On November 20th, Jon Van de Grift is the featured guest speaker, and will present, “Back in Black – Building My Vision of Nature the New Old Fashioned Way.”
This presentation will include a personal look at the trials and tribulations of making art, a tour of his latest collections, as well as a question and answer session for photographers seeking advice on how to cope with the elements.
Jon Van de Grift is an extreme weather photographer based in Boulder, Colorado. His photographs have been published worldwide in nearly every medium. What makes Jon’s photographs unique is his uncommon approach and lofty perspective. Beyond the typical documentary snapshots of storms, Jon makes true fine art of some of the most dangerous weather on Earth. His platform of choice is a mountain summit and when that’s not available he uses aircraft. He is one of only a few fine art aerial photographers in the world. When he’s not behind the camera, he’s in front of the chalkboard teaching earth and atmospheric science at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Please visit www.TheWeatherTrees.com to learn more about Jon and see his work. You can also watch for him on “Dispatches” on Outside Television.
On October 16th, Steve O’Bryan is the featured guest speaker, and will present The Spaces Between: Photography Beyond the Frame
In Steve’s words:
“For the last twenty-plus years or so, I’ve taught ancient Greek and Roman history at a university in Denver. From that long perspective, there’s not much new under the sun.
But I also take photographs—-and I’m as passionate about those as I am the ancient Romans. My company, Wild Basin Photography and Gallery, is located in the North Boulder Art District. My portfolio is filled with images of Boulder, Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain West. But it also includes images from Rome, Florence and Northern New Mexico (Santa Fe, Abiquiu, and Ghost Ranch—-Georgia O’Keefe’s landscape).
For me, the best thing about photography is being out taking photographs. You are immediately surrounded by a pulsing, 360-degree-multi-sensory environment. The art of photography is reducing this mind’s- eye sensory experience into an aesthetically pleasing, two-dimensional image by blending technology with deliberate, intentional, and personal artistic seeing.
So on many levels, the process of making photographs is more complicated than it appears. The beauty and/or interest of a scene pulls the photographer in; but memorable photographs come from within the photographer—quite literally from the inside out as a kind of self-portraiture. This transcends the personal style a photographer may have and becomes the first level of “meaning” a photograph may have.
In this presentation, we will look at a series of images and raise some of the many issues related to this artistic and personal side of the photographic process.
Lastly, the next best thing to taking photographs is to talk about them. This should be an interesting evening and I invite you to join the discussion!”
For more information about Steve, including more photo galleries and ordering information, click www.wildbasinphotography.com
The Special Member Show will be on Thursday, September 18th.
Come see the images by the club members at the annual Special Member Show!
(There will be no guest speaker and no judging for this event.)
The Colorado Nature Camera Club is now on Summer Break.
The next club meeting will be September 18th, the Special Member Show.
The topic for September is “Shadows” or any nature topic of your choosing. In September, there is no judging. You can use “Shadows” as a topic to challenge your summer photography. Or, you can choose any topic for your show, such as “the nature in my summer.”
Flooding still causing impacts
If you plan to visit the mountains this summer, the past flooding issues are still causing impacts. Please take appropriate care and precautions.
For example, Rocky Mountain National Park has a webpage dedicated to remaining flood impacts and closures: www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/flood-impacts-and-closures.htm
At the bottom of that web page, they have issued two warnings, which may apply to many areas in the mountains, even outside RMNP.
On June 19th, Eli Vega is the featured guest speaker, and will present Close-ups, Abstracts, & Special Effects.
For Eli Vega, there is no doubt that photography is, or should be, art. The foundation for Eli’s photo art is his three years as an art major, where he learned the masters, composition, design, form, texture, color theory, etc. He applies the elements of art to his photography. As he says, he likes to make the common uncommon; the sane insane. One of his favorite quotes is, “There is no ‘must’ in art because art is always free.” For Eli that means releasing the reins on imagination–explore; be brave; don’t be afraid to miss.
Here is how Eli describes his approach to photography.
“I don’t like for the camera, or its engineered graphs, to tell me I’m wrong; that my photograph will turn out wrong. In order for me to create my photo art, I can’t rely or depend on a left brain engineered device to tell me what to do. Instead, I tell it what I want it to do–what f/stop to use; what exposure to use, etc. There is no such thing as a “correct” exposure; there is only the right exposure, as defined by me, the artist behind the camera. Some of my most dramatic images were created at a -2 stops underexposure. If I had listened to my camera, my exposure was way off. Photography is more art than science. I have more fun, and still create high quality images, when I approach my photography from that perspective.
The best photography is found where technical know-how (left brain) and creative aesthetics (right brain) meet. For me, photography is 75% creative aesthetics; 25% technical know-how. That doesn’t mean that I only know 25% of the technical know-how I should know or that I don’t pay attention to the technical know-how. What it does mean is that the technical know-how is a small percentage of the overall outcome.
