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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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Upcoming Meeting, News and Information

Our next meeting at 6:30 on May 6 will feature a showing of member submitted images that will be judged by Russ Borud, a St. Paulite. Russ has done wedding and commercial work, has had one-man shows and has also taught photography. He says that his first serious camera was purchased with money earned by picking potatoes in 1947 and that the photographic arts has been his milk and honey for many years.

Members Mike and Sue Fries, owners of CloseUp Images, will be showing some of their unique printing options for photos and will be offering a discount to our members. Personally, I love the look of the metal prints that they do and am thinking that it could be a great alternative presentation for my contribution to the group exhibits that we have coming up this year. You can find them on our member links in the sidebar.

Do you have any old photography magazines? I have a few and will be bringing them to be recycled by our members. We will put out a box at every meeting for “freebies” like this.

N4C News

Desert Rainbow-Amanda

Since February, our members have been competing in the monthly N4C contests, and Amanda Bierbaum was just awarded a 1st Place for “Desert Rainbow” for the month of April. This is her second 1st Place award in just three months! Check out the inspiring galleries and consider entering future contests. This is one of the benefits of membership in our club. Continue reading »

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Photography News and Events

Free Inspirational Program

Infinite_Worlds_Cover_Art_Simon_SchusterOn Friday, May 1, a Space St.Croix launch event will be held at the Phipps. The free program, which will be held in the same room that we meet, will begin at 6:00 pm, with a question and answer period at 7:00 pm.

New York City-based documentary photographer Michael Soluri will speak about his latest work, “Infinite Worlds” (Simon & Schuster). For three years, Soluri had exclusive access to the astronaut crew, labor force and tools of the shuttle mission that saved and extended the life of the Hubble Space Telescope. With a Foreword by John Glenn, “Infinite Worlds”, through photographs and first person stories, reveals the art, craft and evidence of human spaceflight on Earth and in space. Continue reading »

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Upcoming Meeting April 1

150320-5847The April meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm, will feature a presentation, “Judging Photographs”, by our own Michael Waterman. His program will take into consideration technical qualities, composition and impact. Michael is a popular judge for the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs (TCACCC) and is often called upon to judge competition salons for area clubs. With this information, we will all have an insight into what photography clubs consider important in competitions, and it will also be useful for self-critique. Following the program we will discuss member-submitted photos. Send your photos by Monday, March 30 to be included in the discussion.

TCACCC Interclub Competition Results

One of the benefits of membership in the TCACCC is its annual competition. Results were announced at Spring Break and our members brought home many ribbons and awards. The galleries of inspiring images are here. Congratulations to the photographers and to our club!   We were awarded third place (out of 23 member clubs) for the club competition this year.

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October Meeting Summary

Erin-JWe had a great guest speaker in photographer Erin Johnson. Erin specializes in wedding photography but her tips and thoughts were helpful in all types of photography. She spoke candidly about the business side and answered many questions from our members. Very informative and inspiring – even with very loud dancing taking place in the room above! Continue reading »

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Member Spotlight & the Moon!

sue-oberstarThis month’s Member Spotlight shines on Sue Oberstar.

Main camera/gear:
My main gear includes the following:
Nikon D90 and a Nikon Coolpix P7700, iPad, and iPhone and a MacBook Pro with a G-Drive and Mobile G-Drive
Lenses: Tamaron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC and Nikon 50 mm f/1.8 D
Tripod: Monfrotto 190CX3 and Monfrotto 804RCZ 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
Reflectors: 30-inch white, sliver, gold, black reflector 40-inch Wescott Basic light modifier
Lens Hoodman, Polarizing Filter, Tamrac and Kelly Moore Camera Bags

Favorite Editing Software:
My favorite editing program is Aperture and I just bought Lightroom 5.

What is your specific background or interest in photography?
I have had a couple of reasons for an added interest in the past five years: retirement three years ago and a one-and-only 3 1/2 year old grand daughter. I have always owned point-and-shoot cameras and had good role models with many family photographers including the following:
my husband, son, daughter, father, and paternal grandmother. Extensive opportunities to travel have also inspired an interest in making better images. A family of hunters has given me incentive to shoot wildlife with my camera.

Favorite subject matter to photograph:
I have many favorite subjects to photograph including wildlife, nature, landscapes, travel, food, sunsets and sunrises, flowers and especially my grand daughter. Gosh those little ones are fast and on-the-go.

In what areas do you want to learn more about or improve your photography?
I feel there is always something to learn about photography. I would like to improve in the areas of macro, moving subject matter, nighttime and long exposure shots, portraits and lighting, landscapes and wildlife, Nikon camera features, post-processing, and all methods of sharing photography.

I enjoy being a member of WWPC because:
I enjoy being a member of WWPC because I like learning about all aspects of photography from others who are passionate about this hobby. Members are willing to share their time and expertise. I also enjoy the blog and website which instructs and keeps everyone informed about field experiences and upcoming events and opportunities.

Thanks Sue!

Don’t forget that today (Wednesday the 22nd) is the last day for members to submit digital images for the February Salon. Please use the guidelines HERE and email them to photos@wiphotoclub.com. An outside judge will provide comments and scores at the next meeting.

Winter is the best time to get out and photograph the night sky. I wish I had the same gear as NASA whose Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter took thousands of high-resolution images to create the video below. Amazing!