But years ago, before everyone converted to digital and many of us were still using film, Member Projects were much different. In some ways it was more fun, and definitely more challenging. We still had an assignment such as a scavenger hunt but we sold each member a roll of slide film with processing. You completed the project with just that roll and kept a log of each shot. So, with a list of perhaps 20 items to find and shoot, and a roll of "24 exposures" you had maybe 4 extra frames in case you wanted to substitute another shot for one you had already taken or maybe you knew you probably had made a mistake and wanted to make another exposure. The deadline was usually 4 to 6 weeks later so it didn't tie up your camera for very long. Now here is where it got interesting. You turned in the unexposed roll and your list designating which frames you wanted to use for each item on the list. The first frame was always a selfie so we could identify whose roll was whose. The film was processed and the coordinator sorted the slides to show all of item 1, all of item 2 etc. for the slide show. So not only was it fun to see what our fellow members did but we had no idea how our own shots turned out until we saw the slide show! It was a meeting we all looked forward to attending!
Last night I presented members with a ballot describing 4 possible projects for next year. I asked them to vote for as many as they found interesting. The overwhelming favorite with 18 votes (runner up had 12 votes) is SHOOT THE RAINBOW. More specifics will be announced at a later date but you can start NOW searching out subjects in rainbow colors. What better time than summer when COLOR returns to our lives. We may also include White, Gray and/or Black just for kicks! The subject should predominate in the frame. And remember, we're looking for your best work; mind the exposure, focus and composition. This is a super easy project so I hope we get a lot of participants.