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Two Special Events in September

Announcing “Blufftops & Visions”  N4C Convention

The 62nd annual convention of the North Central Camera Club Council (N4C) will be held in the historic river city of Dubuque, Iowa, on September 13-14-15, 2018.

Seminars & Photo Shoots will include:

  • Millwork and Models creative photo shoot in Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District (bellydancer, and more!)
  • Get inspired by St. Luke’s Tiffany windows
  • See Edward Curtis’ historic photographs of The North American Indian at the Dubuque Museum of Art.

Keynote Speakers will include:

  • Iván Ferrero, landscape photographer extraordinaire, from Toledo, Spain.
  • Brandon Erdman, winner of National Geographic and the Arizona Tourism Department’s #UnRealAZ photo contest.
  • Stephanie Johnson, expert in abstract photography using Intentional Camera Movement.
  • and more!

Registration is now open.  Please visit the Dubuque Camera Club website for more details.

Interstate Photo Day – Saturday, September 22, 8:30-4:30

Where:  Wisconsin Interstate Park, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

This free event is sponsored by Twin City Area Council of Camera Clubs and is planned and hosted by St. Croix Valley Camera Club

Keynote Speaker:  Craig Blacklock on his book, St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers—the Enduring Gift

Presentations:

  • “Photographing Wildlife”
  • “Composition”
  • “Taking Portraits Outdoors”
  • “Macro Photography”
  • “Growing as a Photographer for Novices”

Photo Opportunities:

  • Guided photo hikes by park naturalists, a Master Gardener and native plant expert, and club members
  • Self-guided photo locations—over half a dozen possibilities, including from a kayak
  • Photo Scavenger Hunt

Free River Boat Cruise

Registration will open the first week of August

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July is just around the corner

Let’s Shoot Fireworks!

2017 Hudson Fireworks by Bryan Leonard

This year Hudson’s fireworks display will be at Lakefront Park on Sunday, July 1, at dusk.  It will cap off the Booster Days festivities that includes live music, a beer garden, carnival rides, a parade, live music and more.   For more details on Hudson’s Booster Days celebration click on this link.  Stillwater’s fireworks display will be on Wednesday, the 4th, beginning at dusk (around 10:00 pm). 

2017 Hudson Fireworks by Terry Butler

Bryan Leonard and I shot fireworks last year at just about the same time, ten minutes after ten.  Bryan’s shot was taken from in front of the Phipps and he used a wide angle lens (18mm) f/ll, ISO 100 for 5 seconds.  I took the walking path that is parallel to the I94 bridge and wish I had brought bug spray.  Mine was a composite that was shot at ISO 100, f/11 and the fireworks shots ranged from two to four seconds at 55mm.  This year I plan on being at the Phipps by 9:00 pm, so meet me there!

Photowalks and Galleries

I need your photos for galleries!  Please send your photos to photowalk@wiphotoclub.com Size them so that they are 960 pixels on the longest side and give them a title that includes your name.  Photos to include:

  • The Wall that Heals exhibit at the Minnesota state capitol last weekend
  • Blooming Butterflies exhibit at Como Park taken any time this year or last year
  • Fireworks or 4th of July celebrations

Important:  July Meeting Date

I’ll be making another blog post, but for now, please remember that we will be meeting on the second Wednesday, July 14, 6:30 pm, instead of July 4.  Richard Hudson and Pete Mutschler will host a Scavenger Hunt and Ice Cream Social.

Everything you could possibly want to know about shooting fireworks is contained in this video by John Cornicello that he did for Creative Live.  It’s an hour long, but as I said, it includes everything, including making double exposures for getting more bang in one shot.

See ya Sunday night!

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Getting Started with Video

Darrell Tangen will make a presentation this coming Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 pm on “Getting Started with Video”.   My camera has video capabilities, but the only time I’ve ever shot video is accidentally, so I am really looking forward to capturing video on purpose!   And several members have told me that this is a program they have wanted.

