Astro Photography with Keith Marsh

This Meeting’s Highlights
Program: Astro Photography with Keith Marsh
Speaker: Keith Marsh, Award-winning Photographer
Meeting for the week of December 12, 2016 to December 18, 2016

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Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Message from President Mitty

Astro Photography & Reminders for Members

Members and returning guests, it’s great to see you again — welcome back!

New visitors and visiting Rotarians, welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley’s meeting for the week of December 12th! My name is Mitty Chang, and I am president of this Rotary club! Our meeting this week is about Astro Photography, and our guest speaker is one of our own — Keith Marsh. I am absolutely certain that if you like the stars or incredible photos, you’ll enjoy this week’s program!

Our usual birthday baroness, Nicole, is currently traveling and on vacation. So I want to take this time in my president’s address to wish a very happy birthday to members Lisa Highfill and Mahmood Khan, who are both celebrating their birthdays this month! Lisa and Mahmood, I hope you both have a wonderful birthday month!

Whether you are new to our meetings, or you’re a regular, something you should know about our Rotary club is that we’re always evolving. I’m a strong believer that for a Rotary eClub to exist successfully, it needs to constantly change because technology constantly changes. And the truth is – we can always do better. We can do better for our local and global communities, and we can do better for our members. Many of these changes happen behind-the-scenes and are targeted for our members. From the new Coffee with a Rotarian initiative to members-only Secret Santa to the tech updates we’re rolling out monthly to the website. There isn’t a month that has gone by where our Rotary club has not evolved a little more. By joining us this week, you’re playing a part of the history of our Rotary club, but we also would like to think that you’re playing a part of the history of Rotary eClubs, as we continue striving to be a Rotary eClub that pushes the limits of what we can do as a club digitally connected with members throughout the world.

And so, I just have a reminder for our club members before you continue on with the meeting.

“Members, are you reading the entire meeting?”

Members, I just want to remind you all that I know there’s a temptation to skip straight to the program, but I would strongly encourage you all to go through the other sections of the meeting too if you aren’t. In particular, please give the Members Updates and the Upcoming Events segments a closer look each time, as they are regularly updated along with the rest of the meeting. Our leadership team is doing our best to also reach out via email for important messages. If you don’t recall seeing any club related emails in the past two weeks, please reach out to me at [email protected] so that we can make sure we have the right email address for you. Thanks for your attention!

Everyone, please enjoy this meeting and have a great week!

Yours in service,
Mitty Chang, President
Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley
[email protected]

Photo of the Week

We believe that a good photo not only tells a tale of a thousand words but also can inspire. This segment is dedicated to a photo that we think does just that.

This week’s photo is from our member and guest speaker this week, Keith Marsh. Keith specializes in Astro Photography. This photograph is taken during the Super Moon of a perched Heron.

Did you get to see the recent Super Moon with your own eyes? What do you remember about that night?

Weekly Inspiration:Swim Peacefully with Thousands of Jellyfish in Palau

Every week we bring you videos of innovation, inspiration, and entrepreneurship. This week we are featuring a video from Great Big Story, featuring a special marine lake where you can swim with jellyfish.

On Eil Malk Island in Palau, you can swim with jellyfish without getting stung. This marine lake was once connected to the ocean, but as the island changed, it was cut off. Now in isolation, it’s filled with a jellyfish species found nowhere else. With no predators to keep them in check and plentiful algae to feed on, these golden jellyfish swarm and fill the lake like a cloudy dream. Ready for a swim?

Would you go swimming there?

Laughing Out Loud (L.O.L.) with our Lady of LOLs

yvonnebubbleWe believe that laughing a little every day keeps you healthier. Every week we try to share with you something that will make you smile! This section is curated by Rotarian Yvonne Kwan, our club’s “Lady of LOLs.”

Photography puns for our photography master, Keith!
I think my pet crocodile is an amateur photographer.
He’s a bit of a snapper.
Ever since buying a digital camera, I can only think of its positive points.
There aren’t any negatives.
How does Santa take photos?
With his North Polaroid.

