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Corrected Save the Date and an Update

The event is on October 21

Little Log House Pioneer Village

The St. Croix Valley Camera Club (SCVCC) has invited us to join their members at an outing to Little Log House Pioneer Village on Sunday, October 21 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. 

The village has some forty-five restored buildings, a replica of the Hastings Spiral Bridge, a flower garden that spans over 40,000 square feet and even a dirt track for tractor and truck pulls. The only time when they are open to the public is for their Antique Power Show, a three day extravaganza for which they charge $10 a day. Our clubs will have a unique opportunity of having the place to ourselves. We will meet at the exit 2 Park and Ride at 1:00 pm for carpooling and arrival a little before 2:00.  Our club was there a few years ago, and we had always wanted to go back. There is tons of subject matter as seen by the interactive map of the village and a few photos from our previous visit.

This is a great example of how our membership in the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs has benefited our members.  We have made greats friends with other clubs and we owe Mike Chrun our thanks.

  • Date: Sunday, October 21
  • Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm
  • WI Exit 2 Park & Ride Meetup time: 1:00 pm
  • Place: 21889 Michael Avenue, Hastings, MN  55033
  • Map Link

St. Croix Photo Day Important Update

Towards the end of St. Croix Valley Photo Day on Saturday the host club (SCVCC) found out that the Folsom House wasn’t open earlier in the day.  In checking, they found out that the manager was still dealing with a flooded basement following almost 6” of rain Thursday.  Chad apologized and offered a deal to camera club members.  If people still want to see and photograph this historic home, they can identify themselves as camera club members and Chad will allow them to do so free until the season ends sometime in October.  Here is the Folsom House website for times when it will be open.

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Special Presentation by Craig Blacklock is Next Saturday

This presentation is co-hosted by our club and the Phipps Center for the Arts and is part of the Heart of the River: Celebrating the First 50 Years of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

  • Saturday, September 15
  • 1:00 pm
  • Black Box Theater
  • Phipps Center for the Arts – 109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI
  • Free and open to the public

 

At the same time Craig Blacklock will have pieces in the lobby and Gallery One.  This special exhibit “Heart of the River” will begin September 14 and will end on October 21.  Please share this with your friends and family.  Craig Blacklock’s photographs are noted for technically perfect, impeccably clean compositions, making complex subject matter easily seen. Most of Blacklock’s 18 books have depicted the interface of water and land. Most notable, are: The Lake Superior Images; A Voice Within—The Lake Superior Nudes; Minnesota’s North Shore; Apostle Islands — From Land and Sea; and Pictured Rocks — From Land and Sea.

This is Blacklock’s first work to include images made from a drone, which he used extensively to show the meanders and islands of the rivers. Blacklock kayaked every accessible mile of both the Namekagon and St. Croix Rivers — some sections several times. Taking full advantage of the speed available in digital capture, Craig has included much more wildlife than in his previous books, with several incredible flight shots. Consistent with his past work, he has spent a lot of time focusing on the forest floor, capturing ferns and wildflowers with a distinctive Blacklock style.

Craig will present many of the photographs from the book, telling some of the hows and whys behind the images, along with his impressions of the rivers, and suggesting what we, as individuals, must do to protect them into the future.

The program is free, and open to the public. Craig will have copies of his books for sale and will be happy to personalize them after the program. To learn more about this photography project, or reserve these very limited edition books, go to: http://www.stcroixphotography.com/.

 

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September is here!

At our meeting on Wednesday, September 5, 6:30 pm, Kent Johnson of Midwest Imagery will give a presentation on Photoshop that will include some of his time-tested methods he uses in his workflow to make his images pop.  Kent is a professional photographer who makes images of landscapes, wildlife and people. Kent’s fun and informative classes will help you learn to shoot and retouch like a pro.   You can see his work here.

Before the presentation, Ken Wolter will share an experience regarding photographers rights.  And then, (drum roll) Richard Hudson will reveal the winners of the Scavenger Hunt that was held in July.  The scavenger hunt gallery is here:  Members who participated each chose their favorites in each category to determine the winners.

