November Meeting Summary and Lots More

The first order of business was to hold elections of officers for 2016. I was elected to another term as president and Mike Waterman as Salon Coordinator, also for a second year. Betty Bryan was elected as Treasurer, replacing Kathy Lauerer, who took good care of our finances for many years.

Competition Salon

The November judged salon concludes our monthly competitions for the year and Mike has been busy working with our year end judge. The gallery of the November salon images includes those that are considered accepted for year end, having scored eight or more points. You can see all those inspiring works here.

2015 Member Goals

The highlight of the evening were the presentations given by our members on their achievements this year with goals they had set at the beginning of the year. Thanks and congratulations to Michael Huber, Ted Johnston, Bryan Leonard, Ken Krautbauer Lori Moilanen and Marge Springett. It was awesome! Continue reading »

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November Meeting Coming Up!

We will have a short business meeting with elections for club officers. I am willing to continue as president another year and Michael Waterman has agreed to continue as the Salon Coordinator. Kathy Lauerer, after many years of service as our Treasurer, will be handing the checkbook over to Betty Bryan. Thanks so much, Kathy! (All of this will happen if the members agree.)

Judged Salon

We will also have the final judged competition salon. I still learn new things from the judges we have had and have been inspired by the images submitted by so many talented members our club. All images receiving a score of eight or more this year will be sent to a judge to determine the annual club awards that will be announced at our year end celebration on December 16. This will be held at a member’s home and invitations will be sent by email.

Member Goals

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This is the part of the meeting that I am really excited about seeing. Short presentations will be given by members who worked on a photographic goal for 2015. These diverse goals include photographing the sky with a camera connected to a telescope (Bryan Leonard), portrait photography with a focus on posing (Ted Johnston), wildlife photos in Namekagon Barrens (Marge Springett), creative environmental portraits of his daughter (Michael Huber), the creation of a technically sound and artistic bird portfolio (Lori Moilanen), a time-lapse video of clouds in Hudson (Art Juchno), and Ken Krautbauer will show images from his “At My Feet” series.

See you Wednesday night, 6:30 pm!


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Storage, backup and the “Cloud”


Assortment of Drives

In the mid-month meeting for October I will cover
what the photographer needs to know about choosing from among the different storage options for primary storage, backup and archiving.

If you are confused about hard drives, SSD drives, external drives, NAS, SAN, RAID, and “the cloud” (among others), come join me for what I hope will be an informative presentation. Continue reading »

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October Is Off to a Great Start

Crex Group Web

Photo by Art Juchno

Our month began on October 3 with a huge turnout at Crex Meadows.Our thanks go to Marge Springett for organizing this and acting as quide. Thanks for the photo of the group, Art!  If you have photos to share, send them to and I’ll put up a gallery.

At our regular meeting on October 7, Michael Waterman gave an information-packed tutorial on “Sports Photography”. I gave a short report on the N4C Convention that I attended in Omaha in September. There I learned that Michael Huber was given an Honorable Mention in their end of year “Best of the Best” for his creative image, ‘Basket Ballin’. Our club was also awarded third place for our web site.

Creative 2nd Place - Basket Ballin - Michael Huber

Michael Huber’s award winning photo

3rd Place Green Web

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October is Here!

photo by Michael Waterman

Our meeting on Wednesday, October 7, 6:30 pm, will feature a tutorial by Michael Waterman on sports photography.  The presentation will introduce basic techniques to capture the action and excitement of sporting events. We will learn skills to take better sports photographs, whether it be of youth recreational leagues or professional teams.   Following that there will be time to socialize and then discuss member submitted photos. Submit your discussion photos by Monday, October 5, to

Crex Meadows Crane Shoot

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Photo by Marge Springett

With the fall season now upon us, the cranes are in abundance at Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area in Grantsburg. Marge Springett will lead a photowalk there on Saturday, October 3. She will meet us at the Visitors Center at 3:00 pm and take us on a tour, ending at the roost site before 4:00 p.m. Marge recommends bringing a long lens and a lawn chair.   Map

Group Exhibits

The exhibit at Westfields Hospital is about to end. Two pieces were sold and I’ve heard that staff, patients and visitors made many positive comments about our work.  The exhibit at Hudson Hospital will soon begin. This is an announcement I’ve been working on and if you are one of the artists, send me an image of your work, to help fill in the blanks. Continue reading »

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Reminder, Help-Portrait and Photowalk News

Special Meeting This Wednesday Night!

