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October shoot reminder – Rescue Horses Sun Oct 15

We have a shoot coming up this Sunday October 15th from 4-6pm at a local horse rescue farm.  This shoot and the location was announced at the last two LAPC meetings.

Because of the sensitivity of their location, I can not post the location of the farm.  We also ask that you turn your location tagger off on your camera & mobile device so that when/if you post the shots, the location isn’t tagged.

What will you find there?  Beautiful farm, lots of old buildings, a couple old tractors, some sort of old fashion grain pulley elevator thing, several rescue horses and throw in a dash of fall color.

They would still like those of us who are willing – to carpool in.  So those willing to carpool, please meet me at the Kirkwood hotel parking lot – in the South East corner of the Kirkwood Hotel Parking Lot – nearest to the Prairie tennis courts.  GPS:  41.902820, -91.654281.  Please be there around 3:30, we'll depart at 3:40.


Please RSVP to so I can let our contact know how many from LAPC are coming.

For more information:

Photo credit:  Amy Mueggenberg

The Focal Point Newsflash

If you ordered a t-shirt, they will be available for pick-up at the November meeting.

Contest Winners

October Contest – Frame in a Frame – 8 photos submitted

1st Place – Doug Shaffer 26 tokens

2nd  Place – Sally  Harms 12 tokens

3rd Place – Joyce Schoon 8 tokens


September contest – Panning 8 photos submitted

1st Place – Doug Hoeger untitled 16 tokens

2nd Place – Mike Stark Corsair Take off 14 tokens

3rd Place – Bob Lancaster  Prefect Precision 12 tokens

August contest – Textures 13 photos submitted

1st Place –  Pam Olson Light & Texture 24 tokens

2nd Place – Sherry Schons Manure Spreader 18 tokens

3rd Place – Steve Thompson Barn Side 17 tokens

Don't forget that next month is the annual contest!

Submissions and contributions are always welcome for the newsletter.

Interesting links:

Abstract Landscape Photography

Techniques For Fall Color Photography



2018 Officer Election

Dave Byrnes  (Club Treasurer & Election Committee Chair) asked me to send out a reminder about our upcoming 2018 elections at the November meeting.

We have four positions that each year are open for election:

President:    Duties of the President shall be: to preside at all Club meetings and Executive Board meetings; to appoint chairpersons of all committees; to act as Club spokesperson; to generally supervise and to keep in touch with all Club activities.

Vice-President:     Duties of the Vice-President shall be: to perform the duties of the President during the absence or disability of the President; to notify members of special meetings and events; to act as Club Director on the Executive Board.   In about 2007 the position also took on the leadership role of the annual LAPC Photography Workshop held each Spring.

Secretary:   Duties of the Secretary shall be: to preserve in the books of the Club true minutes of the proceedings of Board meetings; to conduct correspondence of the Club; to prepare ballots for election; to act as Club Director on the Executive Board.     In about 2007, this position also took on the duty of purchasing the snacks provided by the Club for the monthly meetings.

Treasurer:  Duties of the Treasurer shall be: to maintain records and custody of Club funds and dues; to discharge Club expenses and maintain records thereof; to prepare periodic reports of Club finances; to prepare an annual budget; to act as Club Director on the Executive Board; to maintain a current register of the entire membership.


Current Candidates for each of these role for 2018 are:

President:                No Candidates

Vice-President:     Rick Young

Secretary:                No Candidates

Treasurer:              Dave Byrnes  

If anyone has an interest in running for one of these positions, please send Dave an email  at      If you would like to nominate someone, send that to Dave also.   He can reach out to that person and see if they have an interest.

See all of you next month for the Annual LAPC Photo Contest and Officer Elections.


Rick Young

Vice-President LAPC


Sunday Meeting Part II


The Club has ordered 300 white 11 X 14 foam boards to assist you in preparing for next month's LAPC Annual Photo Contest.   The cost is $1.00 per sheet.  Bring cash on Sunday if you wish to get some of these foam boards to take home with you.   We will have 150 on Sunday and another 150 are scheduled to arrive on Monday and we will figure our a game plan for you to buy those.


Rick Young

Vice-President LAPC

Meeting this Sunday!

Contest Committee will speak briefly about next months annual contest and  Bob Lancaster will present his photos from his Alaska trip. Hope to see every one there!


A Birding Photo-Journey: The “Invisible” Flow Of Life

Tom Taylor, Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society, Santa Fe, NM
Join Tom Taylor, a fellow Audubon member from Santa Fe, as he takes you on a photo-tour of birds that he
has seen on various trips in the U.S. After introducing the audience to an assortment of birds located in New
Mexico and Arizona, the presentation will branch out to feature some of the song birds found in the eastern
part of the country – with emphasis on their annual migration from the tropics.
Tom was born in Cedar Rapids and graduated from Regis High School in 1962. He went on to receive an advanced
degree in physics and in 1975 began 25 years as a research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in
northern New Mexico. Since retirement in 2001 he has served as an Audubon officer and a board member, while
more generally supporting the organization’s activities in Santa Fe. Bird photography has become one of his recent
Monday Oct. 2.
Program at 7:30PM.
First Lutheran Church (corner of 3 AVE and 10th ST SE. )
Jim Durbin

Haunted photo shoot reminder Sat 9/23

Just a quick reminder for the group photo shoot tomorrow (Saturday) Sept 23 from 6-9pm.  We only have 5 going from club so there is room for more, RSVP up til event time if you'd like to join us.  For more details on the shoot see:

For more info on our location, see article on KHAK:


January/February 2018 Monthly Contest Categories

At the September meeting, the contest committee announced a couple of the contest categories to start off the new year. Additional categories will be announced as soon as they are determined. Happy Shooting!

January 2018 : Harvest
February 2018: Ditches

2017 Iowa State Fair Winners and Exhibitors

Congratulations to Tim McAdam and Amy Mueggenberg for their awards at the 2017 Iowa State Fair Annual Photography Salon!

Tim McAdam – Best of Black & White

Amy Mueggenberg- Superintendent's Choice (Color)

In speaking with Bob Randklev (LAPC Webmaster) he would like to put up a special gallery on the Club's website to showcase all the images that were on display at the 2017 State Fair.   So if you had an image on display at this year's fair, please send a jpg of the image to:      Include the image name and any awards you received.

Congratulations to all the LAPC members who were selected this year to be a part of The Fair!


Rick Young








Final Reminder: LAPC Family Picnic – Reserve Your Spot By Tomorrow


Yes…. that's right!   Catered!   And Free!

What:  Nelson’s Meat Market is going to cater our picnic this year!   They will be grilling brats, chicken, and hamburgers at Wickiup and serving baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, Tea and Lemonade as well.

When:   September 10th

Where:  Wickiup

Time:  12:30 to 4:00

Contest:  Panning     (Yes… there is still a contest and the winner gets to take home a leftover brat and baked beans!)

Who:   Club Members & Family

Bring:  No catered dessert….. but if you would like to volunteer to bring a dessert to share…. that would be great!   And your Appetite!  And if you took any pictures of the 2017 Eclipse… feel free to share those with us!    If you, like me, were in Cedar Rapids that day…. what eclipse?

Please RSVP by September 5th to  so we can let the caterer know quantities to prepare for the event.


Hope to see everyone there.