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Arizona Columbine Garden Club


The Photography Committee promotes excellence in and an appreciation for good photography through study of photographic techniques taught by guest speakers, by offering club photography workshops and by contributing informative articles for our monthly garden club newsletters.

Professional photographers have mentored our members on the techniques for thoughtful composition and framing with a keen eye, creative inspiration, and purposeful documentation as well teaching us how to use our Iphone cameras to the optimum.

Guest speakers have included Jeff Kida, Photo Editor for Arizona Highways, Colleen Miniuk outdoor photographer, writer, publisher and instructor, Marion Brenner professional landscape photographer from Berkeley, California, Sarah Starrett, GCA Photography Judge, and local professional photographers Mike Balzano, of foto forum, Peter Brandeis, and Jeff Beardsley.

Photography field trips to Desert Botanical Garden, the Butterfly Museum and our own members’ gardens with instructors have been invaluable for hands-on photographic instructions. Besides participating in the planning of the Photography entries for two recent GCA Flower shows, the Photography Committee has also organized other competitive photography exhibits including a display of member photos of national parks, an exhibition of members’ photographic works of art before and after photoshopping manipulation, and a competitive 2017 GCA photography show independent of the club flower show.

Photography workshops with professional instructors allow for one-on-one instruction

Arizona Columbine Garden Club GCA Photography Show 2017

Experimenting with photography techniques

Sarah Starrett, GCA Photography Judge, presented an informative photography workshop for Columbine members concentrating on macro and close-up photo techniques.  

Photography workshop at Butterfly Wonderland with professional photographer Peter Brandeis.

Arizona Columbine Garden Club

Founded in 1946. Member of Garden Club of America since 1989.

The purpose of the Arizona Columbine Garden Club is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, aid in the protection of native trees, plants and shrubs, and restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through programs and action in the fields of conservation, civic improvement and education.

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