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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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Our Next Meeting and Doing Good

Salon Meeting Coming Up!

The April 4 meeting (6:30 pm) will feature a competition salon, judged by Mike Prokosch.  I got to know Mike when I first started representing our club at the Camera Council (TCACCC).  He is one of the most self-less people I know, having helped with Spring Break and the Interclub Competition for many years.  He has also taught a judging class for the TCACCC, and has helped start-up clubs.  He is called upon often to judge and to make photography-related presentations for area clubs, always generous with his time.  Being an avid nature photographer, he has traveled the world.

Reminders

April 10 is the deadline for entering the six N4C contests and May 16 is the deadline for entering the club’s June competition salon.  The assignment for June is “self-portrait”, something that I am finding to be a challenge!  You can download quick guides for our club salons here and for N4C contests here.

Recycle Your Camera for Kids

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Year End and Giving Thanks

Our year end party was a great success!  Thanks to Don and Mary Johnson for welcoming us to their home and providing a sparkling and festive setting.  My only wish is that I had a big enough appetite to sample and eat more of the great food!   The evening ended with a slide presentation of the year end awards.  Every year I am wowed by the quality of the work of our members.   You can see the gallery of award-winning images here.  And the awards slide show is below.  It includes the comments of the judge for all the 1st place images.

Giving Thanks

I’ve been looking back on all that our club has accomplished this year and am thankful to my fellow members that helped make it possible.  Not in any particular order, I am thankful for:

  • Michael Huber, who did an informative demonstration showing how he creates his marvelous creative composites.
  • Jeff Bucklew, who gave a presentation on wildlife photography. It inspired me to give it a try.  He and Michael Huber also did their basics program, “Photography 101” again this year.
  • Ted Johnston who arranged for our March speaker whose enthusiasm was contagious.
  • Lori Moilanen, who came up with the idea of the club project that culminated in exhibits at Belwin Conservancy and the project exhibit at the Phipps. Lori was also instrumental in bringing great speakers to the club beginning in 2015 and until she retired to Washington state in October.
  • Michael Waterman who gave a presentation on black and white conversions and for handling the judging of one of the N4C contests.
  • Marianne Diericks who took on the N4C contests. She learned a lot of new things and she took to it like fish to water.
  • Bryan Leonard and Troy Schmidt who scouted, shared locations and led group photo shoots.
  • Bryan Leonard for undertaking the big task of salon coordinator. He not only did the job, but also implemented some behind the scenes improvements.
  • Nick Warnken for making sure we always have enough water for our meeting breaks.
  • Melissa Anderson for helping with the web site by posting galleries.
  • Ken Krautbauer who has found opportunities for our members work to reach a wider audience by locating new venues for exhibits. He has also done all the “grunt work” that goes along with it.
  • Betty Bryan, who has been our conscientious treasurer for the last two years.
  • Amanda Bierbaum, Don and Janis Bock, Betty Bryan, Jill Krentz, Carol Menke and Dorothy Nordstrand for helping to pull off the member exhibit now showing at the Phipps.
  • Mary Johnson who organized treats this year and for all the members who brought goodies for the meetings.
  • Board members Amanda Bierbaum, Betty Bryan, Jeff Bucklew, Michael Huber, Ted Johnston, Ken Krautbauer, Jeff Nelson and Michael Waterman who attended meetings, contributed ideas and kept me on course with my feet on the ground.
  • Candiss DelCastillo who helped out with publicity.
  • For all the members who attended meetings or participated in group outings and voiced their appreciation.

My apologies if I left anyone out.

 

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A New Exhibit and New Salon Rules

Artists Reception – photo by Dorothy Nordstrand

I can’t believe that it’s been a whole month since the last blog post!  But we’ve been busy behind the scenes with two exhibits, our year end party and awards and plans for 2018.

Member Group Exhibit

Last week our members brought their artwork to the Phipps for the club’s exhibit on the second floor.  Thanks to Amanda Bierbaum, Don and Janis Bock, Betty Bryan, Jill Krentz, Carol Menke, and Dorothy Nordstrand for all the help in receiving and installing our pieces in time for the artists’ reception on Friday night.  Our space was filled the whole evening with members and lots of visitors who were wowed by the exhibit.  Everyone should see the variety and depth of talent of our members before the exhibit ends on January 14.

Prairie Smoke by Michael Waterman

The club project exhibit is also on display on the red wall and entrance area at the Phipps and when it comes down, it will be on display at Westfield’s Hospital in New Richmond until April 8.  It features beautiful prairie landscapes and details of flora, birds, insects, and even a bison!  Be sure to take some time to view it when you come to the January meeting.

New Salon Rules

At our last board meeting we decided to update the salons.  The most important updates include:

  • There will be six Competition Salons during the year instead of four. They will be held on every even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October and December).
  • Digital images should be sized so that the longest dimension is 1920 pixels. This will bring us in line with the new N4C standard.
  • A digital version of prints must also be submitted three weeks prior to the meeting date.
  • New definition for Creative: The primary distinction for the Creative category is that the maker intends (and the viewer easily recognizes) that the image is not a representation of reality. The Altered Reality image must have a photographic base of the maker’s own creation. Manipulation of the basic image or images can be done in camera and/or in computer. The makers of Altered Reality images should feel free to use a wide range of tools and resources, limited only by   An HDR that looks “natural” would not be considered “altered reality” under this definition (but would fit under the Realistic class, for example).   Not limited in subject matter and any photographic technique can be used as long as the image begins as a photograph and all elements are the work of the entrant.  All manipulations and enhancements are allowed and encouraged.

Other minor updates were also made and the complete update can be downloaded on our Club Salon Rules page.  Scroll all the way to the bottom for a download link.

We will also be adding opportunities for small group discussion of images.  The first one will be on March 14.

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More November Events

Minnesota State Capitol Photowalk

  • Sunday, November 5, 1:00 pm
  • 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
  • St. Paul, Minnesota

We will meet at the WI Exit 2 Park & Ride at 12:30 pm for carpooling and will arrive at 1:00 pm when they open.  The Capitol building will close at 4:00 pm. Parking is no longer allowed in front of the building and all parking is metered.  See the State Capitol Visitor Map for parking.

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