Just 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 email@example.com.
Important Photowalk Update
Because of the probability of thunderstorms this afternoon, the Photowalk for the Little Log House Pioneer Village will be rescheduled.
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.
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
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 »
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!
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.
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 »
On Friday, May 1, a Space St.Croix launch event will be held at the Phipps. The free program, which will be held in the same room that we meet, will begin at 6:00 pm, with a question and answer period at 7:00 pm.
New York City-based documentary photographer Michael Soluri will speak about his latest work, “Infinite Worlds” (Simon & Schuster). For three years, Soluri had exclusive access to the astronaut crew, labor force and tools of the shuttle mission that saved and extended the life of the Hubble Space Telescope. With a Foreword by John Glenn, “Infinite Worlds”, through photographs and first person stories, reveals the art, craft and evidence of human spaceflight on Earth and in space. Continue reading »
The April meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm, will feature a presentation, “Judging Photographs”, by our own Michael Waterman. His program will take into consideration technical qualities, composition and impact. Michael is a popular judge for the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs (TCACCC) and is often called upon to judge competition salons for area clubs. With this information, we will all have an insight into what photography clubs consider important in competitions, and it will also be useful for self-critique. Following the program we will discuss member-submitted photos. Send your photos by Monday, March 30 to be included in the discussion.
TCACCC Interclub Competition Results
One of the benefits of membership in the TCACCC is its annual competition. Results were announced at Spring Break and our members brought home many ribbons and awards. The galleries of inspiring images are here. Congratulations to the photographers and to our club! We were awarded third place (out of 23 member clubs) for the club competition this year.
Ian Plant spoke to a packed house on the 4th, and a few visitors said they had come just to see his program. His insights were informative and his photography inspiring! Ian appreciated the warm welcome we gave him and he is passing along a “small token” of his thanks by offering a 10% discount on purchases from his online store. The discount code to use at checkout is DREAMSCAPES1, and his store is here. For future reference, Ian’s website is now one of our educational links on the sidebar.
Photo by Art Juchno
We had a great turnout at the Flash Workshop on the 8th. Ted Johnston shared his prodigious knowledge of flash and if you’d like his outline of the presentation, you can download it from our learning page here. An important note: Ted refers to “VAL” a few times in the tutorial and for those who were not there, VAL is his abbreviation for “Voice Activated Light”, referring to his sweet daughter, Grace, who served as his assistant.
Following Ted’s tutorial, we headed down to the Black Box theatre to use Michael Huber’s flash setup. Michael put together a time-lapse video from the theatre, which also includes incredible images that he has taken in his home studio.
Our meeting on the 4th will feature world renowned professional photographer, writer and adventurer, Ian Plant. The title of his presentation is “Essential Tips for Making Great Photos”. Ian is a Tamron Image Master and frequent contributor to, and blogger for, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, a Contributing Editor to Popular Photography Magazine, and a monthly columnist for Landscape Photography Magazine.
Plant is also the author of numerous books and instructional videos. I am currently reading his “Chasing the Light” and am overwhelmed by the variety and quality of his work. He leads photography workshops and tours around the world to help beginner and advanced photographers explore and expand their personal vision. His personal photographic project, Dreamscapes, moves beyond the literal and transforms subjects into something unexpected, bridging the line between the real and surreal. Ian relies on long exposures, unique lighting conditions, non-traditional perspectives, and special natural events to show his subjects in a new light. Ian travels the world, seeking out the hidden spaces in between the familiar, in his never-ending quest to inspire, entertain, and educate others in the art of photography. Check out his website to learn more about him and to download his free ebook. Continue reading »
“Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.”
- Edward Steichen