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This board is maintained for sharing information of general interest to Club members. Members can submit items by e-mail to Tom Kidd or to the Club's e-mail address. Please limit submissions to text and internet links (no images, powerpoint presentations, spreadsheets, etc.).

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10/24/14-Tom K.: A Michael Frye update about Sierra aspens:
"East Side and West Side Color."

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10/22/14-Tom K.: Here are the two most recent episodes of "Yosemite Nature Notes":
"Birdsongs,"
"Monarchs & Milkweed."

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10/20/14-Tom K.: From "The Week" magazine: "The week's best photojournalism."

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10/8/14-Tom K.: Mea culpa. A few days ago Floyd Hopper sent me a link to a Michael Frye post about this morning's lunar eclipse. I failed to get it on the board in time for it to be useful. Sorry. Less time-sensitive, and, therefore, more timely, here is Michael's post about a trip to Colorado for Fall color, pointed out by Tom Frazier: "Aspen Pilgrimage."

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9/11/14-Tom K.: "14 Stunning Pictures Of The 9/11 Tribute In Light."

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9/6/14-Sam S.: I got another e-mail that said the "Shoot The Fair" contest was canceled, but this article is what I found interesting: "How to Photograph Fairground Rides."

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9/5/14-Sam S.: Received this from a Fresno Club member and it looks interesting: "Shoot the Fair 2014."
UPDATE -- THIS CONTEST HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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9/4/14-Tom K.: Another Michael Frye post. This one describes one of his books: "Yosemite Meditations Tenth Anniversary Edition."

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9/3/14-Floyd H.: A Michael Frye blogpost for our members who are going to Bodie: "Photographing Bodie."

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7/30/14-Tom K.: From CNN.com: "What a shot! 37 amazing sports photos."

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7/28/14-Tom K.: Michael Frye's illustrated description of the El Portal fire: "A Surreal Night."

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7/18/14-Tom K.: "Shooting the West's" Labor Day workshop: "Shooting the Fair: Photojournalism at the Tri-County Fair."

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7/15/14-Tom K.: Too bad this is becoming more and more illegal: "Dronestagram & National Geographic Prizes."

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7/13/14-Tom K.: Rest in peace our good friend Robert Dayton.

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7/12/14-Tom K.: Advice from "Lightstalking.com": "5 Unconventional Ways to Improve Your Photography."

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7/3/14-Tom K.: Namibia looks like Death Valley and the Alabama Hills ... with elephants: "Photographing Landscapes: Getting the Perfect Shot the First Time."

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7/2/14-Tom K.: Here is a timely Canon tutorial: "Quick Tips: Photographing Fireworks."

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7/1/14-Tom K.: Internet journalist Esther Honig asked a few dozen Photoshop users around the world to beautify a picture of her. The results reflect cultural differences in perceptions of beauty: "Before & After."

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6/30/14-Tom K.: Multi-media images: "Talented Artist Combines Photography and Illustration to Capture ‘The Sketch of a Life.’"

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6/26/14-Tom K.: Some great, black and white weather images: "Perfect Storm: Interview with Stormchaser Mitch Dobrowner."

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6/25/14-Tom K.: Do any of these ring a bell? "10 Ugly Realities of Being a Photography Addict."

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6/22/14-Tom K.: The price is right: "23 Free Photography E-Books."

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6/21/14-Tom K.: HDR guru Trey Ratcliff recounts his drone photography adventures in China: "Beijing From Above, aka The Story of How I Was Detained by the Police because of my DJI Quadcopter."

... and more about drones: "Drones banned at America's national parks."

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6/20/14-Tom K.: Superbowl, March Madness, and the World Series for the rest of our planet: "The 2014 World Cup, Part I."

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6/19/14-Tom K.: The intro to this post says, "We bust some of the most common myths that digital photographers take into the field to help you get your best images:" "Digital Mythbusting."

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6/18/14-Tom K.: A potpourri of visual tricks: "The New OK Go Music Video is an Optical Illusion Tour de Force Shot in a Single Take."

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6/17/14-Tom K.: Monumental architecture in HDR: "A Day In The Life Of Cityscape Photographer Daniel Cheong."

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6/16/14-Tom K.: This technique is not an option for many/all of us, but the images are great to look at: "The Amazing Photography Of Aerial Archeologist Klaus Leidorf."

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6/15/14-Tom K.: Beginning when he was age 17 he had numerous still photos published in "Look" magazine, and later directed films such as "Spartacus," "Dr. Strangelove," and "2001, a Space Oddysey": "A Look Into The Still Photography Career of Motion Picture Icon Stanley Kubrick."

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6/14/14-Tom K.: From camera obscura to megapixels: "12 Hugely Important Moments in the History of Photography."

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6/13/14-Tom K.: Since we are all well beyond beginner status we are no longer guilty of any of these things (lol, as they say): "The 8 Worst Habits of Beginning Photographers."

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6/12/14-Tom K.: Here's a short video about calculating exposure settings: "Exposure Basics: How to Choose ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed Settings."

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6/11/14-Tom K.: This Canon video is applicable for other camera brands: "Canon Service & Support: How To Care For Your Camera."

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6/10/14-Tom K.: Here's a side trip for your next Death Valley visit: "The Mojave Desert Ghost Town of Ballarat, California."

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6/8/14-Tom K.: Canon joins the cloud storage market: "Canon Announces Image Cloud Service Irista."

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6/7/14-Tom K.: More photographs as historical documents: "D-Day in Color, Photographs from the Normandy Invasion."

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6/6/14-Tom K.: A D-Day photography story: "The Story Behind Robert Capa’s Pictures of the D-Day Invasion that Almost Never Were."

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6/5/14-Tom K.: "National Geographic Photographer Pays a Stunning Tribute to Ansel Adams’ Work."

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6/4/14-Tom K.: Congratulations to Merced Camera Club members Jim and Carlene Cunningham, Floyd Hopper, and Andy Tolsma, who all won multiple awards at the Delicato Winery Photography Show. All accepted prints will be on view at the winery thru June 28. Here is a list of all winners, in PDF format:
"2014 DELICATO PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW RESULTS."

More info on Delicato's website.

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6/2/14-Tom K.: This video provides a good basis for understanding how to control the effects of flash photography: "Back to Basics: Flash Photography Tips for Beginners."

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6/1/14-Tom K.: This post begins, "What do you do if you can’t produce enough depth of field to get your whole subject in focus? You create a stacked image. Here’s how it’s done": "Stacking your photos to get extreme depth of field."

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5/31/14-Tom K.: Pro photographer Gary Hart writes about his evolving aesthetic: "Feeding a growing photographer."

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5/30/14-Tom K.: From "The Online Photographer": "Is This 'A Great Time for Photography'?"

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5/29/14-Tom K.: I'm baaack. I just found out that May is National Photography Month. To celebrate, Amazon has discounted a lot of photography books. See the list here: "National Photography Month."

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5/8/14-Tom K.: "15 Easy Ways to Improve Your Photo Skills Without Buying New Gear."

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5/6/14-Tom K.: Photos of movie and TV locations: "25 Fictional Places You Can Actually Visit."

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5/5/14-Tom K.: Drone photography re-visited (with a local twist): "No Drone for You! National Park Service Bans Camera Drone Usage in Yosemite."

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5/3/14-Tom K.: Topic of the day is drone photography. If you consider doing this be sure you understand the ever-cnanging relevant laws:

"I, Photographer: Professional Drone Shooter."

And an enticing promotional site for a state-of-the-art drone with camera. If I'm reading this correctly the whole rig sells for about $1k: "Phantom 2 Vision."

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5/2/14-Tom K.: From "lightstalking.com": "This Man's Stunning Photographs of His Daughter Left Us Speechless."

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5/1/14-Tom K.: Here is a brief video of famous landscape photographer Charles Cramer's composition tips: "Photo Composition & Framing Techniques - Tips from Charles Cramer." ...
and more info about making and using a framing card: "Photography Composition Tip – Composing a Photo in the Field."

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4/30/14-Tom K.: From filters to beverages, several pro landscape photographers name their favorite take-along items: "It’s More Than The Camera."

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4/29/14-Tom K.: Polish-born Roman Loranc is probably the pre-eminent photographer of landscapes of our Central Valley. Here are a PBS profile featuring two videos, and Roman's personal website.

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4/28/14-Tom K.: This video includes a touching account of the photographer's encounter with wild grizzly bears: "Nature and Wildlife Photographer Shares Some Helpful Tips and Advice."

