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October 4 Meeting Information

Our very own member, Jeff Bucklew, will give a program on the basics of wildlife and nature photography.  The program will be broken into three basic sections: technical, technique, and creative.  In the technical he will cover the need for understanding exposure – aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.  Also why understanding the big three is key to selecting drive modes, and which mode he uses and when.  Of course he’ll also talk about the histogram and the use of “blinkies”, also known as the highlight alert. The technical portion includes valuable information that is an important consideration for all types of photography.  In the technique portion Jeff will go over preparation, patience, and respecting and learning your subject.  Also how getting to know your subject will help you to anticipate when something is about to happen.  Finally, in the creative portion Jeff will talk about being creative, and having fun.  There will be plenty of example images helping to illustrate the points throughout the program.

Jeff has been enjoying gallery representation at Seasons on St. Croix Gallery in Hudson for over six years and 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.  He’s also a great guy!  When I joined the club and announced that I’d just gotten a new camera, he offered his help and was always there for me when I needed him.  Here is one of my favorites of his…

Loon Takeoff – Jeff Bucklew

N4C News

This past weekend I attended the convention in Rapid City.  It was two and a half days filled with great speakers and outings and spending time with other photography enthusiasts.  The convention ended Saturday night with the results of the year end “Best of the Best” competition.  All images that had won 1st, 2nd,3rd place and honorable mentions throughout the 2016-2017 were judged again.  I was very proud of our member’s work and brought back many awards.  Those results will be announced at the meeting.

Stay tuned because we have lots more coming up this month…a second speaker and a group shooting opportunity.

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News

N4C News

One of the contest rules have been changed for the 2017-18 N4C year.  One of the rule changes have to do with image sizes:  submitted images must be a maximum of 1920 pixels on the long side and the file size must be no larger than 500 KB. Though the official rules haven’t been published yet, they will go into effect immediately.   The N4C year begins in September with contests every month except December and continues until May.  If you haven’t already, please consider entering one or more of the six monthly contests.  Our club members have done well in the past and winners are posted in the N4C galleries.   The deadline for entry is the tenth of each month and the complete rules are here.  I enjoy the challenge of competition and it gives me another incentive to work harder to make good images.

Call for Artists

The Phipps Center for the Arts is seeking submissions from visual artists in Wisconsin and Minnesota for exhibition opportunities in four public exhibition programs in 2018 – 2019.  These are the exhibit venues for the call:

  • Hudson Hospital & Clinic;
  • Westfields Hospital & Clinic in New Richmond, WI;
  • Croixdale in Bayport, MN; and
  • Woodland Hill in Hudson, WI

The deadline for submission is October 1 and details on the process and entry forms are here.

Make Any Photo Look Like an Ansel Adams Masterpiece!

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Presidents, Pixels & Pines

The 61st annual N4C Convention will be held on Thursday September 21 to Sunday, September 24, 2017.  It will be hosted by the Black Hills Photography Club and will be in Rapid City, South Dakota.  I plan on attending and the only drawback is that there are so many great speakers and field trips that it will be hard to decide which ones to choose.  The great thing about the field trips is that they will be led by photographers who really know the area.  Let’s get a group together and go!

 

Quick Facts & Links

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May 3 Meeting and Short Notice Photowalk

Photo by Alec Johnson

At the May 3 meeting, we will have a competition salon judged by Alec Johnson.  Alec is a fine art photographer, and has won national and international acclaim for his work.  He was Executive Producer and was Director of Photography for the documentary, “The Story of Winter:  Minnesota’s Most Iconic Season”.  He is widely known for being a dynamic and inspirational teacher, honing his teaching skills as a professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Saint Thomas and is a regular speaker and salon judge with Twin City area camera clubs.  I have always held Alec as a master of black and white photography and after the judging he will share a short program on the subject.  Here is where you can see Alec’s black and white photography on Lake Superior.  Everything he does has been touched with his unique style.

MN State Capitol Photo Walk

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March Happenings

Photo by Michael Huber

John Gregor-March 1

March began with a bang, having John Gregor with us again on the first of the month.  I appreciate his simple approach to achieving his vision and his dedication to prints.  I am paraphrasing here, but what stuck with me was his statement about digital vs. prints: “Digital is temporary for places like Facebook, but prints are real.”  A print is an art form in itself.  To me, there is nothing better than holding a print in my hands.

Tabletop Hands-On Workshop-March 18

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Upcoming Meeting and News

John Gregor Selfie

March 1 Meeting

At our March 1 meeting John Gregor will present his program “From Concept to Print”.  He will discuss the evolution of his recent work, his approach to the photographic medium, and how and why he does what he does. Over the last year he has transitioned from the traditional digital landscape photographer’s full frame DSLR camera to the Fujifilm X-T2 which features the smaller sized APS-C Xtrans sensor. He will take you through his entire process from capture to print and will discuss how and why he uses filters for his landscape images.  He will tell us why he chose the Fujifilm system, and he will discuss how his workflow has transitioned to the new mirrorless system.   He’ll also let us what he has liked and not liked about the new camera system. If you want to learn about a comprehensive photographic approach, or if you are considering a mirrorless system don’t miss this informative presentation.