World of Rotary

Rotary is a 1.2 million member organization that exists in over 165 countries. This segment is dedicated to sharing a story or an update of what is going on in the global world of Rotary. This week we feature Rotary’s Miles to End Polio, and the Rotarians and Rotary Staff members who raised over $10 million dollars to End Polio!

Biking 104 miles to raise over $10 million to End Polio

On November 19, 2016, Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko and a team of staffers joined Rotarians from around the world to bike up to 104 miles in the El Tour de Tucson to raise funds for polio eradication. The annual event is one of the top cycling events in the U.S. attracting more than 9,000 cyclists each year. This year the team’s goal was to raise $3.4 Million, which was tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a total of more than $10 Million, for the fight to end polio.

Rotary has been raising money to fight polio by riding in this annual cycling ride for the past few years. Although El Tour de Tucson takes place in Tucson, Arizona, USA, Rotarians and Rotary staff from all across the world fly in to participate. Rotary didn’t create this cycling event, nor does it organize it. This is a wonderful example of how Rotarians participate in an existing event, and bring it closer to humanitarian service by raising money to see a polio-free world.

Here are some photos, courtesy of Rotary International and Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko.

What event would you want to participate in, and is there a way we can make it so that we can help others while having a good time?

For Members: Updates

This segment of the meeting is dedicated to our club members. This section includes announcements and new initiatives. Guests, you are welcome to read this section or just skip it.

What do you need?

Members, our club is here to help you become more successful and to be that vehicle for you to create change locally. That only works if you reach out to the leadership team, and tell us what you need. Take the initiative and send your own member spotlight videos to President Mitty so the club can hear about what you have been up to. Take the initiative to submit your service updates in the service survey, so we can see the good you do in your free time. Take the initiative and reach out to the leadership team or to the entire club mailing list, and let the club know what you need. If you aren’t finding enough value in the club membership, then take the initiative to help us improve the experience by reaching out. Help shape how this eClub grows — after all, we’re not even 2 years old yet!

Dues are Due

All members should have received their semi-annual dues invoice. For members currently on the monthly payment plan ($28/month), you have to do nothing. For those of you paying per 6-month term, your member dues are due no later than December 30, 2016. If you have any questions regarding the payment, please email our club treasurer Allen Thompson at [email protected], or alternatively, you may always contact club president Mitty Chang at [email protected]

Reminders – Ongoing Initiatives:

  • Coffee with a Rotarian
  • Secret Santa

Welcome to December! Don’t forget to update us with your service blotter!

Members, want to get your service update into the next service blotter? Please share what you’ve been up to, as it allows us to get to know each other better in the process! Just click on the link below to let us know!

For Members Only: Click here to fill out The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley Service Survey

Our Events & Projects

We hold our meetings online, but we hold regular service projects and social events in the Silicon Valley every month! This section is updated every week with our upcoming events. We welcome guests to all of our events and service projects listed here.

Also be sure to join our Meetup Group for automatic calendar updates and to RSVP for our events! These are open to all guests as well!

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Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

Stop Hunger Now Service Project (Cupertino), Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 12 PM

Come assemble Stop Hunger Now food packages with Rotarians from Cupertino and Sunnyvale during our Rotary Area-wide service project on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Monta Vista High School, 21840 McClellan Road, Cupertino, CA! There will be two separate shifts – one from 8:15 AM to 10:30 AM, and another from 10:15 AM to 12:00 PM. Sign-up will be available on Meetup. Guests are welcomed but will need to check-in with our club. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life with a hands-on service project while getting to know some of the other Rotarians in our area!

Event chair: Mitty Chang (please check-in with Mitty once you arrive)

Rotary Wilderness Expedition to Big Basin (Boulder Creek), Sun. Jan. 29, 2016 from 11 AM to 3 PM

Join fellow Rotarians and friends for an adventure expedition into the gorgeous redwood giants of Big Basin Redwoods State Park. We will be meeting at 11 AM (exact location to be announced) and will aim to return to our cars by 3 PM. Please pack your own lunch and water.

Event chair: Andrew Taw

Rotary Area 8 Talent Show (Cupertino), Sat. Feb. 4, 2016

Join Rotarians from through Cupertino and Sunnyvale for an area-wide social featuring talent from every club! Details to be announced.