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4/27/14-Tom K.: There are multiple Bear Valleys in California. This one is roughly halfway between Williams and Clear Lake. According to this post, it's currently providing great petal-peeping: "Bear Valley Wildflowers Are Looking Good 4/26/14."

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4/26/14-Tom K.: Further proof that the photographer is more important than the hardware: "Breathtaking Surreal Photographs Taken With A $50 Camera (And 100 Ton Of Talent)."

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4/25/14-Tom K.: Gary Hart writes about his current interest -- Yosemite's dogwoods: "A camera’s reality."

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4/24/14-Tom K.: Imaginary, but realistic, street scenes: "These Forced Perspective Images of a Miniature Town Will Simply Amaze You."

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4/23/14-Tom K.: "It is not about getting as close as possible, but to capture the feeling of being there. I don’t want to just look into their world, I want to be a part of it":
"Gorgeous Video Captures a Day in the Life of Wildlife Photographer Asgeir Helgestad."

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4/22/14-Tom K.: Michael Frye on Yosemite: "Dogwoods Have Arrived."

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4/21/14-Tom K.: From "picturecorrect.com": "Photographic Standard: How to Critique Your Own Photos."

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4/17/14-Tom K.: Michael Frye's eclipse image: "Lunar Eclipse Over the Trona Pinnacles."

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4/17/14-Tom K.: "Big Time Photographers Join Forces to Sell Prints and Raise Money for ‘Saving Eliza’."

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4/16/14-Tom K.: From DIYphotography.net: "13 Things Your Camera Wishes You Knew."

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4/15/14-Tom K.: English photographer Darren Moore says "I specialise in a technique called 'Daytime Long Exposure' using Neutral Density (ND) filters attached to the lens ... My images range from 30 second exposures to 15+ minutes": "Darren Moore Photography."

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4/14/14-Tom K.: Our final pre-eclipse post. Weather service predicts mostly clear for Merced, partly cloudy for Yosemite: "Are You Ready To Shoot Tonight's Red Lunar Eclipse and Bright Mars Confluence?."

Another viewing option: "WATCH LIVE TONIGHT: Total Lunar Eclipse & Mars Close Approach Webcasts Begin @ 10 pm ET."

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4/13/14-Tom K.: Try this interesting creative technique, if your camera supports it: "How To: Shoot an In-Camera Double Exposure Photo."

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4/12/14-Tom K.: Thoughts about smartphone photography: "Why Cellphone Cameras Are Awful,"

"Why Cellphone Cameras Are Great."

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4/11/14-Tom K.: Here is some photography-related information about next Monday night's lunar eclipse: "Photogs Take Note: A Blood Moon Eclipse is Set to Take Place Early on April 15th."

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4/10/14-Tom K.: Hopefully this post from Oregon photographer Carol Leigh will provide inspiration for a visit to Castle Air Museum: "Plane art . . . ."

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4/9/14-Tom K.: Valuable tips from Gary Hart: "Customize your camera."

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4/8/14-Tom K.: Don't try (all of) these at home: "Meet The Photographer Who Uses Real Animals In Her Dreamy Portraits."

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4/7/14-Tom K.: Michael Frye's latest: "Poppies Are Still Going Strong," and:

"Photographing the Lunar Eclipse," (April 14 and 15).

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4/5/14-Tom K.: This post links to two videos. The first features three pro photographers discussing their trade (with a lot of action images). The second documents the making of the first one, again with some great video and still photography: "DEDICATED: Short Film About Dedication and the D4s Goes Live with In-Depth BTS."

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4/3/14-Tom K.: Dazzle (or not) fellow party-goers with these amazing facts: "12 Hugely Important Moments in the History of Photography."

"Interesting Photography Trivia to Casually Drop Into a Conversation."

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4/2/14-Tom K.: Petapixel.com has gathered several of yesterday's 4/1 humor from the internet: "A Roundup of April Fools’ 2014 Jokes in the World of Photography."

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4/1/14-Tom K.: In keeping with April 1 tradition: "Snowball the Monster Cat."

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3/31/14-Tom K.: Here's a fascinating video that documents the making of a four-image magazine ad: "How Some Amazing Composite Photography Was Done For the Fiat Car Brand."

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3/30/14-Robert D.: May 2 is the deadline to enter photographs in the California State Fair: "California Fine Arts Competition Handbook (pdf)."

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3/29/14-Robert D.: "CLICK TO ENTER THE 2014 WINDLAND SMITH RICE INTERNATIONAL AWARDS."

"2013 Winners Slideshow."

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3/28/14-Tom K.: From the "artFido" blog: "The Top 75 Pictures of the Year for 2013."

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3/26/14-Tom K.: Aw, c'mon guys!: "Anti-Piracy Group Accused of Stealing the Photo They Used in an Anti-Piracy Ad."

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3/25/14-Tom K.: Surrealism from Swedish photographer: Erik Johansson. Click on an image to enlarge.

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3/24/14-Tom K.: According to Michael Frye the time to photograph Merced River Canyon poppies this year may be running out: "Wildflower Update."

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3/24/14-Tom K.: Italian photographer Gabriele Galemberti made a simple idea into a fascinating book project: "Children Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions."

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3/23/14-Tom K.: The basics of shooting the stars: "Introduction to Astrography."

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3/22/14-Tom K.: If you only use one or two of these tips it will be worth the read: "20 Simple Ways to Customize Your Camera."

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3/21/14-Tom K.: Michael Frye's latest on Merced River Canyon flowers: "Hite’s Cove Poppies."

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3/20/14-Tom K.: Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words: "40 Must-See Photos From the Past."

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3/19/14-Tom K.: This is a couple of days late but worth viewing: "32 Magical Photos of Ireland."

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3/18/14-Tom K.: A 50% discount on what appears to be a useful processing plug-in: "Remove Noise and Recover Detail In Your Photos: Topaz De-Noise."

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3/17/14-Tom K.: Michael Frye kicks off the wildflower season, with a local emphasis: "A Good Year for Poppies?."

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3/16/14-Tom K.: Affordable(?) cloud storage: "Google Slashes Prices on Google Drive."

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3/14/14-Tom K.: March 14 is pi day. March 14 = 3/14 = 3.14 = 3.1416 ... = pi: "34 Ways To Pie Hard On Pi Day."

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3/13/14-Tom K.: Another group of photogenic locations. Not a lot of photo tours available: "12 Hardest Places To Visit On Earth."

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3/12/14-Tom K.: Here is the first in a series of short, how-to videos: "Nikon Launches Series of Educational Videos With Pro Photographers."

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3/11/14-Tom K.: Photo ops from "Buzz Feed": "29 Surreal Places In America You Need To Visit Before You Die."

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3/10/14-Tom K.: Gary Hart recounts capturing a striking Yosemite image: "It’s Greek to me."

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3/9/14-Tom K.: A "Daily Beast" slide show: "Baseball’s Legends of the Spring: Vintage Photos From Spring Training."

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3/6/14-Tom K.: A slide show of images from our Club's March competition is available at: "Pictorial Projected Images."

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3/5/14-Tom K.: This is a very cool thing, also very quirky to navigate: "Sightseeing Heatmap of Popular Photo Spots Around the World."

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3/4/14-Tom K.: Another Yosemite update (illustrated) from Michael Frye: "Yosemite Storms."

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3/3/14-Sam S.: Advice from John Martin -- "Some thoughts on approaching and photographing total strangers. It can be done and there are many great photographic opportunities out there": "On Shooting Strangers…"

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3/1/14-Tom K.: A striking collection of travel images: "29 Photos That Will Awaken Your Inner Explorer."

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2/28/14-Tom K.: This short essay is illustrated with some interesting images: "Rant: I Love Photography."

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2/27/14-Tom K.: These shots of the closing ceremony are the last in Jeff Cable's series from the Sochi Olympics. The series began with his opening ceremony images (see the 2/8/14 message board entry, below). His posts worked for me in two ways -- great images, plus a fascinating narrative of his experiences at the Games. You can see any or all of his posts by scrolling down his page to "Blog Archive" in the right-hand column: "Closing ceremony - The final photo shoot of the 2014 Winter Olympics."

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2/26/14-Tom K.: Michael Frye's advice about short-term Yosemite photo ops: "Approaching Storms."

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2/25/14-Tom K.: "Understanding the Sunny 16 Rule."

