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January 2024

From the President... 

Happy New Year everyone! It is time to dust off 2023 as a year where many of the Club goals were accomplished and begin the transition to new challenges that lie ahead.

If you are not ready for 2024 then you can wait until the Chinese New Year starts, which is Feb 10, 2024. It will be the Year of the Dragon. But why wait, let us just welcome 2024 and start breaking our New Year resolutions now, without delay!

Now that the club redesign is complete, we will focus on making improvements to the administrative side of our operations. There are at least three areas I am hoping to focus on in the coming months: 1- Bringing members back to the club. 2- Better transparency and cohesion between our SIGs. and 3- Improvement in monitor training and support.

Bringing members back to the club

Now that we have a great, functional club with resources to help you become a better photographer, the need to provide remote access for SIG meetings and our events has diminished. You can now come to the club to access these resources available to you, and we are doing away with Zoom. However, we will still be recording the presentation events and Board meetings for later access on YouTube.

We redesigned the club’s space to give us more flexibility and increase the capacity of our classroom space. We now have a large classroom that will seat 50 people, and a smaller classroom (Ansel Adams room) with a capacity for 15 people. Sconce lights have been added to the classroom, Ansel Adams Room, and the Photo lab. Sconce lights reduce the glare from the computer monitors and the TVs, allowing for better visibility of the screen, yet providing sufficient light to take notes. No more having to have someone get up and turn lights off and on between segments.

Better transparency and cohesion between our SIGs

Our Special Interest Groups are the foundation of the Club's educational activities. Not by design, but just the way things have evolved over the years, they have been operating independently, as though each were in their own silo. Some SIG Coordinators have subscriptions and software that are currently known only to that SIG Coordinator. It is possible that other SIG Coordinators could benefit from the same resource.

The SIGs are now under the overview of the Education Chair, Gene Komaromi. Gene will be meeting with the SIG Coordinators collectively to discuss their needs and plans for 2024. They will share information, and if appropriate, resources. In addition, Special Interest Group Coordinators will be asked to keep the Board updated on a regular basis so that the Board can keep abreast of SIG activities, successes, and needs.

Improvement in monitor training and support

The Board will consider making changes to new monitor training and refresher classes. What I am proposing is that we schedule a training class one day a month for new monitor training. We still need to work out the specifics, but the class will include hands-on demonstrations of the various functions performed by and expected of monitors. This will include storage room procedures, handling of photo paper for printing, a basic overview of the computer software, how to use the printers, scanners and digital copying processes. Also, who to contact to provide more advanced support if a member needs it, and how to access the members who have volunteered to assist with software applications, cameras, and matting.

After the classroom session, the monitors will need to schedule themselves with an experienced monitor for a morning session and a second monitoring session in the afternoon before they can monitor alone. This will give them the opportunity to process through the opening and closing procedures with an experienced monitor. In addition, we strongly encourage monitors to attend refresher training once a year. Refresher training will benefit those who may forget some procedures or are not updated on what changes have occurred while they were away.

So, as we implement and process through these changes, please let me or other Board members know if they are making a difference in improving the club. It is your club, and we want to do what we can to make it work for you.

Lastly, as I reported last month, we will be resuming our traditional Spring Dinner Social this season on April 8th at the Desert Hills auditorium. As we have done in the past, we will include a special multi-media presentation and also hold our Annual Meeting, voting for new Board members and handling any other matters that may be needed. Please mark your calendars and watch for more information soon.

The last monthly installment of my review of Thomas Ang's book, Photography, The Definitive Visual History, is in a separate Book Review article later in the newsletter. You can jump to it here.

Have a great New Year.

Danny Valenzuela, President

As I See It…

A Fine Art Photography Exhibition


Sandy Ostroff

Photography Club member and Fine Art Photography SIG leader, Sandy Ostroff, will have his work on exhibition in the Desert Hills Recreation Center lobby from January 3rd to the 31st.

Sandy’s work embodies the concept that a photograph is an amazing thing, magically allowing the viewer to see through another’s eyes. A photograph can capture a moment in time, the image of a loved one or a sight of beauty, triumph, ugliness or pain. It can appeal to our emotions and allow us to experience what the photographer saw and how they interpreted it. This exhibition of Sandy’s photographs will allow the viewer a glimpse of his work and what he sees when he looks through the lens.

