Photography enthusiasts of the Escapees RV Club
by Lou Petkus 82876
Photo by Lou Petkus 82876
Issue #36 December 2018   
Photo Rendezvous in the desert Calling all SKPs to Photo Rendezvous in the desert
 March 7-9  2019    Tucson (Pima Fairgrounds)
Activities 1. Daily photography  outing. 2. Daily Happy Hour 3. Evening Presentations
Evening Presentations - Topic Ideas Introduction to Photoshop/Lightroom - Cellphone - Nature photography, HDR, Panoramas, Cellphone Q&A - Creating a water mark logo - Free Photo Editors - Online photography resources - Image critiques - Selecting a Point and shoot camera - Using lens filters - Composition tips - How and when to manually adjust your exposure level - ??
IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN…. “SECOND ANNUAL ESCAPADE PHOTO CONTEST” Our Second Annual Escapade Photo Contest is approaching quickly and – once again – we wanted to give the SKP Photography BOF members advance notice. The theme will be “Celebrating the Southwest” and we are excited to be adding a youth division for the under 18 year olds. So, start rummaging through your photographs and find your very best images that portray the beautiful and unusual desert southwest of the good old U.S. of A.   If you are one of the many snowbirds here, grab that camera and get outdoors to capture a wonderful sunset casting its golden glow on your RV, or an early morning view of the majestic Saguaro cacti, or maybe even the excitement and motion of a western rodeo.  The possibilities are limitless!! The ADULT CATEGORIES are: 1) RV Community (RVing, camping, SKPs having fun!) 2) Landscapes of the Southwest (may include RVs or not) 3) Southwest History (Native Americans, buildings, animals, cowboys, etc.) The YOUTH CATEGORIES are: 1) RV Kids (kids having fun while traveling) 2) National/State Parks (scenery, buildings, etc.) 3) Mystery Photos (fun, experimental photos – what is it??) We are looking forward to seeing your wonderful photos at the 59 th  Escapade at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson AZ, March 17-22, 2019. All the details (print size, etc.) are included in this link: Escapade 2019 Photo Contest Rules All Escapade attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite photograph through the “People’s Choice” voting.  So, pick your best photograph for each category, because lots of your SKP friends will be seeing them!  All winners will receive ribbons and the possibility of having their winning entries published in the Escapee Club magazine!  And, think how much fun it would be to see your photograph on the big screen at one of Escapade’s wonderful slideshows – it could happen!! See you at Escapade 2019 Lora Newby Escapade Co-Coordinator -- CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS – Have you always wanted to get involved at Escapade but weren’t quite sure what you wanted to do?  If you would like to be a part of our Second Annual Escapade Photo Contest, we’d love to have your help. We will need several volunteers to help set up the photo contest display area, register entries, and assist with returning entries to their owners at the end of the contest. I think I can speak for the many volunteers that keep these wonderful Escapades happening – it’s way more fun to participate than to just observe! If you can help, please send an email to Lora Newby at and be sure to include your SKP and cell phone numbers.  Please note that volunteering to help does not disqualify you from entering the contest. Come and join the fun! Lora Newby Escapade Co-Coordinator
Do you have an idea for a newsletter article? Have you been to any interesting photo ops lately? We would all like to hear about it. This space is available and waiting for one of our members to submit an article.
It has been some time since the last photo outing so I think the time is right for another one and Escapade 2019 seems like the right opportunity do it again! The Pima Fairgrounds says it should not be a problem with RV site availability the week before Escapade and the prices are right.  $30 dollars per night or $150 per week, first come first served. I am in the process of working out all the details so watch the next newsletter for more information. Your input is solicited so if you have any ideas for places to photograph or topics you would like to learn about please let me know. The topic ideas listed above are just that and we will only have time for just a few so let me know your preferences. Email to One photo shoot not mentioned above that I plan to do for myself, during the event, will be photographing the Milky Way and star trails.  The timing is good because the moon will not be showing it self.  The main problem will be finding a suitable location.  All are welcome to join me. You will need a tripod and good camera. Point and shoot or cellphone cameras probably are not suitable. Let all of your Escapee friends know about this outing, they are all welcome. The plan is to have hands on help and advice for those who need it. It should be a fun time for pros and novices alike!
by Lou Petkus 82876 I thought some of you might be interested in a couple of online photographers who offer free photography advice from time to time.                                  
Photographer Bob Johnson makes a weekly post (pictured above)on his website with tips and tutorials to help less experienced photographers. You can subscribe to his weekly email notification to receive his latest advice. Here is the link to his weekly tips.
Earthbound Light
I stumbled across Adam Woodworth’s website while researching Astro photography ideas for our Photo Rendezvous in the desert. Adam offers a free Astro photography ebook just for subscribing to his Email list. If you do nothing else at least take a look at his Astro images, they are nothing short of spectacular!
Adam Woodworth Photography Attention Escapees: This BOF has no membership dues! JOIN HERE JOIN HERE SKP Photographers Photo Rendezvous Thoughts