Phipps Call for Artists – Three Opportunities

Heart of the River | National Call for Artists | Submission by July 1, 2018

  • Celebrating the First 50 Years of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
  • A juried exhibition at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI
  • September 14 – October 21, 2018

Artists are encouraged to submit work for “Heart of the River” that expresses the significance of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in their lives, and communicates that connection through unique depictions, interpretations, impressions, memories, and hopes for the future.  Click this link for more information.

Annual Call for Artists | Deadline July 1, 2018

The Phipps is seeking submissions from visual artists in Wisconsin and Minnesota for exhibition opportunities in The Galleries of The Phipps in 2020 – 2021 and in four public exhibition programs in 2019 – 2020: at Hudson Hospital & Clinic; Westfields Hospital & Clinic in New Richmond, WI; Croixdale in Bayport, MN; and Woodland Hill in Hudson, WI.

Submissions will be considered for all exhibition opportunities, and may be accepted in more than one. Scheduling will be coordinated to avoid overlaps.  Individual artist submissions as well as proposals for two-person or group exhibitions are encouraged.  Click this link for more information.

Members’ Spotlight Call for Artists & Performers | Submissions due July 20

  • Galleries Exhibit: August 2 – September 9, 2018
  • Participants may submit up to two items to be shown in the Galleries Exhibit
  • All participants must be current members. Not a member? Not a problem – Phipps bylaws allow you to join for as little as a dollar (but thirty is better!) If you are new to The Phipps or have not donated since October 31, 2017, checks can be mailed to The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI 54016. Membership can also be paid on the phone via credit card, or in person with cash or credit.
  • On-line entry forms are due Friday, July 20, 4:00 p.m. Click this link for more information.

 

Posted in Exhibits

Getting Started with Video

Darrell Tangen will make a presentation this coming Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 pm on “Getting Started with Video”.   My camera has video capabilities, but the only time I’ve ever shot video is accidentally, so I am really looking forward to capturing video on purpose!   And several members have told me that this is a program they have wanted.

Nearly every current digital SLR and cell phone has digital video capability today, and using it is can be a challenge.  The goal of this presentation is to introduce the two parts of working with video: video capture and video editing.  We will start with an understanding of the settings on your camera and how to use them properly.  Members are encouraged to bring their cameras and ask questions about their particular options.  Then we’ll discuss ways to make your video capture more interesting and look more professional.  Once we have a video clip or two, some of the simplest editing options and some of the software used will be discussed.  Editing can be time consuming and challenging so we’ll just cover some of the basics using the less expensive software options. We will wrap up with some of the common uses and places you can use your videos.

In the late 1980s Darrell began teaching at Dakota County Technical College in the Photography Program.  He has been there for the last 30 years training students of all ages how to be successful in all the areas of the business of photography.  In the late 2000s the topic of digital video was added to the skills needed by a professional photographer. Today’s market has brought video and photography so close together that the most successful photographers have skills in both fields.

Special note:  Because Phipps’ Summer Art Camp is going on and projects will fill our normal meeting space, this meeting will be held in the Black Box Theater on the north end of the building.

Posted in Educational

“Blooming Butterflies” Exhibit Returns June 15!

More than 6,000 butterflies from around the world are winging their way to Blooming Butterflies, Como’s popular interpretive garden all about the power of pollinators. For just $1, you can release your own butterfly during the daily butterfly release at noon and watch it take flight!  Up to 400 butterflies will be released each week.

I went last year a couple of times and I don’t think I’ve ever gotten so many keepers in such a short amount of time, around a half hour.  All of the images were shot with a 180mm macro lens, but many of the butterflies are at arm’s length.  All images were at f/8 and on bright days I used 800 ISO; cloudy days the ISO was 1600.  (Higher ISO because of the hand-held long lens.)

Terry’s recommendations:

  • Go early in the day! As the temperatures rise, the butterflies are more active and less likely to stay still enough to pose.  A sunny, cool morning is the best.
  • Arrive 30 minutes early to get a good parking space.
  • Do not plan on taking a camera bag into the tent.

