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Vaccinium Vaccinium
I am Vaccinium, and I will serve as your host for Eden Photographers. Welcome to the start of what I hope will be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone on Eden Fantasys who loves the art of photography. This subforum, the Eden Clubs and Events Blog, and the Eden Photographers Tumblr blog (coming soon) will serve as the three homes for the content of this club. The subforum is where questions can be asked, monthly club meetings will take place, and general discussion about photography can occur. The Eden Clubs and Events Blog is where I will be posting weekly photography-related articles and meeting summaries, and other content. The Tumblr blog is where photos you choose to submit each month will be posted so that fellow club members can critique them.

My articles will touch on a broad array of photography topics, from equipment, to technique, to composition, to photo processing. Although these articles will help many of you better understand the art and science of photography, I feel the critiquing is where all of us (myself included) can most benefit. Critiquing a photo will hone your critical photographic eye, and at the same time provide feedback to the person posting the photo.

I hope all of you will be able to attend our monthly meetings. I will be bringing up certain topics for discussion at these meetings that I touch on in the blog articles, and it will also be a place to socialize, talk about photography, and learn about the monthly theme for the photos to be posted on the blog. There will also be a $25 gift card given away at each meeting, as if the photography talk wasn’t enough for you to attend.

I’ll get into all these topics in greater detail as we move forward.

A little about myself: I am not a classically trained photographer, as my educational background is actually in science. My photography reflects this, as I specialize in nature photography. I have been taking photographs for much of my life, but I have been a serious photographer for about 13 years now. I don’t actively try to get my photography published, but I have had several published in magazines and in business and government brochures and guides. Instead, nearly all my photos are actually being saved up for a series of books I’m busily shopping around to publishers. For this reason, I probably won’t be posting much of that photography here, but instead will focus on other photographic genres with which have less experience. As such, I’m hoping all of you can help me become a better photographer as much as I can help you do the same.

So, feel free to treat this forum as any other, and post about any photography-related topic you desire.
02/24/2011
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Gary Gary
Yay! Another great club idea comes to life. I can't wait!
02/24/2011
Kindred Kindred
I've been looking forward to this club. I'm a casual photographer at best, but I love anything artistic and creative. This should be great.
02/24/2011
Vally Vally
Awesome I can not wait. I am an amateur photographer, I've been published too in the past and my thing is outdoor photography as well but I am always open to new genres!
02/24/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by Vally
Awesome I can not wait. I am an amateur photographer, I've been published too in the past and my thing is outdoor photography as well but I am always open to new genres!
Are you planning on getting out and getting any photos of all this snow we got the last few days?
02/24/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by Kindred
I've been looking forward to this club. I'm a casual photographer at best, but I love anything artistic and creative. This should be great.
I hope the club will be everything you hope it will be. I plan on pouring myself into it.
02/24/2011
Vally Vally
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Originally posted by Vaccinium
Are you planning on getting out and getting any photos of all this snow we got the last few days?
I am in Oregon and a couple weeks ago I went up to Diamond lake and got some really nice shots of ice on the lake and some snow photos around the upper Rogue.

We were supposed to get snow here in town today, but so far have not, I am bummed, I had the Nikon ready to go!

If I can get a day off next week I have really been wanting to get back up on the mountain though and it would be fantastic, I hear they are getting tons of snow in the Cascades.
02/24/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I'm so excited to see this come to life
02/24/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by Vally
I am in Oregon and a couple weeks ago I went up to Diamond lake and got some really nice shots of ice on the lake and some snow photos around the upper Rogue.

We were supposed to get snow here in town today, but so far have not, I am bummed, ...
Diamond Lake is a beautiful area, as is...well...every part of the Rogue. I'm thinking about hitting either Mt. Hood or Mt. Rainier this coming week.
02/24/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I'm so excited to see this come to life
It's your baby, I'm just helping raise it.
02/24/2011
Vally Vally
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Originally posted by Vaccinium
Diamond Lake is a beautiful area, as is...well...every part of the Rogue. I'm thinking about hitting either Mt. Hood or Mt. Rainier this coming week.
I bet Hood is beautiful right now. Someone on Facebook that lives in Seattle posted some Rainier pictures and it is stunning as well. I usually only get one day off at a time so will probably hang around the Southern Or area but I have not been up to Crater Lake this winter yet and I hear the eagles are massing in Klamath Falls... so many options so little time LOL
02/24/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by Vally
I bet Hood is beautiful right now. Someone on Facebook that lives in Seattle posted some Rainier pictures and it is stunning as well. I usually only get one day off at a time so will probably hang around the Southern Or area but I have not been up to ...
Bear Valley is the best place to see the eagles, from what I gather, of course, you can't go wrong with Crater Lake either.
02/24/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
I am so stoked for this!
02/24/2011
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
Woohoo
02/24/2011
Sammi Sammi
This should be awesome - looking forward to it!
02/24/2011
clp clp
Very neat! I'll be on the lookout for events.
02/24/2011
Vally Vally
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Originally posted by Vaccinium
Bear Valley is the best place to see the eagles, from what I gather, of course, you can't go wrong with Crater Lake either.
There is another place on the Klamath River, Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, both this place and Bear Valley are on my list. Crater Lake is just a regular stop when I go over there, but I was not able to do it the last time when I went to Diamond. I have never seen Crater Lake in deep winter, so it intrigues me.
02/24/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by clp
Very neat! I'll be on the lookout for events.
The first meeting will be at 7 pm EDT on March 15th, but there was no point in making a big deal out of it until we get closer to that day. Hopefully all the kinks will be ironed out of the Tumblr site by then as well so the photos y'all take for the monthly photo theme can be posted there.
02/24/2011
Naughty Student Naughty Student
OMG, I so need help with technique. I love photography, and I have a manual mode on my camera, but I wish I understood what I'm doing with it, when I'm trying to do something with the various modes.

