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October 16 Meeting Information

Dorothea Lange, “Migrant Mother” – Library of Congress

Wendy Maybury – Famous Women Photographers

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 pm, photographer Wendy Maybury will return to the WWPC to present the work of several noted women, including Dorothea Lange, Sally Mann, Margaret Bourke-White, Imogen Cunningham, and Joyce Tenneson, sharing the lessons every photographer can learn – inspirationally and technically – from these famous artists.  The world of photography would simply not be the way we know it is today without the work of many incredible female photographers. They helped shape the artistic value of photography, whether it be by working on behalf of the government, collaborating on social projects, or shedding light on important global issues.

Maybury graduated from James Madison University and the Hallmark Institute of Photography. She worked with photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Ross Whitaker and Jerry Avenaim. She has photographed album covers, authors, explorers, musicians, comedians and a ton of families, weddings and babies. She is also noted for her sparkling stand-up comedy in clubs from Minneapolis to Houston.

Fall Colors

600 Road Tofte – September 29 – Terry Butler

Who can resist the photo possibilities this time of year?  My husband and I took a short trip to the north shore at the end of September to look for color.  Our favorite place was on the 600 Road near Tofte.  We also drove into Lutsen Ski Resort for larger vistas.    Let’s make a gallery of places we find!  It could become a guide for future years.  Send your images to photowalk@wiphotoclub.  Include the date and location in the title.

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September News

Volunteering is fun!

2019 Willow River Trail Challenge – October 12, 2019

from the 2016 Willow River Trail Challenge by Terry Butler

For the last few years, Fred Sobottka has led a group of our members to capture the Willow River Trail Challenge.  The challenge is an event sponsored by the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks.  This event helps to fund resources for nature enterpretive, scientific, historical, recreational, educational and related visitor service.  In 2016 it was a lot of fun, especially covering the kid’s races.

This year’s day is Saturday, October 12, 2019. Tasks basically fall into an early shift and a late shift, or stay the whole time. We can all expect to be on our way home around noon. That means that, even if you sign up for the entire event, you will have plenty of Saturday left for other things.

The volunteer signup has been streamlined. Just name the time of day you prefer, or select both. In the comment section, let me know if you have a certain task in mind or if you have any particular restrictions or requirements. Be sure to indicate a t-shirt size. We offer uni-sex shirts and women’s and youth sizes.

Here’s the sign-up link

Phipps Performing Arts

“Population 365” dress rehearsal by Bryan Leonard

A small group of our members have signed up to capture archival and production photos for various performing arts production.  Most recently, Bryan Leonard and Matt Then captured photos of the dress rehearsal for “Population 485”.  They’ve not only been challenged by something new, but it has been a way for giving back to the Phipps for being our home for meetings.

Mike Chrun Follow-up

Thanks to Mike Chrun for the great presentation he made at the September 18 meeting on “Winter Photography on the North Shore.”  I tried taking notes with only a small scrap of paper – in the dark, so I suspect I missed a lot.  He included so much on locations, timing, equipment and resources, that he far exceeded my expectations.   Over a year ago, he wrote an article for the St. Croix Camera Club on the subject and if you want to check it out click on this link.  Mike organized the St. Croix Camera Club almost five years ago, and is president.

Also posted in Inspiration, Meeting Summary

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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September 4 Meeting

Layne Kennedy

I follow Layne’s posts in the Minnesota Photography Facebook group, and aside from his awesome work, his posts often include words of wisdom for photographers.

  • “Photograph what you feel. You see something that moves you, photograph it.”
  • “It matters if it matters to you.”

This coming Wednesday, September 4, at 6:30 pm, Layne’s program will be “An Intimate Look at Travel Photography.”  Educated in fine art photography, Layne Kennedy is known for his editorial photography that conveys a strong sense of place. His images are featured in magazines worldwide on subjects as varied as pink dolphins in the Amazon River to traveling with polar Inuit hunters by dogsled.  His feature work appears  in Smithsonian, LIFE, Audubon, Islands,  Sports Illustrated, Terre Sauvage, Nature Conservancy, Newsweek , National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Outdoor Explorer, GEO, Forbes,  Business Week and other magazines.  A frequent speaker at events and workshops, Layne has been teaching photography for more than 25 years. He currently teaches with the Worldwide Mentor Treks, Minneapolis Photo Center, North House Folk School, Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, and his own worldwide photo tours including tours to Italy, Iceland and Kenya.   Link to Layne Kennedy’s web site.

