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Wendy Mayberry and Shooting Snowflakes

The March 7 meeting will feature Wendy Mayberry and will be at 6:30 pm.   Wendy’s presentation will cover some behind the scenes in working with famous photographer Mary Ellen Mark as well as her own photographic journey working in many aspects of professional photography.  She will give some practical advice in bringing out the best in any subject, tips in creating genuine expressions in front of the camera and some easy to use ideas on posing, locations and how to talk to people to help them enjoy being photographed. Wendy will use her skills as a stand-up comedian to keep the presentation entertaining as well as help you learn to inject a little bit of humor into your photography!

Wendy graduated from James Madison University with a degree in teaching and Hallmark Institute of Photography. She worked with photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Ross Whitaker & Jerry Avenaim. She has photographed album covers, authors, explorers, musicians, comedians and a ton of families, weddings and babies. She worked at the corporate office of Lifetouch creating advertising and training materials. Recently she had been working on a number of painting with light projects and portraiture. She also has a career as a stand-up comedian which serves her well in making subject relax in front of the camera.

Snowflake Photography

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Special Meeting Coming Up!

John Gregor – “Filter for Feeling”

John Gregor Selfie

We will have a special meeting this Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 pm, in the River Room at the Phipps Center for the Arts.  The meeting will feature a program, “Filters for Feeling”  or “How to use filters to create a specific look and feel to your images”.  From smooth and serene to rough and wild texture in a photograph, the use of filters can convey feeling and emotion that reflects the photographer’s response to the subject. Using filters is the key to creating texture in landscape photography. It is more than simply screwing a filter in front of your lens, it is understanding the relationship between exposure time, subject movement, dynamic range and more. This means knowing which filter to use, how to control the exposure time through ISO, aperture, and filter selection. In this presentation Gregor will discuss the nuances of using filters and how to integrate them into your camera workflow so you can use them effectively.

Gregor has a Masters of Education through St. Scholastica College with an emphasis in photographic literacy. He earned his BA from the University of Minnesota with a degree through the University Without Walls program, and his degree was entitled “Documentary Expression of American Culture Through Photography” a combined degree of Social Sciences and Fine Art Photography.

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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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January Meeting Summary & More

Michael Huber’s PSA Award Winner

Considering the cold weather, we had a great turnout (and better parking spots close to the building).  After Gene Schwope, representing the PSA, gave Michael Huber his first place award for “Basket Ballin’”, Michael went on to demonstrate how he makes his creative compositions in Photoshop.  This included how he started out by filling a layer  50% gray.  Then he masked images using the quick select tool and moving them into the composition.  It also included replacing the sky using a mask with a gradient, and other uses of layer masks and brushes.  I was enthralled by one of the custom brushes that he used to create mood with lighting effects and how he transformed it to suit the composition.  One of the tips he provided was reducing the saturation of some of the layers to help them match the rest of the composition.  Though this session was not recorded, he made a video a while back on the award-winning image.  You can find it on a previous post here.  Scroll to the bottom for the video.

More from Michael

Michael has uploaded another fresh video on the club’s YouTube channel.  Since he’s been doing all the cast photos for the Phipps Children’s Theater productions for the last couple years, he wanted to share the process with us.  Thanks, Michael!  This may come in handy for capturing and processing portraits for the “Humanity” assignment we have later this year

Itten’s Theory of Composition – Contrasts in Photography

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Mastering the Art of Composition with Ian Plant

At our discussion salons, we hear so much about an image’s composition. In photography, composition involves the selection and arrangement of visual elements within a defined space. Composing a pleasing image can be challenging, even intimidating, because there is no set formula to follow.

If you are looking to improve your own photography or to develop a keener eye for evaluating others’ work, Ian Plant has a helpful tutorial in this video:

Ian explains why things like leading lines, shadows, perspective, framing (and more) are visually pleasing, and he shows how to use them to produce well-composed images. Experts and novices alike will find his explanations helpful and his photography inspiring.

Some of you may remember Ian Plant.  He spoke at the Camera Council’s 2016 spring break and he gave a presentation to our club in 2015. You can find him at

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Hello 2017 – Good-bye 2016

Our first meeting of the year, January 4, 6:30 pm, will feature a discussion salon and we need your images!  Please submit up to three (3) images, either digital or prints.  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.  Or they could show a before and after processing.  Short video clips will work also, so anything goes.  Please send these in by Tuesday, January 3 to

Creating Composites

Ocean Barrel – Michael Huber

At the same meeting, due to popular request, Michael Huber will demonstrate a few of the basics in creating a composite image.  This is done by combining multiple photos to create one new image using Adobe Photoshop.  Several tools discussed will be the use of layers, masks and brushes.


Consider entering photos for the N4C contests that are held each month.  There are six digital categories:  Black and White, Creative, Journalism, Nature, Pictorial, and Travel.  The complete rules are here.  All N4C deadlines are on the tenth of the month.

