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Free Virtual Meeting is April First!

The next meeting of the Western Wisconsin Photography Club in Hudson will be a VIRTUAL meeting, a webinar presented by expert landscape astrophotographer Dr. Mike Shaw. In this free presentation, Mike will walk through the use of today’s powerful mobile apps, which make it simple to plan exactly when and where to set up your tripod, what focal length lens to use, the exact compass direction and elevation to capture the perfect shot. The primary tool will be the Planit! photography app, but he’ll also cover other similar apps.

  • You can join the webinar online at 7 pm, April 1. Here’s where to register:
  • You’ll get a link by return email. Just click on that link a few minutes before 7 pm Wednesday, April 1, and you’ll be connected. There will be an opportunity to type in questions for Mike, but the audience will not have video or audio feeds.

Dr. Mike Shaw is an astrophotographer and the author of “Creative Nightscapes and Time-Lapses,” and “The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography.” In addition to his own photography workshops, he is the lead Instructor for the 2020 Night Sky Academy in the US National Park Service. He also creates online tutorials for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, teaches classes at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Bell Museum.


Also posted in Educational, Technical

How our Club is Dealing with the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the U.S.  The spread of coronavirus is a fast-moving narrative; there are many unknowns and uncertainties. We have the interests of all our members in mind as we work our way through this difficult time together.  We recognize that many may be disappointed by these cancellations. Much work has gone into the planning and organization, and now work remains to undo plans that have been made.   Richard Hudson is contacting speakers and Steve Cole is working with judges to re-schedule speakers and judges for our meetings and salons.  We are also pursuing ideas for virtual meetings. Here are the meetings that are cancelled:

  • Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 pm: Mike Shaw on Photography Planning Apps
  • Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm: Salon Meeting
  • Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 pm: Rikk Flohr on Photography in Iceland
  • Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 pm: Gary Alan Nelson on Semi-Abstract Landscape Photography

The April Salon will be postponed until June and the June salon will be cancelled.  Images already submitted for the April salon will be judged at the June 3 meeting.  Judging of the N4C Journalism contest scheduled for Sunday, March 22, is being done remotely.

Other Things We Can Do

Close to Home – Milkweed in My Back Yard – Terry Butler

  • With the help of Ginny Gaynor and Richard Hudson, we are planning some short notice outings to capture wildflowers in our area.
  • The popular and now timely eBook, “Close to Home: Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Back Yard” is being made available until the end of April by its author, Stuart Sipahigil, for free. (It’s been unavailable from its publisher, Craft And Vision for the last few years). You can find the link on the Home page here:  The link to download is the title of the book in italics that states. “So, for a limited time (until April 30), he is making his popular ebook, Close to Home: Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Back Yard, available for free.”
  • Please send me new or old photos that are “Close to Home” and I’ll put up a gallery to inspire us.  Please send them no larger than 960 pixels on the longest side, give them a meaningful title, and email them to
  • Also, for people who were interested in Mike Shaw’s talk about the Planit app, here’s his index of the online tutorials, produced by the makers of the app: Mike is also considering doing a Webinar and will let us know if and when it happens.
Also posted in N4C, News, Photowalks

News You Need to Know

Spring Break is Cancelled

Due to the continued news regarding COVID-19, and not wishing to expose potentially at risk populations and club members to the illness, the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs has decided to cancel Spring Break for 2020.  Notices have been sent to those who have registered.  The registration people will be working with the on-line registration providers to get refunds directly to those who have registered as soon as possible.  Please be patient, as it may take as long as two weeks.

This is the first time in over 30 years that this event has been cancelled. The committee is already working on a bigger and better Spring Break in 2021.

The Interclub Awards will be announced by the end of the month and arrangements will be made in early April for pickup of the prints and the awards belonging to our members.

Patrick Lieberman

More Bad News

Mike Shaw, our speaker for the meeting on March 18 has cancelled all his workshops and travel activities until things improve.  Because of his reticence in coming to Hudson we are cancelling the meeting.  We will be making decisions on future meetings on a weekly  basis.

Sad News

I was deeply saddened by news of the passing of Pat Lieberman, one of our members since 2016.  It is a loss for everyone who knew him.  He’s the guy who always smiled, had fun, and enjoyed the moment.  He and his wife, Kathy, were at our year-end celebration this year and he participated in several group outings.  The photo is one I took of him at the Scavenger Hunt last July. For details on Pat’s amazing life please click on this link.

Also posted in News

More Goodness Coming in March

At the next meeting on Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 pm, expert landscape astro-photographer Dr. Mike Shaw will show how to align your subject with your favorite night-sky object.  Have you ever tried to shoot the full moon next to your favorite landmark but you missed it? How about the Milky Way lined up over a lake, but it was way off?

