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Two Special Events in September

Announcing “Blufftops & Visions”  N4C Convention

The 62nd annual convention of the North Central Camera Club Council (N4C) will be held in the historic river city of Dubuque, Iowa, on September 13-14-15, 2018.

Seminars & Photo Shoots will include:

  • Millwork and Models creative photo shoot in Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District (bellydancer, and more!)
  • Get inspired by St. Luke’s Tiffany windows
  • See Edward Curtis’ historic photographs of The North American Indian at the Dubuque Museum of Art.

Keynote Speakers will include:

  • Iván Ferrero, landscape photographer extraordinaire, from Toledo, Spain.
  • Brandon Erdman, winner of National Geographic and the Arizona Tourism Department’s #UnRealAZ photo contest.
  • Stephanie Johnson, expert in abstract photography using Intentional Camera Movement.
  • and more!

Registration is now open.  Please visit the Dubuque Camera Club website for more details.

Interstate Photo Day – Saturday, September 22, 8:30-4:30

Where:  Wisconsin Interstate Park, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

This free event is sponsored by Twin City Area Council of Camera Clubs and is planned and hosted by St. Croix Valley Camera Club

Keynote Speaker:  Craig Blacklock on his book, St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers—the Enduring Gift

Presentations:

  • “Photographing Wildlife”
  • “Composition”
  • “Taking Portraits Outdoors”
  • “Macro Photography”
  • “Growing as a Photographer for Novices”

Photo Opportunities:

  • Guided photo hikes by park naturalists, a Master Gardener and native plant expert, and club members
  • Self-guided photo locations—over half a dozen possibilities, including from a kayak
  • Photo Scavenger Hunt

Free River Boat Cruise

Registration will open the first week of August

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“Blooming Butterflies” Exhibit Returns June 15!

More than 6,000 butterflies from around the world are winging their way to Blooming Butterflies, Como’s popular interpretive garden all about the power of pollinators. For just $1, you can release your own butterfly during the daily butterfly release at noon and watch it take flight!  Up to 400 butterflies will be released each week.

I went last year a couple of times and I don’t think I’ve ever gotten so many keepers in such a short amount of time, around a half hour.  All of the images were shot with a 180mm macro lens, but many of the butterflies are at arm’s length.  All images were at f/8 and on bright days I used 800 ISO; cloudy days the ISO was 1600.  (Higher ISO because of the hand-held long lens.)

Terry’s recommendations:

  • Go early in the day! As the temperatures rise, the butterflies are more active and less likely to stay still enough to pose.  A sunny, cool morning is the best.
  • Arrive 30 minutes early to get a good parking space.
  • Do not plan on taking a camera bag into the tent.

Basic Information:

  • Location:  1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55103
  • Cost:  Free, but a voluntary donation of $3.00 is appreciated
  • Hours:  10 am to 6:00 pm
  • Tripods are not allowed
  • More Information

 

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Club Project Update

Nearly two years ago, at the suggestion of Lori Moilanen, our club took on this project.  With her guidance and the help of the Wisconsin DNR and The Prairie Enthusiasts many of our members captured images in group outings and on their own.  As images came in for our galleries, I was blown away by the diversity of flora and fauna that was photographed and by the quality of images.  Since then poster-sized images were installed on the buildings at Belwin Conservancy, and a collection of 23 canvas prints have been exhibited at the Phipps and at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond.  Shortly they will be on exhibit at Croixdale, a senior living facility in Bayport.  A new exhibit has recently been installed at Belwin Conservancy, replacing the ones from 2017.   We lost our project manager last year when Lori retired and moved to the state of Washington.

The project has been an overwhelming success, having met and surpassed its goals.  I am thankful for all the members who contributed their time and talents.  I am especially thankful for the help of Betty Bryan who worked with me last fall to make selections for the canvas prints that have been on exhibit.   Marianne Diericks is also deserving of special thanks, as well as Ginny Gaynor.  The knowledge shared and time given by these three ladies has been invaluable.

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Upcoming Meetings

May 19 – Judging of the May N4C Travel contest

On Saturday, beginning at 9:00 am, we will be judging 90 Travel images sent to us by 19 other N4C Clubs.  Consider joining us to help or to learn how this is accomplished.  We will be done by 11:30.

May 23 Meeting – Composition 101

Golden Triangle

Composition is one of the three judging criteria used by N4C for their monthly contests. For N4C, each of the three judges give a score for Composition, as well as for Technique and Interest.  N4C’s definition of composition is “the arrangement of all elements within the picture area so the subject matter is presented as a harmonious, well-balanced photograph.”   I will give a presentation that will cover some of the most well-known composition rules that cover the placement of the center of interest, such as the “rule of thirds”.  Going beyond the composition rules, I will cover other elements of composition such as orientation, the use of perspective, leading lines, repetition and more.

