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The Meeting Tomorrow Night is Cancelled!

A winter storm warning will be in effect from 3 am to 9 pm on Wednesday and the hazardous condition will likely impact both the morning and evening commutes.  Mike Waterman’s presentation on Photography and the Law scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, will be rescheduled.

Coming Up!

Photography and the Law

Next Wednesday, February 20, at a special mid-month meeting, our own knowledgeable Michael Waterman will give a presentation about photography and the law.  Topics that will be covered include photographers’ rights, access restrictions, rights of privacy, model releases, ownership of images, copyright protections, and more.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and as always the meeting is open to the public. 

Mike is a longtime member of the club and was president when I joined.  People join clubs because they share a common interest.  People remain in clubs because they make friends.  Mike is one of the reasons that I am celebrating eight years of membership.

Did You Know?

Have you taken some time to look around our award-winning web site?   The page that is usually most visited is the calendar page.  It is your one stop shop that tells you what will be happening.  That page is frequently updated for new speakers.

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News you need to know

Interclub Competition Deadline is Saturday

These next few cold, blustery days will be a good time to look for some of your best photos to enter the 2019 Interclub Competition.  The deadline for entering is this Saturday, February 2, at 5:00 pm.  The digital entries are all done by email, but the prints need to be delivered to the drop off site by the same deadline.  Bring your prints to the Phipps lobby between 2 and 3 pm on Saturday to get them delivered.  Rules and entry forms are here and on the Camera Council website.

February 6 Meeting

Our first meeting in February will feature a club salon.   Our salons serve two purposes.  Some of our members enjoy the competition aspect where scores reflect their level of skill and progress in improving, and their skill compared to other members.  The verbal critique has educational value to both the photographer and to other members.  We ask the judge to express what they like about every image and what the photographer might have done to improve. I always submit what I think are real winners, and a judge will help me to see what I’ve missed with an image I have fallen in love with.   I learn something at every salon and because the critiques are about real images that real members of our club have submitted, it has more relevance.

Reminders

  • “Wish upon a Star”, a portfolio image from Pat Chiconis

    If you haven’t already paid your 2019 dues, bring a check or cash to the meeting. Dues are $35.00 per year for a single membership and are payable in January every year.  Family membership is $35.00 plus $10.00 for each family member living under the same roof. 

  • It’s not too late to commit to a photography goal for 2019. Please use the contact form to make a formal commitment.  We will share your achievements at the January 2020 meeting.
  • Consider putting together a portfolio, a new benefit of membership. These are not intended to be competitive and there are no rules other than the images need to fit a theme.  They make a great introduction of your work and interests to other members.  There are already 11 member portfolios on our web site.  See if you can find them! 
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Game On!

Our January 16th meeting will be devoted to competitions, with help and inspiration from our salon and N4C coordinators and past award winners. We’ll also have special small-group sessions where you can share with other club members some photos you’re considering for competitions or salons this year.

Award-winning images from Betty Bryan, Melissa Anderson and Fred Sobottka

For our program, Mike Waterman will give a short overview of the competition categories. Our submission coordinators, Steve Cole and Ken Wolter will review the rules, including recent updates. Bryan Leonard will demonstrate how to resize photos for submission.  Some of our past award winners will tell the stories behind their favorite images and we’ll end the evening with a small-group photo sharing session.

Please bring your photos either as prints or on a laptop or tablet to share!

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Happy New Year! Welcome, 2019!

dog running in snow

– Playing Fetch-Michael Herrem. This pup isn’t letting anyone stop him from having a blast in the snow. Enjoy winter!

Happy New year to all! We hope you celebrated well and are ready to tackle the new opportunities and challenges of 2019.

Our first meeting of the year – January 2 – gives you the opportunity to:

  • Pay your dues! Carl will be collecting cash or check. Annual dues are $35 for the first household member and an additional $10 for each additional family member in the same household.
  • View club member presentations! Several club members have worked on projects throughout 2018 and will share their experiences with us. Consider committing to a project for 2019 and presenting in 2020. It can be a phenomenal opportunity to hone your skills, discover new inspiration and just have more fun with photography.
  • Make your voice heard! We will be asking you to fill out a form so we can learn about your interests and ideas for the club! Please use this tool to help us make the club a better organization!
  • Buy and sell new/old stuff! The second half of the meeting will include our Photo Gear Garage Sale! Dig through your old gear and find something you can part with. Be sure to include a price tag with your items.

