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September 18 Meeting and More

Mike Chrun will share a presentation on “Winter Photography on the North Shore”.  The presentation concentrates on photographing several of the unique conditions that can be found on the North Shore in the winter: ice formations, large waves, and “sea smoke.” Preparation, equipment, timing, and locations are covered. There is general information on cold weather photography that can be used elsewhere; but, basically, the talk is about when and where to go and how to be prepared.   The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

Mike considers himself a capable photographer, but doesn’t presume to be knowledgeable enough to go beyond the basics. He’s been going to the North Shore since the 1970’s to camp, hike, photograph, and cross country ski. Although he still goes in all seasons, more and more he finds that he looks forward to winter on Lake Superior. As a retired teacher, living in Taylors Falls, it’s not unusual for him to head up there for the day when he thinks the conditions might be good.  Mike is also president of the St. Croix Valley Camera Club and joined our club two years ago.

Parking Changes in Hudson Coming Soon

Thanks to Bryan Leonard for posting this on our Facebook group.  “A warning to our members, any visitors attending one of our meetings and guest speakers/judges. This fall, the city of Hudson is making parking changes. The cost is not changing, but the hours are. The new rules will be paid parking Monday through Saturday from 10am – 8pm. The paid time at a meter used to end at 5pm and I think Saturday was free (not sure on that one). So, be sure to plug the meter before attending any of our meetings. Oh, by the way, the meters are going away too. There will be pay stations where you can pay by coin, card or phone app.” The full story from our Hudson paper this week is here.

Scavenger Hunt Update

At the September 7 meeting Richard Hudson announced the winning images for each category of the July scavenger hunt.  Every person who participated came home with a prize!  The gallery is here.

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Annual Scavenger Hunt next Wednesday

Stilllwater Pedestrian Plaza

Our July 10 meeting will be the Annual Scavenger Hunt that will be held in Stillwater this year.   Meet Richard Hudson at the new Pedestrian Plaza on Main Street at 6:30 pm.  The Plaza is north of Lucky’s Gas Station and south of the Valley Bookseller.  Richard will have ice cream bars for everyone and will hand out a list of items to find and capture.  Images will be posted in a gallery and members will vote for their favorites for each category.  The winning images will be announced at the September 4 meeting with awards and all members who successfully capture every item on the list will receive a prize.       

Please use the contact form to let us know if you’ll be there so we have enough ice cream.  Here are the results from the 2018 Scavenger Hunt.

Something for Everybody

Carl Wegener’s Macro Lighting Kit – Photo by Richard Hudson

We had a great meeting Wednesday night.    Following Peggy Boike’s presentation on macro photography, Bryan Leonard shared information on his macro gear that included extension tubes, macro couplers for reversing lenses, close-up lenses and tele-converters. Carl Wegener also brought his tabletop macro lighting kit.  Bryan will make a more complete presentation on macro next year.   Here is a pdf of Bryan and Carl’s presentation.

Photo Backup and the Cloud

Those of us who live in Hudson Township have been promised an upgrade to fiber optic cable from our provider, Baldwin Lightstream.  Ted Johnston, IT professional and former member, is one of their customers whose installation has been completed.  Ted says that the new fiber that Baldwin is laying gives you a synchronous connection.  Translation:  Most cable and DSL connections are asynchronous. The upload and download speeds are VERY different. Before the switch he had 75Mbps download and 4Mbps (or so) upload on their cable service. After the switch to fiber, he now has 75Mbps both upload and download.  Why this matters:  When backing up photos to “the cloud” you use the upload speed. This switch just increased the speed he can backup photos by almost 19 times. To give you a comparison- to get a 50Mbps synchronous connection at his office in Plymouth, Comcast quoted $450 per month.  Most people will not notice this increase in upload speed, but photographers backing up to the cloud certainly will.   A few years ago, Ted gave a presentation to the club on storage backup and the cloud.  You can still download it from our Learning page.  These days, he is recommending Backblaze for cloud storage.