Members are asked to bring three or four of their images on thumb drives, on tablets or in print form so that we can break down into small groups for discussion.  If you have a laptop, please bring that, too.

June 6 Meeting – Judged Salon

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Hudson Hospital Exhibit and More

Don Mendenhall Update

I’ve received a lot of positive feedback about Don’s appearance at our May 2 meeting.  Don has made available the outline for his program that will be on our Learning page, available for download, for just a month.

Hudson Hospital Exhibit

The exhibit is officially open today and it will run through September 9.  Approximately half of the pieces are on one wall in the cafeteria above tables and the remaining pieces are in the main hall just outside.  I stopped in today to see how it looked.  What an amazing variety of work by our members!   The Artists Reception will be on August 3, from 6-8 pm, so save the date for that.

Submission Deadlines

The first is tomorrow, May 10, for the final N4C contest for the N4C year.  Since our club judges Travel this month, we cannot enter that contest, but Marianne would like to send 8 each of Altered Reality, Black and White, Journalism, Nature, and Pictorial images.  If you haven’t entered N4C contests before, now is the time! The N4C contest rules are posted here and includes a quick guide that can be downloaded.

The other submission deadline is for our club’s salon in June.  The deadline is just a week away, May 16, by 5;00 pm.  We have a special assignment of “Self-Portrait” and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with.  (I am still trying to figure out how to make an image that doesn’t look like me!)   The Club salon rules are posted here.

Also posted in Club Event, Competition, Exhibits

Stuff You Need to Know

Cinco de Mayo Photowalk this Saturday

Willie Gorham is organizing a group outing to capture images of the 2018 Cinco de Mayo Festival on the St. Paul West Side this Saturday, May 5.  The festival begins at 9:00 am and will end at 6 pm.  There will be lots of subject matter to photograph including a parade that beings at 10:00 am, live music performances, a car show and much more.  We will meet at the Wisconsin exit 2 Park & Ride at 8:15 for carpooling.  If you plan on going there on your own, here are directions including the location and parking.

Call for Artists

The Phipps Center for the Arts is accepting entries for a juried exhibition celebrating the first 50 years of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The exhibition will be held at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI, September 14 through October 21, 2018.

The announcement from the Phipps encourages artists to submit work that “expresses the significance of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in their lives, and communicates that connection through unique depictions, interpretations, impressions, memories, and hopes for the future.”

Save the Date for a Free Event!

Fall Photo Day, Saturday, September 22.    Join your fellow photographers for a free, all day event at Wisconsin Interstate Park.  Presentations, photo shoots, interpretive programs, river boat ride, and an opportunity to photograph along the St. Croix River.  Organized by the St. Croix Valley Camera Club and sponsored by the Twin City Area Council of Camera Clubs.  Detailed information will follow.

Also posted in Photowalks

Our Next Meeting and Spring Break News

Our meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 pm, will begin with a presentation by Michael Waterman.­

  • People often ask, “How can I learn to take better pictures?” Photo judging at local camera clubs is one of the best ways to hone one’s skills.  Peer judges can provide objective and unbiased comments and challenge photographers to learn new skills and improve their work.
  • Camera club judges generally evaluate photographs in two respects: the technical qualities of the image and the emotional impact.
  • There are many technical qualities that judges consider. Does the lighting render a properly exposed photograph?  Is there a strong center of interest?  Are the elements in the photograph evenly arranged or composed?  On the technical side, judges and photographers are guided by recognized principles or rules-of-thumb.
  • ­Judging the emotional impact of a photograph is much more subjective than the technical qualities. What’s interesting to one person may not interest another. Judges challenge photographers to produce images that tell a story or elicit a mood or feeling.
  • Participants will learn how to judge photographs for amateur competition, but the skills will also help participants take better photographs by exploring, “what makes a better photograph?”

Members are asked to bring up to four photos they would like to discuss in small groups.  Bring your photos on a thumb drive, or better yet, bring small prints.  If you have a laptop, bring that, too!  We will provide a short list of talking points to get the discussion started.

Spring Break 2018

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News you need to know

Lunar Eclipse

September 2015 Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse taken at Lakefront Park in 2014

In the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, January 31, we will experience a total lunar eclipse.  I’ve shot these with photo club friends a couple of times before.  I am hoping that the weather for this one will be in my comfort zone since the next total lunar eclipse visible here, will not happen again until January, 2019.  I’ve learned that during the eclipse you need to constantly change the settings depending on the stage of the eclipse.  In the example, I would have been better off using a lower ISO and slower shutter speed when the moon had turned red.  This year I am hoping that the moon will set in a more auspicious place than it did in 2014.  The total eclipse will begin at 6:51 am and will be in the West-Northwest.   It will be only 6.5 degrees above the horizon, so I will look for a location at a higher elevation, possibly at Birkmose Park in Hudson. Click on this link for a time-lapse visual and for all the details.

