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Mid-September News 2020

“Untracked Astrophotography” Meeting is Tonight

Photo by Bryan Leonard

Photo by Bryan Leonard

  • 6: 30-8:00 pm
  • Use the equipment you have and enjoy your time outside under the stars!
  • Email invitations to join the meeting will be sent to all members this afternoon.
  • More information is here

Member in the News

I’ve received the results of N4C’s Photo-Essay contest and Pat Chiconis was awarded 2nd Place for “The Endangered Orangutans”.  Congratulations, Pat!  You can see more of her photos in her Great Ape portfolio here.

Scavenger Hunt Update

Photos have all come in and you can see them here.  All those who submitted photos will soon be receiving instructions for voting, and all members of the club will be able to vote for a “People’s Choice” award.  I was overwhelmed by all the variety and creative interpretations of some very challenging categories.  Congratulations are in order for all those who participated.

 

Also posted in Inspiration, N4C, News

September Meetings and News

Thursday September 3, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm

“The Power of Contrast” with Lisa Langell 

You should have received a link to register for this virtual meeting in late July.  Those who registered will get a link to join the meeting directly from Lisa a day or two before the meeting begins.  If you haven’t registered, but want to now, please let me know by using our contact form.  More information about the program is here.

 

Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Photo by Bryan Leonard

“Untracked Astrophotography” with Bryan Leonard

Astrophotography is something that can be enjoyed by everyone  Bryan will cover planning, equipment, selection of a target, photographing your deep sky object (DSO), calibration frames, stacking your images and post-processing.  He will also demo Stellarium, Deep Sky Stacker (DSS) and Lightroom. Don’t be overwhelmed by the terminology, we will discuss everything in some detail and will have time for questions & answers. Use the equipment you have and enjoy your time outside under the stars! 

Invitations to join the meeting will be emailed to all our members on the day of the meeting.

2020 Scavenger Hunt Reminder

You still have until September 4 to capture photos, and the deadline for entry is Saturday, September 12.  If you need the list of categories and how to send your entries, use our contact form and I’ll send everything you need to know.

N4C Contests Resume this month!

There are six digital categories each month:  Altered Reality, Black and White, Journalism, Nature, Pictorial and Travel.  Because our club will be judging the Pictorial contest in September, we won’t be able to enter that contest, but we will be able to double-enter Pictorial in October.  Please see this page about how to enter N4C contests.

Also posted in Competition, N4C, Photowalks

August is Here

August Salon

Tomorrow night, August 5 at 6:30 pm, we will have the salon meeting via WebEx.  Darrell Tangen will be working with three judge candidates, Diane Herman,  Tom Moehn, and Dack Nehring.  Darrell has 32 years of tenure teaching college-level photography/digital imaging, recently retiring from Dakota County Technical College. Darrell is trained as a judge for TCACCC, with 20 years of judging salons for member clubs. He is a member of Professional Photographers of America (and TCPPA); and has judged for county fairs, art galleries and community exhibits.

Email invitations to join the meeting will be sent by email to all members tomorrow morning.

Scavenger Hunt?

Richard Hudson has been contemplating a Scavenger Hunt this year.  He is thinking along the lines of opening up the time frame for capturing the photos and also having the location up to each member.   Please let Richard know how you feel about it by sending him an email at poll@wiphotoclub.com

Personally, I would like to see this happen.  It will be a welcome challenge and there will be prizes!

 

 

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The Power of Contrast – Lisa Langell

Thanks to the North Metro Photo Club for inviting our club to another great presentation by Lisa Langell.  This program will be on Thursday, September 3 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.  An email with the invitation will be sent to all paid members later tonight.

Why contrast is so critically important — HOW and WHERE you use it makes all the difference!

  • Did you know you can actually control your audience to follow a path in your images in a certain order and sequence?
  • Are you aware that carefully placed contrast plays a critically important role in whether your images are experienced in a pleasing way, or with strain?
  • Have you mastered the secret of making an image come to life and “pop?”
  • Need ideas to improve the “resting place” for your viewer’s eye as they navigate your image?

These critical components of powerful images can all be significantly enhanced by the proper use of contrast. There are special techniques that can be accomplished in-the-field as well as during post-processing that will amaze you.  We will explore before-and-after examples and teach you how you can do so with your own images simply and effectively. Get ready for a game-changer!  Whether you are controlling for contrast in your exposures themselves, and/or in post-processing, this fun, informative and interactive session will help you learn the tricks and techniques necessary to make your images go from drab to fab!

Lisa Langell is a full-time, award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in numerous prestigious publications including the cover of Outdoor Photographer magazine, plus numerous images in Arizona Highways, Ranger Rick, art galleries and more.  She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association.  She is also a proud ambassador for Tamron, FotoPro, and H&Y filters.

