Organizational meeting

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  1. pinholer

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    I was at the Aurora Camera Club meeting on Monday and another member (who does not do digital at all) came up and asked me why we didn't get the analog club we had been talking about starting up and running. By way of background we have both been active members of various camera clubs in the Denver area for over 20 years each. So we are having an organizational meeting on Wednesday January 19, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the meeting room in Aurora Fire Station No. 11. This is the northwest corner of Iliff and Joliet which is about 4 blocks east of Havana or a mile west of I225 on Iliff.

    I saw the thread about Englewood Camera Club and thought I would post about our meeting. This will be an analog only club. Digital topics will not be discussed. There are enough clubs doing that already. We will be discussing whether we want to have regulasr competitions or not. If we do, there will be slides and prints. Prints would need to be done in a darkroom if made by the photographer or made from the slide or negative if processed commercially. My thoughts are that ink jet or glicee prints would not be allowed but that will be a subject for discussion.

    We know that there are more than a few members of the various clubs that are still actively doing analog photography and will be calling or otherwise contacting them to see if they are interested. So far we have received favorable responses from members of Aurora, North Jeffco, and DPS. If you are interested please come to the meeting.
     
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    Huh,,,, an Aurora all analog club,,, I live in Aurora,,, I am all analog,,, sounds interesting.
     
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    We'll look forward to meeting you. See you at the meeting.
     
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    Yeah, I posted on the Englewood Camera Club, which is utterly hopeless, I think. The final nail may have been the recent discussion amongst the membership that they won't bring in pros anymore to give talks/slideshows/presentations, but will instead focus on providing digital seminars (primarily photoshop, lightroom, and Silver Efex). My membership may be up anyway, so I definitely recommend staying away if you shoot analog, as they are NOT analog friendly in the least. I tried, it's all I could do.

    So, I'm definitely going to try to get over there for this meeting. Thanks for organizing this!

    Mike over in Englewood
     
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    Directions...

    For those who don't know the area, like me, here is more information about where this place is:

    2291 S Joliet St, Aurora, CO 80014
    39.675197,-104.861898
    Google map of location

    Is that right folks?

    Mike
     
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    I was until recently a happy member of a 'camera club" which was originally focused on being a 'Print Group" - It's focus was that you would present prints and get helpful commnets on you prints of work in progress, etc.

    Then more techniques to teach people about exposure, depth of field, off camera lighting, quality of lighting etc. seminars started to happen more regularly.

    It worked ok for a while because most film cameras worked pretty much the same in manual mode, and the seminars always emphasized using the computer in your head first.

    Then the D thing came along. Everybody wanted to learn their menu tree options more then the image the thing produced for it's user. And users presumed the D thing did everything for you, so they could not even seem to think how exposure factors would weigh into how you may want to intepret your capture of a scene with D on manual.

    Then Photoshop ruled the day. I have not been to this group for almost a year now.

    I would suggest make the new group a print group. Keep the image capture technology out of it.
    D folks would be welcomed if they want commentary on prints they bring in.
    Banish the laptop and projector, or computer app this or that will be taking over in a second.
     
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    I think I can make that, hope to see you there.

    D.
     
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    In the spirit of keeping it film-oriented, I agree with the general suggestions above, but I wouldn't say totally ban all electronics. For example, maybe some things related to print scanning (color correction, unsharp mask, etc) -- the end result is digital, but it's film based.

    Just a thought. I would also say digital would be welcome as long as they want to learn about the composition and the mechanics, rather than the computer menus.

    Just an opinion.
     
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    Toro_Mike Thanks for posting the map. This is the place. The entrance to the parking lot is off of Joliet at the north end of the lot.

    Mike Wilde I would like to keep slides in the club - real slides not the digitally projected images that most clubs have been showing for the last 2-3 years. Of the half dozen or so clubs that I am familiar with in the Denver area only two still have slide competitions. Some have even sold off their slide projectors. At least one club is digital projection only, they don't even show prints.

    One interesting question revolves around what we will consider an analog color print to be because the "machine prints" (e.g. Frontier) make a scan of the print, the operator can adjust cropping, color balance, and exposure digitally, and then the print is made on RA4 paper which is chemically processed. My thinking is that these would be OK since the photographer submits the slide or negative and does not control the digital happenings. Something along these lines will need to happen because most photographers do not have color darkrooms set up. What are your thoughts?

    I have already had one person ask if we would be allowing the photographer to make a scan and print it at home on his inkjet printer. I told him that this would be up to the group but probably not.

    I hope to see you at the meeting and be able to put faces with the names/handles.
     
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    I would allow machine prints, either digital or analog exposed, or inkjets.
    Oh, yes, conventional 35mm slides sure, keep them if there is interest.

