Field Trip to Licklog Ridge Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway

Sylva Photo Club
Saturday, July 23rd 2022
Photo Shoot along the Blue Ridge Parkway

3 pm Meetup at:
Licklog Ridge Overlook (Mile Post 435.7) on the BRP

Caney Fork – Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

Caney Fork July 25, 2016
© 2016
Members and friends of the SPC please join us at 3:00 PM on July 23rd at the Licklog Ridge Overlook (MP 435.7) on the Blue Ridge Parkway. From Licklog we’ll travel toward Mount Pisgah, stopping at several Overlooks to photograph plants, birds, insects and landscapes.
Those wishing to take sunset photos can meetup later at Caney Fork Overlook (MP 428) to set up.

In addition to your camera equipment, bring something to drink, snacks, hats and sunscreen. Carpool when possible.

If you have questions, please email Larry Thompson at
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Sylva Photo Club Field Trip

Sylva Photo Club – Field Trip
Cabin Flats Trail
Saturday, June 11, 2022
1 pm Meetup at:
Balsam Community Center
400 Cabin Flats Road
Balsam, NC

Pinkshell azalea
© 2022

The Sylva Photo Club will be doing an outdoor Field Trip for members and non-members at 1 PM on June 11th, beginning at the Balsam Community Center. Google Map link.

We will walkout Cabin Flats Trail. It’s an old logging road that goes for 1.7 miles to an old log cabin next to a mountain stream. We’ll photograph wildflowers, landscapes and a variety of wildlife along the way.
Bring your photo gear, plenty of water, energy snacks and bug spray!

If you have questions please email Larry Thompson at <>.
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Club Picnic May 14, 2022

Sylva Photo Club Picnic
12:00pm Saturday, May 14, 2022
Balsam Community Center
400 Cabin Flats Road
Balsam, NC

Balsam Community Center
400 Cabin Flats Road
Balsam, NC
The Sylva Photo Club will hold a picnic for members and their guests at noon on May 14th at the Balsam Community Center Picnic Shelter. Google Map link.
Please bring food for you and your guests. Bring your drinks, utensils, and folding chairs.
If you want to show/see photos bring 5-10 images on a memory stick and we will set up in the Center to show the images. We ask folks to mask up when in the building.

If you have photo equipment you would like to sell or trade bring it to the picnic. The Club will have tables setup for you to display your items.
If you have questions about Picnic email Larry Thompson at <>.


John MacLean <> will have new and used gear for sale, and can accept debit/credit card payments. Here’s a sampling of what’s for sale. Used items marked “LNIB” (Like New In Box)

NEW:Lowepro Flipside 400 AW backpackOben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum MonopodRuggard Onyx 25 Camera/Camcorder Shoulder Bag
USED:Hoya 58mm R72 Infrared Filter (LNIB)Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid (LNIB)Lowepro DroneGuard BP 450 AW backpack (Used once)Lowepro Specialist 85 AW Camera Shoulder BagB+W 77mm filters (various for Color, B&W and IR film photography)
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Sylva Photo Club Field Trip April 9, 2022 Rescheduled to April 30.

April 9th – 1 PM Field Trip Rescheduled to April 30, 1:00 p.m.
Standing Rock Overlook 
Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 441.4

Due to the weather forecast, The Sylva Photo Club field trip has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 30, 1:00 p.m. at Standing Rock Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This site is known for its early spring wildflowers, mountain stream and landscapes. Suggested lenses to bring are macro, wide angle, and telephoto.
The Club will continue to have outdoor field trips for several months. Please watch for future announcements about our planned outings. Look forward to your participation.
If you have questions about outings email Larry Thompson,

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Meetings Resuming for 2022 at the Jackson County Court House.

Our meeting site has moved to the Jackson County Court House, 310 Keener Street, Sylva, NC 28723.

Jackson County Library Community Room

Hello all,

In a recent conversation with Tony Wu, he has secured the Jackson County Public Library Community Room* for our next meeting on January 8 at 1:30 PM

It has been a tumultuous couple of years and I’m sure you all would like a pleasant diversion!?!?


Please join us to discuss this possible agenda:

Enough interest for us to resume our Sylva Photo Club monthly meetings?

Who all will be on the steering team? Tony Wu, nor John MacLean will resume leadership roles.

When should the meetings be held?

What format will the club adopt to serve and hold the interest of its membership?  

Membership dues increase to $xx?  Currently at $20 from club inception

Share photos from the past two years.