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2/23/14-Tom K.: Gary Hart gives detailed instructions for shooting the moon: "Four sunsets, part three: A marvelous night for a moondance."

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2/22/14-Tom K.: The "Big Picture(s)": "NYC Ballet Enlists Street Art Photog’s Help to Make an Epic Impression on Its Patrons."

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2/21/14-Tom K.: Here is a time-lapse video that features some familiar California locales: "Into The Atmosphere."

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2/19/14-Tom K.: There are some interesting tips in this post: "Ten Photographic Principles."

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2/18/14-Tom K.: An illustrated update from Michael Frye: "Horsetail Fall Conditions."

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2/17/14-Tom K.: A post about composition with some nice examples: "How Patterns Can Have an Awesome Impact in Your Photography."

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2/16/14-Tom K.: Another example of photographic images as historical documents: "Looking Back: Photos From the First 12 Winter Olympics."

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2/15/14-Tom K.: Here is a story of one photograph providing income for several attorneys: "The Color Run Sues Photog for Demanding Payment for Widely Distributed Photo."

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2/14/14-Tom K.: The World Press Photo Foundation conducts an annual contest for photojournalists. This Year's winners: "2014 Photo Contest."

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2/12/14-Tom K.: More images from the Winter Olympics:

Opening ceremony

Competition

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2/11/14-Tom K.: Michael Frye's update regarding Yosemite conditions: "Another Clearing Storm, and a Horsetail Fall Forecast."

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2/10/14-Tom K.: Recent images from Oregon photographer Marc Adamus: "New Work: July-December, 2013."

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2/9/14-Tom K.: A slideshow of images from the Merced Camera Club's February competition: "Pictorial Projected Images - February."

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2/8/14-Tom K.: From Bay Area photographer Jeff Cable: "Sochi Olympics: Photos from the Opening Ceremony."

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2/7/14-Tom K.: This large collection of images demonstrates the aesthetic virtues of beat-up autos and HDR photography: "Demolition Derby – A Redneck Rodeo."

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2/6/14-Tom K.: An illustrated tutorial about composition: "Three ways to break the Rule of Thirds."

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2/5/14-Tom K.: Brandon Stanton is a street portrait photographer with 2.8 million Facebook followers: "Humans of New York."

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2/4/14-Tom K.: Galen Rowell called the image known as Earthrise "the most influential environmental photograph ever taken." This video re-creates the making of the photo by the Apollo 8 astronauts: "NASA | Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary."

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2/3/14-Tom K.: Here are what a lot of people consider last night's highlights: "Super Bowl commercials 2014: Watch the ads here."

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2/2/14-Tom K.: Here is a collection of Sports Illustrated photos from the first 47 Super Bowls, including at least one from each game: "SI's 100 Best Super Bowl Photos."

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2/1/14-Tom K.: Tracy, CA, photographer Sioin Queenie Liao takes elaborately staged photos of her sleeping son that have acquired a large internet following: "Behind the Scenes with Queenie Liao and Her Adorable Nap Time Photo Series."

Her personal website: "Wengenn in Wonderland."

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1/31/14-Tom K.: Microsoft Research stitched together 2,368 twenty-two-megapixel images to get a panorama of Seattle. Then they shot and inserted vignettes featuring members of the Seattle arts community. Here is an introductory video: "Making the Gigapixel Artzoom."

And the panorama itself. Play with it: "Gigapixel Artzoom."

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1/30/14-Robert D.: 2014 NANPA Showcase Winners: "Top 250 Showcase Images."

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1/29/14-Tom K.: Gary Hart again, with night photography in the Alabama Hills: "Returning to the scene of the crime."

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1/28/14-Tom K.: From Gary Hart,here is the best discussion of why and how to use a tripod that I've ever read: "The tripod difference."

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1/27/14-Tom K.: From Michael Frye: "A Trip Through the Central Valley."

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1/26/14-Tom K.: For those who did not receive a recent e-mail from "Shooting the West," they have begun promoting their March 4-9 photography symposium in Winnemucca, NV: "Shooting the West XXVI."

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1/25/14-Floyd H.: Jim C. received an honorable mention at the Lodi Annual Photography Show for his image "Phone Booth." You can view his winning image and other winning images at: "2014 Photography Show Winning Artists."

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1/24/14-Tom K.: Once again, photojournalism and photoshop don't mix: "Truth and Consequences for a War Photographer."

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1/23/14-Tom K.: The "Range of Light Film Festival" is scheduled for February 27 thru March 2, in Yosemite Valley. From the festival's website -- "The theme is '150 Years of Yosemite,' in honor of the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Yosemite Grant in 1864." Attendees can purchase tickets for individual sessions or the entire weekend and get reduced rates for in-park lodging: "Range of Light Film Festival."

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1/22/14-Robert D.: MCC member Andy Tolsma's photo recently won a "Best of the Year" award on Pixoto.com: "Four coming at you."

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1/21/14-Tom K.: SFO's Chinese New Year parade, February 15, looks like a good photo op (if you can find a way to deal with the crowd): "Chinese New Year Parade."
"2013 Parade video highlights."

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1/20/14-Tom K.: Nothing really new here, but some worthwhile reminders: "Twelve Ways to Improve Your Digital Landscapes."

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1/19/14-Tom K.: Awww! "Russian Mother Takes Magical Pictures of Her Two Kids With Animals On Her Farm"

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1/18/14-Tom K.: The folks at "Outdoor Photographer" magazine are currently accepting entries for their annual American Landscape Photo Contest.
Last year's finalists

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1/17/14-Tom K.: Here's a sequel to the article we linked to on December 5 (see below): "9 [More] Adventure Sports Photographers You Need to Check Out."

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1/16/14-Tom K.: A four and a half minute video with some humor: "How Do Digital Cameras Work? An Explanation by Top Gear's James May."

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1/15/14-Tom K.: Something you don't see every day: "20 Spectacular Images of Frozen Niagara Falls."

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1/14/14-Tom K.: "Incredible Photos of Spectacular Volcanic Eruption in Chile, Lighting Storm Included."

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1/13/14-Tom K.: This comes from Sam Shaw via Robert Dayton. The "Gold Rush Chapter" is an organization of 16 camera clubs north of us. Here are the results of their 2013 "International." To view images, click on the first image title, then move though the list using the "next" link next to each image:
"Open Results,"
"Creative Results."

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1/12/14-Tom K.: A mini-workshop from Gary Hart on one of MCC member Jim Cunningham's favorite subjects: "Border Patrol."

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1/11/14-Tom K.: Stuff happens: "Some of the funniest animal photobombs ever."

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1/10/14-Tom K.: Jim Goldstein has published his annual list of other photographers' best work of the previous year. Enjoy: "Best Photos of 2013 by JMG-Galleries Blog Readers"

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1/9/14-Tom K.: Check out this slide show of images from the Merced Camera Club's January competition: "Pictorial Projected Images - January"

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1/8/14-Tom K.: Here's the most recent edition of "Yosemite Nature Notes:" "Fall Moments"

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1/7/14-Robert D.: You might enjoy visiting "Nature Photographer's Online Magazine (NPN)". Today they are showing the Editor's Choices for 2013 winners, plus Honorable Mentions: "Editor's Pick Awards 2013"

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1/6/14-Tom K.: Michael Frye's self-selected 49 best images of 2013: "2013: Picking My Best Images"

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1/5/14-Tom K.: Belated Happy New Year!
This gets better after the first 1:30.

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1/4/14-Floyd H.: The Tuolumne County Arts Alliance is sponsoring a photography competition and exhibition from January 17-February 15. Entries will be accepted January 10 and 11, in Sonora. Additional info and entry forms are available on line at: "InFocus Photography Competition and Exhibition." This has traditionally been a high-quality, well-attended show.

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12/18/13-Tom K.: From PicturePerfect.com: "Christmas Light Photography Tips."

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12/16/13-Tom K.: Some beautiful images from a "Popular Photography" magazine contest: "Photo Challenge Finalists: 29 Landscape Photos With Strong Foreground Elements."

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12/14/13-Tom K.: This is sub-titled "Acknowledging the photo projects of 2013 that stand testament to the power of the still image": "Photo Projects That Made For A Better 2013."

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12/13/13-Tom K.: "How to" advice from Michael Frye: "Moonstruck."

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12/5/13-Tom K.: Intros to excellent photographers with striking images: "An Intro to Adventure Sports Photography: 10 Photographers You Need to Check Out."