Sandy loved the camera from the first time his parents gave him one at the age of six. He loved it so much he graduated college with a degree in photography from Columbia College in Chicago after which he spent 55 years as a professional photographer working for ad agencies, corporations and record companies. His body of work is enormous and varied, from documenting exotic travel for album covers, major magazine ads and billboards, to photographing rock stars, product shots and fashion.

After moving to Green Valley, he began teaching at the Green Valley Photography Club, concentrating on fine art photography and documenting his extensive travel both overseas and in the USA.

Sandy will be hosting an Opening Reception for the exhibition on Friday, January 5th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Desert Hills, a great chance to meet the photographer and explore his photographs on display. Refreshments will be served.

Attention: Photo Lab Users

A Note from the Technical Committee

When doing color-critical work and you want improved visibility on the display, use the sconce lights on the walls to provide reduced ambient room illumination. Switch off the overhead room lighting and turn on the sconce lights, the switch is near the door.

The displays in the Photo Lab have recently been color calibrated. It is critical that you do not make any adjustments on the display, especially brightness, as that will change the color calibration and distort the colors you are working on.

We'll have more on lighting in the Photo Lab in next month's newsletter.

Sam Schaen, Technical Committee

Member Photo Display Update

Greetings! Thanks to all of you that submit your photos for display at the GVR centers. Our January exhibit will now be at the reopened Canoa Hills Center.  Our next exhibit time will be later in the year at the East Center in September/October and again in December 2024.

Looking closer to home, I would like to update the photos that are currently hanging in the Photography Club. We can display 70+ photos there!  I will contact those of you who now have photos on display to see about replacements.  For the rest of you, please consider sharing your talents with your fellow club members. If you wish to participate you can find newly updated instructions in the Photo Exhibit Guidelines page the Club's website here.

If you have questions please contact me at (520-349-5593) or Julie Howard (402-202-4423).

Kirk Hively, Exhibits Coordinator

There's Great Photo Opportunities on Field Trips

Where do you find good photo opportunities to enjoy your photographic skills? One of the best venues is on the many of the Club's field trips. Not only do you have fun, but then you can send me your photos to be be featured on the club's Facebook page.

The Club's Facebook and soon Instagram pages, are excellent venues to display the photographic expertise of our members. I know you all have photos you're proud of. Join the fun and send your fall, vacation and field trip photos. I'm looking for submissions that capture the ever-changing landscape, visits to other states and countries and field trip experiences. Send to Sue Ready at

Sue Ready, Facebook Coordinator

Photo of the Month

The January Photo of the Month is by Kim Holmes. Kim is one of the five Photography Club members winning awards at the recent CPAC juried photography exhibition. Kim took 1st Place with her photo, Sunflower In Pink.

Kim shares with us, "I took this out at Canoa Ranch last year. I had processed it as a B&W but when I printed it, due to an ink issue with my printer, it came out with a pink hue to the background and the whites. I wasn't happy with it at first and didn't plan on entering it, but it grew on me over a few days.  I'm glad now that I kept it. I shoot with a Canon 60D using a Tamron 16-300mm lens. This was shot at 55mm, f6.3, 1/500sec. The title is: "Sunflower in Pink"

Congratulations, Kim! You make us all proud.

The Photo of the Month is chosen from new and archived photos submitted to Sue Ready, the Club's Facebook Coordinator. Keep sending the best of your work to Sue at so we may continue to showcase the refined capabilities of GVR Photography Club membersPhotos should be submitted in .jpg format and please include its title and location. -ed

Photography Club educational activities make a recipe for an interesting January. Our Special Interest Groups are the bread and butter of these activities, while individual classes and field trips are the frosting on the cake. I am extending an open invitation to all members to select from our menu and take part in the these activities.

The Black and White SIG meets every Tuesday at 9:30 am Join the club’s black-and-white expert, Wendell Warner, to get a taste of the artistic world of this art form.

The Multimedia SIG is cooking every Monday at 10:00 AM. Join them and get an idea of how to put videos, photos, and music together to produce a dish that’s a feast for the eyes and ears. No experience is needed.

The Fine Art Photography SIG meets on alternate Wednesdays at 1:00 pm. Let the aroma of artistic photography inspire you. Stop in for a visit.