Our first competition salon will be at the February 1 meeting.  The deadline for entry is Wednesday, January 11, 5:00 pm, and the assignment is leading lines.  The club competition rules are here and all the assignments for 2017 are posted here.

Farewell to 2016

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Members in the Spotlight

Jeff Bucklew

Eagle Attack - Jeff BucklewJeff has been enjoying gallery representation at Seasons on St. Croix Gallery in Hudson for over six years.  He appreciates his relationship with the gallery owner, Ruth Misenko, who promotes and sells his work.  He does his own printing, as well as all aspects of the framing process, including cutting the mats and making the frames.  Scenes of Hudson and elsewhere in the area, as well as photos from Mexico, the North Shore, and wildlife are mainstays.   Because of his signature style, Jeff has become the exclusive photographer for the Hudson Chamber of Commerce and his work is used in their publications that are widely distributed.   Currently, one of his photos is the cover of “The Wild and Secenic St. Croix Valley” the 2016 Visitor Guide for the St. Croix Valley.  The “Welcome to Hudson” sign coming into Hudson from I-94 also sports his work.  His web site is here.

Ken Krautbauer

Ken Composite160713-9441Ken has recently begun a relationship with Kelley Frame & Fine Art Gallery in Hudson.  We all know about his unique vision, his style that he imprints on his memorable images and which attracted the owner’s attention.  There you can purchase framed prints, matted prints and note cards that are all on display.

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July Events and Reminders

Next Meeting – July 13

We will not be meeting the first Wednesday this month!  Instead, we will have a Photo Walkabout on Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 pm.  Bring your camera and meet at the band shell at Lakefront Park and we will capture our river town.  There is plenty of subject matter along the river, architectural detail in town and street photography subjects.  It will be an opportunity to partner with more experienced shooters and to get to know each other better.  We will have a gallery of the photos and will want your contributions.

Waterfalls Photo Walk – July 20


  • When: Wednesday July 20th @ 6:45PM (Rain date: Wednesday July 27th @ 6:45)
  • Where: Glen Park, 355 Park St, River Falls, WI 54022
  • Organized by Troy Schmidt

It’s time to take what we learned from Rikk Flor and put it into action!  We’ll travel to Glen Park in River Falls and walk the paved trail to the falls of the Kinnickinnic River.  There is a bit of a hill, so be prepared for the walk back up. There is a shallow stream to cross to access the falls, so waterproof shoes with good traction are recommended.  The river is fairly shallow, so it is possible to walk into the water to get your shot.  This spot provides other photo opportunities as well, including a man-made falls adjacent to the power plant, a swing bridge, various birds, and fly fisherman can be found at any time.

Recommended equipment: Tripod, remote shutter release, circular polarizer and ND filters, wide angle lens, rain cover, soft cloths to wipe your lens, waterproof hiking shoes, and bug spray.

We will meet at 6:30PM at the Park & Ride across from the Hudson Target store.  If driving on your own, we’ll meet in the park’s west parking lot at about 6:45PM.  There is no fee to access the park.

In the event of bad weather, an email will be sent, a post will be made, and the calendar page will reflect the rain date.


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March Meetings

Brian PetersonWhat a pleasure it was to have Brian Peterson with us for our first meeting of the month!  It was interesting to get an understanding of what it is like to be a working photographer-journalist.  Considering all of his local and national awards, he came across as humble and down to earth.  When sharing information about “State of Wonders”, Brian told his experience about self-publishing a printed book.  Brian generously brought a signed print that was given to one of our members who purchased a book.  Congratulations to Carol Menke for being the winner!  The real take-away for me was hearing about the way he approaches a subject to tell the story.  Coincidentally, that is one of our assignments this year.

Judging N4C – Saturday, March 19, 9 am to noon

I would first like to say thank-you for letting me serve as yourOur club joined the N4C almost two years ago and since then our members have been entering their monthly contests.  This month it’s our turn to judge the travel contest, a first for us.  We expect to receive close to a hundred digital images.  You are welcome to stop by to observe or to help.


 Lighting with Off Camera Flash – Sunday, March 20, 1:00-3:00 pm with Ted Johnston

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Coming up – John Gregor and Spring Break

John Gregor

SelfieAt the next meeting on Wednesday, February 17th, John Gregor will be here to give a presentation on “The Art of the Fine Art Print.” This will cover his approach on how he selects and processes the images he chooses to print. He will do a short demonstration showing Photoshop for his post processing and how he completes his images for presentation.

John’s website is and he does nature and travel photography workshops. Most of these are on the North Shore with relatively small groups. On one of his workshops last fall, we started shooting before sunrise and didn’t finish until the sun set. Lots of shooting!  I also recommend signing up for his newsletter. He sends these out about once a month and though he does a little promoting of his workshops, he includes great interesting and informative articles for photographers.  And you can follow him on Facebook.

Spring Break is March 12-13, 2016

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