Category Archives: Inspiration

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

September News

Volunteering is fun!

2019 Willow River Trail Challenge – October 12, 2019

from the 2016 Willow River Trail Challenge by Terry Butler

For the last few years, Fred Sobottka has led a group of our members to capture the Willow River Trail Challenge.  The challenge is an event sponsored by the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks.  This event helps to fund resources for nature enterpretive, scientific, historical, recreational, educational and related visitor service.  In 2016 it was a lot of fun, especially covering the kid’s races.

This year’s day is Saturday, October 12, 2019. Tasks basically fall into an early shift and a late shift, or stay the whole time. We can all expect to be on our way home around noon. That means that, even if you sign up for the entire event, you will have plenty of Saturday left for other things.

The volunteer signup has been streamlined. Just name the time of day you prefer, or select both. In the comment section, let me know if you have a certain task in mind or if you have any particular restrictions or requirements. Be sure to indicate a t-shirt size. We offer uni-sex shirts and women’s and youth sizes.

Here’s the sign-up link

Phipps Performing Arts

“Population 365” dress rehearsal by Bryan Leonard

A small group of our members have signed up to capture archival and production photos for various performing arts production.  Most recently, Bryan Leonard and Matt Then captured photos of the dress rehearsal for “Population 485”.  They’ve not only been challenged by something new, but it has been a way for giving back to the Phipps for being our home for meetings.

Mike Chrun Follow-up

Thanks to Mike Chrun for the great presentation he made at the September 18 meeting on “Winter Photography on the North Shore.”  I tried taking notes with only a small scrap of paper – in the dark, so I suspect I missed a lot.  He included so much on locations, timing, equipment and resources, that he far exceeded my expectations.   Over a year ago, he wrote an article for the St. Croix Camera Club on the subject and if you want to check it out click on this link.  Mike organized the St. Croix Camera Club almost five years ago, and is president.

Also posted in Club Meeting Info, Meeting Summary

Coming Up this April

Alec Johnson on “Light Painting”

AC Johnson Light Painted Motorcycle

At the April 17 meeting Alec Johnson’s talk will feature a series of bold and unique images using the technique of light painting – lighting a subject with a flashlight one detail at a time with a flashlight – and then compositing those frames of light to build a finished image.  Each image is its own case study, creating an engaging, lively and educational discussion.

Alec Johnson is a full-time tenured professor at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. He is also a freelance architecture photographer and award-winning fine art photographer.  He was an exhibitor of the international juried show, “The Portrait” at Praxis Photo Arts Center December 2018.  This past summer, 2018, he was accepted in the Minnesota State Fair Art Exhibition and received the Jennifer and William Oliver award for “unique, innovative and unusual” work of art.  Alec is also a Singh Ray Filters pro photographer.

Alec’s current photo projects include Outside the Arena, a series featuring the pre-competition ritual of rodeo riders.  He is also working on a studio series titled Comfortable.  This series is study of space, color and shape in the context of 60’s era comfort food, furniture and table settings.  He is represented by the Sterling Art Gallery located in Silver City, New Mexico.

American Masters Documentary Next Week – Street Photography

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Also posted in Club Meeting Info, Educational

Setting Goals

“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 2019?  It’s not too late.  Please tell me what it is by using the contact form and at the January 2020 meeting we will share our achievements with the club.