Other September News

On the St. Croix River – Mike Chrun

  • According to our Facebook Group, a number of us are planning to attend the 1:00 pm rodeo at UW River Falls on September 8.
  • Chuck and Sue Oberstar will be attending the N4C Convention in Dubuque, Iowa, beginning on September 13. Hopefully, they will be bringing back some awards for our club in N4C’s “Best of the Best” year-end competition.
  • Craig Blacklock will be a prominent exhibitor in the Phipp’s “Heart of the River: Celebrating the First 50 Years of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway” exhibit.  The exhibit begins on September 14 and on September 15 at 1:00 pm, Craig will be giving a presentation in the Black Box Theater.  More information on that soon.
  • September 22 is the Free Interstate Photo Day hosted by the St. Croix Valley Photo Club.   See this post for more information.

The Club Calendar 

How often do you visit our calendar page?  It is the most up to date listing of what is happening in the club.  Recently, I’ve added a couple of great events.!

  • Thanks for the generosity of Mike Chrun, president of the St. Croix Valley Camera Club, we have been invited to participate in their outing on October 21 to the Little Log House Pioneer Villlage.
  • Thanks for the persistence of Carl Wegener, Valerie Jardin, internationally acclaimed street photographer, will be at our November 7 meeting.

 

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Late August News

Belwin Conservancy News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four of us participated in the Bison Buggy Ride at Belwin Conservancy last Thursday evening.  This opportunity was extended to our club members so that a new outdoor exhibit next year would feature photos of the bison who call the prairie their home during the summer months.  The shooting far exceeded my expectations and aside from that, it was wonderful just being there with the bison, Susan Haugh, our driver,  and photo club friends.

Celebration of the 2018 Show and Partnership

  • Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields
  • Pinwheel Building
  • Wednesday Aug 29, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • The public and all members are invited to the celebration!
  • Directions

The buildings feature poster-sized prints of photos by our members.  Let’s have a great turnout for the celebration!

Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo set for Sept. 7 and 8 at UW-River Falls

“Come with Me” by Willie Gorham

Willie Gorham sent me a notice last week about this opportunity.  He is not able to attend this year but his shooting tip is to get down on the ground level.  Last year Willie was awarded 1st Place for the Realistic category for our 2017 Year End.  Members of our club will attend the 1 pm performance on Saturday, so plan on joining us.

  • The public is invited to the 54th annual Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, 7 and 8, at the outdoor rodeo arena at the UWRF Campus Farm, 1475 S. Wasson Lane, on the corner of Wasson Lane and Cemetery Road in River Falls.
  • There is a single performance Friday evening at 7 p.m. and two performances on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Food will be available for purchase at the concession stand.
  • Tickets prices are $14 for adults, $12 for UWRF students, and $10 for children 5-12. Children age 4 and under are free. Tickets are available at the gate or online.   More information here

One last thing…

I expect the last chance to experience and photograph the Blooming Butterflies exhibit at Como Park will be on Labor Day.  For more information see this blog post.

 

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Free St. Croix Valley Fall Photo Day Registration is Open!

Interstate Photo Day

  • Saturday, September 22
  • Wisconsin Interstate Park, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin
  • Sponsored by Twin City Area Council of Camera Clubs
  • Planned and Hosted by St. Croix Valley Camera Club

 

 

Presentations:

  • Keynote Speaker: Craig Blacklock on his book, St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers—the Enduring Gift
  • “On Being a Birding Bird Photographer”
  • “Composition-Creating Compelling Photographs”
  • “Simple Tips for Outdoor Portraits”
  • “Macro Photography”
  • “Growing as a Photographer for Novices”

Photo Opportunities:

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

Free River Boat Cruise

Please look over the other documents before you register!

You should know where the events take place as they are spread over 10 miles and you should know something about them before registering.  For example, the Pothole Photo Shoot shouldn’t be taken if you have mobility issues or you should decide which boat ride you are taking first and build your schedule around that.

Information and Registration Link

 

 

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A Special Place and a Special Opportunity

Our club has a special relationship with Belwin Conservancy.  For the last two years poster sized-images by our members have been on display at the Lucy Winton Bell athletic fields.  So that we will have bison images for next year’s display, a special invitation has been extended to our members.

Bison Buggy Rides for WWPC members

  • Bison Platform, Division Street Afton/West Lakeland
  • Thursday Aug 16
  • 6 – 7 pm and 7-8 pm

Because spaces are limited, it is necessary that you reply to the email notification of this post or use the contact form to reserve your place.  Don’t delay!

A long zoom lens is recommended.

Celebration of the 2018 Show and Partnership

Pinwheel Building

  • Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields
  • Pinwheel Building
  • Wednesday Aug 29, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • The public and all members are invited to the celebration!
  • Directions
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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.

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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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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.

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