The Photoshop Elements SIG meets every Thursday at 9:30 am Stop in and watch the almost magic transformations that Linda Gregory makes, cooking with Photoshop Elements.

The Wildlife Photography SIG meets every other week on Friday at 9:00 am Learn how to photograph the creatures of the wild with guidance from Mike McMinn. This SIG sets a full table with discussions, videos, handouts, and short presentations on equipment utilization and post-processing techniques.

The Photography Club also has a Studio SIG where participants can explore studio photography using the Club’s equipment. It meets on alternate Wednesdays at 1:00 pm.

The Photography Club’s newest SIG is called On Assignment. The SIG meets every other Thursday at 1:00 pm. Participants are given a photographic assignment to complete over the two-week interim, with the results being critiqued at the following meeting. Join the SIG on January 11, 2024. There will be a special surprise presentation at that meeting.

Classes, oh, we have some classes. There are still a few openings for Kathy Arnold’s iPhone class. I’ll be offering an Android Phone Photo Class on January 18, 2024, at 1:00 pm. Join us to find out how your Android phone can shoot photos as well as that Platinum Phone. There are several other classes in the planning stage. Watch the Club calendar and E-Blasts for more information.

When it comes to Field Trips, the Photography Club sponsors some of the best trips in the nation. Trips to the Presidio, a trip to photograph Sandhill Cranes, a Behind the Scenes tour to the Reid Park Zoo and many more are all on the menu.

The Photography Club also has presentations that showcase member projects. Check some out at the next SHOWTIME on January 8 at 7:00 pm in the Desert Hills Auditorium to be entertained and see some of the great projects our members put together.

One last thing. If you’re attending any SIG or other Club activity, please register at the website. That registration allows the Club to keep you updated on the SIG’s schedules and to contact you if any emergency or changes occur.

Gene Komaromi, Education Chair

Library News

Welcome 2024, the Chinese Year of the Dragon. In Chinese mythology the Dragon is a symbol of creativity, innovation, strength, and courage. The Chinese year, which begins February 10, is expected to be a year of potential and opportunity. What better outlook for the GVR Photography Club?

The Library shelves are filled with creative and innovative possibilities — books on software technique, lighting, composition, video/movie making, inspirational photographs by well-known photographers, and more. There also are books to help participants in Photoshop, Black & White, Multi Media, Wildlife and On Assignment SIGs, and in iPhone photography classes.

And don’t judge a magazine by its cover or the issue date. Even one photo, article or ad in those free publications in the magazine rack may be just what you need for inspiration.

If you hear of a book that we can add to the Library, please let me know. If you have books in good condition to donate, do not leave them at the club. Send me an email with the names of the books so that I can check if we already have them and if they are appropriate for our collection.

Happy New Year!

Becky McCreary, Librarian

This Month's Club Activities

Check the Club Calendar for the latest information on all club activities. Photography Club members are also welcome and encouraged to attend the Club’s monthly Board of Directors meetings. Check the Club Calendar for the date of the meeting and attend in-person at the Club, or remotely by registering using this link. The Board is always interested in comments and new ideas from the members.

Need help with your digital camera, smartphone camera, slide/print scanning, photo printing or a photo editing software application? Photography Club Volunteer Helpers are available to help. Log in to the Club’s website. Click on the three bars at the far right of the home page menu bar and select Volunteer Helpers. Once you've found a helper, scroll down to see their contact email listed. Help is just a few clicks away.


Monday 1/8 at 7:00 pm

Welcome to Showtime 2024. My name is Todd Taylor and I am taking over as the coordinator of SHOWTIME after many years of Chuck Hill doing an excellent job hosting the show. Thanks, Chuck!

I kind of feel like when Drew Carey replaced Bob Barker on the Price is Right. They were big shoes to fill but as we have heard many times before, “The Show Must Go On”.

We have an exciting show for you in January, live at the Desert Hills Center. The auditorium will be set up café style with tables and chairs. We'll even have popcorn! But you'll need to BYO beverage of choice. It will be a fun night for all.

