Past Events


UPC Mid-Month Mid-Week Meeting; Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 7:00 PM; via Zoom

This is our non-agenda, non-theme meeting.  It would be the perfect opportunity for a member to give a demonstration or tutorial on some area of photography in which they have expertise.  Anyone want to do a live Lightroom or Photoshop demonstration?   Maybe someone has a foolproof photo backup strategy that they would like to share.  Or you have a cousin in Colorado who is a professional photographer and could give a presentation.  If not, then we’ll just talk photography and show a few images. For sign-in info contact ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net.


Show Take-Down; Saturday, September 25, 2021, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Show participants need to retrieve their photos and complete gallery paperwork.


Khoe Pham Corner Gallery Young Artist, September 2021

Khoa (pronounced “Kwa”) came to the U.S with his family in 2012.  He took Lech Sloczynski’s classes at Ukiah High, but admits that he only became serious about his photography in the last half year.  Many of his photos are environmental portraits that show a strong connection between photographer and model. Khoa will be talking about his photography at the September UPC meeting.


Tom Published on Casual Photopile; originally posted August 17, 2021

One of Tom’s favorite photos, along with the story behind it, has been highlighted in Casual Photophile’s series “Single Shot Stories“. If you have a photo with an engaging story you can submit it for consideration (the site leans toward, but is not exclusively for, film).


UPC Featured Photographers; showing at Corner Gallery Ukiah September 2021

Adel Clark – Capturing a moment in time, sharing that emotion, and preserving that documentation, is what draws me to photography.  This recording of events is often on my Fujifilm X-T2 camera, but the camera I use most often looks a lot like a phone. I am grateful for the non-judgmental group of mentors in the Ukiah Photography Club who continue to influence my work.

Kent Leland – Wildlife with an emphasis on birds is my comfort zone.  Action shots are preferred.  If I can capture a real life vignette it is always a plus.  Wildlife photography fills my basic instinct to hunt but with no damage to any of the parties involved . . . they may be annoyed but not damaged.

Martin McClure – The possibility of experiencing new places draws me outside often. A sense of curiosity and wonder in this amazing world provide me with scenes to capture with my camera, not just for myself, but to share with others. At times when I am in awe of a special location, my intent is to bring this feeling to the viewer through photographic images.

Tom Raymondson – Along with baseball and jazz, photography is my passion.  I love shooting film with classic cameras and spending the day in my darkroom pursuing the perfect print (yet to be achieved), but I also go digital when convenience dictates.  Landscapes and architectural details catch my eye, and oh do I wish there were trains in Ukiah.  This year’s photos are mostly pre-pandemic, including one that is literally the last I took before the shutdown and a couple that are reach-backs reimagined.  For more go to tomraymondsonphotography.net

Park Steiner – Childhood memories find me stalking turtles and butterflies in Wisconsin.  I have always admired the unending complexity of colors and patterns, creating the perfection of form and function in the natural world around me.  My camera has been an invaluable tool for documenting my life’s work as a field biologist.  As an artist, photography is my medium for sharing the splendors of Nature with others.  My most cherished photo destination is a pond within the 40-acre preserve called “Rhuswood”, walking distance from my house. This enchanted place provides solace and opportunities to commune with the wild residents there.  The images in this exhibit reflect many joyous times spent with the ducks who visited.  

Volkhard Stürzbecher – I am a German artist exploring the natural wonders of the American West – always looking for dramatic changes of forms, shapes, colors and light in untouched landscapes that trigger my fantasy. I like  adventure camping out under the stars without a tent or just inside in my 4WD  truck – especially in remote wilderness areas – far away  from city lights – where  the night skies display spectacular views of the milky way.

Chris Watt – Simplicity and abstraction are my strongest photographic interests, hopefully inspiring serenity and curiosity.  The sweeping possibilities between haste and patience leave me with a lifetime of prospecting with cameras. Images with film and digital cameras, as well as print making using traditional and alternative techniques, provide me fertile ground for exploration. 


UPC September Meeting; Sunday, September 5, 2021, 10:00 AM; via Zoom

The theme for this month’s meeting is “Lighting”. This could include flash, backlighting, night photography, or any photograph that incorporates creative use of light (gee, isn’t that any photo?). Send your photos to ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net or use screen share during the meeting. We will review the show opening and address any issues/problems that have arisen. And we will of course continue our ongoing discussion of when to return to in-person meetings. For sign-in info contact ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net.


