Imagine the excitement that ensued when we knew we would be hosting you at our “home” for the 1989 PSA Regional Convention in Spokane, Washington, on June 8 through 11.
Part of the mystique of Spokane is that we, the inhabitants, just naturally get excited about things, and if they aren’t happening, we make them happen. Of course, we take the reins quicker if we have significant “signs,” and the fact that this PSA Regional Convention is the only regional in 1989 and will coincide with the Washington State Centennial was sufficient to launch our endeavors. You see, we know that when company’s coming, you go all out to make their stay the best ever!
Home Sweet Home
For starters, we reserved the Westcoast Ridpath Hotel, a AAA Four-Diamond hotel which boasts 350 guests rooms, 20,000 square feet of banquet and convention facilities, van transportation to and from Spokane International Airport, ample free parking for hotel residents, and Ankeny’s, Spokane’s award-winning rooftop restaurant and lounge. If shopping suits your fancy, browse through fine in-house shops or stroll through the Skywalk System (second largest in the nation) which connects 15 blocks of downtown Spokane – just one block from the front door of the hotel.
Mr. Ridpath was a Civil War soldier, teacher, legislator, Indian agent and adventure. The nucleus of his fortune came from the famous LeRoi gold mine in Rossland, British Columbia, which he used to augment his income as Spokane’s prosecuting attorney, and to built the Ridpath Hotel.
Levy Ankeny learned navigation on the Columbia River before running packhorses into the raw Idaho mining district. He expanded the mercantile business in Lewiston, grubstaking miners for a percentage of their find. He pursued multi-unit banking and represented Washington state in the U.S. Senate.
These men’s children joined their spirits and fortunes when Ridpath’s daughter, Mary, wed Ankeny’s son, John, in 1906, so…even securing the West Ridpath Hotel for the Regional Convention seemed a good “sing” – it brings together families and friends.
Spokane has the distinction of being the only city in the United States with 17 national parks within a 500 mile radius. We want your time here to be one of relaxation and instruction – with no concern for parking or driving. You can look forward to resuming your vacation refreshed.
When you are visiting an area, it’s helpful to know something about it, so we gave you a run-up (we run-down nothing!) on some of our local attractions in the January PSA Journal. What we have yet to tell you is about the stimulating instruction, inspiring messages and warm camaraderie that mutual interests encourage.
Irene E. Dye, FPSA, Program Chairwoman, ever mindful of promoting interest and imparting knowledge in photography, asked some of the most accomplished photographers if they would honor our convention by sharing their expertise The response was overwhelming, the subjects and variety impressive, as you will see.
Prestigious Programs and
Slide Duplication, Another Way by George Bebout, APSA.
This program deals with the problems and solutions involved in duplicating color slides. Topics include equipment and films, cropping, contrast control, adding or deleting color, and “fixing” bald skies.
Seeing through Your Camera’s Eye by Dr. C.W. (Bill) Biedel, FPSA.
Most of use see with stereo vision through those wonderfully adaptive organs, the human eyes. But the camera has only one eye. Understanding the limitations which that imposes, you can adapt your techniques so that the images you bring home photography tips berlin on that slide or print film will more nearly match what you saw through your own eyes and in your brain.
Contemporary Effects Through Glass by M. Craig Carver.
This program is presented in two parts. The first provides visual step-by-step instructions for setting up the equipment and the objects to be photographed, selecting background materials, and coordinating the various components into an artistic color slide. The second part of the program is devoted to a presentation of examples produced by the process.
Sharing America’s Park Through the Eye of a Camera by Gary I. Whelpley, Coordinator, Program Services Photo Information Department, Eastman Kodak Company.
You will travel throughout America during this one-hour presentation designed to teach and inspire great photography.
Getting the Most Out of Kodak Ektar Films by Eastman Kodak Company.
Slide Retouching by Rosemarie Gerlach, APSA.
Sometimes even some of our finest slides come back from processing with small imperfections. This program illustrates how these imperctions can be removed by retouching, using Spotone and ordinary food coloring. A hands-on demonstration follows the program.
Nature’s Images by Darrell Gulin.
