I thought we would need lots of fancy equipment but just a few simple items were required. She did mention that the easiest method was to take your prints to Peter at Walking Man Frame Shop. Does anyone know why a frame shop is called Walking Man?
Minutes from November
Once again we enjoyed some really top quality photography during our show and tell. Steve and Becca are two people with no inhibitions when it comes to subject matter. They are as comfortable in the deep dark woods doing creeks and waterfalls as they are shooting bunnies in the bunny house. I would never think to take pictures of cows and horses standing in a pasture but Steve raised pasture pictures to an art form. His make up artist deserves as much credit as Steve because at least from the front those were the cleanest shiniest cows and horses that I have ever seen.
The best thing about camera club, and I've said this many times, is that we can sit with our friends, eat a fabulous meal, and see any part of the world we want to see. Richard Firestone took us on a really nice trip though Alaska where we saw whales breaching, Glaciers calving some really nice scenery and all without putting on a sweater.
With Billy Younck we traveled to Europe, a place I've never been, and we saw some really cool modern cliff dwellings.
Joe, my favorite club photographer for November drove all the way to Michigan just so that we would not need to. He shot some of the best fall colors I have ever seen and also got some mushroom pictures that even D would be proud to have taken.
Adele and Jeff showed us Las Vegas and valley of fire. Setting the highest possible standards for the rest of us is nothing new for them. There was one shot of Bowman Lake that I really liked.
If you thought all this traveling was getting us in a rut, it was, Myrna traveled to the East side and photographed some of the biggest Bull Elk anybody ever laid eyes on. One thing that continues to fascinate me is all those grain elevators on the East side. Next time I go east I surely will try to get some grain elevator pictures as nice as Myrna's but no one can make them better. Myrna is one person in our club who does not take bad pictures.
My friend Gary is one of the most naturally gifted photographers in the world. He seems to just stumble around with a camera and still get the most fantastic pictures ever. I have never seen sail boat pictures as well done as those he takes. The trouble is that his sailboat pictures aren't nearly as nifty as his extra cool landscapes. The landscapes get even better when he stitches them together in his computer.
Our web site continues to get better. We have two more photographers displaying their work on the site. Dave and Dave are the latest additions and they really do complement those of us who were there before. Dave Clough has some outstanding photos of his just completed trip to Italy. His B/W prints make me green with envy. It is amazing to me that some photographers can always get it right and others of us keep banging our heads on the ceiling.
Dave Filler also has a knack for perfection. The first pictures he brought to Camera Club a long time ago were the best people pictures I had ever seen. Since then he changed careers and now is a full time pro who's photography earns him a fine living.
A couple of other people in our club who come to mind when I mention great photographers who can photograph people are Myrna and Dani. When you look at their work you think you know the people.
As far as I know our site is infinitely expandable so we are still recruiting club members who would like to participate. The traffic to the site is increasing. I have no idea at what point we can say that we are well known but when traffic gets better every month, at least we are moving in the right direction.
Nancy and I spent 10 days in our condo in DePoe Bay OR. The condo is in the vacation rental pool so we can't use it during the tourist season. The good thing about that is we don't leave home during the tourist season. The bad part is that my friend Jim Reed says they measure the off-season rain in feet. Well after our first two visits we were wondering why anyone would live there on purpose. It rained every day. This trip was totally different. We had ten days of sunshine and almost cloudless skies. It was warm and fabulous. We enjoyed every minute of every day. Even the Whales cooperated, they live just a ways out the front door and the came to see us twice.
Since you are already at the GCC site take a minute to sign up in the Forum. There is always a chance it could be useful. We might be able to use it for announcements.
TOM ULRICK is putting on a slide show at Grouse Mtn. Lodge Wednesday Dec. 6th at 7PM. As we all know Tom is a world traveler and he makes excellent pictures.
This is our gift exchange meeting.
Please bring a gift to exchange with other club members. We usually bring items from home that are no longer useful. Many items recycle each year. It would be better to bring something usable but gag gifts are OK.
Another thought would be in addition to your exchange gift, bring an unwrapped toy or a check and I will donate on behalf of the club to the Marine's program for kids.