Phipps Annual Call for Artists

The Phipps Annual Call for Artists deadline in July 1.  The Phipps seeks submissions from visual artists in Wisconsin and Minnesota for exhibition opportunities in 2021-2022 in the galleries of the Phipps and in four public exhibition programs in 2020: Hudson Hospital & Clinic; Westfields Hospital & Clinic in New Richmond, WI; Croixdale in Bayport, MN; and Woodland Hill in Hudson, WI.  Submissions for individuals and groups will be accepted, so this could be a great opportunity to make a submission for yourself, or to partner with someone else.  Click here for details. 

Fireworks

2017 Booster Days Fireworks Composite – Terry Butler

Hudson Booster Days fireworks will be on Friday, July 5 at dusk.  This year I will be taking the walking path on the south side of town that eventually parallels the I-94 bridge.  Feel free to join me…bring your tripod and bug spray.   The Booster Days parade will be on Saturday, July 6 at 11 am.   The parade could be another opportunity for getting those street photography photos that we need for the August Salon.  Stillwater fireworks will be on July 4 at 10:00 pm. Continue reading »

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Street Photography Outing and More

Street Photography Outing

“Paris Street Musician” by Terry Butler

Meet up with Richard Hudson and other members in the lobby of the Water Street Inn in Stillwater at 11:00 am this Saturday, June 15.  This is a place to strategize and collaborate that is close to the action.  If the weather holds, it’ll be a fun day!  If not, I will make a brief blog post early Saturday morning, so stay tuned.   Please send your favorite photos to photowalk@wiphotoclub.com and we’ll have a gallery.

  • Saturday, June 15, 11:00 am
  • Water Street Inn, 101 Water St S, Stillwater, MN 55082
  • Rain Date: Sunday June 16, 1:00 pm.
  • Map Link

A favorite blogger of Richard’s on the subject of street photography is Eric Kim. Here’s a page of his 30 tips.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit Inspiration

“Sunbathing” by Michael Huber – at the Hudson Library

Belwin Conservancy Exhibit

1553 Stagecoach Trail S, Afton, MN  55001

Features poster-sized images by Melissa Anderson, Betty Bryan, Terry Butler, Pat Chiconis, Marianne Diericks, Linda Luckey, and Carl Wegener.

Croixdale Exhibit

Yesterday I delivered the 23 canvas prints to the  Croixdale senior living facility in Bayport.  This collection of prints was made as a result of our “Capture the Western Prairie” club project that was begun in 2016.  This exhibit is part of the Phipp’s Healing Arts Program and has made numerous appearances since 2017.

Hudson Library

The current exhibit for the month of June features images by Michael Huber.  Please contact Michael Herrem if you are interested in showcasing your work in a future month.

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Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Correction

My most recent post had the wrong address for the garden, which I discovered last Sunday when I previewed the location.  In just a short walk along the Trillium Trail there were many woodland flowers in bloom, very close to the path. 

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary Group Outing

  • May 18, (Saturday) 8 am
  • 1 Theodore Wirth Parkway Minneapolis, MN 55411
  • Parking is $1:00 per hour
  • Map link

The gardens open at 7:30 AM.  This 13 acre garden and bird sanctuary is a popular spot due to the huge variety of flowers and native plants along trails that visit bog, forest and upland prairie habitats.  There is no admission fee.  Informal photos of plants and garden areas for personal use are permitted while remaining completely on the trails at all times.  The use of tripods and other equipment is strongly discouraged. Any tripods or equipment used must remain completely on the trails at all times and must not impede other visitors’ ability to walk on a trail.  This time of the year is the best for woodland flowers and spring ephemerals.  I plan on bringing a tripod, reflector and diffuser.

Please send your best shots to photowalk@wiphotoclub.com and I’ll put up a gallery.

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Coming Up in May, Part Two

Flash Photography with Dave Johnson

On Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 pm, Dave Johnson will show us how to get the best results with your flash equipment, indoors and out. Dave has long had a passion for teaching photography, having taught at several colleges and universities in the upper Midwest. He’s done presentations at Spring Break and area camera clubs. He is currently manager of the wedding and portrait division of National Camera Exchange. He’s a member of the PPA and was awarded the MNPPA’s annual “Addie Award” for outstanding service to photography.  Bring your camera and speed lights for hands-on activities after his talk.

