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Jan
28
Sat
Darkroomers on Location: Southern California Railway Museum @ Southern California Railway Museum
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Meet at the gates at 9am.

You can photograph the West’s most extensive collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings, and other artifacts dating from the 1870s. There are more than 200 streetcars and railway vehicles to photograph and over 100 acres to explore.

Join us at 12:30pm for lunch at Provecho Grill in Menifee


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Feb
1
Wed
All About Entering the Photography Exhibition at the San Diego County Fair @ Zoom
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
All About Entering the Photography Exhibition at the San Diego County Fair @ Zoom | San Diego | California | United States

Join us for our First Wednesday Monthly Meeting.  Our February 2023 topic will be All About Entering the Photography Exhibition at the San Diego County Fair with Lois Fong-Sakai.

This meeting will be held via Zoom. Members will be sent information via email. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please email us at info@darkroomers.com so we can add you to the guest list.

Adventure awaits next summer at the 2023 San Diego County Fair, as happy campers are invited to “Get Out There!” and explore the great outdoors, June 7 through July 4. Fair event dates, theme and logo were unanimously approved today at the monthly 22nd District Agricultural Association (DAA) Board of Directors meeting, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

“After a two-year absence due to the pandemic, we were thrilled to bring back a full-scale fair to our community this past summer,” said Carlene Moore, 22nd DAA CEO. “We’re looking forward to next year and creating a fun, memorable experience the whole family can take part in together and we hope to help inspire guests to ‘get out there’ and explore some of the natural beauty around us both near and far.”

By all measures, the 2022 San Diego County Fair was a success. 973,508 fairgoers enthusiastically returned to the Fair, after a two-year hiatus. More importantly, the Fair served as a community event and gathering place, once again kicking-off the start to summer for all San Diegans. Food and beverage sales surpassed pre-pandemic numbers as fairgoers sought out their favorite eateries; per cap spending was up 65% over 2019. More than 7,400 stuffed animals were donated at the gates for the Care N Share Toy Drive – a program benefitting San Diego youth. Nearly 13,000 ribbons were awarded to community members and more than 17,000 entertainers performed for the crowds.

The 2023 season opens Wednesday, June 7 and runs through Tuesday, July 4, 2023 (the fair will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays in June.) Get Out There will celebrate the diversity of outdoor experiences that San Diego County is known for. Summer camp has never been so much fun!

Are you a Fair Trailblazer? Find out by participating in a scavenger hunt through the fair, and you just might earn yourself a merit badge.
Learn about our treasured National and State Parks––did you know California has the second-largest park system in the world and the largest state park system in the United States?
Celebrate the mountains, deserts and beaches of the Golden State as you find yourself immersed in blooming poppies and surrounded by quirky quail, while you sing along to “California here I come!”
Taste tantalizing new takes on classic campfire cuisine including flame-cooked barbeque and gourmet s’mores.
Participate in “Fair Camp” games, sports and activities for kids of all ages — including kids at heart! From arts and crafts to relay races, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to earn badges, ribbons and bragging rights.
Of course, there’s no shortage of traditional Fair fun to explore. Scout out Best-of-Show winners in the Fair’s various competitive exhibitions from woodworking to floral design, and fine art to homemade crafts and collections. Reach new heights as you climb to the top of the Ferris wheel and enjoy the view of the glistening, blue Pacific. Hike out to the Farm, Livestock Barns, CA Grown and the Garden Show to learn all about local agriculture from food to fiber to flowers.

The San Diego County Fair began in 1880. One of the treasured traditions and key components that continues to set the fair apart from other events and amusement venues, is the participatory element of the fair. The community is the star of the show, and the public is encouraged to “Get Out There” and take part in the Fair by performing center stage as a community entertainer, or submitting arts and hobbies through the fair’s competitive exhibition program. Entry materials and applications for public participation programs will be available starting in January, and admission and ticketed concerts and festivals are expected to go on sale in March

Feb
11
Sat
Darkroomers Weekend Workshop Series:Matting and Mounting @ Photographic Arts Building
Feb 11 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Darkroomers Weekend Workshop Series:Matting and Mounting @ Photographic Arts Building | San Diego | California | United States

Darkroomers has their annual Matting and Mounting Faire. Members only.

Feb
15
Wed
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Photographic Arts Building
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Photographic Arts Building | San Diego | California | United States

The meeting will start promptly at 7 pm, but we’ll open the building at 6 pm for setup and social hour.

Join us for our Monthly Critique Night!

Our judge for February will be Willie Sakai.

On the third Wednesday of each month, members bring in prints for critique. Prints accepted by the Judge will hang for up to 2 months in the Photographic Arts Building gallery.

Image critiques are available for members only. If you’d like more information about joining Darkroomers, please check out our membership page and email us if you have any questions.

About Willie Sakai

A photographer for over 45 years, Willie Sakai caught the photo bug as a yearbook staff photographer in high school, developing and printing Kodak Plus-X and Tri-X in a darkroom. In 2005, he switched to DSLR to capture better photos of his daughter, who had started competitive dancing at an early age. As volunteer photographers for their daughter’s high school dance team, Willie and his wife Lois acquired more gear and taught themselves to capture fast-moving subjects in less-than-ideal light.

