A camera club in Silicon Valley California promoting the mutual enjoyment and learning of the art of photography

Apr 2010

An Evening with Bill Atkinson

Special Program: "An Evening with Bill Atkinson" – Wednesday May 26, 2010 - 7:30 pm – Palo Alto Art Center (Auditorium)

Nature photographer
Bill Atkinson, a founding member of the Macintosh design team for Apple, will talk about his forty-year love affair with nature photography. He will share his approach to his work, his attraction to the inner rock patterns found in his book, "Within the Stone," and his current PhotoCard app, which produces high-resolution photo postcards that can be sent via the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Courtesy of the Palo Alto Camera Club and Bill Atkinson Photography.

This event is free and open to the public.

Results of April 2010 ICIC Competition

Above is the competition results from the April 2010 International Club Image Competition (ICIC) of the Photographic Society of America. While we got some respectable scores, our entries did not place in the awards section.

We having been fairing as well as we have liked in PSA competitions lately. We need a program to review last year's winners and determine how we can elevate our game.

Sarah Mitchell and Pictures on a Cosmic Scale

Solar Picture
Credit: SDO/AIA

We all know that Sarah Mitchell's photos are out-of-this-world. But wait to you see these!

Well, Sarah didn't actually take them with her trusty Canon SLR. She is however a key member of the team that created NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, a space telescope designed to study the sun. Dubbed as our "Hubble for the Sun", SDO promises to uncover as many mysteries and amazements for solar physics.

"No solar telescope has ever come close to the combined spatial, temporal and spectral resolution of SDO," says Alan Title of Lockheed Martin, principal investigator of the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA), the observatory's main telescope array. "This is possible because of the combination of 4096 x 4096-pixel CCDs with huge dynamic range and a geosynchronous orbit which allows SDO to observe the sun and communicate with the ground around the clock."

Yeah great...but can it avoid clipping the highlights?

See Janet at the Saratoga Symphony - May 2nd


WHEN Is The Concert?
    Sunday, May 2, at 3 pm

     Classical music orchestra concert
     Rachel Xu as Cello Soloist for Romantic Music Period    
          piece with orchestra
     Fauré Requiem with San Jose Symphonic Choir and          
          Vivace Youth Chorus and Vocal Soloists
     FREE, with donations appreciated

WHERE Is The Concert?
    Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
    13601 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga
    Free Parking
    Directions to Saint Andrew's Church:
    For map:  Link to Visit Saint Andrew’s

CONCERT PROGRAM  ::  Dall’ Inferno al Paradiso
Music Director:  Dr. Jason Klein

The Accursed Huntsman, Symphonic Poem (1882)
César Franck (1822–1890)

Symphonic Variations for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 23 (1893)
Léon Boëllmann  (1862-1897)
Cello Soloist:  Rachel Xu

Requiem in d minor, Op. 48 (1887-1890)
Gabriel Fauré    (1845-1924)
San Jose Symphonic Choir and Vivace Youth Chorus of San Jose.  Vocal Soloists:  Baritone, Euigun Lee, and Soprano, Vivace Youth Chorus.  Requiem Conductor:  Leroy Kromm



David Morrison on the End of the World


Our own David Morrison is giving a lecture on the end of the world tomorrow night!

Actually, the lecture is tomorrow night, not the end of the world. He is giving a public lecture on April 21 at 7 pm at Foothill College on the fear of doomsday and the mythology surrounding December 21, 2012 -- including public reactions (anger, threats of suicide, etc.). He hopes he can draw some lessons about how science is misunderstood and how public confusion and fear can be exploited by unscrupulous people and organizations.

The lecture is free, but parking at Foothill is $2. Details here at Foothill College website.

David is the director of NASA's Lunar Science Institute and director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life at the SETI Institute. A world-renowned planetary scientist and expert in the field of asteroid impacts, he is the author of more than 155 technical papers and has published a dozen popular books and introductory textbooks. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his scientific and educational work, including the Sagan Medal of the American Astronomical Society for public communication.

Webmaster Update --- For the superstitious members of the club, I have posted the link to the REM's "It's The End of the World as We Know It" Youtube video for your enjoyment! :)
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