Basic Information:

  • Location:  1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55103
  • Cost:  Free, but a voluntary donation of $3.00 is appreciated
  • Hours:  10 am to 6:00 pm
  • Tripods are not allowed
  • More Information

 

Posted in Just for fun, News

Photowalk Scheduled and Salon Meeting Wrap-up

The Wall that Heals Photowalk

Meetup at the exit 2 Park & Ride for carpooling on Thursday, June 21, 6:00 pm.

When I was a young mother in the late 60’s and early 70’s the national evening news program featured stories about the Vietnam War, including a body count each night.  It was heart-breaking and scary because I had three first cousins there at the same time, as well as many high school class mates.  When the memorial in Washington, DC was dedicated in 1982, I knew I wanted to experience that someday.  I still haven’t been there but the next best thing will be at the Minnesota state capitol later this month.  From June 21-24 there will be a 3/4-scale traveling replica of “The Wall” on the capitol grounds.  The weekend will be filled with events and will be open 24 hours a day.   Click here for more information.

Salon Meeting Wrap-up

Image lacks “pop”

Image with black and white points set using the sliders in the Basic panel

Our judge, John Arthur Anderson, commented on some of the salon images as needing some “pop”.  He later demonstrated in Lightroom how setting black and white points can transform photos.  As a judge for other camera clubs, I agree that I’ve seen a lot of good images over the years that could have been great images if the tonal range was expanded.  Since RAW images straight out of the camera look a bit flat it’s our job to make the most of all the data we capture. Continue reading »

Posted in Club Meeting Info, Educational, Photowalks, Technical

Club Project Update

Nearly two years ago, at the suggestion of Lori Moilanen, our club took on this project.  With her guidance and the help of the Wisconsin DNR and The Prairie Enthusiasts many of our members captured images in group outings and on their own.  As images came in for our galleries, I was blown away by the diversity of flora and fauna that was photographed and by the quality of images.  Since then poster-sized images were installed on the buildings at Belwin Conservancy, and a collection of 23 canvas prints have been exhibited at the Phipps and at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond.  Shortly they will be on exhibit at Croixdale, a senior living facility in Bayport.  A new exhibit has recently been installed at Belwin Conservancy, replacing the ones from 2017.   We lost our project manager last year when Lori retired and moved to the state of Washington.

The project has been an overwhelming success, having met and surpassed its goals.  I am thankful for all the members who contributed their time and talents.  I am especially thankful for the help of Betty Bryan who worked with me last fall to make selections for the canvas prints that have been on exhibit.   Marianne Diericks is also deserving of special thanks, as well as Ginny Gaynor.  The knowledge shared and time given by these three ladies has been invaluable.

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Posted in Club Project, N4C, News

Upcoming Meetings

May 19 – Judging of the May N4C Travel contest

On Saturday, beginning at 9:00 am, we will be judging 90 Travel images sent to us by 19 other N4C Clubs.  Consider joining us to help or to learn how this is accomplished.  We will be done by 11:30.

May 23 Meeting – Composition 101

Golden Triangle

Composition is one of the three judging criteria used by N4C for their monthly contests. For N4C, each of the three judges give a score for Composition, as well as for Technique and Interest.  N4C’s definition of composition is “the arrangement of all elements within the picture area so the subject matter is presented as a harmonious, well-balanced photograph.”   I will give a presentation that will cover some of the most well-known composition rules that cover the placement of the center of interest, such as the “rule of thirds”.  Going beyond the composition rules, I will cover other elements of composition such as orientation, the use of perspective, leading lines, repetition and more.

Members are asked to bring three or four of their images on thumb drives, on tablets or in print form so that we can break down into small groups for discussion.  If you have a laptop, please bring that, too.

