Category Archives: N4C

Late September News

On Wednesday, September 16, Bryan Leonard presented “Untracked Astrophotography”. The program everything you need to know about capturing and processing deep sky objects with gear you already have.  The program was recorded those who were not able to attend.  Bryan also put together an extensive list or resources.  This will also be posted on our Learning page.

N4C’s Best of the Best

All images that received 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and Honorable Mentions during the monthly contests (September through May) are judged again in the Best of the Best competition.  Normally the results of N4C’s year-end competition is announced at the annual convention held in September.   Since this is not a normal year and the convention was cancelled, the results will be revealed in a Zoom meeting on October 14, 6:30 pm.  The results will be posted on N4C’s web site the next day.  The Zoom meeting will have a limit of 100 participants and I will forward the meeting link on the morning of October 14. You can see how we did in prior years here.

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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.

 

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September Meetings and News

Thursday September 3, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm

“The Power of Contrast” with Lisa Langell 

You should have received a link to register for this virtual meeting in late July.  Those who registered will get a link to join the meeting directly from Lisa a day or two before the meeting begins.  If you haven’t registered, but want to now, please let me know by using our contact form.  More information about the program is here.

 

Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Photo by Bryan Leonard

“Untracked Astrophotography” with Bryan Leonard

Astrophotography is something that can be enjoyed by everyone  Bryan will cover planning, equipment, selection of a target, photographing your deep sky object (DSO), calibration frames, stacking your images and post-processing.  He will also demo Stellarium, Deep Sky Stacker (DSS) and Lightroom. Don’t be overwhelmed by the terminology, we will discuss everything in some detail and will have time for questions & answers. Use the equipment you have and enjoy your time outside under the stars! 

Invitations to join the meeting will be emailed to all our members on the day of the meeting.

2020 Scavenger Hunt Reminder

You still have until September 4 to capture photos, and the deadline for entry is Saturday, September 12.  If you need the list of categories and how to send your entries, use our contact form and I’ll send everything you need to know.

N4C Contests Resume this month!

There are six digital categories each month:  Altered Reality, Black and White, Journalism, Nature, Pictorial and Travel.  Because our club will be judging the Pictorial contest in September, we won’t be able to enter that contest, but we will be able to double-enter Pictorial in October.  Please see this page about how to enter N4C contests.

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Coming Up

Scavenger Hunt

Take all of your photos before between August 22 and September 4. No photos from your archives!  Ten categories have been decided upon, but you don’t need to submit photos in every category. Prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded based on voting by those who participate in the scavenger hunt and submit at least 5 entries. If you submit a photo in all 10 categories you will also win a prize. Following the September 12 deadline for submitting photos, a gallery of all photos will be placed on our website.  Voting instructions will be emailed to all who submit photos.

  • Hope this provides everyone with some inspiration and motivation to try something new after these many months of the pandemic!
  • An email will be sent to every paid member with the categories and complete instructions on submitting photos.

N4C News

Great Blue Heron with Nesting Material by Don Specht *In contention for N4C’s Best of the Best*

Normally N4C announces their annual awards at the September convention, but that has been cancelled.   Even so, I expect that the awards will be announced some time in September.  This year members of our club have 72 images that will be judged again for N4C’s annual “Best of the Best” awards.

Contests will resume in September and Ken Wolter has kindly agreed to coordinate our club’s entries.  The deadline for entry is the 10th of each month and the categories include Altered Reality, Black and White, Journalism, Nature, Pictorial and Travel.  In September our club will be responsible for judging the Pictorial contest.  We will not be allowed to enter images to contests that we judge.

Please see this page for the N4C rules and how to enter contests.

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June 2020 News

The WebEx salon meeting on June 3 was a wonderful success!  Thanks to Nancy Cox for working with three new judge candidates.  The new judge candidates evidently put a lot of time on each photo and made wonderful comments.  Thanks to Jill Krentz for making this happen so smoothly, and thanks to Steve Plocher for posting the gallery.  Here is the recording.

 

Coming Up

Tomorrow on Monday, June 8, 6:30 pm we will have a virtual meeting with Lisa Langell.  The topic is “Patterns in Nature + Fibonacci Sequence”.   You need to register to attend and if you haven’t done that already, it’s not too late.   Use our contact form to let me know and I’ll send you the registration link.

N4C News

Because of the survey results of likely attendees, the fall convention has been cancelled.  With the May contest, the 2019-2020 year has ended.  This year we’ve received nine 1st place images, four 2nd place awards, seven 3rd place awards, and 52 honorable mentions.  All of these will be judged again in September for the “Best of the Best” N4C year-end.  Thanks to Ken Wolter for being in charge of our entries this year, and thanks to MJ Springett for creating the gallery.  The May gallery is here.  

Important Deadline

The Phipps Center for the Arts has announced its Annual Call for Artists.  The deadline is July 1 and they will accept submissions for one individual, a two person-show, and group proposals.  Submissions will be judged by the Visual Arts Council and submitting artists will be notified by email on or before October 31.  Click here for all the details.

