How to Talk Dog

On Wednesday, June 17, at 6:30 pm, Lisa Asp will be hosting a Zoom meeting for our club.  I will send out invitations by email today.  Please register as soon as possible, as we will be extending an invitation to other clubs to take part in order to help make this worthwhile for our speaker.

There’s more than just squeaky toys when it comes to creating portraits of our 4-legged family members.  Lisa Asp, owner of Tangerine House of Design in Minneapolis, MN, has been photographing pets since 2001 and has learned a thing or two along the way.  Join us as she shares the inside scoop on training her (human) clients, lighting their dogs and getting expressions that the owners will love.  As part of this seminar, Lisa will also discuss safety in working with pets, posing, lighting and lens selection. 

 Lisa Asp, M. Photog., M. Artist, Cr., CPP, grew up in Minnesota.  She moved to the east coast in 1998 and opened an upscale, retail photography studio in Connecticut.  When her husband was offered a job in Minnesota, they jumped at the chance to move back near family & friends and relocated in 2011.  After purchasing and renovating a house, Asp opened “Tangerine House of Design”, a full-time photography studio in Edina, MN.  Pet photography had previously been a small part of her business but took off at this point and became her niche market. 

Asp has earned a “Photographer of the Year” medal from the Professional Photographers of America for the last 9 years straight and has been named one of PPA’s “Elite Plus” members.  Lisa has won numerous awards for her work including five Kodak Gallery awards, Fuji Masterpiece, Lexjet, PPA District First Place and GIA Second Place, and many more. She enjoys volunteering her time with several pet rescues photographing their adoptable animals, fostering and assisting in their fundraisers and food drives.  Her love of animals has grown into wildlife (and landscape) photography and has teamed up with another photographer to launch “Inspire Photo Tours” – small group educational and photographic experiences to help others explore the world photographically.  She is a past president of the Twin Cities Professional Photography Association, Director of the Animal Image Makers Conference, and a PPA Councilor. 

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.

Posted in Club Meeting Info, Competition, Meeting Summary, N4C, News

Salon Meetings Resume (and more)!

I am told that God and Satan decided to sponsor a photo contest. God was sure he would win because he had all the artists. But Satan got the trophy, because he had all the judges.

On Wednesday, June 3, 6:30 pm, we will resume our salons via WebEx.  The images intended for April will be judged.  Invitations to the meeting will be sent to all members on Wednesday morning.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, don’t worry!  A recording of the meeting will be posted by Friday.  Thanks to Steve Cole for his work as salon coordinator, but he has handed off the job to Jill Krentz.  The August salon will be held on August 5th.  The assignment is “Sun Flares or Starbursts” and the entry deadline is July 15, and here is some inspiration. 

Tritych Photography

A triptych is three associated photographs intended to be seen together.   Here is one of my son with his youngest son at the park.   And here is some inspiration.  

When I made a call for Close to Home photos, I got some great responses.  I am challenging our members to come up with a triptych or two for a new gallery.  Send your photos to photowalk@wiphotoclub.com

Other News

  • On Monday, June 8 at 6:30 pm, we will have virtual meeting with Lisa Langell on “Patterns in Nature + Fibonacci Sequence” more information here.
  • Here is the video recording of the meeting on May 20 of “A Street Photography Reflection with Walter Horishnyk and Richard Ott.  These guys showed us a view of Manhattan and their interaction added to all the wonderful images that they shared.

 

Posted in Club Event, Club Meeting Info, Competition, Inspiration, Just for fun, Meeting Summary

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

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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. http://horishnyk.com/ Richard Ott has done color and black and white commercial, industrial and sports photography through his company Argus Images http://www.dickottsworld.com. 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.

 

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A new Webinar is Scheduled!

When:  Wednesday, July 8, 6:30 pm.  Space is limited and preregistration is required.  Because they want this to fill up, I’ve sent an invitation to other clubs, so don’t delay.  Watch for the registration link in your email today.

I’ve arranged for a new Zoom webinar with Gettle Photography.  The subject is “Building an Image”.   Most great images are not spontaneous. They are more often well thought out and carefully crafted, taking into consideration such things as what you choose to include in the frame, lighting, the background, your chosen perspective, and many other elements. In this talk, Steve goes through his entire process. From seeing and identifying the image to choosing the message, and the step by step progression of building the final composition.

Steve and Nicole lead nature photography tours to exciting destinations around the world. They enjoy sharing their knowledge of the natural world and helping people capture amazing images of our planet. Steve has over 30 years of nature photography experience and has been recognized through numerous awards. These include being a multi-award winner of the BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year and recognized in the prestigious Nature’s Best photography contest. His images are often featured in National Geographic and other nation-wide publications. Nicole has over 15 years of nature photography experience and enjoys discovering and sharing wild connections with others.

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Another Lisa Langell Webinar!

