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Spring Break and the Interclub Competition

Save the Date for Spring Break!

The Spring Break event will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019!   This is an event that area photographers have looked forward to since 1985.

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Place: Mounds View High School, 1900 Lake Valentine Road, Arden Hills, MN 55112
Cost: $45 (includes lunch)
Cost with student ID: $20
Presenter and topic details: will be updated on the Camera Council web site periodically.

REGISTRATION must be made in advance. There is no registration available at the door. https://reg.planetreg.com/E1228192637181688

What’s included: Keynote speaker Craig Blacklock will start the day with a 2-hour program followed by a variety of other speakers and topics to choose from. Lunch, snacks and coffee breaks are included in your registration fee. Numerous vendors will be present, and the Raptor Center will be bringing birds, including a bald eagle, to photograph during the lunch period. The 2019 Interclub awards for individual and club photo competitions will be announced.  Though the speaker schedule has not been completed yet, you can depend upon a great lineup. 

The 2019 Interclub Competition

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Making Goals and Member Portfolios

Photography Goals

With a fresh new year ahead, a lot of people set goals.  Mine are usually about losing weight or getting more exercise.  A lot of my goals fall short because I haven’t really committed to them by telling another person or the goals were not realistic.  Setting a realistic, achievable photography goal and sending your goal by using the contact form is a way to be more committed to a goal by telling someone about it in confidence.  Then at the January 2020 meeting you can share your achievement with other members.  The January meetings that include goals presentations are among the highest rated meetings every year.

Member Portfolios

From Michael Huber’s portfolio

A great new benefit of membership in WWPC is member portfolios.  It’s an opportunity to display a body of work that reflects your personal style and photographic interests.  It will also serve as an introduction to others in the club.  This is not a competition and the only rules for the images is that they fit the theme of your portfolio.   For more information about submitting a portfolio, here are the guidelines.  Think about it and join in!

Four member portfolios have already been posted on our web site and they are all interesting and inspiring.  They are

2018 Was a Very Good Year!

I am looking forward to 2019 but here is a review of 2018 in numbers.

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Competitions, Rules and Competitions!

2018 Year End Awards

2018 Image of the Year – “Tobacco Farmer” by Willie Gorham

Our judge was given 149 digital images and 27 prints from which he needed to select awards.  He immediately replied that it was going to be difficult because our images as a body were so strong.  Upon completion of the judging he told me “I believe strongly that photography, as any art, is very subjective. On the other hand, there are technical norms and standards in photography that we use to evaluate and experience images.  For instance: there is the rule that the main subject of an image should be in focus. Of course, I have seen many fantastic images where the main subject was not in focus. And we as artists are always choosing when and how to break the “rules” of our medium. And I assume everything I see in an image is a choice. (Even things that are beyond our control are a part of the image we choose to present, so they count as a choice). So if you chose to present an image with the main subject out of focus, then (a) that choice needs to make sense within the rest of the context of the image (b) that choice need to add to the overall quality of the image, and (c) you run the risk of that choice distracting the viewer (me, in this case).  I use these “rules” as a vocabulary to evaluate an image and identify things I find distracting (or an opportunity missed) in the image. And finally, with a set of images this strong, I often had to fall back on very subjective judgments. I had many personal “favorites” in this collection, and it was difficult to narrow these choices down. Thanks.”

The gallery has been posted here and if I can ever get the slide show uploaded to YouTube, I will let you know.  The delay is one of the drawbacks of living in the boondocks!

2019 Salon Rules Changes

The 2019 Salon Rules have been updated.  The biggest change is in the description of the Creative and Realistic categories.  The Creative category description has been revised to make it stress the fact that all elements must be the work of the entrant.  That has been the case for ALL salon images since before I joined the club in 2011.  The other change is for Realistic, which we have decided to change to Pictorial because it is more descriptive of what we have always intended it to be.  We also removed most of the previous limitations in processing.  Basically, Pictorial images should look like a straight photograph, even if it has been manipulated, cloned or added elements from other photographs.  The new rules are posted here and there is a link to download the complete rules that include category descriptions and a “quick guide”.

 

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Happy New Year! Welcome, 2019!

dog running in snow

– Playing Fetch-Michael Herrem. This pup isn’t letting anyone stop him from having a blast in the snow. Enjoy winter!

Happy New year to all! We hope you celebrated well and are ready to tackle the new opportunities and challenges of 2019.

