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.”
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!