Archive for August, 2009



indian center

indian center

OK so here is a great opportunity for you to help the local community:


I am looking for volunteers to come and assist with a Photography workshop that is happening at the Tucson Indian Center

It’s going to be working with the youth coalition and teaching them how to take photographs and it’s Saturday 5th September 10am -3:00pm downtown.

Right now I need a few volunteers to help me work with the kids/ teens on the activities that we have planned. We are trying to teach them basic photo skills from capture to download. Then help them practice photographing in a studio setting and later in the year there will be an exhibition planned.

We are also looking for any donations of digital cameras for the class. They don’t have to be top of the line, and nor do they have to be SLR, whatever you have we are willing to work with- the Indian center said they would give you a tax receipt for the donation to the youth program.



If you have any questions or are interested in being a volunteer for the workshop please call or email me.

720 273 8285



Thank you,


By Jennifer Brankin | Posted: August 25th, 2009 | No comments

FREE EVENT: ASMP Tucson Board Meeting

OK membership! 

So here is the deal. TUESDAY September 1st, 2009 at 6:00pm we are meeting at Tom’s Studio located at

129 N. Warren Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85719
tel: 520.884.8143

I need your help to get things moving for the events we have coming up. Please come and volunteer for a small job so it makes the load easier on everyone. The more hands we have the more events we can put on throughout the next year.

Thank you to the members that already attend and contribute to our meetings and I look forward to the new volunteers that will step up and contribute to the upcoming year!!


We are working on details for a few upcoming events and the holiday  party we will be looking for assistance with developing the plan for theme and anything new we might want to try.

What do you want to talk about? What do you want to make the board discuss at the next meet? Do you have an idea you want to share?

email me: 

and I’ll add it to the AGENDA.



see you on Tuesday!!


By Jennifer Brankin | Posted: August 25th, 2009 | No comments


OK so I know this is a little selfish on my part but this photographer is one of my personal hero’s – His work is stunning in my humble opinion…. and since he is turning 66 today he gets the PHOTO of THE DAY placement.

Please if you have some suggestions of your favorite photographers send them over to me so we can post them up to the blog. It’s not just a space that is about ASMP Tucson, it’s a place that is also supposed to inspire us.







By Jennifer Brankin | Posted: August 21st, 2009 | No comments

IOD: Image of the day

take a moment to look at these beautiful photographs by David Gilkey from Afghanistan today.

boy with donkey in middle east

boy with donkey in middle east


By Jennifer Brankin | Posted: August 20th, 2009 | No comments

ASMP-TUCSON Sponsored Event Photography of the Night Sky

We have a few spaces left, and there is still time to RSVP for the Adam Block PART II session.

Sunday September 20th, 2009

4:00pm sharp – 10:00pm

Mt Lemmon Sky Center

Practical program and meal $48

If you are planning on attending please shoot me an email no later than Friday morning.


thank you,

Jennifer Polixenni Brankin


By Jennifer Brankin | Posted: August 20th, 2009 | No comments




Including Visits to Aztec Ruins and Salmon Ruins


With Noted Tucson Photographer Peter Hughes


Wednesday Nov. 25 – Sunday Nov. 29, 2009

(Thanksgiving Weekend)


Lodging at Best Western Territorial Inn in Bloomfield, New Mexico

That Includes a Full Breakfast Each Morning

$1295 Per Person Double Occupancy          $1495 Per Person Single Occupancy


(Tour fee includes transportation by van, lodging, photography instruction,

NM wine tasting, all guide and entrance fees)


Tentative Itinerary:

DAY 1 – Wednesday

Depart TIA/ACE economy parking lot and travel north through Flagstaff, Holbrook, and Gallup. Possible photo stop at Montezuma Castle, Lunch at Beaver Street Brewery in Flagstaff. Photo stop at Painted Desert/Petrified Forest Check into motel in Bloomfield. Dinner at local restaurant (location TBD). Evening photo introduction and orientation with equipment check/cleaning workshop.

