On the rails again……

This sounds like a great photo opportunity.

Famed locomotive to steam again

According to its owners and restorers, Southern Pacific locomotive No. 18 will travel the only remaining SP narrow gauge track for the “Slim Princess Reunion” on Sept. 22-24 at the Laws Railroad Museum in Bishop.

A tiny narrow gauge steam locomotive, No. 18, that once rolled through Mojave on its way to be serviced in Los Angeles will once again ride the rails in Inyo County in September.

According to its owners and restorers, Southern Pacific locomotive No. 18 will travel the only remaining SP narrow gauge track for the “Slim Princess Reunion” on Sept. 22-24 at the Laws Railroad Museum in Bishop.For the first time in 63 years, Engine 18, a 1911 Baldwin steam locomotive permanently housed in Independence and recently been returned to operation by a team of dedicated volunteers, will run numerous trips over track it once called home, according to the Carson and Colorado Railway and Laws Railroad Museum.

Back when it was operating, the tiny engine and its sisters were transported through Mojave and the Antelope Valley to SP’s Taylor Yard in Los Angeles on flat cars for service.

At one time it was possible to ride trains from Los Angeles to Nevada via the standard gauge SP line to Lone Pine and the narrow gauge Carson and Colorado over Mount Montgomery Pass.

Exact pricing, times, tickets and much more information for the Slim Princess Reunion will soon be available at carsoncolorado.com and lawsmuseum.org.

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LA County Air show 2017

LA County Air Show 2017

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Brent Paull, of Tulare, CA, and one of the speakers for the April 1 Chapter Photo Event in Camarillo, will be offering four photo safaris at a special reduced fee for those who are present and pay on April 1. The safaris included are: Yellowstone Spring Wildlife, 4 days: 6/3-6/6/2017; Colorado Wildflowers/Mtn. Goats: 7/19-7/21/2017; Glacier NP, 8/14-8/17/2017; and Yellowstone Fall Safari: 9/21-9/23/2017. Bring your credit card! Info: http://www.psa-socalchapter.org/2017-photography-event.html.

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rmsp Rocky Mountain School of Photography

This summer, get back to living

For many, the idea of a summer break is a distant memory. Something that was enjoyed back in the school days. Back before jobs, kids, bills, and a million other things stepped in the way. But isn’t it crazy that actually living life has taken a backseat to just getting through life? We think so.

With that thought in mind, we have made some changes to our beloved Summer Intensive course that will make it easier for you to get back to spending summers how you used to … by enjoying them.

Here is some helpful information about Summer Intensive 2017 that we think will get you excited about the year ahead.



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Tamron’s Mobile Learning Center

10:00AM – 5:00PM
3309 S. Bristol St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Tamron’s Mobile Learning Center is making an official tour stop at Samy’s Camera. Get your photo questions answered all day. Test drive the latest in Tamron technology. Take free mini-seminars and then try out Tamron lenses with our organized photo shoots. Specials on Tamron lenses for all attendees. Don’t miss this fun opportunity to learn and put your new skills to the test.
No sign up required. Free for all attendees.

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Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show

Join us for the 20th Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show in Jacksonville, Florida March 2-4, 2017.

The Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show is a gathering of hundreds of photographers, photo editors and other members of the nature photography community with a focus on learning and inspiration.

Save $100- register by Nov. 18
Save $300- register by Nov. 18 and join NANPA

Nature Photography Summit 2017

2017 Speakers include: Kevin Adams, Ellen Anon, Thomas Blagden, Kathy Adams Clark, Michael DeYoung, Jack Dykinga, Katherine Feng, Sean Fitzgerald, Jon Holloway, Steven David Johnson, Jennifer King, Rob Knight, Bill Lea, George Lepp, Joe & Mary Ann McDonald, Mike Moats, John Nuhn, Norbert Rosing, Laurie Rubin, Grover Sanschagrin, Mary Virginia Swanson, Art Wolfe, Christian Ziegler. http://www.naturephotographysummit.com

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Canon’s Explorer of Light- Ken Skulte

Explorer of Light-
Ken Skulte
November 15th, 2016 @ 6:00P.M.

“Capturing the Elusive Moment” Canon’s Explorer of Light “Ken Skulte” will be speaking at 777 W. Jackman Street, Lancaster.
November 15th, the LPA will host a special speaker from Canon’s Explorer of Light. He is one of the world top 42 photographers honored with this designation from Canon. Ken has enjoyed a diverse career photographing people, professional sports, architecture, weddings, and landscapes. Ken spends much of his time photographing, teaching and lecturing both Nationally and Internationally.