Whether it was working as a master floral designer, a licensed psychologist, university faculty, an international consultant in K-12 education, the Chief Business Development Officer of an education technology company, a researcher, a writer, or an artist—she enjoyed meeting each challenge.  Still, her strongest calling was photography–ever since childhood–when bird watching ignited her lifelong love of nature and the camera.  In 2010, she turned her passion for photography into a business—and in 2015 she successfully transitioned to photography full-time and left the corporate and consulting world behind.  The journey with photography has definitely been Lisa’s favorite – she loves combining her diverse background and skills into her photographic art and instruction.  Bringing joy to others brings joy to her! She thrives on creating innovative learning experiences and pushing photographic boundaries.  She equally enjoys enriching, stimulating and expanding fellow photographers’ minds emotionally, creatively and intellectually. 

You may read more about her or see her work at http://www.langellphotography.com

 

Also posted in Creative/Artistic, Educational, News, Technical

How to Talk Dog

On Wednesday, June 17, at 6:30 pm, Lisa Asp will be hosting a Zoom meeting for our club.  I will send out invitations by email today.  Please register as soon as possible, as we will be extending an invitation to other clubs to take part in order to help make this worthwhile for our speaker.

There’s more than just squeaky toys when it comes to creating portraits of our 4-legged family members.  Lisa Asp, owner of Tangerine House of Design in Minneapolis, MN, has been photographing pets since 2001 and has learned a thing or two along the way.  Join us as she shares the inside scoop on training her (human) clients, lighting their dogs and getting expressions that the owners will love.  As part of this seminar, Lisa will also discuss safety in working with pets, posing, lighting and lens selection. 

 Lisa Asp, M. Photog., M. Artist, Cr., CPP, grew up in Minnesota.  She moved to the east coast in 1998 and opened an upscale, retail photography studio in Connecticut.  When her husband was offered a job in Minnesota, they jumped at the chance to move back near family & friends and relocated in 2011.  After purchasing and renovating a house, Asp opened “Tangerine House of Design”, a full-time photography studio in Edina, MN.  Pet photography had previously been a small part of her business but took off at this point and became her niche market. 

Asp has earned a “Photographer of the Year” medal from the Professional Photographers of America for the last 9 years straight and has been named one of PPA’s “Elite Plus” members.  Lisa has won numerous awards for her work including five Kodak Gallery awards, Fuji Masterpiece, Lexjet, PPA District First Place and GIA Second Place, and many more. She enjoys volunteering her time with several pet rescues photographing their adoptable animals, fostering and assisting in their fundraisers and food drives.  Her love of animals has grown into wildlife (and landscape) photography and has teamed up with another photographer to launch “Inspire Photo Tours” – small group educational and photographic experiences to help others explore the world photographically.  She is a past president of the Twin Cities Professional Photography Association, Director of the Animal Image Makers Conference, and a PPA Councilor. 

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June 2020 News

The WebEx salon meeting on June 3 was a wonderful success!  Thanks to Nancy Cox for working with three new judge candidates.  The new judge candidates evidently put a lot of time on each photo and made wonderful comments.  Thanks to Jill Krentz for making this happen so smoothly, and thanks to Steve Plocher for posting the gallery.  Here is the recording.

 

Coming Up

Tomorrow on Monday, June 8, 6:30 pm we will have a virtual meeting with Lisa Langell.  The topic is “Patterns in Nature + Fibonacci Sequence”.   You need to register to attend and if you haven’t done that already, it’s not too late.   Use our contact form to let me know and I’ll send you the registration link.

N4C News

Because of the survey results of likely attendees, the fall convention has been cancelled.  With the May contest, the 2019-2020 year has ended.  This year we’ve received nine 1st place images, four 2nd place awards, seven 3rd place awards, and 52 honorable mentions.  All of these will be judged again in September for the “Best of the Best” N4C year-end.  Thanks to Ken Wolter for being in charge of our entries this year, and thanks to MJ Springett for creating the gallery.  The May gallery is here.  

Important Deadline

The Phipps Center for the Arts has announced its Annual Call for Artists.  The deadline is July 1 and they will accept submissions for one individual, a two person-show, and group proposals.  Submissions will be judged by the Visual Arts Council and submitting artists will be notified by email on or before October 31.  Click here for all the details.

Also posted in Competition, Meeting Summary, N4C, News

Salon Meetings Resume (and more)!

I am told that God and Satan decided to sponsor a photo contest. God was sure he would win because he had all the artists. But Satan got the trophy, because he had all the judges.

On Wednesday, June 3, 6:30 pm, we will resume our salons via WebEx.  The images intended for April will be judged.  Invitations to the meeting will be sent to all members on Wednesday morning.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, don’t worry!  A recording of the meeting will be posted by Friday.  Thanks to Steve Cole for his work as salon coordinator, but he has handed off the job to Jill Krentz.  The August salon will be held on August 5th.  The assignment is “Sun Flares or Starbursts” and the entry deadline is July 15, and here is some inspiration. 

