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 photos@wiphotoclub.com

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.



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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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July Was a Busy Month!

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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 photos@wiphotoclub.com.

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

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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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