Category Archives: Club Meeting Info

The Palouse

Our meeting on Wednesday, April 21, 6:30 pm will feature Jay Olson-Goude and his experience at the Palouse.  In June of 2019, Jay spent two weeks photographing there. This presentation will showcase some of the images created and offer some tips for those who might want to add this destination to their ‘must visit’ list.

Jay Olson-Goude has been passionate about photography for nearly fifty years. His work has been published in “New Mexico”, “Mpls/St Paul”,” Men’s Journal” and “Autoweek” magazines and the “Minneapolis StarTribune”, “Saint Paul Pioneer Press”, “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel” and “Red Wing Republican-Eagle” newspapers.

Jay is recent new member of the club and he and his wife, Jennifer, live in Stockholm, Wisconsin.

Nic Stover  Program Update

If you missed the March 15 program with Nic Stover on Evaluating and Working with Light, you can see the recording of the program here.  Following that, you can download his Exposure Triangle visual.  After clicking the link, right-click the image and select “save as”.

 

Exposure Triangle - Nic Stover

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Craig Varjabedian

The program, “Into the Great Light: A Conversation with Photographer Craig Varjabedian” will be held on May 5, 6:30 pm.

Join acclaimed photographer Craig Varjabedian for an evening of conversation and spectacular photographs, exploring the motivations and stories behind his stunning images of White Sands National Park, a 275-square-mile gypsum dune field in southern New Mexico and our second newest national park. The award-winning book “Into the Great White Sands: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian” presents one of the world’s uniquely stunning environments. Craig has produced an intimate portrait of an environment that is so enticing it will make you want to drop everything and just go there.

Craig Varjabedian is an award-winning photographer who explores the back roads of the American West, making pictures of the unique and quintessential. He shares awe-inspiring stories of the land and the people who live on it—one photograph at a time.

In recognition of the significance and power of his images, Varjabedian has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the McCune Charitable Foundation, and the New Mexico Humanities Council. His photographs have been exhibited and collected by museums around the country including the William Benton Museum of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The prints from Varjabedian’s traveling exhibition of Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby was acquired by the Foundation for the Albuquerque Museum of Art.

In 1991 Varjabedian received an Emmy Award for his collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Karl Kernberger on the PBS documentary En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico. Photographs from this project were published in a book by the same name, with an essay by award-winning author Michael Wallis (1994). His next book, By the Grace of Light: Images of Faith from Catholic New Mexico (1998), came out of the bonds he developed with the people and communities of the Morada Photographic Survey. Recent books of his photographs, published by the University of New Mexico Press, include Four & Twenty Photographs: Stories from Behind the Lens (2007), Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby (2009), which received the prestigious Wrangler Award for Outstanding Photography Book from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, along with Landscape Dreams: A New Mexico Portrait (2012) and Into the Great White Sands(2018).

“Into the Great White Sands”

Award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian has spent decades photographing the many moods of the magnificent and ever-changing landscape of New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument. His photographs reveal snow-white dunes of gypsum, striking landforms, storms and stillness, panoramic vistas and breathtaking sunsets, intricate windblown patterns in the sand, ancient animal tracks, exquisite desert plants, and also the people who come to experience this place that is at once spectacular yet subtle. Varjabedian’s evocative color images provide the reader with an almost palpable sense of this extraordinary place. 

These photographs are enriched by several essays written by Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, noted poet and author; Dennis Ditmanson, retired White Sands National Monument superintendent; Jim Eckles, retired Missile Range public affairs officer; and Craig Varjabedian, the photographer who shares his insights and experiences of photographing this inspiring landscape and offers tips on making better pictures of White Sands. Into the Great Whtie Sands won the prestigious New Mexico-Arizona Book Award.

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Being Enough

Did you miss Nic Stover’s program that he did on Monday night on the “Psychology of Photoography” for the TCACCC?  Nic will also be doing a program on light for us and the St. Croix Valley Camera Club on March 15.  See this post for more information.   Here is the recording of Monday’s program:

From a recent newsletter from Nic he said some things that really hit home. “There are 7.6 billion people on this planet. 3.5 billion Smartphones, which technically means there are 3.5 billion photographers.  How many of them pursue beyond a hobby or a way to capture what they ate for dinner? And how few of them call themselves professionals?  We can’t judge how crowded things are based on looking at these metrics.  The only way we can look at it is to look at ourselves and our perspectives related to what we need and what we seek.

“Tuetonia Sunrise” by Nic Stover

“We as humans regardless of the number of zeros in our bank accounts need to be content with one thing. Being Enough. Some of us don’t have enough of what is needed internally and we supplement that in some other ways through external validation. For the photographers who complain of it being too crowded they are focused on what they don’t have vs what they already have. Images, places, clients, fans, money, followers.

