PSA Gold Rush Chapter
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Past Events

Past Events


Wide Angle Photography:


April 27, 2024 at 8:30 AM 

Wide Angle Photography

Truman Holtzclaw



Wide-Angle Magic will look at the advantages and disadvantages of using wide-angle lenses.  Today photographers have a wonderful selection of wide-angle lenses at relatively low prices.  We will explore the many different types and effects of today’s lenses, as well as discussing using smart phones, then practice our new knowledge at Sacramento locations that lend themselves to shooting interesting wide-angle images.  Join in the fun!


From 35 years of serious photography Truman Holtzclaw has perfected the skills to artfully blend his teaching experiences, biology background and his love of nature to create a collection of more than 240,000 images. He enjoys most all photographic endeavors which include attending & presenting workshops, leading field trips, competing & judging in local and international competitions, and leading commercial photo tours, but from the beginning of his photographic exploits Truman has always been fascinated with wide-angle photography. 

He is past president of the Sacramento Audubon Society, Sierra Camera Club and the Gold Rush Chapter of the Photographic Society of America. Presently he is the Vice President of the Lincoln Hills Photo Club.  He was a biology teacher for many years and also worked as a Park Naturalist at Calaveras Big Trees for the State of California. Through his photography company “A Beautiful Image”, he photographs individuals, groups, special events, weddings, architecture, and sporting events.

Truman is a world traveler. Destinations include Canada, Africa, China, Europe, Japan and South America.  Thought he has traveled throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii, his favorite location for photography still remains the Western United States.


Exploring Marin County

March 23, 2024 at 10:00 AM on Zoom

Donald Kinney


Recorded video can be found here until 4/8/2024:


Presentation Description

Over the course of 15 years, from 2007 to 2022, I had the privilege of living out my dream as a photographer, capturing the beauty and drama of Marin County. Each day would typically begin with witnessing the sunrise, followed by a morning spent photographing the serene surroundings of the historic shrimping village, China Camp on San Pablo Bay. As the day progressed, I would focus my lens on the lakes, redwoods, and the rolling hills of "west" Marin. Throughout these years, I compiled a collection of images showcasing the vibrant reflections and gentle ripples of Lagunitas Creek. With its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Mount Tamalpais stands as the focal point of Marin County, offering alpine-like streams, lakes, waterfalls, and captivating fog-filled atmospheres that make it a true haven for photographers.


Presenter BIO

Donald's journey to becoming a photographer began in 1959 when he was introduced to photography at the age of 12 during a backpacking trip in the Sierra with his aunt and uncle. They gave him a 35mm Exacta camera and two rolls of Kodachrome film, sparking his passion for the craft. Despite initial setbacks, such as ruining a roll of film during his first assignment, Donald persevered and immersed himself in photography during his teenage years.


Inspired by the work of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, Donald honed his skills and sought advice from Adams himself, leading to significant improvement in his photography. While attending college for electronics technology and later serving in the US Army, photography took a back seat. However, upon retiring at the age of 55, Donald regained the freedom to pursue his passion for photography full-time.


Living in Fairfax until 2022, Donald found inspiration in the beauty of Mt. Tamalpais and Marin County. He embraced the freedom of retirement to photograph the Marin countryside daily, from sunrises over San Pablo Bay to views from Mt. Tamalpais. Donald's dedication to photography resulted in three one-person shows, participation in group shows and competitions, and active engagement in the Fairfax Photo Club and online platforms like Facebook and, where he sells his work. Through dedication and perseverance, photography has remained Donald's true passion and vocation throughout his life.




An RSVP using the Google Form is appreciated so we have a sense of numbers--essential to get the link if you’re not on the Gold Rush email list as listees will automatically get the link on Friday, the day before the event. REGISTER HERE PLEASE to help us keep track of registration numbers.


Sunrise Sunset Phenomena Presentation

February 24, 2024 at 10:00 AM on Zoom

Greg Edwards



Presentation Description
Sunsets and Sunrises are beautiful!  Did you know that there are over 100 different phenomenons that can be seen during them? This talk will go over the main ones (including how to photograph Green Flashes) and touch on many more.  The goal of this talk is how to enjoy this part of the day (and the odd events during the rest of the day) and more.

Presenter BIO
Greg has a degree in Physics from UC Davis and worked briefly on the Hubble Space Telescope. After retiring, he was a Space Launch photographer for SpaceFlight Insider. He now hosts several online photography groups, and has a newsletter with articles on art and techniques distributed to over 50,000 people a week. He is a judge and speaker for a number of photography clubs and has taught many photography classes including photographic judging, macro, Milky Way, Moon, night and light painting, Green Flash photography, Photographic Fraud, and Cleaning Sensors and Optics. In 2020, Greg won the Best Picture of the Year award for the Northern California PSA for the fourth time in five years. Greg is currently crippled with multiple major cancers. You might notice his voice is way off due to surgery, still he photographs flowers from his wheelchair, does some studio work, and post-processing. 


An RSVP using the Google Form is appreciated so we have a sense of numbers--essential to get the link if you’re not on the Gold Rush email list as listees will automatically get the link on Friday, the day before the event. REGISTER HERE PLEASE to help us keep track of registration numbers.