UPC 10th Anniversary Show; Corner Gallery; September 1 -24, 2021

  • Sunday, August 8 – deadline for participants to send their artist’s statement to Mimi for editing.  
  • Sunday, August 15 – deadline for participants to send a self-portrait, to be printed along with their artist’s statement, to ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net(optional).
  • Sunday August 15 – deadline to send label info (include all photos that you might be showing) to ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net.  Format needs to be:
    • Title
    • Medium (digital print, silver gelatin print, digital print on aluminum, etc.)
    • Size of frame in inches – H x W
    • Price (or NFS – not for sale)
    • Photographer’s name   
  • Date undetermined, but sometime mid-month – volunteers will be needed to distribute posters around town.
  • Tuesday, August 17, 7:00 PM – our next Mid-Week Mid-Month Zoom meeting, a good time to finalize show plans.
  • Tuesday, August 24 – deadline to send digital copies of show photos to Mimi.  Include the frame dimensions.  This is to help plan for the installation. 
  • Tuesday, August 31 – show installation by Mimi and Dave.  Gallery is open at 11:00 AM – Mimi will let us know if she has a specific time she wants photos delivered.  There is gallery paperwork that each photographer needs to complete at this time.
  • Friday, September 3, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – First Friday Art Walk show opening.
  • Sunday, September 5, 10:00 AM – next regular Zoom meeting, a good time to review show and address any issues/problems.
  • Saturday, September 25 – show take-down.  Gallery is open 11-5.  All photographs must be retrieved and gallery paperwork completed.  

The Thought Behind the Shot: Four Photographers, Four Walls; Scott Chieffo, Paul Kozal, Bill Oxford, and Scott Sewell; Burnett Gallery at Gualala Arts, 46501 Old State Highway, Gualala, CA; opening Saturday, July 3, 2021, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM; free; first posted June 26, 2021

“What were you thinking?” As fine art photographers, we are asked this question virtually every time we show our work. Other common questions are: How did you shoot that? Where did you get that idea? What’s the story behind that image? Did the scene really look like that? Did you shoot that with an iPhone?  more


World Photography Day; Thursday, August 19, 2021

Why August 19th? That was the day in 1839 when the French government bought the patent for the Daguerrotype and made it available for the world to use. How will you celebrate World Photography Day?


Outdoor Photographer 2021 Wildlife Photo Contest

Wildlife photography is one of the most challenging—and rewarding—subjects to explore with your camera. From intimate interactions to majestic migrations, it inspires us both technically and creatively to capture meaningful images that tell the stories of animal life in wild places. Now in its third year, Outdoor Photographer’s 2021 Wildlife Photo Contest is your opportunity to share your most unique, successful images of wildlife for a chance to have your work recognized and win other great prizes. Outdoor Photographer is committed to ethical practices in wildlife photography. Please review our contest FAQ section and official rules regarding restrictions on eligibility of certain types of images. Click here for more information and to enter.


UPC Mid-Month Mid-Week Meeting

Our next MMMW Meeting is Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 7:00 PM. We will talk about our upcoming show and whatever else is on our minds. For log-in info contact ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net.


UPC August Meeting; Sunday, August 1, 2021, 10:00 AM; via Zoom

Due to ongoing concerns about coronavirus, this meeting has been moved on-line. Our theme this month is “textural details”. Send images to ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net or show them from your computer with screen share. We will talk about meeting locations going forward as well as further planning for our September show.  The deadline for label information and artists’ statements will be soon after this meeting. As always, feel free to share the Zoom link with any potential new members.


5th Annual Rural County Photo Contest

Submissions accepted through July 31, 2021; more information here.


The Artistry of Dorothea Lange; Thursday, August 12, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 PM; on-line presentation

Grace Hudson Museum presents Oakland Museum of California Curator Drew Johnson giving a virtual illustrated talk on the life and artistry of Dorothea Lange, one of the most significant photographers of the 20th century. Click here to join this free event. 


Mimi Showing at Corner Gallery; July – August 2021

“Wandering and Pondering,” an environmental tribute pairing ceramic art and photography, is the theme for the south window of the Corner Gallery for the months of July and August. Featured artist Mimi Booth states that she is seeking to understand each location, viewed through her camera lens. She is informed by patterns, textures, and geological formations of western landscapes that inspire related ceramic vessels. Imbedded in each piece is an interpretation of a landscape and a sense of gratitude for preserved public lands.


CalTrout Photo Contest; July 15 through August 31, 2021

Help share the beauty of our state and its amazing natural resources by entering the California Trout annual photo contest.  Share your best photos of California’s rivers, streams, wild fish, and your angling experiences.  Photos can include fish, anglers or others enjoying California waters, or be more scenic in nature. Enter today at CalTrout for a chance to be featured on CalTrout’s website and digital magazine The Current, and to win some great prizes. Good luck!


