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Special Meeting & Interclub News

Exploring Time through Time-Lapses

At our next meeting, Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 pm, Mike Shaw will be our speaker.  Time-lapse videos are everywhere! From social media to websites to commercials to documentaries – time-lapses have hit the mainstream. The good news is that there has never been a better time to learn how to make your own. With camera gear you most likely already have and a few easy-to-learn processing techniques, you’ll be up and making incredible time-lapse videos before you know it! The presentation is for beginners through advanced photographers.

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Our Next Meeting and Doing Good

Salon Meeting Coming Up!

The April 4 meeting (6:30 pm) will feature a competition salon, judged by Mike Prokosch.  I got to know Mike when I first started representing our club at the Camera Council (TCACCC).  He is one of the most self-less people I know, having helped with Spring Break and the Interclub Competition for many years.  He has also taught a judging class for the TCACCC, and has helped start-up clubs.  He is called upon often to judge and to make photography-related presentations for area clubs, always generous with his time.  Being an avid nature photographer, he has traveled the world.

Reminders

April 10 is the deadline for entering the six N4C contests and May 16 is the deadline for entering the club’s June competition salon.  The assignment for June is “self-portrait”, something that I am finding to be a challenge!  You can download quick guides for our club salons here and for N4C contests here.

Recycle Your Camera for Kids

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Our Next Meeting and Spring Break News

Our meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 pm, will begin with a presentation by Michael Waterman.­

  • People often ask, “How can I learn to take better pictures?” Photo judging at local camera clubs is one of the best ways to hone one’s skills.  Peer judges can provide objective and unbiased comments and challenge photographers to learn new skills and improve their work.
  • Camera club judges generally evaluate photographs in two respects: the technical qualities of the image and the emotional impact.
  • There are many technical qualities that judges consider. Does the lighting render a properly exposed photograph?  Is there a strong center of interest?  Are the elements in the photograph evenly arranged or composed?  On the technical side, judges and photographers are guided by recognized principles or rules-of-thumb.
  • ­Judging the emotional impact of a photograph is much more subjective than the technical qualities. What’s interesting to one person may not interest another. Judges challenge photographers to produce images that tell a story or elicit a mood or feeling.
  • Participants will learn how to judge photographs for amateur competition, but the skills will also help participants take better photographs by exploring, “what makes a better photograph?”

Members are asked to bring up to four photos they would like to discuss in small groups.  Bring your photos on a thumb drive, or better yet, bring small prints.  If you have a laptop, bring that, too!  We will provide a short list of talking points to get the discussion started.

Spring Break 2018

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Wendy Mayberry and Shooting Snowflakes

The March 7 meeting will feature Wendy Mayberry and will be at 6:30 pm.   Wendy’s presentation will cover some behind the scenes in working with famous photographer Mary Ellen Mark as well as her own photographic journey working in many aspects of professional photography.  She will give some practical advice in bringing out the best in any subject, tips in creating genuine expressions in front of the camera and some easy to use ideas on posing, locations and how to talk to people to help them enjoy being photographed. Wendy will use her skills as a stand-up comedian to keep the presentation entertaining as well as help you learn to inject a little bit of humor into your photography!

Wendy graduated from James Madison University with a degree in teaching and Hallmark Institute of Photography. She worked with photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Ross Whitaker & Jerry Avenaim. She has photographed album covers, authors, explorers, musicians, comedians and a ton of families, weddings and babies. She worked at the corporate office of Lifetouch creating advertising and training materials. Recently she had been working on a number of painting with light projects and portraiture. She also has a career as a stand-up comedian which serves her well in making subject relax in front of the camera.

Snowflake Photography

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Special Meeting Coming Up!

John Gregor – “Filter for Feeling”

John Gregor Selfie

We will have a special meeting this Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 pm, in the River Room at the Phipps Center for the Arts.  The meeting will feature a program, “Filters for Feeling”  or “How to use filters to create a specific look and feel to your images”.  From smooth and serene to rough and wild texture in a photograph, the use of filters can convey feeling and emotion that reflects the photographer’s response to the subject. Using filters is the key to creating texture in landscape photography. It is more than simply screwing a filter in front of your lens, it is understanding the relationship between exposure time, subject movement, dynamic range and more. This means knowing which filter to use, how to control the exposure time through ISO, aperture, and filter selection. In this presentation Gregor will discuss the nuances of using filters and how to integrate them into your camera workflow so you can use them effectively.

