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Year End and Giving Thanks

Our year end party was a great success!  Thanks to Don and Mary Johnson for welcoming us to their home and providing a sparkling and festive setting.  My only wish is that I had a big enough appetite to sample and eat more of the great food!   The evening ended with a slide presentation of the year end awards.  Every year I am wowed by the quality of the work of our members.   You can see the gallery of award-winning images here.  And the awards slide show is below.  It includes the comments of the judge for all the 1st place images.

Giving Thanks

I’ve been looking back on all that our club has accomplished this year and am thankful to my fellow members that helped make it possible.  Not in any particular order, I am thankful for:

  • Michael Huber, who did an informative demonstration showing how he creates his marvelous creative composites.
  • Jeff Bucklew, who gave a presentation on wildlife photography. It inspired me to give it a try.  He and Michael Huber also did their basics program, “Photography 101” again this year.
  • Ted Johnston who arranged for our March speaker whose enthusiasm was contagious.
  • Lori Moilanen, who came up with the idea of the club project that culminated in exhibits at Belwin Conservancy and the project exhibit at the Phipps. Lori was also instrumental in bringing great speakers to the club beginning in 2015 and until she retired to Washington state in October.
  • Michael Waterman who gave a presentation on black and white conversions and for handling the judging of one of the N4C contests.
  • Marianne Diericks who took on the N4C contests. She learned a lot of new things and she took to it like fish to water.
  • Bryan Leonard and Troy Schmidt who scouted, shared locations and led group photo shoots.
  • Bryan Leonard for undertaking the big task of salon coordinator. He not only did the job, but also implemented some behind the scenes improvements.
  • Nick Warnken for making sure we always have enough water for our meeting breaks.
  • Melissa Anderson for helping with the web site by posting galleries.
  • Ken Krautbauer who has found opportunities for our members work to reach a wider audience by locating new venues for exhibits. He has also done all the “grunt work” that goes along with it.
  • Betty Bryan, who has been our conscientious treasurer for the last two years.
  • Amanda Bierbaum, Don and Janis Bock, Betty Bryan, Jill Krentz, Carol Menke and Dorothy Nordstrand for helping to pull off the member exhibit now showing at the Phipps.
  • Mary Johnson who organized treats this year and for all the members who brought goodies for the meetings.
  • Board members Amanda Bierbaum, Betty Bryan, Jeff Bucklew, Michael Huber, Ted Johnston, Ken Krautbauer, Jeff Nelson and Michael Waterman who attended meetings, contributed ideas and kept me on course with my feet on the ground.
  • Candiss DelCastillo who helped out with publicity.
  • For all the members who attended meetings or participated in group outings and voiced their appreciation.

My apologies if I left anyone out.

 

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A New Exhibit and New Salon Rules

Artists Reception – photo by Dorothy Nordstrand

I can’t believe that it’s been a whole month since the last blog post!  But we’ve been busy behind the scenes with two exhibits, our year end party and awards and plans for 2018.

Member Group Exhibit

Last week our members brought their artwork to the Phipps for the club’s exhibit on the second floor.  Thanks to Amanda Bierbaum, Don and Janis Bock, Betty Bryan, Jill Krentz, Carol Menke, and Dorothy Nordstrand for all the help in receiving and installing our pieces in time for the artists’ reception on Friday night.  Our space was filled the whole evening with members and lots of visitors who were wowed by the exhibit.  Everyone should see the variety and depth of talent of our members before the exhibit ends on January 14.

Prairie Smoke by Michael Waterman

The club project exhibit is also on display on the red wall and entrance area at the Phipps and when it comes down, it will be on display at Westfield’s Hospital in New Richmond until April 8.  It features beautiful prairie landscapes and details of flora, birds, insects, and even a bison!  Be sure to take some time to view it when you come to the January meeting.

New Salon Rules

At our last board meeting we decided to update the salons.  The most important updates include:

  • There will be six Competition Salons during the year instead of four. They will be held on every even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October and December).
  • Digital images should be sized so that the longest dimension is 1920 pixels. This will bring us in line with the new N4C standard.
  • A digital version of prints must also be submitted three weeks prior to the meeting date.
  • New definition for Creative: The primary distinction for the Creative category is that the maker intends (and the viewer easily recognizes) that the image is not a representation of reality. The Altered Reality image must have a photographic base of the maker’s own creation. Manipulation of the basic image or images can be done in camera and/or in computer. The makers of Altered Reality images should feel free to use a wide range of tools and resources, limited only by   An HDR that looks “natural” would not be considered “altered reality” under this definition (but would fit under the Realistic class, for example).   Not limited in subject matter and any photographic technique can be used as long as the image begins as a photograph and all elements are the work of the entrant.  All manipulations and enhancements are allowed and encouraged.

Other minor updates were also made and the complete update can be downloaded on our Club Salon Rules page.  Scroll all the way to the bottom for a download link.

We will also be adding opportunities for small group discussion of images.  The first one will be on March 14.