Postcards from Mecca; Grace Hudson Museum; through August 22, 2021

This fascinating exhibition explores the friendship of two women who explored and had adventures in the Southern California desert from the late 1910s through the early 30s. They both learned the art of photography and documented the stark and beautiful desert landscape — as well as the characters who inhabited it — long before the area’s abundance of golf courses and the Coachella Music Festival. Susie was the postmaster in the then vibrant town of Mecca, and both she and cousin Lula Mae discovered a passion for making and selling postcards. This traveling exhibition from Exhibit Envoy is augmented by a sampling of A.O. Carpenter images from the Grace Hudson Museum’s collections. A talented professional photographer, A.O. traveled throughout Mendocino County in the mid to late 1800s, documenting the landscapes, industries, and people of the region. Welcome back, physical, in-person exhibitions!


Deep Valley Arts Collective: Call for Entry; posted July 21, 2021

Light & Dark is an invitation to explore duality: an unflinching look at life and death, good and evil, power struggles, contrast, and diverse perspectives in various forms. Light & Dark will be an art exhibition that serves as an opportunity to create conversation, connection, and catharsis. Go here for entry information.


UPC Mid-Month Mid-Week Meeting; Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 7:00 PM, via Zoom.

Our next Zoom meeting will feature a presentation by Gary Martin, Curator of the Willits Center for the Arts, on Margaret Bourke-White, best known as the first American female war photojournalist and for having one of her photographs on the cover of the first issue of Life Magazine.

Also, Chris Pugh will talk about Medium, Ukiah’s newest gallery.

The rest of the meeting is non-agenda, but we will certainly talk about our September show.

For sign-in information, contact ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net.


Kim Stringfellow and The Mojave Project; Thursday, July 15, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 PM; on-line event.

Grace Hudson Museum presents photographer, artist, and scholar Kim Stringfellow to discuss her latest effort in exploring the physical, geological and cultural landscape of desert lands. You’ll never look at a desert the same way! Click here to join this free presentation.


Celebrate National Camera Day on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.


UPC July Meeting; Sunday, July 11, 2021 (rescheduled from July 4)

A member has graciously offered their home for an outdoor meeting for vaccinated Club members. For location and directions contact ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net.

Our theme this month is “time of day / sign of the times”. Send in photos in advance or bring them on a USB thumb drive.

We will talk about our September show, location for future meetings, another Mystery Photo, and whatever else comes to mind.

The meeting will also be a potluck brunch. 


Grand Opening of Medium

522 E. Perkins St., Ukiah (Pear Tree Center); Friday, July 2, 2021, 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Go here for more information.


UPC Mid-month Mid-Week Meeting; Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 7:00 PM, via Zoom

There is no specific agenda for this meeting: we will share photos and generally talk photography. For log-in info contact ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net. You can either send in your images in advance or use screen share.


Help Launch a Community Art Gallery in Ukiah; originally posted June 1, 2021

The Deep Valley Arts Collective is a Mendocino County-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that believes in the transformative power of making and experiencing art. Our mission is to create a culture that nurtures artists’ development and success while contributing to the well-being of our community. For more information go to deepvalleyarts.org.


UPC June Meeting; Sunday, June 6, 2021; in person

For the first time in over a year the Ukiah Photography Club will be meeting in person! A member has graciously offered an outdoor setting at their home. For directions, contact ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net. We will discuss our September show and establish a tentative list of participants. It would be a good time to start outlining the various responsibilities, including publicity, labels, and installation. If you are not familiar with the Corner Gallery, go in and check it out. We will have the entire front section, with four main walls (one with various protuberances), plus nooks and crannies and windowsills.  We will also discuss future meetings, both in person (eventually indoors) and online. The theme for photo share is “liquid, translucence, patina”. Send images, ideas for a Mystery Photo, and additional agenda items to ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net. (Alternately, bring your photos on a USB thumb drive.). The meeting will also be a potluck brunch. Please bring only individual items, like muffins or apples, as opposed to dips or casseroles that would be handled by numerous people. We’re trying to ease into this. Members can use the comment section below to indicate what they will bring (so we don’t have ten dozen donuts). And, please, only come if you are completely vaccinated, and respect others’ preferences for social distancing and masks.


SoCo Clicks

Did you attend high school or college in Sonoma County? This is for you. Santa Rosa Junior College Photography Club will host the First Annual Juried Student Photography Exhibition. This is a hybrid event, with the winner’s work displayed at the Museum of Sonoma County July 3 to October 31 and a virtual exhibition of selected entries online. The event will showcase photography taken by Sonoma County students, high school and up. Photographs will be reviewed by a panel of professional photographers and there will be a cash prize of $1,000 for “Best of Show,” as well as other prizes. The “SoCo Clicks” exhibition is open to current or previously enrolled students from Sonoma County schools. The show welcomes work in color, black and white, analog (film), digital, collage, drone, and alternative processes, as long as the work has been produced within the last two years and it is free to enter. Click here for more information.


