May 4 Meeting Information

Alec Johnson

Photo by Alec Johnson

The May 4 meeting that begins at 6:30 pm will feature the second of four competition salons for the year.  Not all members are interested in competing, but I appreciate hearing insights about my images from people I respect.  I don’t always agree, but most of the time I come away from the experience with improvements I could make or my eyes are opened to defects in a photo I had fallen in love with.  It’s actually a learning experience for all the other salon images; I learn from those, too.  Best of all, I am inspired by the talent in this club!

Alec Johnson will be our judge.  Long time members will remember the presentation he gave to our club in 2013 on “Seeing in Black and White”.  He’s widely known for being a dynamic and inspirational teacher, honing his teaching skills as a professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas.   He is a regular speaker with metropolitan camera clubs, and his photographs have been widely published.  His fine art photography can be seen at his web site.

Reminder:  If you have prints to be judged (up to two), please bring them to the meeting 15 minutes before it begins.

Warning – Parking Challenge!

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Club Project News and Coming Up

Short Notice – Club Project Scouting Meet-up – Saturday April 23

Western Prairie Final Graphic Image with Black Background and Lighter Text Below ArchPlan to meet and depart from Not Just a Cafe at 850 N Knowles Ave, New Richmond, WI 54017 at 8:00 AM. Early risers who’d like to meet for breakfast or coffee beforehand can come at 7:00 AM.  Please note that this is a different location than mentioned in the WWPC Facebook discussion last week.

The purpose of this meet-up is to scout several state and federal prairie restoration sites in a six-mile corridor northeast of New Richmond, in preparation for the “Capture the Western Prairie” club project. This will be a good opportunity to brainstorm shooting strategies for capturing the subtle beauty of this landscape and telling the story of its restoration.

Prairie Wetland Afternoon - Lori Moilanen

Prairie Wetland Afternoon – Lori Moilanen











We’ll visit the Oak Ridge, Bierbrauer, Amschler, Hanten ,and Star Prairie waterfowl production areas, the Oak Ridge DNR site, and the DNR prairie nursery. These sites have examples of several prairie habitats, including grassland, wetland, oak savannah, and woodland.  If there’s time and interest, we can also stop at Saratoga Springs Park in Star Prairie   I will provide a map and basic driving directions on Saturday morning.  Carpooling is encouraged form the meeting point. I expect to be back at the NJC starting point in New Richmond by about 11:00 AM at the latest.

At this early point in the season, there’s not much new growth.  I see this a more of a scouting trip than a serious shooting morning, so it will be a rain or shine event. Ticks are active now, so I recommend being prepared in case we want to walk a short distance on some of the mowed paths.

If you plan on taking part, please use our contact form to sign up and I’ll send you Lori’s cell and any updates.

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Spring Break & Interclub Wrap-up

Spring Break

American Kestral

American Kestral – Mary Johnson

Amanda SB Eagle

Bald Eagle – Amanda Bierbaum










Spring Break was held at Mounds View High School on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 this year.  Jeff Morgan was the Saturday speaker and he came from “across the pond” (The Isle of Wight) to give his programs.  He had lived in the metropolitan area seven years ago and many people in the camera club community remember him fondly.  I attended a workshop with him in France in the summer of 2014 and beside being an inspiring teacher, he took us to some pretty nifty places.  He went out of his way to please everyone,  even to the point of giving me and another participant a five-hour drive back to Paris when the workshop ended.  Beside having a great speaker on Saturday, there was a meal and an opportunity to shoot birds from the U of M Raptor program during the lunch hour.  I had fun milling around the vendors’ area during the breaks and meeting up with photo friends.  Mike and Sue Fries, members of our club, had a tempting display of a variety of products they make, using their images or yours.  You can find them at Close-Up Images.  The Sunday speaker was Ian Plant.  I could look at his photos all day long and listening to the stories that go with them was pure pleasure. Continue reading »

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Call for Artists, a Free River Cruise, and More

Club member Amanda Bierbaum is a member of the Phipps Visual Arts Council and shared some exciting information with us at the March 2 meeting.

Phipps Call For Artists–National Parks: Personal Narratives

NPS-Call-for-ArtThe National Park Service celebrates its centennial in 2016. In these hundred years, the NPS mission has broadened from the preservation of unique natural sites to include historical and cultural places for our enjoyment and recreation. In appreciation of this, The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin, will host a juried art show entitled “National Parks – Personal Narratives” as the opening event in its newly refurbished galleries, October 21 – November 27, 2016. Artists are encouraged to submit their personal responses to our National Parks through depictions, interpretations, impressions, and memories.  The submission deadline is August 1, 4 pm.  More information is on the Phipps website.  Amanda had a handout on this at the March meeting, which had an incorrect email for submittal, so be sure to download the pdf.