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Upcoming February Meeting

J. Arthur Anderson

The meeting comes early this month on Wednesday, February 1, 6:30 pm, and it will be a good one.  Our first competition salon of the year was judged by J. Arthur Anderson, an accomplished nature and event photographer.  He is often called upon to judge for local camera clubs.  John will comment as the images are projected, explaining his reasoning for the scores and will include ideas for improvement.  I’ve been a member of WWPC for over five years now and I always look forward to these salons.  I’ve learned something new every time, whether it is specific to one of my own shots or if it concerns other images.  And every time I am inspired by many of the images that are shown.  Don’t forget to bring up to two prints 15 minutes before the meeting begins so they can be included in the judging.

The February meeting is also a good time to pay your 2017 dues.  Here is a graphic that shows how our money was spent in 2016.  The biggest piece of the pie went to speakers in our continuing effort to bring quality learning opportunities to the members.

TCACCC Interclub Competition Entry Deadline is Sunday, February 5

If you are entering prints in the Interclub Competition, (up to four color prints and 4 monochrome prints) bring those to the meeting, too.  I will get them delivered to the drop off location by the entry deadline.  If you haven’t already, please consider entering this contest, either prints or digital images or both.  It is one of the benefits of our club belonging to the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs, and is free.  Everything you need to know can be found here.  Galleries of past award winners from out club is here.

One of the questions I get asked about the Interclub competition is whether they can enter the same image that was entered in N4C or our own club competitions.  The only images that cannot be entered are ones that received an Interclub acceptance in prior years and the same image cannot be entered in more than one category.  If you have other questions, bring them up at the meeting or complete our contact form.

“Hold On” by Willie Gorham won a 1st Place in Journalism in N4C

N4C Award Winners

After the break we will be treated to more inspiration and information.  Several of our members will tell us about their vision, and the capture and processing details that went into their award winning shots.

 

 

 

Just for Fun

 

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Interclub Rules Corrected!

The original rules posted here and on the Camera Council website had an invalid email address for entries. The correct email address is mnnatureinterclub@gmail.com

Entry by email for digital images is the preferred method.

The revised rules can be download from here.

Stuff You Need to Know

Indoor Photowalk

On Saturday, January 21, we will have a group shoot at Como Park Conservatory and Zoo.  We will meet at 9:30 am at the WI exit 2 Park & Ride for carpooling.  The conservatory and zoo opens at 10:00 am for those who want to drive directly.  Entry is free, but $3 donations for adults are encouraged. Tripods will not be allowed inside, but I just use a higher ISO and a larger aperture (smaller f/stop number).  It’s not just about flowers…I’ve seen some great shots of primates in the zoo.  Photowalks are great way of making new friends and getting photo tips and inspiration.  When all is done, we’ll have a gallery.  What is amazing to me about these group outings is seeing the diverse results.  And won’t it be fun to take pictures of something green again?

Club Competitions Update

At the February meeting we will have a competition salon and this year, we will be asking our judges to score on a 1-10 point system.  Images that score 8 or more will be considered “accepted” for our year end competition and will go into a gallery.   The rules have also been tweaked a bit to inform participants that images from the salons may also be entered into the N4C contests and used on our web site to promote the club.  We are also giving advance notification that all prints scoring 8 or more need to be brought to the November meeting so they can be judged for year end.  Check out and download the updated rules here.

Assignments and the Rule of Odds

The reason we have assignments is to encourage members to try new things or to look at subjects and composition in a new way.  The payback for members who try something new is that it allows them to submit more images, as well as mastering a challenge.  For that reason, to qualify, the “bonus” images need to be captured after the assignment has been posted.

I believe that we are more attracted to odd numbers. Even numbers of objects seem to be static and less interesting.  Three is an especially magic odd number.  Lines connecting three objects create a triangle that moves the eye around the image multiple times.  Here is a more lengthy discussion of the rule of odds.

Another example of the Rule of Odds – “Flying High” – Betty Bryan

Twin City Area Council of Camera Clubs Interclub Competition

The annual competition is one of the benefits of our club being one of the 24 member clubs of the TCACCC.  Our members can submit up to four photos in the three digital categories of Contemporary (Creative), Nature and Realistic.  These digital submission can be done by email.  There are also two print categories:  Color and Monotone.  Submission of prints in recent years has diminished and the Council is considering eliminating prints from the competition after this year.  I consider this a mistake.  Fine art prints are a form of art that should be promoted.  Increasing the number of prints submitted this year will help make the case of keeping that part of the competition.  Please bring your best prints to the February meeting and I will get them delivered for you.  The deadline for entry is Sunday, February 5, 5:00 pm, and all the rules and forms that you need can be found here.   If you would like to participate, but want some help, send me an email, or use the contact form and your message will come to me.

4H Photography Opportunity

At the January meeting Kay Jacobsen told us about a 4H photography program that she is running for young people, who range in age from 4th grade to high school.  She is looking for people who would give a presentation on just about any photography subject.  Let me know through the contact form if you would like more information from Kay.

