May Meetings and News

Special Mid-Month Meeting on the 25th

Mariann CyrMariann 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.

Mariann Cyr-Pasque Flower

Pasque Flower by Mariann Cyr












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!  Alec Johnson PortraitPersonally, 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!

N4C News

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!

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One Comment

  1. Candiss DelCastillo May 12, 2016 at 2:17 am #

    Hi Terry,

    I just want you to know how much I am enjoying and gleaning from the WWPC! I am so glad that I found this group. I just love coming to the meetings. You do an excellent job of bringing in such seasoned and informative speakers, judges, etc. It is clear that a lot of thought and effort goes into the planning on your part to make our club enriching. I am grateful and very appreciative.

    I had asked you last week if you could match me up with someone who can give me a brief bit of personal mentoring and you introduced me to Melissa, but she is a Cannon user. I do appreciate her offer, but as a Nikon user, I have found the two not to be a good mix in the past, as we really don’t get anywhere. I also met Troy that night who is a Nikon user, but I am not comfortable working with men 1 on 1 alone. My husband and I have an agreement to honor our marriage in that way. Talking to them at the meetings is no problem. It’s the 1 on 1 part away from the group that I shy away from.

    I don’t mean to be picky, but with that being said, is there anyone else in the club that is a female Nikon user that you can think of that you could connect me with that might be willing to spend a couple of hours with me and my camera? I have a lot of questions about it and it’s use, it’s features, etc. I have poured over the accompanying manual and David Busch’s manual on the D7100, which are both very helpful, but there is a time in which a human needs to step in. I need to get “unstuck” so I can move forward. I feel as if I am on a plateau.

    My husband and I will be on vacation from May 16-24th, so I will be unavailable at that that time, but the rest of the summer has more room in it for me, stating in June.

    Thank you much for your assist on this, Terry.

    ~Candiss 🙂

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