America’s Rail System: Modern Workhose or Beast of the Past


Dave Crammer will be presenting a program focused on America’s Railroad System. In a recent Railways High-Speed Railroading article America’s freight railways are cited as “one of the unsung transport successes of the past 30 years.” America’s railways are universally recognized in the industry as the best in the world. Our rail freight is among the cheapest in the world, costing less than half as much as in Japan or Europe. After adjusting for differences in purchasing power it is cheaper even than in China.

The past fifteen years have seen another source of needed growth as interstate highways have become clogged with traffic. Since freight trains can carry so much more, railways are helping to limit the rise in road congestion. Trucking companies such as J.B. Hunt have come to see the advantage of putting trailers on flat wagons for long-haul and using roads only for local pickup and delivery. This has resulted in saved lives and fewer injuries involving or caused by trucking on the road.

In 2009 a $34 billion purchase by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway of Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), one of the seven main freight railways, opened many Americans’ eyes to the industry’s significance. That America’s shrewdest investor should place his biggest bet on BNSF focused attention on how the country’s railways have been quietly boosting the economy. Even Warren Buffett is forward thinking.

The June 6th meeting and program will begin at 7PM at the Maturango Museum. The doors will open at 6:45PM. The meeting is open to anyone and there is no charge for admission, however donations are accepted to help defray the museum use cost. For more information about this program or the China Lake Photographic Society please contact either Helen Jackson at 760-375-7775 or Francois Clement at 760-301-6828.

Japan, Spring 1985: Trip of a Lifetime


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From Susan’s trip to Japan in 1985

May 2nd: In the Spring of 1985 Susan had the opportunity to visit friends living in Japan. This was her “trip of a lifetime” with exposure to a unique culture, a wealth of history, amazing craftsmanship, new tastes and smells, and incredible scenery. She toured a variety of temples, castles, museums, and gardens from Tokyo to Hiroshima.

Susan has been taking photographs coming on 50 years. Starting with Instamatic cameras then moved up to 35mm SLR before the trip to Japan as she says “I wanted big photo memories instead of snapshots”. Recently she’s transitioned to a digital camera and mostly photographs scenery, but will photograph whatever looks interesting at the moment.

The May 2nd meeting and program will begin at 7PM at the Maturango Museum. The doors will open at 6:45PM. The meeting is open to anyone and there is no charge for admission, however donations are accepted to help defray the museum use cost . For more information about this program or the China Lake Photographic Society please contact either Helen Jackson at 760-375-7775 or Francois Clement at 760-301-6828.

Ted Ayers


Ted Ayers on a hike in the Grand Canyon

Ted Ayers on a hike in the Grand Canyon

Ted has been involved in photography for over 60 years. It is one of his most passionate avocations along with hiking and backpacking. His primary area of photographic interest has always been “the natural world without the hand of man”. Hiking and Backpacking have allowed him the freedom to do just that; going off the beaten path to capture his landscape, wildflower and wildlife images. He readily admits that he doesn’t have the patience for people photography.

In 1993 he retired from NASA and devoted much of the next 10 years hiking, backpacking and photographing the Southwestern United States and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Additionally He has traveled to many parts of the world Including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain, Norway, Europe, and Asia including two trips to the Himalaya’s of Nepal. Traveling, has allowed him to develop his photographic skills in a wide variety of situations.

Ted was a long time member and past president of the Lancaster Photography Association and a past member of the short lived Tehachapi Camera Club. During this time he gave talks and presentations to Tehachapi Schools, Sierra Club Chapters and evening talks at the LeConte Lodge in Yosemite National Park.

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Ted and his wife Hefina moved to Rapid City, South Dakota in 2004. In 2009 he joined the Black Hills Photographic Society (later becoming the Black Hills Photography Club) and one month later became it’s President. After stepping down in January of 2013 as President he continues to serve the Club as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors, Co Editor of the Newsletter, Co Chair of the Field Trip Committee and leads a Beginners Class titled “Understanding your Digital Camera”.

The meeting and program will begin at 7PM at the Maturango Museum. The doors will open at 6:45PM. The meeting is open to anyone and there is no charge for admission, however donations are accepted to help defray the museum use cost . For more information about this program or the China Lake Photographic Society please contact either Helen Jackson at 760-375-2773 or Francois Clement at 760-301-6828.

Fun with your Camera


March collage

Collage of images from different makers.

Presidents Corner:

Our March 7th meeting will be an opportunity to share your pictures and get feedback on them. There are many opinions on what makes a great photograph. At the February meeting Tom Ganner shared with us many good tips to help make your photos better. The feedback will done in a constructive manner. We will discuss some of the elements that make the photos stand out or not. We are here to encourage the makers to share their work and passion for making photographs but to also learn from others how they may improve their results.

