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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July Was a Busy Month!

Damsel Fly 2 - Kathy Lauerer

Damsel Fly 2 – Kathy Lauerer


Lori Moilanen organized a nature photowalk on the 11th at Willow River State Wildlife Area at Three Lakes. Damselflies, caterpillars, butterflies and wildflowers were the chief subject matter. On the 18th, Bryan Leonard and I hosted a Milky Way shoot just south of Deer Park. It was a beautiful night well spent with club friends. You can check out the nature gallery here and the Milky Way shoot here.

Westfields Hospital Exhibit & Reception

The club’s group exhibit was hung on the 8th and we had a great turnout for the reception which was held on the 23rd. It was especially nice to see members that showed up to support our club. We have received a lot of positive feedback on the quality and variety of work, including the sale of two pieces so far. It’s not too late to see the exhibit… it will be there until October 4.  Thanks to Ron Raymond for attending and getting these pictures.

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Coming Up: Garage Sale and Club Exhibit

Garage Sale BannerOur First Photo Gear Garage Sale!!!

Start gathering some of those things in your camera bag that you would like to turn into cash at the August meeting, which is on Wednesday, the 5th at 6:30 pm.  We will have some extra tables set up and following the judged salon the sale will begin.  I also have a few good books and some freebies, along with a lens, a camera bag and filters from the film days.

Westfields Hospital Artists’ Reception on Thursday

Nineteen of our members have 40 amazing pieces of work on display at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond from now until October 4.  The Artists’ Reception is Thursday, July 23, 5:30-7:30 pm, and refreshments will be served.  We appreciate this opportunity to have our work seen by a wider audience and besides all the positive comments about our work, in just one week, two pieces have already sold!

Westfields Announcement

If you would like to share this invitation, here it is in a zip file.

I hope to see you Thursday night!

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Upcoming Meeting

Bucklew_5687Just a quick reminder that because of the Independence Holiday, our July meeting will held be at 6:30 pm on the 8th,  instead of the 1st. At the meeting Jeff Bucklew will show a few of his great images and discuss his creative choices and technical details. Jeff will soon be making a blog post to give us a preview.

Following Jeff, we will have a discussion salon. Send up to two images by July 6 that you would like to discuss, get feedback or just to share to

Important Photowalk Update

Because of the probability of thunderstorms this afternoon, the Photowalk for the Little Log House Pioneer Village will be rescheduled.

Exhibit News

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June Meeting Summary and News

At the June Meeting

Photowalk-Frank - Terry Butler

Frank Piontek at the 2013 event

John Anderson’s images and his presentation on event photography was an inspiration. I thought his advice was practical, too, since it translates to capturing family “events” and shooting opportunities for many places and events we attend.  My favorite remark of John’s had to do with getting access:   He’d rather ”ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.”

As a follow-up to John’s tutorial, we will go as a group to the Cruisin’ on the St. Croix Hot Rod and Vintage Car Show event in Stillwater on June 24. There will be vintage cars, interesting people, food, and live rock ‘n’ roll music.

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Live Music – photo by Michael Waterman

Photowalk 2 - Terry Butler

Interesting People


Our Club is Growing

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Upcoming Meeting and News

At the June 3 meeting, which will begin at 6:30 pm, J. Arthur Anderson will be giving a presentation on “Event Photography.”  John is perhaps better known in the area photography community for his award-winning images of wildlife. He has been a regular contributor to Minnesota Birding, a publication of the Minnesota Ornithological Union (MOU). Many of his images have been used for educational purposes by state and federal parks.

A Special Place

churchhall Also coming up in June, on Sunday, the 28th, is a photowalk at the Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings. The village has some forty-five restored buildings, a replica of the Hastings Spiral Bridge, a flower garden that spans over 40,000 square feet and even a dirt track for tractor and truck pulls. The only time when they are open to the public is for their Antique Power Show, a three day extravaganza for which they charge $10 a day. Our club will have a unique opportunity of having the place to ourselves. The cost will be $5.00 per member. We will meet at the exit 2 Park and Ride at 4:00 pm for carpooling and arrival a little before 5:00.  More details will be sent to the members who signed up for photowalk email notifications. (Our calendar page will also be updated for the time.)  There will be tons of subject matter as seen by the map. Continue reading »

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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 »

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