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Craig Varjabedian

The program, “Into the Great Light: A Conversation with Photographer Craig Varjabedian” will be held on May 5, 6:30 pm.

Join acclaimed photographer Craig Varjabedian for an evening of conversation and spectacular photographs, exploring the motivations and stories behind his stunning images of White Sands National Park, a 275-square-mile gypsum dune field in southern New Mexico and our second newest national park. The award-winning book “Into the Great White Sands: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian” presents one of the world’s uniquely stunning environments. Craig has produced an intimate portrait of an environment that is so enticing it will make you want to drop everything and just go there.

Craig Varjabedian is an award-winning photographer who explores the back roads of the American West, making pictures of the unique and quintessential. He shares awe-inspiring stories of the land and the people who live on it—one photograph at a time.

In recognition of the significance and power of his images, Varjabedian has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the McCune Charitable Foundation, and the New Mexico Humanities Council. His photographs have been exhibited and collected by museums around the country including the William Benton Museum of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The prints from Varjabedian’s traveling exhibition of Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby was acquired by the Foundation for the Albuquerque Museum of Art.

In 1991 Varjabedian received an Emmy Award for his collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Karl Kernberger on the PBS documentary En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico. Photographs from this project were published in a book by the same name, with an essay by award-winning author Michael Wallis (1994). His next book, By the Grace of Light: Images of Faith from Catholic New Mexico (1998), came out of the bonds he developed with the people and communities of the Morada Photographic Survey. Recent books of his photographs, published by the University of New Mexico Press, include Four & Twenty Photographs: Stories from Behind the Lens (2007), Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby (2009), which received the prestigious Wrangler Award for Outstanding Photography Book from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, along with Landscape Dreams: A New Mexico Portrait (2012) and Into the Great White Sands(2018).

“Into the Great White Sands”

Award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian has spent decades photographing the many moods of the magnificent and ever-changing landscape of New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument. His photographs reveal snow-white dunes of gypsum, striking landforms, storms and stillness, panoramic vistas and breathtaking sunsets, intricate windblown patterns in the sand, ancient animal tracks, exquisite desert plants, and also the people who come to experience this place that is at once spectacular yet subtle. Varjabedian’s evocative color images provide the reader with an almost palpable sense of this extraordinary place. 

These photographs are enriched by several essays written by Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, noted poet and author; Dennis Ditmanson, retired White Sands National Monument superintendent; Jim Eckles, retired Missile Range public affairs officer; and Craig Varjabedian, the photographer who shares his insights and experiences of photographing this inspiring landscape and offers tips on making better pictures of White Sands. Into the Great Whtie Sands won the prestigious New Mexico-Arizona Book Award.

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March News

At our Wednesday, March 3 meeting, Chap Achen will share a program that will consist of images from his artist in residence stay in Quzhou, China.  It will include a brief history of the artist exchange program, which goes back to the 1942 raid on Tokyo by the Doolittle Raiders flying B-25’s off the USS Hornet and subsequent rescue of the flyers in China.  He will present a present a video highlighting images of the trip and follow up with additional background info of the images and he will take comments and questions from the club.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and a link to the meeting will be sent to all members that morning.

About Chap

Chap Achen

“I have been photographing for over 60 years; my father was a professional photographer and introduced me to the darkroom and the enjoyment that comes from making traditional images with film and silver papers. Much of my earlier work was primarily done in black and white, But for the last twenty years digital technology has allowed me the opportunity to work in both color and black and white.  Combining texture, patterns, light and dark tones, and using good compositional elements, I try to create photographs that you will enjoy and remember.  For the past 30 years I have been actively engaged with the Arts Community in Red Wing and have served on its board of directors for much of that time.  I have had the good fortune to participate in several programs that Red Wing Arts initiated, and am grateful for those experiences.  In 2015 through the Anderson Center in Red Wing, I spent one month in Salzburg, Austria as their artist in residence. In 2018 I spent one month as an exchange artist in Red Wing’s sister city of Quzhou, China. 

“I maintain a gallery and studio in my home here in Red Wing. My work can be seen in numerous public institutions and buildings throughout Red Wing as well as exhibitions at the Red Wing Arts gallery in the Historic Railroad Depot and at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts.”

