Stuff You Need to Know

Year End Party

party-invite-2016-editOur club’s year end celebration will be on Wednesday, December 14, at the home of one of our gracious and generous, member, Melissa Anderson.  Bring an appetizer, snack or dessert to share and significant others are welcome.  Be sure to RSVP by December 5, to assure we will have enough beer, wine, soda and water on hand.  Invitations were sent today by email.  If you haven’t received your invitation, please let me know by using the contact form.  It will be great fun socializing.  And last year the food was awesome!

People’s Choice Award

If you haven’t voted yet, please do!  We currently have a three-way tie, and your photo could decide the winner.  The deadline for voting is November 20 and the images you have to choose from are here.

Save the Date for Spring Break


The 2017 Spring Break will be on Saturday, March 25th, 2017, at Dakota County Technical College. This is an event that has been put on by the TCACCC for over thirty years.  The day will be packed with a variety of speakers, shooting opportunities, vendors, door prizes and the Interclub Competition results.  More details will be coming out after the first of the year.

It’s time to start planning for the 2017 Interclub Competition!

The competition is one of the benefits of being a member of the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs.  As in years past, there will be a club competition where clubs go against clubs.  We will choose the best of the salon photos to enter for the club competition.  Last year we tied for second place and only a few points behind first place.   The individual competition  includes mono and color prints, and digital categories of contemporary (creative), nature and realistic.  Members can submit to four photos in each of the categories.

The entry deadline will be Sunday, February 5, 5:00 pm.  Interclub awards will be made at the 2017 Spring Break event which will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017.  The official rules for 2017 are not out yet, and there will be some minor changes. I’ll let you know when they are available, but in the meantime you can check out last year’s rules.  If you’d like to see the winners from previous years check them out here.

Our Town Exhibit

2016-our-town-announcementAs some of you may know, I was in charge of producing the Hudson Area Calendar from 2011-2015.  This was a successful fund-raising project of the garden club, and proceeds were used for beautification projects.  I’ve just delivered a selection of images from those years of the calendar for a special Healing Arts exhibit at Hudson Hospital and Clinics.  It was a project dear to my heart with more than half of the images being contributed by our members.  Be sure to head on over there to see some amazing work.

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Vote for People’s Choice

As a part of our year end competition, a “People’s Choice” award will be made.   There were many deserving photos in our competition salons this year and it was difficult to narrow this group down to just nine photos.  They are all from different photographers, whose name is not included (to protect the innocent).    Please vote for three by November 20th, and send your picks using our contact form.  (And, yes, you are allowed to vote for your own.)

Be sure to click on the thumbnails!

No 1 - Deer in Little VeniceNo 2 - St Croix SunsetNo 3 - Family FishingNo 4 - Golden Mountain TopsNo 5 - Sunset PancakesNo 6 - Crane PreservationNo 7 - Fly ByNo 8 - Sunset HuesNo 9 - Prairie Butterfly

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November Meeting

Our last regular meeting of the year, on Wednesday, November 2, will be jam packed with content.

Judged Salon


Sandi Coates

Our guest judge, Sandi Coates, will comment on the images that make up our final competition salon.  Sandi was employed as a photographic specialist with the  Lifetouch company in Eden Prairie.  Her tenure at Lifetouch provided continual exposure to photography, educational opportunities plus print competition through PPA, the Professional Photographers of America. Through PPA, she attended workshops, entered annual print competitions, earning print merits for accepted images. With a combination of education and print merits, she was awarded the PPA designation of Master Photographer in 2014. Since then, she’s continued to earn print merits, receiving the Silver Photographer Award in 2015; and will soon receive the Gold Photographer Award at the upcoming convention in January 2017.

I always look forward to the competition salons.  I appreciate getting feedback on my own work and hearing the comments on the work of others is always educational.  I am also inspired by the great talent in our club.

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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,, 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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