Rikk FlohrAdobe’s Lightroom program is one I could not live without. We are fortunate to have Rikk Flohr at our meeting this Wednesday night, where he will spend the evening on Lightroom’s develop module. I know I will have questions for him.  The meeting begins at 6:30 pm.



Help-Portrait Eau Claire Event

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Tonight’s meeting…Bring your camera!

Corey GafferCorey Gaffer will give a short presentation of his work and who he is, which will include architectural photography and his process. There will be some interesting tidbits of information that people could see as useful. He will then go into the video he recently completed at the Ralph Rapson Cube where he used drones and projections mapping.

Bring Your Camera!

He will then have a little experiment in projection mapping that we can all do together.   Cameras can be used during the projection mapping project experiment and then Corey has an idea for a cool portrait to take of everyone at the meeting.

I can hardly wait!


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Two Great Meetings Coming Up for September!

September 2 – Corey Gaffer

Corey GafferOur regular meeting; that begins at 6:30 pm, will feature Minneapolis architectural photographer and videographer Corey Gaffer. Corey will discuss how he utilizes some of today’s best technologies to create high end commercial content. His images are held in the archive at Esto Photographics alongside images from master photographer Ezra Stoller. Corey has also apprenticed at Hedrich Blessing in Chicago, a renowned architectural photography firm. If you are interested in architecture, photography, time-lapse, drones, or projection mapping, this will be a program to attend.   You can find see some of Corey’s work here.







September 16 – Rikk Flohr on the Lightroom Develop Module

Rikk FlohrThis special meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

Rikk Flohr is a professional photographer, image consultant and instructor. In January of 2006 he left the corporate world in favor of his own consulting company, Fleeting Glimpse Images, LLC, founded in 1998. Rikk serves the imaging community with a variety of services related to photography, graphic design and instruction. In addition to full studio operations, he shoots corporate events around the US.  He is also currently employed by Adobe as the Community Manager for Adobe Voice.

He was a featured columnist for Corel Draw Unleashed magazine, writing about various Digital Photography and Image Editing topics. He teaches at national software conferences like CorelWorld, the CorelDraw User’s Conference, PowerPoint Live, Presentation Summit, and Adobe’s Photoshop & You. In addition, he regularly presents at regional photographic societies and teaches a variety of topics in digital capture, processing and workflow.

He has served as Artist in Residence at Badlands National Park and conducts various workshops, both in classroom and in the field on all aspects of digital imaging. Over the past four years he has conducted a twice-yearly series of Badlands photography workshops. He currently serves as Field and Classroom Instructor for Worldesigns Photo’s Costa Rica tours and is a veteran of 12 photography expeditions to this Central American country.

Rikk Flohr/Fleeting Glimpse Images on Facebook      Fleeting Glimpse Images Blog    Holy Crop Blog

See you all next week!

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August Meeting Summary and Upcoming Photo Events

Ted Johnston

Ted Johnston demonstrating a flash accessory

Art Juchno

Art Juchno shopping

At the August meeting, which included a salon judged by Mariann Cyr, we got some valuable feedback on our images and got a shot of inspiration from some of our fellow members.  The gallery of images scoring seven or more is here.   Following that, we held our Photo Gear Garage Sale and it was fun talking with others.  It turned out that a lot of the things were free for the taking.





Free Photography in the Park Event

Falcon by Mike Waterman

Award-winning raptor shot from Spring Break by Michael Waterman

The Fort Snelling State Park Camera Club, a fellow member club of the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs, will be hosting a Photography-in-the Park event at Fort Snelling State Park on Saturday, September 12. This is a free event that will include a one-time use sticker for entry into the park.

The day starts out at 7:15 with a deer walk and throughout the day there are workshops, and nature walks and time with birds from the Raptor Center. Workshops include presentations on dragonflies, Isle Royale National Park, Whitetail Ways, Urban Wildlife, Novice Wildlife Q & A, Dakota Language, and Photographing Fort Snelling State Park. There will also be a tour of the Upper Post. Scheduled events will end at 3:30. You must register to attend and details are on the registration site.

I recommend registering early, as the events have capacities that may fill up fast. This is a rain or shine event. I’m not sure there will be food vendors that day, so bring a bag lunch.

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DIY Light Wand

I wanted to try and make a ‘light saber like’ wand to do some light painting. Got everything from Menards and went to work! Really easy to put together and I will have fun trying it in different settings. This video shows how it was built and a few examples.

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