Category Archives: Just for fun

Special Meeting & Spring Break Update

Special Meeting this month on the 15th!

After being wowed by the wedding photos of a friend, Ted Johnston contacted the photographer, Benjamin Wilson, about his making a presentation to our club.  Benjamin accepted and will be at a special mid-month meeting on February 15, 7:00 pm.  His program is “Creativity Reboot”.   Benjamin’s web site is at Wilson Aesthetics and you can also find him on FacebookPlease note the special time (7:00 pm) and location (the theater) inside the Phipps.  On your way to the theater be sure to check out Michael Huber’s cast photos for the Children’s Theater production of “Peter Pan”.

I don’t think that wedding photography is in my future, but one of our assignments this year is “Humanity”, and I’m looking forward to the inspiration and tips.

Registration for Spring Break is now open!

Spring Break will be held on March 25, 2017, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, MN.  It will be a one-day event this year including a full day of programs, with a variety of great speakers to choose from.  The $40 registration fee will include lunch, coffee breaks, photo vendors, special shooting opportunities, door prizes, and the Interclub awards.   One of my favorite things about this event is the camaraderie of being with old and new photography friends.  Full details of the speaker lineup will soon be completed and will be posted on the Camera Council website.   Here is the online Registration Link.

Just for Fun

Did you know that N4C has a photo essay contest?  N4C’s definition of a photo essay is “is a series of projectable images accompanied by music and/or a narrative which tell an integrated story presented in a pleasing and understandable manner.”  In other words, a slide show.  Two years ago, I submitted one and it got kicked to the curb and rolled down the gutter!  The good thing is that I got some valuable feedback and last year I sent a draft to Dwight Corrin, who is the Photo-Essay Chair.  He gave me some suggestions and my entry earned an Honorable Mention last year.  Since the deadline for entry is March 31, I’ve been working on a new essay.  Here is my first draft:

If you are interested in entering a Photo Essay slide show, here are the rules and entry form for the Photo-Essay contest.  They can also be found on the N4C Contest Rules.

See you on the 15th!

Also posted in Club Meeting Info, N4C, News

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.

 

 

 

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Also posted in Club Meeting Info, Competition, N4C

Stuff you need to know

Taking on a Challenge

2016-volleyballcompositeAfter being asked by the Hudson High School Girls Volleyball Team to create a team poster, Michael Huber relented, partly because he felt bad about their not having one, and partly because of the challenge it would bring.  Michael had a vision of how he wanted the end product to be, which helped in capturing and processing all the images he would need.  It helped that he already has experience in achieving the Joel Grimes look of grittiness that he wanted.  It also helped that he has a working knowledge of lighting and how to work with the girls.  So, what do you get when you have the vision to make a composite of all these images and more?

2016-volleyballThis video on our YouTube Channel shows the challenge from start to finish.

 

Greg Lundgren Follow Up

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February Meeting Summary and News

Meeting Summary

Western Prairie Final Graphic Image with Black Background and Lighter Text Below Arch

The appearance of Missy Sparrow started off the February 3rd meeting. Missy is a biologist with the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources and is our contact for the club’s project to “Capture the Western Prairie.” Missy’s slide show and her enthusiasm is contagious and I can hardly wait to be involved. Lori and I have added more information on the project, so check out the 2016 Club Project page.

Just for Fun!

As the break ended, Michael Huber got us all lined up for a 360-degree group shot, using the Ricoh Theta S. How fun is that? Thanks, Michael! We can always count on you to show us the cutting edge in the photography world!  (Michael is the one with rabbit ears.)

PhotoClub 16-0203 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

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Sports Photography at U.S. Figure Skating Championships

I recently attended a sports photography class sponsored by National Camera Exchange.  We were given access to the U.S. Figure Skating Championship at the Xcel Energy Center.  The evening started with classroom instruction by Carlos Gonzalez, a sports photographer for the Star Tribune.  He showed many of his best sports images (many of which are found here on his website gallery) and he shared some of his techniques.

Later, we ventured into the arena.  Only credentialed photographers were permitted to shoot, so it was a privilege to have this opportunity to shoot a national sporting event.  We had two designated shooting positions.  One was at ice level, right behind the official photographers and next to the skating judges. IMG_9337

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Upcoming Meeting and Just for Fun

JP Cropped SmallThis Wednesday night, John Pennoyer will give a presentation, “Winter Light – Winter Photography”. This will cover all aspects of winter photography and will include staying comfortable in cold weather. I am hoping he can tell me how to keep my fingers warm. Having set an assignment for February that includes winter photography, I thought I should get out there myself. I prodded Bryan Leonard into meeting me at Birkmose Park last Tuesday night to get a shot of the crescent moon. It was -2°, not including the wind chill, and after experiencing difficulty operating the camera with gloves and mittens, I worked bare-handed until I had to quit.  It didn’t take long!

Just for Fun – Making Snow

While prowling the internet, I’ve found a couple of tutorials over the years on how to add falling snow to a photograph. For some reason that appealed to me more than going shooting in sub-zero weather. In the warmer environment of my little office/studio I gave one a try. There are a lot of steps, but they are clearly illustrated, and I liked the outcome.  Snow tutorial link  Here is a before and after.

Legeros Sculpture

Sculpture – Before

Legeros Sculpture with Snow

Sculpture with Falling Snow

Interclub Competition

One of the benefits of our club’s membership in the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs is it annual competition for individuals who are members of a member club. There are five categories including Contemporary (or creative), Nature, Realistic, Color Prints and Mono Prints. The deadline for entry is January 30, 5 pm, and more details are here . If you have any questions, use our contact form and I’ll help.

See you soon!

Also posted in Club Meeting Info

‘Tis the Season

Licking My Chops

Photo by Melissa Anderson

Brrrrrh! I admit I don’t venture out that much when the temperatures dip below my comfort zone. Every winter I make a new resolution to capture the beauty of winter. This year I’ll have extra incentive from the speaker at the special mid-month meeting on January 20th.   John Pennoyer will give a presentation, “Winter Light; Winter Photography”. John will tell us that “there is no reason to put your camera away when the snow starts flying.” Winter is one of John’s favorite seasons to photograph. In this session he will discuss all aspects of winter photography, from correct exposure for the winter landscape to keeping your camera operating in cold weather and keeping yourself as comfortable as possible when the thermometer falls into the red zone!

‘Tis the Season will also be the topic for the January discussion salon and for the February competition salon. Photos that depict winter scenes or holiday scenes will qualify. Here are all the topic/assignments for 2016.

 

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DIY Light Wand

I wanted to try and make a ‘light saber like’ wand to do some light painting. Got everything from Menards and went to work! Really easy to put together and I will have fun trying it in different settings. This video shows how it was built and a few examples.

Also posted in Creative/Artistic, Educational

When a Lake Freezes Over

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I grew up on a small lake and I remember one winter, the lake froze solid over night. For the next week, before the snow came, we could ice skate the entire lake and see the fish and weeds below us. It was magical!

That memory came back to me when I ran across some fabulous images and decided to dig a little deeper into where they were taken.

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Photography Gift Guide!

braceletI have to start out with my annual favorite. I have and wear one. every time I notice it on my wrist, it reminds me to get out and shoot! Lens Bracelet Continue reading »