The program is in four parts: Denalie National Park, set to music; Yellowstone in its aftermath; teaching sequence: 20 favorite photographs and how they were taken; and ending music sequence.
Why I Make Black-and-White Pictures by Dan Heidel, FPSA.
This presentation will explain the preference for monochrome pictures with black-and-white photographs used to illustrate the remarks covered in the presentation. Apparent trends in the future of monochrome will be discussed, as well as advantages, disadvantages, popularity, creative expression, and public acceptance.
Camera Lens Photography of the Milky Way and Other Celestial Objects by George Hypes, APSA, and Carol Hypes.
Very few photographers realize that beautiful pictures of the night sky can be take with camera lenses. This program will describe night sky objects, conditions and photographic locations. It will include the tracking equipment (commercial, or homemade, “on display and described in the program”), techniques, supplies, film and educational materials needed, as well as ideas for music to be used with star picture programs. A 10-minutes tape recorded program, winner of the Greeley Shutterbugs Camera Club annual mini-tape-recorded program contest, will be shown.
The Places Where We Worship by George Hypes, APSA and Carol Hypes.
Some of the most beautiful fade and dissolve effects you will ever see in a two-projector slide show which combines music, slides and story. Carefully selected scriptures introduce and interpret every music selection. Photographs are from the United States and Canada. The music includes some well-known religious songs and several seldom heard cowboy hymns.
The Negative Approach to Color Printing by Barrie Jeffries, FPSA.
This program provides a simplified approach to color printing in tubes. Also included is “processing your own color negatives” and “do it yourself” equipment.
Color With Care by Grace H. Lanctot, FPSA.
This presentation covers the basics psychology and attributes of color as applied to color slides.
Print and Slide P-J Photo Stories – Know the Difference by Dr. Paul T. Luebke, Hon. PSA, FPSA.
A discussion of how to plan and prepare photojournalism stories, including differences between photo stories as slide sequences and those presented as print displays. (prize-winning illustrations in both formats). The techniques are applicable to other than P-J formats as well.
Color Print Clinic by Dr. Harold R. Lutes, FPSA, Moderator; Barrie Jeffries, FPSA and Horace S. Rees, FPSA.
A panel discussion about problems confronting printmakers and how to solve them.
Simple Printing Techniques for Fine Art Photography by John J. Mariana.
A how-to program on simple printing techniques that “capture the moment” and render award-winning black-and-white prints.
Mechanics of Portraiture by Horace S. Rees, FPSA.
Idyllic Images by Wilma Roberts, FPSA.
There are advantages to photographing in your immediate area as opposed to the traveler who can record only at the present moment. Watching the seasons for the most dramatic periods and choosing a light situation that flatters, emphasizes or embellishes a scene can render beautiful photographs. Setting them to music and making effective use of the dissolve can give enjoyable slide shows without leaving home.
Natural Impact: Snap, Crackle and Pop in Nature Photography by Martin Ross.
“Natural Impact” explores the five elements in nature that set great photographers apart from others. Using the elements of impact, a radical new rating scheme for nature photographs is proposed.
Talking to Myself – An Experience in the Third dimension by Marion L. Smith, FPSA.
A stereo program on photographing glassware with simple equipment almost everyone has around the home or can easily obtain. The techniques used are applicable to both color and monochrome photography. Two projectors and two screens illustrate how it was done and the “finished” slide.
Grand Canyon Suite by Lynn E. Wiggins, Advertising Director, PSA International Convention 1989, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Lynn E. Wiggins edited this program that combines the talents of 41 photographers from the Arizona Camera Club Council and the PSA Canyon State Chapter with the Tempe Symphony Orchestra and Honorary PSA member, Senator Barry Goldwater. It was first presented as a live concert and has been shown as a traveling show to more than 60 audiences.
Invitation to Scottsdale by June Payne, Publicity Director, PSA International Convention 1989, Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Invitational highlights activities before, during and after the convention to be held in and around Scottsdale.
Northwest Invitational Color Slide Showcase
Each PSA-affiliated camera club of the Northwest was invited to enter into competition with five slides from separate individuals. Seventy Northwest clubs were involved and this special program is comprised of those entries.
