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Founded in 1935, and co-sponsored by the City of Palo Alto Division of Arts and Sciences, we are a group of serious amateur (and some professional) photographers interested in working together to enhance and broaden our photographic skills and artistic vision. Learn more

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Recent Monthly Competition Winners
Digital competition - September 2016
First Place
Shadows on the Wall
Stan Chism
Natural Landscape
First Place & Image of the Month
Grand Staircase Escalante National Park
Richard Rose
First Place
Color Coordinated
Roberta Rhudy
First Place
So Many Windows
Etsuko Kaizuka
Judges’ Choice: Our Best 2015 Images
Annual Competition 2015
Outside My Window
Jennifer Fraser
Maasai Shepard Guards His Flock
Scott Marmer
Jan Cheung
Pacific Art League (PAL)
Elaine Heron
Member Elaine Heron's print 'Inner Space' is in the exhibit for the "First Friday 95th Anniversary Edition" at the Pacific Art League. Reception Fri Sept 9 from 5:30 to 8 pm. Free parking in City garage across Bryant St.

DETAILS:  http://www.pacificartleague.org/pal-events/2016/9/9/first-friday-95th-anniversary-edition
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Golf Week Magazine
Jim Colton

Although this is not strictly about Jim Colton's photography, it is in my opinion a 'newsworthy' article (for the membership) about one of our club's pre-eminent members. Over several years Jim (a Stanford alumnus) took upon himself to evaluate (and photograph) all 25 of the country's college golf courses featured in Golf Week Magazine's annual review of 'the best'. {A PDF of the source article in Golf Week Magazine, Sept 5, 2016 will be sent separately with the e-announcement to the club.

The accompanying photo was taken by Jim at Ohio State University.

On top of this, Jim dashed off a 68-page eBook entitled "“My Quest to Play the Top 25 College Golf Courses and Find the Best Local Brews” that includes 150 photos.  The book (Kindle format, playable on devices that have the Kindle app) can be downloaded from Amazon for only $5.99 by clicking this link:


For those who can't wait to click the link, here's the Amazon intro to the book:

"A devoted golfer embarks on a mission to play all of the Top 25 College golf courses. And guess what? He is thirsty after playing every 18-hole round. So he scouts out the best local watering hole and its best beer. Of course, he has many travel adventures along the way, like watching out for alligators at the University of Florida golf course, getting paired with an army sniper at the Air Force Academy course and dodging a tornado outside of Oklahoma City. This is a fun book about discovering college golf courses, meeting local players, making beer recommendations, and traveling across America multiple times. ... MORE"

Laurie Naiman,

Outdoor Photographer Magazine
Jennifer Fraser

Jennifer Fraser's image of the Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley was just published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine's annual Black-and-White issue (see accompanying photo of the magazine).

Jennifer, still enjoying her "15 minutes of fame ...", had this to say:

"Here's the original text for the Outdoor Photographer article! What other members might find of interest is that the editor contacted me (first time that ever happened!) saying she "came across your image 'Dune Waves' in our magazine's online gallery and would like to feature it in the Behind The Shot section of our August 2016 Black-and-White special issue."

I guess the takeaway is that it's good to get one's images out on the web. Even if they don't win prizes; someone might see them!"

Below is the text accompanying the image in the magazine.

“Desert Waves”  by Jennifer Fraser - Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California (This image may be viewed on Jennifer's personal web gallery at:  http://jenniferfraser.zenfolio.com/p250523926/h11bc04a8#h11bc04a8
"Right light, right place, right equipment, right settings - how many of these conditions ever happen by chance? When all come together by luck, it really seems like magic. That wasn’t the case with this image, however; this was an image I “stalked”.

To prepare for this image, I planned a trip to Mesquite Dunes near Stovepipe Wells in midweek of early Spring, hoping I’d avoid the crowds. The afternoon before the shot, I drove by the dunes to figure out where I should park the next morning, since I knew it would be dark, and how long it would take to drive from my campsite in order to get there at least an hour before dawn to hike out and set up. I drove back, checked the chart for sunrise time and set my alarm clock.

The next early morning I pocketed my Rocket Air Blaster* in case of blowing sand and headed out. I drove to the site counting the miles, parked, turned on my headlamp and walked out in the direction of the dunes. The only factor I hadn’t accounted for was the difficulty of trudging up dunes in deep sand for half a mile, but I certainly was alone! Fortunately, a wind had come up the previous night, blowing away many of the footprints, and as the predawn light seeped into the sky, the ridges in the sand began to appear in deep shadow.

I set up my tripod and discovered that the lower the tripod, the more dramatic the ridges showed. Focusing a third of the way into the distance to maximize depth of field, I began shooting, making sure to bracket the shots. Every minute the changing light created new angles, new shadows, new compositions, and I was dizzy with the possibilities. When the sun came over the mountain, the parking lot began to fill up, as hikers and photographers flooded in. That was OK - I was packing up by then.

It was certainly one of the most magical photographic experiences I’ve had. The shots required very little post-processing in Photoshop: converting to black and white, adjusting the shadows for a true black …a nd deciding whether or not to keep the tiny rock in the shadow on the left. I kept it."
Equipment: Nikon d800, AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm@24mm, f2.8 ED, f11,1/60, ISO 125

*Rocket Air Blaster

Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara
Elaine Heron
As winner of Best of Show in the Triton Museum of Art’s 2014 Statewide Photography Competition & Exhibition, member Elaine Heron will have a solo exhibit of her  "PolarScapes" prints at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara from August 27 to November 6.  The reception is Fri Sept 16, from 6-8 PM. This photography exhibit presents the diversity and beauty of a frozen world in both its grandeur and exquisite detail.   Included are majestic icebergs adrift in the sea and close-up detail of ice formations that suggest other worldly life. More information can be found at http://www.tritonmuseum.org/exhibitions_heron.php