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How our Club is Dealing with the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the U.S.  The spread of coronavirus is a fast-moving narrative; there are many unknowns and uncertainties. We have the interests of all our members in mind as we work our way through this difficult time together.  We recognize that many may be disappointed by these cancellations. Much work has gone into the planning and organization, and now work remains to undo plans that have been made.   Richard Hudson is contacting speakers and Steve Cole is working with judges to re-schedule speakers and judges for our meetings and salons.  We are also pursuing ideas for virtual meetings. Here are the meetings that are cancelled:

  • Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 pm: Mike Shaw on Photography Planning Apps
  • Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm: Salon Meeting
  • Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 pm: Rikk Flohr on Photography in Iceland
  • Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 pm: Gary Alan Nelson on Semi-Abstract Landscape Photography

The April Salon will be postponed until June and the June salon will be cancelled.  Images already submitted for the April salon will be judged at the June 3 meeting.  Judging of the N4C Journalism contest scheduled for Sunday, March 22, is being done remotely.

Other Things We Can Do

Close to Home – Milkweed in My Back Yard – Terry Butler

  • With the help of Ginny Gaynor and Richard Hudson, we are planning some short notice outings to capture wildflowers in our area.
  • The popular and now timely eBook, “Close to Home: Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Back Yard” 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), he is making his popular ebook, Close to Home: Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Back Yard, available for free.”
  • 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, give them a meaningful title, and email them to photowalk@wiphotoclub.com
  • Also, for people who were interested in Mike Shaw’s talk about the Planit app, here’s his index of the online tutorials, produced by the makers of the app:  https://www.mikeshawphotography.com/planit Mike is also considering doing a Webinar and will let us know if and when it happens.
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August News

Black and White Follow-up

Paris Street Musican - Terry Butler

Paris Street Musician – Terry Butler

I was gratified to see such wonderful attendance on my black and white presentation last week.  As promised I have my presentation outline and a Photoshop action for sharpening images for you to download.  Just head on over to our Learning page to download your copy.  Everything is in a zip file.  Just download and unzip the file and follow the instructions.

N4C Contests Resume in September

N4C (North Central Camera Club Council) is a non-profit organization of over 40 camera clubs located in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.  The N4C year runs from September to May. The decision to join N4C was made because we wanted to belong to a larger community and to afford additional opportunities for competition at a higher level.  The contests are judged by member clubs and the basis for arriving at scores includes a total of points earned for technique, composition and impact, each with individual scores by three judges.  Our club takes its turn judging one of the contests three times a year.  Here is a link for how to enter the N4C contest and here is a link to galleries of past winning images.

Sad News

Melissa Anderson has had some very sad news   Last spring her beloved husband, Tom, her best friend, hiking, biking, and traveling buddy was diagnosed with ALS. She is asking for help to bring hope of a cure to those diagnosed with this devastating disease.  On September 14, 2019, she is joining the movement to cure ALS with hundreds of walkers for The ALS Association’s Twin Cities Walk to Defeat ALS.  ALS is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow, and breathe. Every 90 minutes, another person in this country is diagnosed with the disease.  There is currently NO cure. And that’s just unacceptable.

So it’s why Melissa is walking – for those who can’t. Your one-time, tax-deductible donation, will help people in our community and also fund some pretty cutting-edge research. Click on the link to make an immediate impact! Any amount you feel comfortable giving is appreciated; every dollar makes a difference. With your support, we can make a positive impact today for everyone living with ALS tomorrow.  Donation Link

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Coming Up in May, Part Two

Flash Photography with Dave Johnson

On Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 pm, Dave Johnson will show us how to get the best results with your flash equipment, indoors and out. Dave has long had a passion for teaching photography, having taught at several colleges and universities in the upper Midwest. He’s done presentations at Spring Break and area camera clubs. He is currently manager of the wedding and portrait division of National Camera Exchange. He’s a member of the PPA and was awarded the MNPPA’s annual “Addie Award” for outstanding service to photography.  Bring your camera and speed lights for hands-on activities after his talk.

 

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary Group Outing

  • May 18, (Saturday) 8 am
  • The correct address is  Theodore Wirth Parkway Minneapolis, MN 55411

The gardens open at 7:30 AM.  This 13 acre garden and bird sanctuary is a popular spot due to the huge variety of flowers and native plants along trails that visit bog, forest and upland prairie habitats.  There is no admission fee.  Informal photos of plants and garden areas for personal use are permitted while remaining completely on the trails at all times.  The use of tripods and other equipment is strongly discouraged. Any tripods or equipment used must remain completely on the trails at all times and must not impede other visitors’ ability to walk on a trail.  This time of the year is the best for woodland flowers and spring ephemerals.  I plan on bringing a tripod, reflector and diffuser.  Here is a link for more information on the gardens.

Help Wanted!

On Saturday May 18, 1:00-3:00 pm we will be judging the Pictorial contest for N4C.  We will need three judges, one person to operate the judging machine, one person to display images from a laptop and one person to record scores.  Please let me know if you can help by using the contact form.

May 18 Belwin Bison Festival 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Photo by Linda Luckey

  • Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields, 15601 Hudson Road, West Lakeland, MN  55082
  • Bison Release, 5K Run with the Bisons, Live Music, Food Trucks. 
  • Poster sized images by our members including Melissa Anderson, Betty Bryan, Terry Butler, Pat Chiconis, Marianne Diericks, Linda Luckey and Carl Wegener.
  • See the Belwin Conservancy website for more information.

The event is free!

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