DAY 2 – Thursday – Thanksgiving Day!

Early departure to Chaco Canyon with picnic lunch (bring) in Chaco. Photo workshop themes will focus on large scale architectural and landscape photography in Chaco Canyon. Evening wine tasting at motel (included in tour fee). Thanksgiving dinner in Farmington (location TBD). Optional evening photography question, answer, & tips session to assist with technical and equipment issues.

DAY 3 – Friday

Morning visit to Aztec Ruins in Farmington and Salmon Ruins in Bloomfield. Photo workshop themes will focus on macro photography and archeological documentation. Late lunch/early dinner in Farmington (or bring sack lunch to Chaco). Late afternoon/sunset visit to Chaco. A great opportunity for photographic instruction on dramatic late light photography of the Chaco site. Evening New Mexico wine tasting at motel (included in tour fee). Optional evening photography question, answer, & tips session to assist with technical and equipment issues.

DAY 4 – Saturday

Visits to Farmington Museum and Riverside Nature Center Wetlands. Photo workshop themes will focus on nature and macro photography. Evening wine tasting at motel (included in tour fee).

Dinner in Farmington (location TBD). Final evening photography question, answer, & tips session as well as optional group slide show and feedback/ critique session.

DAY 5 – Sunday

Depart motel and travel to Winslow for a visit to the historic La Posada Hotel and Gardens designed by acclaimed Fred Harvey Hotel architect Mary Coulter Photo workshop themes will focus on interior and exterior architectural photography along with lighting techniques. Another possible photography stop along the route includes Roosevelt Lake Visitor Center. Return to Tucson through Salt River Canyon

and Globe.              E-Mail:               520- 577-6546


By Jennifer Brankin | Posted: August 20th, 2009 | No comments

Photography of the Night Sky, Part I of II

Adam Block Program

Adam Block Program

Thursday August 13th, 2009

ASMP Tucson is proud to welcome local astro photographer Adam Block as he will present “Photography of the Night Sky,” a two-part seminar on capturing a window to the universe.

The first session will discuss the details and techniques of astrophotography that will be applied on the second on-site session.

Adam works with the Mount Lemon Sky Center as the program coordinator and is currently in the process of developing his own observatory. His overall mission is topromote public outreach in astronomy, offering others access to view the universe through photography and observation. With increasing conditions of light polluted
skies, he offers a passionate perspective on the night sky that will invite people to beinspired and appreciate the endangered natural resource. He has developed various nightly observing programs and has specialized in his work in CCD imagery.


Thursday August 13th, 2009

6:00pm  Pizza social (sponsored by Amy Blackburn)
7:00pm  Presentation begins

Thomas Veneklasen Photography
129 N Warren Ave Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 884-8143

Free to ASMP members
$15 Non Member $10 NM Students

Jennifer Polixenni Brankin:
720-273-8285 or

Programming questions can be sent to Adam Block at:

By Rich Wagner | Posted: August 13th, 2009 | No comments

August Elections and Upcoming Board Meetings

• TUCSON ASMP needs someone exactly like you! Several of our local Board members are transitioning.
We are looking for a Vice President, a Secretary, a Food/Beverage chair and new faces to attend
Board meetings. Are you interested in making a difference in the local photography community
here in Tucson? Interested in generalized personal growth as well as professional growth in
photography? If you are, consider attending a monthly Board meeting at Tom Veneklasen’s Studio,
located at 129 N. Warren Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85719. We start our informal Board meetings at
6:00 p.m. Call Amy at (520.991.5736) if planning to attend. And, consider being elected to one of
our three open positions.

Upcoming Board Meetings:

  • Tuesday, August 18th- Board Member Elections
  • Tuesday, September 1st at 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 5th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 9th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 7th at 6:00 p.m.
By admin | Posted: August 12th, 2009 | No comments