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11/30/13-Tom K.: "New Yorker" contributing writers reflect on photographs that have inspired them: "Giving Thanks for Photography."

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11/29/13-Tom K.: Some photography-related bargains from Michael Frye: "Black Friday Sale!."

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11/27/13-Tom K.: Is it real, or is it Photoshop (or CGI, or ... ?: "13 Amazing Viral Nature Pictures That Are Actually Fake."

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11/26/13-Tom K.: Michael Paul Smith uses model cars and minimal equipment to create life-like scenes: "Absolute convincing Model Photography with a point and shoot and no Photoshop."

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11/24/13-Tom K.: If you get tired of photographing nature's beauty, you may want to try tacky: "The 50 Weirdest Things In All 50 States."

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11/20/13-Tom K.: The time-honored art of photography has seen its darkest hour: "Selfie named word of the year for 2013."

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11/19/13-Tom K.: Here is the "New Work" gallery in Bay-area photographer Patrick Smith's website. "Transbay #1" particularly caught my eye. When building is complete, the Transbay Transit Center should be a source of great photo ops: "New Work."

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11/17/13-Tom K.: Apparently there was a football game in Los Angeles last night. Somebody brought a camera: "Photos: USC Trojans upset Stanford Cardinal 20-17 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum."

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11/16/13-Tom K.: A free lesson (with a Yosemite example) from Michael Frye: "Courting Luck: How to Take Advantage of Special Light and Weather in Landscape Photography."

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11/15/13-Tom K.: On the future of camera manufacturing: "Camerapocalypse: How photography’s titans will survive smartphones."

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11/12/13-Tom K.: Next time you are wondering if the shot you want is worth the trouble, think of this: "The Most Honored Photograph."

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11/11/13-Tom K.: From "Popular Photography": "5 Composition Tips For Better Nature Photography."

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11/9/13-Tom K.: This is somewhat off the subject, but a nice story that could result in photo ops: "Futuristic Family Reunions."

That project spawned a Skype ad campaign using this video: "Photographer John Clang and Skype Join Forces to Make You Cry… In a Good Way."

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11/8/13-Floyd H.: Michael Frye's latest: "Yosemite Valley Fall Color."

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10/25/13-Tom K.: A Michael Frye update: "Fall Color Report."

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10/25/13-Tom K.: In the realm of "How'd they do that?" (and a lot more fun than the title): "Advanced Action Sequence Photography Techniques In Low Light."

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10/24/13-Tom K.: A new on-line nature resource: "First California condor webcam in the wild goes live in Big Sur."

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10/23/13-Tom K.: Some reality-based humor: "The Eight Different Types of Photographers You’ll Find in the Wild."

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10/20/13-Floyd H.: I drove to Yosemite Friday to check out the fall color. The big leaf maples are at their peak. The dogwoods and oaks are just beginning to change. The sugar maple tree across from the Chapel is gorgeous. I posted a couple images from Friday on my Flickr site.

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10/19/13-Tom K.: The story of a National Geographic photographer's quest for a unique image: "Photographer's 1 Year Effort to Photograph a Mountain Lion Living in Los Angeles."

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10/18/13-Tom K.: Pop quiz -- the "selfie" is the worst thing to happen to (a) social media, (b) photography, (c) life on earth, or (d) all of the above: "The Art of the Selfie."

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10/17/13-Tom K.: "The Shutdown's Over, and Yosemite's Open Again."

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10/16/13-Tom K.: Here's an interesting looking photo location that could also be a good excuse for a visit to Las Vegas: "Favorite Places: Techatticup Nevada Ghost Town."

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10/15/13-Tom K.: Opinions about judging photography competitions: "What makes a photograph an award-winner? Experts say…."

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10/14/13-Tom K.: Viral sports photo: "Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan humbled by Red Sox bullpen photo."

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10/11/13-Tom K.: An Eastern Sierra update from Michael Frye: "Autumn Snow."

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10/10/13-Tom K.: For dog lovers: "Meet Ksenia Raykova."

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10/9/13-Tom K.: National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson discusses shooting on a photo tour with his smart phone: "Capturing the Aura of the Scottish Highlands With the iPhone 5s."

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10/8/13-Tom K.: Click here to see a slideshow of images from our October Club competition: "October Pictorial Projected Images."

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10/7/13-Tom K.: From PetaPixel.com: "BTS: Making Epic Advertising Composites with Erik Almas."

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10/6/13-Tom K.: I hope you get a chuckle from this smartphone ad: "Chicken Powered Image Stabilization."

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10/5/13-Tom K.: Many of us keep so many image files that storage and retrieval become an ever increasing drag. Here's Darwin Wiggett's system for controlling the problem: "Time -- A Photographer's Best Friend."

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10/4/13-Tom K.: From the L.A. Times: "Valley of solitude: Inside a closed Yosemite National Park."

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10/3/13-Tom K.: The Sacramento Bee provides good info for fall color hunters. Be sure to click on the "INTERACTIVE GUIDE TO SIERRA FALL COLORS" link: "Fall Leaves."

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10/2/13-Tom K.: This piece gives a photographer's slant on the deadlock in Washington: "Government Shutdown Locks Out Nature & Wildlife Photographers."

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9/28/13-Tom K.: Yosemite story from the L.A. Times: "Risky measures to save big trees from Rim fire worked."

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9/25/13-Tom K.: Here's a little teaser for Eastern Sierra leef-peepers from Michael Frye: "Signs of Autumn."

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9/24/13-Tom K.: Two members' websites just added to our homepage: Fred Courter , and Sam and Barbara Shaw .

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9/22/13-Tom K.: For future reference, this year's "On Assignment" subjects:

2013
October -- City Scene
November -- Night Scene

2014
January -- Bare Limbs
February -- Burst of Color
March -- Cross or Religious Item
April -- Railroad
May -- Three of a Kind
October -- Silhouette
November -- "S" Curve

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9/19/13-Tom K.: Here's an up-coming photo op. An antique and classic car show will be held Saturday, 9/28, in Murphys. The event coordinator says, "You are welcome to attend the Concours and take photos. The event gates open at 8am, cost is $20 per person or $35 for a couple. The winning vehicles are driven across the main concert stage beginning around 3pm." The event's website: "The Ironstone Concours d'Elegance."

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9/18/13-Tom K.: A request from Michael Frye: "We Need Your Help in Solving a Mystery."

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9/12/13-Sam S.: (Click on "Slideshow"): "Burning Man 2013"

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9/11/13-Tom K.: From The New Yotk Daily News: "One World Trade Center: From Ground Zero to the Freedom Tower"

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9/10/13-Tom K.: Andy Tolsma has produced two videos featuring images from this summer's Club scavenger hunt and posted them on YouTube. Here are the links:

Scavenger Hunt

Merced Camera Club Scavenger Hunt Winners

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9/9/13-Tom K.: The rules governing our Club's monthly competitions were recently updated. The updated version has been posted to: "MERCED CAMERA CLUB COMPETITION RULES."

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9/8/13-Tom K.: Mariposa photographer Michael Frye's perspective on long-range effects of the "Rim Fire": "After the Fire."

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9/7/13-Tom K.: Jordan Matter is a pro photographer whose previous project, "Dancers Among Us," achieved some internet popularity (suggestion -- click on "play slideshow"): "Athletes Among Us."

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9/6/13-Tom K.: Seasonal advice from George Lepp: "Lepp On Fall Color."

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9/2/13-Tom K.: Just read a report that said a few aspens in Bishop Creek Canyon above 8500' have begun to turn. Get ready: "Natural History Wanderings, California Fall Foliage."

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9/1/13-Tom K.: In this "Outdoor Photographer" article Marc Adamus discusses how and why he achieves his powerful landscape images: "Next Generation Landscapes."

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8/31/13-Tom K.: "Time" previews an up-coming photo book: "30 Years, 20 Passports: Untold Stories of Steve McCurry’s Photographic Life."

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8/29/13-Tom K.: "Rim Fire" updates from the L.A. Times: "Interactive map: Rim fire in Yosemite."

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8/25/13-Tom K.: More "Rim Fire" images, from "The Daily Beast": "Massive Yosemite Wildfire Spreads."

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8/24/13-Tom K.: In anticipation of Ma Nature's next major photo-op, "Rod Planck shares some of his favorite techniques for the leaves of autumn": "10 Tips For Fall."

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8/23/13-Tom K.: This column looks at depth of field in a couple of ways that are new to me. This all boils down to how sharp you want your images to be, and how to achieve the desired degree of sharpness: "The Practical Side of Depth of Field."

