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Year End and Giving Thanks

Our year end party was a great success!  Thanks to Don and Mary Johnson for welcoming us to their home and providing a sparkling and festive setting.  My only wish is that I had a big enough appetite to sample and eat more of the great food!   The evening ended with a slide presentation of the year end awards.  Every year I am wowed by the quality of the work of our members.   You can see the gallery of award-winning images here.  And the awards slide show is below.  It includes the comments of the judge for all the 1st place images.

Giving Thanks

I’ve been looking back on all that our club has accomplished this year and am thankful to my fellow members that helped make it possible.  Not in any particular order, I am thankful for:

  • Michael Huber, who did an informative demonstration showing how he creates his marvelous creative composites.
  • Jeff Bucklew, who gave a presentation on wildlife photography. It inspired me to give it a try.  He and Michael Huber also did their basics program, “Photography 101” again this year.
  • Ted Johnston who arranged for our March speaker whose enthusiasm was contagious.
  • Lori Moilanen, who came up with the idea of the club project that culminated in exhibits at Belwin Conservancy and the project exhibit at the Phipps. Lori was also instrumental in bringing great speakers to the club beginning in 2015 and until she retired to Washington state in October.
  • Michael Waterman who gave a presentation on black and white conversions and for handling the judging of one of the N4C contests.
  • Marianne Diericks who took on the N4C contests. She learned a lot of new things and she took to it like fish to water.
  • Bryan Leonard and Troy Schmidt who scouted, shared locations and led group photo shoots.
  • Bryan Leonard for undertaking the big task of salon coordinator. He not only did the job, but also implemented some behind the scenes improvements.
  • Nick Warnken for making sure we always have enough water for our meeting breaks.
  • Melissa Anderson for helping with the web site by posting galleries.
  • Ken Krautbauer who has found opportunities for our members work to reach a wider audience by locating new venues for exhibits. He has also done all the “grunt work” that goes along with it.
  • Betty Bryan, who has been our conscientious treasurer for the last two years.
  • Amanda Bierbaum, Don and Janis Bock, Betty Bryan, Jill Krentz, Carol Menke and Dorothy Nordstrand for helping to pull off the member exhibit now showing at the Phipps.
  • Mary Johnson who organized treats this year and for all the members who brought goodies for the meetings.
  • Board members Amanda Bierbaum, Betty Bryan, Jeff Bucklew, Michael Huber, Ted Johnston, Ken Krautbauer, Jeff Nelson and Michael Waterman who attended meetings, contributed ideas and kept me on course with my feet on the ground.
  • Candiss DelCastillo who helped out with publicity.
  • For all the members who attended meetings or participated in group outings and voiced their appreciation.

My apologies if I left anyone out.

 

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A New Exhibit and New Salon Rules

Artists Reception – photo by Dorothy Nordstrand

I can’t believe that it’s been a whole month since the last blog post!  But we’ve been busy behind the scenes with two exhibits, our year end party and awards and plans for 2018.

Member Group Exhibit

Last week our members brought their artwork to the Phipps for the club’s exhibit on the second floor.  Thanks to Amanda Bierbaum, Don and Janis Bock, Betty Bryan, Jill Krentz, Carol Menke, and Dorothy Nordstrand for all the help in receiving and installing our pieces in time for the artists’ reception on Friday night.  Our space was filled the whole evening with members and lots of visitors who were wowed by the exhibit.  Everyone should see the variety and depth of talent of our members before the exhibit ends on January 14.

Prairie Smoke by Michael Waterman

The club project exhibit is also on display on the red wall and entrance area at the Phipps and when it comes down, it will be on display at Westfield’s Hospital in New Richmond until April 8.  It features beautiful prairie landscapes and details of flora, birds, insects, and even a bison!  Be sure to take some time to view it when you come to the January meeting.