June 6 Meeting – Judged Salon

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Posted in Club Event, Club Meeting Info, Competition, News

Hudson Hospital Exhibit and More

Don Mendenhall Update

I’ve received a lot of positive feedback about Don’s appearance at our May 2 meeting.  Don has made available the outline for his program that will be on our Learning page, available for download, for just a month.

Hudson Hospital Exhibit

The exhibit is officially open today and it will run through September 9.  Approximately half of the pieces are on one wall in the cafeteria above tables and the remaining pieces are in the main hall just outside.  I stopped in today to see how it looked.  What an amazing variety of work by our members!   The Artists Reception will be on August 3, from 6-8 pm, so save the date for that.

Submission Deadlines

The first is tomorrow, May 10, for the final N4C contest for the N4C year.  Since our club judges Travel this month, we cannot enter that contest, but Marianne would like to send 8 each of Altered Reality, Black and White, Journalism, Nature, and Pictorial images.  If you haven’t entered N4C contests before, now is the time! The N4C contest rules are posted here and includes a quick guide that can be downloaded.

The other submission deadline is for our club’s salon in June.  The deadline is just a week away, May 16, by 5;00 pm.  We have a special assignment of “Self-Portrait” and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with.  (I am still trying to figure out how to make an image that doesn’t look like me!)   The Club salon rules are posted here.

Posted in Club Event, Competition, Exhibits, News

Stuff You Need to Know

Cinco de Mayo Photowalk this Saturday

Willie Gorham is organizing a group outing to capture images of the 2018 Cinco de Mayo Festival on the St. Paul West Side this Saturday, May 5.  The festival begins at 9:00 am and will end at 6 pm.  There will be lots of subject matter to photograph including a parade that beings at 10:00 am, live music performances, a car show and much more.  We will meet at the Wisconsin exit 2 Park & Ride at 8:15 for carpooling.  If you plan on going there on your own, here are directions including the location and parking.

Call for Artists

The Phipps Center for the Arts is accepting entries for a juried exhibition celebrating the first 50 years of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The exhibition will be held at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI, September 14 through October 21, 2018.

The announcement from the Phipps encourages artists to submit work that “expresses the significance of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in their lives, and communicates that connection through unique depictions, interpretations, impressions, memories, and hopes for the future.”

Save the Date for a Free Event!

Fall Photo Day, Saturday, September 22.    Join your fellow photographers for a free, all day event at Wisconsin Interstate Park.  Presentations, photo shoots, interpretive programs, river boat ride, and an opportunity to photograph along the St. Croix River.  Organized by the St. Croix Valley Camera Club and sponsored by the Twin City Area Council of Camera Clubs.  Detailed information will follow.

Posted in News, Photowalks

Fine Art Photography

At our next meeting on May 2, Don Mendenhall will explore some of the understandings and meanings of fine art photography and how those apply to each individual photographer.   A self-taught award-winning photographer from the age of twelve, Don has used his photography in a teaching and consulting career. Presently he is involved in art shows throughout Wisconsin including the St. Croix Art Festival. He also coaches photography and is currently teaching two masterwork salons in the Madison, Wisconsin area. His photographic style is fine art contemplative. He has a unique way of seeing and feeling the uniqueness or essence of the subject matter.

The number of definitions of fine art photography may be the same number as there are photographers in the room. Fine art more than anything else is unique to the individual artist. In the case of fine art photography, it not the reality the camera sees it is the vision of the photographer that may well go beyond reality. Fine art photography is the vision, feeling, or concept the photographer wants to communicate. Continue reading »

Posted in Club Meeting Info, Creative/Artistic, Educational

Special Meeting & Interclub News

Exploring Time through Time-Lapses

At our next meeting, Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 pm, Mike Shaw will be our speaker.  Time-lapse videos are everywhere! From social media to websites to commercials to documentaries – time-lapses have hit the mainstream. The good news is that there has never been a better time to learn how to make your own. With camera gear you most likely already have and a few easy-to-learn processing techniques, you’ll be up and making incredible time-lapse videos before you know it! The presentation is for beginners through advanced photographers.

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Posted in Club Meeting Info, Competition