Category Archives: Inspiration

Vote for People’s Choice!

As a part of our year end competition, a “People’s Choice” award will be made.   There were many deserving photos in our competition salons this year and it was difficult to narrow this group down to your choices.  They are all from different photographers, whose name is not included (to protect the innocent).    Please vote for as many as three by next Sunday, December 9, and send your picks using our contact form.  (And, yes, you are allowed to vote for your own.)

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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.

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Doing Good

Recycle Your Camera for Kids

 

Inspired while attending a Ted Talk event at the Stillwater Library nearly two years ago titled Photography for Change, Carl Wegener began the process of putting his thoughts on how he could take his favorite hobby to a higher level. His concept called “RecycleYourCamera.com – For Kids” takes older abandoned digital cameras that most people have because their cell phone have become their primary image capture device and re-purposing them in classes for kids. Especially those kids from dysfunctional backgrounds. Targeted age range for students is 9 to 14 years of age and the concept is simple: Empower kids with photography knowledge and a camera.

Currently in the pilot stage, using cameras collected by word of mouth, Carl has run test classes with Wilder Camp students in Stillwater Minnesota and 4-H students in Western Wisconsin. The end goal is to create a non-profit 501 c3 organization where digital cameras will be actively solicited, collected and redistributed in classes for kids. His vision also sees the development of class coursework and a supporting RecycleYourCamera.com YouTube channel. The envisioned YouTube channel would be free and accessible to the public with the express purpose of continuing online photography education to as many kids as possible.

While the web address “RecycleYourCameara.com” is not activated yet and won’t be until a legal organization can be put behind it, Carl is continuing his pilot development program. Currently looking to run more test classes he seeks any older digital cameras that club members are willing to part with. Since most donated cameras come without flash cards or computer connecting cables those would be welcomed additions too. Older flash cards that are too small to work in today’s devices work well in the older cameras.

If you would like to donate, see Carl at the next meeting.

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Michael Huber Creativity

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

 

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Raider Nation Composite

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.

 

 

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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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Help-Portrait

Help-Portrait Eau Claire Event

Our help is being asked in taking photos and getting them ready to print for an event in Eau Claire on December 5. Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists using their time, tools and expertise to give back to those in need. They find someone in need, take their picture, print their picture and deliver the picture all in one day. At the event in Eau Claire volunteers from Hot Sam’s will do hair styling.  Volunteers will meet at 9:00 am for a preparation session.  Shooting begins at 10:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. It is not necessary to help all day.  If you are interested in this opportunity to make a difference with your photography, we will have a sign up sheet at our next two meetings.

When a Lake Freezes Over

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I grew up on a small lake and I remember one winter, the lake froze solid over night. For the next week, before the snow came, we could ice skate the entire lake and see the fish and weeds below us. It was magical!

That memory came back to me when I ran across some fabulous images and decided to dig a little deeper into where they were taken.

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Northern Lights

IMG_2518_sClub member Bryan Leonard took a series of long exposures and combined them into this brief timelapse showing the Northern Lights. He said at first it was hard to tell if it really was the Northern Lights until he strung the images together. Opportunity tonight to see them as well. Very cool and thanks Bryan!

 

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