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8/22/13-Tom K.: Mariposa resident Michael Frye on the currently burning "Rim Fire": "Adapting to Fire."

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8/20/13-Tom K.: This NatGeo multimedia post takes a while to load. It's worth it: "The Serengeti Lion."

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8/19/13-Tom K.: Ran across this excellent black and white landscape photographer, a Californian: "Mitch Dobrowner Fine Art Photography."

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8/17/13-Tom K.: A New York photographer's surrealistic self-portraits: "Ben Zank."

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8/16/13-Tom K.: The image of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and a lightning bolt has become both viral and controversial. For obvious reasons, some suspect photoshoppery: "Lightning, Bolt strike in Moscow."

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8/14/13-Tom K.: This piece is subtitled "How to use HDR software to maintain appropriate contrast, overcome the limitations of the sensor and bring out detail—without overdoing it!": "Keeping It Real With HDR."

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8/13/13-Tom K.: The next digital imaging hardware permutation?: "(SR5) Hot! First images of the new DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lens-cameras!."

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8/12/13-Tom K.: From Sports Illustrated: "100 Greatest Sports Photos of All Time."

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8/10/13-Tom K.: Some depression-era Americana and a chapter in the history of Photography books: "A New Look at Walker Evans’s ‘American Photographs’."

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8/8/13-Tom K.: I found this site via a link to his "New York Sliced" portfolio. Enjoyed all the portfolios, with the possible exception of "Tilt Shift" -- don't really get that one: "RICHARD SILVER PHOTO."

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8/7/13-Tom K.: Michael Frye's latest artistic advice: "Light Against Dark, Dark Against Light."

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8/6/13-Tom K.: This is about snapshots rather than fine art. They can both make memorable images: "Powerful Photos That Capture the Single Best Moment in People’s Lives."

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8/3/13-Tom K.: The next time Jay Sousa is scheduled to judge our Club competition you might want to review this article: "Jay Sousa: The five elements of creating stellar photos."

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8/1/13-Tom K.: Urban street photography is often edgy and unsettling -- also fascinating: "Here’s the trailer for 'Everybody Street,' an intriguing documentary about famous street photographers."

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7/30/13-Tom K.: Some striking aerial photographs: "Paris From Above."

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7/28/13-Tom K.: Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water: "Pigs on the Beach"

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7/27/13-Tom K.: This article is aptly sub-titled "An in-depth look at the current state of the digital photo printing industry": "Digital Photo Printing: 10 Years After"

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7/26/13-Tom K.: UK photographer Rupert Vandervell's images from an up-coming book use shadows and light (mostly shadows) to create dramatic, moody compositions. This is a slideshow that runs automatically. To see a title, place your cursor anywhere on the image: "Man On Earth"

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7/25/13-Tom K.: The keyword for this collection is "rustic": "Cabin Porn"

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7/24/13-Robert D.: "Hiker dies on trek to 'Wave' in Ariz-Utah desert"

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7/23/13-Tom K.: Here's an update to the story in my July 16 post (below): "Photographer admits to faking 'lava photographer on fire' image that went viral"

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7/22/13-Tom K.: Quoting from the website -- "FOUND is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives. In honor of our 125th anniversary, we are showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past. Many of these photos have never been published and are rarely seen by the public ... We will be adding new voices, stories, and artifacts as we go.": "FOUND"

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7/21/13-Tom K.: Here's a quote from this piece by Rob Sheppard -- "All photographers should take time to shoot in black-and-white. I've seen how it makes photographers better, and it can energize you because it pushes you to find new ways of taking pictures.": "The Lost Art Of Shooting Black-And-White"

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7/20/13-Tom K.: Apparently this is a somewhat famous list that I found cited on a present-day blog. Some good stuff, but remember that the author is an urban street photographer (hence his disdain for tripods): "100 Things I Have Learned About Photography."

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7/19/13-Tom K.: From NPR, this is a 16-frame slide show photo essay about the City of Stockton: "How Do You Photograph A City's Bankruptcy?"

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7/18/13-Tom K.: Truckee's Elizabeth Carmel starts a discussion (see the reader comments) of a recurring subject: "But Is It Real? The goals and responsibilities of a photographer and photo manipulations"

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7/17/13-Tom K.: Utah photographer Howard Jackman posts images from Hill Air Museum, which appears to have similarities to Castle Museum (although of much of the Hill is indoors). Heavy on HDR and a fish-eye lens: "'Metal' The Mighty SR-71 Blackbird."

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7/16/13-Tom K.: Once again, be careful out there!: "Photographer Gets So Close to Lava That His Shoes and Tripod Catch on Fire."

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7/15/13-Robert D.: To consider what story that you want to tell with your photography, read the following article in The Luminous Landscape. Michael Reichmann explores the making of one image and the thought processes that were involved: "A Matter of Interpretation -- What Story Do You Want to Tell?."

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7/14/13-Tom K.: Photojournalism from "The Daily Beast: "WEEK IN PHOTOS: JULY 13, 2013."

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7/13/13-Tom K.: "Photographer Scores a Viral Hit with His Instagram ‘Pug Shots’ of His Dog Norm."

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7/12/13-Tom K.: Privacy rights conflict with photographers' first amendment rights once again. Subplot 1 -- George Steimetz' "Desert Air" images, shot from a paraglider, are hypnotic. Subplot 2 -- NSA/Snowden case, drones, etc.: "National Geographic Photographer George Steinmetz Arrested For Aerial Photography."

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7/11/13-Tom K.: Don't miss the Artists' Reception for our show this evening from 5:30 to 7:00 at: "Merced Multicultural Arts Center," 645 West Main Street, Merced.

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7/10/13-Tom K.: Italian artist Giuseppi Colarusso re-imagines common household items: "IMPROBABILITÀ."

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7/9/13-Tom K.: This piece makes a good case for participating in on-line photography forums: "NINE WAYS PARTICIPATING IN A PHOTOGRAPHY FORUM CAN IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY LIFESTYLE." Coincidentally, they recommend their own forums.

The Nature Photographers' Network has another site with several good forums. At least two of our Club members are regulars. To fully participate requires a paid membership. To get a feel for the information exchange, click on an image and check out the comments: "Earth, Sea & Sky™ Landscape Gallery."

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7/8/13-Tom K.: Two of our members, Fred Courter and Doug Torres, have added twelve-image albums to our: "Merced Camera Club Gallery."

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7/7/13-Tom K.: Want to display your photo portfolio on the internet without the hassle of a custom-built and maintained, personal website? Here is a pretty good overview of some of the most popular alternatives, including some free ones: "Best Sites for Sharing Photos."

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7/4/13-Tom K.: This piece reminded me of a quote from photographer Henri Carter-Bresson -- “Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.”: "Photograph With Shirley."

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7/3/13-Tom K.: Here's a pretty good step-by-step tutorial, from the New York Institute of Photography, that might be useful tomorrow: "How to Photograph Fireworks."

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7/2/13-Tom K.: This post addresses an issue that's been a gray area for me: "Mirror Lockup Is a Conspiracy (Sort of)."

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7/1/13-Tom K.: Planning to shoot Death Valley? Wait 'til next winter: "AP photographer describes 128-degree heat."

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6/29/13-Tom K.: Any essay on photographic artistry that quotes Steely Dan has to be worthwhile: "WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE SHOES?: STORYTELLING FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHERS."

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6/28/13-Tom K.: I usually avoid posting links to lengthy videos like this one (40 minutes). But it features one of the great landscape photographers and one of the great landscape areas. Many beautiful images: "A Conversation With David Muench: The Eastern Sierra."

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6/27/13-Tom F.: Even the most critical judge would have to admit this is sharp. This picture was taken with a 70,000 x 30,000 pixel camera (2100 MegaPixels.) These cameras are not sold to the public and are being installed in strategic locations. It can identify a face in a multitude of people. Place the cursor in the mass of people and double-click a couple times or use the + - bar on the left of the screen to zoom in/out: "Gigapixel.com >> 2011 Stanley Cup."

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6/26/13-Tom K.: Progress? I remember, from many years ago, developing and printing my own film. This involved a lot of chemicals, timers, an enlarger, trial and error, darkness and time. Contrast that with this: "Let's Cafe latte printer."

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6/25/13-Tom K.: From the San Jose Mercury News: "Photos: Supermoon rises around the Bay Area and beyond."

