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February 25, 2024

Photo Club Members:

Reminder that the photo club contest subject due March 5 is:

“Birds and Agriculture - Eagles and Ag brings attention to all the birds and agriculture in the Carson Valley. Share your best bird and/or ranch images of the season.”


I have seen many of your excellent photos of local raptors that have been posted on Facebook, so this should be a great contest.


Our March meeting will be held at the church on Tuesday March 12. Our speaker will be Mike Miller from Prism gallery who will be discussing how resolution affects your photos.




February 20, 2024


Carson Valley Photo Club February and March Field Trips


Minden Mill Distillery – February Field Trip

601 Water Street (Near corner of Buckeye Road and HWY 395)
Minden, NV 89423

Phone: 775-901-8100


Date: February 22, 2024

Arrive by: 3:45

Tour Starts: 4:00 PM

Cost: $10 

Organizer: NJ Thompson


We are starting the 2024 photo club field trips with an outing to the Minden Mill Distillery. This is a great opportunity to work on your architecture shooting. Bring your wide-angle lenses and tripods. The photo shoot will be approximately 1.5 hours. (In order to maximize shooting time, we are NOT going to include a tasting with the tour.) We will visit the production facility where there are two stills, many fermentation tanks, and lots of pipes. In the main Mill building where there is a beautiful spiral staircase, chandelier, and bar. We will be the only visitors in the production facility, however, the bar and wine tasting area will be open to the public. So, we will have to be considerate of other visitors in that area. 


We have been asked to limit our group size to 15 and we have 12 members who signed up at our February meeting.  We can take 3 more. Please reach out to me if you want to want to attend.


Also, let me know if you want to imbibe at the bar afterward. I will book a 5:45 PM slot for drinks.

Nevada Museum of Art – March Field Trip


160 West Liberty Street, Reno, NV

Date: TBD – Maybe March 22 or 23, 2024


The March 2024 field trip is to the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. There are two exhibits of particular interest we will visit– Sagebrush and Solitude: Maynard Dixon in Nevada and End of the Range: Charlotte Skinner in the Eastern Sierra. 


We will have a docent tour of the exhibits. We do not have a limit on the number of people who can participate in the tour.   We have the option of visiting on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.  I suggest a Friday or Saturday. If you want to attend and need it to be on a Saturday, please let me.



January 26, 2024

Photo Club Members,

Lot’s going on this month. Not only is the Eagles and Agriculture event, Feb 8-11, but we also still have our photo contest and meeting. The photo contest subject is:


“Eyes - Due February 6

They say the eyes are the window to the soul. Find some eyes that tell a story to you.”


Our monthly meeting will be on Feb 13.  For this meeting we will be breaking into smaller groups, according to camera brands, to share your tips and tricks for taking photos. There will be no speaker.


We are looking for a volunteer to judge the photos. If interested, please send me an E-mail.


Another reminder to send in your dues (payable to CVPC). to Wendy Whyman, 1529 Circle Dr, Gardnerville, NV 89410. 



January 2, 2024

Photo Club Members,

Reminder - The Photo club monthly meeting will be on Jan 9th at 6:30 at the Methodist Church in Gardnerville. Our speaker will be Kim Steed who will discuss framing your photos. Kim will also be judging the Jan. Photo contest of “Holiday Decorations.”

Upcoming photo contest for February is “Eyes - Due February 6 - They say the eyes are the window to the soul. Find some eyes that tell a story to you.”

Tom Monti


December 22, 2023

Season’s Greetings!


The Photo club potluck was a great success with lots of delicious food and conversation. Congratulations to the photo contest winners, Andi Parsons, Kim Steed and Connie Peters.  


Next Years Board will be myself as President, Wendy Whyman as Treasurer and Robin Rowe as Secretary.


I want to thank Joe Clements and Robin Grueninger for the service on the board.


The January photo contest theme is “Holiday Decorations" and is due January 2. Share the silly, funny, beautiful, or whatever interesting holiday decorations you've seen.


Our January meeting will be at the Methodist Church in Gardnerville. Kim Steed will be discussing framing option for your prints.


Reminder to send in your dues (payable to CVPC). to Wendy Whyman, 1529 Circle Dr, Gardnerville, NV 89410. 2024 Dues to Robin Grueninger, 836 Foothill Rd, Gardnerville, NV 89460. $36 for individual/$54 for family.


Tom Monti


December 8, 2023

Meeting Reminder!


Our December Photo Club Meeting and potluck is next Tuesday, Dec 12, at 6:30 at the Methodist Church. Please bring a potluck dish of your choice.


Also, Please bring a check for next years club dues. $36 for an individual and $54 for a family. Make the checks out to “Carson Valley Photo Club”.




November 25, 2023

Photo Club Members,

Our December meeting is coming up on December 12 and will be our end of the year potluck and photo contest.

The potluck will begin at 6:30 at the Methodist Church in Gardnerville. Members and their guests are invited. We ask for only one guest per member. The club will provide plates, cups, and utensils. We ask that you bring a potluck dish with serving utensils, and your own drinks. The church policy is that no alcoholic beverages are allowed.  