New Salon Rules

At our last board meeting we decided to update the salons.  The most important updates include:

  • There will be six Competition Salons during the year instead of four. They will be held on every even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October and December).
  • Digital images should be sized so that the longest dimension is 1920 pixels. This will bring us in line with the new N4C standard.
  • A digital version of prints must also be submitted three weeks prior to the meeting date.
  • New definition for Creative: The primary distinction for the Creative category is that the maker intends (and the viewer easily recognizes) that the image is not a representation of reality. The Altered Reality image must have a photographic base of the maker’s own creation. Manipulation of the basic image or images can be done in camera and/or in computer. The makers of Altered Reality images should feel free to use a wide range of tools and resources, limited only by   An HDR that looks “natural” would not be considered “altered reality” under this definition (but would fit under the Realistic class, for example).   Not limited in subject matter and any photographic technique can be used as long as the image begins as a photograph and all elements are the work of the entrant.  All manipulations and enhancements are allowed and encouraged.

Other minor updates were also made and the complete update can be downloaded on our Club Salon Rules page.  Scroll all the way to the bottom for a download link.

We will also be adding opportunities for small group discussion of images.  The first one will be on March 14.

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More November Events

Minnesota State Capitol Photowalk

  • Sunday, November 5, 1:00 pm
  • 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
  • St. Paul, Minnesota

We will meet at the WI Exit 2 Park & Ride at 12:30 pm for carpooling and will arrive at 1:00 pm when they open.  The Capitol building will close at 4:00 pm. Parking is no longer allowed in front of the building and all parking is metered.  See the State Capitol Visitor Map for parking.

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October Wrap-up and November News

Red Light Traffic Stop by Terry Butler

John Pennoyer gave a great presentation at the October 18 meeting on nature macro and closeup photography.  He also shared information on focus stacking in order to get the whole subject in focus, while maintaining a soft background.  The details can be found at the top of our learning page and can be downloaded as a pdf.  Be sure to download it soon, because it will be there for only thirty days.

We had a great turnout for our City Lights Photowalk on October 17, with many members trying this out for the first time. Photographing city lights is something close to magic to me, and we will plan more trips beginning in the spring.

November 1 Meeting

Our guest judge, Sandi Coates, will comment on the images that make up our final competition salon for 2017.  The assignment for this salon is “humanity” and because of Sandi’s work in this field we thought she would be a great judge.  She 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 the Gold Photographer Award this year.

Following Sandi’s appearance last year one of our members commented, “I really enjoyed Sandi, our salon judge. She was kind, gentle and gave good, objective reasons for her placements of our images. I learned a lot from her comments on each picture. She made sure that we felt validated in our work, regardless of what score we got.”

N4C Judging

On Saturday, November 18, we will judge the November digital Black and White Competition.  Three judges will score each image on technique, composition and interest.  Because we are judging, we will not be able to enter black and white images in November, but will be able to double enter black and white in January.  If you would like to help out or just see the judging, let me know.

See you all soon!

 

Posted in Club Meeting Info

City Lights Photowalk is Re-scheduled

With the high probability of rain tonight, let’s go Monday, October 16.  Same time, same place.  The only thing different is that there will be clear skies Monday night and it will be ten degrees warmer.

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More October Events

City Lights Photowalk Saturday Night

One of my favorite shots from the No 9 walking bridge

Bryan Leonard, Troy Schmidt and I will lead a City Lights Photowalk this Saturday, October 14.  We will meet at 5:30 at the Park & Ride lot across the service road from Target at the Wisconsin 94 Exit 2.   With sunset close to 6:30, this will allow us time to get to the first location and set up to take advantage of the blue hour.  Our first stop will be at the Boom Island Park, where we will walk a couple hundred yards to a great location to capture city lights of Minneapolis.  Here is a link to one of Greg Lundgrens’ great photos taken from there.  After we leave Boom Island we will go to the vicinity of the No. 9 walking bridge near the U of M Campus.  There will be a parking charge at both locations.

