Coming Up this April

Alec Johnson on “Light Painting”

AC Johnson Light Painted Motorcycle

At the April 17 meeting Alec Johnson’s talk will feature a series of bold and unique images using the technique of light painting – lighting a subject with a flashlight one detail at a time with a flashlight – and then compositing those frames of light to build a finished image.  Each image is its own case study, creating an engaging, lively and educational discussion.

Alec Johnson is a full-time tenured professor at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. He is also a freelance architecture photographer and award-winning fine art photographer.  He was an exhibitor of the international juried show, “The Portrait” at Praxis Photo Arts Center December 2018.  This past summer, 2018, he was accepted in the Minnesota State Fair Art Exhibition and received the Jennifer and William Oliver award for “unique, innovative and unusual” work of art.  Alec is also a Singh Ray Filters pro photographer.

Alec’s current photo projects include Outside the Arena, a series featuring the pre-competition ritual of rodeo riders.  He is also working on a studio series titled Comfortable.  This series is study of space, color and shape in the context of 60’s era comfort food, furniture and table settings.  He is represented by the Sterling Art Gallery located in Silver City, New Mexico.

American Masters Documentary Next Week – Street Photography

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2019 Spring Break and Interclub Competition

What a great Spring Break today!  I was so inspired by all the great programs that I attended, but especially by Gary Alan Nelson’s “Semi-Abstract Photography” program.  My head has been spinning ever since thinking about all the possibilities.  I had tried to get him to speak at one of our meetings a couple years ago, but it was not to be.  You can see more of his wonderful work at his website.  It was gratifying to see so many of our members who took advantage of all the opportunities today.  And I was happy to see that Dorothy Nordstrand won the door prize of a book of North Shore images by Craig Blacklock.

The day ended with the Interclub Competition Awards.   I am grateful for all our members who helped on the judging day and for helping to hand out the awards.   Our club is the 2019 Runner-Up Club of the Year and 15 members brought home 65 ribbons or awards.  The winning images have been posted here and congratulations to all!

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Bryan Hansel – Program and Workshop

Hot Spots of the North Shore – May 1

A lone hiker watches the sunrise over Lake Superior from Artist’s Point in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

At the May 1 meeting at 6:30 pm, professional landscape photographer Bryan Hansel will talk about his favorite locations on Minnesota’s north shore to capture the essence of what it is like to live in the north. Hansel, who has lived in Grand Marais for over a decade and a half has explored almost every gravel and dirt road in Cook County and many of the nearby counties as well. He not only has photographed the iconic locations but has found new and undocumented locations as well. He’ll present his work and explain how he made each picture and why it works as a photograph. 

Sunrise on the River – May 2

Join Bryan on the shore of the river for a sunrise and golden hour mini-workshop. The workshop will cover composition for sunrise as well as filters. The mini-workshop starts at 5am and ends at 9am. Cost is $60.  Bryan tells me that the workshop will be held along the St. Croix River.   To reserve your spot, please use the contact form to let me know as soon as possible since there will be a limit in the number of participants.  The fee of $60.00 will be payable to Bryan Hansel.

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Setting Goals

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”  — Pablo Picasso

Creative Composite Inspiration – photo by Michael Huber

One of the things about photography is that there is so much to learn.  This means that I will never know how to do everything and there will always be something new to challenge me, to be a reason to get out there and just do it.  What are my photography goals?

  • Time-lapse photography
  • Focus stacking
  • Family photos
  • Panorama
  • Winter Photography on the North Shore
  • Drone Photography
  • Better Black and White
  • Portraiture
  • City-Scapes
  • Nature Landscapes
  • Architecture
  • Photographing my garden
  • Creative Composites

And this is just my short list!  I find myself overwhelmed by club members and other photographers on the internet who inspire me and make me think, “I want to do that, too.”  I am especially inspired by the member portfolios that have been posted so far.

Winter Photography Inspiration – photo by Mike Chrun

Obviously I couldn’t possibly reach all these goals in one year and most of them would take years to achieve a proficiency that would satisfy me.  So, focus, focus!  I will choose just one of these this year to give my special attention.  It will be a goal that I believe is achievable or at least be a great start that I can focus on this year.

Do you have a photography goal for 2019?  It’s not too late.  Please tell me what it is by using the contact form and at the January 2020 meeting we will share our achievements with the club.

 

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March is Here, Finally!

Our winter weather isn’t over yet and I am still enjoying the pristine beauty of snow falling in my yard as I write this.   Even so, my thoughts are turning to that miracle of spring where the color pallet is less white and grey and a walk outdoors will show all the variations of the color green as everything comes back to life.  And it will be music to my ears to hear the birds again, calling to mates, building nests and raising their young.  

On Being a Birding Bird Photographer

Our next meeting on Wednesday, March 6, is just what I need.  This presentation examines the expanding intersection between the birding hobby and bird photography.  Photographer and birder Dr. Michelle Terrell will share from her own experiences tips for taking engaging bird photographs while being respectful of the birds, their habitat, and fellow birders and photographers.