“So for today. I am enough. What I do is enough.  There is more than enough beauty to go around.  Enough for us all to share and to find a small slice of what we find special or unique.  Someday I will turn into the shadows in my images in the dust that creates atmosphere within my images. My Ledger will zero out and only then will I have had enough of this world.”

“But until that time I will keep on keeping on, knowing that what I already have is … well … enough.” 

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March News

At our Wednesday, March 3 meeting, Chap Achen will share a program that will consist of images from his artist in residence stay in Quzhou, China.  It will include a brief history of the artist exchange program, which goes back to the 1942 raid on Tokyo by the Doolittle Raiders flying B-25’s off the USS Hornet and subsequent rescue of the flyers in China.  He will present a present a video highlighting images of the trip and follow up with additional background info of the images and he will take comments and questions from the club.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and a link to the meeting will be sent to all members that morning.

About Chap

Chap Achen

“I have been photographing for over 60 years; my father was a professional photographer and introduced me to the darkroom and the enjoyment that comes from making traditional images with film and silver papers. Much of my earlier work was primarily done in black and white, But for the last twenty years digital technology has allowed me the opportunity to work in both color and black and white.  Combining texture, patterns, light and dark tones, and using good compositional elements, I try to create photographs that you will enjoy and remember.  For the past 30 years I have been actively engaged with the Arts Community in Red Wing and have served on its board of directors for much of that time.  I have had the good fortune to participate in several programs that Red Wing Arts initiated, and am grateful for those experiences.  In 2015 through the Anderson Center in Red Wing, I spent one month in Salzburg, Austria as their artist in residence. In 2018 I spent one month as an exchange artist in Red Wing’s sister city of Quzhou, China. 

“I maintain a gallery and studio in my home here in Red Wing. My work can be seen in numerous public institutions and buildings throughout Red Wing as well as exhibitions at the Red Wing Arts gallery in the Historic Railroad Depot and at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts.”

For more opportunity to view Chap’s work you can visit his website at www.chapachenphotography.com

 

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Evaluating and Working with Light in Photography

On March 15, 6:30 pm Nic Stover will give a presentation to our club and the St. Croix Valley Camera Club. Thanks to Mike Chrun for arranging this and for sharing the cost with us!

Join professional landscape photographer Nic Stover for this session to talk about Not too Heavy, Not too Light.  Just right.  The word “photography” literally means “drawing with light” from the Greek words phos, (genitive: photós) meaning “light”, and graphê meaning “drawing or writing”.  There are so many ways to think about the different types of light within our photography and what we can do with what we get in the field but also when we get back in front of our computer to process our images we “harvested” in the field.

In this presentation Nic will talk about how the most important thing in photography is you and how you look through the light harvester (IE the camera) and the choices and decisions you make on how to collect the light that is falling in front of you onto your subjects of choice.  Nic doesn’t have mastery of light nor the power to control it but he will talk about what he CAN control is how he reacts to the light he is given, not the light he wants, but the light he is given.  Nic considers the science and study of light to be one of our most important pursuits in photography.  This presentation will increase your understanding of how to work with light.   

Some of the topics covered in this presentation include but are not limited to:

  1. How to think about light.
  2. How we view light vs how our camera (light harvester) views light.
  3. How do we actually see light from the warms and cools to the brights and darks.
  4. What is the true value of light in our images?
  5. How do photographers describe and talk about light?
  6. What are the 4 ways in which light interacts with our scenes?
  7. How can you most effectively use light in your images.
  8. Ways you can break out of your normal mode of working with light.

As part of this session you will get a follow up with a reference sheet of 15 ways to describe light, and a recording of the presentation. 

Stover is based in San Luis Obispo, California and focuses on landscape photography classes and workshops encouraging his class participants to develop their skills, explore their capabilities, and to create meaningful work.  Additional information can be found at www.stoverphoto.com

Ian Plant Freebie

Here is a link for a FREE reference sheet of ways to take better photographs from one of the masters, Ian Plant. 

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Happy New Year!

Mike Prokosch

On Wednesday, January 6, 6:30 pm, we will have meeting that will reveal our 2020 Year-end awards.  With the April Salon meeting being cancelled, and the print categories being discontinued, there will be no awards for prints this year.   This was the first year that we have the assignment category with the largest number of images submitted.  Michael Prokosch thanked our club for being asked to judge and was impressed with the quality and diversity of our salons.  The galleries will be posted after the meeting.  An invitation to the meeting will be sent by email to all members on the morning of the meeting.

