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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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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 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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July Meeting and Important Deadlines

Photo Scavenger Hunt & Ice Cream Social

We’ll be meeting at 6:30 pm next Wednesday, July 12, in the River Room at the Phipps.  Bring your gear for this meeting because we’ll be having a photo scavenger hunt.  I’ll reveal my “secret list” of objects to find and capture in Hudson before the end of the day.  Members will have a week to process their images that will be put in a gallery.  Every member who captures all of the items will receive a prize.  Other prizes will be awarded based on popular vote by participants.  On all the photowalks I’ve been involved with, I am always amazed at the variety of images that are made by members going to the same place.   Here is a gallery of images from the 2015 Scavenger Hunt.

We’ll take a break around 8:00 pm and return to the meeting room for an ice cream social.  It will be a big help if you can bring an ice cream scoop.  Significant others are also welcome to join in!

Submission Reminders

  • We will have our third competition salon at the August 2 meeting that will be judged by Rikk Flohr. Each member may submit two digital images plus two additional images that meet the assignment of black and white (or monochrome). Also, members may bring two prints 15 minutes before the meeting begins to be included in the judging.  The digital images need to be submitted by July 12.  See the Club Salon Rules here.  If this is the first time for you, Bryan Leonard, our Salon Coordinator, is very helpful.  Don’t hesitate.
  • Submissions for the Phipps Members Spotlight is July 21. For more information see the Phipps web page here.

See you next week!

 

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July is here!

Fireworks are one of the first things that come to mind when I think of Independence Day.  This year Hudson’s fireworks display will be at Lakefront Park on Sunday, July 2, at dusk.  It will cap off the Booster Days festivities that includes live music, a beer garden, carnival rides, and a parade and more.   Stillwater’s fireworks display will be on Tuesday, the 4th,  beginning at dusk (around 10:00 pm).

Shooting Fireworks

Here is a shot I got a couple years ago at Lakefront Park.  Fireworks are so bright that you want to keep the ISO low at 100.  Before the fireworks began, I focused on a distant spot at f/11 and put my camera on bulb mode.  When I heard the boom of the fireworks shooting skyward, I pressed the shutter release and held it, in this case, for 15 seconds.  Timing is everything and I’m happy to get one or two keepers.  (This was taken shortly after 10:00 pm, so apparently dusk in Hudson is at the same time as dusk in Stillwater!)  That’s my quick tip.

Everything you could possibly want to know about shooting fireworks is contained in this video by John Cornicello that he did for Creative Live.  It’s an hour long, but as I said, it includes everything, including making double exposures for getting more bang in one shot.

Important:  July Meeting Date

I’ll be making another blog post, but for now, please remember that we will be meeting on the second Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 pm, instead of July 5.

Calling All Creatives!

The Phipps is seeking submissions for the Members’ Spotlight.  Together, members of The Phipps are a creative network joined by the belief in the center’s mission to “celebrate the creative spirit.” All members are encouraged to share their unique creative talents in the 2017 Members’ Spotlight and connect with other members who have similar creative inclinations.

This year’s events include:

  • GALLERIES EXHIBIT | August 3-September 10
  • RECEPTION AND OPEN STAGE | Thursday, August 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • MEMBERS’ BASH | A ticketed event for ages 18+, Thursday, August 3, 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Submissions are being sought in any and all forms including photography.  Participants may submit one or two items to be shown in The Galleries exhibition

All participants must be at least 18 years old and a current member of The Phipps.  Not a member? Not a problem!  New members are encouraged to participate. Information about membership can be found by calling 715.386.2305, and donations may be enclosed with entry forms.  For more information, including a link for the entry forms, click hereEntry forms are due Friday, July 21.

 

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June Special Mid-Month Meeting: Focus on Black and White

Michael Waterman

At the special meeting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 14, Michael Waterman will demonstrate converting color photos to black and white.  Why black and white?  Let’s face it, some photos are all about color.  On the other hand black and white removes the distraction of color, making it easier for the viewer to appreciate form, values (lights and darks), and texture.  It is an art form deserving of study and practice.   It’s why I chose black and white as the assignment for the August salon.  Black and white is also a choice of many street photographers since it helps to focus on the story and also gives an aura of authenticity.

If you attended the May meeting you will remember that Alec Johnson was our judge.   Alec is a master of black and white and following the remarks on our images he made a presentation on the subject.  According to my notes, he had a few tips for us:

  • keep the scene simple
  • look for contrast
  • set a black point – (some really dark darks adds impact and carries the image)

For inspiration, check out one of Alec’s galleries here.

My heartfelt thanks to Michael Waterman for taking my place at this meeting.  Following his demonstration of black and white, he will also include a presentation of before and after simple improvements that can be made to images that will add impact.  And here is a before and after of one of his award-winning images in an N4C Black and White contest…a great illustration that answers the question, “why black and white?”

 

June Meeting Information

What a great speaker we have coming up on June 7, 6:30 pm!  Dr. Mike Shaw will tell us “How to Plan and Execute Trophy Nightscapes and Time-Lapses”

Dr. Mike Shaw is “Your Nightscape Professor!” He is an award-winning night and nature photography book author, workshop leader and outreach educator based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his B.S. from UC Berkeley, his M.S. from the Ohio State University, his Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara and completed a post-doctoral appointment at Cambridge University. Before his photography career took off, he worked as a physics and astronomy professor for over fifteen years, and an applied physics research scientist for over ten years. His research publications include topics in aerospace, electronics, biomaterials and renewable energy.

His new book, “The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography –Understanding, Planning, Creating and Processing Nightscape Images,” Routledge/Focal Press. This groundbreaking work integrates astronomy, photography and planning methods to allow you to be at the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment and knowledge to get your shot right the first time.

Mike has traveled with his camera to remote wilderness areas around the world. He is known for his friendly, down-to-earth teaching style and enjoys collaborating with others; he currently offers his online course, “Stars Trails and Night Photography,” through the Bryan Peterson School of Photography. His work has appeared on CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, Good Morning America, NASA, Minnesota Monthly, Destination Duluth, The World At Night (TWAN), PhotoPills, Space.com and in the US National Park Service.

Finally, you probably have seen his recent viral video, “Ice Bubbles,” shown on CNN,NBC, ABC and Good Morning America; and which has been viewed over a million times on CNN alone. You can view it again on his Facebook page.  And here is his website.

See you all then!

May 3 Meeting and Short Notice Photowalk

Photo by Alec Johnson

At the May 3 meeting, we will have a competition salon judged by Alec Johnson.  Alec is a fine art photographer, and has won national and international acclaim for his work.  He was Executive Producer and was Director of Photography for the documentary, “The Story of Winter:  Minnesota’s Most Iconic Season”.  He is widely known for being a dynamic and inspirational teacher, honing his teaching skills as a professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Saint Thomas and is a regular speaker and salon judge with Twin City area camera clubs.  I have always held Alec as a master of black and white photography and after the judging he will share a short program on the subject.  Here is where you can see Alec’s black and white photography on Lake Superior.  Everything he does has been touched with his unique style.

MN State Capitol Photo Walk

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