Happy Dollars

Each week we ask our members to share news with the club and toss in a few dollars to support our efforts. The primary goal for this section is to provide a fun way of getting to know each other, while giving back to a good cause.

Happy dollars is an opportunity to share something positive that has happened in your life whether it is personal or business. Think of it as your opportunity to brag a little, but also put a little bit into a karma jar. The money donated through happy dollars is put to charitable use, and the message that you leave for happy dollars will be posted in our online meeting the following week for the entire week for folks to see! (Pending that it’s appropriate!)

Last week’s happy dollars went towards funding club projects including service grants! Here are messages from last week’s happy dollars:

Thank you member Rory Olsen for his donation! No comment left.

Thank you guest Rex Young for his generous $25 donation! No comment left.

Thank you to member Brian Liddicoat for his kind $15 donation! Brian had this to say:
“As a father of two elementary school children, I’m steeling myself for the gauntlet known as ‘winter break’….”

Thank you member Kristi Govertsen for her kind $5 donation! Kristi had this to say:
“Here’s to another great week!”

Thank you all for your donations last week! The money from the donations last week went towards funding club projects including supporting club service grants!

This week’s donations will go towards the general club fund to power club projects!

So what are you happy about? Share with us below!

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Selected Six

Every week at the bottom of our meetings, there is a comments section for members and guests to tell us what they enjoyed about the meeting or to ask questions to the speaker. We select six comments every week from last week’s meeting to be featured during this week’s meeting.

Here are six comments selected from last week’s meeting about Celebrate the Beat:

From member Felmer Lenida (California, USA):

“Wonderful meeting this week! Thank for the fantastic presentation, Dan and Tracy. Dance has always been a big part of my life since High School, so I’m glad to hear about your program!

From member Martin Fox (Utah, USA):

“Peilun’s vision is inspirational on so many levels. Twenty years into the execution of his vision, he thinks the village may, or may not, be completed in twenty more years. Those are the kinds of visions that change things. Long-term focus is often discounted in our disruptive, fast-moving global economy. You need both..

From member Nathan Gildart (Tokyo, Japan):

“Celebrate the Beat is awesome! Music and dance are an inherent element of the human spirit. (prehistoric societies have drums and likely had dances) It’s great that you reach out to children in need and giving them these opportunities. These days fine arts are the first to get cut from school programs, sadly. You’ve reminded me of the Global Rock Challenge, started in Australia. Very cool things they do. (http://www.globalrockchallenge… – I don’t dance, but used to manage a dance crew that participated in the Japan version of this)”

From member Hardeep Singh (California, USA):

“What an awesome program!! Tracy and Dan, thank you for being our guest speakers! CTB is so awesome!”

From member Yvonne Kwan (California, USA):

“I am a HUGE fan of the arts!! They influenced me so much in my own education as I grew up through band and theater, and I do what I can to bring the arts into my own classrooms. Tracy and Daniel, the work that you do with Celebrate the Beat is amazing! The way that performing arts can make children feel empowered is one of the many reasons why I love it. (Also, Tracy — I LOVE Spring Awakening!! So cool that you were an associate producer!)

From member Rushton Hurley (California, USA):

“Great effort by Tracy and Daniel and team – thanks for sharing your story with us! I loved the video about the Guizhou artist, as well. As I type, I’m finishing up my trip in Shanghai, and totally enjoyed the time exploring here, along with getting a few moments to connect with Brett Sham as part of our Coffee with a Rotarian project. Here’s a video from a few days ago for the group” 

Rushton also posted this video message in his comments last week:

Be sure to leave a comment at the end of this week’s meeting after you watch the program below, and perhaps you’ll see your comment featured next week!

The Program: Astro Photography

Every week we bring to you a program on innovation, education, entrepreneurship, and humanitarian service. Our guest speaker this week is one of our own members, Keith Marsh! Keith will be speaking to us about his work in photography, with a focus on Astro Photography.