Our lineup has several videos from around our beloved town of Green Valley and a few from, well, I don't know, but I guarantee they’re great videos. Besides, where else could you get this great form of entertainment for FREE? Only from your GVR Photography Club. Here's our lineup for January:

  • Garden Club Tour – Joe Jackson
  • Pecan Picking – Doug Stenerson
  • Susanne Park – Kevin May
  • Whirly Gig’s – Paul McCreary
  • Chuparosa Inn B&B – Arlene Meteyer
  • Bryce Canyon – Kevin May
  • Rock Crawl – Kirk Hively
  • Toy Train Museum – Tom Parker
  • Tagging in Tucson – Joe Jackson
  • Cereus – Darrell Rude
  • Butterflies and Moths – Dianne Marr
  • Sphere – Todd Taylor

As I said above, “The Show Must Go On”, and indeed it will, but not without you. We appreciate your attendance at the event, but there is no SHOWTIME without your videos. You can drop off a thumb drive with your show at the Club. Ask the monitor to put it in my file folder and I will return it to you. Also, if you have the Filemail app, you can email them to me at

If you need help putting together a presentation we have people ready, willing and able to assist you. Better yet, come to our amazing Multi Media SIG on Monday mornings where we answer people’s questions, give a few suggestions and help them become better video editors for themselves and those viewing. Come join us, we’re really a fun group.

In the meantime, we do hope to see you at Desert Hills!

Todd Taylor, Showtime Coordinator


Tuesday, 1/16 at 7:00 pm

We have another wonderful Travelogue presentation for you to enjoy this month at our new location in the Desert Hills center auditorium.

Patty Ferguson shows us her adventures in Jordan and Egypt, Kirk Hively shares his Iceland to Norway cruise, Holly Chorba tells us about Iceland cave people, Sherrie Lee Lucia explores Cambodia and Todd Taylor takes us on a canoe trip on the Clarion River.

My Cruise from Iceland to Norway

Kirk Hively

Ancient Kingdoms - Cambodia

Sherrie Lee Lucia

 My Travels to Jordan and Egypt

Patty Ferguson

Iceland Cave People

Holly Chorba

A Clarion River Canoe Trip

Todd Taylor

If you have a program to share, drop off your thumb drive with a .mov or .mpeg4 show of your adventure at the Club. Leave them in the travelogue folder with brief information about your work. Try to make your Travelogue less than 20 minutes. If you have questions, please contact Paul McCreary at 970-596-1505 or email me here.

Paul McCreary, Travelogue Coordinator

Speaker Series

Thursday, 1/18 at 3:00 pm

Roger Naylor


Join us in the Anza Room on the 18th as we kick off the New Year's Speaker Series presentations with a dedicated Arizona enthusiast, Roger Naylor. Be prepared for a rollicking good time as Roger discusses his latest book, Awesome Arizona, in which he has amassed 200 amazing facts and fascinating tales about his beloved state.

Roger Naylor is an award-winning travel writer, an avid hiker, and a road-trip junkie. He was inducted into the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame in 2018 and is the author of several Arizona books. You can find more about Roger on his website here.

I look forward to seeing you at the January Speaker Series event.

Deb Sanders, Speaker Series Coordinator

Be prepared for a rollicking good time at the January Speaker Series when Roger discusses his latest book, Awesome Arizona in which he has amassed 200 amazing facts and fascinating tales about his beloved state.

Field Trips

Super Venues - Serious Fun

I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season!

Two of our January trips are full, but there is still time to sign up for the other three before they fill up. Check out the lineup on tap for January 2024:

Bird/Nature Photography: Whitewater Draw for Sandhill Cranes by Bus 1/09/2024 (Full, join the waitlist)

San Agustin Mission Garden & Living History Day at the Presidio San Agustin – 1/13/2024 (Full, join the waitlist)

Tucson Wagon and History Museum (formerly the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum) – 1/16/2024 (Register here)

Bird/Nature Photography: To one of the area’s birding hotspots (details announced 2-3 weeks prior to the event) – 1/23/2024 (Register here)

Franklin Auto Museum – 1/30/2024 (Register here)

Watch for our E-Blasts on future trips. If you have any questions, ideas for future trips or want to participate in our Field Trip activities, please contact me,

See you soon!