Scavenger Hunt Winners Announced

“Cuties” by Bryan Leonard

At the same meeting before Layne Kennedy takes the stage, Richard Hudson will announce the prizes for the Stillwater scavenger hunt that took place on July 10.  The participants voted on their favorites for each category and the votes were tallied and prizes were ordered..  Everyone who took part is a winner.   The gallery of all images taken that day are here.

August is here!

Ms. Grant’s Hair – photo by Keith Bridges

Our August 7 meeting will feature a competition salon.   I think the salons are one of the most important learning experiences our club offers, hearing both positive comments and ideas for improvement from our judge.  And they are full of inspiration!  Our judge this month is Keith Bridges who is a photographer, playwright and director who just recently moved to the Twin Cities area. His work in commercial and portrait photography has evolved these days into primarily fine art photography with prints and exhibits. His art projects range from still life to abstracts to contextualized portraits. His most recent fine art exhibit “Man Made” – a series of still life images (with accompanying snippets of dialogue) exploring the concept of masculinity – was featured at the Arts Center of St. Peter this past fall and at the Plymouth Creek Center Gallery this past winter. He lives with his awesome wife and daughter in Plymouth.

Black and White

Argenton Reflections – Terry Butler

On August 21, I will be making a presentation: “Black and White photography – a Personal Vision”.  Over the years I have had some success with this genre and will share my insights.  I will answer the questions, “why black and white?” and “what makes a successful black and white?”   I will share capture tips, demonstrate black and white conversions using Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik Silver Efex Pro and the use of dodging and burning.  The presentation will also include information on layer masks and adjustment layers.  I will also share some Photoshop actions for sharpening images.

Reminder

Did you take part in the Scavenger Hunt on July 10?  The deadline for choosing your favorite photos for each item on the list is August 11.  At the September 4 meeting prizes will be awarded based on your vote.  The Scavenger Hunt gallery is here.

Wisconsin Public Television’s Photography Competition

You are invited to participate in the Garden & Landscape Expo Photography Competition. Designed to bring another form of imagery and perspective to Garden & Landscape Expo, the competition allows amateur photographers to demonstrate their skills and display their work. Photographs will be juried prior to the event, and selected photographs will be exhibited at Garden & Landscape Expo for nearly 20,000 attendees to admire. There are six entry categories and the application deadline is December 15.  Here is more information and online entry.

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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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Special Mid-month Meeting

On Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30 pm, Peggy Boike make a presentation on Macro Photography.  She will explain what macro photography is and what equipment is useful.  She will also discuss techniques for creating appealing photos, such as dealing with macro’s notoriously narrow depth of field and recognizing good lighting.  Finally, she will cover basic composition as it is applied to macro photography.

Phlox Florets by Peggy Boike

Peggy is very active in the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and was recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” in 2018.  She has earned PSA’s “MPSA” distinction, requiring at least 1,500 acceptances in international exhibitions.  She also judges international exhibitions.  She is a member of three Camera Clubs:  St. Paul Camera Club and St. Croix Valley Camera Club in Minnesota, as well as Grand Photos, in Surprise, Arizona, where she and her husband spend the winter months.  She has given numerous presentations, workshops and classes for photography clubs in Minnesota and Arizona.

After the break, Bryan Leonard will share information on his macro experience and equipment, Carl Wegener will discuss his lighting kit and there will be hands-on shooting opportunities if time allows.  Si bring your gear!

“Waiting” by Becky Vandyk

Stillwater Photowalk

Richard Hudson reported that a group of members hit the streets Saturday morning.  If you were there, please send your favorite photos to photowalk@wiphotoclub.com and they will be added to a gallery.  Give the photos a meaningful title that includes your name.  Size them at 960 pixels on the longest side.  Here is one by Becky Vandyk.

Also posted in Photowalks

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.

Also posted in Club Event, Exhibits

Flash Photography with Dave Johnson Follow-Up

At the May 15 meeting Dave Johnson gave his presentation that was very informative and included  a ton of information. 

Dave is one of the most generous people around and here is a link that he has made available to us as  pdf downloads.

Following the presentation  several members brought their own flash equipment to practice with Dave’s help.   Here is a practice image by Richard Hudson.  Well done, Richard!

Also posted in Meeting Summary

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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