Category Archives: Just for fun

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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Photography Gift Guide!

braceletI have to start out with my annual favorite. I have and wear one. every time I notice it on my wrist, it reminds me to get out and shoot! Lens Bracelet Continue reading »

Mid-Month Update!

Marnie-TourWe had a great tour at Marnie Marie Photography here in Hudson. Marnie gave us a tour of her retail area, studio and presentation area. She filled us in on her experiences as a business owner and a portrait photographer. It is tough to balance those two! I loved her passion for building relationships with people and really trying to capture and give clients a legacy piece of art. She put together a recap and other information to share with our group. Below is a link to that pdf. Thanks Marnie (and for the refreshments too)! Continue reading »

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Member Spotlight, July 9 & Birds!

Art-JuchnoThis month we meet Member Art Juchno.

Main camera/gear: Canon 60D Tamron 18- 27mm Zoom lens

Favorite Editing Software: Lightroom, Photoshop CS5 with NIK/Google plugins and OnOne Perfect Photo Suite. Continue reading »

Member Spotlight & Textures

Grace JToday we spotlight one of our youngest Club Members, 15 year old Grace Johnston.

Main camera/gear: Sony Cyber-shot

Favorite Editing Software: Lightroom 4 and GIMP 2

What is your specific background or interest in photography?: I’m an artist want-to-be. I LOVE old artwork, especially oil paintings. When my Dad got back into photography, I tagged along being interested in it, and seeing a way to get Daddy time. Now I’m his test model/guinea pig. Using what I’ve learned in art class, I got hooked on photography, because I could finally make some of the pictures I saw in my head. Continue reading »

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Member SpotLight & Spring Break

Michael-WatermanToday we focus on a familiar face to our Club – Michael Waterman!

Main camera/gear: Canon 7d, Tamron 17-50, Canon 70-200 2.8 IS, Canon 300 IS.

Favorite Editing Software: Photoshop CS 5

What is your specific background or interest in photography? Photography is a creative outlet and diversion from my day-job. When I hold a camera, my pace of life slows and I take time to observe the world around me. With each image I take, I preserve a memory and a story based on my own vision and experience. At times I look back through my catalog just to reminisce about the places I visited or people I met – it is a visual diary, of sorts.

Favorite subject matter to photograph: Anything! Work consumes a lot of my time, so when I have time to shoot, I will shoot whatever subject matter is available. However, my photo catalog contains thousands of images of my dog, so I guess she is my favorite subject matter – or at least, the most available.

In what areas do you want to learn more about or improve your photography? I want to get better at “seeing” the photo before I take it. I admire those in our club who can visualize interesting photos from seemingly ordinary subjects.

I enjoy being a member of WWPC because: I enjoy interacting with other photographers. I learn so much at our meetings and gain inspiration from seeing such diverse work. The photo walks are very informative (and fun) because I get to share ideas, learn new techniques and shoot new subject matter. I never would have shot Union Depot, the Stone Arch Bridge at night, or from the roof of the Minnesota State Capitol if it hadn’t been for the club.

Thanks Mike! We also had a mid-month discussion last night on the software Lightroom. I had anticipated maybe a dozen people but around 25 joined in – wow! The goal was to do a general overview of the software in terms of how it manages our photos as well as its editing tools. Ted Johnston and I tag-teamed reviewing aspects of Lightroom -which was hard as the program can do so much! I hope people did not get overwhelmed. Setting up how to import and store your images is the hardest (and most important) part. After that, it is all fun! Here are a few links to other Lightroom resources: Lightroom YouTube Channel, Serge Ramelli and B and H. There are a ton more… just ‘Google’ Lightroom! As a special bonus, The first Club Member who comments the word ‘Lightroom’ to this post will get a free e-book and video from Trey Radcliff (Stuck in Customs) on Lightroom Photo Management.

The TCACCC Spring Break is coming up! Note that our very own Michael Waterman (and Member Spotlight) is a presenter! Here is the scoop!

When: Saturday,March 22, 2014. The day will begin with registration starting at 7:15 a.m. Programs will begin at 8:00 a.m. and finish with the Interclub awards starting at 4:00 p.m. Be ready to enjoy a day of learning, a chance to win door prizes, an awards program for the interclub competition and a great meal.

Where: Dakota County Technical College, 1300 145th Street East (County Road 42) Rosemount, MN 55068

Who and What: This is just a partial list, with more programs being added daily:
Jeff Fischer – Wildlife
Arne Myrabbo – “Dragons and Damsels” (dragonflies and damsel flies)
Rikk Flohr – Lightroom
Rikk Flohr – “Macro: Up Close and Personal”
Bob Lundquist: Techniques for action photography at horse shows
Michael Waterman – “Law and Photography” – common legal issues that impact photographers
Dave Johnson (National Camera Exchange) – To be announced
Bring your camera! The small studio will be open with models supplied most of the day.

Vendors: National Camera Exchange, Tamron, West Photo, Tamrac Bags, Fleeting Glimpse/World Designs, Adobe, White House Custom Color, and Clair O’Neill (Photo Encaustics). All will be showing their wares beginning at 7:15 a.m., offering discounts and donating door prizes.

