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What to Do this Friday Night?

City Lights 3 Photowalk

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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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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

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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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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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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)

Events:

  • 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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July is getting to be Photowalk month!

The Hudson Walk-About

Hudson Walk-About by Candiss DelCastillo

Group photo by Candiss DelCastillo

Because the Phipps rented out our meeting space this month, we were forced to meet outside.  What a happy circumstance!  We had beautiful weather and a nice turnout.  After making introductions, we headed in small groups to different locations around town.  I appreciated the chance to spend time with some of the newer members without the distraction of running a meeting.  We will have a gallery of photos and from the ones I’ve seen so far on our Facebook group, I am inspired.  It was an opportunity to learn from one another and get to know each other better.

One of the off-shoots of the Hudson Walk-About is that we got to talking about shooting fireworks.  Troy Schmidt immediately pulled out his phone for the date of the Minneapolis Aquatennial fireworks and since he would not be working that night, he set up this photowalk opportunity.  Thanks, Troy!  I have been to this location and it is in a safe place, with good parking nearby.  Troy adds that we will not have to beat the crowds.

Minneapolis Aquatennial Fireworks Photowalk

Saturday, July 23 at 8pm – 11 pm

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July Events and Reminders

Next Meeting – July 13

We will not be meeting the first Wednesday this month!  Instead, we will have a Photo Walkabout on Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 pm.  Bring your camera and meet at the band shell at Lakefront Park and we will capture our river town.  There is plenty of subject matter along the river, architectural detail in town and street photography subjects.  It will be an opportunity to partner with more experienced shooters and to get to know each other better.  We will have a gallery of the photos and will want your contributions.

Waterfalls Photo Walk – July 20

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  • When: Wednesday July 20th @ 6:45PM (Rain date: Wednesday July 27th @ 6:45)
  • Where: Glen Park, 355 Park St, River Falls, WI 54022
  • Organized by Troy Schmidt

It’s time to take what we learned from Rikk Flor and put it into action!  We’ll travel to Glen Park in River Falls and walk the paved trail to the falls of the Kinnickinnic River.  There is a bit of a hill, so be prepared for the walk back up. There is a shallow stream to cross to access the falls, so waterproof shoes with good traction are recommended.  The river is fairly shallow, so it is possible to walk into the water to get your shot.  This spot provides other photo opportunities as well, including a man-made falls adjacent to the power plant, a swing bridge, various birds, and fly fisherman can be found at any time.

Recommended equipment: Tripod, remote shutter release, circular polarizer and ND filters, wide angle lens, rain cover, soft cloths to wipe your lens, waterproof hiking shoes, and bug spray.

We will meet at 6:30PM at the Park & Ride across from the Hudson Target store.  If driving on your own, we’ll meet in the park’s west parking lot at about 6:45PM.  There is no fee to access the park.

In the event of bad weather, an email will be sent, a post will be made, and the calendar page will reflect the rain date.

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Club Project Update from Lori Moilanen

Western Prairie Final Graphic Image with Black Background and Lighter Text Below ArchAs you may know, our club is doing something new this year – a club project called “Capture the Western Wisconsin Prairie”.  The overview of the project and its goals is here.  There are links for background information, DNR resources, and project photo galleries.  The photo galleries page includes instructions for uploading images, and an updated list of image priorities, as well as quite a few photos.   Also, please note that we will add a new gallery for creative images once we receive some.  Now you can feel free to pan, blur, composite, or creatively post-process to capture the spirit of the prairie landscape and its inhabitants.

 

Project Meetups

Monarch Butterfly on Clover - Marianne Diericks

photo by Marianne Diericks

We had our first project meetup a couple of weekends ago. Seven members met to scout nine locations in the New Richmond and Star Prairie area. Things are now starting to pick up on the Western Wisconsin prairie sites.  Resident birds are nesting and hatching young, bumblebees and butterflies are on the wing, migratory birds are returning, and native plants are starting to flower. I’m working with other WWPC members and DNR contact Missy Sparrow to plan additional project meet-ups.  Our goal is to have a couple of organized shooting opportunities each month, from May – September.  The list includes shoots at at least one private site, the Carpenter Nature Center Wisconsin Campus, Prairie Days at Willow River State Park, the DNR prairie nursery, Maplewood Nature Center, and the native butterfly house at Beaver Creek Reserve near Eau Claire.  If you have other location suggestions, please feel free to pass them along.

Save the Date for the Next Meetup!

photo by Melissa Anderson

photo by Melissa Anderson

The next scheduled meet-up is planned for Saturday morning May 21 in the Hudson area – SAVE THE DATE.  We’re hoping for some native lupines in bloom, but the lupine forecast is a still a little hazy at the moment.

Sign Up for Meetup Notifications

To be kept informed on planned project meetups please sign up at a meeting, or use the contact form here, on this website.  Though we expect to create Facebook events and make blog posts, this will be the best way of informing interested members of last minute updates or cancellations.

 

A Few Cautions about Images

A couple of people have asked if images can only be taken on DNR and USFWS restoration sites.  While images shot on restoration sites are preferable, images from other locations are welcome as long as they are representative of native Western Wisconsin prairie.  One word of warning for flower photographers – please note that some of the most common and showy flowers along roadsides and other locations are invasive species – these should be avoided in project images.  DNR has published free guides that show common invasive species, available at http://dnr.wi.gov/files/pdf/pubs/fr/FR0464.pdf  And at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/invasives/documents/NR40_handout_Rd2_Final_vcs5.pdf

Shooting on DNR and USFWS restoration sites will help minimize the chance of including invasive species in your images.

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Photo by Troy Schmidt

‘Bye for now!  – Lori

 

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Club Project News and Coming Up

Short Notice – Club Project Scouting Meet-up – Saturday April 23

Western Prairie Final Graphic Image with Black Background and Lighter Text Below ArchPlan to meet and depart from Not Just a Cafe at 850 N Knowles Ave, New Richmond, WI 54017 at 8:00 AM. Early risers who’d like to meet for breakfast or coffee beforehand can come at 7:00 AM.  Please note that this is a different location than mentioned in the WWPC Facebook discussion last week.

The purpose of this meet-up is to scout several state and federal prairie restoration sites in a six-mile corridor northeast of New Richmond, in preparation for the “Capture the Western Prairie” club project. This will be a good opportunity to brainstorm shooting strategies for capturing the subtle beauty of this landscape and telling the story of its restoration.

Prairie Wetland Afternoon - Lori Moilanen

Prairie Wetland Afternoon – Lori Moilanen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ll visit the Oak Ridge, Bierbrauer, Amschler, Hanten ,and Star Prairie waterfowl production areas, the Oak Ridge DNR site, and the DNR prairie nursery. These sites have examples of several prairie habitats, including grassland, wetland, oak savannah, and woodland.  If there’s time and interest, we can also stop at Saratoga Springs Park in Star Prairie   I will provide a map and basic driving directions on Saturday morning.  Carpooling is encouraged form the meeting point. I expect to be back at the NJC starting point in New Richmond by about 11:00 AM at the latest.

At this early point in the season, there’s not much new growth.  I see this a more of a scouting trip than a serious shooting morning, so it will be a rain or shine event. Ticks are active now, so I recommend being prepared in case we want to walk a short distance on some of the mowed paths.

If you plan on taking part, please use our contact form to sign up and I’ll send you Lori’s cell and any updates.

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