Photo club winners announced
The Carson Valley Photo Club’s presenter for November was Michael Okimoto, a commercial photographer from Reno. Michael started taking photos in sixth grade in Roseburg, Ore. He became a photojournalist intern out of high school. In 1996 he moved to the Carson Valley and worked for four years at The Record-Courier. He spent 11 years working for Jeff Ross, a past guest speaker for the club. Michael has been running his own commercial photography business for two years. He does video, film production work, and time-lapse photograph. He has taught classes for shooting the West in using tilt shift lenses and astrophotography. He has done pro-bono work to support Burning Man Spacewhale Project. Some of his clients include the State of Nevada, Real Lifestyle Clothing, and Edible Reno.
He prefers to collaborate with other photographers rather than compete with them. In working with clients, his approach is pre-visualizing the shoot by coming up with a shot list that includes ideas from the models.
Okimto gave the club a demonstration on taking portraits with Christmas tree lights in the background. Some basic suggestions were:
Use the aperture wide open
Use manual settings to control the shutter speed (Starting with 1/15 of a second)
Use a strobe light for flash
Tip from Okimoto: Take off UV filters for night exposures
The monthly photo contest theme for November was ‘Fall/Fall Meets Winter’ with more than 30 entries and Danile Day as the judge for the month.
First place: Heidi Neilson (Feil), ‘Country Church’; second place: Nancy Vary Hulsey of a Cedar Waxwing ‘ Fall Berries’; third place Jackie Gorton ‘Leaving Fall.’
Carson Valley Photo Club’s final meeting for the year is Dec. 12 at the United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville. The presenter will be Eddie Sanderson.The meeting will include the annual Christmas potluck and the voting in of next year’s board of officers. The photo contest theme is ‘Take your best shot’.