Michelle Terrell is Vice President of the St. Croix Valley Camera Club and an avid outdoor photographer.  As a native Minnesotan, she enjoys documenting our state’s wide variety of natural subjects from tiny woodland fungi to horizon-spanning northern lights.  When not taking photos, Dr. Terrell is a professional archaeologist and historian.

Photography and the Law is Re-scheduled for Wednesday, March 20.

Our own knowledgeable Michael Waterman will give a presentation about photography and the law.  Topics that will be covered include photographers’ rights, access restrictions, rights of privacy, model releases, ownership of images, copyright protections, and more.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and as always the meeting is open to the public. 

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February News

Spring Break Update – Programs are Set!

Superior Storm – Mike Chrun

I’ve been helping out with the Spring Break event this year that will be held on March 30.  All the programs have been set and it looks like a great line-up, so if you have been waiting to register to see what will be offered now would be a great time to register.  Two of the programs at Spring Break will also be presented at our club meetings this year.  Michelle Terrell will be presenting her program “On Being a Birding Bird Photographer” on March 6 and Mike Chrun will present his program on “North Shore Winter Photography” later this year.  Our own Carl Wegener will also be making a presentation on his Recycle Your Camera for Kids project.  You can download the day’s schedule here and speaker bios and detailed program descriptions here.  More details and registration link are on the Spring Break page.

 

 

 2019 Interclub Judging

On Saturday, February 16, we arranged for the judging of all the digital entries for the 2019 Interclub Competition.  960 images were judged over a 5-hour period.   Our three judges were Alec Johnson, Layne Kennedy and Mike Shaw.  Though time did not allow for comments on all the images, there were some interesting discussions when it came to selecting the award winners.  Thanks to Steve Cole, Mary Johnson, Sarah Nieminen, Becky VanDyk, and Jane Neumiller-Bustad for helping out.  A special thanks goes to Melissa Anderson who made sure we had coffee and tea in the morning and lunch when we took a break.

 

 

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The Meeting Tomorrow Night is Cancelled!

A winter storm warning will be in effect from 3 am to 9 pm on Wednesday and the hazardous condition will likely impact both the morning and evening commutes.  Mike Waterman’s presentation on Photography and the Law scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, will be rescheduled.

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Coming Up!

Photography and the Law

Next Wednesday, February 20, at a special mid-month meeting, our own knowledgeable Michael Waterman will give a presentation about photography and the law.  Topics that will be covered include photographers’ rights, access restrictions, rights of privacy, model releases, ownership of images, copyright protections, and more.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and as always the meeting is open to the public. 

Mike is a longtime member of the club and was president when I joined.  People join clubs because they share a common interest.  People remain in clubs because they make friends.  Mike is one of the reasons that I am celebrating eight years of membership.

Did You Know?

Have you taken some time to look around our award-winning web site?   The page that is usually most visited is the calendar page.  It is your one stop shop that tells you what will be happening.  That page is frequently updated for new speakers.

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Spring Break Information

I’ve set up a page for just the 2019 Spring Break event.  A lot of the programs have been set with more to come within the next two weeks.  There should be a schedule for the day at the same time.  The Spring Break page will be updated frequently. 

Even so, you can register now:  https://reg.planetreg.com/E1228192637181688

 

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News you need to know

Interclub Competition Deadline is Saturday

These next few cold, blustery days will be a good time to look for some of your best photos to enter the 2019 Interclub Competition.  The deadline for entering is this Saturday, February 2, at 5:00 pm.  The digital entries are all done by email, but the prints need to be delivered to the drop off site by the same deadline.  Bring your prints to the Phipps lobby between 2 and 3 pm on Saturday to get them delivered.  Rules and entry forms are here and on the Camera Council website.

February 6 Meeting

Our first meeting in February will feature a club salon.   Our salons serve two purposes.  Some of our members enjoy the competition aspect where scores reflect their level of skill and progress in improving, and their skill compared to other members.  The verbal critique has educational value to both the photographer and to other members.  We ask the judge to express what they like about every image and what the photographer might have done to improve. I always submit what I think are real winners, and a judge will help me to see what I’ve missed with an image I have fallen in love with.   I learn something at every salon and because the critiques are about real images that real members of our club have submitted, it has more relevance.

Reminders

  • “Wish upon a Star”, a portfolio image from Pat Chiconis

    If you haven’t already paid your 2019 dues, bring a check or cash to the meeting. Dues are $35.00 per year for a single membership and are payable in January every year.  Family membership is $35.00 plus $10.00 for each family member living under the same roof. 

  • It’s not too late to commit to a photography goal for 2019. Please use the contact form to make a formal commitment.  We will share your achievements at the January 2020 meeting.
  • Consider putting together a portfolio, a new benefit of membership. These are not intended to be competitive and there are no rules other than the images need to fit a theme.  They make a great introduction of your work and interests to other members.  There are already 11 member portfolios on our web site.  See if you can find them! 
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