For more opportunity to view Chap’s work you can visit his website at www.chapachenphotography.com

 

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Phipps Center for the Arts News

Club Exhibit

2017 Phipps Exhibit Promotion

Beginning September 17 we will have a club group exhibit in the Riverview gallery at the Phipps.  This is open to all paid members.  At a previous exhibit there, we had 31 pieces in the exhibit.   The exhibit will end on October 24.  If you are interested in taking part, please use our contact form and I will pass your information to Barb Stahlmann who will be in charge.  Here is a promotion we did for the 2017 exhibit.

In-Person Gallery Exhibition

  • “Belwin Conservancy at 50”
  • Ending Date: February 21, 2021

In 2016, we began a club project, “Capturing the Western Prairie.”  The object was to combine our talents to produce photographs that can be used to raise awareness and understanding of our local landscape.   We partnered with our state and regional Departments of Natural Resources and private non-profit groups like the Prairie Enthusiasts.  We’ve visited acreage set aside by the DNR and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and individual landowners.  Group photo outings included guidance by more experienced shooters.  This resulted in outdoor exhibits at Belwin Conservancy, at the Phipps and a collection of photos that that were exhibited in the Phipps’ Healing Arts program.  Some of these pieces will be included in the current exhibit at the Phipps.  For more information:   https://thephipps.org/event/belwin_50/

This video was created using many of the project images.  It is one of the many videos on our YouTube channel.

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Mike Moats on Macro Photography

On Saturday, January 16, 3:00 pm, Mike Moats will present “The Properly Equipped Macro Photographer.”  Being a properly equipped macro photographer is not just about the equipment, but also equipping yourself with the how-to knowledge of macro photography, how to control depth of field, a little about composition, and subject matter.

Mike Moats is an international award-winning, full time pro macro photographer from Michigan.  He is a Tamron Image Master, and his articles and images have been published in many photo magazines for over 15 years.  He has a Macro Photo Club online with over 2,000 members from 18 countries.  Mike teaches workshops and speaks at photo conferences throughout the US.

You can see more of his work and more about his Macro Photo Club here.  Special thanks to Steve Cole and Richard Hudson for arranging this.  A link to join this meeting will be sent to all members as soon as it is available.

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Vote for Peoples Choice Award!

We need help from “We the People” to decide on the Peoples Choice award.

You can select up to three of your favorites (and you can vote for your own if it’s here).  I had a terrible time selecting the images because so many this year were outstanding.  Please send your votes to vote@wiphotoclub.com by this Saturday, December 12.  You may give the title, or just the number preceding the title.

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December News

The end of this year marks six full years as my being president of the club.  This has been such a wonderful experience for me in so many ways.  The best part has been all the friendships I’ve made.   But it’s time for me to step into the background and to give others the chance to steer the future of the club.  With Covid extra challenges faced us…the worst of which for our club is the fact that we haven’t been able to have meetings in person and the resulting challenges of bringing value to our members.

We have a great board that is willing to take over most of my responsibilities.  We will be having a meeting on Wednesday, December 9 at 7 pm.  Please consider joining the board or attending this virtual meeting.  Just use the contact form and I’ll send an invitation to join the meeting.

Year-end Club Competition

The digital acceptances from the salons this year, the ones scoring 8 points or more, will be sent to a judge who will choose the awards this year.  Since we had only one salon that included prints, they will not be included.  The awards meeting will be on January 6, 2021.  Members who have competed in our salons will be sent a list of their scores for this year in the next few days.  We will need your help to select the “Peoples Choice” Award.  There will be more about that soon.

N4C News Update

N4C has cancelled all their print competitions and their Spring Convention.  They are still expecting (hoping?) that the Fall Convention will take place in Duluth.  I had been told earlier that the awards for the 2019-20 Best of the Best would be held for pickup at the Fall Convention.  Instead, I have arranged for them to come to me in the mail and I expect to get them early next week.  Here is the gallery of winners.