John’s business is Coldsnap Photography where he leads nature and travel photography workshops, with his home base in Two Harbors, Minnesota.  This will be John’s second appearance at our club.  Last year’s program was “The Art of the Fine Art Print”, which was awesome.  I’m subscribed to his newsletter that comes out about once a month that includes information that interests me as a photographer.  He is also on Facebook.

As always, the meeting will begin at 6:30 pm in the River Room at the Phipps Center for the Arts.

Help Wanted!

On Sunday, March 19, at 2:00 pm, our club will be judging prints for N4C.  I expect there will be about 45 nature and black and white prints in total, so it shouldn’t take much more than an hour.  I could use three or four more people to help, mostly to record scores and comments and to handle the prints.  We will get started at 2:00 pm.  This is an opportunity to contribute that won’t take much of your time.  Please let me know if you can help.

Spring Break Program Update

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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!

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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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About N4C and Food for Thought

I would first like to say thank-you for letting me serve as yourN4C is an acronym for the North Central Camera Club Council.   It is an organization of 43 camera clubs located in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.  Our club joined N4C almost two years ago.  Since we had started a new master schedule with fewer competitions at our regular meetings, we wanted to offer additional competition opportunities for our members without having it become the mainstream of our culture.

The N4C year runs from September to May so a new N4C year is about to begin!

n4cClubsN4C has competitions every month from September to May (but not December) and they refer to these as contests.  There are six digital contest categories which include Black and White, Creative, Journalism, Nature, Pictorial, and Travel.   There is also a Photo Essay contest in April, and a Panorama Print contest in the spring.

Member clubs take turns judging the month’s entries, and each image is given a score for three different criteria:

  1. Technique – focus, lighting, color rendition, exposure, print quality.
  2. Composition – arrangement of all elements within the picture area so the subject matter is presented as a harmonious, well balanced photograph.
  3. Interest – Originality, imagination, interpretation, subject, impact, mood, humor, etc.

Judging clubs are also encouraged to make constructive comments on each image.  Our club will be judging three times this N4C year, including September 17, when we will judge Black and White.

The entry deadline for contests is the tenth of each month and for details on how to enter, please see the N4C Competition Rules, for sizing, naming conventions and category descriptions as well as N4C bulletins and handbooks.  Most people have been submitting images on their own, but Michael Waterman and I will fill up as many spots as possible (up to eight for each category) by using salon images and by reaching out to members for entries.

N4C also has two conventions each year, a mini convention in the spring at Springbrook, Iowa, and a bigger convention in the fall, which is September 29-October 1 in Fargo, North Dakota, this year.  At the main convention “Best of the Best” awards will be given based upon all of the images that received 1st , 2nd, 3rd place and honorable mentions throughout the year.  We should find out by October if any of our members received any of the annual awards.  The N4C web site is here.

The Fear That Everything Has Already Been Done

Schwabacher Road - Tetons National Park - Terry Butler

Schwabacher Road – Tetons National Park – Terry Butler

A couple years ago, I submitted a photo for a competition salon that I thought was one of the best I’d ever taken.  The judge was not impressed, saying that it was one of the most photographed places in the US. At the time I hadn’t known. It took the wind out of my sails, and I let those comments change the way I felt about the photo for a long time.  Now I am back to thinking it is still a pretty great photo.  Don’t let that happen to you, letting one comment put you down.  It’s okay to compete, but it’s okay to please yourself, too.

Here is a YouTube video that touches on the subject.

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August Meetings

Mike Prokosch

Mike Prokosch

Our regular meeting on August 3 at 6:30 p.m. will included a competition salon judged by Mike Prokosch.  For the past two decades, Mike has been active in the photography community in the Twin Cities.  He has served on the Camera Council and in that capacity has been instrumental in putting on the annual Spring Break event and in teaching classes on judging.  In addition, he has been active in the Photographic Society of America both as a competitor, as a chairman, and as a judge for several international competitions.  He has done digital photography in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions and quite a few places between.

I’m sure I’ve said it before, but I always learn something when we have a guest judge.  In my own work, I submit images that I think are pretty darn great.  It helps me to hear what someone I respect has to say, someone who does not have the emotional attachment that I have.  I learn from the positive comments made on other images, too, along with suggestions for improvement.  And I am always inspired!

All of the digital images were submitted weeks ago, but if you would like, you may bring two prints to the meeting, 15 minutes before it begins.  Be sure the title is in the upper left corner on the back, as well as your 3-digit ID.  They should be unframed and be at least 8×10”, but not more than 16×20”.

Special Mid-Month Meeting August 17

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