Mount Evans Hospice / ECC Calendar Completed

by Ellen Nelson
Mount Evans Hospice / ECC Calendar Completed
Competition Final Results

Congratulations to ECC members Leslee Hampel, Ellen Nelson, Kathy Snead, Dick Oltman, Ron Pearson, Betty Holling, and Ann Zimmerman for earning a spot in the 2021 Seasons of Our Mountains photo calendar! Dick Oltman’s “Evergreen Garden Club Breakfast” also earned him second place honors and a $100 prize, while Ellen Nelson’s “Gray Fox Grin” was judged as the third-place photo and collected a $50 prize from Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice.



August — 2nd Place Winner




January — 3rd Place Winner


Cover Photo — Popular vote winner









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July — Best of Show



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For the first time this year, Evergreen Camera Club teamed up with Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice to spearhead and design the 2021 Seasons of Our Mountains Calendar. Over 150 photos taken in Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice’s 4-county mountain community of landscapes and wildlife were submitted by 59 photographers. The photos were anonymously voted by ECC members at the July general meeting and by public vote in August.

2021 Seasons of Our Mountains Calendar on sale now!

Calendars are now available at several mountain retail locations in the area or online by CLICKING HERE

Wildlife Workshop with Dawn Wilson – Hands On Shooting

by Ellen Nelson

Workshop report by Tom Goldberg:
Dawn did a nice presentation, discussed some wildlife photography strategies and gave us some specific insights into bighorn behaviors. We then left the firehouse around 10:30 for Waterton Canyon and walked about 2.5 miles up the road that parallels the South Platte. Dawn spotted the bighorn about halfway in, but they were way up on the hillside (just a couple of rams) and never came down. We kept going and had lunch at a picnic spot while Dawn did some scouting. She came back and reported that she’d spotted a beaver so we all grabbed our gear and stood at the side of the river shooting him working on his lodge and munching willows.

Original Post:
Meet at 9:00 am at the Evergreen Fire & Rescue Building for Dawn’s introduction, instruction and prep. Then the group will travel to the scenic Waterton Canyon in Littleton for an amazing hands-on opportunity to shoot wild bighorn sheep and other wildlife. Wear clothing appropriate for a 2-mile hike and pack a lunch, water and your camera gear.

Saturday, November 2, 9:00 am to after 4:00 pm (based on sunset).
Evergreen Fire & Rescue Building (1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen) and beyond

NOTE: Meetup RSVP does not count as a reservation. Reservations must be made and paid below

Cost $85, sign up here:

2019 Fifty Two Week Photo Challenge

by Ellen Nelson

Join the 52-Week Challenge

Kory Bumgardner recently posted a link that should be considered by all photographers. Join her in the quest to complete the Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge. Each week presents a new photography assignment to inspire and motivate you. I know I’m in! Click HERE to learn more.

January 2019 Camera Buy Day

by Ellen Nelson

DSLR Cameras
Mirrorless Cameras
Film SLR Cameras
Professional Tripods
Medium Format Cameras
Professional Video Equipment
And More!

Polaroid cameras
Digital point & shoot cameras with less than 8mp.
Low-end point & shoot film cameras
Non-professional tripods
Non-Professional Video cameras
Power Pack style lighting equipment. They do purchase most monolights
Broken or cameras in need of repair. They will be happy to recycle any non-functioning cameras or equipment that does not have a purchase value.



February 2nd 2019 Workshop:
JEFF JOHNSON – The Creative Edge Seminar
All Day – Hands On

by Ellen Nelson

Saturday, February 2
9:00 am to 4:00 pm with break for lunch (bring or buy)

Evergreen Fire and Rescue
1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen, CO
Cost is $80 for members and $85 for non members — register for the event at the bottom of this post

Evergreen Camera Club is kicking off the new year with a sure-to-be-impressive workshop, “The Creative Edge” by Jeff Johnson. Jeff promises to infuse his over-40-years’ experience as a working professional on image enhancements with simple and awesome Lightroom and Photoshop tips, tricks and surefire, easy-to-do techniques. Including intimate color and tone adjustments, texture overlays, image blending, luminosity masks, burning and dodging, all in a non-destructive process . . . and all easy-to-repeat from image-to-image!
Bring some photos and your laptop with Lightroom and Photoshop loaded.