Free River Photo Cruise


Photo by Amanda Bierbaum

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Club Project News and Reminders

One of our newest members, Ginny Gaynor, is also a member of The Prairie Enthusiasts (TPE).  They have an opportunity for a few people from WWPC to shoot prescribed burns being done by the group.   Here are details:

  1. We can only accommodate two WWPC members at each burn.
  2. A TPE volunteer will escort you during the burn and let you know where you can or cannot be.
  3. You must be willing to share some of your photos with TPE to use in education and promotion of their mission (preservation of prairies and fire-dependent landscapes).
  4. Physical ability. You must be in good physical condition and able to walk off trail on uneven terrain.    (You don’t have to be an athlete, you should just be able to walk quickly without breathing too heavily.)
  5. Smoke. Must be able to tolerate some smoke.   We’ll minimize the time you’ll be in the smoke, but expect to be in the smoke at times.
  6. Because burns are weather dependent, scheduled burns may be cancelled or postponed to later in the day.
  7. The burns will typically start mid to late morning and last around 4 hours. You would need to be free all day, since exact time is not always known in advance.
  8. If you’re scheduled for the burn, you’ll receive a detailed list of what to wear (leather footwear and non-synthetic clothing).

The Prairie Enthusiasts group is planning on at least three burns this season.  If you are interested in participating please use our contact form to let me know. I have everyone’s email address, but please include your phone number.

Project Galleries

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March Meetings

Brian PetersonWhat a pleasure it was to have Brian Peterson with us for our first meeting of the month!  It was interesting to get an understanding of what it is like to be a working photographer-journalist.  Considering all of his local and national awards, he came across as humble and down to earth.  When sharing information about “State of Wonders”, Brian told his experience about self-publishing a printed book.  Brian generously brought a signed print that was given to one of our members who purchased a book.  Congratulations to Carol Menke for being the winner!  The real take-away for me was hearing about the way he approaches a subject to tell the story.  Coincidentally, that is one of our assignments this year.

Judging N4C – Saturday, March 19, 9 am to noon

I would first like to say thank-you for letting me serve as yourOur club joined the N4C almost two years ago and since then our members have been entering their monthly contests.  This month it’s our turn to judge the travel contest, a first for us.  We expect to receive close to a hundred digital images.  You are welcome to stop by to observe or to help.


 Lighting with Off Camera Flash – Sunday, March 20, 1:00-3:00 pm with Ted Johnston

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Upcoming Meeting and News

February 17  Meeting Summary

SelfieIt was such a pleasure to have John Gregor with us!  I enjoyed hearing how he likes to keep things simple and how he stays with what works for him.  I picked up a few things and I am hoping this has generated more interest on the part of our members to print more often and enter prints in our competitions.  To do that, just bring one or two prints to our competition meetings fifteen minutes before the meeting starts.  The printer that John Gregor recommended for those who do not do their own printing is Paint Addict. They will be one of the vendors at Spring Break this year on March 12 and 13. Speaking of Spring Break, if you are planning on taking part, register by March 1, their deadline for ordering the food for Saturday. See the Camera Council website for more information with details on the speakers, and this is the link to register. It will be a great weekend of learning, shopping and visiting with photography friends. Mike and Sue Fries, fellow members and owners of CloseUp Images, will also be there as one of the vendors.

Upcoming Meeting, March 2, 6:30 pm

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Coming up – John Gregor and Spring Break

John Gregor

SelfieAt the next meeting on Wednesday, February 17th, John Gregor will be here to give a presentation on “The Art of the Fine Art Print.” This will cover his approach on how he selects and processes the images he chooses to print. He will do a short demonstration showing Photoshop for his post processing and how he completes his images for presentation.

John’s website is and he does nature and travel photography workshops. Most of these are on the North Shore with relatively small groups. On one of his workshops last fall, we started shooting before sunrise and didn’t finish until the sun set. Lots of shooting!  I also recommend signing up for his newsletter. He sends these out about once a month and though he does a little promoting of his workshops, he includes great interesting and informative articles for photographers.  And you can follow him on Facebook.

Spring Break is March 12-13, 2016

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February Meeting Summary and News

Meeting Summary

Western Prairie Final Graphic Image with Black Background and Lighter Text Below Arch

The appearance of Missy Sparrow started off the February 3rd meeting. Missy is a biologist with the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources and is our contact for the club’s project to “Capture the Western Prairie.” Missy’s slide show and her enthusiasm is contagious and I can hardly wait to be involved. Lori and I have added more information on the project, so check out the 2016 Club Project page.

Just for Fun!

As the break ended, Michael Huber got us all lined up for a 360-degree group shot, using the Ricoh Theta S. How fun is that? Thanks, Michael! We can always count on you to show us the cutting edge in the photography world!  (Michael is the one with rabbit ears.)

PhotoClub 16-0203 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA


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Looking Forward to February

It was gratifying to see such a great turnout for John Pennoyer’s presentation on winter photography on the 20th. More of John’s work can be seen at his web site, and here you can check out the wide variety of classes he teaches at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. John even showed all the details of how he dresses for the cold weather. For a slightly different take on how to dress, John Gregor has a video, “Fashion Tips for Winter Photographers”.

Two February Meetings!

At the February 3 meeting Missy Sparrow Lien from the DNR will give a short presentation that is pertinent to our 2016 club project. Lori Moilanen, the project manager, has added more information to the project page and the Phipps has approved of an exhibit in the entrance that will be shown from September 15 to October 22, 2017.

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