Tritych Photography

A triptych is three associated photographs intended to be seen together.   Here is one of my son with his youngest son at the park.   And here is some inspiration.  

When I made a call for Close to Home photos, I got some great responses.  I am challenging our members to come up with a triptych or two for a new gallery.  Send your photos to photowalk@wiphotoclub.com

Other News

  • On Monday, June 8 at 6:30 pm, we will have virtual meeting with Lisa Langell on “Patterns in Nature + Fibonacci Sequence” more information here.
  • Here is the video recording of the meeting on May 20 of “A Street Photography Reflection with Walter Horishnyk and Richard Ott.  These guys showed us a view of Manhattan and their interaction added to all the wonderful images that they shared.

 

Also posted in Club Event, Competition, Inspiration, Just for fun, Meeting Summary

WebEx Meeting How To’s

Participant Best Practices

  • Participant cameras should be turned off. It really doesn’t add anything to the experience and it sucks up bandwidth.
  • Participant microphones should also be turned off when joining the meeting. You are encouraged to type questions into chat during the presentation and then to have an open Q&A session for audio questions for those with microphones.
  • A headset of some kind is recommended, rather than listening through the computer speakers.

How to Join a Meeting – At about 20 seconds into this video there is an option to join the meeting using your browser.

How to Change the Video Layout in Webex Meetings

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May – Moving Forward

By now, some of you have experienced live webinars, thanks to some very generous people in the photography community.  Maybe some of you have experienced video conferencing using Zoom, Cisco’s WebEx, or one many other alternatives.   Members of our board had a WebEx meeting a couple of weeks ago and we will have another one tomorrow night.  (We are working on making this better for everyone.)  The experience of some left much to be desired, partly because of bandwidth limitations and likely the amount of internet traffic at the time.  We have decided to use WebEx for future salons and speakers.  The reason we chose WebEx is for its security and also because we will be able to record the meetings in the MP4 format so that we can post the videos on our website. This cannot replace meetings at the Phipps, for sure, and no cookies will be served during the break!

Street Photography: Life and Art in a Split Second

In a virtual meeting of the Western Wisconsin Photography Club on Wednesday evening, May 20 at 6:30 pm, Walter Horishnyk and Richard Ott will share images from their gallery exhibit of New York street photography, “The Manhattan Project.” Winding their way through the crowds and corners of the city, they captured their own personal visions of Manhattan. Their striking use of color and composition makes the city come alive.  In this presentation, they will describe their journey with plenty of tips to improve your own street photography.  Invitations to join the live meeting will be sent to members by email on Wednesday morning.

Street photography has been Walter Horishnyk’s passion for many years. He regularly shows his work of Minnesota, New York City and Havana street photography in galleries. Walter also specializes in live music performances, capturing the musicians’ emotions and energy. http://horishnyk.com/ Richard Ott has done color and black and white commercial, industrial and sports photography through his company Argus Images http://www.dickottsworld.com. He has exhibited in St. Paul, Minneapolis and at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson.

Exhibits Update

Chelsea Long, the Healing Arts Program Director, has contact us to update us regarding the current status and short-term plans for the Healing Arts Programs at Hudson Hospital & Clinic and Westfields Hospital & Clinic. The hospitals will remain closed to non-patients at least through the end of June in response to COVID-19.   As a result, they have had to cancel all art rotations through July and plan for the possibility that the closure continues. They have asked that all artists with work give their permission to keep their work through the end of September, if that becomes necessary, or to notify us of a date by when you absolutely need it prior to that. Artwork will continue to be insured through this time, as well as available for purchase from staff and patients. 

“Yellow Flower” by Michael Waterman

Close to Home

If you haven’t already checked out our Close to Home gallery, click here for inspiration.  Even though some of us are getting out more and further from home, we are still accepting images for the gallery.

 

Also posted in Educational, News

A new Webinar is Scheduled!

When:  Wednesday, July 8, 6:30 pm.  Space is limited and preregistration is required.  Because they want this to fill up, I’ve sent an invitation to other clubs, so don’t delay.  Watch for the registration link in your email today.

I’ve arranged for a new Zoom webinar with Gettle Photography.  The subject is “Building an Image”.   Most great images are not spontaneous. They are more often well thought out and carefully crafted, taking into consideration such things as what you choose to include in the frame, lighting, the background, your chosen perspective, and many other elements. In this talk, Steve goes through his entire process. From seeing and identifying the image to choosing the message, and the step by step progression of building the final composition.

Steve and Nicole lead nature photography tours to exciting destinations around the world. They enjoy sharing their knowledge of the natural world and helping people capture amazing images of our planet. Steve has over 30 years of nature photography experience and has been recognized through numerous awards. These include being a multi-award winner of the BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year and recognized in the prestigious Nature’s Best photography contest. His images are often featured in National Geographic and other nation-wide publications. Nicole has over 15 years of nature photography experience and enjoys discovering and sharing wild connections with others.

Also posted in Educational