 

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Vote for People’s Choice

As a part of our year end competition, a “People’s Choice” award will be made.   There were many deserving photos in our competition salons this year and it was difficult to narrow this group down to just nine photos.  They are all from different photographers, whose name is not included (to protect the innocent).    Please vote for three by November 20th, and send your picks using our contact form.  (And, yes, you are allowed to vote for your own.)

Be sure to click on the thumbnails!

No 1 - Deer in Little VeniceNo 2 - St Croix SunsetNo 3 - Family FishingNo 4 - Golden Mountain TopsNo 5 - Sunset PancakesNo 6 - Crane PreservationNo 7 - Fly ByNo 8 - Sunset HuesNo 9 - Prairie Butterfly

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May Meetings and News

Special Mid-Month Meeting on the 25th

Mariann CyrMariann Cyr will be the guest speaker at the May 25 meeting that begins at 6:30 pm.  The presentation will be “Basics of Wildflower Photography” and will give you the information you need to capture these delights of nature.  It will include an overview of the equipment you can use, what “depth of field” is and how to control it, the best lighting to use, and how to control distracting backgrounds.  Mariann is active in several Twin City area photography clubs and the Camera Council (Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs).  She has served as president of the Minnesota Nature Photography Club and the 3M Camera Club. For a number of years, Mariann chaired the Minnesota Botany Exhibition of Photography, the only PSA international competition devoted to plants.   She is listed in the Photographic Society of America’s Who’s Who for Nature and has been published in the Minnesota Weather Guide Calendar and Minnesota Monthly.  She judges both local and international photo competitions.

Mariann Cyr-Pasque Flower

Pasque Flower by Mariann Cyr

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Spring Break & Interclub Wrap-up

Spring Break

American Kestral

American Kestral – Mary Johnson

Amanda SB Eagle

Bald Eagle – Amanda Bierbaum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Break was held at Mounds View High School on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 this year.  Jeff Morgan was the Saturday speaker and he came from “across the pond” (The Isle of Wight) to give his programs.  He had lived in the metropolitan area seven years ago and many people in the camera club community remember him fondly.  I attended a workshop with him in France in the summer of 2014 and beside being an inspiring teacher, he took us to some pretty nifty places.  He went out of his way to please everyone,  even to the point of giving me and another participant a five-hour drive back to Paris when the workshop ended.  Beside having a great speaker on Saturday, there was a meal and an opportunity to shoot birds from the U of M Raptor program during the lunch hour.  I had fun milling around the vendors’ area during the breaks and meeting up with photo friends.  Mike and Sue Fries, members of our club, had a tempting display of a variety of products they make, using their images or yours.  You can find them at Close-Up Images.  The Sunday speaker was Ian Plant.  I could look at his photos all day long and listening to the stories that go with them was pure pleasure. Continue reading »

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November Meeting Coming Up!

We will have a short business meeting with elections for club officers. I am willing to continue as president another year and Michael Waterman has agreed to continue as the Salon Coordinator. Kathy Lauerer, after many years of service as our Treasurer, will be handing the checkbook over to Betty Bryan. Thanks so much, Kathy! (All of this will happen if the members agree.)

Judged Salon

We will also have the final judged competition salon. I still learn new things from the judges we have had and have been inspired by the images submitted by so many talented members our club. All images receiving a score of eight or more this year will be sent to a judge to determine the annual club awards that will be announced at our year end celebration on December 16. This will be held at a member’s home and invitations will be sent by email.

Member Goals

06 Red Dress-Michael Huber

 

This is the part of the meeting that I am really excited about seeing. Short presentations will be given by members who worked on a photographic goal for 2015. These diverse goals include photographing the sky with a camera connected to a telescope (Bryan Leonard), portrait photography with a focus on posing (Ted Johnston), wildlife photos in Namekagon Barrens (Marge Springett), creative environmental portraits of his daughter (Michael Huber), the creation of a technically sound and artistic bird portfolio (Lori Moilanen), a time-lapse video of clouds in Hudson (Art Juchno), and Ken Krautbauer will show images from his “At My Feet” series.

See you Wednesday night, 6:30 pm!

 

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October Is Off to a Great Start

Crex Group Web

Photo by Art Juchno

Our month began on October 3 with a huge turnout at Crex Meadows.Our thanks go to Marge Springett for organizing this and acting as quide. Thanks for the photo of the group, Art!  If you have photos to share, send them to photos@wiphotoclub.com and I’ll put up a gallery.

At our regular meeting on October 7, Michael Waterman gave an information-packed tutorial on “Sports Photography”. I gave a short report on the N4C Convention that I attended in Omaha in September. There I learned that Michael Huber was given an Honorable Mention in their end of year “Best of the Best” for his creative image, ‘Basket Ballin’. Our club was also awarded third place for our web site.

Creative 2nd Place - Basket Ballin - Michael Huber

Michael Huber’s award winning photo

3rd Place Green Web

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