Keith Marsh has been a Rotarian for over 30 years and is currently a charter member of our club, the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley. He has attended Rotary meetings on five continents and has worked on International Service projects in five countries including a recent trip to Cuba with H2Open Doors. Several of his photos have been published in The Rotarian magazine over the past 20 years and he was the winner of the 2016 Photo Contest. His interest in photography started when he was a young boy growing up in northern Idaho. He has been active is local and regional photography organizations for the past 20 years and has participated in over 200 photographic competitions. He served as the President of the Marin Photography Club and was a founding member of the Marin Digital Group.

His current interest is in Astrophotographic Nightscapes. He is a certified real estate appraiser and has been appraising custom homes in Marin County for 30 years. He lives in San Anselmo with his wife Helena who is also a Rotarian.

Below is a small selection of photos by Keith to give you a taste of what’s to come in the program!

Members and guests, please join me in welcoming Keith Marsh!

Related Links:

Reach out to Keith

If you have any questions for Keith, please feel free to leave a comment or question at the bottom of this meeting page.

Meeting Schedule

All of our guest speakers and programs are recorded live online. We welcome members and guests to join us in one of these upcoming recordings. Recordings are approximately 30 to 45 minutes long and are subject to change without notice. (Sometimes speakers cancel on us!)

Upcoming Recordings:

  • Recording with DeAnna Pursai with the College of Adaptive Arts at 3:30 PM Pacific Time, Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

If you would like to join us for any of the live recordings, please email [email protected] with your request. Requests will be checked up until 5 minutes prior to the recording time. Please note the timezone is all California, USA time.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Week of December 19 – College of Adaptive Arts
  • Week of December 26 – TBA

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  • Rory Olsen

    Keith, Thank you for a beautiful, fascinating program.

    If I may make a humble suggestion, if possible, someone might want to check the captioning at the bottom of the screen. The written words do not always match the spoken words.

    • Will look into that, Rory! Do you mean in the video itself?

  • Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne

    Such a beautiful hobby! Thanks, Keith, for showing us how vast the universe is. I was in Utah during the Super Moon. My photo was nothing like something Keith could produce. However, I like to think that I could improve, just not with my cell phone!

    • Awesome!! Very cool photo of the super moon! 🙂

  • Keith Marsh

    Rushton, loved the video postcard from Shanghai.

  • Andrew Taw

    Keith, such a cool presentation! Because of you, I just found out about the noise reduction function on my camera!!

    • Keith Marsh

      We all learn something new every day.

  • Tzviatko Chiderov

    Keith, this was awesome. I don’t know about “advanced amateur” 🙂 Thank you for speaking about your technique. I look forward to seeing more of your magical images.

  • Ferheen Abbasi

    Keith, wow. I am blown away. I wish I attended the live recording because I really really want to ask you a ton of questions! I recently got a DSLR and have been taking photos! I have no idea how to take photos at night so I want to pick your brain about it! Do you have any good (simple) advice (youtube videos?) for shooting at night? Like, if I wanted a good picture of christmas lights? 🙂

    Here are some pictures I took this weekend!! 🙂

    • Super cool! Kyoto!! Love this. 🙂

    • Keith Marsh

      Ferheen: your photos show you have a good eye. Christmas lights are very difficult because of the high contrast. The best way is to use HDR. Use a tripod and take 3-5 photo at 1 stop apart. Use software to combine them. You can also go to my website to get my camera settings for night exposures.

  • Jayprakash Deshpande

    Beautiful presentation Keith . Nightscapes are awesome ! Saved a few pictures . Thanks

  • BDL

    Loved the alpenglow shot at Mt Shasta! Thank you!!

  • Raquel D. Juncal

    Keith, awesome presentation! You should give us a workshop! 😀

  • ShagsCA

    Loved the program, Keith — sorry to have missed the live time with you. I fell in love with photography as a young child when my grandfather showed me his even-then antique Kodak bellows cameras. At a camp I learned the secrets of the darkroom and then was of the two official photographers at our high school. I’ve since moved from film to digital, but haven’t experimented to the degree you’ve shared. What fun it must be, though I wouldn’t have the patience! And the jellyfish video was amazing.

  • Nathan Gildart

    Keith, that’s really impressive stuff. You’ve got to be a very patient person to be able to do this kind of photography. I’ve always had problems dealing with light and exposure. I taught a Yearbook class for a couple of years but was only capable of helping students to a limited extent. Keep the photos coming. You’re a talented guy!