After their daughter’s high school graduation, Willie and Lois founded Jade Coast Photography, specializing in portraiture for dancers, seniors, and families. To continue improving his skills, Willie joined the Professional Photographers of San Diego County (PPSDC), where he served as webmaster for five years.

Although a Lightroom user since version 1.0, participating in PPSDC image competitions forced him to learn Photoshop. These hard-won Photoshop skills led to an interest in digital art, as well as recent recognition, including the following:

  • PPSDC Photographer of the Year (2020, 2022)
  • PPSDC Image of the Year (2020, 2021)
  • PPSDC Photojournalism Photographer of the Year (2022)
  • PPSDC Digital Artist of the Year (2020, 2021, 2022)
  • PPSDC Illustrative Photographer of the Year (2019, 2020)
  • Ribbons at the Del Mar Fair’s International Exhibition of Photography

Willie has trained as a Judge by Professional Photographers of California.

Lately, he can be found chasing after his grandson with a retro-looking Fuji rangefinder, which digitally simulates analog film looks. The circle is complete – what was old is new again.

Feb
18
Sat
Darkroomers Annual Banquet and Year End Awards Ceremony @ The Godfather
Feb 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Darkroomers Annual Banquet and Year End Awards Ceremony @ The Godfather | San Diego | California | United States

It’s that time. Time to dust off the tuxedo and polish your shoes for the annual Darkroomers Banquet and Year-End Awards Ceremony. We recognize those who have won awards, achieved greatness, contributed immensely, and dedicated themselves to the club and teaching others the art of photography. We also eat dessert and give away thousands of dollars in door prizes!

 

RSVP is required

Mar
1
Wed
Darkroomers Monthly Meeting @ Zoom
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for our First Wednesday Monthly Meeting.  First Wednesday Meetings are lectures, talks, discussions or presentations.

This meeting will be held via Zoom. Members will be sent information via email. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please email us at info@darkroomers.com so we can add you to the guest list.

Mar
15
Wed
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Photographic Arts Building
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Photographic Arts Building | San Diego | California | United States

The meeting will start promptly at 7 pm, but we’ll open the building at 6 pm for setup and social hour.

Join us for our Monthly Critique Night!

Our judge for March is Monica Royal.

On the third Wednesday of each month, members bring in prints for critique. Prints accepted by the Judge will hang for up to 2 months in the Photographic Arts Building gallery.

Image critiques are available for members only. If you’d like more information about joining Darkroomers, please check out our membership page and email us if you have any questions.

About Monica Royal

Monica Royal’s obsession with macro started, like many others, with water on flowers and quickly grew to advanced abstract image design. She especially enjoys photographing ordinary objects and making them completely unrecognizable. “It makes for some really fun conversations!”

Her macro imagery is widely recognized as unique and innovative. She’s won Illustrative Photographer of the Year with Professional Photographers of San Diego for 5 consecutive years. Her artwork has been published in magazines and was most recently on the cover of Tamron’s National Magazine. Monica’s articles and podcasts have been shared on numerous web pages. She has taught in several states and continues to produce new artwork that leaves people asking, “what IS that?”

As a social and entertaining artist, as well as an expert in visual design, she has become a sought-after speaker & private teacher. Monica travels the country speaking and teaching with the sponsorship of Tamron USA and Miller’s Professional Imaging behind her.

Monica speaks and teaches internationally, and her fine art photography hangs in permanent installations in commercial establishments and in private collections across North America.

Monica Royal Fine Art Photography
858-449-5424
www.monicaroyal.com
FB: monica.royal3
TW: @monica_royal
Instagram: monicaroyal

Mar
29
Wed
Finding Your Passion Project with Mickey Strand @ Photographic Arts Building
Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Finding Your Passion Project with Mickey Strand @ Photographic Arts Building | San Diego | California | United States

About Mickey

Mickey is a retired Navy Photographers Mate, Chief Petty Officer, and the Leading Chief of the Navy’s elite Combat Camera Group Pacific.  Mickey’s current focus is the Veterans Portrait Series, which documents veterans’ stories of service. He is focused on our Worlds’ Greatest Generation. The veterans of World War II.

Mickey interviews each Veteran, collecting and writing their service stories, archiving these amazing historic figures and their stories for generations to come. Mickey has collected and displayed images and stories from over 100 warriors that at one point, signed the dotted line when our country needed their sacrifice of service most.

Mickey continues to collect Veterans from all services for the Veterans Portrait Series.  In 2019 the work was displayed at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre Museum from Nov 11, 2019 – to March 1, 2020.

Mickey and the project were in the national spotlight, featured on the Sunday Today show with Harry Smith Today Show Link to YouTube.

In 2022 Mickey has photographed over 25 more WW2 Veterans and will be hosting a print show in San Diego in November with an open house on Veterans Day.

WWW.VETERANSPORTRAIT.COM

WWW.MICKEYSTRAND.COM

Apr
5
Wed
Darkroomers Monthly Meeting @ Zoom
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for our First Wednesday Monthly Meeting.  First Wednesday Meetings are lectures, talks, discussions or presentations.

This meeting will be held via Zoom. Members will be sent information via email. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please email us at info@darkroomers.com so we can add you to the guest list.

Apr
8
Sat
Darkroomers Weekend Workshop Series @ Photographic Arts Building
Apr 8 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join Darkroomers for their Weekend Workshop Series.

Topics vary monthly.