Special Mid-Month Meeting on the 25th
Mariann Cyr will be the guest speaker at the May 25 meeting that begins at 6:30 pm. The presentation will be “Basics of Wildflower Photography” and will give you the information you need to capture these delights of nature. It will include an overview of the equipment you can use, what “depth of field” is and how to control it, the best lighting to use, and how to control distracting backgrounds. Mariann is active in several Twin City area photography clubs and the Camera Council (Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs). She has served as president of the Minnesota Nature Photography Club and the 3M Camera Club. For a number of years, Mariann chaired the Minnesota Botany Exhibition of Photography, the only PSA international competition devoted to plants. She is listed in the Photographic Society of America’s Who’s Who for Nature and has been published in the Minnesota Weather Guide Calendar and Minnesota Monthly. She judges both local and international photo competitions.
May 4 Meeting Summary
The meeting started off with our judge, Alec Johnson, reviewing the prints that were submitted. There were thirteen in all, more than we’ve ever seen at one meeting! Personally, I think it’s important to print my best work; it also gives me total control over how my work is presented and it the best way to archive in this ever-changing digital age. Every time we have an outside judge I learn from hearing comments about my own work and others. I’d heard that when taking a picture and framing the scene, that it’s a good idea to look all around the edges for distractions before releasing the shutter. For the prints, Alec applied the same theory and called it “Border Patrol”. Following the judging and a short break where we enjoyed treats supplied by Marianne Diericks and Melissa Anderson, Alec shared photos from his “Chicken Gallery”. It is one of his current projects and was fun to hear about his experience working with them. Another project is his quest to create photographic light paintings, where oftentimes hundreds of photos are taken of small light-painted areas of a scene, then combined to make one composition. He is looking for an older model automobile, so if you have a lead, let me know and I’ll pass it along to him. A gallery of images scoring seven or more has been posted, though we are waiting for digital images for a couple of the prints. They are inspiring!
The results from the April contests are in and the award-winning images have also been added to our N4C Galleries. N4C has six contests each month (except June, July, August and December). The deadline for submitting for the May contest is the 10th. Consider entering! This is one of the benefits of membership in our club and in N4C. Rules for entering are here.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who have mothers and especially to those of you who are mothers or grandmothers. See you on the 23rd!