Category Archives: News

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.

Also posted in Meeting Summary, N4C

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.


Also posted in Club Meeting Info, Inspiration, N4C

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


Also posted in Club Meeting Info, Creative/Artistic, Educational, Technical

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.

Also posted in Club Meeting Info, Competition, Meeting Summary, N4C

WebEx Meeting How To’s

Participant Best Practices

  • Participant cameras should be turned off. It really doesn’t add anything to the experience and it sucks up bandwidth.
  • Participant microphones should also be turned off when joining the meeting. You are encouraged to type questions into chat during the presentation and then to have an open Q&A session for audio questions for those with microphones.
  • A headset of some kind is recommended, rather than listening through the computer speakers.

How to Join a Meeting – At about 20 seconds into this video there is an option to join the meeting using your browser.

How to Change the Video Layout in Webex Meetings

Also posted in Club Meeting Info, Technical

May – Moving Forward

By now, some of you have experienced live webinars, thanks to some very generous people in the photography community.  Maybe some of you have experienced video conferencing using Zoom, Cisco’s WebEx, or one many other alternatives.   Members of our board had a WebEx meeting a couple of weeks ago and we will have another one tomorrow night.  (We are working on making this better for everyone.)  The experience of some left much to be desired, partly because of bandwidth limitations and likely the amount of internet traffic at the time.  We have decided to use WebEx for future salons and speakers.  The reason we chose WebEx is for its security and also because we will be able to record the meetings in the MP4 format so that we can post the videos on our website. This cannot replace meetings at the Phipps, for sure, and no cookies will be served during the break!

Street Photography: Life and Art in a Split Second

In a virtual meeting of the Western Wisconsin Photography Club on Wednesday evening, May 20 at 6:30 pm, Walter Horishnyk and Richard Ott will share images from their gallery exhibit of New York street photography, “The Manhattan Project.” Winding their way through the crowds and corners of the city, they captured their own personal visions of Manhattan. Their striking use of color and composition makes the city come alive.  In this presentation, they will describe their journey with plenty of tips to improve your own street photography.  Invitations to join the live meeting will be sent to members by email on Wednesday morning.

Street photography has been Walter Horishnyk’s passion for many years. He regularly shows his work of Minnesota, New York City and Havana street photography in galleries. Walter also specializes in live music performances, capturing the musicians’ emotions and energy. Richard Ott has done color and black and white commercial, industrial and sports photography through his company Argus Images He has exhibited in St. Paul, Minneapolis and at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson.

Exhibits Update

Chelsea Long, the Healing Arts Program Director, has contact us to update us regarding the current status and short-term plans for the Healing Arts Programs at Hudson Hospital & Clinic and Westfields Hospital & Clinic. The hospitals will remain closed to non-patients at least through the end of June in response to COVID-19.   As a result, they have had to cancel all art rotations through July and plan for the possibility that the closure continues. They have asked that all artists with work give their permission to keep their work through the end of September, if that becomes necessary, or to notify us of a date by when you absolutely need it prior to that. Artwork will continue to be insured through this time, as well as available for purchase from staff and patients. 

“Yellow Flower” by Michael Waterman

Close to Home

If you haven’t already checked out our Close to Home gallery, click here for inspiration.  Even though some of us are getting out more and further from home, we are still accepting images for the gallery.


Also posted in Club Meeting Info, Educational

Do It Yourself Excursions & More

Do It Yourself Excursions

Pasque Flowers by Ginny Gaynor

I’ve added a menu item on our main page, “Photowalk Opportunities”, where some of our members, including Mike Chrun, Ginny Gaynor, Sarah Hefty and I have sent ideas to share.  The Pasque Flowers are blooming now!  Because we can’t schedule group outings now, this is the next best thing.  This page will be updated continuously, especially in the next couple of weeks.  If you have places to share, please use the contact form to let me know all about it.

Close to Home

Have you downloaded the free eBook, “Close to Home: Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Back Yard”?  It 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:  The link to download is the title of the book in italics that states “So, for a limited time (until April 30), I’m making my popular ebook, Close to Home: Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Back Yard, available for free. Simply right click on the book title and save it to your computer.”  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 and email them to

Michael Huber, one of our most talented and creative members, found a place in his own yard.  Watch those tricky moves!

Dried Weeds – Linda Donaldson

Also consider trying some tabletop photography, including the still life genre.  Here is a tutorial to get you started.

Sunflowers and Squash – Terry Butler

N4C Contests Are Still Running

The monthly contests are still happening!   The deadline for April is on the tenth and here is how to enter.

Also posted in Inspiration, Photowalks

More News This Month

2020 Interclub Awards

The results are in and you can see the gallery of the individual competition here.  Our club took third place in the club competition.  Here are all of the digital acceptances that would normally be shown at Spring Break.

I will be able to pick up all of our prints and awards this week, but need to come up with a strategy to return them to our members. The awards program is also at YouTube here:

Contemporary Image of the Year – An Old-Fashioned Sleigh Ride – Marianne Diericks

Close to Home Update

I’ve received an email from Stuart Sipahigil, author of the free Ebook, “Close to Home: Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Back Yard.” Stuart is thankful for our interest and to see that we are using it for the very reasons he wrote it.  The link for the free book is in the previous post under the News heading on the menu.  He wants us to stay safe, and also hopes that we can get out once in a while and make some great photographs close to home.  If you’re on Flickr, there’s a group called “Close to Home eBook” where you can post your favorite pictures close to home. He’s is looking forward to seeing our work.

I am also looking forward to seeing Close to Home photos.  Please send yours to me at

Westfields Hospital Exhibit Update

Due to the current nature of events, CDC recommendations, and new safety precautions and policies at Westfields Hospital & Clinic the campus has suspended all non-essential meetings, visitors and vendors through May 31st.

Also posted in Competition, Meeting Summary

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:  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
  • 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: Mike is also considering doing a Webinar and will let us know if and when it happens.
Also posted in Club Meeting Info, N4C, Photowalks

News You Need to Know

Spring Break is Cancelled

Due to the continued news regarding COVID-19, and not wishing to expose potentially at risk populations and club members to the illness, the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs has decided to cancel Spring Break for 2020.  Notices have been sent to those who have registered.  The registration people will be working with the on-line registration providers to get refunds directly to those who have registered as soon as possible.  Please be patient, as it may take as long as two weeks.

This is the first time in over 30 years that this event has been cancelled. The committee is already working on a bigger and better Spring Break in 2021.

The Interclub Awards will be announced by the end of the month and arrangements will be made in early April for pickup of the prints and the awards belonging to our members.

Patrick Lieberman

More Bad News

Mike Shaw, our speaker for the meeting on March 18 has cancelled all his workshops and travel activities until things improve.  Because of his reticence in coming to Hudson we are cancelling the meeting.  We will be making decisions on future meetings on a weekly  basis.

Sad News

I was deeply saddened by news of the passing of Pat Lieberman, one of our members since 2016.  It is a loss for everyone who knew him.  He’s the guy who always smiled, had fun, and enjoyed the moment.  He and his wife, Kathy, were at our year-end celebration this year and he participated in several group outings.  The photo is one I took of him at the Scavenger Hunt last July. For details on Pat’s amazing life please click on this link.

Also posted in Club Meeting Info