It would be so awesome to have some tutorials on manual modes picture techniques Pretty please
02/24/2011
Mr. & Mrs. Peg Mr. & Mrs. Peg
Looking very much forward to this!!
02/24/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by Naughty Student
OMG, I so need help with technique. I love photography, and I have a manual mode on my camera, but I wish I understood what I'm doing with it, when I'm trying to do something with the various modes.

It would be so awesome to have some ...
I'll at least partially cover that in an article that will come out in about a week.

I actually shot in aperture priority for years before moving to manual. IMO, manual is actually easier (at least with my cameras). If you shoot in either aperture-priority (AP) or shutter speed-priority (SSP), switching to shooting manual is a pretty natural progression. In fact, once you get comfortable shooting manually, chances are you'll never go back to using any other mode.

Basically, instead of using exposure compensation to change the exposure in AP or SSP, you change either the aperture or shutter speed in manual until you get to where you need the exposure to be. Just like in AP and SP where the through-the-lens metering wants to expose your image as a middle tone and you have to compensate based on the actual tonality of your subject, the camera shows you in manual where the middle tone is (in the middle of the indicator not surprisingly). So you just need to adjust either the aperture or shutter speed to compensate for the tonality of your subject. Honestly, it's not all that much different. I've not used every camera out there, but I imagine most cameras with a manual mode work similarly.

It's kind of hard to explain without photos, but hopefully I helped more than I confused.
02/25/2011
dv8 dv8
Neat but 7pm EDT is 4pm PDT and I shouldn't be looking at this website when I'm at work.
02/25/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Vaccinium
It's your baby, I'm just helping raise it.
02/25/2011
UnknownGirl UnknownGirl
Sounds awesome!
02/25/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Fun! I love photography.
02/25/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by dv8
Neat but 7pm EDT is 4pm PDT and I shouldn't be looking at this website when I'm at work.
Yeah, I know. There is no ideal time for the meetings. I chose the time that I did because it fits in with my schedule the best.

The good news is that the monthly meetings are a small part of what the Eden Photographers Club will be about. Aside from the meetings, there are the weekly articles I linked in the first post, the posts here in this subforum, and most importantly the critiquing of photos in the Tumblr blog. Those three items will be able to be accessed at your leisure.
02/25/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Vac, do we send you the photos for the Tumblr, where will the Tumbler be and do we get assignments? Say, "Sex in the Car" "Shadows" "Textures" or "The Male Body" ???? or other interesting subjects. I am assuming they will not all be about sex. Or whatever.
02/25/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by P'Gell
Vac, do we send you the photos for the Tumblr, where will the Tumbler be and do we get assignments? Say, "Sex in the Car" "Shadows" "Textures" or "The Male Body" ???? or other interesting subjects. I am ...
We're still working out the kinks for the Tumblr site, but what is likely to happen is everyone will send their photos to me or someone else, and then they'd get posted on Tumblr, where the critiquing can happen. Tumblr, for those of you who don't know, is a blog system much like Wordpress or Bloguin, but much more integrated like Flickr is for photography. Tumblr is quite open-minded about the types of material they'll host, so they are a good choice in case anyone wants to post photos of nudes, pornographic images, etc.

And yes, there will be assignments, but I'd look at them more as a theme for the month rather than an actual assignment. I plan on keeping them on the non-specific side (e.g., "red", "winter", "long-exposure", "solitude", "passion", etc.) rather than anything specific. I will also not be requiring anyone to photograph subjects with which they might not feel comfortable (e.g., "nudes", "pornography", etc.), which is another good reason to keep the theme fairly general. If someone wants to photograph nudes or submit their own artistic pornography, they absolutely can, but I don't want it to be anything close to a requirement.

Yellow milkwort
02/25/2011
Vally Vally
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Originally posted by Vaccinium
We're still working out the kinks for the Tumblr site, but what is likely to happen is everyone will send their photos to me or someone else, and then they'd get posted on Tumblr, where the critiquing can happen. Tumblr, for those of you who ...
Sounds great and beautiful shot!
02/25/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by Vally
Sounds great and beautiful shot!
Thanks. I actually test-posted that in this thread and thought I deleted it after I was satisfied with how it linked. I guess I didn't actually delete it. Oops!
02/25/2011
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