What to Do this Friday Night?

City Lights 3 Photowalk


St. Paul across the River – Terry Butler

Join Troy Schmidt, Bryan Leanard and me on our third city lights photowalk. Meet at 5:30 PM at the Hudson Park & Ride across from Target.  We will travel to St. Paul to capture the city skyline against the Mississippi River. We will start at Mounds Park where we will hopefully have a nice sunset. We may also try the high bridge. We will then venture down to the riverfront of the Mississippi near Harriet Island, and the Robert & Wabasha Street Bridges.

What to Bring: Tripod, remote shutter release, flashlight, and jacket…it’s that time of year!

Phipps Exhibit and Party

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November Salon Entries

A list of the November salon entries is found here:   1wwpc-november-2016-score-sheet   If you submitted an image that is not on the list, please send an email so I can make sure the image is added.

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News, Important Deadline & an Invitation

October Meeting Review

canonAt the October 5 meeting Gus Gulbranson of Northwest Camera & Video Repair shared with us some tips on caring for our gear.  One of the things he told us was that it was important to format our cards in camera, as opposed to deleting them from the card via our computer.  Deleting any other way can lead to problems with writing images to the card.  I knew about that, but there were a couple of things I didn’t know before.  One of them was that our cameras can work a bit erratic with old batteries.  I have been using some that were purchased with my camera four years ago, so that explains why my camera acts a bit funky at times.  Another recommendation for that kind of camera behavior is to go into the camera’s menu system and restore the factory settings.  (This will not reset any of your custom functions.)  I’ve added a link on our home page to Gus’s Facebook page.  Our members highly recommend his work and sometimes he can even fix problems over the phone.

N4C Best of the Best


N4C’s 1st place for nature – “The Chase” by Lori Moilanen

Also at the October, I had the honor of passing out the “Best of the Best” awards from N4C.  The N4C year runs from September to May, and at the end of their year, all images receiving first place, second place, third place and honorable mentions were judged again to determine the “Best of the Best”.  The winning images rose to the top from a total of approximately 1000 images per contest category submitted through the year.  The inspiring gallery of images is here.

Important Reminder

Our final competition salon will be held at the November meeting.  The deadline for submitting digital entries is October 12.  Up to four digital entries can be submitted if at least two of them qualify for our assignment, which is “Story Telling or Emotion.”  Here are more details on the assignment and our competition rules are here.  In addition, up to two prints can be brought to the meeting 15 minutes before it begins.  The deadline for N4C contests is always the tenth of each month.

More City Lights Photowalks

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October Meeting Preview

Discussion Salon

We need more photos by Monday night!  Our next meeting on October 5 will include a discussion of member submitted images.  You can submit up to three (3) images, either digital or prints, for discussion only.  These images will not be scored but will be the basis of an open discussion, which may include a new technique in capture or processing, or for general discussion and feedback.

Gus Gulbranson


Whenever the question arises about where a person can get their camera equipment repaired, Northwest Camera & Video Repair is the overwhelming favorite of our members.  Before our salon discussion Gus will talk about:

  • General care of your equipment
  • Cleaning do’s and don’ts (what you could try and what you shouldn’t try)
  • Memory card usage
  • Tips for fixing minor problems or erratic functions
  • Question and answer time.

Gus grew up working in a family run jewelry/gift shop where his father was a watchmaker. At age 12 he started working on Timex watches and learned he had an ability for repair at an intricate level. He’s been repairing cameras for over 30 years and has learned a thing or two while repairing somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 different models of cameras. He’s worked on all sorts of equipment from 110 film cameras to 8mm movie cameras, lenses, flash units, enlargers, darkroom timers, large format cameras and even studio lighting. He’s always been one that is up for a challenge and has tackled many different kinds of equipment. If it is mechanical and he can figure out how it comes apart, he stands a pretty good chance of fixing it.

His shop is located at 12720 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom, MN  55045.  You can also see more information on Northwest Camera & Video Repair’s Facebook page.

City Lights Photowalk


City Lights Reflected – Terry Butler

We had a great turnout Friday night with nearly a dozen members coming out to learn and try something new.  Because of that, we’ve decided to schedule more this fall, so stay tuned to our calendar page!

Soon you Wednesday night!