12th Annual Student Photography Show

Art Center, Ukiah; May 7 – June 28, 2021


The Photographer in Your Town; originally posted September 25, 2020

Henry Wonacott was a tenacious and adaptable commercial photographer working in Mendocino County between the years of 1908-1947. Equipped with the capacity to cater his skills to a changing market, his photography chronicles an evolving economic landscape.


Willits Center for the Arts Presents Sandy Strong’s Watercolors and Photographs; April 30 – May 23, 2021; Friday – Sunday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sandy Strong: “For this show I decided to feature my photographs and watercolors of flowers and their companions, birds and butterflies. I find that their range of colors, size and form present an endless variety of combinations that fascinate me. I have lived in Willits for the past 35 years and have taken photos and painted with watercolor all of this time. I am a member of the Willits Photography Club and I have served on the Board of Directors of the Willits Center for the Arts for the past 5 years. I love color and the contrasts of light against dark and finding just the right light for my photographs. I usually paint from these photos, trying to capture the beauty that I see and feel.”


UPC Mid-month Mid-week May Meeting; Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 7:00 PM, via Zoom

This is our informal, non-agenda meeting, although we have several things we could talk about: Are we getting closer to meeting in person? Do we take/make pictures, photographs, photos, or images? We’ll use screen share for any pictures/photographs/photos/images you would like to show. Contact ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net for sign-in info.


Volkhard Published in 1x.com; originally posted August 18, 2020

Volkhard Sturzbecher’s stunning “Upper Fall” was recently published on 1x.com, which accepts less than one percent of submitted photos. Congratulations Volkhard!


Free: Photography Magazines; originally posted August 10, 2020

Park Steiner is offering back issues of Popular Photography, Outdoor Photographer, Shutterbug, American Photographer, and Photo Techniques.  Dates range from the 1990’s to recent years.  Most of these publications are now out of print, but much of the content remains relevant.  There are articles on composition, lighting, posing, even working with models, professional or just the grandkids.  Black and white is a common topic, both digital and from the darkroom.  There are inspirational pieces on why art is an important part of photographers’ lives, and how photographs are instrumental in disseminating information to others.  And, of course, the magazines are filled with many fine examples of great photography.  In addition, the advertisements provide a window into the technology and styles of the time.  

The only organization is that they are in boxes by publication.  Dates are random.  Being stored indoors, they’re all in nice shape.

Interested photographers should contact Park at parksteiner@pacific.net to arrange for perusal and pickup at his Deerwood home.


UPC May Meeting; Sunday, May 2, 2021, 11:00 AM; via Zoom

Our theme this month is “painterly effects”. As always, this is for members to interpret or ignore as they choose. We’ll have a Mystery Photo and maybe some show-and-tell with new equipment. Send photos and requests for sign-in info to ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net (the screen share problem will be solved by then).


UPC April Meeting; Sunday, April 11, 2021, 11:00 AM; via Zoom

Our theme this month is “distance”, meaning macro/close-up or telephoto. Send photos for the meeting and website, ideas for a Mystery Photo or other agenda items, and requests for sign-in info to ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net.


Kirk Keeler: Ten Years in Yosemite. An exhibit at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento and online here. Through April 3, 2021.

Kirk Keeler’s Ten Years in Yosemite is an intimate look at the photographs of a staff photographer at The Ansel Adams Gallery, living full-time in one of the World’s most visited national parks.  This is an exhibit of photographs taken by an insider; a vantage point few photographers – not to mention people – get to experience.  They showcase Kirk’s unique way of seeing the park – part homage to his photography heroes, like his predecessor Ansel Adams, and part expression of his personal vision, inspired by living amongst the granite, flora, and fauna of this Sierra Nevada gem.  His inspiration to seek out original night scenes corresponds to the technical advances of digital capture and processing that paralleled his work during the decade.  Kirk’s discovery of the hybrid Platinum/Palladium printing method adds a 19th Century spin on digitally captured, hand-printed images amongst his digital archival pigment photographs.  Kirk believes his work speaks to both the quiet and kinetic energy running through Yosemite National Park.  He has forever been changed by this tenancy.