Registration:
Ticket prices are as follows and includes a great meal:
TCACCC member $40.00
Non-member $45.00
Student $25.00
Online registration is preferred and can be found HERE.
Payments online include using a credit card, PayPal, or mailing a check.
Online registration will end on March 18.

Registration will also be possible on the day of the event and will be $50.00 per person.
This is open to the public, so bring a friend. It will be a great day!

AND thanks to Terry and all of the volunteers who helped out during the Spring Break print judging. I heard many positive comments on how it went from those who participated!

Year End Party!

WWPC-SwingHey everyone! What a fun time at the Year End Party! Thanks everyone for the food (and thanks for leaving some of the left overs)! It was great to have time to socialize and get to know people a bit more. Thanks to Terry for putting together the awards and slide show! It is so fun to see the fabulous images from our Club members. HERE is a link to the slide show!

The next meeting will be January 8th, 7:00 PM at the Phipps. We will review the survey results and plans for the upcoming year. We will also be having a non-judged salon. Those that submitted images for the November meeting, please resubmit or send in something new as we are not carrying those over to this meeting. All of us have photographs we want to share but not necessarily have judged. We want to have the opportunity for more discussion and learning – and just some fun! Submit as before and HERE is a link on how to do that.

For the February meeting, we will have a Judged Salon but… what we are going to do is ask that those images be submitted two weeks prior to the February 5th meeting. We are having an outside judge critique the photographs and then come to the meeting and present the results and provide feedback. I will explain all of this again at the January meeting as well.

Below is a little summary video of the party. It is obvious that I missed Ted’s speedlight tutorial! Thanks to Bryan for capturing the Hudson High School Swing Choir and sending it to me!

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Holiday Gift Ideas

The gift giving season is fast approaching and I thought I would share some of the more unusual ideas for photographers!

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Let your guest know you mean business while they are doing theirs with this toilet paper dispenser.

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For those time you need to accent your formal attire… lens cufflinks

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Spice up your meal with this fancy pepper mill

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For the spy in all of us… the camera watch

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Keeping with the ‘covert’ theme, how about the camera flask

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Still one of my favorites, the lens bracelet. I have the Canon black with red one but they have many choices of lenses and manufacturers.

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And finally, for when you are feeling a little dry in the nose, the lens humidifier.

 

 

Click HERE for some more fun photography gadgets!

 

Also, if you are a Club Member and did not get an email invite for the Year End Party, please let me know via the contact page.  Hope to see everyone there!

Northern Lights, Meeting Summary & a Photo Meet-Up!

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!

At the last meeting we looked at photos people had downloaded from the blog and edited. Some really fun and creative stuff! We also had a call for next year’s officers. We will hold elections at the November meeting. Currently, Terry (Salon Coordinator), Kathy (Treasurer) and myself (President) are willing to continue one more year but if anyone else is interested in one of those positions, please send me an email through the contact tab. We want to make sure everyone who wants an opportunity to participate and guide our club gets a chance!

At the next meeting we want those of you who had worked on a ‘personal photography project’ this year to share some images and your lessons learned. Don’t be shy! We want this club to be focused on sharing and learning -to help all of us improve and enjoy photography. And to continue that thought… we are changing up the Salon and trying something different. People can submit one image (same way as was done for the Salon) BUT… this image can be to show a technique you have learned, ask questions relating to your image, sharing an image that may not be technically perfect but has something you were excited about, or an image your proud of, or has an interesting story behind it, etc. We want to generate more discussion -which was always hard during the formality of the Salon- and give the opportunity to share images without the pressure of judging. This Club is only as strong as it’s members and their participation so let’s give this a try!

Also, as mentioned above, we have concluded our 2013 Salons and will be sending those images that scored a 21 or higher to an outside judge the first week in November. If you have one image that did not reach the 21 point cut off and want to submit it for the outside judge, please email that (in our typical salon format) to Terry at photos@wiphotoclub.com by the November meeting. Awards will be given out at our year-end party tentatively scheduled for December 12th.

And Photo Meet-up Alert! We will meet at the parking lot across from the Phipps (beach lot) at 2:15 PM this Saturday the 12th for a trip to Taylor’s Falls! The colors should be spectacular. We want to be set up and shooting around 3:30ish to take advantage of the sun hitting the water. Bring your hiking shoes and a sense of adventure!

Fly like an Eagle and Upcoming Meeting

The next meeting is approaching! (October 2nd, 7:00 PM at the Phipps) Since we ran out of time at the last meeting we have a few more images to review during the Salon. So in lieu of a tutorial we are doing something we did last year that was really fun. Hopefully you have downloaded and edited a photo or two (or three) to share during our meeting. These will not be judged -just fun to see how different people can re-interpret the same image. Please give it a try! HERE is a link to the details and images.

I was contacted by the Duluth-Superior Camera Club and there will be a ‘Worldwide Photo Walk tour in Duluth on October 5th. HERE is the link to more information.

And if you haven’t seen this video… you must -Wow! I don’t know how but someone was able to strap a GoPro camera to the back of an Eagle in France. Beautiful…

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