Gregor has a Masters of Education through St. Scholastica College with an emphasis in photographic literacy. He earned his BA from the University of Minnesota with a degree through the University Without Walls program, and his degree was entitled “Documentary Expression of American Culture Through Photography” a combined degree of Social Sciences and Fine Art Photography.

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News you need to know

Lunar Eclipse

September 2015 Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse taken at Lakefront Park in 2014

In the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, January 31, we will experience a total lunar eclipse.  I’ve shot these with photo club friends a couple of times before.  I am hoping that the weather for this one will be in my comfort zone since the next total lunar eclipse visible here, will not happen again until January, 2019.  I’ve learned that during the eclipse you need to constantly change the settings depending on the stage of the eclipse.  In the example, I would have been better off using a lower ISO and slower shutter speed when the moon had turned red.  This year I am hoping that the moon will set in a more auspicious place than it did in 2014.  The total eclipse will begin at 6:51 am and will be in the West-Northwest.   It will be only 6.5 degrees above the horizon, so I will look for a location at a higher elevation, possibly at Birkmose Park in Hudson. Click on this link for a time-lapse visual and for all the details.

Our First Program Committee Meeting

Nine of us, including myself, met on January 17.  Everyone was ready to get to work to get great speakers and plan outings.  Lisa Weik has already arranged for a speaker for the September meeting!  Six of the people at the meeting have been members for only 13 months or less.  Even better, Richard Hudson and Peter Mutschler agreed to be co-chairs of the committee!  I know the committee will do a great job.  One of the ways that you can help is to complete a membership form.  It will be your opportunity to let us know what interests you the most.   The form and instructions are on our Membership page.  Just scroll to the bottom. Continue reading »

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Looking Forward to 2018!

Goals Presentations

At the beginning of 2017 several members committed to a photography goal for the year by completing our contact form.  At our first meeting of the year we will see what they’ve accomplished!   I’ve had some sneak peeks and they are varied and impressive!  Will you set a photography goal for 2018?  When Michael Huber came up with this idea a few years ago, I took on the challenge.  Making a commitment kept me on task and I accomplished some great new things.

2018 Dues Increase

In January our membership dues will be due.  The advisory board voted to increase the annual dues for a single membership to $35.00.  Family memberships will be $35.00 plus an additional $10.00 for each additional member living under the same roof.  The increase in dues will make it possible to spend additional money to cover the cost of equipment replacement, to attract and help out of town speakers to cover their travel costs, and to compensate the Phipps for our meeting space.

Beside the payment of dues, we are asking that all members download and complete this membership form to help with planning.  They should be emailed to members@wiphotoclub.com.  The form is fillable and save-able once you download it.

2018 Calendar and Planning

Be sure to check out the calendar page on a regular basis.  In the past few weeks program information has been added and more exhibit opportunities.  We will have a program committee meeting on Wednesday, January 17, at 7:00 pm.  Feel free to join us and bring ideas.

TCACCC Interclub Competition

One of the benefits of our membership in the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs (TCACCC) is the annual Interclub Competition.  It is free and open to members of the Camera Council clubs. There are two parts to the competition. Part 1 is for individual members and there are five categories: Monochrome Print, Color Print, Nature Digital, Realistic Digital and Contemporary Digital. Part 2 is a club competition where clubs select 20 representative digital images taken by their members and the entire portfolio is scored.

On these frigid days, take time to find some of your best shots to enter.  The entry deadline is February 11 and the 2018 rules will be posted on the Council website and on ours by January 21.  The 2017 rules are still posted on our website and I ­expect only small changes.    To see how our club has done in prior years, you can find galleries here, going back to 2012.  In 2019 our club will be responsible for the digital competitions.

Reminders

  • Our February meeting will feature a judged salon. The assignment is “power” and the entry deadline is January 17.   Here is all the information you will need.
  • The N4C Contests have resumed after the December break. Since we judge black and white in November this month we can enter up to two black and white digital images this month.  As always, the deadline for entering in N4C is the 10th of each month.  Click here for more N4C contest information.

Happy New Year to All!  Stay warm!  I’ll see you next week.

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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!

 

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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