UPC Mid-Month Mid-Week Meeting; Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 7:00 PM

Join us for an all-Yosemite meeting. We’ll talk about Yosemite People, the current on-line exhibit at the Grace Hudson Museum, show Yosemite photos (via screen share), and share tips on the best photo opportunities in the park. As always, invite friends and relatives. For sign-in info contact ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net.


Yosemite People, Presented by the Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House; through April 11, 2021

Yosemite People is an exhibition from Exhibit Envoy and photographer Jonas Kulikauskas. All images © Jonas Kulikauskas.


Carleton Watkins, Picturing Yosemite; Thursday, March 25, 2021, 6:00 PM; livestream presentation

Seminal 19th century American photographer Carleton Watkins created the first indelible photo imagery of Yosemite Valley. In an illustrated talk, historian and nationally-known art critic Tyler Green discusses the importance of Watkins’s art in awakening the public to Yosemite and also the broader American West. Green is the author of the award-winning book from 2018, Carleton Watkins: Making the West American.

This program is presented in a partnership between Grace Hudson Museum and Mendocino Book Company, which is now selling the new paperback version of Green’s Carleton Watkins book.


UPC March Meeting; Sunday, March 7, 2021, 11:00 AM

Our theme this month is “orientation” – meaning anything other than the usual landscape or horizontal. In other words: square, vertical or portrait, panoramic, or fisheye. As always, this is for members to interpret or ignore as they choose. We’ll talk about continuing the mid-month, mid-week supplemental meetings and whether we are getting closer to in-person meetings. Send photos for the meeting and the website, as well as ideas for a Mystery Photo Critique, and requests for sign-in info to ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net


Call for Entries – Deep Valley Arts Collective; originally posted February 25, 2021.

“Fresh Eyes”, an online art exhibition featuring works of art that explore new perspectives, changing attitudes, and a turn towards hope as we begin a new year and move beyond the events of 2020.Share your symbols of transformation, newly discovered artistic processes, and visions of the future. All art forms are welcome, digital files only. Photography, music, paintings, video, poetry, sculpture, dance, etc. No entry fee, limit three entries per artist. Deadline for entries: Friday, March 12, 2021. Exhibition opening Friday, March 19, 2021. Featured artists virtual roundtable: Saturday, March 20, 2021. Exhibition opening Friday, March 19, 2021. Featured artists virtual roundtable: Saturday, March 20, 2021.


Showing at the Scott Nichols Gallery in Sonoma: Ansel Adams and Sebastian Salgado; originally posted October 10, 2020.

Open Thursday-Monday, 11-5 on the Sonoma Square, 450 1st Street East, Suite G, and by appointment.  http://www.scottnicholsgallery.com. Thanks to Dave Lohse for bringing this to our attention.


UPC Mid-Month Mid-Week Meeting; Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 7:00 PM, via Zoom (rescheduled)

This is our non-agenda, no-pressure experiment with a meeting at a different day and time than the usual.  We’ll talk about photography or whatever is on our minds.  If you have any photos to show we will do that through screen-sharing.  Maybe we will have a Mystery Photo.  Bring a friend! If you need sign-in info contact ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net.


Deep Valley Arts Collective; originally posted September 4, 2020

An online gallery exhibition of artwork that explores our country’s current state of affairs as we navigate a worldwide pandemic, sheltering in place, and widespread protest against the mistreatment of people of color by law enforcement across the nation. Featuring the works of: Amelia Rubie, Aaron Aguilar, Chris Pugh, E.D., Jane Russell, Janet Rosen, Josh Bowers, Kari Hartman, Kirsten Gantzel, Lillian Rubie, Meredith Hudson, and Theresa Whitehill.


UPC February Meeting; Sunday, February 7, 2021, 11:00 AM

Our theme this month is “indoors”.  Send photos and requests for sign-in info to ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net . Tom will talk about more photo club visits and there will be a new Mystery Photo Critique.


UPC January Meeting; Sunday, January 3, 2021, 11:00 AM

Our theme this month is “weather”. Send photos or requests for log-in info to ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net. We will have a guest from the Churchville Photography Club in Pennsylvania. Discussions will include: dues (due now), changes to the website and whether this can lead to an online show, our new Zoom subscription, and observations from Tom’s visits to photos clubs around the country. We will also have a new Mystery Photo Critique.


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 ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net. 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. 

Upcoming theme:

  • 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

Mimi Booth:

“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 ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net 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? 

Upcoming themes:

  • 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.

And of course, keep the photos coming in to ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net and your comments to ukiahphoto.club.


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 ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net. 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 ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net. 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 ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net). 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 ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net 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 ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net 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 ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net.

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 ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net. 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 ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net.
  • 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 ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net.
  • 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 ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net. 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 ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net. 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 ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net.

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 ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net (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 ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net.


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.

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