  • Keith, this was the perfect talk to watch as I prepare to go see Rogue 1! It’s wonderful to see your photographic art, as always. I took a look, and found a photo club that meets in San Jose near the airport the second and fourth Saturdays of each month ( Inspired by Keith, I’ll add a picture from my Shanghai trip, below.

    The jellyfish salt water lake video was a nice (and rather artistic) scientific addition, too. For the Tour de Tucson that raised over $10M for the fight to end polio, it’s worth mentioning that a Rotarian from The Rotary eClub of the Southwest USA, Sandy Abalos, and her husband Alan take part in that each year, and (I believe) were instrumental in getting John Hewko to participate. A group of us from that club were part of the core team that launched our eclub. A little history to go with the art and PE!

    • Keith Marsh

      Thanks, Rushton

  • Catherine Liu

    Wow! So good to see Rushton in Shanghai. We need more stories about the trip for sure!

  • Keith, gorgeous photos! Thanks for being so patient and taking such amazing pictures and for sharing your passion with us. That’s alot of dedication of being up through the nite but the results show how worthwhile it was.

    Yes I would swim with the jellyfish????

  • Richard Knaggs

    Happy Birthday to Lisa Highfill and Mahmood Khan. Have a wonderful birthday. Not sure about swimming with Jellies but great video anyway. I love the picture of the Supermoon andthe heron. Truly magical photos Keith. Thank you for presenting.

  • Felmer Lenida

    This meeting was amazing! I wish I was there for the Rotary El Tour de Tucson. I’ve been getting into cycling because of the company I’ve been working for, so it would be awesome if I can do that next year! Keith, thank you for the wonderful presentation! I’ve seen your work before, and I am always astonished by what have. I’ve been into photography ever since I was a sophomore in High School and Astro Photography has always been something I’ve always wanted to do but is always a challenge!

    I’ve attach a picture to this comment that I took a couple years back. I just hope I can be as good as you one day!

    • Keith Marsh

      Love the photo. Is that Aquarius?

      • Felmer Lenida

        I honestly don’t remember, but I do see Orion in the bottom left.

  • Martin Fox

    Thank you Keith for an amazing program. I found myself backing up the video and rewatching numerous sections. Loved it.

    And no… The jellyfish will not be seeing me in their Eil Malk Island habitat anytime soon. I much prefer dodging the occasional jellyfish from my surfboard. The thought of intentionally seeking them out isn’t my kind of adventure. Then again, never say never.

  • Brett Sham

    Keith, what a great presentation! As a hobbyist photographer, it was great to hear some of your tips and tricks and how you go about working your magic. Your photos look spectacular!

  • Kristi Govertsen

    Keith, this was so cool! It definitely inspires me to dig out the camera, and start experimenting.
    As for the jelly fish, I think I would be up for it!
    Yvonne, as always, your jokes crack me up. The “Say people!” picture was my favorite. 🙂

    • Yvonne Kwan

      Glad you’re enjoying the jokes, Kristi! 😀

  • Linda Tangren

    Keith, Just amazing photography! I always enjoy your photos and now I understand the tremendous work involved behind your work. I also took a few notes.Thank you!

  • john lozano

    Keith, thanks for the amazing presentation. You have developed a great picture gallery. I admire your patience to get the perfect shot. Keep up the great work.

  • Love the program Keith. You create extraordinary images and your work is an inspiration.

    As a Cinematographer leading a team, we aim to create the extraordinary in motion film/ video. Your talent for doing so in a single image is a gift. Please keep sharing.

  • Yvonne Kwan

    Wow. Keith, what an amazing presentation — I’m constantly blown away by your talent! I love looking at photos of the night sky and truly admire the hard work it takes to capture these beautiful pictures. Thank you!

  • Keith, that was a fantastic presentation. I especially appreciate creativity with your focus on planning and preparation – an aspect that is often lost. Your comments on light pollution truly hit home as well. The best view I have ever had of what the sky looks like at night came while I was on a sand bar in the middle of the Amazonian rain forest. Thanks again!

  • Paul Mosso

    Keith, great meeting! I truly enjoy your work.


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