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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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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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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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August Meeting and News

At the August 2 meeting, held at 6:30 pm in the River Room at the Phipps Center for the Arts, Rikk Flohr will be our judge for a competition salon.  I have been a member of the club since 2011 and I have learned so much by hearing the judges’ comments.  I don’t always agree; after all, judges have some preferences that are difficult to overcome.   I submit images that I think are pretty darn good, but there are usually insights to gain from someone who hasn’t fallen in love with your image.  Taking part in the salons has been one of the most important learning tools for me over the years.  And I am always inspired by the work of other members.  Don’t forget that you may bring two prints 15 minutes before the meeting begins to have them included in the judging.

Rikk Flohr is a professional photographer, image consultant and instructor, serving the imaging community with a variety of services related to photography, graphic design and instruction. In addition to full studio operations, Rikk shoots corporate events around the US. and is also currently employed by Adobe as the Community Manager for Adobe Voice.  One of his web sites is a link on the education section where you can see his work, learn and be inspired.

Help Wanted!

  • I’d like to put together a committee to start planning programs and speakers for 2018. I’m looking for members with ideas.  The committee will start meeting in September and if you’d like to be involved, please use the contact form.
  • Let’s get some photowalks going! I’ll get one scheduled in August for the Minnesota State Capitol building that underwent a $310 million restoration.  If you have more ideas and are willing to scout them out, I’ll get them put on the calendar and will promote them in a blog post.

Scavenger Hunt News

We had a great turnout and members have been submitting their photos the past few days.  I’m amazed at the variety and quality of images that have been submitted so far.  Every member who captured all ten items on my “secret list” will take home a prize.  The scavenger hunt gallery is here and participants will vote on their favorites for additional prizes.

Also posted in Club Event, Club Meeting Info

Correction!

The deadline to submit for the August salon is Wednesday, July 12.

July Meeting and Important Deadlines

Photo Scavenger Hunt & Ice Cream Social

We’ll be meeting at 6:30 pm next Wednesday, July 12, in the River Room at the Phipps.  Bring your gear for this meeting because we’ll be having a photo scavenger hunt.  I’ll reveal my “secret list” of objects to find and capture in Hudson before the end of the day.  Members will have a week to process their images that will be put in a gallery.  Every member who captures all of the items will receive a prize.  Other prizes will be awarded based on popular vote by participants.  On all the photowalks I’ve been involved with, I am always amazed at the variety of images that are made by members going to the same place.   Here is a gallery of images from the 2015 Scavenger Hunt.

We’ll take a break around 8:00 pm and return to the meeting room for an ice cream social.  It will be a big help if you can bring an ice cream scoop.  Significant others are also welcome to join in!

Submission Reminders

  • We will have our third competition salon at the August 2 meeting that will be judged by Rikk Flohr. Each member may submit two digital images plus two additional images that meet the assignment of black and white (or monochrome). Also, members may bring two prints 15 minutes before the meeting begins to be included in the judging.  The digital images need to be submitted by July 12.  See the Club Salon Rules here.  If this is the first time for you, Bryan Leonard, our Salon Coordinator, is very helpful.  Don’t hesitate.
  • Submissions for the Phipps Members Spotlight is July 21. For more information see the Phipps web page here.

See you next week!

 

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July is here!

Fireworks are one of the first things that come to mind when I think of Independence Day.  This year Hudson’s fireworks display will be at Lakefront Park on Sunday, July 2, at dusk.  It will cap off the Booster Days festivities that includes live music, a beer garden, carnival rides, and a parade and more.   Stillwater’s fireworks display will be on Tuesday, the 4th,  beginning at dusk (around 10:00 pm).

Shooting Fireworks

Here is a shot I got a couple years ago at Lakefront Park.  Fireworks are so bright that you want to keep the ISO low at 100.  Before the fireworks began, I focused on a distant spot at f/11 and put my camera on bulb mode.  When I heard the boom of the fireworks shooting skyward, I pressed the shutter release and held it, in this case, for 15 seconds.  Timing is everything and I’m happy to get one or two keepers.  (This was taken shortly after 10:00 pm, so apparently dusk in Hudson is at the same time as dusk in Stillwater!)  That’s my quick tip.

Everything you could possibly want to know about shooting fireworks is contained in this video by John Cornicello that he did for Creative Live.  It’s an hour long, but as I said, it includes everything, including making double exposures for getting more bang in one shot.

Important:  July Meeting Date

I’ll be making another blog post, but for now, please remember that we will be meeting on the second Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 pm, instead of July 5.

Calling All Creatives!

The Phipps is seeking submissions for the Members’ Spotlight.  Together, members of The Phipps are a creative network joined by the belief in the center’s mission to “celebrate the creative spirit.” All members are encouraged to share their unique creative talents in the 2017 Members’ Spotlight and connect with other members who have similar creative inclinations.

This year’s events include:

  • GALLERIES EXHIBIT | August 3-September 10
  • RECEPTION AND OPEN STAGE | Thursday, August 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • MEMBERS’ BASH | A ticketed event for ages 18+, Thursday, August 3, 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Submissions are being sought in any and all forms including photography.  Participants may submit one or two items to be shown in The Galleries exhibition

All participants must be at least 18 years old and a current member of The Phipps.  Not a member? Not a problem!  New members are encouraged to participate. Information about membership can be found by calling 715.386.2305, and donations may be enclosed with entry forms.  For more information, including a link for the entry forms, click hereEntry forms are due Friday, July 21.

 

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Photo Opportunities

Milky Way Photo Walk

Deer Park Milky Way

Yesterday we had a “new moon”, which means for a few days before and after, it’s a good time to capture the Milky Way.  We are still experiencing spring weather with lots of thunderstorms and rain, but according to the forecast, Monday night may be good.  If the skies are clear Bryan Leonard and I will go to one of our favorite places, the cemetery just south of Deer Park.  It’s a great place if you are just starting out, since it is relatively close to home.  It doesn’t compare to photos you can take in some of the national parks out west or along the Gunflint Trail, but I’ve been pretty satisfied with the images I’ve made closer to home.  Besides, it’s always fun to enjoy the wonder of the night sky and to do it with friends.  We need to wait until two hours after sunset to get a dark sky, so that means being on location by 10:30 or so.   If you are interested in joining us, please let me know by using the contact form and I’ll update you via email with more information as we get closer to clear skies.  Here is a Milky Way Primer that you can download.

 

 

Blooming Butterflies at Como Park

We go from capturing photos of our galaxy to capturing photos of some of the most beautiful small creatures, right here on earth.  I get the newsletter from Como Park and Conservatory but I didn’t take the plunge until Melissa Anderson gave me a nudge.  That’s one of the bonuses of belonging to this club!  Melissa and I visited the exhibit on its opening day, this past Tuesday.  I was overwhelmed with the number of butterflies and all the shooting opportunities.  I will go back soon.

Trip Tips

  • The conservatory and exhibit tent opens at 10:00 am. Get there at least 15 minutes early to get a good parking space.
  • Tripods are not allowed nor are backpacks.
  • Macro lenses are the way to go. I used a 180 mm macro to get in close, but many of the butterflies are only an arm’s length away.
  • For handheld, I used a higher ISO to guarantee a faster shutter speed.
  • Try to line up your shot so that the plane of the butterfly matches the plane of your camera.

Click this link or more information.  A donation of $3.00 is welcome. Continue reading »

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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!

 

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