In my Right Brain Photography workshops, I don’t spend much time at all on the technical know-how. That is a given. Right brain photography is about using (or sharpening) our intuition, imagination, creativity, extracting, surrealism, impressionism, and even the application of Asian philosophy to photography. One student commented, ‘I wasn’t expecting much from this workshop, but I learned a lot.’ Another student said, ‘I see things differently now.’ During a recent 1-on-1 lesson, my student commented with joy, ‘I think photography will be fun now, like it is supposed to be.’
I like what Jackson Pollock said about his work: ‘I like it when I don’t have complete control over what I do.'”
Eli Vega, a highly published photographer, has over twenty years of photography experience. He is a regular presenter or judge for Colorado camera clubs, art groups and even assisted living communities. He has created and introduces his three photography models/paradigms in some of his classes and workshops, such as at the Rocky Mountain Nature Association. Eli is known to say, “I look with my eyes, but see with my imagination.” “I see something before I see it,” and “Be an artist first, photographer second.”
For more information on Eli’s classes, workshops, and private lessons, visit him on his website www.elivega.net. Eli already teaches Right Brain Photography at Rocky Mountain National Park. This year in August, he will offer the same workshop at Garden of The Gods, where he will teach how to “paint with light.”
On May 15th, Kerry Koepping will be the guest presenter, and will present The Arctic Arts Project.
Kerry is an award winning photographer and designer with a passion for the outdoors and the environment. His photography has been represented in numerous commercial installs, international publications and private collections. His unique vision for the Arctic Arts Project evolved while shooting in the foothills of Denali, Alaska where he captured a series of artistic images representing perma-frost polygon hammocks and patterned ground that has evoked a passionate global response from naturalists, geologists and artists alike.
The Arctic Arts Project is a multi-year photographic study seeking to document change in the peri-arctic regions. The project looks to capture change in the purist of art forms and will be used to promote dialog between the science and education communities and the art world. What does change look like? Where and how does it occur, and what will be the platform for meaningful dialog. For more information, see ArcticArtsProject.com
Field Trip Update from Dan
The weather forecast isn’t promising and there is surely snow on the trail. Despite all that, I still plan on going this afternoon/evening, even though I may get shut out and may not even do the hiking part if it is obviously socked in. That is, I’ll be at the Fishing Pond and at the Trailhead at the advertised times, just in case, but I certainly won’t hold it against anyone who decides to stay inside a warm house tonight. If it makes you feel better, I’ll plan on doing this again in June (probably Friday the 13th, as the Flatirons Club meeting is on the 12th), so there will be another opportunity.
As a reminder, here are the trip details: www.danieljoderphotography.com/upcoming-sugarloaf-mountain-field-trip-for-colorado-nature-camera-club/
And here is the weather report for Nederland, CO (nearby):
Original posting below:
On May 14, 2014, Dan will be leading a field trip at Sugarloaf Mountain to catch both a sunset and moon rise.
Meet at by 5:45p.m. at the 6th and Canyon parking lot (by the Kid’s Fishing Pond…we will car pool/caravan, leaving at 6:00p.m.) –OR– 6:30p.m. at the Sugarloaf Mountain Trailhead
All details have been posted at Dan’s website:
Please note the recommendations including sturdy footwear, headlamp/flashlight, and such.
On April 17th, Rob Palmer will be the guest presenter.
NATURALIST: Rob has been involved with animals since he was very young. He has always had a passion for birds of prey, and has pursued that passion throughout his adult life. In college, he spent numerous hours studying the nesting territories of prairie falcons in Northeastern Colorado, and additional time researching screech owls nesting along the Boulder Creek trail in the center of Boulder, Colorado. Rob taught life science and biology for seven years in the late eighties and early nineties. Since that time, he has spent most of his free time studying raptors and refining his photography techniques.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Photography has always been a part of Rob’s life. He began taking pictures with a Polaroid black and white camera when he was twelve, then quickly moved on to a 35 mm SLR. His first SLR was a Kowa. In high school he became the school’s photographer and was able to use the school’s Pentax cameras. The basics in photography have stuck with him.
AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Rob has been published in the following magazines and journals: National Wildlife (Grand Prize Winner 2006/2007/2009), BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009. National Audubon Grand Prize Winner 2010, Living Bird (Cover, Winter 2007) Wild Bird, Birder’s World, BBC Wildlife, Photographic Society of America (Image of the year 2008).
He is currently a full time wildlife photographer and leads workshops throughout the US and Canada.
More information on Rob can be found at www.falconphotos.com
There will be two speakers in March, and both members of the club!
Ft Myers, Florida, is renowned as an excellent area that supports a variety of beautiful birds & other wildlife. Neal Zaun will present “Bird Photography in Ft. Myers Florida,” highlighting the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge with its many waterfowl, wading birds and shorebirds. Also, the burrowing owls of Cape Coral will be shown. A description will be give of where to go and how to photograph them.
With the hope of taking our photography to the next level, Daniel Joder will present a short talk on “Seeing, Style, and the Creative Process“. Daniel’s photography website is www.danieljoderphotography.com
Due to a scheduling conflict, the next Colorado Nature Camera Club meeting has been moved from March 20th to March 27th.
The meeting time remains at 7pm and the location remains the same at the Mountain Club.
Please mark your calendars for March 27th. Thank you.