Bring:

  • Tripod
  • Fully charged battery
  • Wide angle lens (I use a 24-105 mm)
  • Warm clothes
  • Credit card for parking

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October 4 Meeting Information

Our very own member, Jeff Bucklew, will give a program on the basics of wildlife and nature photography.  The program will be broken into three basic sections: technical, technique, and creative.  In the technical he will cover the need for understanding exposure – aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.  Also why understanding the big three is key to selecting drive modes, and which mode he uses and when.  Of course he’ll also talk about the histogram and the use of “blinkies”, also known as the highlight alert. The technical portion includes valuable information that is an important consideration for all types of photography.  In the technique portion Jeff will go over preparation, patience, and respecting and learning your subject.  Also how getting to know your subject will help you to anticipate when something is about to happen.  Finally, in the creative portion Jeff will talk about being creative, and having fun.  There will be plenty of example images helping to illustrate the points throughout the program.

Jeff has been enjoying gallery representation at Seasons on St. Croix Gallery in Hudson for over six years and because of his signature style, Jeff has become the exclusive photographer for the Hudson Chamber of Commerce and his work is used in their publications that are widely distributed.  He’s also a great guy!  When I joined the club and announced that I’d just gotten a new camera, he offered his help and was always there for me when I needed him.  Here is one of my favorites of his…

Loon Takeoff – Jeff Bucklew

N4C News

This past weekend I attended the convention in Rapid City.  It was two and a half days filled with great speakers and outings and spending time with other photography enthusiasts.  The convention ended Saturday night with the results of the year end “Best of the Best” competition.  All images that had won 1st, 2nd,3rd place and honorable mentions throughout the 2016-2017 were judged again.  I was very proud of our member’s work and brought back many awards.  Those results will be announced at the meeting.

Stay tuned because we have lots more coming up this month…a second speaker and a group shooting opportunity.

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September Events and More

St. Croix Railroad Photo Outing – Saturday, September 23

Photo by Bryan Leonard

It’s been over a year since we visited the St. Croix Railroad (SCRR), so Bryan think it’s time we go back.  The SCRR is a hobby organization primarily dedicated to miniature railroads.  They are open to the public for only two weekends and this will be last opportunity to visit this year.  We plan to meet at the Park-n-Ride by Target in Hudson at 10am, Saturday, September 23 and travel 5 miles south of Hudson to the SCRR grounds.   SCRR asks that we register in the main building and get our name tags (might be a small fee).  They have modern bathrooms and food is available.  Please join Bryan if you can.  (I’ll be at the N4C Convention.)

Stillwater Library Exhibit Reception – Wednesday September 27

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News

N4C News

One of the contest rules have been changed for the 2017-18 N4C year.  One of the rule changes have to do with image sizes:  submitted images must be a maximum of 1920 pixels on the long side and the file size must be no larger than 500 KB. Though the official rules haven’t been published yet, they will go into effect immediately.   The N4C year begins in September with contests every month except December and continues until May.  If you haven’t already, please consider entering one or more of the six monthly contests.  Our club members have done well in the past and winners are posted in the N4C galleries.   The deadline for entry is the tenth of each month and the complete rules are here.  I enjoy the challenge of competition and it gives me another incentive to work harder to make good images.

Call for Artists

The Phipps Center for the Arts is seeking submissions from visual artists in Wisconsin and Minnesota for exhibition opportunities in four public exhibition programs in 2018 – 2019.  These are the exhibit venues for the call:

  • Hudson Hospital & Clinic;
  • Westfields Hospital & Clinic in New Richmond, WI;
  • Croixdale in Bayport, MN; and
  • Woodland Hill in Hudson, WI

The deadline for submission is October 1 and details on the process and entry forms are here.

Make Any Photo Look Like an Ansel Adams Masterpiece!

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Belwin Reception and September Meeting

Club Project Reception

Our members are urged to attend and to bring their families to enjoy this wonderful facility for bison watching and support of our fellow photographers.

  • Date: Wednesday Aug 30, 2017
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
  • Format: Wine, cheese, crackers, and non-alcoholic beverages provided by Belwin
  • Program: Comments on exhibition and recognition of WWPC and photographers at 7:00 PM
  • Location: Pinwheel Building at Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields 15601 Hudson Road in West Lakeland, Minnesota.

Enter off Hudson Road:   Follow paved road around irrigation pond and park close to the baseball fields which will be directly ahead of you once you are around the pond.  ­­Walk south between the baseball fields to the round roofed (Pinwheel Building) building and circle the building to find the WWPC gathering.

September Meeting

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