Nearly every current digital SLR and cell phone has digital video capability today, and using it is can be a challenge.  The goal of this presentation is to introduce the two parts of working with video: video capture and video editing.  We will start with an understanding of the settings on your camera and how to use them properly.  Members are encouraged to bring their cameras and ask questions about their particular options.  Then we’ll discuss ways to make your video capture more interesting and look more professional.  Once we have a video clip or two, some of the simplest editing options and some of the software used will be discussed.  Editing can be time consuming and challenging so we’ll just cover some of the basics using the less expensive software options. We will wrap up with some of the common uses and places you can use your videos.

In the late 1980s Darrell began teaching at Dakota County Technical College in the Photography Program.  He has been there for the last 30 years training students of all ages how to be successful in all the areas of the business of photography.  In the late 2000s the topic of digital video was added to the skills needed by a professional photographer. Today’s market has brought video and photography so close together that the most successful photographers have skills in both fields.

Special note:  Because Phipps’ Summer Art Camp is going on and projects will fill our normal meeting space, this meeting will be held in the Black Box Theater on the north end of the building.

Photowalk Scheduled and Salon Meeting Wrap-up

The Wall that Heals Photowalk

Meetup at the exit 2 Park & Ride for carpooling on Thursday, June 21, 6:00 pm.

When I was a young mother in the late 60’s and early 70’s the national evening news program featured stories about the Vietnam War, including a body count each night.  It was heart-breaking and scary because I had three first cousins there at the same time, as well as many high school class mates.  When the memorial in Washington, DC was dedicated in 1982, I knew I wanted to experience that someday.  I still haven’t been there but the next best thing will be at the Minnesota state capitol later this month.  From June 21-24 there will be a 3/4-scale traveling replica of “The Wall” on the capitol grounds.  The weekend will be filled with events and will be open 24 hours a day.   Click here for more information.

Salon Meeting Wrap-up

Image lacks “pop”

Image with black and white points set using the sliders in the Basic panel

Our judge, John Arthur Anderson, commented on some of the salon images as needing some “pop”.  He later demonstrated in Lightroom how setting black and white points can transform photos.  As a judge for other camera clubs, I agree that I’ve seen a lot of good images over the years that could have been great images if the tonal range was expanded.  Since RAW images straight out of the camera look a bit flat it’s our job to make the most of all the data we capture. Continue reading »

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Fine Art Photography

At our next meeting on May 2, Don Mendenhall will explore some of the understandings and meanings of fine art photography and how those apply to each individual photographer.   A self-taught award-winning photographer from the age of twelve, Don has used his photography in a teaching and consulting career. Presently he is involved in art shows throughout Wisconsin including the St. Croix Art Festival. He also coaches photography and is currently teaching two masterwork salons in the Madison, Wisconsin area. His photographic style is fine art contemplative. He has a unique way of seeing and feeling the uniqueness or essence of the subject matter.

The number of definitions of fine art photography may be the same number as there are photographers in the room. Fine art more than anything else is unique to the individual artist. In the case of fine art photography, it not the reality the camera sees it is the vision of the photographer that may well go beyond reality. Fine art photography is the vision, feeling, or concept the photographer wants to communicate. Continue reading »

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Wendy Mayberry and Shooting Snowflakes

The March 7 meeting will feature Wendy Mayberry and will be at 6:30 pm.   Wendy’s presentation will cover some behind the scenes in working with famous photographer Mary Ellen Mark as well as her own photographic journey working in many aspects of professional photography.  She will give some practical advice in bringing out the best in any subject, tips in creating genuine expressions in front of the camera and some easy to use ideas on posing, locations and how to talk to people to help them enjoy being photographed. Wendy will use her skills as a stand-up comedian to keep the presentation entertaining as well as help you learn to inject a little bit of humor into your photography!

Wendy graduated from James Madison University with a degree in teaching and Hallmark Institute of Photography. She worked with photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Ross Whitaker & Jerry Avenaim. She has photographed album covers, authors, explorers, musicians, comedians and a ton of families, weddings and babies. She worked at the corporate office of Lifetouch creating advertising and training materials. Recently she had been working on a number of painting with light projects and portraiture. She also has a career as a stand-up comedian which serves her well in making subject relax in front of the camera.

Snowflake Photography

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Special Meeting Coming Up!