Please email Tony Wu   to RSVP this one time.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Happy Holidays,

John MacLean

*Enter through the main doors, turn right and take the elevator or the stairs to the second floor Community Room. Face masks are mandatory!

310 Keener St, Sylva, NC 28779

Tony Wu – President & Founder
Fred Alexander – Vice President (Acting)
Alan Hughes – Treasurer
Sue Heckert – Website Manager
Sheila Wu & Rodney Hamm – Greeters
John MacLean – Email & Facebook

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No club monthly meetings until we can safely meet again.

Sylva Photo Club suspends monthly meetings indefinitely

Solitude in Isolation 
© 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic currently ravaging our neighboring communities and country, the Sylva Photo Club will suspend all monthly meetings until it is deemed safe to resume social gatherings.

Meanwhile we encourage members to keep taking photographs and post your creative or everyday or even past favorite images on our Cluster share site for us all to enjoy!  Drop me a note if you are not yet part of our Cluster group!

Keep safe and healthy,
Tony Wu – President & FounderFred Alexander – Vice President (Acting)
Alan Hughes – Treasurer
Sue Heckert – Website Manager
Sheila Wu & Rodney Hamm – Greeters
John MacLean – Email & Facebook

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March 14 Club Meeting Cancelled.

Saturday, March 14 Club meeting cancelled.

Out of an excess of caution, in view of our membership’s overall age, we will not have a meeting this Saturday, March 14th, due to COVID 19’s contagious nature.

As of yet, we have not decided about April 11th meeting. That will be determined two weeks prior depending on the severity of the COVID 19 virus and how much it has been contained in our general area.

Wash your hands often and don’t touch your face with your fingers!
Be safe and keep healthy!

Tony Wu

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Program “Photographing Birds at Home” March 14, 2020

March 14, 2020
Larry Thompson 
Photographing Birds at Home 

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
© Larry ThompsonLarry Thompson will discuss his techniques for photographing wild birds using some very basic methods of setting up an aesthetic shooting environment at home. Larry was the Executive Director
of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and for 23 years was National
Audubon Society’s Southeast Regional Vice President and served as a vice president for Florida Audubon.  

He’ll be covering:Bird feeders and bird food for attracting birds
Placement of feeders
Bird species attracted by different food
Squirrel-proof feeders
Natural and artificial perches
Camera, settings and lens
Hand holding vs. tripods
HidesWatch for announcement of Larry’s Nature Workshops

The subjects for members sharing their photographs during the latter
part of the meeting are “Winter” and “Wild Critters”. Please bring your favorites, up to 10 photos total.We’ll have our door prize drawing for a
Sandisk Extreme 16 GB SD card, and 
John MacLean Photography – Photo Printing Services will be raffling a
12×18″ print, custom printed from your file ($21.60 value), so be sure to be there!Meetings are free for first-time guests of members. For non-members,
the cost is only $5.00 which will be applied to their annual dues of $20. 
So please join us on Saturday, March 14 from 2 PM – 4 PM at the 
Cullowhee United Methodist Church. Hope to see you there. This is an
all-ages event open to the general public, not just photographers.

Tony Wu – President & Founder
Fred Alexander – Vice President (Acting)
Alan Hughes – Treasurer
Sue Heckert – Website Manager
Sheila Wu & Rodney Hamm – Greeters
John MacLean – Email & Facebook
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Program: Spring in the Smokies Photographic Locations and Techniques April 11, 2020

Advance notice from the Sylva Photo Club about Saturday, April 11th  program

Spring in the Smokies:
Photographic Locations and Techniques

by Roger Trentham of the Smoky Mountain School of Photography

More info and details about his program coming in late March – early April MailChimp notification.  Meanwhile you can check him out at and his upcoming works at 

His Smoky Mountain School of Photography workshop offerings are below, which be viewed at 

MACRO WITH WILDFLOWERS April 18 and 25, 2020

HUMMINGBIRD PHOTOGRAPHY (individual sessions) May 1 – July 3, 2020





All those interested, please sign up as soon as you can as enrollment may be limited! 

Note, the school will customize a workshop on a date of your choice for 3 or 6 students.  I believe we could book him as a club function at $50 each if we book 6 or more.   Please email me if you are interest and let me know which are your top three choices and day of the week you are available.

Tony Wu

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Club Meeting Feb. 8 has been cancelled due to the weather.

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