The December photo contest is to bring your best picture of the year. Printed at a maximum size of 11x14”, add a mat, but no frame. First prize is $75, second prize is $50, and third prize is $25. Judging will be done by members and their guests.

We will also be electing our board members for 2024.

See you there!

Tom Monti-VP


October 25, 2023


CVPC Members,

The November club meeting and contest are coming up. November’s theme is:


“Beautiful Leaves" - Due November 7

Flowers usually get all the love. Let's give leaves some love and share the beauty they provide.”


The November meeting will be on November 14 and will be a Zoom meeting. The presenter will be Irwin Lightstone who will be discussing “Focus Stacking”. View this pdf to learn more about him and see some of his work. Zoom info will be sent out soon.


Our December meeting will be a potluck at the Methodist Church on December 12 at 6:30. Your spouses are invited and there will be a photo contest for your best picture of the year. Mark your calendars as we will be sending out more information.


A Board meeting was held on Oct 15 to review and revise the photo contest themes for 2024. The board also decided to extend the time frame for photos from 6 months prior to 1 year prior to submission.


As a tragic note, as many of you know, we lost Photo Club Member Vivian Powers to cancer on Oct 20. Vivian was an exceptional photographer and will be missed.


Tom Monti


October 1, 2023

Reminders for the Photo Club


The deadline for the October Photo Contest is this Tuesday Oct 3. The subject is:

“Reflections - Reflections can be found all around us. Get creative!”

Please make sure that your submissions match the theme of the contest.


Our October meeting will be held on Tuesday October 10 at the Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville, at 6:30pm. Our speaker will be our President, Joe Clements who will be speaking on “Desert Plants of the West”. Joe stepped today in as our scheduled speaker cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.


I would also like to invite all club members to consider being a speaker for our meetings. Any photography related subjects would be considered. Contact any Board member to volunteer.


Tom Monti - VP


September 12, 2023


Hi Members:

Reminder that our September 12th meeting of the Carson Valley Photo Club is live at the Methodist Church in Gardnerville. Time is 6:30pm.


Rob McArtor will present a PowerPoint program on “Basic Composition”. 

Take Care,

Joe Clements


August 25, 2023


Hi Members: 

Our September 12 program is on Basic Composition by Rob Mc Artor. We will be meeting at the Methodist church in Gardnerville (1375 Centerville Ln.) 6:30pm. Read this pdf for more information. Rob will also be judging this month’s photo contest (Historical Landmarks). So let’s get those photos in by the deadline on the 5th and share your view of historical landmarks from anywhere you've recently been. 


Joe Clements

President of Carson Valley Photo Club

July 29, 2023

A reminder that this month's photo contest is "Authentic Joy". What does

"Authentic Joy" mean to you? The deadline for the photo contest is August 1 at midnight. So get them in by Tuesday.


This month's program (August 8th at 6:30pm) is a zoom presentation by Cindy Marple. Cindy's program will be on photographing the Svalbard archipelago in Norway. Read this pdf for more information. Zoom information will be sent to members.

Joe Clements


June 28, 2023

Photo Club Members,

Reminder - The Photo Contest deadline is July 4. The subject is “Red, White, and Blue - 

Photograph things like buildings, objects, or people that are displaying/wearing red, white, and blue.


Upcoming Contests are:

August - Authentic Joy - Due August 1

What says authentic joy to you? Spread some happiness with your imagery.


September - Historical Landmarks - Due September 5

Share your view of historical landmarks from anywhere you've recently been.


October - Reflections - Due October 3

Reflections can be found all around us. Get creative!


The monthly meeting will be on July 11 at the Methodist Church in Gardnerville, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville, at 6:30pm. Our speaker will be MD Welch who is going to discuss photo processing software with an emphasis on Adobe Lightroom Classic.

Our agenda will include:

  • Discussion on future field trips

  • Guest Speaker – M.D. Welch

  • Photo Contest Results

Over the last 20 years, M.D. Welch has been a professional photographer, video producer and director. M.D. Welch has taught photography, lighting, video techniques, and the major Adobe applications, for the University of Nevada, Academy of Art, Shooting the West, the Nevada Museum of Art, Sony, and the Maine Media Workshops. 

He brings not only the technical aspects of the arts, but the real-world lessons that come from working in the field for over 25 years. His knowledge, passion and energy applied to the subjects he teaches have been the hallmark of his career.

Tom Monti


June 5, 2023


Good news regarding our secretary. Robin Rowe has accepted the job of secretary. Good luck Robin.


A reminder about this month’s photo contest: Get your photos in by the deadline Tuesday at 12:00 midnight. This month’s theme is "Water in Nature". We sure have a lot of it this year. So, get your photos into Kimberly.


June 13th (Tuesday) is our regular meeting night and will be at the United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville, at 6:30pm. Our speakers will be the dynamic duo of Will and Beth Enos. Will is speaking on portrait photography and Beth will be judging the photo contest entries. Read this pdf for more information.


