UPC December Zoom Meeting; Sunday, December 6, 2020, 11:00 AM
Our theme this month is “best / favorite”. Two photos – your best or favorite from the past year and your best or favorite ever. This is your definition of best and favorite. Chris Pugh will share some “found photos” and we will sort out the suggestions for 2021 themes (I will send out a survey a week or so before). Several members have been looking into EntryThingy, software for doing an online show, and will report their findings. There will be the usual time for photography announcements and discussions. After the meeting I’ll send out a dues reminder with an address for sending in your $25. Sounds like a busy meeting.
My First Camera; originally posted August 10, 2020
Here’s your chance to tell us about your first camera. Get technical. Get nostalgic. Embelish! What was it called? Give us a link to a picture of it. Do you still have it? What kind of film did it use (or how many megapixels)? How did you acquire it (gift, purchase, hand-me-down)? What did it mean to you? Is there a path between this camera and the one you shoot now (we know that Park still uses a fifty year old lens)? Or, perhaps, do you not remember or not care? I’ll start it off with my own in the comments below.
Tom Raymondson – My first camera was a Kodak Brownie Super 27, a Christmas gift from my parents when I was 13 years old in 1963. What really appealed to me about this camera was the flash compartment for AG-1 bulbs (this was pre-flashcubes) with a pop-open door – much like the hidden Corvette headlights which I also thought were very cool at the time. The Brownie Super 27 was a viewfinder camera taking square images on 127 film (hence the 27 in its name). It was made in the USA from 1961 through 1965. The Kodar lens had two apertures – “SUNNY” / “FLASH” (f13.5) and “CL’DY BR’T” (f8). There were two focus zones, “CLOSE-UPS” (3½-6 feet) and “BEYOND 6FT”. The shutter had two speeds, 1/80 when the flash door was closed, and 1/40 when open. Winding the film cocked the shutter, preventing double-exposures. I only used black & white film because color was too expensive for my allowance – until my family took a vacation to Crater Lake in Oregon and I was amazed by the deep blue of the water, so I had to go to the gift shop and buy some color film. I did my first panorama, three shots that I later overlapped in my photo album and I still have somewhere around here. The camera disappeared sometime during the next few years when I moved up to 35mm. I picked up another Super 27 at a garage sale and it holds a proud place in my camera collection.
Mimi Booth – Nice story, Tom. You’ve obviously had a love of photography for many years. I don’t have that connection of remembering the details of an early camera. I’ve always been more interested in the outcome than in the technical details, which gets in the way of my progress. Perhaps I borrowed a camera from my dad for my photography class in Chico during the 60’s when my focus was documentation of people in Greyhound bus stations, but again, I don’t remember the camera specifics. I got a nice hand me down camera from Jack early in our marriage and much to his disappointment, I stopped using it when we had kids. There wasn’t an automatic focus and I couldn’t focus it fast enough for kids in motion. I used an auto-focus point and shoot for family shots and didn’t upgrade to Canon SLR’s, a string of great hand-me downs from Jack, until I started documenting farmers markets for promotional purposed in the 90’s.
Adel Clark – My first camera was also an old Kodak, similar to yours, Tom, but with a flash cube attachment. I thought it was the most sophisticated piece of equipment on the planet.
Willits Photography Club Show; Friday, October 30, 2020 through Sunday, November 24, 2020
Open Friday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Willits Center for the Arts, 71 E. Commercial St., Willits, CA. Six people allowed in the building at a time; masks required.
Willits Photography Club on Willits Center for the Arts Online Gallery; originally posted August 4, 2020
Photographs by Willits Photography Club members Steve Eberhard, Sandy Strong, Michael Steffen, Mathew Caine, Maria Steffen, June Ruckman, Jerry Albright, Jeff Goll, and Dorothy Asbury are currently on display, and for sale, on the Willits Center for the Arts Online Gallery. Expect work by Jack and Volkhard soon. The WPC will be showing at the WCA whenever they can safely open.
UPC November Zoom Meeting; Sunday, November 1, 2020, 11:00 AM
Our theme this month is “people”. Send your images, plus anything for the Mystery Photo Critique, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring ideas for future monthly themes and we can start to put together a list for 2021 (or do we want to wing it month-to-month?). We will have the usual time for photography announcements and discussions.
- December – your best/favorite photo from the past year and your best/favorite photo ever (whatever your definition of “best” and “favorite” is).
Mimi Showing at Willits Center for the Arts, 71 E. Commercial St., Willits, CA; October 2 through October 25, 2020; Friday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
“I am honored to have my first semi-solo exhibit at the Willits Center for the Arts, the month of October. It is exciting for me to finally see my work installed in the front gallery. This body of work, entitled “Wandering and Pondering”, is an environmental tribute pairing my photography with ceramic art interpretations.
