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November Meeting

Our last regular meeting of the year, on Wednesday, November 2, will be jam packed with content.

Judged Salon

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Sandi Coates

Our guest judge, Sandi Coates, will comment on the images that make up our final competition salon.  Sandi 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 will soon receive the Gold Photographer Award at the upcoming convention in January 2017.

I always look forward to the competition salons.  I appreciate getting feedback on my own work and hearing the comments on the work of others is always educational.  I am also inspired by the great talent in our club.

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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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September Meeting and Phipps Member Exhibit Update

At our September 7 meeting, Twin Cities-based photographer Greg Lundgren will focus on the unique requirements of capturing the beauty of the modern city after dark.  Topics include location scouting, technical settings, weather conditions, post-processing, equipment, and other tools of the trade.  He will also give tips for shooting sunsets and moonrises, skyline panoramas, fireworks and other nighttime photography topics.

Freeway by Greg Lundgren

“Freeway” by Greg Lundgren

Greg LundgrenGreg is a landscape photographer specializing in nighttime images of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Primarily self-taught, his photography adventure began in earnest when he bought his first “real” camera in 2007 in order to capture his daughters’ youth hockey games.  This hobby soon became an obsession as he began seeking other, less mobile, subjects to capture. The Mississippi river and the city skylines of Minneapolis and St. Paul drew his attention — especially when the river reflected the city lights at night.  “There is something magical about the reflective qualities of water, especially after dark, that continually draws me to the riverfront.”  This magic has resulted in hundreds of images and led Greg to open his website, www.GregLundgrenPhotography.com, in 2013 to see if there was a market for his work.  Notice was slow at first, but has been steadily building in the years since.  His images have been used for everything from bus benches to business cards, book covers, CD cases, and calendars.  Numerous websites feature his work on their banner pages, including the City of St. Paul.  Large prints on canvas, metal, and fine art paper can be found gracing the walls of dozens of businesses and homes throughout Minnesota and beyond – a boardroom in Germany features one of his St. Paul panoramas.  Greg’s “day job” is a Software Architect at Infor (formerly Lawson Software).  He lives in Lino Lakes with his wife, Cindy.  His two daughters have since retired from hockey and are now attending college.

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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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August Meetings

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Mike Prokosch

Our regular meeting on August 3 at 6:30 p.m. will included a competition salon judged by Mike Prokosch.  For the past two decades, Mike has been active in the photography community in the Twin Cities.  He has served on the Camera Council and in that capacity has been instrumental in putting on the annual Spring Break event and in teaching classes on judging.  In addition, he has been active in the Photographic Society of America both as a competitor, as a chairman, and as a judge for several international competitions.  He has done digital photography in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions and quite a few places between.

I’m sure I’ve said it before, but I always learn something when we have a guest judge.  In my own work, I submit images that I think are pretty darn great.  It helps me to hear what someone I respect has to say, someone who does not have the emotional attachment that I have.  I learn from the positive comments made on other images, too, along with suggestions for improvement.  And I am always inspired!

All of the digital images were submitted weeks ago, but if you would like, you may bring two prints to the meeting, 15 minutes before it begins.  Be sure the title is in the upper left corner on the back, as well as your 3-digit ID.  They should be unframed and be at least 8×10”, but not more than 16×20”.

Special Mid-Month Meeting August 17

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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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Waterfalls and Save the Date!

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High Falls on the Pigeon River by Rikk Flohr

Rikk FlohrRikk Flohr will be the guest speaker at the special meeting on June 15, 6:30 pm.  The title of his presentation is “Waterfalls” and it will include capture techniques and loads of inspiration.  Rikk 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, Flohr shoots corporate events around the US. and is also currently employed by Adobe as the Community Manager for Adobe Voice.

He’s been a featured­ columnist for CorelDraw Unleashed magazine, writing about various digital photography and image editing topics. He also teaches at national software conferences like CorelWorld, the CorelDraw User’s Conference, PowerPoint Live Presentation Summit, and Adobe’s Photoshop & You.  In addition, he regularly present at regional photographic societies and teach a variety of topics in digital capture, processing and workflow.

Currently Rikk’s work can be seen at his website and he also maintains Holy Crop, a blog devoted solely to the cropping of images.

Save the Date!  St. Croix Valley Photo Day

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Brian Hansel and Parnell Prairie in Somerset

Bryan HanselAt our June 1 meeting (6:30 pm) Bryan Hansel will present “The Elements of Composition:  Simplicity, Flow and Relationships”. Bryan’s program description: “Did you know that the rule of thirds was contrived and created by a statistician with no art background who was trying to determine where best to put a subject in a painting? Or that there are many valid reasons for placing the horizon in the center of a photo of a photo? These and many other rules of composition take away from the way that our imaginations and creativity actually work. During this presentation, you’ll learn a more organic approach to composition — one that works the way that we do in the field. While organic, the method accounts for how photos are viewed as art and focuses on how best to exploit how your photo’s viewer sees.”

I am looking forward to hearing about this approach to composition.

Bryan is an award-winning professional landscape, portrait, commercial photographer and outdoor educator. He was named as one of the top 100 landscape photographers to follow by 121Clicks. He has over 25 years of photography experience with publication credits ranging from National Geographic and Outdoor Photographer to Lake Superior Magazine and National Park Traveler. He started his popular photography workshop program in 2006. His programs take students to the best and often unknown locations in the northland and across the nation to many National Parks. He lives in Grand Marais, Minnesota and his work can be seen at his web site, Bryan Hansel.com

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