On Saturday, January 21, we will have a group shoot at Como Park Conservatory and Zoo. We will meet at 9:30 am at the WI exit 2 Park & Ride for carpooling. The conservatory and zoo opens at 10:00 am for those who want to drive directly. Entry is free, but $3 donations for adults are encouraged. Tripods will not be allowed inside, but I just use a higher ISO and a larger aperture (smaller f/stop number). It’s not just about flowers…I’ve seen some great shots of primates in the zoo. Photowalks are great way of making new friends and getting photo tips and inspiration. When all is done, we’ll have a gallery. What is amazing to me about these group outings is seeing the diverse results. And won’t it be fun to take pictures of something green again?
Club Competitions Update
At the February meeting we will have a competition salon and this year, we will be asking our judges to score on a 1-10 point system. Images that score 8 or more will be considered “accepted” for our year end competition and will go into a gallery. The rules have also been tweaked a bit to inform participants that images from the salons may also be entered into the N4C contests and used on our web site to promote the club. We are also giving advance notification that all prints scoring 8 or more need to be brought to the November meeting so they can be judged for year end. Check out and download the updated rules here.
Assignments and the Rule of Odds
The reason we have assignments is to encourage members to try new things or to look at subjects and composition in a new way. The payback for members who try something new is that it allows them to submit more images, as well as mastering a challenge. For that reason, to qualify, the “bonus” images need to be captured after the assignment has been posted.
I believe that we are more attracted to odd numbers. Even numbers of objects seem to be static and less interesting. Three is an especially magic odd number. Lines connecting three objects create a triangle that moves the eye around the image multiple times. Here is a more lengthy discussion of the rule of odds.
Twin City Area Council of Camera Clubs Interclub Competition
The annual competition is one of the benefits of our club being one of the 24 member clubs of the TCACCC. Our members can submit up to four photos in the three digital categories of Contemporary (Creative), Nature and Realistic. These digital submission can be done by email. There are also two print categories: Color and Monotone. Submission of prints in recent years has diminished and the Council is considering eliminating prints from the competition after this year. I consider this a mistake. Fine art prints are a form of art that should be promoted. Increasing the number of prints submitted this year will help make the case of keeping that part of the competition. Please bring your best prints to the February meeting and I will get them delivered for you. The deadline for entry is Sunday, February 5, 5:00 pm, and all the rules and forms that you need can be found here. If you would like to participate, but want some help, send me an email, or use the contact form and your message will come to me.
4H Photography Opportunity
At the January meeting Kay Jacobsen told us about a 4H photography program that she is running for young people, who range in age from 4th grade to high school. She is looking for people who would give a presentation on just about any photography subject. Let me know through the contact form if you would like more information from Kay.