“Art is my conduit to personal growth, giving me insightful clues to who I am as a person and as an artist. This strong effort to express myself is perhaps a human need that we all have to connect with others in some manner. At the same time, I hope that viewers will appreciate the value of western lands and to feel gratitude for so many amazing places.
“Although work is for sale, it has never been my focus. Nevertheless, if anyone has an interest in bringing any of this work into their own homes, the profit will partially support the Willits Center for the Arts. 50% of my portion will be shared with the Sierra Club in appreciation for their efforts to protect public lands, sacred places, and geological wonders. ”Life gets mighty precious, when there’s less of it to waste.” Bonnie Raitt.”
Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Only 6 people will be allowed in the gallery at one time.
UPC October Zoom meeting; Sunday, October 4, 2020, 11:00 AM
Our theme this month is “downtown Ukiah”. Has anyone chronicled the State Street project? Send your photos to email@example.com for posting on the website and for presentation at the meeting (if you feel comfortable with screen sharing you can also show them from your computer). If you have an idea for a mystery photo critique (famous or obscure) send that in also. There will be the usual time for photography announcements and discussions. It’s not too early to think about themes for next year: Do we want to lay out a schedule or take it month-to-month?
- November – people
- December – best/favorite, this year and ever
UPC 10th Anniversary Show – cancelled; originally posted May 11, 2020
Our show has been cancelled. When we’re comfortable with going forward we will arrange for a new show at the Corner Gallery.
Photography Under Shelter-in-Place; originally posted March 23, 2020
Can’t get out for that perfect shot of Half Dome or the Golden Gate Bridge? Here are some ideas to help you maintain and even develop your photographic skills from the comfort of your home.
James Tocchino’s article, Quarantined? Here Are Five Photography Projects You Can Do From Home at CasualPhotophile, is directed at both film and digital photographers. I can see us doing a future theme of self portraits (not selfies), and, seriously, would it kill you to dust off your old film camera?
A similar article, How to Be a Productive Photographer When You’re Stuck at Home, comes from Luca Eandi at keh.com.
Want to contribute to scientific research? Check out What’s Happening to the Monarch Butterfly Population? in the New York Times. I think I saw one in my yard yesterday but by the time I grabbed my camera it was gone.
UPC September Zoom Meeting; Sunday, September 6, 2020, 11:00 AM
Our theme this month (for you to interpret or ignore) is “black & white”. This is your opportunity to: 1. shoot film; 2. shoot digital with b&w in mind, which usually means looking for lines, shapes, and shadows, or 3. convert an existing photo with your post-processing program of choice. If you have an idea for a mystery photo critique (this could be any image, famous or obscure, that you find intriguing) send it, along with your b&w or other photos, to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll continue our photography discussions, maybe learning something new about the Intrepid 4×5, the Canon EOS R5 and R6, and even the KEKS EM-01 Light Meter.
UPC August Zoom Meeting; Sunday, August 2, 2020, 11:00 AM
Our theme this month is “night”. Send photos to email@example.com. We will have a return of the mystery photo critique and the usual opportunity for photography announcements and discussions. Remember that we have extended the current dues year through December. We are on hold for a show until it is allowed and we are comfortable with the idea.
National Camera Day
Smile! National Camera Day is June 29, a day to celebrate the fact that photography, once so complicated it took a scientist to understand, is now part of our everyday lives. The word “photography” is based on two Greek words that, when put together, mean “writing with light.’” It’s a beautiful way of describing what a camera lets us do — tell a story without the use of words. It all goes back more than 800 years to the invention of the camera obscura. Meaning “dark chamber,” the camera obscura was nothing more than a box with a hole on one side. Light would pass through the hole and into the dark interior of the box, where it would project an image onto the flat inner surface. Unfortunately, when the light was gone, the image disappeared — like Instagram, but without an actual photo. Fast-forward through the centuries to today, when everyone with a smartphone has a camera at their fingertips. Whether you love shooting film and changing lenses or prefer the ease of digital, use June 29 to focus on how cameras have made telling our stories easier than ever.
UPC July Zoom meeting; Sunday, July 5, 2020, 11:00 AM
Our theme this month is “postcard”. One approach would be to replicate historic postcards like those that can be found at http://rparker.pacificsites.com. As usual, the theme is for you to interpret or ignore as you please (send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org). Mimi will show us how she photographs her pottery and we will have time for photo announcements and discussions.