John Gregor – “Filter for Feeling”

John Gregor Selfie

We will have a special meeting this Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 pm, in the River Room at the Phipps Center for the Arts.  The meeting will feature a program, “Filters for Feeling”  or “How to use filters to create a specific look and feel to your images”.  From smooth and serene to rough and wild texture in a photograph, the use of filters can convey feeling and emotion that reflects the photographer’s response to the subject. Using filters is the key to creating texture in landscape photography. It is more than simply screwing a filter in front of your lens, it is understanding the relationship between exposure time, subject movement, dynamic range and more. This means knowing which filter to use, how to control the exposure time through ISO, aperture, and filter selection. In this presentation Gregor will discuss the nuances of using filters and how to integrate them into your camera workflow so you can use them effectively.

Gregor has a Masters of Education through St. Scholastica College with an emphasis in photographic literacy. He earned his BA from the University of Minnesota with a degree through the University Without Walls program, and his degree was entitled “Documentary Expression of American Culture Through Photography” a combined degree of Social Sciences and Fine Art Photography.

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2018 Interclub Competition and Workshop Opportunity

TCACCC Interclub Competition

This annual competition is one of the benefits of our club being one of the 24 member clubs of the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs.  One of the best things is that it is free!  Our members can submit up to four photos in the three digital categories of Contemporary (Creative), Nature and Realistic.  All digital submission must be done by email.  There are also two print categories:  Color and Monotone.  For prints it is also necessary to submit digital versions by email, and clubs are expected to make only one delivery to one of the drop off locations.  Please bring your best prints to the February meeting and I will get them delivered for you.  The deadline for entry is Saturday, February 10, 5:00 pm, and all the rules and forms that you need can be found here.   The results will be revealed at the Spring Break event on April 7, and prints will be returned shortly after that date.  If you would like to participate, but want some help, send me an email, or use the contact form and your message will come to me.

John Gregor Three-Day Workshop at the Phipps

This workshop is a rare opportunity to work with John Gregor that doesn’t involve travel and hotel accommodations in Two Harbors.  This experience will include hands-on assistance in the field as well as in the classroom.  Shooting in various conditions of light, and exploring proper digital technique and workflow for landscape photography, is designed to help participants realize their photographic visions, from field to finished image.  Here is where to go for more information.

John Gregor will also be speaking at a special meeting for our club on February 14.  More information on that will be in a future post.

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January Meeting Summary & More

Michael Huber’s PSA Award Winner

Considering the cold weather, we had a great turnout (and better parking spots close to the building).  After Gene Schwope, representing the PSA, gave Michael Huber his first place award for “Basket Ballin’”, Michael went on to demonstrate how he makes his creative compositions in Photoshop.  This included how he started out by filling a layer  50% gray.  Then he masked images using the quick select tool and moving them into the composition.  It also included replacing the sky using a mask with a gradient, and other uses of layer masks and brushes.  I was enthralled by one of the custom brushes that he used to create mood with lighting effects and how he transformed it to suit the composition.  One of the tips he provided was reducing the saturation of some of the layers to help them match the rest of the composition.  Though this session was not recorded, he made a video a while back on the award-winning image.  You can find it on a previous post here.  Scroll to the bottom for the video.

More from Michael

Michael has uploaded another fresh video on the club’s YouTube channel.  Since he’s been doing all the cast photos for the Phipps Children’s Theater productions for the last couple years, he wanted to share the process with us.  Thanks, Michael!  This may come in handy for capturing and processing portraits for the “Humanity” assignment we have later this year

Itten’s Theory of Composition – Contrasts in Photography

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Mastering the Art of Composition with Ian Plant

At our discussion salons, we hear so much about an image’s composition. In photography, composition involves the selection and arrangement of visual elements within a defined space. Composing a pleasing image can be challenging, even intimidating, because there is no set formula to follow.

If you are looking to improve your own photography or to develop a keener eye for evaluating others’ work, Ian Plant has a helpful tutorial in this video:

Ian explains why things like leading lines, shadows, perspective, framing (and more) are visually pleasing, and he shows how to use them to produce well-composed images. Experts and novices alike will find his explanations helpful and his photography inspiring.

Some of you may remember Ian Plant.  He spoke at the Camera Council’s 2016 spring break and he gave a presentation to our club in 2015. You can find him at www.ianplant.com.

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