Category Archives: Competition

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.

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Coming Up

Scavenger Hunt

Take all of your photos before between August 22 and September 4. No photos from your archives!  Ten categories have been decided upon, but you don’t need to submit photos in every category. Prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded based on voting by those who participate in the scavenger hunt and submit at least 5 entries. If you submit a photo in all 10 categories you will also win a prize. Following the September 12 deadline for submitting photos, a gallery of all photos will be placed on our website.  Voting instructions will be emailed to all who submit photos.

  • Hope this provides everyone with some inspiration and motivation to try something new after these many months of the pandemic!
  • An email will be sent to every paid member with the categories and complete instructions on submitting photos.

N4C News

Great Blue Heron with Nesting Material by Don Specht *In contention for N4C’s Best of the Best*

Normally N4C announces their annual awards at the September convention, but that has been cancelled.   Even so, I expect that the awards will be announced some time in September.  This year members of our club have 72 images that will be judged again for N4C’s annual “Best of the Best” awards.

Contests will resume in September and Ken Wolter has kindly agreed to coordinate our club’s entries.  The deadline for entry is the 10th of each month and the categories include Altered Reality, Black and White, Journalism, Nature, Pictorial and Travel.  In September our club will be responsible for judging the Pictorial contest.  We will not be allowed to enter images to contests that we judge.

Please see this page for the N4C rules and how to enter contests.

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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!

 

 

Also posted in Club Meeting Info

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.

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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.

 

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More News This Month

2020 Interclub Awards

The results are in and you can see the gallery of the individual competition here.  Our club took third place in the club competition.  Here are all of the digital acceptances that would normally be shown at Spring Break.  https://youtu.be/KGfgc7MfOI8

I will be able to pick up all of our prints and awards this week, but need to come up with a strategy to return them to our members. The awards program is also at YouTube here:  https://youtu.be/coaR1f92UN4

Contemporary Image of the Year – An Old-Fashioned Sleigh Ride – Marianne Diericks

Close to Home Update

I’ve received an email from Stuart Sipahigil, author of the free Ebook, “Close to Home: Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Back Yard.” Stuart is thankful for our interest and to see that we are using it for the very reasons he wrote it.  The link for the free book is in the previous post under the News heading on the menu.  He wants us to stay safe, and also hopes that we can get out once in a while and make some great photographs close to home.  If you’re on Flickr, there’s a group called “Close to Home eBook” where you can post your favorite pictures close to home. He’s is looking forward to seeing our work.  https://www.flickr.com/groups/closetohome-ebook/

I am also looking forward to seeing Close to Home photos.  Please send yours to me at photowalk@wiphotoclub.com

Westfields Hospital Exhibit Update

Due to the current nature of events, CDC recommendations, and new safety precautions and policies at Westfields Hospital & Clinic the campus has suspended all non-essential meetings, visitors and vendors through May 31st.

Also posted in Meeting Summary, News

February is Here!

Our next meeting on Wednesday, February 5, will begin at 6:30 pm and will include our first competition salon on the year.  This year assignment images have their own category and be judged against all other assignment images.  Also beginning this year, our salon coordinator will announce the title of the image before the judge makes comments.  For images that receive an acceptance score of 8 to 10 points, the photographer’s name will also be announced.

Our Salons serve two principal purposes:

  • Competition Our members enjoy the competitive aspects of participation in a salon. Scores reflect an individual’s level of skill and progress in improving one’s skills as well as the overall level of skill compared to other club members.
  • Education Although our members are eager to receive a rating of an image, a verbal critique is often of greater educational value to both the maker and the other club members.

Member Portfolios

“M31, Andromeda Galaxy” – Bryan Leonard

Last week I had the pleasure of posting a portfolio for Bryan Leonard.  You can see his portfolio here.  For the last few years, I’ve received a monthly email from Bryan highlighting what is coming  up  in the night sky for each month.  Please use the contact form to be included or speak to Bryan at a meeting. 

Portfolios are an opportunity for members to display a body of work and is a benefit of club membership.   A portfolio should reflect a photographer’s personal style and photographic interests and will also serve as an introduction to other club members.  This can also be a fun challenge!  Here is how to do it.  You can also view all 18 portfolios by clicking this link.

“The Chase” – MJ Springett

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News You Need to Know

2020 Interclub Competition

2019 Runner-Up Contemporary Image of the Year – Flexible – Michael Huber

One of the benefits of our club’s membership in the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs (TCACCC) is its annual Interclub Competition.  The competition is free and our club members can submit up to a total of twenty images in five categories that includes Contemporary (Creative), Nature, Realistic, Color Prints and Monochrome Prints.  If you haven’t already submitted there is still time, but the deadline is Saturday, February 1, at 5 pm.  Special Note:  Prints should be brought to the Phipps on Saturday at 2:30 pm so our club’s prints can be delivered to the drop site.  Awards will be given at the Spring Break event on March 21.  You can find the rules and entry forms here and here is where you can see how our club has done in the past.

2020 Spring Break

Though the schedule of speakers and programs have not yet been completed, the photography community and our members know that from past experience the event delivers tremendous value for the cost.  This year there will be more choices and a couple of extra opportunities.  I expect that the complete schedule will be completed in the next couple weeks.  Don’t delay!  Registration Link

Westfields Hospital Exhibit begins on March 13!

If you haven’t signed up for the exhibit, it’s not too late!  The exhibit is part of the Healing Arts program that is done in conjunction with the Phipps Center for the Arts.  This is a chance for you to have a wider audience for your work. And our club has had a great experience by selling our work.  If you are interested, use the contact form and Barb Stahlmann, our Exhibits Chair, will send you more information.

 

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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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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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