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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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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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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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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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August Events

Minnesota State Capitol Photowalk

MN State Capitol Dome by Terry Butler

Some of the best things of taking part in a photowalk is to visit locations we may not get to on our own, get to know other members and to learn from each other.

  • Sunday, August 13, 1:00 pm
  • Meet at the Hudson Exit 2 Park & Ride at 12:30pm for carpooling or meet at the Capitol when it opens at 1:00 pm.
  • ­75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
  • Recommended equipment: tripod, remote shutter release, zoom lens and fisheye lens.
  • Parking: Parking is no longer allowed in front of the building.  Download a parking map here.

We will guide ourselves around the capitol building and photograph this amazing piece of architecture. Admission is free and 45-minute tours are given on the hour for a donation of $5.00. Tripods are welcome, but please make sure they have rubber feet as to avoid damage to the floors. Please be aware that they may be busy with tours and other visitors, so be careful to avoid tripping others with tripods, and safeguard your equipment.

Solar Eclipse Information from Bryan Leonard

In case you haven’t heard, a total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017.  The path of total darkness will start on the west coast in Oregon and move across the central Unites States to the east coast in South Carolina.  Any spot along the path will be dark for 2-3 minutes.  But, the entire continental U.S. may see the eclipse, even though it may be a partial eclipse.  Hudson, WI will see an estimated 85% eclipse.  Times for Hudson will be: Continue reading »

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August Meeting and News

At the August 2 meeting, held at 6:30 pm in the River Room at the Phipps Center for the Arts, Rikk Flohr will be our judge for a competition salon.  I have been a member of the club since 2011 and I have learned so much by hearing the judges’ comments.  I don’t always agree; after all, judges have some preferences that are difficult to overcome.   I submit images that I think are pretty darn good, but there are usually insights to gain from someone who hasn’t fallen in love with your image.  Taking part in the salons has been one of the most important learning tools for me over the years.  And I am always inspired by the work of other members.  Don’t forget that you may bring two prints 15 minutes before the meeting begins to have them included in the judging.

Rikk Flohr 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, Rikk shoots corporate events around the US. and is also currently employed by Adobe as the Community Manager for Adobe Voice.  One of his web sites is a link on the education section where you can see his work, learn and be inspired.

Help Wanted!

  • I’d like to put together a committee to start planning programs and speakers for 2018. I’m looking for members with ideas.  The committee will start meeting in September and if you’d like to be involved, please use the contact form.
  • Let’s get some photowalks going! I’ll get one scheduled in August for the Minnesota State Capitol building that underwent a $310 million restoration.  If you have more ideas and are willing to scout them out, I’ll get them put on the calendar and will promote them in a blog post.

Scavenger Hunt News

We had a great turnout and members have been submitting their photos the past few days.  I’m amazed at the variety and quality of images that have been submitted so far.  Every member who captured all ten items on my “secret list” will take home a prize.  The scavenger hunt gallery is here and participants will vote on their favorites for additional prizes.

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Coming Up!

Photography Basics

We will be having a very special meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 pm, with a couple of very special members.  Jeff Bucklew and Michael Huber will present a program, “Photography 101 Basics”, aimed at beginning photographers.  The digital camera can be a bit overwhelming for the beginner and even for those coming from years of using film cameras.  The goal of this program is to present the basics of digital photography for those moving beyond the traditional point-and-shoot cameras. There will be a cursory review of gear, settings, composition and light as well as post processing options. You will leave the class with a basic understanding of shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how to manipulate these to create a desired image. This program is a great first step in being able to use and see the camera as a tool that can help you capture your own artistic vision. Both Jeff and Michael are award-winning photographers.  You can see Jeff’s work at Seasons on St. Croix, right here in Hudson, and other galleries in Wisconsin, and on his web site.    Our club is familiar with some of Michael’s fabulous composites which is can be seen on his web site.

Save the Date!  Sign Up!

This week I met with Anastasia Shartin, Visual Arts Director at the Phipps, to firm up the details on our upcoming group exhibit.  The exhibit will begin on December 8, 2017, and will end on January, 14, 2018.  Our work will be on view in the Riverview Gallery, formerly known as the Commons Gallery, on the second floor.  A public reception for all the galleries will be held on Friday, December 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the Phipps will provide punch and hors d’oeuvres.

This sounds like a long way off, but now is the time to start planning.  There will be a sign-up sheet at our meetings.

See you, soon, and enjoy the weekend!

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