The upcoming CPA show selections

Dear ImageMakers

The ImageMakers Steering Committee, along with Brian Taylor and Rick Murai, (in their capacities with the CPA) have made the following selections from your submissions for the forthcoming ImageMakers show at the CPA.

The show runs from Feb 25 – April 2, 2017.

Please use a traditional frame, not larger than 24″ on any size, and plexiglass glazing (NOT glass!) is required. Gallery wrapped canvas is acceptable without a frame or glazing.

The final finished product must be 24″ or smaller on the longest side. The CPA reserves the right to disqualify any final image whose print quality does not match what we judged.

Images must be ready to hang. Delivery date has not been specified yet, but I would assume NOT EARLIER than 10 days before the show, and delivered between Feb 15 – 23.

Additional information, if any, will be found on our blog, as will this email.

I will try to answer any questions, but the final determination will lie in the hands of the Directors of the CPA, not me.

I can say this up front: no – you may not substitute another image.

ONE LAST THING – the exhibition catalog.

Please  make and upload a jpg of your selected image for the exhibition’s catalog.

The specifics required for submission  to the exhibition catalog, as stated by the CPA:

7″ long side @ 300PPI – SRGB color space (2100 pixels)
Include: artist name, title, date, medium, sales price. Dimensions are not necessary.
All images MUST be titled – no untitled.
And all caption data will be printed >as submitted< so have everyone PROOF READ their info.

Please get these catalog images and label info to me no later than January 13th, 2017.

Thanks to one and all for participating. Having seen all these images several times now, I can say with certainty that our 2017 show will be really interesting.



Tracy Valleau,
on behalf of the ImageMakers and the Center for Photographic Art



The selections___________________________________________

aiu 2 – gypsy stallion
anselmo 1
becom 1
BIhlenfeld 2
bthomas 1 – flowers
CCouchman 6
chester 2 – Eagle hunter’s daughter
connors 4
crary 2
CWeston 6
DGubernick 2
dixie 1
Efujii 6
franco 1
hazeltine 1
hembree 5
hunter 2
J. Messer 3
jacqui turner 6
kasson 4
kauffman 5
lmacchia 1
loveless 1
lovell 6
Lundblad 4
marino 3
mcasanave 4
moore 4
mPrince 6
murai 2
mwainer 6
neilsen 5
nswanson 2
parker 1
parkman 6 – lighthouse
rcannon 1
robinson 3
sHillyard 2
TomSchleich 3
tvalleau 5
wasserbach 6
weeks 1
wei chang 2

Xmas dinner, 2015

Our annual Xmas dinner will begin at 4PM on Sunday, December 13, at the Bayonet/Blackhorse Restaurant on the former Ft. Ord.

4-4:50 Cocktail Hour
4:50 Brian’s intro
5-5:30 Brian’s presentation
5:30-6:30 Dinner
6:30 Dick Garrod

Here are directions and a map.

See you all there!


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  • Take Hwy 1 North (North of Carmel, Monterey, Sand City and Seaside).
  • Take the Light Fighter Drive exit.
  • At the third stop light turn right onto General Jim Moore Blvd (formerly known as NORTH SOUTH ROAD).
  • Travel on General Jim Moore Blvd for approximately 2 miles. On the right-hand side you will see the main entrance for Bayonet and Blackhorse. (The courses are adjacent to each other and share the same clubhouse).
  • Take a right on McClure Way (the entrance to the golf courses).
  • Proceed to the parking lot and enjoy your round of golf!

2015 International Juried Exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art

Congratulations to the following ImageMakers whose images were selected for a show juried by Robert Hirsch:


Mary Aiu
Carl Couchman
Oliver Klink
Rick Murai
Chester Ng
Tom Schleich
Tracy Valleau
Steve Zmak

Web Gallery

Martha Casanave
Jack Crary
Matt Connors
Bert Ihlenfeld
Jim Messer
Jack Wasserbach

 20% of the images in the 2015 CPA JE are from Imagemakers members

Nice work, folks !

Mac users: tired of paying Adobe for Photoshop?

Well, Affinity Photo is out of development after nearly 5 years of development, and like the award-winning replacement for Illustrator, Affinity Designer, Photo was worth the wait.

