Mike’s Camera welcomes the Flatirons Photo Club!

We’re excited to announce that the Mike’s Camera in Boulder is the new home of the Flatirons Photo Club. We look forward to having this talented group of photographers join us regularly. I’ll let John Kieffer, club president, introduce the group with the statement below, as well as provide a preview of February 14th’s meeting and guest speaker. If you’re interested in joining them, send an email to Flatirons@FlatironsPhotoClub.org.

Not in the Boulder area? Check out our list of other photo clubs here! Or, if you’re already in a photo club and might be interested in partnership with Mike’s, email service@mikescamera.com.

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The Flatirons Photo Club serves as a meeting place for everyone who enjoys photography and wants to meet fellow photographers.

We meet at Mike’s Camera in Boulder on the second Thursday of each month, except July and August.  We begin gathering at 6:30 PM for social time and programs start promptly at 7:00 PM. Enter at the glass doors on the southeast corner of the building, about 50 feet left of Mike’s main retail entrance. Take the elevator to the second floor.

The Flatirons Photo Club monthly programs usually consist of two parts. The first hour features a guest speaker, presenting on subjects ranging from nature and travel photography to people and abstract imagery, with an emphasis on learning.  The second hour features the photography of our members. On some evenings, photos are critiqued and judged by our guest speaker. Other evenings, our members show their favorite images for technical feedback or just friendly discussion.  The purpose is to have a comfortable exchange of ideas, meet fellow photographers and learn some cool things.

We also enjoy getting together in the field for some hands-on photography. Past field trips have been to Chautauqua Park, Denver Botanic Gardens, Rocky Mountain National Park night photography and the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area for sunrise landscapes. 

Photo credit: John Kieffer, Outside Imagery

Questions about the Flatirons Photo Club? Email us at: Flatirons@FlatironsPhotoClub.org

February 14th: Take a Walk on the Wide Side

180-degree panorama at sunrise from the summit of South Maroon Peak, Maroon Bells. Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado

On Thursday, February 14, 2019, at 7:00 PM, Glenn Randall will present Take a Walk on the Wide Side, a lecture on how to compose, shoot, and stitch together single and multi-row panoramas.

It’s a wide, wide world out there. Certain subjects just cry out to be photographed in a panoramic format. Many of Glenn’s favorite images from his Sunrise from the Summit project, in which he photographed sunrise (or sunset) from the summit of all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, proved to be panoramas. Something about that ultra-wide angle of view, sometimes as much as a full 360 degrees, captured the exhilarating, humbling, and awe-inspiring experience of being a tiny speck on top of the world.

The easiest way to shoot a panorama is to take a single frame and crop it to whatever aspect ratio works best for the subject. There’s no law that says that an image composed within a 3:2 frame must be shown with that same aspect ratio. Cropping has two disadvantages, however. The first is that you are limited in angle of view horizontally to the angle of view of your widest lens. The second disadvantage concerns print size. Panoramas look good printed big, but the biggest print you can make is limited by the resolution of a single frame.

The solution is to shoot a series of images, rotating the camera between shots so each frame overlaps the next, then stitch all the frames together in software. With this approach, it’s possible to create enormous panoramas—as large as 360 degrees wide—with great quality. Learning to shoot and stitch panoramas from multiple frames will open up a new world of photographic possibilities. No longer will you be limited to seeing the world through the rectangular frame defined by your viewfinder, with its rigid 3:2 aspect ratio. That view, as pleasing as it may be, is only the starting point in your search for the most evocative possible composition. Take a walk on the wide side, and you’ll never again be content to see the world in just one way.

Glenn Randall Bio:

Since 1979, Glenn Randall has combined his love of wilderness with a passion for photography. His intimate knowledge of atmospheric optics, weather, and the landscapes he photographs allows him to find the intersections of magical light and stunning subject matter that produce exceptional images. His work has been published in AudubonAvalancheBarnes & NobleBrown TroutSierra ClubNature Conservancy, and Runner’s World calendars and in AudubonGEOOutsideSKILos Angeles Times MagazineNational Geographic AdventureNew York Times Magazine, and many others. Glenn is a contributing editor at Outdoor Photographer. Prints of his fine-art landscape photographs can be found online at www.glennrandall.com and in Art Mart, on the Pearl St. Mall in Boulder, Colorado. His photographs have also been used by many book publishers and corporate clients. At age 61, he has accumulated over 1,800 photo credits, including 83 covers, and sold over 10,000 prints. He was the sole photographer for three books of landscape photographs, Rocky Mountain National Park ImpressionsColorado Wild & Beautiful, and Sunrise from the Summit: First Light on Colorado’s Fourteeners. Rocky Nook published his how-to books, The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography and Dusk to Dawn: A Guide to Landscape Photography at Night.

Glenn Randall’s Santa Fe Workshop Information

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