Waterfalls and Save the Date!


High Falls on the Pigeon River by Rikk Flohr

Rikk FlohrRikk Flohr will be the guest speaker at the special meeting on June 15, 6:30 pm.  The title of his presentation is “Waterfalls” and it will include capture techniques and loads of inspiration.  Rikk is a professional photographer, image consultant and instructor, serving the imaging community with a variety of services related to photography, graphic design and instruction. In addition to full studio operations, Flohr shoots corporate events around the US. and is also currently employed by Adobe as the Community Manager for Adobe Voice.

He’s been a featured­ columnist for CorelDraw Unleashed magazine, writing about various digital photography and image editing topics. He also 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 present at regional photographic societies and teach a variety of topics in digital capture, processing and workflow.

Currently Rikk’s work can be seen at his website and he also maintains Holy Crop, a blog devoted solely to the cropping of images.

Save the Date!  St. Croix Valley Photo Day

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Brian Hansel and Parnell Prairie in Somerset

Bryan HanselAt our June 1 meeting (6:30 pm) Bryan Hansel will present “The Elements of Composition:  Simplicity, Flow and Relationships”. Bryan’s program description: “Did you know that the rule of thirds was contrived and created by a statistician with no art background who was trying to determine where best to put a subject in a painting? Or that there are many valid reasons for placing the horizon in the center of a photo of a photo? These and many other rules of composition take away from the way that our imaginations and creativity actually work. During this presentation, you’ll learn a more organic approach to composition — one that works the way that we do in the field. While organic, the method accounts for how photos are viewed as art and focuses on how best to exploit how your photo’s viewer sees.”

I am looking forward to hearing about this approach to composition.

Bryan is an award-winning professional landscape, portrait, commercial photographer and outdoor educator. He was named as one of the top 100 landscape photographers to follow by 121Clicks. He has over 25 years of photography experience with publication credits ranging from National Geographic and Outdoor Photographer to Lake Superior Magazine and National Park Traveler. He started his popular photography workshop program in 2006. His programs take students to the best and often unknown locations in the northland and across the nation to many National Parks. He lives in Grand Marais, Minnesota and his work can be seen at his web site, Bryan Hansel.com

Club Project News-Parnell Prairie

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Club Project Update from Lori Moilanen

Western Prairie Final Graphic Image with Black Background and Lighter Text Below ArchAs you may know, our club is doing something new this year – a club project called “Capture the Western Wisconsin Prairie”.  The overview of the project and its goals is here.  There are links for background information, DNR resources, and project photo galleries.  The photo galleries page includes instructions for uploading images, and an updated list of image priorities, as well as quite a few photos.   Also, please note that we will add a new gallery for creative images once we receive some.  Now you can feel free to pan, blur, composite, or creatively post-process to capture the spirit of the prairie landscape and its inhabitants.


Project Meetups

Monarch Butterfly on Clover - Marianne Diericks

photo by Marianne Diericks

We had our first project meetup a couple of weekends ago. Seven members met to scout nine locations in the New Richmond and Star Prairie area. Things are now starting to pick up on the Western Wisconsin prairie sites.  Resident birds are nesting and hatching young, bumblebees and butterflies are on the wing, migratory birds are returning, and native plants are starting to flower. I’m working with other WWPC members and DNR contact Missy Sparrow to plan additional project meet-ups.  Our goal is to have a couple of organized shooting opportunities each month, from May – September.  The list includes shoots at at least one private site, the Carpenter Nature Center Wisconsin Campus, Prairie Days at Willow River State Park, the DNR prairie nursery, Maplewood Nature Center, and the native butterfly house at Beaver Creek Reserve near Eau Claire.  If you have other location suggestions, please feel free to pass them along.

Save the Date for the Next Meetup!

photo by Melissa Anderson

photo by Melissa Anderson

The next scheduled meet-up is planned for Saturday morning May 21 in the Hudson area – SAVE THE DATE.  We’re hoping for some native lupines in bloom, but the lupine forecast is a still a little hazy at the moment.

Sign Up for Meetup Notifications

To be kept informed on planned project meetups please sign up at a meeting, or use the contact form here, on this website.  Though we expect to create Facebook events and make blog posts, this will be the best way of informing interested members of last minute updates or cancellations.


A Few Cautions about Images

A couple of people have asked if images can only be taken on DNR and USFWS restoration sites.  While images shot on restoration sites are preferable, images from other locations are welcome as long as they are representative of native Western Wisconsin prairie.  One word of warning for flower photographers – please note that some of the most common and showy flowers along roadsides and other locations are invasive species – these should be avoided in project images.  DNR has published free guides that show common invasive species, available at http://dnr.wi.gov/files/pdf/pubs/fr/FR0464.pdf  And at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/invasives/documents/NR40_handout_Rd2_Final_vcs5.pdf

Shooting on DNR and USFWS restoration sites will help minimize the chance of including invasive species in your images.

Three Lakes Area - Troy Schmidt-1

Photo by Troy Schmidt

‘Bye for now!  – Lori


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Meeting Date Correction

The special May mid-month meeting is on Wednesday, May 25th.  Sorry about the confusion.

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May Meetings and News

Special Mid-Month Meeting on the 25th

Mariann CyrMariann Cyr will be the guest speaker at the May 25 meeting that begins at 6:30 pm.  The presentation will be “Basics of Wildflower Photography” and will give you the information you need to capture these delights of nature.  It will include an overview of the equipment you can use, what “depth of field” is and how to control it, the best lighting to use, and how to control distracting backgrounds.  Mariann is active in several Twin City area photography clubs and the Camera Council (Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs).  She has served as president of the Minnesota Nature Photography Club and the 3M Camera Club. For a number of years, Mariann chaired the Minnesota Botany Exhibition of Photography, the only PSA international competition devoted to plants.   She is listed in the Photographic Society of America’s Who’s Who for Nature and has been published in the Minnesota Weather Guide Calendar and Minnesota Monthly.  She judges both local and international photo competitions.

Mariann Cyr-Pasque Flower

Pasque Flower by Mariann Cyr

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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.

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