Our First Program Committee Meeting

Nine of us, including myself, met on January 17.  Everyone was ready to get to work to get great speakers and plan outings.  Lisa Weik has already arranged for a speaker for the September meeting!  Six of the people at the meeting have been members for only 13 months or less.  Even better, Richard Hudson and Peter Mutschler agreed to be co-chairs of the committee!  I know the committee will do a great job.  One of the ways that you can help is to complete a membership form.  It will be your opportunity to let us know what interests you the most.   The form and instructions are on our Membership page.  Just scroll to the bottom. Continue reading »

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Looking Forward to 2018!

Goals Presentations

At the beginning of 2017 several members committed to a photography goal for the year by completing our contact form.  At our first meeting of the year we will see what they’ve accomplished!   I’ve had some sneak peeks and they are varied and impressive!  Will you set a photography goal for 2018?  When Michael Huber came up with this idea a few years ago, I took on the challenge.  Making a commitment kept me on task and I accomplished some great new things.

2018 Dues Increase

In January our membership dues will be due.  The advisory board voted to increase the annual dues for a single membership to $35.00.  Family memberships will be $35.00 plus an additional $10.00 for each additional member living under the same roof.  The increase in dues will make it possible to spend additional money to cover the cost of equipment replacement, to attract and help out of town speakers to cover their travel costs, and to compensate the Phipps for our meeting space.

Beside the payment of dues, we are asking that all members download and complete this membership form to help with planning.  They should be emailed to members@wiphotoclub.com.  The form is fillable and save-able once you download it.

2018 Calendar and Planning

Be sure to check out the calendar page on a regular basis.  In the past few weeks program information has been added and more exhibit opportunities.  We will have a program committee meeting on Wednesday, January 17, at 7:00 pm.  Feel free to join us and bring ideas.

TCACCC Interclub Competition

One of the benefits of our membership in the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs (TCACCC) is the annual Interclub Competition.  It is free and open to members of the Camera Council clubs. There are two parts to the competition. Part 1 is for individual members and there are five categories: Monochrome Print, Color Print, Nature Digital, Realistic Digital and Contemporary Digital. Part 2 is a club competition where clubs select 20 representative digital images taken by their members and the entire portfolio is scored.

On these frigid days, take time to find some of your best shots to enter.  The entry deadline is February 11 and the 2018 rules will be posted on the Council website and on ours by January 21.  The 2017 rules are still posted on our website and I ­expect only small changes.    To see how our club has done in prior years, you can find galleries here, going back to 2012.  In 2019 our club will be responsible for the digital competitions.

Reminders

  • Our February meeting will feature a judged salon. The assignment is “power” and the entry deadline is January 17.   Here is all the information you will need.
  • The N4C Contests have resumed after the December break. Since we judge black and white in November this month we can enter up to two black and white digital images this month.  As always, the deadline for entering in N4C is the 10th of each month.  Click here for more N4C contest information.

Happy New Year to All!  Stay warm!  I’ll see you next week.

Also posted in Club Meeting Info, Competition

October 4 Meeting Information

Our very own member, Jeff Bucklew, will give a program on the basics of wildlife and nature photography.  The program will be broken into three basic sections: technical, technique, and creative.  In the technical he will cover the need for understanding exposure – aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.  Also why understanding the big three is key to selecting drive modes, and which mode he uses and when.  Of course he’ll also talk about the histogram and the use of “blinkies”, also known as the highlight alert. The technical portion includes valuable information that is an important consideration for all types of photography.  In the technique portion Jeff will go over preparation, patience, and respecting and learning your subject.  Also how getting to know your subject will help you to anticipate when something is about to happen.  Finally, in the creative portion Jeff will talk about being creative, and having fun.  There will be plenty of example images helping to illustrate the points throughout the program.

Jeff has been enjoying gallery representation at Seasons on St. Croix Gallery in Hudson for over six years and 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.  He’s also a great guy!  When I joined the club and announced that I’d just gotten a new camera, he offered his help and was always there for me when I needed him.  Here is one of my favorites of his…

Loon Takeoff – Jeff Bucklew

N4C News

This past weekend I attended the convention in Rapid City.  It was two and a half days filled with great speakers and outings and spending time with other photography enthusiasts.  The convention ended Saturday night with the results of the year end “Best of the Best” competition.  All images that had won 1st, 2nd,3rd place and honorable mentions throughout the 2016-2017 were judged again.  I was very proud of our member’s work and brought back many awards.  Those results will be announced at the meeting.

Stay tuned because we have lots more coming up this month…a second speaker and a group shooting opportunity.

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