Our first meeting of the year – January 2 – gives you the opportunity to:

  • Pay your dues! Carl will be collecting cash or check. Annual dues are $35 for the first household member and an additional $10 for each additional family member in the same household.
  • View club member presentations! Several club members have worked on projects throughout 2018 and will share their experiences with us. Consider committing to a project for 2019 and presenting in 2020. It can be a phenomenal opportunity to hone your skills, discover new inspiration and just have more fun with photography.
  • Make your voice heard! We will be asking you to fill out a form so we can learn about your interests and ideas for the club! Please use this tool to help us make the club a better organization!
  • Buy and sell new/old stuff! The second half of the meeting will include our Photo Gear Garage Sale! Dig through your old gear and find something you can part with. Be sure to include a price tag with your items.

PLEASE NOTE:

We’ve received a donation of several books from a former member, Jim Kaul. Some of the books will be sold at the sale, and proceeds will be donated to Carl Wegener’s project, “RecycleYourCamera – For Kids.” Find out more about Carl’s project.

Other books will become part of our lending library, to be administered by Sue Oberstar. Thanks, Sue!


 

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Save the Date and Exhibit News

One of the things I will be thankful for this Thanksgiving is that again this year we will have our year-end celebration in the comfort of a member’s home.  Invitations will be emailed to all members during the weekend after Thanksgiving.  Be sure to RSVP before December 16 so we have enough liquid refreshments on hand.  With all the contributions by members be prepared for a feast!

Oakdale Nature Preserve

Mary Johnson and two friends will be displaying their photography at Oakdale Nature Preserve for the month of December.  Most items are for sale.  On Saturday, December 8, there will be an “Indoor Market”.   Mary and her friends will be there during that time, as well as crafters selling their work.  Mary says that “this has been quite a learning experience to compile and print and frame a bunch of my favorites, but I have enjoyed the process!  Hope some of my fellow photography club members can come!”  Oakdale Nature Preserve is located at 4444 Hadley Avenue N., Oakdale, MN.  Their weekday hours are 9 AM to 4 PM, Saturdays are noon to 4 PM and Sundays  are 1 to 4 PM.

Clark Cultural Art Center

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October News

Reminder

We will visit the Little Log House Pioneer Village this Sunday and will meet up with members of the St. Croix Valley Photo Club. This will be a great opportunity to photograph a wide variety of subject matter.

  • Date: Sunday, October 21
  • Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm
  • WI Exit 2 Park & Ride Meetup time: 1:00 pm
  • Place: 21889 Michael Avenue, Hastings, MN  55033
  • Map Link

Photo Gear Garage Sale

Start gathering some of those things in your camera bag that you would like to turn into cash at the January 2 meeting.  We will have some extra tables set up and following the program the sale will begin.  I also have a few good books and some interesting freebies.

Assignments

The idea behind assignments is to challenge members to try something new.  And for those who do, they are able to submit two extra digital images that fit the assignment.  Assignments all the way through the end of 2020 have been posted here

PSA Convention News

Photo compliments of Gene Schwope

The PSA Convention was held in Salt Lake City earlier this month and Pavel Blagev was able to pick up his award from Gene Schwope.  Pavel earned 1st Place in nature for his “Burning Sunrise” in the PSA Council Challenge. Congratulations to Pavel!

Get Inside the Hive

Photo by Ken Wolter

From Sue Oberstar:  Photo club members were invited by Willie Gorham, an experienced (23 years) beekeeper to photograph his hives; it provided a great opportunity to see these fascinating insects close up. His experience as a photographer and beekeeper gave us good shooting advice. He recommended a long telephoto lens for those who were unsure about how close they’d like to be (or might suffer allergies) and a macro lens for those wanting close ups. Of course, everyone’s number one question was the following: “Will I get stung?” Willie offered bee garb to don if wanted but not one photographer dressed in beekeeping gear and no one experienced a sting! This surely can be attributed to a very experienced beekeeper, who knew how to smoke the hive, handle the flats, and read the bee behavior he was seeing.  Check out all the photowalk galleries for 2018 here.

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Corrected Save the Date and an Update

The event is on October 21

Little Log House Pioneer Village

The St. Croix Valley Camera Club (SCVCC) has invited us to join their members at an outing to Little Log House Pioneer Village on Sunday, October 21 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. 

