Category Archives: Inspiration

Special Presentation by Craig Blacklock is Next Saturday

This presentation is co-hosted by our club and the Phipps Center for the Arts and is part of the Heart of the River: Celebrating the First 50 Years of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

  • Saturday, September 15
  • 1:00 pm
  • Black Box Theater
  • Phipps Center for the Arts – 109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI
  • Free and open to the public

 

At the same time Craig Blacklock will have pieces in the lobby and Gallery One.  This special exhibit “Heart of the River” will begin September 14 and will end on October 21.  Please share this with your friends and family.  Craig Blacklock’s photographs are noted for technically perfect, impeccably clean compositions, making complex subject matter easily seen. Most of Blacklock’s 18 books have depicted the interface of water and land. Most notable, are: The Lake Superior Images; A Voice Within—The Lake Superior Nudes; Minnesota’s North Shore; Apostle Islands — From Land and Sea; and Pictured Rocks — From Land and Sea.

This is Blacklock’s first work to include images made from a drone, which he used extensively to show the meanders and islands of the rivers. Blacklock kayaked every accessible mile of both the Namekagon and St. Croix Rivers — some sections several times. Taking full advantage of the speed available in digital capture, Craig has included much more wildlife than in his previous books, with several incredible flight shots. Consistent with his past work, he has spent a lot of time focusing on the forest floor, capturing ferns and wildflowers with a distinctive Blacklock style.

Craig will present many of the photographs from the book, telling some of the hows and whys behind the images, along with his impressions of the rivers, and suggesting what we, as individuals, must do to protect them into the future.

The program is free, and open to the public. Craig will have copies of his books for sale and will be happy to personalize them after the program. To learn more about this photography project, or reserve these very limited edition books, go to: http://www.stcroixphotography.com/.

 

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More from Bill Donovan

It was such a pleasure to have Bill Donovan at our meeting on Wednesday…until my laptop chewed up half his program.  Argh!   Bill is so down to earth that he took it in stride.  Although Bill has experience shooting a wide range of subject matter, architectural photography has a special place in his heart.  He appreciates the symmetry and often shoots with a wide angle lens close to the subject to exaggerate distortion.  Another technique he often uses is HDR.  For software Bill uses Photomatix and a free-standing program, Smart Photo Editor.   He also uses the Nik software suite as a plug-in to Photoshop Elements. 

Bill shoots a lot of his landscapes in the Twin Cities metro area and often tries to get shots that are a different take on subjects that are often photographed by others.  We were inspired by his exterior shots and enjoyed having more time to ask questions.  To make up for the loss of his interiors, he was gracious and generous enough to share some of these that would have been part of his program.  Click here to see more of his work.

Hover over the thumbnails to see the location and click on the thumbnails to see full size.

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Our Next Meeting and Doing Good

Salon Meeting Coming Up!

The April 4 meeting (6:30 pm) will feature a competition salon, judged by Mike Prokosch.  I got to know Mike when I first started representing our club at the Camera Council (TCACCC).  He is one of the most self-less people I know, having helped with Spring Break and the Interclub Competition for many years.  He has also taught a judging class for the TCACCC, and has helped start-up clubs.  He is called upon often to judge and to make photography-related presentations for area clubs, always generous with his time.  Being an avid nature photographer, he has traveled the world.

Reminders

April 10 is the deadline for entering the six N4C contests and May 16 is the deadline for entering the club’s June competition salon.  The assignment for June is “self-portrait”, something that I am finding to be a challenge!  You can download quick guides for our club salons here and for N4C contests here.

Recycle Your Camera for Kids

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August Events

Minnesota State Capitol Photowalk

MN State Capitol Dome by Terry Butler

Some of the best things of taking part in a photowalk is to visit locations we may not get to on our own, get to know other members and to learn from each other.

  • Sunday, August 13, 1:00 pm
  • Meet at the Hudson Exit 2 Park & Ride at 12:30pm for carpooling or meet at the Capitol when it opens at 1:00 pm.
  • ­75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
  • Recommended equipment: tripod, remote shutter release, zoom lens and fisheye lens.
  • Parking: Parking is no longer allowed in front of the building.  Download a parking map here.

We will guide ourselves around the capitol building and photograph this amazing piece of architecture. Admission is free and 45-minute tours are given on the hour for a donation of $5.00. Tripods are welcome, but please make sure they have rubber feet as to avoid damage to the floors. Please be aware that they may be busy with tours and other visitors, so be careful to avoid tripping others with tripods, and safeguard your equipment.

Solar Eclipse Information from Bryan Leonard

In case you haven’t heard, a total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017.  The path of total darkness will start on the west coast in Oregon and move across the central Unites States to the east coast in South Carolina.  Any spot along the path will be dark for 2-3 minutes.  But, the entire continental U.S. may see the eclipse, even though it may be a partial eclipse.  Hudson, WI will see an estimated 85% eclipse.  Times for Hudson will be: Continue reading »

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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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What to Do this Friday Night?