We have two more meetings in January.  Check out the calendar page with information about Mike Moats (Macro) and Cameron Darnell (Creative Lighting for Bird Photography).  Watch for meeting invitations in your email no later than the day of those meetings, but get the dates on your calendar now.

Architecture Examples

The February 3, 6:30 pm meeting will be the first salon meeting of the year.  The assignment is Architecture and the submission deadline is January 13.   

Reminders

  • Be sure to enter the 2021 Interclub Competition! It’s a benefit of our club being a member of the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs.  The deadline is Saturday, February 6, 5 pm.  The rules and entry form is here.  And you can see how our club has done in the past here.
  • After a brief hiatus, the N4C contests resume this month.  The entry deadline is the tenth of each month.  Here is how to enter.
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Mike Moats on Macro Photography

On Saturday, January 16, 3:00 pm, Mike Moats will present “The Properly Equipped Macro Photographer.”  Being a properly equipped macro photographer is not just about the equipment, but also equipping yourself with the how-to knowledge of macro photography, how to control depth of field, a little about composition, and subject matter.

Mike Moats is an international award-winning, full time pro macro photographer from Michigan.  He is a Tamron Image Master, and his articles and images have been published in many photo magazines for over 15 years.  He has a Macro Photo Club online with over 2,000 members from 18 countries.  Mike teaches workshops and speaks at photo conferences throughout the US.

You can see more of his work and more about his Macro Photo Club here.  Special thanks to Steve Cole and Richard Hudson for arranging this.  A link to join this meeting will be sent to all members as soon as it is available.

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December News

The end of this year marks six full years as my being president of the club.  This has been such a wonderful experience for me in so many ways.  The best part has been all the friendships I’ve made.   But it’s time for me to step into the background and to give others the chance to steer the future of the club.  With Covid extra challenges faced us…the worst of which for our club is the fact that we haven’t been able to have meetings in person and the resulting challenges of bringing value to our members.

We have a great board that is willing to take over most of my responsibilities.  We will be having a meeting on Wednesday, December 9 at 7 pm.  Please consider joining the board or attending this virtual meeting.  Just use the contact form and I’ll send an invitation to join the meeting.

Year-end Club Competition

The digital acceptances from the salons this year, the ones scoring 8 points or more, will be sent to a judge who will choose the awards this year.  Since we had only one salon that included prints, they will not be included.  The awards meeting will be on January 6, 2021.  Members who have competed in our salons will be sent a list of their scores for this year in the next few days.  We will need your help to select the “Peoples Choice” Award.  There will be more about that soon.

N4C News Update

N4C has cancelled all their print competitions and their Spring Convention.  They are still expecting (hoping?) that the Fall Convention will take place in Duluth.  I had been told earlier that the awards for the 2019-20 Best of the Best would be held for pickup at the Fall Convention.  Instead, I have arranged for them to come to me in the mail and I expect to get them early next week.  Here is the gallery of winners.

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Coming Up in November

Next Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30 pm we will be hosting a presentation by John Gregor.  The program is “The Stories We Tell; Telling Stories with Nature, Landscape, and Travel Photography”.  John has been a long-time friend of our club and has also made many appearances at the Camera Council’s Spring Break events.  John has a Masters of Education through St. Scholastica College with an emphasis in photographic literacy. He earned his BA from the University of Minnesota with a degree through the University without Walls program, his degree was entitled “Documentary Expression of American Culture through Photography” a combined degree of Social Sciences and Fine Art Photography.  You can see more of his work at https://coldsnapphotography.com/

All club members will be emailed invitations to join the meeting on the morning of the 4th.

Free Statewide Star Party

Our friend, Dr. Mike Shaw, will be giving a free presentation at 7 pm, Wednesday November 11. Link for details of his talk:  https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/event/swsp-2020-wed/

Registration link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/statewide-star-party-virtual-edition-tickets-124294232395

Reminder

Our last salon meeting of 2020 will be on December 2 and the entry deadline is November 10.  The assignment is “Fall” and here is how to do it.

 

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We are having a meeting tonight!

October Salon

Today, Wednesday October 7, 6:30 pm, we will have the October Salon meeting via WebEx. John Pennoyer is the judge and his comments will be a learning opportunity for everyone and we’ll see a lot of inspiration.  I will email a link to all members to join the meeting this afternoon.  If you are unable to attend, don’t worry!

We will record the meeting and will post it by the end of the week.

Did You Know?

One of the benefits of being a member is to have a member portfolio.  It’s an opportunity for members to display a body of work reflecting a photographer’s personal style and photographic interests and will also serve as an introduction to other club members.  Here is how to do it.

Explore the member portfolios that have been posted. 

Here’s a sneak peek at Michael Huber’s portfolio.

Safari-Submarine by Michael Huber

 

 

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