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Civil War Reenactment at Calico Ghost Town, February 14th, 2016

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Civil War Reenactment at Calico Ghost Town
On Sunday, February 14th, we will travel to Calico Ghost Town to photograph the Civil War Reenactment. Calico Ghost Town will come alive with the sounds of bugles, and the thunder of cannon and musket fire. 
Calico Ghost Town, in partnership with the American Civil War Society, invites you to come and witness the Civil War come alive with historic presentations, troop inspections, artillery demonstrations, military battles, and much more! 
Battles will take place at 11:45 am and 2:30 pm. There will also be live music from Occasional Strings and other performers. Civil War themed crafts are also available for kids to enjoy. 
Admission to the event is $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for youth (6-15), and free for children 5 and under. For more information on the event or for camping reservations, please call 800-TO-CALICO or visit For more information on the American Civil War Society visit There may be a parking fee, around $5-$10.
We’ll meet up for breakfast at Denny’s in Mojave (16262 Sierra Hwy) at 7 am, and depart at 8:15 am. You can also meet up with us at Calico (36600 Ghost Town Rd, Yermo, CA). It’s located off the I-15, at Ghost Town exit.  We’ll meet at the old schoolhouse at 9:30 am for a group photo.

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Travel Workshop - David and Christine Wilkins, February 16th, 2016


Ever consider traveling to exotic places to capture those images that you see in National Geographic? If  the task sounds daunting, we have a workshop for you. 

Two of our LPA members are world travelers and exceptional photographers as well. David and Christine Wilkins will present some of their images from their travels and offer logistical tips for how to make the  experience more pleasurable. Having heard some of their colorful interactions with the indigenous people they encountered, I’m sure you’ll find the evening enjoyable.

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Ice Cream, Good people and Great Photographs… February 23rd

A.V. Fair

Ice Cream, Good people and Great Photographs…
Doesn't get any better than that !!!

Join us on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6 pPM at the senior center for an fun evening sharing your favorite images and enjoying  ice cream. It’s all free to our LPA members and their guests. 

Here’s how it works:
Upload your 10 favorite JPEG images (PG13 please) to the LPA website. The deadline for the upload to the website is February 19th. If you miss the deadline, bring a flash drive 20 minutes before 6 PM so we can load them into the laptop.

When your images are presented, you can comment on them talking about where they were taken or how they were shot. If you don’t want to comment, that’s OK. We’ll just show the images for everyone to enjoy. 

We all look forward to seeing and hearing about your images. Don’t be bashful; even if you’re a novice, we’d love to see what you created. It’s not intended to be a critique event…just a fun evening amongst us photogs.

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Step Into The Past March 15, 2016 Competition


Step Into The Past March 2016 Competition

By Bonnie J Matthews-Franke


The deadline to enter is March 8th at 11:59pm. Please remember, even if only entering prints you need to upload digital images of the print entries so they can be displayed for everyone to see during the judging.

Our judge will Paul Speaker and we will have a no host dinner at the Greenhouse Cafe at 4:30pm on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016. Please contact Bonnie Matthews-Franke at if you have any questions

Paul Speaker has been interested in photography since childhood. He began with roll film and a box Brownie. After active duty in the USNavy, he attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Industrial Photography and Color Technology. Shortly thereafter, he was hired by General Dynamics Corp, where he worked as an industrial photographer and color printer for 10 years. When their facility was sold and moved, he switched to Lifetouch, a school photography company, where, for 10 years he photographed classroom groups from 6 to 600 students, dances, seniors, and sports. Paul had his first Photoshop class in January, 2000, and, by April had hired on as a full-time retoucher for a full-service portrait studio. Currently, he is semi-retired, accepting assignments if they interest him, but mostly doing Photoshop work for other photographers.

Paul is an active member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), currently serving on the PPA Council. Through PPA, he has qualified as a Certified Professional Photographer. Paul  also earned the PPA Master of Photography Degree, the Craftsman Degree, and the Master Artist Degree. At the state level, he has earned the Fellowship Award with three bars representing more than 75 prints. He has been accepted into the Professional Photographers of California (PPC) State Print Competitions since 2002. Paul has been the recipient of two People’s Choice Awards, a Fuji Masterpiece Award, two PPA Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Competition Awards, and two Kodak Gallery Awards at the state level.  He is the past president of the Inland Empire Professional Photographers and Videographers, based in Riverside, CA, the local affiliate of PPC. Paul is also the immediate Past President of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers (IAPP). One of Paul’s panoramic images earned a Silver Award in the 2013 Epson International Pano Awards competition. During 2015 Paul had images accepted in international competitions in Greece, Serbia, Ireland, Bavaria, Queensland (Australia), Argentina, and the United States.

Besides membership in Photographic Society of America (PSA), Paul is a member of Photochromers, based in Sierra Madre, CA, affiliated with the Southern California Council of Camera Clubs (S4C). As a Board Member of S4C, Paul is responsible for screening images submitted in the monthly competitions for the Pictorial-Individual Color section. Paul is also being called on to judge at other camera clubs within the S4C community, and has participated in several International judging’s. He also belong to the Rancho Cucamonga Photo Club, and the Riverside Art Museum’s Photo Artist Network (PAN), neither of which are members of PSA (yet). Paul was also honored to place First in Photography in the Associated Artists of the Inland Empire 50th Annual Juried Fine

Art Show last year.

STEP INTO THE PAST - Historic sites, buildings, antiques and relics of the past. This can include images of people in period costume.

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Third Annual Los Angeles County Air Show Fox Field The third annual Los Angeles County Air show with the Blue Angels at Fo

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Third Annual Los Angeles County Air Show

Fox Field

The third annual Los Angeles County Airshow with the Blue Angels at Fox Field will be held March 19-20 at Fox Field in Lancaster. General admission tickets for the Saturday and Sunday performances as well as Photo tour/passes for Friday, March 18 (practice day), Saturday and Sunday are available on the LA County Air Show website. Photo tour tickets are detailed under the  Event Information drop down menu. 

1st Place Website

LPA’s Website was chosen as a PSA First Place Award Winner for 2015! Big Thank you to Lee Garner!


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