2021 LHSA Fall Conference Program

Jul 14, 2021  By Richard Rejino

Meetings and times are subject to change.

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Thursday, October 21

LHSA Conference attendees arrive

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM: LHSA Board meeting

6 PM – 8:30 PM: Dinner with others of your choice – inside the adjoining Bellevue Square Mall there are more than 50 restaurants and 30 cafés! There are hundreds more within walking distance!  

8:30 PM: Informal Meet and Greet at the hotel – bar location TBD

Friday, October 22 : Featured Speakers and Soirée

8 AM: Registration & Leica-on-Loan

Try out the newest Leica gear for 24 hours. Cameras and lenses galore.

8 AM: Continental Breakfast courtesy of LHSA

8:45 AM Introduction – Keith Sbiral, LHSA President

9 – 9:45 AM: Leica Film Camera Competitors Through History with Richard Chalfan

Richard Chalfan, former Leica Store Bellevue ambassador and lifelong Leica enthusiast and collector will discuss and demonstrate his fascinating collection of film cameras that were direct competition for Leica throughout the 20th century.

10 – 10:45 AM: LHSA Business Meeting

11-11:45 AM: The Leica S for M Photographers with Philip Blair

Leica Akademie instructor and LHSA Webinar presenter Philip Blair will share his journey from Leica M digital to the Leica S medium format camera system and highlight the unique benefits and challenges of each platform as he shows us his remarkable landscape photographs.

11:45 PM: Lunch with others of your choice – many places from which to choose!

2 – 2:50 PM – Cheriss May Soul Connection: Storytelling with Passion and Purpose

Cheriss will present her journey as a visual storyteller from photojournalism through portraiture and art photography, discussing what is required to convey meaning through imagery. She will also address attendee questions with the goal of making everyone a better visual communicator.

3 – 4:30 PM – Trade Fair – An annual favorite, the Trade Fair is an opportunity to haggle and huddle with your favorite Leica collectors and sellers.

5 – 7 PM LHSA Soirée – Presented by Leica Store Bellevue and The Bellevue Collection

Join us at the Leica Store Bellevue for the LHSA Soirée. We will start with complimentary soft drinks and light hors d’oeuvres while surrounded by all the current Leica cameras, lenses, accessories and wonderful staff. The selected images of the 2021 annual meeting photo event will have their prints on display at the Leica Store gallery!

7 PM – late: Dinner on Your Own

Saturday, October 23 – Seattle   

8 AM: Leica on Loan & Registration

8 AM: Continental Breakfast courtesy of LHSA

9:15 AM: Board bus at the hotel (must be pre-registered)

9:30-11:00 AM: Explore and Photograph Historic Pike Place Market in Seattle

11 – 12:45 PM: Lunch on your own at Pike Place Market – lots of choices!

1:00 PM: Board bus at the designated market location to return to the hotel

1:30 – 4:00 PM: Photo Show-and-Tell of your morning photos at Pike Place Market

1:30 – 2:15 PM: Select and edit your photos and pick two to share with the group

2:15 – 4:00 PM: Sandra Eisert will guide us through a discussion of your shared photos

4:00 – 4:30 PM: Closing with special announcements,

Closing with special announcements, including a short address by attending Leica exec(s). Including the announcement of the 2021 Grant recipient.

6 PM – Whenever PM: Banquet (hotel – must be pre-registered, pre-paid)

Before Friday or after Saturday: On Your Own

Here are some ideas for you if you’d like to come to Seattle a little early and/or stay in the area for a few days and see more of the great things Seattle has to offer!

  • Space Needle, Chihuly Glass Museum, and Pop Culture Museum at Seattle Center
  • Boeing Factory Tour (Everett (40 min drive))
  • Flying Heritage & Combat Air Museum (Paul Allen, Everett (40 min drive))
  • Seaplane Tours from Lake Union
  • Starbucks Reserve Tour
  • Theo Chocolate Factory Tour
  • Snoqualmie Falls
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Wings Over Washington at Pier 57 – 15-minute motion ride with dome video
  • Seattle Great Wheel at Pier 57 – 175 feet tall!
  • Seattle Aquarium at Pier 59
  • Woodinville Winery Tours
  • Puget Sound / Lakes Boat Tours
  • Baseball at T-Mobile Park or Football at CenturyLink Field
  • Many spectacular restaurants (advance reservations)


Richard Rejino
Richard is the Executive Director of LHSA - The International Leica Society and a part-time professional photographer. He is also a classically trained pianist, writer and published author. His book, "What Music Means to Me" is available from Hal Leonard Corporation.

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>9:15 AM: Board bus at the hotel (must be pre-registered)

>9:30-11:00 AM: Explore and Photograph Historic Pike Place Market in Seattle

As a life-long Seattleite, I can assure you it will take longer than 15 minutes to get from downtown Bellevue to Pike Place Market, even on a Saturday morning. You have to traverse three freeways and a miles-long floating bridge. I’d say 30 minutes is about the best you can hope for.

Some more suggestions for the On Your Own section:

-Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill gives a classic view of Seattle with Mount Rainier behind.
-Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill provides a view of the city, and also has a decommissioned water tower you can climb for a higher vantage point, the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM), and the Volunteer Park Conservatory, all nice places to take photos.
-The Jose Rizal Bridge (12th Ave) on Beacon Hill is another classic view of downtown Seattle and the stadiums, especially at night with two freeways streaming below.
-The north tip of Alki in West Seattle provides an expansive view across Elliott Bay, particularly when out on the dock at Luna Park, showing all of downtown, the grain terminal, much of the Port of Seattle, Magnolia Bluff, and more.
-Gasworks Park is a fun place to take pictures of the old machinery and look out across Lake Union at downtown and the Space Needle.
-The University of Washington campus has lots of gorgeous buildings and landscaping, including the famous Rainier Vista.
-The Washington Park Arboretum is a green oasis in the city providing wetland boardwalks and many unique species of trees.

There are tons more places I could list. My suggestion is to try various searches online like “best views Seattle”, “best photo spots Seattle”, and so on, and pick where you plan to visit beforehand.

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