 Monica E. Parker, Field Trip Facilitator

Photo Opportunities

January provides a diverse set of photo opportunities. The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase runs from January 27 through February 11, with 60,000 shoppers seeking treasures at over 40 shows. Each show has its own policies with respect to attendance, registration, and photography, be sure to check in advance. The Wings over Wilcox Birding and Nature Festival is a wonderful opportunity to see the winter migrants and southwest bird species that are found in the Sulphur Springs Valley. And Sahuarita is hosting a car show and the Art on the Lake Festival. All good reasons to dust off your digital device and get out there.

ZooLights Holiday Magic

  • Ongoing thru Jan 7, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm - $13, Reservations required
  • Reid Park Zoo, 3400 East Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ 85716
  • Find more information here.

Holidays Around the World and Through Time

  • Ongoing thru Jan 7, Tue-Sun 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Fees vary
  • The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E Camp Lowell Dr, Tucson, AZ
  • Find more information here.

Lights Up! A Festival of Illumination

  • Ongoing thru Jan 7, Tue-Sun 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm – Fees vary, reservations required
  • Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ
  • Find more information here.

Raptor Free Flight

  • Ongoing thru Jan 7, daily(except Weds), 10:00 am – Free with museum admission
  • Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ
  • Find more information here.

    Wings Over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival

    • Jan 11-14, Tours, Seminars and Nature Expo - hours and fees vary
    • Willcox Community Center, 312 West Stewart Street, Willcox, AZ
    • Find more information here.

    Living History Day: Trades, Skills, and Crafts of the Southwest

    • Jan 13, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – $10
    • Presidio San Agustin Museum, 196 North Court Avenue, Tucson, AZ
    • Find more information here.

    Sahuarita Art on the Lake Festival

    • Jan 13, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm – Free
    • Sahuarita Lake Park, 15466 South Rancho Sahuarita Blvd, Sahuarita, AZ
    • Find more information here.

    Tombstone Vigilante Sundays

    • Jan 14 & 28, 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm - Free
    • 311 East Allen Street, Tombstone, AZ
    • Find more information here.

    Kartchner Caverns Photo Tour

    • Jan 20, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm – $125, registration required
    • Kartchner Caverns State Park, 2980 South Highway 90, Benson, AZ
    • Find more information here.

    Dillinger Days

    • Jan 21, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm – Free, registration required
    • Hotel Congress 311 East. Congress Street, Tucson, AZ
    • Find more information here.

    22nd Street Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show

    • Jan 25-Feb 11, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm - Free
    • 993 South Freeway, Tucson, AZ 85713
    • Find more information here.

    American Indian Arts & Collectibles

    • Jan 26-Feb 14, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – Free
    • Red Roof Inn Downtown-University, 1300 North Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ
    • Find more information here.

    Public Art and Murals Walking Tour

    • Jan 27, 9:00 am to 11:00 am – $30, Registration required
    • Presidio San Agustin Museum, 196 North Court Avenue, Tucson, AZ
    • Find more information here.

    29th Annual Sahuarita Classics Car Show

    • Jan 27, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm – $5
    • Veterans Municipal Park, 1905 North Old Nogales Highway, Sahuarita, AZ
    • Find more information here.

    La Encantada Fine Art Festival

    • Jan 27-28, Sat 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am to 4:00 pm – Free
    • La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 East Skyline Drive, Tucson, AZ
    • Find more information here.

    American Indian Arts Exposition

    • Jan 28-Feb 11, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm – Free
    • 2830 South Thrasher Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85713
    • Find more information here.

      We are always looking for recommendations for future photo opportunities. Please feel free to contact me If you have suggestions for upcoming events of interest.

      Tom Parker, Photo Op Coordinator

      Special Interest Groups are fun and educational. Any member of the Photography Club is welcome to attend any of the SIGs.

      Click on any of the links listed to get more information on each one.

      Monitor Notes

      Monitors typically welcome and check in club members, answer the phone, and inform those seeking information about the Club. We are all indebted to the dedicated team of monitors who volunteer to keep the Photography Club open. Many thanks to all of you.

      We are always looking for additional monitors. Help us provide all the benefits the Club offers to its members. As you take advantage of the Club's activities and its extensive digital processing equipment, consider sharing the effort in providing these services by volunteering as a monitor.  You are not expected to know how to use the equipment. Training takes about three hours.

      Contact: for more information.

