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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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Also posted in Club Event, Photowalks

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.

Also posted in Club Event, Photowalks

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. 

Also posted in Club Project, N4C

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/.

 

Also posted in Club Event, Club Meeting Info, Inspiration

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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Free St. Croix Valley Fall Photo Day Registration is Open!

Interstate Photo Day

  • Saturday, September 22
  • Wisconsin Interstate Park, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin
  • Sponsored by Twin City Area Council of Camera Clubs
  • Planned and Hosted by St. Croix Valley Camera Club

 

 

Presentations:

  • Keynote Speaker: Craig Blacklock on his book, St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers—the Enduring Gift
  • “On Being a Birding Bird Photographer”
  • “Composition-Creating Compelling Photographs”
  • “Simple Tips for Outdoor Portraits”
  • “Macro Photography”
  • “Growing as a Photographer for Novices”

Photo Opportunities:

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

Free River Boat Cruise

Please look over the other documents before you register!

You should know where the events take place as they are spread over 10 miles and you should know something about them before registering.  For example, the Pothole Photo Shoot shouldn’t be taken if you have mobility issues or you should decide which boat ride you are taking first and build your schedule around that.

Information and Registration Link

 

 

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More good stuff coming this month!

Bill Donovan on Architecture

Photo by Bill Donovan

At the August 15 meeting we will have a special treat!  Bill Donovan is a photographer who takes pride in his work and enjoys shooting a diverse number of subjects from the state of Minnesota, as well as places he travels.  What started out as a hobby, has developed into a passion of using photography to capture the beauty and uniqueness of the world around us.  His hope is that through an exploration of his work you will experience the wonders of light that he captures through the lens.  Check out his web site for inspiration. 

In My Mailbox Today…

Seasons on St. Croix is a premier gallery located in downtown Hudson and they are promoting a Plein Air event.  22 local and regional artists each create 3 paintings in 3 days. “En Plein Air” is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.  You will see artists busily working throughout the community on August 17th, 18th and 19th. Feel free to visit, chat, and learn from the artists about their technique and process … maybe even give them some hints as to where to paint in our beautiful community.  And bring your camera!

And then there was this one that made me think of my nearly four years as president!  It made me smile…

Also posted in Club Meeting Info

Late July – Early August News

Congratulations to Pavel!

“Burning Sunrise” by Pavel Blagev

Gene Schwope, a member of the St. Paul Camera Club, is a long time member of the PSA.   He made an entry to their “Council Challenge” on behalf of N4C.  Pavel’s photo was chosen as first place for nature and his photo will be published in the September edition of the monthly PSA Journal.  The Photographic Society of America is one of the largest, worldwide, non-profit organizations of its kind. Established in 1934, it is for casual shutterbugs, serious amateurs, and professional photographers. PSA has members in over 75 countries.  Congratulations, Pavel, on a well-deserved image!

Salon Meeting on August 1

Our next meeting will feature a salon of member submitted photos with an outside judge who will review and comment on each image.  I think this is one of the best learning opportunities for our members, even if they have not submitted photos.  I like that the photos are made by real people that I know and am always inspired by the talent and growth of our members.

 

Hudson Hospital Group Exhibit August 3, 6-8 pm

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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

Also posted in Educational

“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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