Our club dinner will be on Thursday June 15. Dinner will be 4-6pm at the Sierra Chef, 2292 Main St, Genoa. We will be sitting outside in the patio area under the shade trees. The cost of the dinner is $10.00 per person, and includes hors d’oeuvres, iced tea, dinner, desert, and tip. The club is paying for the difference. (The actual dinner cost is $15.00 plus a 20% tip). You can bring your own wine, if desired, as there is no corkage fee. Please send me an email if you plan to attend the dinner.

Thanks everyone,




May 18, 2023

We have a follow up to Mary Cioffi’S fine program on wild horses. Nancy Hulsey will lead a field trip on June 3 to the Pine Nut Mountains to view and photograph the wild horses. Please go the the club member's Field Trips page for more information





May 8, 2023

Tomorrow our meeting will be an in person meeting at the Methodists church at 1375 Centerville Ln. Gardnerville.


Mary Cioffi Will be our speaker. Here's a little more about Mary. 


Mary has lived in the Carson Valley since the 70's, raising her 4 daughters here.  She has been a local Realtor for the past 39 years.  Now with Intero Real Estate Services. As a local wild horse photographer Mary has been wandering the hills of Pine Nut Mountain photographing our historic bands of wild horses for many years. She is currently the President of the local 501c3, the Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates.  There is always much going on with the wild horses on the Fish Springs range and Mary tells the stories of the wild horses on Facebook. Today that local Facebook page has over 60,000 followers and raises the funds to provide birth control to the mares in the bands in the hills of Pine Nut Mountains.  The mission is to reduce the reproduction rate of the wild horses, protect the range they roam on and avoid the need for the roundup and removal of our much-loved wild horses. . .  and now for the rest of the story.



April 1, 2023

Hi All:

Our April 11th program will be a Zoom program with Irwin Lightstone. Irwin will speak on black and white photography. Check out this pdf file to learn more about Irwin and see some samples of his work.

Remember Tuesday the 4th is the deadline for your entries into the photo contest. So, let’s get those photos in on those cute “Baby Animals”.


Take Care,



March 5, 2023

Our March 14th program will be a Zoom meeting featuring Cindy Marple on photographing Antarctica.


This month's Photo Contest is “Feet”. So, just direct your feet to the “Photo Contest” link on the CVPC website. Due date is March 7th. 


Take Care,




January 31, 2023

Hi Carson Valley Photo Club Members,

Don’t forget the Photo Contest (Birds in Flight) due date is February 7.

This month’s meeting will be held at the Carson Valley United Methodist church, February 14. The reason for the meeting is that we are going to have a hands-on workshop for members and their cameras.  Let our panel of experts answer any of your questions about your camera.  Our expert’s will give you tips to make better pictures, not just in your camera settings, but in the thinking process of taking a picture. So please bring your Nikons, Sony, Canon, or any other make of camera or cell phone. 

We invite anyone who wants to take better pictures to attend this meeting. To all members bring your cameras.


Methodist Church

1375 Centerville Ln., Gardnerville, NV

Date: February 14

Time: 6:30 pm. 


Take Care,



January 7, 2023

Good morning!

We are about thre
e weeks away from Eagles & Ag! Is everyone excited?! We shall see what the Esther does this year!

Reception is Thursday, JAN. 26 5:30pm-7:30pm.
This will be the ONLY day the photographers will be displaying their photos!

Please come to the community center on Thursday Jan. 26 around 3pm if you will be helping set up. If not helping come at 4pm and make sure to check in with Alicia Main by the dining room door when you arrive.

Before we can start bringing in our grids and artwork, we will be moving tables and chairs into storage to make room. Only then can we start setting up. We will only need a few people to get this done, not everyone needs to help with the tables and chairs, but please wait until the dining room is cleared before bringing in your grades and photos.

VERY IMPORTANT! When moving chairs and tables, DO NOT drag them across the floor!

The reception begins at 5:30 PM. There is no charge to exhibiting photographers, and you keep all of what you make on sales. But, any friends and spouses must pay the $30.00 ticket price, which is totally worth it, to enter. There will be appetizers, don’t expect a dinner, and there will be live birds!

At the end of the evening, we will break down and then we will have to bring the tables and chairs back out into the dining room. Please stick around to help, it won’t take long if we all lend a hand!

A lot of time, effort, and expense goes into this event, so if you see any Chamber of Commerce folks or any of the mini volunteers that will be there, be sure and thank them! None of us get paid for this event.

Attached is a layout of where each booth will be set up. If you have any questions please contact me at

Looking forward to a great event!

Kim Steed



January 5, 2023


Happy New Year Photo Club


Wanted to update you all on a few quick things.


January Photo contest Our photo contest deadline will be extended due to weather and holidays.  Please turn in your photos by this Saturday January 7th by midnight.  Theme is Red and Green !  Hint hint Christmas !!


New leaders for Year 2023 !  Our new President is Joe Clements and the VP is Tom Monti and they will be taking over shortly and announcing our new officers.


Eagle and AG: Coming soon January 26th-29th sign up for classes or tours.  We will be sending out a email about our clubs involvement in Thursday night photo sale and show display.  If you have questions right now please contact Kim Steed.   


Susie Roaldson

CVPC President


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