Handout available here -



Saturday, January 20, 2024 
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Meeting Location:

Oakmont of East Sacramento

5301 F Street

Sacramento, CA 95819

Our Winter in-person program is a Macro Workshop on Saturday, January 20 with Daryl Stinchfield and Susan Bovey.  The approximate schedule is 8:30 for Registration, Program 9-12, pizza lunch ($6 or so) on site (or bring your own lunch), and Macro Shoot from 1-4 or so.  There will be some macro subjects provided, but for more fun please bring 1-2 of your own macro subjects to share.  Also, please bring all the Macro equipment that you have, to share extra with others.  For those who don’t have specific DSLR macro equipment, all is not lost as it’s possible to use your smartphone.  Please RSVP to so we’ll have a numbers count.  
Daryl will discuss Macro Photography, then demonstrate various Macro tools, such as Macro lenses, extension tubes, bellows extensions, and reversing rings.  At the end he’ll demonstrate Helicon Focus stacking software.  Susan Bovey will then show how to use your smart phone to shoot Macro.  
Daryl Stinchfield began exploring photography in High School as a yearbook photographer, then shot weddings and news photos for the local paper.  More recently, he studied photography in depth at Sierra College, then worked for Sierra doing various photography assignments including Macro.  He has exhibited locally at a variety of locations.
Susan Bovey is the President of the Woodland Camera Forum since 1990, has been involved with PSA Gold Rush for years, and is now currently the VP and Membership Chair.  While constantly learning new photo techniques, she will share some tips for using your cellphone camera for close-up photography.




by Nancy Ori


Saturday, November 18th at 10:00 am via Zoom


Gold Rush is the Sacramento Chapter of PSA (Photographic Society of America), dedicated to helping local photographers and photography. We offer quarterly in-peson photo programs and free online programs between the in-person programs. Information about our upcoming program is below.



An RSVP to is appreciated - essential to get the link if you are not on the Gold Rush email list.






Throughout the history of art, nature is probably our biggest influence as a source of inspiration, providing subjects that photographers respond to and are moved by. It requires observation, study, and contemplation, along with creative license to crop, assign colors, and interpret patterns and natural forms. The focus of this diverse topic will be on the core elements and principles of design and how they can be found in natural environments as abstracts to create strong compositions.


Nancy Ori Biography


Nancy Ori worked for 25 years for pharmaceutical companies as their in-house photographer and Manager of Photo Services.  She now owns the New Jersey Media Center, where she continues to do product, portrait, and food photography.  She also enjoys teaching photography as well as exhibiting her fine art photographs.

Nancy was taught by Ansel Adams and worked with him for years as a teaching assistant.  She has run classes and workshops for many years, as well as global photography tours.





Gold Rush is planning an in-person workshop on Macro Photography on January 20, 2024; a DSLR with macro lens is best, but smart phones also work.  Stay tuned for more information. 




It's not too late to sign up for the yearly PSA Photo Festival, held this year in Williamsburg, Virginia, September  27 - 30, 2023, with excellent programs and tours to local photogenic spots.  Go to Photographic Society of America for more information.



Past Gold Rush In Person Programs:


Saturday, October 14th  8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Registration: 8:30 am

Program: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

No-host Lunch: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Shoot: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Program: ICM (Intentional Camera Movement)

Presenter: Jan Lightfoot (an excellent, well-known local photographer)

Monroe-Eskaton Lodge, 3225 Freeport BlvdSacramento, Ca. 95818



Break free from the constraints of traditional photography and let your imagination run wild! ICM, or in-camera motion techniques, provide opportunities for creative experimentation and can result in unique and visually striking images. It’s about capturing the essence of a subject through streaks of color, rough shapes, and beautiful light. The ICM approach is incredibly accessible for anyone at any level in photography. In this program, we will explore cameras, selecting settings, and talk about idea for learning to see things differently. You will walk away with the confidence to begin your own ICM adventures.




Jan has always been involved with photography in one form or another. Transitioning from her own darkroom in high school, she joined the Idaho Statesman newspaper photography staff, and worked in custom color printing labs both in Idaho and California. She became a Certified Photographic Counselor through PMA while managing Westling’s Camera in Walnut Creek, taught photography classes, and led photo field trips. She has presented a variety of photographic programs to local camera clubs in the Northern California area, and received numerous awards through competitions and juried shows. She was a presenter at the 2019 Fotoclave, was honored to receive the NANPA’s 2021 Showcase Award for First Runner Up in Altered Reality, and in 2022 was a recipient of a KVIE’s Juror Award. Jan is a member of the Sierra Camera Club of Sacramento, Viewpoint Photographic Gallery, the Professional Photographers of the Sacramento Valley, and the Photographic Society of America. Notably, she served as the Chairperson for the North American International Exhibition from 2016 to 2022, and continues to judge for clubs and venues throughout the United States. She writes: "Many of my photographic images tend to reflect a long association with classic and traditional compositions with an emphasis on nature. However, I have recently enjoyed a slight departure into the world of altered realities, ICM, and artistic stylizing. I find the challenge of creating altered images while retaining original photographic detail to be a wonderful exercise in imagination."




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