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Its Almost Here! Annual Photo Contest

On Sunday (Nov 12th) we have a full schedule of events at the LAPC monthly meeting!


Annual Photo Contest

  • Submit up to 17 images in our Annual Photo Contest
  • For all the rules, go to:
  • If you have waited until the last minute… we still have 11X14 foam board for sale.  Call Rick at 319-360-0060 and set up a time to pick them up.  $1.00 ea.


Election of 2018 LAPC Officers

  • Want to be an LAPC Officer?   President  / Vice-President / Treasurer / Secretary
  • Send an email to: and get your name on the ballot.


My Photo Adventures

  • Bring to the meeting 5 – 10 digital images you would like to share with the LAPC members while the judging is taking place.
  • If you would like, you can share with the LAPC members the who/what/when and answer any questions they may have.
  •  Bring on a USB drive please.



  • In just over three weeks is the 5th Annual Help-Portrait Event
  • We need volunteers!    Editors we need you.
  • All day / Half-Day Shifts

We Need You!

Help-Portrait is just over 5 weeks from now.

We are in full-swing recruiting families and coordinating all the activities to have another successful event.

We need your help!

We need:

  • Photographers
  • Photo Assistants
  • Editors   – Huge Need
  • Family Guides – Big Need
  • General Help

If you can't work the entire day on Dec 2nd, we can set you up for a morning shift or an afternoon shift.

Editors…. if you can't help on Saturday, we have two additional sessions scheduled for Monday (Dec 4th) and Tuesday (Dec 5th) from 5:30 to 9:00.  These sessions are to finish up the edits, prints and framing… so join us then.


If you can't assist the day of the event, but want to assist in a different way, we will always be glad to take financial donations or supplies.

We can always use:    (Bring to the November meeting)

  • Gallon Size Zip-lock Baggies
  • Gaffers Tape
  • Food /Drink
  • 8 X 10 Frames
  • Sharpies
  • Hand Wipes
  • Hair Spray
  • Clip Boards
  • Kleenex
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Bottled Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Make-Up


Quad Cities Photo Club Event – Greg Basco

On December 9th, the Quad Cities Photo Club is hosting Greg Basco.     The cost is $25.

You can see his work at:



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