PLEASE NOTE:

We’ve received a donation of several books from a former member, Jim Kaul. Some of the books will be sold at the sale, and proceeds will be donated to Carl Wegener’s project, “RecycleYourCamera – For Kids.” Find out more about Carl’s project.

Other books will become part of our lending library, to be administered by Sue Oberstar. Thanks, Sue!


 

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Winter is coming!

The December 5 meeting will feature our final salon competition for 2018, and John Pennoyer will be here to make comments on our images.  I remember how John did an excellent presentation to us on winter photography a couple of years ago.   It is a favorite time of the year for him and he shared his experiences and even brought all of the clothing he uses to protect himself and his gear.  I know that he would welcome questions on the subject.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

More on Winter Photography

“Winter” is the assignment for the February salon and the submission deadline is January 16, so we still have some time to shoot.  I follow both John Gregor and Bryan Hansel on Facebook and those pristine winter scenes on the North Shore are my favorites.  Here is John Gregor’s “Fashion Tips for the Winter Photographer”.

 

Snowflake by Bryan Leonard

Closer to home, Bryan Leonard shared his tips on snowflake photography in March this year and it would be a good time to revisit the post by clicking here.

A search on winter photography will bring a lot of results and my favorite is this one since it covers protecting your gear.

Finally, here is a little time-lapse video that I made in 2016.  I set up my tripod to shoot out onto a deck and set the intervalometer to make an exposure once each minute.  The video represents four hours of falling snow that resulted in 247 exposures and uses eight seconds of this clip.

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Why Mobile Photography Should Be Taken Seriously

Eric Mueller will present a program on Wednesday, November 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  His presentation will be comprehensive and you won’t want to miss this.

Part I: We’re all Photographers Now

  • Intro
  • Who I Am and What I Do
  • Why I Teach Mobile Photography Classes
  • Definition of Mobile Photography
  • How has it Changed the Aesthetics of Photography?
  • Quality of Mobile Photos
  • Examples of Mobile Photos

Part II: Why Your iPhone is Better Than Your DSLR

  • Size
  • Shooting Experience
  • Editing
  • Sharing

Part III: The Joy of Editing on an iPhone

  • Immediate Gratification
  • Encourages Experimentation
  • App Demos
  • Snapseed
  • VSCO
  • Superimpose

Eric Mueller is a Minneapolis-based artist, photographer, and teacher. Known for his graphic style and strength in composition, his photographs have been exhibited in dozens of group shows, including at the Plains Art Museum, the Devos Art Museum, the Midwest Center for Photography, Head On Photo Festival, the Southeast Center for Photography, and the Columbus Museum of Art. He has been recognized with awards by La Grande Photo, the Minnesota State Fair, Instagram, the iPhone Photography Awards, and the Mobile Photography Awards. His freelance clients include Architecture Minnesota, Explore Minnesota, Blu Dot, the Yarnery, Budweiser, Metro Transit, Zagat Guides, Minnesota Historical Society, and WCCO TV.

In 2017, Mueller was featured on Minnesota Original, the Emmy-Award-winning television show on TPT (Twin Cities PBS) that profiles Minnesota artists.

Mueller teaches iPhone Photography classes online for iPhonePhotographySchool.com and locally for FilmNorth (formerly IFP Minnesota), the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. He has about 50,000 followers on Instagram.  Until the meeting you can check out his website for inspiration.

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Valérie Jardin Will Be Here!

Since she is in so much demand, I am especially pleased to announce that Valérie Jardin will be our speaker at the November 7 meeting.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm, and her presentation is titled “Photo Stories.”  She will share insights into her thought process from visualization to capture as she takes you on a photo walk through a series of photographs.  Why did she choose black and white over color?  What aperture and why? What was the intent behind the choice of focal point?  All this and much more will be shared.

Valérie is a French photographer, currently residing in the United States. After working as a commercial photographer, she now dedicates her time to educating others.  Since 2012, Valérie has taken her camera all over the world teaching students the art of visual storytelling. Paris, New York, Rome, Amsterdam, Melbourne, and San Francisco are just a few of the locations she visits.

Apart from teaching others to see photographically, Valérie is a prolific author, speaker, and a podcast producer of the weekly show Hit The Streets. She has been an official FUJIFILM X-Photographer since 2014. 

You can check out Valérie’s workshop offerings, portfolio, podcasts and books and prints at her web site.

A special thanks is due to Carl Wegener who persisted on working with Fujifilm and Valérie to bring her to our meeting.

 

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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