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Help Wanted, a Reminder and Other News

Help Wanted!

help-wanted-copyOur board of advisors is already looking forward to 2017 and we’ve started making plans.  We will have elections at the November meeting and we are hoping that others will take advantage of the opportunity to contribute to recurring tasks that make the club run smoothly.  And some of us need a break!  Please consider the positions in the “Help Wanted” poster.  Participating is a great way to get to know others, learn new things and make good friends.  Also, if you have program ideas, photowalk locations, or other recommendations, please complete our contact form and let us know.

Important Deadline

Our next meeting on October 5 will include a discussion of member submitted images.  You can submit up to three (3) images, either digital or prints, for discussion only.  These images will not be scored but will be the basis of an open discussion, which may include a new technique in capture or processing, or for general discussion and feedback.  Send them in by Monday, October 3, so we have a good discussion.

City Light Photowalk this Friday

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Stuff you need to know

Taking on a Challenge

2016-volleyballcompositeAfter being asked by the Hudson High School Girls Volleyball Team to create a team poster, Michael Huber relented, partly because he felt bad about their not having one, and partly because of the challenge it would bring.  Michael had a vision of how he wanted the end product to be, which helped in capturing and processing all the images he would need.  It helped that he already has experience in achieving the Joel Grimes look of grittiness that he wanted.  It also helped that he has a working knowledge of lighting and how to work with the girls.  So, what do you get when you have the vision to make a composite of all these images and more?

2016-volleyballThis video on our YouTube Channel shows the challenge from start to finish.


Greg Lundgren Follow Up

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September Meeting and Phipps Member Exhibit Update

At our September 7 meeting, Twin Cities-based photographer Greg Lundgren will focus on the unique requirements of capturing the beauty of the modern city after dark.  Topics include location scouting, technical settings, weather conditions, post-processing, equipment, and other tools of the trade.  He will also give tips for shooting sunsets and moonrises, skyline panoramas, fireworks and other nighttime photography topics.

Freeway by Greg Lundgren

“Freeway” by Greg Lundgren

Greg LundgrenGreg is a landscape photographer specializing in nighttime images of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Primarily self-taught, his photography adventure began in earnest when he bought his first “real” camera in 2007 in order to capture his daughters’ youth hockey games.  This hobby soon became an obsession as he began seeking other, less mobile, subjects to capture. The Mississippi river and the city skylines of Minneapolis and St. Paul drew his attention — especially when the river reflected the city lights at night.  “There is something magical about the reflective qualities of water, especially after dark, that continually draws me to the riverfront.”  This magic has resulted in hundreds of images and led Greg to open his website, www.GregLundgrenPhotography.com, in 2013 to see if there was a market for his work.  Notice was slow at first, but has been steadily building in the years since.  His images have been used for everything from bus benches to business cards, book covers, CD cases, and calendars.  Numerous websites feature his work on their banner pages, including the City of St. Paul.  Large prints on canvas, metal, and fine art paper can be found gracing the walls of dozens of businesses and homes throughout Minnesota and beyond – a boardroom in Germany features one of his St. Paul panoramas.  Greg’s “day job” is a Software Architect at Infor (formerly Lawson Software).  He lives in Lino Lakes with his wife, Cindy.  His two daughters have since retired from hockey and are now attending college.

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About N4C and Food for Thought

I would first like to say thank-you for letting me serve as yourN4C is an acronym for the North Central Camera Club Council.   It is an organization of 43 camera clubs located in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.  Our club joined N4C almost two years ago.  Since we had started a new master schedule with fewer competitions at our regular meetings, we wanted to offer additional competition opportunities for our members without having it become the mainstream of our culture.

The N4C year runs from September to May so a new N4C year is about to begin!

n4cClubsN4C has competitions every month from September to May (but not December) and they refer to these as contests.  There are six digital contest categories which include Black and White, Creative, Journalism, Nature, Pictorial, and Travel.   There is also a Photo Essay contest in April, and a Panorama Print contest in the spring.

Member clubs take turns judging the month’s entries, and each image is given a score for three different criteria:

  1. Technique – focus, lighting, color rendition, exposure, print quality.
  2. Composition – arrangement of all elements within the picture area so the subject matter is presented as a harmonious, well balanced photograph.
  3. Interest – Originality, imagination, interpretation, subject, impact, mood, humor, etc.

Judging clubs are also encouraged to make constructive comments on each image.  Our club will be judging three times this N4C year, including September 17, when we will judge Black and White.