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6/24/13-Tom K.: A new "Yosemite Nature Notes" video: "Snow Plants -- Episode 21."

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6/23/13-Tom K.: Otherworldly underwater photographs: "Female surfers beneath the waves."

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6/22/13-Tom K.: A brief item in a lengthy post on "theonlinephotographer.com" referenced this New York street photographer, and praised the way his captions complement the images: "Humans of New York."

Here's a short video featuring the photographer, Brandon Stanton: "NYC Photo Project Creates a Visual Census."

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6/21/13-Tom K.: The full moon tomorrow and Sunday night will be the closest and largest full moon of 2013 -- a so- called "supermoon." Locally, Saturday night is predicted to be clear and Sunday cloudy. Here is a video of a picturesque moon-rise in New Zealand, with some moon photo how-to hints: "Full Moon Silhouettes."

And here's some astronomical info about the supermoon: "Most 'super' supermoon of 2013 on June 22-23."

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6/20/13-Tom K.: This "Outdoor Photographer" magazine article gives a reader-friendly explanation of white balance, with suggestions for using it to enhance images artistically: "Creative White Balance."

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6/19/13-Tom K.: Michael Frye's home is in Mariposa. His latest blog is about the fires that have devastated the nearby area: "Close to Home."

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6/18/13-Tom K.: Our latest chapter of "Getting the Picture" is Fred Courter's description of his Yosemite Valley image made from combining 14 shots with HDR software: "Getting the Picture."

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6/17/13-Tom K.: The 500px blog has a weekly contest similar to our "on assignment" competition. This week's winners are an eclectic mix of interesting images: "Weekly Monday Contest."

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6/16/13-Tom K.: This blogpost begins "Yang Yongliang's mission is to preserve ancient Chinese aesthetics through modern techniques": "Ancient Chinese Art for the 21st Century."

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6/15/13-Tom K.: Here's an encouraging wildflower report from Plumas County. Be sure to click on the thumbnail next to the June 12 post: "2013 Bloom Blog."

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6/13/13-Tom K.: This cautionary blogpost refers to a specific contest, but it applies to online contests in general. Before you enter, study the rules: "Photo Contest WARNING!"

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6/12/13-Tom K.: Rob Sheppard joins the discussion about alternatives to Photoshop's Cloud Suite. He says,"There is very little the average, yet sophisticated digital nature photographer cannot do if he/she has Lightroom, plus the latest version of Photoshop Elements, and possibly, Nik Software Viveza 2:" "Do We Need Photoshop?"

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6/11/13-Tom K.: Just ran across this smartphone app. Anyone spending time in or near mountains should find it entertaining and informative: "PeakFinder Mobile."

If you click on the following link, find the box with coordinates near the top left of the screen, click on the adjacent down arrow,and input these coordinates "36°36'N; 118°03'W" you should see the view from the entrance to the Best Western Motel at the southern end of Lone Pine. Drag the cursor left, right, up, down to explore. Aim due west for my favorite Sierra view. Hint: you only see names of peaks if their tops are below the vertical center of the screen: "PeakFinder."

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6/10/13-Tom F.: Some great PJ of the Powerhouse fire. Amazing photos: "The Terrible Beauty of California's Powerhouse Fire."

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6/9/13-Tom K.: A few days ago Robert D. posted a link to an essay titled "What is a Fake Photograph?" This one appears to qualify (whether or not you agree with the purpose): "Health Agency in Hot Water for ‘Shopping' a Little Girl to Look Obese for an Ad."

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6/8/13-Tom K.: Gary Hart muses about the intersection of photographic artistry and technology (with a nice Yosemite image): "IT’S GEEK TO ME."

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6/6/13-Jim C.: These awards were announced at our annual picnic Tuesday:

For 2012-13 year-long competition, total scores:

First Place Class AAA -- Sam Shaw
First Place Class AA -- Fred Courter
First Place Class A -- Ray Reed
First Place Class B -- Elwin Floyd
Color Prints First Place (tie) -- Fred Courter, Floyd Hopper, Lloyd Bever
Black and White Prints First Place -- Sam Shaw
On Assignment First Place -- Walt Jacoby
Best First Year Competitor Award -- Pete Tinetti

For individual images:

Digital Image of The Year(tie): "Owens Lake Sunrise Reflection", Fred Courter; and "Bristlecone in Snow", Sam Shaw
Color Print of The Year: "Ancient Bristlecone With Milky Way", Fred Courter
Black and White Print of The Year: "Lake Toya, Japan," Karen Campbell

Club officers for 2013-14:
President - Sam Shaw
Vice President - Doug Torres
Secretary - Fred Courter
Treasurer - Floyd Hopper

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6/5/13-Tom K.: This piece includes brief tips for photographing Yosemite and Death Valley: "America's 15 Best National Parks For Photography."

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6/3/13-Robert D.: It's an old topic but needs to be raised from time to time. In a new essay by Charles S. Johnson, Jr., he looks at the question -- "What is a Fake Photograph?"

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6/2/13-Tom K.: "Outdoor Photographer" editor-at-large Rob Sheppard blogs about a processing technique I hadn't been aware of, but plan to use routinely from now on: "The Importance of Blacks and Whites in Image Adjustment."

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6/1/13-Tom K.: Vivian Maier was a nanny in New York and Chicago in the last half of the twentieth century. She was also a world-class street photographer who died leaving 100,000+ unseen (except by her) negatives in plastic bins in a storage facility. This video tells the story of their, and her, discovery: "Vivian Maier, street photographer and nanny."

And here's the website operated by her discoverer: "Vivian Maier (the Maloof Collection)."

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5/31/13-Tom K.: This short video introduces an endangered species photo project by a National Geographic veteran: "Welcome to the Photo Ark by Joel Sartore."

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5/30/13-Tom K.: Pro Gary Hart tells the story of one of his best-known images. If you've shot Mono Lake's South Tufa at sunrise, some of this may be familiar: "ROADS LESS TRAVELED."

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5/29/13-Tom K.: "The Online Photographer" with opinions about the long-term impact of some features of Photoshop: "PSDs and Permanence."

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5/28/13-Tom K.: His online bio says, "Marc Adamus is a landscape photographer based in Corvallis, Oregon. The visual drama and artistry of his photographs are born of a keen eye for the many moods of Nature and a life-long passion for the wilderness." Here's a link to his gallery titled: "NEW Work: California, Winter and Spring of 2013."

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5/27/13-Tom K.: Esteemed photographer Wayne Miller recently passed away. He had some interesting things to say about the evolution of his photography in the video included in this post: "The Life and Work of Wayne Miller."

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5/26/13-Tom K.: This post is about the some of the highest-priced photographs known. Click on "An interesting list" at the beginning of paragraph four to see all of the images: "Two X."

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5/25/13-Tom K.: Michael Frye reports from the north coast: "In Redwood Country."

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5/24/13-Tom K.: Bay area photographer/naturalist John Wall documents last weekend's trip over Tioga Pass to Mono Lake and beyond: "Goin' Up The Country."

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5/23/13-Tom K.: Here's a Photoshop plug-in that looks to be worth considering: "Topaz Clarity -- Flawless Image Definition."

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5/22/13-Tom K.: If you are a scenic photographer and iPhone user, you probably need this app (watch the video): "PhotoPills: Plan Photo Shoots With the Sun and Moon Using Your iPhone."

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5/21/13-Tom K.: The Online Photographer considers the possible impact of the new Photoshop Creative Cloud: "The End of the Photoshop Era."

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5/20/13-Tom K.: This informative "Outdoor Photographer" piece is sub-titled "How to save money and find the best lenses to match up with your shooting style:" "Choosing A Lens Set For Nature Photography." The title is a little misleading, since recommendaions are divided into "landscape, wildlife, travel, and sports/action" specialties.

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5/19/13-Tom K.: My digital image files have been housed in a combination of hard drives and CDs. I realized that they need to be consolidated and somehow protected from loss due to computer crashes, etc. They have no great value, except to me, but I'd hate to lose them. So, I've been trying to research how to store them in a way that protects them from loss. Here's one pro's system that would be overkill for me, but suggests several possible storage strategies: "HOW I MAKE SURE MY PHOTOS ARE BACKED UP PROPERLY." For the moment, I'm saving my files to one computer, and backing them up on a 64 Gb flash drive. Best Buy currently has such a drive on sale for $49.99.

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5/18/13-Tom K.: Do some of these images remind anyone else of "American Gothic" (in a good way)? "Photos of the Variety of Characters You’re Likely to Run Into at McDonald’s."

