March was a busy month! On Saturday, the 18th, we had a great turnout for the tabletop shoot. Everyone had fun shooting flowers, creating reflections on black glass and playing with all the items I brought. In preparation for the day I had filled up my car with goodies but left my tripod home! What kind of photographer does that? The next day, Sunday, the 19th, we judged prints for N4C’s nature and black and white contests. Thanks to Melissa Anderson, Naomi Belisle, Amanda Bierbaum, Betty Bryan, Steve Cole, Willie Gorham, Richard Hudson and Marilyn Rau for helping out. With that many helpers we were able to have two sets of judges and were done in just a little over an hour.
Spring Break Wrap Up
Over 20 of our members attended and I’ve received some enthusiastic feedback, especially from the first-timers. There were five different time slots with a variety of speakers, and during the lunch hour the Interclub Competition results were shown. We came in third this year in the club competition and our members brought home 54 individual awards and ribbons. The winners galleries will be posted soon and I’ll be showcasing the top awards at the April meeting. Spring Break ended with a couple of outdoor photo shoots, one of which was with models dressed in WWII garb at Holz Farm. During lunch I chatted with two of the models and they are interested in doing a model shoot for us here in Hudson. I’ll see what it takes to get them out here this summer.
Our April 5 meeting at 6:30 pm will feature short presentations by a panel of members who will discuss their visualization process, capture details, and the post processing of their award-winning images. Panel members include Melissa Anderson, Amanda Bierbaum, Pavel Blagev, Betty Bryan, Jeff Bucklew, Marianne Diericks, Willie Gorham, Lori Moilanen, Marge Springett, and Michael Waterman. It’s clear to me that these photographers excel in what Ansel Adams has said about the creative process:
- “The term visualization refers to the entire emotional-mental process of creating a photograph, and as such it is one of the most important concepts in photography. It includes the ability to anticipate a finished image before making the exposure, so that the procedure employed will contribute to achieving the desired result. This much of the creative process can be practiced and learned; beyond lies the domain of personal vision and insight, the creative “eye’ of the individual, which cannot be taught, only recognized and encouraged.
- “If we understand the ways in which each stage of the process will shape the final image, we have numerous opportunities to creatively control the final result. If we fail to comprehend the medium, or relinquish our control to automation of one kind or another, we allow the system to dictate the result instead of controlling them to our own purposes.” – Ansel Adams
After a short break we will have a discussion salon and if there is time, I will do a demonstration of black and white conversions in Lightroom and with Nik Silver Efex Pro. The Nik software, owned now by Google is free and can be downloaded here.
Send your discussion images for the March meeting by Monday, April 3. The deadline for submitting images for the May competition is April 12. The assignment is the “Rule of Odds” and if you check out the assignments page, you will see that assignments for 2018 been added, giving more time to work on them.
One last reminder: If you intend to keep your membership, please pay your dues in April. If you can’t attend the April meeting, I can send our Treasurer’s mailing address.