Category Archives: Inspiration

Being Enough

Did you miss Nic Stover’s program that he did on Monday night on the “Psychology of Photoography” for the TCACCC?  Nic will also be doing a program on light for us and the St. Croix Valley Camera Club on March 15.  See this post for more information.   Here is the recording of Monday’s program:

From a recent newsletter from Nic he said some things that really hit home. “There are 7.6 billion people on this planet. 3.5 billion Smartphones, which technically means there are 3.5 billion photographers.  How many of them pursue beyond a hobby or a way to capture what they ate for dinner? And how few of them call themselves professionals?  We can’t judge how crowded things are based on looking at these metrics.  The only way we can look at it is to look at ourselves and our perspectives related to what we need and what we seek.

“Tuetonia Sunrise” by Nic Stover

“We as humans regardless of the number of zeros in our bank accounts need to be content with one thing. Being Enough. Some of us don’t have enough of what is needed internally and we supplement that in some other ways through external validation. For the photographers who complain of it being too crowded they are focused on what they don’t have vs what they already have. Images, places, clients, fans, money, followers.

“So for today. I am enough. What I do is enough.  There is more than enough beauty to go around.  Enough for us all to share and to find a small slice of what we find special or unique.  Someday I will turn into the shadows in my images in the dust that creates atmosphere within my images. My Ledger will zero out and only then will I have had enough of this world.”

“But until that time I will keep on keeping on, knowing that what I already have is … well … enough.” 

Also posted in Club Meeting Info

The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Mars

Stellarium Capture by Bryan Leonard

For four centuries we’ve waited to have the opportunity to see and photograph this rare astronomical event and we’ll have to wait until 2080 to enjoy it again!  It will happen on December 21st.  Both planets will appear in the sky just 0.1 degrees apart.  Bryan is planning to go to Birkmose Park.  He tells me we should be able to see it in the southwest sky around 6 pm.  I plan on joining him with hot chocolate and binoculars.

There are other things to see in December’s night sky.  The information on the conjunction is about 1 minute and 20 seconds into this short video from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Also posted in Just for fun

Member in the Spotlight

Recently the St. Croix Valley Magazine in their arts and culture news, featured an image by Michael Huber.  I have long admired Michael’s drone work and was pleased that he would share some of his amazing work with us.   Some of the images below are panoramas made of multiple shots, and others are HDR captures.  It was fun trying to identify where some of these were made.  Can you tell?

Also posted in Member Spotlight

November 4 Meeting Update

We had a great meeting with John Gregor on Wednesday night.  It was well attended, not only by our club members, but also the North Metro Photo Club and the St. Croix Valley Camera Club. He showed us some amazing places and images and gave a lot of back stories.  The audience asked some great questions, and John’s answers were revealing.  John gave us permission to record the meeting, so if you missed it, here it is:

John asked me to share the following links:

He has a lot of great videos on his YouTube channel.  He has a couple on the use of ND filters, and my favorite “Fashion Tips for Winter Photographers”.  You know that’s coming!

Also posted in Educational, Meeting Summary

Mid-September News 2020

“Untracked Astrophotography” Meeting is Tonight

Photo by Bryan Leonard

Photo by Bryan Leonard

  • 6: 30-8:00 pm
  • Use the equipment you have and enjoy your time outside under the stars!
  • Email invitations to join the meeting will be sent to all members this afternoon.
  • More information is here

Member in the News

I’ve received the results of N4C’s Photo-Essay contest and Pat Chiconis was awarded 2nd Place for “The Endangered Orangutans”.  Congratulations, Pat!  You can see more of her photos in her Great Ape portfolio here.

Scavenger Hunt Update

Photos have all come in and you can see them here.  All those who submitted photos will soon be receiving instructions for voting, and all members of the club will be able to vote for a “People’s Choice” award.  I was overwhelmed by all the variety and creative interpretations of some very challenging categories.  Congratulations are in order for all those who participated.

 

Also posted in Club Meeting Info, N4C, News

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.

 

Also posted in Club Event, Club Meeting Info, Competition, Just for fun, Meeting Summary

Do It Yourself Excursions & More

Do It Yourself Excursions

Pasque Flowers by Ginny Gaynor

I’ve added a menu item on our main page, “Photowalk Opportunities”, where some of our members, including Mike Chrun, Ginny Gaynor, Sarah Hefty and I have sent ideas to share.  The Pasque Flowers are blooming now!  Because we can’t schedule group outings now, this is the next best thing.  This page will be updated continuously, especially in the next couple of weeks.  If you have places to share, please use the contact form to let me know all about it.

Close to Home

Have you downloaded the free eBook, “Close to Home: Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Back Yard”?  It 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: https://stuartsipahigil.com/.  The link to download is the title of the book in italics that states “So, for a limited time (until April 30), I’m making my popular ebook, Close to Home: Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Back Yard, available for free. Simply right click on the book title and save it to your computer.”  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 and email them to photowalk@wiphotoclub.com

Michael Huber, one of our most talented and creative members, found a place in his own yard.  Watch those tricky moves!

Dried Weeds – Linda Donaldson

Also consider trying some tabletop photography, including the still life genre.  Here is a tutorial to get you started.

Sunflowers and Squash – Terry Butler

N4C Contests Are Still Running

The monthly contests are still happening!   The deadline for April is on the tenth and here is how to enter.

Also posted in News, Photowalks

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 Club Meeting Info, News

More December News

Group Outing

We will meet at 2:00 pm in the Phipps lobby on Sunday, December 15.  After cruising the streets of Hudson, capturing all the seasonal impressions, we’ll meet up in our normal meeting space at 3:30 for hot chocolate and cookies.

Reminders

  • If you haven’t already voted for the People’s Choice awards, please do that before 11:00 pm. On Tuesday, December 10.  This is one of the most important awards for our year-end since it is dependent on our members, our peers, instead of an outside judge.  The gallery of contenders is here
  • Our Year-end Celebration is on Friday, December 27.  I emailed invitations a few days ago, but if you didn’t receive it, let me know by using the contact form.

PSA Honors

Gene Schwope, member of the St. Paul Camera Club and Treasurer of the Camera Council presented two of our members with Honorable Mention awards at the December 4 meeting.  The PSA has a Council Challenge that includes a competition of various camera councils throughout the world.  Gene submits photos that have been entered in the Twin City Area of Council Club’s Interclub Competition.  Don Specht was awarded an Honorable Mention certificate for “Willow Flycatcher Feeding Nestlings in the nature category.  Fred Sobottka received two Honorable Mention certificates, one for “Purple Flower” in the creative category, and one for “Playing with Food” in the nature category.  Congratulations!

Also posted in Club Event, News

Members in the News

Ken Krautbauer

Jeff Bucklew

Ken Krautbauer and former member Jeff Bucklew participated in a show at the Pablo Cultural Art Center in Eau Claire.  It was a mixed show including a variety of media including painters and  sculptors.  There were over 400 applicants for the show and only 53 images were selected, and of those only nine received recognition.  The top three received cash, and Ken and Jeff received Honorable Mention.  Surprisingly, there were three photographers in the top nine!

In the spring of 2019 Collin Geraghty, the Performing Arts Production Coordinator at the Phipps asked if our members would be willing to photograph headshots, promotional photos, and archival/production photos. Bryan Leonard, John Schultz, Fred Sobottka and Matthew Then answered the call.  This has been a fun way of giving back and at the same time, experiencing the shows and enjoying a new type of photography.  You can see all the show galleries here.

Also posted in Exhibits, Member Spotlight