      Photography, The Definitive Visual History by Thomas Ang

      This final installment highlights the Digital Age, from 2000 to about 2014, when Thomas Ang's book, Photography, The Definitive Visual History, was first published.

      During this period, the personal computer impacted the film processing industry. Digital photography developed as more reliable software became available, allowing for processing to keep pace with photography.

      While this was good for photographers, who rejoiced in minimal costs, it brought many of their suppliers to the verge of bankruptcy. Photography stretched in every direction as personal photography increased and photographs made by machine escalated. Surveillance security cameras, aerial and land surveys, and satellites became major producers of photography. And as costs fell, we took more pictures of the minutiae of our lives to record major milestones.

      During the 1990’s digital cameras were produced in numerous shapes and sizes. This new technology came of age in 2000 with the production of the Canon D30.

      By the 2000s, Photoshop, the trade name registered to Adobe Systems, Inc. for its image manipulation software, had become a verb and entered the language meaning to “alter, transform, or fabricate an image.” The response to image manipulation did not always receive a warm welcome. Photojournalists began to accept some retouching, which became more apparent when the Swedish photographer Paul Hansen won the World Press Photo contest in 2013.

      By 2000, advances in wireless phone technologies converged with sensor and camera miniaturization to produce the first practical cellular mobile phone with a camera. It was the J-SHO4 made by Sharp and sold by the J-Phone network in Japan. The camera captured a 110,000-pixel image which could be viewed on color display and forwarded over the cellular network to other phones.

      Photographers first turned up their noses at the quality of camera phone images. But the camera phone seized the public’s imagination, and by 2003 more camera phones were bought than digital cameras. By 2005 Nokia became the best-selling brand of camera by virtue of being the cellphone market leader.

      In 2009 the iPhone 3GS was introduced, thus marking a major change. Thanks to its use of wavefront coding, the images were surprisingly sharp and detailed. The public now have cameras in their smartphones that are far better than the basic digital cameras. By 2013 about one in five people in the world owned a smartphone.

      Widely equipped with camera phones and vastly outnumbering news photographers, the public is now in a far better position to capture on-the-spot news events than the biggest press corps. This marked a major shift in the balance between the news photographer and news consumer. This also led to the undercover photographer, a person with a camera phone, indistinguishable from hundreds of ordinary citizens.

      As sports became more newsworthy greater technologies were needed to speed up delivery to newspapers. By 2010 photographers could use their cameras to send files wirelessly to editors who could select images to transmit to agency headquarters and clients. In the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, each major news agency oversaw more than 60,000 images daily. They selected and filed about 23,000 images per day with an average time of just 180 seconds from capture to worldwide distribution.

      With the Minolta 7000 introduction in 1985, autofocus became the template for all subsequent autofocus systems. Allied with high-performing lenses, modern systems can hold an object in focus traveling more than 186 mph toward the camera.

      The telephoto revolution made it possible to portray nature better in photographs than in the wild. Steadily improving technology meant that photographers could use lenses of 600mm and of greater focal length.

      Advances in photography has taken us to the ends of the universe. Some of the first digital pictures were of stars, made by light that took millions of years to reach Earth. The first image of the Moon was made as early as 1840 by John William Draper, from New York. Five years later Leon Foucault took the first picture of the sun, using an exposure of 1/60th of a second. The light from the image took around eight minutes to cross the 93 million miles between the sun and earth. Just over a century later images were being captured with light that had taken billions of years to reach us. The Hubble Space Telescope, launched into orbit in 1990 was a major advance for astronomy. In 1993, astronauts installed a corrector plate that greatly improved its range. The deepest view was obtained in 2012. It amounted to an exposure time of 2 million seconds (23 days). Hubble picked up dim light emitted from the galaxies 13.2 billion years ago – just half a billion years after the birth of the universe.

      This is the final instalment on Thomas Ang's book, Photography, The Definitive Visual History. I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed bringing it to you.

      A final thought… We can be certain that people will photograph as long as they have greater access to cameras. Photography has been shaped by technology and will continue to advance in the future. The greatest influence on photography has not been the digital camera, but its reincarnation in the form of the smartphone and mirrorless cameras. We, at the Photography Club, must be aware of the changes as they begin to take shape so we can provide the services and support that will keep our membership current with changes that help them enrich and enjoy their photography ventures.

