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June 10, 2024

Our monthly photo club meeting is Tuesday June 11 at the Methodist Church.


We are going to make this meeting a “get to know” one another. We will each be sharing details about our interest in photography as well as what we are shooting. The photo Contest will be judged by Joe Clements.


Hope to see you there!





May 21, 2024

Photo Club Members,


It’s almost June and time for another photo contest due June 4th. This time the subject is:


Bridges – Bridges can be big or small. You can find them in many different places. Capture a portion for an artistic view or the whole span for a large landscape view. 


We do not have a speaker for our June 11 meeting. Any volunteers?


I will be leading a photo outing on Sat. June 1 to photograph wild horses. We will meet at 8:00am at the corner of Windmill and Juniper in the Fish Springs Area. This is an entrance to the BLM land and there is a dirt area to park. We can then regroup for those who do not have a high clearance vehicles. Let me know if you plan to attend (


The Board will have a board meeting after the outing.




May 16, 2024

Our May meeting was a great success.


Roger Van Alyne gave a great presentation on filming trains at the Northern Nevada Railway in Ely. Lots of tricks were learned.


For our Photo contest, for which the subject was “Fences”, we had 27 entries! The 1st place went to Don Seibel with” Morning Shadows”, 2nd place went to Kim Burchiel with “No Trespassing said the Fence to the Puddle” and 3rd place went to Susie Roaldson with “Old Fencing.” 


In other local photo news:

  • We have a new colt on the range. Its name is “Thunder”. 

  • The hot Air Balloon event starts tomorrow through Sunday and Douglas County is having a photo contest. 

  • NJ is working on a ghost town outing in September. 

  • We have decided not to go and photograph horses over Memorial day weekend as there are too many people out there and many members are busy. Looks like maybe June 1.



May 10, 2024

Hi Everyone,

Lots of things are going on with the photo club. This month meeting on May 14 will feature Roger Van Alyne, discussing photography of trains in Ely. The photo contest is on “Fences”. We need a judge for the contest. If interested, please contact me.

Upcoming Events:

  • May 11 – Big Mamas Car Show at Lampe Park

  • May 17-19 – Hot Air for Hope Balloon Event at Lampe Park. Lots of hot air balloons to photograph.

  • Club outing for wild horses. Memorial Day weekend. More info to come.

  • Union Pacific Big Boy West Coast Tour. Photograph the largest steam locomotive in action. More info at

    • July 9 – Gerich, NV on July 9, Colfax and Truckee

    • July14 – Colfax and Truckee 

    • July 16 – Lovelock


Club Business:

  1. Need more speakers for the remainder of the year.

  2. Need to form a committee to establish photo contest themes for next year.

  3. Had communication with Pat Thomas from the new assisted living construction project in Minden. He is looking for high resolution photos for the interior of the building. 

  4. Had communication from Rick Bieniek of the Nevada State Railroad Museum about an event planned for Labor Day 2025. It will be a celebration of Baldwin Locomotives. They are looking for someone to organize and manage a photo shoot.

  5. NJ is working on more outings for the club. She is looking into a ghost town tour and a visit to Stillwater, near Fallon to photograph birds.

  6. How about a summer potluck? Get to know your fellow photographers. I can host at my house.

  7. Do we want to do another photo show? It will be possible to use the River Fork Ranch during Candy dance this fall.

  8. Do we want to have a booth at the “Young at Heart” craft show this fall?

  9. It’s not too early to think about club officers for next year. Would you like to have more input to what we do as a club? Volunteer to be a club officer! 

That’s enough for now.




May 1, 2024

The Birds Buckaroos and Beauty Photo Show was a success! Members sold

4 framed prints, 3 matted prints and numerous post cards and note cards.

We had discussions on possible repeat shows during the Candy Dance weekend, and/or the “Young at Heart” craft show at the Douglas Community center. The Board will be evaluating these ideas with membership input.

Our May meeting is coming up on May 14. Our speaker will be Roger Van Alyne. Roger recently spent a weekend at the Northern Nevada Railway in Ely, photographing trains. The results are amazing. He will be discussing the event and sharing his techniques.

Our photo contest deadline is May 7 and the subject is “Fences”.

Sandy Jonkey has sent out a separate e-mail about a barn shoot this weekend. Hope you can attend.




April 24, 2024

Lots going on...


The speaker for our May meeting will be Roger Van Alyne. Roger will be discussing his recent trip to photograph trains at the Northern Nevada Railway Museum in Ely. He will also be demonstrating his methods to achieve his wonderful photos. The meeting will be at the Methodist Church in Gardnerville on May 14 at 6:30.


We will also conducting our monthly photo contest with the subject of “Fences”.


Birds, Buckaroos and Beauty is this weekend! 



April 20, 2024

I have a few more updates for the club:


  1. Birds Buckaroos and Beauty is coming up next weekend. Attached is the latest working document for the event. Please check it to see if you agree with your assignments. Contact NJ if there are any concerns.

  2. You can continue your “barn” education and learn about barns located in our neighboring county at the next historical society meeting on Thursday, May 9:

Historic Barns of Alpine County

Please join us at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville, NV for a presentation of photos, techniques and a discussion about  barns in Alpine County. Our featured speakers are Clint Celio, Shawn Gavin; a local timber miller in Alpine County and Sandy Jonkey of the photo club.

Doors Open at 6:00 p.m. Lecture Begins at 6:30 p.m. $5.00 at the door. Alpine, Dayton, Smith Valley and DCHS Historical Society Members Free! Zoom link will be available.


Click on for more information.


You will likely see many of the CVPC Barn Photos shown on the big screen before or after the lecture.




April 19, 2024

Hi there everyone,

It’s only one week until the Birds Buckaroos and Beauty event!


For those who are attending the Artist Reception, please send an e-mail to Wendy Whyman on what you are intending to bring as snacks or drinks. Reminder to drop off your photos at the River Fork Ranch on Friday April 26, between 10:00 and 11:00 am.


In regular club business, the photo contest subject is:

Fences in Landscape - Due May 7

Fences can be made from many kinds of materials and can create interesting patterns and textures.



April 7, 2024

Photo Club Members:

The April Photo Club meeting will be this Tuesday April 9, 2024 at 6:30 at the Methodist Church. Our speaker will be club member Andi Parsons who will be sharing an introduction to Adobe Lightroom. As usual, we will be judging the photo contest. Hope to see you there.



March 14, 2024

Photo Club Members:

The Photo Club meeting on March 12, was great. We had about 15 members and 4 guests. Mike Miller gave an excellent presentation on just how pixels affect digital photography when cropping and enlarging. Our photo contest was huge, with 28 entries. The winning photos were:


1st place – Kim Steed with “Brown Eyed Girl”, 

2nd place – Wendy Whyman with “Good Morning”

3rd place – Kim Steed with “Coming in Hot.”


Honorable mentions were:

Robin Grueninger – “Eagle Take off”

Kim Burchiel –“Feeding Time”

Robin Grueninger – “Eagle Lauch


In other club Business, a board meeting was held prior to the club meeting where it was voted to enlarge the web space needed for the web page to 50GB and to replace the "Gallery" section with a new "Field Trips" section. The "Field Trips" section will be setup just like the "CV Barns" section.


Also, the "Birds and Buckaroos" event is coming up April 26-28 at the River Fork Ranch as part of the Genoa Heritage Days. Club members are invited to display their work and/or volunteer to help. If interested, please contact NJ Thompson at 775-901-2502 or


Our next field trip will be to the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. The date has not yet been set, but contact NJ if interested in attending.



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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