The village has some forty-five restored buildings, a replica of the Hastings Spiral Bridge, a flower garden that spans over 40,000 square feet and even a dirt track for tractor and truck pulls. The only time when they are open to the public is for their Antique Power Show, a three day extravaganza for which they charge $10 a day. Our clubs will have a unique opportunity of having the place to ourselves. We will meet at the exit 2 Park and Ride at 1:00 pm for carpooling and arrival a little before 2:00.  Our club was there a few years ago, and we had always wanted to go back. There is tons of subject matter as seen by the interactive map of the village and a few photos from our previous visit.

This is a great example of how our membership in the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs has benefited our members.  We have made greats friends with other clubs and we owe Mike Chrun our thanks.

  • Date: Sunday, October 21
  • Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm
  • WI Exit 2 Park & Ride Meetup time: 1:00 pm
  • Place: 21889 Michael Avenue, Hastings, MN  55033
  • Map Link

St. Croix Photo Day Important Update

Towards the end of St. Croix Valley Photo Day on Saturday the host club (SCVCC) found out that the Folsom House wasn’t open earlier in the day.  In checking, they found out that the manager was still dealing with a flooded basement following almost 6” of rain Thursday.  Chad apologized and offered a deal to camera club members.  If people still want to see and photograph this historic home, they can identify themselves as camera club members and Chad will allow them to do so free until the season ends sometime in October.  Here is the Folsom House website for times when it will be open.

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September News Part 2

N4C News

The N4C Convention was held last weekend in Dubuque, IA, capping off the N4C year that runs from September to May.   At the end of their year, all images receiving first place, second place, third place and honorable mentions during the year are judged again to determine the “Best of the Best”.   Chuck and Sue Oberstar were at the convention when the awards were announced and they brought home three 1st Place awards, two 2nd Place awards and seven Honorable Mentions for our members!  

The photo essay that I put together, “Capturing the Western Prairie” earned 2nd Place.   It’s an award that should be shared with all the great photographers whose stunning images were in the slide show.  That includes Melissa Anderson, Betty Bryan, Terry Butler, Marianne Diericks, Ginny Gaynor, Mary Penny Johnson,Lori Moilanen, MJ Springett and Michael Waterman.  Special thanks are due to Marianne for her assistance in the production.  The other “Best of the Best” winners will be announced at the October 5 meeting.  This video is slightly longer than the version submitted to N4C.

The Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival

Each September, the Phipps Center joins the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau in presenting Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival in Lakefront Park. The event features food, live music, and an art fair.

  • Saturday, September 22, 10-5pm
  • Sunday, September 23, 10-4pm
  • No admission fee and open to creative spirits of all ages.

Visitors will experience a variety of creative talent, including the original artwork of 90+ juried artists, hands-on demonstrations and creative activities while sampling a variety of fall flavors.   Click here for more information. 

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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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September is here!

At our meeting on Wednesday, September 5, 6:30 pm, Kent Johnson of Midwest Imagery will give a presentation on Photoshop that will include some of his time-tested methods he uses in his workflow to make his images pop.  Kent is a professional photographer who makes images of landscapes, wildlife and people. Kent’s fun and informative classes will help you learn to shoot and retouch like a pro.   You can see his work here.

Before the presentation, Ken Wolter will share an experience regarding photographers rights.  And then, (drum roll) Richard Hudson will reveal the winners of the Scavenger Hunt that was held in July.  The scavenger hunt gallery is here:  Members who participated each chose their favorites in each category to determine the winners.

Other September News

On the St. Croix River – Mike Chrun

  • According to our Facebook Group, a number of us are planning to attend the 1:00 pm rodeo at UW River Falls on September 8.
  • Chuck and Sue Oberstar will be attending the N4C Convention in Dubuque, Iowa, beginning on September 13. Hopefully, they will be bringing back some awards for our club in N4C’s “Best of the Best” year-end competition.
  • Craig Blacklock will be a prominent exhibitor in the Phipp’s “Heart of the River: Celebrating the First 50 Years of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway” exhibit.  The exhibit begins on September 14 and on September 15 at 1:00 pm, Craig will be giving a presentation in the Black Box Theater.  More information on that soon.
  • September 22 is the Free Interstate Photo Day hosted by the St. Croix Valley Photo Club.   See this post for more information.

The Club Calendar 

How often do you visit our calendar page?  It is the most up to date listing of what is happening in the club.  Recently, I’ve added a couple of great events.!

  • Thanks for the generosity of Mike Chrun, president of the St. Croix Valley Camera Club, we have been invited to participate in their outing on October 21 to the Little Log House Pioneer Villlage.
  • Thanks for the persistence of Carl Wegener, Valerie Jardin, internationally acclaimed street photographer, will be at our November 7 meeting.

 

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