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5/17/13-Robert D.: Congratulations, Floyd Hopper! Floyd's photo prints of "Light Pink Orchids", White Orchids and Buds", and "Golden Freesia" were accepted in the Carnegie Spring Juried Art Show in Turlock, CA. The gallery is at the Carnegie Arts Center, and the show runs from May 4--June 30.

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5/16/13-Tom K.: The "Online Photographer" blog posted a link reprising this old piece of satirical critiques of famous images: "Great Photographers on the Internet."

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5/15/13-Tom K.: This post shows the dramatic improvement in image quality over the generations of the iPhone: "How does the iPhone 5 camera compare to previous iPhone cameras?"

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5/14/13-Tom K.: California pro Gary Hart recounts recent Yosemite workshops: "(More) Yosemite spring reflections."

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5/12/13-Tom K.: The latest from Michael Frye: "Spring Continues in Yosemite."

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5/9/13-Tom K.: From Petapixel.com: "How Photographers ‘Photoshopped’ Their Pictures Back in 1946."

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5/8/13-Tom K.: A penny saved ... : "Free Photography Software: A Guide."

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5/7/13-Tom K.: Here's one more way software promises to make up for poor photographic technique: "Piccure Plugin Magically Reduces Camera Shake, Beats Adobe to the Punch."

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5/6/13-Tom K.: From "The Online Photographer" a rumination on the changing importance of lens quality: "How Good a Lens?"

For some reason that reminded me of this short video clip from the HBO TV series "Veep:" "Right, but I have a 1D."

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5/3/13-Robert D.: From Alain Briot: "Everything you always wanted to know about Fine Art Photography but were too afraid to ask."

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4/30/13-Tom K.: Michael Frye says it's dogwood time: "A Beautiful Week in Yosemite."

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4/29/13-Tom K.: Annual awards presented by the National Press Photographers Association: "The N.P.P.A.’s Best of Photojournalism."

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4/28/13-Tom K.: A Swiss photographer's memorable image: "Silhouettes in a Giant Moonrise, Captured Using a 1200mm Lens."

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4/27/13-Tom K.: From famed landscape/nature photographer Ian Plant: "5 Examples of Creative White Balance."

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4/26/13-Tom K.: Cell-phone cameras, with an assist from social media, have revolutionized the place of photography in global culture. Here's a reminder: "New Apple Commercial Touts the iPhone as the World’s Most Popular Camera."

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4/25/13-Tom K.: "Old People and Llamas: A Love Story."

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4/23/13-Tom K.: If you have (a) a camera, and (b) a dog, these may interest you:

"SHAKE BOOK, Carli Davidson."

"How to Create Stunning Portraits of Your Dog."

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4/21/13-Tom K.: A 5-minute animated history of the science of photography: "Illuminating photography: From camera obscura to camera phone."

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4/20/13-Tom K.: Higher ISO equals more noise, right? Maybe not so much that we should care: "Don't Be Afraid of Higher ISO on Modern DSLR Cameras."

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4/19/13-Tom K.: "Photog Uses His Imagination to Bring Joy to Boy with Muscular Dystrophy."

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4/18/13-Tom K.: Two days in a row for Michael Frye. This post is about imminent Yosemite photo ops: "Dogwoods and Lunar Rainbows."

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4/17/13-Tom K.: Michael Frye discusses future Yosemite access: "Proposed Changes to Yosemite’s El Capitan Meadow."

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4/16/13-Tom K.: Photos and other media: "Boston Marathon Tragedy Met With Unbelievable Acts Of Kindness."

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4/15/13-Tom K.: The next time you think one of our judges is being nit-picky think of this essay. The guy can't be serious -- or can he?: "The Great Compositions of Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt."

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4/14/13-Tom K.: Some worthwhile advice/inspiration for landscape photographers: "Exacerbated Pixels: 5 Tips for Avoiding Them."

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4/13/13-Tom F.: Congrats to 4 members of the Merced Camera Club for winning the "Best image of the San Joaquin" at the San Joaquin Valley International Exhibition:

Open Color -- Andy Tolsma
Creative -- Fred Courter
Open Nature -- Sam Shaw
Wildlife -- Carlene Cunningham

Click on the link to view images.

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4/12/13-Tom K.: Gary Hart recounts the thought process involved in capturing a striking landscape image: "Photography is like juggling."

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4/11/13-Tom K.: This piece in "Outdoor Photographer" is sub-titled "Take these tips back to the places you think you’ve worn out and you’ll find that there are infinite possibilities for discovery and images": "Revisit Without Reprise."

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4/10/13-Tom K.: A good how-to piece: "How to Photograph Lightning, From Start to Finish."

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4/9/13: Several items:

Robert D.: "Mojave Desert Joshua trees in unusual bloom."

Tom K.: From Michael Frye: "Noteworthy Books."

Tom K.: "Connect 2013, The Palm Springs Photo Festival."

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4/5/13-Tom K.: I don't know how photo-friendly this would be. If nothing else, possibly a scouting trip: "California: Hop the steam train to see wildflowers in Jamestown."

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4/4/13-Tom K.: Michael Frye's latest Merced River Canyon update: "At the Risk of Repeating Myself."

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4/2/13-Tom K.: I prefer shooting wildflowers: "Photographer Narrowly Avoids the Jaws of a Hungry Crocodile."

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3/29/13-Tom K.: If you are considering getting serious about macro photography you should read this. If you're alredy an expert you still might learn something: "5 Common Misconceptions about Macro Lenses."

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3/28/13-Tom K.: The Theodore Payne Foundation posts a weekly report, slanted mainly toward Southern California wildflower areas: "Wildflower Hotline."

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3/26/13-Floyd H.: I drove up Highway 140 to El Portal yesterday morning and the redbuds are at their peak. The only patch of poppies was on the south side just as you crossed the detour bridge around the slide. Other than that no poppies.

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3/25/13-Tom K.: Here's an attractive deal on a popular software collection: "Google to offer all of Nik’s software plugins for $149."

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3/23/13-Tom K.: Some good advice from Norwegian photographer Erik Almas: "10 Steps to become a photographer."

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3/21/13-Tom K.: An SF Chronicle article about wildflowers in the Bay Area: "Know where to look for flowers this year."

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3/20/13-Tom K.: An interesting use for Google Plus: "VIRTUAL PHOTO WALKS = THE COOLEST THINGS EVER."

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3/19/13-Tom K.: Michael Frye with more info about Merced Canyon blooms (see my 3/17 post, below): "Surprising Wildflowers."

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3/18/13-Tom K.: Here's a good assessment of wildflower status in some favorite California spots, from nature photographer Jason Branz: "Wildflower Season has begun…"

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3/17/13-Tom K.: Yesterday I drove up Hwy 140 toward Yosemite to check out the Merced Canyon wildflowers. Given this winter's lack of rain, I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised. The bloom wasn't great, but not bad. Both redbud and poppies appeared to a week or two away from peak, although images from previous years showed earlier peaks. Here are two examples of the poppies:

"Merced Canyon #1, 3/16/13."

"Merced Canyon #2, 3/16/13."

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3/14/13-Tom F.: Memory cards don't last forever! If you just take pictures, store them on a card, then delete them by either deletion or by moving them to your computer, you should take one more step to keep your cards healthy. After a shooting session, download the pictures, then reformat the card in the camera. The camera then writes a clean directory, dispensing with leftover and unrelated entries. Reformat the card frequently. Read more: "Memory Cards – How to Extend Their Life and Keep Them Healthy."

P.S. (Tom K.): B&H is currently selling 2 Sony 16GB SDHC Memory Cards for $18.95.

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3/8/13-Tom K.: Here's an interesting example of a copyright dispute over the use of a photo: "RADIO STATION STEALS PHOTOGRAPHER'S IMAGE AND REFUSES TO PAY."

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2/22/13-Tom K.: One of many videos that riff on the Superbowl commercial "So God Made a Farmer": "So God Made a Photographer."

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2/17/13-Floyd H.: Congratulations to Joy Ullrich for her three prints accepted into the "Lodi Art Center's Spring Art Show."

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2/14/13-Tom K.: Some observations from my visit to the Merced National Wildlife Refuge last Sunday: There were thousands of geese, mostly Ross' geese, I think, on and around the water. Saw some good flocks of sandhill cranes near, but not in, the public access part of the Refuge. Plenty of ducks and the other, smaller waterfowl that winter here. Finally, regarding a controversy from our last meeting -- NO CORN! (I think the elusive cornfields are near the entrance to the nearby San Luis NWR).

