My Compositing

Terry asked if I could explain a bit about the composite images I have recently been doing. I was inspired by the work of photographer Joel Grimes and love the illustrative, contrasty and exaggerated look of his composites. Capturing the images is surprisingly simple – the post-processing however can be a bit complicated. I don’t go into great depth here as it would be a very long video! This whole video was filmed with the GoPro Hero 3+. Watch in HD and full screen!

I like trying different things… but am mastering none! Having said that, I am having fun and I encourage everyone to get out of your comfort zone and explore this art called photography!

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Upcoming Meeting, News and Information

Our next meeting at 6:30 on May 6 will feature a showing of member submitted images that will be judged by Russ Borud, a St. Paulite. Russ has done wedding and commercial work, has had one-man shows and has also taught photography. He says that his first serious camera was purchased with money earned by picking potatoes in 1947 and that the photographic arts has been his milk and honey for many years.

Members Mike and Sue Fries, owners of CloseUp Images, will be showing some of their unique printing options for photos and will be offering a discount to our members. Personally, I love the look of the metal prints that they do and am thinking that it could be a great alternative presentation for my contribution to the group exhibits that we have coming up this year. You can find them on our member links in the sidebar.

Do you have any old photography magazines? I have a few and will be bringing them to be recycled by our members. We will put out a box at every meeting for “freebies” like this.

N4C News

Desert Rainbow-Amanda

Since February, our members have been competing in the monthly N4C contests, and Amanda Bierbaum was just awarded a 1st Place for “Desert Rainbow” for the month of April. This is her second 1st Place award in just three months! Check out the inspiring galleries and consider entering future contests. This is one of the benefits of membership in our club. Continue reading »

Posted in Club Meeting Info, Competition, Educational, Inspiration

Photography News and Events-Correction!

Infinite_Worlds_Cover_Art_Simon_SchusterThe correct time for the Michael Soluri event is 6:00 pm on Friday, May 1.

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Photography News and Events

Free Inspirational Program

Infinite_Worlds_Cover_Art_Simon_SchusterOn Friday, May 1, a Space St.Croix launch event will be held at the Phipps. The free program, which will be held in the same room that we meet, will begin at 6:00 pm, with a question and answer period at 7:00 pm.

New York City-based documentary photographer Michael Soluri will speak about his latest work, “Infinite Worlds” (Simon & Schuster). For three years, Soluri had exclusive access to the astronaut crew, labor force and tools of the shuttle mission that saved and extended the life of the Hubble Space Telescope. With a Foreword by John Glenn, “Infinite Worlds”, through photographs and first person stories, reveals the art, craft and evidence of human spaceflight on Earth and in space. Continue reading »

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Upcoming Meeting April 1

150320-5847The April meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm, will feature a presentation, “Judging Photographs”, by our own Michael Waterman. His program will take into consideration technical qualities, composition and impact. Michael is a popular judge for the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs (TCACCC) and is often called upon to judge competition salons for area clubs. With this information, we will all have an insight into what photography clubs consider important in competitions, and it will also be useful for self-critique. Following the program we will discuss member-submitted photos. Send your photos by Monday, March 30 to be included in the discussion.

TCACCC Interclub Competition Results

One of the benefits of membership in the TCACCC is its annual competition. Results were announced at Spring Break and our members brought home many ribbons and awards. The galleries of inspiring images are here. Congratulations to the photographers and to our club!   We were awarded third place (out of 23 member clubs) for the club competition this year.

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March Meetings Summary and News

Ian PlantIan Plant

Ian Plant spoke to a packed house on the 4th, and a few visitors said they had come just to see his program. His insights were informative and his photography inspiring! Ian appreciated the warm welcome we gave him and he is passing along a “small token” of his thanks by offering a 10% discount on purchases from his online store. The discount code to use at checkout is DREAMSCAPES1, and his store is here.  For future reference, Ian’s website is now one of our educational links on the sidebar.




Ted Flash by Art Juchno

Photo by Art Juchno

We had a great turnout at the Flash Workshop on the 8th. Ted Johnston shared his prodigious knowledge of flash and if you’d like his outline of the presentation, you can download it from our learning page here.   An important note: Ted refers to “VAL” a few times in the tutorial and for those who were not there, VAL is his abbreviation for “Voice Activated Light”, referring to his sweet daughter, Grace, who served as his assistant.

Following Ted’s tutorial, we headed down to the Black Box theatre to use Michael Huber’s flash setup. Michael put together a time-lapse video from the theatre, which also includes incredible images that he has taken in his home studio.

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Upcoming Meeting March 4

Ian Plant - Ice Cave Self-PortraitMarch will be a great month for the club!

Our meeting on the 4th will feature world renowned professional photographer, writer and adventurer, Ian Plant. The title of his presentation is “Essential Tips for Making Great Photos”. Ian is a Tamron Image Master and frequent contributor to, and blogger for, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, a Contributing Editor to Popular Photography Magazine, and a monthly columnist for Landscape Photography Magazine.

Plant is also the author of numerous books and instructional videos. I am currently reading his “Chasing the Light” and am overwhelmed by the variety and quality of his work.  He leads photography workshops and tours around the world to help beginner and advanced photographers explore and expand their personal vision. His personal photographic project, Dreamscapes, moves beyond the literal and transforms subjects into something unexpected, bridging the line between the real and surreal. Ian relies on long exposures, unique lighting conditions, non-traditional perspectives, and special natural events to show his subjects in a new light. Ian travels the world, seeking out the hidden spaces in between the familiar, in his never-ending quest to inspire, entertain, and educate others in the art of photography. Check out his website to learn more about him and to download his free ebook. Continue reading »

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Meeting Summary and News

Layne Kennedy BisonWhat a great meeting we had this month! During the judged salon we saw inspiring images, and the judge, Linda Rutherford, helped us to see some of the things we so often overlook because of our emotional attachments to a photo we make. After years in a photo club, I am still learning from hearing the comments on my own work and on the work of others.  The February salon images are here.

Layne Kennedy, our speaker, was amazing! We were fortunate that he was able to take time from his busy schedule to share his experiences as a professional and his own unique path to success. One way of thanking him would be to check out his web site and purchase a few of his  cards or a print. Special thanks to Lori Moilanen for arranging his appearance.

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Upcoming Meeting February 4

We have a really great meeting coming up on February 4. After a few quick announcements our guest judge, Linda Rutherford, will comment on the photos submitted for the judged salon. Linda’s relationship with photography started when she was 12 years old and dates back to her darkroom days. This is a valuable learning experience for everyone.

A Very Special SpeakerPhotographer Layne Kennedy-Greenland copy

Following the judged salon, Minneapolis based photographer Layne Kennedy will take the stage. Educated in fine art photography, he is known for his editorial photography that conveys a strong sense of place. His images are featured in magazines worldwide on subjects as varied as Pink Dolphins in the Amazon River to traveling with Polar Inuit hunters by dogsled. His feature work appears regularly in Smithsonian, LIFE, Audubon, Islands, Sports Illustrated, Terre Sauvage, Nature Conservancy, Newsweek, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Outdoor Explorer, GEO, Forbes, Business Week and other magazines. Continue reading »

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When a Lake Freezes Over


I grew up on a small lake and I remember one winter, the lake froze solid over night. For the next week, before the snow came, we could ice skate the entire lake and see the fish and weeds below us. It was magical!

That memory came back to me when I ran across some fabulous images and decided to dig a little deeper into where they were taken.

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Posted in Inspiration, Just for fun