November 15th Zoom presentation on Photographing the Galpagos with Ron Belak

by Tom Goldberg
November 15th Zoom presentation on Photographing the Galpagos with Ron Belak

On Thursday, November 15 at 7 PM, RMOWP member (and ECC member) Ron Belak will deliver a Zoom presentation on the wildlife and birds of the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador. Interested parties should contact him via email for the zoom link.

Ron and Peg Linn spent 18 days in Ecuador in 2017, touring along the spine of the Andes from Quito south to Cuenca, visiting the famous hummingbird location at Bella Vista and cruising the islands of the Galapagos. Although they did not check off all 131 species of Ecuadoran hummingbirds, they will share photos of the beautiful ones they did see as well as other species in the cloud forest and on the paramo—Ecuador’s term for the tundra. They will also share photos of beautiful landscapes, featuring 19,000-foot volcanoes, alpine lakes and desert islands, and offer tips on photographing the birds and wildlife.

Their Galapagos tour was shared with 13 other guests on a small boat that traveled between the islands of San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Santiago, Isabela, Fernandina and several smaller islets. Bird diversity is not as high on the islands as on mainland Ecuador, but the birds are often larger and more easily approached by photographers. For many species, nesting is year-round, so colorful plumage is strikingly apparent. They will share images of the male frigatebird displaying like our sage grouse and photos of gulls, pelicans, herons, finches, boobies, noddies, sandpipers and flamingos. The islands are also noted for land and sea iguanas, sea lions and tortoises. In the water, there are angelfish, surgeonfish, cardinal fish, parrotfish and sea turtles. Learn about the flightless cormorants, whose wings have atrophied because there are no predators to fly away from, and penguins who have headed north permanently for the balmy weather (snowbirds?).

Ron Belak is a freelance writer and photographer whose work appears regularly in Colorado Outdoors magazine—the official publication of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He has written about 90 magazine articles and supplied hundreds of photos for these articles over the past 30 years. He is also the author of two books on fly fishing: Fly Fishing Colorado’s Backcountry and The Fishing Guide to 800 High Lakes in Colorado.

October 2022 T&T: What Makes a Successfull Contest Photo

by Tom Goldberg

Are You Ready to Enter Your Photo???

The Evergreen Camera Club used to have a contest every month, but that had lapsed since covid. We still have a holiday party contest every year and want great photos from every member.

Our own master photographer Ellen Nelson asks if you are ready and will help you understand what it takes to make a winning photo in this live and in person Tips & Techniquees

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
6:30 pm social time and announcements
7:00 pm start of presentation

Live and In Person
Evergreen Fire and Rescue
1802 Bergen Parkway,
Evergreen, CO

What You See Depends Upon Where You Look: Intuition, Imagination and Photography

by Tom Goldberg
What You See Depends Upon Where You Look: Intuition, Imagination and Photography

A VIRTUAL Ghost Ranch workshop by Randee Lawrence and Cecilia Broder
November 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2022, 5:00-7:00 PM

Photography is both an art and a craft. Almost anyone can learn the proper settings for creating a “good” photo. This workshop teaches you how to be a better observer and to create images that engage the heart as well as the head and stir the imagination. When we get out of our heads and release expectations of what the image ought to look like, we free ourselves to create images with warmth and passion.

This workshop will meet on Zoom for 4 Mondays. Click here for a pdf of the event.

Register at:

83rd Annual PSA Festival is in Colorado Springs this year

by Tom Goldberg
83rd Annual PSA Festival is in Colorado Springs this year

Photographic Society of America Annual Photo Festival
Colorado Springs, Colorado
September 21 through 24th

PSA’s 2022 photo festival in Colorado Springs features world-class speakers, photo workshops, and spectacular tours. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to renew old friendships or make new friends while improving your photographic skills.

For more information go to

June 27th Tips & Techniques: Field trip to Buchanan Ponds with Ellen Nelson

(sorry there is a concert at Evergreen Lake)

Join Evergreen Camera Club in the Buchanan Rec Center parking lot (32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen) at 6:30 pm for a leisurely, informal photo-walk around the ponds and into Noble Meadow with a discussion about settings, composition, lighting and subject opportunities.

Bring any camera gear you wish to carry.

Buchanan Rec Center
32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen

Time: 6:30

June 29th Special Meeting: Seasons of Our Mountains 2023 Calendar Voting

ECC calls on Members and past Winners to Step Up and Vote


Have a say to narrow the 150+ photo entries down to the 25 finalists for the iconic Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice 2023 calendar! In previous years you had to be an Evergreen Camera Club member to participate in the anonymous vote to select the 25 finalists, but this year, we’re inviting all 2020, 2021, and 2022 calendar finalists to join us for the voting*! Now is an ideal time to join our club if you are not already a member – see all the images submitted by our community and make your opinion count. Scroll down for important details.  * Mount Evans HHC&H Employees are also invited to vote

We have set the voting date to June 29th and it will be virtual – Images will be displayed on Zoom and voting will be done using Google Forms as described below.

The Calendar Voting and Judging Process

Calendar voting to initially select 25 finalists from all entries will be done by the membership of the ECC club and past winners, out of whomever logs on for the Zoom call for our June 29th meeting. Image entry was open to all, this voting will be by paid members and past winners only.

As the calendar competition is open to everyone, and many ECC members and past winners have and are expected to enter, certainly those individuals will be voting on their own images along with everyone else. The artist names will not be disclosed so at most, voters will recognize only 3 of the images out of however many we get (we expect 100-200). Thus we feel there will be minimal bias in this process.