      Danny Valenzuela, President

      Photography Items



      For Sale

      Items for Sale

      Apple 27" iMac Computer

      • 1.2 terabyte storage
      • iMovie and Pages software included

      A perfect multi-media computer

      Price: $150.00

      Contact Paul McCreary at or 970-596-1505

      Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Camera Package, including:

      • 1st generation Nikon Z7 camera with all firmware updates
      • 3 EN-EL 15b batteries
      • MH-25a battery charger
      • EH-7p charger/power supply
      • 2 Hoodman soft eye cups
      • DK-5 viewfinder cover
      • Hot shoe cover
      • Z series strap
      • FTZ1 Mount Adapter
      • Tamron 2x Teleconverter
      • Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3Di VC USD G2 lens
      • AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 105mm 1:2.8 G ED lens
      • 3 Sony 64GB XQD cards
      • Sony XQD reader with cable

      Total Package Price: $3,100.00 Cash only – for local pick-up

      Contact Verne Wandell at or (269) 217-2489

      Minolta Vectis S-1 Advanced Photo System Film Camera Kit, including:

      • Camera body and strap
      • 22-80mm f/1.4-5.6 lens with shade and cap
      • 80-240mm f/1.4-5.6 lens with shade and cap
      • 400mm f/1.8 lens with cap
      • Program 3500xi flash with case, off camera stand and flash cord
      • 1 Roll of Fujifilm 400H 400 speed APS film
      • 2 new Duracell Ultra CR2 batteries
      • Lowepro Nova 2 camera bag
      • Instruction manuals for camera, lenses and flash

      Total Kit Price: $75.00

      Contact Chuck Shinkle at

      Canon EOS IX Advanced Photo System Film Camera, including:

      • Camera body, strap and instruction manual

      Price: $20.00

      Contact Chuck Shinkle at

      Canon EOS 5 (known as EOS A2E in the USA) Film Camera, including:

      • Camera body and strap
      • Remote switch 60T3
      • Film picker
      • Photo naturalist’s green card
      • Long Exposure reciprocity correction card
      • Sima Super FilmShield lead laminated film pouch
      • Duracell Ultra 245 lithium battery
      • 2 instruction books

      Price: $30.00

      Contact Chuck Shinkle at

      35mm Slide Film Assortment, all 36 Exposure/Roll, including:

      • 8 rolls Fujichrome Provia 100F daylight process film
      • 4 rolls Fujichrome Veliva 100F daylight process film
      • 8 rolls Fujichrome Veliva 50 daylight process film
      • 1 roll Fujichrome 64T Type II Tungsten film
      • 3 rolls Ektachrome 64 EX film

      All film purchased new in early 2000’s, kept in a darkened A/C controlled environment and sold As-Is.

      Total Assortment Price: $25.00

      Contact Chuck Shinkle at

      Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR Camera, including:

      • Camera body and strap
      • Compact Flash Card (1GB)
      • BG-E2N battery grip
      • 2 BP-511 batteries
      • 2 BP-511A batteries
      • BGM-E2 battery magazine (AA batteries)
      • CG-580 battery charger
      • Power 2000 car battery charger with 120 volt to 12 volt converter
      • Camera to computer cables
      • 2 Mac/Windows software discs
      • Instruction manuals for camera and battery grip

      Price: $70.00

      Contact Chuck Shinkle at

      Cannon EOS R6 Full Frame Digital Mirrorless Camera, including:

      • Camera body and strap
      • BG-R10 battery grip
      • 2 LP-E6N batteries
      • LC-E6 battery charger
      • EF-EOS R lens mount adapter with case
      • Instruction manuals for camera and battery grip

      Price: $ 1,100.00

      Contact Chuck Shinkle at

      Cannon EF 100mm f/2.8 Auto Focus Macro Lens with Cap

      Price: $50.00

      Contact Chuck Shinkle at

      Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Auto Focus Zoom Lens, including:

      • Hood, cap and instruction manual

      (Needs work to fix zoom sticking from around 80 to 135mm)

      Price: $25.00

      Contact Chuck Shinkle at

      Cokin Filter and Filter Accessories Assortment, including:

      • 12 P Series filters
      • 3 A Series filters
      • 58mm and 72mm adapter rings
      • 58-72mm adapter ring
      • 1 Cokin, 1 Avery and 2 Tamrac filter holders

      Total Assortment Price: $50.00

      Contact Chuck Shinkle at

      Cokin Circular Filter Assortment, including:

      • 46mm polarizer filter (sold separately for $15.00)
      • 72mm polarizer filter (sold separately for $12.00)
      • 52mm UV filter (sold separately for $10.00)

      Total Assortment Price: $30.00

      Contact Chuck Shinkle at

      Lowepro Sling Camera Bag

      Like new. Similar to Lowepro Slingshot SL 250AWIII.