We knew that, aside form visiting Spokane, you would want to venture into the countryside. It is our desire to offer you a variety of photographic possibilities without driving great distances, so on June 8, after you have “settled in,” unpacked and registered, we are offering two mini-tours. One will allow you to “stretch your legs” as you walk four blocks to beautiful 100-acre Riverfront Park. The other tour will bus you to the nearby Sample’s Horse Ranch.
Riverfront Park is our central meeting area. It is a place to reflect (literally) on monuments of the past. This may be done in the Opera House windows or on the Spokane River that runs through the park and cascades over two waterfalls spanned by foot bridges. The more daring may want to take the gondola ride over the falls. This is a park of bridges, and huge expanses of ducks, geese and huge expanse of lawn. The park houses the 1909 Looff Carousel – the only one of that era in use – the pavilion with its lacy roof, the Great Northern Clock Tower and the Imax Theater with its five-story projection screen.
In former days, Native Americans camped here, then lumber mills were built. Exposition ’74 changed the scene again and we are left with a legacy of beauty and memories.
The Sample’s Horse Ranch sits quietly in the foothills of Mount Spokane. Curious horses inspect your equipment as foals frolic about. Geese reside in a small pond and a meandering creek hosts grasses and wildflowers on its banks. Dogs and cats invite your attention as you reacquaint yourself with rural life.
Saturday, June 10, we have planned a Hot Air Balloon Acsension. We are required to say “weather permitting” (just in a case our natural optimism is challenged). The average June temperature is 61 [degree]. We will walk four blocks to Riverfront Park for this event. Look on it as a “morning constitutional” – a quiet time in preparation for the day.
It will not be your ordinary balloon. ascension. Envision, if you will, balloonists stretching out brilliant material; hear the hiss of the hot air as it enters the expanding balloons – and all of this within the area of our city monuments – then the exhilaration of “lift off.” You can photograph this first hand or, once again, reflected in glass or water. We may even be treated to “splash and dash” when the balloons dip into the river before rising.
Immediately thereafter, we will have a Breakfast Smorgasbord catered in the Looff Carousel. (We jokingly say it gives new meaning to “galloping gourmet,” but that is an attempt at hiding our price.) Space is limited for breakfast, so sign up early – and walk off breakfast as you return to the Ridpath for another day of exciting programs.
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Sunday, June 11, after lunch, we will board buses and journey to Pullman, Washington, for a short lecture and slide presentation by George Bedirian, who has been documenting the Palouse landscape and architeture since 1969. “Palouse Country,” an essay in photographs, brings together the best of George Bedirian’s images in a major artistic statement.
From there we will ascend famed Steptoe Butte and have a boxed dinner while viewing the abundance this land offers. Named for Lieutenant Colonel Edward J. Steptoe, this bald island of quartzite rises to an elevation of 3,612 feet from the sea of lava that flowed over the Columbia Plateau millions of years ago. The view from the summit is breathtaking. We will have ample time to photograph wildflowers before the sun sets on the vast rolling farmlands with its fencelines and farms nestled in shadowy hollows.
They say, “What goes around, comes around.” In our preparation for your visit, YOU gave US a tremendous gift – a time to truly re-examine our surroundings, to reacquaint ourselves with our area and to experience renewed appreciation of where we live. Sometimes we take for granted our surroundings. Our city, any city, deserves more than complacency. YOU gave us the opportunity to look again. Allow us now to return it to you – what goes around comes around!
For additional 1989 PSA regional Convention registration forms contact Norma F. Smith, Registration Chairwoman, West 3231 Boone Ave., Sp. 37, Spokane, Washington 99210.
“Invitation to Spokane,” a 13-minute slide show that highlights our convention activities and area attractions, is designed to encourage one and all to included the 1989 PSA Regional Convention in their itinerary and then spend the rest of their vacation in the Pacific Northwest. Clubs, chapters, or councils may request this excellent program by sending the name of your group, your name and phone number, the desired date and two alternate dates to: Larry C. Moon, FPSA, West 11702 Masfield, Spokane, Washington 99206. All inquiries will be promptly confirmed.