October 16 Meeting Information

Dorothea Lange, “Migrant Mother” – Library of Congress

Wendy Maybury – Famous Women Photographers

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 pm, photographer Wendy Maybury will return to the WWPC to present the work of several noted women, including Dorothea Lange, Sally Mann, Margaret Bourke-White, Imogen Cunningham, and Joyce Tenneson, sharing the lessons every photographer can learn – inspirationally and technically – from these famous artists.  The world of photography would simply not be the way we know it is today without the work of many incredible female photographers. They helped shape the artistic value of photography, whether it be by working on behalf of the government, collaborating on social projects, or shedding light on important global issues.

Maybury graduated from James Madison University and the Hallmark Institute of Photography. She worked with photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Ross Whitaker and Jerry Avenaim. She has photographed album covers, authors, explorers, musicians, comedians and a ton of families, weddings and babies. She is also noted for her sparkling stand-up comedy in clubs from Minneapolis to Houston.

Fall Colors

600 Road Tofte – September 29 – Terry Butler

Who can resist the photo possibilities this time of year?  My husband and I took a short trip to the north shore at the end of September to look for color.  Our favorite place was on the 600 Road near Tofte.  We also drove into Lutsen Ski Resort for larger vistas.    Let’s make a gallery of places we find!  It could become a guide for future years.  Send your images to photowalk@wiphotoclub.  Include the date and location in the title.

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September News

Volunteering is fun!

2019 Willow River Trail Challenge – October 12, 2019

from the 2016 Willow River Trail Challenge by Terry Butler

For the last few years, Fred Sobottka has led a group of our members to capture the Willow River Trail Challenge.  The challenge is an event sponsored by the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks.  This event helps to fund resources for nature enterpretive, scientific, historical, recreational, educational and related visitor service.  In 2016 it was a lot of fun, especially covering the kid’s races.

This year’s day is Saturday, October 12, 2019. Tasks basically fall into an early shift and a late shift, or stay the whole time. We can all expect to be on our way home around noon. That means that, even if you sign up for the entire event, you will have plenty of Saturday left for other things.

The volunteer signup has been streamlined. Just name the time of day you prefer, or select both. In the comment section, let me know if you have a certain task in mind or if you have any particular restrictions or requirements. Be sure to indicate a t-shirt size. We offer uni-sex shirts and women’s and youth sizes.

Here’s the sign-up link

Phipps Performing Arts

“Population 365” dress rehearsal by Bryan Leonard

A small group of our members have signed up to capture archival and production photos for various performing arts production.  Most recently, Bryan Leonard and Matt Then captured photos of the dress rehearsal for “Population 485”.  They’ve not only been challenged by something new, but it has been a way for giving back to the Phipps for being our home for meetings.

Mike Chrun Follow-up

Thanks to Mike Chrun for the great presentation he made at the September 18 meeting on “Winter Photography on the North Shore.”  I tried taking notes with only a small scrap of paper – in the dark, so I suspect I missed a lot.  He included so much on locations, timing, equipment and resources, that he far exceeded my expectations.   Over a year ago, he wrote an article for the St. Croix Camera Club on the subject and if you want to check it out click on this link.  Mike organized the St. Croix Camera Club almost five years ago, and is president.

Posted in Club Meeting Info, Inspiration, Meeting Summary

September 18 Meeting and More

Mike Chrun will share a presentation on “Winter Photography on the North Shore”.  The presentation concentrates on photographing several of the unique conditions that can be found on the North Shore in the winter: ice formations, large waves, and “sea smoke.” Preparation, equipment, timing, and locations are covered. There is general information on cold weather photography that can be used elsewhere; but, basically, the talk is about when and where to go and how to be prepared.   The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

Mike considers himself a capable photographer, but doesn’t presume to be knowledgeable enough to go beyond the basics. He’s been going to the North Shore since the 1970’s to camp, hike, photograph, and cross country ski. Although he still goes in all seasons, more and more he finds that he looks forward to winter on Lake Superior. As a retired teacher, living in Taylors Falls, it’s not unusual for him to head up there for the day when he thinks the conditions might be good.  Mike is also president of the St. Croix Valley Camera Club and joined our club two years ago.

Parking Changes in Hudson Coming Soon

Thanks to Bryan Leonard for posting this on our Facebook group.  “A warning to our members, any visitors attending one of our meetings and guest speakers/judges. This fall, the city of Hudson is making parking changes. The cost is not changing, but the hours are. The new rules will be paid parking Monday through Saturday from 10am – 8pm. The paid time at a meter used to end at 5pm and I think Saturday was free (not sure on that one). So, be sure to plug the meter before attending any of our meetings. Oh, by the way, the meters are going away too. There will be pay stations where you can pay by coin, card or phone app.” The full story from our Hudson paper this week is here.

Scavenger Hunt Update

At the September 7 meeting Richard Hudson announced the winning images for each category of the July scavenger hunt.  Every person who participated came home with a prize!  The gallery is here.

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September 4 Meeting

Layne Kennedy

I follow Layne’s posts in the Minnesota Photography Facebook group, and aside from his awesome work, his posts often include words of wisdom for photographers.

