Past Meetings

Canola Fields in The Palouse of Eastern Washingotn ©Rod Barbee, all rigths reserved

Humpback whales bubble-net feeding on herring near Sitka, Alaska ©Rod Barbee, all rights reserved

For our February 2024 meeting, Rod Barbee presented a program on the colorful, rolling landscape of The Palouse in Eastern Washington (above, top) and also on the humpback whales and other wildlife (above, bottom) of Sitka, Alaska.

Rod is a professional photographer, writer, and instructor. Backpacking trips of his youth into Olympic National Park exposed him to natural beauty that captivated him and led to a career in nature photography, his passion. Check out his website at for a preview of his work.

His books include, The Photographer's Guide to the Oregon Coast, (Countryman Press, 2004) co-written with David Middleton; The Photographer's Guide to Puget Sound and Northwest Washington (Countryman Press, 2007) and Oregon Coast Memories (Countryman Press, 2012).



The 2023 Winter Members Show 
Thursday, December 14, 2023 

Hear and see so many contributors, including Beverly Howing, Dan Gee, Velda Ruddock, Joe Doherty, Jeff Davidson, Ed Ogawa, Rebecca Wilks, John Nilsson,.  Joe says "The program was hosted from a ship at sea so there were some technical glitches, and the recording starts in-progress, but it was a fun time with some extraordinary photographs."  Check it out!  

SCCC 14 Dec 23 Member Meeting on Vimeo



Ralph Nordstrom Coastal Redwood Trees

Amongst the California redwoods ©Ralph Nordstrom, all rights reserved

Thursday October 12, 2023  7:00pm PDT
Ralph Nordstrom: Two Lessons in Two Environments.

Ralph Norstrom presented two photo technique lessons. First photographing BIG TREES with special attention on California’s Coastal Redwoods. Then Ralph talked about the photo challenges and advantages of photographing in Zion National Park and gave us a bit of Zion's geological background.

About Ralph  My photographic journey has taken me through many stages over the years. Early on, I didn’t know what I was doing but I was filled with enthusiasm. Then, I realized I needed some help if I was going to grow as a photographer, so I started attending workshops. As my skills grew, I found myself looking over my shoulder wondering if ‘they’ would approve of my photographs. But I finally had the confidence to realize that it is ‘I’ who has the last word. Now I’m focused on the expressive qualities of my photographs, wishing to share the emotions I felt in the field with my viewers. This has led to authoring a book titled “Creating Expressive Landscape Photographs.” I’m currently looking for a publisher.

Some of the best ways I can think of to give back to the photography community is to speak to photo organizations such as yours and lead photography workshops. I invite you to check out my work and workshops at

The recording of Ralph's program is here Ralph Nordstrom-Sierra Club Camera Committee on Vimeo


Land Iguana in the Galapagos Islands

Land Iguana in the Galapagos Islands  ©  Krisztina Scheeff, all rights reserved

Krisztina Scheeff presented  The Galapagos Islands and Ecuador
Thursday,  August 10, 2023

Galapagos Islands and mainland Ecuador offer incredible opportunities for natural encounters, whether you are a photographer or not. Through the lens and stories of award-winning photographer Krisztina Scheeff embark on an up-close view of these wonderful wildlife rich places. Krisztina takes you on a photographic journey of some of the special places on the Galapagos Islands: Booby traffic jams, Galapagos Turtles, land iguanas as far as you can see, cute sea lions. Then embark to the Cloud and Rain forests of Ecuador to see all the different species of Hummingbirds and more!

View the recording here:


Five ancient pyramids in a desert setting with startrails arching in the night sky

Sudan Pyramids under the stars  ©  Greg Metro, all rights reserved

Greg Metro presented Travel Photography: From Ordinary to Extraordinary
Thursday, April 13, 2023 

Greg offered advice on preparing for photo outings with recommendations for apps and gear. 

View the recording here:

Photo © Alyce Bender, all rights reserved.

Alyce Bender presented Wildlife of Sea and Sand: Destinations for Southern California Photographers. 
Thursday, February 9, 2023 

Loads of helpful information on gear and outfitting as well as photo technique. Alyce's thoughts on the ethics of wildlife photography are a bonus.

