Category Archives: Club Meeting Info

Another Meeting Coming Up This Month!

Photography 101

Hudson in the Fall – Michael Huber

We will have a special meeting on Wednesday, January 22, with Michael Huber presenting “Photography 101”.  The goal is to cover the basics of DSLR photography.  He will discuss terms, settings, gear, composition and light as well as post processing options.  Those who attend will leave with a basic understanding of digital photography, both the technical and most importantly, the craft associated with it. Participants who would like help, should bring their gear to the meeting along with their camera manual.   Michael is an award-winning photography and former president of the club.

Pelican – Michael Huber

TCACC Judging Class

Ty Floating – Michael Huber

The Camera Council has announced an upcoming judging class and is encouraging each camera club to select up to two individuals who are interested in becoming a salon judge and who meet the student qualifications described here:

Student qualifications:  Demonstrated expertise in photography beyond the novice level, experience in submitting images for salon competition and must be nominated by a member camera club.     

Additional details are as follows:

  • The class is limited to 10 students
  • Dates:  Tuesdays – February 4, February 11 and February 18
  • Time:  6 – 9PM
  • Instructors: Darrell Tangen, Nancy Cox and John Anderson 
  • Location:   Glen Lake Shores Condos
  • 14301 Stewart Lane, Minnetonka
  • Cost: $40 (refundable when requirements of the class are completed by the student)

 

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Farewell 2019 – Here Comes 2020

Thanks to Mary and Don Johnson for hosting our Year-end Celebration for yet another year!  After feasting on treats and wine, I showed the video of the year-end awards.  Such inspiration! 


 For those who were not able to attend, I will bring prints and awards to the meeting on January 8.   The gallery of awards is here.

First Meeting of 2020

The meeting on Wednesday, January 8, 6:30 pm, will feature presentations by members who set photography goals for 2019 and they will share their accomplishments.  Presentations include astrophotography by Bryan Leonard, “Prickly Plants” by Ken Krautbauer, street photography by Rebecca VanDyk, an update on Carl Wegener’s kids project, stock photography by Ken Wolter, how to organize and share travel photos by Richard Hudson, and Naomi Belisle will share recent family holiday projects.

Dues Reminder

Dues for the Western Wisconsin Photography Club 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.  Make your check payable to “Western Wisconsin Photography Club”.   For snow birds and vacationers, Bryan Leonard will be sending out a notice with his mailing address.

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Setting Goals for 2020

This is an update of a post I made in March.

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”  — Pablo Picasso

Creative Composite Inspiration – photo by Michael Huber

One of the things about photography is that there is so much to learn.  This means that I will never know how to do everything and there will always be something new to challenge me, to be a reason to get out there and just do it.  What are my photography goals?

  • Time-lapse photography
  • Focus stacking
  • Family photos
  • Panorama
  • Winter Photography on the North Shore
  • Drone Photography
  • Better Black and White
  • Portraiture
  • City-Scapes
  • Nature Landscapes
  • Architecture
  • Photographing my garden
  • Creative Composites

And this is just my short list!  I find myself overwhelmed by club members and other photographers on the internet who inspire me and make me think, “I want to do that, too.”  I am especially inspired by the member portfolios that have been posted so far.

Winter Photography Inspiration – photo by Mike Chrun

Obviously I couldn’t possibly reach all these goals in one year and most of them would take years to achieve a proficiency that would satisfy me.  So, focus, focus!  I will choose just one of these this year to give my special attention.  It will be a goal that I believe is achievable or at least be a great start that I can focus on this year.

Do you have a photography goal for 2020?  Please tell me what it is by using the contact form and at the January 2021 meeting we will share our achievements with the club.

 

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December News

Our next meeting on Wednesday, December 4, at 6:30 pm, will feature a judged salon.  A reminder to all who have entered prints this year: all prints receiving acceptances need to be brought to this meeting so they can be judged again for our year-end.

TCACCC Interclub Competition

One of the benefits of membership in the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs (TCACCC) is the free annual competition.  Individuals will be able to submit up to 20 images in five categories:  Contemporary, Nature, Realistic, Color Prints and Monochrome Prints. Our club will also submit 20 images by our members that will compete against other member clubs.  The rules and entry forms are posted here and you can see how we’ve done in past competitions here.  The deadline for entering is Saturday, February 1, 5 pm.

Exhibits

Artist Reception at Westfields Hospital, 2015

Artist Reception at Westfields Hospital, 2015

The Visual Arts Council of The Phipps has completed the jury process to select artists to exhibit their work in The Galleries during 2021 – 2022, at Hudson Hospital & Clinic and Westfields Hospital & Clinic through the Healing Arts Program during 2020 – 2021. They received 122 individual, two-person, and group submissions.  Our club is one of only 29 selected to exhibit at the Phipps.  We will need between 20 and 30 pieces for the exhibits, so sign up at the next meeting or use the contact form.

  • March 13, 2020 – June 9, 2020 at Westfields Hospital, New Richmond – Inpatient Hallway
  • November 4, 2020 – January 31, 2021 at Hudson Hospital – North Wing Lobby
  • September 17, 2021 – October 24, 2021 at the Riverview Gallery at the Phipps

Free Holiday Parking!

The City of Hudson wants to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!   They will have holiday parking starting November 28th, 2019 through January 2, 2020. During that time, visitors and citizens will be allowed to park free for the first 3 hours. After that initial 3 hours is up, you will be expected to pay for more time.  For the free 3 hours you will not need to go to a pay station or use the passport app. The only time you will need to use that is to pay for the time after your 3 hours is up.

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November 6 Meeting Information & More

On November 6, 6:30 pm, John Pennoyer will be giving a presentation titled “Ten Tips on becoming an Outdoor/Nature Photographer”.  Are you just getting started in outdoor and nature photography? Or maybe you want to become a better nature photographer? In this session, John Pennoyer will talk about his 35-plus years of experience in nature photography and tell you about his journey getting there. He will share his top ten tips to help in your outdoor and nature journey.

Growing up in Kalispell, Montana, it was natural for John to be in the outdoors, whether it was hunting, fishing or just hiking in Glacier National Park. I moved to Minnesota to go to school with the intention of moving back to Montana, but here he is still in Minnesota. After school, I took up bow hunting and, to further my time in thenorthwoods of Minnesota, he also dove into photography. Little did he know how photography would begin to open my eyes to so many things besides whitetail deer. He loves to photograph the flora and fauna of Minnesota, but also enjoys traveling and photographing around other parts of the country. His camera and lenses have always been Nikon but they are just the tools to get the image; it is the photographer’s vision that creates the image. Many of his images have been used by Bowhunter Magazine, Peterson Bowhunting, Game and Fish Magazine, plus many other outdoor related magazines, and various calendar and note card companies.  You can see his work at his web site.

Wendy Maybury Update

As a follow up to the presentation Wendy made on “Famous Women Photographers” last month, she has graciously shared her presentation in pdf format.  You can download it at our Learning page.

New Hudson Parking Rules will begin November 4

Click here and here for more information about the parking changes.

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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.

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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.

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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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