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Upcoming Meetings

May 19 – Judging of the May N4C Travel contest

On Saturday, beginning at 9:00 am, we will be judging 90 Travel images sent to us by 19 other N4C Clubs.  Consider joining us to help or to learn how this is accomplished.  We will be done by 11:30.

May 23 Meeting – Composition 101

Golden Triangle

Composition is one of the three judging criteria used by N4C for their monthly contests. For N4C, each of the three judges give a score for Composition, as well as for Technique and Interest.  N4C’s definition of composition is “the arrangement of all elements within the picture area so the subject matter is presented as a harmonious, well-balanced photograph.”   I will give a presentation that will cover some of the most well-known composition rules that cover the placement of the center of interest, such as the “rule of thirds”.  Going beyond the composition rules, I will cover other elements of composition such as orientation, the use of perspective, leading lines, repetition and more.

Members are asked to bring three or four of their images on thumb drives, on tablets or in print form so that we can break down into small groups for discussion.  If you have a laptop, please bring that, too.

June 6 Meeting – Judged Salon

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Hudson Hospital Exhibit and More

Don Mendenhall Update

I’ve received a lot of positive feedback about Don’s appearance at our May 2 meeting.  Don has made available the outline for his program that will be on our Learning page, available for download, for just a month.

Hudson Hospital Exhibit

The exhibit is officially open today and it will run through September 9.  Approximately half of the pieces are on one wall in the cafeteria above tables and the remaining pieces are in the main hall just outside.  I stopped in today to see how it looked.  What an amazing variety of work by our members!   The Artists Reception will be on August 3, from 6-8 pm, so save the date for that.

Submission Deadlines

The first is tomorrow, May 10, for the final N4C contest for the N4C year.  Since our club judges Travel this month, we cannot enter that contest, but Marianne would like to send 8 each of Altered Reality, Black and White, Journalism, Nature, and Pictorial images.  If you haven’t entered N4C contests before, now is the time! The N4C contest rules are posted here and includes a quick guide that can be downloaded.

The other submission deadline is for our club’s salon in June.  The deadline is just a week away, May 16, by 5;00 pm.  We have a special assignment of “Self-Portrait” and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with.  (I am still trying to figure out how to make an image that doesn’t look like me!)   The Club salon rules are posted here.

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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 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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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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2018 Interclub Competition and Workshop Opportunity

TCACCC Interclub Competition

This annual competition is one of the benefits of our club being one of the 24 member clubs of the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs.  One of the best things is that it is free!  Our members can submit up to four photos in the three digital categories of Contemporary (Creative), Nature and Realistic.  All digital submission must be done by email.  There are also two print categories:  Color and Monotone.  For prints it is also necessary to submit digital versions by email, and clubs are expected to make only one delivery to one of the drop off locations.  Please bring your best prints to the February meeting and I will get them delivered for you.  The deadline for entry is Saturday, February 10, 5:00 pm, and all the rules and forms that you need can be found here.   The results will be revealed at the Spring Break event on April 7, and prints will be returned shortly after that date.  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.

John Gregor Three-Day Workshop at the Phipps

This workshop is a rare opportunity to work with John Gregor that doesn’t involve travel and hotel accommodations in Two Harbors.  This experience will include hands-on assistance in the field as well as in the classroom.  Shooting in various conditions of light, and exploring proper digital technique and workflow for landscape photography, is designed to help participants realize their photographic visions, from field to finished image.  Here is where to go for more information.

John Gregor will also be speaking at a special meeting for our club on February 14.  More information on that will be in a future post.

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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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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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