No club monthly meetings until we can safely meet again.

Sylva Photo Club suspends monthly meetings indefinitely

Solitude in Isolation 
2020-04-03
© 2020 johnmaclean.com

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
Light
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 http://www.rtnaturephoto.com/ and his upcoming works at http://www.smokymountainsop.com 

His Smoky Mountain School of Photography workshop offerings are below, which be viewed at http://www.smokymountainsop.com 

MACRO WITH WILDFLOWERS April 18 and 25, 2020

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

FIREFLY PHOTOGRAPHY June 9 – 11, 2020

LANDSCAPES & LIGHT BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY  June 13, 2020

ROAN MOUNTAIN WORKSHOP June 20, 2020

DAYLILIES, WATERLILIES & SUMMER FLOWERS WORKSHOP June 27, 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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Club Meeting February 8, 2020

February 8, 2020
Building Foundations for Better Photography
Benefitting Beginners to Advanced Photographers

Mist Bow during the Polar Vortex January 2014 – Dry Falls – Highlands, NC
© johnmaclean.com

This meeting will be presented by Tony Wu, a retired professional photographer, photography instructor and founder of the Sylva Photo Club. The program is for anyone who just got into photography or would like a refresher on how to improve their photographic skills. All are welcome as this applies to all types of cameras, be it advanced, point and shoot or cell phone cameras.      

If there are interests after the meeting, experienced photo club members will stick around to answer general or technical questions from visitors, guests or members.

The topic for members sharing their photographs during the latter part of the meeting is “Winter”. We haven’t had a real feeling of that yet this season, so feel free to share any past winter’s photos.


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, February 8 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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Club Meeting January 11, 2020

January 11, 2020
New Years Social
2019 in Photos 
and 2020 Plans

Polar Vortex Behind Dry Falls – Highlands, NC
Photo © 2014 johnmaclean.com

 Weather Dependent Meeting –


It’s been a pleasure being your club president for the past two years. I’ve recently opened a gallery and this has required most of my attention. I’m stepping down as president and handing the torch back to Tony. 

January’s meeting we’ll have a New Year Social Hour with coffee and pastries and Best of 2019 slideshow, followed by planing the 2020 programs and activities.

Please email your thoughts, ideas and slideshow photos to be considered to SlyvaPhotoClub@gmail.com.

We’ll have our door prize drawing for a Sandisk Extreme 16 GB SD card, and one of my side businesses, 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!


The suggested donation for visitors is $5. This amount is applied to the $20 yearly membership, which becomes active from the date paid in full. So please join us on Saturday, January 11 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.

Happy Shooting, 
John MacLean – President


Fred Alexander – Vice President 
Robert Triplett – Treasurer 
Diane Jettinghoff – PR manager 
Sue Heckert – social media manager
Clare Nordmann – welcome desk/sign in

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December 14, 2019 Meeting Cancelled

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Club Meeting November 9, 2019

November 9, 2019
Sylva Photo Club Members 
Your Favorite Images of This Year

Cloud Break at Caney Fork Overlook
Cloud Break in the Rain 
Caney Fork Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway
July 27, 2019
Photo © 2019 johnmaclean.com
Sylva Photo Club members are asked to bring up to 12 of their favorite photos of 2019 on a thumb drive to share with others at the November meeting. John Maclean be unavailable, so Fred Alexander will be taking the helm.

We’ll have our door prize drawing for a Sandisk Extreme 16 GB SD card, and one of my side businesses, 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!

The suggested donation for visitors is $5. This amount is applied to the $20 yearly membership, which becomes active from the date paid in full. So please join us on Saturday, November 9 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.

Happy Shooting, 
John MacLean – President

Fred Alexander – Vice President 
Robert Triplett – Treasurer 
Diane Jettinghoff – PR manager 
Sue Heckert – social media manager
Clare Nordmann – welcome desk/sign in

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No Club Meeting October 2019

October 12, 2019
Fall Break
#OptOutside

The Cullasaja River in a camouflage of Fall colors near
Highlands, NC
Photo: © 2018 johnmaclean.com


Hi All,

We’re going to take a break this month so that we can get out and shoot those great fall colors. If anyone would like to setup a get together on the Blue Ridge Parkway for this day, just shoot an email to me and I’ll send out another email blast.
Happy Shooting, 
John MacLean – President

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