The Creative Edge

So, you’ve mastered your camera, the exposure triangle and your composition is solid. Now, you’ve taken the weekend off, time away from work and your family, and have driven several miles to your favorite location. You know the sunrises and sunsets will be magical over those mountains and that gorgeous waterfall, you can’t wait! You shoot and you shoot and you shoot. Then you look at your images on the camera’s monitor. Your heart sinks. You can’t believe your eyes . . . flat and lifeless. You load them to your laptop, same thing . . . boring! They’re sharp and they’re well exposed, according to the histogram. Your composition seems creative and inviting, but they just look dead! That pop and brilliance you expect is just not there. OMG . . . what have you missed?

As you drive back home your mind races between how you could have screwed up these images and maybe a career in plumbing or pest control would be more rewarding.
STOP . . . HOLD ON . . . TAKE A BREATH! You’re only halfway done. You just need some good ol’ post-processing. The digital darkroom. Don’t worry . . . I think I can help!
As silly as this story sounds I have heard it repeatedly. First off, shooting in RAW, images will appear flat, so that is a good thing!! Secondly, join me for a couple of hours of Lightroom best practices for editing and then adding the punch you crave with Photoshop enhancements.

I’ll share with you my over 40 years as a working professional on image enhancements with easy and awesome Lightroom and Photoshop tips, tricks and surefire, easy-to-do techniques. Including intimate color and tone adjustments, texture overlays, image blending, luminosity masks, burning and dodging, all in a non-destructive process . . . and all easy to repeat from image-to-image!

All you need to do is bring an empty notebook and an open mind as I will challenge your creative process and leave you with many new ideas to apply to your imagery.

Sign Up and Pay Here:

Choose Member or Non-member

If you prefer to pay by check, you may bring payment to Tips & Techniques on January 23rd, or if you prefer to pay by mail, contact ecc@evergreencameraclub for the address. Payment must be received by February 1st.

October 2018 News

by Ellen Nelson

Congratulations to Evergreen Camera Club members who were finalists and winners in the 2019 Mt. Evans Hospice “Seasons of Our Mountains” calendar contest. An unprecedented six Evergreen Camera Club members had their photo selected for a month in the calendar! Honored photographers were: Dick Oltman in April with “Elk Mom and Child,” Tracy Boyd for July with “Independence,” Dave Edwards’ “Rock Blooms” will be featured in August, Leslee Hampel has her photo, “Drill Sergeant” in October, Ann Zimmerman’s “Can I Go Skiing?” is the photo for November and Ellen Nelson was awarded December with “Bison Blizzard” and her “New Kids on the Rock” is the cover photo. Anne Kechter and Tom Goldberg also received honorable mentions for their entries. Please let us know if you were also an honorable mention winner. Because the competition is anonymous, it is difficult to verify those winners.

2019 “Seasons of Our Mountains” calendars go on sale at the end of the month at your favorite Evergreen retail location or online at

Ellen Nelson, Tracy Boyd and Leslie Hempel receiving recognition for their photos at the release event

PSA Image Analysis Workshop

by Ellen Nelson

Evergreen Camera Club and St. Vrain Photographic Society have joined forces to bring this critically important photography workshop to Evergreen! On Saturday, October 27, PSA (Photographic Society of America) Education Services Director and Instructor Jon Fishback will conduct “Image Analysis,” a course designed to improve your photography through the comprehensive analysis of photographs from all levels: from beginners to amateurs to masters. This course is $30 and limited to 20 participants. RSVP and pay via the ECC Meetup site (Meetup: Evergreen Camera Club Photography) after September 28.

This hands-on workshop will be held in the Evergreen Fire & Rescue Building auditorium (1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen) from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with a break for lunch. Bring snacks and lunch, a pad or paper and a pencil. Consider reading Jon Fishback’s short paper, “The Pain and Pleasure of Critical Analysis” on the PSA website ( or search on Google. Contact Ellen Nelson ( if you have additional questions.

August 8th, 2018 General Meeting:
BOB MAYNARD — To Filter or Not to Filter

by Ellen Nelson


BOB MAYNARD — To Filter or Not to Filter

National award-winning photographer Bob Maynard wondered about photographic filters:
1. What about keeping a “protective filter” on your lens?
2. Is there a difference in brands?
3. Does cost matter?
4. What about digital filters available in post-processing software?
His results may surprise you. Bob Maynard will reveal his findings at the August 8th Evergreen Camera Club meeting, at 7:00 pm (come early to socialize or see Meetup for dinner details) at the Evergreen Fire & Rescue Building, 1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen.

Evergreen Camera Club