January 2022

Upcoming CNCC Events


Special Notice: CNCC March Meeting Canceled

Due to a scheduling conflict, the March Colorado Nature Camera Club meeting has been canceled.

February 2015 Guest Speaker

On February 19thDan Ballard is the featured guest speaker.

Dan Ballard is an internationally known travel and landscape photographer from Colorado. His images take you on a visual journey to some of the world’s most beautiful and far-reaching corners. Dan has visited over 50 countries on five continents around the globe, and his work has attracted the attention and praise of some of the biggest names and companies in the photo industry.

Dan’s images have been on display around the U.S. in museums and galleries, and he has sold images to clients around the globe, including The National Geographic Society and The Travel Channel. He is proud to be on the Mpix, Zenfolio and BlackRapid Pro Teams, and to have strong working relationships with the most trusted names in photography, including SanDisk, ThinkTank Photo, Nik Sofware, and Really Right Stuff. His images have been a finalist is numerous prestigious competitions. Large framed prints of his work can be found at gift and furniture stores such as the Ivy and Wilde online store. Dan’s image “Let ‘er Fly” was recently featured in a Smithsonian Channel episode on what makes an award-winning image.

For more information about Dan and his 2015 workshops, please see www.danballardphotography.com.

Image Credit: Dan Ballard Photography

January 2015 Guest Speaker

On January 15thEli Vega is the featured guest speaker. Eli will present Magnificent Colorado, a compilation of images that represent his personal favorite places, towns, locales, hiking trails, and events throughout Colorado, he will also be sharing his favorite rv decals for everyone to camping in Colorado. Eli moved to Colorado from Texas twelve years ago, but has seen more of Colorado than most people who have lived here all their lives. There will be some surprises, places that some people have never heard of or seen before. Eli often goes camping because she loves it, if you wanna go camping too, check this Survival Cooking’s best waterpoof tent review. You can also visit greenacres roofing expert offering full, well-rounded services that you will be happy with long after the completion of any replacement, repair, or re-roofing project.

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, private lessons, artwork, and books, visit his website www.elivega.net.

Eli Vega

December 2014 – Member Year End Show

The Member Year End Show and Competition will be held Thursday, December 18th

Bring a Treat: You are invited to bring a treat to share. Please do not bring any red (or any brightly colored) liquids.

Please take special note that the categories and image codes are different in December.
Please take special note that the image limit is six in December.

Image Categories: There are six special categories for the member images at the Year End Show. The categories and image codes are:

  • A = Fauna,
  • B = Flora,
  • C = Close Up,
  • D = Landscapes,
  • E = Hand of Person, and
  • F = Special Effects

Please note that judged images must be in digital format. (No prints will be judged.)

For details on submitting up to six images, please see www.coloradonaturecameraclub.org/monthly-competitions/monthly-photo-competitions

Bob Dean with Views of Nature Photography, www.viewsofnaturephoto.com
Jon Van de Grift with The Weather Trees, www.theweathertrees.com
Andy Long with First Light Photography Workshops, firstlighttours.com

November 2014 Guest Speaker

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.”

Don’t miss out on upcoming crystal favours and bridal shows in NH& MA! A great way to meet with a variety of wedding professionals all in one day.

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.

© Jon Van de Grift

October 2014 Guest Speaker

© Steve O’Bryan, Wild Basin Photography

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 getting our items fetched by montrealmovers.com for our convenience. 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. You can visit the site – WebDesign499 for more information.

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

© Steve O’Bryan, Abiquiu Evening Sky-1 © Steve O'Bryan - From Within  © Steve O'Bryan, Wild Basin Twilight


September 2014 Special Member Show

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.)

CNCC on Summer Break

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.”

If You Plan to Enjoy Lake Swimming this Summer, Precautions are still required.

If you plan to visit the mountains this summer be sure not to forget your swimming suits as the lakes are very full from winter runoff, keep in mind however that due to a high level of water runoff the past flooding issues are still causing impacts. Please take appropriate care and precautions while enjoying the summer weather with your family

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. Create a website from hollywood web design. They do professional webdesign.


June 2014 Guest Speaker

On June 19thEli 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.”


©Eli Vega, BCNC-- A 2014 close-up image created, not in Lightroom or Photoshop, but with in-the-field techniques. ©Eli Vega, The Gods at Night #4

May 2014 Guest Presenter

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

©Kerry Koepping- The Arctic Arts Project