During Ken’s 41-year professional photography career he has accomplished the title of “Photographer of the Year” in 32 out of 41 years in the states of New York, Arizona, and California. In addition, Ken has been awarded 14 Kodak Gallery Awards, the Kodak Gallery Elite award, WPPI Grand Award for Weddings and 15 Fuji Masterpiece awards, amongst many other awards. Ken is proud to be or have been a Kodak Mentor, an Epson Mentor, an Adobe Influencer, a Delkin ImageMaker, a Datacolor Expert and an NIK Friends with Vision member.

Some of Ken’s clients have been the National Hot Rod Association, U.S. Army, Sports Illustrated, Oakley, Associated Press, National Dragster, Epson, Kodak, Newsday, as well as most of the photographic industry trade magazines.

“Capturing the Elusive Moment”
Many of us feel creatively stifled at times and find it difficult to see beyond our line of sight. Then again at times we have a very clear image but need the inspiration, knowledge, and tools to create it. It can be difficult to break the barriers needed to take us beyond our comfort zone.

Ken has had a diverse and long career in photography and continuously challenges himself to learn new techniques to create images he’s imagined first. Come learn with Ken and push yourself to reach the goals in your photography you’ve been meaning to explore but haven’t until now. Ken will share his techniques with you about photographing some rather challenging subject matter like capturing lightning, tornados, lava and the elusive Aurora Borealis. Photographing subjects that are not yet visible requires a pre-visualization process that Ken will skillfully lead you through.

You will leave with improved techniques, and an ability to see subjects like you never have before.

Please join us on November 15th at 6:00PM
777 W Jackman Street
Lancaster, CA 93435

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Holidays on the Homestead!

Visit the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on Saturday, December 3rd from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. for Holidays on the Homestead! Originally a 1930’s homestead, the historic grounds will be decorated in vintage holiday style with live acoustic music around a campfire, a chili cook-off, tours of the grounds, a country craft boutique, real cowboy coffee brewed over the fire, and hot chocolate or cider for the kids! Explore the unique hand-built museum and whimsical grounds at night, with soft lighting, the smell of fresh greenery, and the wintery sky sparkling over the desert.

Stay warm around the blazing bonfire while cowboy-singer Michael Tcherkassky, “The Saddle Serenader”, croons the romantic poetry about life on the range that cattlemen composed by day during their journeys across the old west, and was then shared around the campfire when the sun went down. Michael has performed traditional cowboy songs and poetry for many years at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and other events around the country.

The country craft boutique features one-of-a-kind handmade gifts. The crafters carry on the artistic tradition of Howard Arden Edwards, who built the Indian Museum to display his collection of American Indian artifacts. The Craftsman-style building is decorated with his colorful representations of Indian culture and creative hand-made furniture. This is a great opportunity to find unique gifts and support local artists!

Rose Edwards was known for her tasty rib-sticking chili and cornbread feasts at their holiday celebrations. Sample the chili cook-off entries and Rose’s original 1930 Christmas Chili recipe, complemented by delicious cornbread generously provided by The Lemon Leaf Café.

Event admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and ages 5 and under are free. This event is a fundraiser for the non-profit Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, which provides funding to help keep the museum open.

The museum is located at 15701 East Avenue M in east Lancaster, near Lake Los Angeles. From Hwy 14, take Avenue K east, turn right on 150th Street East, and left on East Avenue M. The museum is on the left.

Contact Jean Rhyne at (661) 946-6900 or Jean.Rhyne@parks.ca.gov for information. General information about the Antelope Valley Indian Museum can be found at www.AVIM.parks.ca.gov or call (661) 946-3055 (711, TTY relay service). Please come out for this special holiday event, rain or shine, and support the museum!

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Adobe Summit

Adobe Summit is back and it’s better than ever. Register now for the premier learning and networking event for digital marketing professionals and executives. Join us to get the latest strategies for delivering digital experiences that delight your customers at every touchpoint.
Adobe Summit | The Digital Marketing Conference
March 19–23, 2017 | Las Vegas

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Reserve your spot by December 16 and you’ll save $400 on the full conference pass price of US$1,895. Contact your Adobe representative to save an additional $200.

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