The entry deadline for contests is the tenth of each month and for details on how to enter, please see the N4C Competition Rules, for sizing, naming conventions and category descriptions as well as N4C bulletins and handbooks.  Most people have been submitting images on their own, but Michael Waterman and I will fill up as many spots as possible (up to eight for each category) by using salon images and by reaching out to members for entries.

N4C also has two conventions each year, a mini convention in the spring at Springbrook, Iowa, and a bigger convention in the fall, which is September 29-October 1 in Fargo, North Dakota, this year.  At the main convention “Best of the Best” awards will be given based upon all of the images that received 1st , 2nd, 3rd place and honorable mentions throughout the year.  We should find out by October if any of our members received any of the annual awards.  The N4C web site is here.

The Fear That Everything Has Already Been Done

Schwabacher Road - Tetons National Park - Terry Butler

Schwabacher Road – Tetons National Park – Terry Butler

A couple years ago, I submitted a photo for a competition salon that I thought was one of the best I’d ever taken.  The judge was not impressed, saying that it was one of the most photographed places in the US. At the time I hadn’t known. It took the wind out of my sails, and I let those comments change the way I felt about the photo for a long time.  Now I am back to thinking it is still a pretty great photo.  Don’t let that happen to you, letting one comment put you down.  It’s okay to compete, but it’s okay to please yourself, too.

Here is a YouTube video that touches on the subject.

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Free Event and Special Meeting Reminder

Free Event – St. Croix Valley Photo Day September 24

chrun-mike-adultlandscape-Foggy Morning copyOur club is a member of the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs, with over 20 member clubs in the greater metropolitan area.  Every year the TCACCC puts on a 2-day learning event, “Spring Break”.  At the same time they hold the Interclub Competition that is open to all members of member clubs.

On Saturday, September 24, the St. Croix Valley Camera Club will host the “St. Croix Valley Photo Day”.  The club is a fellow member club in the TCACCC and this will be a free event for all members of the member clubs of TCACCC.  That includes us!  The event will take place in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin and Taylors Falls, Minnesota.

Main Schedule:  10:00 am to 3:00 pm (There will be a kayak opportunity/photo shoot at 9:00 & last boat ride will end 4:30)


  • Croix River Riverboat Ride (11:00, 1:00, or 3:00)
  • Keynote speaker Gary Alan Nelson—Professional Photographer
  • Peggy Boike–Macro/Close-Up Photography Class
  • Naturalist presentations at both the Wisconsin & Minnesota Interstate State Park
  • Photo Shoot Opportunities (Interstate Park, Waterfall, Historic District, Sculpture Park)

Link for more information     Registration Link     2016 St Croix Schedule

It is necessary to register and I recommend doing it early, as some of the spots will fill.

Special Mid-Month Meeting August 17, 6:30 pm

JP Cropped SmallJohn Pennoyer will give a program on prairies and prairie photography.  Prairies are probably one of the least understood eco systems that we have in this area. Even with the decline of prairies from the 1800’s, there are still many thousands of acres that have been set aside or restored.  This allows a person to enjoy a different eco system from our woods, lakes and rivers.  Come join John on this night as he will discuss some facts and types of prairies, but at the same time his technique on capturing award winning images of this unique eco system!

I know this will be a great meeting since John is such a great speaker, and I expect his presentation will be helpful for any kind of landscape, not just prairies.  You can see more of John’s award-winning images at his web site, Impression of Nature.



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August Meetings

Mike Prokosch

Mike Prokosch

Our regular meeting on August 3 at 6:30 p.m. will included a competition salon judged by Mike Prokosch.  For the past two decades, Mike has been active in the photography community in the Twin Cities.  He has served on the Camera Council and in that capacity has been instrumental in putting on the annual Spring Break event and in teaching classes on judging.  In addition, he has been active in the Photographic Society of America both as a competitor, as a chairman, and as a judge for several international competitions.  He has done digital photography in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions and quite a few places between.

I’m sure I’ve said it before, but I always learn something when we have a guest judge.  In my own work, I submit images that I think are pretty darn great.  It helps me to hear what someone I respect has to say, someone who does not have the emotional attachment that I have.  I learn from the positive comments made on other images, too, along with suggestions for improvement.  And I am always inspired!

All of the digital images were submitted weeks ago, but if you would like, you may bring two prints to the meeting, 15 minutes before it begins.  Be sure the title is in the upper left corner on the back, as well as your 3-digit ID.  They should be unframed and be at least 8×10”, but not more than 16×20”.

Special Mid-Month Meeting August 17

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