Enchanted Lens Camera Club

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February's Speaker Sue Forbes

February’s Speaker: Sue Forbes
Topic: The Lessons and Challenges of Expedition Photography Around the World

After careers as an Engineer Officer in the Royal Air Force and a Product Management executive in the high tech companies of Silicon Valley, California I’m now working on my real passion…Teaching photography and traveling the world to photograph amazing places and wildlife. Even after visiting over 90 countries the list of places to see and adventures to experience is still growing.

I am passionate about all things natural striving to capture and share what I see through my photography.  My philosophy in photographing wildlife is to capture their behaviors so that the viewer is transported into their world and understands more than just a visual representation of the animal. My goal is to educate the viewer but also to make them smile or gasp in amazement with what you can see in the world we all live in and share with these amazing species.

You can follow my adventures on social media:

Instagram @sueforbesphoto
Facebook @sueforbesphotography

My photographs have appeared in books, magazines and newspapers around the world including BBC ‘The Hunt’, The Sunday Times magazine, Forbes & The Guardian, BBC Wildlife magazine

They have also been recognized with awards, most recently:

North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) 2018 Showcase runner-up

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 Highly Commended
(exhibited at Natural History Museum in London and other locations around the world)


February's Judge Emily Mount


February’s Judge: Emily Mount

Emily Mount grew up in Colorado and Washington. Photography was a regular part of her childhood with both of her parents shooting film. The family spent many happy evenings watching slides, teaching Emily that images can be not only beautiful, but also tell stories. Emily joined the National Park Service after graduating from the University of Washington in 2005. Working as a naturalist and backcountry ranger in 10 National Parks across the West, Emily became increasingly addicted to trying to capture the beauty of the parks with her camera. She had the opportunity to spend time traveling and shooting with two National Geographic photographers, learning how to chase the light and exercise patience. In 2013, Emily began working for Lindblad Expeditions on ships around the world as a naturalist and National Geographic Certified Photography Instructor. She works frequently with Alaska magazine as a writer and photographer and owns a mapping company that creates maps for the expedition travel industry. Her images are with the stock agency SuperStock. Today Emily lives between Phoenix, Oregon and Gustavus, Alaska.

To see Emily’s photography, go to her website at http://www.emilymountphotography.com/


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Club Activities

Monthly Speaker

Each month we feature someone who is an expert in some aspect of photography.

Monthly Photo Exhibition & Critique

For members only, your images will be critiqued and ribbons awarded by an experienced professional photographer or an advanced club member.

Casual Critique (TBD)

Mid-Week Marauders

We meet once or twice a month at a photographically interesting spot. Very enjoyable. and a;lso a way to learn from others.  Sometimes we go to lunch after the shoot and that is icing on the cake.


Join us for a members only opportunity to improve your photography! For the beginner and the experienced photographer, our programs have something for everyone.

Our Meetings

Join us in September 2022 as we begin activities for our new 2022-2023 club year. We will have various types of meetings which include in-person meetings at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), hybrid/Zoom meetings, and Zoom only meetings. Our monthly speaker and exhibition meetings are held at JCC. Mid-Week Marauders are monthly outings. Mentorship meetings are mostly held monthly.

To request information about attending any of our meetings, click at the bottom of this page to request more information.

Yearly membership dues are $50.00 for individuals and $75.00 for couples.

Anyone interested in the practice of photography is eligible for membership.

Membership entitles you to:

  • Mentorship and Workshops
  • Monthly Local Photo Outings
  • Monthly Exhibition and Photo Critique
  • Communicating with Members via our Email List
  • Portfolio Project Participation

Schedule for 2022—2023

Monthly Speakers

September 1st
(Zoom Meeting only @ 7 PM)
Speaker: Susan Seibert
Topic:  Photos from the Field

October 6th
(JCC/Hybrid Meeting @ 6:30pm)
Speaker: Liam DeBonis
Topic:  How Photography Saved My Life: Finding Purpose in Photojournalism

November 3rd
(JCC/Hybrid Meeting @ 6:30pm)
Speaker: Larry Gunn
Topic: Fundamentals of Drone
Photography & Composition – Using Cognitive Photography and Dynamic Symmetry

December 1st
(Zoom Meeting only @ 7 PM)
Speaker: David Swindler
Topic: Various Types of Photography in the Southwest (Big Views, Small Scenes, Slot Canyons, Winter/Fall, Drone, Wildlife, Milky Way, Moonscapes, Storm Chasing, etc.)

January 5th
(Zoom Meeting only @ 7 PM)
Speaker: Rob Shea
Topic: Infrared Photographhy

February 2nd
(Zoom Meeting only @ 7 PM)
Speaker: Sue Forbes 
Topic: The Lessons and Challenges of Expedition Photography Around the World

March 2nd
(Zoom Meeting only @ 7 PM)
Speaker: Tim Baca
Topic: Storm Chasing

April 6th
Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD

May 4th
Speaker: TBD 
Topic: TBD

June 1st
(JCC In-Person Meeting only @ 6:30pm)
Speakers: Maria Baca/Helen Johnson
Topic: Portfolio Project Showcase Presentation

Exhibition Judges

September 15th
(JCC/Hybrid Meeting @ 6:30pm)
Judges: Rozanne and Todd Hakala
Assigned Topic: T Stands for …

October 20th
Judge: John Courtney
Assigned Topic: Minimalism

November 17th @ 7:00 pm  (Zoom only)
Judge: Kirk West
Assigned Topic: Wildlife

December 15th @ 7:00 pm  (Zoom only)
Judge: Judy Beard and Jim Collar
Assigned Topic: Motion

January 19th (Live at the JCC & via Zoom)
Judge: Klaus Priebe
Assigned Topic:  What Makes New Mexico special.

February 16th  (Zoom Only)
Judge: Emily Mount
Assigned Topic:   Lines

Can be leading lines that provide direction to a point of focus, they may be lines of light, such as from headlights or brake lights from a car (from long exposure).  Lines can be straight or curved.  So any line that is intentional and a prominent part of the composition.

March 16th  (Live at the JCC & via Zoom)
Judge:  Michael Stoy
Assigned Topic:  Winter

April 20th
Judge: Greg Basco
Assigned Topic: TBD

Mentorship Topics

 September 20th
(Zoom Meeting only @ 7 PM)
Mentor: Sara Leikin
Topic: Introduction to ELCC and Photographing the Balloon Fiesta!

December 6th
(In-Person Meeting at
Dekker, Perich, Sabatini Bldg
@ 7PM)
Mentor: Helen Johnson
Topic: (ICM) Intentional Camera Movement

January 10th
(In-Person Meeting at
Dekker, Perich, Sabatini Bldg
@ 7PM)
Mentor: Mark Werner
Topic: Infrared

February 7th
Mentor: TBD

March 7th
Mentor: TBD

April 4th
Mentor: TBD

May 9th
Mentor: TBD

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