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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.

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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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2019 Spring Break and Interclub Competition

What a great Spring Break today!  I was so inspired by all the great programs that I attended, but especially by Gary Alan Nelson’s “Semi-Abstract Photography” program.  My head has been spinning ever since thinking about all the possibilities.  I had tried to get him to speak at one of our meetings a couple years ago, but it was not to be.  You can see more of his wonderful work at his website.  It was gratifying to see so many of our members who took advantage of all the opportunities today.  And I was happy to see that Dorothy Nordstrand won the door prize of a book of North Shore images by Craig Blacklock.

The day ended with the Interclub Competition Awards.   I am grateful for all our members who helped on the judging day and for helping to hand out the awards.   Our club is the 2019 Runner-Up Club of the Year and 15 members brought home 65 ribbons or awards.  The winning images have been posted here and congratulations to all!

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February News

Spring Break Update – Programs are Set!

Superior Storm – Mike Chrun

I’ve been helping out with the Spring Break event this year that will be held on March 30.  All the programs have been set and it looks like a great line-up, so if you have been waiting to register to see what will be offered now would be a great time to register.  Two of the programs at Spring Break will also be presented at our club meetings this year.  Michelle Terrell will be presenting her program “On Being a Birding Bird Photographer” on March 6 and Mike Chrun will present his program on “North Shore Winter Photography” later this year.  Our own Carl Wegener will also be making a presentation on his Recycle Your Camera for Kids project.  You can download the day’s schedule here and speaker bios and detailed program descriptions here.  More details and registration link are on the Spring Break page.

 

 

 2019 Interclub Judging

On Saturday, February 16, we arranged for the judging of all the digital entries for the 2019 Interclub Competition.  960 images were judged over a 5-hour period.   Our three judges were Alec Johnson, Layne Kennedy and Mike Shaw.  Though time did not allow for comments on all the images, there were some interesting discussions when it came to selecting the award winners.  Thanks to Steve Cole, Mary Johnson, Sarah Nieminen, Becky VanDyk, and Jane Neumiller-Bustad for helping out.  A special thanks goes to Melissa Anderson who made sure we had coffee and tea in the morning and lunch when we took a break.

 

 

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News you need to know

Interclub Competition Deadline is Saturday

These next few cold, blustery days will be a good time to look for some of your best photos to enter the 2019 Interclub Competition.  The deadline for entering is this Saturday, February 2, at 5:00 pm.  The digital entries are all done by email, but the prints need to be delivered to the drop off site by the same deadline.  Bring your prints to the Phipps lobby between 2 and 3 pm on Saturday to get them delivered.  Rules and entry forms are here and on the Camera Council website.

February 6 Meeting

Our first meeting in February will feature a club salon.   Our salons serve two purposes.  Some of our members enjoy the competition aspect where scores reflect their level of skill and progress in improving, and their skill compared to other members.  The verbal critique has educational value to both the photographer and to other members.  We ask the judge to express what they like about every image and what the photographer might have done to improve. I always submit what I think are real winners, and a judge will help me to see what I’ve missed with an image I have fallen in love with.   I learn something at every salon and because the critiques are about real images that real members of our club have submitted, it has more relevance.

Reminders

  • “Wish upon a Star”, a portfolio image from Pat Chiconis

    If you haven’t already paid your 2019 dues, bring a check or cash to the meeting. Dues 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. 

  • It’s not too late to commit to a photography goal for 2019. Please use the contact form to make a formal commitment.  We will share your achievements at the January 2020 meeting.
  • Consider putting together a portfolio, a new benefit of membership. These are not intended to be competitive and there are no rules other than the images need to fit a theme.  They make a great introduction of your work and interests to other members.  There are already 11 member portfolios on our web site.  See if you can find them! 
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Game On!

Our January 16th meeting will be devoted to competitions, with help and inspiration from our salon and N4C coordinators and past award winners. We’ll also have special small-group sessions where you can share with other club members some photos you’re considering for competitions or salons this year.

Award-winning images from Betty Bryan, Melissa Anderson and Fred Sobottka

For our program, Mike Waterman will give a short overview of the competition categories. Our submission coordinators, Steve Cole and Ken Wolter will review the rules, including recent updates. Bryan Leonard will demonstrate how to resize photos for submission.  Some of our past award winners will tell the stories behind their favorite images and we’ll end the evening with a small-group photo sharing session.

Please bring your photos either as prints or on a laptop or tablet to share!

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Spring Break and the Interclub Competition

Save the Date for Spring Break!

The Spring Break event will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019!   This is an event that area photographers have looked forward to since 1985.

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Place: Mounds View High School, 1900 Lake Valentine Road, Arden Hills, MN 55112
Cost: $45 (includes lunch)
Cost with student ID: $20
Presenter and topic details: will be updated on the Camera Council web site periodically.

REGISTRATION must be made in advance. There is no registration available at the door. https://reg.planetreg.com/E1228192637181688

What’s included: Keynote speaker Craig Blacklock will start the day with a 2-hour program followed by a variety of other speakers and topics to choose from. Lunch, snacks and coffee breaks are included in your registration fee. Numerous vendors will be present, and the Raptor Center will be bringing birds, including a bald eagle, to photograph during the lunch period. The 2019 Interclub awards for individual and club photo competitions will be announced.  Though the speaker schedule has not been completed yet, you can depend upon a great lineup. 

The 2019 Interclub Competition

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