Welcome

The Olympia Camera Club is for anyone who loves photography.  It is our goal to help others to be better photographers through sharing, teaching, guest speakers, and field trips.

Our club includes photographers of different skill levels and with varied interests.  You will enjoy the camaraderie of interacting with those at your own skill level , but you’ll also have opportunities to grow and learn from club members who have more advanced skills. We serve Thurston County, Washington and the surrounding areas.

Announcements

Annual Potluck Planning Picnic – August 30, 2022 we will  be holding a Potluck Picnic at Tumwater Historical Park at 6:00 pm.  For details and to signup, see the Picnic page.  In preparation for the Planning Picnic, please complete the Club Survey by by August 23rd and review the proposed revisions to our Bylaws as we will be voting to approve the Bylaw changes at the Picnic.

Thurston County Fair – The 2022 Fair is in the history books.  Yeah!  A special thanks to all our club members who volunteered their time to set up and staff the Open Class Photography Exhibit.  Congratulations also to all our members who entered the fair and won ribbons.  Watch for the August newsletter for a list of club winners.

Traveling Images: Each month OCC Members are invited to vote for their 5 favorite images from different clubs who are part of the Northwest Council of Camera Clubs.  The link to the current club’s images and how to vote are posted in the Member Only Area under NWCCC Traveling Images. The deadline for voting is always the 28th of the month.

We have entered into a partnership with the Olympic Peaks Camera Club of Sequim to share guest speakers.  For the remainder of the year our General Meetings will be via Zoom on the 3rd Thursday of each month using the OPCC Zoom link.  The meetings will be posted to our calendar and you can find the OPCC Zoom link in our Members Only Area.

Upcoming Meetings and Due Dates are listed in the column to the right by date.  Click on the links for details.

In-person Meetings – We had hoped to get back to in-person meetings by now, but with the new Covid-19 variants, that has not been possible.   If all goes well, we hope to get back to in-person meetings in the fall.

Field Trips

We are finally able get back to having regular outdoor field trips.  We’ll still take precautions like socially distancing and much as possible and hopefully all participants will be fully vaccinated and continue wearing a face covering when in close proximity.  It will be wonderful to get together again.

August 20 – Rutledge Sunflower Festival – Get your tickets online so you can reserve a start time.  The last start time is 6 pm and everyone must be out by 8 pm.  This is close to sunset so should give us some pretty good light.  Get your tickets here: https://rutledgecornmaze.com/sunflower-festival/

August 27 – Astrophotography @ Mt St Helens – We will meet up at Loowit Point which is the last view point before you reach the Johnston Ridge Visitor Center. You can arrive whenever you want. Golden hour is from 7:22 to 8pm.  Blue hour is from 8:23 to 8:36pm.  Sunset is at 8pm. It will not be dark enough to really photograph the Milky Way until around 10pm. Pam Hoaglund is the trip leader.

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