View the recording here:



The 2022 Winter Members Show 
Thursday, December 8, 2022 

Hear and see contributors Dan Gee, Josie Belfiore, Jeff Davidson, Ed Ogawa, John Fisianoti, Joyce Harlan, Velda Ruddock, and Joe Doherty.  Good show.  Hear and see contributors Dan Gee, Josie Belfiore, Jeff Davidson, Ed Ogawa, John Fisianoti, Joyce Harlan, Velda Ruddock, and Joe Doherty.  Good show. 

View the recording here on Vimeo



QT Luong - Our National Monuments 
Thursday, October 13, 2022 

QT's website: Terra Galleria  

Replay presentation here


Gary Crabbe – Enlightened Images
Thursday, February 10, 2022 

Gary discussed the images he is famous for – Vineyards, and the California backroads and coast, especially his Point Reyes images, and how his images were selected for the Forever Stamps. His stories and photo tips were entertaining and informative.

Gary Crabbe’s website:

Replay presentation here


2021 Member show

Photo © Joe Doherty, all rights reserved.

2021 Member show
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Several Camera Committee members presented a selection of their best or favorite images. Some were photo essay; others were travelogue or collection on a theme. This was a non-critical, non-judgmental evening of breathtaking photography.


The New Nature Photography

Thursday 12/9/2021
Lisa Langell gave us a better understanding of how to differentiate photography markets and shoot for them in order to create modern nature photography that is desirable to consumers looking to adorn their interiors.

brent paul

Thursday, February 12, 2021
California wildlife photography tips, tactics, and field techniques. The 90-minute show highlighted wildlife species (bobcats, birds, black bears, others) and locations throughout the state in a 300-image show.

Replay the 90-minute show here


Robert oToll Presentation

Photo © Robert OToole, all rights reserved.

Robert OToole Presentation
Thursday, June 10, 2021 

Multi-award winning wildlife photographer shared his work and adventures.
There is no replay for this presentation.


Robert Glenn Ketchem

Photo © Robert Ketchum, all rights reserved

Photographer and Conservationist – Robert Glenn Ketchum
There is no replay for this presentation.  Robert's website is a great resource.

Thursday, April 8, 2021 

This presentation was on the saving of Alaska's Bristol Bay and the North American Salmon Fishing Industry from the ravages of mining development.  


Member Show

Photo © John Nilsson, all rights reserved.

The 2021 Member show  
Thursday, February 11, 2021 
There is no replay for this presentation.



Photo © Michael Chamoun, all rights reserved

Denali: Land of ice and snow presented by Michael Chamoun
Thursday, December 10, 2020
West Los Angeles Sierra Club member Michael Chamoun scaled Denali via the West Buttress in the spring of 2018. In this meeting he shared his first-hand account of what he experienced through photos, videos, and a Q & A.



Photo © Brian Leary all rights reserved

Timelapse! The art of time-lapse photography presented by Brian Leary of Light Source Journeys
Meeting October 8, 2020 

Watch the presentation: here  [1:29:58]    How-to tutorials : here


Photo © Brian Leary all rights reserved

Urban Nighttime Photography presented by Brian Leary of Light Source Journeys
Thursday, August 14, 2020 

Just because the sun has set doesn’t mean you have to put that camera away! Brian Leary shows us everything from the equipment we’ll need to the techniques and what to look for to make our night photos stand out.

Watch the presentation : here  [1:21:41]


Photo © Becky & Paul Witt, all rights reserved.

A Photographer’s Guide to Iceland by New Jersey Audubon photography instructors, Becky & Phil Witt
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Iceland's scenery is shaped by intense geologic forces. Becky and Phil Witt  share their photographic journey across this island nation, complete with equipment and technique tips for capturing the country's sights.

Watch the presentation here   [1:21:05]


Photo © John Fianotto, all rights reserved

A Journey through Morocco presented by John Fisanotti
Thursday, April 9, 2020 

Long-time member John Fisanotti treated us to a photo presentation of his recent trip to Morocco. The color and culture of the region make this a go-to spot on your bucket list!

Watch the presentation : here  [1:38:15]

Hear and see so many contributors.  Joe says "The program was hosted from a ship at sea so there were some technical glitches, and the recording starts in-progress, but it was a fun time with some extraordinary photographs."  Check it out!  

SCCC 14 Dec 23 Member Meeting on Vimeo