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2/12/13-Tom F.: The Merced Camera Club Board of Directors decided to become more modern and join the world of direct digital submission of our images. We have joined with many other camera clubs in northern California and will use Photoclub Services - a division of Software Pursuits located in San Mateo, California. We are now in transition to that software. Our submission web site is: http://merced.photoclubservices.com/ Competitors will login there with the username and password that has been provided to them. You can upload titles and/or images into each competition: Color prints, monochrome prints, On Assignment, Projected Color B, and Projected color A, AA,AAA. Feel free to explore the site to discover lots of other features as well. Please plan to submit your March entries soon, so we can iron out any potential issues that pop up. Thanks, happy shooting,and good luck in the competitions.

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2/5/13-Tom K.: "So God made a farmer": "Chrysler’s Ram Super Bowl Commercial Composed Entirely of Photos."

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1/21/13-Tom K.: This project by a Berkeley researcher identifies popular shooting locations in the Bay Area and Yosemite: "Flickr Tag Maps Reveal the Most Popular Photo Subjects Across Cities."

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1/14/13-Tom K.: This "Petapixel.com" post chronicles a historic project by a famous National Geographic photographer: "The End of an Era: Steve McCurry and the Final Roll of Kodachrome Film."

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1/1/13-Tom K.: HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here's a 30-second video showing photographers going above and beyond: "Canon commercial 2012 - "Inspired"."

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12/31/12-Tom K.: "Perspective: Objects in Pictures Are Not Always As They Seem."

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12/3/12-Tom K.: More focusing tips, this time from George Lepp: "In Search Of Sharpness -- How to take control of depth of field in-camera and in the computer."

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10/18/12-Tom K.: I was asked how "Multiplicity," the image currently on this site's homepage, was made. Here's the recipe I copied (I used an old print of jelly bellies, rather than actual candy): "Candies Photographed in Water Drops."

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10/17/12-Tom K.: If you are interested in the history of photography this will be worth your time: "How the US Govt Accidentally Created the Golden Age of American Photography."

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10/15/12-Tom K.: And now for something completely different. Had to read this article twice to understand what's going on. Odd and interesting: "A Very Unusual Camera That Emphasizes Time Over Space."

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9/25/12-Tom K.: Eastern Sierra Fall color appears to be peaking early at the highest levels. Here's an overview from Michael Frye. Be sure to check out the imbedded links to other sites: "Autumn Begins!"

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9/11/12-Tom K.: Here's a New York Times essay on the democratization (maybe trivialization?) of photography. Including -- "It is estimated that 380 billion images were taken last year, most with a camera phone. A total of 300 million photos are uploaded on Facebook every month." "In an Age of Likes, Commonplace Images Prevail."

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9/9/12-Tom K.: Jessica Trinh is 17 years old. Her photographs of her dogs Chuppy and Daisy reflect the humor of youth and the thoughtful affection of an old soul. Be sure to click on the Flickr link in the last paragraph: "Teen Girl Shoots Beautiful and Creative Portraits of Her Pet Dogs."

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8/12/12--Tom K.: Mark your calendar for Friday, August 24, 7 pm: The Merced County Historical Society will show "Exploring Merced County Through the Lens of the Merced Camera Club," at the Merced Theater, 301 West Main Street, Merced.

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7/13/12--Tom K.: Here's detailed, illustrated info about wildflowers along Tioga Road: "Yosemite High Country Wildflower Report 7/12/12"

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6/20/12--Tom K.: Congratulations to three of our members who won acclimation at Delicato Winery's annual photography show. Andy Tolsma, Robert Dayton and Floyd Hopper all received honorable mention awards, and Floyd took first place in the Nature/Landscape division with his print of a magnolia, and second place in the "other" category with "Camelia in a Tea Cup."

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6/9/12--Jim C.: A recap of Club awards for the 2011-12 year:

High cumulative scores by category and class

Traditional
Class B: Robin Kuhls
Class A-AAA: Jim Cunningham

Pictorial
Youth Class: Austin Moldenhauer
Class B: Joy Ullrich
Class A: Tom Gannon
Class AA: Walt Jacoby
Class AAA: Sam Shaw

Color Prints: Sam Shaw
Black and White Prints: Andy Tolsma

Digital Image of The Year: Doug Torres
Print of The Year: Robert Dayton
Rookie of The Year: Doug Torres

Members of The Year: Frank and Judy Hartwig

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6/1/12--Tom K.: This short clip from the HBO comedy "Veep" shows two guys talking about their cameras: "Right, but I have a 1D."

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4/24/12--Tom F.: The results of the San Joaquin Valley International are available online at: "2012 Results."

Congrats to Merced Camera Club members for acceptances:
Dr. Lloyd Bever (3)
Jim Cunningham (4)
Tom Frazier (2)
Floyd Hopper (3)

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4/2/12--Tom K.: Club members saw this video of a seasonal Yosemite phenomenon a couple of years ago: "Frazil Ice is Back!"

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3/17/12--Tom K.: New York's Museum of Modern Art said "Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) is one of the most original, accomplished, influential, and beloved figures in the history of photography." Here are some tips based on his work: "7 Things Every Photographer Should Learn From Henri Cartier-Bresson."

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1/28/12--Tom K.: This video features Bodie and border collies: "Animal Planet Videos: Dogs Find 100s of Bodies In Ghost Town."

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1/12/12--Tom K.: Next time you look up from the Yosemite Valley floor at the tiny figures climbing El Capitan, think of this: "The Nose on El Capitan."

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1/8/12--Tom K.: In 1975, Kodak dominated U.S. film and camera sales. In that year, Kodak researchers created the world's first digital camera. Fast forward to now: "A Digital Death? Why Kodak Stopped Clicking."

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1/6/12--Tom K.: More about our dry, cold winter, specifically regarding Yosemite, from Michael Frye: "A Strange Winter Brings Unusual Opportunities."

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1/2/12--Tom K.: The granddaddy of all time exposures from the Toronto Star: "Year-long exposure of Toronto skyline produces 'dreamy' image."

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12/15/11--Tom K.: "Focus stacking" is a technique for increasing depth of field beyond the limits of photo equipment. Here's a post on the subject from apogeephoto.com: "How to Get "Tack Sharp" Photo Images."

9/24/11--Tom K.: A slideshow from the Discovery Channel about the science of fall color: "Why Do Leaves Change Color?"

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6/11/11--Tom K.: A recap of awards presented at Tuesday's Club picnic (thanks to Jim Cunningham):

Images of the year:
Projected image, 1st Place overall (Pictorial), "Death Valley Mesquite Dunes with Rainbow," Karen Campbell
Projected image, 2nd Place overall (1st Place Traditional), "Mother Polar Bear Protecting Cub," Lloyd Bever
Color Print, "Great Blue Heron and Chicks," Lloyd Bever
Black and White Print, "Bridalveil Falls Under Dramatic Lighting," Karen Campbell

Member of The Year -- Andy Tolsma

Congratulations to all!

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6/4/11--Tom K.: Many of us have photographed the Eastern Sierra ghost town of Bodie in Summer and Fall. If you've wondered how it looks in Winter, here's a video by amateur film-maker Daniel Gregoire: "Bodie."

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5/25/11--Tom K.: On May 16, Delta Airline passenger Stefanie Gordon took an iPhone photo through the plane window. Then she forwarded the image to some of her social network friends. A blogpost on MSNBC.com says, "Gordon's now-famous photo of the space shuttle Endeavour soaring through the clouds got her an overwhelming amount of attention -- her 15 minutes of fame, Internet style. It also landed her smack in the middle of an ethical and legal debate that may be as important as the future of the Internet itself." Read the rest of the post at: "That famous space shuttle photo: When is sharing stealing?"

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6/15 Tom K.: For those who missed last week's Club Picnic, the following awards were presented:

Year-long competition winners:
Class AAA projected images -- Carlene Cunningham
Class AA projected images -- Tom Frazier
Class A projected images -- Brian Ratzlaff
Class B projected images -- Rosanna Jacoby
"On assignment" -- Tom Frazier
Color prints -- Lloyd Beaver and Floyd Hopper (tie)

Other awards:
Best digital image -- Lloyd Beaver, "Coyote with Rabbit Carcass"
Best print -- Floyd Hopper, "Enchanted Forest"

Congratulations to all!

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