President’s Message, July 2019

The purpose of The Villages Camera Club is to promote an interest in photography, develop friendships, and to help one another improve our photographic skills. Toward these ends, your Board has been working hard to develop a program for the 2019/2020 year that will be fun and engaging, but importantly will provide opportunities for all to learn.

There will be seven competitions this year on the first Monday of every month from October to May, except January. The outside judges for these competitions will be insightful, encouraging and supportive of our member’s efforts at all levels. Winners and placers of these competitions automatically advance to compete at N4C - a consortium of 16 bay area clubs.

Our program nights are on the third Monday of each month and the Program Committee has been working on an outstanding slate of programs that will appeal to all. In the fall we will have Mark Grzan on “The Elements of Composition”, Roxanne Overton on “Catching My Peripheral Vision” and Stuart Nafey presenting a hands on program on Light Painting. In the spring we are going to have presentations from Joan Field and Jeff Dunn - two of N4Cs most experienced judges - on selecting titles and preparing images for competition. Also, we are planning two sessions from our friend Yvonne Camper on the use of Smartphone cameras and the use of apps for editing.

Our meetup/outing committee has arranged a photo trip to Yosemite in October and is planning another exciting trip in the spring. In addition, there will be local meet-ups throughout the year.

As an exciting first this year, VCC members have the opportunity to engage in a series of 10 classes in the fall offered by noted photographer and teacher Mark Grzan. The classes will be held in the Villages on Thursday evenings and will also involve excursions to San Francisco, Big Sur and Capitola. This will be a structured course involving assignments and critique of one’s work. All for a very reasonable cost!

The year concludes with our annual social and end-of-year competition on June 1st.

Looking forward to an outstanding, exciting and productive year in photography!

Peter Nicholls,
President, Villages Camera Club 

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