Pre-Meeting Training - 6:15pm
Regular Meeting - 7:30PM
There will be no guest speaker as the club is having the DCC Annual Christmas Party on December 18th. Details below.
BOSQUE DEL APACHE
JANUARY 18 – 20
The January field trip will be over the weekend of Saturday, January 19th to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Bosque is located about 90 miles south of Albuquerque, just off I-25. It is the second most photographed wildlife refuge in the U.S., after Sanibel Island in Florida. In the winter months, about 35 thousand snow geese and 18 thousand sandhill cranes are in residence. In addition, there are myriads of ducks, hawks, innumerable small birds, a few eagles, deer and coyotes. The refuge is laid out to give maximum access to photographers. The best photo ops are at sunrise (6:00am) and sunset (5:30pm), although there is good photography through the day. Telephoto lenses, minimum of 300mm or longer, are the best in most situations there.
A large number of accommodations are available in Socorro, NM, about 18 miles north of the refuge. I usually stay at the Super-8, not luxurious but convenient. Camping is not allowed on the refuge, but there is a commercial campground a few miles north. To get there, you can fly into Albuquerque International and pick up a rental car, it’s 75 miles from Socorro. Or you can drive the 650 miles in about 11 hours. I usually leave early Thursday so I can shoot the cranes flying in that evening and drive back home on Sunday. The most direct driving rout is west on I-20 past Sweetwater, Tx, north on US 84 to Post, Tx and west on US 380 thru Roswell, Nm to San Antonio, Nm which is just north of the refuge. Along the way, you’ll pass through Lincoln (Billy the Kid’s hometown) and Capitan (home of Smoky the Bear). Other places to photograph nearby include the lava flows at Valley of the Fires near Carrizozo, the very large radio telescope array near Magdalena west of Socorro, Mission San Miguel in Socorro and White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo.
We will meet for lunch at 11:00am at the Owl Bar and Grill in San Antonio, Nm on Friday and Saturday.
2018 HEARD NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
2018 will be the 40th year that the Heard Nature Photographers club has coordinated a photography contest to raise funds for the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney and once again it is a totally digital contest. Participation is easy – just think – no printing, matting, delivery or mailing expense!!
The contest is open to photographers of all ages and experience levels. Here’s a brief overview:
Submissions: February 3-25, 2018
Winners Notified: March 8-10, 2018
Award Ceremony: March 18, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. – Science Resource Center – Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, McKinney
Youth – Junior: Young photographers up to the age of 14
Youth – Senior: Young photographers between the ages of 15-18.
Adult – Aspiring For beginning photographers through those with several years experience who have not yet met the
Adult – Advanced Comfortable with the technical aspects of the camera. Proficient in the concepts of composition, exposure, lighting and post-processing techniques for creating images. May be skillful in more than one genre of photography (for example: landscape, portrait, macro, photojournalism, still life, etc.)
Entry Fees: Youth Divisions- $5/per image
Adult Divisions – $10/per image
Awards for 2018 Ribbons for Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Winners and Honorable Mentions
$100 cash to Best of Show winner in each of the four Divisions.
The contest website pages are now open for review and the submission pages will open on February 3.
Come join the challenge!21