UPC June Zoom meeting; Sunday, June 7, 2020, 11:00 AM
At our 5/17 meeting we finalized the cancellation of our September show. Because we have no upcoming expenses except for the website (around $50 in November) we decided to extend the dues year through December. The 2021 dues (amount to be determined) will be due on January 1.
Our theme this month is “movement”. Send photos to email@example.com for posting on the website and then I will forward them to Chris Pugh for the meeting (we still haven’t entirely figured out screen sharing so this looks like the best way to do it). Since our photo opportunities are currently limited you may need to reach back into your archives or just ignore the theme.
A reminder of our upcoming themes:
- July – postcard (does anyone remember exactly what we meant be this?)
- August – night
- September – black & white
- October – downtown Ukiah
- November – people
- December – best/favorite (past year and ever)
If there are other things you would like to talk about at the meeting, add them to the comments below. And there are lots of great photos on the Photographs page waiting for critiques.
Mendocino College Virtual Spring Student Art Show; originally posted April 25, 2020
Ukiah Photography Club member Mimi Booth is currently showing three of her photos in the Mendocino College Virtual Spring Art Show. Check it out.
Ukiah High School 2020 Annual Student Photography Show – Shelter in Place; originally posted April 27, 2020
“Shelter in Place”, the 11th Annual Ukiah High School Student Photography Show, is available for your viewing here or by looking through the windows of the Corner Gallery, 201 S. State St. Over 500 photographs focus on the effect the current health crisis has had on students lives.
Jostens Photo Contest 2020; originally posted May 7, 2020
“On the Mat” by Eagle Peak Middle School seventh-grader A.J. Bass won the Grand Prize in the Jostens Yearbook 2020 Photo Contest. Three other Eagle Peak students were also honored for their photographs: Beyanah Boek, Davin Friedland, and Dakota Hill. Read about it here and see the photographs here. Congratulations to these talented young photographers!
UPC May 17 Zoom meeting; 11:00 AM
Join us for our second online meeting to talk all things photography. The date means we will be straddling two themes – May’s “something out of your comfort zone” and June’s “movement”. As always, these are for you to interpret or ignore as you choose. You should continue to send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org for posting on this website. If you are comfortable with Zoom screen sharing you can present your photos for critique during the meeting (have them ready so you don’t have to search for them), but as a backup I’ll have them also (assuming I don’t get kicked out of the meeting). We should have more clarity by this time on the advisability of going through with our September show.
Bonus! May Zoom meeting; Sunday, May 3, 2020, 11:00 AM
If you need sign-in information, contact email@example.com.
Chris Pugh will facilitate our first online meeting. If you don’t already have the Zoom software you will need to install it beforehand (click on the email login to download). Chris will conduct a Lightroom tutorial and we will try to get a consensus on the September show. Photos for sharing should be sent directly to Chris or to firstname.lastname@example.org. These can be the photos already posted to this website (something out of your comfort zone) or something new. We will also decide whether to make this a regular event. Should be fun!
May Virtual meeting; through Sunday, May 3, 2020
- We have $265 in our treasury after Chris Watt became our newest dues-paying member.
- Obviously, our Riverside Park photo walk is cancelled.
- The Photographs page has had lots of activity. Please join in the discussion, both to describe/defend your own photos and to critique the others. I’ve invited members of the Willits Photography Club to participate (so far, one has).
- Our theme this month is “something out of your comfort zone”. As usual, that’s for you to interpret or ignore as you choose, but in general it means try something new: camera, lens, or other equipment that you don’t usually use; style or subject that’s foreign to you; maybe shoot film if you haven’t done that in years or decades. For Volkhard it means try taking a boring picture. Send your photos to email@example.com.
- Contribute to “My First Camera” (below this post). With time on our hands it helps to be contemplative. It will also be fun to see how far we have come.
- Chris Pugh has offered to do an on-line Lightroom tutorial. These members have expressed interest, with time-restraints noted: Tom (any time), Mimi (prefer evening but any time ok), Adel, Kent (not T, Th 5-8 PM), Keith (not T, Th 5-8 PM, prefer evening but day ok), Park. Chris will pick a time and let us know how it works.
- Let’s keep our photography discussions going in the comments section below. Has anyone tried any of the projects suggested in “Photography under shelter-in-place”? Has photography become more important or less important for you during this public health crisis? Is doing a show in September still realistic?
- Send ideas for another mystery photo critique to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Point friends or relatives to ukiahphoto.club. Maybe we can come out on the other end with new members.
- I’ll leave you with this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCcNcHx2DpY.
Riverside Park Photo Walk; Saturday, April 11, 2020 – cancelled
We will do this sometime in the future.