  • “Photograph what you feel. You see something that moves you, photograph it.”
  • “It matters if it matters to you.”

This coming Wednesday, September 4, at 6:30 pm, Layne’s program will be “An Intimate Look at Travel Photography.”  Educated in fine art photography, Layne Kennedy is known for his editorial photography that conveys a strong sense of place. His images are featured in magazines worldwide on subjects as varied as pink dolphins in the Amazon River to traveling with polar Inuit hunters by dogsled.  His feature work appears  in Smithsonian, LIFE, Audubon, Islands,  Sports Illustrated, Terre Sauvage, Nature Conservancy, Newsweek , National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Outdoor Explorer, GEO, Forbes,  Business Week and other magazines.  A frequent speaker at events and workshops, Layne has been teaching photography for more than 25 years. He currently teaches with the Worldwide Mentor Treks, Minneapolis Photo Center, North House Folk School, Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, and his own worldwide photo tours including tours to Italy, Iceland and Kenya.   Link to Layne Kennedy’s web site.

Scavenger Hunt Winners Announced

“Cuties” by Bryan Leonard

At the same meeting before Layne Kennedy takes the stage, Richard Hudson will announce the prizes for the Stillwater scavenger hunt that took place on July 10.  The participants voted on their favorites for each category and the votes were tallied and prizes were ordered..  Everyone who took part is a winner.   The gallery of all images taken that day are here.

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August News

Black and White Follow-up

Paris Street Musican - Terry Butler

Paris Street Musician – Terry Butler

I was gratified to see such wonderful attendance on my black and white presentation last week.  As promised I have my presentation outline and a Photoshop action for sharpening images for you to download.  Just head on over to our Learning page to download your copy.  Everything is in a zip file.  Just download and unzip the file and follow the instructions.

N4C Contests Resume in September

N4C (North Central Camera Club Council) is a non-profit organization of over 40 camera clubs located in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.  The N4C year runs from September to May. The decision to join N4C was made because we wanted to belong to a larger community and to afford additional opportunities for competition at a higher level.  The contests are judged by member clubs and the basis for arriving at scores includes a total of points earned for technique, composition and impact, each with individual scores by three judges.  Our club takes its turn judging one of the contests three times a year.  Here is a link for how to enter the N4C contest and here is a link to galleries of past winning images.

Sad News

Melissa Anderson has had some very sad news   Last spring her beloved husband, Tom, her best friend, hiking, biking, and traveling buddy was diagnosed with ALS. She is asking for help to bring hope of a cure to those diagnosed with this devastating disease.  On September 14, 2019, she is joining the movement to cure ALS with hundreds of walkers for The ALS Association’s Twin Cities Walk to Defeat ALS.  ALS is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow, and breathe. Every 90 minutes, another person in this country is diagnosed with the disease.  There is currently NO cure. And that’s just unacceptable.

So it’s why Melissa is walking – for those who can’t. Your one-time, tax-deductible donation, will help people in our community and also fund some pretty cutting-edge research. Click on the link to make an immediate impact! Any amount you feel comfortable giving is appreciated; every dollar makes a difference. With your support, we can make a positive impact today for everyone living with ALS tomorrow.  Donation Link

Posted in N4C, News

Members in the Spotlight

Don Specht

“American Goldfinches” by Don Specht

Once again one of Don’s photos in the Spring/Summer edition of Nature’s Best Photography Magazine in the Backyard category.  He’s been published there several times before but he says it’s always a thrill, and that he’s received nice feedback from around the country.   It’s interesting because before they publish your photo you need to send them the original (RAW if shot in RAW or JPEG) to make sure you didn’t alter it beyond what their rules allow.  Nature’s Best Photography Magazine is a large-format, award-winning, showcase of nature as recorded by the world’s leading professional photographers, naturalists, adventurers, as well as new, emerging photographers. You will find images and the stories behind the shots on topics such as wildlife, landscapes, plant life, travel, how-to photo tips, inspirational essays, and winners from their international photography competitions.  Click here for more information about this wonderful magazine.



Marianne Diericks

“Monarchs in Motion: by Marianne Diericks

Marianne learned that her photo “Monarchs in Motion” was accepted for the Fine Arts Exhibition at the MN State Fair.  This was a fun surprise. She had never thought about entering anything in the state fair but she recently had an enlargement of the monarchs photo framed and the owner encouraged her to enter it.   The photography category had 1114 entries, of which 160 were chosen for a 2nd round of judging and 114 were then selected for the exhibit.

Mary Johnson

Photo by Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson has officially started a professional art career!  She will be in the Stillwater Art Guild Gallery, 402 N. Main Street, Stillwater, in the Isaac Staples Building on the north end of town.








Mike Chrun

Photo by Mike Chrun

Photo by Mike Chrun

Mike will have two images in the 2020 “Minnesota Weatherguide Calendar and Almanac” publications.  One will be in the Engagement Calendar and the second one will be included in phrenology pages.   More about the calendar here.