Thanks to Mike Chrun, who happens to be the president of the St. Croix Valley Camera Club,  we will have another webinar with Lisa Langell.  The subject is “Using the Fibonacci Sequence and other patterns to inspire creative photography.”  This will begin at 6:30 pm on Monday, June 8.  You must be registered as soon as possible to participate and I’ll be emailing the link to all members tonight.

Need a creativity boost? Find it in patterns found in nature. Emphasizing these patterns can produce incredible imagery and inspiration to find beauty in things previously overlooked.

Lisa will focus on a variety of patterns that will give you new ideas and techniques that set you apart as a photographer. One of these patterns, the Fibonacci Sequence, is a fascinating pattern that is found naturally in the outdoors from flowers to fruit, mollusks and more. Learn about this fascinating pattern and discover the subjects that incorporate this pattern so that you can photograph the beauty in them in unique ways.

You will learn:

  • About a variety of patterns found in nature
  • How to identify and focus on these patterns to inspire your photography — both in individual photographs and as a collage, grouping or gallery setting
  • Use Photoshop to enhance the visualization of these patterns
  • How patterns can create excellent personal photographic projects

Is the Fibonacci Sequence new to you?  Michael Huber incorporated it in the design of our name tags.

 

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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: https://stuartsipahigil.com/.  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 photowalk@wiphotoclub.com

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.

Posted in Inspiration, News, Photowalks

New Meetings Are Scheduled and More

Lisa Langell

Lisa Langell Virtual Meeting – April 29, 4:30 pm

  • The New Nature Photography: Trends for the Future
  • Join this fun, interactive and informative webinar that will boldly change the way you think about how you photograph nature photography!  Visit Lisa’s website for inspiration. 
  • I’ll be sending a registration link to all our members by email.

Matt Kloskowski Webinar – May 13, 2020 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Title: How to Edit Your Photos Like a Pro in Lightroom and Photoshop

Matt Kloskowski

In this live webcast with Matt Kloskowski, you’ll learn some great techniques for editing your photos in Lightroom and when to jump over to Photoshop to help out. This will be a late beginner to early intermediate level presentation, but really… it’s just about having some fun with your photos and improving your editing during this time indoors.
1) This is absolutely free. All you need to do is sign up. Each person in the club needs to sign up.
2) This will be recorded but you’ll need to sign up to get the recording (even if you can’t watch live you’ll still get it)
3) Mark your calendars, but the system will automatically send you reminder notifications too.
4) You’ll be able to enter the webcast room about 15-20 minutes before the webcast starts.
5) There will be an area for Q&A once you log in to the live webcast on the day of your webinar.

I’ll be sending a registration link to all our members by email.

Matt’s amassed over 300,000 followers on Social Media platforms with his easy training style that gets right to the point.  You can follow him on YouTube here:  https://www.youtube.com/user/mkloskowski and on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/ThePhotoshopGuy/

Nikon fundamentals of Photography

And Here’s the More!

Nikon School Online!

https://www.nikonevents.com/us/live/nikon-school-online/

“Nikon’s mission has always been to empower creators. In these uncertain times, we can do that by helping creators stay inspired, engaged and growing. That’s why we’re providing all of our courses free for the entire month of April. Let’s come out of this even better.”   You don’t need to be a Nikon shooter!  Most of the classes pertain to any camera.

 

 

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Spring is Coming!

After Mariann Cyr’s program on “Spring Wildflowers” on March 4, some of us have wanted to plan some outings that would include wildflowers and other nature subjects.  Ginny Gaynor and I will be planning for some pop-up DIY solo field trips.  You can help us by sending information about your favorite nature places.  We would like to hear from you with a brief description, directions, parking, and key subject matter.   A place I pass every time I leave home is on Trout Brook Road, also known as one of Wisconsin’s Rustic Roads.  (R13) In the last few days, I’ve noticed shoots of skunk cabbage and expect the leaves will unfold in the next week or so.  At the same place by the end of April, there will also be Marsh Marigolds.  Please help us compile a list by sending information using my email address, if you have it, or use the contact form.  Meanwhile Ginny and I will be visiting places here to monitor what is happening.  I’ve added a new main menu item, “Photowalk Opportunities” that will be updated as news comes in.

Dr. Mike Shaw’s Virtual Meeting Last Night

The meeting was a big success and had more than 60 people signing up and logging into the meeting.  This included members of the St. Croix Valley Camera Club.  A couple of years ago SCVCC shared with our club an opportunity at the Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings.  I consider them to be a “sister club”.  One of the images that Mike used was by Steve Cole.   During the webinar, it was possible to download a blank plan in pdf format.  I converted it to a spreadsheet that you can download by clicking on the link.  Mike Shaw Plan

N4C News

The Spring Convention has been cancelled, but as of now, they are expecting the Annual Convention will take place as planned September 10-12 in Sioux City, Iowa.   All of the monthly digital contests will go on and the judging clubs will be doing that remotely.   I want to thank MJ Springett for posting the winners for March.  You can see the gallery here.

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