Each image will get a score from 1 to 5 averaged from all votes cast in the zoom meeting to determine the 25 finalists. The finalists will then be voted on by the general public using the voting website tool used for last year’s competition (that link will be posted when the finalists have been uploaded).

Our intent is that this will yield an impartially judged set of 12 images plus a cover image to comprise our final calendar, however, if we end up with some kind of imbalance, there is an editorial committee comprised of Mount Evans and ECC volunteers who may make minor adjustments to ensure a good end product (i.e. if say 4 images of elk were to get the best scores, we may only include one or two). The remaining 12 images will be recognized as runners-up in the calendar.

Each year we enlist the aid of a guest photographer as a Judge to pick the Best of Show, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. This year our Judge will be Boyd Norton, an American photographer, known for his work in wilderness photography and his environmental activism. He is the photographer/author of 17 books covering topics such as from African elephants, mountain gorillas, Siberia’s Lake Baikal and issues of Alaskan and Rocky Mountain conservation.

If you have any questions about this process, please send and email to

Voting Instructions: Important!!!

Display of submitted images and voting will begin at 7:00PM on Wednesday June 29th. Setup and testing will be from 6:30 to 7, be sure to get on in time to work out any kinks you may have with the links or the process.

We will have 4 different groups of images, divided by season. We will run through each group quickly so you can preview them and then go back through them by name for the voting step.

The images will be displayed via Zoom – you should dial in with the Zoom link using whatever device you have with the best display so you can see the entries clearly.

Voting will be done using Google Forms – a “” link and QR code will be provided to get your browser to the voting sheet. You can use a separate device, like your phone, to go to this link so you can have a separate screen to make your selections. If you are using your phone, simply take a picture of the QR code and your phone will offer to take you to our voting sheet. Alternately you can use a browser and Zoom on the same device if you can manage the 2 windows.

It is not required but recommended that you place a vote for every image.

Links to the Zoom and Voting form will be emailed to ECC Members and past Winners prior to the meeting.

Contest entry deadline is June 15th, so you may still have time to enter your best local photos!

The Mount Evans Calendar Contest is closed for public voting as of July 15 2022

by Tom Goldberg
The Mount Evans Calendar Contest is closed for public voting as of July 15 2022

Local 69 Photographers Submitted 166 of their best photographs of our local nature and scenery!

Now open to the Public Voting phase!!! Come back soon for the winner announcements!

We welcome everyone to vote for their favorite photos. CLICK HERE to Vote!

Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice and the Evergreen Camera Club have teamed together once again to bring you the Seasons of Our Mountains Calendar.

The 25 best photos submitted will advance to a community vote in August. The top 13 photographs will be included on the cover and each month of the year. The remaining 12 photographs will be included in the calendar as honorable mentions. The top three photos will win cash prizes.

  • Best of Show – $250 prize
  • Second Place – $100 prize
  • Third Place – $50 prize

Seasons of Our Mountains Calendar Tips & FAQs


  • Keep the calendar’s theme in mind:
        your images should show off our mountains, our wildlife and the way seasons are reflected in them
  • Edit your photos judiciously:
        Images must look natural to qualify – pasted image parts, oversaturated colors or obvious manipulation
        will disqualify your entry
  • Give thought to a good title:
        any words that express the feeling, the idea, the humor, or anything else about your photo will help it stand out
  • Summer and Spring get the most competition:
        you will have a better chance of winning with a great Fall or Winter entry
  • Make your images Colorful:
        By and large, colorful images get more votes and look better on a calendar page
        dull or muted photographs may be excellent images but don’t tend to do well in this application
  • Don’t submit multiple photos of the same scene:
        have the confidence to pick the best one and use the other entries for different photos
  • This is primarily a nature calendar, but that said, sometimes man-made objects enhance the photo
  • Avoid submitting  pictures of Evergreen Lake House unless it is a unique photo, this is the most common subject we see submitted


    • We require at least 2400px wide for acceptable entries but 3000px is better and sufficient
    • This is a HORIZONTAL calendar, please don’t submit vertical images. Confirm your aspect ratio: the 12″ x 9″ finished printing size of the calendar means all images will be cropped to a 4 x 3 aspect – if it is not cropped correctly, we will crop to fit
    • Don’t add your watermark or signature to your image: all voting is anonymous so we’ll block out any watermark or disqualify your image if we can’t remove it
    • If you have questions or issues please send an email to

Click Here to Enter this Contest

Photo Op: Total Eclipse on May 15

by Tom Goldberg
Photo Op: Total Eclipse on May 15

A total lunar eclipse will be visible in Colorado starting in the evening of May 15 and going into the early morning hours of May 16. The lunar eclipse will start at 7:57 pm on Sunday, May 15, and will end at 12:50 am on Monday, May 16. The maximum eclipse will happen at 10:11 pm on Sunday night.

Science Talk with Bob Krugmire at the Butterfly Pavilion

by Tom Goldberg
Science Talk with Bob Krugmire at the Butterfly Pavilion

Insect Behavior and Wildlife Photography with Bob Krugmire

Thursday, April 28th, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Seeing the world through a lens can be extraordinary but can hold its challenges. Join us for an exciting talk centered around insect photography taught by our very own bug photographer, Bob Krugmire. With his vast experience on primarily animal photography, Bob has taken pictures ranging from hanging out of an airplane window, to working with wolves and black widows to get stock photos and carrying 50 pounds of gear up mountains to get that perfect sunrise shot. Listen as he discusses not only about insect photography, but about the act of photography itself.


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