City Lights 3 Photowalk

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St. Paul across the River – Terry Butler

Join Troy Schmidt, Bryan Leanard and me on our third city lights photowalk. Meet at 5:30 PM at the Hudson Park & Ride across from Target.  We will travel to St. Paul to capture the city skyline against the Mississippi River. We will start at Mounds Park where we will hopefully have a nice sunset. We may also try the high bridge. We will then venture down to the riverfront of the Mississippi near Harriet Island, and the Robert & Wabasha Street Bridges.

What to Bring: Tripod, remote shutter release, flashlight, and jacket…it’s that time of year!

Phipps Exhibit and Party

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Stuff you need to know

Taking on a Challenge

2016-volleyballcompositeAfter being asked by the Hudson High School Girls Volleyball Team to create a team poster, Michael Huber relented, partly because he felt bad about their not having one, and partly because of the challenge it would bring.  Michael had a vision of how he wanted the end product to be, which helped in capturing and processing all the images he would need.  It helped that he already has experience in achieving the Joel Grimes look of grittiness that he wanted.  It also helped that he has a working knowledge of lighting and how to work with the girls.  So, what do you get when you have the vision to make a composite of all these images and more?

2016-volleyballThis video on our YouTube Channel shows the challenge from start to finish.

 

Greg Lundgren Follow Up

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Members in the Spotlight

Jeff Bucklew

Eagle Attack - Jeff BucklewJeff has been enjoying gallery representation at Seasons on St. Croix Gallery in Hudson for over six years.  He appreciates his relationship with the gallery owner, Ruth Misenko, who promotes and sells his work.  He does his own printing, as well as all aspects of the framing process, including cutting the mats and making the frames.  Scenes of Hudson and elsewhere in the area, as well as photos from Mexico, the North Shore, and wildlife are mainstays.   Because of his signature style, Jeff has become the exclusive photographer for the Hudson Chamber of Commerce and his work is used in their publications that are widely distributed.   Currently, one of his photos is the cover of “The Wild and Secenic St. Croix Valley” the 2016 Visitor Guide for the St. Croix Valley.  The “Welcome to Hudson” sign coming into Hudson from I-94 also sports his work.  His web site is here.

Ken Krautbauer

Ken Composite160713-9441Ken has recently begun a relationship with Kelley Frame & Fine Art Gallery in Hudson.  We all know about his unique vision, his style that he imprints on his memorable images and which attracted the owner’s attention.  There you can purchase framed prints, matted prints and note cards that are all on display.

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Waterfalls and Save the Date!

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High Falls on the Pigeon River by Rikk Flohr

Rikk FlohrRikk Flohr will be the guest speaker at the special meeting on June 15, 6:30 pm.  The title of his presentation is “Waterfalls” and it will include capture techniques and loads of inspiration.  Rikk is a professional photographer, image consultant and instructor, serving the imaging community with a variety of services related to photography, graphic design and instruction. In addition to full studio operations, Flohr shoots corporate events around the US. and is also currently employed by Adobe as the Community Manager for Adobe Voice.

He’s been a featured­ columnist for CorelDraw Unleashed magazine, writing about various digital photography and image editing topics. He also teaches at national software conferences like CorelWorld, the CorelDraw User’s Conference, PowerPoint Live Presentation Summit, and Adobe’s Photoshop & You.  In addition, he regularly present at regional photographic societies and teach a variety of topics in digital capture, processing and workflow.

Currently Rikk’s work can be seen at his website and he also maintains Holy Crop, a blog devoted solely to the cropping of images.

Save the Date!  St. Croix Valley Photo Day

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January Meetings & Reminders

At the regular January meeting Art Juchno shared a time-lapse video, “SkyScapes”, created from several sequences of cloud movements he took last year. It is enthralling to see what your eye misses in real time. I have experimented with this before and Art has renewed my interest in doing more.

Art’s time-lapse advice:

  • Use a sturdy tripod
  • Test your intervalometer before you need it and again just before you start shooting a sequence.
  • Use manual mode, setting the exposure, ISO, white balance and aperture. Also use manual focus.
  • The time between frames determines the speed; the more time between frames, the faster the animation.
  • Polarizing filters make skies more dramatic.
  • Import all frames into Lightroom. If you need to adjust one frame you need to make the same adjustment to all. This can be done by syncing the develop settings to all the frames.
  • Art uses Sony Vegas to create the video, and since it does not accept the Raw format, all the frames need to be exported as jpg’s. Several sequences can be added and re-ordered for the video. A soundtrack can be added, but be aware of copyright issues when posting to the web.
  • When rendering the video, create it with the proper codec as required by YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Mpeg4, .Mov, Mpeg2, AVI and H.264 are some of the common codecs.

Coming Up – John Pennoyer

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