Category Archives: Club Meeting Info

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.


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. 


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 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.

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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 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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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!

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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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Coming Up in May, Part One

  • On Wednesday, May 1, at 6:30 pm, Bryan Hansel will be presenting his program, “Hot Spots of the North Shore”.  Spaces for the sunrise workshop he is giving on May 2 are still available.  More information about the program and workshop can be found on this post.

    Photo by Will C. Fritsch

  • May 2, 5 to 8 pm – Encore! A Celebration of Community at the Phipps Center for the Arts. There will be an open house from 5-7 pm and complimentary food  will be provided by the San Pedro Café, Seasons Tavern and Urban Olive and Vine.  Pier 500 gift certificates and theater tickets will be given as door prizes.  From 7-8 pm there will be entertainment in the main theater and performing arts and visual arts programming for the 2019-20 season will be announced.  This will be an opportunity to meet with Collin Geraghty, the Performing Arts Production Coordinator who has asked for our help.   This is a free event and more information is here.
  • May 4 – Will C. Fritsch has invited us to the Grand Opening of the Railway Art Gallery, 121 Tyler Street, Hastings, on Saturday, May 4th, from noon to 5 pm. He is one of the featured artists with ten of his photographs on display.  If you can’t make it on May 4, his exhibit runs until the end of June, but keep in mind that the gallery is open only on Saturdays from noon to 5 pm.  Congratulations, Will!

Member Portfolios

One of the benefits of club membership is this new feature that was added this year.  It’s an opportunity to display a body of work, reflecting your personal style and interests.  This is not intended as a competition, and there are virtually no rules as long as the photos follow a theme.  So far 16 member portfolios have been added to our website, with the newest one being posted for MJ Springett.  Consider joining in…the guidelines are here.


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Coming Up this April

Alec Johnson on “Light Painting”

AC Johnson Light Painted Motorcycle

At the April 17 meeting Alec Johnson’s talk will feature a series of bold and unique images using the technique of light painting – lighting a subject with a flashlight one detail at a time with a flashlight – and then compositing those frames of light to build a finished image.  Each image is its own case study, creating an engaging, lively and educational discussion.

Alec Johnson is a full-time tenured professor at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. He is also a freelance architecture photographer and award-winning fine art photographer.  He was an exhibitor of the international juried show, “The Portrait” at Praxis Photo Arts Center December 2018.  This past summer, 2018, he was accepted in the Minnesota State Fair Art Exhibition and received the Jennifer and William Oliver award for “unique, innovative and unusual” work of art.  Alec is also a Singh Ray Filters pro photographer.

Alec’s current photo projects include Outside the Arena, a series featuring the pre-competition ritual of rodeo riders.  He is also working on a studio series titled Comfortable.  This series is study of space, color and shape in the context of 60’s era comfort food, furniture and table settings.  He is represented by the Sterling Art Gallery located in Silver City, New Mexico.

American Masters Documentary Next Week – Street Photography

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Bryan Hansel – Program and Workshop

Hot Spots of the North Shore – May 1

A lone hiker watches the sunrise over Lake Superior from Artist’s Point in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

At the May 1 meeting at 6:30 pm, professional landscape photographer Bryan Hansel will talk about his favorite locations on Minnesota’s north shore to capture the essence of what it is like to live in the north. Hansel, who has lived in Grand Marais for over a decade and a half has explored almost every gravel and dirt road in Cook County and many of the nearby counties as well. He not only has photographed the iconic locations but has found new and undocumented locations as well. He’ll present his work and explain how he made each picture and why it works as a photograph. 

Sunrise on the River – May 2

Join Bryan on the shore of the river for a sunrise and golden hour mini-workshop. The workshop will cover composition for sunrise as well as filters. The mini-workshop starts at 5am and ends at 9am. Cost is $60.  Bryan tells me that the workshop will be held along the St. Croix River.   To reserve your spot, please use the contact form to let me know as soon as possible since there will be a limit in the number of participants.  The fee of $60.00 will be payable to Bryan Hansel.

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March is Here, Finally!

Our winter weather isn’t over yet and I am still enjoying the pristine beauty of snow falling in my yard as I write this.   Even so, my thoughts are turning to that miracle of spring where the color pallet is less white and grey and a walk outdoors will show all the variations of the color green as everything comes back to life.  And it will be music to my ears to hear the birds again, calling to mates, building nests and raising their young.  

On Being a Birding Bird Photographer

Our next meeting on Wednesday, March 6, is just what I need.  This presentation examines the expanding intersection between the birding hobby and bird photography.  Photographer and birder Dr. Michelle Terrell will share from her own experiences tips for taking engaging bird photographs while being respectful of the birds, their habitat, and fellow birders and photographers.

Michelle Terrell is Vice President of the St. Croix Valley Camera Club and an avid outdoor photographer.  As a native Minnesotan, she enjoys documenting our state’s wide variety of natural subjects from tiny woodland fungi to horizon-spanning northern lights.  When not taking photos, Dr. Terrell is a professional archaeologist and historian.

Photography and the Law is Re-scheduled for Wednesday, March 20.

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.