    What to focus on is the impact of the image, and perhaps the desriptions of the processing manipulations. diffusion, cropping , unsharp mask, pattern masking, dodge, burn, selective area contrast control are all valid techniques that are common to both A and D platforms that yeild prints.

    The other side to think about is D image capture, D generated A neg, analog traditional silver or alt process print, or D image capture to lambda output on traditional silver paper. Why count those paths to yield a prit for consideration out. Way Beyond Monochrome ed2 has a great work flow possibilities diagram in it to show all of the possible current permuations.
     
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    Bring your ideas to the meeting which is tomorrow night.
     
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    Be sure to sum up the meeting here, if you have a bit of free time. I won't be able to make it (I'm up North, plus working 4x 10hrs this week to make up for unpaid Monday off), but I wouldn't mind following your exploits after-the-fact.

    :smile:
     
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    Sorry guys, I just got home (7:30). roads were terrible just as much as the drivers! GRRRRRRR! PLEASE let me know how the meeting went and let me know when the next will be, I promise to be there!
     
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    Me too! 285 was absolutely brutal!
     
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    We had 9 people at the meeting and 6 more (not including the above e-mails) that called to say that they couldn't make it due to the weather and road conditions. Three of the 9 have working darkrooms and 2 more have darkrooms that are not being used currently. Since about half do not have the ability to make analog prints thermselves there was a spirited discussion about how we should handle hybrid prints. It will probably be discussed again but, for the time being, they will be handled separately from prints made by the photographer using traditional darkroom processes. We will not have formal competitions at this time.

    The next meetings will be at the same Fire Station on Feb 2 and March 2, again at 7:00 pm. We are asking everybody to bring two images, either prints or slides, for discussion. They can be either final images or images that you need help with.
     
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    Sounds like it went very well and is going to be a great group! Glad to hear about the turnout. I'll definitely be there on March 2 and you can add me to the group with a working darkroom (B&W only).

    Mike
     
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    Good news to hear. Though I am nowhere in the area, I would love to hear tidbits and snippets now and again. Fantastic!
     
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    The firehouse was already booked for the 2nd of Feb and March. We had to reschedule our meetings. They will now be on Feb 14 and March 14.
     
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    Excellent... I'll definitely do everything I can to be there both meetings...
     
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    Hey Pinholer, those new dates also work great for me too. You can also put me down as having a full working darkroom in B&W and color for film and paper.
     
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    No storms or cold weather are predicted for tomorrow. I hope to see you at the meeting. Aurora Fire Station no. 11 at 7:00 pm. A map link is in an earlier post.
     
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    March 14 meeting

    We will be getting together on Monday at 7:00 pm at Aurora Fire Station No. 11. It is located on the northwest corner of Iliff and Joliet. There is a map showing the location in an earlier post.

    We will be talking about pinhole photography. (Remember that World Wide Pinhole Day is coming up next month) If you have a pinhole camera or pinhole pictures bring them to share with all of us. If you haven't tried pinhole yet come to the meeting. We will be talking about and showing different types of pinhole cameras that you can make fairly easily, domonstrating how to make pinholes, and discussing how to figure out what your exposure should be. I will have a handout that shows what the optimum pinhole size is for varous focal distances as well as what the exposure is for different lighting conditions.

    I hope to see you there.
     
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    Did you guys move up to I70 and Brighton?
     
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    April meeting

    Our next meeting will be Wednesday April 13 at 7.00 pm. The location will be Aurora Fire Station No. 3. The address is 3172 Peoria St. This is about a mile SOUTH of I70/Peoria interchange. For those of you using I70, take exit 182 which is Peoria and head north just over a mile. It will be on your left about 1/4 mile after you cross Smith Road. It looks like it will be easier to schedule this room so we will be using it regularly for our meetings.

    We will be talking about developing roll film. If you have a tank and reels please bring them so others can see the different types that are available. We will give those who haven't used one an opportunity to load the reels themselves. This will follow a discussion of the equipment and chemicals needed for developing the film itself.

    Photographers' Formulary has donated some samples of TF5 fixer so we will mix up a pint along with mixing D76h from scratch. Then we will proceed to develop a roll of film so those who don't have access to a darkroom can see for themselves that it can be done without needing a formal darkroom. This should give us time to discuss some of the different developers, fixers, and wash methods. TF5 samples will be door prizes.

    Hope to see you there. PM me if you can come and bring a tank and reels so I will have some idea of what we will be able to use.
     
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    Thanks for the update! Google maps indicates that this address (3172 Peoria St. Aurora, CO) is SOUTH of I70? Is that correct?
    Here is a map.