We are accepting submissions as either prints from 5×7 up through 16×20 at the meeting or electronically by email until 9am March 7th. If submitting by email please include information about the photo such as the maker’s name & title and send them to francois@francoisclement.net. The number of submissions allowed three per maker and can be in any form or combination of forms. Any subject matter will be accepted. Submitted prints may be matted or framed if you so choose.

There are 2 prizes that will be awarded, $20 Gift Certificates to Casey’s Steak & BBQ house. To win yo must be an active China Lake Photographic Society member.

On display will be a variety of prints done on different surfaces. The surfaces include traditional photographic paper, inkjet media of different surfaces, canvas, and metal. Theses are being shown to show what can be done to display and showcase your own photographs of importance.

The meeting and program will begin at 7PM at the Maturango Museum. The doors will open at 6:45PM. The meeting is open to anyone and there is no charge for admission, however donations are accepted to help defray the museum use cost . For more information about this program or the China Lake Photographic Society please contact either Helen Jackson at 760-375-2773 or Francois Clement at 760-301-6828.

Robert Shaw Book Inventory


This post is made on behalf of Robert Shaw, a local photography enthusiast, that is making available for purchase from his personal library of books related to photography.

The following are the 20 titles in my collection of diverse photography-related books, which I am hoping to sell as a single batch to any camera buff interested in purchasing them. All are in acceptable condition, most are in excellent condition; a few are like new. Alphabetical by title. If you’re interested please contact me directly by email.

  • Ancestral Dialogs: The Photographs of Albert Chong 1994
  • Close to Home: Seven Documentary Photographers 1989
  • Cycles, A Decade of Photographs, Judith Golden 1988
  • Don Worth: Photographs 1955-1985, Friends of Photography 1986
  • Eikoh Hosoe, Friends of Photography 1986
  • EW 100: Centennial Essays in Honor of Edward Weston, Friends of Photography 1986
  • Landscapes from the Middle of the World, Frank Gohlke 1988
  • Lorna Simpson, Deborah Willis 1992
  • Mario Giacomelli, Friends of Photography 1983
  • Mary Ellen Marks: Photographs of Missions of Charity 1985
  • Nicholas Nixon: Photographs from One Year 1983
  • Night Walk, Michael Kenna 1988
  • Of Time and Place, Walker Evans & William Christenberry 1990
  • Optiks, Zeke Berman 1991
  • Postures, Marsha Burns 1982
  • Roy DeCarava: Photographs, ed. James Alinder
  • The Contact Print, James Alinder 1982
  • Todd Walker: Photographs 1985
  • Toward a Truer Life: Photographs of of China 1980-90, Reagan Louie
  • Weighing the Planets, Olivia Parker 1987

Normandy and the D-Day Invasion


Courtesy of Jim Carr

In honor of D-Day June 6th, Jim Carr, Retired Army First Sergeant, will be presenting a program on Normandy and the D-Day Invasion. His talk will be on June 1st at the Maturango Museum at 7PM. This should be interesting for photographers, history buffs, as well as WW2 and military history buffs. Visitors are welcome.
Jim and his wife Joann visited Normandy for the 60th and 66th Anniversaries of D-Day. He will explain the invasion battle using maps and photographs. He’ll describe the invasion beaches as well as Point du Hoc, the Batteries at Longues, and the town of Ste Mere Eglise. He feels that the visit to Ste Mere Eglise was one of the highlights and photos taken there will be surprising.

Also included in the talk will be photos of Military War Cemeteries in Normandy. He will show American, German, British, Canadian and Polish War Cemeteries. All of which are well maintained and very interesting.

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For more information, please contact Helen by sabinak9@juno.com.

Diving and Sharks in Fiji


Portrait of Ray Kelso The May presentation for the Photographic Society will be video of the underwater adventures of Raymond Kelso and a group of 12 as they explored the soft corals off the coast of Fiji in the South Pacific last March. Raymond will share his videos and photos of shark feeds, and the abundant sea life along with techniques and tools he uses to capture these underwater playgrounds.

The public is invited to this free event to be held Thursday, May 3rd at 7pm at the Maturango Museum. For more information, please call Helen Jackson at (760) 375-2773.

For the last 17 years, Raymond Kelso has designed very affordable domestic and international adventure tours to exotic cultural and historical locations through the Pleistocene Foundation.  The adventures are designed for travelers who enjoy exploring the world comfortably, and have a desire a for a deeper understanding of both past and present cultures.  As an avid adventurer, photographer, and underwater videographer, he also organizes scuba diving tours to some of the top dive sites in the world. For closer to home activities, the Foundation sponsors the local “Getting to know your backyard” series, including Petroglyph tours, desert hikes to Randsburg, and Poison Canyon. More information about Ray Kelso and the Pleistocene Foundation can be found at www.pleistocenefoundation.org.