 

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary Group Outing

  • May 18, (Saturday) 8 am
  • The correct address is  Theodore Wirth Parkway Minneapolis, MN 55411

The gardens open at 7:30 AM.  This 13 acre garden and bird sanctuary is a popular spot due to the huge variety of flowers and native plants along trails that visit bog, forest and upland prairie habitats.  There is no admission fee.  Informal photos of plants and garden areas for personal use are permitted while remaining completely on the trails at all times.  The use of tripods and other equipment is strongly discouraged. Any tripods or equipment used must remain completely on the trails at all times and must not impede other visitors’ ability to walk on a trail.  This time of the year is the best for woodland flowers and spring ephemerals.  I plan on bringing a tripod, reflector and diffuser.  Here is a link for more information on the gardens.

Help Wanted!

On Saturday May 18, 1:00-3:00 pm we will be judging the Pictorial contest for N4C.  We will need three judges, one person to operate the judging machine, one person to display images from a laptop and one person to record scores.  Please let me know if you can help by using the contact form.

May 18 Belwin Bison Festival 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Photo by Linda Luckey

  • Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields, 15601 Hudson Road, West Lakeland, MN  55082
  • Bison Release, 5K Run with the Bisons, Live Music, Food Trucks. 
  • Poster sized images by our members including Melissa Anderson, Betty Bryan, Terry Butler, Pat Chiconis, Marianne Diericks, Linda Luckey and Carl Wegener.
  • See the Belwin Conservancy website for more information.

The event is free!

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Save the Date and Exhibit News

One of the things I will be thankful for this Thanksgiving is that again this year we will have our year-end celebration in the comfort of a member’s home.  Invitations will be emailed to all members during the weekend after Thanksgiving.  Be sure to RSVP before December 16 so we have enough liquid refreshments on hand.  With all the contributions by members be prepared for a feast!

Oakdale Nature Preserve

Mary Johnson and two friends will be displaying their photography at Oakdale Nature Preserve for the month of December.  Most items are for sale.  On Saturday, December 8, there will be an “Indoor Market”.   Mary and her friends will be there during that time, as well as crafters selling their work.  Mary says that “this has been quite a learning experience to compile and print and frame a bunch of my favorites, but I have enjoyed the process!  Hope some of my fellow photography club members can come!”  Oakdale Nature Preserve is located at 4444 Hadley Avenue N., Oakdale, MN.  Their weekday hours are 9 AM to 4 PM, Saturdays are noon to 4 PM and Sundays  are 1 to 4 PM.

Clark Cultural Art Center

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October News

Reminder

We will visit the Little Log House Pioneer Village this Sunday and will meet up with members of the St. Croix Valley Photo Club. This will be a great opportunity to photograph a wide variety of subject matter.

  • 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

Photo Gear Garage Sale

Start gathering some of those things in your camera bag that you would like to turn into cash at the January 2 meeting.  We will have some extra tables set up and following the program the sale will begin.  I also have a few good books and some interesting freebies.

Assignments

The idea behind assignments is to challenge members to try something new.  And for those who do, they are able to submit two extra digital images that fit the assignment.  Assignments all the way through the end of 2020 have been posted here

PSA Convention News

Photo compliments of Gene Schwope

The PSA Convention was held in Salt Lake City earlier this month and Pavel Blagev was able to pick up his award from Gene Schwope.  Pavel earned 1st Place in nature for his “Burning Sunrise” in the PSA Council Challenge. Congratulations to Pavel!

Get Inside the Hive

Photo by Ken Wolter

From Sue Oberstar:  Photo club members were invited by Willie Gorham, an experienced (23 years) beekeeper to photograph his hives; it provided a great opportunity to see these fascinating insects close up. His experience as a photographer and beekeeper gave us good shooting advice. He recommended a long telephoto lens for those who were unsure about how close they’d like to be (or might suffer allergies) and a macro lens for those wanting close ups. Of course, everyone’s number one question was the following: “Will I get stung?” Willie offered bee garb to don if wanted but not one photographer dressed in beekeeping gear and no one experienced a sting! This surely can be attributed to a very experienced beekeeper, who knew how to smoke the hive, handle the flats, and read the bee behavior he was seeing.  Check out all the photowalk galleries for 2018 here.

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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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