Author Archives: Terry Butler

Late July – Early August News

Congratulations to Pavel!

“Burning Sunrise” by Pavel Blagev

Gene Schwope, a member of the St. Paul Camera Club, is a long time member of the PSA.   He made an entry to their “Council Challenge” on behalf of N4C.  Pavel’s photo was chosen as first place for nature and his photo will be published in the September edition of the monthly PSA Journal.  The Photographic Society of America is one of the largest, worldwide, non-profit organizations of its kind. Established in 1934, it is for casual shutterbugs, serious amateurs, and professional photographers. PSA has members in over 75 countries.  Congratulations, Pavel, on a well-deserved image!

Salon Meeting on August 1

Our next meeting will feature a salon of member submitted photos with an outside judge who will review and comment on each image.  I think this is one of the best learning opportunities for our members, even if they have not submitted photos.  I like that the photos are made by real people that I know and am always inspired by the talent and growth of our members.

 

Hudson Hospital Group Exhibit August 3, 6-8 pm

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Join Us for the Scavenger Hunt!

“Break Time” a 2017 Scavenger Hunt photo by Betty Bryan

It’s July again, and time for our third  annual Scavenger Hunt! We will meet at 6:30 pm, July 11, in the River room at the Phipps. We’ll have ice cream treats to kick off the evening, and, since I’ll be out of town that week, Pete Mutschler and Richard Hudson will give you a list of ten subjects to shoot in downtown Hudson and along the river that evening. These scavenger hunts have always produced an amazing variety of images; it’s a great opportunity to stretch your imagination.

Unlike the past two years, we’ll have our treats first, so you can shoot into the evening, but all shooting has to be completed by midnight. You’ll have one week to process and submit your images and we’ll post them in a gallery. Every participant who captures all of the items on the list will receive a prize. Other prizes will be awarded based on popular vote by the participants. For inspiration, here’s a gallery of the 2017 Scavenger Hunt.

In case we get rained out a new blog post will be made cancelling the meeting and there will be an alternate date set at a later time.

Posted in Club Event, Club Meeting Info

Two Special Events in September

Announcing “Blufftops & Visions”  N4C Convention

The 62nd annual convention of the North Central Camera Club Council (N4C) will be held in the historic river city of Dubuque, Iowa, on September 13-14-15, 2018.

Seminars & Photo Shoots will include:

  • Millwork and Models creative photo shoot in Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District (bellydancer, and more!)
  • Get inspired by St. Luke’s Tiffany windows
  • See Edward Curtis’ historic photographs of The North American Indian at the Dubuque Museum of Art.

Keynote Speakers will include:

  • Iván Ferrero, landscape photographer extraordinaire, from Toledo, Spain.
  • Brandon Erdman, winner of National Geographic and the Arizona Tourism Department’s #UnRealAZ photo contest.
  • Stephanie Johnson, expert in abstract photography using Intentional Camera Movement.
  • and more!

Registration is now open.  Please visit the Dubuque Camera Club website for more details.

Interstate Photo Day – Saturday, September 22, 8:30-4:30

Where:  Wisconsin Interstate Park, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

This free event is sponsored by Twin City Area Council of Camera Clubs and is planned and hosted by St. Croix Valley Camera Club

Keynote Speaker:  Craig Blacklock on his book, St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers—the Enduring Gift

Presentations:

  • “Photographing Wildlife”
  • “Composition”
  • “Taking Portraits Outdoors”
  • “Macro Photography”
  • “Growing as a Photographer for Novices”

Photo Opportunities:

  • Guided photo hikes by park naturalists, a Master Gardener and native plant expert, and club members
  • Self-guided photo locations—over half a dozen possibilities, including from a kayak
  • Photo Scavenger Hunt

Free River Boat Cruise

Registration will open the first week of August

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July is just around the corner

Let’s Shoot Fireworks!

2017 Hudson Fireworks by Bryan Leonard

This year Hudson’s fireworks display will be at Lakefront Park on Sunday, July 1, at dusk.  It will cap off the Booster Days festivities that includes live music, a beer garden, carnival rides, a parade, live music and more.   For more details on Hudson’s Booster Days celebration click on this link.  Stillwater’s fireworks display will be on Wednesday, the 4th, beginning at dusk (around 10:00 pm). 

2017 Hudson Fireworks by Terry Butler

Bryan Leonard and I shot fireworks last year at just about the same time, ten minutes after ten.  Bryan’s shot was taken from in front of the Phipps and he used a wide angle lens (18mm) f/ll, ISO 100 for 5 seconds.  I took the walking path that is parallel to the I94 bridge and wish I had brought bug spray.  Mine was a composite that was shot at ISO 100, f/11 and the fireworks shots ranged from two to four seconds at 55mm.  This year I plan on being at the Phipps by 9:00 pm, so meet me there!

Photowalks and Galleries

I need your photos for galleries!  Please send your photos to photowalk@wiphotoclub.com Size them so that they are 960 pixels on the longest side and give them a title that includes your name.  Photos to include:

  • The Wall that Heals exhibit at the Minnesota state capitol last weekend
  • Blooming Butterflies exhibit at Como Park taken any time this year or last year
  • Fireworks or 4th of July celebrations

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 14, 6:30 pm, instead of July 4.  Richard Hudson and Pete Mutschler will host a Scavenger Hunt and Ice Cream Social.

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.

See ya Sunday night!

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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.

 

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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.

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“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

 

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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 »

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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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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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