      Price: $20.00

      Contact Chuck Shinkle at

      Tamrac Expedition 5X Backpack

      Similar to Tamrac Pro Series Anvil 17, but no laptop compartment.

      Price: $ 30.00

      Contact Chuck Shinkle at

      Tamrac Shoulder Bag

      Similar to Tamrac Stratus 21.

      Price: $30.00

      Contact Chuck Shinkle at

      Ruggard 11” x 11” Padded Equipment Wrap


      Price: $4.00

      Contact Chuck Shinkle at

      Novoflex Bellows for Canon EF Lens

      Price: $20.00

      Contact Chuck Shinkle at

      Complete package of cameras and accessories, including:

      2 Cameras

      • Sony Alpha 100 camera body w/ 2X Tele Converter, charger & batteries.
      • Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D camera body w/ AF 1.4 Tele Converter APO & charger.

      13 Lenses (All interchangeable with both cameras)

      • Sony AF 4.5-5.6/11-18
      • Konica Minolta AF 28-75
      • Minolta High Speed AF APO 600mm & hard case
      • Minolta AF Reflex 500
      • Minolta AF 28-85
      • Minolta AF 50 Macro
      • Minolta AF 100-300 APO Tele Zoom
      • Minolta AF. 100-300 Zoom xi
      • Minolta AF 70-200 Tele Zoom & soft case (lens hood is cracked but functional)
      • Minolta AF 28-105 Zoom xi
      • Minolta AF 28-80 Zoom 0.4 m/1.3 ft Macro
      • Tokina AF 400 mm
      • Tokina AF 28-70 AT-X & soft case

      2 Camera Mounts

      • Bogen 3236 Tripod w/ Manfrotto Gimble Mount 3421
      • Bogen 3245 Monopod w/ Manfrotto Camera Mount 3229

      6 Additional Items

      • Minolta remote cord RC-1000
      • M Rock camera bag
      • Lowepro camera bag - backpack style
      • Konica Minolta Magic Lantern Guide to Maxim 5D
      • Sony Guide to Sony Alpha 100
      • Set of 9 various memory cards

      Total package price: $ 400.00

      Contact Bob Stephenson at or 218-780-7207.

      Do you have any used photography equipment that you want to sell or are looking for to buy? List those items in the newsletter.

      All items:

      • May be placed only by current, past or families of past members.
      • Must be for used photography related equipment.
      • Must include your name, or the name of the past member, and contact information.
      • Should be submitted to
      • Must be placed by the 25th of the month prior to the month of listing.
      • Will run for one month, but may be resubmitted up to three times to be listed again.

      GVR Photography Club

      The GVR Photography Club is one of the largest photography clubs in the U.S. with over 600 active members. Regardless of your skill level, you'll have fun honing your skills in taking, editing, and presenting photos and videos. Share your photographic passion with others. Take FREE courses and join our Special Interest Groups to get the most from your digital camera, smartphone, action camera, or drone. Learn the ins and outs of post-processing software. Use our state-of-the-art equipment to digitize and edit photos, slides, and videos. Go on Club Field Trips to practice your photographic skills. Exhibit your photos/videos at our Showtime and Travelogue events. Come make friends and photographs!

      The Club is located on the 2nd floor of the west wing at the Santa Rita Springs GVR Recreation Center. You may contact us at:

      PO Box 1423, Green Valley, AZ 85622 or

      Neil Wicai, Newsletter Editor - - 575-224-1238

      The GVR Photography Club is located in the Recreation Village of Santa Rita Springs.
      921 West Via Rio Fuerte, Green Valley, AZ 85622 
      Phone 520-648-1315

      If you have any questions or concerns please call the above number during business hours or email us at:

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