April 2020 meeting – cancelled
The April 5 meeting at Mountain Mike’s Pizza is cancelled. Instead, we will conduct our business over the next several weeks through the Comment link below this post. To submit photographs for critique (our theme this month is “color” – but as always that’s only a suggestion) send them to email@example.com. Please resize them (see instructions in the email) and give each a title. I will post them on the Photographs page. Use the Comment section below to tell us whatever you would have told us about your photos at a real meeting, and then the rest of us will jump in with our critiques. Dave Lohse will submit another mystery photo, which I will also post on the Photographs page and then we can discuss. At some point we should talk about whether to go ahead with the photo walk at Riverside Park planned for April 11. You can also use the Comment section for other photography announcements or discussions. I guess if you want to show off your new camera or lens you’ll have to send in a picture of it. As of April 1 there will be only five months until our show. I had planned on taking an informal/tentative survey on who plans to participate, so maybe we can do that, too. We still have $255 in the treasury.
Commonplace: Photographs by Chris Pugh; Mendocino County Library, Ukiah; May 1 – cancelled due to library closing
View photographs of Ukiah and Mendocino County by Ukiah Photography Club co-founder Chris Pugh.
Photographing Spirit: An exhibit by Stan Shoptaugh; Dharma Realm Buddhist University; through May 29 – cancelled
The DRBU Arts Initiative presents Photographing Spirit, an exhibit and workshop by Stan Shoptaugh. In this series of black and white portraits, the photographer captures the spirit—the inner nature that comes through in uninhibited moments.
March meeting; Sunday, March 1, 2020, 11:00 AM; Mountain Mikes Pizza
Our theme this month is “framing”. Please limit yourself to five images. We will discuss our February 29th downtown photo walk and decide whether to schedule another such activity. If you would like to provide a new mystery photo (famous or not) for our critique contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, there will be time for photography announcements, discussions, and show-and-tell. As of this meeting there will be only six months until our show.
Downtown Ukiah photo walk; Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10:00 AM
Join your fellow Ukiah Photography Club members to photograph historic downtown Ukiah. We will meet at Schat’s at 10:00 and then fan out to look for interesting people, places, and things. We will return to Schat’s at noon to talk photography and share our experiences over lunch. Feel free to invite family and friends.
February meeting; Sunday, February 2, 2020, 11:00 AM; Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Ukiah
Our theme this month is “rain”. Please limit yourself to five images. Tom will provide a mystery photo critique and there will be the usual time for photography announcements, discussions, and show-and-tell. Note that meetings and events will no longer be posted to the old website, although both ukiahphoto.club and ukiahphotoclub.com will lead you here.
Members who wish to post photos should send them to email@example.com.
Monthly themes for 2020:
- January – mood / emotion / feeling
- February – rain
- March – framing
- April – color
- May – something out of your comfort zone
- June – movement
- July – postcard
- August – night
- September – black & white
- October – downtown Ukiah
- November – people
- December – best / favorite (past year and ever)
January meeting; Sunday, January 5, 2020, 11:00 AM; Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Ukiah
Our theme for this month is “mood, emotion, feeling”. Please limit yourself to five images. Bring ideas for future themes – we will decide whether to schedule like we did for the past year or to take it one month at a time. Park will provide a new mystery photo for our critique.
Note that this will be the last meeting posted on the Meetup site, so it’s the last time you will get the reminder emails. You should get an email from this site whenever a new meeting/event is posted. Let me know if the site is not working the way it’s supposed to.
There will be the usual time for photography questions, discussions, and show-and-tell.
We will now have three ways to communicate: 1. You can leave comments at the bottom of this (or any) post; 2. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org (it’s on the Contact page) which will send a message directly to Tom Raymondson; or, 3. You can email all of the members by doing a “Reply to All” (that’s what it’s called on a Mac – I assume there is a comparable command in Windows) from the email I will send out later today with all of the member email addresses that have been submitted.
If you have photos you would like to be posted on the Photographs page, email them to email@example.com.
December meeting; Sunday, December 1, 2020, 11:00 AM; Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Ukiah
For sharing this month (more of a celebration than a critique): bring two photos – your best/favorite from the past year and your best/favorite ever. This is your definition of “best” and “favorite”. We will discuss our progress on a replacement for Meetup (you’re looking at it right now) and review our very tentative decision to work toward a Mendocino County theme for our next show. We also need to talk about themes or projects for upcoming meetings (do we want to lay them out in advance like we did this year, or should we go month-to-month like we used to, or should we move away from themes for a while?). We will have the usual time for photo-related questions, discussions, and show-and-tell. Sounds like a busy meeting.