Ken Krautbauer

“Head On #2” by Ken Krautbauer

Ken and former member Jeff Bucklew have had images selected to appear in the upcoming “Confluence of Art” exhibit at the Pablo Center in Eau Claire. This is the new art center, which opened last year. It is an impressive performing and visual art center on the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers. The exhibit runs from September 13 until November 3.

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August is here!

Ms. Grant’s Hair – photo by Keith Bridges

Our August 7 meeting will feature a competition salon.   I think the salons are one of the most important learning experiences our club offers, hearing both positive comments and ideas for improvement from our judge.  And they are full of inspiration!  Our judge this month is Keith Bridges who is a photographer, playwright and director who just recently moved to the Twin Cities area. His work in commercial and portrait photography has evolved these days into primarily fine art photography with prints and exhibits. His art projects range from still life to abstracts to contextualized portraits. His most recent fine art exhibit “Man Made” – a series of still life images (with accompanying snippets of dialogue) exploring the concept of masculinity – was featured at the Arts Center of St. Peter this past fall and at the Plymouth Creek Center Gallery this past winter. He lives with his awesome wife and daughter in Plymouth.

Black and White

Argenton Reflections – Terry Butler

On August 21, I will be making a presentation: “Black and White photography – a Personal Vision”.  Over the years I have had some success with this genre and will share my insights.  I will answer the questions, “why black and white?” and “what makes a successful black and white?”   I will share capture tips, demonstrate black and white conversions using Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik Silver Efex Pro and the use of dodging and burning.  The presentation will also include information on layer masks and adjustment layers.  I will also share some Photoshop actions for sharpening images.


Did you take part in the Scavenger Hunt on July 10?  The deadline for choosing your favorite photos for each item on the list is August 11.  At the September 4 meeting prizes will be awarded based on your vote.  The Scavenger Hunt gallery is here.

Wisconsin Public Television’s Photography Competition

You are invited to participate in the Garden & Landscape Expo Photography Competition. Designed to bring another form of imagery and perspective to Garden & Landscape Expo, the competition allows amateur photographers to demonstrate their skills and display their work. Photographs will be juried prior to the event, and selected photographs will be exhibited at Garden & Landscape Expo for nearly 20,000 attendees to admire. There are six entry categories and the application deadline is December 15.  Here is more information and online entry.

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July News


There was a great turnout last week for the Scavenger Hunt.  Be sure to send your photos in the next couple days to hunt@wiphotoclub.com.  If you need to get the submission guidelines, request them using the same email address.

Phipps Theater Photography Opportunities

Photo by Fred Sobottka – ISO 1600, 80 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec,

Last week Fred Sobottka answered the call to photograph a dress rehearsal at the Phipps.  The show he shot was “Weekend Comedy”, which will be running Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons until the end of this month.  Fred reported that the lead actor was so funny and had great facial expressions.  The next photo opportunity will be on Wednesday, September 11 for “Population 485”, which will be directed by Collin Geraghty.  Shoot me an email or use the contact form if you are interested.  Collin would like three to four volunteers.


John Gregor Workshop September 6-8

John Gregor is offering a 3-day landscape photography workshop at the Phipps from September 6-8. This will be a combined field and classroom workshop.  The participants will make several 8 x 10 test prints and a single12 x 18 exhibition quality fine art print.  This is a great opportunity to learn from John without the expense of travel.  Information and registration link.

N4C Convention September 19-21

This year the convention is hosted by the Des Moines Camera Club.  There will be ten speakers, 8 guided field trips, 9 independent field trip options, the opening reception Thursday evening at the hotel, and a banquet meal with awards on each Friday and Saturday night.   Offerings include topics from techniques to getting the shot, wildlife to sports, street to macro, b/w processing, and showing your work.  Guided field trips place our experts at your side at some of our favorite locations.  Keynote speakers Don Komarechka and David Thoreson are sure to be captivating and leaving you with much to think about.  See the Des Moines Camera Club for more information and to register.  Both Sue Oberstar and I have attended N4C conventions in the past and they are worthwhile.   There is nothing better than to have a weekend to focus on our passion with a group of people who feel the same way.



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Booster Days – by Troy Schmidt

Did you get out to shoot fireworks this year?  Whether you made pictures at the Hudson Booster Days on Friday night or anywhere else, let’s create a gallery!  Even images taken in your own yard of sparklers or family celebrations will qualify.  Please send your favorites to photowalk@wiphotoclub.com.  Give each image a meaningful title and include your name.

Posted in Just for fun, Photowalks

Annual Scavenger Hunt next Wednesday

Stilllwater Pedestrian Plaza

Our July 10 meeting will be the Annual Scavenger Hunt that will be held in Stillwater this year.   Meet Richard Hudson at the new Pedestrian Plaza on Main Street at 6:30 pm.  The Plaza is north of Lucky’s Gas Station and south of the Valley Bookseller.  Richard will have ice cream bars for everyone and will hand out a list of items to find and capture.  Images will be posted in a gallery and members will vote for their favorites for each category.  The winning images will be announced at the September 4 meeting with awards and all members who successfully capture every item on the list will receive a prize.       

Please use the contact form to let us know if you’ll be there so we have enough ice cream.  Here are the results from the 2018 Scavenger Hunt.

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