Layers; export to PS; vector objects; compatible with PS plug-ins…



Once. Not monthly or yearly. Once.


I’ve been playing with it a bit, and when things settle down, I’ll be playing a lot more. This is a case where for $40,  you’re getting $400 worth of software quality, IMHO.



If you’re a Mac user, and a PhotoShop user, I can’t imaging you’d not want this in your toolbox.




ImageMakers show at PGAC

“Ashleigh” – a show featuring images of Dixie’s granddaughter, a beautiful and rising star in the ballet world, will run July 3 thru August 27 at the Pacific Grove Art Center.

Dixie Dixon, Jerry Ginsburg, Chester Ng, Bob Sadler, Jacqui Turner, Jack Wasserbach and Steve Zmak are the photographers.

The opening is this Friday, July 3, from 7 to 9 PM.

Hope to see you there!

Birthday bash reminder

Annual Birthday Bash!!


Honorees: Richard Garrod, Jack Wasserbach, Steve Mortenson, Fernando
Batista & Brian Taylor


Wednesday, June 10th at Point Lobos.


Meet around 9am at Weston Beach to photograph for approximately 2 hours

Lunch at 11 at the Bird Island picnic area

Please bring a dish to pass


We will provide subs, cake & drinks


Hope you can make it!


In the US Congress: Bill to Restore Photographer’s rights

Not a lot of comment is needed. You might want to consider letting your Congressman know you support this…




H. R. 5893
To restore the First Amendment Rights of Photographers.
January 2, 2015
Mr. Stockman introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To restore the First Amendment Rights of Photographers.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

This Act may be cited as the “Ansel Adams Act”.


Congress finds as follows:
(1) In recent years, the Federal Government has enacted regulations to prohibit or restrict photography in National Parks, public spaces, and of government buildings, law enforcement officers, and other government personnel carrying out their duties.
(2) In recent years, photographers on Federal lands and spaces have been threatened with seizure and forfeiture of photographic equipment and memory cards, and have been arrested or threatened with arrest for merely recording what the eye can see from public spaces.
(3) Even in the absence of laws or regulations, Federal law enforcement officers, other government personnel, and private contractors have been instructed to prohibit photography from public spaces, and threatened photographers with arrest or seizure of photographic equipment.
(4) Arresting photographers, seizing photographic equipment, and requirements to obtain permits, pay fees, or buy insurance policies are abridgments of freedom of speech and of the press.
(5) The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”.

(6) Still and motion photographs are speech.

(7) The photography by Ansel Adams and other famous photographers helped bring home to Americans the beauty and fragility of our natural resources.

(8) Ansel Adams’ photographs helped build public support to make Yosemite into a National Park.

(9) Future “Ansel Adams” must not have their paths blocked, regulated and made more expensive with fees and fines, or be threatened with arrest and seizure of their equipment. SEC. 3. RESTORATION OF FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS TO PHOTOGRAPHERS.

(a) In General.–It is contrary to the public policy of the United States to prohibit or restrict photography in public spaces, whether for private, news media, or commercial use.

(b) Should a Federal agency seek to restrict photography of its installations or personnel, it shall obtain a court order that outlines the national security or other reasons for the restriction. Such court order shall allow restrictions of photography when such photography may lead to the endangerment of public safety or national security. Nothing in this Act shall restrict Federal agencies from taking lawful steps to ascertain whether or not photography may consist of reconnaissance for the purpose of endangerment of public safety or national security or for other unlawful activity. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to repeal, invalidate, or supersede section 795 of title 18, United States Code.

(c) Prohibition on Fees, Permits, or Insurance.–No Federal Government agency shall require fees, permits or insurance as a condition to take still or moving images on Federal lands, National Parks and Forests, and public spaces, whether for private, media, or commercial use.

(d) Prohibition on the Seizure and Forfeiture of Photographic Equipment.–Federal law enforcement officers or private contractors shall not seize any photographic equipment or their contents or memory cards or film, and shall not order a photographer to erase the contents of a camera or memory card or film.


“Photography” means any form or method of capturing and recording or transmitting still or moving images.