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Camera Council News

Interclub Competition

The annual Interclub Competition for 2021 will be happening soon, so it’s time over the next couple months to find your very best photos to submit.  There will be no print competitions this year but Black and White (Monochrome) has been added to the individual categories.  Meanwhile, I’ll be looking at all our salon photos this year to choose 20 for the club competition.  The rules and entry form for 2021 is here.  You should also check out how our club has done in the past by clicking here.

Free Bird Photography Virtual Meetings

Photo by Cameron Darnell

The Camera Council is sponsoring two virtual programs that are available to all members of the Camera Council.  When we get closer to these dates, I will send invitations by email to all members.

Monday, December 14, 6:00 pmIntro to Bird Photography by Cameron Darnell

Bird photography can provide countless opportunities for artistic expression and enjoyment. After discussing the basics of photographing birds, Cameron will explain how to manipulate your camera settings for bird photography, how to use light to your advantage, and how he composes his images. He will share descriptions and image examples highlighting various techniques for developing bird photography skills 

Photo by Cameron Darnell

Monday, January 11, 2021, 6:00 pm  – Creativity in Lighting for Bird Photography by Cameron Darnell

Birds provide a myriad of opportunities for artistic expression beyond a standard portrait. Whether the photographer utilizes backlight, negative space or depth of field, capturing a variety of unique compositions can create a visually stunning bird portfolio. In this workshop, Cameron will explain how to create a thoughtful image that tells a bird’s story. He will share descriptions and image examples highlighting various techniques for becoming a more creative bird photographer.

Cameron is a recent graduate of high school, is 19 years old, and enjoys nature, athletics, and music. He got into photography after birding for a while when he saw someone with a lens clicking shots on a bird walk seven years ago. “It seemed so fun, so I tried it with a beginner digiscope setup. I was hooked immediately! I love the creative aspect of bird photography, how each viewer sees the scene differently and can create his or her unique vision of the subject. It’s fulfilling to provide an outlet for visual wildlife conservation as well through my bird photography.”

Website: https://www.camerondarnellphotography.com/

Instagram: @camerondarnellphoto

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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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The Power of Contrast – Lisa Langell

Thanks to the North Metro Photo Club for inviting our club to another great presentation by Lisa Langell.  This program will be on Thursday, September 3 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.  An email with the invitation will be sent to all paid members later tonight.

Why contrast is so critically important — HOW and WHERE you use it makes all the difference!

  • Did you know you can actually control your audience to follow a path in your images in a certain order and sequence?
  • Are you aware that carefully placed contrast plays a critically important role in whether your images are experienced in a pleasing way, or with strain?
  • Have you mastered the secret of making an image come to life and “pop?”
  • Need ideas to improve the “resting place” for your viewer’s eye as they navigate your image?

These critical components of powerful images can all be significantly enhanced by the proper use of contrast. There are special techniques that can be accomplished in-the-field as well as during post-processing that will amaze you.  We will explore before-and-after examples and teach you how you can do so with your own images simply and effectively. Get ready for a game-changer!  Whether you are controlling for contrast in your exposures themselves, and/or in post-processing, this fun, informative and interactive session will help you learn the tricks and techniques necessary to make your images go from drab to fab!

Lisa Langell is a full-time, award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in numerous prestigious publications including the cover of Outdoor Photographer magazine, plus numerous images in Arizona Highways, Ranger Rick, art galleries and more.  She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association.  She is also a proud ambassador for Tamron, FotoPro, and H&Y filters.

Whether it was working as a master floral designer, a licensed psychologist, university faculty, an international consultant in K-12 education, the Chief Business Development Officer of an education technology company, a researcher, a writer, or an artist—she enjoyed meeting each challenge.  Still, her strongest calling was photography–ever since childhood–when bird watching ignited her lifelong love of nature and the camera.  In 2010, she turned her passion for photography into a business—and in 2015 she successfully transitioned to photography full-time and left the corporate and consulting world behind.  The journey with photography has definitely been Lisa’s favorite – she loves combining her diverse background and skills into her photographic art and instruction.  Bringing joy to others brings joy to her! She thrives on creating innovative learning experiences and pushing photographic boundaries.  She equally enjoys enriching, stimulating and expanding fellow photographers’ minds emotionally, creatively and intellectually. 

You may read more about her or see her work at http://www.langellphotography.com

 

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