Category Archives: Competition

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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Vote for Peoples Choice Award!

We need help from “We the People” to decide on the Peoples Choice award.

You can select up to three of your favorites (and you can vote for your own if it’s here).  I had a terrible time selecting the images because so many this year were outstanding.  Please send your votes to vote@wiphotoclub.com by this Saturday, December 12.  You may give the title, or just the number preceding the title.

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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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Camera Council News

Interclub Competition

The annual Interclub Competition for 2021 will be happening soon, so it’s time over the next couple months to find your very best photos to submit.  There will be no print competitions this year but Black and White (Monochrome) has been added to the individual categories.  Meanwhile, I’ll be looking at all our salon photos this year to choose 20 for the club competition.  The rules and entry form for 2021 is here.  You should also check out how our club has done in the past by clicking here.

Free Bird Photography Virtual Meetings

Photo by Cameron Darnell

The Camera Council is sponsoring two virtual programs that are available to all members of the Camera Council.  When we get closer to these dates, I will send invitations by email to all members.

Monday, December 14, 6:00 pmIntro to Bird Photography by Cameron Darnell

Bird photography can provide countless opportunities for artistic expression and enjoyment. After discussing the basics of photographing birds, Cameron will explain how to manipulate your camera settings for bird photography, how to use light to your advantage, and how he composes his images. He will share descriptions and image examples highlighting various techniques for developing bird photography skills 

Photo by Cameron Darnell

Monday, January 11, 2021, 6:00 pm  – Creativity in Lighting for Bird Photography by Cameron Darnell

Birds provide a myriad of opportunities for artistic expression beyond a standard portrait. Whether the photographer utilizes backlight, negative space or depth of field, capturing a variety of unique compositions can create a visually stunning bird portfolio. In this workshop, Cameron will explain how to create a thoughtful image that tells a bird’s story. He will share descriptions and image examples highlighting various techniques for becoming a more creative bird photographer.

Cameron is a recent graduate of high school, is 19 years old, and enjoys nature, athletics, and music. He got into photography after birding for a while when he saw someone with a lens clicking shots on a bird walk seven years ago. “It seemed so fun, so I tried it with a beginner digiscope setup. I was hooked immediately! I love the creative aspect of bird photography, how each viewer sees the scene differently and can create his or her unique vision of the subject. It’s fulfilling to provide an outlet for visual wildlife conservation as well through my bird photography.”

Website: https://www.camerondarnellphotography.com/

Instagram: @camerondarnellphoto

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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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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!

 

 

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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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