Photo by Dr. Mike Shaw











Mike will walk through the use of today’s powerful mobile apps, which make it simple to plan exactly when and where to set up your tripod, what focal length lens to use, the exact compass direction and elevation to capture the perfect shot. The primary tool will be the Planit! photography app, but he’ll also cover other similar apps.

Dr. Mike Shaw is an astrophotographer and the author of “Creative Nightscapes and Time-Lapses,” and “The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography.” In addition to his own photography workshops, he is the Lead Instructor for the 2020 Night Sky Academy in the US National Park Service, he creates online tutorials for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom,  and teaches classes at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Bell Museum. 

His website is here.  I recommend subscribing to receive his newsletter which is jam-packed with information.  He has free video tutorials on a number of subject and as well as ones for Planit!   And here is more information about the Planit for Photographers app.

March 4 Meeting Update

Did you miss the meeting on March 4?  Mariann Cyr gave a great presentation, “Spring is Coming: When and Where to Find Minnesota Wildflowers”.  Her list of flowers and locations is extensive and she was good enough to share her list as a pdf you can download.  You can find it on our Learning Page.

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March 4 Meeting and Shameless Self-Promotion

Pasqueflower Trio by Mariann Cyr

Our first meeting in March will be on Wednesday, March 4, at 6:30 pm.  It will feature a program by Mariann Cyr, “Spring is Coming: When and Where to Find Minnesota Wildflowers”.  Mariann will follow Minnesota wildflowers through the seasons.  Her program will include photo tips, general bloom times, and some places to look for them.  Mariann is active in several Twin City area photography clubs.  She’s served as president of the Minnesota Nature Photography Club and the 3M Camera Club.  She also served on the Camera Council for many years. Mariann chaired the Minnesota International Botany Exhibition of Photography for a number of years.  She has been listed in PSA Who’s Who in Nature.  She has been published in the Minnesota Weatherguide calendar and Minnesota Monthly. 

Shameless Self-Promotion

From January 17 until April 14, I have a solo exhibit at Westfields Hospital, “The Secret Life of Frogs”.  This has been a fun project, creating composites from photos I’ve taken of frogs and props.  I was gratified to learn that Chelsea Long, the Healing Arts director, conferred with the staff and my art was chosen out of over 100 submissions.  And yesterday, I found out that one of the pieces had been sold.  Beginning on August 5, this exhibit will be moved to Hudson Hospital, in the Hudson Physicians lobby, and will run until November 1.

I also recently heard that one of my images was selected as 1st Place in the food category for the PBS Wisconsin Garden & Landscape Expo that was held in February at Madison, Wisconsin.  It was a photo I’d taken in my garden years ago.  It’s a reminder that you don’t need to travel to make good photos.

Red Cabbage - Terry Butler

Red Cabbage – Terry Butler



  • It’s time to register for Spring Break! You can find more information here.
  • If you are taking part in the club exhibit at Westfields Hospital, bring your exhibit pieces to the March 4 meeting from 5:45 to 6:00 pm.
Also posted in Exhibits, Member Spotlight

More February News!

We will have a special meeting this month on Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 pm.  It will feature “Compositing Nature and Wildlife Images” by Michelle Terrell.  In her presentation, she will walk through the processing of three different kinds of images, including the photo featured here — a composite of the northern harrier in flight — to illustrate ways in which Photoshop layers can be used to combine multiple images into a single composite photograph.  Michelle Terrell is a member 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. She shared her enthusiasm for bird photography in a talk at the Western Wisconsin Photography Club in 2019.  When not taking photos, she is a professional archaeologist and historian.

Member Spotlight on Matt Then

Collin Geraghty and Anastasia Shartin from the Phipps reached out to Matt Then last week to get his permission to use one of his photographs on the cover of their Summer Art Camp brochure.  The photo is from their production of “Sleeping Beauty and The Beast.” This photo will appear on the brochure and on posters promoting the Summer Art Camp.

Matt says “I truly appreciate the opportunity to shoot their productions and am honored that they selected one of my photographs for their marketing materials.  I would have never had this experience if it wasn’t for the Western Wisconsin Photography Club, so thank you!”

Photos Wanted

If you got out to capture photos from Hudson’s Hot Air Affair, or the trumpeter swans this weekend, send your images to for a gallery.

Also posted in Member Spotlight, News

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.


Also posted in Inspiration, News

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.


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.

Also posted in Club Event, Competition, Exhibits